I’m pleased to introduce you to a book that’s close to my heart because it’s also a mystery/thriller/romance from my publisher, Wild Rose Press/Crimson. The Kaleidoscope is mentioned at the conclusion and so when AK Smith contacted me about our mutual books, I couldn’t wait to dive in. See what I did there?
Isn’t the cover gorgeous?
As I began reading, I was immediately drawn into the exotic world of scuba, and the main character, Kendall Rigg’s journey to solve the mystery surrounding her husband’s death while he was diving cenotes in Mexico. Cenotes are deep underground reservoirs of water that are the only source of fresh water in the Yucatan Peninsula. And apparently a really dangerous place to dive!
The location is beautiful, the plot is compelling, and the writing is lovely.
“Cave decorations came in all shapes and sizes; they grew from the ceiling and from the floor, resembling rippled sheets or even twisted worms. Stalactites and stalagmites were the most commonly known, but decorations in the cenotes were outstanding.” Kindle loc 1092
I recommend A Deep Thing for its setting and plot, and especially because it’s obvious that AK has done her homework. The details are well researched and the setting and scuba scenes she weaves together make for a great read.
What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?
Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living.
A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.
From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?
About the Author
AK Smith is oiginally from Western Pennsylvania, she is the youngest out of six children. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and abroad in London and Mexico. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (MA) SAHE program. She has worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University and Western Maryland College. She has written for various national and international publications and blogs including Flight Network, Examiner.com and has been a monthly travel columnist for Rocky Point Times Newspaper for the last six years. Published in various print publications including two cover features in Mexico Living Magazine she continues to trek the world to experience off-the-beaten-road destinations. She is also the author of Travel Secrets: Insider guide to planning, affording and taking more vacation under the name Anita Kaltenbaugh on Amazon (release date 2-1-2017).
Fascinated by the ‘What If’s’ in life, she still wonders if Shangri-La and The Holy Grail exist—hidden somewhere—waiting to be discovered. Her favorite question, “What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” led her to both marriage and writing her first book.
Her big loves are her husband, family, friends, and kindness. Her goal is to step foot on every continent on Planet Earth—she’s slowly getting there. Member of: RWA and Desert Rose RWA chapter Scottsdale.
Please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org, @aksmithbook, facebook/aksmithbook or follow her blog at www.wordstravelfilm.com. She loves to hear from readers!