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Monday, July 8, 2019

Scandal's Bride by Pamela Gibson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Pamela Gibson and her new book, “Scandal’s Bride”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post – except the Available at Amazon picture, which takes you directly to the Amazon Book Sale Page.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Pamela and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Scandal's Bride
by Pamela Gibson


GENRE: Historical (Regency)



Marry in haste…

Lady Gwendolyn Pettigrew longs to be a mother, but refuses to marry the lecherous old fool her father has found for her. When her best friend convinces her to consider her husband’s younger brother as a suitable candidate, Gwen agrees to a marriage of convenience, hoping against hope that her dream of becoming a mother will have a chance.

The Hon. John Montague, a penniless younger son, is handsome, witty, and thrilled that a woman with a dowry has agreed to wed him. Best of all she’s a fiercely independent bluestocking, a woman who won’t want to bother with a family. Because John has a shocking secret. He’s vowed never to bring a child into the world, a child who, like his own mother, might carry the strain of madness.

As secrets unfold, tension grows, threatening the fragile bonds they’ve forged.  Worse, someone wants them to abandon their home and leave Yorkshire, and they’ll stop at nothing to make it happen.



He pushed his hair back with his palm and turned his head to look at her. “I am sorry, Gwen. I don’t know what happened. One moment we were playing like children, and the next . . .”

She could only look at him, this beautiful man who had given her a wonderful moment. She’d wanted him to kiss her since the wedding, and finally he had, and it was as splendid as she’d imagined.

Still tingling from the encounter, she rose to a sitting position and put her arms around John’s back, feeling his body tense. “No need to apologize. I believe it is quite appropriate for married couples to share kisses, even though we are not exactly in the most romantic of settings.”

He seemed to relax as he disengaged her arms. “You are an understanding woman, Gwen. I nearly embarrassed you here in a place where workmen are at this moment trudging up the stairs with a piece of furniture.”

“Oh dear.” Her face flamed as she stood, smoothed her skirt, and tucked a wisp of hair behind her ear.

John stood as well, leaning down to wipe a smudge from her nose. “It shall not happen again. I promise.”

But I want it to happen again. And more.

She meandered into the sitting room and back to her bedchamber. Pausing in front of the long windows, she gazed at the ruined walls of the abbey, her emotions still in turmoil. This was indeed a dilemma of the first order.



How to Write Books That Appeal to All Readers While Staying True to Your Genre

Whether a mystery, a paranormal, a historical or any other genre, if a book has a universal theme it will transcend its genre and touch a reader. The theme is the soul of a book, the recurring element that appears over and over as the hero and heroine complete their journey.

The search for love, good versus evil, coming of age—these are universal themes we all know. An overriding theme helps the reader connect with the characters and care about what happens to them.

Scandal’s Bride is a historical romance embodying two popular tropes: marriage of convenience and friends to lovers.  It also has an overriding theme: faith versus doubt.

Gwen is an original, a bluestocking, a woman with an indulgent father who has allowed her to follow her own unconventional path. She hosts a weekly tea she calls a salon. He gives her free reign of his library. He allowed her to receive a more formal education. When his health begins to fail he gives her an ultimatum. She must wed.

Gwen is an optimist who has faith in her ability to achieve her goals. She finds her own husband, a man in need of a wife with a dowry, a man who can become a friend. That he’s taking her far away from the city to his long-neglected estate, suits her. She longs to be a mother and if she has children and a companion who has vowed to treat her as an equal, she will be happy.

But there’s a twist and it begins to change her.

John has secrets. His deranged mother is locked away and cared for in a dower house on his brother’s estate. While searching for a suitable place for her, he encountered theories on the origins of madness. He’s decided not to conceive a child.

John is a doubter, a man who’s seen action in war, who helps his brother search for siblings brought into the world by a profligate father who had many mistresses. He inherited a crumbling estate from a grandmother he never knew and he has serious doubts about making it profitable again, especially when “accidents” happen for which he has no answer.

But Gwen’s sunny disposition and response to misfortunes begin to change him, and gradually he begins to question his doubts. By then Gwen is the doubter, questioning her marriage, and wondering if they can live together. The strength of their friendship helps them see their way back, along with revelations, trust, and love. Finally, they get their happy ending.

The theme in Scandal’s Bride is subtle, but the human foibles are the ones in this book that will touch readers. For example, Gwen has been told she’s unattractive and she’s never much cared until she meets a man she wants. John is sure he can make the consummation of their marriage very clinical—Gwen is a bluestocking after all—and then he sees her in a vulnerable moment and his attraction to her takes control.

If a book has a strong theme and readers can identify with the characters, it matters not what the genre is. I’ve worked hard to achieve this in Scandal’s Bride. Hopefully, I was successful.

Thank you for having me today.



Author of eight books on California history and twelve romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of her gran-cats, gran-dog, and gran-fish. Sadly, the gran-lizard went to his final reward. If you want to learn more about her activities go to http://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her blog and quarterly newsletter. Or follow her in the links listed below.



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  1. Pamela ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :) Also, thanks for sharing your adorable furbabies with us!!!

  2. Thank you for hosting me today. This was such an interesting topic to write about. Does anyone else think theme helps make a book universal?

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Victoria. I love this trope, but it's tricky.

  4. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the cover. :)

    1. You're welcome. I like the cover, too. Fiona Jayde is the cover artist.

  6. The book sounds really great Thank You.

  7. Pretty cover and an intriguing excerpt. This sounds like a wonderful read.

  8. I really liked this guest post.