Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Club Thursday:Remember When?

Hi Readers! I hope you all had a great holiday season. Now it's the start of a new year. My fellow bloggers Ann, Cyndi and I have brightened up our Book Club Thursday look and we have a lot of lot of fun things going on this year.
     First off for our first BCT blog of the new year-REMEMBER WHEN. Each month, we will bring up something about reading that we remember from the past.
     This month, I was thinking of some of my all-time favorite romance writers. Not new authors, but authors who have been on my list for decades. All of my faves that are still going strong and are considered Superstars. Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, etc. They are on Best-seller lists and still write great romance as well as suspense and even paranormal. I discovered them after they made it to the big publishing houses and fell in love with their storytelling. So much so that my friends and I scoured used bookstores for their backlists, and even went to work together in one. We are the super fans. So for me, I Remember When I found the early books of my favorite authors when they first got their writing chops writing for the category romances of publishers like Harlequin/Silhouette, Loveswept, MacFadden and Candlelight.
Remember When: Early category books by my favorite authors

The authors that I am writing about this week started their writing journey mainly in the late 70's or early 80's. Some of them wrote for more than one publishing house so they had a pseudonym or two. The publishers  gave them guidelines to follow and formulas to stick to, which at first were alpha males who were often sexy jerks, and the women who loved them who had a doormat syndrome. But we loved them and as the authors improved in their craft, we grew too and expected the heroines to as well. It was our first taste of grown-up reading and my how the love scenes have changed over the years!

Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
Published 1981


Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland.

Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant?

She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the birth of a foal. Yet his lips on hers demanded a submission that she was not yet ready to give -- at least not until he had spoken the words she had to hear.


White Lies by Linda Howard
Published in 1988
Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity.
The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share?
The Restless Heart by Tami Hoag
Remy Doucet was a wicked Cajun rogue, but world-class photographer Danielle Hamilton was desperate enough to hire the dark-eyed hunk with the boxer's build and the sexiest grin she'd ever seen. Could his searing kisses convince her that her destiny lay with the best bad boy of the bayou?
Texas!Chase by Sandra Brown
Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion, or hope.

Then fate intercedes, reuniting Chase and Marcie, who was an unwitting player in Chase’s unfathomable family tragedy. Guilt weighs heavily on Marcie, but she’s also convinced that only the strength of her love can pull Chase back from the abyss. She’s willing to risk everything on a daring plan to rescue his business, save his life, and bring them together at last.
Maggie's Man by Alicia Scott*
Silhouette Intimate Romance, 1997

It was bad enough being called for jury duty - but being taken hostage...! Ok, maybe her captor appealed to her on a primitive level, but getting involved with a convicted murderer was hardly a sensible move. And Maggie was always sensible...right? 


This was Cain's last chance to prove his innocence - and he needed Maggie along for the ride. She was the angel he had always despaired of finding. But how could he offer her a future, when he wasn't sure he had one himself?

MAXIMILLIAN'S CHILDREN: Two brothers and a sister search for the secrets of their father's past--and the love they never thought they'd find!
* You may know her now by suspense author Lisa Gardner
Sabrina's Scheme by Jayne Bentley*
MacFadden Romance, 1979
Sabrina knew all about courtship. Hadn't she succeeded in scaring off no less than two prospective husbands in just six months? So when Sabrina met Roarke Wayland, she freely offered him advice on his troubled romance with her lovely cousin, Lynn. She knew how fickle Lynn could be, but Sabrina decided a woman would have to be crazy to risk losing a man like Roarke. Though Sabrina knew all about husband-catching schemes, she soon discovered she knew nothing at all about love. And nothing about the schemes a man like Roarke could devise once he was sure he had found his perfect match. 
*This is one of my favorite comfort read authors aka Jayne Ann Krentz. She has many pseudonyms including Amanda Quick and Stephanie James. As much as I would like to, I have never read Sabrina's Scheme. This book is very rare and at one time was priced at $3,000 dollars in mint condition. Few copies exist because of the acidic paper of the time which degrades poorly. I did get to touch a copy though once. My friends and I went to a Krentz book-signing and one brought a copy to have autographed. Ms Krentz says that she had no plans on re- releasing these early works.
I am not giving buy links to these books, except for Nora Roberts, most are not yet available as e-books and some you can hopefully buy online or in used book stores. Some have been reissued, but many more might never be. 
The romance genre has changed so much since these authors have over the years. Of course, we want our heroines to have a brain and save herself instead of waiting for hunka hunka alpha hero to appear. Now, she can kick butt along side of him. I just wish that readers that read these earlier stories now take into consideration the times that they were written. So many are quick to judge when commenting on Goodreads or such, not truly appreciating that these women were pioneers for the genre. One author rewrote some of her books when she got her rights back years later because the publishers made her edit so much out and changing the way she wanted the story to go. A few even got together to get a one cent a book raise from the publishers many years ago. And don't forget, even though the romance  genre supports the industry, romance still doesn't get the respect it deserves and stereotyping the books as well as their writers and readers continues. Sad, but true.
As for me, I will always enjoy these blast from the past books. They made me laugh and feel good. Hunting them down in many a used book store was a great time for my friends and I. Now, I wish I had the time to read some of them again. 
     I hope that enjoyed this weeks Remember When. Don't forget to let us know some of your old favorites. Thanks for stopping by!

January 12th, 2017


  1. Great post! And oddly enough all three of us had similar remember when moments! Lol

  2. I almost did a post somewhat like this. Great minds and all. I use to love reading the early romances by my favorite authors.

  3. Great minds! I miss the road trips...and the used book stores!