Friday, April 2, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Engagement Gamble (Love's a Gamble #3) by Nancy Fraser

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Engagement Gamble by Nancy Fraser. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Engagement Gamble
Series: Love's a Gamble #3
Author: Nancy Fraser
Publisher: Books From a Romantic's Heart Publishing
Publication Date: March 16th 2021
Print Length: 237 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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Marshal Zack McAlister has made it his mission to protect the good citizens of Greenville, MS. In particular, one very opinionated and independent lady doctor. The only hinderance to his professional obligations are the dozen or so single women vying for his attention.

Suzanne Martindale, M.D., has quickly become a fixture in Greenville since taking over for her semi-retired predecessor. And, like Marshal McAlister, she’s been inundated with unwanted suitors.

When Zack proposes a fake engagement, Suzanne is reluctant at first and claims in order for anyone to believe they’re actually courting and in love, there has to be chemistry between them.

Zack sets out to prove they can easily fool the people of Greenville into believing their ruse. Will his smooth Cajun charm and steamy-hot kisses do the trick? Or, are they destined to be victims of their own charade?

When outside forces threaten the entire McAlister clan, can Zack keep his family, and his faux fiancé, safe? And, will a life-threatening accident show them anything, even love, is possible if you have trust?
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The McAlister family welcomes you back to Mississippi with a third adventure, and maybe a sneak peek at yet another devastating seductive McAlister man!

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99!**

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EXCERPT:
“It’s been quiet around town lately. Not much for a decorated marshal to defend.”

“You trying to get rid of me, Doc?”

“Now why would I do that? If you were to leave, who else would I have to argue with?”

“We don’t argue,” he said, his gaze meeting hers in challenge. “We discuss…heatedly.”

“It only gets ‘heated’ when I’m winning.”

He shook his head and leaned back against the side of the desk. “If you say so, Cher.”

“As to your offer of an escort, I can see myself home, Marshal. There’s no need to wait.”

“I’d feel better if you let me escort you.”

She sighed deeply, and Zack waited for her to launch into another of her ‘independent woman’ speeches. Or, at the very least, remind him that he was being over-protective.

“I’ll only be a minute or two, if you insist on waiting.”

“I insist.”

She could have said she needed another hour and Zack would have gladly stayed. Despite what he’d said to Pete Bailey earlier that evening, Suzanne Martindale was a breath of fresh air among the over-zealous horde of ladies hounding his every move.

She was beautiful, well-educated, independent, and beautiful. Zack shook his head, trying to shake the repeating thought free. Obviously, no matter what her many assets, her beauty was the one thing tying him up in knots. Or, maybe, it was the fact she didn’t use it to her advantage, as some of the other ladies did. Instead, Suzanne relied on her brains and taunting sense of humor to get her where she wanted to go.

“All set,” she said, drawing Zack from his mental inventory of what made Suzanne Martindale the most desirable woman he’d ever met. And, at the same time, not at all what he was looking for in a wife.

Once she’d locked the door to the clinic, Zack offered his arm. Nodding toward the hospital next door, he asked, “Do you need to stop?”

“No, the night nurse is there, and our only patients are the new mother and babe. They’re in good hands.”

They strolled along in comfortable silence until they’d reached the walkway leading to the small stone cottage where Suzanne lived. She stopped just short of the gate.

“Shall I walk you to the door?”

“This is fine, thank you, Marshal.”

“Marshal? I thought we’d agreed on Zack?’

She met his gaze, rolling her eyes for exaggerated emphasis, he supposed. When she shook her head, a small lock of blonde curls fell free of its pins. Zack’s hand itched to take the silky strands in his fingers and tuck them back where they belonged.

“You suggested Zack and Suzanne. I don’t remember agreeing. I’d much prefer Dr. Martindale, or just ‘doc’.”

Her continued attempts at formality amused him and he asked, “Tell me something, Cher, do you ever let your hair down and just relax?” Before she could answer, he added, “Have any of your friends ever been tempted to call you Suzie?”

She paused briefly before saying, “Only those who wished to be soundly kicked in the shins.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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GUEST POST:
Will You Marry Me...Please???
by Nancy Fraser


Ah, the romantic proposal. You’d think it would be a staple of the romance novel. However, I much prefer unique proposals, which I think add something to the romance.

In the 35+ books I’ve published up through, and including, the first two books of this current series, I don’t think I’ve ever included an actual proposal. My characters always get an HEA, and it’s implied they’ll be married. However, the actual words were never said.

In this current book, The Engagement Gamble, my hero does propose and in front of people in the local cafĂ©. However, given the proposal is part of their fake engagement plan, I’m not sure that counts.

Was I destined to never have a real proposal in any book? You’d think so. Then, all of a sudden, I found the hero in my April Cougar & Cubs age-gap romance proposing to a woman 15 years his senior.
Her heart about stopped when he slipped his hand into his suit jacket pocket and pulled out a small jeweler’s box. “Mitch...I...uh...”

“Don’t say anything yet, Cate. I’ve been practicing this all day, and I want to get it right. If you’re going to eventually say ‘no’, at least let me try first.”

What in the world would make him think she’d say ‘no’ to anything he offered or asked?

He opened the lid of the box, revealing a beautiful ring. In the center was her birthstone—an opal—surrounded by a half-dozen small diamonds.

“It’s not as fancy as I’d wanted but—what can I say—I’m just a struggling student. For the moment.” He drew in a breath, letting it out slowly. “Cate Matthews, I love you. I want to marry you and spend the rest of our lives together.”

Cate dashed a tear from the corner of her eye and met his gaze. Her lips trembled, and she bit down on the lower one to still her response.

“Say something, Cate,” he prompted. “Please. Even if it’s ‘no’.”

All around them people were staring. Smiling. Not one person, she realized, was judging them. Or, wondering about their obvious age difference.

Swallowing, she found her voice. “There’s not a snowball’s chance...”

Her pause sent a second rush of panic to his gaze. Quickly, she went on. “...in hell that I would ever think of saying no. Of course, I’ll marry you, Mitchell Colby Taylor.”
~ From Seduced by the Handyman © Nancy Fraser, 2021
The idea of a sweet, heartfelt proposal spurred me on. In my current work-in-progress, my hero again proposes to the woman he loves. Unfortunately, he’s in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV, so there’s no dramatic getting down on one knee, but he does give her a rather nice diamond and emerald ring. Still, not conventional, but definitely romantic.

My own marriage proposal?

Him: “Hey, should I write my mother back and tell her we’re getting married?”

Me: “I guess so. It’ll keep your grandmother happy.”

Perhaps there’s a reason he’s an “ex”.
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GIVEAWAY:
Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Thank you for hosting this final stop on my tour and for your lovely post.

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  3. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Deborah, I'd say probably three full months and then days here and there for the editing process. Thank you for asking.

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  4. congrats on the book sounds amazing

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  5. I could sure go for a romance read now to distract me from stress.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  7. I proposed to my husband. I wish I hadn't robbed myself of that, but he asked, "What do you want for Christmas?" and I said, "A ring." It's probably for the best. He's more into logic than romanticism, so I may have saved us both some pain by putting it out there. I can't believe you never wrote a proposal up to now! I don't think I've ever written a book without one! Thanks for sharing this book with the world and your personal story, too!

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    1. MJ, I'd written a lot of "assumptions" and always HEAs, but never the actual words. I came close once in a novella set in the 50s.

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  8. Looks like such a good book.

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  9. I really liked the guest post.

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  10. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments. Happy reading everyone!

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  11. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting. :)

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