• Quick Six with Heidi Rice

    by  • May 9, 2014 • Blog, Quick Six, Writing Stuff • 20 Comments

    Please join me in giving a very warm welcome to USA Today Bestselling Author, Heidi Rice! Heidi is offering a copy of the Harlequin Themes 2-in-1 paperback, The Wedding Party which is out in June and includes her Harlequin KISS novel Beach Bar Baby AND Charlotte Phillips’ wonderful The Plus-One Agreement to one lucky commenter!

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    Be sure and check out the cover and blurb  for Beach Bar Baby below. And don’t forget to check out Heidi’s Quick Six interview and answer her question in the comments section for a chance to win her fab prize!

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    After some bad news, Ella jets off to sunny Bermuda for a bit of solo R & R….


    By day six, surrounded by honeymooners and smug marrieds, she has to admit the solo bit is getting a teeny bit boring! Why say no to a casual date at the bar with ripped, tanned and enigmatic Cooper Delaney?


    It’s really not Coop’s style to flirt with tourists, let alone hook up with one again. But he can’t get the sweet London girl out of his head. A business trip to Europe is the perfect chance to see her. Only he finds Ella curvier, prettier…and keeping a secret he was so not expecting…!

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    Alpha, Beta or Gamma?

    I’m an alpha male junkie when it comes to romance heroes. There’s just something about all that raw, sexy masculinity that does it for me. That said I think a great alpha male should have beta qualities. I love the vulnerability that he tries so hard to hide. I love his protectiveness, his wit, his integrity, his need to be loved that he’s determined to deny and his complete inability to ask for directions. I believe the fundamental difference in the way men and women think and communicate is what’s at the heart of all great romance novels – which is why when you’ve got a great alpha hero (and heroine) the sparks absolutely fly! NB: What the heck is a gamma?

    Historical or Contemporary?

    Ooh that is a toughie. If you’d asked me this a week ago while I was devouring Tessa Dare’s fabulous Spindle Cove series the answer may have been a flat yes to Historical – I love being drawn into another time, another world, and I adore that huge emotional hit you get when your hero and heroine manage to fight their way to true love even though the battle for sexual equally hasn’t even begun. But I’ve just got hooked on Marian Keyes’s hilarious Watermelon and I do love a great contemporary romance too (I write em so of course I do). Perhaps not surprisingly, one of my favourite books ever is Diana Gabaldon’s time-slip classic Outlander – an amazing mix of historical and contemporary (ish) romance which allows me to have my cake and eat it to (and devour the gorgeous Jamie Fraser while I’m at it).

    Muffins or Bagels?

    Sorry, not a big fan of muffins, they’re far too smug and showy if you ask me. A toasted rye bagel though doesn’t buckle under pressure even when heaped with scrambled eggs and bacon or smoked salmon and cream cheese. BTW I’m English and I’ve never seen an ‘English Muffin’ outside of the US… So you see, you just can’t trust a muffin either. They lie.

    High heels or flats?

    I’m mostly a flats gal – especially when sitting at my keyboard or cycling round London, because wearing heels in that situation would make me feel ridiculous (or possibly kill me!). But I’ll suffer the tortures of hell to look good on a night out – when high heels are the only way to go (and I can catch a cab).

    Blue or White-Collar Hunk?

    Can I have a blue-collar hunk in white-collar clothing? If my heroes are rich – like the gorgeous Cooper Delaney in my new book Beach Bar Baby – I usually make them self-made men. Guys who’ve had to strive and work for what they have, who’ve taken some hard knocks in life and come out fighting. Actually, I’m quite partial to men in toolbelts too – so a blue-collar hunk in blue-collar clothing also works – especially if he knows how to use his tools *snigger*… Shallow? Moi?

    Beach or Mountains?

    Well, given my new release is called Beach Bar Baby and set in Bermuda you can probably guess where I’m going with this. I do love a beach holiday, from the wild windy beaches of the West coast of Ireland, to the rocky drama of North Cornwall, to the relaxed surfer dude vibe of Morro Bay in California, or the bijoux decadence of St Tropez and the Italianate splendour of the Amalfi coast I’ve certainly seen a few beaches in my time and loved every one for very different reasons. That said, I did leave my heart in Yosemite National Park one October too!


    My either/or Question:

    In Beach Bar Baby, my heroine Ella Radley goes on a holiday of a lifetime to Bermuda – where she has a wild night in a beach hut with studly boat captain Cooper Delaney. A wild night that has some surprising consequences (the clue’s in the title) that will change both their lives, for ever…. So my question is:

    Whether you’ve been on it already, or you’re still dreaming about it, when it comes to your holiday of a lifetime: are we talking a beach/island destination or mountain/jungle/city locale? And obviously I’d love to know where, and why?


    wHR_121USA Today bestselling author Heidi Rice lives in London and is married with two teenage sons (which gives her rather too much of an insight into the male psyche).

    She loves her job as a writer because it involves sitting down at her computer each day and getting swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny feisty women, sexy tortured men and glamorous locations where laundry doesn’t exist … Not bad, eh.

    Then she gets to turn off her computer and do chores (usually involving laundry!)



    20 Responses to Quick Six with Heidi Rice

    1. Constance
      May 9, 2014 at 6:48 am

      The books sound fabulous! I am going to put them on my to read list! Thank you for the opportunity!

      • May 9, 2014 at 6:52 am

        Cheers Constance, that’s terrific!

    2. charlotte
      May 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

      My holiday of a life time is hitting the Florida theme parks with my hubby and boys. We haven’t been for a while and are dying to get back there. We always feel like we belong there. Im a flat shoes girl too, have tried walking in heels but always fall over. x

      • May 12, 2014 at 2:35 am

        That’s so cool Charlotte, have to admit our oldest son once won us a week-long holiday to Disneyworld (quite a big deal if you live in the UK!!) and we had an absolute ball… The boys still talk about it as their best holiday evah. but yes, there was a lot of walking involved. Flats are a must.

    3. Tonya
      May 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Hello Ms. Heidi! Welcome to our world here in Tawny’s blog! I’m happy to see you here, as I’ve been a fan for a while now. (Think back to Connor & Daisy in Hot Shot Tycoon, Indecent Proposal). As for the question you posed to us, I have to say my holiday of a lifetime happened back in 2008 when I went on a European Whirl trip with Trafalgar and I would gladly relive it all over again. :) We started in London (my favorite city) and ended in Paris with stops in Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence. Lugano, & Lucerne. I fell in love with London when I first started reading romance books because I was hooked on Betty Neels and the Regency Romances. So, I had to go see all my “favorite places” from the books when I first went to London in 1997. What I didn’t see then, I dragged my Mom along to see when we were in London in 2008. Hatchard’s, Fortnum & Mason’s, Madame Tussands, & the London Eye. I love it all, even the scary looking places(Tower of London). Lol. So, my favorite setting for romance would be in any of the cities I visited in 2008, but especially London with the Alpha man of my dreams. Have a wonderful day! Tootles!

      • May 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

        Tonya, you’ve just made my day, not only a fan of my books but a fan of my home town!! And would you believe I was in Hatchard’s yesterday browsing the general fiction section and checking out the latest exhibition at the Royal Academy. But my goodness that European whistle-stop tour sounds like a hoot, I have family who live near Paris and I set a book in Florence I love it so much. Thanks so much for commenting. x

    4. Tammy Y
      May 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      I grew up in a beach town, so i love the beach, But, my ultimate trip would be to Scotland, Maybe someday.

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:37 am

        Oh you’ll love Scotland! Tammy. It’s wild and dramatic and full of Scotsmen! LOL. if you haven’t already, definitely read Outlander before you go.

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:51 am

        Tam my you will adore Scotland, it’s wild and dramatic, full of romance and history – and men in kilts! If you haven’t already you must read Outlander before you go!

    5. Cathy Phillips
      May 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Hi, Heidi! My dream vacation would be to go to Scotland. I have seen pictures of its beauty and read about it, and there are so many different things to see there, whether you are into mountains, valleys, or water.

      Your books sound really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

        Cheers for the vote of confidence Cathy. Scotland is gorgeous and yes there’s lots of different scenery. I once spent New Year in a castle by a loch in Dumfries and Galloway, an amazing time of year to go as we had a smattering of snow and very long nights (the whiskey came in very handy).

    6. bn100
      May 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      all of them because there are a lot of interesting places to visit

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

        This is very true, why chose when you don’t have to!

    7. Colleen
      May 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I love going on cruises, but my last one was many years ago… so many different places to see, great food, etc. I have only tried Caribbean cruises, but one day hope to see Ireland, Scotland, even Hawaii.

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:46 am

        Have to admit I’ve never been on a cruise! If you’re going to Ireland I’d highly recommend the West coast – the Arran Islands, Connemara and Donnegal are stunning.

    8. Helen
      May 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm


      I do love the sound of this one I love all holidays and the sea with mountains in the background yes but I also love cruising where you get the best of both worlds and I am off on a cruise to New Zealand in November so I am sure we will have the beach and mountains.

      Have Fun

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:48 am

        Okay am pretty jealous I have to admit, ever since I saw Lord of the Rings I’ve had a hankering to check out NZ. Bet you’ll have a ball Helen

    9. Tracey Parker
      May 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      I would love to go somewhere not too touristy but not too out of the way. Somewhere more mountains then beach. I’m too out of shape for the beach lol
      I love the way both books sound. Sound like a great read. Thanks for sharing with us Heidi. Thanks Tawny for a fun quick 6!

      • May 11, 2014 at 12:55 am

        Know what you mean Tracey it’s always wonderful when you discover a little part of the world that’s undiscovered by the hoards. I went to Yosemite in October and it was totally empty (apart from the bear we spotted about three feet from the car which nearly made us swerve off the road!)…

    10. May 12, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Sorry guys, just realised I was supposed to announce the winner yesterday. Duh!

      The winner is…. Cathy Phillips. If you’d like to email me on heidi@heidi-rice.com I would love to send you a copy of The Wedding Party 2-in-1

      Many thanks to everyone for your comments.


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