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Lynne Marshall | The Scent of a Woman


In my newest book, His Second Chance at Forever , (Book #1 in the Santa Barbara Sunsets trilogy) I write about a nurse practitioner who has different ideas from her brooding doc boss. In fact, it’s a main source of conflict between them right off. One of the fun things I included in a small secondary thread was how Claire Albright believes in alternative approaches to medical care for all-around wellbeing. She also believes in the calming effect of certain essential oils. Jason his clueless, and at first, more than a little skeptical.

For those who aren’t familiar with essential oils, they are concentrated forms of plants and flowers that are often used in massage therapy and aromatherapy. From my perspective, they are heavenly.  More and more people are discovering them, too. What about you?

FYI: Breathing in essential oils goes to the part of the brain that is linked to emotions. Good ones. The soothing scents tend to cause a positive reaction in mood, blood pressure, and heart rate to name a few.

If you suffer from white coat syndrome (fear of seeing your doctor) you might appreciate how Claire set up soothing aromatherapy in the office waiting room without consent. Risking her new job, she uses Lavender, Frankincense, and wild orange at one point, and Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, and rosemary another time for the sake of nerves about seeing a doctor. Jason Rogers didn’t understand what was going on, but the patients liked the change, and the benefit was calmer people with which to deal. Win-win, right?

At another point in the book, I mention how Jason, a man who is permanently grumpy because of a heartbreaking reason, discovers that Claire often smells like cinnamon, and, like it or not, the scent is appealing to him. So much so, he can’t get her out of his head. Not a bad side effect, right? Soon, Jason lets his guard down and asks Claire to coffee. So, unbeknownst to Claire, her choice of alternative treatments for herself opened the door to romance.

Not to go too technical, but did you know that the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties? This is another tidbit I enjoyed researching while writing this book, so load that stuff on your oatmeal, cereal, or smoothies all you want!


When Jason notices and likes Claire’s scent, he doesn’t realize she smells that way because she uses it as part of her Lupus treatment. All he knows is he likes having her around and catching the special fragrance, and her scent drives him a little crazy. Which is the part of the story that begins to bring him back to life again, and eventually, as they each work through their personal issues—because that’s what we do in romance—into the open arms of his new love. Yes! Another happy ending. sigh

QUESTION: Have you heard of essential oils? If you have, do you use them? If not, has your interest been piqued?


Santa Barbara Sunsets #1
His Second 
Chance at Forever
The brooding doctor was stuck in his past until she showed him the way to his future...

Jason Rogers prefers to keep people at a distance and his pain tucked safely inside. So what if he’s a grouch? He doesn’t care.

Claire Albright isn’t afraid to waltz into her new boss’s office and give her opinions. The fact she has a tagalong little girl, Gina, who reminds Jason of the daughter he lost, only adds to their bristly start.

Soon, against Jason’s will, Claire and Gina inject hope back into his dull existence. Dare he dream of a life he never thought he’d have again?

Romance Contemporary [Author Self- Published, On Sale: May 14, 2019, e-Book, / ]

About Lynne Marshall

Lynne Marshall
Lynne Marshall has been traditionally published with Harlequin as a category romance author for more than ten years with over twenty-five books, and more recently with TULE Publishing, she has also gone hybrid with self-publishing. She is a Southern California native, has been married to a New Englander for a long time, and has two adult children of whom she is super proud. She is also an adoring grandmother of two beautiful little girls, a woman of faith, a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an optimistic participant in this wild journey called life.

Whispering Oaks | Home in Heartlandia | Charity, Montana | The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach | American Heroes | Summer Brides | Hollywood Hills Clinic | Santa Barbara Sunsets





22 comments posted.

Re: Lynne Marshall | The Scent of a Woman

I have a friend into essential oils. I have not explored them much as I have lots of allergies to aromas.
(Debra Guyette 6:02am May 24, 2019)

Hi Debra - I have allergies to pollens and worried I might have a problem, but I don't. However, adverse reactions to aromas is a different thing. The biggest offender, I've heard, is perfume, right?
(Lynne Marshall 11:21am May 24, 2019)

I use essential oils sometimes. Bergamot oil gives me a
feeling of happiness. I guess this is why Earl Grey is one of
my favourite teas.
(Susan Jang 1:55pm May 24, 2019)

Hi Susan, Yes, Bergamot is also supposed to be good for stress and emotional balance. I didn't know it was in Earl Grey tea. Very interesting. :)
(Lynne Marshall 2:40pm May 24, 2019)

Essential oils are the greatest! I especially like lavender
and bergamot oil. Jasmine is pretty sweet too. I know some
can't tolerate them but they make me feel calm, peaceful,
and romantic.
(Gwen Ray 3:39pm May 24, 2019)

Gwen, I'm with you! I diffuse lavender just about every night in combination with one or two other oils, and I love going to sleep.
(Lynne Marshall 3:53pm May 24, 2019)

No, I'm not familiar with essential oils, but they sound interesting.
(Anna Speed 4:04pm May 24, 2019)

I have a few times looked into essential oils and it is something I would love to try sometime. I think they would help when I have bad anxiety attacks.
(Cynthia St. Germain 4:54pm May 24, 2019)

Yes, I have, to both.
Cinnamon for anti inflammatory, citrus and Jasmine for
soothing, lavender just because!
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:41pm May 24, 2019)

I've heard of essential oils but have never been tempted to
try them. I'd love to read the book.
(Melanie Rosen 7:50pm May 24, 2019)

Cynthis St. Germain - you may be right! Check them out, but do your research. hugs on anxiety attacks. I know how that is.
(Lynne Marshall 8:24pm May 24, 2019)

Kathleen Bylsma - "lavender just because" yes!
(Lynne Marshall 8:25pm May 24, 2019)

Melanie - thank you for commenting. :)
(Lynne Marshall 8:26pm May 24, 2019)

Anna Speed - thank you for commenting, and for reading the blog.
(Lynne Marshall 8:26pm May 24, 2019)

I have heard of essential oils but I don't use them as I am
very sensitive to smells. I love cinnamon though and now I
have an excuse to eat more of it! :-)
(Courtney Hunter 9:27pm May 24, 2019)

Courtney - I look for ANY excuse to eat more cinnamon. ;) Thanks for commenting.
(Lynne Marshall 10:26pm May 24, 2019)

I've never tried them but I have a friend who loves them.
(Jaime Minter 9:19pm May 25, 2019)

Hi Jaime! Ask your friend to let you try out her aroma therapy. You might love it, too. :)
(Lynne Marshall 11:00am May 26, 2019)

I have used oils on occasion... my fav is cinnamon!
(Colleen Conklin 1:15pm May 27, 2019)

Hi Colleen - thanks for reading. What's not to love about cinnamon, right? Thanks for commenting.
(Lynne Marshall 6:13pm May 27, 2019)

I have a friend who smells Lavender before going to bed. She said it helps her
have a relaxing sleep
(Joy Isley 1:18pm May 28, 2019)

Hi Joy - yes, lavender is diffused beside my bed every night. love it!
(Lynne Marshall 10:24pm May 28, 2019)

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