Once Abrielle was a proud, exceptional lady coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty But when her stepfather is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced Only one would still have her, the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marl Yet no one else can rescue her once proud family s honor, soOnce Abrielle was a proud, exceptional lady coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty But when her stepfather is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced Only one would still have her, the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marl Yet no one else can rescue her once proud family s honor, so she is left with no choice but to accept the cruel and hateful de Marl s offer of marriage even as she yearns for another lover.Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, Raven Seabern is quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered From the very first moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her and dancing in his arms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster And the well being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise.Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Xanthe Elbrick
Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys Coker and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep At age 16, she met U.S Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene 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.She 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 that created a literary precedent The novel revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes 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, she 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 The Flame and the Flower 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, controversial situations and characters, and intimate and steamy sex scenes.She was an avid horse rider who at one time lived in a large home on 55 acres 220,000 m2 in Minnesota After her husband s death in 1996, she moved back to Louisiana She died in a hospital on July 6, 2007 in Princeton, Minnesota, aged 68, from cancer She was survived by two sons, Sean and Heath, their wives, and numerous grandchildren Her third son, Dorren, predeceased her.
Everlasting Definition of Everlasting by Merriam Webster Adjective To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation valentines typically express the giver s everlasting love and devotion Noun that special bond that has existed between mother and child from everlasting people who believe that the magnificence of the natural world is proof of the existence of the Everlasting Everlasting definition of everlasting by The Free Dictionary Any of various plants chiefly in the composite family, such as the strawflower, that retain their form and color long after they are dry Also called immortelle.
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