Author Interview: THAT ONE MOMENT by Patty Wiseman
Updated: Feb 3, 2020
One man wants her. Another won't let her go.
Ricki Sheridan travelled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den’s Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget. An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again. Kory’s heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on. When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew? Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?
Romance - Contemporary | Content Rating: 2 Hearts | May 1, 2017 | 239pp
Praise for THAT ONE MOMENT
"Patty Wiseman’s portrayal of beautiful, independent Ricki whose life is almost destroyed by Russ Desmond, a sociopath seeking revenge, keeps you turning the pages. Ricki tries to wipe Kory Littleton from her mind, but can she control her heart and withstand his charm and the security he offers? Wiseman adroitly weaves a romantic tale full of suspense that finds Ricki high on a mountain trail fighting for survival. But the reader wonders, what is worse: Ricki’s struggle to survive the elements or her struggle to escape Desmond’s maniacal plan. Wiseman’s story reveals to the reader how easy it is for a self-reliant woman to fall prey to the vulnerabilities of the heart. I recommend this fast-paced page turner." —Linda Pirtle, author of The Games We Play Series:
The Mah Jongg Murders and Deadly Dominoes.
Q&A with Patty Wiseman
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I like this question because I retired seven years ago from a twenty-five-year career as an administrative assistant in the financial world. Talk about exhausting work! However, after all these years, I’m still energized every day because I get to do what I love. Housework sometimes suffers, cooking suffers even more because I get lost in my writing. However, my husband is the most patient man in the world. He loves seeing me happy. Writing has changed my retirement life completely. I’m traveling, meeting new people, rubbing elbows with fellow writers, making speeches, and simply having a ball.
What makes THAT ONE MOMENT special or unique to you? Can you give us a little story behind the story?
I chose the title because of the experience I had when I met my husband. Divorced and raising two boys, I had a hard time trusting anyone. It was easier to stay single and retain control of my life than to put my trust in anyone again. Ten years passed and then…that one moment happened for me. The instant I met him, something changed inside of me. It took him three times to propose before I would agree to marry, but he was persistent. We’ve been married twenty-four years, now. The best decision I ever made—because of that one moment.
I consider myself a strong woman and all my books are about strong women, but in this one, I wanted to show how vulnerable even a tough lady can be when it comes to matters of the heart. The heroine is a Game Warden. She carries a gun. But, in one area she can never get it right. Men. This book shows the process of one woman who strives to get it right.
What can you tell us about THAT ONE MOMENT?
Ricki Sheridan goes through the worst betrayal a woman can experience. She catches her boyfriend of two years with her best friend. A double betrayal! This isn’t the first time she’s gone through this, but she is determined it will be the last. She takes a leave of absence from her job as a Game Warden in the Dallas, Texas area and heads for the Rocky Mountains to throw herself into a survivalist training camp at Wolf Den’s Lodge. Her intention is to eradicate the emotional pain by concentrating on the physical pain.
An unexpected accident finds her in the hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton, high on the mountain range with night falling fast. She resists his kindness, tries to push him away, unaware of his own painful divorce.
Stranded on the mountain ridge alone, Kory coaxes her to talk about what brought her to the mountains and, in a moment of weakness, they share a kiss. That kiss shakes her resolve. She resists the weakness of her heart, however, and closes the door on Kory Littleton.
Evil comes to the mountain, unexpectedly, and throws Kory and Ricki into a battle for their lives. Will their bond grow stronger or will evil tear them apart?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I admit I don’t always follow the rules. I study, I go to classes, I examine what experts say and try to take it to heart. My fans love my books. For that reason, I think I am on the right track with my stories and give my readers what they want. But! I do try to be original. I don’t follow template writing. The unexpected is what I want when I read a book. I don’t want to figure out how it ends in the first chapter. Challenge me. Keep me turning the pages. That’s what I want in a good book and I hope that is what I deliver in mine. I write a vintage 1920’s series, also. My die-hard followers clamor for more because they are original and intriguing. I hope I’ve done that with That One Moment, as well.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“Find out who you are, then do it on purpose.” ~ Dolly Parton
Award Winning Author Patty Wiseman is a native of the Seattle, Washington area and attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Northeast Texas is home, now, along with her husband Ron. She created the Vintage Mystery Series, The Velvet Shoe Collection set in the 1920’s. Intrigue with a touch of romance fuel the stories of strong women who overcome obstacles and propel them into strength and triumph.
Her books include An Unlikely Arrangement, An Unlikely Beginning, and An Unlikely Conclusion.
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