Saturday, April 30, 2016

Adventure Scrapbook – Odd Top Tourist Site

Crowds gather on the beach at the end of the runway in St. Maarten to watch, and feel, incoming aircraft. No large jets came in during the short time we were there, but the sensation as the small aircraft skimmed the crowd was enough to be able to imagine the impact from the big jets. The activity is discouraged, yet the crowds descend on the beach daily and it’s one of the top tourist attractions on the island. I won’t judge since clearly I caved to temptation and made a brief stop.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hooked on Risky Research

Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop. I’m pleased to provide a few sentences from my recently released romantic suspense novel, A Taste of Tragedy, which is the second novel in the Risky Research series.  A Taste of Tragedy and the first novel, A Dose of Danger, are currently just $0.99 on Amazon for your Kindle.  Enjoy!
Excerpt
Devyn scrambled out of the gully and cut across the raised ground above the bend in the creek. Inching out toward the edge, she peered over and spotted her target. His back was to her. She had a clean shot, but this time she was determined to get answers. Dead men couldn’t talk.
She quietly set her gun on a rock, where she knew she could find it quickly. Stepping closer, she leapt.
Blurb
Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed...until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.  
For information on all my adventure novels, including my newest release, A Taste of Tragedy, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill.  Click on each title to download A Tasteof Tragedy or a A Dose of Danger from Amazon.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Journey to Publication of a Prolific Inspirational Series

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Gay N. Lewis through our shared publisher. She is a talented writer who has created a series of inspirational and humorous stories about the exploits of a dyslexic angel, Sarah. Today, Gay has stopped by my blog to share her story of how she came to Prism Book Group, which launched the Sarah series. So, I’ll turn it over to Gay.

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How I came to Prism Book Group, Gay N. Lewis
My journey to Prism Book Group was a God directed route.  I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and while scanning their magazine one day, I ran across an ad from Inspired Romance Novels.  Unfamiliar with the name but liking the ad, I checked their website. This publisher sounded like a perfect fit for me.
At the time, I was writing a fantasy about a rookie angel and her first trip to Earth. Her assignment was to help a certain bachelor find a mate by Valentine’s Day. This little spirit was making one blunder after another. She was a major goof up. Would this story fit the publisher’s submission requirements?
Deciding to check it out, I spent all of maybe five minutes on an email—it contained four sentences. Authors in my various professional groups give lectures on writing the perfect query letter, synopsis, and first chapter—items usually required by an agent or publisher.  These queries often receive no answer for six months—or longer. My short email didn’t fit the usual format an author sends to a publisher.
Imagine my surprise when Joan Alley, the editor-in-chief replied immediately. Her personable, warm and friendly response was remarkable, and she requested a full manuscript upon completion.
My reaction? “Wow! Here’s a publisher who is committed to service and cares about writers.”
After emailing the finished the manuscript, I told my husband a response would probably come in six weeks or so, and we left for a mini-vacation. This work break gave me the perfect time to languidly read a new novel. Just before setting the book aside to take a nap, I decided to check email from my iPhone.
Three days had gone by since I’d sent my manuscript, so no reply was expected. A moment of apprehension went through me when I saw a response from the publisher. Acceptance or rejection? Nothing to do but open the email and find out.
If my husband could have seen my face, he’d have glimpsed my huge smile and moist eyes. Trying to keep a level of decorum, and a quiver from my voice, I turned to him and said, “I sent that manuscript three days ago, and a contract just now came. I’ve sold my new book! 
This guy I married is a calm achiever—low on the emotional totem pole—always taking care of business. But after my announcement, I detected excitement in his voice when he said, “Congratulations.”
I wished I could tell my brother—still do.  He recently went to heaven and would have loved hearing the news—he’d always been such an encourager. But he knows.
I quickly emailed family and friends with the update. My professional experience includes many articles for churches—and several video presentations sold in the retail market, but this was my first venture into fiction. I was thrilled with the emails that came back, but it seems no one was surprised that my novel was accepted for publication—no one that is, except me.
Joan Alley has broadened the company since I first read that ad—it’s now more inclusive with three distinct lines. The Inspired line is inspirational Christian romance. Diamond is sweet romance, and Illuminate is inspirational fiction—heartwarming stories that may or may not include a love story. These extended lines required a name change. Prism Book Group is a better fit.
In past times, I’ve spent months—even years—trying to unbolt doors that God didn’t want me to open. The door at Prism Book Group unlocked quickly—an indication that I am where He wants me. 
Working with the publisher, authors, and editors at Prism Book Group is a positive experience. We are a group of people who take the Lord seriously and we treat each other with respect.

Sarah: A Mission of Lovewas the first book, and as of now, ten Sarah books bear my name, as well as another book in Women’s Fiction. Little Sarah will have many adventures—and heaps of bloopers as she plays matchmaker to unsuspecting humans.
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Gay’s newest novel, Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie was published by Prism Book Group’s Inspired Line, is about a klutzy, bumbling angel who befriends a shy student at a high school. Mackenzie is beautiful, needs a date for prom, and Sarah helps her find one. Mackenzie’s mother teaches English at the same school, and Sarah decides the widowed mom also needs a romantic interest.
Lewis’ title character, Sarah, is dyslexic, can’t read maps, and is often lost. She bumbles her way around the huge high school with hilarious results. She assumes human disguises to achieve her goals but resorts to supernatural means to save Mackenzie from the school bully.
Lewis sat in on the prom committee meetings at a local high school and listened to plans for the 2015 prom. Several students advised her on “promposals.” She says, “The students have creative ways to ask for dates these days. They sent me pictures and told me stories, and many of their ideas made their way into my book. I’m grateful Katy, Texas has a superb group of young people, and they were gracious to me.”
Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie is available in eBook online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all fine book stores. A sequel is planned. When published, both books will be available in print.
Blurb

Merciful heavens! Getting acquainted with adult teachers in a high school is one challenge, but hang with the kids too? Sarah, heaven’s little love angel—known for bungles, has dealt with children and enjoyed them, but teenagers? My stars! They are a different ballgame. She doesn’t understand their jargon, clothes or hairdos. And mood swings? Forget it. She knew nothing about them—nada —zippo. She’d seen and heard them from above—even wondered at times why they existed on the same planet as adults. They were unique and interesting, but to mingle with them? Not a chance would she choose to do so—well, not until her latest assignment. Why would the Superiors send a bumbling angel like her to help a shy teenager find a date for a high school prom? Poopty doopty! A nightmare is about to happen.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Adventure Inspirations – Nature's Peace

“Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 

- John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 1898- 

Monday, April 18, 2016

You Gotta Love Cowboys

Join me today in welcoming Penny Estelle to Embrace Adventure. Her adventure novels span a wide variety of genres for all ages, but I’m particularly excited to learn more about her historical western romance series. Who doesn’t love cowboys? So, without further ado, here’s Penny.

Good morning everybody.  I’d like to thank Kim for allowing me to barge in on her blog today. I have a series I am working on called the Thornton Trilogy.  This is how it all started….

IN THE BEGINNING…..well, about 40 years ago, was when I actually started reading! I never read as a kid – had waaaaay better things to do! The big awakening came after I had my first baby and was up 24/7.  Picked up my first…what did they call them…”smut” novels.  I was hooked.  Who knew reading could transport you out of your own reality to someplace other than dirty diapers and bottles!  After reading that FIRST book, I told my hubby – “I can do that!” and started writing the Great American Novel.  Took me 5 years on my electric Brothers typewriter.  Almost 400 pages.  I was going to be so rich!  I wrote a few queries, sent them out and waited for all the offers to come in.

Reality hit as I ripped open the rejection letters.  I packed up my novel, put it in a box and it lived in my closet for over 40 years. 

Just before I retired from a school district, I wrote my very first tween fantasy and was thrilled when it was picked up.  After getting several other kid/YA stories accepted, I decided to try my hand at writing for the older crowd.  I was lucky enough to have a family drama and a few romances picked up by a few different publishing companies.

Then I figured the time had come.  With shaky fingers I pulled out the Great American Novel I had written so long ago. It was HORRIBLE writing.  Ugh! I practically rewrote the whole thing and gave it another shot!  WOOO HOOO – Rooster and Pig Publishing picked it up!  Revenge, the Cowboy Way was published.  This is a historical western romance that tells the love/hate relationship between Joanna Simmons and Brian Thornton.

Now, I’m only telling you about my gut-wrenching, disappointing, rip your heart out story of rejection……(do any of you have your hankies out yet – LOL) because the story I’m spotlighting today is Gabe, The Thornton Trilogy, Book 1.  Yep, you guessed it.  Gabe is the #1 son of Joanna and Brian. 

After all this – I hope you enjoy my blurb and excerpt from my newest book!

Blurb
Gabe Thornton inherits the Double Bar Ranch from good friend and neighbor Bill (Pappy) Thomas, but there are conditions.   Last Will and Testament states five hundred acres have been set aside for his only niece, or interested heirs.  The property must be lived on for a year or said acreage will revert back to Gabe.

Molly Blackburn shows up in Bastrop, Texas, to claim the land her great uncle has left her.  Though she knows nothing about cattle ranching, she has no other choice when her father passes away.
Gabe is sure she won’t last a month and he tells her so, but greenhorn or not, she swears she will be there till the bitter end, no matter what! 
Will she give up her land or will she find more than just a cattle ranch in Bastrop?


Excerpt
“I happen to also own a hand gun but..well I didn’t think to purchase bullets for it.”

“Perfect!” Gabe said, shaking his head.  “There’s also wood to be cut and hay and water to be hauled plus a million other things.”  He laid the gun against the wall, opening the door.  

“You won’t last the week and if you had half a brain you’d know it!”

“Get out of my house,” she hollered.  He walked out into the cold morning but she was right on his heels, taking his coat off.  “Wait!”  He turned and she threw his coat in his face.  

“Thank you for the use of your coat but I’ll thank you to stay off my property!”
Gabe advanced a step her way but a discreet cough stopped him.  There were his mother and sister, sitting on their horses.  He swung up on his horse, staring at his new neighbor.  

“See if you can’t talk some sense into her!” he ground out before riding away.

Bio
I write for all ages, from the early reader to adults.  My books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy, time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13. I also write adult stories, including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances, under P. A. Estelle.

I was a school secretary for 21 years.  My husband and I moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on very rural 54 acres, living on solar and wind only. 

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