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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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Wolf“The most effective way to do it,

is to do it.”

— Amelia Earheart

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The second book of my Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid, “Murder Off the Beaten Path, releases October 7, 2014.


As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger.…

Murder Off the Beaten Path: A Search and Rescue Mystery tells how Gracie responds to a Search and Rescue call-out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain highway. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder, and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

Murder Off the Beaten Path contains all of the same ingredients that made the first book in this series, Zero-Degree Murder, such a smashing success—thrills, chills, break-neck pacing, and its quirky, fearless heroine, Gracie Kinkaid, on almost every page. Lots of new characters and some returning ones, an intriguing new setting—a residential camp high in the mountains, and an exciting new nightmare for Gracie.

Of “Zero-Degree Murder,” Library Journal wrote: “This exciting, seriously good adventure debut deserves a place in your book carts. With her spunky female leading the way, Rowland dishes out generous portions of adrenaline rush. …Her adventure writing style has real flair.”

“Murder Off the Beaten Path,” and the first in the series, Zero-Degree Murder” are available on my website, http://www.mlrowland.com, and at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

And don’t forget your local brick and mortar bookstore. If they don’t carry it, they can order it for you!

Thanks, everyone!

Happy reading!

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Now available in selected bookstores and on-line at Amazon.com and Barnesand noble.com.

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Only two more days until my first book, “Zero-Degree Murder,” featuring Gracie Kinkaid, is released by Penguin Random House (Tuesday, January 7)!

The book is available online at Amazon (www.amazon.com) and Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) in both paperback and e-versions, but, don’t forget, you can request it from your brick-and-mortar bookstores as well.

Happy reading and a great big

Thank You!

to those who choose to read it.

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So, since I have a new book being released in a few weeks, I Googled my name, M.L. Rowland, to see what came up, and where. Strictly research, of course.

Among the listings were some images associated with the name.

A couple were a picture of the cover of the book:


There were a few pictures from this blog, such as the one I took of the Arkansas River in Colorado a couple of years ago…


But imagine my surprise (dismay? shock?) when all this time I thought I looked like this…

Black Mesa Road R1 6A - MLR

Or this…

MALR in Crack Canyon

Turns out I look like this…

M.L. Rowland image


After a very little digging, I discovered that this is Sir Rowland Hill. According to the Museum of London’s website, he lived from 1495 to 1561,  was Lord Mayor of London in 1549 and, all in all, a pretty decent guy. Among other things, Sir Rowland “gained a fearsome reputation as a ‘foe to vice…’ Much of Hill’s personal energies were devoted to charitable and philanthropic causes.  He gave generously to the poor and took a personal interest in the running of [some] hospitals…”

Now at least when I look in the mirror in the morning and this face crops up, I’ll know it’s Sir Rowland and not that I had a really really rough night.

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Mount Rainier

This is from the National Association for Search and Rescue’s Facebook page. Interesting and informative, and a great reminder for all of us working in Law Enforcement, EMS, Incident Management, Search and Rescue, or Fire.

“Nick Hall Serious Accident Report Released by NPS

On June 21st of last year, Park Ranger Nick Hall fell to his death during the rescue of critically injured climbers at 13,800 ‘ elevation on Mount Rainier. Nick, a 33-year-old former U.S. Marine sergeant, was in his fourth season with the National Park Service (NPS). He was following his passion for the outdoors, having worked in various jobs that developed his expertise as a ski patroller, medical technician, and mountaineering and river ranger. Those who knew Nick describe a quiet, competent leader with a strong, commanding presence. 

The Serious Accident Investigation Team has completed its investigation and determined Nick died because he was not anchored with fall protection during the rescue. He lost his balance and fell while unhooking a litter from beneath a hovering helicopter. Yet, the reason he died is far more complex. Nick was not wearing fall protection likely because of a common human tendency known as “normalization of risk” [also called “homeostasis of risk”] which is to become desensitized to the risk around us and subconsciously accept high levels of risk as being normal after continuously repeating the behavior without negative consequences.

In many recent NPS fatalities, we found the same failure in our system to prevent employees from accepting unnecessary risk. The lesson for us all is to make it a practice to carefully reevaluate the risks we accept as normal—or even mundane—and to build in a margin for error, create and follow our written procedures, and provide and use our training. Managers and supervisors need to be watchful of the tendency of employees to “normalize” risks and must implement robust management and supervisory controls to prevent this from occurring in all types of field operations. We also have to look out for one another and to get beyond the apprehension of correcting our peers when we see them engaging or preparing to engage in behaviors that may get them or others hurt.

When applied, the concepts in Operational Leadership should help to prevent these tragic accidents. We have trained 15,000 employees; now it’s time we implement what we have learned into our daily operations.

I encourage all of you to read and learn from the lessons included in the Factual SAIT Report and Corrective Action Plan.”

Be safe out there!

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