The Flame and… What’s With Those Shoes?

While looking for the name of the hero from The Flame and the Flower, I noticed on Amazon that Woodiwiss’ book is being issued on August 28 with a brand new cover.

Check this out:


That’s a whole new look to this book, and it makes me curious if readers of more current fiction targeted at women (read: “chick lit”) will pick this up and arrive somewhat shocked at The Scene of Much Infamy.

Also, Kalen is likely to blow a gasket at the depiction of a heroine from 1799 wearing shoes I’d see in the window at Barney’s.

Accurate, representative or not, that cover is certainly eye-catching.

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  1. 1
    Jaci Burton says:

    that doesn’t look like Heather.

    and yeah, what’s with the shoes?

    *clutches original book with well-loved, tattered cover*

  2. 2

    Very nice cover, but yeah…the shoes…and the bare legs…

  3. 3

    Yeah, that seems more like the cover of a book about the forbidden love of a RenFaire actress and a shoe salesman at Nordstrom’s.  She totally looks like she’s sitting in the middle of the footwear department thinking, “Yes, the color is right, but do they make my ankles look fat?  And wherever am I going to get a handbag to match?”

    My verification word is foot57.  That can’t be a coincidence, can it?

  4. 4
    Melissa says:

    What is The Scene of Much Infamy?  I haven’t read the book, and there’s no review on the site to clue me in.  (hint,  hint)  :)

  5. 5
    Sarah S says:

    “Scene of Much Infamy”??

    Do tell!!!

  6. 6
    SB Sarah says:

    The hero rapes the heroine. I believe multiple times – he thinks she’s a dockside prostitute and rapes her, and then asks why she didn’t barter a higher price for her virginity.

    A review that reads at warp speed but gives the general gist of the plot.

  7. 7
    Mrs Giggles says:

    For real, I actually read this book back in 2000 or so and I shocked myself by how much I adored this book, even with the rape scenes. Perhaps a review to coincide with the reissue is in order, provided that I can find that danged book somewhere in my house.

  8. 8

    Ah yes, the book that along with The Wolf and the Dove started it all.  I remember reading it when it was first released.  I was in high school and I wanted an ice blue wedding dress like Heather’s.

    Those shoes do make me want to say “WTF?” but I’ll leave the screaming about fashion anachronisms to others.

  9. 9
    Babz says:

    I showed the cover picture to my close friend, who does not read romance, and asked her when does she thinks this book is set on. Her answer? Current times.

    But this is good news nonetheless. I could never find the book anywhere here.

  10. 10
    Lorelie says:

    She looks cold.  If they’re gonna put her in modern clothes couldn’t they have done the chick a favor and made it Uggs?

    I think I’m gonna have to pick up a copy.  If only to keep up everytime it’s referenced around here.

  11. 11

    Twice, right at the start of the novel; the rest of the book is all about how they build the relationship after that, with heavy emphasis on how Heather’s inner innocence remains unaffected by her physical violation.  (She doesn’t have to “stay pure” in order to stay pure, morally, which is a big shift.) 

    The trajectory runs from those initial rape scenes up to a set of final scenes focused on her pleasure.

  12. 12
    Lorelie says:

    And I just went and read the review Sarah posted and so:  OMG *almost* 18?!?!?!  So not only does he rape her, he rapes a minor?  (Which yes, 1799, not such a distinction.  But still.  I’m now.)

  13. 13
    Toddson says:

    Well, the whole outfit is pretty anachronistic – crushed velvet? Please! Sheer stockings or bare legs?

    But when has a little anachronism bothered whoever thinks up the covers? As far as I can tell, blue eyeshadow has been with us since the dawn of time.

  14. 14
    Teddy Pig says:

    Tell us what you’re gonna do tonight mama
    There must be someplace you can go
    In the middle of the tall drinks and the drama
    There must be someone you know

    God knows you’re looking good enough
    But you’re so smooth and the world’s so rough
    You might have something to loose
    Oh, no, pretty mama what you gonna
    do in those shoes

    Got those pretty little straps around your ankles
    Got those shiny little chains around your heart
    You got to have your independence
    But you don’t know just where to start

    Desperation in the singles bars
    All those jerkoffs in their fancy cars
    You can’t believe your reviews

    Oh, no, you can’t do that
    Once you started wearing those shoes

    The Eagles – Those Shoes

  15. 15
    emdee says:

    The 70’s were a different time and this was revolutionary.

  16. 16
    Tilly Greene says:

    This is one of the first romances I read…the first [Rosemary Rogers ‘Sweet Savage Love’] we read as a group at the back of the bus.  But this new cover is so wrong!  I don’t like this one or any of the new covers they did for the Woodiwiss books.

    Will still reread them and start purchasing them in eBook from Fictionwise though :-)

  17. 17
    Entrisic says:

    Huh. I’ll admit the clothes aren’t appropriate (particularly considering that clothes do in fact play a part in the book itself) but that doesn’t really bug me. What does is that model doesn’t strike me as ‘Heather’. For one, she seems to lack breasts.

    I think it’s a little funny. Such a relatively classy and simply cover – then someone gets around to reading what is inside…

    It makes me laugh. I got a copy for my birthday from my mother (when I turned 10, no less) and it was a hardcover with a completely silly cover. If I recall correctly it was the hero and heroine in some semi-amorous embrace on the bow(?) of a ship with waves rushing and roaring up to drag them down into the cold, unfeeling ocean that cares not for historical romances. (I would check, but I’m fairly sure I threw out the cover years ago.)

  18. 18
    Arethusa says:

    The hero rapes the heroine. I believe multiple times – he thinks she’s a dockside prostitute and rapes her, and then asks why she didn’t barter a higher price for her virginity.


  19. 19
    Melissa says:

    The hero rapes the heroine. I believe multiple times – he thinks she’s a dockside prostitute and rapes her, and then asks why she didn’t barter a higher price for her virginity.

    Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.  Thanks for the tip, SB Sarah.  I will stay far, far, far away from this one.

  20. 20

    >>The hero rapes the heroine. I believe multiple times – he thinks she’s a dockside prostitute and rapes her, and then asks why she didn’t barter a higher price for her virginity.<


    Here’s a description of the movie

    The Wizard of Oz which ran in a California newspaper:

    “Stranger comes to town and kills the first person she meets.  Teams up with three misfits and kills again.”

    Accurate, but it hardly does the movie justice.[g]

  21. 21
    L Violet says:

    I take it the heroine wears an orange dress of some importance. True?

    The modest bosom is a pleasant contrast to the heaving, swollen mammaries on most covers, especially ones from the ‘80s. Or perhaps the cover is inaccurate in this, as the heroine’s specialty is her big in-your-face set?

    Obviously I haven’t read the book.

  22. 22
    Desertwillow says:

    Ya know, I didn’t want to say anything when Woodiwiss died, cause that would have been tacky, but I read one of her books back in the seventies. I think it was called “Shania” or something like that, the cover depicted a groping couple coming out of a big flower, and it scarred me for the next thirty years. 500 pages, 500 pages!! of the most irritating nonsense imaginable. The first 2 or 300 were the heroine saying, “No, No I hate you, I hate you”, then a hundred pages of her saying, “I love you but I can’t love you, it would be so wrong” or some such bullshit like that. By the time I got to the end I didn’t care what happened to either of them. I bagged all romance until the last couple of years.

    And this one depicts rape? No thank you. If I had read that back in the seventies my head would have exploded.

    Sorry, it’s kind of hard for me to appreciate her contribution. Give me a romance where everybody’s willing and of age even if they are thiry year old virgins with amnesia being stalked by a sheik.

  23. 23
    Jackie L. says:

    Hey, I was alive in the 70’s and this was a major wallbanger for me.

  24. 24
    Nora Roberts says:

    Hey, I think I have those shoes.

    Whether or not KW’s work is/was to your taste, or whether or not you believe that work holds up today, she sure as hell kicked the genre up to another level.

    For that, KW, kudos and thanks.

  25. 25
    Maya says:

    opening can of worms here (which i can’t believe, feminist that i like to call myself)
    but – when does rape become rape?

    the hero (was his name Brandon?) didn’t simply leap upon an unsuspecting female and ‘deflower’ (heh) her for the sake of a power trip

    my admittedly hazy memory recalls something about how the heroine (what does it say about me that I remember his name but not hers?) had just gone through a traumatic attack of a different sort and was in kind of a walking trance state – hence her willingness to go along with a stranger (hero’s underling) onto a strange ship and into a strage cabin containing another stranger (the alpha hero). she wakes up, as it were, midway through the act.

    in the hero’s eyes, she was a willing participant.  the part where he could have behaved better was after realizing that she is a virgin. instead of letting her go, he continues –  i can’t remember if it was ‘you’re so hot i can’t stop myself’ or ‘oh well, the worst is already done, may as well go on’.

    this may be splitting hairs.  but having read other books where the ‘hero’ purposefully sets out to rape the heroine, it doesn’t seem fair to tar Brandon with the same brush.

    (my personal favorite hero to despise is the guy from ‘Whitney My Love’)

  26. 26
    cecille says:

    ~Give me a romance where everybody’s willing and of age even if they are thiry year old virgins with amnesia being stalked by a sheik.~

    LOL Thanks desertwillow, the mental image will keep me giggling for a while yet. ;-)

  27. 27
    Teddy Pig says:

    The first rule of Secret Baby is, you do not talk about Secret Baby.

  28. 28
    Maya says:

    since when are the smileys alive?

    i didn’t add an emoticon to my earlier post, but there it is, winking at me, daring me to do something about it…

  29. 29
    LuLu says:

    You know, it’s not really the shoes that bother me, it’s the lack of stockings.  The shoes aren’t horribly historically inaccurate (the heel is too high for 1799, but otherwise they’re about the right shape for a fashionable lady’s slipper) but there is just no way in hell she would be traipsing around without stockings on.

  30. 30
    dl says:

    I hate, hate, hate, contemporary covers on historical books.

    I think KW was the very first author that I hovered and waited for new releases…dating myself much?  My tastes have changed, because I think now I would have a difficult time wading through one.

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