Come along on another journey and discover the Historical Romance gems from the past. This time it's..
This woman can write and has done so seriously since 1979. Her first book was published 1983. When I watched one of her videos on her site I recognized having more covers of her books than even I was aware of.
According to her blog she has thrilled her readers over 57+ times. I also learned Ms. Bittner has a wild side. Who knew?
Actually, writing the tales she does and set mostly in the wild west a wild side would come in handy.
The fact that history comes alive as her pen hits the paper doesn't surprise those who have discovered her books.
In trying to describe her books I found her own words did a better job than I ever could....
“When you read a Bittner book, you will be reading about real locations and real historical events. I like to teach some history in an entertaining way, so I just mix my fictitious characters and their personal story into the fantastically exciting events that happened in this country as it was settled. You will find adventure and lots of romance in my stories, and when sex is involved, I try to handle it tastefully – and it’s almost always between a man and woman truly in love. I believe in great love stories, where it’s the love the hero and heroine share that keeps them strong and holds them together through the many dangers and tribulations of settling in untamed country. “ http://rosannebittner.blogspot.com/
So, come on and get your history in a grand fashion.
Rosanne Bittner was always one of those authors I didn't need to see the cover. I didn't need to read the blurb. I just had to see her name to add the book to the purchase side of the counter. So if she ever reads this I have one question for her... When did you drop the F. before Rosanne?
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If book covers are art to you then check this out:
http://rosannebittner.blogspot.com/p/my-book-trailer-on-youtube.html and then you'll see why I write American Historical stories - succulent covers.
Here's a few of Rosanne's latest books.
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You can't have an Oldies But Goodies
discussion without mentioning Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
I read Ms Woodiwiss' first book “The Flame and the Flower" years ago. It was immediately followed by “The Wold and the Dove.” As much as I liked 'Flame' “The Wolf and the Dove” became my favorite book and still is number one on my list. I read the book, and when the last page was done I started at page one all over again.
I remember thinking way back that she must get paid by the word for her future books seem to grow longer and larger each edition. Ms.Woodiwiss had a way with words. At times you needed to pull out your dictionary. I didn't find this annoying, as it became more of a challenge, for with her my own vocabulary grew.
The words she used filled in the blanks. When she supplied the details of a room or gown your could close your eyes and see every detail, even in the shadows. If you find one of her books... beware you can't read just one.
Here's some back ground information.
She was born Kathleen Erin Hogg in Louisiana.] As a child, she relished creating her own stories, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help fall asleep.
At the age of sixteen, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwis at a dance.They married the following year. Her husband's military career led them to live in Japan, where she worked part-time as a fashion model for an American-owned modeling agency.
Eventually, the family settled in Minnesota. During these years, she attempted to write a novel several times, but each time stopped in frustration at the slow pace of writing in longhand. After buying her husband an electric typewriter as a Christmas present, she appropriated the machine to begin her novel in earnest.
The Flame and the Flower, 1972
Her debut novel, The Flame and the Flower, was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers as being too long at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel. The Flame and the Flower was revolutionary, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and actual sex scenes.
Woodiwiss published twelve best-selling romance novels, with over thirty-six million copies in print. Woodiwiss was known for the quality of her novels rather than the quantity of works she published. Woodiwiss attributed the lag in publication time to personal and health issues, while in others she confessed to having suffered burnout and needing a rest to recover her interest in writing.
All of her novels were historical romances set in varied backgrounds, including the American Civil War, 18th-century England, or Saxony in the time of William the Conqueror. The heroines of the novels are strong-willed young women with "a spark of life and determination. Woodiwiss describes her novels as "fairy tales. They are an escape for the reader, like an Errol Flynn movie."
She died in Minnesota, aged 68, from cancer.
Her final book, Everlasting, was released on October 30, 2007.
Thank you, Kathleen for the inspiration.
Most all her books have book reissued with updated covers and are available on line.
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Today, I have chosen the book's of Leigh Greenwood. What's unique about Leigh's books is the author himself. That's right, Leigh is Mr. Greenwood. If you check his website he has an interesting section 'about' himself, and how he became a romance novelist.
I first read Mr. Greenwood's books years ago. I believe he's been writing since around 1990. Out of my favorite book's cache I have recently re-read “Someone Like You.”
What's nice about Mr. Greenwood's books is that he follows the romantic format plots, but he puts in enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to turn the page. And of course, it's interesting to read love scenes between a couple knowing they were written by a man.
And no, I'm not biased just because he is a fellow North Carolinian. OK, maybe I am, but I'm not saying.
At nineteen, Rafe Jerry had discovered the woman he adored in bed with another lover – his father. Ordered off the family’s California ranch, he swore never to return and ran away to war. The harsh realities of battle had made a crack soldier of him, but a traitor in the ranks had turned him into a man to be feared. He would not rest until he achieved revenge.
Rafe rode for California with two goals – tracking down Laveau di Viere and breaking his father’s will. He would never run Rancho los Alamitos for the beautiful yet treacherous widow; he would not help her raise his vulnerable young half brother; he refused to give in to his longing for Maria de la Guerra, the first woman to touch his hardened heart. But with Laveau on the attack and all he held most dear at risk, Rafe realized the one thing he could not fight was love.
* note there is more than one cover out there.
Here's where you find more about Mr. Greenwood and his books: (ps. new one coming soon)
So, for a hard riding cowboy and a bit more than a touch of romance- Leigh Greenwood 's your man.
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Constance Conant ... Falling Star
I am sure as you
read through this section you will discover ..
I love the Historical Romance..
I also will try to bring
a fact or two about
Falling Star is a tale the begins in England and as most sweeping sagas will cross the pond to the new American Wilderness.
Our heroine Victoria is well descried as a strong head strong woman. Who is in control of not only herself but her destiny.
Ah, but love of course will get in the way of the best thought out plans. Our heroine has revenge on her mind.
I turned the pages wondering just how it might feel to have every asset at ones disposal to reach goals others just dream about.
Victoria Chisolm is the formidable alfa-female. You got to root for the lady who can keep her man in check.
I searched the internet for what Ms. Constance Conant latest endeavors might be. I found nothing other than her the other books in the Star series. Which is a shame, for I did enjoy Falling Star.
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E.V. Thompson...Chase the Wind
Oldies But Goodies: Forced by health issues, I sat in my recliner to be inactive. Grrr - I don’t have an E-reader which left me watching TV. Boring. My hubby saved the day. Out in the shed hidden away was a satchel full of books I had read at least fifteen or possibly more years ago. A feast of paper, YUMMY. Since, I have begun writing myself I read these books with a different eye than I had years ago.
I have decided to share my journey in paper back history. Hope you enjoy..@
Chase the Wind by E. V. Thompson
This is as far I can tell the only book of his I have read. I now know why Years ago, OK... eons ago, I was Catherine Cookson fan. If you ever read her stories, you know her books are strong emotional reads. Usually she wrote about depressing times and the struggles people had to endure to survive physically as well as socially.
E.V. Thompson’s Chase the Wind took me back to those types of stories and times. The time when every moment of someone’s day was about survival. There is no way to understand what people had to live through as a poor miner working in deplorable conditions to feed their families. The forced choices those who wanted a different outcome for their own lives than those of their parent or grandparents.
E.V. Thompson will take you there is a gentler way, but make not mistake you will smile, you will cringe and your eyes will mist over.
Ernest Victor Thompson MBE (14 July 1931 – 19 July 2012) was an English author of historical novels.
Thompson served in the Royal Navy for nine years and then joined the Bristol Police. He later became the chief security officer for the Department of Aviation in Rhodesia. In 1970 he retired to Cornwall to concentrate on being an author. Thompson specialized in historical novels mainly based in Cornwall and wrote over 40 books. His novel Chase the Wind was voted as the best historical novel of the year.
Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to literature and the community in Cornwall.
Thompson died on 19 July 2012 at his home at Launceston, Cornwall aged 81.
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