Sunday, September 2, 2012

Vacations Should Be An Adventure, Right?

Congratulations to "Lynn R.", the winner of Kat's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

Every summer we try to have some kind of adventure.  Not the hearty kind we used to undertake--like riding horseback into the high country or camping in a tent for a week.  But whatever we choose, summer is great time of year for a getaway. 

This year, we took off from our home in Montana and drove to the Western Writers of America conference in Albuquerque.  We drove only back roads, just meandering two lanes, that wound us through six different states. 

We visited Kathleen and Michael Gear--the authors of the PEOPLE series that takes place 10,000 years ago.  They live on a buffalo ranch in Wyoming.  We went to Moab, the rock-climbers paradise, where one of our grandsons lives.  Spectacular scenery, like no other place in the country. 

We were in Santa Fe for a couple of days--oh, that town is so cool.  Historic buildings and gorgeous art galleries, to say nothing of the incredible New Mexican food.  Off the beaten path, we saw tiny Indian villages and churches that were hundreds of years old.  If you’ve never done a cross country road trip, it’s really a worthwhile adventure.

Speaking of adventure, DEEP BLUE is being re-issued September 1st, with a gorgeous new hunky male on the cover.  Conner Reese is a salvage boat captain who is hunting for sunken Spanish treasure off the coast of Jamaica.  He isn’t happy to have lady reporter, Hope Sinclair, along for the ride.  It’s high action all the way and of course plenty of hot romance.  If you haven’t read DEEP BLUE, I hope you’ll give it a try. 

I will be giving away a copy of DEEP BLUE to one lucky commenter!

So tell me--what is your favorite adventure?  Love to hear from you.  Have a great summer.  Kat  

For reporter Hope Sinclair, writing about the recovery of a sunken Spanish treasure off Pleasure Island should be her big break. Yet Hope can't help feeling she's been hand—picked for this job for all the wrong reasons. Someone wants Hope out of New York-and off a story that could blow a corruption case wide open. But if they think sending her to paradise will shut her up, they've got another thing coming ...

Treasure hunter and former Navy SEAL Conner Reese isn't happy to have Hope along for the ride. He doesn't need the publicity, nor does he want a gorgeous redhead driving his crewand himselfto distraction. But there's something else. Conner can sense extreme danger, and danger is following Hope Sinclair very, very closely ...

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 3rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. This giveaway is for US residents.


  1. Hi Kat - sounds like a nice, relaxing trip you took. My kids are getting older now (5th and 3rd grade) so any trip we take is becoming more of an adventure. They are old enough to do things like hiking and such - things we couldn't do when they were toddlers. Our family likes to do things outdoors. I am embarrassed to say that I haven't read any of your books yet but have seen your name out there so much. Which book do you recommend of yours I start with? Should it be Deep Blue or do you recommend I start with another one of yours? Thanks!

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  3. My favorite adventure was in 86 when my youngest son and I met my mom in PA and we visited many relatives, historical sites, places I had visited as a child, etc. A family reunion was held in our honor.



  5. I am an amusement park fan... love all of the thrills and chills the rides have to offer. I also enjoy seeing new sights and learning a bit about the history.

  6. Everything I do is an adventure with three grandsons age 11, 12, and 14 joining in the fun. But my favorite adventure was went my husband and I went the Paradise Island, on our 15th wedding anniversary. First time to fly, first time to leave America. But so much fun.
    Look forward to reading your book. Thank you for the contest.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot come

  7. I'd say traveling anywhere. The book sounds good.


  8. My favorite adventure was a two week trip to China - we stopped in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Hong kong.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  9. Sounds like a great story!! :)

    I'd love to go on a photographic African safair adventure one day - sadly the bank account has disagreed so far!

  10. That's how I see my an adventure. I want to do things that I don't normally do like horsebacking, climbing a cliff (well not quite, I hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, stay overnight, and hike back up) and do river rafting. Going to the Grand Canyon alone is the greatest time of my life.


  11. I havent had a great one yet. But someday I hope to travel and experience one. Until then I will get them though reading.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I'd have to say that I haven't had a lot of adventures, but I did go to Israel as an exchange student, my junior yr of HS. It was awesome :) Definitely want to go back.


  13. Going just about anywhere with my kids and husband. We also like to visit state parks and go fishing. Hiking, camping, or just sight seeing.
    Huge fan of kats books and this looks like a good one. Great cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. My greatest adventure was walking part way up a waterfall. My local PBS station was having their annual auction. One of the items up for bid was a trip to Jamaica. As part of my trip, I got to spend the week at a private villa with a cook, butler, and maid. If you ever get a chance to go, I would do it that way. The cook takes you with her in order to get things that you would like and had a great time doing it. Also got to take a train ride up to where they make rum. On the trip up, women got on the train so that you could have a piece of clothing made by the time you returned. It was a great time and I would do it all over again.

    Thank you for the great giveaway. And also for helping me to remember that my trip to Jamaica was an adventure.

  15. My best adventure was a road trip to key West a couple of years ago. We had a grand time exploring.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  16. My best adventure was going to Disney World with my family. It was the first visit for my son and myself. Thanks for the giveaway. Love your books!

  17. My biggest adventures was a 4 day trip to Orlando with 2 buses of 5th graders. We drove 10 hours each way and went to 3 parks - Epcot, The Magic Kingdom and MGM Studios in 3 days. Each day started at 6:00 AM and ended at 11:00 PM as we went to sleep with wet hair after our late shower and did not care. After a full day in the park we left for home at 10:00 PM and arrived at 8:00 the next morning. I could not sleep on the bus, so I stayed awake with my swollen feet! I was a crazy but fun week and I loved spending time with my daughter and her school friends.

  18. My favourite adventure was backpacking around provincial parks here in Ontario with my husband when we were younger. We camped and hiked every chance we got and it was wonderful. Now we have two teenagers and although we camp and hike occasionally, we don't get the chance to do it as often!
    Your book sounds exciting and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

    samgirl_99_99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. I'm a complete travel whore, so I have loads of travelling adventures. One of the more interesting recent ones: getting on the overnight bus for ~11 hrs to head down to D.C. to watch my (European) footie [soccer] team play in the US, which resulted in me meeting random people who work in the European branch of the same company my dad works for and going with them on a whirlwhind tour of the city conducted by some random taxi driver at the bus station (dodgy to the max!), watching the match, meandering on my own 'round D.C. until late evening, walking to the bus terminal, and catching the ~11-hour overnight bus back before walking straight back into lab. Over 20 hrs of uncomfortable bus travel for 9 hours in D.C. and a chance to watch my team play! Good times :).

    Another favourite-- overnighting at the Atlanta airport (on purpose: cheapest flights!) on my way back from scuba diving in the Caribbean with all my luggage [I travel carry-on only, but scuba gear is heavy!]. Found a nice gate somewhere in Hartsfield, used my sweatshirt as a pillow & my coat as a blanket, slung my arm through my scuba gear backpack, and threw on a face mask & ear plugs. Some time in the middle of the night, a nice Delta employee stopped by to give me some blankets. It was a surprisingly pleasant 15-hour layover.


  20. I love these comments! Amy, I think this would be a good book to read or you might start the first book in my Against series, Against the Wind (Jackson Raines is real hunk, but so is Conn Reese).
    I've never been to China but would love to go--if I could take the long hours of travel to get there. Jemi--my husband's dream is Africa so you two would get along. Jamaica was defintely memorable, but nothing like you had, LYnn. Hope you all enjoy the book and happy traveling! Kat.

  21. My favorite adventure was when I took my nephews out to Yellowstone for a couple days. Since they were raised city kids, the wildlife and terrain filled their summer memories.


    jkbsfsd at msn dot com

  22. Before I had children we wnet island hoping in the Keys -- wow thoses were the days --- young married -- no responsibilities ...

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