Spotlight & Giveaway: The Medic’s Homecoming by Lynne Marshall

Posted July 5th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Harlequin Romances / 62 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome contemporary romance author Lynne Marshall to HJ!

Lynne Welcome, Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

Lynne MarshallYes, thank you, I’d love to. I write category romance for Harlequin Medical and Special Edition lines and have been doing so since my first book published in 2007. I also write longer contemporary romance for The Wild Rose Press. I didn’t begin writing until my kids were teenagers, so I got a late start. It took me six years to get published. I am still happily married after thirty-one years. My husband and I love to travel, and we both also love to read and go to the movies. I’m a dog lover and have recently adopted my sweet terrier mix, Milo, from a local shelter.

What are you currently working on?

I am thrilled to have a contracted trilogy in the works for my next Special Edition offering. I’ve completed the first book and have started the second so far. No dates or titles to tell you, but I call it my Secret of Heartlandia Series. It will be a departure from Whispering Oaks.

What other releases do you have planned for 2013?

My next release for this year is an anthology titled: The Mammoth Book of ER Romance. It is scheduled for September release and features over twenty authors. My story is titled In the Blink of an Eye, and is about two ER doctors whose marriage is on the rocks. It was a challenging, yet rewarding experience to write that short story.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

My website is, they can also friend me at Facebook.  I don’t have an author page just go here:


Please summarize your latest release The Medic’s Homecoming for the readers here ….

TMHLucas Grady never planned to return to Whispering Oaks. But when family duty called, the prodigal son arrived like the good soldier he’d been for years. And with him came the unfulfilled expectations of the past—expectations his neighbor, Jocelyn Howard, knew all too well.

Jocelyn had been in love with the rebel next door since she was a little girl. But she couldn’t shake those old insecurities that she’d never be good enough, for Lucas or for anyone else. Still, the newly discharged army medic had scars that could never be truly healed—or so he thought. Maybe together, they could mend their wounds…and make each other whole again…

Please introduce to HJ readers your character Lucas Grady from your novel The Medic’s Homecoming

How would you describe Character in one sentence?

Lucas is a bad boy turned lost soul, now suffering from PTSD.

What is his strongest character trait?

Lucas is quietly competent and not the least bit flashy. Weakest? Lucas was unfairly labeled a slacker, and he believed it.

What does your character do for a living?

He is just home from eight years in the Army, and he is getting his bearings as to what he wants to do next with his life.

Is your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

He is ruled by reason and thought.

Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?

Jocelyn Howard is that girl next door all grown up. They’ve known each other all their lives, except for the last eight years while he’s been in the service, and she’s transformed a lot. She’s a science teacher and track coach, and recently broke off her engagement.

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

The pivotal moment came when Lucas found Jocelyn injured and vulnerable. His protective instincts went into overdrive at that point, and sexual attraction was quick to follow.

If you character could go back in time and change one thing what would it be?

My character bought into the negative subconscious message his father sent – you’re a slacker. To avoid risking vulnerability, Lucas quit playing the achievement game. I’m sure he’d like to change that. Why? I think he’d love to drop that whole portion of his life as it proved to be a waste of emotions and talent, and now he has to make up for lost time.

How has your character evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?

Lucas works steadily on an old junker car throughout the book. It is a metaphor – if he can just get that car back together, he might be able to put his life back together. With the help of his personal cheerleader, Jocelyn, he figures out what is most important in life and remaps his journey. He finally realizes he’s worth loving for who he is, not what he does.

If your character had a free day and his/her mission was to enjoy themselves what would he/she do?

Lucas loves to tinker on old cars, I’m sure he’d like to spend his free day putting something back together.

How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?

He was being discharged from the Army, getting his papers together, going through medical tests for his PTSD. He quit taking the prescribed meds because they made him feel all out of whack. He learns his parents have had a motorcycle accident and they need him home ASAP.


Giveaway: I’m giving the Whispering Oaks duet to one commenter this includes the print version of: Courting His Favorite Nurse and The Medic’s Homecoming. (If the winner lives outside the U.S. – I would prefer to send e-books.)

To enter GIVEAWAY: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and post a comment to his Q: One of the sub-themes of this book is – Out of friendship grows the truest love. What about friends-to-lovers stories draws you in? Do you believe it is possible, or know anyone this has happened to?

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62 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Medic’s Homecoming by Lynne Marshall”

  1. Tammy Y

    Hi Lynne,
    It’s so great to see you here. Friends to lovers is my favorite theme. I like that they already have a connection.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Hi Tammy! I loved writing Lucas and Jocelyn’s story, especially after introducing them in the first book.

  2. Brenda Rumsey

    Two of my best friends went all through high school together, with ups and downs in their relationship. Then BAM….love bloomed. They’ve been married over 50 years. I believe…and love to hear these stories.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Brenda – I love hearing stories like that. My cousin and his wife met in H.S. and married when they were babies and area still happily married all these years later.
      Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Mary Preston

    I love the fact that they are compatible right from the start. Then one day the realisation hits and it’s just so beautiful.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Absolutely, Mary! I like to have a little saying for the book I’m writing, for instance Lucas’ older sister’s saying was – Good things come to those who wait.
      For Lucas it was – from friendship blooms the truest love.

  4. Leanna

    I love friends to lovers stories because I think that you should be great friends with your lover. I dated a guy for two years that was a coworker and good friend before we dated.

    • Lynne Marshall

      It really is important to be friends first because the blush will wear off that romance and if you don’t really like each other (only lusted for each other) the normal trials in life may take you down, right Leanna?

  5. Kai W.

    I love the friends to lovers theme. After all, who would know you except for your best friend. I have a few of my friends who actually married each other due to the common interests and common grounds.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Kai W. – Very interesting. Some folks might not think that’s romantic, but it makes so much sense to be compatible with your partner. I think really knowing and liking someone is a great springboard for falling in love!

  6. Carolyn Valdez

    I don’t know anyone this has happen to but I do believe that you can be friends and then lovers.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Hi Carolyn! I’m glad you believe it’s possible. Our divorce rates inn the US might be lower if people were friends first. LOL. Oh, and I loved the movie – My Best Friend’s Wedding. I think in male/female friendships, there is always one party who is secretly in love with the other first.

    • Lynne Marshall

      That’s the beauty of fiction bn 100 – we can read about things that have never happened to us or anyone we know, right?

  7. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love friends to lovers stories. Yes I believe that it is possible and that is why I love them so much.

  8. Meriem

    i love this kind of plot because it’s fun to imagine the couple pranking and being there for each other from the start



  10. Sandie W

    I don’t personally know anyone that has had that kind of relationship. I certinally wouldn’t count it out and say it couldn’t happen. I love to read about it because it gives all us single gals hope. (especially when our best friends are male).

    • Lynne Marshall

      Hey Sandie – That’s exactly right. We can always hope for some switch to turn on inside that certain friend’s head and open their eyes to the best person in the world for them – who happens to be their friend already and who is standing right in front of them! 😉

  11. elena k

    i love this kind of stories, because there is always sweetness and understanding between the couple. my best friend is with an old friend and they are really happy

    • Lynne Marshall

      Elena K – I hope I’ve been successful at bring out that sweetness in this story. There was definitely a playfulness between the childhood next-door-neighbor friends. Jocelyn just had to be patient for Lucas to catch on. 🙂

  12. CateS

    Friends to lovers – entirely doable.. you really do need to be friends to understand each other.

  13. kp

    I love friends to lovers stories because there is already so much history between the two! Yes I believe it is possible in life!

    • Lynne Marshall

      KP – there is one scene in the book after they’ve finally gotten together, where they start laughing about an incident that happened when they were ten years old. Those kind of memories help bond people so much. Don’t you think?

  14. Linda Thum

    It’s make the story so much more believable that the couple genuinely like each other; & already have chemistry albeit of a different kind.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Linda Thum – I’ve been told by people who’ve already read the book that it felt very realistic. Yes, the book is fiction but believable fiction is the best kind, in my opinion anyway – do you agree?

  15. Tawnya Bentley

    I think what draws me in is the person was there the whole time. Had their back, listened to their heartaches, and than they both realized they were each other’s “can’t without that person”.

  16. Rebe

    I love the friends-to-lovers trope – it’s so much more believable to me than love at first sight! I think that friends who grow to love each other have stronger relationships.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Rebe – I agree. Sure seeing a handsome face and going crazy for it is one thing – but what about the 99 other things that count, like is he a nice person? Are you going to be compatible? Jerks come in all kinds of packages, and perhaps even more often in handsome ones, right? Better to know a person and grow into love, than fall for infatuation – which doesn’t hold up well over time.
      Whew, I’m getting on a soap box. :O

  17. Janice Hougland

    Well, I have to admit, Lynne, that I’ve not ever read a medical-based romance before. Don’t know why…just never occurred to me. Now I will! Thanks for letting us know a bit more about you on today’s review blog…I will now have to some shopping at Amazon! 🙂

    • Janice Hougland

      I forgot to answer your question, Lynne. Yes, I’ve known several marriages that started as friendships and then grew into love. My daughter for one…a very successful, loving relationship they have. With my hubby it was the opposite…met and fell in love almost immediately (a second marriage for us), which grew into friendship. I think we had a friendship going earlier though and just didn’t know it. We agreed on so many things! We’ve been married 33 years.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Hi Janice – us Medical Romance authors like to joke that we’re Harlequin’s best kept secret! LOL.
      Actually, though, the two book giveaway today is straight contemporary romance. Though the sister in the first book is a nurse and the brother in the second book is an Army Medic, that isn’t the focus of the story. In Medical Romance, the medical part of the story is like another character in the book. Try them, you’ll like them! (I hope) 🙂

  18. Lynne Marshall

    LaGina – wow it’s great to hear from a nurse. I’m glad you’re open to both the friends to lovers storyline and having medical aspects thrown into romance. I gotta say, though, that’s one long name to have to sign off with for all of your medical charting. These days it’s all electronic charting, though, right? that’s got to help some. 🙂

  19. Kathryn

    I have a weakness for a medical romance. My favourite all time writer in this genre was Lucilla Andrews, a British writer. I must read her autobiography, it is in my plan for this year.

  20. Lynne Marshall

    Hi Kathryn – I will have to check out Lucilla Andrews. I feel honored to be a part of the UK Mills & Boon Medical Romance tradition. Thank you for commenting.

  21. Cindy Hamilton

    Hi Lynne!
    Yes I think it is possible for friends to become lovers. In books just to see how it evolves interests me. Great interview!

  22. Lori P

    I love the fact that they already have a connection and that they enjoy each other before the relationship goes further. My husband and I were friends before we became lovers. We’ve been married almost 26 years 🙂

  23. Lynne Marshall

    Well Lori, you’re living proof of my theory. Congratulations! Having that connection since they were kids, Lucas and Jocelyn have a head start on being close/intimate.

  24. lani

    Friends to lovers, i think maybe it takes a so many times before change into lovers. .
    interesting for your books. thanks

  25. Lynne Marshall

    Thank you, Lani for commenting. I believe in male/female friendships that usually one of the parties has greater feelings for the other person and they have to be patient for that other person to realize they’re good together and should be a real couple, not just friends. Thanks for commenting.

    • Lynne Marshall

      ndluebke – you are exactly right. Love has a much broader meaning than “hot for each other” and infatuation. Lasting love must have friendship to survive. I think that’s why many couples wind up divorcing once the kids all move out – they’re faced with each other and if they don’t have friendship, well…

  26. Marcy Shuler

    I had a friends to lovers story with my hubby so I know it can happen. 😉 I’m also a nurse, though I’m not practicing now.

    • Lynne Marshall

      Hi Marcy! I’m really glad that you are further proof that friends to lovers can happen and be successful. Also glad to know you are a nurse. I am no longer practicing either, in fact, I finally let my RN license lapse. It was kind of sad, but realistic at this stage in my life.

  27. Renee Entress

    I really think you should be friends before lovers. If you have more in common besides passion your relationship most of the time lasts longer.

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