TEN YEARS AGO MY FIRST BOOK RELEASED

Her Baby's Secret FatherIt’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since my very first Harlequin Medical Romance, HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER, was published. I’ll be honest and say I cringed when I heard the title, though my working title wasn’t much better – Code Pink, Surprise! But isn’t that baby adorable?

It has taken many years to get used to Harlequin titles, but I’m thrilled to say I’m currently finishing up book #25 for them. Once you understand the “trope in the title” approach—meant for the readers who follow such things—the book titles make perfect sense.

Back in September 2006, when this book came out, the UK Medical Romance line published six books a month in Great Britain, but only four of those made it to the US Harlequin website for purchase. As the new girl, mine didn’t. I remember ordering 25 books from the UK website, only to have something go wrong and the books never made it to my door. I remember trying to explain that my books hadn’t arrived to a person on the UK side of things who clearly thought I was lying in an attempt to get more books. Talk about getting off to a bad start!

It wasn’t until February 2014 when Harlequin published the e-book version (Much better cover, Her Baby's Secret Fatherdon’t you think?) that the US audience had a chance to read it, and so far, over 4,200 US readers have!

So ten years later my little first book has been translated into French, Swedish and Finnish and has sold 57,000 copies worldwide. Not bad for a first book, eh?

 

 

 

 

This is my most current Medical Romance, WEDDING DATE WITH THE ARMY DOC, released in July. Where two imperfect people discover how perfect they are for each other.  Learn about the GoodReads Giveaway here.

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Watch for my October release, also featuring a military trained hero, and which is an indie book. Thank you Harlequin for giving me back the North American rights on this book—another book that never made it to North America for purchase—A SOLDIER’S SECOND CHANCE. It is set to release October 1st but is available for Pre-Order NOW! at a special discounted price!

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Here’s the blurb:

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

Thirteen years back Beck Braxton enlisted in the Army and left town, but not before asking his girl to wait for him. She didn’t. Now he’s part of the elite L.A.P.D. SWAT team and he needs a skills refresher course before he deploys next month as a National Guard Medic. Because of his crazy SWAT schedule, arrangements are made with the head ER doctor from St. Stephen’s Hospital to accommodate him. But there’s something suspiciously familiar about the drab nurse he’s assigned to.

January Stewart gave up being that bubbly, carefree girl who’d fallen in love with her high school bad boy when she was forced to make a painful decision all by herself. Thirteen years later, drastically changed by life both inside and out, she goes by the name Jan Ashworth and is harboring a huge secret. She has also been assigned to work with Officer Braxton. He may soon realize she’s the girl who broke his heart while he was deployed, but he doesn’t know the half of it.

Now forced to work together, the ER nurse with every last bit of twinkle and glimmer erased, and Beck, the former wild child turned police officer, must face their past and remember that special feeling that once sizzled between them.

In honor of my ten-year publishing anniversary, I’d like to give away a copy of HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER. I have a print copy (with yellow pages to prove how old it is) or if the winner prefers, an e-book version from Amazon.com. All you have to do is leave a comment about Medical Romance. Have you ever read one? Did you know it existed? If you’ve read one, are you a fan?

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

 

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23 Responses to TEN YEARS AGO MY FIRST BOOK RELEASED

  1. Ann Cameron says:

    Congratulations, Lynne. Where does the time go. Love your blog. 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Thank you, Anne! I know – it seems only yesterday. thanks for stopping by.

  3. Connie Saunders says:

    Congratulations Lynne and Happy ten year Anniversary! This proves that talent, hard work and persistence does pay. I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing four of you medical romances: Father For Her Newborn Baby, A Mother For Her Adopted Son, His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty and Hot Shot Doc, Secret Dad.
    I wish you continued success and I appreciate the chance to win your very first book.
    Blessings!
    Connie

    • Hi Connie!
      So glad you stopped by. I am so grateful to have reader/reviewers like yourself, that I trust and believe, and appreciate the reviews from.

      You’re a star in my book!
      Lynne

  4. Tammy Y says:

    10 years – wow. Pretty sure I missed this book. I started reading your books a little later. Love your books Lynne and I have read many medical romances

    • Hi Tammy!
      It is hard to believe that a retired RN who didn’t write her first book until I turned 50, has been lucky enough to publish all of these years. Yay!
      I am so grateful for your reading my books, and also for the reviews you have written for me over the years.

      Loved meeting you in Charlotte, too!
      Lynne

  5. Robena Grant says:

    I rennet this one, Lynne. Adore all of your books. Huge congrats! On your ten year anniversary, and I’ll raise my glass to many more. Cheers!

  6. Robena Grant says:

    That was supposed to be remember ha ha

  7. Pamela Paterakis says:

    I have read and love medical romances. In fact I have read and owned yours until my daughter took my collection. Hope you write many more!

  8. Mel Ashman says:

    I love the Medical Romances and have read them for several years. Our library here carries the hardcover Mills and Boon Medicals and those are the ones I’ve read most.
    Congratulations! And thank you for this chance!

  9. Judy Seligstein says:

    Congratulations, Lynne! I absolutely love the medical books in the Harlequin line. I’ve read them for years. I can’t wait for your next release.

  10. Quilt Lady says:

    Congrats on your ten years. Yes I have read several of you medical romances and really enjoyed them.

  11. Diana Tidlund says:

    hell yeah I’ve read medical romances…. they are one of my favorite line from Harlequin/ mills and boon….. love love love em!

  12. Latasha Makeupson says:

    Yes, I have read medical romances. I love to read Lynne Marshall’s books. Congrats to Lynne on her ten years. I love medical romances.

  13. I will draw the winner on Sunday and post the name in comments here on Monday.
    Thanks for chiming in folks, and good luck!

  14. I put all names in a bowl and hubby drew Diana Tidlund! Congratulations. Please contact me via this website e-mail address on contact page.

    Thanks everyone for reading Medical Romance and for reading this blog and commenting on my 10 year first book publication celebration.