Do You Have a Favorite Vacation Destination?

Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe overlooking Fannette Island

Hey, summer is coming. I’m always looking for a new place to visit. Where do you enjoy going? I look forward to reading your ideas.

In California, I like the Sonoma Wine Country and Monterey/ Carmel by the Sea and Lake Tahoe. As a kid I went to those places. I remember touring Jack London’s property and viewing the ruin of his planned home. So sad. The property is now the Jack London State Historic Park. As a teen and a want-to-be writer, I read the rejection slips he received, still, he continued to write, inspiring to a young writer.

Later, I took my kids to those locals. In Monterey and Carmel, we kayaked, swam and went sightseeing. We enjoyed Point Lobos State Reserve, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Seventeen Mile Drive, just to mention a few of our favorites.

Carmel beach in Carmel, California – USA

While relaxing on the beach in Carmel and then at Lake Tahoe, an idea for a series of books that take place in desired holiday locations came to me. I realized the tranquil beauty and perfect beach weather could be a counterpoint to a dark mystery punctuated by imminent danger in the romantic settings. My Dangerous Series was born, Dangerous Web, Dangerous Denial and Dangerous Money. Dangerous Moves is my work in progress.

I’m excited to be working on the fifth suspense book, Shattered Rules was the suspense first novel I wrote. This latest book takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I admire brave men and women who dedicate their careers to protect people and their lawful rights. Can an Olympic silver medalist and a Coast Guard rescue swimmer solve a devious plot before the US President visits?

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Excerpt: Dangerous Denial

5 Star Reviews- “Reggi Allder will hold you on the edge of your seat as you follow her real-to-life characters. Excellent book – exciting thriller with a touch of engaging romance! Loved it!”

In the Sonoma Wine Country surrounded by the golden California hills, Jon Lancaster parked the rented sedan near a rural farmhouse. From the windshield, he glanced at the vines in the open fields, absently wondering what kind of grape grew there.

A hawk, probably searching for a rodent for dinner, circled overhead, gliding on the wind currents in the cerulean sky. Evening approached, but in summer the temperature was as blistering as midday. Jon wiped sweat from his forehead, took a deep breath, and immediately regretted it, but the smell of the rich soil, mixed with fertilizer, wasn’t what bothered him.

Released from the hospital after a long stay, his healing ribs still ached if he breathed too deeply. Waiting for the pain to subside, he rubbed his left leg encased in a plastic boot worn to support a broken ankle and tibia.

He should exit the car and settle into the cottage behind the whitewashed farmhouse. What’s the hurry? Here to relax and recoup after a violent and tumultuous year, would he enjoy the seclusion, or be bored?

His older brother, Webb, and his wife, along with the rest of the family, had returned to work in Washington D.C. Unable to do his job, Jon decided to stay in the San Francisco Bay Area for the moment.

A lump formed in his throat when he remembered his loss. Three years ago, his wife had been killed. Afterward, he continued to work with the government’s Rapid Advance Task Force. Still, he’d been like the walking dead, appearing to function but not capable of feeling anything. Now, the denied emotions rushed into his consciousness and seemed to suck the oxygen from him.

All things considered, maybe peace and quiet weren’t a good idea. It gave him too much time to mull over the past. But in his current condition, unfit to do much else, what good was he?

Learn to take it easy. After you mend, you can decide what you want to do next.

With a grunt, he swung his legs out of the car, then limped to the trunk and grabbed his duffel bag.

Skye Turner had rented the front house and held the key to his one-bedroom cottage at the back.

Overlooking the yellowing grassland that surrounded the home, sunlight glared off the farmhouse windows. He put on his sunglasses and wishing for the crutches he needed, walked down the stone path toward the front.

A brass knocker, in the shape of a horse’s head, was fastened to the oak door. After knocking several times without a response, he beat on the paneled entrance with his fist.

Too damned hot and exhausted, his shoulders slumped. Why didn’t people keep their appointments as promised? When she’d answered his phone call, Ms. Turner had been pleasant enough and had told him she would be waiting with the key when he arrived. Well, so much for keeping her word.

However, he might as well know what kind of a person she was. It would save him exasperation and disappointment later. No need to depend on an unreliable woman.

They had discussed her helping him with the simple household chores until he could manage on his own. The compensation was generous, thus allowing her to work less outside the home, and permitting her to concentrate on her art and classes at Sonoma State University.

He’d try knocking one more time. If no one answered, he’d find the cottage and see if he could jimmy a window and crawl in.

It would have been easy before the beating he’d taken a few weeks ago. Even so, determination was ninety-five percent of the battle. Right? After all, he had a history of completing assignments, regardless of his condition.

He mopped his forehead with the back of his hand. Was it the heat or his exhaustion wearing down his weakened body? A little shaky, he leaned on the door and took a slow breath.

Shit. He hated this sense of helplessness.

In twenty minutes, he’d take the pain medication ordered by the doctor.

Harder than necessary, he pounded on the door again. “Ms. Turner, are you in there?”

He turned the handle, surprised when it opened.

“Hey, anyone home?”

Someone struck Jon when he entered the house. Pain spread through his chest. Fortunately, he saw the baseball bat coming and was able to block the full impact of the blow.

“Get out!” A woman held the bat ready to strike again as her hazel eyes exhibited fear.

“What the hell!” He lunged forward and yanked the weapon from her hand but struggled to keep his balance as agony shot through his leg. “Lady, are you crazy?”

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    I’ve actually put places I’ve visited in my books. It’s fun to remember them that way. We love to go to Colorado Springs and hang. I am also partial to cruises, too. Great post!

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  2. Reggi Allder says:

    Hi Vicki, thanks! I will put Colorado Springs on our list. We talk about taking a cruse too. 🙂


  3. Pat Amsden says:

    I love going on vacation whether for a few days at Lake Cowichan or on a dream European vacation and I love setting books I’m these locations or reading someone else’s. This latest Dangerous addition sounds really good.

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Hi Pat, thanks for the kind word for Dangerous Moves. Lake Cowichan sounds fun. Of course, a European vacation would be great! 🙂


  4. Hey, Reggi. Love this excerpt. My goodness got my attention. As to vacations, sonds like you feel about this area the way I do about Maine. Your pics remind me of ones we have of Moosehead Lake in northern Maine. Just breathtaking. We’ll be going to Red River, New Mexico again this summer, a favorite family vaca. And yes, several of my favorite vacation spots turn up in my books. Thanks for a great post. 🙂

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  5. Reggi Allder says:

    Thanks, Marsha, so glad you enjoyed the excerpt!! BTW, we’ve always wanted to visit Maine in the fall. We will check out the Red River. 🙂 We have never been to New Mexico, nice to go somewhere new.


  6. Love Lake Tahoe! Went for the first time a few years ago and couldn’t believe how blue and clear the water was. I do love me a beach. One of my favorites is Laguna Beach in Cali. I’m in the process of planning my first ever trip to Europe this summer. Going to Paris and Barcelona. So fun to get out and explore! Love the setting for your Dangerous series!

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Hi Darlene Deluca, Thank you for the kind words about the Dangerous Series! Laguna Beach is so pretty and your trip to Europe sounds wonderful!


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