Dark Fire (McCalls Series #2)

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The Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador is mysterious and beautiful. Trace Rawlings is a man who lives by his own rules. Ruthless and domineering, he takes what he wants. But Cynthia is used to someone trying to manipulate her, having dealt with her father all her life. She feels sure she can handle Trace. After all, he's just there to guide her through the treacherous forest, right?
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Overview

The Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador is mysterious and beautiful. Trace Rawlings is a man who lives by his own rules. Ruthless and domineering, he takes what he wants. But Cynthia is used to someone trying to manipulate her, having dealt with her father all her life. She feels sure she can handle Trace. After all, he's just there to guide her through the treacherous forest, right?
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Cindy is worried about her business partner and best friend's disappearance in Ecuador, so she travels to Quito to find her. Because her wealthy, powerful father insists that she hire a guide, she reluctantly retains the extremely macho Trace, who views her as a spoiled American princess with too much money and no sense. She doesn't know that her father has offered Trace an astronomical amount of money, and neither knows that Cindy's father is hoping that Trace will seduce his daughter. He's bribed men before in the hope of grandchildren. Trace pushes Cindy to the limits of her endurance to make her give up and go home, while fighting his desire for her. Thanks to her father's meddling, Cindy has doubts about her attraction to men. Sparks and steam abound when these two get together, but will it last? This first hardbound edition of an early Lowell title will please romance fans, and showcase the seeds of her later, hugely popular romantic thrillers.
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In the Ecuadorian cloud forest on the hunt for her missing business partner, a wealthy, headstrong woman and the sexy guide her powerful father insists she hire find passionate adventure. This lushly descriptive sizzler was a Silhouette Desire classic (1988) and one of a number of Lowell's earlier works reprinted by Severn House in hardcover. Lowell also writes under her own name, Ann Maxwell.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727868145
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: McCalls Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,097,590
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell's many novels include "New York Times" bestsellers "The Wrong Hostage", "The Color of Death", and "Die in Plain Sight". "Amber Beach", "Jade Island", "Pearl Cove", and "Midnight in Ruby Bayou" were also instant "New York Times" bestsellers. Lowell has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Washington with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la "New York Times". Lowell ha vendido ms de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudnimo.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

Good To Know

Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Not a new book

    Elizabeth Lowell fans will know that this is is a reissue of an older book, a Silhouette publication of 1988.That being said, it is a good book. It has interesting characters and setting and is a keeper in my library. I recommend her highly as an author. Her newer books have a strong romanctic interest but also educate about issues such as drug trafficking, art theft and so on. They are more plot-driven than romance-driven.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    A Beautiful Love Story!

    In regard to reading about warm love story, there's no doubt that Ms. Lowell is one of the best authors who knows how to put together such a story. Very enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    A good book

    This is a good book, easy to read, and easy to get into. I loved the characters and plot. It was good to see someone write about the strong side of a woman. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Finn

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Blaze

    Good everyones here... wait a minute. Figure, you said you had to go.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

    Very disappointed - not her usual

    I found it immature and the main characters very mushy. I love most of her books, but this one bored me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    THIS IS NOT A NEW BOOK

    This is a nice book and a fun romantic adventure story but it is not new. It has been published and out for a long time now
    So if you read and enjoy Lowell you will be very disappointed if you purchase this based on a new cover but not a new book!!!!!

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