Thursday, April 8, 2021

Kim McMahill's latest release.

 


I would like to thank Vicki for hosting me once again on her blog and allowing me the opportunity to share a bit about myself and my work. I’ve been writing for about twenty years which has taken me on an evolving journey from non-fiction, to stand-alone novels, to short stories, to my current project, a romantic suspense series. I am often asked how I came up with an idea that I thought could sustain multiple books. Well, the idea emerged as I started getting to an age when keeping fit and healthy started taking a little more effort and a lot more research.

Nearly every woman I know, myself included, educates herself about nutrition, exercise, fitness, diets, etc. in order to live a healthier life, manage a medical issue, or to lose weight. I’ve found there is so much information out there that it is difficult to sort out fact from fiction. The diet and nutrition industries are worth billions, which makes it even more challenging to ascertain who or what to trust. With so much on the line for something that impacts nearly everyone, there is no doubt corruption and crime infiltrate the industry making it perfect fodder for a crime series.

So, about six years ago I came up with an idea that I thought would make an awesome romantic suspense series. I’ve named it the Risky Research Series. The series starts with, A Dose of Danger, which deals with a potential miracle diet pill. Book 2, A Taste of Tragedy, revolves around a deadly sweetener, and book 3, A Foundation of Fear, explores the role of lobbyists and politics in the industry. The latest novel in the series, A Measure of Madness, was released on April 9, 2021. There are also two short-story prequels available for free download, A Formidable Foe and Midnight in Montana. Here’s a bit more on the latest novel, A Measure of Madness.

 

Blurb 

FBI agent Devyn Nash's pursuit of a deadly organization heats up in this fourth installment of the Risky Research series.

The FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie, but attempts to bring him in result in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover. When Devyn’s partner is left fighting for his life in a Puerto Rican hospital, she becomes more determined than ever to bring them to justice.

Devyn’s decision to ignore her orders and pursue the head of Coterie to Brazil puts her job and her relationship with Sheriff Gage Harris in jeopardy, but she is unwilling to allow those responsible for so much death to live out their lives in paradise
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Excerpt

Making her way outside, Devyn found a quiet bench under a tall tree and dialed Gage’s number. He picked up on the first ring.

“About time you called.”

“Hello to you, too, cowboy.”

“Sorry, I’ve been sitting here staring at my phone for hours hoping to hear from you. How are you doing? How’s Nick doing? Did they arrest the man who shot him? Did Morgan get there? When are you coming home?”

“Whoa, one at a time.”

“I just miss you and worry about you, and I can’t wait to see you. I feel bad about Nick, but to be perfectly honest, I’d really be going crazy about now if it had been you instead. Now that I believe we’re engaged, having you chasing cold-blooded killers around the Caribbean is more unbearable than ever.”

“Your job isn’t all that safe either, so I understand how you feel. Picturing you packing a decomposing body through bear country caused me a couple sleepless nights.”

“Guess we’re even. So, how’s it going there?”

“Morgan just got here and is in with Nick now. He woke up briefly an hour ago but was sleeping soundly the last time I saw him. The surgery went well, and the doctors are confident he’ll make a quick recovery. They think he may be fit to transport to Miami by tomorrow afternoon or the next day.”

Devyn stood and began to pace. Her mind and emotions warred. There was nothing she wanted to do more than find the quickest way back to Gage, but she wasn’t sure she could walk away from Coterie.

 

To learn more about the Risky Research Series or to Download your copy of any of Kim’s novels, visit:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Kim+McMahill&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Kim+McMahill?_requestid=1007373

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=Kim+McMahill

 

More About the Author


Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. She has had the opportunity to live in Hawaii, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, and Colorado, but has finally returned home to Wyoming. When not writing she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, puzzles, playing games, and spending time with family.

You can find Kim at any of the following:

Blog: http://www.kimmcmahill.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KimMcMahillAuthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimmcmahill/

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/849945.Kim_McMahill

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kim-mcmahill

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Leaf Me Alone by Julie B. Cosgrove



When Mrs. Perkins the women’s Bible Study leader makes a death bed request to find her long-lost nephew, Shannon, Bailey, and Jessica jump into action.

While Shannon and her husband, Jayden, head to Florida, to find the mysterious man, Jessica becomes concerned something suspicious is going on at the hospice facility where Mrs. Perkins is staying.

As Shannon pieces together the life of Mrs. Perkins’ nephew, she discovers the story just doesn’t add up, and Jessica becomes worried Mrs. Perkins’ life is in danger.

Mystery and intrigue keep the reader on the edge of their seat and glued to the pages. Ms. Cosgrove’s enticing words and expert plot, will keep drive you to a stirring and heartwarming ending.

Available on Amazon  

Friday, June 7, 2019

Kim McMahill's Latest Release - A Foundation of Fear




Today I'm pleased to have fellow author Kim McMahill visit my blog. Kim writes with a sense of adventure. Her books will keep you on the edge of your seat, and are truly page turners.

Don't miss A Foundation of Fear, and Kim's other books (links to Kim's author pages below).



Thank you so much for letting me stop by and share some great news. A Foundation of Fear, a romantic suspense novel and the third book in my Risky Research Series, has recently been released. And, I also have available a short story prequel to the series titled, A Formidable Foe, which is available for free download from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Here’s a little more about A Foundation of Fear, including one of the lighter moments in the story.

Blurb:
FBI Special Agent Devyn Nash is obsessed with taking down Coterie, a deadly group out to control the multi-billion-dollar diet product industry. The FBI’s plan to expose Coterie places Devyn’s best friend and her partner’s fiancé in the crosshairs of this ruthless organization. Can Devyn protect her friend and bring the coldblooded killers to justice before they strike again while distracted by injury, a sexist bully, and a long-distance relationship with a handsome Wyoming sheriff?
Lobbyist and Coterie assassin Sofia Wilks wants nothing more than to regain control of her life. Sofia knows Agent Nash is nipping at her heels, but the FBI agent isn’t the worst of her fears. She is drawn to a man who has the power to destroy her.

Exceprt:
She had nearly made it to the bottom when the phone rang. She groaned and thought about letting it ring, but if it was Gage, he was definitely worth an interruption in her ice cream eating.
Hello.”
“What are you up to?” His deep voice eased over her like a warm caress.
She smiled and placed the ice cream carton in the kitchen sink.
“I’d love to relay something exciting or noteworthy, but the truth of the matter is that I’m standing here in my kitchen eating ice cream out of the container. What are you doing?”
He laughed. The sound made her weak in the knees. She didn’t know why he had that effect on her, but she finally decided to quit fighting it and enjoy exploring new territory.
“I’m sitting here on the front porch swing, drinking a beer, watching a beautiful Wyoming sunset sink toward the horizon and thinking the only thing in the world that could make it better was if you were here to share it with me.”
Devyn couldn’t speak. She was used to the way Gardner talked to her at work and the rude and insulting comments from the criminals she busted, but Gage was the first man to ever say kind and romantic things to her.
“You still there?”
“Yes. I was just trying to decide if you’ve had too many beers, because that’s the sweetest thing any man has ever said to me.”
“Nope, first one. How are you doing? Aches and pains getting any better?”
“I must be getting old. This isn’t the first time I’ve cracked my ribs, but I don’t remember it hurting so much or taking this long to heal.”
“Wish I could have stayed longer to take care of you.”
“I wish you could have stayed longer, too, but I had a few ideas in mind other than you making me soup.”
There it was again, that rich laughter that made her want to crawl into his lap and run her fingers through his unruly hair and caress his freshly shaven face before capturing his lips in a seductive kiss.
“I have to confess. My intentions weren’t quite so honorable when I started driving toward Utah, but when I saw how beaten up you were, I just wanted to make your pain go away.”
Devyn thought she might cry. Plenty of co-workers and criminals wanted to cause her pain, but no one had ever wanted to take it away.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

The story behind Gail Pallotta's latest release.


Gail Pallotta shares how her story began:

The story behind recently released Hair Calamities and Hot Cash begins many years ago in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother ran a beauty shop.

Her salon doubled as a meeting place where customers who knew each other discussed how to make the latest recipe, what to do about world affairs and everything in between, including family relations, births, deaths and weddings. Clients planned showers, graduation parties and get-togethers for new neighbors while hair flew.

Mostly townspeople showed up, and the spirit of the community overflowed. The residents had disagreements, but they didn’t hate those who thought differently from them. They had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out no matter whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance. They all were God’s children.

The walls of Mother’s beauty shop echoed the spirit of the community, and I wanted to bring it back.

Book Blurb: “A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop...on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash...and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

Buy links:


Kobo 


Brief bio: Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http//gailpallotta.com

Monday, November 5, 2018

Gay N. Lewis' latest release Sarah Helps Santa: A Christmas Fantasy

Santa Gets a Little Help from Sarah

Nick Claus, the single son of Santa, hates cold weather. He must marry, find a southern location for the family business, and relocate the North Pole operation—all within a year! Haphazard Sarah, the bumbling angel, follows Nick from California to Florida, but discovers no mate. Can Sarah find one for Nick in Texas? Will Texas become the new North Pole?

My Review:  This is one of the sweetest most endearing novels I’ve read in a long time. Being an avid Sarah fan, I couldn’t miss her next assignment, but this one was awe-inspiring. Sarah’s current charge, Nick, was none other than the son of Santa Claus. Nick had been given a large responsibility himself – find a wife. Sarah steps in, but the hard part is making Nick’s intended, Julie, believe. Through a magical, well-written tale, a match is made. While a vast array of characters played by the transformed Sarah help Julie understand, she has to trust herself to find that dreams really do come true.

Meet Gay:
Gay N. Lewis, a Texas minister’s wife writes about angels and romance. Often called upon as an inspirational speaker, she uses humor with Biblical teaching.

With the exception of one year in Oklahoma, Gay N. Lewis and her pastor husband have served churches in Texas. Before becoming a full time author, her livelihood embraced interior design, photography, and communication. She’s written and produced videos for the retail market and for local churches. These videos include Psalms from the Mountains and The Canadian Rockies.
Prism Book Group signed her in 2012 to a contract for the first three books of the Sarah series. Additional contracts have followed. Sarah is a dyslexic angel who romantically links couples together, but she does it with a lot of whacky goof ups along the way. The Sarah series is a bit of I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeanie, and Touched by an Angelrolled into one.

Gay Lewis says, “Parsonage life requires angels, and I’ve seen one or two. Without humor, life is too dull.”

Friday, March 30, 2018

Never Retreat ~ Bonnie's McCune's Latest Novel



Never Retreat - Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected). This interest facilitated her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization, and managed Denver's beautification program.

Simultaneously, she’s been a freelance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Bake Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress.


Her true passion is fiction, and her pieces have won several awards. Never Retreat is her third novel and her fifth book of fiction. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes one person can make a difference in this world. 

Visit her at www.BonnieMcCune.com, Bonnie@BonnieMcCune.com, twitter.com/bonniemccune, facebook.com/authorBonnieMcCune, www.linkedin.com/in/BonnieMcCune.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
38606982A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, macho corporate star at a business retreat in the wild Colorado mountains, where only one can win a huge prize. But when a massive flood imperils their love and survival, they learn the meaning of true partnership.

Years ago, Ramona (‘Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving con man knocked her up. Now at thirty-something she’s concentrating on her career in a major telecommunications firm and funding college for her teenaged son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality for a guy Raye should avoid.

Thrown together at a corporate retreat in the wilderness, the reluctant duo struggles to complete management’s extreme mental and physical tests for a huge reward. But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister.

See-sawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple Raye and Des faces their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their difference to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.

MY REVIEW:  Raye and Des are partners at a mountain retreat where rumors are flying about layoffs and program cuts. In the team building exercises their company has but together, the best and the worst comes out in the twenty-five members of the group. A large cash award goes to the winner. In the final event, the clearing a trail for easy access, nature delivers a challenge no one expected.
This is a face paced novel with multifaceted aspects. The role of women in the work force, the view of others who are of a different ethnicity, the bullies, the whiners, and the woman who uses physical features – all of them striving to win the prize. A romance develops between the main characters and they each have to decide if their personal obligations to family can survive a new relationship.
Ms. McCune captured the beautiful mountain scenery with her poetic words and dealt with some very real situations. My only complaint about the book is that I couldn’t read fast enough when the team found themselves in danger. 


Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebration Tour - The Tempering Agent



Exciting News: March 20 – April 2 I’ll be on tour with Celebrate Lit! They’ll be highlighting The Tempering Agent.

Please take the time to visit the following blogs on the appointed day, or you may visit the main page: http://www.celebratelit.com/the-tempering-agent-celebration-tour/ and go from there.      
  
Blog Stops
Multifarious, March 23
Bigreadersite, March 25
A Greater Yes, March 26
Carpe Diem, March 29
Pause for Tales, March 30
Mary Hake, March 31
Simple Harvest Reads, March 31 (Guest post from Mindy)
Among the Reads, April 2
Pursuing Stacie, April 2

There will be prizes of my personally crafted jewelry along with Amazon Cards!

Join in on the fun!