We are mid-way through our Historical Romance event and today we bring you another author you don’t want to miss.  We’ve been reading Cathy Maxwell’s books for years and we are really excited to read the Spinster Heiresses series now.  It sounds like so much fun!  Let’s give her a warm welcome to UTC today.

Cathy Maxwell

Welcome to Under the Covers! We are excited to be talking to you today about the Spinster Heiress series and about historical romance in general.

I’m excited to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

How did the idea for the series came to be and what was your favorite thing about writing this trilogy?

Let me answer the second half of the question first—my favorite thing about writing this trilogy has been the dynamic between each couple. To me, the Romance Novel is about people coming to see each other for their true selves and falling in love with that person, not the one who is always pretending to be without flaws. I believe we fall in love with the flaws and the idiosyncrasies that make our loved one unique. Besides, perfect people are boring.

For the first question, my husband used to say, “You can marry money but you can’t live with it.” I would answer, “I would like to try,” and he would laugh. In each story, the heroine is caught up in “shoulds” that don’t matter. (Sound familiar to anyone?) They have to learn what it takes to build a meaningful relationship . . . and often that requires being vulnerable. For the record, I hate to be vulnerable because that means I must trust someone with my deepest secrets.

Money offers no guarantees when it comes to the heart.

If you could summarize each book in 3 words, what would they be?

IF EVER I SHOULD LOVE YOU – Open hearts heal.
A MATCH MADE IN BED – Life demands laughter.
THE DUKE THAT I MARRY – Dukes need challenges.

What is it about historical romance that has always drawn you in and that you love writing about?

I enjoy looking at sometimes complex ideas with the veneer of history and laughter. It allows me to focus on the emotions and not the technology.

Was there something particularly hard for you or that you struggled with the most to write in this series?

Dear Lord, it is all hard. I’ve written thirty-eight books and each one is like inventing the wheel. The struggles are often the same. I am not a fan of writing the first draft. I can smooth and rewrite with enthusiasm but covering a blank page with words is always a trial.

In this series in particular? Well, to me, it is always dicey if it will all come together. I’m supposedly in charge and I often have no idea how it is going to end . . . other than happily ever after.

What’s your favorite type of heroine to read about?

I enjoy heroines who make the mistakes I hope I never make. I’m a fan of impossible situations.

What books are currently on your to read list?

DIRTY HEADLINES by LJ Shen and BECOMING by Michelle Obama. I have the Obama book on Audible. I’m also listening to Stephen Fry read Sherlock Holmes. I’m in love. (Yes, I know he is married. It’s his voice. I have a thing for voices and mumbly Brit accents.)

What historical figure would you like to add to your book? Who would make a great hero or heroine?

Lord Liverpool—and I believe I have added him, or referred to him, a time or two. He was a great politician at a time when the world was changing rapidly.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to research?

Sewer systems. So charming.

What was the first historical romance you read?

THE BLACK SHEEP by Georgette Heyer.

If you could be reborn into any era, which would it be?

Reborn? So that means I can’t stay here, eh? I would say the Regency but I wouldn’t want to mingle with the great London ladies and gentlemen. I would love to hang around Inverness or Glasgow. I like the intellectual side of the Regency and that can be found in Scotland.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you next?

Currently I’m working on A MIND OF HER OWN. This is the first book of “The Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women.” It will be out in 2020. That sounds so far away but it isn’t. The gist is that the Logical Men’s Club builds its membership on bachelors—because being married is illogical. Three determined bachelors are about to be schooled by women who embrace life. I’m having great fun with it.

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A Scandalous Affair: Cathy Maxwell
The Duke That I Marry
Book Info

Released: November 27, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Spinster Heiresses #3
Published by Avon
Pages: 352
 

Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as "the Spinster Heiresses"...

Is it wrong for a woman to want more?

Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be "sold" to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all.

When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient?

Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn't have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as "love." Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both.

Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?

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About Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell’s enthusiasm for life graces the pages of her books and are the topic of the talks she gives to readers and writers groups about her chosen career.

She is no stranger to the limelight.  After graduating from college, Cathy started off as a news broadcaster.  She later decided reporting was boring compared to making news and joined the navy.   After a successful stint in Naval intelligence, including a tour with the Pentagon, Cathy proceeded to pursue writing.  Now, she has over thirty-five published romance novels (and five anthologies) to her credit, many of them spending significant time on the New York Times and USA Today mass market best-seller lists.  Several have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and  has been honored with RT Book Review’s  “Love and Laughter” award among others.  Recently, the Washington Romance Writers named her a recipient of the Kathleen Gilles Seidel “Legend” award for her service to the chapter.  Best of all, she has made some wonderful friends along the way and has had a great time.

Originally from Kansas, she now finds herself in Texas! When not writing she is likely to be busy with one of many local charities or packing her bags to research her next novel.  Cathy’s motto is “travel light” and she enjoys meeting her fans all over the world.

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Under the Covers is graciously giving away
Two Historical Romance Bundles
International

BUNDLE #1

DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries
LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW by Gayle Callen
BLISS by Lynsay Sands
THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath
MERELY A MARRIAGE by Jo Beverly
THE TEXAN DUKE by Karen Ranney
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

BUNDLE #2

HOW TO FORGET A DUKE by Vivienne Lorret
TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James
MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE by Caroline Linden
THE DUKE OF HER DESIRE by Sophie Barnes
GOVERNESS GONE ROGUE by Laura Lee Gurhke
BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT by Joanna Bourne
THE PRINCE AND I by Karen Hawkins
THE GROOM WORE PLAID by Gayle Callen
THE SCANDALOUS FLIRT by Olivia Drake

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Sue G.

I got Becoming by Michelle Obama for Christmas but haven’t started it yet. I’m hoping soon. It sounds like a wonderful book.

Elizabeth

I, too, would respond with I’d like to try 🙂

Darynda Jones

OMG I love Cathy so much! It borders on stalkery. What a great interview. I cannot wait to dive into this book and I’m VERY excited about the new series. EEEEEP!

Amy R

Thanks for the post, I have read Cathy Maxwell.

Kathy Valentine

Awesome interview,loved it!! Shared on my socials!??

Diane Sallans

I’ve enjoyed many books by Cathy – especially her sense of humor

Kim Perry

Great interview! The new series sounds like fun!

Dawn D

Historical romance is one of my fave genres and I’ve read and enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s books before.

Glenda

Books about perfect people are completely boring. I’m glad you write books with less than perfect people!

Irma

Cathy is a new author to me. I’m so excited to read her books.

Anita H.

Great interview, there’s always such interesting things for authors to research on! LOL

Janie McGaugh

I’ve enjoyed Cathy’s books that I’ve read. This series sounds enjoyable, too!

Kim

Thanks for the interview. I keep meaning to try one of her books.

Timitra

This series sounds good

John Smith

I’m glad to learn that sewer research is charming! I envy the glamorous life of writers!

E. R.

Ms. Heyer is one great author. Great choice, Ms. Maxwell. ?

Lilah Chavez

Omg! You’re so going to enjoy Dirty Headlines! ? I absolutely loved it!