After her capture by human traffickers, international reporter Arden Wilkes should have felt safe back in her small hometown. Blue Falls, Texas, feels comfortingly familiar—and painfully foreign. Disoriented, Arden struggles to regain her sense of self and deal with the aftermath…only to find a sense of safety in the last place she ever expected.
Rancher Neil Hartley knows too well the kind of scars that trauma can bring. However, what started out as warm friendship with Arden is quickly turning into a deepening attraction. But despite Arden’s slow recovery—and the promise of love—her old life still awaits her return. Now Arden must choose between the woman she used to be…and the safety of her rancher’s arms.
Trish Milburn has written more than 35 novels and novellas for Harlequin, Bell Bridge Books, Razorbill/Penguin and through indie publishing. Her imagination runs in lots of different directions, so she’s written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, young adult and paranormal romance stories. She enjoys reading, watching TV, going for walks, seeing places she’s not seen before, and attending fan conventions where she’s been known to cosplay.
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Jan Schliesman: Do you ever get lost in your own stories?
Trish Milburn: Sometimes. You know it’s happened when you have a word count goal for the day and you suddenly look down and realize you’ve blown right past it.
Jan: Name three things on your desk right now.
Trish: A brownie, Sharpies (I love Sharpies) and a reminder to renew my car tags.
Jan: Do you struggle to find fresh ideas or do they come naturally?
Trish: I come up with all kinds of ideas. Sometimes, however, they don’t fit into the type of story I need to be writing, so I have to put them on the back burner. If only I could complete books as often as I get new ideas for stories.
Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Trish: The fact that it shows love can help heal even the deepest scars. My heroine, Arden, is a reporter like I was for years. However, while I covered local and statewide stories, Arden is an international reporter who goes to cover dangerous stories around the world and eventually is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is kidnapped by human traffickers as a result. I’ve always really admired those reporters who go to war zones to get the truth out, who put themselves in danger so that atrocities are not hidden from the world.
Jan: What are you currently reading?
Trish: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (inspired to read by watching Black Sails), and The Chemistry of Calm by Dr. Henry Emmons (trying to tackle my anxiety issues).
Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Trish: I believe in a powerful attraction (physical and/or emotional) at first sight that can lead to love. But if you just see someone without knowing anything about them, I’m not sure that can be true love. They could be hot as fire but turn out to be a complete jerk. However, if you have some sort of actual interaction during that first meeting and they say or do something that really speaks to you – who you are and what you believe – then I think you can have a very strong indication that this might be a person with whom you could build something lasting.
Jan: If you had the skills to be in any other profession, what would it be?
Trish: Actor or a writer for TV and/or movies. One of my bucket list items is to appear in a TV episode or movie in some small way.
Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Trish: I’ve loved my road trips out West to see my sister during which I hit as many units of the National Park Service as I could. My favorite is Yellowstone National Park, where my sister worked for a year back when we were in our 20s. It and Grand Teton National Park to the south are both gorgeous.
Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Tombstone/DiGiorno. What do you like on your pizza?
Trish’s GOTTA ANSWER: Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and pineapple – all on the same pizza.
UP NEXT: The Rancher’s Surprise Baby (Harlequin Western Romance, June 2017)
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