Please join me in welcoming Harlequin American Romance Author Ann Roth to the Quick Six! Check out her Quick Six answers below (actually Ann answered 7 questions!), and if you answer her question to you, she’s giving away a copy of her latest release, A Rancher’s Christmas, book 5 in her Saddlers Prairie Miniseries to one lucky commenter!
A Holiday Change Of Heart
Gina Arnett comes home to Saddlers Prairie to say goodbye to her uncle and sell the family ranch she’s just inherited. Her focus is on getting back to Chicago and her high-powered job. Two things change her plans: a sudden blizzard that causes the town to be snowed in, and Zach Horton—the ranch foreman who tries to convince her to stay.
Gina’s boundless ambition is something Zach understands all too well. He’s kept his past a secret, and to uncover it, she’ll have to reveal her own uncomfortable truths—and her growing feelings for Zach. He’s not the kind of man she dreamed of falling for. But at the Christmas season, all dreams seem possible….
Alpha, beta or gamma?
Confession: I had no idea what a “gamma hero” was until I searched around. I found a terrific definition by author Deb Stover, who defined a new hero archetype. She calls him the Gamma hero and says he is:
“One who doesn’t fit the image of the macho Alpha male, or the easygoing Beta either. He’s a combination–a mutation?–of both types of man, and makes a hero to die for.”
“One reader suggested Mel Gibson and Sean Connery as actor examples of the “Gamma” hero. That definitely works for me. I’d also like to suggest Tom Selleck, who comes across as almost Beta at times, though still has enough Alpha to make him appeal to readers who prefer a tougher hero. Also Harrison Ford would fall into this description. He’s definitely Gamma material in Star Wars!”
Thank you, Deb, for giving me a term for the hero I like best– The gamma hero. He’s take charge guy, tough as nails. He goes after what he wants and won’t take “no” for an answer. He may seem hard, but look deeper and you’ll find a big, warm heart. When he falls in love–and finally admits it–Well, life doesn’t get any better than that.
Romantic suspense or Romantic comedy?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes I like to be on the edge of my seat, sometimes I prefer to laugh. The truth is, if I read romantic suspense or watch a suspenseful movie before bed, I sometimes have trouble sleeping. A romantic suspense with comedy thrown in… that’s my fave.
Print or eBook?
I’d have to say that I enjoy both. I work on the computer all day, and sometimes I just don’t feel like reading a book on a screen… Plus, I like the smell and feel of an actual book. Other times, there’s nothing like an e-reader. I can download tons of books and bring them with me anywhere without taking up much space. When I travel, I eBooks are a must! Recently I traveled to Spain for 2 weeks. I loved having my e-reader with me.
One of my favorite things to do when I visit friends is browse their bookshelves. That’s my biggest regret about ebooks –you can’t put them on your shelves.
Light or Dark?
If we’re talking chocolate, dark or light, as long as it’s chocolate. If we’re talking subject matter, I prefer books packed with emotion– with some light moments thrown in to make all that darkness tolerable. And hey, if characters are going to suffer, the payoff had better be an optimistic ending. Otherwise, I feel cheated–both with books and movies.
Game shows or Reality shows?
Reality shows. I know they’re staged, but I still enjoy getting those inside peeks into what makes a person tick–what makes them happy, upsets them, turns them on. Great fodder for a writer!
Glasses or Contacts?
Either one. Although glasses make a girl look smart, which is always a good thing. They make a guy look both smart and sexy. (Picturing Clark Kent here…)
Big Dogs or Little Dogs?
All dogs. They are such devoted friends. I love cats, too, for their independence and affection.
My question to you: In the books you read, do you prefer small towns or big cities?
Award-winning author Ann Roth lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband. After earning an MBA, she worked as a banker and corporate trainer. She gave up the corporate life to write, and if they awarded PhDs in writing happily-ever-after stories, she’d have one. In 1999 Ann won the prestigious Golden Heart award for unpublished writers for best long contemporary series. Since then she has sold numerous romance and women’s fiction novels, as well as a novella for an anthology, a serialized online romance and many short stories.