Thursday, November 10, 2016

BLOG TOUR: A Convenient Christmas by Regina Scott

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

 
A Convenient Christmas Wedding (Frontier Bachelors)
A Convenient Christmas Wedding
(Frontier Bachelors #5)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
November 8th 2016 by Love Inspired

The Marriage Agreement

Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.

Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?

Fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series, following The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, and Instant Frontier Family. Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged, and bound to be grooms.



"FIVE STARS! . . . I cannot recommend this novel highly enough." — Huntress Book Reviews "This is a sweet marriage-of-convenience tale and Scott’s love of history is apparent. Along with the fully fleshed out storyline and characters, the vivid descriptions and balance between the hero and heroine make this an engaging and truly enjoyable read. The drama will keep the reader turning the pages until the end, which comes all too soon." — Leslie L. McKee from RT Book Reviews


Five Reasons to Agree to a Marriage of Convenience by Regina Scott
I wrote more than a dozen Regency romances before I ever wrote my first marriage of convenience story. Since joining the Love Inspired Historical family, however, I find myself embracing the idea. A marriage of convenience is when two people agree to marry with no commitment of love. What makes a good marriage of convenience story is when love starts to grow, despite circumstances and protests from the bride and groom’s hearts.

I’m not sure I’d be willing to agree to marry for convenience sake, but here are five reasons a lady might consider it.

1.     Everyone else is doing it. No, it’s not a particularly good reason, but there were enough spinsters left without sweethearts, particularly after the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and the Civil War in America, that marrying someone, ANYONE, was preferable to living on your family or the community’s charity.

 2.     Pressure from your family. Remember those spinsters? Not every family was amendable to seeing to their upkeep. If a gentleman evinced interest, the lady might have considerable encouragement to accept, even if it was only a marriage of convenience.

3.     To protect your reputation. Sometimes, a lady makes a mistake. She walks in the wrong neighborhood. She trusts the wrong person. Suddenly, the world sees her as less than a lady, and other options slam shut. My heroine, Amelia Jacoby, in The Husband Campaign, faced this future when a storm forced her to spend the night in an outbuilding with a gentleman.

 4.     For security. It’s a sad fact that legal ways to make money were limited for women in the 1800s. When a father or husband dies, leaving a woman without a protector, a husband of any kind looks like a good deal. Such was the case for my heroine, Nancy Bennett, in September’s A Rancher of Convenience. A pregnant widow facing the loss of the ranch she had called home, she was willing to marry her husband’s foreman to provide a future for her child.

 5.     To escape someone you fear. Likewise, a lady might choose to enter into a marriage of convenience to avoid the clutches of someone ought to hurt her, physically, mentally, or socially. Nora Underhill, the heroine of this month’s A Convenient Christmas Wedding, has spent most of her life in drudgery—first caring for her elderly parents, then slaving away for her brother and sister-in-law. She ran away to pioneer Seattle to make a new life for herself, but now her family is coming to town, and she knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s pulled back into her old role. So she offers a marriage of convenience to a cynical logger strong enough to fend off her brother. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him. And that’s perhaps the best reason to enter into a marriage of convenience—the chance that it will grow into something good, something fine, a marriage built on love.

 So, what would induce you to accept a marriage of convenience?
Regina



Other Books in the Series

The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors, #1)
The Bride Ship
(Frontier Bachelors #1)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
November 1st 2014 by Love Inspired
SWEETHEART REUNION

What was his brother's widow–his first love–doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn't anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed–or that he'd wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him!

Allegra Banks Howard isn't going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn't something she'll undertake lightly...

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms


Would-Be Wilderness Wife (Frontier Bachelors, #2)
Would-Be Wilderness Wife
(Frontier Bachelors #2)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
March 1st 2015 by Love Inspired

The Kidnapped Bride

Drew Wallin's youngest brother is determined to see him married—so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she's a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn't have time for distractions—he's too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he's drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own.

Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew's matchmaking family, she'll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it's time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn't know she wanted!

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms

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Frontier Engagement (Frontier Bachelors, #3)
Frontier Engagement
(Frontier Bachelors #3)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
August 1st 2015 by Love Inspired

School Bells and Wedding Bells 

James Wallin's family is depending on him to find a schoolteacher for their frontier town. Alexandrina Fosgrave seems to be exactly what he needs to help fulfill his father's dream of building a new community. If only James could convince her to accept the position. 

Alexandrina has traveled west to seek a fresh start, not to find a groom. But after she's stranded in the wilderness with James, he offers her his hand in marriage to protect her reputation. Both are afraid to fall in love, but maybe an engagement of convenience could make them reconsider… 

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms.

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Instant Frontier Family (Frontier Bachelors #4)
Instant Frontier Family
(Frontier Bachelors #4)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
January 5th 2016 by Love Inspired

LITTLE MATCHMAKERS 

Maddie O'Rourke's orphaned half brother and half sister have arrived safely in Seattle—with a man they hope she'll wed! Though Michael Haggerty's not the escort she planned for, Maddie allows him to work off his passage by assisting in her bakery…and helping care for her siblings. But she'll never risk her newfound independence by marrying the strapping Irishman—or anyone else. 

In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Traveling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he's quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he'll do anything to protect them—and the future he hopes to build.

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms


Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas ("The June Bride Conspiracy" in His Blushing Bride, "Sweeter Than Candy" in A Match for Mother, and "A Place by the Fire" in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally--both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for "Sweeter Than Candy," the novella which was written as a tribute to her. 

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.


- 1 winner will receive: Signed copies of Would-Be Wilderness Wife (which introduced Simon Wallin, the hero of A Convenient Christmas Wedding) and Instant Frontier Family (which introduced Nora Underhill, the heroine of A Convenient Christmas Wedding), and a set of pioneer Christmas ornaments that say "Joy, Peace, Love."
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being part of the tour, Kath! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and of course a more-than-convenient Christmas. :-)

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