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Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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From New York Times bestselling author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss comes one of her most iconic and beloved romances of all time...

A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison. In return for one night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her from an impending and abhorred arranged union.

But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the stranger she married to face the gallows unfulfilled.

Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with that of the tempestuous, intoxicating Shanna. He will be free . . . and he will find her. For no iron ever forged can imprison his resolute passion. And no hangman's noose will keep Ruark from the bride— and ecstasy—that he craves.

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.

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Kopierschutz Ja i
Family Sharing Nein i
Text-to-Speech Nein i
Seitenzahl 688 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 17.03.2009
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780061751660
Verlag HarperCollins e-books
Dateigröße 2603 KB
Verkaufsrang 34928

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Offenburg am 08.06.2018

Lesen. Einfach nur lesen und genießen Meine Helden aus Jungmädchen Tagen.... Eigentlich für alle Kathleen E Woodiwiss 5 Sterne - ein Stern Abzug weil es die eBooks leider nur auf Englisch gibt! Bitte bringt die endlich als ePub raus, da meine Bücher schon ganz zerfleddert sind.

von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Nürnberg am 19.08.2017
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Einer der ältesten, aber schönsten Schmöker, den Kathleen E. Woodewiss geschrieben hat. Eine romantische Lovestory mit spannender Handlung, die jeden in ihren Bann zieht.

Shanna ****
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 13.12.2011
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Ein junges Mädchen wird von seinem sehr reichen Vater, der aus der armen Unterschicht kommt, sehr fein erzogen, und dann gedrängt einenAdeligen zu heiraten. Natürlich sind das alles Mitgiftjäger.Das Mädchen ist sehr schön, sehr reich und sehr gut erzogen. Als ihre Frist abläuft und sie Angst hat, dass der Vater ihr einen Eheman... Ein junges Mädchen wird von seinem sehr reichen Vater, der aus der armen Unterschicht kommt, sehr fein erzogen, und dann gedrängt einenAdeligen zu heiraten. Natürlich sind das alles Mitgiftjäger.Das Mädchen ist sehr schön, sehr reich und sehr gut erzogen. Als ihre Frist abläuft und sie Angst hat, dass der Vater ihr einen Ehemann aussucht und aufdrängt, heiratet sie in London einen zum Tode verurteilten Mörder mit sehr gutem Namen Sie verspricht ihm eine Brautnacht, um die sie ihn aber betrügt. Als vermeintliche Witwe reist sie zu ihrem Vater zurück. Und hier beginnt die eigentliche Geschichte, denn ihr Mann reist auf dem gleichen Schiff, als Sklave ihres Vaters mit zurück. Trotz, oder vielleicht, wegen der altertümlichen Sprache sehr reizvoll zu lesen.


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