Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Mad Monk’s Treasure: A Romantic #Suspense Adventure is Free! #Romance #MFRWHooks

The Mad Monk’s Treasure: A Romantic Suspense Adventure is now available – and free! – at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and other sites. See all the options. It’s 99 cents at Amazon, but let them know you saw it at a lower price ad they should eventually match it. The link to do that is below “Product details.”

“The story has it all - action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”
The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris Bock

Erin could hardly believe what she was seeing. Could this be it? After all this time waiting, searching, had she finally, finally, found what she was looking for?

She forced herself to sit back and take a deep breath. Don’t make assumptions. Don’t rush into things. She wanted to leap up and scream her excitement, but years of academic training held. Slow down, double-check everything, and make sure you are right!

She leaned forward and ran her fingers over the grainy photograph. With that one image, everything seemed to fall into place. This was the clue. It had to be.

She fumbled in her desk drawer for a magnifying glass and studied the symbols in the photo more closely. At a glance, they looked like your standard Indian petroglyphs. You could find them throughout the Southwest, tucked away in caves or scattered among boulder fields. She’d been on a hike just a few miles outside of town which took her past a wonderful series of handprints and spirals, and what looked strangely like a robot.

But this was different.

If she was right—and she had to be right—these symbols were a map. A map that could lead her to one of the greatest caches of buried treasure ever.

Erin flipped back a few pages, to the first photograph, the one that showed an overview of the boulder field. She confirmed that it had numbers identifying the specific rocks that the book then showed in detail. She could see a few outcroppings that would help orient anyone searching for those petroglyphs. The book also had a map of the area, and clear directions. She would be able to find the carved map. If the landscape hadn’t changed too much the last century, anyway.

She pushed that thought aside, jumped up, and did a little dance.

She reached for the phone. In a few seconds a voice said, “Yeah.” Erin could hear the sound of some tool on metal in the background.

“Camie? I found it!”

The working sounds stopped. Camie said, “You’d better not be talking about that sweater you lost.”

Erin laughed. “No, I found the clue! I know where the treasure is—well, at least, I think I’ve found the first clue that will—”

Camie cut her off. “Forget the disclaimers. You really found something? You mean, we might actually do this?”

The two women laughed into the phone together. Erin collapsed into her desk chair, her cheeks sore from smiling. “I’m so excited I can hardly breathe. Look, are you at work? I’ll come by.” She leaned over her desk and gazed down at the photo in the battered old book. “I want to show you where we’re going. We need to make plans.”

“I’ll be here waiting.” Camie’s voice purred, with a touch of twang. “Honey, we’re going places.”

Erin hung up and gazed at the book a moment longer. Who would believe she’d found the clue to one of the most fabulous hidden treasures ever, in a battered old library book? The book must have been sitting there for years, quietly hoarding its secrets. But she had found it. What better way to spend the summer, than hunting for buried treasure?

The Mad Monk’s Treasurea Romantic Adventure by Kris Bock

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

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends – a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life – and her heart?

“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.”

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book heat level: PG (no explicit sex or swearing, action scenes with mild violence)

“I couldn’t put this book down. You’ll love it.”

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  1. The blurb got my attention. What treasure? Who is Erin? Why is she looking for the treasure? Lots of unanswered questions. Have to read the book.

  2. Oooh! I love the Indiana Jones feel to this!

  3. Sounds like the beginning of a magnificent adventure.

  4. I am intrigued by the mystery developing here. I've always enjoyed stories about treasure hunts.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~