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Author of 16 Historical Romances and one contemp, my first book, China Rose, was published in 1984. Since then my historical romances have consistently appear on the USA Today list. I have been honored to be the recipient of multiple awards from Romantic Times, including 2 Lifetime Achievement awards, Storyteller of the Year, Medieval of the Year, Swashbuckler of the Year, as well as having been awarded one of a very few five star reviews handed out by Kathe Robin for The Blood of Roses. The Iron Rose was also named as one of the seven best Fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly.
A print author since the early 80's, it has been truly wonderful to be able to reissue my early books in digital format. Some, like China Rose, Bound by the Heart, and The Wind and the Sea, have not been available to readers for twenty five years. It was The Wind and the Sea, in fact, that inspired Romantic Times to create the category "Swashbuckler of the Year" and it won the very first award.
I write the type of books that I love to read...full of action, drama, intrigue, and of course...romance. I am inspired by the old swashbuckling movies I grew up watching staring the likes of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Randolph Scott, Tyrone Power...bigger than life heroes matched with equally gutsy heroines. I write, in fact, as if there is a movie playing out in my mind and my hope is that readers enjoy what they *see* as much as I do.
on May 02, 2014 :
I am an avid Marsha Canham fan, and I loved Bound by the Heart almost as much as her other pirate/wartime books (The Wind and the Sea, Pirate Wolf Trilogy). The story takes place in 1811-1812, covering the the Americans and Brits on the brink of war. Morgan Wade is a memorable hero, and Summer is a likable heroine. The story is suspenseful, and there are plenty of funny moments as well. This was one of Marsha's early books, and the dialogue wasn't quite as deep as in many of her other books. However, the writing was still better than most in this genre, and the book was very enjoyable.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 24, 2011 :
I am a voracious reader of romance, and Marsha Canham has long been my favourite author. Even in these early works she exhibits the ability to finely balance historical fact, fiction, action, romance, description and dialogue.
Summer (the heroine) initially comes across as vapid and selfish but rapidly matures into a worthy heroine. Morgan (the hero) is dark, delicious and a touch arrogant but nevertheless is a hero worth imagining.
This is a well-written, well-paced book and should be on every romance reader's 'Must Read' list.
(review of free book)