Two of A Kind, Inc
Literature and Fiction: Historical Fiction
November 23, 2011
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
In the 1890s, Seattle was a raw city suspended between the modern power of the East Coast and the ancient power of China.
Cassandra Thornton was a rarity among young women---unmarried, self-supporting, independent. Innocent. In one day her life changed.
Jared Duran was a compelling man of intense passion, discipline, and intelligence. He told Cass that her unknown half-sister, Tea Rose, was being kept captive in a Chinatown pleasure house, and offered to help her free Tea Rose from her silk-lined slavery.
Kingston Duran was Jared's brother. Like Jay, King had deep passion, but all he truly loved was the quest for gold. Yet women found the wildness in him irresistible.
Both men wanted Cass.
Tea Rose was a child, but she was no innocent. Trained in the arts of the "flowery battle" between Yin and Yang, woman and man, she had learned that sexuality was a weapon. And she used it well.
The tangled lives of the Durans and the Thorntons led them from the gutters of Seattle to the savagery of the Klondike gold strike---and to an understanding of the many kinds of love.
BONUS: This novel has been revised and edited by Elizabeth Lowell and includes excerpts from two additional historical novels, GOLDEN EMPIRE and REDWOOD EMPIRE.
Originally published December 1990 by Pocket Books, writing as Annalise Sun.
Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written seventy novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. These novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense. Writing as Ann Maxwell, she began her career in 1975 with a science fiction novel, Change. Since then, seven of her nine science fiction novels have been recommended for the Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Award; A Dead God Dancing was nominated for what was then-called TABA (The American Book Award). In 1976 Ann and Evan (as A. E. Maxwell) collaborated with a Norwegian hunter and photographer, Ivar Ruud, on The Year-Long Day, a nonfiction work about Ruud's life as a trapper and hunter in the Arctic Circle. The book was later condensed in Reader's Digest and published in four foreign editions and three book club editions. In 1985, Just Another Day in Paradise, was published by Doubleday. It was the first of eight A. E. Maxwell crime novels, featuring couple Fiddler and Fiora faced with mysteries in the shade of sunny southern California. The second book, The Frog and the Scorpion, received a creative writing award from the University of California. The fourth book in the series, Just Enough Light to Kill, was named by Time Magazine as one of the best crime novels of 1988. Ann and Evan (writing as Ann Maxwell) have published four suspense novels, the most recent of which is Shadow and Silk. These novels appeared on nation-wide bestseller lists and are considered groundbreaking in the field of romantic suspense, which she helped innovate. In 1982, Ann began publishing romance novels as Elizabeth Lowell. Under that name she has received numerous professional awards in the romance field, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Romance Writers of America in 1994. She has written both contemporary and historical romances as well as western romance. Since July of 1992, she has had more than thirty novels on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as other national and international bestseller lists. The series of novels featuring the unforgettable Donovan family---Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove and Midnight in Ruby Bayou have won acclaim as some of her best romance novels. Her most recent romantic suspense is Night Diver. Her newest romance novel is Perfect Touch. You can connect with Ann on Facebook or Google+.