Lizbeth Selvig - Character Interview with Grace and Ty from Betting on Paradise

Hi again GLIAS Friends!
Thanks for joining me today to celebrate Release Day #2 for Betting on Paradise.  I was excited to write this story because I’ve been in love with the three Crockett triplets from the beginning of the series. Grace, Kelly, and Raquel were named for their father’s two favorite movie stars, Grace Kelly and Raquel Welch. Since true identical triplets are literally one-in-a-million rarities, I’ve been fascinated with these three and couldn’t wait to explore their differences in light of how close they are. Since they’ve lived and worked in Denver, far from Paradise Ranch, they weren’t featured predominantly in the first three “Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys” books. The chance to get to know them is the best fun for me!


Grace is the first of the triplets to separate herself from the others. She’s underappreciated in her role as part owner of the sisters’ successful Denver restaurant, and she wants to try out some ideas that Kelly and Raquel have voted down. She’s also different from the other two because she has a reputation as “the good girl.” So, who does Grace fall for? A man who’s definitely had his stint as “the bad boy.”

Only, by the time the story starts, Ty has turned over a new leaf—because of his daughter, Teagan aka Lucky. She was unceremoniously dumped in Ty’s life by a women he’d dated and broken up with three years earlier. Although her mother disappeared, Lucky has literally changed her dad’s life. The only “bad” thing Ty is doing nowadays is taking advantage of his new position at Paradise Ranch. He feels guilty about lying to the family – he has plans to try and take away some of their land, for the most legitimate of reasons, he believes—but he has no intention of getting close to the people. And he plans to tell them as soon as he can.

Long story short:  he fell in love. And that messed up everything.

I could go on and on about Grace and Ty’s love affair—but, then, that’s what the book is for. Instead, I thought you’d get a kick out of an interview with Grace and Ty—conducted after the end of the book. So I picked out a handful of GLIAS questions and posed them to our heroes. For your enjoyment—welcome Grace Crockett and Ty Garraway!

LIZ: Welcome you two! You can take turns answering the questions you like. Let’s start with Grace. What was your favorite book as a child?
GRACE: My Friend Flicka and The Black Stallion. I think both of those books made me look at the wild mustangs we see once in a while on Paradise Ranch in a really romanticized way. I always wanted to have my own wild horse to tame, even though we had plenty of broke horses to choose from. Since then, my sisters and I have trained many mustangs—and it’s always a thrill.

LIZ: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
TY: I can’t seem to help that I still enjoy a small stakes poker game with friends. I’ve never gotten stressed out by gambling and I’ve managed to stay away from any kind of game where I could lose my shirt. But more than that I love spending time with my daughter, Lucky. She was such a surprise, coming into my life the way she did (her mother just dropped her off and disappeared) but she’s the reason for every decision I make. Of course, there’s spending time with Grace—that, I figured just went without saying..

LIZ: If your house was on fire and you only had time to save three objects, what would you save?
GRACE:  1. Assuming all the people were safe—my computer—it has all my business  plans on it; 2. my grandmother’s old recipe file box—it contains all the special recipes I want to include on my new restaurant menu; 3. a painting my sister Harper made of the old family cottage we turned into our restaurant—it’s a one-of-a-kind that gave me my inspiration for this whole endeavor.
TY: 1. Lucky’s dog Rupert—don’t tell her, but after all the complaints I made about having a dog, I’ve fallen for the crazy mutt; 2. my great-grandmother’s journal—Grace and her sisters found it and it proves to me that the way I treat my family is far more important than what I give them; 3. Lucky’s three-year-old portrait—the first one I had taken of her after she came into my life.

LIZ: You’ve been granted one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
TY:  I would choose Superman’s ability to fly so fast he turned back time. There are a lot of things I’d like to go back and change in my family history. I’d maybe slap my great-grandfather upside the head for the kind of life he led back in 1910 and the way he treated my great-grandmother. I’d also change things so I could have known Lucky from the time she was born rather than the time she was three.

LIZ: Grace, can you write us a haiku about Ty!
GRACE (laughing): I’m kind of a dorky girl so, yeah I’ll try one:
Ty loves his daughter
He’ll risk all for those he loves.
I’m the lucky one.
LIZ: Ty? How about you?
TY: Oh, heck no. I don’t do poetry. Flowers is the best I can do. I will say, though, that if I ever did write a verse or rhyme it would be because Grace inspired it. She can give me the power to do and believe anything.

LIZ: Time for a mini blitz!
a)Favorite color? Green
c) Movie? – The Magnificent Seven
d) Summer or winter? Summer
e) Morning or night? Morning –I have a daughter who’s a morning kid, so I have no choice.
f) Rain or shine? Rain
g) Sweet or salty? Sweet – I’m a sucker for anything with ice cream or frosting.

a)Favorite color? Lavender
c) Movie? – Love Actually
d) Summer or winter? Summer
e) Morning or night? Night—Ty and I are rarely in agreement about this, lol.
f) Rain or shine? Rain – Ty and I are always in agreement about this!
g) Sweet or salty? Sweet – Chocolate chip cookies are my downfall.

LIZ: What’s on your bucket list for this year?
TY and GRACE: To get the new restaurant up and running. To take Lucky to DisneyWorld.

i have a choice of e-book from my back list for one commenter today. Since this blog is all about books, let me ask you what I asked Grace above:   What was your favorite book as a child?

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    1. Ooooh, I LOVE that story. "Some Pig." One of the great classics for sure! Thanks, Lynn!

  2. My fav book was The House At Pooh Corner. greenshamrock atcox dotnet :)

    1. I loved Winnie the Pooh so much that when I was in high school German, I chose it for a translating project. I did a whole book of German Winnie the Pooh! I like it much better in English, lol, but I have a super soft spot in my heart for every single character. Thanks, Colleen, for the memory and mention of a great book!

  3. cat in the hat
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    1. Awwww, who doesn't adore the destructive and crazy Cat in the Hat? Thanks, BN!

  4. I loved all of the Little House on the Prairie books. I was disappointed when I finished the series. I hated for it to end.

    1. Yes, yes! Since I live in Minnesota--one of the many settings for those books "On the Banks of Plum Creek"--we are super fond of Laura Ingalls Wilder here. What an awesome series! Thanks for being her today!