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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reader Interview: Bette

I’m thrilled to have Bette Read, yes that’s her real name, here with me for an interview. Bette knew me before I was published and has read every one of my books! She’s from Arizona and could be my older sister๐Ÿ’— 

What some people don’t know, Bette volunteers for  Ruby Ranch and she raved about it so much it became my inspiration for Rainbow Acres Refuge in Fletcher’s Flame (Last Chance #3). Welcome Bette!

Lexi: How did you get into reading romance novels?        
Bette: I read “Teen Romance” magazines as a youngster and it progressed from there.

Lexi: Tell me about your pets.      
Bette: We currently have 2 dogs, Nikki (poodle) and Oliver (dachshund), both rescue dogs who are not pets but furry children. Nikki is a diva and self-proclaimed therapy dog for hubby during cancer treatments a few years ago. She became a total “daddy’s girl” as a result. Oliver is a sweet, sensitive kiddo, in and out of shelters until he wound up with us.  We have no fosters at the moment, but give me a week or two…

Lexi: LOL, I was going to say, only two? What are you good at?   
Bette: Talking to people, which is why my rescue director likes me to do home visits before we place dogs in adoptive homes.

Lexi: I just love that you do that! If you could name a character in a romance novel, what would you name him or her? Why?
Bette: Jeff Clarkson. My son is Jeff and I love the name. He and hubby share a middle name – Clark, hence Clarkson.

Lexi: That’s cool. What makes you happy?  
Bette: Besides the obvious – family, friends and my dogs – I am happy in the sunshine or the rain, on the beach or by a river; or when I get a call from a friend I haven’t seen in a while.

Lexi: Tell me about your husband (as if I didn’t already know ;-). 
Bette: Hubby is a passionate, quiet, very observant individual. He doesn’t say a lot, but takes everything in. He’s very tolerant of me with my passion for helping the dogs.

Lexi: Not to mention he loves Karaoke! What’s your favorite
Bette: Key Lime Pie!!!

Lexi: Yum. What types of romances do you like to read?
Bette: ALL as long as there is a coherent storyline.

Lexi: What are you proud of? 
Bette: My son and my volunteer work with dog rescue.

Lexi: What’s your average day look like? 
Bette: Busy with dogs, home, rescue and my part-time job.

Lexi: What’s your perfect day look like?
Bette: Sitting on a beach with my hubby and dogs near me and a Pina Colada or a Pepsi close at hand and of course my Kindle fully charged!

Lexi: LOL Speaking of Kindles, how many hours a week do you spend reading romance?  
Bette: 10 - 12

Lexi: Wow! I’m jealous! Who made the biggest impact on your life? 
Bette: My Grandma Margie

Lexi: If you could go on an all expense paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Bette: Australia, I’ve never been there.

Lexi: I’m with you on that! How many books do have in your “To Be Read” pile (means you’ve bought them but still need to read)?
Bette: About 500. Thank goodness they are on my Kindle.

Lexi: LOL If you could give someone what they wanted most, what and who would it be?
Bette: I would give my son permanent custody of his son.

Lexi: Aww, me too. How many romance authors are on your auto-buy list?  
Bette: None, I like to select different books from different authors and try new ones as they come along.

Lexi: What kind of car do you drive? If you had your choice, would it be that one or a different one?
Bette: 2010 Jeep Liberty. I like my Jeep, but might go for a new one.

Lexi: How many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren all total do you have?
Bette: 1 son, 1 grandson.

Lexi: What do you do for fun (besides reading romance novels)?

Bette: Walk my dogs, pet-sit my friend’s tiny Chihuahua, visit with friends, play cards, board games and BINGO!

Lexi: Oh, I hope you win sometimes. What did you think you’d be when you grew up?
Bette: Veterinarian or work with animals, or an architect.

Lexi: You definitely kept that animal dream alive. What don’t most people on social media not know about you?  
Bette: My sister and I have an uncanny sense of each other.

Lexi: What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
Bette: Independence Day, It’s my country’s and my birthday!

Lexi: You’re a real American girl! What color eyes do you have?
Bette: Brown

Lexi: How old do you think is perfect for a hero?
Bette: Any age

Lexi: Do you collect anything? If so, what?

Bette: Coffee mugs from different locales I have visited.

Lexi: What educational background do you have?
Bette: Some college.

Lexi: Do you dream at night? Do you remember your dreams?
Bette: Sometimes, sometimes.

Lexi: : What are some of your favorite movies? 
Bette: : Sleepless in Seattle, Overboard, Fried Green Tomatoes and Hope Floats to name a few.

Lexi: Okay, time for the quickies!

Lexi: Dark-haired hero or light-haired? Bette: light
Lexi: Vanilla or chocolate? Bette: vanilla
Lexi: Hot and spicy or sweet and chaste? Bette: Hot and spicy
Lexi: Spicy food or not spicy? Bette: spicy
Lexi: Beard or no beard? Bette: beard
Lexi: Hot weather or cold? Bette: hot
Lexi: Chest hair or no chest hair? Bette: no
Lexi: Morning person or night person? Bette: night
Lexi: Rich hero or blue-collar hero? Bette: blue
Lexi: Coffee or tea? Bette: coffee

Lexi: Beach or mountains? Bette: beach
Lexi: Cats or dogs?  Bette: dogs
Lexi: Hero with long hair or short?  Bette: long
Lexi: Rent or own? Bette: own
Lexi: Working or retired? Bette: semi
Lexi: Blonde heroine or brunette? Bette: brunette
Lexi: City or town? Bette: town
Lexi: Cook or eat out? Bette: cook
Lexi: Tattoos or no tattoos?  Bette: no
Lexi: Pajamas or naked? Bette: pajamas

Lexi: It has been such a pleasure to touch base again with you, Bette. Next time I’m in Arizona, we have to get together again ๐Ÿ˜Š