This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful to be safe and for my loved ones to be safe. Safety and the opportunity to live our lives without fear is something most of us in this country take for granted, but many people in the world are surrounded by danger. Over the last year, thousands and thousands have lost their homes and their loved ones to war and conflict.
Even in our country there are many people who don’t feel safe. Their lack of security may be due to economic hardship. They may not have enough to eat, or their other basic needs may not be met. They may live in violent households or violent neighborhoods, where a stray bullet can end life in seconds.
I sit in my comfortable office knowing that there are few threats to my safety, and I feel very grateful. But even in my secure, protected world, safety is nothing to take for granted. People die in car accidents every day. I’ve lost loved ones and dear friends to cancer and other diseases. Even in the most secure, civilized existence, life is perilous and precious. A gift to be thankful for every day.
When hardened gamester Marcus Revington wins Horngate Manor in a 7card game, he is delighted to finally own property. Even discovering he must marry the heiress of the estate doesn’t deter him. The heiress, Penny Montgomery, is happy with her life raising horses at Horngate and has no desire to wed anyone. When she learns about her guardian’s Wicked Wager, she schemes to convince Marcus she’s unsuitable as a wife so he’ll forget his plan to marry her. Who will win this battle of wits and wills? Or will they both discover the name of the game is love?
Wicked Wager buy links:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-wager-mary-gillgannon/1121799505?ean=2940151266314
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6209
Mary Gillgannon is the author of sixteen novels, a Celtic historical fantasy and historical romances set in the dark age, medieval and English Regency time periods. She’s married and has two children. Now that they’re grown, she indulges her nurturing tendencies on four very spoiled cats and a moderately spoiled dog. When not writing or working—she’s been employed at the local public library for twenty-five years—she enjoys gardening, reading and travel..