Monday, February 26, 2007


The recreation center where I take my exercise classes always has a table of used books for sale in the foyer. I think the money goes to the seniors who use the center. Sometimes I take a quick glance at what's available.

This weekend, picture me doing the classic double take, because there, on the top of the table, was a hardover edition of THE WOLF AND THE DOVE by Kathleen Woodiwiss, the first historical romance I ever read, and the reason I eventually became a historical romance writer myself. It wasn't a case of thinking I could do better; it was a case of realizing that was the kind of story I wanted to tell once I got the notion I might like to try my hand at writing. When I first read Ms. Woodiwiss's story, though, that was not even a dim bulb of an idea in my mind. I just really, really enjoyed it.

Needless to say, I grabbed that book and clutched it breathlessly to my bosum. (Did I mention I'd been to exercise class?) Then I realized I had no money. Not a coin. So I went into the office to ask them to hold the book for me while I went home and got the pittance required.

Oh, no problem. I can pay them next week.

I tell ya, it was like somebody just walking up to me on the street and offering me $100. Actually, because the way my mind works, I'd be thinking the $100 was the profit of crime, or some such thing, so this was even better.


Amy Ruttan said...

Awesome! I just recently tracked down a book my father was looking for to complete a collection. He was so surprised on his 60th, it was used (out of print), but finding that rare book is thrilling.

I'll check out my little used book store and see if I can find a Woodiwiss, everyone keeps talking about her. I haven't read a book of hers. I must.

Leah Braemel said...

Oh, I know just how you feel! I was looking through my favourite used book store a few months back and picked up a copy of Kathleen's A Rose in Winter (one of my favourites of hers that I was stupid enough to give away when we moved a few years back) I bought it for three bucks, got it home and opened the cover to discover it was an autographed copy! I swear I actually made a little 'squeee' sound!

Margaret Moore said...

Wow! Now *that's* a keeper! The only other book of hers I've read, though, is THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER, which is a bit more dated I think. Well, for me, anyway. I find the first encounter between the hero and heroine disturbing, and I can't really buy that the heroine would "get over it."