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Windswept Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2008

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"A complex, intriguing tale. . . . I would highly recommend this novel for the more discriminating romance reader who actually likes mystery and intrigue served up with her romance."  —Morgan Wyatt, Novelspot



"I couldn't wait to find out what happened and it was a hard book for me to put down. . . . I highly recommend this book. It was wonderful"!  —contemporaryromancewriters.com


"This novel is an intriguing blend of contemporary and historical. . . . A wonderful story, I recommend you pick it up!"  —Cheri Jetton, president, Northwest Houston Chapter, Romance Writers of America


"An engaging romantic suspense thriller. . . . Fans will enjoy this fine comparative look at the past and present residents of Windswept."  —Harriet Klausner, Gotta Write Network


"Ann Macela delivers a magnificently well written tale that delights. . . . This is a whirlwind romance that really delivers."  —Coffeetime Romance


"Smooth-as-silk storytelling . . . one of the best contemporaries I have read in a while. . . . I think you will like it as much as I do."  —Romance Reviews Today



"Whether writing a paranormal or contemporary romance, Ann Macela is one author to keep your eye out for."  —Love Romances and More



"A great mystery filled with family secrets [and] villains who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals—with a slow burning love story as the background. Highly recommended."  —A Romance Review

About the Author

Ann Macela is the author of Do You Believe In Magic? and The Oldest Kind of Magic. She lives outside Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933836342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933836348
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi, I'm Ann Macela, and I write enchanting, smart, and sensual contemporary romance and contemporary light paranormal romance. Sometimes with a touch of humor, sometimes with a little sorrow, always with passion and emotion.

My latest books are a two-book contemporary romance series, Wolves in Business. Wolf in Jester's Clothing and Wolf on Thin Ice tell the story of two brothers who find their true loves where they least expect them. Warning: These are NOT shapeshifters, but alpha businessmen. Like the Magic Series, it's best to read them in order.

My award-winning Magic Series is about a group of people who can cast spells to help them with their everyday jobs. Wouldn't you like to have an ability that would help you type faster, make accurate change, fix the plumbing, or grow flowers and vegetables? Or whatever it is that you do? And these people, who call themselves practitioners, are guaranteed to find their soul mates. Ready or not, and whether or not they want one at that particular moment. As the series progresses, the magic gets more complicated and so do the relationships. Included in the series now are the last two stories, never before published.

Windswept won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Romance, Small Press, 2008, and several other awards. Writing this standalone contemporary with a historical twist took me back to my first love, the study of history, and it definitely shows off my Texas roots. There's a terrible secret in the papers of the Windswept Plantation . . .

I'm a native Gulf Coast Texan, now living in The Frozen North of Chicagoland. I started life reading mysteries, then sci-fi and fantasy. When I discovered romances, I saw a way to combine all the aspects of books that I liked into my own stories. And what a welcome difference from writing computer manuals--my old job and which has no magic about it at all.

Let me know what you think of my stories. Contact me either at ann@AnnMacela.com or AnnMacela@msn.com

P.S. Those of you interested in how my magic works, check out the article, A Theory of Magic, on my website

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shay Wiliams on April 11, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was Davis Jamison's dying uncle's wish that the journals and papers of Windswept Plantation be catalogued by historian Barrett Browning. Davis sees no reason to deny this request but other members of his family are convinced that there are secrets among the pages that should never be revealed. Just how far is his family willing to go to ensure that Barrett doesn't reveal the truths that she might find?

For a reader who cut her eyeteeth on Gone With The Wind, WINDSWEPT by Ann Macela was a real find. Ms. Macela has done a superb job of blending a contemporary romance with a historical suspense with the different times flowing so smoothly that readers will find themselves wondering at times where one ended and the other begins. This is a story that has it all; love, infamy, family, politics and intrigue in both the past and the present!

And let's not forget the wonderful people that readers will get the opportunity to meet. And this reviewer does say people rather then characters as they seem to just jump right off the pages. Davis, our hero, has been put in charge of protecting his family and that is just what he will do even at the risk of his own happiness. Barrett, our heroine, is on a timetable so that she might get tenure in her chosen field and who has no time for romance until she has achieved her goals. Cousin Lloyd is convinced that the secrets buried in those papers will destroy his business and cause him to lose his wife. And our players from the past, Mary Maude Davis Jamison and her husband Edgar. There are also numerous other secondary characters who add richness and at times humor to WINDSWEPT.

Whether writing a paranormal or a contemporary romance, Ann Macela is one author to keep your eye out for. This reviewer highly recommends WINDSWEPT to any reader who enjoys their contemporary romances with that extra punch from the past.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheri F. Jetton on March 12, 2008
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The legacy of Windswept plantation is not so much in the beautiful 1800's edifice and vast grounds as it is in the myriad boxes, crates, and lockers of written history. The journals and diaries of the masters and mistresses of the house are a veritable treasure with their detailed, practical recording of everyday life on a large, thriving Louisiana plantation. A treasure Dr. Barrett Browning wants badly to get her hands on.

In the publish or perish world of academia, she needs the access promised her by the Jamison family patriarch for her professional survival. But kindly Edgar Jamison has passed away and custody of the entire collection has been left to his grandson, Davis.

Houston venture capitalist E. Davis Jamison has few enough hours in his days without the added annoyance of a college professor who wants to root through the family history. Especially when his dotty relatives in Louisiana are crying foul and hinting at a crippling scandal should an outsider be given license to delve into the old records. This is the twenty-first century, what could possibly shock anyone in this day and time?

The ruthless tycoon and the intellectual book worm. Opposites. But then we know how opposites attract, don't we? The mystery at the vortex of this romance is unexpected and a little heartbreaking, and altogether worth the read. Don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winnie Jensen on April 2, 2012
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Enjoyed the historic background. Well written, realistic characters, good plot and good dialog. Would definitely recommend to any who enjoy historic and romance novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Reviews on April 2, 2012
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I am so pleased to have picked this book up. I was captivated by it. I was very pleased with what a strong and determined woman the main character was. She was intelligent, warm and caring. She has a goal of becoming a tenured professor despite working alongside a professor that is doing everything to prevent that from happening for her. I love a heroine who has personal goals but also knows how to be loving, not calculating. This heroine has a way of drawing others in. Although she comes to stay at the hero's mansion it is clear that she stays true to who she is as a person and she shows kindness to everyone she meets, even those working there. At first, I found the "hero" of the book to be manipulative of her in his calculated pursuit but as the book wore on I found him to be a man of honor. He is protective of his entire family and a man of honesty and integrity. He becomes very protective of the heroine and wants to see her achieve her own goals as well. There is a lot of action in the book as well as an interesting look at history and what it takes to unravel it. Unlike many Kindle books, I found this to be well edited and I didn't run across constant type-o's and such. I would not recommend this book for a young adult as there is a physical relationship that plays itself out throughout the book. This book is quite long, but well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C on January 19, 2013
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An interesting mystery -- but too many descriptions of the sexual encounters between the two main characters. I would not recommend to my Christian friends--ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on March 26, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Barrett Browning had an opportunity to look over and catalog a wonderful collection of papers from a plantation owner's wife, the ancestor of Davis Jamison, the papers' current owner. Papers that could make Barrett's career.

Davis Jamison is not sure what he is going to do with regard to the papers from his great, great grandmother. He does however know he is attracted to Barrett and he has promised his late grandfather that he would take care of the papers.

Windswept is wonderful. Ann Macela goes from diary format to present time writing styles seamlessly. The details are just the right combination of research and fiction. Windswept has some suspense but mostly is just an unexpectedly smooth, delightful read.

Emma
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