Darlene Marshall is the author of award winning historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum. Her novels include The Bride and the Buccaneer, Captain Sinister's Lady, Sea Change, Smuggler's Bride and The Pirate's Secret Baby. She's hard at work (more or less) on her next novel.
Marshall lives in North Central Florida, the setting for some of her novels. It's a land of rolling hills, gators, massive flying insects, and humidity like a wet smack in the face. Only the strong (and the air-conditioned) survive.
She loves working at a job where office attire is shorts and a flamingo festooned shirt, and she loves to hear from readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. One of my fans is 93 years old, and I keep her in mind every day when I sit down to write. She's counting on me to get the next book out in a timely fashion, and I can't let her down!
What do you read for pleasure?
I was tempted to write "fan mail", which would be true, but probably not the answer you seek. I read romance, of course, mostly historicals. I'm a life long SF and fantasy fan, so I read a great deal of that as well, along with history (mostly US and Florida), suspense, biography and some non-fiction on current politics and economics.
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, New England Romance Writers Readers' Choice Award:
Set sail for adventure aboard the Prodigal Son, where knife skills and multiplication tables are included in daily lessons, as feared pirate captain Robert St. Armand kidnaps governess Lydia Burke to care for the littlest buccaneer, "Marauding Mattie" St. Armand.
Julia Delerue and Rand Washburn are each hiding secrets on the Florida frontier that could cost them their lives. They'll have to negotiate the pitfalls of a shotgun marriage filled with deception, larceny, passion, and a possum or two.
Charley Alcott’s medical skills are put to the test in a life-or-death situation--her life. She must save Captain David Fletcher’s brother without the American privateer discovering Charley’s really a woman. A war is raging on the world’s oceans, and the two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither is expecting, but cannot deny.
EPIC Award, Best Historical Romance--Morgan Roberts, AKA "Captain Sinister", would like nothing better than to settle down with a nice woman. When Amanda Stephenson practically falls into his lap while he's robbing her ship, he's sure it's a sign she's the one for him. Can he convince the proper widow she's meant to be Captain Sinister's lady?
Privateer “Lucky Jack" Burrell’s dreams of revenge against Sophia Deford have to wait while he honors a vow to help the lovely little thief find buried pirate booty. Sophia’s willing to let Jack do the heavy lifting, knowing her cunning beats his size and strength any day. The last thing either of them expects is for love to complicate matters.