Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday – A Taste of Tragedy #2

We’re almost there. In just a couple of weeks book two in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy, will be released on April 8, 2016. I posted the first excerpt last Tuesday, and this week I’m revealing the cover for the first time along with a second snippet. If you still haven’t read the first book in the Risky Research Series, A Dose of Danger, click here to downloaded your copy from Amazon today. 

“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.
Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water. “I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”
“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”
Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.
“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.
Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert man slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.
“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.
“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”
Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess his injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over the gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.
“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”
Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.
“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.
“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

I hope everyone has a truly special Easter.  It is a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends, and to reflect on the reason for the holiday.

Here’s wishing everyone good health, happiness, and peace.

Friday, March 25, 2016

March Trivia

Here’s what was happening this month in history
  • March 12, 1912- The Girl Scouts were founded.
  • March 17, 1845 The rubber band was invented.
  • March 29, 1886- Coca Cola is invented.
March is also National Nutrition Month and National Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - First Taste of Tragedy

Book two in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy, is scheduled to be released April 8, 2016. As promised, in the weeks leading up to its release I’ll be posting a few teasers, and I’ll be revealing the cover soon. In the meantime, if you still haven’t read the first book in the Risky Research Series, A Dose of Danger, click here to downloaded your copy from Amazon today for just $0.99. So, without further ado, here’s the first mini-excerpt shared from A Taste of Tragedy.

Compromising silence for speed, she picked up the pace. If Aaron made it to the road, he would be much more difficult to find. She had no intention of letting that happen. Here, in response to the break-in, she was well within her rights to act. Once he left the area, the Phoenix Field office would take over, forcing her to operate in the background.

The night was surprisingly cool. Devyn wore only light-weight shorts and a t-shirt, but sweat still trickled down her back as she ran. It was awkward running with her gun in hand, but she really didn’t have any place to stow it with her current attire.

As she rounded a bend in the creek, she saw a flash of something dark. She stopped and took in her surroundings. Had he heard her gaining on him? If so, and she darted around the blind corner, he’d likely be waiting and be able to get a bead on her.

Devyn scrambled out of the gully and cut across the raised ground above the bend in the creek. Inching out toward the edge, she peered over and spotted her target. His back was to her. She had a clean shot, but this time she was determined to get answers. Dead men couldn’t talk.

She quietly set her gun on a rock, where she knew she could find it quickly. Stepping closer, she leapt.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Risky Research


How far will a deadly group go to control the 40-100 billion dollar-a-year diet product industry...and can anyone stop them?

Introducing the second Risky Research Novel, A Taste of Tragedy, scheduled for release April 8, 2016. With Coterie’s trail growing cold, can Devyn and Nick learn their true identity in time to stop the next tragedy? Will Devyn take a chance at a long distance relationship with the smoking hot Wyoming Sheriff, and as Nick’s private past is revealed will they get the break in the case they need?

Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed . . . until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

If you haven’t read the first novel in the series, A Dose of Danger, be sure to get your copy now, before the second Risky Research novel hits the shelves. Here’s a little more on A Dose of Danger.

When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?    

Friday, March 18, 2016

Magnolia Lake

I’m pleased to welcome Emily Paige Skeen to Embrace Adventure today. Let’s get to know Emily and learn a little more about her young adult novel, Magnolia Lake.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Kim! I’m excited to share a little about myself with you and your readers.
Please tell us a bit about your latest book.
My debut novel, Magnolia Lake, was just released on March 11. (Yay!) It follows high school senior Cora Stephens through her personal trials - everything from typical teenage drama to being kidnapped from the mall. As Cora’s world crashes down around her, she begins to lose faith in God and humanity. Magnolia Lake tells the story of her journey back to happiness.
Which is your favorite character, and why?
Definitely Landon! He’s just the ultimate “perfect boyfriend” type. He’s loyal, caring, romantic, funny, and sensitive. But he’s also athletic, so he never comes across as weak.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I’m able to write easily in the Young Adult genre because I can really put myself back into my own younger years. I can still feel the heartache, the joy, the overwhelming emotion of a teenager. 
I think the teen years are vital in forming the people we become as adults. The relationships, failures, and successes of those days stay with us forever - for some people more than others. Personally, I’ve always felt a strong connection with that time of my life, and that connection gives me a passion for working to inspire young people.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I’ve always loved to read! For as long as I can remember, I’ve gotten a thrill from losing myself in a good book. Stories have so impacted my life that, as a child, I would constantly imagine various scenarios and act them out - even past the age of having imaginary friends (as embarrassing as that is to admit!).
My family and friends would probably tell you I’m a bit of a drama queen. Although my dramatics have calmed down significantly as I’ve gotten older and had children of my own, I think that personality trait strongly influences my writing. It allows me to really create.  
What do you like to read in your free time?
I really enjoy all kinds of novels. But if I had to choose, romantic suspense - both contemporary and historical - would probably be my favorite. I do love the occasional vampire story, though. I’m a HUGE Twi-hard! (And yes, I admit it!)
What projects are you working on at the present?
Currently, I’m working on short stories for two of Prism Book Group’s anthologies. The first is part of the “Christmas Cowboys” series. It follows a newly divorced woman as she attempts to run the ranch she inherited from her abusive ex-husband.
The second, part of the “Love Is” series, tells the story of Scarlett and Aiden as they navigate through the trials of marriage after losing their unborn child.
I also have a couple of things in the works for my next full-length novel, but nothing is set in stone yet. I’m so excited to get my career going and I have so many ideas, that I often have to tell myself to take one thing at a time!
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Born and raised in a small Georgia town, Emily Paige Skeen takes from her own life experiences to create real, relatable characters for her novels. She loves to intertwine small-town charm with deep emotion and intrigue, creating stories that inspire readers.
When she’s not writing or chasing after her two youngsters - both under the age of five - you can find Emily reading, soaking up the sun whenever possible, or shopping. She, her husband, and their kids make their home in a tiny little town an hour south of Atlanta, on a five-acre plot of land right off a bumpy red-dirt road. Emily loves to sit and listen as the ever-present crickets and frogs perform their harmonious concerts in the still, quiet evening hours.
Writing has always been Emily’s passion, ever since she crafted her first sloppily hand-written story plastered over spiral notebook paper at the emotionally-charged age of thirteen. Now, she strives to encourage and inspire girls and young women with her writing. She believes that with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love, anything’s possible.     
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a holiday with few expectations, except to have fun. So, celebrate this wonderful Irish tradition with friends and family. Have a good time, but keep it safe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Teaser Tuesday – Risky Research Series – A Dose of Danger #3

Here’s one final Teaser Tuesday post for A Dose of Danger. The last two have been pretty serious, so I wanted to leave you with something a little sweeter. Anyway, stop by next week for the first teaser from book two in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy.

By the time Logan hung up, the tears were gone. Hearing Moss treating the big, strong deputy like a child made her smile. She missed her uncle so much it hurt. Even in a hospital bed hundreds of miles away, he was still trying to take care of her.
“What would you be happy to do for Uncle Moss?” 
“This,” he replied as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. His lips moved slowly over hers until he felt her arms slide up around his neck. He deepened the kiss, and her response sent fire through his body. Even without his heavy coat on, he knew he would be burning just as hot. She fit against him like they were made for each other. When he finally let her go, she looked up at him with a wicked smile that made him itch to grab for her again.
As if sensing his intention, Grace took several steps back. “I’m fairly certain that wasn’t what Moss asked you to do for him.” 
“Maybe he said something about giving you a hug for him, but I started tuning him out when he decided I needed driving instructions. Anyway, I didn’t want to disappoint an injured old man, so I winged it.” 
Grace studied him for a moment. Maybe he won’t walk out on me, but even if he does, I might as well make the most of every moment we have together. She smiled and moved within reach.

Logan needed no further encouragement. He pulled her toward him. With one arm firmly around her waist, he ran his fingers through her hair. “Yes, those curls are just as soft as they look,” he moaned as his lips descended to hers, cutting off any response.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Adventure Inspirations – What Is Adventure?

“What is adventure? If a lone wolf lifts his plaintive call into the moonlight near your campsite, you might call that adventure. While you’re sweating like a horse on a climb over a 12,000 foot pass, that could be adventure. When howling head winds press your lips against your teeth, you face a mighty struggle. When your pack grows heavy on your shoulders as your climb a 14,000 foot peak, you feel the adventure. When you suffer freezing temperatures and 20 inches of fresh powder on a hut to hut trip in the Rockies, that could be called adventure. But that’s not what makes an adventure. It’s your willingness to conquer it, and to present yourself at the doorstep of nature. That creates the experience. No more greater joy can come from life than to live inside a moment of adventure. It is the uncommon wilderness experience that gives your life expectation.”

Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Adventure Scrapbook – Rays of Gibbs Cay

Turks and Caicos are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands. While visiting recently we took a boat over to Gibbs Cay, a small uninhabited spit of land, near Grand Turk. The area is popular for its nearby reef and the abundance of rays swimming in its shallow clear waters. The rays are accustomed to people and not shy when you’re in the water, but this particular shot I simply took over the side of the boat. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teaser Tuesday – Risky Research Series – A Dose of Danger #2

If you enjoyed last week’s Teaser Tuesday post for book one in the Risky Research Series, A Dose of Danger, but still haven’t downloaded your copy from Amazon or ordered your paperback copy, here’s another little excerpt. Jump into the series now before book two in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy, is released on April 8, 2016. Stay tuned for more mini excerpt from both novels in the weeks.

The scene unfolded as if in slow motion. Grace watched the front two doors fly open, men piling out of the rig, and all four occupants running in opposite directions. The sky lit up as an eardrum-shattering explosion lifted the large vehicle slightly and engulfed it in flames, the percussion catapulting the running men into the air and shaking the remaining intact windows of the house.
Grace stared in disbelief, her ears ringing, her mind whirling, struggling to grasp what had happened. The haze made her slow to react as the snowmobile flew onto the porch and the driver dove off, rolling toward the door, the machine speeding on, riderless. 
Fists pounding on the wood, a familiar voice yelling her name, and a shoulder slamming into the door broke through the fog. Grace feared the door was about to give as she fumbled to unfasten the lock. A man pushed through, knocking her out of the way. Grace regained her balance, slammed the door shut, and threw herself into the arms of the gasping man.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Adventure Scrapbook – Views from El Morro

I loved this amazing view of the ocean meeting the base of the fortress at El Morro. Castillo San Felipe Del Morro or simply, El Morro, is part of San Juan National Historic Site. It was built in the 1500s to protect San Juan Bay’s harbor from attack by sea.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Adventure Inspirations – Why We Travel

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” 

Pico Iyer-

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Teaser Tuesday – Risky Research - A Dose of Danger #1

Book two in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy, is scheduled to be released April 8, 2016. In the weeks leading up to its release I’ll slip in a little teaser here and there, and I’ll be revealing the cover soon. In the meantime, get ready by reading book one, A Dose of Danger. Here’s the first of few teasers I’ll post to encourage you to get A Dose of Danger (click here to go to Amazon) before it’s time for a Taste of Tragedy. Enjoy!

“Until what?” Grace screamed into the receiver, which was now dead. 
Blue bolted from his position curled up in front of the fire, teeth bared, hair standing on the back of his neck, a low growl resonating from deep in his chest. Aussie joined in, and the two dogs’ reactions sent terror through Grace’s mind.
Hanging up the phone, she raced to the window and froze at the sight of headlights approaching the house. She prayed it was Logan, but after Sheriff Harris’s call she knew it was only wishful thinking. Grace grabbed the shotgun, and pulling the curtain back just a fraction, she peeked outside and waited for what felt like an eternity.
With the headlights shining directly at the house, she couldn’t determine anything about the vehicle, its make, or the number and identity of its occupants.
Grace’s mind raced through the possibilities, trying to determine the smartest course of action. What could she do? No landline and no cell reception…she was on her own. She could try to text someone, but doubted she had the time or that her trembling fingers could navigate the tiny keyboard. 
She had a double-barreled shotgun, but that gave her only two shots before she’d have to reload. Aussie and Blue were ready to battle, but they weren’t trained guard dogs, just loyal. She had no intention of putting them in danger. She tried to rationalize the situation and not overreact. The vehicle might belong to a neighbor, a scared and lost traveler, or as far as she could see from her location, Logan.
The engine was silenced, but the headlights remained on, shining in the window, nearly blinding her. Grace focused on the scene, and after several moments a person stumbled out of the vehicle, a parka’s hood covering all identifying features.
As the lone figure slowly approached, Grace decided the most prudent action would be to keep her visitor at a distance until she determined his or her intent. She ordered the dogs to stay, and cracked the door just enough to wedge half her body and the shotgun into view.

“Stop right there. Don’t take another step, or I’ll blow you back to where you came from!” She was surprised at how steady, strong, and convincing her voice sounded as her knees threatened to buckle.