Cassie Edwards

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Cassie Edwards
Period1982 – present
GenreHistorical romance
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Cassie Edwards
Period1982 – present
GenreHistorical romance

Cassie Edwards is a best-selling American author of over 100 historical romance novels. She has been published by Dorchester Publishing, Signet Books, Kensington Publishing and Harlequin.[1]


Edwards began writing romances in 1982 and released her 100th novel, Savage Skies, on August 28, 2007.[2] Although her earlier books were classic historical romances, the vast majority of her novels involve Native American tribes.[2] Edwards's grandmother was Cheyenne.[3][citation needed] Her first 99 books sold a combined 10 million copies as of August 2007, with her more recent novels averaging sales of 250,000–350,000 copies.[2]

Edwards has won the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, as well as being named one of Affaire de Coeur's top ten favorite romance writers. Edwards has a reputation for meticulously researching the proper anthropological backgrounds of each tribe she writes about.[1]

Edwards and her husband Charles, a retired high school biology teacher, have been married for over 50 years. They have two sons, Charles and Brian, and three grandchildren. The family lived in St. Louis, Missouri for over thirty years, but now reside in Mattoon, Illinois.

Plagiarism allegations[edit]

On 7 January 2008, the romance-novel review blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books[4] accused Edwards of widespread plagiarism after finding multiple passages in her novels that appeared to be directly taken from various works by other authors, including novels, poems, reference books, and websites about Native American history and culture.[1] Many of the passages came from old references, many without copyright or with expired copyright protection.[4][5] One of Edwards' publishers, Signet, initially defended the passages in question as fair use rather than copyright infringement.[1]

Nora Roberts, herself a victim of plagiarism, joined the outcry.[6] Two days later, Signet announced that they would be reviewing all of Edwards' books that they published to determine whether plagiarism had occurred,[7] and, in April 2008, Signet stopped publishing Edwards' books "due to irreconcilable editorial differences."[8] In an interview, Edwards said that she did not know she was supposed to credit sources, and her husband stated that Edwards gained ideas from her reference works but did not "lift passages".[7]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  1. Savage Torment (1982)
  2. Savage Obsession (1983)
  3. Savage Innocence (1984)
  4. Savage Heart (1985)
  5. Savage Paradise (1987)

Savage Secrets[edit]

  1. Savage Surrender (1987)
  2. Savage Eden (1988)
  3. Savage Bliss (1990)
  4. Savage Dream (1990)
  5. Savage Splendor (1991)
  6. Savage Whispers (1991)
  7. Savage Dance (1991)
  8. Savage Persuasion (1991)
  9. Savage Promise (1992)
  10. Savage Mists (1992)
  11. Savage Sunrise (1993)
  12. Savage Pride (2000)

Wild Arizona[edit]

  1. Wild Ecstasy (1992)
  2. Wild Splendor (1993)
  3. Wild Desire (1994)
  4. Wild Abandon (1994)
  5. Wild Rapture (1995)
  6. Wild Embrace (1995)


Wild Tribes[edit]

  1. Wild Bliss (1995)
  2. Wild Thunder (1995)
  3. Wild Whispers (1996)
  4. Wind Walker (2004)

Stand alone novels[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Andriani, Lynn (January 9, 2008), "Romance Blog Suggests Romance Writer's Plagiarism; Signet Says Its Fair Use", Publishers Weekly, retrieved 2008-01-09 [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Edwards Pens 100th Romance", Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-20, retrieved 2008-01-08 [dead link]
  3. ^ Author: Cassie Edwards[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Tan, Candy; Wendell, Sarah (2008-01-11). "A centralized document for the Cassie Edwards situation". Smart Bitches. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  5. ^ Lundin, Leigh (2008-05-11). "The Case of the Purloined Prose". Scandal Sheets. Criminal Brief. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ Nora Roberts: 'It seems clear' author plagiarized, CNN, 2008-01-10 
  7. ^ a b Italie, Hillel (January 11, 2008), Publisher Reviewing Plagiarism Claims, Associated Press 
  8. ^ Italie, Hillel (April 18, 2008), Romance writer, publisher split up over plagiarism claims, Associated Press .

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