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Subject: Marsha Canham
Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I just wanted to say thanks for turning me on to Marsha Canham's books.  She really is great- I'm never disappointed.  I like the balance of romance and history she brings to all of her books.  And the characters are great.  If you haven't ever tried her you are missing out people!

 

Sara

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:48 AM ET
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I have several of her books in my TBR pile and on my reminder list.  Can't wait to read them!

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 11:51 AM ET
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OMG, I just found her, too.  I can't wait to work my through everything :)

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 1:40 PM ET
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I'm going to take credit for at least some of this MC worship my own self:P  I basically showed up here raving about her - she's been my favorite author since the day I discovered The Iron Rose at Book & Music Exchange for $1, somewhere around 3-4 years ago.  I've been through all of this researching her backlist, hunting around and finding her old, out of print books, pacing myself in reading them so I'd always have another one saved for a rainy day, all of that.  I really do envy those of you just discovering her books for the first time, and I actually get excited when I know one of you has just started one of her books & which one.  She writes historicals exactly the way I like them.  Everyone has their own tastes and preferences, and she fits mine like my favorite sneakers:P  She always has the perfect balance of everything - plot, internal & external conflcit, historical fact, three dimensional secondary characters, and romance.  And, I think, an almost uncanny ability to allow her stories to unfold in a completely natural way without the use of boringly predictable plot devices.  You literally do get lost in the story and forget you're reading.  That's a gift.  She's one of those writers who makes it look easy.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 2:23 PM ET
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I love Marsha Canham -- with one exception -- "The Blood of Roses." Although very historically accurate, For my taste it was too dry with arcane historical facts and too many battles.  I was actually tempted to skip over some parts (but didn't). Too much blood and not enough romance, IMHO.  Although what romance there was was quite good.  Also had a rather sad ending for a romance.  Nevertheless, it's worth reading if you enjoyed Pride of Lions (which I loved).  BOR just doesn't rank as a keeper with me (ducking my head to avoid Kim's frying pan). 

The Last Arrow is her absolute best one IMHO. 



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Date Posted: 3/20/2008 6:36 PM ET
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What?!  I never heard of The Last Arrow!!!  Kim, why didn't you tell me about this arrow book????

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 6:51 PM ET
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Oh, wait a minute--you did.  It's part of Robin Hood or something, right?

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 10:24 PM ET
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Yeah, the Robin Hood trilogy.  She actually came up with this story that's like an alternative retelling of Robin Hood.  It slowly unfolds over the course of three books and 2 generations, and the way she presents it, is like the actual Robin Hood is sort of a composite of different people - main characters in her books.  All of the secondary characters from the Robin Hood legend are there, they're just rewritten in very unique ways.  And there are some really nasty villains too.  I mean appallingly evil like I've never seen in the romance genre.  I'd say more, but I hate to give even one scrap of info away because it's so much neater to read it for yourselves.

Claudia - I think you're safe enough from my frying pan - I hate cooking:P  I could maybe hurl the George Foreman grill at you...  Blood of Roses probably isn't her VERY best stuff, but I loved it, and two words for you...  Alexander Cameron.  Followed by a big sigh, of course...  Damn, damn, DAMN - he's HOT!  I would have read 300 pages of that guy snoring on the sofa:P  Funny story too - I read Pride of Lions, and had to order Blood of Roses from ebay and wait for over a week to get it, and I was going nuts.  She leaves you with that dratted cliffhanger ending...  Anyway, I got it and did the happy dance all the way from the mailbox, immediately opened it and started reading, and threw the damned thing against the wall because of that opening paragraph!  Do you remember what I'm talking about?  I was furious with her!  It took me at least an hour to slink over there and pick it back up, and start reading again.:P  Thank goodness I did, and realized you-know-what, but boy was I steamed for a while there.  I swear, the woman has a twisted sense of humor, and that was her idea of a practical joke.:P



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Date Posted: 3/21/2008 12:19 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Opening paragraph??   I have to go look it up right now.  I loved both of those books.  I love that time in history.  Off I go to read the first paragraph in Blood of Roses to refresh my memory. 

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 1:19 AM ET
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Am I thinking of the wrong part, Sherron?  Is the scene with that hideous monster Lauren not the opening scene?  I'd have to get my copy out of plastic to check:P  It's been a long time since I've read it - I'm probably due - and I think it pissed me off so bad for like 30 mins or so, it's just stuck in my head - lol.  Anyway, I almost didn't read past it:P

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 5:45 AM ET
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does any of the books feature torture or rape of the H/H? I dont read those type of books anymore

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 7:08 AM ET
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No, nothing like that.

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 7:40 AM ET
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Kim -- you should write your own book.  It's so funny to read your responses.......they're quite animated and read way better than some stuff I've been reading lately.  I can clearly picture that happy dance from the mailbox to the front door................

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 11:58 AM ET
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It'd be my luck I'd suck at it, and y'all would be on here lambasting my latest book:P

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 6:24 PM ET
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I really like Marsha Canham too, especially the Blood of Roses, Midnight Honor and Pride of Lions.  I love those old school historical romances.

Recently at the library I picked up 'The Iron Rose" and just couldn't get into it.  I like pirates all right, but somehow it just didn't grab me.

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 6:44 PM ET
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I have The Iron Rose on it's way to me and I'm trying to get Across A Moonnlit Sea- I'm on my second requestee now- and I just ordered The Last Arrow and will have to hunt down the other two. Thanks Kim! Between you and Monica (my Maggie Osbornes) I'm plowing through the credits! LOL

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 7:41 PM ET
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Okay, this drove me nuts today and I had to get Blood of Roses out of plastic and look; it's the opening of Chapter 2 where I threw my little hissy-fit and slammed the book against the wall.  I could have wrung MC's neck - gleefully.  And I think she did it on purpose too.:P

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 8:46 PM ET
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Kim, I had to get my book out and see what part you were talking about.  I remember that part well; I was so distraught over what I thought the hero was doing.  And I was very pleased that it was not so. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 8:02 AM ET
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Kim,

 

I agree completely that Alexander Cameron is a to-die-for hero.  I was just disappointed that he didn't appear in more of Blood of Roses.  It's worth reading for Alex alone.  If it had had more of Alex in it, it would have been a true keeper IMO.  If you're referring to the opening scene with Lauren, I also had to set the book aside and calm down before I continued reading.  Not a nice trick by Marsha. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 9:07 AM ET
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Yes, she was a very bad girl:P  I need to get back on her blog one of these days and shame her for that - lol.  Not sure she gets the credit she deserves for punking her fans so badly:P

Valerie  - missed what you said about The Iron Rose before and I wanted to comment:  You should really read Across a Moonlit Sea first and then try to go back and do Iron Rose again after.  It might have been hard to get into because it's a sequel, and while it's not one of those series you simply have to read in order (I didn't and still loved them), Across a Moonlit Sea is so very good, and really puts you in the mood to delve deeper into the Dante family's story.  I think some people just aren't into pirate-themed romances, and that's fine; it's a matter of taste.  But these are really something unique in pirate romances.  They were never my thing before at all, but MC really changed my attitude with this series, and I'm so very excited that she's writing the next installment.  It can't happen quickly enough for me:P 



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Date Posted: 3/25/2008 2:13 PM ET
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Kim - when I picked it up at the library I didn't initially realize it was the second in the series, but it became quickly apparent.  I'm all for strong heriones and  pirates can certainly sexy - but it just didn't grab me. Perhaps, if i'd known more of the backstory it would have been more enthralling.  I've read a number of other MC books and always enjoyed them, so it's worth a shot.  I'll see if I can land a copy of Across a Moonlit Sea and then maybe give Iron Rose another shot.  Thanks for your message!

It's been so long since I read Blood of the Roses!  It's on my keeper shelf, so now I need to go see what happens at the start of chapter 2!

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 10:34 PM ET
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Yeah, getting the backstory might do the trick for you.  It's always hard for me to say this one is better than that one when it comes to the books of hers that I really loved.  It took me forever just to decide which was my favorite (The Last Arrow).  With there only being 17 of them right now and it looking for so long like there wouldn't be more, I've been less nitpicky about what is and what isn't a keeper.  There are 5 or 6 that I don't think are, but even those really aren't at all bad, and since I thought for a long time that she wouldn't be writing any more, I kept everything I could get my hands on.  Anyway, if I had to be really objective about it, I'd say that Across a Moonlit Sea is probably a slightly better book than The Iron Rose.  It's not better by leaps and bounds, but it probably is just very slightly better.  I think after you read that one, you'll be in the mood to read The Iron Rose, you'll get more out of it, and you won't have any trouble finishing it.  Plus, the upcoming book is about Juliet Dante's brothers Gabriel & Jonas, so you'll be ready for it when it's released:)



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Date Posted: 3/26/2008 9:36 AM ET
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I just got a MC book. Across a Moonlit Sea. I also had to go through several members before someone responded and actually sent it to me. I have so many books in my TBR I don't know when I will pick this one up but I got it solely based on everyone's input about MC.

Date Posted: 8/21/2010 12:08 PM ET
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Ok I just picked up China Rose  at a yard sale. Is it good, great, so-so, worth the time?

Date Posted: 8/21/2010 3:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I haven't read that one. I read Pale Moon Rider recentlly and really liked it, which was a relief since I won an MC bundle on Ebay with 10 or so of her books.  Actually it was almost a disappointment that I liked it because I'm trying to trim down the TBR by reading a book by all the authors I have and have never read. If I had hated it then I could have purged the rest.  But I liked it alot. 

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