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Monday, February 6, 2012

GUEST AUTHOR: Lynne Marshall

Today my guest is LYNNE MARSHALL, please make her feel welcome!

Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart.

She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children and is super proud of them, is a dog lover, a cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!

She writes Medical Romances for Mills & Boon, and contemporary romance for Harlequin Special Edition and The Wild Rose Press. The first book in the Grady family trilogy, COURTING HIS FAVORITE NURSE, is a March 2012 Harlequin Special Edition.  Also coming in March in e-book only is, AN INDESCRETION, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, from The Wild Rose Press. 

About the book... 
Title - COURTING HIS FAVORITE NURSE (Harlequin Special Edition, March 2012 #2178)
Setting - Southern California – rural Ventura County.
Hero - Jack Lightfoot, a math teacher and voluntary firefighter, and the big crush of Anne Grady’s life since the time she was sixteen. 
Heroine - Anne Grady, an R.N., and the oldest sibling in the Grady family.  She is the rock of the family who is occasionally blunt to a fault. 
Scene you would never cut - The hot air balloon scene where the Jack and Anne share their first kiss. 
What do you think the readers will like about this book? It’s a reunion story full of complications, twists and surprises, where you really want this couple to finally admit they can’t live without each other.

(Harlequin Special Edition, March 2012 #2178, US)

Anne Grady knew better than anyone that love was complicated. When she’d left her hometown, she thought she was leaving her past heartbreak behind for good, as well. But practically the moment she returned to care for her injured parents, she stumbled headlong into their confidant—her first love, Jack Lightfoot.
Jack had been unable to deny his feelings for Annie when he was a teenager dating her best friend, and he certainly couldn’t muffle the spark twisting between them now—even if memories of the past kept threatening to push them apart. This time Jack wasn’t going to let history repeat itself—he was going to show Annie that the two of them were meant to be much more than best friends!

Buy Links:
Amazon                 Amazon UK               B&N              Book Depository 

What's next for you? I have an e-book, AN INDISCRETION, from The Wild Rose Press available beginning March 2012 – it is a contemporary romance with medical elements.

A doctor… A nurse… An indiscretion…
Paul Valverde is stretched to the limit, caring for an elderly relative while running a business and maintaining a fulltime medical practice at St. Stephen’s Hospital—with no time for a relationship.
RN Carrington Hanover leaves her money-hungry fiancé at the altar and moves on to a new job at St. Stephen’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  The next man in her life must love her, not her money.
All Work and no play has made Paul an unfulfilled man, and the resurrected redheaded crush from his youth is driving him to distraction.  Can their complicated past become untangled by their newfound attraction—or will their love be doomed by mistrust and long-held resentment?

About you...
Favorite movie of all time – The Wizard of Oz. 
Favorite fairytale – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 
Favorite story to disappear into – anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 
Favorite TV program – Currently – Modern Family (sitcom). 
First book you remember reading - I read a lot as a child, but I distinctly remember my 12th summer when I read To Kill a Mockingbird.  I woke up every morning eager to get back into that book, to see what Scout would be up to, and to solve the mystery of the carved toys in the tree stump. 
Dog or cat person (or other) -  I’m a dog lover and a cat admirer (how’s that for diplomatic!). 
Author (living or dead) you'd most like to meet - Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis.
A romantic retreat for you would be... A rustic lodge in any of several US National Parks surrounded by pristine vistas of mountains, lakes and rivers.
What do you do to unwind or relax? Walk, read, cook with a glass of wine close by, laugh – that’s the best way to relax of all. 
What era would you like to time travel and visit? When dinosaurs roamed the earth. 
And why? There is so little we really know about them.  I’d really love to see them from a  Jurassic Park standpoint, though in a safe, absolutely-no-chance-of-harm-to-me way. ☺ 
What does love mean to you? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says it best for me.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

In keeping with the theme of Lynne's book - two friends who become lovers - can readers share a favorite movie or book where this happens? Barring that, a movie with a love story that brought you to tears or gave you that *sigh* factor.

Everyone who answers will go into a draw - Lynne has a 2012 Affair de Coeur wall calendar to give away to one lucky person. Share your answer by midday, Sunday 12th February (Aussie time) and the winner will be announced that evening (just in time for Valentines Day!). Quite appropriate, don't you think? 

If you'd like to know more about Lynne and her books, check out her website or RomanceWiki, or keep abreast of her news on her blog or author page, or even follow her on Facebook or Goodreads.


  1. Good morning, Kylie!
    I'm always thrown by US vs Australian time, so I was surprised to see I'm up (my blog) already!

    I wanted to sweeten the giveaway by saying I have a few little surprises I'll send along with that calendar. Just some fun stuff. ;)

    Thanks so much for having me as your guest today. Will check back later for comments.

    1. Yes, the time zone issue can be a fun thing to juggle - thanks for checking in!

      Wow, thanks for the special little extra giveaways! I'm sure the readers will love them!

      So sorry I've been MIA most of today - I had all intentions of being a regular visitor and checking in but a medical emergency (I'm a volunteer ambo) pulled me away for about 5 hours and I'm only now dropping in.

      But I see you've all been busy chatting and having cyber coffee, having fun and making yourselves at home - I'm so glad. :-)

  2. Hi Lynne,
    As I said before, I feel like I've known you in a previous life. Although, I'd time travel back to the Covered Wagon days.

    1. I thnk it would be nice for a day to try this too.

  3. I thought I would pop on by and say hello so you won't be yipping to yourself. ;-) I'm excited to see all the new books coming out. Congrats! Nancy aka sheandeen

    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for keeping Lynne company while I've been out. :-)

  4. Janie! - I used to play wagontrain when I was a kid - I'd get all the kids in the neighborhood together, and we'd all set up our "wagons" and pretend to take a trip across the country.

    I know - I was a weird kid. LOL

  5. Hi Lynne- First up- congrats Kylie on the book- the cover looks awesome- can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
    Now for Lynne- As a fellow medical author- the question I'd like to ask is how difficult is it for you to stray from the Mills and Boon series and write for special edition. Do you find that when you start the book you know which category it would be. I only ask because my books are character driven and they take me to where they want to go so how does it work for you.

    1. Thanks, Kamy!

      Good question - I look forward ot reading Lynne's answer.

  6. OH, Lynne, you always look so poised and polished even when your alone Down Under. I love stories from the heart, and medical romances. Thank you for sharing the Corinthian's verse. I'd like to see any author top this! I think you left off ziplining for relaxation! Wonderful blog!

    1. Hi Donnell, Lynne held the fort down well. Her Corinthians verse is one of my all time favorites from the bible.

  7. Hi, Lynne,

    Looks like I'm the only one who read the directions. My favorite movie of friends
    falling in love is "When Harry Met Sally."

    Love your writing, Lynne! Congrats on the Special Edition title. I've heard that's hard to get into. :) Please pick me!

    Cathy underscore shouse @yahoo dot com

    1. Cathy, woohoo on seeing Lynne's question and for sharing a very good movie!

  8. Hi Kamy - that's a great question, and I hope you will be patient with me and follow along on this blog tour, as I will be discussing the exact question at the Pink Heart Society blog on March 7th. Are you willing to wait?

    Both lines are character driven, one has medical as the setting (sort of like a secondary character) and one line focuses more on the couple and their hometown and family.

    Thanks for commenting!

    1. Thanks Lynne- I will wait but please do remind be by sending out an email to RWA Heartbeat like you did this time;-)
      And thanks for the opportunity to chat.

  9. Hey Nancy! You'll never be anonymous to me! :)

    Thanks for keeping me from talking to myself. It's a humbling experience.

    I'm happy to have a couple of new books coming out in March, too! Also a Medical Romance in July. :)

  10. Donnell! You are too kind. I'm glad you enjoyed the classic definition for love. Can't top it.

    Hey - ziplining is for adventure, not relaxation. It's invigorating. :)
    thanks for commenting.

    1. What is ziplining??? I'm afraid I've not heard of it or maybe it's called something else here in Australia?

  11. Hi Cathy!
    Brownie points for reading to the end and answering the question! LOL

    I loved When Sally Met Harry. That is a tough movie to top.

    Thank you for your very kind comments about my books. You're a doll!

  12. Hi Lynne:
    Glad you're back down under. Swing by and say hi to my mum. : )I'm looking forward to both of your new releases. March will be a busy reading month for me.
    A movie that I found touching, and with a happy ending was One Fine Day, with George Clooney and Michelle Pfieffer. Their chemistry was fabulous. The story ran over one day and was full of mishaps and frustrations, sensual awakening, trust, and for me, the beginning of a wonderful romance.

    1. George Clooney & Michelle Pfieffer were a good combination in that movie, Robena. Great description!

  13. Hi Robena!
    What's your mum's address? :)
    Hey- thanks for the movie recommendation. I've never seen One Fine Day. I will look for it the next time I rent a DVD.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  14. I'll answer your question, if you'll answer mine.

    My answer is "When Harry Met Sally."

    My question: Is it March yet? I'm getting eager to read both books!!

    1. It's a short month, Vonnie, so March will get here quicker! LOL

  15. Hi Vonnie!
    I like both your answer and your question.

    I'm hoping this is what we call "buzz".

    I do think When Harry Met Sally is a total classic. Hard to top.

    Thanks, Vonnie, for reading and commenting.

  16. Hi Lynne - but first of all I hope you don't mind if I do some HUGE squeals to and for Kylie. This book has been long awaited and I hope it sells trillions ans trillions, gorgeous friend!

    Lynne? Thank you for allowing that oputburst! And wow - you're one busy woman! Writing for 2 diff cat lines/ and 2 diff pubs? Wow.

    And I thought I was busy writing under two diff names!

    Not sure I can answer your movie question because I never seem to know what movie is my fave and which book or author is my fave. I tend to love whatever I'm watching or reading at the moment!

    Been bogged down with deadlines so the last movie was a couple of months back and was - wait for it: Rowan Atkins, 'Johnny English'!! LOL. Not exactly romantic, but a great laugh and a great release - and good fodder for the kids spy series I was writing!

    And despite me not being able to answer your question directly, I have a question for you. Mine is one about process:

    As one who also has to juggle lots of things and who still works 20 plus hours a week, I'm always fascained by how other authors 'do it'. How do you manage your day?

    Good luck for March and your new releases - I have a feeling they're going to do really well!

    (Oh? And I 'looove' that Corinithians quote. It's my fave depiction of what love should be.)

    Thank you! And thank you Kylie for inviting Lynne. It was delightful chatting with her.

    1. Kaz, I heard those squeals all the way out here - thank you, and I would LOVE it if VB sells squillions. Tomorrow the real excitement begins. LOL

      Rowan Atkinson in anything is a good watch!

      Good question for Lynne too.

  17. Hi Lynne,

    I've been wracking my brain and I can't come up with anything different that WHMS. It is a classic.

    Congrats on all your upcoming releases!!! (Nothing like juggling two at the same time!)

  18. Hi Kaz!
    Great to hear from you, and I agree about Kylie's book - the cover is absolutely positootly gorgeous!

    I used to work part time as an RN when I first sold, and continued juggling the two jobs for a couple of years, then I was fortunate enough to have put in lots and lots of years and qualified for a small pension. Between my writing and that pension I contribute to our household. Hubby carries the brunt of the burden though. :/

    I manage to judge a handful of contests each year while writing my books. I am not a 4-5 book a year girl - only write about 3 if I'm lucky. Fortunately I had a lot of mss. written before I ever sold!

    Good for you - you'll hit your stride and learn to juggle (as we women always do) a whole lot of things. My head spins at the thought of two pen names - two blogs, two websites, two facebook pages. Eeesh.

    hugs on the Corinthians - it says it all, doesn't it?

  19. Dee J!

    I guess WHMS is the biggie for the day. Jack and Anne have a great story, though, thankfully, it doesn't take them nearly as long as Harry and Sally to figure out they belong together!

    Thanks for commenting.

  20. Hi Lynne and Kylie,

    I love, love, love The Notebook. And I cry absolutely everytime pretty much right from the start. I'm a total hopeless romantic and I think that Allie and Noah's story is absolutely heartbreaking *sniff*

    Gee Kylie, with all that is going on with your upcoming release I'm surprised you have the time to still host interviews =D

    Thanks for a great interview ladies xox

    1. I have to admit I have yet to watch The Notebook, seen snippets, but nothing right the way through.

      And I'm a little OCD about organising blog posts - I tend to arrange things a couple of onths in advance.

      This time I made sure everything was scheduled (nothing left to organise) to keep Feb. clear so I could concentrate on just commenting - on visitors here and around the traps with my own blog tour). :-D

  21. I like "As Good As It Gets" - technically they become friends first before they fall in love, right? The movie with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson...I LOVE that movie! And I'm really looking forward to both your new books!

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for calling in. AGAIG's IS a good movie isn't it? I love the friendship angle too.

  22. Hi Kath -
    Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree, The Notebook is a 100% tear jerker.

    Lovely story. Absolutely lovely.

  23. Hi Christine!

    As Good As It Gets is definitely a "friends first" movie. Loved it, too.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

    1. Lynne, the visitors have certainly kept you busy while I've been away but it looks like there's a few favorites in movies with WHMS proving the most popular so far.

      Thanks for holding down the fort while I've been away - nothing like Murphy's Law kicking in and taking you away from best laid plans - LOL

  24. Lynne, lovely to see you DownUnder again and we're looking forward to you visiting us again on the LoveCats for a Sunday Smooch next weekend! I love the sound of both your March releases! Can't wait... so using Kylie's excellent countdown clock we'll only need to wait another... 23ish days and 12 hours and...!

    For friends to lovers movies... WHMS is fab and how about Someone Like You with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman? I think it's gorgeous! I'd love to add a spoiler here to tell my fav scene - but I'll be good and resist!

    Kylie, not long to go now - 6 1/2 hours! Woohoo!


    1. Ohh, a LoveCats visit - I'll look forward to reading that post (it's one of my Sunday regular pleasures!). :-)

      Anything with Hugh Jackman in it is good! And this is one I'm putting on my to watch list as I've never seen it - thanks, Sharon!

    2. Opps, and yes, getting excited, not long now!

  25. Hi Sharon!
    So nice of you to stop by. Looking forward to next Sunday's Smooch a TLCDU blog. :)

    I had forgotten about Someone Like You. That was a sweet sweet movie, and not hard on the eyes either.

    The scene I thought that was extra cute was when Ashley shows him how she used to be a cheerleader - does one of the cheers for him. It was a moment that allowed her some vulnerability, because before that (it's been a long time since I've seen it) she was a bit of a smart mouth tough chick. I think.

    Good suggestion!

  26. Kylie!
    Congratulations on your book release day and launch tour. I've sad it before and I'll say it again - that cover is gorgeous.

    I hope all turned out well yesterday on the medical emergency. I bet you have a few stories to tell, being in that profession!

    Thank you so much for having me, and I believe you said you'd keep this blog open for a bit, so i won't pick a winner just yet, okay?

    Wishing you all the best,

  27. I am also a huge Wizard of Oz fan. I can't wait to start this book and get the e-book too! Excellent interview and sorry that I am late to the party as usual.

  28. Thanks, Lynne! :-)

    Yes, the prize draw is open until Sunday 12th (Sat.11th for USA time zone) - gives people the chance to get through the working week. So pick a winner on your Saturday evening and email me - kyliegriffin71 (at) optusnet (dot) com (dot) au - and I'll post it up here on the blog.

    Hello, Maria! WoZ is a great movie, I've lost count of how many times I've watched it.

  29. Hi Maria!
    thanks for making it by. You're not late - it's Feb 6th for us, right? :)

    I've been thinking of more friends first then lovers movies and I'd have to add You've Got Mail. They were definitely e-mail friends before falling in love. I adored that movie.

  30. Wow! A reunion romance from one of my very favorite authors, Lynne Marshall, rates right up there with a hot fudge sundae with all the trimmings! Yummy : )

    "The Truth About Love", starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dougray Scott, is a movie which I really enjoy. After Alice Holbrook (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a happily married English woman, receives a anonymous Valentine's Day card in it, she automatically assumes the card is from her supposedly loving lawyer husband, Sam (Jimi Mistry), and that he is trying to be romantic. In return, Alice decides to write an anonymous reply to her husband to keep the gimmick going, but only accidentally sends the card after a drunken night with her sister. What Alice does not realize, however, is that her husband did, in fact, not send her the original Valentine's Day card; her husband's best friend and lawyer partner, Archie (Dougray Scott), did. This sets off a hilarious and touching (and naughty) chain of events. I adored Dougray Scott in this film--so funny and charming! When his character is asked if his wife dominated him in the bedroom, he replies: "She dominated me all over the house!" It takes a while for Alice to discover her true self and her true love, but it's a worthwhile journey!

    The Corinthians verse is my very favorite : )

  31. Hi Virginia!

    The Truth About Love sounds like a great movie. I'm going to have to check it out.
    Thank you so much for your kind words about my books. you're a peach!

    I'll take that ice cream now, please! :)

  32. I have to say that the daydreaming of stories which you eventually have to write happened to me too. I don't know if you'll ever see this comment, but I thought I'd say it anyway.....