Our special guest this evening is Miss Roselle Fountain, the heroine from author Ginger Simpson’s western historical, Sparta Rose. Welcome, Roselle.
RF – *Fidgeting* Oh please call me Ellie. I’ve never much identified with such a flowery name. You probably can’t tell by the way I’m dressed today, but I’ve always been somewhat of a tomboy.
HOST - *Laughing*. So I’ve heard. You look very nice in your flowered print—very much the lady.
RF – That’s Pa’s doing. He insisted that if I was going to make an appearance, I needed to dress like a lady. I’d much rather be wearing britches and boots. *Tugs at the neckline of her dress*. These things are too danged uncomfortable at times.
HOST – So, Ellie, tell the readers a little about Sparta Rose.
RF – *Grins* Well, I can’t give away too much. Ginger would skin me alive, but I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you that it’s got a little romance, a lot of western, and even more feistiness than her last historical romance. It all starts when Pa hires Tyler Bishop as the ranch foreman. I kinda figured Pa always wanted a son, and Ty proves me right. Their relationship gets me pretty riled up. I have a bad temper at times… I think it comes from this red hair. *pulls a strand of hair forward and smiles*.
HOST – So, besides your being jealous of Ty, is there any adventure involved.
RF – Oh, you bet. *Squares herself in her chair*. The polecats that live on the neighboring ranch are aiming to get Fountainhead away from Pa. Dude Bryant and his twin boys are meaner than snakes… well at least Dude and Jason are. Joshua comes across as quiet and a follower. But, *balls hands into fists* I’ll be danged if they’re gonna get my legacy. I actually bought a gun and taught myself to shoot it.
HOST – A gun? What do you plan to do with it?
RF – Protect Fountainhead of course. I’m aim to show Pa he don’t need Tyler Bishop around when he has me. I just wish that Ty wasn’t so dang good lookin’.
HOST – I haven’t heard you mention your mother. How does she feel about you owning a gun?
RF - *Lowers her eyes*. My ma died when I was very young. I suppose that’s why I took up with the ranch hands and spend so much time workin’ outdoors. *Raises a steely gaze*. But, now that Ty’s in the picture, Pa wants me to spend more time in the house doing womanly things.
HOST – Would that be such a bad thing?
RF – Of course it would. I don’t much care for cookin’ and cleanin’. We have Cook for that. I’d much rather brand a cow as fry one.
HOST – So what about the romance part of the story?
RF – *Chews her bottom lip for a moment* I can’t tell you much more than I accompany Ty to a dance, but as usual, he gets my dander up there, too. What happens from then on, you’ll have to find out for yourself. I may look young and naïve, but I’m not silly enough to give away the whole story. Miz Ginger is counting on sales to help pay for a trip to something called an RT Conference. I wouldn’t want to let her down.
HOST – I certainly wouldn’t want you to do that either. You’ve given us enough of a teaser to stir some interest. Hopefully we’ll see you on a best seller’s list somewhere.
RF – That would be right nice. It just may happen cause remember, I have a gun. *Slaps hip and fakes a draw*.
HOST - Well, here’s hoping you don’t have to use it. *laughs*. Thank you so much, Ellie, for being with us today. And good luck in the future.
RF – Oh, yeah. I almost forgot to tell you that Sparta Rose is available at Eternal Press. You can find them on something called Internet at, *reaches in pocket and pulls out a slip of paper; reads it* http://www.eternalpress.biz
HOST – Thanks again.