Kaylin McFarren has received more than 50 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY'S CROSSING - a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission.
When she's not traveling or spoiling her two pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable, medical and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Her award-winning time-travel adventure, HIGH FLYING, asks challenging questions that will linger long after the final twists are revealed. Jumping to the supernatural-horror genre, Kaylin's clever SOUL SEEKER series leads readers into the pit of Hell, through the mechanisms of secret societies, and across the Earth's crust, ever raising the stakes for her leading duo--a wicked demon and a saintly angel presented with mind-boggling revelations.
With each story she writes, this author delivers unexpected twists and turns and keeps her readers on the edge of their seats, leaving them guessing and thoroughly entertained.
Chemists from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Canada have discovered 23 new and potentially health-enhancing molecules in red wine, which they think could lead to medical breakthroughs in the future.
The team of scientists expected to find molecules called stilbenoids – said to provide health benefits – in the red wine, but were surprised to discover no fewer than 41 stilbenoid compounds, 23 of which have never been found in red wine before.
“These new molecules are likely to have very interesting biological properties and may contribute to the benefits from drinking red wine,” said Assoc Prof Cédric Saucier.
Prof Saucier, who runs the enology laboratory at UBC’s Okanagan campus, made the discovery in partnership with researchers from Australia’s University of Adelaide and UBC graduate student Ryan Moss.
‘”Who knows where this could lead? Perhaps new drugs and medicine for the future?” he added.
The discovery was made by concentrating red wine extract and separating the compounds so that the researchers could examine and create a fingerprint of each one individually.
The 23 newly discovered molecules are related to resveratrol, a chemical found naturally in the skin of red grapes and known to have a potential impact on age-related human diseases. However, even though this is exciting news and a potential breakthrough, moderation continues to be the key to good health. So above all, be sure to drink sensibly.
I’m thrilled by the tremendous success I’ve received for my new TWISTED THREADS book trailer, created by Film 14. The views I’ve had on my Facebook page alone have exceeded more than 42,000 since it was posted in late November. If this was any indication on my book sales, I would be a best seller right now. 🙂
With winter upon us, nothing is more heartwarming than a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup, and this one can be prepared well in advance with a slow cooker or crockpot and enjoyed over and over again! So why not give it a try? (Serves 6)
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 15-oz. can Black Beans, rinsed
1 c. frozen corn
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes
1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 small corn tortillas, cut into strips
Sliced avocado, for serving
Sour cream, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving
In a large slow cooker, combine chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and chicken broth.
Cover and cook on low until chicken is cooked and falling apart, 5 to 6 hours.
Shred chicken with a fork, then top soup with Monterey Jack and cover to let melt, 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, make tortilla crisps: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add tortilla strips and cook until crispy and golden, 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
Serve soup topped with tortilla crisps, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime…and enjoy!!
The Urban Dictionary defines Passion as the act of putting more energy into something than is required. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible. With this in mind, I believe my passion comes with multiple servings and in the following categories: Family, Community and Personal Wellbeing.
To me, family consists of not only my husband and children, and the immediate members of my family, but also dear friends that I value, love and deeply appreciate.
Community involves my environment, the people living near me – whether in my city or state, the medical staff in local hospitals and educators in colleges, or anyone contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy.
Personal Wellbeing describes the sense of accomplishment I feel by dedicating myself to my health – mentally and physically, and to a project, whether it be writing, organizing or decorating; it is also the gratification I receive by donating my time and energy to causes I feel strongly about.
So as this new year begins a fresh chapter in our lives, let us try to remember what’s important not only to ourselves but also to those around us. Find ways to give back not only monetarily and through products and services but also of your time. It’s important to go the extra mile, as it’s never crowded…and it rarely goes unnoticed.
For anyone unfamiliar with the award-winning Threads book series, let me take a moment to bring you up to speed on this action-packed collection, now available on Amazon.com.
Book One – Severed Threads: Expert divers Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen reunite and risk their lives to find treasure hidden under the sea to save the ones they value most.
Book Two – Buried Threads: Rachel and Chase accept a contract to recover missing samurai swords, which are cursed with a time-ticking prophecy of the complete annihilation of Japan.
Book Three – Banished Threads: Rachel and Chase travel to England to secure her uncle’s blessing for their wedding, however, a murder and an art gallery robbery delay their nuptials and challenges the strength of their relationship.
Book Four – Twisted Threads: Devon Lyons (Rachel’s brother) becomes a pawn in a dangerous game of revenge when a female Japanese assassin boards a cruise ship traveling to the Caribbean on a mission to find and destroy.
During the month of December, I agreed to participate in a book and review swapping experience within a Goodreads group, which definitely encouraged me to read more, especially when it came to new authors. As a result, here are the books I read and posted reviews for on Amazon.com and Goodreads, which you might or might not agree with:
Let me start with SILENT JUSTICE by Brian Roberts. This high-energy book has an interesting, diabolical cast of characters and provides a great voice for the imagination of debut author, Brian Roberts. Crime and corruption run rampant and Lead Detective Robert Jenkins has his hands full in this action-packed novel set in the underbelly of South Central L.A., and no one appears to be safe or unaffected by the dealings of ungoverned gangs. The President needs to bring an end to all the violence or lose his shot at a second term in office. But no one can foresee the powder keg about to erupt and the aftermath that results. RATED 5 out of 5 STARS
Next, THEIR GREEK KEY by Pamela Harstad. I love reading about complex romantic relationships that are destine to fail but don’t. This is a fun, compelling read with interesting characters and a well-thought out plot that pulled me in immediately. Will keep an eye out for more books by this talented author! RATED 5 out of 5 STARS
Then, THE CHAOS OF CHANGE by J.T. Riggen. Wow! Never thought I’d ever read a political thriller, as I hate worrying about gloom and doom and the future of this country, which many of us trouble over on a daily basis. But I have to admit, once I started ready this crazy amazing book, I couldn’t put it down. The plot is well thought out, the characters are complex and real, and the tension is racketed to a breaking point. The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching this story because it shows on every page and in every word. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an explosive story! RATED 5 out of 5 STARS
On to THE FINAL REALITY by Stephen Martino. Usually I’m not a huge fan of doom’s day sci-fi stories, but I have to admit Martino captured my attention and held onto it in this intriguing, action-packed story – pitting good against evil with the future of the world at stake. I haven’t read the other books in this series but found the Final Reality easy to follow with its rotating points of view, complex characters, and stirring plot…and this Indiana Jones-like adventure is definitely strong enough to stand alone. RATED 5 out of 5 STARS
*I’m beginning to see a pattern here. (Happy face)
GOOD DOING EVIL by Wilde Blue Sky. Although this spy/terrorist thriller is one of the shortest book I’ve ever read, it was none the less intriguing due to the fact that the main character is dull, insignificant and an extremely unlikely hero. His battle against the evil forces he contends with was entertaining and unexpected, keeping my interest from beginning to end. Kudos to the author! RATED 4 Stars out of 5
Followed by BEHIND FRENEMY LINES by Cele Pedersen Smith. I was pulled into this story immediately and had a hard time putting it down. Galaxy and Lee were complex characters and proved intriguing in the area of romance and as mystery solving agents. There were some light moments and plenty of twists and turns in the cleverly conceived plot. I highly recommend Behind Frenemy Lines to anyone who loves action-packed romantic suspense and look forward to reading more books by this author. RATED 4 out of 5 STARS
Finally, BUBBLEGUM by Sari Taurez. I’m a huge fan of unlikely heroines and complex evil villains that you love to hate and grow to respect, and Sari Taurez delivers them in a BIG way in this cleverly-crafted book. It’s jam-packed with interesting, diverse characters, and I found this novel unbelievably fun to read! It honestly kept me up all night with its twists and turns and high octane action. The cliff-hanging end was ingenuous and makes it possible for Taurez to continue her disturbing, spell-casting drama that readers are sure to enjoy. To sum it all up in a few words, this is a crazy over-the-top ride! RATED 4 out of 5 STARS
I also promised to give THE RIP by Andy Ben a look-see this week and will report on my findings very soon!
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway
SUMMARIZED REVIEW FOR SEVERED THREADS BY KAYLIN MCFARREN
“A psychologically thrilling and adventurous story that includes surprising twists and turns sure to keep its readers at the edge of their seats. The novel will delight readers of all ages with interesting characters, clever plotlines, and an engaging combination of romance, villainy, and the supernatural. Highly recommended!” The Columbia Review.
SEVERED THREADS – A NOVEL
REVIEWED BY: EDITORIAL BOARD The Editorial Board of The Columbia Review accepts submissions from authors, publishers, directors, agents, producers and fans. http://www.TheColumbiaReview.com
“Severed Threads” by Kaylin McFarren is the first installment in romantic suspense series. It provides an engaging mix of mystery, action, and drama that readers are sure to enjoy.
The story’s protagonist is Rachel Lyons, who is devastated after her father dies from a terrible diving accident. Rachel copes as best she can by choosing a life path that seems safe and comfortable. Her path soon becomes not so safe and comfortable, however, when she is drawn very reluctantly into an endeavor to recover a priceless relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship. Because a former love interest named Chase Cohen is involved in the adventure, Rachel strongly desires not to be involved:
“Word had it, Chase Cohen, the renowned treasure hunter, was more determined than ever to leave his mark. He’d rifled ocean plots stretching from Spain to Key West, selling off remnants of other people’s lives. She had hoped their paths would never cross again.”
Despite her adamant hope to stay away, however, Rachel finds herself pulled into the situation as a result of yet another traumatic event. A drug-dealing gangster kidnaps Rachel’s brother and holds him ransom for $2 million. After learning about this horrific situation, Rachel determines that she has no choice but to become involved in the recovery of the ship’s relic…because it also holds the Heart of the Dragon, which she must steal to save her brother. The whole process forces Rachel to relive the circumstances of her father’s death, an experience that she finds incredibly challenging:
“She pulled the covers under her chin and longed to be lulled to sleep by the ship’s rocking motion—to be transported to a peaceful place. However, whether her nightmares were triggered by being aboard Stargazer or in the proximity of the place where he had met his untimely death, they had grown in intensity. They had become so horrifying and real with each passing night that she got little or no sleep at all. She closed her eyes and concentrated on the sound in the room.”
Through this adventure, Rachel must overcome her greatest challenges and biggest fears and ends up learning more than she realized about herself and her father’s death along the way.
“Severed Threads” offers a psychologically thrilling and adventurous story that includes surprising twists and turns sure to keep its readers at the edge of their seats. The novel will delight readers of all ages with interesting characters, clever plotlines, and an engaging combination of romance, villainy, and the supernatural. Highly recommended!