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NEW YORK TIMES article on ROMANCE, a HAWT (hot!!) COVER MODEL and the SAVED BY A SEAL anthology!!!

March 31, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES article featuring: Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker has arrived!!

With Romance Novels Booming, Beefcake Sells, but It Doesn’t Pay

This corner of the book world is red hot and among the most innovative, with e-books and apps, and it needs a steady stream of fresh-faced cover models.

MARCH 30, 2016

Jason Baca, model for Lindsay McKenna's HOLD MY HEART, is on the front page of the New York Times!

Jason Baca, model for Lindsay McKenna’s HOLD MY HEART, is on the front page of the New York Times!

In early January, 2016, Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker embarked on a journey with SAVED BY A SEAL, an 3-book “first in series” anthology with the focus of giving all proceeds earned to america’ We wanted to give back to our military vets. We each took a “first-in-series” book and donated it to our anthology. These all romantic suspense. It is only 99 cents and our whole focus was doing this for this vet charity. On 2.6.16, we put the anthology up on all major platforms except Google.


Digital article available: 3.30.16


SUNDAY New York Times!
4.3.16 Sunday New York Times the article is available also — pick up a copy!

This may be the one and only time our names are ever mentioned in a New York Times article ! Now isn’t this just too cool? And it’s for such a great cause: helping our vets. The three of us couldn’t be prouder. Plus, Laura Holson, the reporter who wrote the piece, was VERY kind in putting up the info on the charity. She didn’t have to do that—but bless her, too.

SBAS is our anthology and ALL proceeds earned from sales of it go straight to  Be a part of this win-win situation!  Our military vets deserve our help.

SBAS is our anthology and ALL proceeds earned from sales of it go straight to Be a part of this win-win situation! Our military vets deserve our help.

Read down to the part about the making of a cover and find Chris Keniston and myself, Lindsay McKenna — we worked jointly on the cover. Susan Stoker, in the meantime, was on an ocean cruise, unavailable, so the task fell to us to create it without her valuable input. We chose Jason Baca as our model. Tammy Seidick of, took our direction and did a fabulous job. We made a good team. Chris should be lauded for making the cover what it looks like in the final presentation — I just put in ideas, suggestions here and there ;-). We almost forgot to put the dog tags on Jason—that was my biggest add to the cover, haha.

We all think it’s a great cover!

Fingers crossed the publicity gets more money into the service dog program for disabled veterans ! Remember for only 99 cents to tell all your friends ! All proceeds from the sale of Saved By A SEAL go to, our charity that will receive all that it makes so that some deserving vet will get one of these wonderfully trained dogs to help her or him in their daily life.

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Please SHARE. If you haven’t picked up a copy of our anthology for 99 cents—do so. You won’t be sorry. And all your money goes for a dog for a vet. It’s a win-win, no matter what way you parse it!

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The three authors supporting this charity with their anthology, Saved By A SEAL

The three authors supporting this charity with their anthology, Saved By A SEAL


February 23, 2016

This is a non-profit charity that trains service dogs for our military vets. Your 99 cents can help us purchase a service dog for a vet. We need your help and support.

Those of you who love to support our military vets who have sacrificed so much for all of us, can use your help.

Just 99 cents and you not only are adding to the amount to buy a service dog for a vet, but you also get three great ebooks by three wonderful story tellers: Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker.


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Support our vets. We three authors have given our own money to put this book, SAVED BY A SEAL, together. We receive NOTHING monetarily from it. All proceeds go to

Nowadays? .99 cents doesn’t seem to go very far. But you know what? It can help buy a service dog for a man or woman who desperately needs that wonderful animal in their life to help them make their life a little easier.

Check out HEA/USA Today blog 2.23.16

It has an excerpt from all three books by the above authors!

PLEASE SHARE this and ask your friends and family to donate .99 cents to an important cause: caring for our military vets.

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SAVED BY A SEAL by Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker

February 8, 2016

GOT .99 cents to spare? Want to help a military vet get a service dog? Want three great books by Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker in trade for that .99 cents?

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Want to feel good? Spend .99 cents today and help a military vet get a service dog to help them through their daily life!

Here’s how you can do it:

SAVED BY A SEAL is an anthology comprised of three books, all “First in series” by us. You will find Nowhere to Hide in the book, but even if you’ve already read it, there are 2 other books (Aloha Texas by Chris Keniston and Saving Caroline by Susan Stoker) that are AWESOME inside!

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Here are the authors donating their books and time to ensure that a wounded military vet can receive a service dog to help her or him in their daily life. LEFT TO RIGHT: Chis Keniston, Lindsay McKenna and Susan Stoker

And the BEST thing about this is that ALL Author Proceeds to benefit DISABLED VETS via the Service Dog program America’s VetDogs.

Yup. We aren’t making a DIME on this.

So please, even just to support VetDogs, even if you don’t care about the stories, can’t you spare a buck?

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This is something so much more important! Less than the cost of a cup of coffee! Your money goes for a service dog that will be given to a vet!

Read more about America’s VetDog at and see what a wonderful job they’re doing for our Veterans.

PLEASE SHARE! Thank you.

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December 30, 2015

Hi Readers!
BROKEN DREAMS will be a controversial book, but it has all the action and romance you could want! Follow me as we move deeper into Alexa and Gage’s journey with one another!

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“What can we do?” Alexa tried to steady her voice. When she was in the heavily armored cockpit of her A-10, she felt protected. Even if she made low, slow passes to strafe and destroy Taliban trying to overrun an American position, she still felt safe.
Here? In an Afghan village? She felt like a target was on her back. Gage Hunter was placing himself between her and the world around them, shielding her. A fierce sense of gratitude rose in her chest.
She wasn’t wearing a protective vest. In fact, her only weapon was a .45 pistol in a holster on her right hip. Alexa hadn’t been expecting this at all.

She heard a hollow thunk from the area around the wadi.

“Incoming!” Gage suddenly yelled into his radio, alerting the other Marines. Instantly, he turned, savagely shoving Alexa down onto the muddy soil and dropping, trying to cover her. It was an RPG, fired from a launcher by their enemy.”

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BLOG TOUR on RUNNING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, Shadow Warriors Series

April 13, 2015


Hi Everyone
Stick around for the next 30 days as we do a blog tour on my last Shadow Warriors Series book, RUNNING FIRE!

Publisher’s Weekly Magazine, the icon of the publishing industry, gave my book at “starred” review, which is akin to an actor or actress winning an Oscar. It IS a big deal to be singled out by PW and given the vaunted but rare red star review. And here it is!

RUNNING FIRE received the vaunted and rare red star (starred) review from Publisher's Weekly Magazine.  That's akin to an actor winning an Oscar.

RUNNING FIRE received the vaunted and rare red star (starred) review from Publisher’s Weekly Magazine. That’s akin to an actor winning an Oscar.

I wrote a post for on WHY I wrote RUNNING FIRE. I think you’ll find it provocative. SHARE if you agree. Do let me know!

RUNNING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, Shadow Warriors Series

RUNNING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, Shadow Warriors Series

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TAKING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna BLOG TOUR! February 20th!

February 20, 2015

TAKING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna BLOG TOUR! February 20th!

Join us on TAKING FIRE's blog tour 2.2-20.2015!

Join us on TAKING FIRE’s blog tour 2.2-20.2015!

Drop by this terrific blog today! Last day of a blog tour for TAKING FIRE! Thanks for coming along. Please SHARE with your friends!

Review of the book plus a quote and sentence from the book!

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Take time to drop by these blogs for lots of behind-the-scenes intel that you will find nowhere else on the Net!

Don’t miss these three connected books and ebooks!

1. ZONE OF FIRE by Lindsay McKenna: Ebooks only, all platforms. Catch up with Chief Gabe Griffin and Bay from BREAKING POINT and NEVER SURRENDER…plus, and exclusive peek of a scene from TAKING FIRE! SEAL Mike Tarik is Gabe’s best friend and was featured in NEVER SURRENDER.

Comes out 2.1.2015, Ebook only, Shadow Warriors Series, epilogue to NEVER SURRENDER, HQN, July 2014

Comes out 2.1.2015, Ebook only, Shadow Warriors Series, epilogue to NEVER SURRENDER, HQN, July 2014

2. TAKING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, HQN, 2.24.2015, paperback and ebook, Mike Tarik’s story and how he met USMC Sergeant Khatereh Shinwari, the woman who saves his life.

Taking Fire, HQN, Shadow Warriors Series, 2.25.2015

Taking Fire, HQN, Shadow Warriors Series, 2.25.2015

3. ON FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, HQN, 3.1.2015, ebook only, all platforms, sequel to TAKING FIRE. Find out ‘what else” happens to Mike and Khat!
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HIGH COUNTRY REBEL by Lindsay McKenna on August 25, 2013!

August 2, 2013
High Country Rebel, HQN, by Lindsay McKenna

High Country Rebel, HQN, by Lindsay McKenna

Dear Reader:

Publishing date: 8.25.2013

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Ex-Navy SEAL Talon Holt, knows all about heart rending loss. He lost his rancher father at age eleven. When his mother, Sandy Holt remarries, his foster father, Bradley, becomes a powerful and positive, loving father figure as he grows up on their family owned Triple H Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Talon leaves and joins the US Navy, becoming a vaunted SEAL. While he’s away, his foster father dies of a heart attack, leaving his mother, Sandy Holt, to run the large ranch by herself. Later, she contracts breast cancer and is forced to sell their ranch to pay her escalating medical bills. Through it all, Talon tries to be there for her, but is on deployment in Afghanistan, unable to support her as much as he wants. He sends most of his monthly pay check home to her, saving none for himself.

At twenty-eight years old, Talon is wounded and so is his combat assault dog, Zeke, on a deadly mission in Afghanistan. Both are discharged from the military, the nature of their wounds never allowing them to remain in the SEALs. Talon gets words when he’s recovering in the hospital, that his mother’s breast cancer has returned. She is nearly penniless and he must get home to be there for her; to help her. He must find a job to help earn money to pay her mounting medical bills. Yet, he’s gotten PTSD from an incident, that he can’t stand to be enclosed places like a plane, bus or train. Further, he’s been given Zeke, a Belgium Malinois, who can never do his job again because of his own war wounds. The two walk from San Diego, California to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Talon is stubbornly committed to getting home even though he’s weakened and has very little money on him. His loyal dog, Zeke, is always at his side.

Cat Edwin, paramedic and firefighter for the Jackson Hole Fire Department, driving to the Bar H during a late May snowstorm. She works there a part-time wrangler for Gus Hunter, who owns it. Griff and Val McPherson run the ranch for the eighty-four year old elder. Val is her granddaughter. What Cat doesn’t expect to find on the blizzard like conditions a mile away from the ranch, on the snow covered highway, is a man with a dog on a leash.

Little does she realize as she stops to rescue them from the blizzard, that this one compassionate act on her part will begin to change her life. She is good friends with Sandy Holt, and has never met her son, who is returning home from the military to be with his struggling mother. Gus Hunter is happy to see Talon home, offering him help from the blizzard. Zeke, his dog, is another thing all together, but the Hunter family adjusts to having an ex-SEAL combat attack dog among them. Cat is powerfully drawn to Talon, and yet, fights it. She’s got problem with an ended relationship she walked away from a year ago, but the man is now stalking her.

With help from the Hunters, Talon gets back on his feet to become a wrangler working to make money to help, once more, pay for his mother’s medical bills. He’s glad to be home to be with her, their relationship always strong and loving. What he doesn’t expect, however, is to find love for himself with Cat Edwin. The struggles, challenges and the heartbreak of coming home could weaken a lesser man, but Talon calls on his years as a SEAL. What he doesn’t realize is that Cat’s stalker is lethal. And that more than his strength and hard work as a SEAL are going to be called upon to protect her. When Cat is surrounded by danger, all Talon can think is that, once again, he will lose someone he loves. And that just can’t happen again…

If you have been reading my Wyoming Series, you will see returning people such as Gus, Val’s grandmother, Val and Griff McPherson and Cat Edwin.

For those who have been following my Wyoming Series:

Shadow from the Past, HQN, December 2009, Kamaria Trayhern’s book. Morgan’s Mercenaries Saga. End of Morgan and Laura Trayhern children’s books. Now, on to Alyssa and Noah Trayhern’s children’s stories. MM
Deadly Identity, HQN, December 2010, Lindsay McKenna.  Beginning of Jackson Hole, Wyoming ongoing series in HQN.  Book #2.  Deputy Sheriff Cade Garner and Rachel Carson’s story.
Deadly Silence, HQN, Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series in HQN.  Book #3. July, 2011.  Casey Cantrell’s story.  Morgan’s Mercenaries Saga.  (Casey is a twin, youngest of the Alyssa and Clay Cantrell family)
The Last Cowboy, HQN,  Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series in HQN.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series, Slade McPherson story. Book #4. December, 2011.
The Wrangler, HQN, Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series in HQN. Jackson Hole, Griff McPherson story, (Slade and Griff are fraternal twins) Wyoming saga series, Book #5 July, 2012.
The Defender, HQN,  Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series in HQN.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series, Book #6. November 2012.
The Loner, HQN, Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series, Dakota Carson and Shelby Kincaid, Book #7, August 2013
High Country Rebel, HQN, Jackson Hole, Wyoming saga-series, Talon Holt and Cat Edwin, Book #8, September 2013

I hope you enjoy this story about a returning military veteran! To stay up with my latest books, run over to!

THE LONER by Lindsay McKenna is here!

May 29, 2013
THE LONER by Lindsay McKenna, June 25, 2013, The Wyoming Series

THE LONER by Lindsay McKenna, June 25, 2013, The Wyoming Series


Dear Reader
Having been in the US Navy and having had Marine Corps friends in combat, I have seen what war does to a person.  PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, came into our reality in the 1980’s.  Before that, it was simply known as “battle fatigue” or the “thousand yard stare.”  Whatever it was called then, now or in the future, the wounds our men and women in the military sustain by being in combat, is real.  While they may never be wounded by a bullet, the terror, trauma and horror of their experiences, wounds their psyche and soul.
And the truth be known, dysfunctional families where parents dole out anger and abuse in any form or format, create PTSD in their child or children.  War isn’t always over in a foreign country.  War can be found within a family, sadly.  And it’s something that needs to be addressed because so many people suffer from it.  Police, firefighters and EMT/paramedics also can suffer from it as well.  So, PTSD is a global phenomena and a very, very deep emotional wound that can take decades, even a lifetime, to heal, if ever.
In THE LONER, I wanted to bring PTSD to the surface and how it can affect the hero, Dakota Carson.  His symptoms, as you read the book, are not fiction.  They are fact.  Many who are stamped with PTSD, have them too, unfortunately.  What is heartbreaking is that our men and women who are returning from combat, find little in the way of help upon their return stateside.  More needs to be done for them.  And their families need to be educated upon the symptoms of PTSD so that they can cope better with them, instead of being wounded by it as well. Civilians become ‘friendly fire‘ beneath the aura of insidious PTSD.   A person who has PTSD may well feel like a ‘loner.’  And this can be over come with help, love and understanding.
Shelby Kincaid, sheriff’s deputy, is the only woman on the Teton County sheriff’s department.  Her father was past commander of it and she loves what she does to help people in need.  Not only that, but Shelby has been taught how to track people and animals in the worst of conditions.  When she meets Dakota Carson, she is drawn powerfully to this angry loner.  The more he pushes her away, the more she is attracted to him.  She’s not dumb; she knows he has PTSD and finds out he spent ten years as a US Navy SEAL, fighting for his country.  Shelby feels strongly that everyone owes Dakota, to help him instead of throwing him away, allowing him to live alone deep in the Tetons.  Alone.  Abandoned by his country.
Dakota wants nothing to do with civilization who ignores his plight.  He survives on the edges of it with his SEAL training, asking for no hand outs and no help.  But Shelby walks into his life, sunlight into his dark, depressed, haunted life, and Dakota can’t help but respond.  And when they realize they share a horribly tragic link from their mutual past, over a decade earlier, it begins to create a meaningful, powerful  connection between them. Once a SEAL, always a SEAL.  Dakota’s protective mechanisms respond to Shelby’s sudden and unexpected crisis.  Just when they have the courage to reach out to one another, their lives are ripped apart.  Can Dakota overcome his PTSD, engage his SEAL driven knowledge and experience in order to save her?  Or not?  Strap in for one helluva ride.


RT Reviews, July, 2013
Lindsay McKenna
4 1/2 stars  HOT
McKenna understands the mind of a warrior, and readers will love this story of a scarred soldier and his own personal Valkyrie finding salvation in each other’s arms.  With warriors returning from the war suffering from PTSD every day, McKenna’s story is relevant, moving and eye-opening.
SUMMARY:  Deputy Sheriff Shelby Kincaid’s heart is touched when she looks into Dakota Carson’s eyes.  The grizzly bear attack that sends him to the emergency room also places him squarely in soft-hearted Shelby’s orbit.  After 10 yeas as a Navy SEAL, Dakota is buffeted by brutal nightmares and flashbacks, so he’s sought seclusion in a dilapidated mountain cabin.
Slowly, Shelby draws him out of his comfort zone, making him want a real life for the first time in years.  But when Shelby’s life is threatened and the two discover the evil is a common link from their past, Dakota will call upon all his skills to keep her safe, even as he questions whether a life together is possible.  (HQN, Jul, 384 pp. $7.99)  PAT COOPER, Reviewer.

THE LONER is The Wyoming Series in HQN, features an ex-SEAL and a scrappy woman deputy sheriff who are in danger as they track two escape murderers.

THE LONER is The Wyoming Series in HQN, features an ex-SEAL and a scrappy woman deputy sheriff who are in danger as they track two escape murderers.