Monday, January 30, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook - Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world at about 956 feet above the wild Arkansas River. It was built in 1929, and held the title of highest bridge in the world until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The bridge spans 880 feet between the towers and has a total length of 1,260 feet. Its construction is a steel base structure covered with 1292 wooden planks. Although the park is basically an amusement park with a tram and a zip-line crossing the Royal Gorge, and other entertainments, it is also an area of stunning and unsurpassed beauty, and the park preserves the bridge and shares its historical significance with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Whether you want an adrenaline rush of zip-lining across the gorge or just want to take in the amazing scenery, this site is worth a stop. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Adventures for a Hectic Life

If you love romantic suspense and adventure, but your life only allows for audio books during the morning commute, three of my novels are available in audible audio edition on Amazon. I’ve posted the blurbs below and just click on the title to go directly to each book’s page on Amazon. Enjoy!

ADose 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?   

Shrouded In Secrets: The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.

Marked in Mexico: An idyllic Caribbean vacation turns deadly when hostages are taken at one of Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins. The kidnappers believe the abduction will be a simple way to negotiate the release of a colleague from a Texas prison, but matters become complicated and the stakes much higher when they realize one of their hostages is the daughter of a powerful U.S. Senator and another is an ex-Army Ranger who has no intention of playing by the rules. After a daring escape the Senator’s daughter, Jessica, and the ex-Ranger, Jack, must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival. While trying to stay alive in the unforgiving jungle they forge a bond that will last a lifetime and find love neither wanted, but were unable to avoid. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a fascinating city architecturally, showcasing medieval, Romanesque, baroque, and Art Nouveau buildings.  My favorite spot was the main square in the heart of the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, the Charles Bridge is also a treasure trove of amazing statuary and interesting happenings, and it has an impressive view of Prague Castle. We found this city to be one of the most interesting, beautiful, and friendly that we’ve ever visited.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Bamburg, Germany

Bamburg was founded in 902. This medieval-looking city is home to the Cathedral of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II which houses the tomb of Pope Clement II. The city is also known for its Old Town Hall situated on a twin-arched bridge over the Regnitz River and its specialty smoked beer, which is an interesting flavor that is probably an acquired taste.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

An Exaggerated Adventure

Fishing stories, you’ve heard them, and the concept has become synonymous with exaggeration. No harm is ever intended, but after countless retelling and adequate time 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 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 somehow 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.

So, file them away, every last one of those adventures, big and small, and maybe one day they will resurface, and after enough repetition become the fodder for that next great thriller or epic adventure novel.

Check out all my adventures on Amazon here 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg is probably most well-known for being home to the post World War II Nuremberg Trials. But, what many people might not know is that it also has a wonderfully-preserved medieval walled-city. Every time we’ve visited, we find some sort of fun and interesting festival, crafts fair, or flea market in progress. It may not be on anyone’s bucket list, but it is a surprising city to visit.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday - Shrouded In Secrets

“Here. Let me check your injuries.”
He nodded, but made no effort to take off the souvenir t-shirt he’d purchased in Mexico to replace the shirt destroyed at Señorita Ruiz’s hacienda.
Olivia eased the shirt over his head and dabbed at the scratches on his chest with a warm washcloth. Not until her fingers began tracing some of the deeper wounds, trying to determine if any debris still remained imbedded that might cause infection, did Cash acknowledge her close proximity. He reached up, grabbed her hand, and brought it to his lips.
He kissed her palm so gently that Olivia could taste his pain. Tears filled her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She wasn’t sure why his agony touched her so deeply, but it did. “I’m sorry,” was all she could think of to say, knowing it wasn’t enough.
They sat for several minutes in silence, hand in hand. Olivia hated to free herself from Cash’s warm touch, but she doubted he was ready to talk about Zara, and the guilt and fatigue in his lost eyes tore at her heart.
Olivia stood, easing out of Cash’s grasp. She placed her hands on his shoulders and gently maneuvered him back until he lay on the sofa. He didn’t resist as she unlaced his hiking boots and pulled them off, draped a blanket over him, and turned out the lamp. She touched her lips to his forehead and left him alone in the dark with his demons.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cautiously Optimistic

I was feeling a little guilty about not doing the obligatory New Year’s post, so here it is. Recapping 2016, I’d have to give the year a neutral rating, though as a whole we still feel lucky and blessed. We had our share of stress from moves, jobs, and a few minor family health issues and dramas. On the flip side, the move brought us closer to home and back to an area we love, we enjoyed a couple exciting travel adventures, and the negatives could have been a whole lot worse. On a national scale our country experienced unprecedented nastiness and negativity.

Looking forward into 2017, I’m remaining cautiously optimistic. By nature I am a bit of a pessimist, but I so desperately want to believe that 2017 will be the year that our country gets back on track. There are many national issues that are beyond most of our control like plugging the holes in our cyber-security and stopping terrorism, but there are many small things we can all do. So for the upcoming year I hope to see a new trend develop where everyone treats each other with more caring, consideration, respect, and civility.

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Important Dates and Silly Designations

The first Friday the 13th of the year occurs in January along with some other interesting designations and important holidays like Martin Luther King’s Birthday on January 16.  Houseplant Appreciation Day falls on January 10. I’m not sure what that entails, so I guess I’ll just say a few kind words to my anthurium. So in tribute to Trivia Day on January 4, here are a few more dates to ponder.

National Bird Day – January 5
National Bean Day – January 6
Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day – January 12
International Skeptics Day – January 13
Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 14
Penguin Awareness Day – January 20
Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21
National Pie Day – January 23
Beer Can Appreciation Day – January 24
Australia Day – January 26
Spouse’s Day – January 26
Chinese New Year – January 28
National Puzzle Day – January 29

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – January 30