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

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?


 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.

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