Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kris Bock @kris_bock THE MAD MONKS TREASURE #ContemporaryRomanticSuspense #NewMexicoandArizona #OutdoorAdventure


I’d like to welcome Kris Bock, author of The Mad Monk’s Treasure to my blog today.

RW:       Tell us about yourself, your family, where you live, etc.

KB:        I live in New Mexico with my husband and our ferret Marceline (a.k.a. Marceline the Ferret Queen). My home office looks out on nature, complete with distracting wildlife such as roadrunners and foxes. My BFA in photography is used mainly to show Facebook friends how lovely the Southwest is. As Kris Bock, I write romantic adventures. I also write fiction and nonfiction for young people under the name Chris Eboch.

RW:       How many hours a day do you spend writing?

KB: I am a full-time writer. I generally work on a novel for a few hours in the morning, when I feel most creative. I spend the afternoon working on nonfiction articles or educational publishing books, or on business or marketing. I don’t actually write for forty hours a week, because there’s a lot of overhead with e-mail and so forth, but I basically work a full-time job as a writer.

RW:       Why did you decide to write? When did you submit your first manuscript and what genre was it?

KB:        I started writing for children as something fun to do while looking for a job in publishing. My first book was published in 1999. In The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala rebels against the High Priest who sacrifices anyone challenging his power. Kirkus Reviews said, “The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine.” The book has been picked up by many schools for use when they teach the Maya.

I’ve now published over forty books for children, including fiction and nonfiction, early reader through teen. I use the names Chris Eboch and M. M. Eboch for these.

Around 2008, I was starting to feel restless and wanted a change. I realized I had mostly been reading adult romantic suspense novels. I decided to try one, and now I’m publishing those under the name Kris Bock. As Kris Bock, I write novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes.

RW:      Would you like to write a different genre or sub-genre than you do now?

KB:        I write fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. I’ve written fantasy, historical fiction, paranormal, romance… there aren’t a lot more genres to explore. However, my current work in progress is a mystery for adults, which is a bit different from the romantic suspense I’ve been writing.

RW:       How many books have you written, how many have been published?

KB:       I have at least fifty published books, including six romantic suspense novels, two writing guides, and a lot of fiction and nonfiction for children. I’ve probably written another ten novels that are not published and most likely never will be.

RW:       Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

KB:       My romantic adventures should appeal to fans of “lighter” romantic suspense, along the lines of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Nora Roberts. In fact, Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog said, “Counterfeits is the kind of romantic suspense novel I have enjoyed since I first read Mary Stewart’s Moonspinners, and Kris Bock used all the things I love about this genre.”

You’ll find plenty of action and a sweet love story, but not the gritty violence and explicit erotica of some modern romantic suspense. I also tried to bring the New Mexico scenery to life—gorgeous sunsets, dangerous monsoon storms, and everywhere you turn a plant or animal that wants to scratch, bite, or sting you. Armchair adventure travelers are welcome!

RW:       If I were a first-time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

KB:        The Mad Monk’s Treasure, “Smart romance with an ‘Indiana Jones’ feel,” because it’s currently free at all e-book retailers. What’s better than a free book to find out whether you like an author’s work?

RW:      How does setting inspire your romantic suspense novels?

KB:    All of my romantic adventures are set in the Southwest. For example, in my romantic suspense Whispers in the Dark, my heroine is an archaeology Masters student working at the fictional “Lost Valley.” This site is closely based on Hovenweep National Monument. Located on the southern border between Colorado and Utah, these ruins were left behind by the ancestral Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi. It’s a smaller site than some, but that’s part of its charm. You can hike and camp without crowds. The lonely location allows for an almost Gothic atmosphere—mysterious lights in the canyon, spooky moaning sounds, and plenty of people hiding secrets. My heroine, Kylie, finds more than she bargains for, of course—including mystery, danger, and new love. She also falls in love with the Southwest, as I did after moving to New Mexico.

In Counterfeits, painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums? Her choice is complicated by meeting up with old friends, including dreamy Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, who of course has secrets. Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried.

I’ve been at many writing retreats at a music camp near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and that inspired the children’s art camp which the heroine inherits in my book. I hiked in the surrounding area and took photos and notes to capture the setting. (See my Pinterest pictures.) The remote location provides for excellent action scenes and complications like limited cell phone service. I made it an art camp because I felt I could capture an artist’s persona after my time at Rhode Island School of Design.

RW:     Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

KB:        I tend to be strong with plot but struggle more with characterization. I’ve learned not to start writing until I really know the characters. When they start talking in my head, I’ve got it. Some characters are loosely based on real people, which helps. For example, in The Mad Monk’s Treasure, Erin is precise, cautious, and thoughtful, much as I was when younger. (I’ve loosened up.) Camie has a lot in common with a dear friend of mine, though I switched genders for the character. Even the cat, Tiger, is based on a cat I once had the privilege of knowing. I’d like to hang out with these people (and Tiger). I hope readers will feel the same way.

RW:       If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

KB:        I love living in New Mexico, although I might move to a different part of the state, and I’d definitely travel more if I could afford it.

RW:       Those are all the questions I have for you. Thank you for speaking to me.

KB:        Thank you!

The Mad Monk’s Treasure

The Plot

A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic—and deadly—New Mexico desert.... Reviewers give it a 4.7 star average: “The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

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The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemies?

Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life—and her heart?

“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure. Smart romance with an “Indiana Jones” feel. Well-written with an attention to detail that allowed me to picture exactly in my head how a scene looked and played out.”

An Excerpt:

Among all the legends, all the fact and fiction, one story stood out. The Victorio Peak legend had it all. A Franciscan priest and a swindler. Torture, murder, a government cover-up. Where was the truth, among all the stories? Erin wanted to find out. Over time, and with Camie’s encouragement, she’d started to take the treasure hunt more seriously. It wasn’t so much for the treasure itself—that would most likely belong to the government or the landowners. But it would make her reputation, open up new job opportunities—change her life in ways she hardly dared dream.

She touched the book gently. The pages were falling out; she didn’t want to risk carrying it around. Instead, Erin snapped a picture of the petroglyphs with her phone. That would be enough to show Camie for now.

The timing was perfect; she just had to turn in grades and field a few tearful last-minute requests for extensions, and she’d be done for the semester. What better way to spend the summer, than hunting for buried treasure?

Erin shook her head. Who would’ve thought that she, the quiet, studious girl who’d spent her entire adult life in academia in one way or another, would be planning such an adventure?

Erin wheeled the bike around the front of her house and mounted. At the corner, she paused and looked both ways. The long frontage road was dangerously narrow, with a cement wall on one side and a ditch on the other. Fortunately, traffic was normally light, and at this time of day the road lay empty. Erin pushed off, still grinning from her find. She rode on the right side, by the ditch, instead of facing traffic, because it was just too frightening to ride alongside the wall when a car passed.

She’d gone a block when she heard the hum of a car engine as it pulled out from a side street behind her. She rode along the very edge of the pavement, even though the car would have plenty of room to pass her without oncoming traffic.

Erin glanced over her shoulder. The black SUV twenty feet behind her hadn’t bothered to pull out into the road at all. Jerk. When would drivers learn to share the road with bicyclists? Erin pulled onto the two-foot wide gravel strip between the pavement and the ditch. She couldn’t stop without risking a skid, but she slowed so the SUV could pass.

The engine roared. Erin glanced back again.

Black metal bore down on her. Her heart lurched and the bike wobbled. This guy was crazy! She whipped her gaze forward, rose up in the seat, and pumped the pedals with all her power, skimming along inches from the ditch. He was just trying to scare her. She’d get his license plate and—

She felt the bumper hit her back tire. The bike seemed to leap into the air, and she went flying. The dried mud and weeds of the ditch seemed to rise up to meet her.

She didn’t even have time to scream.

Kris Bock

Bio

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

Fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Terry Odell will want to check out Kris Bock’s romantic adventures. “Counterfeits is the kind of romantic suspense novel I have enjoyed since I first read Mary Stewart’s Moonspinners.” 5 Stars—Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog
Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page. Sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter for announcements of new books, sales, and more.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Lucas Bloodfeather of The Summer Cabin by Lynn Crain @oddlynn3 #EroticRomance, #EthnicRomance, #NavajoPueblo






RW:       What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?

LB:        Hmm…my back story… Well, I grew up on an Indian reservation because I’m a quarter Navajo, and three quarters Pueblo and Spanish. That’s where I get the blue eyes. And I suppose she wrote about me because I was still waiting for Madison.

RW:       Can you tell us about your heroine?

LB:        We grew up together. I felt sorry for her because she was the only white girl in our class. Her uncle was Native and the only person left after her parents and aunt died. I must have fallen for her then because I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want her around. She’s pig-headed and ran away because she was afraid of us.

RW:       What problems do you have to face and overcome in your life?

LB:        We’re from two cultures. Up until she was seven, she lived somewhere in the East. Her family moved to New Mexico because her aunt live on the reservation as she was married to Jonas Blackhorse. She was recently acquitted of any wrong doing in his death. Now, she’s FBI and I’m just a Tribal Police Chief doing the best I can for my people.

RW:       Do you expect your heroine to help or is she the problem?

LB:        Even if she doesn’t want to admit it, Madison came back because she loves it here. And yes, I do think she wants to help with all the injustice she sees on the reservation.

RW:       Where do you live?

LB:        Santa Agua Pueblo, New Mexico.

RW:       During what time-period does your story take place?

A.                        (Lucas gives a lopsided smile.) Right now.

RW:       How are you coping with the conflict in your life?

LB:        As an Indian, we’re taught young to cope with the things we can and can’t have. Being part Pueblo Indian, we were more integrated into society than most. Over all, I’d say I cope pretty well.

RW:       Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?

LB:        With or without Madison? We live in the mountains, so I’ll go with that. Most likely puppies—I’ve never had a cat—and I’m a chocolate fan.

RW:       If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

LB:        Right where I’m at.

RW:       What is your secret guilty pleasure?

LB:        Hmmm…again…with or without Madison?


RW:       If I could (fill in the blank) I’d (fill in the blank).

LB:        If I could change the reservation system, I’d bring prosperity to all tribes.

RW:   Those are all the questions I have for you. Thank you for speaking to me.

LB:     You’re very welcome. Anything to get our story out there and to help Lynn

Lynn Crain

Bio

Award-winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail-rich stories. She loves writing full-time, weaving contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest of New Mexico, and she recently returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

The Summer Cabin

The Plot:

Madison Bergman goes to the only home she’s known to recover from the death of her beloved uncle, Jonas Blackhorse. It is her hope that she be allowed to keep their summer cabin but since she doesn’t have a drop of Native American blood it’s doubtful. She just never thought she’d see the love of her life once again.

Lucas Bloodfeather has waited fifteen long years for Maddie to return to him. The tragic death of her uncle, and his mentor, sends her home but after a long investigation that exonerated her beyond any doubt. He has little time to prove to her they belong with each other.

Together they must forge the bond they had in youth and discover, home truly is where the heart resides.

Excerpt

She pulled back, flushing with indignation as she gave him an icy stare. “I don’t think—”

“That’s just it…do not think…feel.”

His tongue moved to her earlobe, as his mouth blew first, then his teeth nibbled a little before moving toward her mouth. The kiss felt like coming home, where suddenly the world righted itself and her body parts acclimated to familiar territory. Letting out a groan, she moved to straddle him.

“You’re vulgar…” she stated as she regarded him. He too had been part of the native world her uncle lived in…how could she have just walked away?

Hot and raw, carnal energy passed between them. She had known better than to get within two feet of him, as they had never been able to keep their hands off each other. Why did she think she could resist now after fifteen years? She placed her hands on his chest and breathed deeply.

“I told you to quit thinking.” His calm voice reassured her in ways nothing else could.

He pulled her to him as his mouth took possession of hers, lips brushing back and forth over her own. His mouth opened, asking for permission to take more and she readily gave it to him. Madison was eager for the taste of him, the feel of his tongue stroking hers, craving his body’s strength. She didn’t have to wait long as his tongue dipped inside and seduced her with hot, profound glides.

Wanting more, her fingers worked at the buttons of his shirt, never moving away from the kiss. His smooth chest was warm, palpable against her hands, something real that she could hold onto. He was no longer the young man she remembered, but now someone who knew exactly what he wanted and what he was doing.

He pulled away from her, tracing the curve of her lips before dipping back in to steal another kiss. Finally, he tipped her head back and cradled it in his large palm, gazing into her eyes as if looking for something.

She breathed in deeply, aware of him in every pore of her body—his closeness, the outdoorsy scent that was special only to him, the heat of their skin-to-skin contact. This coming together would be like no other.

“I just have one question.” His breath was ragged as she felt the bulge in his pants just below her crotch.

“And…” she whispered, breathless.

“We could make love here…” He stopped before continuing, as if gauging her response. “We can make love in a bed…or there’s even my squad car out front.”

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