The McMade Legacy, Book One
Entangled Scandalous

Mississippi after the Civil War isn't easy when you're a willful young lady nor if you're a slave, and Felicity is determined to make their lives better. She devises a plan to move her father's illegally indentured workers North. After conning Jake McCade, the owner of the gambling river boat known as the River Maiden, into helping her, she, disguised as a boy, accompanies her slaves. Everything is going according to plan until Jake gets a little too close and discovers her subterfuge.

While Jake and Felicity find themselves in agreement about helping the slaves, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another.

When her father catches up to them, it’s either marriage or jail for Jake, so they decide to chance the wedding –for propriety’s sake. Will gambling on love be a bust or reap a happily ever after?

Jake brushed the silky bloom across her cheek and teased her lips with the fragrant flower. “It’s very close to the color of your skin.”

Felicity felt a rush of warmth fill her body and knew she was blushing. 

Jake dusted the flower across her cheek a second time. “It’s an even closer match now.” 

The telltale warmth grew stronger, and Felicity wished she could turn and walk—no, run
—away. Yet, she couldn’t. “I wish—”

Jake lifted her chin until their gazes met. “You wish what, Princess?”

Felicity swallowed as delicately as the huge lump in her throat would allow. “I wish you’d not do that.”

“Do what?”

“Make me blush. Call me Princess. Either.”


The one word piqued her inquisitiveness. “What did you think I was going to say?”

“I thought perhaps you were going to wish for another kiss.”Okay, Felicity, this is your out. Your chance to let him know he has no effect on you. “I suppose we could. I mean you are going to help, and—”

He smiled down at her, finding obvious amusement in her rambling, and then took a step forward until they were nearly touching. When he reached out his hand and cupped her cheek in his palm, her breath caught and her heartbeat took a hummingbird’s flight within her chest.

“Well, which is it?” he asked slowly, deliberately.

She darted her tongue out, wetting her suddenly dry lips and earning his throaty groan as a reward for her action.

“Never mind, Princess, I’ll choose for both of us.”

I recently signed my 21st contract and am thrilled. I write contemporary, paranormal, historical and erotic. I love to read, crochet, travel and eat (though not always in that order). I’m a wife, mom, mother-in-law, soon to be first time grandma and pet mommy.

I’m a multi-published author of contemporary, vintage historical (think 1950s rock and roll), futuristic time travel, and historical romance. I’m also a “Superman-freak” with a varied collection of memorabilia, and a doting grandmother of four with a fifth due in July. When not writing … oh, who am I kidding … I’m always writing!

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
PATTI: I get lost in every book I write. There’s always that idea that sucks you in and keeps you spellbound until you hit the end of a page, scene, or even the entire book.
NANCY: As much as I’d like to say, ‘every time I read’, most of my recent reading has been research and it’s hard to get lost in that. However, when I write, my muse takes over and I’m sometimes lucky if I can find my way back.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
PATTI: The first book I remember reading was one of the Bobbsey Twins books, but I can’t remember the title. 
NANCY: You realize, I’m older than sin, so probably the Dick and Jane books in elementary school. The first books I read voluntarily were the Nancy Drew mysteries. I remember waiting somewhat patiently for the next one to come out (yes, I got them when they were new).

ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
PATTI: ‘fluttered’ I love how it sounds when the heroine’s insides fluttered as he came near. 
NANCY: “breathless” -- as in “his kisses left her breathless”

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
PATTI: My husband Randy, is my real life hero. He was there every second, of every day when I went through colon cancer seven years ago. When I couldn’t remember the simplest of things, he was there to do everything from make the meals, clean the house, care for the critters and make sure I made every doc, surgeon, chemo appt. I can’t think of anything more heroic than that. 
NANCY: Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, (RIP). I met him at a book signing a few years ago and we talked about Afghanistan … my Canadian military son had just come home safely … and he told me about all the good things that he’d experienced during his many tours of duty.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
PATTI: Sleepy Beauty – her prince came to rescue her as we knew he would. 
NANCY: Snow White – what woman in her right mind wouldn’t want to be waited on by seven men!

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
PATTI: Pepe Le Pew, he’s a true romantic.
NANCY: The Tazmanian Devil … he’s unpredictable!

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
PATTI: I love the fact that Jake is a true Southern gentleman in every sense of the word. The kind of man that makes every woman swoon. 
NANCY: Despite his reputation as a ladies’ man, he’s honorable and gentle when it comes to his virginal bride. He also exudes what we’re calling the McCade motto: Stories of love, trust, honor and redemption all forged by the strength of one remarkable family.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
PATTI: For me, I don’t have a playlist. When I’m writing, it’s usually pretty solitary around here with the every so often dog barking at air out the front window. 
NANCY: Probably Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube. It was written the same year as our book takes place and we used it as background music for our book trailer. It’s a beautiful piece of music, no matter what the century.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
PATTI: I like to take either my Nook or a book to bed each night and read for at least an hour. 
NANCY: Contrary to what I said early about always writing, I do try to set aside one evening per week to shut down the computer and read. My favorite place is on my condo balcony, weather willing, or curled up in my double-wide chair.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
PATTI: The sounds of the ocean, waves crashing against the shore. But if you ask me this same question after August 9th when my first grandbaby is going to be born, then I’d say ‘a newborn’s first cry’ cause I get to be in the delivery room. My son (and d-i-l) are both Army and he is deploying in early July and the baby is due in August. 
NANCY: Easy -- my grandchildren’s laughter.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
PATTI: Um, I think I would have to say Action Adventure. I loved all the Indiana Jones movies, and they had a love story as well as adventure. 
NANCY: I have to say, Fairy Tale, although I still want a feisty heroine.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
PATTI: It was a fan fiction piece where I was a character aboard the Starship Enterprise. My love interest at the time was Captain James T Kirk. 
NANCY: Jill and the Cornstalk – I was in first grade and thought it was awfully bothersome that Jack got to climb that beanstalk and there were no girls around.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
PATTI: Sweet Home Alabama. I can watch it over and over whenever it is on tv. 
NANCY: You’d think, being a romance writer, my favorite would be something sappy. However, it isn’t. I absolutely LOVE the family-movie Space Camp. It’s a lesson in team work, perseverance and understanding.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
PATTI: Snidely Whiplash – because even at his devilish, he was funny.
NANCY: Ok, here’s where my Super-geeky comes out … Lex Luthor in nearly every movie and television incarnation!

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
PATTI: I should have bought stock in Pepsi as it’s my biggest vice. 
NANCY: I drink far too much coffee and, when I’m writing, have been known to devour Merci chocolates without even realizing I’m eating them!

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
PATTI: I don’t remember any bloopers in the book. 
NANCY: Almost any scene with Joseph Johnson in it is a blooper. He’s the father of one of the supporting family members and he’s a real stitch!

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
PATTI: It’s a rough job, but somebody has to do it. Me!! Me!!!
NANCY: I don’t know about the women, but the guys definitely turn my crank!

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's your favorite thing about Jake McCade, your hero from GAMBLING ON LOVE? 
PATTI'S GOTTA ANSWER: That Jake is an honorable man no matter the circumstances. 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's your favorite thing about Felicity, your heroine from GAMBLING ON LOVE?
NANCY'S GOTTA ANSWER: Even though she’s not yet twenty-one, Felicity is very mature for her age. She’s filled with compassion (as evidenced by the fact she risked everything to help her father’s indentured workers escape); she’s feisty and, yet, when it comes to our hero, she’s innocent and trusting.

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The Lawman's Agreement (working title)
The McCade Legacy, Book Two
Entangled Scandalous
November 2013
The Barrister's Agreement (working title)
The McCade Legacy, Book Three
Entangled Scandalous
Spring 2014

PREVIOUS RELEASES by NANCY & PATTI can be found on their websites.

the right to name the new McCade hotel in the next book along with having a character named after the winner. Because this is a series, the character may be seen in other McCade Legacy books as well. The winner will also receive a .pdf copy of both Gambling on Love and the next book with their name in it.

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PATTI & NANCY WANT TO KNOW: If you could travel back to any romantic time period, when would that be and why?


  1. Good morning, ladies. Very interesting interview. Best of luck with your entire McCade series.

    1. Callie, thanks so much for stopping by! We really appreciate it. Fingers crossed for the rest of the series.

  2. Good morning and welcome to GLIAS Patti & Nancy.

    Wow, it's been a long time since I've seen either of you. So glad you've started a series. It sounds terrific.

    A romantic time period... Weeelll... If I'm just visiting. Uhm, everywhere. Each time I think of a place, I think of a major problem or crisis they had. I love time travel books that give the traveler a reason to stay there.


    1. Angi, thanks so much for hosting us. Nancy and I had a blast with the questions, and loved the graphics you chose to go along with it.

      As to a time period, wouldn't it be awesome if we really could travel everywhere, anytime we wanted too!

  3. 1920s because it sounded fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I would love to see the roaring 20's up close and personal. Especially learn more about the gin joints and Prohibition. Thanks for entering the contest!

  4. The 1930's because I'd love to see my Grandma as a newlywed.

    1. Sue,

      What a lovely sentiment. I know I have tons of pics of my grandmothers in their younger years, but no wedding pics. If you'd like to be entered into the chance to name the hotel, we will need a way to contact you if you want to send me your email privately to romwriter96@gmail.com.

  5. Visit a romantic time period -- mmm. I always thought I'd have liked to live in the 1800s - mid 1800s I guess, as I always enjoyed wearing long skirts. BUT there were a lot of hardships then, and I'm definitely a wuss.
    I would like to visit all of my great grandparents as they married; then my maternal grandparents when they married in 1924 - in Oklahoma; and then my parents in July 1941 - mother was 15, but Daddy had just graduated High School. When he came back from the War, they began their family - I was born in Dec 1946.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal.net

    1. Donna,

      You need your own time machine if you want to get all those places! We've got your info for the contest. Good luck on the draw. We'd love to see you back again for the next McCade Legacy series!

  6. Hi Nancy and Patti,
    Thanks for being here today. I am in awe of you writing as a team and can't imagine anyone even wanting to write with me--my habits would drive them crazy. So--hats off to you both. Can't wait to read the result of your collaboration--what an awesome premise!

    I am such an incredible stuck-in-contemporary-times girl I hardly ever think of going back in time to anywhere. If I did it would have to be a place with lots of horses and men and women who had to work with them--the new West or the stableman of a manor house in old England. It would be fun to see my grandparents when they were young too. But, I'd probably pick going to the future over going to the past--I'd love to see what becomes of some of our greatest achievements and how well if at all we manage to solve our greatest problems.

    Good luck with all your writing!

    1. Thanks so much for having us. We'd love to come back for the next book in the series. I told Patti I wanted to answer this one b/c of your comment that your habits would drive people away. Just ask her, when she misbehaves, I mentally duct tape her to her desk. That's why we get along so well. Oh, and the 1400 miles between us doesn't hurt either ... or so Patti says.

    2. Mental duct tape!! LOL-that's priceless. I'll remember it. I would definitely be the one needing to be duct taped (waving to Patti). And, yes, please do come back--that would be cool.