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Romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91.

Rest in peace sweet lady.


This story includes biographical material compiled

by former AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen.

Article courtesy The Press Democrat


Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy” engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91.

Krantz’s son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon. He said he’d hoped to re-create the “Scruples” miniseries before her she died but it is still in the works.

“She had this rare combination of commercial and creative,” he said.

Krantz wrote for Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal magazines before discovering, at age 50, the talent for fiction that made her rich and famous like the characters she created.

Her first novel — “Scruples” in 1978 — became a best-seller, as did the nine that followed. Krantz’s books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. They inspired a series of hit miniseries with the help of her husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz.

“I always ask myself if what I’m writing will satisfy a reader who’s in a plane that can’t land because of fog, or who’s recovering from an operation in a hospital or who has to escape to a more delightful world for whatever reason,” Krantz said in 1990. “That is the test.”

While her work was decidedly less than highbrow, Krantz made no apologies for the steamy novels with titles like “Princess Daisy,” ”Mistral’s Daughter,” ”Lovers,” ”I’ll Take Manhattan” and “The Jewels of Tessa Kent.”

“I write the best books I know how,” she once said. “I can’t write any better than this.”

She filled her stories with delicious details about her characters’ lavish lifestyles — designer clothes, luxurious estates — and enviable romances. And she spared no specifics when it came to sex.

“If you’re going to write a good erotic scene, you have to go into details,” Krantz told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. “I don’t believe in thunder and lightning and fireworks exploding. I think people want to know what’s happening.”

So appealing were her sensational stories of high-powered heroines that each novel was reimagined for television as an episodic miniseries. Steve Krantz, a millionaire in his own right through such productions as the animated film “Fritz the Cat,” helped translate his wife’s work for TV.

The author was also famous for living a glamorous life that paralleled that of her characters. Her home in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel Air community featured a soundproof writing room flanked by an immaculately kept garden. In her closet were many of the same designer-label clothes the characters in her books wore.

The eldest of three children, Krantz was born Judith Bluma Tarcher in 1928 in New York City. Her father owned an advertising agency, and her mother worked as an attorney. Her brother, publisher Jeremy Tarcher, married the late ventriloquist Shari Lewis.

Growing up, Krantz was a precocious student at New York’s exclusive Birch Wathen school, once describing herself as the youngest, smartest and shortest girl in her class. After skipping two grades, she enrolled at Wellesley College at age 16.

She was also by her own account an indifferent college student. She said she only enrolled at Wellesley “to date, read and graduate” and claimed to have set a record for her dorm by once dating 13 different men on 13 consecutive evenings.

Article courtesy The Press Democrat

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Never Deceive a Viscount

The Infamous Lords Book 2

by Renee Ann Miller

File Size: 2357 KB

Print Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Zebra Shout

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English


Publisher’s Description:

never deceive a viscountA ZEBRA SHOUT FRESH NEW ROMANCE

They are the infamous lords, notorious noblemen who indulge their irreverence in public, but keep their personal struggles private. For a portrait artist, capturing the true soul of a high-born hellion is a
daring proposition . . .

Clearly, Emma Trafford’s new neighbor is a lady killer—but is the scoundrel with the scar capable of murder? Emma can barely contain her precocious younger sister, Lily—the child swears she spied their neighbor engaged in foul play in his Bloomsbury love nest. But when Lily goes too far searching for “evidence,” Emma must save the imp by distracting Simon—with an all-consuming kiss rife with danger and desire . . .

Simon Marlton, Viscount Adler doesn’t know which is more infuriating: that an anonymous intruder set his soul on fire and left a deep longing in her wake . . . or that during their encounter his signet ring, a token of his painful past, went missing. With the memory of a faint scent of paint spirits and the knowledge that his neighbor Emma is a portraitist, Simon sets out to capture his thief. He draws Emma into a flirtatious game, commissioning the talented lass to paint him—and enticing them both to reveal their whispered suspicions and deepest secrets . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the series by a new author on the scene.
I read her debut novel and was very impressed.
I was certain that it was just a fluke and that it couldn’t possibly happen again with a new author but it did!
Not only did she continue to amaze me but her second book is a can’t put down read.
Lily is an inquisitive and precocious younger sister to our heroine.
She is certain that she saw their neighbor commit murder and will go far to prove she is right.
Simon is unaware of the snoopy young lady who lives across the way. When Lily breaks into his home to gather evidence against him he is certain that his intruders are up to no good.
After following Lily to their neighbors home and indulging in a kiss with the stranger an attraction blooms between Emma and Simon.
Simon is out to prove his thief and intruder is Emma but he finds himself drawn to her.
How will this unwanted but mutual attraction play out?
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames.
Their frequently interrupted intimacy is very disconcerting to our couple but the description is both humorous and sexy.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review.This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

Never Kiss a Notorious Viscount

Never Kiss a Notorious Marquess

The Infamous Lords Book 3

by Renee Ann Miller

File Size: 1223 KB

Print Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Zebra; Reissue edition 

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English



never kiss a Notorious MarquessThey are the infamous lords, whose scandalous ways keep tongues wagging. But when darker whispers take hold, a spirited writer’s encounter with a dangerously desirable nobleman may uncover the whole story . . .
For James Trent, Lord Huntington, there’s no escaping the question that labeled him The Murdering Marquess: was his wife’s death a tragic accident or a cold-blooded crime? He’s avoided London’s gossipmongers since that terrible night, as guardian to his younger siblings on his Essex estate. But trouble finds him when a veiled temptress with secrets of her own falls—quite literally—into his arms.

Caroline Lawrence doesn’t need a man to rescue her—the aspiring journalist anonymously advocates for women’s rights in a radical London newspaper column. But when a suffragist’s soapbox speech turns to pandemonium, Caroline is knocked on the head and reawakens in Trent Hall—with the notorious lord of the manor irresistibly close. If there is any truth to his tarnished past, she should denounce him with her powerful pen. Yet love has a way of revealing a man’s true character . . .

My Thoughts:

This is an at times humorous and compelling read but just not as good as books #1 & #2.

This author’s debut novel, the first in this three book series was amazing. That can also be said for book #2. This one is good but just couldn’t surpass the first two.

I loved these two characters from their first encounter and rooted for them throughout the book. There is just enough humor and angst to keep the reader’s interest.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for story line, plot and characterization. It was a delight to read.
I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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The Rogue Prince

A Historical Fantasy Romance

Royals of Cardenas Book 1

Formerly published as Kings of Cardenas.

Made new again with fresh edits, new titles and covers!

by Elise Marion

File Size: 3898 KB

Print Length: 403 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Marion Press

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


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The Rogue Prince is Book 1 in Royals of Cardenas, a historical romance series set in the fictional kingdom of Cardenas, following the lives of the royal Rothchester family.

the-rogue-prince-web-683x1024A rakehell prince … 
Third son of the king of Cardenas, Prince Damien Rothchester is known for his drinking, gambling, and whoring. Knowing he will never inherit the throne, he goes about life feeling purposeless. But when he steps into a glittering ballroom on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the roguish young prince’s life will be forever changed.

A fiery Gypsy dancer … 
When Esmeralda Amador steps into the king’s ballroom to perform for the prince’s twenty-fifth birthday, every eye in the room is upon her. One pair of eyes intrigues her most of all … those of Prince Damien, seeming to stare straight through to her soul. 

The two know nothing can ever come of their attraction; he is a prince, and she a Gypsy dancer. Yet, neither can seem to resist the passion that sparks when they are together, or the unmistakable call of destiny forcing their lives onto the same path. 

However, love is not the only thing destiny has in store … 
With a deadly plot against the royal family surrounding him in danger and intrigue, Damien will face a decision he never thought he would have to make. Will he step up to claim a responsibility that should never have fallen to the third son? Or will he abandon it to risk all for love? 

Previous published as The Third Son. Re-released in 2019 with all-new edits, content, cover, and title.

Royals of Cardenas Reading Order

  1. The Rogue Prince
  2. The Awakened Prince (Released March 15)
  3. The Lady Warriors of Barony (Released May 15)
  4. Wild Gypsy Rose (Coming July 15)
  5. The Gypsy Lord (Coming September 15 ~ image to come)
  6. Bonus Novella: The Courtesan

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