Meet the McCades … or How to Create a Series Out of a Single Idea!
by Nancy Fraser & Patti Shenberger
In addition to the initial characters of Matthew McCade and Miracle (Miri) Johnson, we introduced Matt’s cousin and best friend, Jackson (Jake) McCade. The moment Jake took hold of our imaginations we knew he needed his own book. The original story sold back in 2007. Unfortunately, that incarnation is no longer available. We do intend to re-issue the book later in the Legacy as a prequel with new scenes and new characters. It will be the next-to-last book and will lead up to the dramatic, heart-wrenching ending of the series.
Now that we’ve found a home with Entangled Scandalous, the series is already contracted for books two and three, and outlined for five additional full length novels (including the prequel). We purposely chose the time period and setting because there aren’t a lot of historical romances in the post-Civil War era, and we wanted to give those survivors a voice. After so much turmoil, it was invigorating to create a bit of romance out of the ruins of war.
We’d like to share with you a few tidbits from the current book, and some insight into the next two.
Hero: Jackson (Jake) McCade, 28, six-foot-one, medium brown hair and as hunky as all get-out. After having had his heart stomped on, he’s a confirmed bachelor. (And we all know how that goes!) He’s the current owner of the River Maiden, the best darned paddle-wheeler to ply the Mississippi! Above all, he’s a McCade, which makes him trustworthy, compassionate and loyal.
“What could you have possibly been thinking to dress yourself up like a boy and make off with property belonging to Franklin Beaumont? Your father’s reputation as a shrewd businessman with important contacts is legendary. He’ll not stand by and allow someone to steal from him, even his willful daughter.”
Heroine: Felicity Beaumont, 20, five-foot-four, chestnut hair (which she cuts off with a hunting knife in the opening scene), violet eyes and as beautiful as a freshly-grown rose. Felicity is full of compassion and takes it upon herself to free her father’s illegally indentured slaves by selling family heirlooms and booking passage for them north on Jake McCade’s boat, a plan that doesn’t work out nearly as well as she’d hoped.
“I’m truly sorry about that, Jake McCade, but Mrs. Porter’s Finishing School for Young Women failed to offer a course in the art of pleasing a man.”
Some of our recurring supporting characters:
Matthew McCade, Jake’s cousin and business partner. When he married and settled down, he and Jake traded businesses. He took over running Jake’s hotel in Vicksburg and Jake took over the River Maiden.
“You got it all wrong. Jake’s not interested in some rich man’s daughter. Now, if it were the man’s neglected wife…”
Miri McCade, Matt’s beautiful wife. Pregnant when the story begins, she gives birth to a bouncing baby girl named Molly! (Hmm … we smell a new series set in the 1890s!)
Virginia McCade, Matt’s mother, Jake’s aunt, and the very picture of a gracious southern belle. Virginia deals out wisdom with a firm hand and is the keeper of the family secrets.
Joseph Johnson, Miri’s father and a favorite of ours. He’s always teasing Jakey-boy and driving both Jake and his son-in-law Matt crazy.
“The only teats I’m thinking about stroking is the ones on these three ladies here in my hand.”
Zack McCade, another cousin who just happens to be a drop-dead-gorgeous lawman.
Suzanne Martindale, M.D., an anomaly for the time period, a female physician and surgeon.
“I’ve sworn an oath as well, Marshall McCade, a Hippocratic oath to protect my patient. And, under the circumstances, I’d say my oath takes precedence ten times over.”
And, a sneak peek at Books 2 and 3:
Book 2 of the Legacy Series: The Lawman’s Agreement (working title) – Fall, 2013
Hero: Marshall Zack McCade, 30, six-foot-two, dark brown hair, with a sexy Cajun accent!
“I’m not a machine you can turn on and off at will. I have a tendency to become aroused every time I kiss you, cher. So, if we have to schedule our lovemaking, we may also have to rethink our kisses, both for our audience and ourselves.”
Heroine: Dr. Suzanne Martindale, 26, five-foot-seven, blonde hair, extremely long silky legs that go on forever, and sexually astute (much to Zack’s pleasure).
And, Book 3 of the Legacy Series: The Barrister’s Temptation (working title) (Spring, 2014)
Hero: Tanner Carmichael, 26, six-foot, brown hair, warm brown eyes, and he’s a lawyer.
Heroine: Cassie Maguire, 21, five-foot-two, auburn hair, amber eyes, and daughter of saloon/brothel owner, Fancy Maguire.
Book 3 favorite quote so far (and subject to final editing, of course):
Miss Lillie (one of the brothel’s working girls):
“You can forget old Sam. He lasted about as long as a pint of whiskey in a five-handed poker game.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed our insight into the McCade Legacy series, and welcome your comments.
Patti lives in Michigan with her husband of over thirty years. She's a mom to a grown daughter and son, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and her first grandchild is due in August. Rounding out the family are two fur babies, a cat and dog.
When not writing, Patti can be found reading, traveling with her husband, or spending time with friends.
Book #1 in the McCade Legacy series
Felicity Beaumont is a rich man's willful daughter with a heart of gold who wants more than anything to free her father's illegally indentured workers.
When she devises a plan to move them north with the help of Jake McCade, owner of the gambling boat known as the River Maiden, she finds she's run afoul of not only her father but of the man she's duped into helping her.
As her plan begins to unravel, she and Jake are forced into a marriage for the sake of propriety and soon discover the most important thing to them both is the life they're now building together.
As part of a tour-wide giveaway the authors are offering one lucky winner the chance to not only name the hotel which will appear in the second McCade Legacy novel, but will also have their name used as a character in the book as well! The winner will also receive a copy of and a copy of the second book when it becomes available.
To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and tell us: Which character sounds like he/she could become your favourite based on the introductions/quotes above?
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 21 June 2013!