Kris Bock

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Adventures:       suspense and romance in the Southwest

Counterfeits: An Art Theft Romantic Suspense (Book Hooks)

February 4, 2014

Tags: Romantic suspense, New Mexico, art

After a decade struggling in the New York art world, Jenny Kinley discovers more danger, excitement, romance, and success at the New Mexico art camp she inherits. But her ex-con father has found his way home, too, with ruthless criminals following close behind. Will hidden paintings and past secrets prevent Jenny from building a better life?

      What choice did she have? If they kept going through the house, eventually they would find her. She refused to think about what that might mean.
      Jenny took a breath and held it. She had to go now. (more…)

Writing and Running: 6 Lessons Learned from Jogging

October 19, 2013

Tags: writing advice

In March of 2011 I started jogging. Despite the occasional illness, injury, and ĎI donít wannas,í Iím still getting out regularly. On one long and rather tedious solo run, I started making connections between jogging and writing and life.

Get Some Running Buddies

It helps to have inspiration. I started jogging with a (more…)

My Sexy Saturday

August 30, 2013

Tags: My Sexy Saturday, blog hop, excerpt

I'm participating in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop this week, where romance authors share sexy excerpts (seven words, sentences, or paragraph). Here's one from my novel in progress, a romantic suspense involving artists and stolen paintings, tentatively titled Counterfeits.

His kiss sent her senses spinning like a kaleidoscope, flashing through a thousand vibrant color combinations. Her heart whispered yes. This was right, this was good. Here she could lose herself in the moment, finally quiet her busy mind, without losing her true self. Her spirit soared the way it did when she was painting and found that magical moment when everything fit, everything flowed. (more…)

what about genres?

August 8, 2013

Tags: romantic suspense, mystery, writing

A question came up on a listserv about writing novels that fit in two genres or cross genres. Will readers of one genre be disappointed or confused?

This got me thinking about my novels, which are romantic suspenseÖ sort of.

What We Found, about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in (more…)

Beyond Dogs and Cats

July 1, 2013

Tags: pets, animals

[First published on Neil S. Plakcy's blog, The Inside Look.]

Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I like both, depending on the individual, but if anything I am really a wild animal person. One of the benefits of my New Mexico home office is that I can look out the window (more…)

Plugging away

May 8, 2013

I'm still at work on "Art Theft Book 1" Ė hopefully I'll come up with an actual title before publication. I'm more than halfway through, but I'm going to pause and work through the manuscript from the beginning. I feel like I may be missing a few scenes. I'd like to be done by the end (more…)

work in progress

March 21, 2013

Tags: romantic suspense

I'm at work on a new book, the first in a planned trilogy set in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Here's a sample.

[Untitled]: Jenny returns to her grandparents' art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother's sudden death. That night, staying alone in her grandparents' empty house, she wakes to the (more…)

What We (Really) Found: A Crime Scene in Real Life

September 8, 2012

Tags: What We Found, mystery, story behind

When I was studying writing at Emerson College, one of my fellow students had, according to rumor, found a dead body. I never had the nerve to ask him the circumstances, but I wondered how such a thing had affected him.

Then someone my brother knew, a basically nice but high-strung guy, flipped out when his wife was leaving him and killed her with an ax. I mentioned this during one of our college poker nights and said, "Itís astonishing that an ordinary person could break down like that."

The guy whoíd found the body said, "Given what some people endure, itís amazing that more people donít."

Hmm. An interesting commentary on the human spirit.

While I have yet to meet a murderer, so far as I know, I did find myself involved in a murder case. Two friends and I were exploring the mountains, looking for some suitable gravel to try gold panning (because, why not?). We found a likely spot and were about to take a sample when the guys smelled something horrible. A glance in the right direction showed them a dead body hidden just out of sight of the path. (more…)

Labor Day: History and Heroes

September 4, 2012

Tags: Labor Day, history, heroes

People today may complain about how hard they work. Kids may not look forward to going back to school in the fall. But in earlier years, most people worked 10 or 12 hour days Ė every single day of the week. Children as young as six or seven worked these hours at dangerous jobs in factories and (more…)

Cover in Progress

July 17, 2012

Tags: cover, what we found

This isn't the final cover, but we're getting there! When Audra goes back to her small hometown after college, she just wants to fit in, work hard, and protect her 12-year-old brother from their overbearing mother. Finding a dead body in the woods changes everything. Her former crush, Jay, insists they don't report the body. But the dead woman was murdered, and someone starts targeting Audra. She has to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. Itís a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.

Selected Works

romantic suspense
An artist finds danger and romance when she inherits a New Mexico art camp.
A young archaeologist stumbles into danger among ancient Southwest ruins.
Romantic suspense
When Audra stumbles on a murder victim in the woods, people aren't happy about her bringing the crime to light.
Romantic Suspense
a treasure hunting adventure in the dramatic and deadly New Mexico desert.
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