11-27-2011 11:00 PM
Both these books were something either read to me or I read myself when I was in 5th grade. I was reading at a high school level at the time.
Book one was one the teacher read to the class. It was about a boy who had been arrested before the book started for stealing hubcaps - he thought it would be a good way to earn extra money. He was put on parole and had to do community service in the public library. He was sent to work in the basement and unknowningly became the servent of a vampire named Radu. Eventually he, his best friend, and a little old lady have to save the town, including the hero's older sister, from Radu and a couple other vampires, one of whom was Carmilla. (Though there was no lesbian over tones with this one. She was after the hero, Radu went after the sister.) Might've had "vampire" and "library" in the title.
Book two was one I bought at a garage sale. It was huge and the lady sold it to me for a quarter. It was a giant western and might've had the word "Morning" in the title. In it a cowboy hooks up with this Indian tribe that distrusts him except for one of the maidens. One time he asks how the tribe knows English so well when they hate white people so much and she answers that a man with "skin the color of midnight" taught them. (Escaped slave they took in.) Relationship develops. Despite her tribe's tradition of cuting the nose and banishing any women who lose their virginity before marriage she sleeps with the cowboy. They marry. Time passes. They have a son but then bad guys come and kill her. He gives their son to his Indian inlaws to raise.
Cut forward to the boy as a preteen. A pretty white teacher comes to the nearby town. She meets cowboy. Somehow she gets involved in the fight with the bad guys who killed the wife. Boy gets kidnapped or something and she has to pretend to be a ghost to rescue him. Eventually bad guys are defeated and teacher, cowboy, and his son all become one happy family.
Not even sure if it should be considered a romance as I've never read one since where there's two heroines rather than one. But since True Love and sex come into play in both halves of the story, I guess it would be considered a romance.
It was the 1980s when I was in 5th grade. So they would've been published sometime before 1985. Possiblity even as early as the 1970s.
12-05-2011 11:12 AM
Well, I finally gave up on this post and asked on Yahoo Answers. Got the first one, Prisoner Of Vampires. However the 2nd one is still eluding me. Surely someone who's majorly into old romance novels and westers must know this book.