Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dizzy Blonde Release

DizzyBlonde, the latest young adult Christian novel by Anna Kittrell, was recently released by PrismBook Group. Anna resides in small town Oklahoma and works as secretary of her hometown middle school—who better to write young adult novels? Keep reading for a sneak peek and an excerpt from Dizzy Blonde.
BLURB
All of her life, Lenni has been the perfect child, but still her parents are divorcing. Invisible and angry, Lenni trades her innocent princess image for the rebellious likeness of her favorite rock icon, Dizzy. In an effort to shed the old Lenni, she turns her back on those who love her most, trading true friendship for a dangerous affiliation with a shady upperclassman. When deception and rumors threaten to ruin Lenni’s life, she learns the value of good friends and the importance of an honorable reputation. But can this realization save her from the clutches of danger? Or was the lesson learned too late?
EXCERPT
Copyright 2014 Anna Marie Kittrell
 The doorknob of the next room rattled as I passed. Misty swept from the doorway and knocked into me, glaring.
“The ogre took my phone. Thanks a lot, Miss Goody Two-Shoes.” She huffed around me. “I don’t know what possessed me to let you tag along anyway.” The echo of her footfalls slammed through the hallway even after she’d turned the corner.
“You asked me to come,” I muttered, walking again. By the time I reached the waiting room, she was gone.
I stepped through the automatic door, the cold, night air piercing my lungs. Snowflakes, too waterlogged to float, splattered on the pavement like wounded birds. I spied Dad’s sports coupe and watched the milky snow plop onto the shiny red paint. On second thought, the stuff falling from the sky looked more like what birds do.
Mom’s parking space was two over from Dad’s, next to an iron lamppost. I pulled my hood up, jogged to the champagne-colored car, and tugged the passenger door handle. Locked. Pressing my forehead against the cold window, I watched the tinted glass fog with my breath. I stooped and cleared the side mirror with my coat sleeve, checking my reflection. With a shiver, I drew in a frigid lungful of air then released it slowly through pursed lips, scissoring my fingers around an invisible cigarette. Impressed with how I looked, I shook back my hood and took another invisible drag.
“Seriously?” Misty’s cackle rang out through the hushed parking lot, causing me to throw down my imaginary cigarette and bury my head in my hood.
“What are you doing, you dork?” she asked, her voice closer. I turned toward her as she stepped into the light, her hair wet with snow, a wisp of real smoke curling, rising above her. “You’ll like this brand better—it has more flavor.” The red glow on the end of the cigarette grew brighter as she sucked on the filter.
“Won’t you get in trouble if your dad smells smoke on you?”
“What’s he going to do, send me to rehab? He already took my phone, thanks to you.”
“Cigarette rehab, is that a real thing?” I asked.
Misty glared and took another drag. “You know, I used to be a lot like you. A pampered little princess, my parents’ pride and joy. A good girl. Then one day, I woke up and realized I was only being good because I was afraid of being bad. I was a fake. Pretending to be perfect so I wouldn’t disappoint my parents. So I changed. Now I call the shots.”
“Glad you can call something,” I muttered.
“Was that a crack about my phone? Don’t worry, I’ll have it back by this time tomorrow. Wait and see.” She flicked ashes to the wet pavement. “I bet you’ve never done one bad thing in your entire pathetic life. Seriously, how do you stand yourself?”
“Maybe I like how I am,” I said, knowing she could see right through me.
“Yeah. Sure you do. That’s why you’re standing out here in the dark pretending to smoke. Here,” she said, offering her cigarette to me.
The burning tobacco caused my pulse to quicken. Something tingled inside, a maddening mixture of thrill and dread—like riding a rollercoaster up the track. I formed a V with my fingers and extended my hand, on the edge of the most exhilarating moment of my life.
Misty handed the cigarette off to me and I brought it to my lips with shaking fingers, knowing my next breath would leave me forever changed.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Upcoming Writers Conferences in the Western U.S.

If you find yourself out West this summer, make sure to check out these writers’ conferences. 

June 5 -8, 2014 - Crested Butte Writers Conference in Crested Butte, CO. For more information visit http://www.crestedbuttewriters.org/conf.php 

June 6-8, 2014 - Wyoming Writers, Inc. annual conference in Sheridan, WY. Featured speakers include Chuck Sambuchino, Mark Spragg, Wyoming Poet Laureate Echo Klaproth, and Lee Gutkind. For more information visit http://wyowriters.org 

June 10 - 13, 2014 - Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop in Chadron, NE. Sessions on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, storytelliing, and other topics. Learn more at www.storycatcherworkshop.org 

June 26 - 28, 2014 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson, Wyoming. Features Craig Johnson, Sarah Bird and other authors, as well as agents and editors. For more information visit http://www.jacksonholewritersconference.com/ 

July 24 - 26, 2014 - Writing the Rockies Conference on the campus of Western State Colorado University in central Colorado. For more information visit http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/writing-rockies 

September 5-7, 2014 - Annual Colorado Gold Conference in Denver, CO. For more information visit http://RMFW.org

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Be Adventurous

You might wonder why I feature new releases on my blog that are not necessarily adventure novels. Even though I read and write adventure, with my favorite authors being Clive Cussler and James Rollins, and it is truly my passion, part of being adventurous is trying new things, including books. You’ll never know what amazing novels, experiences, and people await you if you never leave your comfort zone.  

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” — James Michener

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sweet Home Texas Series

I’m pleased to introduce Texas romance author, Jayna Morrow, and her newest novel in the Sweet Home Texas series, Holden.  Holden is an inspirational romance and sequel to Gabriel (4.9 stars on Amazon) and Garrett (4.7 stars on Amazon). Without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at Holden. For more on Jayna visit www.jaynamorrow.com.
Blurb:
Shy and self-conscious, Irelynn's natural instinct has always been to withdraw with her sketchbook. The last time she picked up a paintbrush, however, was the day her father killed himself.

Now put in the position as stand-in for her boss, Irelynn must overcome her wallflower ways and run Hearth Dairy Farm while he's away on vacation. A twist of fate leaves her short a manager, and ruggedly handsome Holden Hearth steps in to assist her.
 

Second son in the Hearth family, Holden welcomes the chance to spend time in his hometown and confront his disappointing past, even if it includes a bit of hard labor. He's grown from a geeky kid with glasses into a successful businessman. Despite what he went through - enduring the teasing and bullying - he's ready to show Sweet Home what he's become.
Working at the dairy brings Irelynn and Holden together, and the attraction is instant. But as Holden breaks down the personal barriers between them, uncovering the truth about Irelynn's artistic ability, she resists him every step of the way....until she, too, decides to confront her past and come to terms with who she really is.
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Montezuma Well

Arizona is home to one of the most well-known sites in the world, the Grand Canyon. But, it’s also home to a myriad of tiny treasures like Montezuma Well. This sinkhole in the desert contains over 15 million gallons of water and its cliffs are dotted with small ancient dwellings.  For many cultures, the Well is sacred, a site to be respected. Descending toward the water’s surface along a narrow path, leaving the harsh desert behind, watching closely for hidden rattlesnake inhabitants among the lush riparian vegetation, it’s easy to believe the Well is indeed a place of power.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bullet in the Night

I’m pleased to introduce author Judith Rolfs and her newest Christian Mystery/Suspense novel, Bullet In The Night. Keep reading for a sneak peek and to learn more about Judith.
Bullet in the Night - An intricate tale of love and renewal...
 Psychologist Lenora Lawrence lingers in a coma after being shot by a sniper as a web of intrigue unravels around her. Her redemptive work with society's ex-convicts and her personal counseling with vulnerable women has created many enemies in the resort town of Lake Geneva, WI. Lenora's colleague and good friend, Jennifer Trevor, intends to see that Lenora's sniper is brought to justice, even if it means making deadly enemies herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judith Rolfs minored in English and creative writing at college but her major focus became psychology and ultimately marriage and family counseling. Her first article was published in Fresh Ink magazine while a student at Marquette University.
At her first writer’s conference her novel proposal won the Best New Novel Award. Mystery writing is her first love, although she has ten non-fiction books published on various family issues.
To learn more about Judith visit her website at www.judithrolfs.com or her blog at www.judithrolfs.blogspot.com. She can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/judith.rolfs and twitter @judithrolfs.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Scoop on Western Writers Conferences

Heading out West? If so, check out these writers’ conferences.

May 14 - 17, 2014 - Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park, CO. Meet agents and editors, and attend workshops.  For more information visit http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/

May 17, 2014 - the annual Get Published Conference in Bozeman, MT. Learn more at http://getpublishedconference.com/

June 5 -8, 2014 - Crested Butte Writers Conference in Crested Butte, CO. For more information visit http://www.crestedbuttewriters.org/conf.php 

June 6-8, 2014 - Wyoming Writers, Inc. annual conference in Sheridan, WY. Featured speakers include Chuck Sambuchino, Mark Spragg, Wyoming Poet Laureate Echo Klaproth, and Lee Gutkind. For more information visit http://wyowriters.org  

June 10 - 13, 2014 - Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop in Chadron, NE. Sessions on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, storytelliing, and other topics. Learn more at www.storycatcherworkshop.org  

June 26 - 28, 2014 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson, Wyoming. Features Craig Johnson, Sarah Bird and other authors, as well as agents and editors. For more information visit http://www.jacksonholewritersconference.com/ 

July 24 - 26, 2014 - Writing the Rockies Conference on the campus of Western State Colorado University in central Colorado. For more information visit http://www.western.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/writing-rockies 

September 5-7, 2014 - Annual Colorado Gold Conference in Denver, CO. For more information visit http://RMFW.org

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sneak Peak at Storm's Strength

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for May 11, where authors post six paragraphs, no more, no less, from one of their novels, and provide links to other blogs so readers can hop around and discover new and exciting books and authors. Here’s a glimpse at Big Horn Storm, a contemporary western romantic thriller. Enjoy! And for the latest updates, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill. 

BIG HORN STORM 

The sound of a man’s voice made Niki’s head whip around as she tried to bring Storm under control. The man was not speaking English and the insignia on his uniform did not belong to the United States military, nor did the uniform sport a maple leaf such as the one she had seen on the helicopter the previous day. Thoughts swirled through her head, making no sense at all, but the one thing she was certain of, was that she was in deep trouble. 

Niki reined Storm around, now surrounded by five more men. Her body went rigid as the horse’s legs suddenly stiffened. Storm snorted at the closest man and then pawed angrily at the ground. The men began advancing, smiling and laughing. Niki couldn’t understand what they were saying, but as she spied two more dead bodies on the ground, she felt certain they had no intention of helping her. 

Her eyes darted from man to man. She scanned the area and noted that she was still very close to the edge of the ravine. Niki could feel the big horse quiver beneath her and tense, ready to spring at the slightest provocation. She gripped Storm’s sides with her legs and grasped the saddle horn. One man pulled a pistol out of its holster. She doubted he intended to shoot her yet—instant death would be too quick, easy, and preferable. Niki feared he planned to take out her only mode of escape. She couldn’t allow her beloved horse to be shot at point blank range, but most importantly, she couldn’t be delayed too long or she doubted her grandfather would survive. 

With a prayer and a swift kick, Niki informed Storm it was time to run for their lives. The horse sensed the danger and cleared the edge of the ravine before the men could react. Niki held on as tight as she could and leaned back to help the horse keep his balance as he lunged down the slope, rocks dislodging under the fury of his churning hooves as he barreled down the embankment.  

They had nearly reached the creek when the first series of shots rang out. Storm shied and turned to follow the creek downstream rather than plunging into the water with its slick bottom at an uncontrolled speed. Another barrage of gunfire pelted the ground, narrowly missing Niki, but hitting nearby rocks, spraying the horse with sharp stone fragments. 

A slight bend in the ravine took them out of sight of the shooters and soon the slope was much less intimidating, making it easier for Storm to cross the creek and climb out of the ravine.  Niki released a sigh of relief and encouraged the horse to take it easy as he began his ascent. They had just reached the top when Niki heard the unmistakable sound of two dirt bikes’ engines firing up, signaling the hunt was still on.

Click on any link below to get a sneak peek at another exciting novel.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bargain Adventure

Discover love and experience epic adventures in the great outdoors through Marked In Mexico, Big Horn Storm, and Deadly Exodus, all for one low price with a Kindle Boxed Set. Whether Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, daring horseback escapes in the stunning and rugged mountains of Wyoming, or a run for the border through the desert southwest to leave a dystopian America behind peek your interest, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these adventure novels. Oh, and did I mention hunky heroes? Meet ex-Army Ranger Jack, the future’s male perfection, Ethan , and one smoking- hot cowboy named Deuce.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Cobá

I’ve visited the Mayan ruins of Cobá located on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico several times, and they’ve never ceased to amaze me. It’s been a few years, but on those earlier visits, I was surprised to have the place nearly to myself. Wandering through the winding dirt paths between temples and ruins early in the morning to the sounds of birds and other unseen creatures was plenty to inspire, Deadly Ruins.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Lion Awakens

I’m pleased to introduce author, Buffy Andrews, and her newest novel, The Lion Awakens, a young adult fantasy. Buffy is a journalist and author, who loves telling stories. When she’s not writing, she’s leading an award-winning team of journalists at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pa., where she’s Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and the newspaper’s social media coordinator. In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy'sWorld.  She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women's fiction. For more on Buffy, please visit her website at http://www.authorbuffyandrews.com/, and enjoy this blurb for her latest novel, which is available through Amazon and most on-line book retailers.

Two worlds, two teens, two destinies…

For thirteen years, Annie Lange and David McClure believed their parents were killed in fiery car crashes. They learn the truth about the past when they find hidden messages in anonymous gifts left on their front porches. The notes lead them to a mentor who helps them discover and master their special powers, powers they will need if they have any chance of saving their world from the tyrant Goliath.

When the lion awakens, their world is forever changed...