Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September's Guest Blog

I'm excited to introduce Kim MaMchill. She is a “Writer of adventure fiction, striving to entertain readers and take them on far-flung escapes across America and around the world.”

Living amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes has provided inspiration for many of Kim’s books. She has lived and worked for the National Park Service in the Grand Teton, Hawaii, Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, and Wind Cave national parks, and on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi, giving her the opportunity to experience the passion for adventure. Read more about Kim on her website, http://www.kimmcmahill.com

I’m excited to welcome you on my blog this month, Kim. We’d like to know a little about your main character in your new release, Shrouded In Secrets

What drives and motivates Cash Luker? What does he do for a living?
Cash is a CIA agent, who has a lot of emotional baggage. He is very good at his job, but capturing the bad guys and staying alive has cost him any semblance of a personal life, and one particular botched operation in his past, has left him with deep guilt.

What does the heroine mean to Cash when they first meet?
There are two leading ladies in this novel and they happen to be sisters. The first, Diane, is his new partner and long-time confidant and friend. The other, Olivia, is Diane’s sister and the woman who immediately captures his attention and has the power to change his life.

Why the location and was it a real-life connection?
The story takes place all over the world. The first chapter is set in a remote jungle village in Peru, the second occurs in Egypt, and from there we find the characters in Mexico, the Bahamas, Argentina, back to Peru, and in several locals in the United States.  Though I’ve been to most of the countries visited in the book, I haven’t necessarily been to the specific regions where the action takes place, and my trips have no connection to the book.

Is Shrouded In Secrets part of a series? 
It is my intention to make this the first novel of a series. I believe there are a number of characters, Diane, Pete, and Marjorie, who are all strong enough to take the lead in future novels, while keeping ties to Shrouded In Secrets.

Do you have a favorite scene that you can share?
One of my favorite scenes occurs when the scientist finds himself in a situation where he is forced to test his will to live and draw on physical resources he didn’t know he possessed. Surviving an inhospitable natural environment while trying to elude the superior force tracking him pushes him to new limits, and his strengths are not only revealed to himself, but to his skeptical colleagues.

What are you working on now?
I’ve got the first draft finished on an adventure thriller set in a remote area in northern Wyoming. There’s lots of danger, lots of action, and a little heat courtesy of the hot Deputy.
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.

A couple of quick questions so my readers can get to know you as an author:

What do you do to relax? I really enjoy gardening, but that only applies in the summer, though I do hope to get a greenhouse someday, so I can grow year-round. During the winter I like to travel or escape with a good book.

Favorite spot: Tough question. I’ve been to some pretty amazing places and each one has different attributes that I hold dear. A place may be special due to its people, culture, history, natural beauty, serenity, or recreational opportunities. Usually a locale has a combination of characteristics and it’s difficult to decide which combination is my favorite.

Cat or dog: dog
Favorite drink: Mojito
Favorite season: Summer
Hobbies/past time: Travel, gardening, tennis, reading
Favorite movie: Australia
Favorite color:  Green (it reminds me of summer)
Favorite smell: Fresh Ground Coffee Beans

Special words for your fans:  Everyone can embrace adventure, even if it’s just through immersing yourself in a good book.

Where can my reader find you?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill
Blog: http://KimMcMahill.blogspot.com
Website: http://KimMcMahill.com

If you enjoy reading suspense stories that keeps you from putting the book down, read Kim’s Marked in Mexico, and then I’m sure you’ll want to read her new release Shrouded In Secrets.
Thank you Kim for being my guest.  Judy

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