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Brooke Danvers wants to learn the truth about her father's suspicious death, but she'll need the help of Luke Fereday, a National Park Ranger and her ex-boyfriend. Keeping Brooke safe will take all of Luke's skills, and falling in love with her will only complicate matters.
|Title: Standoff, #1|
By: Patricia Bradley
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers
Stock No: WW735732
John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley introduces you to a new series set in the sultry South that will have you wiping your brow and looking over your shoulder.
This book is set in Natchez, Mississippi—the oldest city on the Mississippi River. What inspired you
to choose Natchez Trace as the locale for your new series?
Part of the Natchez Trace is only thirty minutes from my hometown, and its legends, some true, some not,
have always intrigued me. The southern terminus of the 442-mile Parkway is in Natchez, Mississippi, a
beautiful town set on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, and a town that I’ve always wanted to explore.
Given the historical significance of Natchez and how landmarks play a central role in this book,
what kind of research was required to write this story?
I had always wanted to visit Natchez, Mississippi, and researching the story gave me the perfect
opportunity. After my first visit, I fell in love with Natchez with its antebellum homes and rich history—
like at one time, Natchez had more millionaires than any other city in America. And one of the
restaurants, King’s Tavern, is the oldest standing building in what was known as the Mississippi
Several key characters in your new series serve as park rangers in Natchez Trace. Why did you
decide upon this occupation for them?
You’ll laugh. I’ve always wanted to be a National Park Service ranger. This was my chance to live
vicariously through my characters.
You’ve won numerous awards for your ability to keep readers on the edge of their seat in suspense.
How do you keep your readers guessing?
This is a difficult question, so let me think . . . I don’t write a long synopsis . . . most of the time only a
paragraph or two about the story before I start writing. But I do delve into my characters, so when I’m
writing, I ask myself, actually, I pray about what could be the worst thing to happen to this character right
now? And then I write that worst thing.
What do you hope readers gain from reading your book?
I write about flawed characters who have real hurts, and I while my message is usually subtle, I want
readers to take away that Jesus is the answer. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Who would you say is your primary audience?
Anyone who enjoys reading fast-paced suspense, women primarily, but I have a lot of male readers.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Crosshairs, the next book about Natchez Trace Park rangers. It is set primarily
at Mount Locust, the site of the oldest inn on the Trace. And of course, in Natchez.
How can readers connect with you?
Blog: www.patriciabradleyauthor.com/blog—where I have a Mystery Question each week for my readers
to solve. And on Fridays, I review a book I’ve read recently.
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