Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I 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. 

Have a safe and happy New Year! 

Thank you.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook – Solomon Islands

In 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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Greetings

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas filled with the joys of the season and quality time with family and friends.  

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Gingerbread House Review

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 uplifting way. 

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.  

For more on Jacqueline and her work, please visit http://jacquelinedhopper.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Free ebook and Fascinating Author

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 through her.
 

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 computer? 

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 travel.
 

What did you do before you became an author? 

I was 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? 

Western 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? 


Haha. 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, fairies etc. 

My 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? 

I 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 controversial.
 

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!
 

BIO:

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 nothing.

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.


 

 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lovers of Action Suspense Mysteries

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading December 11, 2013 (Amazon)


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.

Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Bear Essentials

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 brewing 

Black and 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 novel is 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.
 
For more on Big Horn Storm visit  http://amzn.com/B0091LFPCM

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stone of Destiny Review

Stone of 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 relatable.  

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 heirloom.  

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.
 
For more on Mary L. Ball and her other work, visit http://MaryLouwrites.weebly.com.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Old City Cartagena

I recently 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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Collection










Just in time for the Holiday Season! Check out these wonderful original Christmas stories from Prism Book Group, all priced from .99 - $3.99, with an additional discount if purchased directly from the Prism Book Group website 
 
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 



 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Let The Holidays Begin

 
 

PRISM BOOK GROUP
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. And, for those who plan to kick off the holidays by joining the post-Thanksgiving shopping free-for-all, good luck, be patient, and have fun.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Panama

A journey through the Panama Canal is an amazing experience. It is indisputably one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world. Opened in 1914, the 51-mile canal cuts across Panama.  The canal shortened the sailing distance between New York and San Francisco by over 7,000 miles, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, forever changing world commerce.  More than a million ships have traveled through the intricate lock system, which consists of three sets of locks, Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores locks, which rise and lower ships and boats of all sizes from one ocean, across land to the other ocean. 

Much of what you see along the canal is industrial, but no less interesting. The magnitude of the accomplishment is simply awe-inspiring. There is also some beautiful jungle scenery and wildlife to view. We saw many birds, a few crocodiles on the Atlantic side, and a small group of coati during this amazing experience.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review of Autumn Blessing

After reading the first page of Autumn Blessing by Dvora Waysman I feared this novella was going to be a tear-jerker, but thankfully I was wrong. Autumn Blessing turned out to be an uplifting story about dealing with moving on and trying to find happiness again after the death of a soul mate. I doubt many people could read this book and not find something to relate to in their own lives, whether from direct experience or from witnessing a widowed parent try to cope. This was a great story and not one tear was shed in the reading of this book.
 
Learn more about Dvora at http://dvorawaysman.com/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FREE Ebook – Desperate Dreams

Desperate Dreams is available for free for your Kindle from Amazon, today through November 21. Download your free copy at http://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Dreams-Kim-McMahill-ebook/dp/B007VOK2NS/

Desperate Dreams is a Futuristic Romantic Adventure. To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future. As Nyla struggles to understand her deepening feelings for Ethan, they embark on a desperate journey for freedom through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. With their two best friends in tow they attempt a daring border crossing to chase a dream few would understand, and only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Costa Rican Wonders


Costa Rica is one of the few places, other than the U.S., that I could actually picture taking up residency.  Sure, it’s got some rough areas, but what country doesn’t? After several visits, it still seems as if the positives far outweigh the negatives, the biggest negative being the large number of extremely poisonous snakes (a particular phobia of mine). The country is endowed with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse environments, wonderful people, and great coffee. From active volcanoes, to lush mountains, to stunning beaches, it’s got something for everyone, and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review of The Captive Bird

The Captive Bird by Clair Sanders is an inspirational and romantic story. The author did an exceptional job handling a complex and delicate subject. She crafted an inspirational story of healing and forgiveness, which unfolded against a backdrop of developing romance. The main character drew me in with her courage and strength, making the book difficult to put down in anticipation of a desperately deserved happy ending.  

Although this novel is outside my preferred genre of adventure and suspense, it is the second book I’ve read by Claire Sanders, and I look forward to reading more because she’s just that good.

For more on Claire Sanders and her other work please visit www.clairesandersbooks.com
 
 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Chile

Sometimes I get so caught up in book announcements, events, reviews, blog hops, etc. that I forget why I started this blog in the first place, to Embrace Adventure. The word adventure means something different to nearly everyone.  To some, adventure may be trying a new restaurant or hairstyle, and to others, true adventure can only be defined by climbing Mount Everest or rafting the Colorado River.  To me, adventure is somewhere in between.

Through my writing I strive to explore the gamut of adventure with a spattering of actual experiences tossed in with stories of survival conjured from my imagination. In life I have an intense craving to see as much of this fascinating world as possible.

To maintain my focus and stay true to my heart, I’ll be sharing my favorite memories and adventures on a more regular basis in a little segment I’ll call, “Adventure Scrapbook.” So, without further ado, here are a couple penguin chicks hanging out in Otway Sound, Chile. I love this photo. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but smile.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Exciting New Release



Exciting new release by Jacqueline Hopper, The Gingerbread House, is now available. Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/The-Gingerbread-House-ebook/dp/B00GBE1U3K/ 
To find out more about Jacqueline visit her blog, Head Into The Clouds, at http://jacquelinedhopper.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Better She Live By Judy Baker

I’d like to introduce Judy Baker. Judy lives in the beautiful western state of Utah. Though she’s a southerner at heart, she loves the surrounding mountains and the desert valleys. She and her husband enjoy their home with a spoiled ninety pound Airedale named Teal’c. They have three wonderful children that have given them four beautiful grandkids. When not writing the stories that fill her head, she enjoys RVing with her family, stargazing through one of her many telescopes, digging in her wildflower garden, and golfing, or just swinging on the patio while plotting her next story. 

Her latest novel, Better She Live, is the second book in the Silver Sage Creek Novel Series. Please enjoy the blurb and exerpts below.  

Blurb:

Ruby Thornton, the proprietor of the Silver Sage Saloon is a business woman, not a prostitute. But, because she runs a saloon, the proper folks of Silver Sage Creek treat her as such, until the wealthy Richard Webster moves into town. His reputation of being a gentleman and a lucrative railroad businessman has the entire town smitten, including Ruby.  

When a cowboy named Jesse Stryker comes along, working for the wealthy Webster, Ruby is torn by her conflicting emotions. His angry eyes contradict his proposition for a night of pleasure. She’s tempted. Only, she isn’t a prostitute. 

Ruby’s first instincts about a person is usually right, until now. Who’s the shrewd and fiendish man, the wealthy Webster or Stryker? Caught up in a charmed life, Ruby’s backed into a corner of kidnapping and murder, putting her life and others in danger. Who can she trust? 

Excerpt: 

Ruby’s head jerked back. Springing to her feet she stomped to the edge of the porch. Her wide eyed glare aimed at him. With her fingers curling into a tight fist, her infuriating voice spat out her words, slowly, “Mr. Stryker, if I had a pistol in my hand at this moment, your condescending ass wouldn’t be sitting on a horse. I’d shoot you down. Your assumption that my business is a place of ill repute couldn’t be further from the truth. Now, I suggest you ride on and not step one boot inside of my establishment again.”
 
Secret Cravings Publishing:
 

Silver Sage Creek, book one, Better She Die, is also available: http://store.sweetcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=28&products_id=167


Available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Smashwords, Kobo 

For more on Judy and her writing, please visit:




Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween and Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who visited The Romance Studio from October 25 through the 31 for the 4th Annual Spookapalooza. I hope everyone enjoyed the posts and possibly even won a prize, and I especially hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Spookapalooza Fun & Giveaways at The Romance Studio


 
Please join the party at The Romance Studio (TRS) as we celebrate the spooky season with their 4th annual Spookapalooza from October 25-31.  TRS is giving away an Amazon gift ecard (electronic gift card only, value $100 minimum) to one lucky reader and they’re giving away a lot of other prizes from the TRS prize vault and participating authors too. Just go to The Romance Studio Party Site at http://trsparties.com any time from October 25-31, 2013. 

I’ll be participating and I’ve donated an ebook of ShroudedIn Secrets (format of recipients choice).  Shrouded In Secrets (great title for Spookapalooza, don’t you think?) is an international romantic suspense that takes the reader on an epic journey around the world in a quest to locate ancient artifacts before a deadly group of terrorists.

The winner of the gift card will be selected at random on November 1, 2013. Other prizes from TRS and its participating authors will be assigned at each donor's earliest convenience following the end of the event.

For updates on this event and more, be sure to follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tender Triumph Released

Tender Triumph by Ruth Roberts was recently released by Prism Book Group. Here’s a sneak peak.  

After a very public divorce from her billionaire Italian husband, Natalia Montalvo returns home to New York City to lick her wounds and try to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. So why did she agree to attend a charity ball, especially when she knew her ex would be there? When he arrives with his newest love interest, she feels all the pieces she had managed to put together crumbling again.

Jared, owner of the largest, most prestigious architectural firm in the country, rubs elbows daily with the rich and powerful. He can’t stand them. After one too many altercations with a client, his head of public relations forces him to attend the annual charity ball, to schmooze and make nice with the people whom his business depends on. His mission is simple: smile, be friendly, and bid on a few high dollar items in the auction. Thirty minutes after arriving, he was already clenching his jaw and looking for a quick exit. On the balcony, he encounters Natalia Montalvo. He can’t ignore a woman in need, especially when that woman is his best friend’s sister. He devises a plan to save her pride, and in the process save his evening. But, can he convince her to give him more than one night?
 

Ruth Roberts has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at http://www.RuthRobertsRomance.com

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Deals and Steals

Who doesn’t love cheap or even free reads for your Kindle? 

If you haven’t checked it out yet, eFiction Finds is your source for quality free and affordable fiction for your Kindle. All listings have received high ratings and are generally priced at $2.99 or less, including several free listings daily.  

Visit http://www.efictionfinds.com, “like” at https://www.facebook.com/eFictionFinds or follow on twitter at https://twitter.com/efictionfinds to receive the latest updates.
 
Authors, if you have a novel you wish to be considered for promotion, go to http://www.efictionfinds.com/p/author-corner.html for guidelines and submission requirements

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Free Short Story Collection

The following short stories were written by Prism Book Group authors in round-robin style during various promotional events.  Each author took a turn with the story (I participated in Lightning Strikes), adding the next scene, with the freedom to take the book in any direction they chose. These stories are offered free of charge directly through the publisher at http://www.prismbookgroup.com or through Amazon.  I hope you enjoy these free and fun short reads. 

Lightning Strikes - After a storm, a major power outage leaves two at-odds neighbors dependent on each other. Forced to unite, will their animosity for each other crash like thunder or will they discover love as lightning strikes? 

After The Storm - Bonded by a harrowing cat rescue, Luke and Rachel are instant friends, but they can’t deny their attraction despite their business relationship. Rachel worries dating her boss is a bad idea, but soon the least of her worries. When two dead bodies are found in their apartment building, Luke is the main suspect. Has Rachel misjudged him? 

A BlizzardWedding is a continuation of Lightning Strikes and After the Storm. Now engaged, Luke and Rachel fly to the Sky Ridge Mountains for an intimate Valentine’s Day wedding at a ski lodge. When a blizzard hits hard, their wedding is in jeopardy—will Luke be trapped in the storm, or make it to the wedding in time?
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Adventure Novel Released

Shrouded in Secrets was recently released by PrismBook Group. The novel is available in trade paperback and ebook through Amazon and Prism Book Group. Ebooks are also available through Barnes and Nobel and other on-line ebook retailers.

United by a common mission, bonded by tragedy 

The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions. 

I hope you enjoy my latest adventure.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

And The Winner Is


Thank you to everyone who visited Patricia Stoltey’s blog on October 3rd and 4th and commented for a chance to win a free ebook of Shrouded In Secrets.  The lucky recipient is John Paul. Congratulations. For other giveaways , guest blogs, new author introductions and book releases, and fun tidbits on adventures large and small, please check back or follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Free ebook Giveaway and Guest Author Appearance

Please join me today on Patricia Stoltey’s blog as I discuss research in fiction. Also, find out how to sign up for a chance to receive a free ebook of my latest international adventure, Shrouded In Secrets. 

Patricia Stoltey is the author of two mystery novels: The Prairie Grass Murders (2007) and The Desert Hedge Murders (August 2009). She has a wonderful blog for readers, writers, and fans of the Rocky Mountains. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please stop on by at http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com/ 

Thank you and for other book giveaways, news, and adventures, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill