BIG TIME ROMANCE WITH SMALL TOWN FEEL
As a debut Harlequin Special Edition author, one of the most appealing aspects of the line is their description: Life, Love & Family – A woman in her world–living and loving the magic of creating a family and developing romantic relationships.
I see it as a contemporary romance series where the importance of family and friends is never forgotten.
After writing eleven Medical Romances for Mills & Boon, and loving the medicine infused storylines over there, it felt a bit like working without a net to remove the hospital or clinic settings from my books. In writing my first Special Edition proposal, a trilogy featuring a family of three siblings, two girls, and a brother, I left behind the medical setting and instead created a small town called Whispering Oaks.
Hidden in the rolling brown hills fifty miles north of
, is a small city called Whispering Oaks. The bedroom community is known for its breezy nights, quiet days, clean air, competitive schools and family friendly atmosphere. Even with the Los Angeles Pacific Ocean forty miles away, nearby flat and fertile farmland, and countless outdoor activities, many of the restless teens of Whispering Oaks go off to college and never return…until they must.
Once I had my city – I created a family: Kieran and Beverly Grady set their roots down in Whispering Oaks thirty-two years ago. Both teachers, they raised their three children with high expectations then sent them into the world as independent adults. Now, a motorcycle accident has robbed them of their own independence.
The Return to Whispering Oaks trilogy, as proposed to Special Edition, follows Anne a RN, Lucas an Army Medic, and Lark a Medical School student, as their parents’ sudden trauma and subsequent special needs forces each of them back home. One by one, each sibling must deal with their place in the family and their own private brokenness, and, of course, FALL IN LOVE!
In this first book I tell Anne’s story – Courting His Favorite Nurse – Here’s the blurb:
Anne Grady knew better than anyone that love was complicated. When she’d left her hometown, she thought she was leaving her past heartbreak behind for good, as well. But practically the moment she returned to care for her injured parents, she stumbled headlong into their confidant—her first love, Jack Lightfoot.
Jack had been unable to deny his feelings for Annie when he was a teenager dating her best friend, and he certainly couldn’t muffle the spark twisting between them now—even if memories of the past kept threatening to push them apart. This time Jack wasn’t going to let history repeat itself—he was going to show Annie that the two of them were meant to be much more than best friends!
Question for readers:
Do you enjoy family series and small town stories? If so, what draws you to them?
Lynne Marshall writes contemporary and Medical Romance for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press. The first book in the Grady family trilogy, Courting His Favorite Nurse, is a March 2012 Harlequin Special Edition. Also coming in March in e-book only is, An Indiscretion, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, from The Wild Rose Press.
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