Ricki Sheridan travelled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den’s Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget.
An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again.
Kory’s heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on.
When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew?
Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?
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About the Author
The 1st An Unlikely Arrangement won 2nd place in Forward National Literary Awards.
The 2nd in the series, An Unlikely Beginning, won 1st place in the Texas Association of Authors
The 3rd, An Unlikely Conclusion also won 1st place in the Texas Association of Authors.
Other awards include: Essay contest 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading 2013
1st place award for short story A Summer Tale with Angie's Diary
Two time winner in the National Novel Writing Month. 2007 and 2011. Two novels came from the those wins.
Other books include a motivation book - Success Your Way
She is working on a new contemporary romance - That One Moment
Patty has enjoyed features in Charm Magazine, Piney Wood Live Magazine, and White Oak Independent Newspaper, as well as television and radio interviews.
A civic minded lady, she is a member of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs - Marshall Chapter, a Lifetime Member of the Worldwide Who's Who for Professional Women, named VIP for 2013, a member and past secretary of East Texas Writers Association, a member of the Northeast Texas Writer's Organization, and Texas Association of Authors.
In 2016 she was featured in the 19th Edition of Worldwide Publishing and the Sixth Edition of Pro-Files Magazine.
The 4th Book of the Velvet Shoe Mysteries, An Unlikely Deception was released in Summer of 2016.
She like surprises, intrigue, and mystery, and loves sending the reader on a chase with a totally unexpected ending.
Favorite quote "Find out who you are, then do it on purpose." ~ Dolly Parton
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
That One Moment is romantic suspense. Emphasis on the suspense. Here’s what I liked: I really appreciated the roller coaster plot lines of That One Moment. The suspense of will they be attacked? Or will they survive? Will they fall off the side of the mountain? The plot of NOT knowing what will happen next was really drove the novel for me. I truly thought the danger was over after the first (redacted) and that the second half the book would focus on the romance. But no. Ms. Wiseman had to go and throw a curve ball with even more danger. And what a curve ball it was! I really enjoyed the characters. All of the characters are people I appreciated getting to know. Well, ok, not the bad guy. But you need bad guys for our heroes to triumph! I totally understand Ricki. She’s a strong lead character. I don’t get the whole wilderness survival hiking thing. But I do understand her motivation of going hiking, the I’m in a bad place and need to get my head together thing. I can also totally empathize with not trusting yourself after you’ve been burned. Likewise, I love how she’s willing to pick herself up, dust herself off, and get on with life after everything that she’s been through. Kory is a bit of a loner. I feel like we didn’t learn as much about him during the novel. And that’s a bit of a shame. What we did learn, I really liked. He’s the leave no person behind kind of hero, even if that person is a jerk. I can really appreciate a hero like Kory, willing to put himself in danger for anyone, especially those he cares about. The secondary characters are great as well. Wolf is crotchety (I have a soft spot for crotchety and cantankerous characters) and Byron is young and eager to please and learn. A hero in training, we could say. The romance between Ricki and Kory moves very fast. Maybe that’s what happens when you have to put your trust in someone when your life in on the line? What I appreciated most about the romance in That One Moment is how Kory knows right away that he has feelings for Ricki. And she is the one who slows the romance down, taking time to figure out her feelings. That’s a great flip on the usual romance. Sure this is insta-love. But it’s thought out. The kind of love between two adults who know what they are looking for, and recognize love when they see it. Kory and Ricki have their “one moment” early in the novel, and spend a lot of time trying to deny their attraction for each other. By the end though, they realize they really want to be with each other. "I want to grab life by the horns and live it with you. I don’t want to waste time on petty differences. You love me. I know you do. I knew the minute I kissed you on the mountain, that one moment, it was crystal clear. We were supposed to find each other." (Kory to Ricki) Here’s what was kind of huh?: I’m not one of those outdoorsy types. And even less so the outdoor type who would need to survive on what I forage myself. But this is a contemporary book where the standard food on the hiking trip is hardtack? Not power bars or protein bars. Hardtack. Umm, do back country hikers actually eat hardtack? Or maybe hardtack is a catch-all name for snacks for hikers? I don’t really get this. Here’s what was not for me: There is a lot of inner monologue from both Ricki and Kory. Inner monologue makes me want to yell at the characters to SAY THEIR FEELINGS. There would be a lot less heartache if the characters would just say what’s going on inside their heads. W
In That One Moment, the sparks between Ricki and Kory begin on page one, but falling in love isn't on anyone's agenda. Even though they are both guarding their hearts from more heartbreak, they can't deny the immediate attraction. This relationship starts off rocky and then escalates as everyone and everything are thrown into danger. Once the antagonist shows up, the suspense becomes incredibly high. As villains go, this one is one of the worst. This person will grate on your nerves and make you want to knock some teeth out. I completely hate this antagonist. Well done! What I like most about That One Moment is the good advice about recognizing when you meet "the one" and then acting on it. Don't let it slip through your fingers because of past hurts. Ricki and Kory learn this the hard way when they almost miss their chance because of the fear of commitment and because a certain psychopath just won't take no for an answer. That One Moment is fast paced and engaging, with the danger intensifying quickly, and the antagonist wreaking havoc all over the place. Both main characters, Kory and Ricki, are interesting, but they are somewhat enigmatic. Kory is a rugged and physically fit survivalist guide, but he becomes almost too smitten with Ricki and a bit pouty when she doesn't drop everything and run into his arms. Ricki is ex military and now a game warden, so she is quite capable and resourceful, but her character sometimes comes across as a bit scattered and uncertain. Either way, these two are definitely meant to be together, and this relationship is exactly what they both need. The main characters are surrounded by some well-developed secondary characters. I especially like young Byron as well as Wolf and Martha. Additionally, the mountain setting makes me want to join in on the survival trek - or maybe simply sip some hot chocolate in the cozy lodge. Overall, this story is a gentle reminder to trust your instincts when it comes to relationships (both good and bad) and to seize that one moment and hang on to it.
This story reminds us that you should not hesitate when you find love because life is too short and the perfect love might pass you by. Kory & Ricki find each other in an unusual place - on a mountain during a survival hike. Not a place you would expect to meet your other half, or at least I wouldn't expect to meet someone but then you probably wouldn't find me on a survival hike! Ricki has a some baggage from her past and unfortunately some of it follows her up the mountain. This has a huge impact on her interest in Kory. She is very attracted to him but is very unsure of herself. I liked that she was vulnerable when it came to love despite her background in the military and in law enforcement as a game warden. Now while you might think this is a nice love story there is some friction from a truly evil antagonist. I love how the author gives him terrible attributes and it is highly unlikely anyone will really like this character. And just when you think justice has been served on this character, he comes back for more. While I don't want to give away too much, when he reappears I felt my heart catch in several scenes wondering how evil he would act. There are several minor characters that sometimes stole the scene. There Wolf who has been around the block and we learn more about his past when it comes to love. Byron is also another character that stole my attention. He is an older teen that Wolf has taken under his wing. It is also a testament to Wolf and Byron's parents that they realize that he is not meant to be in a classroom and set up stipulations for him to do what suits his personality and temperament. Kyle cracked me up in a scene regarding guns. I won't say much more because it might give away a little of the story, but I think he could become a strong character in a future book. If you like romantic suspense I believe you will enjoy this book.
Kept My Interest A contemporary, romantic suspense with a plot that kept my interest! I’m not generally a fan of romance, but Patty Wiseman has created a believable character in Ricki Sheridan. She is a Game Warden with a tough persona, strong sense of duty, and an independent spirit. But Ricki has a weakness. Her caring heart led her into a relationship with a man that betrayed her trusting nature. Needing to clear her head and heal, Ricki flees to a mountain lodge where she joins a group hike. She’s not mentally or emotionally prepared to accept Kory Littleton or that unexpected moment. When her past follows her, everyone’s life is in danger. Ricki knows she must put her past in order before her heart can move forward. At times the suspense thread lulled and became predictable, but Patty Wiseman does a good job keeping the story and characters’ emotions flowing into a memorable story that would make a good movie. Five stars as Romance Four stars as Suspense
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite That One Moment is the story of Ricki and Kory. Running away from heartbreak and betrayal, Ricki has decided she wants to live off the land. Learn how to be a survivalist and forget the things that brought her to where she is today. But things don’t always go as planned, as she soon learns, and not just when it comes to men and friendship. On her very first day, Ricki nearly falls off a mountain to her death and that’s how we meet Kory. Sweet, wonderful, delicious and wounded Kory. Author Patty Wiseman does a good job of injecting so much action into just the first two pages that I had high expectations for this story. And That One Moment does not disappoint. Kory and Ricki have to deal with instant attraction which, for two people reluctant to form those close ties again, is a bit of a problem. I love a story where both main characters want, or don’t want, the same thing, because you just know the journey is going to be good, and Patty Wiseman made sure it was a step above good. At times, Ricki could be frustrating, but the more you learn about her and the circumstances that led her to Wolf’s Den, the easier it is to sympathize with her. Not that Kory is all that innocent either; at times he let his pride get in the way of something really great. Luckily they both paid for it but good before they came to their senses. Patty Wiseman wrote a fantastic story with lots of beautiful scenery, and captivating prose that sucks the reader in until the very end.
The characters were developed perfectly. You can sense their emotions, inner turmoil, and you can feel their flaws and that has never happened for me. Ricki is a strong woman, but due to her rocky past, she is not only afraid to trust others...she is afraid to trust her own decisions. Kory... wow, Kory...I want one of him. He has his flaws, don't get me wrong, but he is strong when he has to be and understanding/caring when he wants to be. He seemed to be just the right amount of rough around the edges for me. This book has it all adventure, suspense, the evil creep you try to like, but as much as you try in the end you want to shoot him yourself. One thing this book doesn't have is fowl language and graphic sex scenes. IT DIDN"T NEED IT. It was pure perfection the way Patty Wiseman wrote it. I couldn't put it down. Now, everyone is going to want Wolf's and Martha's story, which I do, too. BUT I feel Kyle needs a new beginning. I have added Patty as a new author favorite and highly recommend this book for everyone. Thank you, for such a wonderful read.
Patty Wiseman takes a detour from her historical romantic mysteries and delves into the world of contemporary romantic suspense without missing a beat. Ricki Sheridan, betrayed by her best friend, adrift in sea of self-doubt, struggles to come to terms with that betrayal. A sabbatical in the mountains appears to be the answer. But fate has other plans. An accident, a chance encounter, changes everything and makes her question her ability to make good decisions about her life. Throw in a crazed ex-lover and you have the all the ingredients for a page-turning romantic suspense that will keep you reading. Her characters are well-developed, the story face-paced and engaging and you won't put it down until the end. Highly recommended.