Message From The Author

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AUTHOR CATHY MAXWELL EXPLORES THE
POWER OF LOVE—AND LUST—IN HER LATEST

Cathy Maxwell spends a lot of time thinking about love. Specifically, why people fall in love. "I find it fascinating," says the author of more than 15 historical romance novels. "Everyone in the world could fall in love at the same time and in the same place, and no two stories would be the same."

And she's also fascinated by that other four-letter L word—lust!—which plays an equally important role in her latest novel, this month's Temptation of a Proper Governess (Avon).
"I don't know if I believe in love at first sight, but I definitely believe in lust at first sight," Maxwell maintains.
"I also think you need a good, healthy dose of lust to fall in love and stay there."

Lust and, eventually, love sneak up on poor but educated Isabelle Halloran, who takes a job as a governess for a wealthy family. One night her charge sneaks into the bed of handsome but purportedly dangerous houseguest Michael Severson. (There's that little matter of the mistress he's rumored to have killed years ago, but he's determined to clear his name.) After Isabelle finds her student, she gets caught with Michael in his room and is promptly dismissed. Michael vows to protect her, but soon he's determined to do much more—like marry her.

"With Michael and Isabelle…sex is so much more than just a physical act," Maxwell says. "It's a form of communication. It's a commitment, a release, a promise, a vent for frustration or just good fun. I tried to convey all of that and more."

Readers hungry for more of Maxwell's work, which began with the publication of her first book 10 years ago, now have a chance to take a peek at past books. Avon is reissuing her first two novels, 1994's All Things Beautiful and 1996's Treasured Vows, this month and next, respectively. Even after all these years, the latter remains her favorite of all her novels.

"I absolutely adore the heroine, Phadra Abbott," Maxwell explains. "Like most of us, she has always done what she ought. She's been a good student,
a responsible young woman and all that those around her want her to be—and she is bored to tears. She realizes that if there is to be any excitement or adventure in her life, she's going to have to go out in search of it. And this is true of all of us. I know with a certainty that reaches all the way down to my bones that once a person takes that step in the direction of her dreams, incredible adventures await."


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