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Padraig Delaney’s pub connected to the family hotel

Greetings to Love is the Best Medicine blog and followers! It is always a treat to stop by and say hello.

We medical authors hang out in a virtual break room and often remind each other that though some of us may have moved to other Harlequin lines or to completely different genres (shout out to Fiona Lowe and Anne Fraser) we will always be considered one of the tribe.

Thank you for that!

I’m especially happy to be here to share this milestone!


I’m fortunate to publish three books over the next few months for the Harlequin Special Edition line in US, which is the new Mills & Boon True Love line in UK. It is still called Cherish in Australia, though. As it just so happens, the hero in the launch book FOREVER A FATHER, is a doctor. Surprised? I’m not. My loyalties to the medical profession will continue until the day I kick the bucket.

Daniel Delaney is a Doctor of Physical Medicine and has opened his own clinic back in his hometown of Sandpiper Beach. That is also where his family runs a quaint hotel. Some say you can never go home again, nor should you! But Daniel doesn’t see it that way. Returning to a family that loves and supports him is very important at this time in his life.

In this book, I get to introduce the entire family, Mom, Dad, brothers Mark and Conor, and including grandda Padraig, a real character, if you know what I mean. Plus three lovely women.IMG_3003 (2)

There are also a couple of medical scenes in the first book, one an emergency on Sandpiper Beach, and another where Daniel must relocate a dislocated shoulder using the Cunningham technique. I loved writing those scenes!

The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach2
When I saw this logline written for the series, I thought, yeah, they nailed it.

I hope you’ll check out the trilogy to find out how eighty-five-year-old Padraig Delaney is up to his usual mischief and makes a bold promise that each brother will soon find the love of their lives. Where the seriously doubting brothers, one by one, fall in love, and finally might have to admit the old guy isn’t as daft as he seems.

Here is the UK cover and the book blurb


“Will you be my dad?”

Ask me anything but that.

Once upon a time, Dr. Daniel Delaney had it all. But he lost it in the blink of an eye, and he won’t let himself fall again—not even for his dedicated new assistant, Keela O’Mara, and her adorable, lonely little girl, Anna. Resisting a starry-eyed four-year-old is tough enough. Denying her perfect, loving single mom may be more than Daniel can handle…


QUESTION FOR READERS: If an author writes a trilogy, do you read them one by one as they come out, or wait until all are released and read them all at once?

Thanks for putting up with me again!
Lynne Marshall
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31 thoughts on “ONCE A MEDICAL AUTHOR, ALWAYS A MEDICAL AUTHOR by Lynne Marshall”

  1. Lynne,
    It’s so good to have you here! I love the new books.That they take place at a beach is even better.
    As for your question: If I could get the books all at the same time I would read them back to back.Then wish for more, I’m sure.

    1. Hi Susan – Thanks so much. I’ve heard that some readers won’t start a series until all of the books are out. I personally would read each one as they are available, because otherwise, I’d never get to read for instance the J.D. Robb books, because those will be releasing for years to come! Right?

  2. Hi Lynne

    Congrats on your 25th. I have always loved the way you write- especially your wit! And yes, long after some of us leave the fold, we are still made to feel part of a very special family.

    Personally I wouldn’t wait until a whole series was out although I would try and read them in order. But most books in a series can be read on their own, right?

    1. Hi Emma, former book buddy! 😉 Thanks so much for cheering me on today. I agree, that even though books are in a series, they should also be stand alone books. This is true for my trilogy, but the family interactions could possibly be a little confusing if they aren’t read in order. I’ve already had a few reviewers say they can’t wait to see what happens next with Daniel and Keela, as I’ve left a tiny hook at the end of book one. I hope they’re not disappointed when they discover Daniel and Keela only play a tiny part in the second book, but they are also in book three. That’s the fun of big families, but I guess also a bit of a curse? Any readers out there want to chime in on this?

    1. Thank you Amy! And congratulations to you on your 20th being accepted recently. You’ll meet this milestone in the blink of an eye! You know I love Canada!

  3. Congratulations on your 25th book, Lynne! What gorgeous covers, and I love the tag-line for the series.

    I’m always torn between wanting to read the first in a series as quickly as possible, and wanting to save it for when I can read all the books in one go. I definitely won’t be able to wait until May to start on Daniel and Keela’s story though xx

    1. Hi Annie! I agree the covers are nice, but I have to say #2 is my favorite. Loved writing those twins. 🙂 I also agree that I like to read the launch book in a series (any series) then impatiently await for the next books.
      Thank you so much for popping in and cheering me on oh blog guru, I bow down to you! 😉

  4. Happy 25th book birthday!!!!! Thrilled to see that milestone, Lynne. For anyone else reading this comment, Lynne and I are book twins, in as much as we sold our debut novels to the medical line within six weeks of each other and were newbies together. So thrilled we got to meet in person 2012. I love the covers. I love Irish names so these books are perfect for me 🙂 I read books in a series as they come out. I quite like a bit of delayed gratification; it makes the next book in the series all that more sweet. Again, HAPPY 25th!!! xxx

    1. Hello twin! Yes, we have a special bond because of that first sale, and you have held my hand through many a confusing or frustrating issue over the years. i will always be grateful. It was such fun dancing *(?) at the Harlequin party in 2012. Good memories.
      So you and I are also “twins” when it comes to how we go about reading a book series. Especially if it’s just a trilogy, why not stretch it out!
      Thanks so much for supporting me today. hugs!

  5. Happy 25th Lynne! What an amazing milestone! Huge congratulations!
    When I read a series I usually gobble each book as they come out and then wait….and wait…until the next one. I’m no good at delayed gratification!

    1. Hi Louisa, thanks so much. I’ve been smiling all day, but will finally feel it’s real when I get to dance at the Harlequin party this summer in Denver. 😀 I’m like you, I read the books as they come out, then wait due course for the next and the next. Fortunately, Harlequin Special Edition scheduled my books one month after the next and the next! Thanks for stopping in.

  6. Congratulations, Lynne, on your 25th book, such an exciting milestone!
    My reading pattern depends on when I discover the author – ‘Harry Potter’ I read one by one, ‘The Hunger Games’ I read all in one hit and one of my favourite series was the Sydney Harbour Hospital medical romance series (by 8 of our authors though) which I had to wait for month by month to read. Loved it but hated the waiting 🙂 I’ve discovered I’m not very patient, LOL

    1. Hi Emily! Thanks so much. Yes, it is nice to discover series after they’ve been out for a while, but we authors know if the first book doesn’t sell well, there may not be any future books, right? I loved reading many of the dystopian YA series like Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner long after they were huge successes, too. In fact, I’ve got one waiting on my Kindle now called The Soulkeepers. If I like it, I won’t need to wait. TMI, right? Thanks for coming by on my 25th book milestone.

  7. Hi, Lynne! Love the premise of your series, and also love the photos of your characters! Something I haven’t done much of, but can see it’s one more way for them to come alive to you as you’re writing.

    Big congratulations on your 25th book milestone! I know a lot of work has gone into each one of those books, so you deserve kudos for that big accomplishment 🙂

    I generally am happy to read books in a series as they come, but if I had the chance to gobble them up one after the other? I’d probably do that, too.


    1. Robin! I’m thrilled you love my premise. I had a great time coming up with the stories. I often do collages of my series books, but lately (after I swore NOT ONE MORE INTERNET THINGIE,) I joined Pinterest and discovered how easy it was to keep track of character pictures and book setting etc. Try it, you’ll like it. 😉 I am feeling quite accomplished to hit 25, yet I stand in the shadows of our esteemed 50 book + authors in the Medical Romance line. These women are prolific!
      So, since you’ll have the chance to “gobble them up one after another” I hope you will with the Delaneys!! 🙂
      Hugs, and sorry I won’t get to dance with you in Denver, but you’ll be dancing at a far more important event – your daughter’s wedding!!!!

      1. I will miss seeing you and helping you celebrate your milestone, Lynne, but yes – the dancing shoes will be on here for that other big event! 🙂 I’ve been tempted to try Pinterest but, like you, felt it would be just one more thing….hmmm….will look again… xoxo

  8. Wow, 25 books, that is AMAZING, congratulations, I bet your hand hurts having typed all those millions of words… it must be millions by now? Cannot wait to get that beach in my brain, it’s howling where I am now! x

    1. Hi Becky. I’ve never calculated how many words I’ve written, ha ha, might make my brain explode. Thanks so much for popping in to help me celebrate. Looking forward to your books.

  9. WOWWEEEEEEEE! So impressive. I think that’s amazing. In answer to your question – I prefer it if all of the books are out so I can binge read, but if something’s teasing at me! Resistance is futile. Happy 25th book! xx Annie O’

    1. Hi Annie – thanks for answering the question. Considering the prolific authors we have in the MedRo line, I’m truly not sure how impressive 25 books is. Though, I never thought I’d get there, so there is that. hugs. 🙂

      1. I reckon if you take it global….think about all of the people in the world who haven’t even written ONE book let alone twenty-five…you’re allowed to have a rather fabulous dance session. And a glass or 25??? of fizz! x

  10. Congratulations!!!!
    And LOVE the sound of your trilogy, and I just know they’ll be brilliant. Can’t wait to read them but – one by one, or binge-read? That’s a tough one! Maybe one by one, then before the third, reread the first two quickly to refresh, then the last. Best of both worlds 🙂
    Caroline x

  11. Thank you Caroline. So sweet of you to stop in. You made me laugh regarding your answer to the question. Great to hear from you.

  12. Hi Lynne

    I am just about to start the first one in this series and am really looking forward to it, I normally read books in a series as they come out unless of course I come to them later when there are a few out already 🙂

    Huge congrats on your 25th book

    Have Fun


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