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WIND RIVER RANCHER by Lindsay McKenna — EXCERPT!

December 16, 2016

Hi Dear Readers!!
My latest cowboy romance, Wind River Rancher was just award a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly Magazine. I created the Wind River Valley series for Zebra/Kensington. The cowboy hero of this book is a down on his luck Marine Corps captain forced to return to civilian life.
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Most readers don’t know about this magazine because it’s the icon within the traditional publishing industry. PW, as we refer to it, is the iconic queen of it all. It’s sort of like when PW speaks, everyone listens.

To receive a “starred review” on any book, is like winning an Oscar. And as a writer and storyteller, I never expect to ever be reviewed by PW, much less received it. Here’s the review!

To celebrate, here is the opening to Wind River Rancher! Enjoy and share! Thank you!

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EXCERPT: Wind River Rancher by Lindsay McKenna
Reese Lockhart’s stomach was tight with hunger as he
stood at the outskirts of a small Wyoming town called
Wind River. The sign indicated a population of two thousand.
He’d gone a month without decent food. Six inches
of snow stood on the sides of the road where he’d walked
the last ten miles on 89A north. It headed toward Jackson
Hole, where he was hoping to find work.

The town, for a Monday afternoon, was pretty slow. A
couple of pickup trucks came and went, a few people
walked along the sidewalks on either side of the highway
that ran through the center of town. He halted outside
Becker’s Hay and Feed Store, an aged redbrick building
standing two stories high. The red tin roof was steep and
sunlight reflected off it, making Reese squint. Bright lights
now hurt his eyes.

Taking a deep breath, feeling the fear of rejection once
again, he pushed open the door to the store. Would he get
yelled at by the owner? Told to get out? It was early May
and snow had fallen the night before. The sleepy town of
Wind River still had slush on its streets midday.

The place was quiet, smelled of leather, and he saw a
man in his sixties, tall, lean, and with silver hair, sitting
behind the counter. He was sitting on a wooden stool that
was probably the same age as he was, an ancient-looking
calculator in his work-worn hands as he methodically
punched the buttons.

Girding himself, ignoring the fact he hadn’t eaten in two
days, Reese’s gaze automatically swung around the huge
establishment. A hay and feed store was something he was
familiar with. Maybe the owner wanted some part-time
help. He needed to make enough money to buy a decent
meal.

Shoving away the shame he felt over his situation, he
saw the man lift his head, wire-rim spectacles halfway
down his large nose, his blue eyes squinting at Reese as he
approached the long wooden counter.

“Howdy, stranger. Can I help you?” the man asked.

“Maybe,” Reese said. “I’m looking for work. I saw you
have several big barns out back, and a granary. Do you have
any openings?” Automatically, Reese tensed. He knew he
looked rough with a month’s worth of beard on his face,
and his clothes were dirty and shabby. At one time, he’d
been a Marine Corps captain commanding a company of
120 Marines. And he’d been damn good at it until—

“I’m Charlie Becker, the owner,” the man said, shifting
and thrusting his hand across the desk toward him.
“Welcome to Wind River. Who might you be?”

“Reese Lockhart,” he said, and he gripped the man’s
strong hand. He liked Charlie’s large, watery eyes because
he saw kindness in them. Reese was very good at assessing
people. He’d kept his Marines safe and helped them through
their professional and personal ups and downs over the
years he commanded Mike Company in Afghanistan. Charlie
was close to six feet tall, lean like a rail, and wore a
white cowboy shirt and blue jeans. Reese sensed this older
gentleman wouldn’t throw him out of here with a curse—
or even worse, call law enforcement and accuse him of
trespassing.

The last place where he’d tried to find some work, they’d
called him a druggie and told him to get the hell out; he
smelled. While walking the last ten miles to Wind River,
Reese had stopped when he discovered a stream on the flat,
snow-covered land, and tried to clean up the best he could.
The temperature was near freezing as he’d gone into the
bushes, away from the busy highway, and stripped to his
waist. He’d taken handfuls of snow and scrubbed his body,
shivering, but hell, that was a small price to pay to try to not
smell so bad. He hadn’t had a real shower in a month,
either.

“You a vet, by any chance?” Charlie asked, his eyes
narrowing speculatively upon Reese.

“Yes, sir. Marine Corps.” He said it with pride.

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Publisher’s Weekly “starred review” of Wind River Rancher!
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LINKS:
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Wind-River-Rancher-Lindsay-McKenna/dp/1420141767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478800984&sr=8-1&keywords=Wind+River+Rancher

Kobo.com
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wind-river-rancher

BN.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-rancher-lindsay-mckenna/1123624029?ean=9781420141764

Apple/iBooks
https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com/en-us/details/1099652774?country=us&mediaType=books&term=Wind+River+Rancher+by+Lindsay+McKenna

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME:
Website: http://lindsaymckenna.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLindsayMcKenna/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindsaymckenna
Newsletter: https://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/tools/subscription?username=lindsay.mckenna (contest every month!)
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/55481.Lindsay_McKenna

FLORIDA LIBRARY HAS SPECIAL LINDSAY MCKENNA DISPLAY!

November 2, 2016

Hi Readers!

FLORIDA LIBRARY HAS SPECIAL LINDSAY MCKENNA DISPLAY!

Titusville, Florida, Public LIbrary with their Lindsay McKenna book display--plus SWAG that the patrons can have!

Titusville, Florida, Public LIbrary with their Lindsay McKenna book display–plus SWAG that the patrons can have!

Linda Townsend, one of the five Kensington Facebook Take Over for Wind River Wrangler, was a winner (she won a ‘mini-Roan’ bookmark, plus other swag), had asked if I had any ‘extra’ swag for 2 libraries that she frequented where she lived. I said: of course I do! 😉

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I love libraries and I adore the librarians! They love books just as much as any reader or author. Did you know that from my sophomore to senior year at Medford Senior H.S., I worked in the library every day we had school. It must have been a foreshadowing of my life as a writer! I love libraries!

Today, 11.2.16, I got this photo and email from Brenda Reilly, who is the Head of Reference at the Titusville (Florida) Public Library.
After receiving the photo she took, I sent her back a thank you email message. For Libraries who want to work with me, I have ‘special’ SWAG for them, besides what I’d sent to Brenda. I have a cool handbag with the Delos symbol on it, plus a really neat spiral-bound notebook! I’ll be sending her 20 of each and I’m SURE her patrons will love them!

I also mentioned to her that I just had a new book out, Wind River Wrangler, Kensington Books, so added it in the photo too! I need to get MORE bookmarks from my publisher because I ran out (all given away)! Would love to put some of them into my next library box ;-). BUT….I was able to give them some super cool Kensington Wild Card decks!! BUT, I was able to giveaway Kensington’s much sought after WILD CARD deck of playing cards!!!

Special Library only SWAG from Lindsay McKenna photos:

For Libraries only, special SWAG for their patrons!  Here is a handy Delos Series bag.  I also put in the notebook AND a copy of Wind River Wrangler, Book 1, just out!

For Libraries only, special SWAG for their patrons! Here is a handy Delos Series bag. I also put in the notebook AND a copy of Wind River Wrangler, Book 1, just out!

Photos: Titusville Public Library display of Lindsay McKenna books, plus SWAG that patrons can choose from!

Close look at the spiral bound notebook–too cool

SWAG for public library patrons!  This is a very COOL spiral bound notebook---check out the PEN at the bottom that comes with it!  Unique!

SWAG for public library patrons! This is a very COOL spiral bound notebook—check out the PEN at the bottom that comes with it! Unique!


Wind River Wrangler, Book 1, just came out!

Wind River Wrangler, Book 1, just came out!

and for those who own an iPad and iBooks? A FREE BONUS CHAPTER from Wind River Wrangler!! Go here:

FREE BONUS CHAPTER to iBook/Apple readers!  Go here to get your download!

FREE BONUS CHAPTER to iBook/Apple readers! Go here to get your download!

FACEBOOK PARTY for Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna 10.19.16! Come on down, pardoners!!

October 18, 2016

Hi all you cowboy loving readers!

Here’s a fun day for 10.19.16 – Wednesday, for you! Kensington Books is going to take over their FB page and give it to Wind River Wrangler!

Wind River Valley Facebook Party

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of her new series:  Wind River Valley!  Pub. date: 10.25.16.  Pre-order now!

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of her new series: Wind River Valley! Pub. date: 10.25.16. Pre-order now!

PRIZES! Yes! I am going to choose FIVE party going readers on that day, to receive a VERY special bookmark! We call it the “Mini-Roan Bookmark” because it embodies the hero, Roan Taggart! This is an EXCLUSIVE CONTEST for those who drop by! To enter? All you have to do is show up, place a comment on any post regarding Wind River Wrangler or Lindsay McKenna or her photos. Winners will be announced 10.20.16 on Kensington’s FB page and then I’ll send each of you that very much-in-demand bookmark. Then, you’ll have your very own mini-Roan to put where ever you want to share your day with him! Facebook has nothing to do with this contest.
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And …

Lots of surprises! Exclusive content from Wind River Wrangler ONLY to those who come on over and join our party to celebrate the release of my book! You won’t be sorry.

I have provided some photos, never seen in public before, of myself and about my background and why I love writing cowboy romances for you!

And…..

it’s not too late to PRE-ORDER Wrangler!! Why would you want to do that? OHHHHH, lots of GOOD REASONS!!! Read on….

Pre-Order and received gifts!

Pre-Order and received gifts!

If you do? You will find EXCLUSIVE content that only pre-order readers will receive about my book and the characters! They will show up in your email box a day before the book is released on 10.25.16!!
http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/WindRiverValley/

And….there more!!!!!

If that’s not enough for you above? Readers who are Apple/iBooks users? There’s a FREE, added bonus content CHAPTER available to you RIGHT NOW!!!! Run over and get that chapter! You won’t be sorry! It’s going to give you an insight into Roan Taggart, the hero, that no one else will receive!!! Claim jump this EXCLUSIVE OFFER right now!
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http://apple.co/2dofAjY

LINKS:
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Wind-River-Wrangler-Lindsay-McKenna-ebook/dp/B01BAYVCPQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_sims?ie=UTF8

BN.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-wrangler-lindsay-mckenna/1123344401?ean=9781420141740

Kobo.com
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/wind-river-wrangler

Apple/iBooks
https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com/en-us/details/1088651303?q=Wind%20River%20Wrangler%20by%20Lindsay%20McKenna&country=us&media=books&genre=all

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LINDSAY MCKENNA…A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF AN AUTHOR’S LIFE…

October 13, 2016

Hey Readers!
Here’s a funny I want to share with all of you. I term it: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WRITER. You don’t get peeks behind the curtain often on us, but this one is worth sharing ;-).

My husband, David, is a voracious readers. I called him in from his office to come and look at the memes you folks had created. He about had a heart attack, haha….here’s how it went:

“Dave, come and see the promo ads that Kensington just sent me.”

Grumble, grumble…..”I’m busy….”

“Well UNbusy yourself and get in here. I want to see what you think of the memes.”

He comes shuffling into my office, scowling and leans over my shoulder.

I click on the Johnstone/McKenna ad.

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“Oh, my GOD!” he spouted, his eyes bulging. “Are you serious?”

“About what?” I demanded, not understanding his out-of-character reaction. He’s staring at the screen, at that ad.

“I don’t believe it!” He jabs his finger at the screen. “Do you KNOW who this man is? William Johnstone?”

“He writes westerns and is a New York Times Best Selling author for Kensington,” I replied, not understanding his wild man reaction.

“No, no, you don’t understand,” and he straightens up, his hands flying all over the place.

“WHAT don’t I understand, Dave? God, it’s an ad. If you don’t like it, say so, okay?”

He stares at me like I’m an alien who has just landed from Mars. “You don’t know who he is? He’s only the most famous western writer in the world! I’ve read dozens of his books. They’re the best of all the western writers I read.”

I give him a bored look. “You never tell me what author or what story you’re reading. How can I know?” (He’s a scorpio….they keep EVERYTHING to themselves…).

He looked at the ad, utter amazement in his expression. “That—that’s REALLY something that Kensington has put YOUR BOOK next to a book by William Johnstone! They must really think a lot of you.”

“So? You like the ad?”

“Like it? I-I’m stunned. I mean, Johnstone is the best of all the western writers in THE WORLD!!! He writes about more than just cowboys, too. He writes about mountain men, different aspects of the West…” and his voice trails off in admiration for the author.

(Thought you Girls would like to see this little diatribe ;-))

And then, on to meme #2 with the description of Roan…Dave looks at that and says, “That’s great writing they did on that meme.”

I gave him a one-eyebrow raised look. “That’s MY writing from the book, Dave. MINE. Not theirs.” (Note: he doesn’t read my books so there you go….couldn’t tell my writing from anyone else’s).

“Oh!” and then he flushes and gets embarrassed. “Oh…well, the writing is really, really good.”

“Bet you thought William Johnstone wrote it, huh?” I couldn’t resist a jab.

He kind of gave me a silly-assed grin and mumbled, “Well, for a moment, I really did think it might have William Johnstone who had wrote that ad for your book.”

And so it goes…a woman author gets NO credit for her writing, haha. I patted Dave’s arm and said, “Okay, go away now.”

“I do like the memes.”

“Good, glad you do. See you at dinner….”

He shuffles off toward his office, hands in pocket, shaking his head (and I’m sure it’s still over the surprise of his beloved William Johnstone being on the same ad with one of my books). I’m still laughing about it, but I closed the door first so he couldn’t hear me giggling.

JOIN ME FOR A KENSINGTON FACE BOOK PARTY!!
10.19.16
Kensington FACEBOOK PARTY

Wind River Valley Facebook Party

PRE-ORDER Wrangler here and receive EXCLUSIVE content the day before it is published:
http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/WindRiverValley/

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iBOOK/APPLE READERS! You get a FREE chapter download instantly here:
Apple/iBook bonus content available

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wind-river-wrangler-ibooks/id1088651303?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

LINKS:
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Wind-River-Wrangler-Lindsay-McKenna-ebook/dp/B01BAYVCPQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_sims?ie=UTF8

BN.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-wrangler-lindsay-mckenna/1123344401?ean=9781420141740

Kobo.com
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/wind-river-wrangler

AUDIO: http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com and available on 10.25.16

CONNECT WITH ME!
http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/31757
and
http://www.lindsaymckenna.com

FREE CHAPTER from Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna!!!

October 9, 2016

Hi all you lovely readers!

Those of you who have an iPad and get your ebooks from iBooks? Apple is giving away FREE, the first chapter of my new series, Wind River Valley!

Read it in iBooks Editions http://apple.co/2dofAjY

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Wind River Wrangler comes out 10.25.16, but this is an opportunity for your Apple readers to get a flying start on it!

I hope you enjoy it 😉
Warmly, Lindsay McKenna

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna — FREE sample chapter from iBooks/Apple and a yummy Excerpt for everyone else!

October 2, 2016

Hi Readers!!

I’ve got a FREE sample chapters, plus an excerpt from Wind River Valley, for you! If you’re an Apple guy or gal, iBooks is making a SAMPLE CHAPTER from my book available to you right now! So fire up your iPad and take advantage of this cool deal 😉 It’s FREE!
Just for you!

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of her new series:  Wind River Valley!  Pub. date: 10.25.16.  Pre-order now!

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of her new series: Wind River Valley! Pub. date: 10.25.16. Pre-order now!

Sample Chapter from Wind River Valley Wrangler, Book 1 by Lindsay McKenna
Apple/iBook bonus content available

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wind-river-wrangler-ibooks/id1088651303?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

and….for the rest of the readers who may not use the Apple platform, fear not! We have LOTS for you!

BONUS SCENE on Roan Taggart, from Wind River Wrangler!
Kensington Books/Zebra
10.25.16
Wind River Valley Series
Book 1
Roan is an ex-Special Forces soldier. He’s come to Wyoming, to the Wind River Ranch to get his life together.

Find out more about his Army black ops life!

http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/WindRiverValley/

If you pre-order Book 1, you will get this scene a day before the actual date of publishing! I’m excited to work with the Mighty Girls of Kensington Books Media department to offer you this neat gift!
Sign up today!

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AUDIO available 10.26.16 from:
http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com