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RELEASE DAY! WIND RIVER LAWMAN by Lindsay McKenna

August 28, 2018

WIND RIVER LAWMAN by Lindsay McKenna
Book 6
Wind River Valley Series


The new novel from the bestselling author of Lone Rider.

Sometimes the war comes to you . . .

After serving as a Navy medic, Dawson Callahan is back in the States and ready to start over. Leaving his native Texas, he heads for the wide open spaces of Wyoming, where he finds work as a wrangler. True, he’ll mainly be wrangling chickens—and wrangling Sarah Carter’s granny, who’s still spry, but in need of a little caregiving. But ranch work is ranch work, and it’s hard to turn down a job offer from the beautiful Sheriff Carter—especially when she deputizes him as one of her lawmen.

Sarah loves her grandmother, but with her law enforcement career keeping her busy, they could both use some help from a strong, steady man. And policing Lincoln County has only gotten tougher since a merciless drug lord arrived in the area. When Sarah takes a bullet on the job, it’s Dawson who comes to her rescue—and though they both thought they left war behind in Afghanistan, they’ll do whatever it takes to protect what’s theirs, even if it means facing down traumas they’ve buried for years. Because love isn’t for the faint of heart . . .

EXCERPT

June 2
Sarah’s eyes widened. There on her personal computer the next morning, was a resume for the ad she’d placed! She quickly scanned the email.

‘My name is Dawson Callaway. Enclosed is my resume’ for your job.’

She sat at her office chair in her own small home that was a block from the courthouse building where the Sheriff’s department was located. It was seven a.m. and she was due to go to work at eight a.m. The only thing good about being the sheriff is that she wasn’t on a shift schedule, which she hated, but had done for too many years earlier. Trying to quell her excitement, she opened up the file that said: RESUME’ on it.

Leaning down, looking at her Apple McIntosh laptop screen, she watched the resume’ open up. As she rapidly scanned it, her heart beat a little harder in her chest. This man was a Texas born ranch wrangler, thirty years old, single and had been in the US Navy as a combat corpsman for over ten years before his enlistment was up.

What were the chances? Sarah let out a soft sigh escape from between her lips, staring at the resume’, reading it again. Making sure she didn’t miss anything. This sounded too good to be true. Was it? In her business as Sheriff, she saw the dregs and the worst of society. Not the best. Without thinking, she touched the screen with her fingertips. Dawson Callaway sounded perfect for the job but she cautioned herself. First, when she got to work she’d run a thorough research on him via law enforcement channels. There was no way she wanted a felon or someone with a bad teen background, working with her dearly beloved grandmother. No way. That was first. Next, after ruthlessly researching his background for law breaking issues, Sarah would contact a friend she had at the Pentagon. He would get her the man’s DD-214 and that would fill in another huge blank about his entire military service, what kind of discharge he got, and if he had any issues within that time frame. People lied all the time. Or they told half truths or half lies, thinking it was all right. And it wasn’t. She wanted to know everything about this Texan (if indeed he had been born in Amarillo, Texas) before setting up a meeting with him to pursue the possibility of being hired as Gertie’s assistant.

She wished she had a photo of him. So, she ran a Google search on him and came up with nothing. That was strange. Most people nowadays had a social media account, and he had no Facebook page, not Twitter account…no…nothing. That raised a red flag up to a point. He was a US Navy medic, a combat trained one, assigned to a Marine Corps company. She was intimately familiar with the Corps because she’d joined at age 18 and left at age 22, but not before serving over in Afghanistan in Helmund Province, one of the most dangerous areas to have a deployment. Yes, every squad in a company had a Navy combat corpsman assigned to them. So that part fit and was accurate.

Sitting back, she wiped her face with her hands, feeling the weight and stress on her shoulders. Funny how she could let the stress in her Sheriff’s side slide off and it was much less troublesome, than family stress. Family was personal as it got and Sarah understood why it was taking a toll on her. She dearly loved Gertie. And she wanted to protect her and find someone who was damn near an angel in quality, mentality and very compassionate, to aid her. And she knew just how long the odds were of finding a man like that.

Her mind canted to the past, to the Navy corpsman in their squad. He was kind, quiet and listened a lot, but didn’t say much. Most of the ones she’d met in those years in the Corps, were all like that. They were someone you’d want at your side if you were bleeding out, knowing you were going to die. There was a streak of compassion in them, a humanity, that Sarah rarely found in anyone but the medical first responder world whether an EMT, paramedic or combat corpsman. There was no question that those in the medical service field were a certain personality type. She hoped with all her heart that Callaway possessed that same kind of personality, but she’d only find out if he passed the first series of rigorous searches. What did he look like? She was dying to find out because she had a knack for reading faces.

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BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna, EXCERPT!

June 11, 2016

EXCERPT from BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna

Delos Series novella, BN2
6.5.16

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“Raw pain shot up through Kara’s face as she sat down on a chair in the day care center, gripping her cellphone in her hand. Her attacker had left. Or had he? Warily, she looked around, but her gaze was fastened on the opened door and entrance to the day care area. Stunned and hurting after regaining consciousness, she’d crawled to the chair and pulled her phone from her pocket to call 9-1-1. Dizzy, her ears ringing, she tried without success to stop the blood from pouring out of her left nostril. It felt as if half her face had been ripped off. The heat, swelling, and pain making her whimper. She was hunched over, praying that someone, anyone, would get here fast to help her.

The woman on the 9-1-1 line said a Kenedy County sheriff’s cruiser was on its way. How far away was it though? Her hair hung like curtains on either side of her face as her bloody, slippery fingers carefully pressed against her nose. The pain was excruciating, so she stopped trying to examine the extent of her injury.

Shattered by the attack, Kara kept worrying that her assailant would come back. But everything was quiet in the day care center and out in the hall beyond it. The rain was slacking off, the thunder moving farther east, the storm passing quickly through the area. She heard the front door open and then close. Who was it? Her heart pounded hard in her chest. Was it the man coming back to finish her off? To kill her?

Stifling a cry, she straightened, tense in the chair, unable to walk much because her knees were feeling so weak. Her breath hitched as she saw a sheriff’s deputy appear in the entrance, his revolver drawn. A gasp tore from Kara—she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The man wearing the black Stetson, dressed in a deputy’s uniform, was none other than Cade Patterson! She’d heard through the county grapevine that he’d come home two years earlier, but she had never run into him or seen him. His shoulders were so broad that she longed to simply lay her head on them and collapse into his arms. His light brown eyes were large, wide set, and assessing her, holding her distraught gaze.

“Kara!” He looked as shocked as she did. “What happened? Is there anyone else here?” he asked urgently, his head swiveling to take in the room.

“A man attacked me from behind…I-I don’t know why…” Her voice sounded young, like a scared child, not her normal alto tone. She saw that his eyes were filled with concern.

“Okay, stay where you are for a moment. I have to clear every room to make sure no one is still in here.”

She nodded. “I’m not going anywhere. I can’t walk. I’m dizzy.”

“I’ll be right back,” he promised.

Huge tears of relief squeezed out of her eyes. Kara wrapped her arms around herself, the blood dripping continuously down onto her white blouse, forever staining it. Cade was like a silent shadow, disappearing from her view as he moved down the hall, pistol drawn. Was her attacker still in here hiding? Waiting to jump her again? She felt so cold. So alone. And yet, Cade was here! He was the last person she’d ever expected to see and she was infinitely grateful it was him.

Kara had been hoping to see him on the street, maybe catch sight of him at the local diner or run into him at the grocery store. But she never had, until now. Gulping, hating the metallic taste of blood in her mouth, she swallowed, her stomach roiling.

“Kara?”

Cade’s voice was so close to her, she snapped her head up, gasping, not hearing him return to her side. He stood before her, sliding his revolver into the holster and safing it.

Her hand flew to her throat as she stared up at him. How tall he was! She remembered the boy of eighteen. That was the last time she’d seen him. Even though Cade had played football, the coach was always after him to put on more muscle, but he never had. Her gaze traveled up, from his narrow hips encased in dark blue gabardine trousers to the light khaki-colored shirt that stretched across his broad chest. And those proud, straight shoulders of his that looked as if they could carry the weight of the world on them. She knew from Cade’s hard, younger life, that he’d carried his mother who had been so broken by her husband’s unexpected death.

Words stuck in her tight throat as he crouched down close to her, placing his hand tentatively upon her upper right arm, his gaze melting into hers.

“Broken nose?” he asked gently.

“I-I think so…he hit me. That’s the last thing I remember.”

“I’ll call an ambulance,” he said, his hand reluctantly leaving her arm so he could make the call from his shoulder radio.

She looked beyond him, panicked, as he ended the call. “Is he still here, Cade?”

Shaking his head, he said, “No, no one’s here. We’re alone. Are you hurt anywhere else, Kara?”

Just the low warmth, the concern in his eyes, brought more tears. She choked and sobbed, “I-I don’t think so…I didn’t expect this…I don’t know who he was. He attacked me from behind. I got a look at him after I smashed his foot with my heel, just for a second before I tried to run from him.” Cade’s hand was stabilizing as he lightly moved it up and down her upper arm, as if to comfort her.

“We can cover all that later.”

“God, I wish my nose would quit bleeding.” She held up her bloodied fingers.

“Hold on,” Cade murmured, rising. He pulled out a white linen handkerchief from his back pocket, slipping it into her hand. “Press two fingers gently against the root of your nose and pinch the area as much as you can without causing yourself more pain. It should slow and stop the bleeding,” he said, crouching next to her once more.

Needing his comforting touch, she closed her eyes and held the handkerchief against her nose with one hand and pinched the root of her nose with the other. “I-I’m not hurt anywhere else. Bruised knees maybe, that’s all.”

Kara began to shake uncontrollably, barely holding herself together. Some of the bleeding was slowing down and that was good. Absorbing Cade’s masculine nearness, she felt like a thief stealing his light, his energy. Listening to the low timbre of his voice as he spoke to the Sarita dispatcher requesting a forensics team and back up, she once more felt that powerful swell of protection embracing her. And yet, Cade was not even touching her! Missing his hand on her arm, she needed to connect with him once again. It was a wild, unbidden thought and she couldn’t stop any of her rampant, twisting feelings from barreling through her right now.”

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TRAVIS TRILOGY by Lindsay McKenna 8.12.2014 — AT LAST!!

August 11, 2014
Red Tail by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of the Travis Trilogy

Red Tail by Lindsay McKenna is Book 1 of the Travis Trilogy

TRAVIS TRILOGY is to be released 8.12.2014!! TRAVIS TRILOGY series: This was the first series I ever wrote, to prove to my editor that it COULD be done. She scoffed and shook her head, saying it wasn’t possible. I don’t take “no” very well. I know what I can do and what I can’t do. One thing you don’t want to do is throw a gauntlet down in front of me and tell me it’s impossible. NOTHING is impossible. It’s only the limits and boundaries of our reality that make it so–or not. Red Tail was the first of three books I wrote. Book 1 Red Tail (Silhouette Desire), Book 2 Dare to Love (Harlequin Temptation), Book 23, The Right Touch, (Harlequin Temptation). So I proved to her a writer could write three books that had a theme. In this case, the Travis children. Each had their story. There was NEVER a flash put on the books. This was opening a door and pioneering, which is one of my strong points as a writer. I just had to get the publisher to accept the vision I had and knew I could create. Once I brought this to the editor’s attention, she said, “Do it again.” Okay, I did. That ended up being series #2 that was never acknowledged as a series: The Kincaid Series.

This is Book 2 of the Travis Trilogy, Matt Travis' story.

This is Book 2 of the Travis Trilogy, Matt Travis’ story.

Finally, Tara Gavin, Senior Editor of the Silhouette Special Editions line, went to bat for the concept in an editorial meeting. What came out of it was my first “official” trilogy: Love and Glory series was born: Morgan’s Mercenaries. It did have a “flash” or logo on the front of each book so readers could identify it as a series and Harlequin did support it fully. Now you know the REAL story behind all of the way 3-book series were actually created. It was done by me because I had the vision and I didn’t take “no” for an answer. Even if I had to write two earlier series: Travis Trilogy and later, Kincaid Trilogy, before Love & Glory series was embraced by the publisher—and the world. It was an instant success and globally, even to this day, is the longest running series-saga in the world, 45 books strong and still going! Further, I didn’t capitulate to an editor’s wrongheaded belief it couldn’t be done by a writer. I stayed true, first of all, to myself. Secondly, to my vision. Never take “no” as the final answer in your life. I was not only the creator of the military romance genre, but I was also the creator of the SERIES books which nowadays, seems common and completely realistic. Back in the 1980’s it was glimmer in one person’s eyes: mine. Not the publisher. Now, you get to walk the footsteps of history by reading the first REAL trilogy in the publishing word: The TRAVIS TRILOGY. I was the “little engine that could…

This is Book 3 of the Travis Trilogy and it is Cal Travis' story

This is Book 3 of the Travis Trilogy and it is Cal Travis’ story

To get lots more info on each of these books, plus my AUTHOR COMMENTS on each one, go to my website: http://lindsaymckenna.com/2014/08/august-2014-ebook-releases/ Be a part of Publishing History! Travis Trilogy — the story of the three Travis children: Storm Travis, Matt Travis and Cal Travis. RED TAIL is Storm’s story DARE TO LOVE is Matt’s story THE RIGHT TOUCH is Cal’s story to be released 8.12.2014!!

The TRAVIS TRILOGY series: This was the first series I ever wrote, to prove to my editor that it COULD be done. She scoffed and shook her head, saying it wasn’t possible. I don’t take “no” very well. I know what I can do and what I can’t do. One thing you don’t want to do is throw a gauntlet down in front of me and tell me it’s impossible. NOTHING is impossible. It’s only the limits and boundaries of our reality that make it so–or not. Red Tail was the first of three books I wrote. Book 1 Red Tail (Silhouette Desire), Book 2 Dare to Love (Harlequin Temptation), Book 23, The Right Touch, (Harlequin Temptation). So I proved to her a writer could write three books that had a theme. In this case, the Travis children. Each had their story. There was NEVER a flash put on the books. This was opening a door and pioneering, which is one of my strong points as a writer.

I just had to get the publisher to accept the vision I had and knew I could create. Once I brought this to the editor’s attention, she said, “Do it again.” Okay, I did. That ended up being series #2 that was never acknowledged as a series: The Kincaid Series. Finally, Tara Gavin, Senior Editor of the Silhouette Special Editions line, went to bat for the concept in an editorial meeting. What came out of it was my first “official” trilogy: Love and Glory series was born: Morgan’s Mercenaries. It did have a “flash” or logo on the front of each book so readers could identify it as a series and Harlequin did support it fully. Now you know the REAL story behind all of the way 3-book series were actually created. It was done by me because I had the vision and I didn’t take “no” for an answer. Even if I had to write two earlier series: Travis Trilogy and later, Kincaid Trilogy, before Love & Glory series was embraced by the publisher—and the world. It was an instant success and globally, even to this day, is the longest running series-saga in the world, 45 books strong and still going!

Further, I didn’t capitulate to an editor’s wrongheaded belief it couldn’t be done by a writer. I stayed true, first of all, to myself. Secondly, to my vision. Never take “no” as the final answer in your life. I was not only the creator of the military romance genre, but I was also the creator of the SERIES books which nowadays, seems common and completely realistic. Back in the 1980’s it was glimmer in one person’s eyes: mine. Not the publisher. Now, you get to walk the footsteps of history by reading the first REAL trilogy in the publishing word: The TRAVIS TRILOGY. I was the “little engine that could…

To get lots more info on each of these books, plus my AUTHOR COMMENTS on each one, go to my website: http://lindsaymckenna.com/2014/08/august-2014-ebook-releases/ Be a part of Publishing History! Travis Trilogy — the story of the three Travis children: Storm Travis, Matt Travis and Cal Travis. RED TAIL is Storm’s story DARE TO LOVE is Matt’s story THE RIGHT TOUCH is Cal’s story.

Lindsay McKenna interview “Authors on the Air” 6.6.2014 8pm EDT Join me!

May 21, 2014

Hi Everyone
This radio show that I’ll be on has FOUR MILLION listeners in 44 COUNTRIES.  So, this is no little interview program.  I hope you can drop in and listen to Pam interview me on BREAKING POINT and NO SURRENDER.  This will take place June 6, 2014, 8 p.m., EDT.

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Authors on the Air host Pam Stack is honored to welcome to the show, award-winning author Lindsay McKenna who recently took home 2 awards from RT/NOLA.  Lindsay is a pioneer in military romance and suspense and she has published over 115 books. She’s been a busy author… her books have been translated in 22 languages and have sold over 23 million copies. Lindsay served in the Navy and was a pilot and a volunteer firef ighter. Her newest releases are Breaking Point and Never Surrender.  Lindsay is anxious to hear from her friends and readers so call in to say hello at 347-633-9609 and she will give away 5 autographed copies of  Breaking Point. “My heritage comes from Eastern Cherokee blood, where stories were the backbone of our nation.  I love to tell stories because they can heal us, soothe us, entertain us, decelerate our stressful lives and allow our own imagination to take flight.  Without stories, we have no way to  dream and hope.  I write romance novels because I know, without a doubt, that love is greatest healing, positive and healthy emotion that we possess as human beings”.  To read more about this fascinating author, drop by her web page at http://lindsaymckenna.com.

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DEGREE OF RISK by Lindsay McKenna

February 25, 2014

DEGREE OF RISK by Lindsay McKenna is out!

Harlequin Romantic Suspense, 3.1.2014

This is the sequel to RISK TAKER, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, 2.1.2014

 

DEGEE OF RISK, March, 2014,  places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help.  Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash.  All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not.  And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her.   Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive.  And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

DEGEE OF RISK, March, 2014, places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help. Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash. All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not. And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her. Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive. And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebook available:  3.1.2014

Paperback available:  3.4.2014

Video book trailer:

EXCERPT:
http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?itemid=50638&cid=416

 

 

CWO Sarah Benson, will brave enemy fire to rescue men or women caught in combat and are injured.  Growing up, no one came to rescue her from a hellish foster family.  And she’s damned if these brave warriors are going to be left to bleed out on the Afghan soil if she can help it.  She might never have been rescued as a child, but she can rescue these heroes and save their lives.

CWO Sarah Benson, will brave enemy fire to rescue men or women caught in combat and are injured. Growing up, no one came to rescue her from a hellish foster family. And she’s damned if these brave warriors are going to be left to bleed out on the Afghan soil if she can help it. She might never have been rescued as a child, but she can rescue these heroes and save their lives.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sarah Benson, US Army, Medevac pilot, has fallen in love with Ethan Quinn.  He’s a US Navy SEAL stationed at FOB (forward operating base) Bravo thirty miles from the Afghan-Pak (Pakistan) border.

If you have read the first book, RISK TAKER, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, February, 2014, then you are now reading the sequel.  These two characters were seminal for me in many ways.  Each had a powerful story to tell in their own right. And then, to put them together in the war and combat environment in Afghanistan, was to test every resolve they owned and believed in.

Ethan sees beneath Sarah’s courageous exterior of a Medevac pilot who will not leave those in jeopardy, to bleed out.  She was never rescued in the hellish foster home she grew up in until age twelve.  Because she was never saved, Sarah has made it her life mission to save others, never wanting them to know what it feels like to survive terror and abuse.  He is able to reach her through is poems that he writes and leaves for her at her tent.  And he’s the only male Sarah has ever, truly trusted.  And they are deeply in love with one another.

When her Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in a valley swarming with Taliban, the US Army thinks she and her copilot are dead.  But Ethan and the SEALs don’t think so.  They mount a mission to find out if she survived.   Sarah is alive and on her own.  And all she wants to do is walk the twenty miles to the closest FOB, Thunder, and find safety.  She wants to survive even though the odds are heavily stacked against her.

Ethan and his team find evidence that Sarah has survived.  But they are four SEALs in a valley of Taliban that number in the hundreds.  They must carefully track her, hoping to catch up to her and remain in the shadows, unseen by their mutual enemy.  Eventually, Sarah is captured by Mustafa Khogani, a Hill tribesman chief and leader who hate the Shinwari tribe that lives in the valley.   Sarah is put into a situation that is either going to be a replay of her foster family childhood or to allow a six year old boy to be sacrificed.

Sarah’s faith and trust that the SEALs will know she’s alive and find her, keeps her strong in a situation that deteriorates by the hour.  In less than a day, Khogani is going to take her over the border to Pakistan to be sold to a high Al-Qaeda leader who has plans for her.  She is a military woman captured in combat.  And Khogani knows the public relations coup he’s gotten by capturing Sarah.

 

 

DEGREE OF RISK, March, 2014,  places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help.  Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash.  All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not.  And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her.   Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive.  And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

DEGREE OF RISK, March, 2014, places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help. Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash. All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not. And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her. Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive. And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only the SEALs and Sarah aren’t going down without a fight….

READERS: if you write up a review, send it to me so I can send on to my editor!  Thank you.  Connect with me at docbones224@earthlink.net.

RISK TAKER and DEGREE of RISK, February and March 2014 by Lindsay McKenna

January 10, 2014

RISK TAKER and DEGREE OF RISK, HRS, February and March, 2014

February, 2014, Harlequin Romantic Suspense by Lindsay McKenna.  This is book 1 of 2.  It is a sequel.  DEGREE OF RISK comes out March, 2014, Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  Don't miss these two books!

February, 2014, Harlequin Romantic Suspense by Lindsay McKenna. This is book 1 of 2. It is a sequel. DEGREE OF RISK comes out March, 2014, Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Don’t miss these two books!

I rarely write sequels, but it looks like 2014, I wrote 2 pairs :-).  One is for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (above) and the other two pairs are for HQN.  All are from the Shadow Warriors series.

BOOK TRAILER:  http://youtu.be/cMzeNLN1Qq8

Everything about RISK TAKER and DEGREE OF RISK, the 2-book sequel, was different and entirely unique to anything I’ve written before.  But that’s what happens when the magic occurs and the author becomes powerfully and deeply into an alchemical process that can never be explained by words alone.

It was interesting to see what happened as I began writing RISK TAKER.  I got so deeply involved in the story of “Blue Eyes,” as she is called by the men at FOB Bravo in Afghanistan, that I knew 75,000 words just wasn’t going to scratch the surface of Medevac pilot, Army Chief Warrant Officer Sarah Benson’s life, her trials, challenges and her incredible courage and strength.

I also knew that because Sarah was badly damaged as a child and she’d fought her way out of it, that only a very special man would ever be able to dissolve the walls that protected her heart.  Her distrust of men is so deep.  She’s tired of being hit on at the FOB.  Sarah doesn’t see her own beauty, her glacier-blue eyes, or her passionate spirit to be a medevac pilot who makes a difference in men and women’s lives hanging in the balance.  But the men of FOB Bravo see her only in a sexual content, covet her and want her for only one thing.  She remains an untouched citadel, one of seventy-five women on the base of one thousand men.  A challenge that every man picks up.

Sarah’s whole being is wrapped up being a Medevac pilot.  She’s damn good at her job, a chief pilot, and has seen a lot of combat in Afghanistan in the last seven years.  Her life revolves around braving dangerous combat conditions in order to fly in and pick up wounded men and women during firefights.  She never endangers her crew or medics, who worship the ground she walks on because she’s passionate about saving lives like they are.  She’s garnered the name “risk taker”  in her medevac squadron because she’ll fly her Black Hawk through hell to reach those on the ground who are going to die if she doesn’t find the courage to land and pick them up–giving them a chance to live against all odds.

Sarah, who was in a life-and-death situation as a young girl from age six through twelve with a foster family, cried nightly for rescue. But it never came.  Now, she’s in control of her own life and she’s turned this nightmare experience into something positive.  She might not have ever been rescued from her personal, ongoing hell, but she can rescue those who are wounded and crying out for help now.  Sarah has turned her life inside out in the most positive of ways.  Her crew she flies with, thinks she’s an angel.  Her commanding officer hates her because her helicopter comes back riddled with bullet holes, shattered Plexiglas windshields and it costs the squadron its budget bottom line.  Never mind that she and her courageous medics have saved men and women’s lives on the battlefield.  Those wounded will live to go home to their loved ones, to their wife, their children and families.

RISK TAKER, February, 2014, Chief Warrant Officer, Sarah Benson, US Army, medevac, Black Hawk helicopter, is stationed with her squadron at Forward Operating Base Bravo.  Only thirty miles from the Afghan-Pak border, she flies dangerous missions picking up wounded men in the heat of battle.  She’s earned the nickname, “Risk Taker.”

RISK TAKER, February, 2014, Chief Warrant Officer, Sarah Benson, US Army, medevac, Black Hawk helicopter, is stationed with her squadron at Forward Operating Base Bravo. Only thirty miles from the Afghan-Pak border, she flies dangerous missions picking up wounded men in the heat of battle. She’s earned the nickname, “Risk Taker.”

Petty Officer Ethan Quinn, US Navy SEAL, is a straphanger assigned to the SEAL platoon based at FOB Bravo.  He’s been there three weeks and he’s heard of Blue Eyes. She’s part and parcel of the myths that float around an FOB among a thousand horny men.  The things he hears about her do, indeed, sound mythic.  He’s never seen her, but those that have, rave about the color of her eyes, hence her name, Blue Eyes.  And the stories that circulate alongside her beauty and eyes is her iconoclastic reserve where she allows no man near her. She’s single, the stories go.  She sits alone at the chow hall or with other women pilots, but never with a man.  When she’s in the canteen, she sits alone.  If an interested male wants to buy her a drink, she gives him a glare and warning to leave her alone.

CWO Sarah Benson, will brave enemy fire to rescue men or women caught in combat and are injured.  Growing up, no one came to rescue her from a hellish foster family.  And she’s damned if these brave warriors are going to be left to bleed out on the Afghan soil if she can help it.  She might never have been rescued as a child, but she can rescue these heroes and save their lives.

CWO Sarah Benson, will brave enemy fire to rescue men or women caught in combat and are injured. Growing up, no one came to rescue her from a hellish foster family. And she’s damned if these brave warriors are going to be left to bleed out on the Afghan soil if she can help it. She might never have been rescued as a child, but she can rescue these heroes and save their lives.

Ethan isn’t your typical SEAL.  He keeps part of himself hidden from his SEAL brothers because if they found out that he wrote poetry, they’d never, ever let him live it down.  The ruthless, constant jibbing about a SEAL writing poetry, would ride roughshod on Ethan and he knows it.  His mother was an English teacher.  She taught her three children from age six onward, how to speak, write and read Latin.  She was an accomplished poet with a number of books published.  Ethan, the oldest, got his mother’s poet gene.  She gave him a journal at age seven and taught him to write his thoughts and his feelings down in it.  He urged him to sketch and put drawings in there, too.  Ethan joins the SEALs knowing he has to keep this side of himself top secret.  Poets have no place in the alpha male world of SEALdom.

Ethan has finely developed skills in people watching and understanding, thanks to his instructive and insightful mother.  He sometimes wonders if he hadn’t been so attracted to the SEALs and adventure, if he wouldn’t have been a psychologist, instead.  He utilizes these skills every day with brother SEALs, with the stressed Afghan villagers and when necessary, with enemy Taliban prisoners.  He’s a complex man with many layers to himself.  One thing he has found out in his years as a SEAL, is he has to dump his emotions somewhere.  The things he experiences, the horror of what he sees, is too much for any human being to carry.

Ethan learns early on that allowing one’s emotions to run him, could get him or his brothers killed.  SEALs were taught to put it into a “kill box” and never open it up to feel the horror of their experiences.  To feel is to be distracted.  To be distracted is to be killed.  For him, his journal becomes his kill box.  When his brothers ask what he’s doing, he just tells them it’s kind of a daily diary of his life that someday, he’ll give to his children so they understand what he did in the Navy.  Everyone buys his somewhat honest explanation, and wanders away.   For Ethan, getting those feelings out on paper is essential to his well being.  He can’t stuff and ignore his emotions like the other men.  It’s a positive and healthy outlet for him.  It helps him be a SEAL and still be able to offload his feelings without becoming stoved up by the toxicity of suppressing them in a deep, dark corner of himself.

CWO Sarah Benson with Petty Officer 1st Class Ethan Quinn, US Navy SEAL.  Both stationed at FOB Bravo.  Sarah is saved by him when attacked by an Army sergeant.  She wants nothing to do with men for good reason, but Ethan seeks to find a way through those walls she’s put up.  Known on Bravo as “Blue Eyes,” she’s every man’s dream come true.  The color of her eyes is a legend at the FOB.  But Ethan wants more than just her outer beauty.  He wants to gain her trust to gently hold her heart.

CWO Sarah Benson with Petty Officer 1st Class Ethan Quinn, US Navy SEAL. Both stationed at FOB Bravo. Sarah is saved by him when attacked by an Army sergeant. She wants nothing to do with men for good reason, but Ethan seeks to find a way through those walls she’s put up. Known on Bravo as “Blue Eyes,” she’s every man’s dream come true. The color of her eyes is a legend at the FOB. But Ethan wants more than just her outer beauty. He wants to gain her trust to gently hold her heart.

These two characters came to me and got my full, undivided attention.  They were fascinating, heroic people and I was absolutely swept away by their story.   And their story took more than one book.  That is why I penned the sequel, DEGREE OF RISK.  Ethan isn’t your typical SEAL type of warrior.  He’s not a type A wolf, but a beta wolf.  He doesn’t have to be an ego-busting warrior.  Rather, he utilizes his inner warrior to be just as good, and sometimes, better, than his alpha male brothers.  He has insight, a lot of patience, a laser-like ability to perceive people’s emotions and why they do things the way they do.

Within the platoon, he is a vaunted Communications expert, even at calling in the heavies, the B-52, and directing them to drop their bombs.  He has confidence to burn along with intense focus.  Nothing rattles him in a firefight and he’s been in many of them.  And brother SEALs like it when he’s leading their team because he possesses an almost uncanny, psychic ability to ferret out the enemy and also use it during a firefight to save lives.  It’s easy for Ethan to be an introvert because he is one.  Many of his brothers are extroverts.  He chooses quiet over bedlam.  He needs to be alone to reorder himself to remain in balance and be the best he can be.

In the opening scene of RISK TAKER, Ethan accidentally meets the mythic “Blue Eyes” at the canteen.  Only, he knows from all the constantly circulating stories about her, that he doesn’t dare approach her.  As he comes in off a long, 12-hour patrol, all he wants is a cold beer to wash the Afghan grit and sand out of his throat.  Until he spots Blue Eyes sitting alone at a table in the corner, nursing her own beer.  He sits down at another table, and he senses the aching loneliness around her.  And when he sees her briefly lift her head, his heart is slammed with yearning for her.  He was born in Alaska and seen glacier calve all the time.  The color is unearthly and yet, that very same color is in Chief Benson’s large, beautiful eyes.  Now he understands why every man at the FOB wants her for his own.

What happens next?  Well, you’re going to have to either down load the Ebook or order the paperback.  I guarantee you, it’s one hell of a story.  Two very unique people in a very dangerous environment.  Both are lonely.  Sarah distrusts men completely. Ethan is  stunned by her beauty and that haunting sadness around her.  She is off limits to men.  But Ethan doesn’t see it that way.  He is patient and he watches her obliquely, beginning to register nuances about her on every level of himself.  Now, all Ethan needs is a chance to meet her.

DEGREE OF RISK, March, 2014,  places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help.  Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash.  All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not.  And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her.   Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive.  And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

DEGREE OF RISK, March, 2014, places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help. Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash. All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not. And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her. Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive. And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

When that opportunity unexpectedly arises, it’s nothing like what  Ethan expected…

DEGEE OF RISK, March, 2014,  places Sarah in an enemy valley, far from any help.  Everyone at FOB Bravo thinks she’s died in the Black Hawk crash.  All except Ethan and the SEALs mount a rescue to find out if she’s alive or not.  And when they find proof she’s still alive, they will move Hell to find and rescue her.   Sarah is on her own, a .45 pistol to protect her against the Hill Tribe leader, Mustafa Khogani, Taliban, who knows she’s alive.  And when he finds her, she is going to be sorry she’s alive.

DEGEEE OF RISK, March, 2014, by Lindsay McKenna, Harlequin Romantic Suspense

I hope you enjoy both these books, back-to-back, February and March, 2014 with Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  Do let me know!! Visit my website, drop me an email:  http://www.lindsaymckenna.com

USA TODAY/HEA interviews on DOWN RANGE by Lindsay McKenna

November 26, 2013

USA Today HEA blog with Down Range

Today, 11.26.2013, DOWN RANGE, HQN, by Lindsay McKenna becomes available in paperback and ebook!

Check out

http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/11/26/lindsay-mckenna-video-interview-down-range/3727227/

This is a group of SKYPE video interviews with myself and Chief Michael Jaco, US Navy SEAL, retired about my book and Virna de Paul, USA Today interviewer and author. Chief Jaco vetted my book for technical accuracy as well as wrote a Forward to it (Dear Reader letter) and gave it a back cover quote. High praise from a SEAL.

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Come to my website for even more information on this ground breaking book from my new SHADOW WARRIORS series with HQN.

Check out Chief Jaco’s book, THE INTUITIVE WARRIOR at his website, http://www.michaeljaco.com

The Intuitive Warrior by Michael Jaco

Please share these amazing interviews with a romance author and a Navy SEAL, retired about DOWN RANGE. I think you’ll be riveted! But you let me know 🙂

Lindsay McKenna
http://www.lindsaymckenna.com

DOWN RANGE interview with Lindsay McKenna and Chief Michael Jaco, US Navy SEAL, retired, part 1 and part 2 Two youtube videos

November 4, 2013

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DOWN RANGE interview with Lindsay McKenna and Chief Michael Jaco, US Navy SEAL, retired, part 1 and part 2
Two youtube videos

There’s never been a SEAL step out to read a romance book, much less pen the Forward to it and put a quote on the back cover of it.  http://www.Freshfiction.com interviewed us and today, you will get to see both youtube videos, part 1 and part 2.   This is a first.  

Chief Jaco can be found at http://www.michaeljaco.com.  It was his book, THE INTUITIVE WARRIOR, that put me on a path of trying to find him and ask him for his technical expertise on DOWN RANGE.  I had 66 unclassified technical questions for him.  Thanks to his intrepid wife, Tracy jo jaco, who contacted me by phone and we talked and she made this meeting happen a year after I’d contacted him by email.  

 

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These two videos are worth watching and sharing.  

PART 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waskBgsc38k

PART 2:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBDTg1qxEc4&feature=youtu.be

COURSE OF ACTION, HRS, November 5 ,2013 by Lindsay McKenna and Merline Lovelace

October 30, 2013

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DEAR READER

Course of Action was created by myself and Merline Lovelace for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. There will be three books, one coming out each year, 2013, 2014 and 2015, with connected stories (novellas). She is a sister military vet and been a long-time friend. I came up with a concept of us doing a novella each (35,000 words in length) on the black ops community. She was an Air Force Colonel and was the first woman to run an Air Force Base (and showed the boys how to do it). I was in the US Navy. I had a secret clearance and Merline a top secret clearance. Both of us dealt in the black ops of the secretive military side that civilians don’t get to see.

We wanted to do a sort of show-and-tell on the different black ops communities because each is different in their own, unique way. For example, if it’s got to do with ocean, the the SEALs are called from the US Navy.  There will be stories about an Air Force combat controller, US Navy SEAL, Ranger, Army Special Forces, Marine Force Recon and Delta Force. We chose to do six novellas, two stories about two of the men in each book. This series will be released by Harlequin Romantic Suspense once a year.
And, we wanted a story that had threads to the other characters so we build a ‘family’ that the readers would love. Merline is a great brain-stormer and fun to work with. We came up with the concept that six young men in a West Texas town in the middle of nowhere, are football heroes. These six men played hard and played together. They called themselves the Sidewinders and had a tattoo on their upper right biceps to prove it. They went on in four years of high school to win two Texas championships; they played as a team, with heart and fierceness.

A day after graduating, Duke Carmichael, Travis Cooper, Dan Taylor, Jack Halliday, Josh Patterson and Chris Winborne, go down to the military recruiter’s office and join the military branch of their choice. And because of their mental toughness, their heart, they all end up in different black ops units in the military branch they chose.
The first two stories are about Duke Carmichael and Travis Cooper. Duke chose to go into the Air Force. Travis became a Navy SEAL.  Below are my comments about my up and coming novella in the Course of Action series stories. This book will be in paperback and eBook and will become available November  5, 2013.

From Lindsay McKenna:
Out of Harm’s Way 
Hero:  Travis Cooper, PO2, US Navy SEAL
Travis is a vaunted SEAL sniper.  The last thing he expects to come through his satellite phone from the forward operating base, Bravo in Afghanistan, is a call to save a kidnapped American woman.  He’s on the Afghan-Pak border, waiting for an HVT, high value target, to cross over from Pakistan into the country where he waits and hides.   Only, his whole plan is dismantled when the call comes through.

The American woman who has been kidnapped by the Taliban, is part of a group brought in from the US to teach Afghans how to breed better horses.  Madison Duncan, 26, has disobeyed the Marine Corps captain’s warning and slips outside the Afghan home where the group has been gathered.  She’s dying to see the small, tough Afghan horses in a corral out back.  It is dusk and Madison’s common sense is swept away by her passion and love of horses.  Only…the Taliban is waiting.  And they kidnap her, riding hard for the Pak border ten miles away.

And the only person standing in their way of getting there is Travis Cooper, a Texas boy who knows horses, too.  And he’s going to have to take on five Taliban on horseback to try and rescue Madison.  And the odds aren’t in his favor:  One SEAL against five well armed enemy soldiers who have a hostage that they’d rather shoot than allow to live.
Can Travis pull off the impossible?  Can he rescue the woman without her being killed in the process?  It’s going to take all his Texas ranching experience along with his SEAL training, to pull off this unexpected op.  IF he can….   There is no US help coming even if he does manage to rescue Madison.  They are deep in enemy territory and everything depends upon Travis’ SEAL knowledge of the area to get her to safety.  What he doesn’t expect is to be powerfully drawn to the brave young woman.
USAF Combat Controllers go through the same brutal training as Rangers and SEALS.  They can ingress a target area on or under water.  They can also scale or rappel down mountains; do high- and low-altitude jumps; engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat; treat any injuries they or another member of their squad sustains; and live off the land for weeks, if necessary.
What makes combat controllers different from any other Special Operators is that they’re also fully certified Air Traffic Controllers.  They’re the ones who call in air strikes on hostile positions, direct friendly fire, and control combat aircraft in the hot zones.  And often they do this with 500 pound bombs or mortar shells falling all around them.  You can see why I love these guys!
Merline and I truly hope you enjoy the tales of the Sidewinders!

 

Available in paperback AND ebook!

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A CHRISTMAS PROPROSAL by Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna for the Holidays!

October 19, 2013

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New York Times bestselling authors Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna present two enthralling stories about the redemptive power of the holiday seaso

AVAILABLE: 10.1.2013
harlequin.com, amazon.com, bn.com and other Internet book websites.

STATE SECRETS
Linda Lael Miller
Secret Service agent David Goddard never expected to spend his Christmas surveilling the president’s cousin. But after weeks of studying her, he finds that Holly Llewellyn’s life continues to remain a mystery. Tangled in the controversy swirling around them, David wonders, is it her secrets that fascinate him…or Holly herself?

THE FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Lindsay McKenna
Morgan Trayhern’s toughest mercenary, Colt Hamlin, is looking to lie low this Christmas, but he may just have a change of heart when his matchmaking boss puts him in the path of Montana’s prettiest widow.

LINDSAY’S COMMENT:
It’s wonderful to be teamed with such a terrific writer as Linda Lael Miller for the Holiday season. For my loyal readers who love Morgan’s Mercenaries, this is a Christmas story that I had originally written in 2000 and featured Debbie Macomber, Lindsay McKenna and Stella Bagwell. It was part of Midnight Clear, a Silhouette Christmas release. It hit the New York Times best seller list. I loved writing about Morgan and his family up in Philipsburg, Montana. Each year, the family put on a huge five-day Christmas celebration for the families of their security contractors who worked for Perseus, a black ops owned by Morgan Trayhern. In this story, it is about redemption, healing and love.

With so many military vets now returning from overseas, there is a timelessness to this story that will touch all of us like a tuning fork. Having been in the military myself, the US Navy, I can tell you that being away from home during the Holidays is one of the most gut wrenching times in the year.

Family is family. So come along and read about Colt and Abbey. Celebrate their unexpected falling in love with one another as each helps out with the Trayhern Christmas tradition known as the Five Days of Christmas.

Happy Holidays to all.

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