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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024673
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,887,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Haunted By Two Main Characters
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for when I started writing Touch Not the Cat. Nicholas and Catherine, my main characters, began to haunt me. They exasperated me, delighted me, annoyed me, made me laugh, and even made me cry. I thought of them day and night, and when I finished that book I felt as though I'd lost something very special. If Nicholas and Catherine touch you as they touched me, I've done my job as a writer. I hope you read Touch Not the Cat, and visit my website to let me know what you thought of Nicholas and Catherine.

Best wishes! Tracy Fobes

About the Author

When we first learn to read, it's a chore. It's a matter of deciphering words and trying to understand their meaning given the context of the sentence. Reading is something you have to do, not want to do. Until, of course, you read that special book, the first one to really grab hold of you and make you fall in love. It happened to me in the fourth grade. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series forever changed me. I solved mysteries along with Jupiter, Bob, and Pete, three boys who ran their detective agency out of a junkyard and spoke regularly to Alfred Hitchcock. Green ghosts, whispering mummies, moaning caves, screaming clocks-they haunted my nights as I hid under the covers with a flashlight and read well past the time I was supposed to be sleeping. From there I graduated to just about every kind of book you could think of. I read Stephen King, Judy Blume, Richard Matheson, Arthur Clarke...the list was endless. At some point I decided to try a Barbara Cartland, and once again, my life changed. As I put that finished book down, I knew romance was the genre for me. Laurie McBain's Moonstruck Madness was the first long historical romance I ever read and I'll never forget it. It spurred me on to other authors such as Kathleen Woodiwiss and Clare Darcy. Romance became the staple of my reading diet and still is, to this day. I've dabbled in writing from the earliest days of my childhood, always keeping a journal and making up stories to entertain my brothers and sisters. You'd think I would have made a career of journalism, but I didn't. I decided to try my hand at computer science until family obligations required me to quit my nine-to-five job. Although I left my career and steady income with a few tears, they were crocodile tears, because inside I was already gleefully planning that first novel. Several attempts later, I wrote Touch Not the Cat, a story that's been in my head for a long, long time. Please visit my website, www.tracyfobes.com, to read excerpts from and find more info about all of my books. Tracy Fobes writes rich historical romances with a paranormal twist for Pocket and Leisure Books. Before turning to a career in writing, she graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in mathematics and for several years worked as a technical writer and analyst in various industries. Born and raised in New Jersey, she has made Pennsylvania her home for the last twenty years. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 24 July 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the 1427 Scottish Highlands, the McClelland clan destroys the leadership of the MacQuade clan in an alleged act of reprisal. However, the Chieftain of the MacQuade clan kills himself rather than being murdered by his enemy. With his dying breath, he curses the McClelland clan for posterity unless a McClelland and a MacQuade descendents mate and have a child together.
In 1817 London, Nicholas, Duke of Efington is attracted to Catherine McClelland, affectionately called "The Angel of Mercy" for her good deeds among her clan. Catherine, like her female ancestors for the past four centuries, has no plans to marry because she is a victim of the curse. However, she is forced to wed Nicholas when her father intercedes and blackmails the lord. Between the curse and her father's intervention, a loving lifetime relationship seems impossible for this couple unless a miracle occurs.
TOUCH NOT THE CAT is a refreshing, very interesting and different Regency rom! ance due to the blending of supernatural elements into, what would have been otherwise, a typical romance of the sub-genre. The lead protagonists are an intriguing pair who must find a way to surmount the curse and its accompanying were-cat creature if they want a lifetime of happiness together. This mixing makes for a novel that will garner fans from both the otherworldly and Regency romance sub-genres for the terrifically talented Tracy Forbes who delivers a winner in her debut novel.
Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 2 Aug 1998
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He was know as The Dark Duke. She was known as The Angel Of Mercy.
Catherine MacClelland was no angel. Her clan was cursed. Long ago one of her ancestors murdered a McQuade over land. A McQuade witch cursed all the MacClelland daughters to turn into a wildcat during full moons and whenever she felt strong emotions. The only way to break the curse is for a MacClelland and a McQuade to fall in love and the centuries long feud laid to rest. Catherine was the only daughter in this generation. The curse was as strong as ever.
Nicholas held the title of Duke, but secretly was the bastard son of Robert McQuade. He was to marry Clarissa. However, Catherine's father found out about Nicholas's parentage and blackmailed him into marrying his daughter.
As time passes and the two find common ground, his mother, cousin, and Clarissa come to spend a few months with the Duke and his new Duchess. Clarissa was now married to the cousin, Harry, and determined to cause chaos. Sheep ! begin to be slaughtered and one woman is killed. A wildcat is blamed.
Two people drawn together by fate, magic, legends, and love.
***Listen up out there! Buy this book! I hope the book clubs will print it, because I would love to purchase this story in hardback. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it!"
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By A Customer on 17 Jun 1999
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A must read! If only every author's premier novel were as excellent as this one. I'm a long time lover of shape shifter novels but rarely have I come across one in which the heroine is the powerful, potentially dangerous, and sensual animal. Nicholas' acceptance and protectiveness of his beloved touched me to my soul. Ms Fobes way with a descriptive phase takes you right inside the story. I was sorry when the book came to an end. I've been very fortunate to have been able to read Ms. Fobes' next effort, Heart of the Dove, in advance. This book was not a fluke folks, Ms. Fobes will surely be a rising star in the paranormal romance field.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov 1998
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What a wonderful story! With a long legacy to overcome, the hero and heroine of this book work together to surmount the odds. The book has it all: love, intrigue, murder, lies, and redemption. I found it very difficult to put this book down, and it was only after my husband threatened to turn the light off himself, that I actually had to stop (though I finished it the next day). Nicolas and Catherine drew me into their story and kept me there. If you have the chance, definitely read this book!
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By A Customer on 8 Jan 1999
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Touch Not the Cat is EXCELLENT! Not just the story, inself, but the writing will grab you and sweep you into the Scottish Highlands! I loved Nicholas and Catherine, as well as all the secondary characters. The paranormal only added to the story's depth, making this Regency-historical unique and a true standout. Highly recommend this book and author. Congratulations, Ms. Fobes!
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