Hello everyonejane

Welcome to the blog hop for Gambling onf Love.   I’m excited to bring you a debut Entangled Publishing (Scandalous) release.

Slaves, a river boat, a forced marriage, and a growing attraction for one another are just a soupcon of what will unfold in Gambling on Love, a debut Entangled novel for their Scandalous line for authors Patti Shenberger and Nancy Fraser.

While the book is their debut at Entangled Publishing, these ladies are truly seasoned authors. Patti recently signed her twenty-first romance contract. A wife, mother of two, mother-in-law of two and a pet mommy of two, this lady is busy, busy, busy – oh, and plus she’s about to become a granny!

The other half of this writing duo is Nancy Fraser. Nancy has been writing since she was a child, most often on walls and with crayons or (heaven forbid) permanent marker. (oh you bad girl!).

These ladies don’t live next door to each other, not even in the same town, not even in the same country, so how do you write a book with another woman who lives 1400miles away. (Gasp)


Who came up with the idea in the first instance?

Patti – Many years ago I came up with the idea for a book set in the era of the paddlewheel and on the Mississippi River. I think it was because I was enamored with the movie Maverick at the time (sigh, a young Mel Gibson). This book though was Nancy’s idea, and writing it was a way to sate our appetite for hunky men and the women who loved them. What it did instead was open up a can of worms in the form of 7 more books (hopefully) for readers to fall in love with.


Why write with another person?

Patti – Writing with another person gives you the chance to explore a dual-sided form of creativity. You can bounce ideas off each other, poo-poo other ideas and be gloriously thrilled when you start finishing each other’s sentences. Then you know you’ve got it right. Or you kill each other and move on (just kidding).

Nancy – truthfully she lives in fear of my Canadian penchant for duct tape. When she’s being bad and threatening to cut one of my scenes, I bring out the duct tape! Too bad I’m not close enough to actually use it.


How do you organize the writing of chapters?

Patti – Nancy created the outline and wrote this book. I did the editing for it. We bounced ideas and scenes back and forth to make sure we had them right.

Nancy – our individual writing styles are too different to try going back and forth within the same book. However, we have a wonderfully uncanny ability to be able to see what’s wrong with something the other has written.


Do you find that you both bring different strengths to your co-authored work?

Patti – We definitely do. Nancy loves to write the love scenes, whereas I’m more of a dialogue type person. I’d rather get inside the character’s head and make sure what they are saying makes sense, and stays true to the book. Nancy is more tactile. She likes to get touchy-feely with the characters and have them rolling around between the sheets (G).

Nancy – what can I say? I’m happily divorced and living vicariously through my characters!

What research did you have to do regarding the slave trade, and other aspects of the times? Was there any little snippet you found during research that tweaked your interest?

Patti: We actually both have books at home on the Civil War, the 1860’s and everything else we could get our hands on. But we didn’t touch too deeply on the slave trade. We’ve found that readers don’t want the facts given to them in a cut and dry fashion, nor do they want to be preached at. They want to read a book that divulges the information on timely basis, but doesn’t overwhelm the story. We hope we’ve done that in Gambling on Love.  

Nancy – as much as I love historical detail – I believe its best kept in a reference book. I want the reader to know that “we” know what we’re talking about, but don’t want to ram it down their throats.


How do you then go ahead and write the novel? Does one say, I like this scene idea and would like to write it?

Patti – Nancy sent me the synopsis for this book and I read it over and made comments. She had areas she knew she didn’t want to compromise on (certain scenes, sentences, things she wanted to have happen in the book). Then she started writing. Each five chapters completed, she would send them over to me for reading, editing, comments/concerns. So far it’s worked perfectly.

Nancy – We’re trying the same “system” for the next book as well. As long as we can both stay on schedule, it takes about 5-6 weeks to write the entire book and get it off to the editor.


What do you think are the main strengths of your characters, and which strength do you like the most and why?

Nancy – Jake’s main character strength has to be his undying loyalty to his family and his compassion for Felicity and her many causes. Right from the beginning, when she admits she can’t pay him for the transport of her cargo, he chooses to continue north. Of the two main strengths, his loyalty brings out the best in him in every situation – as it does with all the McCade men and women.

Felicity’s main character strength is her tenacity. No matter what it took, she was going to see her father’s illegally held slaves freed. Unfortunately, she’s also a bit naive in thinking she can get away with it. Her character, more than any other so far, evolves completely over the course of the book which is her biggest asset.


Are you intending to write as a duo again – and if so, what?

Patti – Absolutely! We hope to have many, many books in the McCade Legacy out there. And if that doesn’t work, then we’ll create a new series for readers to fall in love with. As well as having a dual career together, Nancy and I also have a separate writing career.

Nancy – I think as writers we grow more, learn more when we work separately. I know there’s always something I can learn from a new experience and bring back to the table the next time we work together.


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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Happy reading everyone

Jane Beckenham





  • Hi Ladies! Such wonderful insight into working collaboratively…congratulations on your release. Off to Amazon to fire up my Kindle.

    May 31, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      isn’t it great Helen, working with another in a creative field like this takes great discipline i would think and respect for each other that neither becomes a Diva!


      May 31, 2013

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