Jen: Today we welcome Lynne Marshall to Romancing the Book. Lynne, will you share a short bio with us?
Lynne: Lynne Marshall has been published for over ten years and is a hybrid author of over twenty-five books. She writes Medical Romance for Mills & Boon, contemporary romance for Harlequin Special Edition, and also self-publishes Contemporary Romance. She is a Southern California native, has been married to a New Englander for a long time, and has two adult children of whom she is super proud. She is also an adoring grandmother of two beautiful little girls, a woman of faith, a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an optimistic participant in this wild journey called life.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Lynne: A Soldier’s Second Chance is my newest indie release. It is a secret baby trope with a huge twist. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I could pull off the story without making the hero and heroine unlikeable, but I believe I’ve stated my case in a caring way so that the reader sees their side and has empathy for both of them.
Here’s a short excerpt:
A tall, fit-looking man in a police uniform with sculpted arms and a nearly shaved head was shaking hands with Dr. Riordan. Surprising and unwanted humming vibrated over the nerve endings in her spine. What was it about a man in a uniform?
The hair rose on the back of Jan’s neck as she went on alert. There was something about that profile, the line of his shoulders, his stance that put her on edge. “I thought you said he’s with the National Guard. That guy’s a cop.”
“He’s on the LAPD SWAT team, is a Special Forces trained medic, and also is on the National Guard, so I’m told.”
“Impressive. How can he work here and on the force at the same time?”
“He’s coming in on his days off and after hours.”
Some sixth sense sent a rush of blood from her suddenly pounding heart, making her cheeks get hot. She forced herself to act nonchalant. “Sounds pretty dedicated.”
“From what Gavin says, the guy’s proved himself through several tours of duty and is gearing up for another.”
At three-quarter view, a sharp brow line, deep-set, appraising eyes and a straight profile began to fill in the blanks on the missing person’s report in her head. Though his hair was closely cropped, the stubble looked dark. Almost black. Just like…“Hmm. So when does he start?”
With her eyes darting around the ED for places to hide—not that she was positive she knew him or anything, mostly it was an eerie feeling the mysterious cop dragged out of her—Jan made an about-face, planning to slink away and skulk in the background for the rest of her shift.
“Jan?” Gavin called her name, and any hope of keeping a low profile trickled away.
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Lynne: Their eyes
Jen: Favorite alcoholic drink?
Jen: Non alcoholic?
Jen: Favorite animal?
Jen: Favorite rainy day activity?
Lynne: Going to a movie
Jen: What song do you put on replay?
Jen: What signature dish you’re known for?
Lynne: ha ha ha ha ha I am an adequate cook, doubt I’ll be remembered for anything special.
Jen: What do you collect?
Lynne: Books of course!
Jen: If you could travel in time, where’d you go?
Lynne: First I’d sign a contract that I’d only be in a place for a couple of hours because I am addicted to plumbing. I would like to time travel to turn of the 20th century London and take a stroll down Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and Exhibition Road to see the grandest part of London in its heyday.
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Lynne: Susan Elizabeth Philips because it would be a hoot and I admire her so much!
Jen: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Lynne: I am definitely a morning person, after a couple cups of coffee that is. I do the bulk of my writing in the morning.
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Lynne: Used to love to camp – now DEFINITELY a hotel. The more stars the better!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Lynne: I have just completed the first in a trilogy for Harlequin Special Edition – The Delaney Brothers. First book is Daniel’s story, and I loved writing it! I currently and nervously await edits on it. Also, really excited to have placed a book with TULE publishing. No news beyond that at this time, though. Stay tuned!