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Subject: Zebra Gothic Romance
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:23 AM ET
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Hi everyone,

I wasn't quite sure where I should put this post, but I figured Love&Romance was a good place to start. Anyways, I been trying to get a hold of Zebra's Gothic Romance novels for the longest time. I just cleaned out my local used bookstore (which only had 5) and I've been trying to get a hold of them every where, including EBAY (Purchasing them via Amazon is quite expensive, $3.99 for shipping and handling for a book that costs $0.17). In five years, I've been able to acquire a grand total of 12. If you have a bunch of these Zebra Gothic Romances that you're dying to give rid of or know someone who is trying to get rid of them, PM me and together we can possibly come to an agreement of some sort. Thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Maybe if you posted a list of some of the titles you are looking for.  I know I have some Zebra books in my TBR but I don't know if they are gothics or what ones I have that are zebra.  (I have over 600 so it's not like I can go through them easily)

Or maybe a link to a list of them somewhere.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Gee, I wish I'd seen a post like yours 3-4 years ago... I had over 100 of the bodice rippers published by Zebra. I sold them in bulk lots on eBay. (Hey, I didn't know about PBS back then).

I just checked and there are a few such lots available now. Do an eBay search in the Books category for keywords "zebra, romance, lot"

Also, for a list of the books published by Zebra during the 1980's and early 1990's (the grand era of heartless heroes and unwilling women), check out fictiondb.com. You can search by author name to get booklists including ISBNs, synopses, etc. OR use the SERIES search field to search for "Zebra Lovegram" or "Zebra Heartfire". Heartfire is the older line of the 2, with books being published between 1987-1994.

With a premium subscription ($20/yr), you can search by publisher and get a list of all the Zebra titles. Either free or premium, you can keep track of what books you have and what books you want.

I might also suggest that you sign up here on the PBS site for Box-O-Books. I frequently see the bodice rippers on boxer shelves. In the BoB search, you could search for "lovegram" "heartfire" or "zebra" in the title field, with "Romance" in the genre field so you don't get zoo board books.

I have a dozen or so. I'll PM you with a list and an offer.



Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:39 PM ET
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Here is good Kristen.  Other threads may be appropriate also, such as "Is this on your bookshelf (Sept 09)", or paranormal has a thread for "Top 5 most wanted books". 

As already mentioned, make a list of what you don't have yet and just keep getting the word out...good luck!

Subject: Zebra Gothic Romance
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Here's a list of all of the ones that I know about, but I'm sure there is more. On the top of the spine there is the Zebra symbol along with "Zebra Gothic" right under the symbol. Most of these books are from the early 1990s

PEGGY DARTY- The Captured Bride of Aspenwood & The Precious Pearls of Cabot Hall
EILEEN HEHL- Lilac Mansion
DORINDA KAMM- The Secret of Marly Stones
CHARLOTTE LAMMERT- Mistress of Falcon Court
JESSICA LAURIE- The Mistress of Harrowgate
LIZABETH LOGHRY- The Cursed Inheritance
RACHEL COSGROVE PAYES- The Dark Towers of Trelochen
DIANNE PRICE- Shadowtide
ELLOUISE A. RIFE- The House at Stonehaven
VERONICA SMITH- Thunder Castle
MAUREEN STEPHENSON- The House on Wath Moor
LOIS STEWART- The Lost Bride of Kildrummond
MICHELLE YOUNT THOMAS- Crystal Shadows & The Shifting Shadows of Moongate
JANE TOOMBS- The Emerald Shadows of Sea Cliff House
SHARON B. WAGNER- Dark Cloister
VIVIEN FISKE WAKE- The Secret Shadows of Ravensfall
JOYCE C. WARE- Darkness at Morning Star & White Roses of Brambledene
BEVERLY C. WARREN- The Midnight Heather of Bridee Castle
PATRICIA WERNER- Island of Lost Rubies & Mistress of Blackstone Castle
CLARA WIMBERLY- The Bride of Sea Crest Hall & Moonwatch
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 10:28 PM ET
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Here's a list of books identified by fictiondb.com as gothic genre published by Zebra.

  • Blair, Christina - Crystal Destiny
  • Britton, Vickie - The Seven Sapphires of Mardi Gras
  • Britton, Vickie - The Dangerous Cliffs of Severon
  • Calif, Lee - Shadow Mansion
  • Carroll, Elizabeth - The Ruby Tears of Edgecliff Manor
  • Clarke, Marion - The Master of Brendan's Isle
  • Darty, Peggy  - The Wailing Winds of Juneau Abbey
  • Darty, Peggy - The Captured Bride of Aspenwood
  • Darty, Peggy - The Widowed Bride of Raven Oaks
  • Darty, Peggy - The Precious Pearls of Cabot Hall
  • Darty, Peggy - Crimson Roses of Fountain Court
  • Fletcher, Dorothy - Whispers
  • Frederick, Kate - Secret Bride of Crannoch Castle
  • Frederick, Kate - The Periwinkle Brooch
  • Frederick, Kate - The Black Wind of Penrose Island
  • Hara, Monique - Shadow of the Cat
  • Innes, Jean - Blackmaddie
  • Karr, Lee - Castle of Crushed Shamrocks
  • Karr, Lee - The Whispering Winds of Blackbriar Bay
  • Karr, Lee - The Mistress of Moontide Manor
  • Karr, Lee - Dark Cries of Gray Oaks
  • Karr, Lee - The Red Stones of Ravengate
  • Karr, Lee - The Dark Secret of Hunters Hall
  • Knoll, Anne - The Stolen Bride of Glengarra Castle
  • Knoll, Anne - The Dark Secrets of Villa Montelano
  • Knoll, Anne - The Lost Lady of Hathaway Manor
  • Lammert, Charlotte - Mistress of Falcon Court
  • Lee, Elsie - Dark Moon, Lost Lady
  • Lee, Elsie - The Curse of Carranca / Second Romance
  • Lee, Elsie - Mansion of Golden Windows
  • Lewis, Deborah - Kirkwood Fires
  • Lofts, Norah - Pargeters
  • Louis, Mary-Ben - Sing Me to Sleep
  • Louis, Mary-Ben - Dark Windows
  • Pemberton, Margaret - The Flower Garden
  • Power, Jo-Ann - The Mark of the Chadwicks
  • Power, Jo-Ann - The Last Duchess of Wolff's Lair
  • Pykare, Nina - The Lost Duchess of Greyden Castle
  • Stewart, Lois - Dark Rendezvous at Dungariff
  • Stuart, Dee - Blood Ties
  • Thomas, Michele Y. - The House at Thunder Cove
  • Thomas, Michele Y. - Crystal Shadows
  • Thomas, Michele Y. - The Shifting Shadows of Moongate
  • Thomas, Michele Y. - Heath Hallows
  • Toombs, Jane - The Emerald Shadows of Sea Cliff House
  • Wagner, Sharon - Moon Over Black Bayou
  • Wagner, Sharon - The Lost Lilacs of Latimer House
  • Wagner, Sharon - Dark Cloister
  • Wake, Vivien Fiske - Mists of Ravensfall
  • Wake, Vivien Fiske - The Secret Shadows of Ravensfall
  • Ware, Joyce C. - The Lost Heiress of Hawkscliffe
  • Ware, Joyce C. - White Roses of Brambledene
  • Ware, Joyce C. - Darkness at Morning Star
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Lost Wives of Dunwick
  • Warren, Beverly C. - Bride of Hatfield Castle
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Dark Opals of Harrow Island
  • Warren, Beverly C. - Lost Ladies of the Windswept Moor
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Sapphire Legacy
  • Warren, Beverly C. - Castle of Shadows
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Lost Locket of Windbrace Hall
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Haunted Heiress of Wyndcliffe manor
  • Warren, Beverly C. - The Midnight Heather of Bridee Castle
  • Werner, Patricia - Shadows Over Cypress Swamp
  • Werner, Patricia - Mistress of Blackstone Castle
  • Werner, Patricia - Island of Lost Rubies
  • White, Ethel Lina - The Lady Vanishes
  • Wimberly, Clara - Lady of Seven Emeralds
  • Wimberly, Clara - The Ghostly Screams of Stormhaven
  • Wimberly, Clara - The Bride of Sea Crest Hall
  • Wimberly, Clara - Lady of the Mists
  • Wimberly, Clara - The Jeweled Heart of Rosemont Castle
  • Wimberly, Clara - The Emerald Tears of Foxfire Manor
  • Wimberly, Clara - Moonwatch
  • Wood, Deborah - Mistress of Soundcliff Manor

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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 10:54 PM ET
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Wow! Thanks so much Colleen! I see some of the ones I have on there and this should make my search a bit easier.

I'd join Box of Books if there is a member or several members that a bulk of these available. Purchasing them one by one is draining my wallet.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 12:28 AM ET
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We're not done yet! Zebra Books is an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. (at least it was when these trashies were printed)... Remembering that led me to a fictiondb.com search for goths by Kensington.

  • Fletcher, Dorothy - Always, My Love
  • Frederick, Kate - Midnight Heiress
  • Hara, Monique - The Mists of Milwood
  • Harmon, Margaret - The Mistress of Corey's Landing
  • Laurie, Jessica - The Mistress of Harrowgate
  • Lee, Elsie - The Drifting Sands
  • Lee, Elsie - Silence Is Golden
  • Lee, Elsie - Satan's Coast
  • Lee, Elsie - Season of Evil
  • Lee, Elsie - The Spy at the Villa Miranda
  • Stephens, Casey - The Shadows of Fieldcrest Manor
  • Stephenson, Maureen - The House on Wath Moor
  • Tobias, Katherine - Slave of Passion
  • Wagner, Sharon - House of Doom, House of Desire
  • Walker, Constance - The Shimmering Stones of Glendower Hall
  • Warburton, Carol - The House of Shadowed Roses
  • Warburton, Carol - Falcon's Haunt
  • Werner, Patricia - The Swirling Mists of Cornwall

Now, that search took less than 10 seconds on fictiondb.com and that site offers more info about each book, plus a link to copies available on A'zon. Best investment ever for L&R readers.

As far as Box-O-Books goes, a quick search showed that one user, Susan H., has 6 books that are on the lists I've posted here:

  • Castle of Crushed Shamrocks by Lee Karr   
  • The Dark Opals of Harrow Island by Beverly C. Warren   
  • The House at Thunder Cove by M. Y. Thomas   
  • Lady of the Mists by Clara Wimberly   
  • Midnight Heiress by Kate Frederick   
  • The Whispering Winds of Blackbriar Bay by Lee Karr

She has several others that, by their titles, would suggest they're gothics. They just aren't on the lists above. Sooooo, whether you go for Box-O-Books or hunt up Susan H. and ask for a deal... There are ways to build your collection without going too broke.


Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:01 AM ET
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Definately contact Susan H!!!   Well done Colleen!!!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:09 AM ET
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Wow. Seriously Colleen! Thank you so much for your help! Super appreciate it!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:43 AM ET
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You're very welcome, Kristen. But I'll only do the legwork for you once. *wink*

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:01 AM ET
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I don't have any of those. I think the zebra books I have are more of the Bodice Ripper genre and not gothic. 

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 9:24 PM ET
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I think I might start tagging some of these as "gothic" or "gothic romance" since I am interested in this genre and would like to know when I come across them on other's shelves too. Thanks for the lists!