Monday, July 25, 2016


Congratulations to "Betsy" and "Joan V.", the winners in Monica's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Recently, I was enjoying an early morning latte and realized that July of last year I was a brand new author, anticipating the release of my first book. Now, one year later and I’m every bit as excited about my second book! I still need to pinch myself to believe the dream is real. It’s a powerful thing to create a story world and fill it with your imagination. 

And that got me to thinking (too much caffeine does that to me). Surely everyone has a superpower. That thing you love to do, the thing you do so well that it makes you want to break into a happy dance. My motto is - If you love it, ace it, and embrace it.

I love research, I love travel even more. Combine the two and that's my superpower. I want to go places, experience new things, see the world. That’s even true in the books I read and movies I watch. So when it comes to writing, setting is just as important to me as who my story people are. If I’m not interested in where the characters are hanging out, the writing falls flat.

I’m currently writing the Jewel Intrigue Series for Kensington’s Lyrical Press and the one thing they all have in common, besides the jewel thing, is each book is set in an exotic locale.

DIAMOND LEGACY takes place in Botswana, Africa. (July 2015)
EMERALD FIRE is in St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, & Mystic, CT. (July 2016)
PHANTOM PEARL is in Queensland, Australia and Singapore. (June 2017)
There’s a fabulous benefit to being a traveling author…you can write off part of those travel expenses on taxes. I learned this a little too late for DIAMOND LEGACY, book #1 in the Jewel Intrigue Series. Oh man, I could’ve gone to Botswana! But I learned…and last summer we flew to Boston, Cape Cod, and Mystic, CT for research on book #2, EMERALD FIRE. We did it again this May and went to Queensland, Australia for research on book #3, PHANTOM PEARL. It was beyond incredible - the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, crocodiles and koalas…crikey, mate!

Book # 4 has yet to be named, it doesn’t have story people, or even a plot. But I’m pretty sure it will be set on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Because look at it…

Tell me the #1 destination on your bucket list and you’ll be entered to win one of two free ebooks of DIAMOND LEGACY.

What happens when a dental zoologist flies to Botswana to give a rare albino hippo a root canal? She lands smack in the middle of a diamond smuggling ring and right in the way of an undercover agent for International Diamond Security—one who knows firsthand the horror of conflict diamonds. Determined to bring down the cartel, he accepts the veterinarian’s help. But when the past catches up to him and the stakes skyrocket, he must risk all to save her from an evil that has haunted him for fifteen years.


History didn’t always get it right. Sometimes the past is changed by a two-hundred year old journal written by a man history declared insane...

He’s a top-notch marine bounty hunter is on the hunt for the Emerald Fire, a 120-foot Sunseeker yacht stolen by ruthless Caribbean pirates. She’s an obsessed historian on a quest to clear her grandfather’s name and retrieve a Prussian queen’s priceless royal emeralds. Danger lurks at every turn as they battle against the odds to decipher a historical legacy and settle a score against a family gone mad.

Release date: July 19, 2016

About the Author 
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. Book 2 in the Jewel Intrigue Series – EMERALD FIRE, will be released July 19, 2016 with Lyrical Press / Kensington Publishing.

You can find Monica McCabe at:
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  1. interesting series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  2. Thanks so much for the spotlight! Super glad to be here!

  3. Ireland, I've always wanted to visit there.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com

  4. I would love to go to the UK...especially to see the countryside and the history

  5. I would love to go to the UK...especially to see the countryside and the history

  6. the British Isles

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  7. My #1 travel destination is Australia and New Zealand. Thanks for the giveaway. Your books sound intriguing.

  8. all kinds of places, almost all islands, but the two Id like to see the most are Mauritius and Madeira

  9. Ireland is one place I would love to see...

  10. Ooohh...all sound like great places. Hubby and I went to Australia in May. It was fantastic. A week in Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, then a week in Tasmania. It was under the guise of book research for the next in my series, but really, I just wanted to go to Australia. =)

  11. Hello, Monica. So glad to "meet" you on this JRS blog today! Romantic suspense is my fave reading genre...romance and the excitement of suspense/intrigue/action. What's not to love about it!? My bucket list is short these days, but I would love to go to the Scottish Highlands where my ancestors came from (maiden name Logan). I've also read a lot of Scottish Highland romances to get a feel for the place. (If they had had some suspense added to it they would've been even better...) Thanks again for your post so that I could travel vicariously through your stories! :-)

  12. London tops my list right now.


  13. I'd love to go to Scotland and Ireland too. With a last name like McCabe, I'd probably feel right at home. =) Islands of any sort are a great pick, but I confess I had to look up Mauritius. And WOW! That's going on my list right now!


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