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Virginia Kelly: Romance, Adventure, Danger! (Contest)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017

UPDATE: The winners are…Snarky Mom Michelle and Colleen C.!

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Romance, Adventure, Danger!

These three words are on the banner of my author homepage and are a good description of my writing. I’m a romantic suspense author who loves adventures, both in my fiction and in my travel life.

My first adventure was an airplane ride when I was two months old. It was some plane ride—a bumpy, scary one (so my mother told me) from Lima, Peru, on the coast, over the Andes Mountains, to a then small dirt landing strip in a place called Tingo Maria. Tingo, as the natives refer to the town, is on the Amazon side of the mountains and is the home of the Bella Durmiente, Spanish for Sleeping Beauty. The Bella Durmiente is a mountain range of around 2200 feet in this jungle area. Looking at it from the town, it forms the silhouette of a reclining woman—a “sleeping beauty.”

Maybe the fact that I lived close to the Bella Durmiente for five years influenced the romance side of my writing. After all, Sleeping Beauty is a romantic tale, even if the heroine didn’t participate in saving herself. Tingo certainly influenced the adventure in my writing. The area around there, with it’s sometimes dangerous jungle habitat and its history of terrorist activity, provided part of the setting for my latest release, TO THE LIMIT, book three of the Shadow Heroes series. I also added some details about driving over the Andes—the altitude, soroche (altitude sickness), and the desolate terrain.

In this mixed setting, I placed Mary Beth Williams, in effect a “fish out of water,” and Nicholas Romero, an ex-soldier turned diplomat. Theirs is a romantic suspense adventure that challenges not only their lives but also their hearts.


I’m giving away one copy of the very sexy Dancing in the Dark (Kindle, Nook or iBooks), book one of the Shadow Heroes series, to two people who answer this question:

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

To the Limit

“To the Limit puts the romance in romantic adventure. Dramatic, emotional, and steamy as the South American jungle. Loved it!” –RWA Honor Roll author Ann Voss Peterson

A desperate woman…
Since scandal rocked her life, Mary Beth Williams has only trusted one person: her brother. Now he’s been kidnapped by narcoterrorists in a remote part of San Mateo. With only ten days to ransom him, she seeks out ex-soldier turned diplomat/negotiator, Nicholas Romero, the only man who can help.

An old score…
The last thing Nick needs is a distraction from settling a score with the powerful general responsible for killing his cousin. But when he learns that Mary Beth might provide him a way to achieve his goal, he agrees to help. It isn’t until they’re deep in the San Matean jungle, pursued by the general’s forces, that Nick realizes what a mistake he’s made. Because the beautiful American tempts him with passion and a future he cannot claim.

A secret buried in the past
Fighting distrust and desire, Nick and Mary Beth work to uncover a dangerous truth. But Nick didn’t count on exposing his own secret…one that could cost both their hearts and their lives.

Limited time only: To the Limit is available at the reduced price of $0.99.

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About the Author

Virginia Kelly is an award nominated author who loves to travel. She lives in Florida with her family.

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15 comments to “Virginia Kelly: Romance, Adventure, Danger! (Contest)”

  1. Snarky Mom Michelle
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 8:15 am · Link

    So far, the most adventurous thing I’ve done is have twin boys! It’s been a complete adventure, especially now we’re in the teen years and trying to get drivers’ licenses… and facing senior year next year!

  2. Barb Ellen VanderWel
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 8:43 am · Link

    my most adventures thing I ever did was when i rode the bus from Michigan to Florida & then from Fla to Texas. That was so much fun 🙂

  3. Colleen C.
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 11:49 am · Link

    I am not a very adventurous person, but I love rollercoasters! Give that thrill of all of that speed with all of those twists and turns! 😀

  4. Eve Paludan
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 12:58 pm · Link

    I quit my job at a university as an editor of scholarly work to become a fiction author. That was in 2011 and I haven’t regretted it. 😉

  5. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 2:51 pm · Link

    I’m not too adventurous. Moving 1200 miles from the city I was born and lived in for 57 years was certainly an adventure!

  6. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Thanks, Delilah, for allowing me to visit for the day. Hope everyone’s having a great day.

    I have no idea why the Barnes & Noble link is crossed out, because it works. 😐 This Wednesday, May 24, I’ll number the responses, place the numbers in a hat, and draw two names for Dancing in the Dark.


  7. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Snarky Mom Michelle, my “mom” hat, hard-earned with three children, is off to you. 🙂 I simply can’t imagine doing everything by twos–at the same time. An amazing adventure in parenting. And teens–what can I say?

  8. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Barb Ellen VanderWel, that’s a LONG trip. I can’t imagine. You saw so much of the country. Someday I’m going to make it to Michigan. Florida is home and I’ve visited Texas a couple of times. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Colleen C., Wow! Rollercoasters! I’m in total awe. I’m not a fan. I’ll do a lot of things that scare me, but the last time I was on a rollercoaster, I kept my eyes closed. Sigh. Not at all adventurous of me. 🙁

    Thanks for commenting.

  10. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Eve Paludan, congratulations on that move! Editing scholarly work to writing fiction, Wow!

    Thanks for commenting.

  11. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 4:14 pm · Link

    ButtonsMom2003, one of the biggest adventures has to be moving from the comfort of home. That takes courage. Congratulations on the move!

    Thanks for commenting.

  12. Deborah S
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I guess it depends on the type of “adventure” you mean. I guess I’d have to say going for a ride in a hot air balloon over the wine country in N California. Absolutely amazing experience!

  13. Virginia Kelly
    · May 22nd, 2017 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Deborah S, a hot air balloon ride more counts. I bet that was amazing! And looking down on the gorgeous wine country, wow!

    Thanks for commenting.

  14. Virginia Kelly
    · May 25th, 2017 at 7:29 am · Link

    Thanks all for participating. I loved hearing about your adventures. The winners of Dancing in the Dark are: Snarky Mom Michelle and Colleen C. Ladies, please drop me an email at and let me know if you want me to gift you your copy via Amazon Kindle, Nook or iBooks.

    Thanks again!

  15. Colleen C.
    · May 25th, 2017 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Oh boy! Thank you so much Virginia! Email sent! Congrats also to Snarky Mom Michelle! 😀

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