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3 EXCERPTS from DOG TAGS FOR CHRISTMAS authors: Lindsay McKenna, J.m. Madden and KaLyn Cooper!

October 5, 2016

Hi Readers!

We have a treat for you…an exclusive set of EXCERPTS—one each from the three novellas that make up Dog Tags For Christmas! Our special gift to all of you!

Just think! If you pre-order it today? It will be in your email box tomorrow morning!

DOG TAGS FOR CHRISTMAS by Lindsay McKenna, JM Madden and KaLyn Cooper coming 10.6.16.

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Read these EXCERPTS and see if you don’t run over and pre-order it 😉

SNOWFLAKE’S GIFT — Lindsay McKenna
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Sometimes love needs a little nudge from a dog…

Ex-Army Ranger Nick Conway and his WMD dog, Snowflake, come home. When Holly and Lady show up unexpectedly in his life, he finds out love provides healing and so much more…

Two veterans—one human, one canine—have returned to Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield. Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path.

EXCERPT:

SOMETIMES A CHRISTMAS GIFT DOESN’T COME IN A PACKAGE….IT COMES ON FOUR LEGS….

Snow was coming down hard in town as Nick drove the van toward the shut-in area at four p.m. The smell of spaghetti and buttered, garlic toast filled the vehicle. Myra had made sweet potato cupcakes for dessert, and he stole one before they left the charity facility. It was nearly Thanksgiving and he was looking forward to taking Holly to his folks place for the afternoon and evening. The wipers were rhythmically swinging back and forth, throwing off the heavy, wet flakes. The roads were salted, but still Nick was wary of invisible black ice. In the late afternoon the heat of the day was gone and things got slick real fast.

“Oh dear,” Holly called, sitting up, pointing out her passenger-side window. “Look, Nick!”

Snowflake, who stood between them, heard the pitch of her voice change, and whined.

Nick slowed and pulled over to the curb, then looked to where she was pointing. There was a yellow Labrador moving awkwardly through the belly deep snow between two brick buildings. Her ribs were prominent even though she had a short, thick winter coat on. “She’s starving,” he muttered, scowling. “It looks like a female Lab. She’s too dainty looking to be a male.”

“She’s terribly thin,” Holly said, worried. “I wonder if someone dumped her—they do that all the time around here. I hate it.”

“No collar on her, either,” Nick agreed. The Lab was about a hundred-feet down the alley between the two buildings, slugging it out with the snow. Nick heard Holly make a little sound of urgency. She had such a big heart, and she hated to see animals or humans suffer.

Nick knew she wanted to get out and try to call the dog over to her. From the looks of the animal, her light-brown eyes wild looking, tongue lolling out of her mouth, her fur matted, he intuitively knew this was a dog that had been left behind a long time ago to fend for herself.

“She’s feral,” he warned Holly. She turned, her huge, blue eyes filled with tears. “She won’t let us near her. I’m sorry.” And he was. It wouldn’t be the first dog dumped here that Nick had found, or that Holly had come upon around the building of one of her shut-ins. They had a no-kill shelter here, and this Lab would have had a warm place to stay, food, and care if they could befriend her.

“Can’t we do something for her, Nick?”

SEAL’s Christmas Dream – J.M. Madden
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Love is never easy, but nothing worth fighting for ever is…

Flynn and Willow find themselves fighting for more than just the abused Pit-Bulls they find. It’s going to take a Christmas miracle to get everyone home safely… or maybe a helpful nudge from an old partner.

EXCERPT:
Willow sighed when she heard Sue’s voice call out that Flynn had just pulled in. They had just gotten caught up on their schedule and now whatever animal he’d brought in would probably throw them off again. Well, shoot.

Running her hand over her belly she smoothed her shirt. It didn’t matter what she looked like right now—considering he was probably bringing in an emergency—but she always wanted to be pretty for him, and six months after having the baby it was a little harder. Between running around like a chicken with her head cut off keeping her business running, taking care of little Raven and trying to be a present wife, she was run ragged.

Automatically, she smiled when Flynn walked in the door. Her big, handsome husband still had his shades on, but when he looked at her his hard, bearded face softened into a smile. That small connection had only gotten stronger in the time they’d been together, and she truly cherished it. Maya, the mixed breed German Shepherd mutt paced around him, prancing anxiously.

Willow’s gaze fell to the towel wrapped bundle in his arms. A black nose peeked out of the folds.

“You brought me a raccoon?” she asked incredulously.

Flynn flashed her an even broader grin and leaned over for a quick kiss. Willow wanted to linger but forced herself to pull away. She looked down at the animal.

Flynn turned the bundle until he could show her the back end. “Looks like he’s been hit by a car, maybe. I chased him across three lanes of traffic before I could catch him.”

She scowled at the knowledge. “You be careful doing that. Denver drivers can be crazy.”

Reaching out she probed at the hanging back leg. “Yes. I would say you’re right. I’ll dose him up with pain medication and splint this leg, then we can call the wildlife rehab center to come pick him up. They have their own vet that specializes in exotic animals. He doesn’t look very old so he should recover fairly well as long as he gets this fixed soon.”

Flynn nodded, manipulating the animal as she needed him moved. When she glanced up she realized he’d been staring at her for several long moments.
“What?” she asked defensively.

He’d shoved his shades to the top of his head. His dark gray eyes were lit with wonderful softness. “Nothing. I’m just peeking down your shirt. I can’t believe how beautiful you are.”

Willow grinned up at the love of her life. A year ago she never would have imagined she could be in this position, but things had seriously changed. Flynn had gone from a frequent client in her veterinarian’s office bringing her strays to her hero then her soul mate. He was everything she could imagine having. And he’d already become the amazing father she had imagined him to be.

The raccoon fought a little, trying to get free, but Flynn restrained him like a professional, biceps pumped. Willow worked quickly, giving the animal a light sedation before lightly splinting the back leg. Then she let Flynn carry the animal to one of the portable carriers in back.

NOVELLA #3
Noel’s Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper
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Tanner Hill is better at communicating with animals than women. That might be why he hasn’t had a second date in over two years. He’s also been extremely busy with his kennel that has become the premier training facility, specializing in supplying dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then again, there is this psychologist he can’t get out of his head, or his heart.

Dr. Bailey Conrad would never allow the loss of half her right leg to an IED in Iraq to stop her. Every day at the VA hospital, she sees patients who have lost so much more to the war effort. It’s her goal in life to help as many vets as possible to find a ‘new normal’, because she knows firsthand, it’s the internal scars that can be the most difficult to heal.
EXCERPT:

Case stepped forward. “I’m almost finished, and I’ll be leaving in a minute.” He gave Bailey that lady-killer smile of his. “I’m sure she can wait another minute for me to escort her to her car.”

Tanner insisted, “No, I can walk my friend to her car.”

Friend. So she was definitely in the friend zone.

Bailey smiled inwardly as she watched the interaction of the two alphas, snarling at each other.

Friends, huh. Tanner was acting very possessive for only being friends. She slid her arms down her winter coat sleeves and zipped it up. She could make it to her car on her own. The snow wasn’t that bad.

Before she made the first step onto the sidewalk, Tanner was at her side. He grabbed her hand and slid it into the crook of his elbow. “You’re going the New Year’s party with me.”

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$15.00 give away with SAVED BY A SEAL

February 17, 2016

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A special blog stop today for SAVED BY A SEAL! Please drop by. There is a $15.00 give away to the lucky winner–so sign up!
Every purchase of SAVED BY A SEAL proceeds to directly to americasvetdogs.org to help in the purchase of a service dog for a wounded military vet. Please think about being a part Chris Keniston, Susan Stoker and Lindsay McKenna’s efforts to “get the word out” on this deserving charity.

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Every purchase of SAVED BY A SEAL proceeds to directly to americasvetdogs.org to help in the purchase of a service dog for a wounded military vet. Please think about being a part Chris Keniston, Susan Stoker and Lindsay McKenna’s efforts to “get the word out” on this deserving charity. Please SHARE. Thank you!

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These three authors want to raise as much money as possible for this charity! Please be a part of it! ALL proceeds go toward the purchase of a service dog for a serving wounded military vet!

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JASON BACA IS NOW THE REIGNING KING OF ROMANCE BOOK COVERS. MOVE OVER FABIO!

February 14, 2016

Hello Dear Readers!
First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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Fabio, darling model of the romance covers during the 1980’s and 1990’s, before he retired, showed up on a total of 460 romance covers in our romance industry! An amazing amount!

Fabio (left), darling of the romance cover models has been replaced by Jason Aaaron Baca (right)

Fabio (left), darling of the romance cover models has been replaced by Jason Aaaron Baca (right)

How synchronistic that Jason Aaron Baca now wears the crown as King of the Cover Models for having the most on romance book covers:  461.  Fabio, darling decades ago, had 460.  Congratulations, Jason!

How synchronistic that Jason Aaron Baca now wears the crown as King of the Cover Models for having the most on romance book covers: 461. Fabio, darling decades ago, had 460. Congratulations, Jason!

Jason Aaron Baca now wears the crown for appearing on the most romance covers in our Industry 2.14.2016.

Jason Aaron Baca now wears the crown for appearing on the most romance covers in our Industry 2.14.2016.

In 2016 a very popular cover model is Jason Baca from Saratoga California , just broke Fabio’s long-standing record. On 2.10.16, the San Francisco Chronicle did an article on how Jason is now THE top romance cover model in our Romance Industry!

http://www.sfchronicle.com/style/article/Saratoga-man-now-top-romance-cover-model-6822011.php

And something for Lindsay McKenna, Chris Keniston and Susan Stoker to celebrate is their anthology SAVED BY A SEAL, was Jason’s 461st book cover!! We were shocked to find this out, and the synchronicity couldn’t have been sweeter because their anthology of first-in-series books was an effort to help a wounded vet receive a service dog to help him or her make their daily life a little easier. Jason’s father was in the Vietnam war and we honor his service as well. It makes this book cover sweeter for all the above reasons.
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Lindsay served in the U.S. Navy as a meteorologist in the air wing. Susan Stoker was an Army wife and Chris has a deep, abiding respect for our military personnel and the sacrifices they make for our great country.

Jason has done 461 romance covers breaking Fabio’s record. Why should I care you ask? Guess whose cover is number 461? That’s right. SAVED BY A SEAL is the cover that broke Fabio’s record!

The authors of SAVED BY A SEAL, sure hope this sells more books for the Disabled Vets ! – I think it’s rather cool that a charity anthology romance book cover broke Fabio’s record! Even better? All the proceeds for their book go to America’s vetdogs.org!

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Buying our book for .99 cents, all ‘first-in-series’ books, have all proceeds going to vetdogs.org to help buy a service dog for a deserving wounded military vet.

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WOLF HAVEN by Lindsay McKenna GIVE AWAY!

November 9, 2014
Night Spirit by Bill Vernon, Grand Prize for one of my Lindsay McKenna newsletter subscribers!

Night Spirit by Bill Vernon, Grand Prize for one of my Lindsay McKenna newsletter subscribers!

Wolf Haven, HQN, comes out 11.25.2014 and is the next book in the Wyoming Series.  To celebrate it, I’m am giving away some wonderful gifts to some of my Lindsay McKenna newsletter subscribers!

If you aren’t a subscriber to my newsletter?  And you want to take part in this exciting give away that will take place on 11.25.2014?  Easy!  Just go sign up on the front page of my website, http://www.lindsaymckenna.com.  It’s a quick 3-step process.  And then, you’re a subscriber!  And, you MIGHT win!

The subscribers will be chosen on 11.25.2014.  There is one grand prize:  “Night Spirit” sculpture by Bill Vernon.  For second place:  Five gemstone carved howling wolves for five winners.

The only thing you need to do is open up the Lindsay McKenna newsletter when you receive it in your email box on that day.  If you are the winner, you’ll have instructions there on how to contact me.  And all you have to do is send me your address and I’ll drop this wonderful gift via UPS to you.  

Here’s more about the Grand Prize: “Night Spirit” sculpture.

Night Spirit sculpture by Bill Vernon
Registration number: 572/3002

The hidden story behind “Night Spirit”
The artist’s statement:

The elusive wolf… Having admired this magnificent animal all of my life it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon the right piece of wood and found the “wolf’s spirit” hidden within.  Combing through volumes of reference material, I made every effort to capture the wolf’s mysterious and haunting gaze.  I am pleased and think that you will agree, the ‘gaze’ of the this wolf looks right through you!  So life-like, so eerie, so real.  You can sense his spirit.  The coldness of his nose, the wetness of his eyes.  It is done.

     As you study this sculpture look carefully at the front first.  I have hidden a small howling wolf head in the lower right hand corner. Now, as you turn to the back, how many eagle heads do you see?  I’ll give you a hint: there are two!  Enjoy!

The sculpture is cast resin, is 10 1/2” high and 10” wide.  It weighs approximate 20 pounds.  

Night Spirit by Bill Vernon.  This is the other side of the wolf's head sculpture.

Night Spirit by Bill Vernon. This is the other side of the wolf’s head sculpture.

FIVE other subscriber winners will receive a carved gemstone wolf howling, along with a velvet pouch.  I’m a gemologist (GIA, Gemological Institute of America) graduate in Colored Stones.  I’ve been a “rock hound” all my life and it’s one of my hobbies.  I enjoy going out into the field and discovering a gem in the dirt or in a seam of rock.

Five gemstone, carved howling wolves will be given to five second-place winners along with a velvet pouch!

Five gemstone, carved howling wolves will be given to five second-place winners along with a velvet pouch!

 

The winners (five of ‘em) will all have their names in that email, as well.  But you have to open it up to see if you won or not!  Then, just contact me.  I’ll choose one of the gemstone wolves photographed in this jpeg, and send it off to you with a velvet pouch as soon as I receive your address.

Here is the certificate of authenticity on this "Night Spirit" sculputre.  And it could be yours!  Just sign up for my newsletter!

Here is the certificate of authenticity on this “Night Spirit” sculputre. And it could be yours! Just sign up for my newsletter!

The winners names will be shared in the forthcoming April-June 2015 quarterly newsletter.  And of course, I’ll have a NEW giveaway for my subscribers in that newsletter!  Stay tuned.

WOLF HAVEN will be available at Audible.com December 1, 2014 if you love listening to audiobooks! http://www.audible.com. The entire Wyoming series is available here! Listen to all of them 😉

Lindsay McKenna BLOG TOUR for WOLF HAVEN 11.3 to 11.28

November 3, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Join me on my blog tour!!  Leave a comment!  Share with family and friends!

Join me on my blog tour!! Leave a comment! Share with family and friends!

Harlequin is putting me on a blog tour for my December release, WOLF HAVEN! Please come and follow me around the blog circuit. Add your comments from your heart, if you’d like 😉 There will be a number that have a nice, big, juicy question and answer format and interview with me on this book. I hope you can join me! Please share with family and friends!

The schedule can be found at: http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2014/10/06/pump-up-your-book-presents-wolf-haven-virtual-book-publicity-tour/

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

Video book trailer: http://youtu.be/–8eYGJh9dQ

Excerpt: http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?itemid=28931&cid=416

To Purchase: http://bit.ly/HighCountryRebel

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 http://www.lindsaymckenna.com!