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Subject: Why hasn't The Windflower...
Date Posted: 4/19/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Been re-released?

It's so popular, so sought after, so pricey as a used book.  Why hasn't whoever owns the rights cashed in by reprinting the "most popular romance ever"?

I'm probably wondering because I keep thinking surely I don't have to spend such big bucks to get my hands on one of these!

Anyone know?

Sara

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 8:28 AM ET
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I have no clue why it is so sought after.  I paid a lot for a copy and I can't seem to get past chapter 1.  Ugh.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 10:58 AM ET
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I could always take it off your hands by ordering it from you!

:)

Seriously, I know, several people have said, ok, it was good, but not that much money good.

Sara

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 1:10 PM ET
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I paid $16 dollars for mine and I think that it was well worth it.  I loved it.  A PBS friend lent me her copy and I liked it so much that I had to have my own copy. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 4:14 PM ET
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who is the author?

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Sharon and Tom Curtis (also know as Laura London)

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 4:56 PM ET
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Books aren't rereleased for lots of different reasons. Sometimes there are issues with the rights. Sometimes even a sought after book will not be considered to have enough of a potential market.

There's a lot happening with print on demand books in the children's book world, maybe we need to get into that.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 7:59 PM ET
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There are many books very HTF and not re-printed...like WINTER GARDEN by Ashwoth and the DEMON books by Anne Stuart...and The TEMPORARY WIFE by Balogh.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 11:09 PM ET
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I got mine (Windflower) for a dime at the thrift store, so I can't complain:P  It's one of those books I doubt I'd have paid that much money for either.  I did that with Wind and the Sea, and was happy with that purchase, but I'm a Marsha Canham fan, and I think it's a bit different when you're a fan and your author only has 17 books in print:P  I bought the Ashworth books for $40 for all of them, and I can't say they were worth that much.  I'm hanging on to them right now, sort of waiting for a time when there don't seem to be any available, and then I'll try to auction them on ebay or something and see if I can get some of that money back.



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Date Posted: 4/21/2008 8:00 AM ET
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Well, I went back and skimmed over the first couple of chapters enough to keep me in the story.  And I still have to say, so far, it's not worth my $20.  Nice try Sara, but I don't think I'll be turning it in to PBS  :)   I will probably hold onto it and see just how far up it goes.  Eventually, the book has to lose its value, I would think.  And eventually, if it's that great, someone will reprint it to capitalize on the craziness.

IMHO, Wind and Sea by Canham is a classically written romance novel with exactly all of the components a reader wants in a story falling right into place.  That's one book I would pay top dollar for and can understand it's high price on the secondary market.

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 8:28 AM ET
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Well Monica, a girl can always try!  :)

I'm sure I'd love Wind and Sea since I seem to love anything by Marsha Canham.

I keep hoping I'll have one of those lucky thrift store moments......

Sara

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 8:42 AM ET
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Sara -- the price tag on my copy of Windflower was 75 cents....could ya imagine?!

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:30 PM ET
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I got my copy from the library book sale in my $3 bag of books. I just read it yesterday and it was just okay for me. I put it in the PBS system last night and someone already took it!! I wish I had read this thread before. I would have offered it here if I had known that it was so sought after. I just thought it was an old romance book and was almost embarrassed to put it in the system because it's definitely used and a bit tattered but intact.

Subject: windflower
Date Posted: 4/26/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I remember really enojoying The Windflower, but haven't re-read it in quite awhile so it may not hold up...alot of the old bodice rippers don't hold up well in the new century.  I do remember it starting very slow and I almost quit reading.  Also don't remember much sex, IMO the interest was more in the strong character development.