Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Party Post Number Ten

Lynne Marshall is one of six American authors writing for the Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance line. She has been writing since 2000 and lives in California, where the fictitious Mercy Hospital represented in all four of her books comes to life. She has been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years.

Speaking of change, I recently retired from nursing to pursue my writing full time. However, I've discovered that I managed to produce just as much manuscript before, while working, as I do now. In order to survive as a nurse, you must be well organized.

I guess part of retiring is learning how to waste time? How do you organise your day best?

I'll give my first medical romance HER BABY'S SECRET FATHER as a gift to one lucky winner.

HER L.A. KNIGHT received a 4 1/2 Star Review from Cataromance
"Once again, Ms. Marshall brings forth two great characters."
HER L.A. KNIGHT will be available the month of May at www.eharlequin.com under Medical Romance.



Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome, Lynne!

Your covers are beautiful. And how fabulous to see HER L.A. KNIGHT available on eHarlequin.


4:24 AM  
Blogger cas2ajs said...

Those are beautiful covers. As to organizing my day . . . I try not to plan too far ahead because with two kids, it seems my plans are constantly and spontaneously changed.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

My sister has been a R.N for 18 years. I remember when she graduated I was very pregnant and now my son is 18 (he was born a week after she graduated). She has been at the same hospital all these years. Can you retire after you are there 25 years or if you are 65?
I don't know if I'm really organized. I like to have a grocery list when I go shopping so as not to linger. I guess the only other thing tha is organized is my books. I have a alphabetical list of all the books in the house. The book shelf in the living room has all the books that I have read and are keepers (there the books are alphabetical. The two shelves in my bedroom have all my books TBR sorted into lines. I have a calender on the wall and write important dates on because I'm real forgetful and if a reminder isn't staring me right in the face I'll forget. Other than that I don't know if I'm organized. This is a small apartment so it doesn't take a lot for it to look messy so I try to put things away after use.

5:00 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

The way I organize my day is to get clothes and lunches ready the night before and gather items I have to take with me and sit them by my purse so I don't have to do this in the morning and it allows for more time to get ready for work.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Barbara V said...

I am also an RN from CUba eventhought I don't practice here. I have to agree with you my organizational skills has help me a lot on the research field that I am currently working.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

What a question!! Since I homeschool my kids, clean our house, cook our food...and in my opinion do everything, heehee....we have to have a schedule. Also I have to fit time into read, right? We have a posted schedule for schooltime, and I work cleaning around it. Then when my youngest takes a nap, my 8 yr old and I sit on the couch and read for maybe half an hour. After that we do more of the same, but are truly appreciative of the downtime.

The weekends are spent without a schedule of any type, we wake up and do whatever floats our boat.

5:47 AM  
Blogger Helenk said...

Organisation...what's that?! :) seriously, i was organised more at work than at home -- ah the regular stuff gets done but the project work just piles and piles and piles -- sort of like my TBR pile (and i should be organised as i'm a qualified librarian!)

7:09 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Organize my best day?
Ha, I'm still trying to figure that one out, lol
I do have a to do list that I try to keep up with ;)

7:18 AM  
Blogger misty wright said...

Well I try to organize my days, but it doesn't always work for me. :( I'm working on it though. I try to write during the day but my kids tend to not let me and then I fall behind. I'm game for advice! :D


7:23 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I just do things as they need to be done! lol

7:49 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

Nice to have you here today Lynne. I usually only organize my days one at a time!

8:05 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

I love medical stories, btw.
Organized for me is to have 'to do' lists and cross out things accomplished.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Lynne Marshall said...

Well ladies, sorry for being so late. There is 17 hours difference between Tessa and I!

Your comments on getting organized have all been inspiring, especially the one about taking each day at a time!

Home schooling, wow, how do you have time to read for yourself?

I dearly remember fixing lunches and getting kids off to school. I miss my little ones, now that they're 23 and 21!

I used to get up at 5 a.m. to write for an hour before I went to work. Now that I write full time, some days I'm still in my robe at noon! LOL.

In Her L.A. Knight, the heroine is a nurse (I always make my heroines nurses because I love and respect the profession so much!) and my hero is a Physician's Assistant. What is that, you might ask? Only three countries train PAs, Russia, China and USA. They are invaluable to doctors and are at the same level as a nurse practitioner. In Her L.A. Knight, the hero being a PA is a source of conflict between him and his doctor father.

I'm so glad everyone participated in this blog. I've totally enjoyed reading each and every one. Its great to know others or you are also nurses. I do miss the people contact, but now I get to write full time!

I'll let Tessa know who the winner of my very first Medical Romance is reall soon!

Best wishes all!,
Lynne Marshall

1:18 PM  
Blogger misty wright said...

Well I'm not a nurse but my hubby was. I am by trade a Medical Lab. Tech. :D So, I know all about the profession and love it!


1:39 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

I have two kids, a 3 1/2 year old boy and a 6 month old baby girl. Right now, I have no set schedule. I just try and do what I can each day and just do shat I can to catchup in the evenings and weekends. The only thing I schedule is my reading time. I give myself some time every evening to read. That is my "me" time.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Lynne Marshall said...

Hello again, everyone.

I agree that reading is important time to be taken at least once a day, even if it's only fifteen or twenty minutes worth! We need our escape time. Cherie, you're an inspiration.

Speaking of reading and TBR piles, I have Tessa's very first book, Black Widow Spider on my TBR pile. I can't wait to get to it!

Cas2ajs: Thanks for complimenting my covers. I absolutely LOVE Her L.A. Knight. And wait until you see the handsome guy on my next book: IN HIS ANGEL'S ARMS.

Christa: I worked for 25 years at the same medical facility, though in many different departments and specialties. I retired early, and I have a pension, but I couldn't live on it. My writing is helping me out there!

I'm really pleased to know that many of you enjoy medical romances. As for me, I'll keep writing stories that take place in my ficitious Mercy Hospital as long as Mills and Boon lets me!

And the winner is ...

Stay tuned for Tessa's announcement.

It's been a pleasure chatting with everyone. I wish you all good health and your very own happily ever after!


3:53 PM  
Blogger Lynne Marshall said...

Tessa! Please don't kick me in the backside for messing up your title. It's Black Widow Bride!!!!
Not spider. Can you tell it's time for my afternoon tea?

Well, ladies, it's back to writing!


3:58 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

Congratulations on retiring and your review for Her L.A. Knight!

I'm a pretty organized person and have lists everywhere reminding me of what I need to do. I try to do all the chores in the evening after work so I'm free on weekends and can just relax and play. That seems to help me get it all done. It's a nice incentive.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

LOL, Lynne - glad you've got my book on your TBR pile. Mine is about a mile high right now!!

5:00 AM  

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