“Tharp is a talented, observant writer with a knack for taking us inside her characters’ heads, no matter how unsavory.” –Kirkus Reviews
Born with a love for animals, Vicki Tharp pursued a career as a veterinarian, graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Always an avid reader of romance, mystery, and suspense, she combined her interests and medical knowledge in her book, Don’t Look Back.
She makes her home on small acreage in south Texas with her husband and an embarrassing number of pets. When she isn’t writing, trimming hooves, woodworking, or mucking out the barn, you can usually find her on the back of her horse, enjoying the delightful nasal bouquet of flowers, fly spray, and eau de horse sweat.
Vicki’s latest book, In Her Defense, kept me turning the pages and staying up way too late. 🙂 Needless to say. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too.
A miscarriage and the collapse of his marriage to Danielle years before has left Jack Walsh reeling and slow to trust. But with a protective streak tattooed on his soul, he can’t refuse Danielle’s cry for help.
While in possession of the evidence, Jack and Danielle are nearly run off the road, their PI is stabbed and their investigation points to the man Jack reveres most. As they peal back the layers of fraud and greed and deceit, Danielle’s diabetic daughter is kidnapped, and her life bartered for the document. Lies are aplenty, and time is short.
Can Jack and Danielle dig deep in their hearts and discover the truth? That trust and honesty is the key to catching the killer, rescuing her daughter, and reviving their love?
In Her Defense is available at Amazon. You can see more of Vicki’s books on her website: http://www.vickitharp.com/.
Vicki agreed to answer a few questions for my blog.
1. Characters are so often a reflection of ourselves. Can you tell me what flaws and attributes you share with Danielle McKean?
Let’s see…flaws and attributes I share with my heroine, Danielle. Probably the biggest flaw would be my independence. Which is normally not a bad thing, but when you are so independent that you don’t or won’t ask for help, even if it is in your best interest, that can be bad. Sometimes it’s an ego thing and I think it trips Danielle up sometimes as much as it does me.
- Why romantic suspense? What drew you to this genre?
An attribute we share is the refusal to give up. Combined with a belief in yourself, it can be so powerful. Danielle is that type of woman. Everything she’s had to overcome in her life has made her realize what she is truly capable of when she is determined.
Unlike a lot of authors, romance was not a genre I read growing up. I read mostly mysteries and thrillers and suspense with some autobiographies and true life adventures thrown into the mix. Dean Koontz turned me on to romance. I know, his books are not your typical romance by most people’s accounts, but despite all the bad, scary, crazy stuff that happened in them, more often than not, the guy got the girl in the end and there was some kind of positive resolution. Some form of Happily Ever After. I found I really liked the HEA which drew me into romantic suspense. I read all sub-genres of romance now, but suspense will always be my favorite.
- What was it about your heroine that your hero fell in love with first?
I think Jack first fell in love with Danielle’s tenacity and heart. Even with their history together and the other tough challenges she’s faced in her life, she does it with grace and singular determination and a passion to help the underdog. Luckily for Jack, it is those attributes that forces her to seek his help and ultimately brings them back together.
- What’s next?
What’s next? Heroes, Harleys, and Horses. And of course, danger. Always danger. I’m really excited about this next project. A three-book series, all will be released within a year starting in October 2017, set on the fictitious Lazy S ranch in Wyoming.
Fast paced and suspenseful, COWGIRL, UNEXPECTEDLY is on preorder now and is the first in a three-book series—A Harley and a highway are all an Iraqi war veteran needs to soothe her restless spirit—until a pit stop puts her on the front lines of love.
Vicki and I are giving away two e-copies of In Her Defense (Kindle version ONLY) to two people who leave comments. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my blog to leave your comment.)
The winners from last week’s giveaway are Elizabeth and Becka Lynn. You have both won an e-book of Jami Albrights Running From a Rock Star (Brides on the Run, Book 1). Congratulations! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know where to email your book. (Running From a Rockstar is only available in Kindle format.)