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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WORD ON THE STREET

Now that all three of the Delaney brothers have made their debut in Harlequin Special Edition series, you’d think I’d take a breather, right? Well, have I got news! And it’s not fake news, either.

 

 

May was busy with the third book in a row in as many months released, Reunited with the Sheriff, but…

That wasn’t all that was going on in my life. Late last year I began putting a proposal together for separated at birth twins for Harlequin Special Edition. In late January, I turned it in to my editor who sent back some suggestions how to make it stronger before passing it up to the Senior Editor of the line. I fixed it and sent it back to her. After that, rather than sit around and twiddle my thumbs, I got down to business and wrote a book for TULE Publishing. That book is finished now and handed in awaiting revisions and will be the third book in my Charity, Montana series.

Waiting is always hard in this business, and just when I was about to give up on having another proposal accepted at the end of May, I got an offer for a three-book contract from Harlequin! My twins just became triplets! Yay

No sooner had I gotten the contract than I got an amazing book cover for my not yet revised TULE book.

With all the brouhaha about the European privacy rules last month, I had to send two newsletters to my subscribers, and I didn’t have the heart to bog them down with yet another. Even though this is what should go into newsletters not rules and privacy regulations. Anyway, so I’m doing something here that I usually do exclusively for my subscribers in my newsletter. Cover reveal!!!!

Tah-dah! Isn’t it purdy?

 

 

 

 

 

I was practically dancing on the ceiling! Or doing cartwheels when I saw it.

 

 

This from a woman who insists I’m ready to retire. Tell that to my overactive brain. In the interim between getting the new contract signed and waiting for revisions for the other book, I started noodling a new idea for a fourth Charity, Montana book.

Here’s how I really like to celebrate the good things in life, though.

 

 

Like being employed for another year as a writer, something I never dreamed of growing up. Or starting a new book to a new series. And how about creating a new installment of a running series for another publisher.More about this as the release date of September 26th rolls around…

Thanks for letting me blow off a little steam after a very busy and productive first half of the year.

Until next time, make it a great one!
Lynne

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REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF Comment to win a book!

What’s new you ask?

Though the print version of Reunited with the Sheriff has been in stores since April 17th, tomorrow, May 1st, the digital version will be live. Yippee!

They promised to meet in four years…

He was there. Where was she?

Conor Delaney believed he and Shelby Brookes shared something special. Until the girl he’d loved since fourth grade was a no-show for what should have been the most romantic reunion of their lives. Two years and one shattered heart later, Shelby’s back in their California town—as the new chef at Conor’s family restaurant. The single mom has a reason for what she did…and a plan for winning back the guarded California lawman.

What readers are saying so far…
THE GOOD:
“Lynne Marshall does it again and gives us readers a great story in “Reunited with the Sheriff (The Delany’s of Sandpiper Beach book #3)…This book was so good that once I picked it up I didn’t put it down.”

Reunited with the Sheriff, “—is exciting, fun, very emotional, suspenseful and so much more. I highly recommend it.”

“What a sweet romance! This is an excellent read from the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy.”

“Loved Conor and Shelby’s story.”

“—a touching love story that’s sure to inspire you to never give up!”

“Another winning book for Lynne Marshall! A perfect addition to this series. An absolutely tug-at-your-heart book. Add a cute little boy to the mix and how can you lose?! The ending was superb and left me with the biggest smile and chuckling at the end. A must read!”

 

Note from author: I’m so glad this reviewer wrote the above, because I loved writing the ending to this trilogy, and my goal was to leave a smile on the reader’s face. Mission accomplished! 😊

 

THE not so bad—dueling honest reactionsOpinion #1: “I know she (Shelby) had reasons for the things she did, but she selfishly only thought of herself one too many times for my liking.”

Opinion #2: “I cried for Shelby as I read her story and I wanted to smack Connor for taking such a long time to understand and accept Shelby’s situation.”

Opinion #3: “While it is patently obvious to understand Shelby’s actions, it is equally difficult to deal with Conor’s pain.”

THE UGLY
“This book was a huge disappointment…I don’t recommend this book for anyone…The two main characters did not have any chemistry at all…I would have to give this a PG-13 rating for sexually explicit content.”

Author’s note: There is zero cussing in the book and the door is closed on actual sex scenes.

So there you have it, a cross section of reviews for REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF.

< UK version                           True Love

 

Australian version >                    Cherish

 

 

 

 

Have you read Reunited with the Sheriff? What is your opinion? If you haven’t read the book, leave a comment about any of the reviews in this blog to win a backlist print book.
Until next time, make it a great one!
Lynne

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TAX DAY – BUT ALSO HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO CONOR

 

Today is probably one of the most stressful days of any given year. Tax returns deadline day! I can’t change that one bit, but I can offer some distraction, that is AFTER you’ve completed and submitted your taxes.

It’s also a big day for me.

 

 

 

The third book in the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy is out in print and in stores as of today: REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF

 

 

It will be available in e-book format on May 1st.

 

 

Dear Reader,
Where would we be without second chances in life? We’re far too human to always get things right the first time around. Sometimes we need a few more years under our belts before we wise up and see what we’ve missed. Other times, someone else makes a decision that we have no control over, and we suffer the consequences. The most important thing is to seize that opportunity to get it right when it comes around again.

Fortunately, in Reunited with the Sheriff, Conor Delaney and Shelby Lynn Brookes get that second chance. Both may be older and wiser, but are they also willing to admit their mistakes? As always, when two people remember the same situation—in this case a lifetime of friendship that turned to love early on, and continued with a special promise—they both have their own take. Where Conor thought he was being supportive of Shelby’s dream to become a chef, Shelby felt he was pushing her away. When Shelby wants to start over, Conor doesn’t think it’s possible to erase the past.

The beautiful Mills & Boon UK bookcover

That leaves the big question: Will these two meant-to-be lovebirds get over their issues to give their romance another try? Stick around for some surprises, fireworks, and that guaranteed happily-ever-after, Conor and Shelby style.

Here’s what Conor and Shelby looked like to me as I wrote this story, which was a particularly difficult book to write, by the way.

 

 

 

As you can see, they look quite different on the book cover.

 

I’d also like to remind folks that this Sunday, April 22nd, I’ll be signing and giving away copies of the first Delaney story – FOREVER A FATHER at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books booth 937 from 2-5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you there!

Lynne

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Fun Facts about SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN

In each of the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach books I spotlight one of the family members. One of the secondary characters in Mark Delaney’s story is Padraig Delaney, the grandfather who came to America in the 1950s to help maintain the new lush golf courses along central coast California, and the person Mark has a special bond with. This Is how I pictured Padraigh.

 

Ever been chauffeured on your first date by someone in a golf cart? Thanks to Grandda Delaney, Laurel Prescott has. It was just one of the ways to lightened the mood for two brooding characters, Mark and Laurel, who needed to re-learn how to enjoy life.

 

 

 

 

I also used the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as a way to help Mark and Laurel let down their hair. My favorite scene at the end of Chapter Two involves the ocean and a kiss.

 

 

 

 

Another significant part of the book involves building a gazebo

 

 

And, of course, surfing!

 

I’ve mentioned this before, but the Delaney trilogy originally came to me in a paranormal package. This was a huge departure for me and I wasn’t sure what to do or how to handle it. Being a contemporary author, who wanted to continue publishing with Harlequin, I knew some elements of the story had to change. To satisfy my longing for a bit of the supernatural in these books, I came up with a fun and perhaps silly thread throughout all three books where Grandda – Padraig – who came over to US from Ireland in the 1950s, still believed in fanciful things like little people and selkies. So when his grandsons saved a seal from being eaten by a pod of orca, Padraig was sure they’d saved a selkie who now owed them all favors, and he decided his three eligible grandsons would all soon find the loves of their lives because of it. I really had fun putting that aspect into each book.

 

 

 

Come visit Sandpiper Beach and get to know the Delaney family in this small town series.

 

Book #1 – FOREVER A FATHER (March 2018)
Book #2 – SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN (April 2018) 
Book #3 – REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF (May 2018)

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Available at all the usual bookstores and online vendors in both print and e-book format.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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IT’S MARK DELANEY’S TURN

Soldier, Handyman, Family Man, is not only book #2 in the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach, but is also part of the year-long special series – American Heroes for Harlequin Special Edition. The book releases March 20th in print at all bookstores where Harlequin paperbacks are sold.

I’m so excited to share Mark’s story with readers, because it was a particularly hard one to tell. The early reviews are positive, which help make my writing struggles worth the stress and self-doubt.
Here’s the blurb:

He’s all kinds of man. But is he a family man?

It’s good to be home! But civilian life isn’t easy for Mark Delaney. The former surf champ copes by carving California waves and working solo as the handyman for his family’s beachfront hotel. Until Laurel Prescott, pretty owner of the new B and B—and widowed mother of three—asks for his help. One small task leads to another and another, and suddenly Mark is knee-deep in kids, responsibility…and a love he never dreamed possible.

What the reviewers are saying:

Romantic Times Book Reviews – 4 stars
Number two in Marshall’s Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach series is a touching and bittersweet tale about loss and the courage to love again. Soldier, Handyman, Family Man stars a classy B&B owner and the middle Delaney son as he tries to find his footing after Afghanistan. The imperfect couple are genuine, their love scenes are spicy and sweet, and their rocky road to happiness is worth every bump in the road. The resort community backdrop is pitch perfect, and the author’s take on teen angst and the returning vet’s PTSD, plus other family dynamics, is spot-on.
Debbie Haupt – R.T. Reviews

Always Reviewing 5 stars
SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN has so many noteworthy scenes, ranging from joyous moments between Mark and Laurel to times involving the kids to conversations with family members. I found the happenings where the children were featured to be especially engaging, as the young girls were adorably cute and the reactions of the teenage boy were spot-on. Ms. Marshall is an expert when it comes to portraying characters with genuine personalities, and every individual in this story comes across as truly real.
For the full review by Amelia R. go here

GoodReads – Connie S. 5 stars
Author Lynne Marshall has written a story that touches on some serious issues that are very relevant today because sadly, they are everyday occurences. PTSD, cancer, children without fathers, single parents trying to do-it-all and the efforts to create a new family unit; all of these situations happen and none of them are easy. It is true that Soldier, Handyman, Family Man is fiction but it offers hope that finding happiness once again is possible!
Full review is here:

Here are the people I saw when I created Mark and Laurel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here is the renovated Victorian B&B

For those who prefer digital books, SOLDIER, HANDYMAN, FAMILY MAN will become available in e-book format on April 1st – No fooling!

Until next time, make it a great one,
Lynne

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FOREVER A FATHER – My 25th Harlequin book

Dear Reader,

I’m so happy to share my twenty-fifth Harlequin book, Forever a Father, the launch book for The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy. In book one, I introduce Daniel Delaney, the eldest brother, and Keela O’Mara, a young lady from Ireland who works for him. The more I got to know Daniel and Keela, the more I rooted for them and their happily-ever-after. If any couple deserved it, they did, but both had been disillusioned by love and have the emotional scars to prove it.

As Keela’s boss, Daniel is aware he walks a fine line if he lets his attraction to his employee get out of hand. He’s starting a new business, and he needs her expertise to keep things running smoothly. That should be all. Enter Keela’s four-year-old daughter, Anna, and Daniel’s eighty-five-year-old grandfather, Padraig, and things really get complicated. With the beautiful Sandpiper Beach as a backdrop, and a prediction from a fortune cookie, Daniel and Keela begin to tiptoe toward the L word, and in so doing, help each other conquer their heartache.

Now settle in and meet the family: Padraig, Maureen (Mom), Sean (Dad) and brothers Daniel, Mark and Conor.

Patriarch, Padraig Delaney aka Grandda
Photo Credit: Charles Harris/AdMedia

  Maureen, their mother

 

Sean Delaney
Padraig’s son, father to the brothers, and taller than all of them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keela O’Mara

Daniel Delaney

 

The Delaneys may run the third-best hotel in Sandpiper Beach, but where family, love and loyalty are concerned, they’re hands-down number one.

 

Thanks for reading,

Lynne

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Love is the Answer

On Valentine’s Day (and every day of the year) love rules!

 

Here are two famous poems about love to remind us how deep and wide our most cherished feeling can be.

 

 

How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.

Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Wishing everyone a latte love!

Today Rafflecopter chose the winners for my current Newsletter contest (subscribers only). I will announce the four winners in the next Newsletter on February 20th, the official release day for:

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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ONE BRIGHT IDEA LEADS TO ANOTHER

Creating new stories is a fluid process, and I’ve learned over the years my books usually end up something quite different from that first what-if moment.

Last year, while working up a three-book proposal consisting of an overview that included an over-arching story, along with three full-length synopses and the first three chapters for the first book, this usual process included a surprising and radical shift.

When the Delaney story first came to me, it had strong paranormal elements. This is not at all the romance subgenre I write in, yet I was intrigued and excited about the idea.

 

 

Three brothers on a deep-sea fishing trip get capsized in the ocean. Each thinks he is going to drown, but something mysteriously lifts them from the depths of the sea and saves them. After that extraordinary incident, each brother realizes he has a special power.

<—– Daniel, has the gift of healing

Mark —-> the gift of acute, specialized hearing

 

 

 

 

and Conor, the gift of telekinesis.

The original premise was that each brother would have this special power until he saved someone else, because, as they were saved from the ocean, they were each meant to save another.

As you can imagine, this premise doesn’t work for contemporary romance, and I was hoping to get another contract with my usual publisher, so something had to give. As much as I loved the paranormal scenario, I knew it had to change, but I still wanted a touch of magic in the stories. So, working within the parameters of my usual romance line, I made some major adjustments. That’s part of the fluidity when brainstorming and creating a story.

The fishing trip changed from a near-drowning experience to one where the Delaney brothers save a seal

 

 

 

 

from a pod of Orca looking for a snack.

By the way, I based this on a personal experience my family and I had on a trip out to Santa Cruz island off the Ventura, California coast. No we weren’t on a fishing boat, but on an Island Packers Cruise boat for a day trip of hiking and family togetherness when we happened upon the National Geographic moment, one that I found terribly hard to watch. In fact, I went inside when I knew the poor harbor seal was about to meet the enormous tail of an orca. This is one of the perks of being a writer, I got to rewrite how that story ended and use it in a book!

Padraig Delaney, the patriarch of the family, upon hearing the news, claims his grandsons have saved a selkie. With his being from Ireland, the brothers are used to his occasional fanciful logic, and let him decide whatever he wants, what did it matter? Until Padraig insists that since Daniel, Mark, and Conor saved a selkie, they’d each soon find the love of their lives. Of course, the brothers write that off as typical magical thinking from good old Grandda, until…

As things turned out, there are three brothers, three romance stories, and three happily-ever-afters in this trilogy, so you can decide for yourselves if Grandda is a bit touched in the head, or simply in touch with the workings of fate.

The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy will be out in spring of 2018. 

 

Forever A Father (Daniel’s story, book #1) March 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier, Handyman, Family Man, American Heroes series,  (Mark’s story, book #2) April

 

Reunited with the Sheriff (Conor’s story, book #3) May 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time, make it a great one,                                   Lynne

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Hello 2018, I have big plans for you!

Happy New Year! As always, January 1st is a time to reflect on what we hope to accomplish in the new year. I have big plans for the year publishing-wise, but am pondering how to move forward with the writing part.

I’m super excited about my Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy due out March, April, and May of this year for Harlequin Special Edition.  Here are the two covers I have for books 1 & 2, and the blurb for book 3. I will share cover three later when I get it.

March 2018

 

 

 

April 2018

May 2018

REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF:

They promised to meet in four years…

He was there. Where was she?

Conor Delaney believed he and Shelby Brookes shared something special. Until the girl he’d loved since fourth grade was a no-show for what should have been the most romantic reunion of their lives. Two years and one shattered heart later, Shelby’s back in their California town—as the new chef at Conor’s family restaurant. The single mom has a reason for what she did…and a plan for winning back the guarded California lawman.

See why I’m excited?

In the fall (once I write it!) I’ll have the third book in the Charity, Montana series released from TULE PUBLISHING.  HEALING HEART ACRES  is my working title, and honestly I hope that title sticks!

After that, I will self-publish two books that I’ve had the rights returned to me from Harlequin, with new covers and story updates. I’m calling this the Santa Barbara Sunsets Series. Fingers crossed I can get the third book’s rights returned for that trilogy!

So, yeah, wow, six books I’m planning to have out in 2018, that’s a big publishing year! Part of me wonders if I should quit while I’m ahead, or dig back into that separated at birth twin duet proposal for Special Edition, hoping they might want it.

So the big question remains, do I have it in me to write three more books in 2018?

Stay tuned…

Wishing everyone peace and good health in the new year.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

 

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