In 1984, Meg saw the movie “Romancing the Stone” and realized how much she wanted to write historical romance novels, just like the character Joan Wilder. She researched this field all through high school and college, but she was too shy to show the books she wrote to anyone.
Finally, in 1994, her father died. That’s when Meg realized that life is too short not to try to pursue your dreams. So the day she got home from his funeral, she sent out her first manuscript. It was rejected.
But Meg kept trying, because as her grandmother said, “You’re not a hundred dollar bill, not everyone is going to like you.” Four years later, Where Roses Grow Wild, her first historical romance novel (written under the pen name Patricia Cabot, so her grandmother wouldn’t know she was writing naughty books) was published.
Meg went on to publish over seventy more novels (most under her real name, many written in Meg’s spare time while working as an administrative assistant). Many of them have won awards, become international bestsellers, and several have been produced into feature films and even television series.
But Meg will always treasure her very first published novels, the historical romances she wrote under the name Patricia Cabot, and is delighted that many of them are currently being released as e-books. As a member of the Romance Writers of America since 1996, Meg was pleased to be named a member of their Honor Roll (comprised of RWA members whose novels have made the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, or USA Today bestselling lists).
Meg retired the Patricia Cabot pen name and currently writes all her books under her own name . . . but not before her grandmother discovered her “naughty books!” To Meg’s surprise, they turned out to be her grandmother’s favorites of all of Meg’s books!
Who knows? They might turn out to be yours, too!
Available: March 15, 1998
She was ruled by her head…
Only one thing stood between Edward, Lord Rawlings, and a life of rakish debauchery: a spinster. Even worse, a liberal, educated vicar’s daughter, guardian to ten-year-old Jeremy, the true heir to the title Edward did not want. If Jeremy would not assume dukedom, Edward must, a fate of dire responsibility and utter boredom.
But this time, her heart was taking the reins.
Since there had never been a female his lordship couldn’t charm, Edward was sure he would win over the old girl. But Pegeen MacDougal was neither old, nor a girl-she was all woman, with a prickly tongue, infernal green eyes and a buried sensuality that drove him mad. Unfortunately, she loathed him and his class for their fripperies and complete disregard for the less fortunate. But for the sake of the boy, she agreed to accompany him back to his estate.
The rise was quickly apparent. For Pegeen knew she could resist Edward’s money, his power, his position…his entire world. It was his kiss, however, that promised to be her undoing…
Where Roses Grow Wild.
Available: January 15, 1999
They parted in disgrace…
Years ago, in one explosive instant, childhood rivalry turned into wild passion for Jeremy, handsome young Duke of Rawlings, and Maggie Herbert, the object of his affections. Unfortunately, the ensuing scandal found them banished to separate corners of the world.
But desire will bring them back together.
Now fate has joined Jeremy and Maggie again—for a long-overdue dance of desire as uncompromising as the lovers themselves. Jeremy, a decorated soldier, is determined to claim Maggie at last. And Maggie, engaged to be married to another man, finds her secret fantasies of Jeremy spinning out of control. All that stands between them and the steamy passion the years can no longer chain is the past– and a present steeped in jealousy, intrigue, and danger…
Portrait of My Heart.
Available: November 15, 1999
A stormy heart
Adventurous, outspoken, Payton Dixon has two passionate dreams…a clipper ship of her own and the love of Captain Connor Drake. But both seem impossibly out of reach, since her beloved captain is about to marry another, and worse, he’s been given her ship as a wedding present from her traitorous father.
A thwarted love
Out to prove she has right on her side, Payton manages to unleash a scandal and ignite all sorts of trouble. As for Drake, he can’t decide whether to throttle the girl he’s grown up with, or make love to the beautiful woman she has become.
An Improper Proposal
Available: June 15, 2000
When beautiful Kate Mayhew is hired as chaperone to Burke Traherne’s headstrong daughter Isabel, the Marquis finds himself in an impossible predicament. Torn between the knowledge that she is exactly what Isabel needs but also, for him, the worst possible temptation, he finds himself in constant proximity with someone who threatens his independence. Known for his steely self-control since the day he caught his wife with a lover, Burke has vowed never to risk marriage again.
In accepting his lordship’s offer of employment, the feisty Kate faces two perils; her wild attraction to a man who has sworn off love, and a date with her own scandalous past…which she cannot keep secret forever.
Available: September 10, 2011
A Season in the Highlands contains five romance stories from Jude Deveraux, Jill Barnett, Geralyn Dawson, Patricia Cabot, and Pam Binder. With some of the best romance writers represented, these tales blessed with the misty magic and timeless passion of fair Scotland are sure to please.
Love that grows among the heather is enchanted indeed…blessed with the misty magic and timeless passion of fair Scotland!
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux unravels a ghostly murder mystery in an ancient Scottish castle.
Nationally bestselling author Jill Barnett decrees all is fair in love—when a rollicking Highland clan war leads an impetuous lass to kidnap the wrong man!
Geralyn Dawson puts a rough-hewn Texas cowboy under the spell of a charming herbalist with some curious powers of attraction.
Patricia Cabot leads a beautiful runaway to her kindred spirit—a Scottish lord who sweeps her away to the rugged shores of the Isle of Skye.
Pam Binder flings a pretty Edinburgh baker and a computer-games designer into an adventure of passion and intrigue—inside the sixteenth-century palace of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Available: February 21, 2001
Dr. Reilly Stanton, eighth Marquis of Stillworth, must mend his injured pride by proving himself a hero — and not a drunken wastrel, as his former fiancée claimed. Against all sane advice, the Londoner takes a medical post in a tiny fishing village on the remote Isle of Skye — and is convinced that he can cope with the primitive conditions, horrendous Highland weather, and rampant illness. But Miss Brenna Donnegal is another matter entirely….
Try as he might, Reilly cannot ignore the toweringly tall lady with flaming chestnut locks and an equally fiery will. She has filled her father’s former role as the local physician, and is more than annoyed to find the urbane Dr. Stanton taking over her work and her father’s cottage. By fair means or foul, she will give the usurper his comeuppance. But what begins as a sparking tug-of-war between two proud hearts soon flames to a passionate fire…
Critically acclaimed author Patricia Cabot delivers an exquisitely warm and witty novel of love set against the dramatic backdrop of Scotland’s magnificent Isle of Skye.
Available: October 30, 2001
Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover…
her fiancé, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in the arms of another woman. Unfortunately, Victorian society considers such masculine peccadilloes a trifle; canceling their imminent wedding would be unthinkable. But Caroline’s wish is for the man she is to marry to desire only her…and she seeks lessons in the art of romance from the best teacher: London’s most notorious rake.
Braden Granville may be a famous lover…
but he has no intention of taking part in Caroline’s scheme — until he learns she has something he wants: the name of his own unfaithful fiancée’s lover. As their passionate tutelage begins, sparks fly — and the lines between teacher and student fall away. Now there is just one last lesson to learn: on the subject of true love, the heart chooses its own unpredictable ways.
Available: April 30, 2002
One lucky man would win her hand… A lady of London breeding, Emma Van Court never expected to be left widowed — and penniless — in the Scottish village of Faires. But when a fortune is promised if she remarries, the pretty schoolteacher finds Faires’ motley assortment of eligible men scrambling for her attentions — from the local cowherd to an obnoxious baron! One sweet kiss would seal their love… James Marbury, Earl of Denham, was urbane, sophisticated….and utterly at odds among the muddy roads and thatched roofs of Faires. He had come after hearing of his cousin Stuart’s passing — and was exasperated to find his maddening, tempestuous love for the widowed Emma was as strong as ever. With bachelors coming out of the woodwork to woo her, James sees only one solution: offer himself to her as a temporary husband…even if secretly he longs to make his “I do’s” last a lifetime.