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!


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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) 

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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!


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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,

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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
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  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,


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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!


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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


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!




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Until 2018 – Make your holiday season a great one!

With Love,


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What I’m reading this December + small giveaway

Tis the Season to get cozy and blog about some of my favorite Christmas books. Since there are too many to share all of them, I’ve chosen a few of my absolute faves. So hang on to your Santa Clause stocking caps and enjoy the wild holiday sleigh ride.

The book that first influenced me was a very short one, and it wasn’t really a book, but a poem—a poem that had all the delights, magic and excitement of Christmas from a kid’s perspective. You know what I’m talking about – The Night Before Christmas by C. Clement Moore. That small book influenced me so much, when I grew up, I used to write a new letter each year mimicking the poem, but filling in my family’s news and sending it off with my Christmas cards. Isn’t copying the highest honor?



Another book that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas, besides, of course, the story of the Nativity, was The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. What better way to drive home the point of sacrificial giving and the joy it brings. Out of love Della cuts off her hair, her one prized possession, to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim’s prized possession—his father’s watch—and Jim sells that heirloom to buy tortoise shell combs for her gorgeous hair. The story taught me about the joy of giving over getting, and I am happy to report I love to give gifts far more than receive them. Though don’t get me wrong, no gift given to me has gone without appreciation!

RKO Theatrical Release Poster

As I got older, I was so enchanted by the classic Capra movie It’s A Wonderful Life, I wanted to read the short story that inspired it. The Greatest Gift (there’s a theme here, see?) by Philip Van Doren Stern came to him in a dream. A guy so down on his luck he wants to die, but an angel shows him what life would be like without him in it. Why can’t I have dreams like that?

This year, I’ve got plans to read some seasonal and contemporary romances. Here’s my lineup

Snowbound in Sweetwater Ranch      by RaeAnne Thayne



His Christmas Miracle by Dani Collins


One Unforgettable Friday by Robena Grant, who is a good writer friend of mine.






I’m so looking forward to reading these books to help me get that holiday spirit that is so important this time of year.


What are you planning to read this December? Share your favorites and three commenters will receive a fun book mark, each with some great philosophy for how to get the most out life. 


In the meantime, don’t let the crazy time of year get you down, pace yourselves, eat some fruit and vegetables along with all of the delicious Christmas treats, and before you grab some shuteye each night, take time to do a little reading!

Until next time, make it a great one!



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Giving Thanks with Free Book!

For my USA friends and readers, Happy Thanksgiving. Today is a day we take time to give thanks for the goodness in our lives, for family and friends. I am grateful for my loved ones and the good fortune I’ve had in life. Like everyone, there have been many trying years, too. I still hold that life overall is good, and every day I wake up, get out of bed, when everything seems to be working “good enough,” is a great day!



This year, one of the ways I’m giving thanks is with a FREE BOOK!





Watch for my BookBub ad November 23rd, (Yes, on Thanksgiving).  The first book in my Charity, Montana series from TULE Publishing will be FREE. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll pick up your copy while you can.

The free book will be offered in the following regions: US, UK, CA, AU, IN.

Also, Milo wanted to remind everyone about my current release.

Milo: “Wait, what am I supposed to say again?”

Lynne whispers in his big ear.

Milo: “Oh, right. If you’re looking for a sweet Christmas love story, why not check out Their Christmas Miracle? It’s available at all the usual digital book stores.”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING IN USA. Celebrate another good day everywhere else. Make it a great one!

Sending love your way. And don’t forget to grab your FREE BOOK!


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