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Laura Kinsale

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Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America.

She become a romance writer after six years as a geologist--a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and attempt to boss around oil-covered males considerably larger than herself. This, she decided, was pushing her luck. So she gave all that up to sit in a chair and stare into space for long periods of time, attempting to figure out What-Happens-Next. She and her husband David currently divide their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Shadow and the Star

I had one of the most interesting experiences in listening to the audiobook of The Shadow and the Star. I'd requested that Samuel's accent be "American" because he left England as a young boy, and I reasoned that he'd purposely try to leave behind his street accent, and speak like the people around him, to fit in.

Nick Boulton did exactly what I asked--he gave both Samuel and Tess's two children, Read more of this blog post »
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Midsummer Moon

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My Sweet Folly

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Let me know what your favorite word is, the way Nick says it. Mine is "fire." I just can hardly bear it when he says "fire." *swoon* LOL
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"The disturbance in losing Efanor was so profound and the emotional jolt so hard that I couldn't go on working as I was, but I will get back to it. In the meanwhile I had to keep working—when you work for yourself, you just have to keep on going, b..." Read more of this blog post »
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“Its been six weeks," he murmured. "Six weeks I've wanted you. I know how you move, and how the sunlight makes a shadow on the curve of your cheek, and the shape of your ear." He chucked harshly then turned his head on the pillow to look at her. "I'm dying," he said. He dropped his fist against his chest. "Right here, you're killing me.”
Laura Kinsale, The Prince of Midnight

“Then you came and I started to feel again. I started to think there was a reason I survived, that you were my reason. But nothing's so simple, is it? I didn't protect you. Here you are hurting so bad, and I can't even help. I'm just here and I need you. That's all it comes to. I need you to be brave when I haven't been. I know how hard it is. Look at me. Look at what's happened to me. Jesus, I feel like I'll be crying for the next century." He bent his head, pressed his tear-wet cheek to her dry cold skin. "But I'm here. I'm not hiding anymore. Princess, I'm asking you. Come back to me. You're my life.”
Laura Kinsale, Seize the Fire

“The baby closed its mouth, staring at him with hope and small hiccups.

“Jesus,” he said. He lay down on the bed, pulling the pillow under his head, and drew the whole bundle of coat, shawl and infant up against his shirt. A tiny hand closed tight on the lace. One sob erupted, and then changed midbreath to a soft sigh.

Women, he thought sardonically, sinking in the bedclothes, with sleep revolving and closing in his head. He moved one finger, feeling a cheek as soft as down.

What’s your name?

Ask the girl. Remember that…


It was wrong. I must leave thee now.

Don’t cry. Don’t cry, little girl… I’m so tired. I never deserved you, did I? Maddy… but I loved you.

I always loved you.”
Laura Kinsale, Flowers from the Storm


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