Getaways and St. Patrick’s Day

Wishing everyone a great weekend and a glass of green beer if that’s your poison. I’m a Chardonnay girl myself, and I don’t need my drink to have green food coloring to enjoy it on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day.

Before I continue, I wanted to let you know about a sweet 99 cent deal that will continue until midnight on St. Patrick’s March 17th. A SOLDIER’S SECOND CHANCE She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.

Last week my husband and I took a postponed trip from February (due to heavy rain) to Cambria, California. A quaint little town on the beautiful central coast, just a hop, skip and jump from San Simeon. Below are several pictures from the coast, Hearst Castle, and other stops from our morning hikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the rugged and gorgeous shore to the William Randolph Hearst outdoor Grecian pool to his “castle” designed by the incredible architect Julia Morgan, to indoor cottages used by the Hearst family and famous guests,

300 year old tree

 

to the indoor pool. Then back to the glorious views down the long and winding path back to the rest of civilization and back to the coast

 

where sea elephants beach for months at a time while pups get strong enough to take to sea.

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  • The weather was at times rainy, but mostly sunny and brisk. Our meals were delicious, especially the one at The Sea Chest which was within walking distance from where we stayed. We ended the trip with a long drive home and a visit with our granddaughters.
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  • Do you like road trips? Share one of your favorites in the comments.

Until next time, here is my wish for you on St. Patrick’s Day and all the year through:

Now, make it a great one!

Lynne

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Five Things I love About Valentine’s Day

If It’s February, there seems to be one thing on most people’s minds. What to do about Valentine’s Day? This is the month that both wrecks havoc with men and promotes high expectations with women. I know there is a huge political debate buried somewhere in that statement, but I’m NOT going there. Instead, I’m simply going to share the five things that I love most about Valentine’s Day.

  1. It encourages people to show their feelings to someone special
  2. Love is in the air
  3. The day usually involves chocolate (I rest my case)
  4. Or gifts – and jewelry is always a good idea
  5. It is the second most popular day to get engaged.

#5 probably surprised you right? Well, the MOST popular day to get engaged turns out to be Christmas.


Since I mentioned I like gifts so much, I wanted to share a gift I have for you! For the next five days, February 8-12, The Doctor’s Indiscretion, a sexy romance on my indie list, is free. Get it at Amazon:

Here is the link: Enjoy!

Wishing you a romantic day and many, many more.

Until next time, make it a great one,

Lynne

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2019 MY GAP YEAR

First off, Happy New Year everyone!

Though I write all year, traditional publishers’ schedules are what drive the release of my books. As it happens, I won’t have a book out with either Harlequin or TULE in 2019. This could send panic through a writer, because how am I supposed to maintain reader interest without having new books for sale?

INFO ABOUT FREE BOOKS BELOW IN THIS BLOG (Through Saturday January 5th)

That’s where the term hybrid author comes in. Fortunately, I thought ahead and last year secured the return of my North American rights on a trilogy I’d written for Mills & Boon. That trilogy was never packaged, marketed or promoted as such, and sold accordingly. I am thrilled to have my rights back, and with plans to self-publish them, have now updated and expanded the three stories making them sweet romances but with all the conflict and emotional tension still in place. The only difference is closing the door on the most intimate moments. We all have imaginations, right?

Watch for Santa Barbara Sunsets trilogy May, July and October 2019. See the beautiful new covers and titles below. Click here to read each blurb.

May 2019                                                                                                   July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2019

For those outside the US, I was part of two anthologies in Great Britain in December 2018: London’s Calling (Hot Single Docs) with my book American Surgeon in London, and Wedding Bell Wishes featuring one of my Harlequin Special Edition stories, Her Perfect Proposal.

For readers in Europe and Australia, here is the list of my 2019 International books.

February: Italy – Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous – aka Un Chirurgo Pericoloso

March: France – Forever a Father (Harlequin Special Edition book #1 of The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach) aka Bien Plus Qu’un Baiser
March: AustraliaMaking the Surgeon Smile (Hot Single Docs Giving into Temptation)

April: France – Soldier, Handyman, Family Man (Harlequin Special Edition book #2 in Delaney family trilogy) aka Tout Contre Lui
April: Denmark – American Surgeon in London

May: Sweden – American Surgeon in London

I have my fingers crossed that France will also pick up the third Delaney brothers’ book, because it only makes sense to publish all three, right? So far I don’t see a date on the International schedule but that could change at any time.

I hope you’ll check out the self-published books by Lynne Marshall already at Amazon. Two of them are currently free there (until Saturday January 5th) One for the Road, and Too Close for Comfort. Check them out!

Until next time, make it a great one,
Lynne

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The Night Before Christmas!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout our bungalow,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Mr. Milo.      
The stockings were hung from the mantle with pride,
Hoping from high on his sleigh, Santa would see them inside.

 

 

Me wearing an apron and Bill in Christmas socks,
We sat near the fireplace drinking cocoa and Schnapps.
With the fire so warm, us cuddling cozy, just right,
Our eyelids got heavy and soon we went night-night.

 

With a loud crack from the log, I awoke on a yawn,
To find a small herd of reindeer out on our front lawn.  
I flew from the chair to see what was the matter,
and caught a glimpse of Santa climbing a ladder.

 

 

 

Then in an instant I heard on our roof,
the clomping and crunching of boots as the proof!
It was Santa all right, with a bag full of toys,
And his sleigh sat nearby as he made all this noise.

 

He slid down our chimney, landing ever so light-ly,
Me scratching my head, with that big guy, how it could be?
Though face dirty and sooty, his eyes twinkled brightly,
His jacket cherry red and his beard gleaming whitely.

With my mouth open wide, I laughed, clapped my knee,
But Santa kept working as if he couldn’t hear me.
He filled both our stockings, they were up to the brim,
Then drank our cocoa and ate the cookies with green trim.

He turned with a jerk, as if I wasn’t even there,
Climbed back up the chimney, so easy, without a care.
He sprang to the sleigh not a word, those reindeer just knew,
They quit eating our grass, neatly lined up, and flew!

I watched as they rose quickly out of my sight,
Then I heard a clear voice call out in the night.
“The dawn will soon break, morning light’s almost here,
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!”

Make that Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me, too!

Oh, and Milo 

Until next year, make it a great one!

Lynne

Contrary to the digital state at Amazon, Their Christmas Miracle is for sale at all other digital book venues.

Also, the newsletter contest winners have been chosen and I am in the process of notifying them. 🙂

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A HALLOWEEN LIKE NO OTHER

Halloween started like any other day. I was grateful we had good weather, that the wind from the night before had died down and the skies were clear. Good, I thought, the little kids won’t be cold tonight.

I opened my e-mail and saw Harlequin had sent out the quarterly royalty statement, then popped over to the Harlequin Author Network to have a look. I knew I was close after my last statement, but this time I’d made it.

As of June 2018, I have sold 1, 014,796 books worldwide, including translations.

I pointed out that fact to my husband and we hugged. That, plus the numbers on the pages, was enough affirmation for the day.

For twelve years, since my first Harlequin book was published in September 2006, I have diligently written and published twenty-seven books and the sales numbers slowly added up until today when I can say I’ve sold a million books.

Who’dathunk?

Now on to the rest of this Halloween like no other.

My husband and I bought over 600 pieces of candy to hand out last night. Because we live on a long straight street in a safe neighborhood, people bring their kids from far and wide on Halloween. We love seeing all the costumes, especially on the little ones, but also on the creatively minded older kids who come up with their own inventions. Nonstop children came to our door, sometimes in groups of twenty, others in a long stream of forty or more passed through. We were out of candy by 8:20 p.m. A new record!

Sometime around 8 p.m. I cried while handing out the goodies. Not because we were almost out of candy, but because of something my Publisher, Jane Porter from TULE, posted on my timeline.

I’d hit the USA Today Bestseller list with Their Christmas Miracle, last November’s Christmas book.

I’d had a hopeful plan in mind when I’d asked about taking a 99cent deal with Bookbub. TULE agreed to help support me on that plan, and last week I watched my sales soar (for me anyway) on Amazon, and the several other sites where the book was on sale.

I talked to friends and found out it takes a heck of a lot of books to sell in one week to make the cut, and my hope flickered a bit. I was still glad I’d tried.

I had planned to check the list first thing this morning to see if I’d made it, but Jane saved me hours and hours of wondering. I’d made the list!

God had a cute way of keeping me humble, too. (Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?) Well, the list writers did anyway. They misspelled my book title. “Their Christmas Miracles” they’d posted instead of Miracle. But the more I think about it, that title is spot on, because it sure feels like a miracle to me to be there. Add the book’s miracle and my personal miracle and, turns out they got the title right after all.

I’m still levitating with excitement, which makes it hard to write this blog, but I had to share! Now I’m off to update all my bios with USA Today Bestselling author.

Thanks for buying and reading my books!

Until next time, make it a great one,
Lynne
USA Today Bestselling Author 

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99 cent sale!

99 cent book sale!

If you’re anything like me, you aren’t ready to start thinking about Christmas when Halloween hasn’t even occurred, right? But this early Christmas news is too good not to share. For a limited time, THEIR CHRISTMAS MIRACLE, book #2 in the Charity, Montana series will be a Book Bub special deal, and on sale for 99 cents beginning…

October 25th.

With a 4.12 star rating on Goodreads and a 4.3 star rating on Amazon, why not take advantage of this great deal?

Buy this bargain now and save the book for when you’re ready for some Christmas spirit in time for the holidays. In the meantime, check out Sweet Home Montana. 😉

99 cent deal available at all the usual places for a limited time.

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Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

 

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Sweet Home Montana Release Day

It’s finally here, publication day for Sweet Home Montana, book #3 in the Charity, Montana trilogy, and I couldn’t be happier. Tule Publishing has allowed me to write three stories near and dear to my heart: Her Baby, His Love 3/17, Their Christmas Miracle 11/17, and the final installment Sweet Home Montana 9/18

I loved writing the third installment of my sweet romance series. Set in fall, my favorite season, Wade and Erin have a lot to figure out before Wade has to leave Montana for California. In the meantime, there is equine therapy for the moody teenage half-brother, a harvest festival with hayrides, horses, and a chili cook-off, plus a secret job, and finally, a very romantic public declaration of Wade’s intentions. This is a super sweet story. Think Hallmark!

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Happy Reading!

Lynne

 

 

 

 

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GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL

fall in forest

“Will I see you in September, or lose you to a summer love?” Anyone else remember the old standard, See You in September? It always comes to mind as fall approaches since it is bittersweet to kiss the carefree summer goodbye and move on to the business of September.

 

These days fall is my favorite season. That’s probably why I wrote my new book, SWEET HOME MONTANA set in autumn.  Release date on September 27th,

In California we don’t get much of a fall season, so we make a point to travel to places that do. Eastern Canada is always a sure bet for fall foliage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the things I like about fall are the harvest festivals, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and fun decorations. Not to mention the brisk weather and that special golden tint the season seems to throw over everything. I tried to hit those highpoints in my book, where Erin and Wade fall in love. Available for pre order.

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Here’s a bit about my characters:
Wade Conrad is a self-made entrepreneur who has achieved great success in the business world. But as far as his personal life goes, he’s not nearly as well off. Estranged from his father for years, Wade finds himself being called home to help with a family issue. Back home, facing the mistake of walking away from his family, he discovers that having shut down his heart to his Dad has also kept him from ever being truly open to love a woman.

Erin Chase used to have a bright future with big plans until she got stood up at the altar. Now a self-proclaimed introvert, she hides out as an equine therapist for Healing Heart Acres – the place that helped put her back together after having her heart broken by her ex-fiancée. Well beyond the time to step back into the world of the living again, she gets forced out when Wade Conrad and his sullen half-brother, Brent, show up for help.

If you enjoy Hallmark movies that don’t have a lot of angst but still manage to tug the heartstrings, I think you might enjoy Sweet Home Montana.

I’m leaving with a few thoughts about fall, best told in this lovely poem.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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The Big Night and Much, Much, More

July 17-21st was the busiest few days I’ve had in a long time. It started with a flight cancel and several delays to Denver, Colorado on Tuesday afternoon. We were scheduled to land (non-stop) around 5:30, but wound up having to fly to Salt Lake City, Utah and wait a long time to finally land in Denver. We checked into our room on Tuesday at nearly midnight!

Everything went up from there. On Wednesday morning, I met my TULE editor for coffee and to talk about future books for them. Then, in the afternoon, there was an offsite tea in a gorgeous historic hotel – The Brown Hotel, hosted by TULE.

 

 

 

 

 

What a gorgeous display and a great group of women to share it with. Amy Andrews (L), Meghan Farrell and Maggie Marr (R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Porter (in blue) has created something special, and Meghan Farrell is her right hand woman.

The next morning, bright and early, was the Harlequin book signing from 8:30 – 9:30. Saw lots of friends and readers and loved every moment.

 

Michelle Major, Caro Carson, Allison Leigh

with Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met some new friends, too. Kaylie Newel and Roxanne Snopek, to name a couple. Both wonderful writers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loved the Golden Heart luncheon on Thursday.

… and having dinner with my LARA buddies before the RITAs later that night. I admit to having perhaps a bit too much wine during the latter part of the ceremony.

Friday morning was another offsite event – a breakfast with TULE and a talk about their increasing number of books getting picked up for Hallmark movies. Here is my table with Michelle Beattie and Trish Milburn.  The lovely Jane Porter photobombed!

Friday Special awards luncheon was really good and Keynote speaker Shelly Laurenston’s speech was especially poignant for me.

Lynne with editor Flo Nicoll

That afternoon I got to meet my former editor Flo Nicoll for a quick glass of wine. She wanted to personally congratulate me for reaching the milestone. From there it went on to a lovefest. She is a fabulous editor and a lovely person. I forgot to ask to take a picture so this is an old one from when I visited the Mills & Boon office in the UK in 2015. With her busy schedule as Senior Editor of the Presents line, I was honored that she made time for me on Friday. Then I had to rush off to my room to prepare for the Harlequin Party. 

This time I was part of the milestones (twenty-five books).  Senior editor for Harlequin Special Edition, Gail Chasan, took Teri Wilson (Rita finalist) and me out to a wonderful dinner.

Then we took a taxi to the Ritz Carlton Hotel for the VIP lounge treatment!  I never felt so special in my life!

On to the party with desserts and dancing and lots of hugs and special moments.

Nineteen of my twenty-five books were written for the Medical Romance line, so it was wonderful to see (and hear!) the editors and other writers from that line cheer for me along with my fellow Special Edition author friends when they announced my name.

This year was the first where they made a big deal out of it and we had our pictures and books on screen as we walked down the line of the heads of Harlequin Books, LTD. This is a terrible picture, but it shows the screen behind. Contrary to popular belief, I did not kiss Craig Swinwood!

My guest for the evening, and travel partner for the conference was long time critique partner and writer buddy Dee J. Adams.

 

I felt like I never had a minute to rest and by the time I got home Saturday night around 9 p.m. I was ready for a week of doing absolutely nothing.

 

 

I’m so glad I went to this Romance Writers of America conference, though most of my time was taken up with my two wonderful publishers. But here’s some breaking news, it will probably be my last, which kind of saddens me because it means I won’t ever get to meet my lovely editor Megan Broderick in person, since next year is in New York.

One thing I’ve learned in this long life of mine, never say never!

Until next time, make it a great one,

Lynne

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SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME

June in SoCal has been mild, but with each day tiptoeing into July, we are headed for spikes in temperatures that could set our hair on fire. In other words, it’s sum-sum-summertime.

 

 

Fortunately, we get the dry kind of heat in this part of California. I say fortunately because me and humidity do not get along. Regardless of dry or humid air, when the thermometer heads north of 100 degrees, (which it is predicted to do by leaps and bounds over the next few days) I don’t care whether it is north, south, east or west, it is HOT! 

 

 

Growing up in Los Angeles summers, my mom used to make me take timeout indoors between noon and 2 p.m. Back then it was because of smog. Nasty stuff. The enforced “quiet time” in my bedroom gave me time to think and daydream. Once I became a mother and used the “quiet time” technique with my kids, I realized that special time still afforded me time to think and daydream. It also made me realize that my mom probably loved her time alone without the distraction of a little kid, too.

We didn’t take “vacations” as such, but we’d have barbecues or on Friday nights,drive up to San Jose to visit our family and cousins for the weekend, or do day trips around Los Angeles.

I still remember the two summers I got to go to camp. The first when I was ten and that was a beach camp and the next year I got to go, through the YMCA, to the mountains. I remember being scared to death to go off alone with strangers to camp, but each time I survived and managed to enjoy myself. Looking back, I love my mom so much for signing me up. I know she did it because she wanted to give me an experience she never had, and once I got over my fear, she gifted me with sweet memories.                                                           

 

In the same way, I pushed my kids to do things I never had the chance to do growing up, and I hope, now that they’re adults, they appreciate those opportunities.

My favorite memories of summer were getting to go back outside after dinner to play with the neighborhood kids until dark. We’d play croquet, or tag, or devise some complicated game that no one really understood, but would give us a chance to run wild and scream and laugh. Getting a few mosquito bites were worth it, and after taking a bath and going to bed, I’d take my time falling asleep, so I could replay in my mind all the fun I’d had. Bites and all.

Anyone enjoy Christmas in July? If so, I hope you’ll consider reading THEIR CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. Who knows, maybe it will trick you into thinking it isn’t hotter than hades outside.

No matter what your summer plans are, I hope they involve fun, sun, adventure, and don’t forget to save time for reflection and peace…

 

What did you like to do most during the summer as a kid? I’d love to hear your stories.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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