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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


Kim McMahill said...

Thanks for having me on your blog and allowing me to share a bit about my adventures and my writing.

Marsha said...

Hey, Vicki. Hey, Kim. Gosh you've lived in lots of different places. I lived in Puerto Rico for 3 1/2 years as a young teen, but that is not my favorite area and summer is not my favorite season. (Texas is too many times over 100!) But I love that you've kept this wonderful memento and I wish you well with this latest release. I've shared. :)

Pat Amsden said...

The perfect way to enjoy an island adventure while remaining safely at home. I love the suitcase and I wouldn’t use it either.