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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Handbag and Book: guest author Kim McMahill-A Piece of Tropical Paradise and her #newbook A Measure of Madness

The handbag I’d like to share is actually a suitcase, but it is unique so I thought it would be fun for an online show-and-tell. Anyway, my husband and I lived for a time in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. 

When we returned home my mother-in-law gave us this little suitcase. When she saw it in a store, she thought of us living so far away in a tropical island paradise. 

I’ve never actually used it as a suitcase because it is hand-painted and I don’t want to damage it. Instead, I display it with my other travel mementos and store items in it from our time in the islands like maps, photos, and my lavalava, which is basically a rectangular cloth worn similarly to a wraparound skirt and is typical traditional clothing worn by Polynesians and other Oceanic peoples. Every time I look at the brightly-painted suitcase, I think fondly of our time abroad and yearn for a new far-flung adventure.  

In between experiencing exciting adventures, I like to write about them. My current project is my Risky Research Series. The latest in the series, A Measure of Madness, released April 9, 2021. Here’s a bit more about the novel. 

FBI agent Devyn Nash's pursuit of a deadly organization heats up in this fourth installment of the Risky Research series. 
The FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie, but attempts to bring him in result in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover. When Devyn’s partner is left fighting for his life in a Puerto Rican hospital, she becomes more determined than ever to bring them to justice. 
Devyn’s decision to ignore her orders and pursue the head of Coterie to Brazil puts her job and her relationship with Sheriff Gage Harris in jeopardy, but she is unwilling to allow those responsible for so much death to live out their lives in paradise.

More about Kim McMahill: Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction,

but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology. She has had the opportunity to live in Hawaii, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, and the Solomon Islands, but has finally returned home to Wyoming. When not writing she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, playing games, puzzles, and spending time with family. 

Answer these questions: 

Red, White or Blue? Blue, especially the light warm blue of a summer sky. 

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  Summer since I love to be warm, love to garden and get outdoors. 

Cake or Pie?  Pie, everything from peanut butter pie to my mother-in-law’s homemade apple pie. 

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne? Coffee in the morning and afternoon tea when I have a spare moment. 

Country music or Michael Buble? Country music 

Pencil or Pen? Pencil since they are more forgiving when I make a mistake—erase, begin again. 


Find A Measure of Madness at: Amazon

Find Kim McMahill at:Facebook

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Handbag and Book welcomes author Ronni Griffith-A Tiresome Handbag Meant Changing and her book Stetson's Lady


When I carry a handbag it’s a white and brown Michael Kor’s purse which I purchased from Poshmark. I bought it because I was tired of having to take everything out of my very small purse to find what I needed that had fallen to the bottom. 

The shoulder straps fit perfectly on my shoulder. Other than not being able to find anything in the tiny purse that I used to carry, the reason I chose the one I have is because of the two side pockets on the outside of the purse. I figured it’d be a lot easier to get my keys and cell phone out if I put them in the side. I’m not too sure about the size. 

My daughter and daughter-in-law told me which one to buy and I bought it. Now, to be really honest, I don’t carry it very much. All my important stuff (DL, Insurance, and debit card) can be found in my, rose gold, cell phone case. Which is always carried in my right hip pocket and my super nice Michael Kor’s purse can be found under the front set of my truck 

He’s a man who has it allbut the lady he truly loves. 


Mesa Stone left Maple Ridge to get away from her best friend’s overbearing, headstrong brother, Stetson McKane. She’s been head-over-heels in love with the sexy-as-sin cowboy since she was a little girl. Now she’s back – and drinking her sorrows away at the McKane’s annual BBQ – when she finds herself at the mercy of Stetson’s archrival. 


Stetson knew Mesa was back in town, but what he didn’t expect was to find her in the arms of his nemesis. He’s been rescuing his little sister’s best friend, Mesa, since she was a tomboy in pigtails. To his amazement, the little girl who drove him crazy is all grown up and Stetson finds he doesn’t have the will power to resist her any longer. 


Neither can deny the heat rising between them, but between his ex who won’t take no for an answer, and Blaine’s schemes of revengeit seems Stetson and Mesa don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it work. 


But it’s true what people say about things being bigger in Texaswhether it’s a stubborn male ego, a heart full of loveor the red-hot attraction between two people who belong together. 


More about Ronni Griffith: Ronni Griffith is a lifelong Native of Texas, an oilfield man’s wife of 27 years, mother of 3 amazing kids, and “Honey” to 3 awesome grands and 1 due in May 2021. She started her writing journey when her husband and niece told her to write the character’s story that had taken up residence in her head. It’s been a learning experience, but one she will cherish forever. When Ronni isn’t writing, she can be found in her garden, hanging out with her feathered friends in their coop, or having wings at her favorite wing bar with her family and friends.  

Answer these questions: 

Red, White or Blue? Out of these three color choices, I’ll go with blue. 

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  No doubt about it, Summer. I love playing in the dirt, and growing my own vegetables. 

Cake or Pie? Pie for sure. And to be more specific, chocolate pie is my most favorite 

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne? Coffee, coffee, coffee! I only drink tea at dinner and I haven’t found a champagne that I like. 

Country music or Michael Buble? Country. New and old. I love anything from The Oakridge Boys to Cam. But, I’m a super fan of Dierks Bentley. If he’s playing in Texas, you will know where to find me.  

Pencil or Pen? I will only use pens with black ink. I also use a pink gel pen when I’m signing books. 


Find Stetson’s Lady at: Amazon

Find Ronni Griffith at: Website