Friday, June 23, 2017

Angelic Inspiration


There is one thing I imagine we can all agree on right now no matter what our political views are or what our religious, cultural, and other differences might be. There is too much sadness, tragedy, anger, and hate dominating our country and the news. I hope this is a temporary condition that will soon see a correction, but in the mean time we all need more smiles and pleasant escapes.
With this conclusion in mind I contacted a writer friend of mine, Gay N. Lewis, and asked her if I could showcase her Sarah series on my blog. The series is about a dyslexic Angel, Sarah, who gets into all sorts of amusing predicaments while playing matchmaker. She’ll stop at nothing in her attempts to bring romance into the lives of her charges.
I’ve read a number of books in the series and just downloaded, Sarah Does It Again, which I’m anxious to start reading. Gay’s books are feel-good stories without the tears, and you just can’t help but smile. I have to confess that I lost track of just how many novels in the series she’s written, so I’ve decided to make this a multi-part blog series where I’ll introduce four or five novels each post.
If, like me, you’re in the market for an uplifting adventure and could use a little angelic inspiration, pick up one of Gay’s Sarah novels and be prepared to smile. To buy on Amazon just click on any of the titles below.

Available in eBook, print, audio
Handsome, single, and wealthy, Houstonian Tom Shoemaker must decide if he should give up his successful business to assume a country pastorate. When a blonde, blue-eyed, dyslexic angel arrives from The Heavenlies to locate a mate for Tom by Valentine’s Day, she’s havoc in outlandish red stilettos. But despite numerous goofs in her efforts—many caused by her passion for eccentric footwear the other angels would never dare adorn—love is indeed in the air.

After Marcy Montgomery’s husband was killed in Afghanistan, she relocated to a small, central Texas town with Hope, her five-year-old daughter. When Sarah accidentally introduces Tom to Marcy, she sets about discovering if the two would make suitable mates. The Superiors certainly wouldn’t approve of a romantic link between the wrong people. But Hope wants a father, and when the five-year-old meets Tom, she immediately decides he is the perfect candidate.

Is Tom the right one for Marcy? Or has Sarah made her biggest blunder of all? Oh merciful heavens! What’s an angel to do?

Available in eBook, print, audio
Beautiful, talented, and stubborn, architect Laney Taylor battles her attraction to the handsome and wealthy—but mulish—homebuilder, Cannon Carlson. After all, he is her employer, and business and pleasure don’t mix, do they? 

Sarah, a klutzy, perpetually direction-challenged angel who craves cheeseburgers and fancies red stilettos, is sent to Houston on assignment. She’s to bring these obstinate people together, but she faces major challenges, especially since Laney is threatened by a mysterious stalker who plans to kill her.

To protect Laney, the Commander of Heaven dispatches a second, more seasoned warrior angel, Tomas, to Earth with divine instructions to protect Laney. But will hit-or-miss Sarah get in his way? Can Sarah unite Cannon and Laney romantically together?

Oh merciful heavens! What will Sarah do this time?


Available in eBook, print, audio
Widow Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money?

Watching from the Heavenlies, the Superiors dispatch Heaven’s Little Love Angel to Houston during the Christmas holidays. Sarah’s mission is to help the lady determine which of her suitors is the genuine article. Is black-haired Bryan Wingate the real deal? Or is good-looking Charles Chadwick the more earnest suitor?

When Beth invites human-disguised Sarah to attend a wedding, the delighted angel looks forward to an opportunity to wear a beautiful formal gown, and maybe—at long last—red stilettos! But Sarah’s mission becomes deadly serious when she discovers Beth’s life is in danger. If Sarah fails in her mission, Tomas, the Warrior Angel, will intercede. Determined to keep her human charge safe from gold diggers and save Tomas the trouble, the little love angel steps up her efforts.

But Sarah wouldn’t be Sarah without a few bungles along the way...


Available in eBook

For her next mission to earth, The Superiors assign Sarah a challenging assignment. She is to spur a romantic relationship between Karen Newton and Jeremy Spencer…through the Internet! The dyslexic angel has managed to unite couples previously, but computers perplex her. Since the couple knows each other through their work at a Houston oil company, why must she use those irksome gadgets to trigger a romance? After all, she is known in The Heavenlies as “Little Miss Goof Up.” But an order is an order…

When Karen faces danger, Sarah must send a believable email message to Jeremy. But how? She’s already created multiple fiascoes with her Internet attempts. Perhaps she should ignore orders and find other means to alert Jeremy. Poopty doopty—it would mean a reprimand on Cloud Five. Should she risk it?

Uh-oh. Do angels get headaches? It looks as though Sarah is headed for one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meteorological Start to Summer


The Summer Solstice is the meteorological start to summer, and it’s the longest day of the year. As a sun-lover this is something I appreciate very much. So, get out and enjoy, and if you’re at the North Pole on this day the sun does not set at all.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pollinator Week June 19-25

According to the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service about 35 percent of the world’s food crops rely on animal pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles and other insects to reproduce. Without these animal pollinators our food supply would be in jeopardy. National Pollinator Week runs from June 19-25. If you want to learn more about pollinators visit http://pollinator.org/pollinatorweek/ or https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/   


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Father's Day Observed

The first Father’s Day was observed in Spokane, Washington on May 18, 1910, and it continues to be celebrated on the third Sunday in June of each year. I hope all the Dads out there have a very special day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Are Audio Books Your Thing?

If so, check out Suzanne Whitfield Vince’s Blog, In love, all things are possible, at http://suzannevince.com/audiobooks/ to explore the many different options and genres available in audio book. A number of my books are available in audio book including Marked in Mexico, Shrouded in Secrets, and A Dose of Danger. I had to pick just one to include in this exciting promo, so I chose A Dose of Danger since it’s my newest audio book and the first story in my Risky Research Series. The second novel in the series is A Taste of Tragedy, and I’ve recently signed a contract for the third novel, A Foundation of Fear. Anyway, back to the audio books. 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, June 2, 2017

Important Dates in June

Here are some important dates coming up in June:

D-Day, World War II – June 6
Flag Day -  June 14
Father’s Day - June 18
The Summer Solstice – June 20

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Mystery of Ebook Pricing

I don’t always understand how publishers and Amazon price ebooks. Sometimes prices are reduced for promos, like A Taste of Tragedy was awhile back, though the price still hasn’t been raised to its original price of $3.99 from its currently discounted price of $0.99. I have no idea when that might happen. As for boxed sets, they’re often a major bargain. I assume this is to encourage readers to try a new author with very little to lose. My Kindle boxed set is only $3.99 and it includes three of my adventure novels. If you downloaded each separately the cost would be $10.97. So, whatever the reason I always like to pass on to readers that if you haven’t tried my books, the Kindle boxed set is a very economical way to go. If you have read these three novels, I'd love to hear which is your favorite. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Remembrances

Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday of May. The holiday is a time to express our gratitude to the service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom, and to remember loved ones who have passed away. Memorial Day traditions include parades, picnics, and a visit to the cemetery to decorate the headstones of loved ones or pay tribute to veterans, often distinguished by flags placed near their headstones. However you choose to celebrate, please take a moment and remember those who have sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom. No words can adequately express my gratitude. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can Travel Change the World

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – What Makes an 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 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cave-In

I just finished an adventure novel from one of my favorite best-selling authors. It had a cave-in scene that kind of reminded me of one I wrote in Shrouded in Secrets. There’s nothing more terrifying than being trapped underground unless, as in Cash’s case, it's being drug out of the crumbling cavern by a panicked mule. Here’s a scene from Shrouded in Secrets.
Cash yanked the closest timber and caught the bundle as it fell. The ceiling groaned and rocks dislodged in a hail storm as he ran toward the first pit. He cleared the hole with room to spare, landed on his feet and kept running, hunched over. The sound of gunfire grew louder as he neared the sharp turn in the tunnel.
As soon as he rounded the corner, he was forced to lie down and shimmy forward. He pulled himself along the ground with one arm while holding his prize tight to his side with the other. He scooted past the second pit and slowed as he reached the exit. He set the bundle down, planning to retrieve it once he neutralized the threat. At the moment, he needed his hand on his gun more than the rotted leather wrap.
He was in a vulnerable position. If he just stuck his head out, it could very well get shot off, but he had to do something. Inching closer to the mouth of the cavern, the gunfire stopped, leaving an eerie quiet. He strained to hear sounds to clue him in on the situation, but silence ruled.
Suddenly the slack went out of the forgotten rope tied around his waist, tightening, forcing all the air out of his lungs, propelling him into motion. The momentum yanked him out into the daylight in a blur, dislodging his gun somewhere in the process. The speed in which he was being drug up the steep hill, across the rocks, brush, and cacti on his belly grew with each painful moment. Cash struggled to retrieve the knife from its sheath at his side, but found accomplishing the task impossible as his body bounced over the rough terrain with the rope cutting into his skin.
He abandoned all attempts to reach his blade and covered his head with his arms as he sped toward a sturdy shrub. Branches snapped and flew through the air as he scraped over the bush. Blood ran down his hands and forearms, but at least he successfully protected his skull. Fumbling, Cash finally managed to free his knife. He sawed frantically at the taut rope, realizing the mule pulling him was running full out for the lip of another steep gorge.

The ultra-strong high-tech filament line gave way, and his body skidded to an abrupt halt. He glanced up in time to see the mule disappear over the ledge, dust and rocks flying up behind frantic hooves as the terrified animal fled the danger.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing my mom and all the mom’s out there a wonderful Mother’s Day. Did you know that the first Mother’s Day was recognized on May 10, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Neretva River Delta

I usually capture people or recognizable landmarks in my travel photographs, but occasionally I try my hand at a purely artistic composition. This photo was taken from the ladja (local wooden boat) we were on as we explored the wetlands of the Neretva River delta about an hour from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – No Regrets

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
 - Mark Twain- 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Days

Here’s what’s on tap for May:

May 3 – Star Wars Day
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
May 6 – National Teachers Day
May 14 – Mother’s Day
May 20 – Armed Service Day
May 24 – Victoria Day in Canada
May 27 – Beginning of Ramadan
May 29 – Memorial Day

Mark your calendar, celebrate, and enjoy spring!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Thanks for 100,000 Page Views

I just wanted to interrupt my regularly scheduled blog to say thank you. I have just reach 100,000 page views on my blog. I appreciate everyone who has stopped by for a look and I will try to keep it real and keep it interesting in the months and years to come. I've enjoyed sharing my adventures with everyone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Arbor Day

April 28th is National Arbor Day, an occassion celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska as a day to plant a tree to help nature and the environment, and Nebraska is still home to Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Farm is located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, it encompasses 260 acres, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. So, if you’re looking for an Arbor Day pilgrimage, visit the place where it all started. For more information go to http://www.arbordayfarm.org

Monday, April 24, 2017

Life Experiences Create Emotional Stories

Psst …Want to know a secret?

Does it come as a surprise to know authors put things from their lives into their work? It isn’t done to be silly or self-centered. I do this because it fits my story. Here’s my secret: my fictional town of Sommerville is patterned on the neighborhood I live in. In many ways, it’s almost like living in a small town.

For example: my heroine from “Raving Beauty,” Kelly, is struggling home in the pouring rain with a cast on her leg. If she takes the short cut through the flowers, she’ll be out of her misery quicker. It’s easy to say “she cut through the flower bed.”

Rounding the corner, I took the shortcut and struggled through the flower bed of Indian hawthorn and Knock Out rose bushes into my apartment's parking lot.

And an apartment complex I once lived in had flower beds filled with Indian Hawthorne shrubs and Knock-out red roses. Made sense to put these plants in the story, and for the reader, these things paint a picture which makes the storytelling more realistic.

So back to the girl in the cast…

I once had a cast on my leg. I stepped into an unfilled hole and ripped my ankle. The doctor surprised me and said I would be having one. It wasn’t the first time I’d injured that joint. The first was during half-time at a football game while performing a high kick routine. My leg came down, my foot slipped on the damp grass. Crumpling, I heard a pop-pop-pop and then giant pain. (I soldiered on and limped off the field with the rest of the dance team.)

I needed an injury for my heroine. It’s no surprise when her high heel slips into a divot in the hardwood floor, and she sails off the stage with torn ligaments.

As my heel caught another divot, grace abandoned me. With a pop-pop-pop, my ankle bowed cockeye, and this time, my worst nightmare came true. I tumbled over the edge of the stage.

My friend stepped on an unlevel manhole cover and messed her ankle up so badly, she required an operation. She became my expert on all things to repair it—surgery, recovery, pain, etc.

          He elevated my foot by the heel and slanted his head, examining. "Possibly torn tibiofibular ligaments."
          Again. I sighed.
          "Same injury you had on the football field when doing the high kick at half-time during our senior year—right, Kel?" Maggie asked. “Your foot slipped on the damp grass, slid, and you collapsed on top of it.”

I’m certainly not an expert in all topics. However, my experiences worked well for this story, and in them comes feelings, feelings I can put in the work and make it better. Make it realistic. Full of emotion. And a satisfying read.

A nice blurb: What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?
It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

Preorder “Raving Beauty” in the Just You and Me boxed set for only $0.99 at:
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Did I mention I’d been a beauty contestant—twice?? Lol. What do you prefer-small towns or big cities?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Free National Park Entrance

Grand Teton National Park
During 2017 ten days have been set aside as free admission days into all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. Two have already past, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16) and Presidents' Day (February 20), but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy our National Parks for free. National Park week is April 15 to 23, 2017 and to celebrate, the weekends are free, so get out to a Park April 22-23 and explore. Other free days to watch for include:

  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Big Bend National Park

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Three Kindle Adventures for the Price of One

Experience epic adventures in the great outdoors with 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 romantic 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.

The Kindle boxed set is only $3.99 and can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1cX2bho

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I just finished an adventure novel from one of my favorite best-selling authors. It had a cavern cave-in scene that kind of reminded me of one I wrote in Shrouded in Secrets. There’s nothing more terrifying than being trapped underground, unless as in Cash’s case, being drug out of the crumbling cavern by a terrified mule. Here’s a scene from Shrouded in Secrets.
Cash yanked the closest timber and caught the bundle as it fell. The ceiling groaned and rocks dislodged in a hail storm as he ran toward the first pit. He cleared the hole with room to spare, landed on his feet and kept running, hunched over. The sound of gunfire grew louder as he neared the sharp turn in the tunnel.
As soon as he rounded the corner, he was forced to lie down and shimmy forward. He pulled himself along the ground with one arm while holding his prize tight to his side with the other. He scooted past the second pit and slowed as he reached the exit. He set the bundle down, planning to retrieve it once he neutralized the threat. At the moment, he needed his hand on his gun more than the rotted leather wrap.
He was in a vulnerable position. If he just stuck his head out, it could very well get shot off, but he had to do something. Inching closer to the mouth of the cavern, the gunfire stopped, leaving an eerie quiet. He strained to hear sounds to clue him in on the situation, but silence ruled.
Suddenly the slack went out of the forgotten rope tied around his waist, tightening, forcing all the air out of his lungs, propelling him into motion. The momentum yanked him out into the daylight in a blur, dislodging his gun somewhere in the process. The speed in which he was being drug up the steep hill, across the rocks, brush, and cacti on his belly grew with each painful moment. Cash struggled to retrieve the knife from its sheath at his side, but found accomplishing the task impossible as his body bounced over the rough terrain with the rope cutting into his skin.
He abandoned all attempts to reach his blade and covered his head with his arms as he sped toward a sturdy shrub. Branches snapped and flew through the air as he scraped over the bush. Blood ran down his hands and forearms, but at least he successfully protected his skull. Fumbling, Cash finally managed to free his knife. He sawed frantically at the taut rope, realizing the mule pulling him was running full out for the lip of another steep gorge.

The ultra-strong high-tech filament line gave way, and his body skidded to an abrupt halt. He glanced up in time to see the mule disappear over the ledge, dust and rocks flying up behind frantic hooves as the terrified animal fled the danger.

Origin of Easter

With all the commercial hype surrounding the Easter Bunny, chocolates galore, and hunting brightly colored eggs it’s easy to forget the true origins of Easter. Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to Christians it is the most revered day of the year. Though the birth of Christ is extremely important, to Christians, the resurrection offers the hope of everlasting life.

Most people will celebrate this spring holiday with a combination of religious and commercial traditions. However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful and meaningful Easter surrounded by family and friends

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Break From the Routine

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”

- Wildred Peterson- 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Adventure Scapbook - Wooden Boats in Bamberg Germany

Maybe I have a thing for wooden boats. A couple posts back I posted a photograph of a ladja (local wooden boat) that I saw while exploring the wetlands of the Neretva River delta about an hour from Dubrovnik, Croatia. So, keeping with the wooden boat theme, here’s a picture I took in Bamberg, Germany.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Days to Remember



Do April showers really bring May flowers? We’ll have to wait and see. So far this spring has been pretty darned dry. But, what we can count on are a few recognized dates including:
April 9 – Palm Sunday
April 10 - Passover (begins and sundown and lasts eight days)
April 14 - Good Friday
April 15 – Income Taxes are due
April 16 – Easter
April 17 – Patriot’s Day
April 22 – Earth Day in the U.S.

April 28 – Arbor Day

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Why I love #Fiction

The Merriam Webster definition of fiction is, “something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically: an invented story.” To me this means that fiction is limited only by the author’s imagination. As long as the story conveys its intended message or in the case of my romantic suspense and adventure novels, entertains the reader, almost anything goes. One of my favorite movies is, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This story is riddled with implausible and unrealistic scenes, but to me it doesn’t matter—it makes me laugh, it makes me smile, it reminds me to live life, just don’t sit around and dream about. This is why I love fiction. So the next time you pick up a novel go all in. Don’t worry about if something can really happen, just relax your mind and let yourself be entertained.

Friday, March 31, 2017

April Fool's Day

I might as well lay this out up front. I’ve never cared for April Fool’s Day. Though tricks and jokes should be harmless and in good taste, so often they cross the line and make people feel bad, so generally I avoid the tradition altogether. But, to show I’m not a total stick in the mud, happy April Fool’s Day. Enjoy, but question everything and be kind to others

Friday, March 24, 2017

Time is running out on the March Giveaway Promotion

There’s only a week left to win big in the Kiss Me I’m Irish March Giveaway Promotion.  Authors from the Romance community invite you to get to know the authors and win some great prizes including 3 Kindle Fires and 4 Amazon Gift Cards.
To enter, click HERE for more information. Have fun and good luck. Registration for the giveaway ends April 1, 2017

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Prairie Dogs or Cold-Blooded Killers

Special Agent Devyn Nash wished Coterie was a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow rather than a ruthless organization with the common mission of controlling a diet product industry worth billions. How far will this organization go and can anyone stop them? Find out in the Risky Research Series.

The first novel in the series, A Dose of Danger, is set mostly where I grew up in Wyoming. A researcher and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss; however, her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy and the FBI. 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. With no one else to trust, she must seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

You can find both of these novels on Amazon here

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Loreto, Mexico

Loreto is one of my favorite cities in Mexico. It’s located on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez. Its colonial buildings and tree-lined cobblestone streets make this small city a joy to explore and the perfect place to sit back, have a margarita and hot homemade tortillas, and enjoy the scenery.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

May the Luck of the Irish Be With You

I hope everyone has a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day. Wear your green with pride.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hometown Reads

I’m very excited about this great new community where readers can connect with Denver area authors. Other select hometowns are also listed. Learn more at at http://hometownreads.com/city/denver or follow Hometown Reads on Twitter @ReadLocal #ReadLocal

Friday, March 10, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Organic Mexican Coffee

I've never thought of Mexico as coffee country, so I was surprised to find a darn good brew in San Sebastian del Oeste located at the foot of the Western Sierra Madre in West Jalisco. The best part of travel is discovering something new and interesting. I came for the tequila and left with the coffee.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kiss Me I'm Irish


MARCH GIVEAWAY PROMOTION

Authors from the Romance community invite you to get to know the authors and win some great prizes including 3 Kindle Fires and 4 Amazon Gift Cards.
To enter, click HERE for more information. Have fun and good luck

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Marching into #March

March begins on Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent. During the Lenten Season Christians give up something they like or that is important to them. The season lasts for 46 days. Other dates of note include March 8, which is recognized as International Women’s Day, the 15th are the Ides of March, the 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and March 20 is International Earth Day. Also, keep in mind Daylight Savings, which begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 12 and the Spring (Vernal) Equinox on March 20.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday which will be celebrated by many around the world on February 28. Fat Tuesday began as a celebration and an opportunity to eat whatever a person wants before the beginning of the long fasting season or Lenten season. The celebration has evolved into an exercise in excess with parades, over-indulging, and other festivities. America’s most famous Mardi Gras celebration occurs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Although I doubt I’ll ever participate in this particular celebration I have enjoyed festivities on a smaller scale in many other locations and have seen the reminders of the event throughout New Orleans. How will you celebrate?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – San Sebastian, Mexico

The road to San Sebastián del Oeste is lined with spectacular scenery and wonderful rest stops where you can get fresh baked goods and hot homemade tortillas. San Sebastián del Oeste is an old colonial town and municipality located on the western part of Jalisco state. It is steeped in history and feels caught between the past and the present. Its cobblestone streets provide a thoroughfare for horses and cars alike, and both look equally in place. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Nature’s Peace

“Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 
- John Muir - 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important commercial center. The city itself is worth taking time to explore, but we especially enjoyed getting out on the water and enjoying the wildlife and beautiful beaches.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The holiday is a day of celebrating Irish traditions, customs, history, and ancestry. Even those who aren’t Irish can’t resist the festivities associated with this often rowdy holiday. I hope everyone has a fun, happy, and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Similarity to Bears

“Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning, no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.”
 - John Muir - 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Third Novel in Series Complete

I’ve just finished the third novel in my Risky Research series, A Foundation of Fear, where 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 the 40-100 billion-dollar-a-year diet product industry, 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. 

You can find both of these novels on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/185-6333072-4947717?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kim%20McMahill

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Dates to Keep in Mind

Here are a few dates to keep in mind this year. February 12 is Lincoln’s Birthday and the 14th is Valentines Day. Singles Awareness Day is February 15. President’s Day is February 20 and Washington’s Birthday is the 22nd. And finally, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras will be celebrated on February 28 this year, so get those beads out and get ready to party.