Spotlight & Giveaway: Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed

Posted January 28th, 2020 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Terri Reed to HJ!

Hi Terri and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Secret Mountain Hideout!

Hello, happy New Year everyone.

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

This is the story a young woman who witnesses a murder, goes on the run for fear of her life, ends up in a small mountain town where she feels safe, until the murderer finds her. Now she must rely on a handsome deputy sheriff to protect not only her life by her heart.

Please share your favorite line(s) or quote from this book:

She stopped and slowly turned to face him with a stunned expression. She held up her hands as if to ward off his statement. “I don’t know how to ride a horse.”
Moving to her side, he said, “I’m a novice, as well, but we’ll figure it out. Together.” He held out his hand.
After a moment of hesitation, she slipped her hand into his, their palms melding against each other. The heat of her touch raced up his arm and wrapped around him. She was placing her trust in him. He prayed he didn’t fail her.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

While writing this book I went through several boxes of hot tamales candy. Cinnamon is supposed to be good for your blood sugar but I think the actual sugar in the candy negates that fact. And the sugar also made me a bit hyper which required me taking breaks to dance around my office to my Spotify playlist, a mix of country and pop songs.


What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

What first attract Ashley to Chase is kindness and charm. He makes her feel seen and cared for, something that has been lacking in her life.
Chase is attracted to Ashley’s bravery in the face of evil and her willingness to be vulnerable when she could easily be callous.


Did any scene have you blushing, crying or laughing while writing it? And Why?

*Ashley had never ridden a horse before and Chase was a novice, so putting them on horseback was fun. I had to remember what it felt like the first time I rode a horse. The awkwardness, the fear of falling and also the wonderfulness of being on the large beast.

Ashley pulled back on the reins like Kaitlyn had taught her. The pale brown horse stopped so abruptly Ashley almost went headfirst over the horse’s snout. Behind her she could feel Chase’s horse bumping up against her horse’s rear flank.
“Whoa,” Chase said.
She glanced back to see his horse dance a little, turning him in a circle. Relieved her horse wasn’t doing the same, she patted her horse’s neck. “Good boy, Othello.”
Othello pawed the ground, no doubt anxious to keep moving or get rid of this uneducated and inexperienced rider on its back.


Readers should read this book….

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What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have in the works?

I’m currently working on the third book set in the same world as Secret Mountain Hideout. Book three will star Deputy Kaitlyn Lanz and the wealthy Nick Delaney, a secret baby, a plane crash, and of course horses. This book will be out next Christmas.
This coming July, Explosive Situation, book four of the True Blue K-9 Unit:Brooklyn, will be released. This is the story of K-9 officer being investigated by an Internal Affairs officer but when a bomber starts terrorizing Brooklyn, they work together, along with a bomb sniffing Beagle, to bring the bomber to justice.

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Excerpt from Secret Mountain Hideout:

“Jane! Wait.”
Hesitating, Ashley warily turned to find Deputy Chase Fredrick striding toward her, looking handsome in his brown uniform. His sandy blond hair swept over his forehead in an appealing way and his intense blue eyes bore into her. He’d always been kind and charming when he’d come into the Java Bean for coffee.
In different circumstances, she might have been tempted to flirt with him, but there was no place in her life for a man. It was bad enough she’d made friends who were going to be hurt and disappointed by her departure. She regretted causing anyone pain and wouldn’t make that mistake again.
What did the deputy want? Dread clawed through her. Was her ruse up? Would she find herself in jail? Or worse—dead?
Desperate to get on the bus, Ashley thrust her ticket to the driver, but he didn’t reach for it as he stared at her a moment and then turned his gaze to the deputy who’d come to a halt at her side and touched her elbow.
Panic revved Ashley’s pulse. “What are you doing here?”
“I could ask you the same thing.” His blue gaze searched her face. “Why are you leaving town?”
Stiffening her spine, she replied, “It’s none of your business.”
“It is my business if you’re a criminal,” he stated in a low voice.
She drew back. Fear fluttered in her chest. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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Book Info:

Staying hidden has kept her alive…

But now she’s been found.

A remote Colorado mountain town and a fake identity have been Ashley Willis’s safe haven since fleeing after she witnessed a murder—but now the killer has found her trail. Desperate and terrified, she’s prepared to run again…but Deputy Sheriff Chase Fredrick won’t let her. With the lawman by her side, can she face danger head-on…and live long enough to bring a murderer to justice?
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Meet the Author:

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 25 Romance and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs. Contact Terri @ or P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97224
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49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed”

  1. bunnyclem

    I have ridden a horse once, and it was quite interesting. I was with my cousin and one of her friends. For some reason, we decided to go riding at night. Fortunately, my horse was calm, so no problem. However, my cousin’s horse got spooked and took off running down the road. We could hear her screaming, but couldn’t see her since it was pitch black out. A car just happened to come down the road, and was able to stop the horse. I had to take my grandpa’s truck, tie the horse to it and take it back to the barn. My poor cousin was so freaked out! I just thank the Lord that she was an experienced rider and was not injured! Needless to say, I never tried riding again ❤

  2. Jeanna Massman

    I have ridden a horse but the horse was well trained so it did most of the work. I enjoyed the ride.

  3. Diana Hardt

    I have ridden a horse before. I remember it took me a few minutes to figure out how to ride it, but afterwards the ride was very enjoyable.

  4. laurieg72

    When I was young (2-13) we spent two weeks every summer at a resort on Elkhart Lake in Elkhart Lake WI. This is where they have the Road America racetrack. The lake is beautiful with a nice sandy bottom. One of the activities besides go-carting and swimming and seeing plays at the Forrest Tucker Theater was a place that rented out horses for trail rides. This is the first time I ever rode on a horse. I loved it and I looked forward to going riding every summer.

    I remember being very nervous but the horses were well trained and they followed each other. I remember thinking that the horses were a lot bigger than I realized.

  5. Karina Angeles

    The first time I rode a horse was scary. I was holding on to the pummel of the saddle, and when the person who was leading the horse stopped-the beast decided he was hungry and began grazing. The saddle shifted and I was left leaning sideways. My death grip on the saddle prevented me from falling off the horse. My screaming caught the attention of the man leading the horse. He saved me from falling.

  6. Lori R

    The last time I rode a horse it bucked and my friend was sure I would end up on the ground but I didn’t.

  7. hartfiction

    My first experience on a horse was when I was in Girl Scouts (many moons ago.) I remember the horse was white, his name was ACE, and I was terrified.

  8. janinecatmom

    I only rode a horse one time and I enjoyed it. But I was embarrassed that someone had to hoist me up there and help me back down. I would love to be able to do it again.

  9. lorih824

    Growing up we always had horses and I rode them everyday. Being the oldest child it was also my job to take care of them. At early ages my sister, brother and I could saddle our own horses and could also ride without saddles. My father worked a full time job but he was a farrier and broke in wild horses as side jobs.

  10. John Smith

    “Have you ridden a horse, and if so, what was your first experience like?” No, I have never ridden a horse.

  11. dbranigan

    I grew up around horses soI don’t really remember my first ride. I have many fond memories of various horses we owned.

  12. Joy Avery

    Yes and I was very sore afterwards. There were a few personal issues that I can’t list here. Never rode one again.

  13. Rita Wray

    Many years ago my friend and I took horseback riding lessons. Just my luck I was given a horse who tried to buck me off. I jumped down and they gave me another horse to ride.

  14. Janie McGaugh

    Yes, I did as a teenager. I ended up with a plodding horse, but I wouldn’t have known how to do any better, anyway!

  15. Teresa Warner

    I have and boy was I sore the next day! You don’t realize the muscles you use while riding!

  16. Glenda M

    Many times. We owned one for about 10 years – my daughter belonged to him. Lol. The first time I rode was at a summer camp and was on one of those mares that was well trained to ride on the line of horses.

  17. joab4424

    Yes, I have ridden a horse. Many of them. The first time I rode was a long time ago (over 20 years) so I don’t remember it. I taught riding, ran a riding camp and trained horses for many years and loved it. I didn’t like the time I was thrown off though. It was pretty bad, Lots of aches and pains, fractured scull, two brain surgeries – but I lived to ride again!

  18. Jana Leah

    I’ve ridden a horse multiple times. Not since I was a kid tho, so I don’t really remember the experiences other than that I had fun.

  19. Didi

    I did – just the ONCE! When I was young, oh nine or so. I can’t remember how it felt except… it’s so high. 😀

  20. Amyc

    No way! I’m too wimpy to ride a horse. They intimidate me and won’t even touch them……..says the horse show mom lol

  21. hendeis

    Hi! The only kind of horse I’ve ridden on is on a carousal! As much as I love westerns, I am intimated by horses. I love all kinds of animals & am not afraid to pet horses, but all I can think of is, “What if I fall off?” On my bucket list: visit a dude ranch & ride a horse!

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