Kris Bock author of The Dead Man's Treasure answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods.
If you love Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, or Terry Odell, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology and intrigue, and art theft in New Mexico. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
I live in a small New Mexico town where we have fast food and Mexican/New Mexican food. While there's something to be said for green chili chicken enchilada casserole (or a good pizza), when I get to the "big city" – Albuquerque – I want something different. Indian, sushi, or Thai are usually my top choices.
What's your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
Although I'm not a scientist, many of my friends are, and I do science writing for children (writing as Chris Eboch). I love great stories about women in science, so I've been enjoying both the humor and the attention given to scientific women by #distractinglysexy
What are your hobbies?
I like hiking, rock climbing, and watching the sunset from the patio. My home office looks out on nature, complete with distracting wildlife such as hummingbirds, roadrunners and foxes. My BFA in photography is used mainly to show Facebook friends how lovely the Southwest is. It's a good thing I like outdoor activities, because here "nightlife" means watching the bats fly out, and then stargazing. On a dark night, you can see the Milky Way streaked across the sky.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I prefer romantic suspense that is on the adventurous rather than violent end of the spectrum as well. Mary Stewart is my role model, and my biggest compliment was having one of my books compared to hers. I also like mysteries if they aren't too gory. I enjoy historical romance, because I don't write it. It's easier to turn off the writer brain and enjoy the story. I write for children as Chris Eboch, so I read a lot of middle grade novels (for ages 9 to 12). For those, I like fantasy and adventure stories. The dozen books I have out from the library right now include mystery, romance, fantasy and humor, for children and adults.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
I've been working on a treasure hunting series (so far The Mad Monk’s Treasure and The Dead Man’s Treasure), so I've been reading about real-life lost treasures of the Southwest. Bandits hid treasure and got killed before reclaiming it. Travelers got lost or attacked or had to abandon their trunks in the desert or mountains. Miners kept their gold mines top secret. With all the stories, you might think treasure was hidden in every cave and crevice. Many people today are still looking for those treasures. The stories provide lots of fodder for novels. (Learn more at http://swarmchairtraveler.blogspot.com/search/label/treasure%20hunting).
About the Book
Title The Dead Man’s Treasure
Genre romantic suspense
Author Kris Bock
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
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, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her 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. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.
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.
The first book in the treasure hunting series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. Each book stands alone.
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