Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

I would like to thank everyone who has followed my blog, twitter, books, and adventures throughout 2014. Your interest, support, and friendship is truly appreciated.
 
I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year surrounded by family and friends. Take only the good memories from 2014 as you embark upon a new year filled with opportunity and promise.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Yelapa, Mexico Transportation

As I walked around Yelapa, Mexico, I encountered several mule strings hauling sand from the beach up the cobble-stone paths to be used to mix concrete for a few small scale projects in progress. Witnessing this non-mechanized transportation method felt like a wonderful step back in time.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family all the joy, happiness, and blessings of the holiday season.
 
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Inspirational Holiday Read

The Christmas Journal by Kimberly B Jackson has been released just in time for the holidays. To get into the spirit of the season, check out this inspirational story by an accomplished Christmas storyteller, for just $0.99. For more on Kimberly, please visit her blog at http://www.kimberlybjackson.blogspot.com

Ashley Moore’s life forever changed the day her mother died, and she was sent to live with relatives. Now, ten years later, Ashley returns home, hoping to connect with her estranged father. When she learns he’s decided to reopen the family’s Christmas lodge for the upcoming holiday season, Ashley volunteers to help. While cleaning, she discovers her mother’s journal detailing the last month of her life. Will the book hold the answer as to why her dad sent her away? Who is the mysterious Adam her mother keeps mentioning in the diary? Can the words of her mother reconcile father and daughter in time for Christmas? 

Enjoy additional Christmas stories by Kimberly B. Jackson for just $0.99 each on Kindle:


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many Faces of Adventure Fiction

As anyone who follows me knows, I love adventure fiction. I read it, I write it, and it’s my favorite movie genre. One of the most important aspects of a believable adventure is getting the characters into the action realistically. I don’t generally seek out Christian fiction, but I’ve read two books recently that I enjoyed and they got me thinking. Shaken Blessing by Celeste Charlene and Love Takes Flight by Lee Carver both involve volunteer nurses or former nurses, who find themselves embroiled in amazing and emotional adventures as a result of their service, in one instance in Africa and the other in Brazil. The books are very different, but what they have in common is the reason why the characters find themselves in remote and dangerous places, facing challenges they couldn’t have imagined in their former lives.  Years ago I read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and had that similar feeling of being totally entranced by the adventures and people encountered as a result of missionary life.

So, even if you’re not normally a Christian fiction reader, but you love adventure, don’t discount this genre.  I can think of few better ways to insert normal people into extraordinary circumstances than through the theme of missionary and/or volunteer work. Not every great adventure has to be spun around a CIA agent or an archeologist.  People compromising their own comfort and safety to help others often puts them in situations bordering on the unbelievable.   

Friday, December 12, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Picturesque Loreto, Mexico

Fishing boats bobbed gently in Loreto’s harbor waiting their next outing. The vision was so beautiful and serene that I thought I had stumbled into paradise.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gifts Galore from Suspense, Mystery, Thriller Authors

Today, December 10, a small group of suspense, mystery, and thriller authors have decided to get together and have a Facebook party to give away some early holiday gifts. Just go to our Suspense, Mystery, Thriller Giveaway throughout the day (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time) and comment for a chance at some really great swag including multiple Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards, e-books, print books, t-shirts, etc.

Christmas is just a few weeks away, so what better time for a goodie giveaway.  Don’t miss out. Stop by and join the fun!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Getting Gritty in Cabo

Having spent time in the downtown area of Cabo years ago, I decided to explore the countryside on my most recent trip. About thirty minutes outside the city we went off-road and got some spectacular views of the harsh landscape as it made its way to the ocean. Riding down the beach sandwiched between the cacti and the sea was an amazing experience I’ll never forget, and winding through the more rugged scrub higher up was a dusty, yet fascinating excursion.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Redemption - Can He Be Forgiven

I’m pleased to announce the newest Inspirational Romance novel by Mary L. Ball, Redemption in Big Fork Lake. Please read on to find out …

Can he be forgiven?

Only after Robert Turner hurts a woman does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life.   

 For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.

His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert? Or will heartache drive him to return to the life he once had?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books encourage you to see the magic of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband.

Some of her Christian Articles are found on Examiner.com at:
http://www.examiner.com/christian-living-in-greensboro/mary-ball. Learn more about Mary at http://MaryLouwrites.weebly.com

MORE BOOKS BY MARY L. BALL INCLUDE:






 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Yelapa, Mexico - Paradise Revealed

Yelapa, Mexico is located about an hour south of Puerto Vallarta by boat, depending on the speed of the boat. The approach to this small community is simply stunning.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake

For a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, I often make pumpkin cheesecake. If you want to give it a whirl this year, here’s my favorite recipe. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Crust: Crush 10 whole graham crackers and mix with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of butter. Press into a 10 inch cheesecake spring pan (bottom and 2 inches up the sides). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove.

Filling: Beat together until smooth, 2 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese (works best if softened), 1 cup of light cream, 1 cup of canned pumpkin, ¾ cup of sugar, 4 egg yolks (save whites in a separate bowl), 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into the pumpkin mixture. Pour over prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Baking times vary, so make sure the center is set. I’ve found it often takes longer than the 1 hour noted in the recipe.

Topping: Gently mix 2 cups of sour cream, 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until well blended. Spread topping evenly over cheesecake and bake another 5 minutes. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alaska’s Golden Days

As the temperatures plunge, what better time to introduce my favorite Alaskan author, Lynn Lovegreen. Lynn grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. Her latest novel in the series, Golden Days, has just been released and you can read more about it below. For more on Lynn and her work, please visit her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Alaska is a cold place to live until love blossoms.

Elizabeth Robinson travels by dog sled to help her family mind the store in Fairbanks, Alaska. She wants to pursue her drawing and painting, but women artists are rare in 1906, and flood, fire, and a death in the family force her to take charge at home at age seventeen. James Garrett comes north to help his uncle at a nearby gold claim. An awkward eighteen-year-old who is more at home with machines than people, he becomes a man as he falls in love with Elizabeth. When a discovery about her benefactor, the founder of the town, threatens their future, Elizabeth and James find that together they can overcome any obstacle.

Other books by Lynn Lovegreen include:


 
Quicksilver To Gold 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Loreto, Mexico’s Mission San Javier

In the hills outside of Loreto, Mexico is Mission San Javier, which was founded in 1699 by the Jesuits, led by Father Francisco María Piccolo. The drive from Loreto takes about an hour and the scenery is spectacular. The road has steep grades, dizzying hairpin curves, and is quite narrow in spots. It’s normally all paved, but when we visited parts were washed out and water ran across the road in several places. The village of San Javier is small, simple, and there is minimal commerce which only adds to the overall charm of this picturesque community and important cultural site. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Adventures in Frontier Omaha

I’m especially excited to introduce, Jewell Tweedt and her newest Inspirational/Historical romance novel, A Bride for the Sheriff. The novel, along with many of her other books, is set in frontier Omaha, Nebraska. Modern day Omaha is a place I know well and it is near and dear to my heart, so without further ado, here’s a quick blurb to whet your appetite.

After four years of waiting for fiancé Cal Davidson to return, Claire Secord moves to frontier Omaha to start a new life. After all, many men did disappear during The War Between the States. Running the family mercantile keeps her busy days but at night she dreams of Cal and the life they’d planned.

Handsome sheriff Tom Maxwell befriends Claire and they begin a warm yet casual romance. When Claire is kidnapped and carried off, she must employ all her faith, skills and intellect to survive until Tom can find her.      

Reuniting they discover their true feelings and become engaged. Back in Omaha, Claire discovers Cal waiting and expecting her to return east as his bride.

Now she must decide between honor and commitment with her first love or a future of passion and excitement with her true love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jewell Tweedt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting for A Bride for the Sheriff and the other Nebraska Brides books. She lives in western Iowa and divides her time between teaching middle school students and writing. In her spare time she reads, gardens and walks while plotting out new stories.  Readers can learn more about Jewell and her books at http://www.tweedtjewell.blogspot.com.

Other books by Jewell available on Amazon include”







Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bears and the Bighorns

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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Hugging the Border –Big Bend

One of the many things I love about Big Bend National Park is its rough and rugged landscape.  The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River forms the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and its character changes dramatically depending on rainfall hundreds of miles away, and the season.  After multiple trips to the region, gazing across the river into Mexico, I knew I had to incorporate this amazing place into a story. In Deadly Exodus the river is the last obstacle standing in the way of freedom.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Redbend High Series

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The third book in the Redbend High Series, Lineage, written by Anna Kittrell, has just been released by Prism Book Group. To learn more about this Young Adult Christian novel and the author please keep reading.

Bianca can’t walk away from her family—she’ll have to run.

Following the death of her mother, Bianca and her dad are on their own. But when a redheaded stranger at the funeral claims to be her biological father, Bianca’s reality crumbles. She soon finds herself trapped between the alcoholism of one father, and the wicked schemes of another—with no way to escape.
About the Author
Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents.

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World.
Other books by Anna include:
Witcha’be (Kindle only $0.99)
Dizzy Blonde (Kindle only $2.99)
Another Man’s Treasure (Kindle only $4.99)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – More Adventure to Come

The word adventure means something different to nearly everyone.  To some, adventure may be trying a new restaurant, genre, or hairstyle, and to others, true adventure can only be defined by climbing the highest peaks or rafting the most dangerous rivers.  To me, adventure is somewhere in between.

Through my writing I strive to explore the gamut of adventure with a spattering of actual experiences embellished and tossed in with stories of survival conjured from my imagination. In real life I have an intense craving to see as much of this fascinating world as possible, explore different cultures, taste unfamiliar foods, and meet new people.

For those who have been following my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Adventure Scrapbook, and to those just joining in, welcome.  Whether through story or through real life, best wishes for many exciting adventures to come.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Autumn Dreams

As I’ve been enjoying the beautiful fall colors, what better time to introduce Sharon McGregor, and her newest romance novella, Autumn Dreams, which takes place on the prairies in the late 1940s. 

Sharon is a west coast transplant from the Canadian prairies. Her imagination and story weaving got its start when she was an only child living on a farm. She’s moved on from cowgirl dreams to romance and mystery, but hasn’t lost her love for horses. When not writing or reading, she’s busy with the two shops she shares with her daughter- an ice cream and candy store and a bath boutique.  In spite of her eternal quest to escape the cold, she does spend time at ice rinks watching her grandchildren figure skate and play hockey. When she can summon up the nerve to get on a plane (she’s terrified of flying like Maddie in Northern Lights) she likes to visit with her son and grandchildren who are still knee deep in the prairies. Sharon loves endings with happy resolutions which is why she enjoys writing romance and cozy mysteries. Autumn Dreams (blurb below) is her second romance novella with Prism Books. 

BLURB

Maggie arrives at her new teaching job, to board with a family she's prepared to like. What she isn't prepared for is her landlady's brother Marshall who seems to hate her on sight. She is captivated by Ellen's six year old daughter Emma who is having identity problems when faced with the arrival of a new baby. Then Ellen goes into labour in the middle of a storm and Maggie must face her fears to help. Along the way she helps a family grow closer together but what about her hopes for the future? Can she get past the wall Marshall has set up and does she really have a future here amongst the people she has grown to care for? 


Find Sharon’s  stories on Amazon by clicking on either title. Northern Lights is currently just $0.99 on Amazon for your Kindle.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'A' Isn't Just For Adventure

I would like to welcome and thank Rachel A. James for being a guest on my blog.  Please read on and enjoy!

A’ stands for…

People often ask me why I include the ‘A’ in my pen name. I never used to use it, I’d simply be ‘Rachel James’. But, when starting to think about my author branding, and what made me unique as a writer, I realized that the presence of my middle initial, served a purpose. I also like to distinguish between my personal life, Rachel James, and my writer’s life, Rachel A. James. First and foremost, ‘A’ stands for Alice, (which as a child I detested). I recently discovered it means ‘noble woman’, and, I confess, I rather like it!

However the ‘A’ represents far more for me as a writer…

A stands for Author

As I finished writing my first novel, I also began to market myself as an author. I started my website, and other forms of social media. Seeing the ‘A’ in my name reminded me that I was an author, not just a writer. I might not have been published, but I had written a book. I found this immensely encouraging when the critiques and rejections started coming in from the publishing industry. Even now as I have just finished my second novel and commence on the third, reminding myself that I am an ‘author’ helps keep me motivated when the doubt starts to creep in.

A stands for Authenticity

My debut novel, ‘The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia’, is an inspirational medieval romance. Although the medieval genre has elements of both history and fantasy, I like to think that my writing is authentic. By which, I mean, everything that happens in it is plausible. For example, ‘Forgotten Princess’ is set in 7th century Britain, which is very early medieval, and at this time, there were no such things as castles. Most palaces were made mostly out of wood. This was a problem to me. I wanted to create a fairytale type kingdom while still remaining authentic and true to historical records.  So, I chose to use a restored Roman Fortress, which was very similar to castles of the later medieval period. What I love about the early medieval times, is that very little is known historically, so there is a little more room for the author’s imagination!

A stands for Adventure

Most importantly, I describe my novels as adventure-driven. I strive for an equal balance of plot versus character, but I write them relatively fast paced, making them fun and exciting. This is an element I always look for when choosing a book… after all, what woman doesn’t want to go on a romantic adventure?

About Rachel

Rachel A. James grew fascinated with the medieval time period as a child. Dubbed a bookworm from a young age, Rachel found herself surrounded by places steeped in history and adventure. She enjoyed trips with her family to visit nearby derelict castles and Roman ruins, and that coupled with a zealous imagination and love for stories, sparked her interest in knights, fortresses and ancient kingdoms. 

Born and bred in England, Rachel writes adventure driven historical romance, she is also a pastor’s wife, and has three beautiful little princesses. She minored in creative writing at university and strives to entertain, inspire and encourage others in their own spiritual journey. She’s also captivated by romantic tales… combine it with a little history and a hot cup of tea, and she’s smitten! Find her at www.rachelajames.com for more information.  

About The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia (Inspirational Medieval Romance)

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior.

Struggling with his past, and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook - Yellowstone

No matter how you decide to explore Yellowstone National Park, or during what time a year, it’s an adventure. Whether just enjoying the scenery and abundant wildlife on a leisurely drive with short hikes, horseback riding, or tackling the backcountry I hope everyone has a chance to visit this wonderland at some point in their life. The Park is truly a natural treasure and has so much more to offer than just Old Faithful, grand as it may be, so wander far and wide.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ruth Roberts’ latest Contemporary Romance, Diamond Heiress, was recently released by Prism Book Group. Continue reading for more on Ruth, her latest novel, and her other books.

When two bitter rivals….

One person stands between Brielle and her inheritance—Nicholas Trenton. If she fails to serve as CEO of her grandfather’s company, Santorini Jewels, for one full year, then everything goes to Nick—the company, her trust fund, and her home…the only home she’s ever known. Nick doesn’t care about the money, but he wants the company his father helped build. Now is his turn to run Santorini. Brielle isn’t qualified, nor does she deserve the position of CEO. One way or another, he will ensure she doesn’t run Santorini into the ground.

Are forced to run a multi-billion dollar company together…

Despite a clash of wills, they learn to work together for the benefit of the company. But when they can no longer ignore the attraction building between them, will they give in to it or will it ultimately be the downfall of Santorini?
About the Author:
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://RuthRobertsRomance.com. You can also email her at info@ruthrobertsromance.comShe loves hearing from fans
More books by Ruth Roberts:
Tender Triumph is only $.99 for Kindle on Amazon and has a rating of 4.8 Stars
Homerun is only $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon and has a rating of 4.8 Stars

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Three Epic Adventures For The Price Of One


Discover love and experience epic adventure 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. 

For more, please visit my website at http://www.kimmcmahill.com or follow me on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/kimmcmahill. The Kindle boxed set can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1cX2bho

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Scarlet Cord

The Scarlet Cord by Inspirational Historical Romance writing duo, Carlene Havel and Sharon Faucheux, is now available from your favorite on-line booksellers.  They also co-authored, Daughter of the King. Please keep reading to learn more about these two highly-rated novels, and check out the awesome Youtube video trailer.

Rahab, a resourceful beauty, struggles to survive in the pagan culture of ancient Jericho. As years of harsh labor begin to lift her and her family from poverty, a foreign army threatens the well-fortified city. Rahab is forced to make an immediate decision. Will she put her faith in the fabled walls of Jericho or the powerful God of the Hebrews? Either choice may cost her life.


A heartwarming story about the resilience of true love, inspired by a biblical account of greatness, courage, and foretold prophecy...
Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel.  In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of Bethlehem.  As recounted in the Bible, Michal helped David escape from her insanely jealous father.  King Saul punished his daughter with forced marriage to a distant war lord.  Princess Michal unexpectedly returns from seven years of exile to find a changed world. Most of her relatives are dead.  David has become King of Judea.  He has acquired six additional wives, one of whom is a princess from Geshur. Michal longs to have a son to reign over Israel and reestablish the rule of King Saul's heirs.   But each royal wife has hopes of placing her own son on the throne.  Can Princess Michal's love for King David survive war, madness, infidelity, and betrayal?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX.

Carlene Havel’s other novels include: 



Friday, October 3, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Thailand’s Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace is located on sprawling grounds with over 100 buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The architecture represents over 200 years of royal history, and the ornate and colorful structures are simple awe-inspiring. A visitor could spend days exploring and admiring the stunning architecture, fanciful figures, and amazing temples. Unfortunately this country has experienced its share of turmoil recently, so I’m thankful I was able to visit when I did.

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!