Thursday, February 27, 2014

Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop, where nearly150 bloggers are giving away great goodies. Here at Embrace Adventure, I’m giving away an Adventure pack, which includes a trade paperback copy of my first and only mystery novel, The Lodge, a set of my recently designed luggage tags, magnets, and a supply of customized tip charts. The Lodge is a cozy mystery set off the Alaskan mainland, and it’s only available while supplies last through Amazon - when the print run is gone, it’s gone. Its sequel, Deadly Ruins, is an archeological adventure thriller, available in trade paperback and Kindle. My four most recent novels (listed to the right) are all adventure suspense with a little romance mixed in. Visit your favorite on-line book retailer for blurbs and prices. And, as always, twitter followers are appreciated at
For a chance at the adventure gift pack, simply comment on this post with an email address, and a recipient will be selected at random. Hop closes March 7. Good Luck, have fun, and continue on by clicking on any author in the list below.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Return to Sweet Home, Texas!

Gabriel by Jayna Morrow
Another quality new release from Prism Book Group…
High school administrator, Sparrow Walker, has just moved to Sweet Home into a rental house closer to the school. The Hearth family eagerly welcomes her to town. But the eldest son - workaholic and heart shy Gabriel Hearth - isn't too pleased about having his son's pushy principal living next door.
Sparrow's concerned determination could prove to be Gabriel's saving grace. If only she can convince him to go along with her plan. Proud and private Gabriel isn't exactly willing, so she decides to turn the tables - using her behavior management tactics on him! With her program in place, this time for the parent instead of the student, it's up to Gabriel to make the next move and risk falling in love again. If he can't, he just might lose the one woman strong enough to love a man like him.
Available through Amazon and other on-line book retailers

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wild Ride Around The Globe

Welcome to the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Hop for February 23, 2014. This week’s peek is at the first six paragraphs of my most recent novel, Shrouded In Secrets, an international action-adventure thriller, which takes the reader on a wild ride around the globe. Enjoy the journey.
Chapter 1 – Remote Village in Peru
Kokush inhaled the smoke from his pipe and forced the intoxicating tobacco deep into his lungs. Still, no clear visions penetrated the fog, only a feeling of dread he could not explain or expel from his mind. 

The Asháninka men, bodies painted and seated on woven mats around their revered shaman, passed a hollowed-out gourd filled with thick, bitter liquid. Each man sipped the hallucinogenic drug made from a native vine and handed the bowl to the next, until the syrup was gone. 

A low beat from the two-headed monkey-skin drum grew louder as a melancholy mantra emanated from the group, drowning out the deafening hum of the nighttime insects. The men rose and continued to chant and sing as they began the ancestral dance used to encourage the spirits and wise supernatural beings to communicate with Kokush. The women joined in, the ground vibrating in response to the rhythmic stomping of their feet, while the children watched from under the raised-floor houses encircling the communal area. 

Flames blazed in the center of the ceremonial grounds, casting an unnatural glow over the dancers and eerie shadows skittered through the trees. A sweet smoke from the wood and herbs burning on the fire filled their nostrils, coaxing the participants into a trance-like state of mind. Moving with a graceful ease made possible by the intoxicating effect of the vine and tobacco, they waited for their ancestors to speak.  

As the shaman often did, Kokush slipped silently from the circle, giving his people the illusion he had vanished and joined the spirit world. He had been taught the art of disappearing by his grandfather, which wasn’t difficult once his audience succumbed to the drugs and got caught up in the ceremonial fervor, and the thick smoke created a hazy curtain to conceal his movements. 

He usually used the tactic to reinforce to the villagers that he possessed special powers and was worthy of being their spiritual leader. Tonight, he needed time to organize his thoughts and try to decide what to do. He didn’t want to frighten his people, but he was certain something evil would soon descend upon them. Unsure of what or when, how could he warn them? His gut told him they should flee, but he didn’t know how soon or how far they needed to run.  


When the massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts occur, an international team is assembled to locate a deadly group of terrorists. The 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.
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Thank you.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Last Detail

The Last Detail by Lisa J. Lickel has recently been released by Prism Book Group. I hope you enjoy this quick look into her novel.

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

Amalia enjoys her predictable life in a quiet little Illinois town—until long-time intended, Hudson, finally proposes in a way that shows her boring and old are coming way too fast. When a mutual friend introduces Merit and Amalia, the spark of attraction makes Merit reconsider his bachelorhood. When he can’t return to the mission, he accepts a call as pastor to Amalia’s church. As the two grow closer they weather constant interruptions from ministry, business, and family, even at their wedding and beyond. When tragedy strikes, they must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared for.

The Last Detail is available in ebook and trade paperback directly from the publisher or through Amazon and all the major online book retailers. Learn more about Lisa and her work at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Giveaway & Get Hooked on Adventure

MFRW Authors Blog

Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop, and the unveiling of my Embrace Adventure luggage tags. Here’s a little teaser from my contemporary international adventure thriller, Shrouded In Secrets. Also, comment with your email address through Thursday, February 20, 2014 and a randomly selected participant will receive a set of luggage tags.


Light filled the grotto, temporarily blinding Pete. A thin woman stood, staring at him with haunting green eyes and a confident smirk. Ebony hair pulled back into a tight ponytail, she wore a black thigh-length diving suit that clung to her ample breasts and accentuated the gentle curve of her hips and trim waist. In her hand, she clutched a glistening dagger. But, what kept Pete transfixed were her eyes. The unique and beautiful shade of green didn’t exist in nature. Their almond-shape held ice and evil, and the soulless chill in her stare made him shudder. 


When the massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts occur, an international team is assembled to locate a deadly group of terrorists. The 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. 

Available through Amazon and other on-line book retailers. Twitter followers welcome at 

Don’t forget to comment for a chance at a set of my awesome Embrace Adventure luggage tabs and then click on another great writer to check out more book hooks.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Chichén Itzá

The Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá are not only inspiring, amazing, and mind-boggling in scope, but they were the inspiration behind Marked In Mexico.  A unique mix of feelings often overcomes visitors while wandering the immense complex – curiosity, caution, and serenity. So, when fictional hostages are taken at these popular Mayan ruins, an idyllic Caribbean vacation is sure to turn deadly.

Friday, February 14, 2014

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. These stories are offered free of charge directly through the publisher at 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? 
AfterThe 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 Blizzard Wedding 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?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Readers and Authors Connect

I would like to Introduce Joanne Troppello, and welcome her to my blog. Joanne is an author of inspirational and romantic suspense novels. She and her husband are Network Marketing Coaches and owners of Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC. They have several active blogs and readers are encouraged to visit their Author's Corner Blog, a place for authors and readers to connect. They host various blog parties throughout the year and many guest authors stop by to meet with readers.  

Joanne has recently released a new novel, Mr.Shipley’s Governess. Please continue reading for a quick peek at her novel, and learn a bit about the reader’s role for this author. Available from Amazon. 


Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents' deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her. Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective. When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl. 


Readers: Their Role for this Author

One of the most gratifying aspects of writing and publishing a novel for me has been the response from my readers. I’m a new author with only three books published and it still brings a smile to my face when I read a comment or receive an email from a reader who loved one of my books. I feel humbled that they actually read my book and were touched and inspired by the story. That inspires me to continue writing. 

If no one read my books, who would I be writing for? Yes, it is still gratifying to finish a novel and publish it, but my end goal is to write life changing stories that affect readers’ lives with a positive impact. I’m compelled to write and know that God has given me the stories that I share with others. 

Readers are number one in my eyes when I sit down to write. As I’m setting up the scene with description and delving into dialogue and creating compelling characters, I always have my readers in mind. What will she think about this story? Will he like the characters I create? Most importantly, will I write well enough for them to get the point of the message?  

Before I became a writer, I was first a reader—a voracious reader at that. I couldn’t get enough of books, I still can’t. However, now, I need to balance my time more between writing and reading and everything else that’s on my plate. As a reader, I know what it’s like submersing myself into a story and getting so wrapped up in it, that I can’t wait to finish—and when I read the last line, I wish the author wrote more. 

Now that I’m on the other side of the fence, I want to always keep that perspective of the reader’s mindset in mind when I write my stories. I write because it is my mission in life to share faith-filled stories and because I love to write—but I will always write for my readers and hope to bring a smile to their faces and encouragement to their spirits. For all the readers out there, you have my undying gratitude for continuing to devour books and keeping the love of reading alive and well.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Adventure Scrapbook – Solomon Island Homes

House on Makira
With the expense of transporting manufactured materials such as milled lumber, shingles, concrete, etc., rural villagers take advantage of the abundance of natural building materials. Leaf houses can be constructed quickly, especially when tackled by a family or community, are made of sustainable materials, and are functional for the environment. These homes are a common part of the landscape throughout the country.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Free on Kindle February 4-8

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your free Kindle download of Denise Moncrief’s, Purgatory, from February 4th through 8th.  Purgatory is Book Two of the Colorado Series – The follow up to An Impostor in Town. Click on the title to be direct to Amazon.


Five years ago, a tragic accident robbed Chris Smith of a normal life. Left with only a jagged scar, a set of wedding rings, and bits of memory—smells, sounds, and fleeting feelings—she copes with the loss of her identity. Amnesia has made her life a living purgatory…until she meets Steve West. 

Steve’s construction company is remodeling the ski lifts in Purgatory, Colorado. However looking at Chris is seeing the face of his deceased wife. Now the truths he’d been forced to believe have him searching for answers. 

Murder, deception, and missing ransom money. Can Steve protect Chris…and prove she’s the wife he never believed dead before the killer tries again? 


A swoosh of wind burst through the front door as a man entered the building. Dragging her attention away from the magazine, she turned to greet him. He hesitated for a fraction of a second as if to get his bearings before trudging through the lobby toward her. As soon as their eyes met, her words of welcome froze on her tongue and the pain began—flashes of light across her vision—tightness in her throat—intense, piercing sensations in her head. Panic and the desire to run soon followed. 

She massaged her forehead, trying to rub away the stabbing pain that throbbed between her eyes, and then returned her attention to the man in front of her, pulling the computer keyboard toward her, determined to do her job despite the sudden fear gripping her insides. 

She attempted her most professional tone. “Good morning. Welcome to the Inn at Purgatory. How can I help you?” 

No response. 

She glanced up at him. To her dismay, he presented all the indications of a panic attack. She recognized the signs well. His forehead glistened with tiny beads of sweat. The vein in his neck pulsed. Anxiety flashed in his eyes as he struggled with each new breath he took. 

“Mister, are you all right?” 

He braced against the counter and rubbed a hand over his face. “Yeah. It’s just…you look like someone I used to know.” 

Chills ran down her spine. He wasn’t creepy, not in the least. On the contrary, she sensed an unmistakable connection to this stranger. She recoiled from the feeling, but nothing could have pried her eyes from his for a few brief, intense moments. 

Author bio: 

Denise Moncrief is a Southern girl, who’s lived in Louisiana all her life. And yes, she has a drawl. She's been writing off and on since she was seventeen. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children. They not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her passion. 
Her first “novel” was seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she read. The urge to write wouldn't let go of her. In her twenties, she started another novel, only to abandon it after Chapter Four or Five. She started writing seriously about eight years ago and has already published several stories.