hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season and has plans to cap it off
with a fun New Year’s Eve and Day. I would also like to take this opportunity
to thank everyone for all the support this past year. I hope all my readers have
enjoyed my various adventure novels and, for a moment, were transported to
another place and time filled with excitement.
a country comprised of over 900 islands spread out over a vast area of the South
Pacific, transportation is often an enormous challenge. Many Solomon Island
villages are connected only by the sea, and the locals have become very adept at
moving everything via motorized canoes, including livestock. With no roads to a
remote rural training center on the island of Makira in the Solomon Islands, I
witnessed the process in action and it was something I will never forget.
The Gingerbread House by Jacqueline Hopper is a truly wonderful and well-written
novella. The author did an amazing job telling this important story in an
Helping her son overcome his
fears brought on by her own childhood trauma is Keren’s number one priority.
She worries too much damage has been done until she reunites with her long-lost
best friend, who shares her painful secret. Through the remarkable work of The
Gingerbread House, Keren is forced to relive her past in order to complete the
healing process and prevent her phobias from scarring her child, and she discovers
a new hope for happiness.
I would like to introduce Australian western
author, Susan Horsnell, and welcome her to Embrace Adventure.Just living in Australia conjures up all
kinds of adventurous images in my mind, and I dream of going there someday. For
now, let’s get to know Susan, and we can live our Australian dreams vicariously
First, Susan, tell us a
little bit about yourself.
I have been retired for almost 5 years which is
wonderful. I now have the time to do the things I have always wanted. As a
child I was a dancer, did TV work as well as Pantomimes at clubs during the
holidays. We have a young granddaughter who is also fast becoming an
accomplished dancer. We have a granddaughter who is a brilliant horsewoman and
is very good at Marshall Arts, her sister is also very good at Marshall Arts.
We have 2 gorgeous grandsons who are also into sports. We are very blessed.
What are your hobbies away from the
We have 2 Jack Russell’s who I walk
every day. I am an avid reader and my husband, of almost 40 years, and I love
What did you do before you became an author?
a Nurse for almost 35 years. I nursed mainly the elderly and disabled. Very
mentally taxing as well as physical, but I wouldn’t have done anything else.
What type of books do you write?
Romance with some murder, torture and damsel in distress scenes thrown in. I
love the stories conjured up with cowboys, sheriff’s and the outlaws. Can make
for some very juicy and romantic scenes.
What is your latest book about?
Believe it or not my latest book is in collaboration with my eldest
daughter-in-law, Coralie. She is an artist and talked me into writing a
children’s book. It’s called ‘The Mystery Under The House’ and we have
literally just released it. There are all sorts of strange characters, goblins,
other recent release is ‘Blind Achievement’. This is the sequel to my award
winning – ‘Blind Acceptance.’ These books are about a 6 year old child who is
blinded in a wagon accident and his fight to learn how to live on a ranch
without sight. It also explores his father’s reaction to his son being suddenly
blind. The first book has Phillip as a 6 year old while the second has him at
college as an 18 year old.
What inspired you to write Blind Acceptance?
worked with the blind for 4 years and witnessed the struggles, not only the
victim went through but also their family. It is difficult for a family to have
a ‘perfect’ child and then have to deal with a sudden disability.
What are you working on now?
I am actually working on a novel set around here in
Canberra, Australia. It will be on a cattle station in the 1800’s. I am going
to have a white, British, Aristocratic Lawyer (son of the property owners)
become involved with an Aboriginal Dairymaid who works for them.
White/Aboriginal affairs were not accepted back then so could be rather
What are the similarities and/or
difference you’ve seen between the American and Australian Western?
Hugely different. We didn’t have
Sheriff’s, one of the main reasons I wrote American based westerns. Nothing
says westerns like a local, hunky, drool-worthy sheriff. We have cowboys but to
me America says cowboy in the truest sense. We have a history of Bushrangers –
Ned Kelly – for example, but nothing like the outlaws of America and one huge
difference – we don’t have Indians!
I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney in the 50's and 60's. My
parents are originally from the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area of England and came
to Australia in 1952 as £10 poms. My father was a Painter and Decorator and I
was the eldest of five children. We lived comfortably and we wanted for
I met my husband, Robert, in 1973 and we married in March 1974; we were
both 18 years old. I was a Nurse, a career that spanned more than 35 years.
Robert is now a Commodore in the RAN having served more than 40 years. We have
2 adult sons, both married with family. I have always loved the country and
have a fascination with Texas in the 19th century - I think I must have lived my
previous life there!!
Susan has generously offered to give away an ecopy, through Amazon, of Blind
Acceptance and Blind Achievement to one person randomly
selected from all comments received on this blog post through midnight (Central
Time-U.S.) on December 21, 2013 (an email address must be included in order to
contact the winner). Thank you, Susan for visiting.
CIA agent Cash Luker leads an international team of agents and
scientists in a desperate attempt to stop a terrorist group from getting their
hands on a collection of crystals which have the power to destroy the world.
Shrouded in Secrets is an action-packed highly suspenseful novel which is
nearly impossible to put down.
I think what impressed me most about the novel, however, was not the thrilling
story, although that is certainly there. The plot takes place in the Bahamas,
Arizona, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. Each of these locations is described in
rich detail, drawing the reader right into the mangroves or the Arizona desert.
The story is told from multiple perspectives so the author has to be able to
transport the reader easily and quickly between some very diverse locations,
and overall, these jumps are handle well.
In addition, the entire plot line revolves around ancient history, particularly
ancient Mayan knowledge and again Kim McMahill proves that she has done
extensive research which she shares in depth with her readers so that this
novel becomes much more than just another adventure story. I learned a lot as I
was reading this story and I always think that is a plus in any novel.
The characters are also very engaging and well-defined. The interactions
between the various agents under Cash’s command ring true. Cash’s past history
has left him badly wounded emotionally, and some of that past history returns
to haunt him, adding a layer of humanity and depth to his character. The same
is true for the other members of his team which results in having characters
the reader can really get to know and care about.
Lovers of action suspense mysteries are sure to enjoy Shrouded in Secrets. The
pages seem to turn themselves.
In Wyoming, black bear populations
are widespread, whereas grizzly habitat is primarily confined to northwestern
Wyoming, but as populations increase and habitat decreases, bears will expand
their territory and reestablish in previous historical ranges or in new
habitats. Grizzly bears have not inhabited the Bighorn National Forest since
the early 20th century, but for the sake of fiction I have hastened the return
of a solitary grizzly to the Big Horn Mountains just as a deadly storm is
grizzly bears can be incorrectly identified if attributes such as size or color
are relied upon. For a more accurate identification, it’s important to remember
that black bears have no shoulder hump,
tall pointed ears, and a straight facial profile from nose to ear. Grizzlies
have a distinctive shoulder hump, short rounded ears, and its facial profile
appears dished in.
Bears play a fairly small role in Big Horn Storm, but added to an already dire and
deadly situation, the encounter further degrades the characters ability to survive. The
novelis a contemporary western romantic adventure set in rugged mountain
country. The story combines a foreign invasion, harrowing horseback escapes, a
traumatic accident, and a terrifying bear encounter, along with an attempt to
reconcile the past in an action-packed thriller.
Destiny by Mary L.
Ball, is a heartwarming story of a young woman’s struggle to sort out what is
most important in life in order to live a fulfilling and happy life. This is an
all too common theme in today’s society, which makes this story especially
The main character, Taylor, has focused solely on her job. She
thought a successful career would be all she needed to live a complete and
happy life, until an unexpected event introduces a man who seems perfect,
except she fears he might get in the way of her career aspirations. As Taylor
embarks on an emotional journey, she begins to question many long-held beliefs.
She finds guidance from her grandmother and an unexpected source, a missing family
The author did a very good job intertwining the complexities
facing Taylor’s future as she tries to balance family, the power of a
mysterious stone, and priorities, all while struggling to untangle her feelings
for a man, who despite her attempts to keep at a distance, can’t be pushed from
her thoughts or kept out of her heart. This is definitely a worthwhile read.
had the opportunity to visit Cartagena, Columbia. I spent my limited time exploring
the “Old City,” which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was established
in 1533 by the Spanish explorer Madrileño Don Pedro de Heredia. Much of the
original city walls, constructed for protection from pirates, is still intact
and encircles the winding cobblestone streets lined with colorful Spanish
Colonial architecture. My time in Cartagena was too short, but what I did
experience was amazing and I look forward to seeing more.
I grew up in Wyoming, which is where I developed my sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Since leaving Wyoming I have enjoyed many opportunities to see the world, and I've lived amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes. I started out writing non-fiction, but my passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew me into a world of romantic suspense. Please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/KimMcMahill.com