Author Nancy Fraser: The Engagement Gamble

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Author Interview: Nancy Fraser

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

As my author tagline states—I jump across romance genres with gleeful abandon. However, historical romance has always held a special place in my heart. Especially the post-Civil War years. I’m also a fan of family saga/series, so it just came naturally when I got back to this genre that I’d write a bunch of stories featuring sexy heroes and strong heroines.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I’m actually an only child. I had to “observe” because I had no siblings to share with—which made me an avid people watcher. Being an only child has made me comfortable with the solitude that’s required to become a serious and prolific writer.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

My office. It’s designed for comfort (I invested wisely in a really great chair), and convenience. Everything I need is within reach, including my Keurig and my day planner. Occasionally, I’ll make notes and scenes on paper or my tablet (never on my phone), but the serious writing is always done at the desktop.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

No writer likes giving up a great scene, or even a chapter or two. However, you also want to produce the best finished product that you can. If that means sacrificing a part so the whole can survive, then I suck it up and move it to what I refer to as the “dust bunny file”. Just because you might dump a scene, doesn’t mean there’s not a nugget of goodness, a quote, an embrace, that you can use elsewhere.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

Elizabeth Lowell. Her books were the romances/women’s fiction that convinced me to change my focus from non-fiction to romantic fiction. I have met her a few times, and have asked her many questions. Other than the one I really wanted to ask: Have you really tried ALL those steamy positions yourself?

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Prior to writing full time, I’ve had three complete careers (10+ years each). Yet, the only non-writing award/trophy on my bookshelf is a winner’s cup from a stockcar powder puff derby that I won while six months pregnant.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

A notebook for making notes about my experience, a few dozen mechanical pencils with extra lead, and sunscreen so I can write by the water.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

I’d like to be able to fly so I can get off the deserted island and back to my computer.

9. Favorite snack?

Guacamole and chips with an ice-cold Coke Zero.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

Speed limit? Me? Not a chance. I’ve already completed the laps and I’m headed for the checkered flag.

The Engagement Gamble

by Nancy Fraser


GENRE: Historical Romance



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!


NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.



Greenville, Mississippi

June, 1868

“Evening, Marshal.”

“Good evening, Miss Winston.” Zack McAlister greeted the young school teacher with a nod and a tip of his Stetson before setting his hat squarely back on his head.

“I brought you some cookies,” she told him, “as a thank you for stopping those boys from tipping over our privy.”

“It was my pleasure.” Accepting the proffered plate of cookies, he added, “I’m sure my deputies and I will enjoy these immensely.”

About to open the door leading to his office and step inside, Zack was halted by Gloria Winston’s next words. “I absolutely love your accent. It’s so…so…New Orleans.”

“Why thank you, ma’am.” Zack took another step forward, anxious to extricate himself from the unwanted attention. “If you’ll excuse me, Miss Winston, I have reports to complete.”

“Please, Marshal, call me Gloria.”

He reached for the door handle and nodded. “Good day to you, Gloria.”

“Good day, Marshal.”

“Another batch of cookies?” Pete Bailey asked when Zack came through the door, a snicker slipping through the deputy’s handlebar mustache, the sound of his laughter followed quickly by a broad, tobacco-stained grin.

Zack turned toward Pete and shot him a glare. “I don’t hear any complaints from you or Tom when you’re enjoying your fill.”

“I just wish these young fillies would learn how to cook something substantial, like a stew or a loaf of bread. A man can’t live on cookies alone.”

Zack sat the plate down on the corner of the desk and took a seat on the other side. It had been the same for the past two months, ever since he’d come to Greenville from New Orleans to take over for the ailing sheriff. He couldn’t walk down the street without one of the town’s available young women throwing herself at his feet. It had been a novelty at first, but now it was just plain tiring. Zack could almost feel his jaw twitching from the hundreds of smiles he’d forced across his face in the name of civility.

“I wish they’d just give up,” Zack muttered. “Surely they can see I’m not interested.”

“You McAlister boys do tend to attract every available female for miles. It was that way for Matthew, then Jake. It’s your turn to wallow in the McAlister charm.”

“I don’t want to wallow in anything. I just want to do my job.”

“You know what you need, Zack. You need a wife,” Pete said. “Then, this parade of girlies would stop.”

“I’m not in the market for a wife. And if I were, there’s not one that interests me in all of Greenville.”

“What about that doctor lady? You two seem to get along just fine.”

“We get along because we’re both professionals, out to do a job. And, Suzanne Martindale is the last woman I’d want for a wife.”

“She seems fine to me. She sure is a looker.”

“She’s also opinionated, stubborn, tied to her career and, at her best, infuriating.”

“It sounds to me as if you’ve given the doc some serious thought.”

Zack shook his head, dispelling any notion of ‘thinking’ about Suzanne Martindale. “My idea of a good wife is someone who stays home, keeps a neat house, raises the children, and is waiting by the door when her husband gets home from a long, hard day at work.” “That sounds about right, assuming all you want is to make babies and eat a home-cooked meal.”

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.

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15 thoughts on “Author Nancy Fraser: The Engagement Gamble”

  1. A great interview. I read across most genres, but Historical is a favorite.

    1. Thank you, Mary. So nice to see you up so early in the morning. My morning at least, possibly not yours.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting this first stop on my tour for Book #3 in this series. I will check back later for more comments.

  3. I enjoyed learning more about you and your book. Elizabeth Lowell is one of my favorites, too!

  4. It’s a pleasure to have you here Nancy! Congrats on this exciting release!

  5. I enjoyed the interview. Great questions and great answers, thank you both! Stock car racing while six-months pregnant? You are an adventurous girl! I look forward to reading more about you! Best wishes for THE ENGAGEMENT GAMBLE and all your writing endeavors.

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