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Subject: Can anyone help me?
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 10:39 AM ET
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    A few years ago I loaned a book to a friend because she was out of new material to read, but she read it and has lost it; may have even given it away!  It was a favorite gem from my personal library but I can't remember the title, author or the specifics, but I do remember that it was a fictuous western romance, not a big-name-book though, and that it was about an outlaw (the hero of the book) who, I think, kidnaps the heroine, but they fall in love while running from the law.  I also remember that it was a paperback and had the picture of a sexy cowboy on the cover; with slightly open white shirt (long sleeves), black vest, I think his paints were black too, dark black hair and he was leaning against a fence (back was towards the face while he faces forward.)  All I can remember about the author is that they were a woman and one of her names started with an "M."  In fact, I think her first name was Mary.  I bought the book from a Dollar Tree store, so it wasn't a recent book when I bought it.  Like I said, it was a gem.  I think it may have been printed at some time between 1993 and 1997, but I'm not sure about that either, and I won't dare guess at the publishers...

    Please, if anyone can help me at all, that would be great.  Even if you suspect that you may know what the book is, let me know.   I can't find it anywhere and this is the last place I can turn to to try and find it.  Even if all you know is the name or a possible author, that would be more than what I have.  THANKS...

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Just throwing out some names here of authors who write western romances and have M names  - I really have no idea about this book:  Mary McBride, Maureen McKade (the cover sounds like Untamed Heart but the plot doesn't), Maggie Osborne (although I can't think of any kidnap/captive themes off the top of my head), Millie Criswell, Connie Mason has her "Outlaw" series - although I didn't see a cover that exactly fits (her covers are generally on the cheesy side, IMO:P), Madeline Baker (but her books are mostly Native American stuff), Linda Lael Miller, , Mary Lou Rich, and I can't think of anyone else:P

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:19 PM ET
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It sounds like Linda Howard's book The Touch of Fire.  It was published in 1992.  I have no idea about the front cover then.  And no M in her name.  Just thought I would throw it out there just in case. 

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:50 PM ET
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Funny how much better you can remember the cover than the title  :P

Is there anything else you can remember about the story? Did they spend all their time in the wilderness, in a town, on a ranch or in a cabin? Do you remember the time of year? Were they in mountians or plains or forests? Did it seem it was part of a series? If you give us a few more hints there might be something we recognize.

It could be The Touch of Fire, but the cover of the book I read didn't look like that.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 6:35 PM ET
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The plot sound similar to Honor Bound by Sandra Brown.  That one's been re-published several times so it'll have lots of different covers.  I believe the original was a Loveswept.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 7:02 PM ET
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Maybe Madeline Baker?

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:02 PM ET
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Have you tried listing it on the Book Slueths link on www.abesbooks.com ?

Subject: like Linda Howard's "The Touch of Fire"...
Date Posted: 12/11/2008 1:43 PM ET
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Its like that but the woman had no kids and she was wealthy.  I don't think she was a doctor, either, and I think she had inherited the money.  I remember he hijacked a wagon too.  He had made her drive it while they escaped from the law, but I can't remember why they were running, he might have been in the middle of a jailbreak and thats how they meet.  (Sigh)  This book was one of my first romances and my third western romance, so it was quite a few books ago when I read it and I'm trying not to mix them up in my head, but these are the details I'm most sure about.  The book wasn't deep or complicated, just straightforward and fun.  They had started out hating each other.  He was running from the law and trying not to get caught, she was headstrong, courages and had little intention of sticking around, so it had some funny moments.  It wasn't a very thick book either.  And I think they had only "done it" about twice in the whole story, if that many times.  I remember that because that was the first time I noticed the number trend in my romance novels.  It was a "something" romance, but I'm not sure what because I didn't pay too much attention to that.  At the time, I had no idea what that even meant.  The press may be Zebra or Penguin because other books I had bought around that time, and from that store, were published by either/or.  But I can't say if that is so at all.

    And that is some more stuff I remember.  But that may actually be all I can get.  My memory is as long as a goldfish's, so I have really done well for myself.  Hope this is better.  And thanks for the help so far, I deeply appreciate it!

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I was going to suggest Touch of Fire but I couldn't remember the name. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 3:18 PM ET
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Any luck yet?

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Outlaw by Lisa Plumley.  The cover loks exactly like the one you descirbed, and I can see why you remember the cover more than the title!  I hope this is the book you are looking for, I know how frustrating it can be...

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780821761205-Outlaw

 

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:46 PM ET
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wow I hope that's it Angie! it sounds like a good book...added it to my reminder list!

Subject: BOOK FOUND!!
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:05 PM ET
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OMG, that is sooooo the book!!  Its Outlaw by Lisa Plumley!!  And I almost wet myself when I saw the pic of it, too.  That's how happy I was to finally see it again.  Although I could have sworn that the author's name had had an "M" somewhere I am really just glad that the book has been named.  But this is many books and a few years later, so I'll let myself slide this time.  But, PHEW!!  I just have to thank all of you for your wonderful help in narrowing this down (even despite my fuzzy input), you guys are the best!  And you have also pointed me into the direction of some really good authors to try, so it was double the reward.  Thanks a lot Kim H., Sherron B., Sarah F., Sarah K., Pam P., Tanya T., Mary L. and Angie B.!!!!  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND ENCOURAGEMENT, YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:20 PM ET
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Yikes!  Lookit those abs:0

Subject: Tee, hee, hee!
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:37 PM ET
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Yeah, I missed my dear fellow.  It will be good having him back home again!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 2:52 AM ET
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Was the story good or just sentimental? the cover looks good and the description sounds good..

Subject: Let me think...
Date Posted: 12/25/2008 2:56 AM ET
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If-ens I remember correctly (and a big IF-ens that is...), the story is really good up until the end where it does begin to get a bit sentimental.  And I think the ending was a bit fairytale as well, an exeptionally happily-ever-after sort of thing (or it just seemed that way because I was still new to romance novels then).  But after I've read it again, I can let you know for sure, so don't go quoting me just yet...  ;)

Date Posted: 12/25/2008 1:12 PM ET
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ok thanks..I have some that I've hunted down that were more sentimental to me personally(like one I snuck and read when I wasn't supposed to be reading anything hotter than Nancy Drew!) or were a first 'hot' author for me or an early romance read but really aren't good stories that I'd recommend to someone. that's what I was curious about!

Subject: OOOOHHH!!
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 2:28 AM ET
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Oh, I didn't understand, but in that case...  Yeah, it might mostly be sentimental for me in that I wasn't allowed to own, much less read such books and it was my third of its type.  I read it and books similar to it because they were sold at the Dollar Tree (a store I could walk into by myself), they were affordable and they could conveniently fit in my purse/bag.  It is the one I liked best out of the stash I had gotten away with, but it wasn't perfect.  Knowing what I know now, its story was fun and engaging, but its no Julie Garwood or Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel.  It wasn't Top Ten list or anything, it wasn't complicated and it wasn't too lenghthy or deep, but it was good and it is the book that really started me on romance novels.  I  would even recommend it to others who needed something good and light to read inbetween their thrillers and chillers (favorite books of most of my friends).  As a matter of fact, that is how I lost it to begin with... (giggling).  But, in short, I've always thought (and still think) that the story was wonderful and that most anyone would enjoy it.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 9:29 AM ET
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ok I might give it a try!