Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In the Pink with Avon Romance - Harry to the Rescue, A Preview of Cathy Maxwell's THE SCOTTISH WITCH

We are six days and counting 'til Avon Romance publishes Cathy Maxwell's THE SCOTTISH WITCH.  The hero, Colonel Harry Chattan, is the younger brother of Lord Lyon.   The spare.   I was curious about other Harrys who emerged from their brothers' shadows to save the day ...

Berry Pomoroy Castle - a connection to King Henry VIII

Henry VIII:  From the Official Website of the British Monarchy (at this link),

Henry VIII was born at Greenwich on 28 June 1491, the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. He became heir to the throne on the death of his elder brother, Prince Arthur, in 1502 and succeeded in 1509. 

Henry also invested in the navy, and increased its size from 5 to 53 ships (including the Mary Rose, the remains of which lie in the Portsmouth Naval Museum).

"Harry" is considered the father of the English Navy, which would rule the seas for four more centuries.   His obsession with fathering a male heir lead to England's separation from the Catholic Church and fueled the Protestant Reformation across Europe.   He eclipsed his dead brother in promoting England as a European power and a center of culture.

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English Navy in Tudor Times

Harry S. Truman:  From the White House website (at this link),

During his few weeks as Vice President, Harry S. Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt, and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia. Suddenly these and a host of other wartime problems became Truman's to solve when, on April 12, 1945, he became President. He told reporters, "I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me."

Having served as a captain in the Field Artillery during WWI, Harry knew the cost of war.  His presidency saw four major actions to promote peace:  the creation of the United Nations; the atomic bombing of Japan; the creation of NATO; and the UN's collective response to the Korean crisis.   Harry emerged from Roosevelt's legacy to establish his own.

The Might Mo, named for Truman's home state,
hosted the Japanese surrendered to end WWII.

Prince Henry, the second son of Prince Charles, known as Prince Harry:  From the Official Website of the British Monarchy (at this link),

Prince Harry joined the Household Cavalry, and served in Afghanistan for more than two months from the end of 2007 to early 2008. He is now training to be a helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps.

Prince Harry
Prince Harry supports WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

Ah, Prince Harry!  He shares many honors (Army) and vices (women) with Colonel Harry Chattan in Book One of the Chattan Curse, LYON'S BRIDE:

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

They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.

My picture of Glenfinnan - the setting for

In the end of LYON'S BRIDE, Harry steps out of his brother's care and searches for THE SCOTTISH WITCH:

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

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love . . . and now he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?

I am giving away a copy of LYON'S BRIDE to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite Harry - any of the above?  Or another Harry?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 27, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 29.

Come back on Wednesday, October 31,  to celebrate the release of THE SCOTTISH WITCH with a special giveaway!


Kim in Hawaii

To learn more about Cathy and her books, check out her website at

To learn more about the Mighty Mo, check out my photos on my travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at this link, link, link, and link.

Two brothers .... Harry and William?
Colonel Chattan and Lord Lyon?
It's David and Andrew!


  1. My favorite Harry is the current Prince...I love him...he lives life to the fullest!!!

    I have this book, do not enter me in today's drawing.

  2. Harry Houdini. Would love for him to teach me how to do those escape acts and magic. I'm a willing student. :D

  3. My favorite Harry is Harry Belafonte. They just don't make them like that any more.

  4. Without a doubt, my favorite Harry is my Prince Harry. He's handsome, fun loving, sexy, and oh so naughty. I'm just wild about Harry, and Harry's wild about me. LOL

    I've read this book, so there's no need to enter me into the contest either.

  5. Prince Harry. :) He's fun... and that is what I like about him!

  6. thanks for the great post! I'd take any of them ;)

  7. I'm sorry I don't have a favorite Harry. I know, what's wrong with me. I guess I need to go in search my favorite Harry.

  8. I like Prince Harry the best. He is funny, sexy, ornery, training to be a helicopter pilot, and is still alive.

    I would have enjoyed knowing President Truman and Harry Houdini. They were such interesting people. Of course, Harry Belafonte was very talented.

  9. I do admire President Truman and also admire Prince Harry for his charity work.

  10. I like the music of Harry Connick, Jr.

  11. Oh the bad boy prince, so much fun. I have been waiting for a teaser of Cathy's new book! I am excited for it!

    (no need to enter me in the drawing, I have Lyon's Bride)

  12. I liked Harry from Kieran Kramers book When Harry met Molly.

  13. I think Harry and Harry Potter comes immediately to mind. Time to re-read the series I think.

  14. Given the mind set in the USA today (and for the next couple of weeks.... my favorite Harry would be have to be Harry S. Truman. I think its mostly for the reasons that you have listed in you blog. I cannot imagine having all those pressures "dumped" on me on such a manner. Yet, not only was he able to pick up the pieces but he performed extremely well. I had the priveledge recently of visiting the Harry S. Truman Presidential library and was truely impressed with the man.

  15. Not sure if he was ever called Harry, but King Henry II is one of my favs. Love those Plantagenets! :)

  16. I like the Harry Potter movies

  17. Cute question! I would not mind playing a game of pool with Prince Harry! Lol!

  18. I like Prince Harry, but my favorite is Harry from Harry and the Hendersons! Nothing like big foot foot to make me smile! ;)
    Great pics.