Today it’s my pleasure to interview Trish Arcangelo, author of Hard Miles, Chisholm Falls, Book 1.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: 8/23/17
Number of pages: 180
Word Count: 45,550
Cover Artist: Diana Carlile
Tagline: It’s a rough ride from dark past to second chance
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On the run from her psycho ex, Laurel Wheeler stops in Chisholm Falls, Texas for snacks at a gas station just before it’s held up by two desperate criminals. When one robber begins firing, a handsome stranger named Jase Miles saves her life. Hoping to make a little money and thank her rescuer at the same time, the broke Laurel agrees to a secret deal regarding Jase, who's the town pariah.
But what starts as deception quickly turns complicated. Laurel begins to fall for the brooding man who hides his pain behind a mask of indifference. And Jase begins to fall for the sweet woman who, unlike everyone else in town, doesn’t treat him like a monster. Then a careless mistake shatters the fragile trust and their growing bond… perhaps beyond saving.
How did you come up with the title?
The hero in the book is Jase Miles so the title HARD MILES is a reference to his last name. But it is also a reference to the difficult journeys that both Jase and Laurel have to go through to get to their happily ever after.
What made you choose the main setting for your book?
I’m a born and raised Texan and I grew up in a town that was large enough to not be considered “small” but was definitely not a big city. I created the town of Chisholm Falls using that as my template. After all, is there a better place than Texas to set a romance series with rugged alpha heroes?
Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.
The cover features a waterfall, the falls that the town in Hard Miles is named after and which also happens to be the scene of an event in the story. The cover also features a handsome man without his shirt on, which is kind of my thing now. This is my third published book and so far all included a bare male torso. I think it’s a trend that should continue ;)
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
Yes, Hard Miles is the first book in what will be at least a three book series. I’m currently wrapping up the second book, which will be Lucas Chance’s story, the hunky bar owner in Hard Miles.
What sort of personality does your hero have?
Still waters run deep: that sentence pretty much sums up Jase. He’s standoffish and gruff, the town recluse. But once Laurel takes the time to get to know him she discovers a passionate, caring man beneath the façade.
What sort of personality does your heroine have?
Laurel is a spunky young woman with a sharp wit but her tough past has somewhat dimmed her fire. Self-preservation is first and foremost on her mind, until Jase comes along and has her throwing caution to the wind.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
I started focusing seriously on the craft of romance writing about six years ago. I finished my first book at the end of 2013 and was blessed enough to have it published in February 2015.
Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?
I prefer to write novellas or short novels. For me this is the perfect length, it’s long enough to develop the characters and story, but short enough that it requires tight writing and focuses on the main love story since there’s no real room for subplots. It’s the length I generally prefer to read as well.
She walked toward him then, with purpose. Once she was standing directly in front of him, so close that he couldn’t pretend to ignore her, she’d said, “Just go with it.”
Laurel intended to kiss him then. He knew it. She was going to kiss him in front of everyone, a declaration. It would have been an act of kindness, her falling on the sword of a debt she thought she owed. The thought made him sick. He didn’t want her kisses of pity. He wanted her to kiss him because she was driven to, because she was mad for him. And though he’d do it again, even now he kicked himself for stopping that kiss. If pity was the price of admission to another taste of those lips, maybe it would have been worth it.
But he stopped her. He put a hand out to halt her and then led her toward the storeroom, his hand on the small of her back like a brand. Warmth pooled in his dick from just that small touch. As soon as the door to the storeroom snapped closed behind them Jase whirled her around until her back flattened against the brick wall, snarling. “What game are you playing?”
Her eyes went wide and the stunned look on her face almost had him apologizing, almost had him begging to try the kiss again. “No games,” she whispered.
He slammed his hands against the wall on either side of her head. “Defending me at every turn, as if you’ve been made my personal savior. I don’t need any paybacks for the gas station. We’ve been over this.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Oh? Then what the hell was that little performance out there?”
Laurel’s expression turned angry. God, she was even hotter when fiery and indignant. Jase was careful not to press too close so he could hide his raging erection.
She said, “Fine, I was just trying to help, you ungrateful—”
His stomach and his erection fell. “You what?”
The answering look on her face said she realized her mistake.
“So it was pity?” He spat, shoving away from her.
“That’s not what I meant, Jase.”
He pulled her to him again, unable to decide what he wanted. “Isn’t it? Well, then, by all means, baby, pity me.” And then he covered her lips with his.
About the Author
Trish has been an avid fan of romance fiction since she "borrowed" a book from her mother's stash when she was just a teenanger (it was Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey). She's been devouring all genres of romance ever since. She nursed a long time dream to write stories of her own and finally realized there was no time like the present. After completing and publishing her first book, a fantasy romance, in early 2015, she is now writing a contemporary romance series.
A native Texan, Trish lives just outside Austin with her incredibly supportive husband and their incredibly spoiled dog. Aside from romance fiction, her other loves include dogs, warm weather, wine, playing trivia, and spending too much time on social media.