There, in the depths of a forest, the beautiful and fiercely independent Countess Synnovea suffers a rude interruption in her travels, the arrival of a band of brigands. Robbery and rape seem inevitable. Then, out of nowhere, a royal officer rides to Synnovea's rescue, only to disappear again before she has even thanked him. Who was he?
A Russian countess and an English cavalier set each other aflame and shake a royal court to its foundations. "Forever in Your Embrace" continues the great Woodiwiss tradition, plunging you into the hot-blooded, tempestuous world of Europe four centuries ago. There, in the depths of a forest, the beautiful and fiercely independent Countess Synnovea suffers a rude interruption in her travels, the arrival of a band of brigands! Robbery and rape seem inevitable. Then, out of nowhere, a royal officer rides to Synnovea's rescue, only to disappear again before she has even thanked him. Who was he?Synnovea gets the answer a few hours later at a roadside inn, when she inadvertently steps naked into a bathhouse pool that's already occupied by her rescuer! By the time she learns he is Sir Tyrone Rycoft, a British soldier of fortune, she has been piqued by his bold, swaggering ways, and has aroused in him a passion he had long since forsworn. Though neither of them can know it yet, from now on their fates will be inseparable, during intrigues at court, wars abroad, and one great, explosive scandal.
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(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.
Forever in Your Embrace by Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Kathleen E Woodiwiss
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