A Stranger She Can Trust by Regan Black – Guest Blog and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Regan Black will be awarding a $50 Amazo/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Thanks so much, Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today while I’m happy dancing over the release of A Stranger She Can Trust.

Being a writer is a strange thing. Not everyone believes those moments of staring into space mean I’m working. And while every writer is unique in their process, there are general categories of those who plan and plot and those who simply take an idea and run with it. And then there’s me.

When I started on this adventure as a romance writer, it was out of desperation. I was a published poet working on my second collection, a stay-at-home mother of two, and my husband had come home to work for the second time in two years. I was frustrated having him ‘underfoot’ again and my poetry started to fall off theme. It was laughable – one poem was rainbows and sunshine, the next it sounded as if I was about to take a leap of the porch rail into the hydrangeas.

No, it wouldn’t have been a life-threatening leap. I likely wouldn’t even have twisted an ankle. But just in case, I did something more drastic. I started a book. It was fictionalization of how I’d met and fallen in love with my husband. A silly lark, an exercise to remind myself what I’d found so appealing about the man that I said ‘I do’ with all the romantic hearts and promises that go along with a happy ever after. It turned into the worst romance novel ever, but my husband and I still joke that it saved our marriage (LOL) and revealed my passion for writing novels.

Energized, I set out to become a better author and to pursue publication and joined Romance Writers of America. I soaked up everything I could from classes and conferences and learned about plotting writers (outlines rule!) and pantsing writers (who needs an outline?). I was definitely a pantser – planning a story spoiled the joy of discovery for me in the writing process.

As a newbie, I didn’t realize it was weird or possibly (gasp) ‘wrong’ to write a book out of order. It was just how I did things. If I got stuck on a scene, I’d jump to the place where I knew what would happen and then I just pieced it all together into order, smoothing out the edges and transitions in the revisions until it all flowed. Sometimes I even wrote a book in reverse.

When asked, I confessed my process during an RWA class, and the gazes aimed at me ranged from pity to horror, with one notable exception of the speaker who exclaimed with utter delight, “Oh, you’re a quilter!”

That moment and the discussion that followed affirmed my unique process and helped me understand there is no singular ‘correct’ way to write a book. What matters most is creating a wonderful experience for the reader.

It’s a lesson that empowered me and has kept me productive in a career I love and it’s the reason I use every opportunity to encourage others to find their unique strengths and run with them.

Live the adventure!

Outside a busy Philadelphia nightclub, a woman stumbles from her taxi. Beaten and bruised, she is an amnesiac who must rely on a handsome stranger to help her uncover her identity. Carson Lane—a paramedic with his own dark history—can’t help but bring this beautiful, vulnerable woman under his wing. As they begin unraveling who she really is, he realizes falling in love could be the biggest risk of all.

Enjoy an Excerpt

“Carson!”

He wheeled around to find Grant Sullivan, owner of the Escape Club, leaning into the kitchen doorway. “Sir?”

“I need a word.” He tipped his head toward his office. “Come on back.”

“Sure thing.” Carson untied the apron and left it on a hook by the kitchen door, then followed Grant down the hall. The man’s stocky build and easygoing outlook belied his quickness and boundless energy. At his boss’s gesture, he eased into one of the two chairs facing the desk. The office was quiet, only the dull throb of the band’s bass carrying through the floors.

“How did things go today?” Grant’s brown eyes were bright with anticipation. “On your PFD shift, I mean.”

“Smooth and normal shift,” Carson replied, hoping his relief at the easy question wasn’t too obvious.

Grant nodded, his thick salt-and-pepper eyebrows dipping low with his frown. “And the knee is holding up?”

“Yes.” Carson forced a smile. “Feeling stronger every day.” It was a small fib. The bullet had passed through his thigh, just above his knee, causing all kinds of damage to muscles and connective tissue along the way. He’d resumed walking three weeks after the surgery, but the pain had leveled out around week eight. Contrary to the physical therapy consensus, the motions never got easier.

“I got a call from Evelyn today. She’d like to get you back on the schedule full-time.”

“She said as much to me,” Carson admitted.

“So, why do you keep hanging around here?”

About the Author:

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Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for hosting and kicking off the tour today! 😀

  4. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  5. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  6. Cali W. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  7. Kim Pickett says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Great excerpt choice! The premise of this interests me.

  8. bernie wallace says:

    Congrats on the tour. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  9. Dale Wilken says:

    Thank You for the great excerpt.

  10. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  11. It’s a great premise!

  12. I loved your personal story. I don’t write but if I did I’m pretty sure I’d be a “quilter” too. Your book sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  14. Just stopping by to say hi! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  15. How was your cinco de mayo? Did you have any special plans?

  16. This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  17. Bea LaRocca says:

    Congrats to the author on the release of her new book and thanks so much for sharing an excerpt. It sounds like an awesome read and I’m looking forward to it.

  18. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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