Thursday, June 4, 2020

Excerpt Tour + #Giveaway: Return of the Fox by Pamela Gibson @pamgibsonwrites @GoddessFish

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?


Isabella found Gabriel tucked in a corner of the crowded dining room, his back to a wall. The hotel not only offered a large meal at noon, but also served dinner at six o’clock in deference to the Americans who seemed to prefer eating earlier.

He rose and pulled out her chair. “There you are, my dear. I was beginning to think you chose a siesta over my charming company.”

She picked up the ornate, hand-lettered card announcing the fare for the day. Her stomach rumbled in a most unladylike manner.

“Where did you go this morning?”

Gabriel leered. “Did you miss me?”

“Of course not.”

Gabriel leaned back in his chair, his attention seeming to pause on a group in the far corner. Isabella followed his glance and saw Logan with Morgan Slade and a man who’d sat with him at Sorina’s banquet.

Her breath caught, and she started to rise, but a hand grasped her arm and anchored her in place.

“Let’s not make a scene, my dear. As soon as they notice, they’ll come to us.”

She twisted the napkin in her lap. “What if Logan is responsible for my fire? What if he’s the one who shot at me? Shouldn’t I confront him to see his reaction? Wouldn’t he be surprised to see me?”

“I think whoever shot you knows by now that you survived.” Gabriel gave her arm a reassuring squeeze. “I find the rumor mill in this pueblo to be quite lively.”

Their food arrived, and they ate in silence. What if Gabriel was right and Logan wanted to deal with her heirs? If he knew she had only been wounded, he might assume she was now frightened enough to sell. Or would he try again to have her murdered, and not miss this time?

She shuddered as she devoured her food, aware of Gabriel’s eyes on her.

“What?” She put down her fork and dabbed at her mouth with her napkin.

“I was admiring your appetite, that’s all. I’m glad it has finally returned.” The smile reached his eyes, and her heart thumped. The man was pure, infuriating male. There were times when a single look shot bolts of heat through her body, melting her bones, and he knew it.

“You’re not eating. Are you not hungry?”

“Indeed I am, but I prefer to nibble on you, my love.”

A frisson of lust threaded through her body as she recalled their morning encounter in her bedroom. Correction . . . their bedroom. A flush crept up her neck, and she turned away, afraid she might give away her feelings.

“Brace yourself, querida. You’re getting your wish. We are about to have company.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Pamela Gibson said...

I'm thrilled you are featuring my book today. I'll check back to respond to comments.

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you go to school to become a writer?

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing!

Pamela Gibson said...

To Bernie: Interesting question. I went to college to gain knowledge and become a better thinker. I majored in history, but didn't want to teach. So I became a newspaper reporter, to write about current events (current history). Eventually, I wrote history books. When I went back to school for my master's degree, I majored in public administration and my second career was launched. Writing fiction is my "career in retirement."

To Rita and Victoria: Thank you for following the tour and commenting.

pippirose said...

It sounds like an interesting book. Love the cover!

Pamela Gibson said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. I greatly appreciate having my book featured today, so a special thank you to The Avid Reader blog.

James Robert said...

Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!