Darlene Marshall


Darlene Marshall is the author of award winning historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum. Her novels include What the Parrot Saw (High Seas #4), The Pirate's Secret Baby (High Seas #3), Castaway Dreams (High Seas #2), Sea Change (High Seas #1) The Bride and the Buccaneer, Captain Sinister's Lady, and Smuggler's Bride. 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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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High Seas
Pirates! Privateers! Parrots! The High Seas series covers action in the Caribbean, Florida and England from the War of 1812 through the Antebellum period. Four award-winning novels of adventure and romance.
Sea Change
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off until July 31!)
Castaway Dreams
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!)
The Pirate's Secret Baby
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!)
What the Parrot Saw
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!)


What the Parrot Saw
Series: High Seas, Book 4. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 89,880. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Captain Mattie St. Armand needs protective coloration, and naive (and expendable) Englishman Oliver Woodruff will keep the authorities eyes off her as she transports slaves from the Florida Territory to freedom in the Bahamas. It will take her piratical cunning, his growing passion, and Roscoe the parrot to bring these lovers together, despite their coming from worlds meant to keep them apart.
The Pirate's Secret Baby
Series: High Seas, Book 3. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 113,250. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Regency
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.
Smuggler's Bride
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 89,550. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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.
Sea Change
Series: High Seas, Book 1. Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 91,220. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Regency
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.
Castaway Dreams
Series: High Seas, Book 2. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 117,620. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A dour doctor (after a fashion), a dizzy damsel (more or less) and a darling (and potentially delicious) doggy embark on the adventure of a lifetime, castaway on a desert island. One may have fleas.
Captain Sinister's Lady
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 99,360. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Regency
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?
The Bride and the Buccaneer
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 93,030. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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.