A true suspense story with an unusual premise. I’m very happy to welcome Kim back!
A Measure of Madness (Risky Research) by Kim McMahill reeases today in the suspense, clean, wholesome romance genre.
After a Washington, D.C. fundraiser exposes members of Coterie, a deadly organization that has been manipulating the diet and nutrition industries, the pursuit by FBI agent Devyn Nash rachets up. The FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie in Puerto Rico, but despite help from local agents, their attempt to bring him in results in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover, Devyn’s partner fighting for his life, and Devyn more determined than ever to bring them to justice. Her decision to pursue the head of Coterie to Brazil puts her job and her relationship with Wyoming Sheriff, Gage Harris, in jeopardy, but she is unwilling to allow those responsible for so much death to live out their lives in paradise.
Devyn stood and began to pace. Her mind and emotions warred. There was nothing she wanted to do more than find the quickest way back to Gage, but she wasn’t sure she could walk away from Coterie.
“How are you holding up?”
“Physically I’m fine, but I can’t help feeling responsible for what happened to Nick. I let my obsession cloud my judgment and failed him. We had the head of Coterie trapped at his estate, but the local FBI didn’t take it seriously. We drove to the guard station with nothing more than a sidearm intending to ask for an audience with Mr. Jacoby Rivera, against my better judgment. He must have been tipped off because he and his entourage rolled out with guns blazing. We’re lucky we got away with as minor injuries as we did. When the local guys didn’t show up ready for battle, I should have pulled the plug, which I’m sure they would have gladly supported. I didn’t want Jacoby to slip away and it almost got us all killed.”
Sharing her guilt with Gage drained Devyn. She returned to the shaded bench and plopped down. Wiping the sweat from her forehead, she took a deep breath and closed her eyes, trying to picture Gage’s handsome face rather than the blood oozing from Nick’s neck. “What are you wearing, cowboy.”
He laughed, and the sound made Devyn’s heart skip a beat.
“Well, I just finished with the chores, so I’m afraid I have on a dirty pair of blue jeans, an old faded t-shirt, cowboy boots, and a Utah Jazz ball cap, because that reminds me of that game we went to when I was in town for Nick and Morgan’s wedding.”
Devyn smiled. The image of their date night to a basketball game made her miss him all the more.
“I do love a man in uniform, but that outfit sounds pretty darn good to me right now, too.”
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 story anthology. She has had the opportunity to live in Hawaii, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, and Colorado, but has finally returned home to Wyoming. When not writing she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, puzzles, playing games, and spending time with family.
I would like to thank Vivi for hosting me on her blog and allowing me the opportunity to share a bit about myself, my work, and what I love most about writing.
I’ve been writing for about twenty years which has taken me on an evolving journey from non-fiction, to stand-alone novels, to short stories, to series fiction. After two decades dedicated to a variety of writing projects, I’m often asked what I love most about writing. This is a tough question, but I guess my answer would be that writing allows me to escape into a world much more exciting than my day-to-day life and to take readers on far-flung and outrageous adventures around the world.
I started out writing non-fiction and have published over 80 travel, geographic, and human-interest articles. I enjoyed this type of writing, but in many of my articles I could see things, if grossly embellished, that would lend itself well to suspense and adventure fiction. Also, I love stories of survival against the odds and happily-ever-after endings, which if I’m in charge of the keyboard, that is exactly what I get.
Books can help us to escape reality, if for just a moment, and indulge in flights of fancy, and heart-warming romance. Life doesn’t always provide for happily-ever-after, but depending on the genre a reader chooses, he or she can find that warm and satisfying feeling at the end of a book. I write stories primarily to entertain and provide an escape, but if any of my books encourage readers to dream, take out a map, or just ask “what if” then I’ve accomplished more than I set out to do.
About six years ago I decided to undertake writing a romantic suspense series focused on the diet and nutrition industries that I’ve titled the Risky Research Series. It started with, A Dose of Danger, which deals with a potential miracle diet pill. Book 2, A Taste of Tragedy, revolves around a deadly sweetener, and book 3, A Foundation of Fear, explores the role of lobbyists and politics in the industry. The latest installment in the series, A Measure of Madness, was released on April 9, 2021 by Prism Book Group, in the Romantic Suspense genre. There are also two short-story prequels to accompany the series available for free download, A Formidable Foe and Midnight in Montana.
You can find Kim at any of the following:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KimMcMahillAuthor/
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/849945.Kim_McMahill
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-McMahill/e/B007IK0EJW/