New Release The Engagement Gamble (Love’s a Gamble Book 3) by Nancy Fraser and Meet the Author #Books #HistoricalRomance

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Welcome back, Nancy!

The Engagement Gamble (Love’s a Gamble Book 3) by Nancy Fraser released last week in the Historical Romance genre.

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?

The McAlister family welcomes you back to Mississippi with a third adventure, and maybe a sneak peek at yet another devastating seductive McAlister man!

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“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.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Can you tell us more about the series as a whole?

The Love’s a Gamble series originated as a proposal about the son of a post-Civil War family written with a good friend and critique partner. Unfortunately, Patti passed away not long after we sold the proposal for the first book, so part of completing the series was to honor her.

The series revolves around the powerful McAlister family. They are instrumental in helping to rebuild the Mississippi shoreline towns at the end of the Civil War. Each McAlister man has a distinct personality, including their very different reasons for wanting to remain unattached.

Of course, it will take an equally strong personality in each of my heroines to overcome the men’s objections.

I love the interplay between the McAlister cousins/family. When book one (Matt’s story) was complete, the editor immediately asked for a book for Jake, the supportive rake of cousin. Jake’s near demise brought us Marshal Zack McAlister. Who knows who we’ll meet by the end this book? I also love the opportunity of going back to the characters from the previous stories so I can add more to their individual stories.

Yet, they’re not perfect. Where would be the fun without a few challenges. The McAlister closet has a few skeletons. I’ll get to those soon. I’ve planned six books in total, three this year (January, February, March) and three next year (January, March and May).

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  1. It’s so nice to be back for the third book in the series. Thank you for hosting my visit. I’ll be sure to check in from time to time during the day for comments.

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  2. I loved that you were asked about the whole series. Gives us a little more insight. Series are fun! It’s nice to show the characters growth over time and have more chances to have them interact. Plus, it’s always hard to let a character go at the end of the book, so it gives us a second opportunity to “live” with them. Can’t wait to meet the McAlisters! Best wishes for THE ENGAGEMENT GAMBLE and all your writing endeavors!

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    • Hi MJ, and thank you for stopping by! Talking about a series as a whole it’s one of my favorite questions to ask. I agree with you, it gives you a bigger and deeper perception. Thank you for reading!


  3. Thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments. This series has definitely been a labor of love. I’m anxious to get back to it as soon as I can and tell the final three stories.

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