First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Award
“...A fantastically matched couple, fun and adventure, seeing Captain Sinister again = a happy Jayne..."---Dear Author Reviews
Aspen Gold Award
"A very cute, adventurous book. I encourage you all to try this author's voice. (She has a great backlist, too.)"--Mandi Schreiner, USA Today Books
Finalist, Golden Quill Award, Finalist FCRW Beacon Award
“…If I had an outsized gospel voice that could penetrate digital walls, this review would just be me singing 'Oh, happy day!"--All About Romance
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence; Readers' Choice Award, New England Chapter RWA
"Governess wanted: Must exhibit patience & fortitude with children, puppies, and, most importantly, rakishly handsome pirates."
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"Pirates, a shipboard romance, a new father upended by his unexpected responsibilities and a woman who manages to keep her head and agency? Sign me up, Captain." - Dear Author Reviews on The Pirate's Secret Baby
"...Set in 1820, The Pirate’s Secret Baby is a well-researched historical romance spiced with humor. The story of Robert, Lydia, and Marauding Mattie weaves an invisible spell that tugs at your heart strings, and I particularly liked Robert’s non-violent, but oh-so-typically-piratical solution to thwarting Lydia’s nemesis...I’ve read several of Marshall’s previous pirate tales, but this is the best written and most intriguing one..."-Pirates and Privateers newsletter on The Pirate's Secret Baby
"I seriously doubt that any summer experience can possibly be more delightful than sitting on the beach while reading The Pirate’s Secret Baby."- Smart B*tches, Trashy Books on The Pirate's Secret Baby
"I can’t say enough how wonderful this book is. The ending is just perfect--and will have you laughing and sighing, and not wanting this adventure to come to an end...A wonderful tale full of humor, adventure, and a lovely romance that will sweep you away."- Smexy Books on The Bride and the Buccaneer
"[Castaway Dreams is] a very cute, adventurous book. I encourage you all to try this author's voice. (She has a great backlist, too.)." --- Mandi Schreiner, USA Today Books
About Darlene Marshall
Darlene Marshall is an award-winning author of historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers, and the occasional possum. She loves working at a job where business attire is shorts and a shirt festooned with pink flamingos and palm trees. She lives in North Central Florida, a convenient location for putting the convertible top down and researching sites of great historical significance, which also happen to be at the beach and serve mojitos.
Marshall has worked as a broadcast and print journalist, news anchor, radio station owner, obituary writer, and a few other odd jobs. She became a novelist because there were fake people in her head having adventures, so it was either write it down or check into therapy. She’s never been a pirate, but the day is not yet over.
Her books have been published in English, German and Estonian, and she’s Section Leader of Erotic Writing at the LitForum.com.
Represented by Barbara Collins Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Group.
“Should I Read Your Books in Order?”
My novels are written so they can be read as “stand-alone” books, but some of them are connected. Here’s a reference guide on how the novels overlap, and a suggested reading order:
Castaway Dreams, then The Pirate’s Secret Baby. The villain of 2013 Aspen Gold winner Castaway Dreams is the notorious pirate Robert St. Armand. He gets his own story in The Pirate’s Secret Baby.
Sea Change, then Castaway Dreams. One of the secondary characters in Sea Change is Royal Navy surgeon Alexander Murray, who’s the hero of Castaway Dreams.
The Bride and the Buccaneer, then Captain Sinister’s Lady. The marriage minded Captain Sinister (Morgan Roberts) and his crew are introduced in The Bride and the Buccaneer.
Pirate’s Price, then Smuggler’s Bride. Pirate’s Price is set a generation before Smuggler’s Bride and the heroine of Smuggler’s Bride (Julia) is the daughter of the hero and heroine of Pirate’s Price.
“How Do I Find Out About Your New Releases?”
I’m so glad you asked! The best way is to drop me an email and I’ll put you on a notification list. The next best way is to follow my social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and you’ll see lots of exciting buzz when I finish a book. Before I finish you’ll see lots of interesting ways for me to waste time when I should be writing.
You can also click on “Add Favorite” at my Amazon Author Page and you’ll be notified when a new book is out. So easy!
All the books are available in paper and ebook editions at Amazon, and the ebook editions are available at Smashwords, NOOK and Kobo.
As always, I am very, very grateful to all of you who take time to rate and review my novels at Goodreads, BookLikes, Amazon, NOOK and your own blogs.