Message From The Author

Author's Message

My 17-year-old dyed her hair. Id warned her not to. It was a lovely strawberry blonde. It is now magenta. Funny how the
color on the box doesnt look the same on the head.

Id advised her to use temporary color. She used permanent. After all, what does Mom know? Life is too short for details and Youth tends to dive headlong without asking advice.

Actually, most of us have our own youthful hair color horror stories to share. Or tales of sneaking out to places we knew we shouldnt be. Or how about swapping descriptions of the guys our parents hated which made us all the more determined to date them? And the things that happened with those guys that convinced us our parents might have a point?

Hair color is suddenly a minor problem, isnt it?

My daughters hair will grow out. It was a lesson she had to learn for herself. But some of the impulsive decisions we made when we were young cant always be solved so easily. And that is the theme of my second book in the Marriage trilogy, A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE.

A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE features Leah Carrollton, the young, headstrong debutante who flirts with disaster in Married in Haste.

We all know women like Leah. They push the envelope. They go too far. Sometimes we understand what motivates them, even as we watch in fascinated horror as they step closer and closer to the edge.

There are those of us who have even been in Leahs shoes. Maybe we saved ourselves in time. Or maybe we had to learn the lesson the hard waythrough experience. And experience always has a price.

However, time and age have lead me to observe that what might have seemed a disaster in youth often turns out to be a blessing in disguise when we look back and reflect. The way things were meant to be. We just couldnt see it at the time.

Leah is searching for a blessing. She put her faith in a man who wasnt worthy of her. The affair ruins her and she runs away in disgrace.

Then Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, strides into her life. He is a rule-breaker. He answers to no authority but his ownand giving Leah and her fatherless child his name could be one more way to flaunt convention.

But can a woman escape her past even for the man she loves?

By the way, fans will remember Devon from my book You and No Other. He was the footloose rake drafted to help with the old ladies schemes. A reader wrote to say she found him a delightful character and suggested I give him his own book. I hope she will be pleased with the results.

Finally, on a personal note, I want to announce/ brag/crow that I am the new owner of a lovely palomino paint pony named Champagne and Wishes. Isnt her name delightful? We nicknamed her Honey and, oh, she is a sweetie.

No, I dont ride herwouldnt that be a sight! Honey is my youngests 4-H project but I have fallen head over heels in love. The kids say it is disgusting the way I make over the horse and it is true.

Honey was living in a field with some goats when we first met. Now she has a cozy barn, plenty of Virginia clover, and a host of horse friends. Shes very happy with her new life although she isnt sure about this training thing. She gives us a run for the money whenever we interrupt her grazing. She tries her darnedest to escape; Im equally strong-minded
she is coming in. Its a match of two stubborn wills. Can you picture a pony running across the field and me chasing it? Honey and I are both losing weight!

Ill give you a training/weight report when the third book of the trilogy comes out. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Leahs story!

An excerpt from A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE is on my website. Come by and check it out at www.booktalk.com/cmaxwell. Or you can write me at P.O. Box 1532, Midlothian, VA 23113.


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