Kris Bock

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

new romantic suspense novels and other news from Kris Bock

The Skeleton Canyon Treasure will be out soon! This is the third book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters collection. Each book as complete and stands alone.

The Skeleton Canyon Treasure

When Camille Dagneau surprises a strange man in the college machine shop she runs, she is ready for battle. Ryan McGloin seems equally suspicious of her, but he insists he's merely looking for his missing uncle, who has disappeared while hunting for a lost treasure. He believes Camie is the key to finding the treasure, and his uncle. But Camie – beautiful, brilliant, and prickly – isn't about to trust this oversized geologist, or the attraction she feels.

Following the clues in the missing man's journal will take Camie, Ryan, and the cat Tiger on a trail through New Mexico and Arizona. They'll visit the Tombstone graveyard at night, uncover clues in museums, and ultimately wind up in Skeleton Canyon, where rumor says nineteenth-century cowboy bandits secreted their treasure in a cave. To rescue Ryan's uncle, they'll face steep cliffs, twisty tunnels, and worse dangers in human form, but trusting each other may be the biggest challenge. And they're running out of time ….

If you love suspense and romance, don't miss this gripping adventure!

Readers have praised The Mad Monk’s Treasure:

“The action never stopped .... It was adventure and romance at its best.”

A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic – and deadly – New Mexico desert.... A heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider—the lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends.

Reviewers give it a 4.4 star average: “The story has it all – action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

Click on the cover to get an Amazon copy of the books that are already out, or click on the The Mad Monk’s Treasure page to the right to shop at other retailers.

“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure. Smart romance with an “Indiana Jones” feel. Well-written with an attention to detail that allowed me to picture exactly in my head how a scene looked and played out.”

Readers are praising The Dead Man's Treasure:

"WOW WOW WOW!!!! I can't say enough how much I LOVED this book! It has mystery, adventure, danger, romance, and above it all family remains a huge theme." - Jules R.

"Once again this book definitely had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved that the background of these book and book #1 in this series are set in the Southwest. ... I think the setting was described so beautifully that you can see in your own mind." - cx3ane

"The book itself is a great read. If you love mysteries, you're going to love trying to solve this one. I enjoyed the characters. ... The Dead Man's Treasure is fast-paced and a perfect read for the weekend. I highly recommend this one." - A. Brantley

This book had me guessing the outcome until the end. The book's characters are strong and well-crafted, and the plot twists and turns with precision and surety. It deftly combines romance with adventure/mystery. Loved it! – S. Borchers

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help.

Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.

Counterfeits
Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.

Counterfeits is romantic suspense in the Southwest that will interest fans of Terry Odell, Mary Stewart, Lillian Stewart Carl, and Barbara Michaels. Click on the cover for an excerpt and buying options.

What We Found: When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn’t happy about her bringing the crime to light. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s 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.

What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements. Click on the cover for a synopsis and excerpt.

Falcon after a hunt
I've been hard at work on my next novel, working title What We Found. It involves murder, romance... and falconry! I've had the wonderful opportunity to go out with a falconer on hunts and to visit his "mews" (where he keeps the birds). I even got to see an hour-old Harris hawk and a five-hour-old falcon chick. Just one more series of adventures in the writing life!

Whispers in the Dark is now out! A young archaeologist seeking peace after an assault stumbles into danger as mysteries unfold among ancient Southwest ruins. Can she overcome the fears from her past, learn to fight back, and open herself to a new romance?

Click on the cover for an excerpt and buying options.

Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer. If you struggle with plot or suspect your plotting needs work, this book can help. Use the Plot Outline Exercise to identify and fix plot weaknesses. Learn how to get off to a fast start, prop up a sagging middle, build to a climax, improve your pacing, and more.

Novels

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