Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Reading, The Writing Life

Hero, hero, who loves a hero?

I am getting ready to write a new book, which is always an exciting prospect! One of a quad. And I am stoked. Because I’d already written a quad with the same fabulously talented authors, under the Hot Latin Docs! umbrella. We had a blast planning those books. And we’re already having fun figuring out how we’re going to link these new books, and most importantly…our heroes–hunky firefighters and paramedics who work out of the same station house. They also shared the same foster home growing up.

Did I mention how excited I am?

So, in planning my particular hero, Deakin Patera, I am having to figure out what makes this guy tick. Who is Deakin Patera? I’m discovering him little by little. And that makes me curious about what kind of heroes readers connect with.

I write a lot of playboys, but one of my favorite types of heroes is the angsty, broody, wounded, damaged, scarred–you get the picture–hero. Sometimes I dive so deep into the angst, though, that my hero has a hard time holding his breath long enough to reach the surface and retrieve his happily-ever-after. So this time, I will plan carefully (famous last words!).

Do you like angsty heroes? Or are you more of a fan of a hero with witty comebacks? Swashbucklers? Playboys? Bad boys? What kind of hero makes you go weak in the knees? I really want to know!

In the meantime, here are the covers from our Hot Latin Docs! quad, written by Annie O’Neill, Amy Ruttan, me, and Amalie Berlin. It was hard to leave those heroes behind, but I know I’m going to love this new cast of characters just as much!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Pets, The Writing Life

Puppies, Puddles and Pant legs

I’m away at a horse show today, but while I’m gone, I’ll share some pictures of our newest addition to the family. A puppy! A cute, uncomplicated, well-mannered little doll. Okay, so none of that is true except for the cute part. You can guess from the title of this blog post that a) we have a puppy, b) she makes puddles in unfortunate places, and c) she has a penchant for grabbing the hem of our jeans and letting herself be dragged along (no matter how many times we tell her that it’s simply unacceptable).

Yesterday I was texting my husband about the puppy’s latest escapades, and he finally texted back: I thought empty nests were supposed to be quiet (we just sent our youngest off to college last year). Hmmm…he had me there. I finally responded: Well that would be true, if we actually left it empty. Score one for me. Or maybe that point goes to the puppy.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite puppy moments:

  1. The day we brought her home from our friends’ house, where she was born. One would never suspect the changes that would soon befall our little household, where only a cat, a chinchilla, and an elderly pug reside.img_0195
  2. . This is our pup’s normal routine: Find stuff. Chew stuff. Make puddles and piles. img_0220
  3. Redecorating the house. Every home needs a dead tree in it, according to Miss Puppy. And yes she can fit through the cat door. For now. She’s only nine weeks old and growing fast!oreos-tree
  4. Getting ready for bed. My favorite time of day. She loves her pillow. And we love that she loves her pillow.oreos-bed

What about you? Any funny pet stories you would like to share? Or training tips that have gotten you through the worst of the worst?

And because I also have a book being released this month, I’ll share my cover. I can’t help but wonder what this sweet scene might look like if our puppy had her way! a-daddy-for-her-daughter

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Hot Docs!

Almost an Amnesia Story?

I am fortunate to be included in another Mills & Boon miniseries

Los Angeles at night
Skyscrapers in Los Angeles California at night

Welcome to The Hollywood Hills Clinic!

Where doctors to the stars work miracles by day—and explore their hearts’ desires by night…

Seduced by the Heart Surgeon by Carol Marinelli

Falling for the Single Dad by Emily Forbes

Tempted by Hollywood’s Top Doc by Louisa George

Perfect Rivals by Amy Ruttan

The Prince and the Midwife by Robin Gianna

My book is #6 – His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty


As doctors to the stars, these world-class medics are hand-picked by renowned plastic surgeon, Dr James Rothsberg, Head of the ‘Hills’. His clients expect the very best, and James delivers that and more – his team are global specialists in their field, unrivalled in their expertise and patient care.

Yet behind closed doors, when the pressure is on, sizzling passions run high – and for these dazzling docs, their biggest challenges are yet to come!

Passion, glamour, desire and drama …Hollywood_Sign_(Zuschnitt)

So where does the amnesia come in? Thankfully it doesn’t. But when I read the bible for the entire project and the story assigned to me, my first thought was – she’ll wake up with amnesia, oh no! I’ve never written an amnesia story, and to be honest, it is the trope (hook) I like least for books. All I can say is, I thanked my lucky stars when my character woke up asking “Is my baby okay?” Whew!

Here is a sampling of the International covers.  #1 is UK, #2 is Australia, #3 is US, and #4 is UK e-book version.

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I hope you’ll give all eight of the books a read. We had a great time working as a group to iron out little things, and to make sure we got our parts of the overall continuity arc right leading up to James and Mila’s story in book eight.

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If you read any of the books, why not write a short review and make an author very happy.


Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne Marshall

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Travels Around the World


DSC03291As many of you already know, I was fortunate enough to spend the last part of September and the first couple of weeks of October in Ireland. One of my absolute favorite places to visit was a gorgeous Georgian Manor Home set on the river Nore in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. Mount Juliet was built in 1757 by the Earl of Carrick and named after his wife, Juliet. How romantic is that?

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The estate has gone through many different owners, and though the home boasts many original paintings and has maintained the lovely “bones” of the home, it is now a popular hotel with a Michelin star Restaurant named Lady Helen. There is also a really good off site restaurant called Kendalls at Hunters Yard. Beware, there is a rainbow trout farm nearby, and if you order fish for dinner it will come served with the entire head and eyes. I ate it anyway, and it was the most delicious trout I’ve ever had!











Besides being the setting for a modern day spa and golf course, it has maintained the grandeur of the classic country home, but now includes wedding packages. What is the draw? For starters, there is a nearby stud farm,DSC03296

a hundred-year-old bridge over the beautiful river Nore,IMG_2291

Gardens galore,





















and a hunting dog kennel, which is home to over one-hundred dogs! Each morning all of the dogs go for a five-mile run with their trainers, sans leashes! These dogs are happy campers and are well taken care of. Can you imagine the vet bills?















A top-notch Golf course adds to the beauty, as well as a luxurious equestrian center. What more could a person dream of?


Even though I’ve been home for months now, I still dream of my lovely time at the Irish Manor named for an Earl’s wife.

Tell us about your all-time favorite vacation!  Leave a comment.  Join the fun!

Here’s my latest Medical RomanceLM_FB_header_4

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Thanks for reading!







Holiday Celebrations

A Special Day for the U.S.A.

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The 4th of July is a big deal in the U.S. It’s a day to celebrate our Independence with family and friends. And fireworks. That day in 1776 changed the course of our nation’s existence.

It’s the one day of the year when it’s cool to be patriotic. American Dog

In fact, flag waving is required.





Of course, as an International blog, we celebrate all countries and personal pride for people of the world and the place of their birth…

In fact, it’s my favorite part of the Olympics – those opening ceremonies where all of the participating countries march in waving their flags and smiling with pride.


BUT July 4th is the good old USA’s special day, so what do you say – wish us happy birthday, and join us for a piece of the cake!4th of July cake





Let freedom ring!

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What is the last line from your country’s National Anthem?

I’ll start – “…for the land of the free, and the home of the brave…” United States of America


Lynne Marshall

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Bringing the fur-children home….

As the mother of a rescue fur-child, Mathilda, a Maltese Shih Tzu, I have a soft spot for all creatures small and needy.  So when our youngest adult daughter still living at home decided to adopt a black toy poodle, I could not say no. And so it was that Betty came to live with us. Mathilda has some residual issues from her previous home where she was abused and friends lovingly refer to her as Kujo, so on a good day she tolerates Betty and the non-furry family members.



In 2006 I was living in Los Angeles with my eldest daughter as she launched her musical career ( I wasn’t about to send her off overseas without family around).  After only a week there she decided to give a home to a Pomeranian. Her name was Pumba and she was a typical Pomeranian. Very intelligent, quite neurotic, hyperactive and we thought, perhaps lonely. So, in our infinite wisdom, we decided that a sister for Pumba might be the trick. Along came the most gentle fur bundle ever born, a Bichon-Frise and her name was to be Harriet. I returned to Adelaide in 2008 and Orianthi became the girls’ sole care-giver.

Now, with her time on the road touring greater than her time at home, Orianthi has decided the girls would be better living in Australia. So along with finishing my fourth book, that is due on my editor’s desk at the end of June, and promoting my second book, Back in Her Husband’s Arms, I am also wading through the miles of red tape involved in shipping two dogs to live in Adelaide. The tests, vaccinations, approvals, airline bookings and quarantine all needed to bring our fur-grandchildren to live with us, borders on overwhelming.

And as I ponder the chaos that will befall our household in about four months time with a house full of fur children, I wonder if the new arrivals will have an American accent to their woofs? If so, I am sure these Californian girls will be popular with the fur boys as we walk them along the foreshore on Sunday mornings!

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Have you been involved in the transport of a four legged family member over the high seas … or perhaps interstate?

Warm regards

Susanne Hampton

Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart – Mills & Boon Medical Romance March 2014

Back in Her Husband’s Arms – Mills & Boon Medical Romance June 2014

Falling for Dr December – Mills & Boon Medical Romance December 2014


Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

What makes a gentleman?

Well, I guess that we all know a gentleman when we see one.  And the magazine ‘Country Life’ has launched its Gentleman of the Year Awards, by asking a panel to give their thoughts.  Click here, to see the full article.

There’s an interesting mix of definitions.  Some of them are pretty much in line with my own thoughts.  ‘A gentleman is at ease in any situation – and puts others at ease.’  Perfect!  There are others which make a lot of sense, but don’t quite gel with me personally.  ‘A gentleman is always on time.’  Nice in theory, but I’d have to warn the gent in question that there are times when I might be turning up a little late.  And I’d feel a whole lot better about that if he was a couple of minutes late on the odd occasion, too.

There are some others which are a bit more idiosyncratic.  ‘A gentleman makes love on his elbows.’  I really like this definition, because it conjures up so many questions.  And the list of things which a gentleman never does includes tweeting, buying fuchsia trousers, and writing with a ballpoint pen.

There are others which I just can’t ascribe to though.  A gentleman ‘never owns a cat’.  Now this is patently true, because no-one ever really owns a cat.  They own you, your house and all of its contents – you are just given the privilege of catering to their every whim.  But as a cat-lover, I’d just like to register my support for all the gentlemen who are owned by cats.  And a gentleman ‘never plants gladioli’.  What!  Not even for his dear old granny who loves her gladioli? What a cad!

But the last of the entries is almost certainly the best.  A gentleman ‘never adheres too strictly to sets of rules such as this one’.  That gentleman is definitely the one for me.  Give me someone who knows how, and when, to break the rules every time.

What do you think?  Is it even possible to define a gentleman, or are they by nature indefinable.  And are there any particular traits, or examples of gentlemanly acts that you’d like to share?   My own addition to the list would be that a gentleman is kind for no reason.  As far as I’m concerned, someone who’s capable of random acts of kindness can plant as many gladioli as he likes – he’ll still be a true gent.


Finally, I feel I should warn readers that the hero of my latest book is quite spectacularly late on one occasion, and also owns a cat.

I’m very proud to have been a part of the 200 Harley Street continuity, and my book, ‘The Enigmatic Surgeon’ is available now.