Patti Shenberger and Nancy Fraser are visiting the virtual offices to talk about their new release Gambling on Love. After the interview, there is a cool tour-wide giveaway, so be sure to enter!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
Patti – I’m a wife, mom, mother-in-law, soon to be grandma, pet mommy and full time writer. Love to read, travel, eat!
Nancy – I’m a coffee-holic writer as well as a mother and mother-in-law x2, and a grandma of 4 with a 5th due in July.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Gambling on Love?
Gambling on Love is set in 1867 along the Mississippi River and is the story of Felicity Beaumont, a rich man’s willful daughter, who believes in President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation so much that she’s willing to face her father’s wrath to help free his wrongfully indentured slaves. To do this, she disguises herself as a boy, sells off family heirlooms and secures passage for herself and her friends on Jake McCade’s gambling boat, the River Maiden. Unfortunately, her plan unravels fairly quickly, and Jake is arrested for theft and kidnapping. He’s saved from jail when Felicity’s father, wanting to save face for the sake of propriety, agrees to drop the charges as long as Felicity and Jake are married. Initially, they plan to separate after an appropriate amount of time. However, the fates intervene and true love blossoms through mutual respect and a very strong emotional/sexual chemistry. Just as you’re certain they’re destined for a happy-ever-after, a woman from Jake’s past threatens the very foundation of their relationship and puts Jake’s life in jeopardy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
Nancy, this one’s for you (G)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far … no wait … that’s someone else’s blockbuster! A number of years ago, we were attending a conference in Washington, DC. Patti had an editor pitch for a book about a Mississippi Riverboat gambler (think Maverick-a young and not-so-controversial Mel Gibson) and asked for some input (a request she’s probably regretted ever since). Nancy kept saying, “Jake needs a book, Jake needs a book”. Patti’s pitch for a single book, turned into an idea for two books. Then, as the characters came alive in our heads (Can you say, “too much caffeine”?) we thought ‘why not three books’. From that craziness, came the idea of writing it as a team!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Felicity?
Determined, compassionate, generous
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jake had a theme song, what would it be?
Patti: This is a great question and one that makes us think. Hm, let’s see. Nancy, what do you think?
Nancy: If I were keeping to the time period, Champagne Charlie (which we actually used in a McCade Interview trailer) – it sounds like music you’d hear on a riverboat or in an 1860s saloon! If I’m thinking more modern/character driven: You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Felicity is never without.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jake’s bedroom?
Patti: I’m leaving this question for Nancy (G).
Nancy: His gun (he only uses it when he’s on the River Maiden); condoms (McCade men believe in carrying on the Legacy – with the right woman of course); and once married, never another woman! (Ok, so we get caught on that one a little bit – however, the “other woman” isn’t in his bedroom, she’s in a stateroom on the boat.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Felicity’s greatest regret?
Patti: That her father wasn’t more compassionate about his indentured workers.
Nancy: That despite the fact she wants to see her friends (the slaves) have a better life in the north, she knows she will miss them and regrets having to send them away.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
Patti: I have read every book that Jude Deveraux has written. Her work has been a huge influence on my writing. I love how she created strong, honorable, loving families that lasted throughout time. To me, there is nothing better than reading a series that can span centuries and still hold your interest.
Nancy: Real life and good music. I recently opened an old shoe box that belonged to late my mother. In it I found everything from a card of buttons that cost 10 cents to a book of WW2 ration stamps. And, the ultimate prize … old love letters! I’m also inspired by song lyrics, especially those from the 50s and 60s – when you could actually understand what they were saying.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
Patti: Pepsi, Ritz crackers, a good office chair with excellent lumbar support
Nancy: Coffee, chocolate and a good idea!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
Patti: My Life Uncovered by Lynn Isenberg – it’s a keeper.
Nancy: Don’t Know Much About the Civil War by Kenneth C. Davis. It’s an older book (1997) but it’s comprised of actual diary entries of citizens in and around the war-torn areas. Some of the accounts are heartbreaking, some uplifting.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
Patti: The first books I really remember reading was about the Bobbsey Twins – The Secret at the Sea Shore, and Cherry Ames – Army Nurse.
Nancy: Nancy Drew mysteries. The bummer is, I’m old enough to remember when they first came out and waited somewhat patiently for the next in the series!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Patti: I love to read, travel, eat out. And doing all three at once is even better.
Nancy: Promo, Twitter, FB. Totally away from writing … spending time with my grandchildren.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
Patti: They can find me at www.pattishenberger.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/AuthorPattiShenberger
Twitter – @pattishenberger
And of course email@example.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor
Twitter – @nfraserauthor
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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.
Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gambling-on-love-nancy-fraser/1115213928
Puchase from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gambling-on-love/id642292916?mt=11
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