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Afternoon Light 3Pray for peace.

Act with kindness.

Be fearless and relentless in your fight for what is just and good.

Look back with forgiveness and understanding.

Look forward with faith and hope.

And never NEVER stop learning, growing or dreaming big!

Happy New Year!

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Honored and excited to be selected to be on a panel at the World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC (Choosing Your Voice in Mystery Fiction: 1st, 3rd or Omnipotent).

Looking forward to it! 

M.L. Rowland is the author of the Gracie Kinkaid Search and Rescue Mystery Series. “Murder on the Horizon,” the third book in the series, was released August 4, 2015. The first two books, “Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” were released in 2014. Available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Barnes & Noble and other local bookstores. 

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“I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.”

Gotta admire the man’s honesty and self-awareness.

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I grew up in a very conservative town in Michigan. I’ve lived in Hawaii, New York City, St. Petersburg, Florida, Kansas City, Columbia (area) and St. Louis, Missouri, and California. I now live in the middle of the Colorado mountains next to a whitewater river with my husband and our chocolate lab. I’ve followed the family tradition and been fortunate enough to have traveled to Mexico, Canada, Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand, summered in American Samoa in the south Pacific, and went on a camping safari in Kenya.

My parents, now both deceased, were one-of-a-kind and hard acts to follow. My father, in chronological order, was a flight surgeon/paratrooper in China/India/Burma and New Guinea WWII, a neurosurgeon in Michigan, a world-class marine zoologist traveling frequently to the South Pacific, and a medical/missionary to third-world countries including Haiti, Ethiopia, and the Khmer Rouge refugee camps on the border of Thailand/Cambodia. From him I learned a sensitivity and love for the natural world and a sense of adventure.

My mother was the first woman city commissioner the city in which I grew up, a woman’s libber in the early sixties–way before her time. I gained from her a strong sense of right and wrong, a passion for fighting what is right and just. She was my first role model of a woman in a man’s world.

From my father, I inherited an adventurer’s spirit and love of travel, books, nature and the outdoors. From my mother I inherited my sense of justice and fighting for what I believe is right in the world. From them both I learned compassion for humankind and a commitment to serve others.

Like I said–hard acts to follow.


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“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

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“The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.”

My reaction to ol’ F. Scott?

Couldn’t decide between “Huh?” and “Ugh!” and “Shut the hell up!”

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“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”

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