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Friday, June 02, 2006

It's Official!

The Flame and the Flower
by Kathleen Woodiwiss
is the official classic pick over at

Turn Another Page for June!

About the Author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss wrote the very first historical romance novel in 1972 -- The Flame and the Flower created a genre and made Ms. Woodiwiss one of the world's most popular writers, with 36 million books in print. In celebration of Ms. Woodiwiss's new novel, The Reluctant Suitor (2003), PerfectBound is publishing Ms. Woodiwiss's classic backlist.

Considered a ground-breaking book for the time, The Flame and the Flower seems like the best place to start when Remembering the Classics.

The Flower Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence--until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee. . . and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger.

The Flame
A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman. . .and to carry her off to far, uncharted realms of sensuous, passionate love.

Kathleen Woodiwiss.com

The Flame and the Flower is available in eBook format! at:



Harper Collins eBooks

I think this reading project is a GREAT idea! I always want to go back and reread my old books but never seem to make the time for it. What I find really fascinating is how different the old books are with every read, especially when reaching all the way back to 1972! OMG, just think about all the not politically correct crap they wrote back then! If for nothing else, these are going to be fun reads to debate the sex scenes and why they are considered classics of their time. I'm excited...get over to Turn Another Page and sign up!

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Blogger Holly pondered...

I'm all wrapped up in my June challenge, so I won't be able to participate this month, but I'm on board for the rest of the discussions. I'll be reading your comments and etc, though, even though I'm not reading the book this month.

6/02/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kristie (J) pondered...

I'll be interested in what you have to say on this one 'cause it's the one that turned me off romance for quite some time. I thought when I was reading it This guy is a hero????? Thanks but no thanks.

6/02/2006 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...

Holly, can't you read like 27 books in a week? I'm sure you can fit one, little, teeny, tiny, wee, scrap of a book in this month! ;-)


Don't worry, I'll be letting you know what I think! I have a feeling I will be strangely horrified and amused at the same time.


6/04/2006 07:36:00 AM  
Blogger Fickle Fiona pondered...


It turned you off to romance? Was this at the beginning of your romance reading career? You know what I can never understand? When the hero puts the heroine over his knees and spanks her. To me, that is just stupid. Didn't that happen in Lord of Scoundrels? And in Velvet Song...just didn't work for me. The only time spanking works (with their clothes on) is in Viking stories...for some reason I can 'buy' it then.

Oh well!


6/04/2006 07:39:00 AM  

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