Howdy from New Mexico!
I hope you’re enjoying summer. It’s been hot, hot, hot here – over 100°F for the last two weeks. That means most of my summer reading is happening inside, with the air conditioner on. I do go hiking every week, but we’ve been heading into the mountains where it’s cooler. Some friends from Washington state are visiting in a few days, and we’re hoping to take the kids hunting for dinosaur fossils. We’ll see if those northwestern folks can take the heat!
Do you need some summer reading? The Mad Monk’s Treasure is now free at all e-book retailers!
“The story has it all – action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship….”
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 enemy?
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.”
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The Mad Monk’s Treasure is the first of the Southwest Treasure Hunters books.
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 the cat Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.
Each of the Southwest Treasure Hunters books stands alone in this series mixing action and adventure with light romance.
Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.
“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. Appealing lead characters, careful development of the mysterious danger facing one or both of those characters, a great location that is virtually a character on its own, interesting secondary characters who might or might not be involved or threatened, and many surprises building up to the climax.” 5 Stars – Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog
“Counterfeits actually kept me guessing! Grab Counterfeits and keep trying to guess. Be surprised like I was.” – Rochelle Weber, Roses & Thorns Reviews
Whispers in the Dark
Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the night. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love.
Whispers in the Dark is romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.
What We Found
When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn’t happy about her bringing the crime to light. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.
What We Found is mystery and romance in small-town New Mexico.
Finally, on my blog “The Southwest Armchair Traveler” I’ve been sharing guest posts by other romance authors in a variety of subgenres, along with photographs of fantastic New Mexico skies and scenes from hiking. Previous posts cover books, culture, food, and travel, especially in the Southwest. Stop by and browse! You’ll find Southwestern recipes as well under the “recipes” label.
About Kris Bock
Kris lives in New Mexico, where she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and watching the sunset from her patio. Her home office looks out on nature, complete with distracting wildlife such as roadrunners and foxes. Her BFA in photography is used mainly to show Facebook friends how lovely the Southwest is.
Fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Terry Odell will want to check out Kris Bock’s romantic adventures.
Kris writes for children under the name Chris Eboch. Her novels for ages nine and up include:
Bandits Peak, a survival thriller that will appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet
The Genie’s Gift, a fantasy adventure drawing on the Arabian Nights stories
The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery that brings ancient Egypt to life
The Well of Sacrifice, an action-packed drama set in ninth-century Mayan Guatemala
The spooky-fun Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs