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Winter's Heat (The Seasons Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Domning
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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WINTER'S HEAT, 1994 winner of Romantic Time's "Best First Historical" by best-selling author Denise Domning

A powerful baron forced to marry for want of an heir.  A woman's expectation to rule an abbey torn from her.  Now, a tide of treachery rises around them and their only hope is to trust, to cherish and to love unconditionally.

For readers who love their history accurate, their knights Medieval and their women strong.

"Splendid...A superstar in the making" ---Romantic Times

"Riveting...full of sizzling passion, tension and should not miss this one!"
--- Penelope Williamson

"Enchanting...Vivid...Exciting!"---Susan Wiggs

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Editorial Reviews


"Ms. Domning's first novel brings to light the harsh realities of life in medieval England, but also the passion and tenderness of which these hearty people were capable. From the hardness of the knights to the softness of the ladies, this well-written first novel gives us the flavor of the time without overpowering the real story of a family's battle to find peace and happiness with themselves and each other.  Ms. Domning wields a powerful pen!" --- Diane Potwin -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

"I have read the entire book in almost one sitting. This is the first time in 10 years I have been this entranced by a novel."
---C L Hastings "bookwriter"

From the Author

This book, and the series that follows it, all started in 1978 when I had a dream about two people, Rannulf and Rowena, in Medieval England, a time in history I didn't know at all. In the dream they conveyed to me some of their complicated relationship. As I woke up I caught myself saying "I have to write this book!" But I also knew I wanted to write an accurate novel because I believe wrapping historical facts up in a good fictional story will teach you more about history and the way people lived than any textbook. Twelve years of research ensued before I felt capable of recreating this amazing time period. In Winter's Heat I intended to explore life in a Medieval Castle, or how a mid-level baron might have lived, someone affected deeply by the actions of those holding the true reins of power.

Then I started writing.  A few years, several marriages and an international move followed before I one day sent the first seven chapters to Denise Marcil of the Denise Marcil Literary Agency. Much to my surprise, she requested more chapters to read. I sent the next five finished chapters to her.  A few weeks later she requested more chapters. Yipes! They weren't done. With that I got serious and plowed my way through the rest of the book and got them off to her.

She responded with, "This is the first book in seven years to knock me off my chair." Wow! She went on to sell Winter to what was then the new Topaz Line of books. We were all astonished at how well it was received and I was honored and thrilled that Winter's Heat won the coveted Romantic Times award for "Best First Historical" of 1994.

And that, as they say, is history.

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  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (December 23, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Romance September 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have purchased 5 of Ms. Domnings books titled, Winter's Heat, Autumn's Flame, Spring Fury, Summer's Storm and A Love for All Seasons. I had never heard of Ms. Domning before but I so love the Medival era. To say that Ms. Domning is such a gifted writer is an understatement of the gravest sort. That compliment does not do her justice. I love this series and am now reading them for the second time. Even though I know what will happen next, its like reading them for the first time. Every description is so vivid, it's as if I'm there witnessing it all with my own eyes. I HIGHLY recommend her books for those that love romance and the Medival Era. Ms. Domning has found a life-long fan in me!!!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 4.85 February 14, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall Rating: 4.85 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4.5 / Romance: 3 / Sensuous: 2 / Intrigue: 4 / Medieval Flavor: 5 // Humor: 3 / Tears: 2

Readers of medieval romances will want to read "Winter's Heat," the first book in Denise Domning's five-book series, 'The Graistan Chronicles.' This book was so engaging and intriguing that it was almost impossible to put down. Not only did Domning write a book filled with action, suspense, romance and emotion, but she did so while keeping the dialogue, descriptions and feelings true to the era in which the book was set (twelfth century England).

The hero, Rannulf FitzHenry, Lord of Graistan, was portrayed as a tortured, yet driven, alpha warrior, who was determined not to fall in love with the heroine. Rannulf had to keep reminding himself that he was marrying Rowena for the lands she would bring to him. Rowena of Benfield, was a strong-willed, sharp-tongued, convent-bred heroine, who wanted to find a secure place in the world -- having been uprooted from her home to be given to a convent; whereupon she then strove to make a place for herself, only to be uprooted again to be married against her will.

Domning included several secondary characters that added a lot of depth and interest to the story -- and instilled interest in reading the future books of the series. Rannulf's love of his family was revealed by the male camaraderie that flowed between him and his older, bastard brother Temric and the caring he had toward his youngest brother (and current Graistan steward), Gilliam.

"Winter's Heat" is a must read. Domning kept the story running at a fast pace, full of adventure and intrigue. The characters were well-developed and so realistic they inspired strong emotions (whether sympathy or hated).

A more detailed, spoiler-ridden synopsis/review of "Winter's Heat" appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will the fighting never cease??? October 26, 2012
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I really wanted to like this book. The writing style was great but I got So tired of the constant fighting between the two main characters that I couldn't make myself finish it. About a quarter of the way through I thought, ok the fighting can't go on forever, but at 50% when nothing at all had changed I finally gave up and deleted it. I rarely do that for a book but every single chapter was the same. Yet despite their fights they ended up in bed together every night with never ending passion. What the *&^^ Sorry, reality check here. It's not humanly possible to make love passionately with tenderness every night then spend every waking minute trying to make each others life Hell, being mean, petty, hateful and belittle each other. It wasn't a calm relaxing read, it just put me in a cranky mood like listening to my teenagers fight and bicker. I'm sure it had a warm fuzzy ending but I have the feeling that in a sequel we'd see them in the middle of an angry divorce still intent on their fighting!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great start to a great series. May 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Looking for a new author, I picked up Ms. Domning's book "Autumn's Flame". While reading this book I discovered that this was the third book in a series of four. After reading "Autum's Flame" I then purchased the other three books. "Winter's Heat" is the first in the series. Lord Rannulf and Lady Rowena are the main characters and Ms. Domning does a wonderful job of writing their story. Lady Rowena is a strong woman for this era (12th century) and proves to be an important figure in Lord Rannulf's life. I thoroughly recommend this series to all who enjoy the medieval times. "Winter's Heat" and "Spring's Fury" were my favorite two in this series. Oh yea, "A Love for all Seasons" has a surpise for readers.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too Much Bickering! December 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Omg, the two main characters spend the entire book bickering and fighting! I swear I wanted to give up reading the story because it was so depressing every time I turned on my kindle to read that they were fighting again! (Except when they are in the sack, then they are passionate and nice). Anyway the story had a good premise, but the constant fighting was a definite downer.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Cold-hearted Abusive Hero. December 5, 2011
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This was a very good study in how impossible it is to live with a stupid man. Poor Rowena was forced into marriage with an emotionally abusive man. She couldn't win, no matter how hard she tried. He was lazy, and made stupid decisions, but he couldn't stand to be wrong, corrected, or questioned, especially by his new smart wife. I will give the writer alot of credit for understanding how easily some men become infuriated and abusive. I kept trying to read this story, but finally quit because it was ridiculous to read about their passion for each other when the they were injured, imprisoned, the castle was on fire, and under seige. It was too much of a fantasy to imagine such a cold-hearted abusive man could change into such a humble and respectful man practically overnight. Ugh!

After reading the comments I wondered if I mistakenly reviewed the wrong book. It has been about a year later and I stand by my review. Rowena's husband is verbally and emotionally abusive. He is unable to have a decent conversation with her so he completely avoids her during the day, and has sex with her every night. He still loses his temper and humiliates her publicly. Every bad thing that happens is a result of his passive-aggressive behavior. He is not heroic. His younger brother is the real hero in this novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by S. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars It felt like I was back then.
The emotions and attitudes felt right. There is a lot of killing in this book but the characters don't spend all day over-analyzing their actions, which feels right for the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by avidreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is an interesting book about a woman who is taken from her life at the abbey by her father to forcibly marry strategically, so that he can reap some financial benefits out of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lovesbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series of Sword and Castle
I enjoyed the characters and their travails to find the romances of their lives. The healing of hearts and purpose post William the Conquerers invasion of Britain.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars winters heat
This novel deserves the award it won. I read winters heat last and the others inspired the purchase of this the first one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Le
4.0 out of 5 stars insight into tradition expectations of women at that time/circumstance
i loved first half of this book-enjoyed the insight and factual information of the time period. initially planned to read the series but the focus became too romantic and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by max
1.0 out of 5 stars abusive
Writing was good, but I couldn't like either main character. The woman was cold and selfish and the man was abusive and just plain stupid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars AReadingWinner
Winter's Heat was a real surprise. I usually know in the first few pages whether I will like a book. I knew this after the first paragraph. This book was a complete surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tillie Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT, GREAT
It was a wonderful love story set in a classic English castle. I didn't want the story to end. It had all the elements, happiness, sorrow, intrigue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E.Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I love all things medieval, and the author captured what it may have really been like back then, at least in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Havard
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More About the Author

June 10, 2014

It's time to get serious about my writing again. That's been hard to do with my life framed by milking cows, making cheese and raising vegetables. But Faucon and Edmund, the sleuths from my new mystery series, are chattering away in my head, demanding that I at least start taking notes. Even more motivating is the fact that the temperatures here in Arizona have now climbed over the 100 degree mark. Air conditioning is a wonderful thing.

And now, back to your regular programming.

Denise Domning is the award-winning, best-selling author of one historical mystery novel--Season of the Raven--and eleven historical novels as well as the co-author with Monica Sarli of one gritty, hard-bitten memoir of addiction and recovery. Of the three genres she frankly prefers the rats, grime and fleas of the Twelfth Century over the ghettos and drug use of modern Kansas City. For Denise, writing means using words as her time machine and painting an accurate portrait of a past. Open any of her novels, whether Twelfth, Thirteenth, Sixteenth or Nineteenth Century, and step into a bygone era. As one reviewer put it " live the life and the language, smell the odors of unwashed humanity, and hear the sucking sounds as your flimsy shoes slog through mud and muck." Now doesn't that sound romantic?

Denise and her husband Ed live on a farm in Cornville (yes, Cornville), Arizona, where they plant veggies, milk cows and have an Easter egg hunt every day.

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