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Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite authors and I have about all of her books except her out-of-print novels which Comanche Moon and the rest of Anderson’s Comanche series use to be. So when I found out that her first book her Comanche series was being re-issued I knew I had to get it while it was still in print. I was so glad I did get it because even though it took me a while to get to read it I really loved it so much. I’ve read a couple of historical romances that involved Native Americans of different tribes and some were about Comanche’s so I was really interested in reading how Catherine Anderson’s novel would portray them. At first I didn’t know what to make of this novel but as I read on I was captivated by the hero, Hunter of the Wolf, and the heroine, Loretta. Now Loretta was orphaned seven years ago after witnessing the brutal murder of her parents at the hands of the Comanche people. So golden-haired Loretta Simpson still lives in terror that the warriors will return for her and do the same horrible things that they did to her mother. Her fear is so powerful, she can no longer speak a word even though her mother’s sister and her cousin have tried to get her to speak to them.
Called the U.S. Army’s most cunning adversary, Hunter of the Wolf believes that Loretta is the “honey-haired woman with no voice” of ancient prophecy—the woman he must honor for all eternity. I thought that the prophecy was going to play a really big part of Loretta and Hunter’s getting together to become the couple they are meant to be. But Loretta can see Hunter only as the enemy who has stolen her, and she refuses to succumb to his control…or his touch. Despite the hatred intensifying between their peoples Loretta and Hunter gradually find their prejudices giving way to respect, then flaring into feelings too dangerous to express. In the midst of such conflict, it will take all the force of their extraordinary love to find a safe place. I had such a great time reading this novel because it had everything I like in a novel a Happyily Ever After ending that satisfied me without any regrets. I’m so excited to read the next book in the series called, Comanche Heart, because I heard it was going to be re-issued sometime in June of 2009. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
COMANCHE MOON $ 7.99 (Book 1)(483 Pages)

I WILL COME TO YOU LIKE THE WIND…. I AM YOUR DESTINY.
Orphaned seven years ago after witnessing the brutal murder of her parents at the hands of the Comanche people, golden-haired Loretta Simpson still lives in terror that the warriors will return. Her fear is so powerful, she can no longer speak a word. Called the U.S. Army’s most cunning adversary, Hunter of the Wolf believes that Loretta is the “honey-haired woman with no voice” of ancient prophecy—the woman he must honor for all eternity. But Loretta can see Hunter only as the enemy who has stolen her, and she refuses to succumb to his control…or his touch. Despite the hatred intensifying between their peoples Loretta and Hunter gradually find their prejudices giving way to respect, then flaring into feelings too dangerous to express. In the midst of such conflict, it will take all the force of their extraordinary love to find a safe place….
Today’s Thursday Thirteen edition I will be writing 13 things about my favorite author Catherine Anderson. All of this information is quoted from her website, Catherine Anderson.

Thirteen Things about Catherine Anderson

1. As a very small child, I played dolls at my mother’s feet while she clacked away on an old Underwood. Yes, you guessed it. She was a writer. This has always led me to wonder if the writing bug is passed down genetically or something we catch, like a flu virus. I can build a very good case to back up either theory.

2. My mother often read her work aloud. Long before I knew my alphabet, I had been introduced to the wonderful, magical world of fiction. While she worked at her desk, I created stories for my dolls. Writing, if not in my blood, was drummed into my head by the clack of those typewriter keys. By the time I was a teenager, I was writing my own stories-in notebooks or on paper sacks. It was a compulsion, something I absolutely had to do. I can honestly say that being a writer was never a choice I consciously made, but more an intrinsic part of my makeup. Imagine if you will, choosing not to breathe. That was how I felt about writing, that it was necessary to my survival.

3. My mother was always supportive of my writing bent in those early years. Later, my husband Sid joined my support circle. With both of them so firmly behind me, it’s hard for me to believe now that I didn’t immediately pursue a writing career. Perhaps every writer must dabble for a while before taking the leap. Whatever the reason, back then I was what I now term a closet writer. I stole time to write and hid my work in a drawer. Breaking into book publishing is difficult, and I was savvy enough about the business to know that. Becoming a published writer had always been my dream, but back then, I considered it to be an impossible one.

4. Meanwhile, I had a “real” life to live, and I decided I should go to college. After I took my entrance exams, the dean telephoned to inform me that my scores were very high, but what impressed him most was my grasp of English. That should have told me something, but I thought the dean called everybody. “Hello, this is Dean So-and-So, and I’m calling to tell you that you flunked.” I’d always excelled at English. So? I needed a real profession.

5. Sid was an entrepreneur, so I decided to major in accounting. It only made sense. I reasoned that I would be able to keep the books, get my credentials to be a CPA, and be a valuable asset to him. Big mistake. Though I excelled in those studies, proving to myself and everyone else that I did indeed have some left-brain activity going on, I was bored to tears. I often had an awful feeling of claustrophobia. Was this really what I wanted to do with the rest of my life? I began considering a change of major, but nothing sounded exciting to me.

6. One afternoon when I came home after classes, there was a letter in the mail, inviting me to join a sorority exclusively for women with high GPAs. I’d worked hard to pull those impressive grades. I should have been elated. Instead, I sat down, put my head in my hands, and wept. I felt as if I had dug a deep hole, jumped in, and would never find my way out. I know that sounds insane, but when you force yourself to walk a path that doesn’t beckon to your heart, you really are burying yourself, in a way. If I’d never heard the words, “debit” and “credit” again, I would have been happy. The next day I trudged to my classes and dutifully took notes. We’d spent too much money on my education for me to quit.

7. When I look back on it now, I know God truly does work in strange ways. That morning one of my professors asked if she could use samples of my creative writing on an overhead projector to teach. I actually skipped economics to stand in the hall and listen to what she said about my work. That old adage that you’ll never hear anything good about yourself when you eavesdrop is false.

8. That night I went to Sid and asked if he’d get mad if I quit school. I didn’t want to keep books. I wanted to write them! I just knew he’d be furious. Instead he bought me my first electric typewriter. A couple of years later, he sprang for a word processor. He never berated me for dropping out of school, and now he laughingly says the money he spent on writing equipment was the best investment he ever made.

9. With a man like that in my life, how could I become anything but a romance writer? I wish I could say the rest of my journey to becoming published was a slam-dunk, but I had a long way to go before my work was good enough to make the grade. Having the desire and a good command of English isn’t enough. Most of us must first learn our craft.

10. I will take a moment here to thank one very special person for helping me to do that. Her name is Stella Cameron. In those early days when I was struggling to perfect my work, she was a dear friend to me. I will always admire her, not only as a fine writer, but also for being such a wonderful person.

11. I sold my first book to Harlequin Intrigue and went on to write three more before I tried my hand at single-title historical romance. Nine books later, I did a single-title contemporary, followed by “Cherish,” another historical. I plan to start switching back and forth between contemporary and historical again soon.

12. I am now living my dream. The child who yearned to be a writer is now a woman who has accomplished her goal. Two years ago, Sid and I moved to Central Oregon. For several months, we lived on the river in a three-bedroom log cabin, which we loved, but it wasn’t large enough. Adding on to a log structure is tricky, and that was determined to be an unwise choice by several designers. Spring a year ago, we finally found a one-of-a-kind property, 160 acres of Ponderosa pines, surrounded by state and national forestland. The house, which sits on a ridge, offering spectacular, panoramic views of the mountains, has potential—which is why my office is in the blue print stage. Eventually we will have the home we want, sitting on the land we want.

13. For now, it’s adequate, and the seclusion is ideal for writing. In my leisure time, I love to go walking with my dogs. It’s incredibly freeing to set off from my front door and walk as far as I wish without seeing another house. In the evenings, weather allowing, we sit on the deck, sipping wine and enjoying the fabulous view. In cold weather, we watch it snow from the Jacuzzi. Occasionally deer or elk come calling. Being an animal lover of longstanding, I’ve become a vegetarian. Our land is posted with No Hunting signs. I even have a No Hunting sign on my birdhouse. Life is good up on Cinnamon Ridge, not just for us, but for all our furry friends as well.

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I loved reading this book and I recommend it to everyone. Catherine Anderson is a very talented writer and I love all of her books. This book was very emotional with romance and the characters were very interesting to read about because it was in a early period of American history. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:

CHERISH $ 6.99 (391 Pages)

She was an innocent in a dangerous world, and he’d risk anything to keep her safe.

He Longed for…

Race Spencer’s gunslinging days are far behind him. He is now rugged, respectable rancher, but it’s a solitary life. Then Fate leads Race to an earthbound angel—lost and alone, the sole survivor of an outlaw attack—and even his hardened heart is moved. He sweeps the ivory-skinned beauty into his arms and carries her away from danger.

A Woman to Cherish

When innocent Rebecca Morgan wakes up in a stranger’s embrace, her life has been changed forever. Race’s touch makes her blood sing and stirs up emotions in her she never knew existed. But this man has a fearsome reputation. And though her life may depend on him, can she trust him? Is it love she sees in her rescuer’s dark eyes?
I loved reading this book and I recommend it to everyone. Catherine Anderson is a very talented writer and I love all of her books. This book was very emotional with romance and the characters were very interesting to read about because it was in a early period of American history. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:

SIMPLY LOVE $ 6.99 (396 Pages)


Even the hardest heart can be softened by love…

Cassandra Zerek is a true innocent in a wild and dangerous place—but her indomitable spirit and gentle soul make her stronger than anyone suspects. The owner of a Colorado mining empire, Luke Taggart’s wealth and position can buy him anything, yet he has grown bored with a life of saloons, gambling, and loose women. Nothing soothes his restless inner yearning—until he spies Cassandra, as fresh and pure as a spring morning, and vows he will possess her. The radiant, charmingly naïve young beauty seems blind to the depth of Luke’s desire or the lengths he is willing to go to seduce her. But the lady is wise, with an unwavering faith in the magical powers of love. And she’s determined to awaken the good man hiding in Luke’s tormented heart, for only one precious gift will truly win her: his deep, passionate, and unsullied love.
I loved reading this book and I recommend it to everyone. Catherine Anderson is a very talented writer and I love all of her books. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:

ONLY BY YOUR TOUCH $ 7.99 (454 Pages)

Determined to give her son, Jeremy, the childhood he deserves, Chloe Evans has left a tough past behind and is starting fresh in the charming resort town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a dicey proposition when he seeks out the most dangerous man in town, Ben Longtree, to heal his sick puppy. Chloe has been warned to stay away from Ben. But there’s something about him, at once gentle and untamed, that intrigues her….

Long ago, Ben accepted his role as the town outcast. Rumored to have once killed a man, he lives in splendid isolation with his forgetful mother, secretly employing his skills as a veterinarian to heal the wounded wild animals that mysteriously come to him. Now Chloe’s sunny warmth and brave tenacity arouse desire he has long denied. And although Ben is notorious for his healing touch, it is Chloe’s hands…and heart…that have the power to save his battered soul.
Out of all of Catherine Anderson’s books I absolutely love her novel Annie’s Song. It is my favorite book and I have read it about 6 times since I got it around 4 or 5 years ago. What really caught my interest in this novel is that the heroine is deaf and you don’t get a lot of that in novels especially in historical romances. Annie and Alex are a good match and I think that Alex is such a nice and understanding hero. Here is the description from the back of the book and a picture:

ANNIE’S SONG $ 7.99 (410 Pages)

Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her afflictions. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart. Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless “idiot girl.” Tormented by guilt, Alex agrees to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, misjudged Annie—to heal…and to be healed by Annie’s sweet song of love.
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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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