I’m a first-born. According to birth order studies, I should be:
• Reliable and conscientious
This amuses me because unless there’s a definition for reliable and conscientious that includes usually late, this is not me. However, if cautious also means paralyzed by anxiety and achievement-oriented stretches to a border-collie-like tendency to keep going when it might be smarter to spend a weekend watching Friends reruns, then I’m in.
Middle children, they say, tend to be:
• Somewhat rebellious
• Socially gregarious
In my latest release, RESISTING THE RANCHER we get to know the Gamble family of Lutherton, Montana, who are adjusting to the tragic loss of their middle son. Without Cale’s peacemaking presence, oldest son Zach and youngest daughter Celia have to create a new family dynamic before they can move forward with their lives.
Youngest kids, like Celia Gamble, are usually:
In HIS RELUCTANT RANCHER, we get a glimpse of Celia’s self-centeredness. But in RESISTING THE RANCHER, we finally see her fun-loving and outgoing side. She’s also a tomboy who can handle 1000-lb steers without batting an eye and who will rescue every stray dog and cat that comes her way, but is terrified of her feelings for her big brother’s best friend.
Of course, I didn’t create Celia Gamble with birth order traits in mind; she’s certainly not uncomplicated, for instance. But then, I think we’re all complicated. That’s what makes people so interesting! What aspects of your personality align with your birth order? What about your siblings?
Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and her work has appeared in publications varying from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She’s done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot. (That’s right. Air conditioner maintenance.)
But she’s also had a bunch of other stuff published, including one mystery novel, a couple of literary short stories and a non-fiction series. One summer, she wrote video game dialogue and narrative for Silicon Sisters Interactive, a project that combined her two favourite genres – mystery and romance – with the world of casual gaming.
In 2012 she sold her first romance novel to Entangled Publishing. THREE RIVER RANCH made the Barnes & Noble Top Ten list, The Amazon Top 100 list and is now the foundation of a multi-book series. Recently, the first three books sold to France.
Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.
Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.