Tuesday, July 23, 2019

VBT Scandal's Bride by Pamela Gibson

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.


Excerpt Two:

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.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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 and sign up for her blog and quarterly newsletter. Or follow her in these places:

Interview with Pamela Gibson

1.Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?

I’m a pantser. My characters always hijack the story. I begin with a vague outline in my head—a beginning and an end—and then I sit down to write. My characters develop as I write and sometimes head off in directions I didn’t expect.

Once the first draft is done, I go back and apply any structural elements that are missing. The second read through is for dialogue, setting, and timeline. The third one is for word editing: removing filler words, echoes, passive verbs, unnecessary sentences. Last two or three read-throughs are for typos. They always creep in.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This answer is more about romance novels in general, although I will address my own book as well. We live in a complicated world full of dire warnings and stressful incidents. Romance novels are pure escape and they always have a happy ending, unlike some of the events we see on the news. I think the expectation of the “all is right with the world” philosophy is what draws readers to the romance genre. The hero and heroine overcome adversity and get their happy ending, giving us a tiny kernel of hope that maybe we can do the same.

On my website, my slogan is “books that make you fall in love over and over again.” Scandal’s Bride is one of the stories that can do that. It has an air of innocence, but the attraction is there, even when Gwen, my heroine is unaware of what’s happening. John, my hero, knows but fights it. I try very hard to help my readers become the characters while they’re reading my books. I want them to feel what my characters are feeling. In the end, my characters overcome the obstacles put before them—some of their own making—and they get their happy ending. 

Readers deserve happy endings, even if it is only for a little while.  

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?
Sure. I have a whole box full of old manuscript partials under my bed and more recent ones on my computer. The next completed manuscript to be published will be a romantic suspense novella which will be released in November. It’s my first attempt at a mystery. The title is Blood Will Tell.  A completed historical romance set in early California’s rancho period during the war between Mexico and the United States is in final edits, but has no publishing date. Its title is Return of the Fox. The sixth and final book in my Love in Wine Country series is in first draft stage. Its title is It’s a Zin to Tell a Lie.

4. Pen or type writer or computer?
Everything I write is done on my laptop. I’ve written in hospital rooms, doctor’s offices, airport terminals, coffee shops, and boats. I once proofed a galley on my smart phone while riding in a car. My favorite place to write is sitting on my living room couch in the early morning hours when the world is quiet and the sun is about to rise.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers.

Find a genre you like, a trope you like, and read a romance novel. The blurbs will tell you what the book is about and the first few pages are generally available. Escape is nice. It refreshes you. Romance novels are usually offered  at a reasonable price. Turn off the news and escape for a few hours in a world where love wins. Your heart will thank you.


Pamela Gibson will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring my book today.

  2. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  3. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  4. How do you come up for the names of the characters in your book?

  5. Good evening, Pamela. My question for you today is, which type of character do you enjoy writing the most? The hero, the villian or someone who is a little bit of both?

  6. Nice blurb and excerpt! Love the interview answwers.

  7. The cover is beautiful! Congrats on the release!