Monday, August 10, 2015

I Love To Travel!

Congratulations to "Donna S.", the winner in Monica's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel.  The anticipation of new sights, tastes, and adventures lures me in every time. And it doesn't matter where, if I haven't been there, I want to go. I also want to research it to the extreme. I'll break out maps, study Google Earth, travel sites, and get all the juicy info down on paper.  Then organize, categorize, and prioritize. I’d probably color coat it if I could figure out how. Some say I might be OCD. There’s a high probability that I was a gypsy in a previous life, or a travel agent.  I was definitely born with a serious case of wanderlust.

It even affects my reading choices. Romantic suspense tends to top the list and I’m always on the lookout for books that offer new experiences, exotic locales, or interesting careers. The best ones do all three. It doesn’t have to be all National Geographic (though I wouldn’t complain). It can be as small as describing an authentic dish of food, or go big and show me a cultural wedding ceremony in the Kalahari. As long as it delivers detailed plots and unique settings, I’m totally on board.

It also turns up in the books I write. I research way more than ever makes it into the story, which is fortunate, because who besides me wants to read all that? But I find hidden gems everywhere. For example, take my debut novel, DIAMOND LEGACY. I saw a newspaper article about an orangutan at the local zoo that needed a root canal. They had to fly in a veterinary specialist. I was instantly hooked. What if I had a heroine who’s a zoo dentist? She’d journey everywhere, clean elephant teeth, and match wits with wild predators. What a fascinating job! The travel, the excitement, the cool safari clothes! The research began and I quickly realized I had to write it.   

So admit it…you’re curious too, right? If you'd like to know what kind of trouble a zoo dentist finds when she flies to Botswana to give a rare albino hippo a root canal…then read on.


Africa-where diamonds are the currency of the weapons trade, and trust is the only option between two strangers...

Miranda Parrish is a world-renowned veterinarian specialist with expertise in endangered species. She's fearless and will go anywhere an animal is in need. But when she journeys to Katanga, an animal sanctuary in the heart of Botswana, she lands in the middle of a blood diamond smuggling operation. And there's only one man who can help her.

Special agent, Matt Bennett's parents were murdered by a ruthless arms dealer when he was fourteen. He's devoted his life to avenging their deaths and ending the cycle of violence threatening southern Africa. Undercover at Katanga, he clashes with Miranda. He's never met a woman so stubborn, who'll let nothing stand in the way of what she believes in. But he'll let no one come between him and the vengeance he craves.

Matt and Miranda must learn to work together if they want to save Katanga, and both of their lives, before it's too late.

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Adventuring is in Monica McCabe’s blood. She’s addicted to travel, National Parks, & exploring new places and mysterious locales. She’s climbed glaciers and ancient Mayan pyramids, dived shipwrecks and reef caves, camped in Sasquatch country, and drove across the USA three times. When not traveling she’s writing romantic action adventure books, playing outdoors, or researching that next big trip. Diamond Legacy, her first romantic suspense novel is with Lyrical Press / Kensington Publishing.


Share a unique career field that would make for an interesting suspense novel and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of DIAMOND LEGACY.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug 11th. 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. 


  1. So happy to be here today! Can't wait to discover some new career fields...not for me...for my friend. My imaginary friend who will turn up in a book one day. =)

  2. I think a web site designer would make a good profession for a suspense novel. There are so many crimes on the Internet these days that someone in that job would be able to help locate the criminals.


  3. I think a web site designer would make a good profession for a suspense novel. There are so many crimes on the Internet these days that someone in that job would be able to help locate the criminals.


  4. Any job in the cyber world would be fascinating! There's probably no limit to the plot lines one could hatch up. I have a relative who works as an investigator in computer hacking on a grand scale. Some of his stories are freaky scary.

  5. Not unique, but a research assistant might uncover something interesting or dangerous.

  6. Great question. How's about a biblical archaeologist? They recover and investigate the material remains of past cultures that can illuminate the periods and descriptions in the Bible. (Wikipedia definition.) I would think that could lead to all kinds of adventure and mayhem.

    Note: To get ideas for this post I searched the internet and found this website with tons of ideas and links for adventure jobs.

    Thank you Monica for the giveaway. Whether I win or not, your book has been added to my "To Be Read" list.

  7. elephant trainer

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Great ideas! Near where I live is the Hohenwald Elephant Sanctuary. It's not open to the public, but they have elle-cams. You can watch the elephants move around the grounds and interact. It's wonderful. How about a research assistant at an elephant sanctuary? That's sort of like DIAMOND LEGACY. It features diamond smuggling at an animal preserve in Africa.

    And what a great website - adventure jobs! How cool. I'll be adding that to my list of research sites. Thanks!

  9. Maybe not adventurous, but you never know, a librarian. Some libraries do have rare volumes. Hidden treasure perhaps.


  10. Professional gamer

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  11. a geologist... cuz how much trouble would you expect to get into studying rocks :) thanks for sharing!

  12. My hubby is a geologist! He gets in trouble all the time. LOL. And I've sort of used a librarian in my next yet to be released book, Emerald Fire. She's a historian and in this instance, that's a pretty close. =)

    Professional gamer has real possibility too. Reminds me of the Sandra Bullock movie...The Net. Wow, that was suspenseful!

  13. Food Critic sounds good :)

  14. Peace Corps volunteer. They are often in out of the way places. I had communist guerrillas moving through the eastern part of the area I served. The government was moving troops with artillery through the town and an ROTC type group was stationed at the local high school. They would noisily march through town at 5:30 or so and stop in front of the house where I was living, just standing there and looking at the house for 5 or 10 minutes. Not good way to evacuate if there was a problem. Of course, the tarantula sized spiders and 6 inch flying cockroaches were a problem the whole time.

    lib rary pat AT com cast DOT net

  15. I thought food critic sounded like a risky profession, until reading the Peace Corps volunteer! Yikes. That sounds like an adrenaline spike to me. Over the giant spiders. O_O

    Thanks to everyone for participating!


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