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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Guest Post with Author Cathy Maxwell and Giveaway

Today I am super excited to welcome author Cathy Maxwell back to RFTC. Cathy is celebrating the release of her newest book The Devil's Heart and has stopped by to chat. Please everyone give Cathy a warm welcome.

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Cathy Maxwell’s family roots go back to the Mayflower and the Revolutionary War. She has long called Virginia home, noting she is “a Virginian by choice, but a Kansan by nature.” She worked in television news as a broadcaster before spending six years in the Navy. She attended Air Force intelligence school, worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence.

Cathy began her writing career in 1991 while her children were still small. “It wasn’t easy,” she says. “I worked full time, my husband travelled, we had three kids, I volunteered and I was writing from four until seven every morning.” Now, twenty years later, she is the author of seventeen national bestsellers and her novels appear regularly on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. A rarity in the book world, Cathy has published every one of her novels with the same publisher, Harper Collins/Avon Books.

Places to find Cathy:

Cathy Maxwell, THE DEVIL’S HEART, and Scottish Magic

Hawaiians believe ohana (family) is guided by an ‘aumakua – an ancestor who serves as a guardian. ‘Aumakua often take the form of a manĊ (shark), Pohaku (rock) and pueo (owl). Even as a Haole (foreigner), I feel this presence as I hike around the island. It is the same feeling I had when I explored the Highlands. Sigh. Scotland.

Cathy Maxwell delivers Scottish magic, and even a Hawaiian ‘aumakua, in her series The Chattan Curse. In LYON’S BRIDE, Book One, readers learned about the curse from an angry witch whose daughter was jilted by the Chattan heir in the 17th century:

When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above . . .

Two hundred years later, Neal Chattan seeks a bride he cannot love. Yet he falls in love with his matchmaker, realizing that love is worth the risk. Neal’s decision inspires his brother, Colonel Harry Chattan, to break the curse in THE SCOTTISH WITCH, Book Two. Instead, he finds love with the woman posing as the witch. As both Neal and Harry face the consequences, their sister Lady Margaret Chattan travels into the heart of the Highlands to challenge the witch in THE DEVIL’S HEART. Along the way, she is guided by a cat nicknamed Owl for her folded ears. Owl seems to understand the evil spirits that challenge Margaret at every step.


Lady Margret Chattan, one of the most desirable women in all of England, has no interest whatsoever in marriage. When her brother’s lives are put in danger, she travels to the Scottish Highlands, intent on saving them. There she meets Heath Macnachtan, who is trying to find out who murdered his own brother. Together, they team up to investigate the powerful curse that is behind the deaths, but instead find themselves falling in love.

Exceptionally entertaining and charming, The Devil’s Heart mixes a well-crafted love story with complex characters and pulse-pounding adventure.

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51 comments :

  1. Aloha! Thanks for posting my special blog to celebrate THE DEVIL'S HEART ... I loved this book! Cathy is a natural born storyteller!

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  2. Hi Cathy, i have read your books, its great. i want to know, you have write for many years, how can you get the idea for your each books?
    thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi, Cecilia---My head is always buzzing with stories. They pop up out of no where. That is the gift of being a storyteller. "What if" is always in the back of my mind.

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  3. Hi Cathy
    your book cover is gorgeous! Is this book part of a series and can it be read alone. I saw you had 2 books previous to this one. thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read and review your book and publish my review on Goodreads and Facebook!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole, for the complement on the cover. This could be read alone but I would prefer reading them together starting with Lyon's Bride. This is an overreaching story arc. Just sayin'.

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    2. Cathy, thank you for answering me!

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  4. Love the cover! So pretty. :) Sounds like a fun read!

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  5. I love a good romantic adventure. My friend suggested your books and they truly are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Shanean, and thank your friend for me as well!

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  6. Congrats on the release of The Devil's Heart. I love the premise of the story, sounds like a good read.

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  7. Congrats on your newest release. Very pretty cover.
    Can these books be read as stand alone or do they need to be read in order.

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    1. I advise reading these books in order. They are a tight story arc.

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  8. I love Cathy's books, and have the first two in this series. I'd love to read "The Devil's Heart".

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  9. HI Cathy- I've been reading you for years. This sounds like another good one.

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  10. I can't wait to read Devil's Heart, I love books that have Scottish men in them. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. Love the cover! So pretty. :) Sounds like a fun read!

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  12. This book looks great! Like all of Cathy's books! Thanks for the chance, i would love to read this one!!

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  13. congratulation on ur new release cathy...i love ur books ;)

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    1. Thank you! Everyone is so supportive here. I appreciate y'all!

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  14. I haven't read a good historical in a while! This one sounds great!

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  15. I really enjoy books set in Scotland and Ireland. I can't wait to read your books. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  16. I just read one of your short stories and would love to read one of your books - shorts stories are just too short lol.

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  17. I love Cathy's books. I own a lot of them. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks :)

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  18. Congratulations on the new release. I like the colors on your cover.

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  19. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing ;) Congrats to Cathy on the new release!

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  20. The Devil's Heart sounds like a wonderful story, I love that the cat named Owl plays a part in guiding Margaret. I'm looking forward to reading this one, just like all of Cathy's other books.

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  21. yay congrats on your awesome new release! I love the cover and the premise sounds like its going to be a lot of fun :D love historicals!

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  22. I always wonder how much power the author has over the design of the book cover?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Meghan--we have complete control. My publisher sends over a bevy of handsome men wondering which one I'd like on the cover--NOT! :) Hey, you gotta have fun with it.

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  23. Congrats on your latest release. Sounds great!

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  24. First, I'd like to thank Cathy for her service to our country. Second, I admire the hard work and dedication that Cathy has applied her early writing days while continuing so many other endeavors. Last, Naval Intelligence as in NCIS? lisagk(at)yahoo

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! However, nothing in the navy is like NCIS. Trust me! However, I am proud to have served. It was a defining experience in my life . . . and it is where I met my husband He looked very handsome in dress white.

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  25. A shark for a guardian sounds kinda scary!

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  26. Wow Cathy, writing from 4-7am and then working full-time with kids, that's so impressive. I get up early to write, but I don't think I could manage 4am. Although, I suppose I won't know until I try. Congrats on the release of The Devil's Heart.

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  27. I love how determined you were, and are, to write. THE DEVIL'S HEART looks wonderful, as do all of your books. I need to catch up.

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  28. Congrats on the new release. The Devil's Heart sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Is there any genre that you'd like to write but haven't yet?

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    1. I would like to write a suspense,I think. Really, I can do that in the historicals, can't it? And I played with a bit of that here in this series. Thanks for asking.

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  29. oooh - I NEED that book!! I have the other 2 in series -- in massive TBR

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  30. I love that you have a Scottish Fold for the cat! Look forward to reading The Devil's Heart.

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  31. another new author to check out.It looks really, really good.

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  32. Hi Cathy!

    I'm so excited that The Devil's Heart was released the end of April and that I'll finally be able to read Margaret and Heath's story. I loved Lyon's Bride and the Scottish Witch and to be honest would love for the series to never end!

    I wish I could be at the Romance Writers Conference in Atlanta this year not only to hear you as a keynote speaker but also so I could wish you a Happy Birthday on the 17th at the book signing! Hope you have a great time and it's your best birthday ever!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne! We will miss you, too. I'll be celebrating a big birthday.

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  33. Hi Cathy!
    I read one your book and i like it, unfortunaly i just have read one from your books, another i still haven't read them. I love the cover book, very beautiful and sexy sometimes.LOL!
    Hope can read soon another your books :)

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  34. You always have such beautiful covers and amazing stories to go with them!!

    josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I enjoy books that have strong, independent heroines. A regency miss who eschews marriage? Fabulous!

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  36. I am a follower of Kim's blog and its great to see her here. I love Cathy Maxwell and this book looks like a great one, thanks for the giveaway.

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