Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Book Tour: Gambling On Love by Nancy Fraser & Patti Shenberger; Interview + Giveaway

Gambling on Love
Author: Nancy Fraser & Patti ShenbergerGenre: Historical RomanceLength: 190 pagesRelease Date: May 20 2013 Imprint: Scandalous

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.
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Hi Nancy and Patti, welcome to The Rookie Romance Blog!
Share 4 fun facts each about yourselves!
Patti -
  1. I should have bought stock in Pepsi many years ago as it is my biggest vice.
  2. I love to knit and crochet in my spare time.
  3. I had the opportunity to travel the world with my great grandparents (who raised me) when my great grandfather worked for General Motors back in their heyday when concept cars first came out.
  4. I can be bribed with a Mr. Goodbar!
Nancy – 
  1. I’m a Superman geek! Anything Superman is fine with me! I even have a Superman blanket and pillow.
  2. Now, forty-something years later, I can admit to being part of the group of college kids who painted footprints from the big green Atlas-like statue in front of Detroit’s City Hall to the statue of the naked lady in front of the Michigan Consolidate Gas building across the street.
  3. I once won a woman’s stock car racing title at the tender age of 19.
  4. I can be bribed as well … however my price is a lot higher than Patti’s. I require a Grande White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks!
What’s different about writing together, rather than on your own? 
Patti – you have the opportunity to bounce ideas of one another and have the other person tell you ‘it stinks’ in a kind, polite way. But it opens up a wealth of more ideas (think what if they said this, or what if she then did this, or what if he tells her he hates her) than can take you on a wild ride like you've never imagined (which is what we are currently on with Gambling on Love).
Nancy – you don’t have final say all of the time. It’s bad enough my characters tell me what to do, it’s even worse when a writing partner wants you to change something you've become attached to. Fortunately, we seem to work well together and can usually spot the other’s weakness. Secretly though … every time Patti tries to edit one of my steamy love scenes, I “mentally” duct tape her hands to her chair and don’t release her until the next day!

Is there any music that inspired Gambling on Love? 
Patti – not for me. But then I’m not one to link music with any given book. I love to listen to music (no lyrics) when I’m writing though.
Nancy – not as much while I was writing, but afterward. After I’m done writing for the day, I like to relax with a decaf coffee and put my feet up and listen to … heaven help me it’s true … the sound track to Lois and Clark, The New Adventures of Superman. That said, when I decided to try my hand at creating a trailer for Gambling On Love, I chose classical … specifically Blue Danube by Johann Strauss because it was written in the same year the book takes place and I thought that was cool!

If Gambling on Love was made into a movie, who would you choose to cast as Felicity and Jake? 
 Patti – this is where Nancy and I differ BIG TIME! I would like to see Chris Pine as Jake and Kate Hudson as Felicity.
Nancy – Patti is expecting me to say, a young Dean Cain. However, I’d be just as happy with Stephen Amell (the young star of the t.v. series Arrow – what can I say, I’m a sucker for superheroes). He’s knock-down, dead gorgeous! As for Felicity, she’s only twenty so it’s difficult to picture any known star in the role. Perhaps, Willa Holland (also from the Arrow series). She’s 21 and has the right coloring and fun spirit.

What books have inspired you the most in your lives? 
 Patti – anything by Jude Deveraux for me. I've read every book she’s ever written. She is the reason why I wanted to write romance and create books with families that are honorable, respectable and can read about for years to come.
Nancy – for romance, I’m a big Elizabeth Lowell fan. I love that not only do you get a lot of romance in her work, but you also learn something worthwhile from her plots. As for non-romance, I get inspired in some way by almost any biography of an historical figure but shy away from books about celebrities.

Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment? 
Patti – I’m presently working on a contemporary paranormal on my own. And also the fourth book in the McCade Legacy series.
Nancy – I’m knee-deep in Book 3 of the McCade Legacy and also doing final round edits on my Vintage Historical, “April Love”, part of my Golden Decade of Rock and Roll series of novellas from The Wild Rose Press.

Thanks for visiting!

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.
Author Links: Website  Twitter  |  Goodreads | Facebook  Blog

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.
Author Links: Website | Twitter  Goodreads | Facebook  |  Blog


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!
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting our blog tour today. We look forward to coming back for the rest of the McCade Legacy series!


  2. Brilliant interview, I'm always intrigued to meet a writing partnership. Oh, and a fellow occasional knitter, too! Good luck with the tour. Gambling on Love sounds like a fab read!

  3. Thanks Nicky, we appreciate you stopping by. I hope you signed up for the giveaway! Take care, Patti


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