Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Calling All Audio Book and Adventure Lovers

Audio book lovers, MARKED IN MEXICO is now available in audio audible from Amazon and on I-Tunes.  Now you can enjoy this romantic suspense adventure anywhere!

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.

When paradise turns deadly, flee into the jungle and fight for your life

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Right Ingredients

I would like to introduce Inspirational Romance author, Nancy Shew Bolton, and her new release, The Right Ingredients. Please read on to learn more about Nancy and her novel.

Missing the right ingredients for a life of joy, a young baker learns lessons in the true recipe for love. 

Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems. 

Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurt and long-standing barriers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife of 41 years, mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl. Ever since she learned to write, she would jot down her thoughts and impressions in little snippets of inspiration in the form of poetry, song lyrics, or short essays. About six years ago, she decided to try her hand at writing a full length book. She’s since written five works of fiction, two non-fiction, and is working on an idea for a children’s book, as well as more fiction manuscripts. Writing a full-length work is much more challenging than she thought, and she has received so much valuable assistance from other writers, especially from the ACFW critique groups. Her husband has been supportive of her long hours spent at the keyboard. Many thanks to her beloved Johnny!  What a journey! She thanks God and His Son for her life, her loved ones and the spark of creativity inside every person. She believes each person is a unique creation, with their own special voice and place in this amazing universe. God’s handiwork amazes her every day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Where There Are No Roads

In a remote Solomon Island village where there are no roads, bringing in cattle is a challenge, but the innovative islanders have found a solution. Like most tasks in this country, cooperation and teamwork are essential in accomplishing chores which would be simple with adequate infrastructure.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And The Winner Is

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall Into Romance blog hop, and especially those who commented on my blog. Congratulations to J. McGaugh, who was selected as my giveaway recipient. I hope everyone had fun, and will continue to Embrace Adventure by following my blog or by following me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill. 

To find out who won the grand prize or to learn about upcoming hops, go to http://www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Into Romance Blog Hop


With a deadly storm brewing in the Big Horns and fall coming early to the high country, can the rugged rancher and the sheepherder’s granddaughter survive the wrath of determined foreign invaders and rekindle lost love? Find out in Big Horn Storm, a contemporary western romantic adventure set in rugged mountain country. The story combines a too-close-to-home military crisis, a traumatic accident, a terrifying bear encounter, heart-stopping horseback escapes and an attempt to reconcile the past in an action-packed romantic suspense thriller. I hope you enjoy the adventure.

I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and a set of Embrace Adventure luggage tags to one randomly selected visitor who leaves a comment at the end of this post with a contact email address. Comments will be accepted until midnight eastern time on September 22, 2014. 

In the meantime, please follow my blog, follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill, and hop on to the next blog for more romance and great giveaways by clicking on an author link below. 

To enter for a chance at the awesome grand prize of a $75 Amzon Gift Card, go to www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com or click on the Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3ad276f818/  

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Gators Anyone?

 

When I first arrived in Everglades National Park my one hope was that I’d see an alligator in the wild. It didn’t take long before that wish was realized, in quantity.  Everglades is an amazing park with a stunning abundance of wildlife.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Secret Life

I am pleased to introduce author Lee Carver. Lee has lived in six foreign countries and studied nine languages including German and French. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Spain. A five-week World War II history tour covering the areas where her father-in-law fought created the stimulus for her latest novel, A Secret Life, a Christian historical World War II romance novel. Please continue reading to learn more about A Secret Life, or for more about Lee, visit her website at www.LeeCarverWriter.com.

The German Army of World War II rips Karl Von Steuben from his family and privileged life, forcing him to conceal his American sympathies and Jewish heritage. Stripped of every tie to his home country, he determines to escape. As he crawls to the Siegfried Line, only he knows the hiding place of gold ingots melted from the jewelry of death camp prisoners. Wounded after assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier, Karl briefly deceives even himself. Discharged and shipped to America, he discovers God's unmerited favor in a beautiful Atlanta nurse. But he must return to Germany or relinquish his family fortune and rear children under the name of another man. Will Grace forgive his duplicity and accept him as an American?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Garden Tips From Abroad

When I travel I enjoy learning about culture, viewing interesting historic sites and the natural landscape, sampling the local cuisine, and people watching. Part of learning about culture and cuisine can involve getting closer to a countries food source by going to local farmer’s markets and observing gardening techniques. While heading toward the floating market in Thailand I noticed that every home had lovely potted plants on its porch, and a closer look revealed that all the pots contained something edible, mostly herbs, but sometimes there were small variety vegetables as well.  Since then, I’ve brought whatever I could inside before the first freeze and last year most of my herbs, including lemon grass, survived to see another summer season. If I’m going to tend potted plants, why not have edible ones, many are just a lovely as other house plants and some are deliciously aromatic.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Conferences and Events for Writers

Check out these upcoming conferences and events for writers around the West and hone your craft while networking with agents, editors, publishers and fellow writers.

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at http://www.equalitystatebookfest.com/ 

Southwest Christian Writers Association hosts its annual conference September 19 & 20, 2014. Durango, CO. Topics include Creating Compelling Characters and Fundamental Story Building Steps. Learn more at http://www.southwestchristianwriters.org/SCWA/Home.html 

A Weekend for Words, the Southern California Writers Conference September 19–21, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. Authors & editors of mysteries, thrillers, screen plays & nonfiction, among others, will conduct workshops & meet with participants. More at http://writersconference.com/la/ 

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCWBI hosts its Letters and Lines Conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Golden, CO. Many writers, illustrators, agents, and editors will be on hand. Learn more at https://rmc.scbwi.org 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at https://montana.scbwi.org/events/fall-conference/ 

Authors of the Flathead presents its annual writers conference, September 27 & 28, 2014. Kalispell, MT. Workshop sessions on fiction, nonfiction, marketing & screenwriting will be conducted. Two literary agents scheduled. More at http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp
 
The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at montanarwaconference.wordpress.com.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Cuarenta Casas

Zona Arquelogica Cuarenta Casas in Mexico was an unexpected archeological treasure. The hike was grueling, but the reward was worth the effort.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Eating Seasonally

I hadn’t thought much about it even though I’d done it most of my life, but when traveling in Italy, I often heard the phrase, “eating seasonally.”  The concept makes sense whether you grow your own produce or buy it from the store. I find there are certain recipes I only make in the summer, such as quinoa griddle cakes with black bean salsa and zucchini enchiladas, among many other zucchini recipes when harvests become overwhelming. Even if you don’t garden, the concept of eating seasonally still makes sense, prices are often lower in-season and the produce is better quality.  I’ve also found that I look forward to certain dishes when they define a season.