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Subject: Marsha Canham, Laura Guhrke, Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 5:59 PM ET
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I've never read anything by these authors but keep hearing from friends and seeing posts here recommending them. I'm a big fan of Laura Kinsale, Judith Ivory, Elizabeth Hoyt, Connie Brockway and Mary Balogh (they are among my favs). So tell me what you like or don't like about these authors and if you think I might like them:-)



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Date Posted: 12/17/2009 6:27 PM ET
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Marsha Canham writes kick ass swashbuckling hisorical romance.  You MUST read The Last Arrow (based on the Robin Hood legend) but about Robin's sister, Brenna.  You'll be hooked for sure. 

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 6:40 PM ET
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Claudia - just ordered The last Arrow - I'm excited!

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Date Posted: 12/17/2009 7:30 PM ET
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Never read Joanna Bourne. 

Meredith Duran - my favorite is Bound by Your Touch, with Written on Your Skin a very close second.  One of the best books I read in 2009.  A must read if you are a historical romance fan like me.

LL Guhrke - I'd strongly recommend starting with Guilty Pleasure.  Her more recent releases are a bit 'been there, done that', but her older ones have much magic and romance.

 

Enjoy

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I think you would like Bourne and Duran, they are both of high literary quality, like the others on your list.  I would not put Guhrke in quite the same class, but she can tell a good story and is usually a cut above the usual historical. My favorite by her is His Every Kiss.

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Marsha Canham is the only one that I have read and let me tell you, this Lady can write a novel!  Great stories, great characters, great sex, great dialog and best of all, incredible women in all her books.  I love the love play between the men and women.  It is real and fun and very passionate.  I would never have picked up a pirate book if not for this author.  I highly recommend the Dante Pirates:  Across a Moonlit Sea and The Iron Rose.  I also loved her western novel, Under a Desert Moon.  Lots of action, never trite.  There is a great scene where a stranded stage coach is saved by a most unusual situation......I can't give it away.  Just loved it.

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 10:38 PM ET
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Margaret, you and I kinda have a tendency to like the same things & all of your favorite authors are mine too + all of the ones you're wondering about trying, so I think you should give them a shot.  Based on just our similarities (minus Balogh, who I used to adore, btw, but just got burned out on), chances are you're going to like them.  Marsha Canham is my #1 fav, but I'd suggest Pale Moon Rider or Under the Desert Moon first.  The Last Arrow is fantastic, but it's book 3 in a series that you really should read all of to get the most out of it.  If you try Duran, do Duke of Shadows first.  My opinion, anyway.  Some of the ladies didn't get why I adored that book so much, but it's one of my all-time favs.  If you can get Conor's Way by Guhrke, it's one of her best, but I loved And Then He Kissed Her and Not So Innocent as well.  Joanna Bourne - The Spymaster's LadyMy Lord & Spymaster is kinda not great:P

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 10:42 AM ET
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I  haven't read MD or LLG yet but I have some in my TBR. 

I really liked Pale Moon Rider by Marsha Canham.  So I will be reading more of her. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 6:01 PM ET
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Kim - I cancelled my order for The Last Arrow and ordered Pale Moon Rider instead and I order The Spymaster's Lady:-) Thanks for the info and recommendations ladies! I will get back to The Last Arrow - if I like her writing then I'll start with the first of the series.

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 6:10 PM ET
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I Loved Spy Master's Lady, a bit more than My Lord and Spy Master,  I  will be reading anything Joanna Bourne put's out.

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Margaret-I really think you're going to like Joanna Bourne.  "Lady" was just fabulous.  "Master" took a bit more work-but I think that's because there's alot of players to keep track of. 

One of things I really like about her is that there's no duke or marquis or earl dropping from the sky.  Reminds me alot of Carla Kelly in that respect.  Within the Regency world, dukes were the top , o'top of the trees and it really annoys me that many authors these days have these special personages cluttering up the landscape at every moment.  Ok, climbing off soap box now. 

I was fortunate enough to be able to read her trad. Regency(loan from a buddie)-Ladyship's Companion- and it's great as well.  What I'd like to know, is what she was doing in the decades between releases!  A secondary character from both "Lady" and "Master" is in "Companion". 

Guhrke:  Conor's Way was a hit it outta the ballpark for me-but I just haven't been able to get "into" several others of hers.  They are sitting on my tbr shelves right now-and keep getting bypassed by others. 

Duran:  is on my reminder list.  Haven't been able to find her at the ubs. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 6:48 PM ET
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If you like Canham, Margaret, and have trouble collecting all three of the Robin Hood trilogy right away (that's the series The Last Arrow is book 3 of) try Across a Moonlit Sea, and if you like that one, the sequel, The Iron Rose is great as well.  They are both pirate romances, which I'm ordinarily kind of nervous about.  I read most of Fern Michael's "Captive" pirate series back in the day, and ughhh:P  Canham's pirate books are great though, and always keep an eye out for The Wind & the Sea, a hard to find early one of hers, but well worth the trouble of looking for.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 9:32 AM ET
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 Pale Moon Rider by Canham was my favorite.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 9:36 AM ET
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How about Swept Away by Canham?

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 11:39 AM ET
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I love that one too.  Very steamy.  It's probably my #3 favorite of her stand alones.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 6:52 PM ET
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Me too, Kim,  Swept Away is my #3 favorite of Marsha Canham's.  I always forget to mention it and it is the last one I have on my shelf.  I have been busy collecting the large print of hers for my future re-reads so I listed all the paperbacks.



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Date Posted: 12/24/2009 1:31 AM ET
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I get Joanna Bourne and Meredith Duran mixed up in my head. I have read both Bourne books and 3 Durans and they are very well written. Canham also. When you asked the question, my first thought was that these 3 ladies really paint a picture and I walked away with very clear pictures of their stories. I really like that. I hope you LOVE My Lord and Spymaster. I thought it was particularly great.

I am a huge Hoyt fan and even though their styles are not the same, I would bet money you will love these books.

Date Posted: 12/27/2009 7:12 PM ET
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The first Canham book I ever read was The Last Arrow and I didn't know that it was book 3 of a series, nor did I care when I DID find out. It stood pretty well on its own & I loved it. Haven't gotten around to reading anymore of her others, but I thought I'd counter this "out of series" - it didn't make any difference for this reader.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:35 PM ET
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 I decided to go ahead and order My Forever Love and Under the Desert Moon by Canham. I read Pale Moon Rider a couple of months ago, which was my first MC and I really enjoyed it. So since ya'll are loving her so much, I will take another chance.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:53 PM ET
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Agree with everyone on Bourne and Duran.  I still have to read her first Duke of Shadows, but Duran's other two connected books in my top reads of year list, too.  Canham I have in the TBR pile and must get to her books, so many recommend her

.  Guhrke can't say, still in theTBR.

 

I've been trying to find that older title of Bourne's, especially to read more about that  recurring secondary character, whose story appears to be partly told in the books until the time comes for him to be the star.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 10:03 PM ET
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"The first Canham book I ever read was The Last Arrow and I didn't know that it was book 3 of a series, nor did I care when I DID find out. It stood pretty well on its own & I loved it. Haven't gotten around to reading anymore of her others, but I thought I'd counter this "out of series" - it didn't make any difference for this reader."

Just to clarify - The Last Arrow was my first read in this series as well, and I greatly enjoyed it regardless.  I did realize upon reading the other two, however, that there is much more to the story than you get from book 3 alone.  It's more of an ongoing, unfolding story than an actual series, in the sense that it's not just a series that extends out to include or introduce other family members & friends (like Stephanie Laurens Cynster series, for instance), but more of MC's retelling of the Robin Hood legend that unfolds over the course of 3 books and a couple of generations.  I say you'll get the most out of it if you read all 3 and in order, and I believe that's true, because even though MC's "Robin Hood" is really an amalgam of the two heroes in The Last Arrow, there's a bit of Robin Hood in both heroes from the previous two books as well.  Plus, there's the ongoing introduction of  assorted "Merry Men" taking place throughout the series, which really enriched the story for me.  In fact, this is one of the things that I adore about Canham in general; she writes such lively & dimensional secondary characters who always add to the story, yet steal nothing of the limelight from her heroes & heroines.

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I've never been partial to the whole Robin Hood legend anyway, so I was fine with him not being the focus of the third book - I enjoyed it for what it was, his sister and her bf.

I do wish, though, that Canham's books were more obviously labeled as a series. It took me forever to figure out the order of another series of hers because there was nothing labeling them. Maybe it's just my editions, but I've got them all lumped in one place so I can sort them out if/when I ever get around to reading them.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 4:11 PM ET
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Most of MC's books are out of print and you almost have to go to her webpage or Fantastic Fiction to get a listing of everything & the order it was printed in.  But that's really true of almost every romance author, and one of the problems with romance publishing in general.  I can't think of any romance series off the top of my head that has the book's series# printed anywhere on the covers.  I'm really only accustomed to seeing this information on covers in fantasy & sci-fi genres, sometimes in mysteries, but it's an oft-repeated complaint that there's no way to tell what order you should buy or read so-and-so's romance series in - or that there's usually any indication that something even is part of a series.  How often have you picked up a book by someone you're interested in trying out, only to find out when you get it home that it's part of a series?  It's happened to me many times.  Now, if there's someone I'm interested in trying, I first go to Fantastic Fiction & make a list of books & series (and the order they come in) before I start scouring my local UBS's for their books.