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.
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.
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.
After reading the first page of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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?
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.”
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.
Please join the party at The Romance Studio (TRS) as we celebrate the spooky season with their 4th annual Spookapaloozafrom 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
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
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
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
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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
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
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?
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.
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
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/
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