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Friday, May 29, 2020

Return of the Fox by Pamela Gibson - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Pamela Gibson and her new book, “Return of the Fox”!  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.

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Return of the Fox
by Pamela Gibson


GENRE: Historical Romance



The year is 1847...

…Gabriel de la Vega, disgraced son of a Mexican ranchero, returns to his Alta California home when Americans take power to help his countrymen with the bewildering transition and make amends to the woman he once wronged.

Fiercely independent, Isabella Fuentes swore she’d never forgive Gabriel for abandoning her on the night they were to elope. Now he’s back, playing a dangerous game, pretending to be meek and repentant when she knows the handsome, former outlaw is anything but contrite.

When a series of accidents threaten Isabella’s safety, Gabriel offers an outrageous solution: the protection of a brief civil marriage. Isabella is tempted. But can she rely on a man who once betrayed her and can she trust her foolish heart to let him go when the danger has passed?



“There you are. I wondered if you would be down for dinner.”

She turned at the sound and faced Gabriel, unable to suppress a smile. He wore an old-fashioned shirt that must have belonged to her late husband, the sleeves billowing, the neck loose and open. He resembled a Barbary pirate, off to plunder ships. All he needed was a cutlass and a patch, like the drawings in one of Sorina’s novels.

“You look . . . dashing.” She laughed. She couldn’t help it. He was blushing. Gabriel de la Vega . . . blushing.

“Shall I strike a pose?” He grabbed a silver knife from the sideboard and lunged at an imaginary foe, waving the blade in the air in a corkscrew pattern.

“Are you preparing to do battle with our chicken dinner?”

He set down the knife and put his hand over his heart. “You wound me, querida. You’re making fun of my prowess with a, hmm, dinner knife.”

“On the contrary, I’m sure you will slice the chicken with precision.”

“Right now, I’m hungry enough to eat it with my bare hands.”

They sat down at the same time, their eyes never leaving each other’s. A frisson of heat shot through her core.

“How are you, my dear? Are you feeling any better? Before we left, you were walking around like someone risen from the grave on El Día de Los Muertos.” His eyes were so kind she had to glance away. To her surprise, the dull ache in her heart was gone, replaced by a different emotion brought on by his reminder of why they were here.

Slow, simmering anger.

“I will find out who did this, Gabriel, and they will pay. They’ve burned my storehouse, taken away my livelihood. I will find a way to remain and care for my people. I will not give in.”

Gabriel poured her a glass of wine and sipped from his own. Assessing her over the rim of the glass, he nodded.

“That’s my girl. You were beginning to worry me.”


He paused, just before taking another sip. “When you first heard the news, you seemed to wither before my eyes. If we’re to solve your problem, I needed you to return from wherever your mind had taken you.”

“I’m back now, and I’m ready to slay dragons.”



Author of eight books on California history and thirteen 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 Ralp, the Rescue Cat. If you want to learn more about her activities go to https://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her quarterly newsletter and occasional blog. Or follow her in the links listed below.





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  1. Pamela ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the tour! :)

  2. Good morning Ally. Thanks for having me back. While not a well-known subgenre, the pre-gold rush West is one of my favorite places for a romantic plot. I'll check back to respond to comments.

  3. What came first, the idea for the story or the title of the book?

    1. Hi Bernie. The idea for the book came first. Gabriel was a character in Shadow of the Fox and there was a hint of a "past" between Isabella and Gabriel in that book.

  4. Happy Friday, thanks for the wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it!

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you, Rita. The hero is one of my favorite characters.

  6. What type of research did you do for this story?

    1. Fortunately, I've written history books on this period so I have a good grounding in the subject. I got interested years ago when a great aunt used to tell me stories about an ancestor who was born in Los Angeles in 1845. After I finished the manuscript I sent it to a reputable historian to make sure my facts were correct. As for the story--I love betrayal and redemption plots. Universal, I think.

  7. Thank you, again, for hosting Ally. I enjoyed the comments.

  8. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  9. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love hearing about new books and the cover on this one is amazing.