Author Kasey Riley

With over twenty years of horse ownership and Endurance riding to her credit, Kasey Riley (Kim) brings a wealth of knowledge to her novels. Her love of the trail, outdoors, and rural living give color and vibrancy to her books. This realism has drawn many readers to her novels. She strives to make readers see through the eyes of her characters and imagine themselves enmeshed in the plot.

  • McKenna's Path by Kasey Riley.

  • Ruff Cut by Kasey Riley.

  • Do Not Assume by Kasey Riley.

  • August Fire by Kasey Riley.

  • Skeleton Trail by Kasey Riley.

  • Desperate Endurance by Kasey Riley.

McKenna's Path - Release Date: August 2019

McKenna's Path A desperate need to get away from her mom and most importantly—her mom’s creepy boyfriend. Suzie McKenna comes up with the perfect way to escape, taking her beloved mustang mare, Gypsy, with her. She’ll ride to her father’s ranch. She has the knowledge, the maps, and the need; but does she have the ability?

Join Suzie and Gypsy as they make their way from Victor, Idaho to Dubois, Wyoming. Only the Teton National Forest stands between the two locations.
Mike and Sherry McKenna share a burning need to locate their wayward daughter. Can they stand each other’s company long enough to get the job done? Ride with them as they answer this question and maybe even discover what tore their marriage apart.

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Ruff Cut

Army veteran Sheriff Megan Holloway has a lot on her mind. A dog with a bellyful of smuggled diamonds, a terrified woman hiding at the Bailey’s Boarding House and a mafioso who is likely connected to both of them. What’s that city crook doing in her town, anyway?

Add to that, the man Megan’s been close to for the past year is flirting with another woman and, last night, she relived her personal nightmare of the war in Afghanistan, again…yeah, her life is just peachy. Her psychological trauma has kept her from committing to Aaron; maybe he’s given up waiting for her. Maybe he's begun looking for a woman with less emotional baggage…

Forced to call in the proper government agencies, Megan fights to keep control of the investigation by hook or by crook. Protecting the citizens in her town is her first priority. Fortunately, she has an ace-in-the-hole the Feds don’t. The citizens of Riverview trust her and will help her any way she needs.

Formulating a plot to take down the crooks, Megan decides to play on their lack of knowledge about the denizens of the Colorado high desert, and she gives the villains just enough information. Will the trap be sprung and the leader caught? Possibly, if she can just keep the Feds from messing up her plan.

Riverview once again is the setting for this mystery. The small rural ranching town set in the high desert of Colorado where your neighbors are your friends and can be counted on to help when times get tough… or things get dangerous.

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Do Not Assume

Orphaned at birth, a nurturing couple adopts Nicoleta in her eleventh summer. As much as she loves her adopted parents, she wants to know her heritage. Which parent is responsible for her emphatic gift? At her college graduation, her fathers give her a DNA test kit and the police reports of her mother's murder.

Do Not Assume is a story exploring the statement; "be careful what you wish for". Nicoleta wishes for information and what she finds amazes her. Her genetic makeup is beyond unique.

Little does she realize the information she craves is being shared with others who have been searching for someone of her specially modified genetic makeup. How can she escape those who are seeking to capture her, use her in their inhuman experiments?

Native American James Woodruff has his own special traits that he has never developed. His Shaman Grandfather has taught him how to handle his innate skills, but James left home before he learned what he now needs to know. Can he help Nicoleta in her quest?

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August Fire

Sparks fly...

When they meet, Stephanie thinks Doyle rude, crude, and bossy and while he loves her long legs, he thinks she seems snobbish and cold. However, he feels she has interesting possibilities and she thinks he is a sexy hunk.

Danger unites...

Surviving the arsonist set rangeland fire together ignites the passions each has been ignoring. The rugged high desert and mountains of Colorado set the scene for adventure, danger and fiery passions. Can they stay ahead of the arsonist and develop a solid relationship in the bright light of day?


Growing trust in the face of adversity, just how strong is this new relationship. Can each of them get beyond past betrayals and pain? Will the final chapter be a wedding, or a fond farewell?

Riverview is home to Stephanie and now to Doyle. The small Colorado town and its citizens reflect small ranch towns across the United States. Showing the values and closeness of the residents who support each other when times are tough.

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Skeleton Trail

A long forgotten corpse…

Trail riders Bethany and Megan stumble upon a mummified body when setting up a new trail in a National Forest. This brings FBI forensic specialist David Harrison to remote Riverview, Colorado where Megan and Kam lead him to the corpse. Surprised by the women’s strength and independence, he realizes they need him for his forensic skills only. They could have brought the body out without his help.

Bullets and a blizzard force Kam and David to an abandoned cabin. There, they discover links from the murder to extortion and blackmail from the 1930’s. The harrowing experience brings them closer, each learning the strengths of the other.

Mysteries and romance…

Together with Megan and Aaron, Kam and David discover the connections of the cold crime to crimes of the past and the present. Danger, pain and a murder attempt against Kam makes David realize how much her safety means to him. Secrets of her past drive Kam away from the small rural town of Riverview, Colorado. Even knowing the people stand together against danger and the unforgiving land, can Kam dare to trust them to stand behind her?

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Desperate Endurance

Wrong place, wrong time...

Witness to a murder in a deserted highway rest area, dull and drab Bethany runs from the killers when the victim warns her to “trust no one”, changing her complete look and personality in her attempt to hide.
Bethany takes on the challenge of finding the victim’s son to deliver the documents as he asked with his dying breath. Can she stay ahead of the men seeking to stop her?


Meeting the victim’s son, Roger, she realizes quickly that she needs his help to find the mastermind and survive the attacks of the killers on her trail. Her new saucy appearance gives her needed courage to chance her heart on the rugged rancher. Can they find the villain before it’s too late for her? Will the heat of their chemistry mature into a stronger emotion?


Bethany uses her sport of Endurance Racing, hiding in ride camps, traveling with other riders to stay hidden from the killers. Will the speed and endurance of her horses save her from the mastermind when she’s force to race to the safety of Roger’s arms?

Step into rural America and the sport of Endurance. People standing together to protect each other and riders who close ranks against outsiders if one of their own is threatened. This book honestly portrays those who live far from city streets and those who ride rugged trails at speed for the fun and challenge of the event.

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