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
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.
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.
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
“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…”
I grew up in Wyoming, which is where I developed my sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Since leaving Wyoming I have enjoyed many opportunities to see the world, and I've lived amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes. I started out writing non-fiction, but my passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew me into a world of romantic suspense. Please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/KimMcMahill.com