Monday, January 28, 2013

Virtual Tour - Blog Hop Monday

If you've been paying attention to my website you know that since the release of my latest book FATAL INTENT, I'll be hopping from blog to blog pretty much one a week from now through until May.  Follow along and leave a comment and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize - a DVD of that vintage movie, East of Borneo and an autographed copy of From the Dust.

Today I'm at Realmantic Moments and at Where Fantasy Meets Romance where a comment at either or both sites, will also enter you for a chance to win an e-copy of From the Dust.  C'mon over and keep me company for awhile.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Fatal Intent - An Excerpt

Chapter One

She saw him floating headless through a mist of tears.
Even the river’s roar was not enough to mask her scream, as overhead the Borneo midday sun skidded a brilliant reflection across the river’s surface.
Garrett clapped her hand over her mouth and squinted against the bright sun. As if that would shift reality or change the fact that all that stood between Malcolm and anonymity was the San Diego Chargers logo on his torn, water-soaked T-shirt. Instead, tears washed her vision.
Malcolm’s smiling face—his smiling, missing face. She choked and her foot slipped, bringing her dangerously close to the riverbank, and the body.
Brush crackled and something screeched, the sound harsh and loud in a place where there was never silence. It would have sent chills through the uninitiated but it was only an insect, an oversize bug—an insect that might not be classified, identified. There were so many and that was what brought her here. But now her guide was dead, headless. That thought alone was preposterous even when the evidence lay in front of her. She wanted to weep. She wanted to run. But it was up to her to get her team out of here. She needed another focus before panic clouded everything. 

I hope that's intrigued you to go out and get a copy.  At $2.99 I think it's a fantastic deal.
Available at Barnes and Noble, Nook, Amazon, Smashwords and other online bookstores.

You notice - this is the first blog post I've done, possibly ever, without a picture!

Fatal Intent - Prizes - And a Tour Stop

The tour starts today - it's actually all pretty exciting despite the bone chilling temperatures out here on the prairies.  I'll be over at Long and Short Reviews today.  It's the beginning of a virtual tour with Fatal Intent - details of the overall tour are at my website.  Stop by comment and you'll have a chance to win an e-copy of my first book - From the Dust.  Over the course of the tour one commenter will be chosen to win the grand prize - a signed hard copy of From the Dust and a DVD (region 1) of the movie, East of Borneo. 

Check it out - it all starts today at Long and Short Reviews.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Death and Romance - Fatal Intent

This week my latest book, Fatal Intent releases.

  “The fast-paced and highly dramatic plot is extremely fresh . . . Fatal Intent combines mystery with romance, a romance which is unusual and unique. 5 Stars.”
—Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers’ Favorite

Readers of Sandra Brown and Laura Griffin are going to embrace the novels of hot new romantic suspense writer Ryshia Kennie.

An expedition into the Borneo rain forest is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for entomologist Garrett Cole. It’s this trip that could finally make her a star in her field. But when her team’s guide is found dead and headless on the banks of the river, Garrett’s dream trek suddenly becomes a nightmare. Lost in the heart of the jungle, she must fight to maintain her composure while leading a panicked team of scientists to safety.

When sexy and rugged Aidan arrives in the jungle looking as if he belongs, Garrett has no choice but to accept his help. But Aidan is more than she bargained for—a man of few words and fewer answers, as comfortable in the jungle as the mysterious native tribesmen. And as the days pass and passion flares between them, Garrett wonders if Aiden’s good intentions are just another of the jungle’s illusions.

In a land rife with predators and a killer still on the loose, can she trust the one man who claims to be their rescuer?

Available at B&N for Nook and also available at Amazon, in the iBookstore, on Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and Kobo.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Spam - Welcome To The Party

So it finally happened.  I finally got annoyed with the spam comments that were slipping through Blogger's spam filter.  I was so annoyed yesterday that I got a little carried away and apparently there is a point of no return.  The no return on the deletion button that is... sigh.  What what you mark before you hit delete!  So it's not like my blog has no recent comments - it did once but for the last few months well, we have to pretend there was silence.  I managed to delete right back to November.  So the comments are gone except...  Yes there was one bright spot.  Not for the Lost In The Jungle contest entries - that is a different matter, fortunately I've recorded any of those. 

January 15, 2013
In the meantime I have a backup plan on that delete button.  But enough of that, today I'm over at The Romance Studio who is celebrating their ten year anniversary.  Check it out, there are all sorts of prizes including a signed copy of my first book From the Dust and a whole lot more.  I'll be blogging there all week with a bevy of other authors.  So come on over and join the fun.

And don't forget the release day for Fatal Intent.  It's tomorrow when Fatal Intent will be available at the majority of online bookstores.

Til then - see you at the TRS party.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

What Do You Mean No? I'm The Author!

For those of you who have hung around for a while, I apologize - you may have read this post some two years ago.  But it made me chuckle even today as I remembered my frustration.  And with my romantic suspense, Fatal Intent's publication just around the corner - well let's just say I'm taking the day off.  And yes, comments here count for an entry in my latest contest, Lost In The Jungle.

So I loaded a draft of one of my stories onto the Kindle.  Way back when I'd been given the great advise of reading your finished book out loud to find those last glitches.  And the Kindle has a "read to me" feature.  By default, a man's voice - I call him little man.
Why is everything way easier until you begin implementation?

First off the book wouldn't open once I loaded it onto the Kindle.  Apparently, I forgot to delete headers, that it called imbedded objects.  Of course it never stated what said objects might be.  So first hurdle - identify imbedded objects aka headers.  Finally a readable version of the book is loaded.

I pressed start for little man to begin reading to me.


I hit start.... start...  start...

I read the instructions again.  I hit start again.

Frustrated?  Determined?  About to trash the Kindle?

Nah - not me.

Then I discovered the problem.  Apparently the rights holder has not allowed this action.  Excuse me?  I am the rights holder!  I am the author.  I wrote it and I haven't submitted it anywhere, not yet.  That book is mine, darn it.  And I authorize you to speak - speak now!


We're at a stand off.  It might be my story but I suspect without a legal copyright and whatever other rights authorization it needs by virtue of publication, little man is just going to remain mute. I suspect too that little man might once have been part of a government entity, being as everything must be so cut and dried.  I mean really, shouldn't there be an option where I just check the box that says author?  Okay, so maybe not but this does seem rather close-minded on his part. 

I suspect that little man doesn't really care that I am the author.  I suspect that I might be the only one who cares.  I also suspect that I'm stepping a little close to the edge with my new relationship with the Kindle's little man.  But I am the author and logical or not it's darned annoying that I can't authorize this thing to work.  Ironic even as at this stage of the game I am the sole proprietor of said story.  It's that brief little lull before I send it out and throw everything wide open to the opinion of any and all.   For now it's a bunker - me and the story.

He did try to make it all better by reading a book by another author - published material of course - copyrighted and all, but somehow after his first rejection - his little electronic voice became oddly annoying.


January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lost In The Jungle

The last few weeks don't bode well for a quiet 2013.  Some of the flurry was expected and some of it wasn't.  Some of it good, some of it bad.  But it all combined into having the days fly one into another.  

Part of the busyness is that I have a new book about to be released - January 15, 2013! 

When a scientific expedition into the Borneo jungle goes horribly wrong, Garrett turns to the one man who may help them and in the jungle's torrid heat they find unexpected solace in each others arms.  But faced with death and betrayal, in a battle of wits that puts lives on the edge, can anyone be trusted?

 To celebrate the imment release of FATAL INTENT - a story of love and romance in the heart of the Borneo jungle, I'm holding the Lost In the Jungle contest. 
The Prize?
Survivor Borneo – the first season
the vintage movie, East of Borneo.  
Details at:
Ends February 14, 2013

Whats been keeping you hopping?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I Missed The Curve In The Road

Write every day.  I remember reading that in any number of places, most notably Stephen King's "On Writing".  And it's sound advise but not always possible.  I used to think it was possible but I think even then I suspected that it really wasn't.

I'm going to admit a transgression here.  I'm back from a month-long writing hiatus.  It started innocently enough with a vacation where I did write every morning, for the first while.  Than a new book started tapping for some promo attention and stole chunks of writing time. 

As I sit in front of the keyboard with a blank screen in front of me, I realize that it's been a month since I've written anything.  This time it wasn't a matter of pulling up my socks - not when they got knocked right off.  Life events are like that...we're never really ready for them and we just have to muddle through one way or another.  

So with the new year well into week one, I'm back at it.  The blank page is a welcome sight, kind of a signal of a return to normalcy.  Life happens and I suppose we knew that when we signed on.

So let's toast.  To a new page and another year, and to my dad who loved to laugh.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winner - Gifting Books Giveaway

With 2012 slipping quickly away it's time to usher in 2013.  So starting the year out on a good note here's the winner of my giveaway as part of the Gifting Books Giveaway Hop:

The winner of an e-copy of From the Dust is



But as one contest ends, another is about to begin.  My Lost In The Jungle contest is up and running to celebrate the release of my latest book FATAL INTENT.  Check it out at my website:

Here's to 2013!!!