Wednesday, July 03, 2019

A TASTE OF TRAGEDY - Kim McMahill - One Free Book

Welcome back, Kim. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write action, adventure, and suspense because that’s the genres I like to read. I can lean on my travels and my more adventurous younger years for some novels, and others I just go for the most entertainment value I can dream up.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day I married my husband. We just celebrated our 33rd anniversary and I couldn’t imagine having taken this journey with anyone else.

I understand how you feel. We will reach 55 years of marriage in November. He is the only one3 for me. How has being published changed your life?
I certainly have less free time. I work 40 – 45 hours a week at my regular job and try to squeeze in another 20 or so for writing and marketing. I know that will change one day, but for now I juggle both to the best of my ability.

What are you reading right now?
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler

What is your current work in progress?
I recently submitted my 4th novel in the Risky Research Series to my publisher, A Measure of Madness. The 5th, and likely final in the series is still in its infancy.

I will be eager to feature them on my blog, too. What would be your dream vacation? 
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel a lot. I really don’t have a bucket list, but generally I like visiting places a little off the beaten track, and I like to be warm. I guess, someday I’d like to take a boat up the Amazon.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I generally feel a story when I’m visiting a new location and keep it in the back of my mind for possible inclusion in a future novel. Visiting Mayan ruins in Mexico gave me the idea for Marked in Mexico.

Every trip I take always provides fodder for another novel, too. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Samantha Brown. She is one of my favorite travel show hosts and she just seems like a really funny and fun person. I would love to hear some of her “behind the scenes” travel follies.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to travel, garden, do jigsaw puzzles, and enjoy the outdoors.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult obstacles are finding time recently and marketing. I know the time issue isn’t permanent, and I’m still working on overcoming my lack of experience in marketing.

I think that most authors are always learning new ways to market their books. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Be realistic in your expectations and dig for patience you may not even know you have.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the blurb for A Taste of Tragedy.

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 that 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.  

Sounds interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
The newly fallen powder fanned out behind Dexter Fowler in a high arch as his skis slammed down at the bottom of each well-formed mogul. His knees bent to absorb the impact from the motion, and he kept his body low over the slope.

He loved the speed he could achieve while careening down the steep grade. The challenge of conquering the most intimidating mountains made him feel alive. The allure of a greater thrill always pushed him further, to the brink of his physical limits, testing the laws of physics.

 Mornings like this transported him back to his glory days. He wouldn’t trade a moment of his lost childhood, the grueling training regime he had followed for so many years, the adrenaline rush of competition, more broken bones than he cared to count, or the exhilaration he felt over each victory in his career, for anything in the world. His only regret was missing the Olympics by one hundredth of a second, an eternity in the racing world.
He had given his quest for gold everything he had, mentally and physically, but it hadn’t been enough. Sometimes, things didn’t work out the way a person planned no matter how much effort was expended. The true test of a person’s character came from being able to move on, which he did.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
A Taste of Tragedy - Paperback
A Taste of Tragedy (Risky Research Book 2) - Kindle
An audio book is also available

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Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
Melanie Backus, TX

Vera Godley said...

Ms. McMahill is a new author to me but from this little exposure to her insights and the book, A Taste of Tragedy, she is very promising. The premise of the book sounds fabulous. I'd love to read further and discover just what the "good food" conspiracy et al was and the resolution.

I'm in the middle of North Carolina - and it is very hot right now.

And, Lena, I always look forward to seeing what new authors and books you have found for us.

Lucy Reynolds said...

Thank you for sharing a new author to me. Wishing you a blessed 4th Of July from sunny WV.

Lourdes said...

New author for me also, it's amazing how she can work 40 to 45 hours and still have time to write.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Kim McMahill said...

Thank you to Lena for having me on her blog, and to everyone who stopped by. I appreciate all the comments. Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July.

Sharon Bryant said...

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