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Ebook Lord Sin by Kalen Hughes read! Book Title: Lord Sin
The author of the book: Kalen Hughes
Date of issue: May 1st 2007
ISBN: 0821781499
ISBN 13: 9780821781494
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.12 MB
Edition: Zebra

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Grade: C+/DNF (I stopped at Page 198)

To me, the best thing about this book is that Hughes created a very believable Alpha Heroine. George (Georgianna) is a female Corinthian, a crack shot. When her carriage is held up by highwaymen and the villain, she gets her pistol and she routs them all by her lone self. And unlike other worldly widows in half of the historicals I read, who act like virgins as soon as the novel begins (despite whatever ho-ish repuation they have) George is quite comfortable in her sexuality and pretty much directs the sex & romance between herself and Ivo.

. . . whatever romance there is, anyway. And that’s the main problem with the book: I didnt see the romance. I didn’t see the falling-in-love. George and Ivo don’t talk much. They must communicate by mental telepathy or something. Unfortunately, I cant read Brainwavese.

I mean, in the first chapter, Ivo and George see each other for the first time in six years with a duel and a scandal connecting them and they have nothing to say to each other? Instead, they stare at each other lustfully across a crowded fighting ring. The next time they see each other, they share a smoke and more lustful glances. Then Ivo finally opens his mouth to say “Six nights. and George is like “Okay. Now shut up because you are ruining my silent lusting." Then more a-lustin’, a-kissin’, a-tuppin’ and still not much a-talkin’. The not-talking and just a-lustin’ kept going on and on . . . and on. At one point, George decides that she wants their six nights to be an ongoing affair and that she wants to be Ivo’s mistress. But does she never tells him this? No. Did she send off a message by brainwaves while I wasn’t looking? I dunno.

I wasn’t feeling Ivo at all. He was suppose to be strong, silent type but I found him almost disturbingly passive. When written right, a strong, silent hero stills gives off plenty of charisma and tension while standing still. I just could not get a sense of what made Ivo so interesting to George other than his good looks and their history together. And this is in spite of the fact that this book has a LOT of interior monologue and not enough doing & showing.

In terms of the writing itself, Hughes has a smooth style with a nice turn of phrase here & there reflecting a dry sense of humor. There was a retro feel to the book that reminded me of the Regencies from the 1970s I read from that period. Hughes has stated that she wanted to write like “Georgette Heyer, but HOT” and I can definitely see that. In terms of sensuality, it’s just a smidge below a Sabrina Jeffries/Nicole Jordan historical.

Note: This is the first book of a trilogy.

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Ebook Lord Sin read Online! Nom de plume
Advice from many of my published friends, as well as witnessing a few stalker-ish incidents, led me to go with a pen name. So, my middle name and the last name I grew up with (my wonderful step-father's) have been combined to form my fabulous new identity.

Overeducated & Under-employable
My parents are both book crazy, and my godmother is a writer. With a start like that, scribbling down stories just came naturally. I have a BA in philosophy, with minors in history and creative writing (Hollins College) and an MFA in creative writing (San Francisco State University). Combine all that with $3.25 and you can buy a spicy chai at my favorite coffee shop.

Walking the Walk
I grew up immersed in the lively reenactor community on the West Coast. Since the age of three I’ve been involved in various living history events from the Middle Ages to the Roaring 20s. I’ve made and worn clothing from the 12th century on up (including the period specific underwear!). Top of page

Why Romance?
I wrote my first romance novel in response to a challenge from a close friend. We'd recently read the same romance novel and were annoyed by the lack of historical accuracy in it, so we decided to see if we could do better. I finished that first novel in about six months and was hooked. I can't promise that my book is error-free, but I can swear that I did my absolute best to make it so.

The Call
I was lucky enough to final in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart contest the first time I entered and everything has just unfolded from there as if it were meant to be. I met my now editor while standing in the pit waiting for the awards ceremony to start. She liked my dress and we got to chatting. That brief chat led to a request for a submission, which led to a sale.

The manuscript that was to become Lord Sin got 2s and 3s in the Golden Heart. Yes, you heard me right: 2s and 3s (and one 8). Obviously it did not get into the hands of the “right” judges. Lord Sin has gone on to win a Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Award for the hero and to be nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award.

My other finished manuscript (which has gone on to become Lord Scandal, my June 2008 release) finaled in the Golden Heart the same year Lord Sin crashed and burned. Previously, that same manuscript got a 37 and a 57 (out of 100) in its only other contest outing and garnered a judge’s comment that I’ll treasure forever: I loathe everything about your hero. This is the same hero about whom the Coffee Time Romance reviewer just said: I could not keep from wishing I was the person Gabriel wanted.

Clearly you can’t please all of the people all of the time, so it’s best in my opinion to be true to yourself, your vision, and your voice. So, don’t give up, and don’t let ‘em get you down. Success is—after all—the greatest revenge.

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