I’m welcoming Regan Black, author of romantic suspense, A Stranger She Can Trust. Regan will be awarding a $50 Amazo/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.
To help us all celebrate the release of her book, Regan shares her thoughts about giving characters authentic representation of experiencing trauma and why it is important to explore thoroughly.
Thanks so much, Lynn for hosting me today and helping me celebrate the release of A Stranger She Can Trust.
This book posed some interesting challenges for me as the characters took shape. Initially, I began with one key scene in mind. It was a picture of Melissa – with no memory of who she really is – stumbling into the arms of Carson, a paramedic who doesn’t trust himself after he failed to save his partner when their ambulance was ambushed. Carson is still recovering from a lingering injury, though even he is starting to suspect the pain is more psychological than physical.
This book required both interviews and research into traumatic amnesia, the process where our brain blocks out something it deems we’re not ready to face, and what I found was fascinating. In Melissa’s case, she soon learns her best friend was murdered and much of her struggle is internal as she fights to remember so she can help bring a killer to justice.
When I’m crafting a story I feel the brutal details of what the characters have suffered are important as backstory, but it’s more important to me to share how they survive and eventually outgrow the trauma to become healthy people with a fresh lease on life. Although A Stranger She Can Trust does explore those darkest moments in the pasts of Carson and Melissa, the focus is on restoring trust and finding healing.
As an author, I believe fiction can frequently offer us a more honest reflection of what we suffer, survive, and how we eventually overcome. At its core, this book is about how we know who to trust in the midst of a crisis. Melissa has only her intuition to clue her in that Carson is reliable and Carson, with years of experience as a first responder, trusts his instincts that whoever the woman really is, she was never a perpetrator.
Thanks, Regan! The backstory for A Stranger She Can Trust sounds intriguing.
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.
“Would you like us to take you home or call a friend or family member for you?” Grant asked.
A fresh bolt of panic shot through her like white-hot lightning streaking through a dark sky. The sensation left her gasping. She knew what they were asking. She knew what it meant to call someone. She just couldn’t remember the numbers or names that would connect her to someone familiar. The concept of family made her feel marginally better and a thousand times worse, though the word didn’t induce quite as much dread as friend did. Alexander was the name on the matchbook, and Grant and Carson were here and had been kind to her. Those three names were the extent of her world.
She wanted answers as much as the men asking the questions.
“No. I guess not.” She studied the man named Grant sitting behind his desk. The hard jaw and thick build gave off an air of no-nonsense toughness, but his warm brown gaze didn’t induce any fear, and the gray hair salting his temples added a trust factor.
“I can’t tell you where I live. I mean, I don’t know the answer.” She fisted her hands in frustration, and her short fingernails bit into her palms. “I don’t know who to call. The names…” Her breath rattled in and out of her chest. How could her head feel so full and empty at the same time? “The names are just gone,” she finished in a hoarse whisper.
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Bio and Links:
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.
A Stranger She Can Trust on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Trust-Escape-Club-Heroes-ebook/dp/B01LX03GF1
A Stranger She Can Trust on BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-stranger-she-can-trust-regan-black/1124690528