Today is the day, people!
River Thomas was born a wild card. Her mother left before River hit puberty, and her alcoholic father raised her to have the best poker face in the city, but when he dies unexpectedly, River’s already dangerous lifestyle spirals out of control. Six months sober, she relapses, and the resulting bender ends with her on the run from a guy looking to settle a score.
She wants to be better–needs to be better–before she ends up like her dad. The road leads her to Sun Valley, Montana, where she checks herself into a rehab center. But before her first night, she decides to go for a last hurrah, and the beautiful stranger at the bar is just what the doctor ordered.
She leaves before sunrise, and starts her ninety-day program, still thinking of his face. But her last hurrah with the guy of her dreams is also a counselor and extremely off-limits.
Their attraction is too strong to ignore, and soon she finds herself gambling with the one thing she never thought she would—her heart.
Here are some TRU FACTS about what it took to write this baby.
- I learned how to play poker to write some of these scenes. My best friend, Paul, showed me some key games for a scene in The Savage Blue. After that, I had a basic tutorial during a retreat with some amazing authors in France.
- Montana is my favorite state. I lived there for a period of time and I keep finding excuses to go back.
- Hutch is my favorite of the three heroes of On the Verge.
- I wrote the first 10k of this book in a month. The remaining 80k(ish) I wrote in a week.
- River has been the hardest character journeys to write because I knew I’d have to put her through some stuff. I constantly want to save her, but at the same time, I know that she needs to save herself. Her journey is hers alone.
- I called a couple of rehab centers and was promptly hung up on. Thanks to some key friends, I was able to find some resources.
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