Sunday, February 13, 2011

Random Romance Sunday: Come To Butthead....

The Book: Demonwood by Anne Stuart

The Particulars: Historical Gothic romance, Candlelight Romance #523, 1979, Out of Print

The Blurb:
Demonwood. Its very name sent shivers down her spine. Why had she ever come to this forsaken place in the snow-covered Vermont wilderness? Connell Fitzgerald. Mary said his name and blushed.

Cynical, aloof, Connell was the most strikingly handsome man she had ever seen. Black hair framed his sun-tanned face. His fierce blue eyes pierced her soul.

But hadn't they warned her? Hadn't he killed his first wife? Mary didn't believe any of it. All she remembered was the excitement of their first kiss, the surging warmth of their bodies touching. They had said she was in grave danger, but she had vowed to make Connell love her forever. Could a passion like that be denied?
Is It In Wendy's TBR?:  No.  And you can bet if it were I would be putting this baby up on eBay so fast your head would start spinning.....

Any Reviews?:  Not really a review per se, but on her web site the author has a page she calls "out of print gems."  Buried at the bottom of the page is this particular "gem:"
"I love all my work (well, maybe there are a few that could happily disappear forever, like Demonwood or Lazarus Rising) but mainly I just love my books. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t write."
Eep.

Anything Else?:

Heh heh heh heh - she said "demon wood."

Beavis and Butthead, slightly horrified by the thought of demonized "wood."

12 comments:

KB/KT Grant said...

OMG best title ever! Demonwood. Buwaha.

A Library Girl said...

Lol, you know there's badness up ahead when even the author thinks it would be better if the book didn't exist.

Cathy in AK said...

On that same note: "Lazarus Rising" O_o Well, good for Lazarus! (Could that be considered "Undeadwood?" Sounds like a series in the making, to me ;)

Jill D. said...

well, I hate to admit it, but I do have a thing for Ms. Stuart. I have not heard of this book by her, however. I went through a period when I read many of her books back to back. I am afraid that this wasn't the best thing to do because after a while the books started to blend together. I still enjoy her writing but I have to pace myself.

A Library Girl said...

@Jill D. - I have several authors about whom I feel the same way. I know there are a lot of authors who have, shall we say, a limited range, or who rely on certain types of characters and storylines so that they can churn out massive numbers of books more easily. I don't think there's anything wrong with liking those authors' works, but it's easier to like them when you aren't so painfully aware of what they're doing.

Anonymous said...

I am a Stuart die-hard fan. I have that book.

I have every book she has written except for one: the first book in the Maggie Bennett trilogy. I refuse to buy that book because the hero dies behind the curtain. There's a new hero for books #2 and #3.

Back to this book. It's written in the first person. I don't dislike this book as much as Stuart does, lol. Of her old, old books, Seen and Not Heard is my absolute least favorite.

I can loan it to you, if you want to read it. :)

Vi

A Library Girl said...

Took another look at the cover and...is it just me, or does the woman look an awful look likeThe Pretender's Miss Parker? She totally doesn't need to be afraid of Connell, because she can stomp him to death with her stiletto heels. And then she'd use his body to put out her cigarette.

FiaQ said...

"Is It In Wendy's TBR?: No. And you can bet if it were I would be putting this baby up on eBay so fast your head would start spinning....."

I still have a copy of Demonwood (I admit it, I admit it - I still have all her old books, right up to Into The Fire, in a box somewhere). What would it get me if I sell it on ebay? $_$

Wendy said...

KB: I swear, sometimes my sense of humor is on par with that of a 12-year-old boy's.

Library Girl: My guess is that it might not be that bad? Especially taking into an account that it was an early book. I think authors tend to be harsh critics of their earlier work.

Cathy: LOL! Might Lazarus was able to rise because he stayed at Deadwood? LOLOLOL!

Jill: Which is why I try to never glom the same author back-to-back that often. You start to notice the "little things." I see it a lot with some mystery/suspense writers as well....

Vi: Thank you for the offer, but no need for the loan. And not surprised to hear it's in first person. So many of these Old Skool Gothics were. One of the reasons I loved them as a teen :)

Library Girl: OMG - thanks for that image today! Putting her cigarette out with his body!

FiaQ: I would say it depends on condition. Right now there are copies selling for as cheap as $4.50 on Amazon....but I'm thinking they're not in the best of condition. A sterling copy? I bet you could land around $20 American? Maybe?

nath said...

LOL, I think it's normal that authors, looking back, are not satisfied with all of their books :) But wow, 1979. I didn't know Ms Stuart was writing even then!! That's a very long career :) Long and successful :)

Wendy said...

Nath: LOL - yeah, I think it's only natural for authors to look back at earlier works and let out a little shudder. I'm always impressed with how varied Stuart's career as been. Historicals, contemporaries, romantic suspense, Gothics......

nath said...

True, true... and she's starting paranormal very soon :)