Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Aloha to Cathy Maxwell and LYON'S BRIDE

Readers, we are not in Kansas anymore ...  

Glinda:  Have you read Cathy Maxwell's new book, LYON'S BRIDE?

Dorothy:  Yes!  A Scottish witch cast a curse on the Chattan family.

Glinda: Oh, my, what was the curse?

Dorothy: "When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from Above."

Glinda: How can the family defeat the curse?

Dorothy: The three siblings are trying to live without love. Yet the eldest, Lord Lyon, desires children. His solicitor suggests he use the match making services of the widowed Mrs. Martin. Unknown to Lord Lyon, Mrs. Martin is his childhood friend who he forsake because of the curse.

Glinda:  Should we send them the ruby slippers?

Dorothy: Lord Lyon just needs to remember There's no power like love.

Glinda:  (dabbling tears from her eyes), who is this storyteller?

Dorothy: From Cathy's website (at this link), "I was raised in Olathe, KS. I am a Kansan by nature–stubborn, loyal, independent. I now consider Virginia my home and think I have adapted well to the Southern way of life (although I’ll never be a good cook!)"

Cathy (left) and Kieran Kramer at the SOS Military Mixer

Glinda: Tell me more about Cathy!

Dorothy: She also wrote on her website, "I’ve spent six years in the Navy. I worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence. I’ve also managed a watch factory, been a news broadcaster, and done costumes for local theater. Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy."

Glinda: Cathy sounds intriguing!

Dorothy: She quotes Debby Macomber, “Attitude is the key . . . each one of us is as successful as we make up our minds to be.”

Glinda: I think there must be some of Cathy Maxwell in Lord Lyon to face this curse!

Dorothy: I know there is some of Cathy Maxwell in Mrs. Martin as she gives Lord Lyon the reason to face this curse.  In fact, Lyon could borrow a quote from my friend the Lion, "I would never have found my courage if it hadn't been for you."

Glinda: Where can we learn more about LYON'S BRIDE?

Dorothy: Cathy posted an excerpt on her website at this link. You can also buy it from

Amazon at this link.
BAAM at this link.
Barnes & Noble at this link.
Book Depository at this link (free world wide shipping)

Glinda: What's next in the series?

Dorothy: Referring back to Cathy's website, "The second book of the series is THE SCOTTISH WITCH. Look for it in November ’12. The third book of the trilogy, THE DEVIL’S HEART (I love that title) will be out in early 2013. I think these books are some of my best. I can’t wait for you to read them."

Lion: (roar) Kim posted her five star review of LYON'S BRIDE on Goodreads at this link.

Tinman:  (squeak) Kim is giving away a print copy of LYON'S BRIDE. Just leave a comment about your favorite quote for success.

Scarecrow: (rustle) This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, April 28, 10 pm in Hawaii. Kim will post the winner on Sunday, April 29.

Toto: Ruff!


  1. One of my favorites is by Sophocles, "Success is dependent on effort."

  2. "Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point."~~~Maltbie Davenport Babcock

    Thanks for the giveaway Kim !

  3. My favorite is: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

  4. Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Author Unknown

  5. I have to admit that I do not have a favorite quote for success.

  6. believe in your self and do an effort to reach what you want :)

  7. When the going gets tough the tough get going.

  8. "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." ~yoda~ lol

  9. There's a couple that I quote quite often to my grandson.

    1. There's no such word as "can't" in the dictionary, however there is a word called "try.

    2. If you find something too difficult, then just do your best. (That's one I made up and say to him). lol

    I'd love to win this book, especially as my maiden name was "Lyons". :-)

  10. Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be waling out the door.

    Looking forward to reading this book!


  11. "Success doesn't come to you? You go to it." Marva Collins

  12. I learned this one the hard way - Never say never!

  13. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination. - Tommy Lasorda

  14. Try, try, then try again.
    Cute post!
    And I love it when the love interest is someone from their past, someone who knew them when they were younger and possibly more open.

  15. I've always like this one:
    One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
    Benjamin Disraeli

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  16. Very fun post.

    Failure is success if we learn from it.
    Malcolm Forbes

  17. "Never give up."

    "Now matter how much you fall you can only go up."

  18. I never really had a favorite quote, only that In order to succeed, you first have to believe in yourself.
    Wow for Cathy, I love her books, but I really love reading about those highlanders.

  19. I too love the Malcolm Forbes quote "Failure is success if we learn from it".

  20. I've been waiting for Lyon's Bride. It's on my TRL. Thanks for the chance. One of my favorite Quotes is “I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  21. I don't where you came up with the idea of having the characters from The Wizard of Oz do the interview on Cathy but it was so much fun to read!

    I loved your review on Goodreads and agree that Cathy's stories really highlight the meaning of determination by her characters and her wonderful way of showing them working thru their misgivings and fears to find happiness and love.

    My favorite motto is "Be true to yourself" and I actually have two favorite quotes to go with it - "There is just one life for each of us: our own." by Euripides and "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." by e.e. cummings.

  22. Great Wizard of Oz interview. I love the Scarecrow.

    Favorite quote, from American humorist Will Rogers, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

  23. Kim, that was so much fun! Thank you for the laughs--and remember, there is no place like home.


  24. There's no harm in trying.

  25. Kim That was a fun Interview. I have this book on my list. So getting this one.
    Have a good one Ann/alba