Arizona Highlands Hikes and Better Late Thoughts


While working mega-hours to finish my Better Late Romance Her Last Mission, I let my five hikes/week dissolve to once per week: about 230 minutes per week ratcheted back to 40. Although I continued my harried strength and stretching sessions, I noticed a loss of muscle tone, less pain, and weight gain.

Yes, I’d been injuring my body through over exercise with five days of walking rough terrain. The respite healed the damage. Still I missed the benefits! Good stuff like time in the sun, clean air, reveling in beauty, aerobic exercise that tones, strengthens, and stretches beyond what my physical therapy exercises provide.

After the June 28th upload, I turned to a new routine. Hiking three days per week, keeping walk time to 45 minutes or less. Although last Friday’s ramble was 1 hour and fifteen minutes, I’ve been committed to the three days.

I sprinkled a few of my favorite Arizona Highlands photos here from the past three weeks of hiking. I know August heat, monsoons, or deadlines may once again limit my hiking, I hope the pictures refresh your soul as much as they do mine.


I’ve been heartened by the brisk sales of Her Last Mission. Facebook comments and emails have been encouraging. Rankings of the book its first week out were some of my highest ever.

This meant a lot to me since the novel reflects two of my passions—Shakespeare and Engineering. If that just made your eyes glaze over, no worries. Her Last Mission is a spy romance fueled by ninja throwing stars and espresso. Check it out.

The Better Late Romances are family friendly, fast, and fun featuring the over fifty crowd.

I’m grateful to readers who review my books. I hope you’ll consider leaving a review of the Better Late Romances at Amazon or Goodreads. Even a quick thought on why you liked the book or a short recommendation to a fellow shopper helps readers and authors.

Better Late Romances

The Better Late Romances are set in the fictitious Southern California town Rancho Allegro where an earthquake triggers a flood of events.

Only 99 cents each for a very limited time

My Trashy Romance by Terry Black

Half-Baked by Kristy Tate

Her Last Mission by Michelle Knowlden

Really? At Your Age? by Jacqueline Diamond

Books by Beth Black and Michael H. Payne are coming soon.

Happy rambling and reading!



About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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