Favorite People and Favorite Things…

Today, we’re giving a big shout out to author Lynne Marshall.   Welcome, Lynne.  

Hey, Robena!  It’s always great to visit your lovely website.  Thank you for inviting me.

I’ve known Lynne for a lot of years and she has always been there for me as a fellow writer, but more importantly, a friend. I’ve enjoyed her books over the years, first Harlequin Mills & Boon medicals, then Special Edition, and most recently her Wild Rose Press single title romances featuring older heroines. I’m not certain which I like the best, because they all bring Lynne’s wonderful rich characters, subtle humor, and fine storytelling to the page.

Tell us a little about your new release, Too Close for Comfort.       

Ah, shucks, Robena, thanks!  I think the best way to tell you about my next book is to share the blurb, so here it is:

Dissolve the partnership?  Or renegotiate between the sheets…

Joy Waltham is stressed out. Before she can expand her business empire, she needs her ex-husband’s signature dissolving his silent partnership. A trip to Maine to find her ex, get the signature, and chill out seems ideal. But instead of relaxing, Joy winds up in the middle of a mystery–and wrapped in the overprotective arms of Comfort’s chief of police–her ex-husband. 

After retiring from LAPD, Paul Donovan took charge of tiny Comfort’s police department. Bored senseless, he’s still not ready for chaos in the form of his ex-wife shaking up his life. Joy arrives just in time to meddle in his investigation of a string of accidental deaths. Now forced to work together, Joy and Paul confront some unexpected challenges. It’s emotional deja vu as they dig through their thorny past, reawaken old sexual attraction, and finally face the fact they never stopped loving each other.

Will you share a short excerpt with us?

I’d be delighted!  How about the first kiss since Joy and Paul’s divorce? (Even if it was coerced just a teeny tiny bit.)

Without thinking, Paul whipped around and planted a big kiss on Joy. She tensed and sucked in air through her nose, all the while connecting with his mouth. A bitter martini taste masked by wintergreen mint reminded him how they’d drunk their cocktails mostly in silence. They’d avoided opening up too much back at the bar, which had been part protection and part for their own good. It came under the heading, etiquette and survival after divorce. But what about now, and this wet kiss? His tongue found hers for a quick and added thrill.

Long forgotten feelings worked their way into Paul’s mind: How he’d missed making out with his wife. How great she still felt—soft, pliable and warm. Hers was definitely the mouth he’d missed, even after all these years.

He continued kissing her, knowing full well Dawg had probably passed by. Joy sighed, drawing his attention back to the moment. She’d bunched his lapels into two tight-fisted wads and pulled him closer. Progress. Her arms crept up to his neck. He took advantage of the moment and got a little more aggressive, kissing her deeper.

She joined the party, and her tongue plunged into his mouth and raced back and forth across his teeth, kissing like a Joy he’d never met. She sucked his lower lip, sending a shock wave down his spine that almost curled his toes.

He pulled back in pleasant surprise. “What the hell was that?” Not that he hadn’t liked it.

“One of the top ten kisses men like to get?” she said, wide-eyed and breathy.

Why did that wacky answer send a second wave of “turn-on” right to his gut? If she kept this up he’d be sporting a boner. She’d been doing research on kissing?

“Says who?” he rasped, leaning in for more quick kisses. Taking her idea and running with it, he nibbled at her lips. She let him, for a while, and he could tell she was totally into it…until she abruptly broke off.

“Cosmo,” she said, her mouth taunting his lips when she puckered with the “mo” part and held it a beat longer than necessary. He pressed against the soft pout for another quick charge. Bracing her hands on his shoulders, she pushed him back.

He didn’t move right away, preferring to hover over her, feeling her hot breath against the cold night air, waiting for a stronger cue. If she gave him even a hint of willingness, he’d devour her lips until she begged him to find a hotel room.

Wow! This is great. Where do we purchase your book?

Here are a couple of direct links:




Romantic Times Book Reviews, November 2012, has this to say about Too Close for Comfort:  “Marshall has a knack for writing stories that target her middle-aged audience to a tee. The finely detailed characters and situations may even lead readers to believe parts of the story are based on their own lives–the finish was as warm and satisfying as a bowl of fresh “chowdah.”

Now, using the five senses, can you list your five favorite things? You can list a sixth sense if you’re so inclined.

Sight: Of my kids

Taste: A perfectly ripened nectarine

Touch: baby skin

Hearing: Samuel Barber –– Adagio for Strings, Agnus Dei

Smell:  Pumpkin bread cooling on the counter

Sixth sense: Dreams that solve writing/plotting problems for me

Fabulous! I really like those. Thanks for coming by and sharing with us today, Lynne. I’m wishing you all the best with your new release, Too Close for Comfort.

Thank you so much, Robena, it’s always a pleasure to hang out with you.  I am a big fan of your blog, and I look forward to your upcoming book release – Unlock the Truth.

     Lynne Marshall is a multi-published author of contemporary and Medical Romance for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press. She lives in Southern California with her husband of thirty years, and is the proud mother of two adult children. She is a dog lover, a cat admirer, a woman of faith, a Curves workout girl, is a curious tourist, and is known to take long, meandering walks, especially when it’s a beautiful day. She is super proud that her first Single Title – One for the Road (WRP) is a 2012 finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence contest – plus placed 2nd in the Wisconsin Write Touch Readers’ Award contest – Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements category,  and is currently a finalist in the Ancient City Award of Excellence, Readers’ Choice contest. To contact Lynne: www.lynnemarshall.comFacebookGoodReads

And now dear readers, share with us some of your favorite things. And why am I singing tunes from The Sound of Music? “Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…”

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28 Responses to Favorite People and Favorite Things…

  1. Janie Emaus says:

    Congrats on your new release, Lynn. I loved the excerpt and I’m with you on your answer to sight.

  2. Lynne, I loved the excerpt. I can tell this book is going to be my next big find.

    Favorites things, my granddaughter’s laughter, a puppies breath, blue skies, spike cake cooling on the rack. And all of The Sound of Music. 🙂

    • Hi Jerrie!
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I love everything on your list. Now if i can only light the fire under my kids in the grandchild department!

      Mmm – spice cake. Lovely.

  3. Hi Robena and Lynne!

    Great blog, and the book sounds fantastic. Great review from RT. Yay!

    • Hi Kathy – thanks so much. I didn’t overwhelm that reviewer, *(left out the one negative line in the review LOL) but she did seem to enjoy the book overall.

      Thanks for reading.

  4. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Kathy. And you gave a great workshop yesterday. : 0

  5. Hi Roben and Lynne!

    Congrats on your latest release, Lynne! I *loved* the excerpt and the book sounds great! I’m looking forward to reading it. I love the smell of pumpkin bread cooling on the counter, too, Lynne. 🙂

    • robena grant says:

      Pumpkin bread…yum. For me it’s home baked apple or peach pies. I think they evoke the wonderful memories of being at Gran’s farm.

    • Hi Robin – thanks for stopping by. I think, before the day is out, I’m going to have to have some pumpkin bread!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I’ve got more over at my website. LOL

  6. Kathryn Knight says:

    Congrats on your latest release! Lynn I’m glad to see your picture b/c you have the same name as my dentist – once I asked her if she wrote romance just to make sure :p My favorite smell: coffee.

    • Kathryn – too funny. Once I goggled my name and found out Lynne Marshall was a Yoga Instruction, Yes, a dentist (yours?), and a whole host of other fun/odd professions.

      Wouldn’t it be cool to have a dentist who wrote romance? LOL.

      P.S. I’m retired now, but I am an RN by profession. 🙂

  7. Skye says:

    Wow, that kissing scene was amazing! I’m going to have to keep my eyes out for this book at my local bookstore. It looks like a lot of fun!

    Favorite things:
    Sunlight streaming through trees
    The taste of vanilla steamed milk
    Pumpkin bread sounds good to me as a scent
    Clean, warm kitty fur
    Pacific ocean waves breaking on the shore
    The brilliance of an epiphany

    • Hi Skye – I love your list!

      Don’t know about your area, but my local bookstore closed recently. I’m afraid this book – Too Close for Comfort – is available mostly online. It is in print, but it’s up at Amazon, not in any local bookstore.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, though. 🙂

  8. Nan says:

    Hi Lynne, I finally got your book this morning for my Kindle! Can’t wait to begin! It sounds fun!!
    Love your favorite things list–can’t argue with a single one. Mine are (in the same order) Son and grandboy together; apple cider; Husband’s beard; Shannon Forsell singing “Love Being Here with You” (she’s a local torch singer and lordy, she can light a fire); the lake first thing in the morning; and dreams: creating worlds and stories for the people in my head.
    Thanks, Roben!! Fun interview/blog!

    • Oh, Nan, I love your list! Great stuff.

      Thank you for being persistent regarding my e-book version of TCFC. You’re a peach, and I hope I don’t let you down as a reader. 🙂

  9. Sam Beck says:

    What a coincidence … Lynne Marshall is one of my favorite things! Can’t wait to dig into “Too Close For Comfort.”

    • Dear Sam Beck – You are the sweetest little thing (except you’re about four inches taller than I am.) Thanks so much. You’re too young for my book, but it never hurts to see what the future has in store, right? 😉


  10. Dee J. says:

    Congrats on the new release, Lynne!
    LOVE this excerpt! I just love Paul and how Joy keeps him on his toes and keeps surprising him. These two are perfect for each other. My favorite things… When the family is all together and laughing or playing with the pooches and the love flows. Good times. Oh, and I’ll add a chai latte to that. LOL.

    • Hi Dee J – you’ve got your priorities straight about family being together and coming first, all the rest, even the chai latte, is icing on the cake.

      I loved writing Paul and Joy, too. I believe they were a match made (not exactly in heaven) for each other. !

      Thanks for stopping by

  11. Samuel Barber –– Adagio for Strings, Agnus Dei — Now I have to pop over to You Tube and have a listen. Music is the icing of life. I’ve often felt life should be orchestrated with a soundtrack.

    Congrats on ‘Comfort’, Lynne. Love your work!

    • Hi Christine L. – that piece is one of the most moving I’ve ever heard. Perfect for writing emotional scenes.

      Wouldn’t life be interesting with a soundtrack? What if we didn’t like what played? Maybe it would be like behavior modification – crappy music might make us straighten up and live more worthwhile lives instead of sit com jingle lives? Just a thought.

      Thanks for your compliment.

  12. Gina Bono says:

    Lynne, a big, huge congrats on the release of Too Close for Comfort! 😀

    Some of my favorite things: long walks in the park, cool Fall weather, coffee, and daydreaming…

    • Hi Gina! Ah, the fine art of daydreaming. I love it, too. In fact, that’s what got me in this crazy world of writing biz!

      I wish we had real fall weather out on the west coast. In envy your leaves!

      Great to hear from you, and hugs,

  13. robena grant says:

    I love everyones favorite things. I’m learning so much more about all of you. I was up late last night getting proof pages read and then off to the editor. Then I wrestled with a print company over making postcards and got it all wrong. Have to start over today. So for me…definitely coffee. Most fave thing.
    Love your comment, Christine: life should be orchestrated with a soundtrack.

  14. That book does sound good. Added to my tbr.