Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig

4 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 5, 2017!

Welcome to Paradise Ranch

The Good Girl wants to spread her wings …

From birth Grace Crockett has been part of an unbroken set: one-in a million identical triplets. Twenty-six years later, however, feeling unappreciated in her role as part owner of a successful Denver restaurant, Grace longs to break away and fulfill her own dreams. But to do so she must learn to trust in her own judgment.

The Gambler wants what’s owed to him …

Small-time poker player Ty Garraway is determined to break his family’s legacy of abuse and abandonment, and give his young daughter a hope for the future he’s never had. But that means taking on the Crocketts—one of the most powerful ranching families in Wyoming—and taking back a part of Paradise Ranch stolen from his family eighty years ago in a poker game he believes was rigged.

Can they bet it all … and defy the odds?

Grace’s relentless honesty and devotion to family—not to mention the way she turns him on—has Ty thinking too much with his heart. Ty’s passionate love for his daughter and his encouragement of Grace’s half-baked ideas—not to mention his knee-weakening kisses—has Grace wondering if she’s found her unlikely match in a rough-around-the-edges cowboy. But when Ty’s plans are exposed, can Grace forgive the liar who manipulated her and her family and forgive herself for being duped?

Love has raised the stakes, requiring Ty to bet everything he has to win Grace and his future, but will it be enough?

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) Betting on Paradise is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?

Since the titles of the first three books in this series all began with the words “The Bride Wore …” (Denim, Red Boots, and Starlight), my first working title for this book was “The Bride Wore Diamonds” – as in the playing card suit. Then it changed to “The Bride Went All In.” But after they released those first three books, HarperCollins (Avon) didn’t want the rest of the series, so I decided to rebrand the covers and start fresh. I kept the series title “Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys,” but decided to play on the name of the ranch in the books, “Paradise,” which I’d kind of wanted to do from the start. Since the hero of this story is a small-time poker player, “Betting on Paradise” just popped into my head, and I fell in love with it.

2) What was your favorite book growing up and why?

I was hooked on Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books from a young age. I was and still am a horse-crazy girl and I passed it on to my daughter, who became an equine veterinarian and a much better rider than I am! My favorite book in the series has always been “The Black Stallion’s Filly.” And to this day those stories influence mine—there’s always a horse somewhere in the novel. In “Betting on Paradise” the most memorable horse is named Jessica Rabbit—because of her red mane.

3) Who’s your favorite character in the book and why? Who was the most fun to write?

My favorite character has to be Lucky, our hero Ty’s five year old daughter. In fact, according to almost every review—Lucky (Teagan Ann Garraway to be exact) steals the show whenever she appears. Lucky is more than precocious—she’s a genius five-year-old whose abilities far outpace her years. She speaks like a miniature professor; she challenges the other kids on the ranch to poker games and wins; she wins over the crankiest of adults; and she learns new tasks like knitting in one sitting. And still she can innocently suggest to her dad that he “kiss Grace’s owie” when they bump heads in front of her. I love kids and love putting them in my books—Lucky was one of my favorite to write.

4) We love to learn more about authors’ personal lives. What other hobbies and interests do you have?

My husband and I are avid hikers and we’ve had some grand adventures. We’ve hiked in every Minnesota State Park (there are 72 of them) and we took a 192-mile cross-country hike in England in 2012. This year we’re planning a 100-mile trek along The West Highland Way in Scotland come August. I also love to quilt and I have a horse named Jedi, and we’re starting to work on learning the sport of endurance riding. Plus, I have two delightful grandchildren and the best times in my life are hanging out with them and their parents.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Authors just starting out? Young writers? Or for writers in general?

I do. I think the most important thing an aspiring author can do is spend (a long!) time putting in the effort to learn the craft of writing—right down to proper grammar, sentence structure, and goal/motivation/conflict. Then learn how to find and accept positive but constructive critiques and editing. Write your million words before you publish (especially indie-publish) anything. There are a lot of poorly written books that are selling like crazy nowadays. Good sales shouldn’t justify bad books! Conversely, there are well written books that are poor stories. My plea is for new (and experienced) authors to not shortchange themselves. Find balance and learn to write an exciting AND well-written book. The romance genre needs all the high-class it can get, to convince those who aren’t fans, that our books are wonderful. And—knowing your writing stuff makes the job a lot more fun!

About the author:

Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, sexy-sweet contemporary romance. Her novels have won the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® and been nominated for the organization’s prestigious RITA® award. Lizbeth lives in Minnesota with her husband Jan and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and hang with her granddaughter and grandson. She also loves to play with her four-legged grandbabies (including an exotic wallaby, two alpacas, a pot-bellied pig, a goat, a mammoth-eared donkey, and many dogs, cats and horses). She loves hearing from readers – contact her anytime! Visit Lizbeth online at www.lizbethselvig.com.

Giveaway info:

Title: Betting On Paradise
Author: Lizbeth Selvig
Publisher: Webster Publishing
Author website: www.lizbethselvig.com

4 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 5 2017.

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3 Responses to Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig

  1. Judy Tucker April 29, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Would love to win and read this book

  2. Shari April 30, 2017 at 1:57 am #

    Great interview!!

  3. Jeanie Jackson April 30, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    It was a great as the first three. I did not realize and can not believe that the original publisher was not thrilled to have the whole series. Some people are idiots! I adore Ty, one of these days it will be time for her story.

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