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Subject: Adele Ashworth
Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:31 PM ET
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I just love this author.  Everything I've read of hers is a keeper for me.  So far, I have Duke of Sin, Duke of Scandal and When it's perfect.  I just received Someone Irresistible; had to put my Darling Caroline and Winter Garden on my WL.  Those books are commanding ridiculous prices as used paperbacks!  Anyone have a secret source for Adele Ashworth's books?  Can't say enough about her books-- well written, well plotted, well characterized and EXTREMELY STEAMY with some unconventional characters.  She's quickly becoming one of my favorite historical authors! 

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:44 PM ET
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While I have never read any of her work,I picked up The Duke's Indiscretion from the breakroom at work but haven't read it yet. Maybe I should bump it up on my TBR pile!! If you haven't read it yet, I can send it to you when I'm done.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:53 PM ET
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My absolute fav by her is Stolen Charms. It's actually one of my top 10 of  all time because of it's humor and the hero.

I lucked out and got really excellent deals on e-bay. If you are dilligent you can really score big there (I got Jenny Crusie's OOP Trust Me On This there for 50 cents and it usually sells for 20 bucks or more).  Check the box to search in title and description and then look at what auctions are ending soonest. Lots of times you can find auctions that no one has bid on yet and get a bargain.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 9:41 PM ET
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Keep trolling ebay. I scored a box of 20 OOP/HTF Hannah Howell books on ebay a couple months ago for like $10 with shipping. Most of them were WL and the others were snapped up as soon as I posted them.  I haven't had the same luck with the old OOP Mary Balogh books.  But I keep checking.    I don't know why they haven't reissued these books for either of  them since they are  still a popular authors. 

Who does Adele Ashworth compare to?  I haven't read any of hers yet. 



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Date Posted: 12/31/2007 4:30 AM ET
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I bit the bullet and got Stolen Charms, My Darling Caroline, and Winter Garden from Amazon a couple of months ago for about $40 total.  Not really worth the cost, IMO, but I really wanted to read them, and I suppose I can always ebay them later and recoup some of the money.  Stolen Charms is the only real keeper - in other words, worth keeping based on the merits of the book alone and not the extravagant price.  I agree with whoever said it's her best.  It is.  Mostly, I think she writes well; she's probably better than the average historical romance fare, but Stolen Charms is the only book of hers that I consider top 10 exceptional.  Comparsion-wise... She's maybe half & half average Karen Hawkins & Stephanie Laurens level, with occasional shots of really good Connie Brockway (a standard keeper writer, IMO).  That is to say - Ashworth shows some flashes of truly delicious brilliance, but more often than not,  just serves plain old crackers for the appetizers.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 10:39 AM ET
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Stolen Charms is one of Ashworth favorites, but Winter Garden is the one I like best. of all.  Soon, her sequel to that (A Notorious Proposition is the title I believe) will be released.  Maybe that will lead to a re-release of Winter Garden.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 12:52 PM ET
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Anybody have any sources for her books?  I've got 3 my WL and it isn't moving.  Winter Garden, Stolen Charms & My Darling Caroline.  I want them soon, but don't want to pay a fortune for them.  Anybody have them and willing to share? 

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:07 PM ET
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I watch ebay for her books - but then I ended up getting the ones you want from Amazon anyway.  Amazon is always fixed price, which tend to keep it high, but ebay can still be a good source, even with all of the book sellers watching the rare & collectible book auctions like hawks.  You just have to keep an eye peeled for the auctions on authors you love, that are ending during off-peak times.  I got a mint condition set of out of print Marsha Canham books from ebay for just over $16 - the trick being, it was Thanksgiving day, and I watched it all day and then sniped it with just under 3 minutes left on the clock.  Bottom line, you have to know what You want, you have to watch for it, and then you have to sit at the computer for the last half hour or so of the auction and nab it.  patience & determination will save you lots of money on ebay.  Other than that, you can always get lucky in thrift stores & library sales.  I hit the thrift stores book hunting about twice a week, and never miss a library sale.

 

Oh, and Claudia, I'll inbox you when I get back from the post office - we can work something out so you can borrow mine.



Last Edited on: 1/10/08 1:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:14 PM ET
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I'm reading _Winter Garden_ right not (ILL) and I'm just not seeing what the big fuss is, I must confess.  I have never found Ashworth that exciting.  I like the vulnerability of her heroes and her sex scenes are good, but her plots are dull, IMO.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 7:18 PM ET
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everybody keeps saying ebay.  Haven't seen any there!

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 7:48 PM ET
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I've seen them there, but very rarely.  I got tired of watching for them myself, and when my hubby asked for B-Day gift ideas, I showed him that set on Amazon.

We always have big library sales here, but they're only twice a year.  There's one coming up in June, and I'll let everyone know when I'm going so you can send me a list of books to look out for.  Can't promise anything - they are on long tables and the romance selection is always massive and not especially neat or organized - but I WILL try to find some wishlisted stuff.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 7:49 PM ET
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Claudia, I just checked Ebay and there is a copy of Stolen Charms (my fav) on Ebay right now. So far the biding is up to 99 cents, lol. That's a great deal, although that one usually only runs about 10 bucks. Bidding ends tomrrow, so if ya want it, look quick :)

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 1:54 AM ET
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I'm kind of tempted! But I will let Claudia have a whack at it.

I finished _Winter Garden_... for me, it was *almost* a really good book.  I bet if another author had written the same story, I would've loved it. ;-)  But I can see better now why some people really love it - nice change of pace in characters and a good payoff at the end.

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 5:13 AM ET
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To tell you the truth Willa, I paid alot more for Winter Garden than I did for Stolen Charms, and while I enjoyed Winter Garden, Stolen Charms was IMHO much, much better. If I had it to do all over again, I'd pay 10 or 15 bucks for Stolen Charms, and just forget Winter Garden. But I know I have a different opinion from most on that front. :)

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I totally agree.  Stolen Charms was far & away my favorite.  I think it and My Darling Caroline were about $10 each, and Winter Garden was about $20.  All three of my copies are in really good condition, but I think they're not that old, just really rare & hard to find.  I thought about it last night when Claudia and I were talking about them, and Winter Garden really is a good book, I just don't think it was worth $20, and the angst of not being able to put it out there for other people to read and enjoy, because I spent too much money on it, y'know?  The rare out of print book I paid the most for was the first copy I bought of Marsha Canham's The Wind and the Sea.  It cost me just over $25 from half.com (I got another with a fairly complete set of older Canham books on ebay for $16 recently).  As much as I hated spending that $25 on an old paperback, it's really old & rare, and I adore Marsha Canham (not just her books, she's a really sweet lady).  I've talked to her a bit on her myspace & she's a doll.  She only has two copies of that particular book herself.  Just an aside there: As far as the book itself goes, it really is pretty good - just outdated.  The hero is VERY alpha, and it has some elements to it that I wouldn't tolerate in romances nowadays, but for the time it was written, I'm sure it was better than most.  It also could benefit greatly from an epilogue, but epilogues weren't as common back then as they are these days. I just think it could use a more solid ending than what it has.  She's said she has rewrites for it ready to go, but her publisher has been very disinterested so far.  She's also back to writing again, this time a sequel to her Pirate Wolf series.



Last Edited on: 1/11/08 9:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/11/2008 10:00 PM ET
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That eBay auction you pointed out just closed at the opening price, Samantha!

Kim, thank you and all of you--I'm learning a lot!  Ashworth and the others you've mentioned are fairly new to me, and it's great to have the chance to learn more about them and their books!



Last Edited on: 1/11/08 10:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/11/2008 11:14 PM ET
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Oh, easy enough for me to do.  All I have to do is blabber - which I do anyway -  whether I'm appreciated or not...  I love discussing books with other people who read the same or similar things, and then seeing what they like best, or if they have a different POV on something I've read.  It's fun for me.  But thanks for the thanks:)

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 8:23 AM ET
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Anybody ever heard of "The Duke's Seduction" by Ashworth?   It's listed in PBS (not posted) but I can't find it anywhere else!

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 6:20 PM ET
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Thanks for the tip; I got Stolen Charms (already arrived in mail); now I just need to find Winter Garden for a reasonable price (under $20)!  I had to borrow it through interlibrary loan. 



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