Spotlight & Giveaway: The Promise He Made Her by Tara Taylor Quinn

Posted July 10th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 40 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Tara Taylor Quinn to HJ!

Hi Tara and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Promise He Made Her!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

The Promise He Made HerI’ve been looking forward to the release of The Promise He Made Her since I typed The End. This book is not your typical romance. It’s the story of a successful psychiatrist who is also a domestic violence survivor. Two years before she had the courage to testify against her then husband, also a noted Psychiatrist, for years of emotional and medical abuse. He’d been slowly drugging her because he was jealous of her accomplishments and was afraid she’d surpass him. But he was put in jail for life. She recovered from the drug addiction. She has a home on the beach in Santa Raquel. A thriving private practice. And finds out that the detective who promised her she’d never have to fear her husband again if she testified, didn’t keep his promise to her. Her husband is getting out of jail on a technicality. This is the story of a woman who will not run. Who will not return to victimhood. And it’s the story of the detective who will die to keep her safe – to keep the promise he made her.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

PHYSICAL BRUISES HEAL. It’s the mental ones that can kill you. Bloom shook her head and hit the delete key.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  •  I am a secret dog whisperer and relied on the dog in this book to help me, just as she helped Bloom and Sam!
  • I got so freaked out living this story, that I now won’t drink from an opened bottle unless I see the lid come off!
  • I chaperoned my daughter, a child prodigy, while she studied psychology at a local university. She got her degree at 17. Some of Bloom’s challenges reflect some of what I learned during that time. (My daughter was never sent away! To the contrary, she was stuck with me 24/7 until she was 18!) She’s now a federal prosecutor and expecting her first child, a daughter!!


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I wasn’t surprised by Bloom, but I took comfort in writing her. Bloom is of genius level intelligence and my only child started college when she was eight. It felt good to re-live those days. To express some of the feelings I’d felt as I watched my daughter take on the world. Bloom’s parents were not my daughter’s parents, but there were adults in our life who felt as they did.

Sam…he’s just a hunk and I think Bloom’s going to know true happiness for the rest of her life. My daughter also married a cop – a deputy sheriff, though I had never met her husband when I wrote this book.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Bloom’s house has been broken into. A back door was left open. All of the paintings were slashed. Sam has to take her to the crime scene, to look around and tell him if anything is missing. He knows her ex-husband was there. He’s looking for any clue to hang the man. Again. It’s a good action scene and shows the emotional abuse by Bloom’s ex-husband. He only damaged paintings – but they were all ones she’d painted as part of her healing process.

SHE WAS HOLDING up well. Was more healed than he’d realized. Or was less fragile than he’d feared. Sam wasn’t sure which, but, either way, Bloom’s mental and emotional health made his job easier.
“I need you to look inside things,” he told her. “See if anything’s been moved. If anything is missing. Look in your closet, look on shelves. Behind doors, in cupboards you don’t use much. Look where you store your Christmas decorations.”
Her detachment gave him detachment. Allowed him to do his job as he always did it, with complete focus.
Bloom pulled open drawers with him looking over her shoulder. He didn’t care what was in them. He cared if she noticed anything different inside them.
“Can you tell me what you’re looking for?” she asked after they’d been through her lingerie drawer.
If she’d turned around, she’d have seen him looking at the wall behind them on that one. He wasn’t up to that test.
“If you think he planted a camera or some listening device, you’re wrong. That’s not…”
“I don’t.”
“Well he sure wouldn’t have left an explosive device…would he?”
The suddenly pale skin in the placid face threatened his detachment.
“I think he might have been looking for the drugs, Bloom,” he told her. “If my source is wrong and he didn’t trade them, they might have been hidden here all along. He could have come back for them.”
The drugs could have been Freelander’s hidden pleasure. Not Bloom’s at all.
Sam hadn’t believed in anything outside his own abilities in a long time, but he almost dared hope that he’d just been given a piece of divine inspiration.
Maybe Freelander wasn’t after Bloom at all, just her money and whatever the drugs could bring him.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Entertainment value, first, of course. I want them to believe that healing is possible. That loving after great emotional damage is possible. To be able to believe that sometimes, people really do stand up to their promises. And to see that money and power don’t always win.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I am currently working on the eleventh book in this, Where Secrets Are Safe series! The hero and heroine are two brand new people to the series – a fire chief and an EMT who were in love in high school and haven’t seen each other since their first year of college. I have nine releases in 2016. Next up is:

8/1 For Love Or Money – Harlequin Heartwarming – The first book in a new series, Family Secrets, that revolves around a cooking show where contestants compete with their secret family recipes. Each book also revolves around a family secret that directly effects the protagonists.
10/1 A Heartwarming Holiday – an anthology of brand new holiday novellas from Harlequin Heartwarming authors
11/1 Her Soldier’s Baby – Harlequin Heartwarming – The second book in my Family Secrets series.
11/1 – Untitled Heartwarming Thanksgiving anthology – 13 Thanksgiving themes novels by Harlequin Heartwarming authors.

Already released this year are:

3/1 Love By Association – Harlequin Superromance – Book 7 in Where Secrets Are Safe.
5/1 His First Choice – Harlequin Superromance – Book 8 in Where Secrets Are Safe.
6/28 Bestselling Author Collection with Heather Graham – a reissue of our books Strangers in Paradise and Sheltered in His Arms.
6/28 Audio book release of Sheltered in His Arms – A single title release connected to my bestselling 14 book Superromance series, Shelter Valley Stories.
7/1 The Promise He Made Her – Book 9 in Where Secrets Are Safe.

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Excerpt from The Promise He Made Her:

SAM’S HOUSE WASN’T MUCH. The fact that it was a cottage not far from the beach was the nicest part. Inside, the floors were linoleum—old linoleum that before his time had likely been laid for its ability to withstand sand and water more than for its ambience.

For his current purposes, however, the house was near perfect. Set up on a cliff, on private land, with only a skinny, private, fenced path down to the beach, it was the perfect place to hide. Or to have someone else hide.

He’d spent Saturday morning cleaning the floors, the bathroom. Changed the sheets on both beds—his own and the one in the spare room. She could use whichever one she wanted.

He’d even thrown the rug in the front room, the one Lucy thought was hers, in the wash. Probably should have given the Irish Setter a trip to the tub, too, but his five-year-old mistress preferred to take her baths in the ocean—an arrangement which benefitted his bathroom walls—and he’d run out of time to make it down there.

He’d stocked the fridge with vegetables and several salad dressings, eggs and milk. Chosen two different kinds of bread. Brought in a box of sensible cereal and a box of sugared, too. Three types of crackers, microwavable popcorn and ice cream bars. Colombian dark coffee and breakfast blend. He’d bought a new set of towels, two kinds of body wash, extra tissues, paper towels and toilet paper. He’d packed a bag. Found a room he could rent by the week where Lucy would be tolerated. And if he didn’t get his ass in gear, it would all be for naught.

He had a plan. Possibly not his best, but the only one that was going to work. And just a little more than twenty-four hours to put it in motion.
A little over twenty-four hours to convince a confident, intelligent, determined woman-in-charge that she was going to have to leave her home, her life, and do exactly as he said.

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Book Info:

A man of his word

Dr. Bloom Freelander thought it was safe to breathe again when Detective Sam Larson put her abusive ex away for good. She’s been moving on, running a private practice and providing psychiatry services to The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. But now that her ex is a free man, she’s in danger once again.

Forced into protective custody, Bloom can’t help but fall for her protector. But she has every reason to doubt the handsome detective’s word. Sam broke his promise to her once. Who says he won’t break it again—along with her heart this time?

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Meet the Author:

Tara Taylor QuinnThe author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.
Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.






40 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Promise He Made Her by Tara Taylor Quinn”

  1. Patricia B.

    I wouldn’t send them away. As intelligent as they are, they are still young and in most cases socially immature. They may not appreciate it, but they still need a parent for guidance. Even students that are 17, 18, and 19 have problems when they hit the freedoms that college have. There are too many ways a young, inexperienced child can get into trouble.

    • Tara Taylor Quinn

      Exactly, and you’re right, in most cases they are emotionally less mature because they’re minds are not in sync with their emotions. They don’t understand why their emotions are illogical…

  2. glam009

    No I will not send him or her away…. they need family love and a mother´s love so no… but I will go with them if that means better education.

  3. EvelynS

    No. I wouldn’t send them away. I would want them to have as normal a childhood as they could and be as close to family as possible.

  4. Amanda Frank

    I’m not sure if I could. For one thing, family has always been a big part of my life and I would want that for any kids I might have. Secondly, there is the possibility of a harder time making friends with peers older them. I wouldn’t object to Head Start at 3 and 4 and maybe sometime in Elementary school skipping a grade. I’m sure I could find after school programs to challenge them or something.

    • Tara Taylor Quinn

      You’d be surprised on that last part. It’s more of a challenge than it seems. (I talked about it below! Missed this comment.) Of course it depends on the level of genius. If you’re only talking about skipping one grade that would probably be fine. In my case, it was four grades and there was no way I could do that to a five year old!

      • Amanda Frank

        I’m actually pretty lucky being where I’m living right now. I went a searched for the name of the program I remember my best friend in 3rd grade was in (this was back in ’01 or ’02) and I couldn’t find. I did find a whole different thing called the Gifted and Talented program which looks like every elementary school in the city has which is awesome. I know from experience that at least 1 middle school has advance math and I know 2 kids in my grade (who actually skipped a grade or two) actually were allowed to take Algebra at the High School. I’m pretty sure there is a STEM program in our city too, so I would hopefully be able to handle anything coming my way. I really don’t think I would be able to move maybe to another but not out of my state. My extend family is close, I think only 2 or 3 even went to an outside college. I only have 4 cousins and their families that live outside the state. Out of that, 2 left because of better job opportunities (and are still only 6 hrs away by car), 1 went out to Washington DC for a job once ended up marrying a East Coaster and hasn’t left, and the last 1 is in the Air Force right and when he is done they plan to move back. I’ve lived in the same city for 20 years (I’m 23), about 2 hrs away from the farthest relative in the state but I guess if it really came down to it I would possibly move with my child to somewhere near one of my cousins or even one of my distant cousins but I know I would need that extra family support.

    • Tara Taylor Quinn

      It’s hard! When I faced this, our local school district was forced to take her by law, but they were going to put a five year old in with the fourth grade gifted kids. Socially and emotionally that would have been worse than no education. And no other school district would take her because they said they couldn’t meet her needs. By miracle I heard about a program at John Hopkins University and by further miracle found out they had a pilot program at a university here in Phoenix at Arizona State. So…starting when she was five, I trekked her to class.

  5. lraines78

    I am a teacher and I would not send my child away. Just because a child is really smart does not mean they are socially at that level too. You are only a child once.

  6. kermitsgirl

    It would be a tough decision. I’d want what was best for them, so it would depend solely on the personality of the child – and how much time we’d be able to spend together if I did send them off to be educated elsewhere.

    • Tara Taylor Quinn

      It is tough. And you have to wonder what it does to them emotionally if their left brain needs are not being met. When my daughter was diagnosed at four, the psychiatrist told me that the prisons are filled with genius’. She said that it’s more of a challenge to be bad then to be good, and if their academic/left brain is not challenged, they’ll find a way to be challenged. Scary stuff!

  7. jodi marinich

    no i would not..i would want my child to still be able to be a child and a gown up too fast and away from her or his family

  8. Amy Rickman

    I wouldn’t send them away until they were a bit older, because they would still be my baby.

  9. Joanne B

    No, I wouldn’t send them away. They might get a better education away from home, but while they’re young, they need the love of a mother and the family to help them grow function.

  10. Piya Campana - HSR Assistant Editor

    I’m not a parent, but I know this would be an incredibly tough decision and I would probably opt for not sending them–and if I did, I would be there with them.

    Bloom’s background and upbringing is part of makes her so intriguing. This is a special book for many reasons, including the fact that it’s Tara’s 75th for Harlequin. Congrats, Tara!

  11. Nancy Luebke

    No, even though my youngest was super intelligent, I had to install in him, common sense, to be aware of his surroundings at the same time. Otherwise he was my little absentminded professor.

  12. Kathleen O

    No I would not send him or her away as a young child. I think even though I had a gifted child, I would want to be the one guiding them through life until they were old enough to make sound life choices on their own.

  13. Glenda

    No. A child always needs parents and family. I would make sure she or he got the best education and socialization possible while staying with family.

  14. Vicki

    No absolutely not! They still need their mother’s and fathers love. They are not emotionally ready to be sent away. They definitely would not understand.

  15. Amanda Thompson

    No. If my child at such a young age had to go away to a school then I’d go with him/her.

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