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
chicken. That’s the truth. Why then do all my novels feature exciting,
heart-pounding adventures in the Colorado out-of-doors? One has a blizzard that
shuts down the city, another a forest fire. Even the most benign features a
water leak that floods the apartment. My newest, Never Retreat (Imajin Books, March 2018), pits the heroine and hero
against a massive flash flood in the mountains. In it, a 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. When the flood
imperils their love and survival, they learn the meaning of true partnership.
thrilling, right? Even if you discount the thrill of new love. I certainly
thought so as I was writing the novel. Living in Colorado, I get news every few
years about flash floods, forest fires, blizzards. And all of these have the
potential to be featured in my fiction.
reasons influence my adventure-laden plots. The first? Simply good
storytelling. Just like murders, wars, kidnappings, and terrorism, outdoor
adventures allow a writer’s characters to meet challenges, demonstrate their
courage and skill, fail or succeed, hate or love. While the reader’s life may
be humdrum, she can experience excitement second-hand.
disaster allows me, the writer, to compress action into a short time to keep
the story moving. It encourages characters to act their best, or worst, to
reveal their personalities. The manner in which they occur--random and
uncontrolled--crises provide challenges readers can relate to as well as
experiences characters learn from. And like humans, fictional characters learn
waaaay more from struggles and failures than they do easy successes.
reason adventures figure large in my books? A fear faced becomes a fear
conquered, or at least I take a step forward in doing so. Example: in the
middle of the night yesterday, I woke when the furnace turned on. A strange new
noise accompanied the forced air. I immediately thought the equipment was going
to explode. A rash on my kid’s arm is probably Lyme disease. A recently
discovered error on my taxes means the IRS will charge me with fraud. Rather
than hiding under the covers or in a closet, I address my anxiety through
rational thought or clutching my husband’s shoulder.
So I have
a whole load of fears. What do I do about them? I write about people who take steps
to meet their challenges and control their anxiety. I’ve learned that doing
something, almost anything, positive enables me to restrain real as well as
imaginary fears. Witness the recent “March for Our Lives.” These teens are
taking a positive action in the face of terrible possibilities and thereby
freeing themselves from paralyzing fears.
writer, I’ll leave authors like Kim McMahill to live adventures as well as
write about them. I’m grateful all kinds
of books exist, with all kinds of adventures that I can embrace second-hand.
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 face 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. Get your copy at
AUTHOR: 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 free-lance writer with publications in local, regional, and
specialty publications for news and features. Her true passion is fiction, and
her pieces have won several awards. Never Retreat is her third novel and her
fifth book of fiction. Visit her at www.BonnieMcCune.com,
Bonnie@BonnieMcCune.com, twitter.com/bonniemccune, facebook.com/authorBonnieMcCune, www.linkedin.com/in/BonnieMcCune
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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