Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Last Hope Alaska by Linda Trout Publication Date: August 20, 2014 Genre: Romantic Suspense
Emily Redfern's ex-fiancé learned to kill on the back streets of New York. Now, she is his target. Broke, exhausted, and a step ahead of the man she once loved, she clings to one last hope: the wilds of Alaska. The quiet safety of her hide-a-way becomes addictive as she grows to care for the man who offers her refuge.

Released from prison after a wrongful conviction, native Alaskan Sam Tarkington is determined to regain his business, repair his reputation, and rebuild his life. But when he meets a desperate and vulnerable woman, guarding secrets of her own, she tugs at his heart. She's a distraction he can't afford. Sam must choose Emily or achieving his dreams.

Like Emily's life, the peacefulness of the wilderness is an illusion as danger lurks in the distance. Does Sam hold the key to her survival or will her past cost them everything?

His breath fanned her cheek as he stopped only inches away from her. His shadow blocked the sun. He tilted her chin and lifted one corner of his lips in a knowing smile. Then he lowered his head and pressed his lips gently against hers in a simple taste. He pulled back with a surprised look. Hesitating only a moment longer, he then took her mouth with a hunger that rattled her senses. The kiss was much more than she had anticipated. Never in her life had she experienced such a connection, such wanton need. Sam wrapped his arms around her, crushing her breasts against the hard planes of his body. She inched her fingers into his hair and allowed him to deepen the kiss. Emily lost herself in his touch, the caresses up and down her back. She moved closer. Oh, yes. This was what she… With a jolt her world came crashing back. What was she doing? She opened her eyes, taking in the forest around them. She pushed against his chest to break the kiss. Reluctantly he released her, and she met his gaze. Her cheeks heated with how she’d reacted to him. “We can’t—”
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Positive Mental Attitude
In my former life I had a wide variety of jobs. One of the most interesting, and challenging, was a door-to-door salesman. We went cold canvas (meaning they didn’t know we were coming) to businesses in small to mid-size towns, selling insurance policies. I have no idea if the company is still in business, but I have to tell you, I learned a lot about attitude from them. You see, when you walked in the door of a business, you carried your sunshine, your attitude, with you. If you were having a bad day, too bad. Suck it up, put on a smile, and go do the job. In other words, you had to have a Positive Mental Attitude. As writers, we can do the same thing. Sit down at the keyboard, gather all the PMA you can muster, and dive into that story. If you’re looking to garner word count for the day, concentrate on that. If you have a plot problem, assume it will work itself out. During the process, your brain will automatically find ways to achieve your goal. If the goal is too big, cut it down into bite-size pieces. Eat that elephant one bite at a time and before you know it, the story will be finished and you’ll be dancing the happy dance we all love to do. :)
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A retired oil & gas accountant, Linda Trout is a true romantic at heart, living with her real life hero and various dogs and cats in northeastern Oklahoma. They own ten acres of semi-wooded land, where the “wild” keeps creeping forward at a pace faster than they can keep up with. Getting lost in a good book is one of her favorite pastimes as well as riding alongside her hubby on their Harley’s.
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Last Hope Alaska by Linda Trout
Review by MB
Rating:   Probably Click =3 1/2 Stars

What would you do if you saw something that you shouldn't have?  Who would you turn to for help, when you realize there is no one you can trust?  Where would you go?

 Emily was in that exact situation.  She saw something horrific and very dangerous not only to herself but to anyone she decides to turn to for help.  What does she decided to do?  She' runs, as far and as fast as she can.  Hiding in the last place anyone would think to look, Alaska!

Sam is going through his own issues.  Trying to rebuild the life that he once had and was wrongfully taken from him because he trusted the wrong people .

Will they each be able to trust each other enough to overcome their own secrets?  Will both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

I enjoyed this story.  The suspense and intrigue were great and the description was amazing.  The characters introduced in the story were well developed, but I wanted more.  More of Sam and Emily's relationship, more back story on what happened to Sam, more of what is going on with the other supporting characters.  I enjoy back story because it helps me create more of a relationship with these characters. I know it may sound a bit silly but a connection with a character is one of the big factors of what makes or breaks a story for me and while I built that connection with these characters and was totally invested in their story and journey I wanted so much more from them.

I hope that Ms. Trout will be making this a series so I can satisfy that want and curiosity because I will definitely be reading the next one if and when it comes out.  


  1. Truly enjoyed your post on "Positive Mental Attitude." I used to teach career development and that was an integral part of the job hunting process.

    1. Thank you, Judy. It was a lesson I learned well and have tried to carry it over into my other jobs. When we got together for the company meeting (held in another state), we even had a song we got up and danced to. It was a fun job, but stressful.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Beautiful cover, Linda, and intriguing story. Wishing you much success.

    1. Blue is my favorite color so I was thrilled when I saw this cover, Tanya. I think the cover artist did a fantastic job.

      I appreciate you stopping by.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me on my blog tour and showcasing my latest release!

    Also, thank you for the review of my book! I appreciate you taking the time and I appreciate your comments. Will definitely strive to do more character development in my next story as I always look for ways to improve my writing and reach the readers.