Apparently Single Dads are the big thing in romance reading this summer, and I’m happy to have wound up in the middle of the trend.  I was thrilled to see one of my books had been included in a six-book anthology featuring single dads in the United Kingdom.  My lovely Trevor Montgomery from Hot-Shot Doc, Secret Father was transformed from this






to thisYowza! I get a little nervous looking at him now, and yet I knew him so well when I wrote him. ha ha I’ve never had a “man-chest” book cover before.

I admit I was surprised that he was the guy chosen to go in this book bundle because his is a different kind of single dad story, but trust me, I’m NOT COMPLAINING! I hope you’ll check out the book.

Here is a link to one of the many articles that picked up on the turn from reclusive billionaires (think that grey shades book) to guys taking charge of their families and still managing to find love.

In keeping with the trend, I wanted to let the world know that I’ve written many singledad books, long before they were the thing.  Here’s a list 











For a twist on the single dad trope, check out this book ->







It’s funny that this single dad trend started right about the time I finished and turned in the third book in my Delaney brothers trilogy, for Harlequin Special Edition, where each brother becomes a step-in dad for three wonderful and deserving single moms. Hopefully, next March, April and May 2018 when those books get released, that scenario will be the next big trend.

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Thanks for reading!

Until next time, make it a great one,


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Mary’s Tiny House + Book Giveaway

In my current release MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON (Harlequin Medical Romance) Mary Harris, the heroine, lives in a tiny house.

If you’ve watched the TV series Tiny Houses, you know what I’m talking about.  These miniature houses are usually under 300 square feet, and sometimes are as tiny as 100 square feet.  Most of us wouldn’t know how to live in such small spaces, but some people move their families into these houses to prove we don’t need nearly as much room or stuff as we all think we do, and, more importantly, to help the environment by being less wasteful. Can you imagine fitting your belongings into a tiny house?

The reason Mary lives in a tiny house is because she is a Physical Therapist who only takes temporary assignments. Instead of living in extended stay motels, or go through the hassle of short term rentals, she has a 250 foot square foot house designed and built to her specifications. When she was a child, she had zero control over her living environment, but now she’s designed every inch. That’s part of Mary’s way to take control of her life.

Some might ask, why not get an RV or fifth wheel?  The difference is a tiny house feels more like an actual house and often has an outside that looks like a regular house but tiny, often even having a porch!  A tiny house is usually built in one spot, though some are meant to be portable. Mary’s was, anyway.  For her it felt like the home she never had. Plus, from growing up in a trailer, she knows how to live small.

Wes Van Allen knew Mary when she lived in a run down trailer park back in her teens, so he is fascinated to see she’s arrived on his doorstep pulling her own, unique-looking, home on the back of her small sport truck. When he asks why live the vagabond life, she reminds him she’d never had a single vacation growing up, there was a lot of world out there to see, so why not travel for work?

One of my favorite scenes in the book was the night Wes came to visit Mary in her tiny house, and she cooked him dinner.

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From doctor…to daddy? 

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby! Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?

Do you know anyone who lives in a tiny house?  Do you think you could live in one?  Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my backlist Medical Romances, or my latest digital book (my first book for Tule publishing) Her Baby, His Love.

Until next time, make it a great one!


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Research and the Latest Book

New Book is out today! Yay. I’m very excited about the story that was inspired by JoJo Moyes’ book Me Before You, which was a heartbreaking read. Being a romance writer and reader, well, I simply had to write a story about a disabled hero, a completely different story, with the kind of ending I personally love HEA! (Happily Ever After). So I did and it’s called – Miracle for the Neurosurgeon. Here’s the gorgeous North American cover:

And I’m thrilled to say the book has received a TOP PICK,   5 star review from Harlequin Junkie website. Read review here.  Also, watch for the Harlequin Junkie Spotlight on Miracle for the Neurosurgeon on May 5th.





Doing research for the book was fascinating discovering all the strides that have been made for paralyzed patients. I learned about an amazing Orthopedic doctor, Dr. Ted Rummel, who devised a wheelchair that, using hydraulics, could lift him from sitting to standing so he could continue doing surgeries while safely supported and strapped into his chair.

Here he is going into surgery in the upright position. Great idea, right?

My hero, Wes Van Allan, being the man he is, immediately upon learning of this other doctor’s device, orders one for himself. It opens the door for his return to work as a neurosurgeon, a calling he has felt since his teenage years.

I also loved learning how para and quadriplegics can drive, and wrote a scene where Wes takes Mary out to a special restaurant in Malibu, California. He definitely went Alpha male behind the wheel. It was a fun scene to write.

Perhaps the most amazing thing I learned while doing research for this book was about the invention of exoskeletons. The Robotic apparatus which looks kind of like a jet pack is carefully devised to stimulate the paraplegics legs, knees and ankles, assisting them to walk using grip sensitive canes.  Here is a picture to show how it works. No spoilers so I’m not going to say if or how I used this information in my story.

If you’d like to see more about this click on the picture and it will take you to an amazing article with a video.

 I discovered so much great information while writing this book, like bicycles made in Scandinavia specifically for para and quadriplegics to help with their circulation, which is one of the biggest issues for their continued health, and bouncy cots that help with, well, uh, let’s say for those private times with people you care deeply about, and so much more.  In fact, I got so in to doing research my editor had to politely tell me to cut back on the specifics. Yes, over-researched stories interfere with the book, or, in my case, the author’s putting too many details in fiction. Yes, I listened to my editor. 😉

I hope my excitement about my 19th Medical Romance, and my 24th published book for Harlequin (I’m currently working on #27) is contagious enough to make you check out the book and blurb.

May is an important month in USA. We celebrate Mother’s Day on the 14th. If you’ve got one, give her a hug or a call, and mail her a card, too! Also, May 6-13th is National Nurse Week, something I spent twenty-five years doing for a living. If you know a nurse tell him or her how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you!

That’s probably enough advice for now, so thanks for reading.

Until next time, make it a great one!







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Just Another Day in April

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.” William Shakespeare

That’s all I’m going to say about April Fool’s day this year.





This month, I am still spotlighting my first TULE publication – HER BABY, HIS LOVE. The reviews are coming in, and a few have blown me away.

“Ms. Marshall has created not only a compelling romance, but the story is also very entertaining with fascinating secondary characters. The Montana setting and small town charm had me enjoying the book even more.”           4.5 stars Always Reviewing.

“This story really resonated with me, exemplifying that sometimes a fresh start is a good thing. It can give you new insight on life as well as yourself. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to other readers.” 5 stars Eileen W., Amazon Reader

“I really enjoyed this romance, so much more than romance of starting over and learning to trust. Loved how the small town came together to help, well almost everyone. This is my first book by Lynne Marshall and will not be my last.4 stars Shari B. Amazon reader

Even this 3 star review by Heather on Amazon managed to say something nice!  “I really liked her neighbors and the small town of Charity, the small amount of drama between Taylor and Arlene, and I even liked the story line that happened with regards to Taylor’s pregnancy and the baby’s biological father. All of the characters were fleshed out well, and the author’s writing talent definitely showed.”

Check out the blog at TULE and watch for my blog at Romance Book Paradise to find out who my favorite romance writer is. I’d greatly appreciate it.

I am also gearing up for the April 18th print release of my next Medical Romance, which will also be my last – MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON. This was a book I spoke in person to my then editor, Flo Nicoll, about in London when I visited in 2015. It was just a kernel of an idea then, but with her guidance I wrote, what could have been a difficult story and turned it to uplifting. Even Flo said she was proud of me when I turned it in!


Here’s the blurb, and after that are a couple of reviews that have already come in.

From doctor…to daddy?

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby!

Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?

“Wow is all I can say. Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall is a brilliantly delivered story. It makes you think about your life and how lucky most of us are.–Fabulous book by Lynne Marshall!” Adel, GoodReads 5 stars

“Lynne Marshall, your book “Miracle for the Neurosurgeon” had my heart strings from the first words written.–Miracle for the neurosurgeon, is not ONLY A must Read it will make You feel things you have never felt before, more love, more passion, more EVERYTHING.”  Anita H. GoodReads 5 stars

I’m super excited about this book, because it was my way of dealing with the complete sadness I had after finishing the incredible book – Me Before You. I was determined to write a true romance story with the challenge of having a newly paraplegic hero. My story is actually nothing like the other book for many reasons, but most of all for the fact I delivered on romance’s one promise – a happily ever after. So don’t stress over the premise, and trust me for the ending, then run don’t walk to download or purchase in print my last Medical Romance for Mills & Boon.

In May, I’ll share some of the amazing advances in paraplegic care I discovered while doing research for this book.

Until next time – make it a great one!


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Some months are more fun than others, and March is turning out to be a great one!

I’ll start off with a book cover reveal for my first book with TULE publishing – HER BABY, HIS LOVE

Is this beautiful or what?

Here’s the blurb:

All Taylor Clark ever wanted was a normal life and a traditional family, but so far she’s had neither. Soon after discovering that her boyfriend was secretly engaged and she moves to Charity, Montana for a fresh start, she finds out she’s pregnant. As her new friendly and sexy landlord helps her settle in, they become friends, although Taylor has to keep reminding herself to keep her distance. The last thing she needs is to start something new. 

As an ex-con, Joe Collins knows a little something about fresh starts. Despite his determination to keep his head down, he can’t ignore Taylor’s natural beauty or obvious vulnerability. In short time, a tentative friendship blooms along with something more precious—trust.

When Taylor’s ex comes to town, he threatens everything that Joe and Taylor have built together. Joe steps up to care for and protect her, even though he risks losing more than the woman he loves. 

I shared a few pictures of the person I imagined when I wrote Joe Collins in my last blog, but I’ll share one again, along with a comment about the book. Remember the gorgeous Steve McQueen?

The man may be easy on the eyes and calming to the nerves, but Taylor has had it with guys who keep secrets, and his turns out to be a doozy. Who is she to talk, though, when her recently discovered situation is a total relationship changer.

Who is she, you ask? Here’s the person I imagined as Taylor.


Though this book won’t officially be released until March 27th, it is now available for pre-order at all of these venues.


Watch for my newsletter, which just went out yesterday  (If you haven’t already signed up for my occasional newsletters, you can do so now in the right side bar on this website) where I’ll be running a Montana inspired contest and share more exclusive info about the newest project, plus news about my May book – Miracle for the Neurosurgeon, a Harlequin Medical Romance.

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Here’s my other big news: I’m delighted to be part of a workshop panel at California Dreamin’ Writer’s Conference March 24-26 in Brea, California. The title of the workshop: Big Stories, Small BooksIs Category Romance the Right Fit for You?

I’m so happy to say I’ll be sharing the workshop podium with three fabulous authors – Charlene Sands (Harlequin Desire) and Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue), and 2015 Rita Finalist, Robin Bielman, who will present the Entangled publishing angle. It should be a lot of fun, and I guarantee we will give away loads of books to those who participate from the audience. So, if you’re a writer, check this out!

Until next time, make it a great one!



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MY HEROES – 2017

This year I’ll only have two books out, but I have to confess, the heroes are two of my favorite!

Let me tell you about them.


I don’t have a publishing date for the book I submitted to TULE just yet, but something tells me I will have a cover in the near future, and a release date soon after that. Watch this space, as they say in the U.K., sometime between late February and March.

Here is the guy who inspired my hero Joe Collins in HER BABY, HIS LOVE. Know who Steve McQueen is? Well, think of him, but with pale golden-brown eyes.

Joe Collins owns a nursery called Heaven’s Door, has a knack for growing things, and works with his hands. Here’s a description of Joe in Chapter One, as first seen by the heroine Taylor:

The other man further back—tall, blond—worked in solitude wearing headphones at the far end of the fruit and flowering trees. Absurd as it seemed for never seeing the man before, he worked with sincerity and purpose and something about his demeanor drew her to him. When she approached, he wiped away sweat and dirt with his sleeve then removed his headphones, and appearing surprised, asked, “How may I help you?”


Perspiration dampened his shirt. He smelled of loam and mulch. Rich brown earth covered his hands and packed beneath his nails. Speckles of dirt accentuated the pores on his face and dusted sun-bleached dark blond hair. He used a dirty hand to comb it back from his face. Clear, topaz-colored eyes shifted quickly upward from her feet to her face, and then squinted into a courteous smile. His near translucent gaze unsettled her. It seemed to pierce right through her safety barrier and made her edgy. She flashed a business-only smile for protection.

My second hero is named Wes Van Allen in my next Harlequin Medical Romance: MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON due out May 1, 2017

Here are the U.S. (L) and U.K. (R) book covers.

You may have noticed Wes is in a wheelchair. Okay, I confess, I wrote this book to make up for the terribly sad ending in the book and movie, Me Before You. My story is nothing like that book, of course, starting with the fact my hero is a paraplegic not quadriplegic. And since I write romance, you know the ending will be happy, right?


Here’s the back of the book blurb:

From doctor…to daddy? 

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby! Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?

There you have it, my two guys for 2017. I hope you’ll give them both a chance, and if you read the books and like them, please consider writing a review at either Amazon or Goodreads.

Though I’m currently writing book #2 in the Delaney Brothers trilogy, the Harlequin Special Edition books won’t be out until March (Daniel’s story), April (Mark’s story) and May (Conor’s story) 2018. I’ll talk more about them later this year.

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Until next time, make it a great one!

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New Year – 2017

With every New Year we’ve got a chance to accomplish what we may not have pulled off in the year before.  We tend to think of it like hitting the re-do button.  It helps us pick ourselves up, if we’ve had a tough year, and start over with hope in our hearts and plans on our calendars.


As for me, I need to get my diet back under control, and like most of the population on this planet, get more exercise.  I’ve also got book deadlines to keep, and travel plans to carry out.

Here are a few facts about my upcoming year:

Though I’m writing like a madman, I’ll only have two books out this year. Miracle for the Neurosurgeon – Harlequin Medical Romance, May 2017, and my debut book for TULE publishing-TBA.

I turned in my 25th book for Harlequin to Harlequin Special Edition in October 2016, but the actual book won’t be out until early 2018!!! I am very excited about the Delaney Brothers trilogy, and can’t wait to share the stories with you. Please stay tuned!

I will be presenting workshops at two conferences this year:

California Dreamin’ March 24-26 – I will be part of a panel presentation Big Stories, Small Books – Is Category Romance the Right Fit for You? with three other fabulous ladies: Charlene Sands (Harlequin Desire), Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue), and Robin Bielman (Entangled and TULE publishing), where we will discuss the specifics of the genre with emphasis on what publishers such as Harlequin and Entangled are looking for.

Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference – June 1-4 in Arizona. I will be presenting Redeeming Despicable Characters using the movies Identity Thief and Warm Bodies as examples of character growth arcs from despicable to loveable. And I’m really excited that Diana Gabaldon will be the Keynote Speaker.

I have big writing plans, and hope that you’ll understand that, though 2017 will be sparse on books, 2018 will be plentiful with publication dates.

I’m wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year, and I’m hoping we’ll all take advantage of this clean slate in 2017 to do great things.

I love the Brad Paisley quote about the New Year – “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” 


Until next time, make it a great one!


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Santa Holding Magical Christmas Lights In HandsOMG. Already?  Once Halloween rears it’s ugly head, it seems the rest of the year is only a breath away.  Yet as a kid, Christmas seemed to take forever to get here. I love the Reason for the Season, but the rest of the hoopla makes my chest get tight. There’s so much to do, and so little time!


I admit, thus far I’ve only done some online shopping. I don’t even have a list made up yet!  To make matters harder, we will be traveling for Christmas this year. I’m torn about not bothering to put up a tree, but how will I get into the spirit of Christmas without one?  Of course we’ll decorate the inside of the house with our usual mementos, but should we also decorate outside?  What is a Christmas traveler supposed to do?






One of the things that helps me calm down and enjoy this season of new birth is Christmas music, both classical and popular.  Some of the greatest and most beautiful songs and music have been written in celebration of Christmas. That is a gift we can cherish every year, too.

The other anecdote to anxiety during the month of December is Tradition. Yes, those one or two things that we all do to keep us focused on why we celebrate.  It’s not ALL about the presents folks! But we already know that.


At our house we always put out the nativity scene, the countdown to Christmas gift tree, and the advent candle set, which we light each Sunday evening after reading an advent message.  I also put out the four special “Around the World” Santa figurines my mother gave me over the years. Doing that in her memory every year makes it even more meaningful. I can’t forget the table liner I got in Halifax, and we use the “Christmas” plates every night of the month.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?


I’m not a gifted baker, but I do enjoy making gingerbread at Christmastime. Part of me Roasted Turkey On Harvest Tabledreads all of the yummy goodies that come my way during this season, because I KNOW for those moments of pleasure, I’ll have to spend extra time, sweat and tears working off the unwanted weight.



What’s your favorite treat to make at Christmas?

I think I’ve about covered everything.  If you see something I missed, please leave a comment.

Merry Christmas Banner With New Year's Spheres, Stars, Streamer

Christmas Season Blessing

During the coming
Christmas season
May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season,
which is peace,
The gladness of the season,
which is hope,
And the heart of the season,
which is love.

Until 2017 – make it a great one!



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A Time to Say Thanks

Thanksgiving in the USA is just around the corner.  We think of it as a time to gather with friends or family and say thanks for our blessings.  Some folks only think of it as a day to pig out. Others fret over having to face certain family members they’d rather not.


Making one day THE day to say thanks often winds up putting a lot of pressure on people!  Especially those in charge of cooking the meal.

The attitude of gratitude is something I prefer to carry with me every day, because I have much to be thankful for.

My daily bread is always there, and because I understand others go hungry, I give monthly to Feed the Children.  My health is relatively good for a lady of my age, and in gratitude of this I contribute monthly to St. Jude’s Hospital, where no child or family is turned away.

I am blessed with a roof over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in, and because of this I have sponsored a young girl in Haiti through World Vision for nearly a decade now.

It doesn’t all have to be about giving money, though.

There are so many ways to help our neighbors that don’t involve the pocket book.  For instance, we can regularly go through the closets to find gently worn clothes, shoes and “still working” household items to give to the local thrift store.  This helps employ other people and allows families to stretch their shrinking dollars for basic needs. There are soup kitchens (usually run by local churches) open all year long, not just the holidays, to volunteer with.  Many towns often schedule community clean up days where all volunteers are welcome.

Simple acts of kindness for our fellow citizens don’t cost a penny and pay goodwill forward.  We can all do that, no matter how rich or poor we are. And who among us doesn’t have an extra smile or two to spare for a stranger. It might be the only one they get that day!

We have so many opportunities to show our thanks throughout the year, why wait for one day every year to do it?

This Thanksgiving, while we enjoy the fruits of our bounty, may we all be refreshed and strengthened, and ready to find a way to help others. Most importantly, may we greet each day with a grateful heart.

Until next time, make it a great one!


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img_3924-jpg-mtNeither had I. Sure I’d heard of Fargo (had seen the movie) and knew the weather was extreme in the winters, but beyond that…it never occurred to go. Until hubby was on a quest to visit every one of the fifty states and he was down to the last three. (Look out Arkansas, you’re last on Bill’s list!)

To our delight, North Dakota was as beautiful as Montana and though we only stepped foot inside for two days we saw plenty.



Our main goal was to visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora. Such a beautiful place in the badlands, and the place President Roosevelt went to heal and mourn the death of his wife and mother (who died on the same day!) when he was only a young man of twenty-five or six. His time of solace in ND changed his life and rooted in him the need to preserve the natural beauty of our country. He is the president who pushed for National Parks and, in my opinion, deserves his bust on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, along with Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson.



Our card playing friends recommended, while we were in ND, that we go to the “famous” Medora Musical. Oh, and don’t forget to get your pitchfork fondue steak first, they said.


What? Now we were intrigued. And we weren’t disappointed on either count. img_3885-jpg-nd


The Medora Musical gives a tourist a first class taste of Americana. The weather was perfect the night we visited the outdoor theater, and all of the young performers had good voices (a couple of them had great voices!). If you’re ever in that part of the country, and are looking for some good old fashioned entertainment, stop in!




We also stayed in the city of Dickinson, ND, a town of approximately 20,000 population, but with a lot of construction going on. An interesting thing at the local Applebee’s was almost the entire wait staff was from Serbia! How do I know that? Our waitress had a great personality and by her accent I suspected she was from Russia, so I asked. Turns out they’d been in the US on work visas for four years and Serbia isn’t nearly as cold as North Dakota, so she, her brother and a few friends and cousins had some adjusting to do. Another interesting comment she made was how the people in Dickinson seemed so upbeat and content, something she no longer saw back home. She said people in Serbia were concentrating on surviving so being friendly wasn’t a high priority. Count our blessings folks!

Though I was glad to get back home, I thoroughly enjoyed our ten-day road trip through Montana (see October 1st blog) and North Dakota. Every one of the fifty states have their share of beauty, and thanks to Teddy Roosevelt, there are National Parks all over our country to visit. Put ND on your calendar!

My current book is only available on Amazon in print and e-book format. To find out more about A Soldier’s Second Chance, go here.

final e-book version




She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.




Until next time, make it a great one!


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