Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hooked on Adventures in Mexico

Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop. Here’s a little teaser from my romantic suspense adventure novel, Marked In Mexico.  This novel has 58 reviews (33 are five star ratings on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 stars. I hope you enjoy this highly-rated adventure!
Under any other circumstance the words, “kill another person,” at the end of a sentence would have terrified her, but the way Jack said it only made her heart ache. He had killed before, but it clearly hadn’t been easy and he obviously hadn’t gotten over it.

Jessica took his hands in hers and turned them over. They were large and rough. He’d carried no weapon, so he obviously could have killed the man with his bare hands. Whenever he touched her, he was so gentle she just couldn’t believe it was possible. Though he had done nothing but try to protect Megan and her, there was clearly much more to Jack than he had shared and she wasn’t sure she wanted to know the rest of his story, but felt the need to truly understand his pain.
When hostages are taken at one of Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins, an idyllic Caribbean vacation turns deadly. The kidnappers believe the abduction will be a simple way to negotiate the release of a colleague from a Texas prison, but matters become complicated and the stakes much higher when they realize one of their hostages is the daughter of a powerful U.S. Senator and another is an ex-Army Ranger who has no intention of playing by the rules. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Fin del Mundo

Ushuaia, Argentina is the southern-most city in the world. This unique and remote small city (most would call it a town), is an amazing place and a gateway to many natural wonders. And, just the idea of being fin del mundo, at the end of the world, was enough to make the imagination soar.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Car Chases of Tomorrow

My favorite movies involve exciting adventures, such as in Sahara or Australia, which is why I write what I write.  I also enjoy a good action flick. In fact, I have all the Bourne and Mission Impossible movies on DVD, which I re-watch at least once a year. But, with our ever evolving automobile technology will those classic car-chase scenes change?

In a recent car commercial a car sensed an object behind it and automatically applied the brakes. How would Jason Bourne hotwire a vehicle on a rooftop parking lot, throw it into reverse, speed toward the lip of the building, and catapult the car over the ledge? In the future will smoke just roll from the tires as he floors the gas pedal and the car brakes? And, what about stability control? The instant a car senses a slip, it shuts itself down. This one has actually plagued me while trying to get up the last switchback on a steep snow-covered dirt road leading home. I could see dry ground just feet away, but my SUV decided to apply the brakes, and back down the mountain I went.

Will those adrenaline-pumping chase scenes of the modern movie be forced to progress along a straight line? I’m assuming a “cookie” in a front wheel-drive vehicle with stability control or a one-eighty direction change have become stunts of yore. Will the parking assist function allow our hero to ram into the bad guy to escape being pinned in and trapped? I’m sure my fellow creative writers will find ways to overcome these obstacles and keep the tension high and action pulsing, but when I close my eyes and picture car chases in the latest techno-cars I can’t help but ponder the future of high-speed drama.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Yelapa, Mexico Daily Life

There are definitely signs around Yelapa verifying that a few tourists are discovering this small haven not far from Puerto Vallarta, but day-to-day life continues to rule, from mules hauling materials to a local maintaining his fishing boat.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Adventures in Technology – A Kindle for your Computer

Those who know me or have followed me for very long know that I drag my feet when it comes to taking a technological step.  I was one of those writers and readers who vowed I would never read anything but a bound book that I could hold in my hands and manually turn those paper pages. But, some of the newer authors aren’t always stocked in bookstores and the price of a Kindle book is often cheap enough that I don’t mind inching away from my top handful of authors to give a new writer a chance, and I was missing out on all the free Kindle books I saw being promoted. So, rather than jumping in with both feet, I decided to take baby steps and downloaded Amazon’s free Kindle App for my computer.  I was amazed at how easy and enjoyable it was, and now free books were just a click away.  Soon my confidence grew and I got a Kindle, which I now read almost exclusively. So, if you’re on the fence about digital books, the free Kindle App for your computer may be a way to test the waters (click on the icon or link to the right to get started).