Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC – I am able to present a review, an interview and a Tour Wide giveaway to celebrate Gambling On Love by Nancy Fraser and Patti Shenberger … read on for more about this ‘scandalous’ Historical Romance!!
Title: Gambling on Love
Author: Nancy Fraser & Patti Shenberger
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 190 pages
Release Date: May 20 2013
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About the Book:
Felicity Beaumont is a rich man’s willful daughter with a heart of gold who wants more than anything to free her father’s illegally indentured workers.
When she devises a plan to move them north with the help of Jake McCade, owner of the gambling boat known as the River Maiden, she finds she’s run afoul of not only her father but of the man she’s duped into helping her.
As her plan begins to unravel, she and Jake are forced into a marriage for the sake of propriety and soon discover the most important thing to them both is the life they’re now building together.
Be sure to check the TOUR STOPS to see what other’s think about the book…. BUT here – you can enter the tour wide giveaway.
Name the Hotel!
As part of a tour-wide giveaway the authors are offering one lucky winner the chance to not only name the hotel which will appear in the second McCade Legacy novel, but will also have their name used as a character in the book as well! The winner will also receive a copy of Gambling on Love and a copy of the second book when it becomes available.
Read on for the Interview, Review and About The Authors
Firstly: Can you tell me a bit about your book ?
Gambling on Love is the story of Felicity Beaumont, a rich man’s willful daughter with a heart of gold who wants more than anything to free her father’s illegally indentured workers. When she devises a plan to move them North with the help of Jake McCade, owner of the gambling boat known as the River Maiden, she finds she’s run afoul of not only her father, but of the man she’s duped into helping her. While Jake and Felicity find themselves in agreement about helping the slaves, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another.
Where do your ideas come from?
Patti: Ideas come from everywhere. The tv news, daily newspaper, a conversation you overheard at the mall. So many ideas and so little time to turn them into a book (G)
Nancy: Like Patti said, they often come from real life around you. Or, in the case of a book like, Gambling on Love, they come from a specific time in history such as the post-Civil War south. I think you can also find inspiration in unusual items. Not long ago, I opened a shoe box that had belonged to my late mother. In it were ration stamps from WWII, a receipt for $650 for a car, and a card of pearl buttons that sold for 10 cents. Each one of these items was basically screaming for a story! (P.S.: the pearl buttons make an appearance in Book 3 of the McCade Legacy.)
Who leads your story direction – do your characters determine the direction, or do you maintain control and give them the lead?
We use a very specific chapter outline for the events that need to occur to get from Point A to Point B. However, our characters are strong-willed personalities and often try to drag us away on a side-trip. One of the recurring characters who does this quite frequently is Joseph Johnson. He’s extended family, an avid poker player, who drives both our hero Jake and Jake’s cousin Matt (Joseph’s son-in-law) crazy. While the majority of the characters are there for emotional content and action, Joseph is there to provide comic relief when we’re getting just a bit too serious.
When you incorporate historical fact into your story – are you diligently applying the true history – or do you have elements that you ‘adjust’ to better fit your story / characters / sensibilities?
We don’t believe in hiding behind “poetic license”, however these are romances not history lessons so any history we incorporate is done lightly and there for a more romantic reason. While we open Gambling on Love with the heroine helping her father’s wronging indentured workers escape to the north, it is not a book about the running of slaves. We touch on the importance of being free, but it’s used as a mechanism to introduce our characters to one another and give them a chance to show their compassion for the cause.
Another thing we struggled with a bit was the historical accuracy of the language. One of the few criticisms we’ve received has been because of the use of the word “teat” instead of breast or nipple. Historically, during the 1860s, few men would have thought of using the term breast or nipple when they were talking. The word “teat”, especially in a casual situation would have been a far more likely choice. So, I guess to those few who hated the word “teat” – sorry we were going for accuracy!
One of the biggest challenges was finding accurate information on the court/legal system in small towns in the 1860s. What we did uncover was that very few charges actually went before a jury (usually only murder) and that most often a prisoner’s fate was nothing more than a review of the complaint and then a decision by the traveling circuit judge. We took that information literally when we wrote the court scene that ended in Jake and Felicity’s forced marriage, rather than hold an extensive trial process.
The best piece of information you ever received about your writing ?
Patti: That every book should come from the heart. It should always be a keeper in your own mind.
Nancy: Grow a thick skin learn how to take criticism and try not to kill anyone! But, if you must, find a great place to hide the bodies.
Who do you like to read on your down time?
Patti: I have read everything Jude Deveraux has published. I also read a lot of nonfiction.
Nancy: Downtime? We get downtime? I will sometimes sneak away to read short, contemporary novellas with a bit of spunk/steam. Or, non-fiction research books.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Nancy: Time with my grandchildren and chocolate (best done together).
Coffee or tea?
Patti: Ice tea
Nancy: Coffee, coffee, coffee … did I say coffee?
Socks or slippers ?
Patti: In the winter both, in the summer I can’t stand to have anything on my feet if possible.
Nancy: I love those socks with the non-slip soles, heavier ones in the winter and lightweight in the summer.
Dogs or Cats ?
Patti: I’m truly a dog person, but that being said we have a cat as well (G)
Nancy: It may sound selfish but, at the moment, I have no pets. However, I do often live vicariously through my grand-dog, a beautiful husky with two different color eyes.
Chunky or creamy peanut butter?
Patti: Chunky of course
Nancy: Chunky, with either chocolate or sliced apples.
First book you remember reading more than once?
Patti: Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat
Nancy: The Secret of the Old Clock – the original (1939) Nancy Drew Mystery
If you could choose any character – from your books or someone else’s to be your partner in a dance off – who would you choose and why?
Patti: Dr. Daniel Gregory – The Doctor’s Holiday Bonus – Soul Mate Publishing (shameless plug here for upcoming release in Sept). He’s kind, caring, compassionate and of course gorgeous.
Nancy: Marshall Zack McCade – he makes a brief appearance in Gambling on Love, but has his own book next. In it, he says, “I don’t dance”, but he’s Cajun – of course he dances — and quite well as we find out later in the book.
What one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?
Patti: That I was raised by my great grandparents who was 62 and 65 at the time they took me in (I was three months old).
Nancy: I am a Superman-geek. I have blankets, pillows, and even a prop coffee mug from the set of the 1993-97 television series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman!
We know that characters are like children, and you aren’t supposed to have a favorite – but everyone does *even mothers*. Who is your favorite character in this story and why ?
Patti: I think Jake is. He’s the kind of man every woman would want. A true hero in every sense of the word.
Nancy: For total swoon factor, it would have to be Jake. However, my favorite to write was Felicity. She went from this very naïve but compassion girl to a confident woman in a little over 200 pages!
~Thank you Ladies for a lovely interview!!
This was a quick-reading and highly entertaining story that is perfect for an afternoon retreat. Felicity is a very modern woman in a not so modern package: determined, intelligent and a bit headstrong, she disguises herself to deliver her father’s slaves to freedom. Using every possible advantage from being the daughter of a wealthy businessman, she books passage for herself and the runaways on a steamboat.
Unfortunately this part of the story falls to the wayside when a storm reveals Felicity’s true identity to the steamship captain Jake. Here is where we lose track of the slaves, as they continue upriver with Jake’s cousin, while Jake languishes in a jail cell, accused of kidnapping by Felicity’s overbearing father. At this point, the two have an attraction, as yet unfulfilled, when Felicity is able to convince her father to drop charges against Jake. He agrees, with one caveat – the two are to marry, as he is concerned for his daughter’s reputation. While much of the setting and background was very late 1860’s, their conversation and connection feel very contemporary. The two agree, to a ‘trial’ marriage, believing that their differences will keep them apart.
While plans are never something one should make about emotion, we see their connection start to deepen, though this is mostly accomplished with interior moments as they think of one another. Despite their being focused on their own interests, each time they meet up their connection feels more real and solid. As they fall from attracted to in love on that path to the happy ever after, their sexy scenes increase and display the deeper connection and enjoyment of one another.
With characters to appreciate and charm, a clever and fast paced story and the aforementioned happy ending, there is little that goes wrong in this story. Fans of historical romance, and those who aren’t sure they could like the genre should give this one a try – it’s got a touch of something for both.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the book tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Authors:
Nancy Fraser has been writing since she was a child, most often on walls and with crayons or (heaven forbid) permanent marker. Since first becoming published in 1996, Nancy has received numerous five star reviews for her futuristic, time travel romance. She’s also published in short contemporary, historical romance and vintage historical romances set during the Golden Decade of Rock & Roll (1955-1964). When not writing fiction, Nancy likes to spend time with her grandchildren and is excitedly awaiting a new addition to her grand-family in July, 2013.
Patti Shenberger has been writing since she could put pen to paper. An active member of the Romance Writers of America, along with her local chapter, the Greater Detroit RWA, she currently serves as the Chapter President and the Booksellers Best Award contest chair.
Patti lives in Michigan with her husband of over thirty years. She’s a mom to a grown daughter and son, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and her first grandchild is due in August. Rounding out the family are two fur babies, a cat and dog. When not writing, Patti can be found reading, traveling with her husband, or spending time with friends.