Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #15

by | Oct 14, 2020 | Authors, Christian authors | 254 comments

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
• Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/18 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
• Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

I’m Pepper Basham and I LOVE romance! I write historical and contemporary romance with humor, faith, and, usually, my native Blue Ridge Mountains. So, yep, I’m an Appalachian girl at heart and storytelling is a big part of my culture. You can learn more about me on this site at www.pepperdbasham.com OR connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.

If you happen to like a good story – and one set in the Blue Ridge Mountains- my newest just came out this month. The Red Ribbon is a true crime historical romantic suspense novel that brings in some moonshinin’, gun slingin’, and a kiss that led to the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

AND…the hero in this story is likely one of your romantic betas, which is why I’m going to chat about beta heroes today!

In Defense of the Modern Romantic Beta Hero…

If you’ve read at least 10 romance stories, then there’s a good chance you’ve met an Alpha Romantic hero 8 out of 10 times, at LEAST. Alpha heroes are the popular types in most romance stories, regardless of genre. Sometimes, you can even tell from the cover of the book! If the novel involves werewolves, vampires, or high-class businessmen, there’s a 99.9% chance, that hero is an alpha. I’ll have a post coming up on modern romantic alpha heroes, but today, it’s all about those romantic betas.

What is a modern romantic beta hero then? I often think of the alpha as the hunky daydream and the beta as the guy you’d actually want your daughter to marry. That’s not to say beta heroes can’t be hunky or alphas are not marriageable.

Unfortunately, betas get a bad rap because—compared to the alpha—they can be misconstrued as weak. It’s just that their gentler approach to women, relationships, and life don’t stand out, initially, as much as the alpha’s personality does.

Here are a few romantic beta characteristics:

  • His superpower is his relational awareness and abilities, usually.
  • He may have a tough backstory, but he’s either learned to work through it or cope with it through humor or deference.
  • Quieter strength
  • Can be just as interesting as an alpha when he enters a room, but he’ll likely cover the attention with humor, a story, conversation, or attention shifting.
  • Competent in his world
  • He is more likely to attempt to persuade or convince than demand.
  • His actions are usually less forceful and more communicative, unless provoked.
  • He can be as protective as the best alpha, when feels like the people he loves are being threatened.
  • Instead of being physically aggressive or confrontational, he is more likely to work behind the scenes to get what he wants.
  • And though a beta may not have as pronounced a character arc as an alpha, because he’s human and flawed he still has great potential for growth.
  • He is more likely to use his brain/emotions to solve problems rather than brawn/power.
  • He usually has more emotional intelligence about himself and others, even though he can be a numbskull with the best of them when it comes to relationships too (again…human).
  • A beta has long term potential that involves more than just fights and heated nights of passion (though he is just as capable of having both of those as an alpha.)

The best betas have a little bit of alpha in them.

Of course, the very best heroes are likely a blend of alpha and beta. Not sure what to call them? Alta? Belpha? Or…just perfect? 🙂

Ultimately, when we write romantic heroes, the hero needs to fit his heroine AND the story. An alpha romantic hero will fit certain stories/heroines better than a beta and visa versa. It’s as important as the right girl for the glass slipper 🙂

Do you have any favorite romantic beta heroes you’ve read?

***ALSO, if you want to try out one of my books (with one of my FAVORITE beta heroes in it), my contemporary novella, Jane By the Book is FREE today on kindle!!!!***

Leave a comment below to be placed into a drawing to win a copy of The Red Ribbon (or winner’s choice of one of my other books. U.S. entries only).

Here’s the Stop #15 Basics:
CLUE: hunts

Link to Stop #16, the Next Stop on the Loop: The amazing Rachel Hauck’s site!

254 Comments

  1. Linda Hutchins

    Is your Titus from Jane by the Book a beta? I loved that story! Thank you for this interesting post, I never thought of heroes quite this way!

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    • pepperbasham

      I would definitely think Titus is a beta romance hero! Henry from When You Look at Me too! I love Titus so much!

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    • pepperbasham

      SAME, Abigail!!!

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  2. Amy M.

    As shallow as it may sound, I’m ALPHA hero. All. The. Way.

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    • pepperbasham

      HAHA!! Amy!!! You know, there are a LOT of people who share that sentiment. And the BEST Alpha heroes must have a little beta in them for us to love them, you know?

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    • Aslaug Gørbitz

      Amy, I also love Alpha heroes. I was going to post a comment to this thread, but I realized it would end up being a book of its own; so I decided to just reply to your comment instead. I think in real life Alpha heroes are dying out so it’s always nice to find them in fiction at least.

      Reply
  3. Kim H in GA

    I’m currently reading, and loving A Match for Emma.

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    • pepperbasham

      AHHH!! Kim!!! I’m so glad!! I loved writing that friends-to-more story! Isn’t Jon and Emma’s banter so much FUN!!???

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  4. Taylor Richard

    Excited to try out your books!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Taylor!

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      • The Artist Librarian

        The most recent beta hero I read was Ren Ichinose from the Strobe Edge series by Io Sakisaka. It was so refreshing to see because shojo manga has a rep for having alpha heroes but Ren was very conscientious and a guy with restraint can be really *attractive* … 😉

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    • pepperbasham

      Good luck, Tashia!!

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  5. Anne Payne

    I think I have my own romantic beta hero! But I have to say, Jeremiah Sutphin is a pretty awesome beta hero, and boy howdy he is definitely romantic!! 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      Awww, wasn’t he such a sweetheart!!

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  6. deborahdumm

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for joining!

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  7. Donna Irvin

    A beta I liked was Pastor Seth Shepherd in While Shepherds Watch Are Keeping by Susanne Dietze!

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    • pepperbasham

      Susanne writes some great heroes!

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  8. The Bookworms

    Thank you for the giveaway! Beta heroes are so sweet.

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    • pepperbasham

      They are!! It’s nice to have hero-variety!

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  9. susiesellnergmailcom

    Interesting–I’d never heard of alpha and beta heroes.

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    • pepperbasham

      Well, it’s just a nice little category to compare. In the past, betas were not see as heroic at all. I’m glad the newer definition gives them a bit more shine 🙂

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  10. Kris

    I’m looking forward to reading your books.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Kris

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  11. bmrawlins

    I loved this discussion. I am not familiar with the terminology and appreciated looking at heros from another perspective. I really enjoyed your latest book, the Red Ribbon.

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    • pepperbasham

      Oh! YAY!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed TRR!!! Jeremiah and Ava are SO sweet!!!

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  12. Rebekah Miller

    Wow this was enlightening! I had never thought about it before but my husband is probably more of a beta. He had a gentle spirit but loves me fiercely. This was neat to read about.

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    • pepperbasham

      What a great way to describe your husband! 🙂

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  13. Roxanne C.

    That was an informative post. I think I secretly root for the Beta hero.

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    • pepperbasham

      Right? But both hero types have their perfect place in the right story with the right heroine 🙂 I was going through my books and MOST of my heroes seem to be beta, so I might need to bring in some variety and write an alpha 🙂

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  14. Carolyn Bryant

    Loved The Red Ribbon and would love to win one of your other books!

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    • pepperbasham

      Carolyn!!! Thank you so much!! I just loved writing Jeremiah and Ava!! (and the other things too, but they were just the cutest!)

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  15. Lynn Brown

    thanks for the chance. awesome giveaway you are having.

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    • Lisa

      I thought your portrayal of Jonathan Taylor made an excellent beta hero. Thank you for the chance to win your book. I enjoyed seeing you at the game night on Facebook this week. Wasn’t that fun?

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  16. Paula Shreckhise

    Your description was very enlightening! I love all your books!

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    • pepperbasham

      Paula! You are amazing! Thank you for being such an encourager!!!

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  17. Cathy

    I enjoy the scenic settings of your books which I have had the joy of reading thus far!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Cathy! I love celebrating my Blue Ridge Mountains and my #homeawayfromhome – England 🙂

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  18. Dana Moraru

    Curious to check out this book!

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  19. Mark Buzard

    If a guy can answer that: Tox in the Tox Files by Ronie Kendig 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      Way to go, Mark!!! I love it when guys read romance books. You guys are either a silent minority or more of a minority than I think! Thank you for commenting!!! (Ronie’s books are fantastic)

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  20. Sherrinda Ketchersid

    One that stands out to me is Henry in When You Look at Me. I thought he was so sweet and caring.

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    • pepperbasham

      Henry is like the BETA among betas!!! You are so right, Sherrinda!

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    • pepperbasham

      Ooh, from which book, Natalya?

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  21. Camille

    Thanks bunches for taking part in the fun!

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  22. Sonja

    Love reading Christian books!

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    • pepperbasham

      GREAT!!! I do too!

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  23. Jerry

    I look forward to reading one of your books! 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Jerry!

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  24. Sonnetta Jones

    I like Hudson from Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter.

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  25. Lynn Cherry

    I never thought about Alpha or beta heroes before. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Jenna Botts

    Thank you!

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  27. thebluestockingblog

    Can’t wait to read this book, I’m just loving this series!

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  28. Carole Smith

    I love beta male characters! Thanks for the chance!

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  29. Kim Bakos

    Never heard of heroes described this way, but I prefer beta!

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  30. Andrette Herron

    I love the description of beta heroes.And yes, definitely the type you want your daughter to marry.

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    • pepperbasham

      HAHA! Right, Andrette?! LOL

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  31. Betsy Tieperman

    I had not heard of alpha or beta heroes before. So interesting!

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  32. Beth Wood

    This book sounds amazing, I’m looking forward to reading it!

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    • pepperbasham

      I hope you enjoy it, Beth!

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  33. Joy Shelden

    I really enjoy beta heroes. I feel alphas are too macho and possessive. A real romantic hero to me, will let me be me and love me for myself.

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    • pepperbasham

      Truly a hero, Joy!

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  34. Tina H

    Yes. Thank you.

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  35. Stephanie

    I’ve never really thought about there being different types of romantic heroes, but I have to say I’m probably more of a fan of the beta heroes. They just are sweeter! 🙂

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  36. Becky L.

    The explanation of the difference between an alpha and beta is very interesting. I have never really thought about the difference between the two. I just knew that some guys were alphas and the rest were not!

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  37. Karen B

    Both can be interesting but the story dictates which is best, so I love both – and the “combo” man!

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    • pepperbasham

      So true, Karen

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  38. LisaC

    I’ve never heard of a beta hero. Thanks for informing us. I think I like the just perfect.

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  39. Judy

    Interesting discussion. I believe Reese from a Twist of Faith was a beta. A Great Story. Thank you for the hunt and the giveaway.

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    • pepperbasham

      Judy, you know, I think he might be too! He’s such a sweet hero!

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  40. Amanda T.

    I’m excited to read one of your books!

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  41. Lynette

    I love your books!!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Lynette!!

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  42. Margie Mijares

    The Red Ribbon is a fabulous book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Love Finds you in the Blue Ridge is a particular favorite of mine and I am hoping both for a sequel and that someone will make a movie based on it!! Just love your writing…it strikes a chord with me!!!

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    • pepperbasham

      Margie!! Thank you so much!! I loved writing the Blue Ridge story, especially since it’s from some of my family history. And YES, I hope to have time to work on a sequel to that book. I love the characters and setting there.

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  43. Sandy Swanberg

    New thought to me! I’m going to pay more attention to the heroes in that regard. Come to think of it, I’m married to a beta!!!❤️

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  44. mommysnotajunglegym

    I never thought about different hero characters as alphas or betas, but it makes sense. I can’t think of an example from a novel offhand, but my husband definitely falls into the beta category!

    So, what about heroines? Are they alphas or betas, too, or are there different terms for them?

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    • pepperbasham

      Totally!! Heroines can be alphas and betas too! Sandra Bullock’s character on the Proposal would definitely be more alpha heroine.

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  45. Mary

    I’m excited to read your books. You are a new author for me. This is the first time I’ve heard of beta and alpha heros, but I think I’d prefer the beta.

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  46. Priscila

    Love this blog post! The Beta hero that comes to mind is Brandon Spark from A Sudden Spark by Liwen Ho. I really loved his quiet and emotional strength.

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  47. Phyllis

    Ok….trying to absorb all that you said about alphas and betas…seems that the alpha can be kind of over the top? While the beta is more your normal, best friend that will stay with you forever guy? So is Sam from The Thorn Bearer a beta then?

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    • pepperbasham

      I definitely think, he’s more Beta, Phyllis. Titus too. and Jonathan from Laurel’s Dream. And Henry from When You Look at Me

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  48. Andréa

    I also love the Blue Ridge Mountains, I grew up near them in Virginia and we take a camping trip every year with our extended families along the Park Way. I’m excited to read your books. 🙂

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  49. terirose22

    Becky Wade’s Sweet on You features Zander, who is absolutely a beta, and I just adore him! Your description was spot on!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. Dianna

    I’ve never thought about beta heroes specifically before…but I think I understand what you’re talking about. Like in Hunger Games, Peeta Mellark would be the beta?

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  51. Rae

    I don’t think I have ever thought of Alpha vs Beta characters in books before. I can’t think of any characters off the top of my head, but I feel like when it comes to real life I enjoy hanging out with Beta types more than Alpha. I think mainly because I don’t want to be the center of attention, and where the Alpha types are, I feel like the attention tends to follow.

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  52. Kathy Church

    Thanks for the chance to win one of your books. I loved The Red Ribbon!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much for reading it, Kathy!

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  53. Marea

    I have not read any of your books yet, but have you added to my list of authors to read. 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Marea

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  54. Charlotte Faeth

    This is an interesting topic and discussion. Beta heroes are preferable!

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  55. Shelley Beachy

    You are a new author for me, and I look forward to reading your books soon!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Shelley

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  56. Pamela Kappel

    I have never read any beta hero books but they sound very interesting.I would like to read one of yours!Thank you for this chance!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for joining in the conversation, Pamela

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  57. Dakota

    I honestly don’t know if I have a favorite beta hero, or if I’ve ever actually read a book with one it it, but they sound so interesting. A lot of the heroes, if you can call them that, in the books I read are outdone by the heroines.

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    • pepperbasham

      Dakota, are you saying that the heroines are better-written/well developed or that they’re “stronger” than the heroes?

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  58. Mrs. Brent Magers

    Thank you

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  59. Sherri Godfrey

    I love a good blend of alpha and beta for my book heroes, just like my real life hero!

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    • pepperbasham

      Yes! So true!!

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  60. Kerri Norrod

    Thanks for the chance!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for joining!

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  61. Brittany

    I loved reading this. I like both alpha and beta hero’s and I am excited to read your books.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Brittany! I like reading both too – whichever fits the story the best, right? My current favorite alpha hero is Phillip Camden from Roseanna White’s book, On Wings of Devotion.

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  62. pattymh2000

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt Pepper! I love that you write both contemporary and historical fiction.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Patty! I love writing both too and in April 2021, I have my first split time coming out!!

      Reply
  63. Tracey L Jones

    I’ve never thought of alpha vs beta before in this way. I would love to check out the Red Ribbon! I love historical fiction, romance is the icing on top. 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      Tracey! Romance is my FAV!! Thanks for stopping by

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  64. mrshofer

    THat’s a really good question. I read hundreds of books each year, and this is the first I’ve actually heard of Alpha/Beta spelled out for me to think on. So, I’m sure I”ve read dozens or more betas, but I’ve never thought of my heros and thought on whether they are alpha or beta, I just take them as they come!
    mrshofer@hotmail.com contact.

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    • pepperbasham

      And if they’re well written, that’s exactly the way we should take them – because they fit into their story well 🙂

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  65. Connie J Randel

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love your books…

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Connie!!

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  66. Patti Wentling

    Looking forward to getting one of your books. Always looking for a new author to read

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Patti! I’m always looking for new readers 🙂

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  67. Patricia B.

    Beta heroes have been favorites. The alpha’s are most appropriate in many cases, but I wouldn’t want to have to put up with one as a life partner. One Beta hero I liked recently was Mason Fanning in HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS by Jill Kemerer. A bit of vulnerability makes them all the more appealing.

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    • pepperbasham

      I totally agree with you, Patricia. That vulnerability, but still being strong….whew!

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  68. Heather Lapointe

    Thank you for the entry 😊

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  69. Dana Michael

    This book sounds so good, especially with a very romantic Beta hero in it. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. You rock.

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    • pepperbasham

      Dana! Thanks so much!!

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  70. carylkane

    Pepper, Your heroes are so swoony!

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    • pepperbasham

      Caryl, you’re the best!

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  71. Rebecca Booth

    Thanks for the chance on this scavenger hunt!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for stopping by

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  72. Steph S

    Can’t wait to read some of these! Thanks for the education on characters! Fascinating.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for visiting!!

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for stopping by

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  73. Elly Cox

    🤔I don’t know that I have a favorite, I just like reading all types of characters in general!😁

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    • pepperbasham

      Right? If they fit the story and are well-written, then that’s the big deal!

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  74. Shari

    Thank you for introducing yourself to me. I love finding new authorsl

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    • pepperbasham

      I love finding new readers!!! 🙂

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  75. Erin L.

    My husband is definitely a beta. He’s my favorite. 🙂

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    • pepperbasham

      As he should be! LOL

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  76. Paula

    I have heard much about you and your work in Avid Readers of Christian Fiction group I am a member of on Facebook. What I hadn’t heard is that you are an Appalachian girl. So am I, though work took us to coastal Georgia nearly 13 years ago…so far away from our roots, our children, our grandchildren and now a great-grand child. But my heart soars knowing they are in the heart of Appalachia! Best wishes to you!

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    • pepperbasham

      Woohooo! Paula!!! Another Appalachian girl!! It’s a great place to grow up! If you’re interested in reading my favorite of my Appalachian historicals, may I recommend My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge? 🙂

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  77. Megan

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! I never really thought about whether the heroes in the books I read are alpha or beta types, but that’s interesting. I just call them all dreamy 🙂 .

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    • pepperbasham

      HAHA!! That’s a good way to see them too 🙂

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  78. Vicki Wurgler

    the book has some moonshinin’, gun slingin’, and a kiss that led to the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre, that all sounds good!

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    • pepperbasham

      It’s crazy how “true stories” can sound so fictional!

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  79. Claudia Castenir

    I so enjoyed your addition to Barbour’s True Colors series. Thanks for a great read.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Claudia!

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  80. Gabrielle Harris

    That’s so interesting to know! I was running books through my head and could determine then which were alpha or beta!

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  81. joanarning

    How about Jonathan in My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge? I loved that book! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    • pepperbasham

      Joan, he is definitely a beta – and SOOOOO endearing!

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  82. Brenda Walters

    I really don’t think much about the characters as alpha or beta. I like them to get along and communicate easily for most of the book. Yet still work through problems.

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    • pepperbasham

      Very good points, Brenda

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  83. Elizabeth Kosten

    One of my very favorite beta male characters would have to be Father Tim Cavanaugh from the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

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    • pepperbasham

      What a great example!!

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  84. Kim Wageneck

    I love a great hero…either beta or alpha. If I HAD to choose, I’d say beta. Makes sense though because my husband is definitely a beta…way more a thinker, gentle by nature, calm and steady. My best friend. However, that man loves deeply. I am blessed to be the one he chose to spend his life with. As far as you hero go…Titus; who doesn’t love that guy? I’d even argue that Alex Murdock is a beta at heart trying to be an alpha which is what gets him into trouble.

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    • pepperbasham

      Kim!!! You are brilliant!!!! I love that description of Alex more than I can say!!!
      And Titus? So true. He’s like an adorable puppy. YOu just have to love him.

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  85. Kristin Langholz

    I think Freddie in Cotillion (Georgette Heyer) is a good example of a beta hero. Love him!

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    • pepperbasham

      Oooh, I don’t know him. I’ll have to meet him 😉

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  86. Vicki

    Thanks for the chance to win. Will be sure to read The Red Ribbon. It will be the first time reading one of your books and I am looking forward to it.

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    • pepperbasham

      I hope you do!! It was fun to write.

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  87. Heather Russell

    I really enjoy your books! I used to live in Johnson City so your books that I have read take me back to the Appalachian region. Love it!!!

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    • pepperbasham

      Heather!! I lived in the Johnson City too! How cool is that?!?

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      • Heather Russell

        Not too long ago a friend recommended your books, which I had already read but then she mentioned she knew you when you lived in Johnson City. How did I miss out on this opportunity to meet you? 🙂

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  88. melfunk

    I’ve not read any of your books yet, but I’m going to find one to read.

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    • pepperbasham

      I have a free one coming out tomorrow that I’ll share here! It’s not historical, but it will let you meet a really FUN beta hero 🙂

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  89. Crystal Grant

    What a fun post! I like the comparison/contrast of alpha and beta heroes. Never thought about it like that. 🙂

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  90. Debra Pruss

    Thank you for the opportunity. I am not sure that I have a favorite beta or alpha hero. I fall in love with all heroes as I read the books. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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    • pepperbasham

      Debra, that is so true. If the hero is well-written, then it doesn’t matter his ‘type’, does it?

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  91. Arletta Boulton

    I think I prefer Betas to Alphas.

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    • pepperbasham

      I LOVE Betas, but the most important thing for me, in fiction, is to make sure the hero matches the story and the heroine – regardless of his ‘type’. But I tend to write more betas. LOL

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  92. Susanne Mincer

    There are so many great heroes!

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    • pepperbasham

      So true!

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  93. ohiohomeschool

    What a great post! I did not know the difference.

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    • pepperbasham

      Thanks for stopping by

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  94. Korin

    Very interesting. I’ve recognized these Alpha heroes in books and other media, and it can be very misleading, especially for young, impressionable girls who picture their hero buff and charming. For guys, too, who feel the pressure to live up to that standard. I love beta heroes, because they can be so much more realistic and good role models.

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    • pepperbasham

      Korin, I can see how that could be misleading, just like seeing “perfect” women can undermine young girls’ perspectives too. I’m glad God gives a wonderful variety of “heroes” in His Word, aren’t you? That way we can have a “standard” but also see how He has the ability to make heroes out of all sorts of people!

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  95. Beverly Duell-Moore

    SThis is a book that I not to read! It’s on my wish list!

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  96. ReviewsByErin

    I love me some beta heroes. 😊 Still waiting for my own beta hero to show up in my real life. 😉

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    • pepperbasham

      I wonder if they’re harder to find because they’re not as demonstrative?

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  97. Jennifer K

    I think that you are right, sometimes Beta heroes get a bad name, too bad.

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  98. Sabrina

    I love finding new authors! I can’t wait to read one of your books, I’ve had my eye on the True Colors Series for a while, and I just might have to start with yours! 😁

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    • pepperbasham

      It’s a good series, Sabrina, and can be read out of order since the books are ONLY connected by the fact that they all are based on true American crimes

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  99. tdstevens1

    That was interesting about alpha and beta guys. Never thought about it before.

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  100. Bridget

    I just discovered your books and look forward to reading some soon!

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  101. Erika Luther

    Hi Pepper, I’m new to your books. They all sound great. Definitely putting them on my list of books to read. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  102. sabrinatemplin

    What about Westley(WEsley?) from The Princess Bride…i think he is more beta

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  103. Charlotte

    Thank you for being part of the Scavenger Hunt. Looking forward to reading your books.

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  104. T.S. Mart and Mel Cabre

    Loved your post about betas and the quotes. Great material. Can’t wait to read more of your work.

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  105. Christine Kilner

    Loved your post about heroes. It made me think. Cannot wait to purchase the book.

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  106. She S

    Thanks for giving us this opportunity, and for the post about betas.

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  107. Emilee Douglas

    I would say the sweet and quiet Adam in Denise Hunter’s Lake Season fits the bill.

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  108. Carissa

    A Toss up Between Nate Webber in Ever Faithful and Brent Somerville in The London Restoration.

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  109. Laurel S.

    you are one of my “automatically buy without even reading description” authors!!

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  110. Grace Johnson

    Ah, the age-old argument of alpha males vs betas! You did a terrific job of defending the betas, Pepper! I love my own even more now!

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  111. Mimi B

    Nothing wrong with a beta hero! I’m here for them! lol Fun that you’re sharing your book for free! Thanks!

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  112. ronnellkaygibson

    LOVE the True Crime Series, and look forward to reading The Red Ribbon!

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  113. Karen M

    The perfect man is a combo of alpha and beta. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  114. Trixi

    I like a perfectly balanced hero 🙂 But I know that’s not always realistic, lol!

    Thank you for the extra giveaway chance, Pepper.

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  115. Ксения

    BRONZE MEDAL—CHRISTIAN FICTION—READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST—2015 GRACE AWARDS SHORT-LISTED—2015 INSPY AWARDS From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. When her fiance leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone. Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend’s former fiance and his own childhood companion. As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship. When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

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  116. Maryann

    You are a new to me author and I would love to read one of your books

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  117. Sharon Coon

    I am not familiar with your books but like what I see here. I will have to try one of your books. Thank you for this opportunity. I think I would like beta heroes best.

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  118. Sue

    I know I can tell the difference between the heroes when I read books but I’ve never thought to verbalize what the difference was. Interesting to think about now that you’ve brought it up. Thanks for participating in the Hunt.

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  119. Amber

    I’m not that picky, I just love a good book = alpha, beta, gamma, delta…

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  120. shelia64

    can’t pick just one.

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  121. Becky D.

    I love heroes who don’t walk in a hero status…more beta, almost considered the underdog or black sheep. More heard & not always seen. Thanks so much for sharing!! Very intriguing
    ! 🥰📚

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  122. Sara

    I never thought of it this way, but I actually think I prefer beta heroes in a novel. So much more human!

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  123. Carolyn Gould

    Thank you!

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  124. jana sue moseley

    Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt. It’s fun.

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  125. Stephanie Ludwig

    Aw, the Beta is your typical boy next door. I love them!

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  126. Sarah Taylor

    Thank you for the chance love these hunts they are so fun!

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  127. Jocelyn

    I really enjoy your books

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  128. Melissa

    I am looking forward to reading your books!

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  129. Elizabeth R

    I, of course, love an alpha hero but give me a joke cracking beta hero and I’m all in too!

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  130. LindaB

    Thank you for being part of this scavenger hunt and for making sure we knew you had a free book on amazon (it’s waiting for me to start reading right now).

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  131. Jennifer

    Thanks for giving us all a chance to read Jane By the Book on our Kindles! And for participating in this fun scavenger hunt! 😊

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  132. Rose Milligan

    Nice post. Thanks for the chance!

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  133. Deena Adams

    Thanks for the chance to win your book!

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  134. readingbee444

    Ooh! Such an interesting perspective!

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  135. Rebecca Lare

    My grandmother lived outside of Hillsville, in Laurel Fork! I can’t wait to read your book!

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    • pepperbasham

      Awesome, Rebecca! That’s my hometown 🙂

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      • pepperbasham

        I mean, I’m from Carroll County, not specifically Laurel Fork 🙂

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  136. Lisa

    Glad to meet you!

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  137. Marilyn

    I am looking forward to reading your books. Always fun to discover a new author!

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  138. Laura W.

    I like alpha and betas depending on the story they are put in. Sometimes a beta is perfect for the plot, so I don’t think I prefer one over the other, if that makes sense. Especially since betas can have some alpha in them!

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  139. Abby Breuklander

    Oh The Red Ribbon sounds sooo good!!

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  140. cr1955

    I’d love to read your book, as I don’t think I’ve read anything by you yet. Is Red Ribbon one of the True Colors series? I’ve read a couple of those! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  141. Michelle Fidler

    I think I prefer betas because they seem like more of a nice guy.

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  142. Jill Jones

    Awesome!!

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  143. Donna

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  144. Alicia Haney

    Your new book sounds intriguing and like a Great read! I love the book title. Thank you for the chance.

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  145. Danielle Grandinetti

    I love your definition of a Beta Hero! I tend to like heroes who are more relationally aware, but hadn’t considered the difference between alphas and betas. Now I’m seeing them in a new light and I love it!

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  146. Danielle Grandinetti

    I love your definition of a Beta Hero! I tend to like heroes who are more relationally aware, but hadn’t considered the difference between alphas and betas. Now I’m seeing them in a new light and I love it!

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  147. khmichelle

    Liked this entry on the beta.

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  148. Teresa Westendorf

    I ordered Jane By the Book and can’t wait to read it.

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  149. Mallori N.

    Thank you for that explanation of beta heroes! My favorite beta hero is Gilbert Blythe.

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  150. peggy clayton

    I am so glad to get to know you on this hunt and i am battling a disease rsd and love to read and review on a few sites.

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  151. LO

    Adding this to my wishlist of books!

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  152. conniepsaunders

    I loved your explanation of Alpha and Beta heroes and I was reminded of a discussion that my niece and I had years ago. She told me that there was just something about “bad boys”, which at that time included those that wore their hair very long. As I read this post, I just realized that I chose a Beta hero to be my husband. Thanks for the fun post and scavenger hunt!

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  153. Bn100

    Fun hunt

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  154. Corianna Meyers

    I think Walt from my all-time favorite book A Distant Melody (by Sarah Sundin) is a beta. I’ve never thought about alphas and betas, but I think I like betas better.

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  155. Deana Ackiss

    LOVE this series! Looking forward to it!

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  156. Hannah Rollett

    I’ve read a ton of romance novels and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know there was a difference in the types of heroes! Thank you for sharing this!

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  157. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds

    Thank you so very much. Blessings

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  158. Bethany Howard

    Thanks for participating in the giveaway. It’s a great way for me to discover new authors to read.

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  159. lindahorin

    This is a new concept for me, but I will be interested to check it out through this new lens, particularly when I read the free book you just offered! Thank you!

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  160. Vickie Jameson

    I prefer beta heroes. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. Nicole House

    I think that I prefer beta heroes (most of the time). I really enjoy your books, and the series that The Red Ribbon is part of sounds so interesting!

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  162. Hope Corbett

    This beta idea sounds interesting.

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  163. Lisa Hudson

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of alpha or beta heroes. However, I KNOW I’ve been married to my own alpha hero for 33 years on 11-21-2020 so I’m obviously drawn to that type!

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  164. lindamoffitt02

    Thanks for the Chance to Win one of your Great Books 📚

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  165. kaisquared4

    Ashley Wilkes from Gone With the Wind is who I think of when asked about a beta male in literature.Thanks! Mary

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  166. Teresa Danford

    Very interesting article on beta vs. alpha!

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