Sunday, December 10, 2017

Book Bling

I don’t have a date for the release of A Foundation of Fear yet, though I believe it will be late winter or early spring 2018. It’s difficult not to get excited once the cover design is complete, so I ordered bookmarks that cover the entire Risky Research Series and thought I’d share those with everyone. So, if you haven’t read A Dose of Danger (book 1) or A Taste of Tragedy (book 2), I hope you will before the third novel in the series is released. Thanks!

Click on either book title to be taken directly to the books page on Amazon.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Complex #Cuba

Es complicado. You hear that a lot in Cuba and it’s a pretty accurate assessment of the culture and politics of this country. The streets in the major cities are filled with brightly colored classic American cars, but under the hood many have a mismatched assortment of replacement parts, including engines, that are everything but American. From the smallest village to Havana you’ll also see an eclectic mix of horse drawn conveyances. The colonial architecture is abundant and beautiful, but most buildings are in a severe state of disrepair with no funds available for restoration. The locals I visited with touted their free health care and education. The literacy rate in Cuba far surpasses most other countries in the region. In some respects, I looked around and thought that life is much better than we’ve been led to believe. Then I remind myself of the lives lost trying to cross a hundred miles of open ocean to reach Florida, so life, at least for some, is not good. It’s clear that the country is changing, many claim not quickly enough, but then again, it’s complicated. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Christmas Kind of Perfect

Please join me in welcoming Christine Schimpf to my blog. I’m excited to share with everyone a little more about Christine and her upcoming Christmas novel, A Christmas Kind of Perfect.
Why is A Christmas Kind of Perfect a must read this Christmas season?

The story is set in the quaint village of Sister Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. The Christmas season blankets the village, bringing back to life old memories for Lila and Conrad. But the hurt between them runs deep and the hope for forgiveness feels elusive. The story brings to light how easy mistakes turn into regret and how difficult it is to make things right after they went so wrong.

How much of real life is in this book?
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Write what you know.” For a long time, I thought that meant write what you read but for me, I read everything from mystery, to supernatural thrillers to historicals. I now understand that advice to mean write what you’ve experienced in this life and maybe that’s why I started writing in midlife. I needed some of those real life experiences to draw from.

That leads me to my next question…did you always plan on becoming a writer?
To be honest, no. I graduated from college with a degree in public relations and English writing. While I was interviewing for positions my husband asked me to write his grandparents’ story because it was a “cute love story”. Well, it turned out to be a little more than that because they were born in Europe, suffered through World War II, persecution and immigration leading up to founding a successful family business still in operation today, still family owned. The book, Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime, took me longer than expected but it has touched so many people who have a similar past.

What is your preferred genre to write in?
I started out writing historical fiction with Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime and moved to historical romance with The Ticket. I enjoyed both genres but contemporary romance is a natural fit for me where I can write for hours yet it feels like ten minutes has passed. That’s when you know you’ve found your niche.

Anything on the horizon for you?
Actually yes. In September, I finished a romantic novella entitled, A Perfect Fit, a spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect. If accepted, that work will need editing and polishing. The story steps into the life of a young woman who typically chooses the wrong kind of man until she turns the decision over to God. But it’s not always easy letting go, even of behaviors that hurt us.

Presently, I’m working on A Perfect Ending another spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect with intentions on finishing that work by summer 2018.  This story peeks in on a woman with a professional career as a literary agent. Her intentions are to keep moving forward and achieving more and more success until God places her in an unexpected situation and turns her world upside down.

Here’s a peek into Christine’s new release, A Christmas Kind of Perfect
Book Blurb:
Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business, living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin, with Lila Clark by his side. He planned on marrying her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship but it never happened.
Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor did she plan on spending the last decade in New York. But she did.
Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?  


Chapter 1
Lower Manhattan, New York 

Lila almost tripped over her suitcase as she swept into her apartment. Hand to chest, she willed the panic to subside. It seemed that everywhere she went lately, she saw a tall, broad-shouldered man who reminded her of…him. Her first love. He was even showing up in her dreams. 

Taking a deep breath, she locked the door and kicked off her high-heels. She dragged the suitcase to her bedroom and quickly unpacked as if by doing so she could set memories from ten years ago back in the closet of her mind where they belonged. 

It hadn’t mattered where her book signing was or that she’d been out on the west coast working on the movie versions of her books, Conrad haunted her. 
Ah, the mind of an author was a terrifying place at times. She’d been working too hard. At least that’s the excuse she gave herself. Settling into more comfortable clothes she headed to the kitchen.

Lila walked to the window of her apartment cradling a cup of chamomile tea sweetened with honey. She watched the street traffic below, which reminded her of a busy ant colony. How she wished the city would sleep, if only for one night. Oh, the blessed silence. She’d walk for miles. Better yet, she’d run. Although Lila feared the attempt wouldn’t be easy. Like so many other activities she used to enjoy doing, she’d abandoned running since moving to the Big Apple years ago. 

She padded over to her favorite chair, a chaise longue in dire need of new fabric, and snuggled in like a fat cat finding its spot. The chair stuck out compared to the eclectic-themed room, but Lila refused to reupholster the piece despite the persuasive arguments from her friends. In an odd sort of way, Lila drew comfort from the inanimate object. They shared the same flaw—an inability to fit in with their surroundings. 

Lila’s bones ached. Now that she was back in the city, her life would return to normal. She’d hibernate for the next few weeks and start outlining her next book. Ugh. At this point, she’d much rather clean her uncle’s morning catch of fish. 

Goodness, what had made her think of her uncle? He’d died years ago. 
Reaching for the remote, she flicked on the receiver. Sounds from an acoustic guitar filled the room. Ooh, much better. She placed her emptied cup near her phone on the end table, leaned her head back on the cushion, and stared up at the ceiling. 

Her smartphone buzzed. Ahh. The phone always seemed to ring at the worst of times, scaring her half to death. The clock had barely moved five minutes, and she’d bet her last chocolate donut that her agent Andrea was calling with another idea for a book tour. Lila swiped the call through. With tired eyes and a worn-out spirit, she forced a pleasant tone. Sounding irritated was not how Lila wanted to present herself. “Hello.”

“Hi, I’m calling for Lila Clark.”

Lila’s heart stopped as if she’d skidded on ice and slammed her vehicle into a fire hydrant. This wasn’t Andrea. She recognized the sing-song melody in the caller’s voice, so reminiscent of someone from the past. Was her memory going as well as her stamina? 


Also, make sure you check out the Goodreads Giveaway Christine will be running in December (www.goodreads.com/Christine_Schimpf) for the soft cover format of my book.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Days to Remember

Christmas pretty much overshadows all the other mentionable days in the month of December, but there are a number of significant and silly days in the month to take note of. Here are just a few. 

Advent Begins – December 3
Pearl Harbor Day – December 7
Poinsettia Day – December 12
Winter Solstice – December 21
Boxing Day – December 26
National Fruitcake Day – December 27

New Year’s Eve – December 31

Tuesday, November 28, 2017



If you’re looking for a great read, check out this Holiday Gift Guide for some excellent options

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Guernsey

St. Peter Port on Guernsey Island is a small seaside village. Although its visitor center and friendly locals made this a tourist-friendly place to visit, it didn’t feel overly touristy. The majority of the businesses where what you would expect in any town, clothing shops, hair salons, restaurants, book stores, and the like. The streets were not dominated by souvenir shops, which made this village all the more interesting to visit.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Cheesecake

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and has the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. 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.

 PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Edinburgh, Scotland

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to the city’s famous castle. The imposing fortress stands guard over the rest of the city below. Leading away from the castle is the famous Royal Mile lined with shops and pubs galore. A person could spend an entire day wandering this historic street its hidden closes. 



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Real Life Exaggerated

Fishing stories, the concept has become synonymous with exaggeration. No harm is ever intended, but after countless retelling the story often morphs into something much more interesting and exciting than the original. The two-pound fish that took several minutes to reel in eventually evolves into an eight-pound monster which battled valiantly for half an hour before succumbing to your superior skill. This is how many of my real-life adventures have infiltrated my adventure and romantic suspense novels.

I’ve explored numerous Mayan ruins tucked into steamy bug-infested jungles in several countries, yet I’ve always managed to avoid ruthless kidnappers; I’ve pondered the current of the Rio Grande, sticking my toe in to test the waters, but have suppressed the urge to jump into the churning mud and attempt an illegal border crossing; and I have ridden horseback down a terrifyingly steep slope while I clutched the horn with all my might and scenes from Man From Snowy River flashed through my mind, all without a single gunshot from a foreign enemy aimed at me or my trusted steed. If you’ve read my novels you may recognize some of these scenes, grossly exaggerated, of course. If you haven’t, I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity enough to give one of them a try.


To check out any of these adventures on Amazon click on any book  cover/link to the right.. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Song of the Shepard Woman - #Christian Fiction

Carlene Havel writes historical stories set in Biblical times.  Today she’s sharing some background on the creation of her latest release, “Song of the Shepard Woman”.
One of the questions I’m asked most often about writing books is, “Where do you get your ideas?”  The short answer is I don’t know. Thoughts bubble and coalesce around a theme, and the plot for another story begins to form—at least that’s the process for me.  My latest release, “Song of the Shepherd Woman” began at Christmastime, although it’s not a Christmas story per se.
As I read through the familiar verses from the second chapter of Luke, the shepherds abiding in the fields captured my imagination.  How amazed they were to receive Christ’s birth announcement from an angelic choir.  What joy and hope they must have felt as they ran to the stable in Bethlehem. How did others react to their story afterwards? Was it possible people thought the shepherds drank too much wine? Or simply fabricated a fantastic story? And what if one of the shepherds had a child, a baby boy, who happened to be in Bethlehem when the soldiers came looking for the Christ child? A character took shape, a disappointed idealist, a man whose life and dreams were shattered early in his life. But suppose, after years of bitterness, this man was given another chance to believe? Maybe in his old age he and his wife were unexpectedly given another child to raise. What if…
Writing “Song of the Shepherd Woman”, like all of my books, was a labor of love. Sharon Faucheux wove her historical research into my narrative, resulting in a story we hope readers will love as much as we do.  We are offering this full length novel at an introductory price of 99 cents for a while, and it’s available just about everywhere ebooks can be found.  Here are some links:
Click here to buy on Amazon for only $0.99 for a limited time.
Blurb: In the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise.  He is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man with a wife who cannot speak.  Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Last #Free Access to National Parks for 2017

The last chance in 2017 to enter your National Parks for free is Veteran's Day Weekend, November 11-12. Hopefully the roads in your favorite park are still open for the season. For more information about fee-free days visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Monday, November 6, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Greenock, Scotland

This small village is located on the south bank of the Clyde River where it expands into the Firth of Clyde. Greenock is small, but its people are friendly and it’s a great place to start discovering the nuances of Scotch.  










Friday, November 3, 2017

A Nod to November


There’s a lot going on in November. To make sure you don’t miss any of the fun, make sure you change your clocks for Daylight Savings time on November 5. Here are a few more dates to keep in mind.



U.S. General Election Day – November 5
Veteran’s Day – November 11
Caregiver Appreciation Day – November 13
Great American Smoteout – November 16
Universal Children’s Day – November 21
Thanksgiving Day – November 23

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! Enjoy the holiday and my favorite Farside cartoon.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Current, Concise, and Personal

For those who are already following my author Facebook page or who have “liked” it, thank you. It you haven’t checked it out, please do. The content is more current, concise, personal, and as with all Facebook content, as interactive as you like.  https://www.facebook.com/KimMcMahillAuthor/

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is an amazing city. Aside from a visit to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint of their famous “black stuff,” there is so much to do and see that I’m not sure how much time a person would have to spend to take it all in. From wandering the lively streets to absorbing the ambiance of Trinity College, Dublin has something for everyone.







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monthly Ebook #Giveaway

I always like to pass on information about contests and other freebies, especially when one of the ebooks to be given away is my very own novel, A Taste of Tragedy. Each month Constance Bretes puts out a newsletter and hosts an ebook giveaway on her blog. Go to http://www.constancebretes.com/news--things.html for more information and to enter. The giveaway runs October 4 – 31. Good Luck!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale is a picturesque seaside village with a lot of history. Ruins of forts guard the entrance to the bay. On a non-rainy, there are few places more idyllic for a stroll.





Monday, October 16, 2017

Risky Research Series



The third novel in my Risky 
Research series, A Foundation of Fear, is in the editing phase and I don't have a release date yet. In this novel we'll learn that even the most deadly assassin has plenty to fear. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series I hope you will do so before the third is released. The Risky Research series explores how far a deadly group will go to control a diet product industry worth billions, and the lengths two dedicated FBI agents will go to stop them. The first in the series, A Dose of Danger, is set mostly where I grew up in Wyoming. The story begins when a researcher and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss. 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 must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart. In the second book, A Taste of Tragedy, a corporate executive discovers the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, placing her in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. Click on any linked book title to be taken directly to Amazon. #weightloss



Friday, October 13, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of those must-see sites if visiting Cork, Ireland. The castle ruins aren’t much, but the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone has made the castle a pilgrimage site to many. Most Irish we talked to knew where the Blarney Stone came from, but weren’t as confident on where the practice of kissing the stone came from. Aside from the castle and the stone, however, the grounds are amazing and worth a visit.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Picking Daisy

I’m pleased to welcome Kimberly Miller to my blog. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, their two children, and a cat who barely tolerates them. By day, Kimberly teaches film and writing courses, but at night she enjoys reading, watching movies, making jewelry, and baking and eating desserts that mainly consist of chocolate. Kimberly has recently released her debut novel, Picking Daisy. I’ve included a blurb and excerpt below for her highly rated clean romance novel. I hope you will check out her new release. You can learn more about Kimberly on her website at http://millerkm.weebly.com/ or at her blog
https://kimberlymmiller.wordpress.com/. Click here  or on the book title above to be taken directly to her novel on Amazon.

Blurb:
Daisy Parker isn’t the woman that rock star Robby Grant would have imagined himself falling for. She’s soft-spoken, sweet, and lives by a strange code the struggling musician is recognizing as Biblical.
And he’s helpless against it.
Even if Daisy is hard-pressed to believe that a man like Robby would see her—a woman long forgotten by the rest of the world—as anything more than a step back to his career.
But Robby challenges Daisy in ways she’d long avoided.
With their mutual love of music, it seems nothing can separate them—not Daisy’s wheelchair or Robby’s ego.
As Robby grows into the man he’s long dreamed of being, Daisy dares to trust again. But will this sweet melody last?


Excerpt:
Daisy cursed her wheelchair, reaching for the phone that Robby held out of her grasp. Clearly, he was angry too. His face grew redder with each second. Would he hit her?
“Since it’s all over the news, I’ll bet you know I’ve been in rehab six times. Impressive, huh? Six?! And this last one was nothing to sneeze at. I lost my girlfriend, my friends, and even most of my family. Now, my career is shot until I come up with something...and I am not about to stop until I get back on that stage again. If I can’t control anything else in my life at least I can try to take back what’s left of my career. But I’m on a timeline. And you will help me.”
The rage in his eyes should have scared her, but Daisy refused to be intimidated. Her ex-boyfriend was worse. She just wished she could knee Robby in a place that would jerk him back to reality. She managed to glare instead.
“Maybe you should take a deep breath and come up with a plan that doesn’t include me.”  She crossed her arms over her chest and stared at Robby defiantly, trying to ignore that he truly was a very handsome man with a commanding presence. The clarity in his eyes and the muscles in his arms both surprised and unsettled her. A scrawny, weak, and strung-out Robby she’d have expected and could have handled. This man was unexpectedly healthy, yet he was also angry, hurt, and alone. She saw it in his eyes. And she realized what was happening.
“I’m stuck…” Robby said weakly. “This is exactly what I need…”

Oh, no, Lord, Daisy pleaded silently. I can’t even help myself. How am I supposed to help him? And yet no answer came. But even in the silence, Daisy understood.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Myths Surrounding #Crystal #Skulls

Shrouded In Secrets is an archeological thriller that takes the reader on a wild ride around the globe, from Egypt, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and more. The premise of this story revolves around thirteen mythical crystal skulls. The skulls in actual existence have always been surrounded with speculation, uncertainty, and legend, though most recently experts are leaning toward the relics not being truly ancient. No matter what the truth is concerning the skulls the myths surrounding them have made great fodder for fiction and an extreme adventure. Click on the book title to be taken directly to Amazon.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Contemporary #Western Romantic Thriller

BigHorn Storm is a contemporary western romantic thriller set in Wyoming. I’ve always kind of thought of it as a modern-day Red Dawn on horseback with adults. I grew up on horseback and one of the most dramatic horseback escapes in the book is an embellishment on a teenage memory while helping out on a cattle drive. Storm is based on a horse from my childhood and the Bighorn National Forest is truly as beautiful and extreme as the story depicts. Click on the book title to be taken directly to Amazon. #Wyoming

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Insight into October

There’s a lot happening in October, including one of those infamous “Friday the Thirteenth” days (if you are superstitious). Here’s a few other special days to keep in mind.

International Day for the Elderly, October 1
World Smile Day, October 6 (first Friday of the Month)
Columbus Day, October 9 (second Monday of the Month)
Thanksgiving Day in Canada, October 9
Boss’s Day, October 16
Sweetest Day, October 21 (third Saturday of the Month)
United Nations Day, October 24
Make a Difference Day, October 28 (fourth Saturday of the Month)

Halloween, October 31

Thursday, September 28, 2017

#Free Access to National Parks

During 2017 ten days were set aside as free admission days into all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. We’re down to the last two for 2017, so don’t miss out on this opportunity. The final free days will be on September 30, National Public Lands Day, and November 11-12, Veterans Day Weekend. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Monday, September 25, 2017

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Deadly Exodus into #Mexico

Deadly Exodus takes place in New Mexico and Texas, culminating in a harrowing attempt to cross the border into Mexico. Yes, you read correctly, the characters are trying to escape into Mexico. Deadly Exodus is a gritty dystopian thriller, but don’t panic if you’re not into sci-fi. The technology in the book is currently available, though not in mainstream use. As with most of my books, it is an adventure with plenty of suspense, but also has a forbidden romance. Is the government becoming too powerful to challenge? Click on the book title to be taken directly to Amazon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To Travel is to Live

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.” 
Hans Christian AndersenThe Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Marked In #Mexico

Marked In Mexico, my fourth novel and first published by Prism Book Group, continues to hold a special place in my heart and it continues to be one of my best sellers. Marked in Mexico is pure adventure with a healthy dose of romantic suspense. In the story the characters are inadvertently thrust into a deadly situation where they are forced to fight for survival in the remote jungles of Mexico. Throughout their shared struggles they forge a bond that will last a life time. The action takes off in earnest at the magnificent Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, a place I’ve visited often. Click on the book title to be directed to Amazon.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Series of Interesting Guesses

“But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” 
Bill BrysonNeither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Welcome to my World

For those of you who are not familiar with my writing, welcome to my blog. I thought it might not hurt to scatter a few posts in for the next month or so to share a bit about my craft. I primarily write adventure and romantic suspense, although my latest project, the Risky Research Series, adds a criminal fiction element (more on that in another post). My goal is simple—to entertain the reader with stories of survival against the odds and take them on outrageous adventures around the U.S. and the world. I hope you’ll check back as I reveal a little more about my stories and the adventures that inspired them.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Leave Something Behind

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” 
Pascal MercierNight Train to Lisbon

Monday, September 4, 2017

Adventures through Reading

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 
Anna QuindlenHow Reading Changed My Life

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Days to Remember

Here’s a small sampling of what’s happening in September.

September 4 – Labor Day
September 10 – Grandparents Day
September 11 – 911 Remembrance
September 17 – Constitution Day
September 21 – International Peace Day
September 22 – Fall Equinox
September 22 – Native American Day

September 23 – Oktoberfest begins in Germany

Sunday, August 27, 2017

#Win a #Kindle or Amazon Gift Cards

Last Chance, the Summer Holiday Reads promotion ends on August 31, 2017. You could win a Kindle Fire eReader and Amazon gift cards ranging in value from $10.00 to $50.00. Here’s the contest link: https://www.booksandmore.club/monthly-giveaway

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#Free Access to National Parks

During 2017 ten days were set aside as free admission days into all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. Most have already past, but there are still a few opportunities to enjoy our National Parks for free. Mark your calendar for August 25, the National Park Services’ Birthday and the next free entrance day. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm


The last two free days will be on September 30, National Public Lands Day, and November 11-12, Veterans Day Weekend.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Where Deserts Collide

The Mojave and Colorado deserts are both represented in Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua trees can be found in the higher elevations of the Mojave, while the lower Colorado Desert is populated by cholla cactus, ocotillo, and creosote bushes.  Aside from the namesake feature, there is plenty more to see including a myriad of plant and animal life, unique geological features, and remnants of the area’s human and cultural history dot the landscape. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/jotr


Friday, August 18, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – A Richer Experience

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt" 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hooked on a Taste of Tragedy at #MFRWHooks

On the last Book Hooks blog hop I participated in a couple weeks ago I provided a short excerpt and blurb from the first novel in the Risky Research Series, A Dose of Danger (scroll down a few posts to view). This week I’ll offer up A Taste of Tragedy, book two in the series. Book three, A Foundation of Fear, is in editing and the release date will be announced soon. Hope you enjoy this little taste of action.
Excerpt
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.
Blurb
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. 
For information on all of my adventure novels, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KimMcMahillAuthor/. Click on a blue underlined title to download A Taste of Tragedy or a A Dose of Danger from Amazon.


For more book hooks from other great writers visit any of the blogs below or go to http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Found Nowhere Else On Earth

Located northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada near the border with California, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a fascinating and unique ecosystem. The refuge was established in 1984, and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Over 23,000 acres of spring-fed wetlands and alkaline desert uplands protect a number of threatened and endangered species found nowhere else in the world. Water from over 100 miles to the northeast enters a vast aquifer system and slowly moves underground until it is forced to the surface by a geological fault. The seeps and springs created as the water reaches the surface make the refuge a unique spot in the dry Mojave Desert. The visual contrast between the desert and the wetlands, along with its wide array of plant and animal life are well worth the detour on the way to Death Valley. For more information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ash_meadows 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – To Experience Adventure

“You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… "It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”  

- Frosty Wooldridge-

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Smokey

Smokey Bear turns 73 today. Celebrate by continuing this icon's good work.