A stalker, a cold murder, and a hot cop turn a horse trainer's homecoming deadly
When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her…
Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again.
"Leigh has created a nail-bitingly suspenseful romance novel that’s sure to put your manicure in danger." — Booklist
"Don't start this book before bed unless you enjoy sleeping with one eye open!" —RT Book Reviews
“Relentless tension builds to a riveting crescendo in Leigh’s romantic thriller…”—Publishers Weekly
DONNELL: Welcome back Melinda, to Get Lost in a Story: If you could live anywhere on earth, where would it be?
MELINDA: I would love to live somewhere warm, preferable close to a beach. My favorite vacations always include an ocean view to accompany my morning coffee, and I never sleep better than when I can hear the surf from my bed.
DONNELL: You write thrillers and chilling suspense, so … I’m curious do you cover your eyes during scary movies?
MELINDA: NEVER, unless bugs are involved. The scarab scenes in The Mummy immediately come to mind. And though The Chamber of Secrets isn’t exactly a horror movie, those scenes with the spiders were too much for me. But I barely blinked during An American Werewolf in London (one of my personal favs).
I’m not a fan of slasher films or senseless gore. Movies have to have a real mystery suspense plot to entice me into viewing. Although I admit to LOVING campy horror films, especially if they involve animals grown to disproportionate size (Lake Placid, Alligator, Tremors). What’s not to love about giant man-eating worms? I’m also a big fan of spoofy horror humor (Zombieland, Van Helsing). Twinkie anyone?
DONNELL: What character would you most likely invite to dinner? Then turn this question, what character would you definitely exclude off the invitation list.
MELINDA: Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden is one of my favorite characters. His self-deprecating sense of humor cracks me up. He’d be welcome to bring Bob, the snarky spirit that lives in the skull.
I would definitely exclude Hannibal Lector, mostly because I’d probably be ON the menu.
DONNELL: What is the most unusual thing you have in your closet?
MELINDA: Most people would consider the load of martial arts weapons odd. My closet is full of Kama, Arnis sticks, bo staffs, and rubber knives. I think it’s weird that we still have the empty box for every electronics purchase since 1999. We don’t even own half of this stuff anymore.
DONNELL: What comes next for Melinda Leigh?
MELINDA: I’m very excited for the release of Midnight Sacrifice, the sequel to Midnight Exposure, in April. This book took on a life of its own during the writing process. Typically, I’m a plotter. But this time I had to let go of my original outline and let the story have its head. With 5 completed manuscripts, I’m fascinated that the writing process for each one has been different.
I just turn the manuscript in for She Can Scream, which is tentatively scheduled for a September release. I’m contemplating plot details for the next “She Can” book, She Can Hide. I should probably clean my house first. <looks around> I should definitely clean my house first.MELINDA’S QUESTION FOR READERS: I love to add animals into stories. Dogs, cats, and horses have been a part of my life since I was a child. How do you feel about animal characters? If you love them, name some of your favorites.
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