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Subject: Looking for suggestions
Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:16 PM ET
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I just finished reading The Windflower by Laura London that a PBS friend let me borrow.   By the way I LOVED IT!!! 

It had a lot of action and I was looking for some other author's similar to this.  Examples Marsha Canham or Diana Gabaldon.  Can you think of another good action romance??

Thanks

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:33 PM ET
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Contemporary romance I'd suggest Robyn Carr's Virgin River series.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:41 PM ET
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Sherri, Thanks for the suggestion.  I read that whole series and really liked it.  I wasn't too sure about it at first because it is not my normal cup of tea.  I can't wait for the next one in December. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Lol - It's the pirate action romance thing, isn't it?  I know the feeling...  I need to get you something like Beyond Sunrise by Candice Proctor, or I can loan it to you too, for that matter.  It's posted in the system too.  Not quite the same thing, but it has that sort of feel to it.  What about more old school stuff?  Shanna or Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss have that sweeping saga thing going, and there's lots of action in Shanna.  You've probably read all of the Marsha Canham stuff, and practically all of hers are like that.  Laura Kinsale or Connie Brockway maybe?  I can think of a few if you haven't read them all.  Have you read Charm School by Susan Wiggs?  She's not one of my fav authors, but that's a really good book.  Perils of the Heart by Jennifer Ashley, or there's also The Pirate Next Door, The Pirate Hunter, and The Care and Feeding Of Pirates (a series) by her.  Not my favorites, but pretty good books all the same.  The Suitor  by Sandy Hingston (no pirates, but a neat little romp), and Once A Pirate by Susan Grant (a time-travel, but really cool). 

Anyway, I'll do some more looking and see what else I can come up with.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I kinda wish that I didn't finish The Windflower.  I read it too fast.  LOL  Where is Cat, Raven and Morgan???  What happened to them?  Did they get their HEA?  LOL  Stupid Huh!!  I loved the secondary characters as much as Merry and Devon.  I want a book just like that one.  LOL  

I homeschool my four kids and it was soooo bad yesterday reading this book that we had Parent/Teacher Conference Day.  LOL 

Kim, with the books you listed this is what I have:  (I haven't read any of the following:  What did you like the best?)

Shanna and Ashes in the Wind by Woodiwiss

I haven't read Pale Moon Rider or Straight from the Heart yet by Canham.  (I didn't want to read all of her stuff at once and then have no more, LOL)

I also have Charm School by Wiggs

I also have some Laura Kinsale and Connie Brockway's stuff that I haven't read.

I am going to order Beyond Sunrise today.



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Date Posted: 1/30/2008 3:03 PM ET
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I highly recommend Outander.  You'll be hooked to the series!  Also Canham's The Last Arrow.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Claudia, thanks for the suggestion.  I have read Outlander and the three after that.  Talk about hooked.  (Jamie, sigh)  I can't seem to get into The Fiery Cross.  I have read about 100 pages.  I will pick it up again soon.  I have also read The Last Arrow.  It is my favorite in that series. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 4:49 PM ET
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You already know what I'm gonna say, right?

Start reading Pale Moon Rider right now, missy!  It'll satisfy your every craving.  If you start it tonight, I can predict another conference day for the kids this week..:P  You know what I like fairly well, and it's one of my favorites.  I wrote an abbreviated review on it that I should prbably flesh out more.  It really is such a great book.  Straight for the Heart, I'd rate at about a C+.  Good, but not up to her usual standard - I don't think anyway.

Since you liked The Windflower so well, I think you can probably tolerate Woodiwiss' prosy style pretty easily too.  She's probably a bit more heavy-handed with it, especially when it comes to the lovemaking stuff.  It gets a little snorty with her from time to time - lol.  Shanna is always going to be my favorite of all her books.  Talk about heroes to die for...  I believe the thinking for a standard historical back then was that it wasn't romance if it didn't span at least 3 continents, so it's definitely "sweeping", and has lots of swordfighting & high adventure.  The dialogue is corny as hell by today's standards though, so be prepared.  Ashes in the Wind, I just flat out loved - I've read it several times.  Alaina (the heroine) is one of my all time favorites.  It's a Civil War period novel, so it's more somber, but still very good.  The hero, Cole, is not as strong a character as the heroine - definitely not as strong as the hero in Shana, but I still liked him a lot.

Charm School by Susan Wiggs is excellent.  I had it as a keeper for a long time, but finally gave it up to somebody here who wanted to read it.  A+ on it, and it's a little steamier than I think the average Susan Wiggs novel usually is.  Typical spinster gets swept off to the high seas and falls in love with a seafaring rake type, but it's really cute, and a lot of fun to read.  And the ship's crew are very well written and fully dimensional secondary characters, so shades of The Windflower and most of Marsha Canham's work there too.

I really recommend Perils of the Heart by Jennifer Ashley too.  Somewhat similar in theme to Charm School, with quite a few differences, and the heroine is a bit of a sweet bumbler, but thankfully not irritatingly so.  She was actually funny and very enjoyable to read about.  If you've ever read Dreaming by Jill Barnett, she sort of reminds me of Letitia.  A klutz, but not a simpering idiot.  And btw, if you haven't read that one, I recommend it, and the prequel Bewitching too.  VERY good books.

Not knowing what Kinsale books you've read, I'm just thinking something really wide scale like For My Lady's Heart and Shadow Heart, but both are much darker themed than anything I've recommended so far.  Connie Brockway, I think As You Desire might suit your current mood, and a couple of her out of print books that I personally enjoyed are Promise Me Heaven and  Anything for Love an American Historical that's actually pretty good, considering that it's one of her very early ones (possibly her first - can't recall) and the language isn't very period accurate.  I have both if you can't find them & want to borrow - just let me know.  I think you'll enjoy Beyond Sunrise too, but I think anything by Candice Proctor is always a good bet.:)

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:32 PM ET
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KIm, LOL

Your right, I had picked out Pale Moon Rider earlier and decided on that one just before you posted your last response.  My only book that I have read by Woodiwiss is A Rose in Winter.  I liked it.  Ashes in the Wind and Shanna are in my TBR pile, might try one of those next.   Or maybe Charm School.

I have also read Bewitching and also liked it.  Dreaming is in my TBR pile. 

For My Lady's Heart and Shadow Heart are also in my TBR pile.  I love medievals but, the language in For My Lady's Heart is why I haven't started that one yet.  I remember you telling me that I will get used to it and how good it is. 

I have also read As You Desire.  And have Anything For Love in my TBR pile.   I will look at Promise Me Heaven.  I haven't heard of that one.   I will also keep an eye out for Jennifer Ashley.  She is a new author for me. 

Thank you for all of your reccomendations.  I have most of them already.  I should stop looking for more books and read the ones I have.  I am addicted to finding more books and new authors.  I need help!!!  LOL

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:51 PM ET
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Penelope Williamson is good for sweeping, epic romance..try Heart of the West.

And here's a link to AAR's review....

http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=1352

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:58 PM ET
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Samantha, Thanks for the suggestion.  Heart of the West was my first book by Penelope Williamson.  I absolutely loved it.  I wasn't sure how she was going to give us a HEA.  I have ordered all of her others on PBS.  I am just waiting for them to come in. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 12:12 AM ET
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Oops, wouldn't ya know!

 

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 10:20 AM ET
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Jennifer Ashley's pirate series is really good.  The Wildest Shore by Lisa Cach also has a lot of action in it, has some humor mixed in also.