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BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna, EXCERPT!

June 11, 2016

EXCERPT from BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna

Delos Series novella, BN2

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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.


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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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



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. 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  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.  



These two videos are worth watching and sharing.  



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

October 30, 2013



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!


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,, and other Internet book websites.

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?

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.

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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September 18, 2013
Danger Close begins the Shadow Warriors Series.  It is Book 1.

Danger Close begins the Shadow Warriors Series. It is Book 1.


Some of my loyal reader, back in 1999, read my first E-book, VALKYRIE. It later went on to win the Romantic Times Best E-book of the year 2000.
VALKYRIE has just been bought by Harlequin and I’m thrilled with this acquisition.Why? Because I’m going to use this book as the beginning of a new series called SHADOW WARRIORS, which will be with Harlequin HQN. It will be book #1, and it is retitled: DANGER CLOSE.
For those who might have bought the book, I’ve done some editing. I’ve also cut down the book length and tightened it up to 100,000 words. Originally it was 130,000!
This is a story of Corporal Cathy Fremont, US Marine Corps, who volunteers in 1985 for a congressional one-year trial to see if women can handle combat or not. Cathy is a sniper-quality shooter, so Major Louise Lane, CO of the WLF (Women’s Liberation Forces created by Congress), wants to show her off to the world, to tout what women can do as well–or better–than men.
Captain Jim Boland, USMC, Marine Force Recon black ops, is asked by Colonel Mackey, to try and get one of the WLF women to tell the truth about Major Lane’s tactics. Her heavy handed leadership, running the company of women into the ground with extra patrols, puts the women at risk. Lane wants media attention and doesn’t care how hard she pushes her women. Jim is of high moral fiber and agrees to help because he sees Cathy Fremont as an overworked under dog.
Cathy is not allowed to consort with the Marines in Thailand where there is a dust-up between them and Laos. The Marine brigade is there to stop incursion of Laotians into Thai territory. When she meets Jim Boland, she trusts him and he slowly gets her trust. In doing so, Jim falls in love with her. And she with him.
Mackey is not above politics and has maneuvered Jim Boland into an impossible position: get Cathy Fremont to go to Congress, in front a a senate panel, and tell the truth about Major Lane and her abusive leadership of the women in her company.
Jim and Cathy are caught up in politics, without knowing that the players on both sides of the argument over women in combat, are willing to use them as unknowing pawns for their own gain. Their love will be tested to the breaking point. And it is only when Jim throws down the gauntlet to protect the woman he loves, that he is willing to throw away his career in order to save her.
Be sure to get the sequel to this book, DOWN RANGE, HQN, December 2013 and is their daughter, Captain Morgan Boland’s, story!

Danger Close
New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna brings us the exciting beginning of her Shadow Warriors series

Placing women in ground combat is only a test for Congress, but for volunteer Corporal Cathy Fremont it’s life…and probably death. In the exotic jungles of Thailand, she’s trapped in a hotbed of deception and abuse because the enemy she can’t escape is on her side of the battle line. One risk she doesn’t need is an alliance with a marine, but trusting intense Captain Jim Boland might be her only chance of survival.
Caught in the crosshairs of danger and political intrigue, Jim must sacrifice his hidden agenda to protect the woman who reawakens the passion inside him. But deadly corruption is closer than they think, and may destroy them both.

Download HERE
Free E-book download on Danger Close from 9.16 through 10.15.2013 at:
US and Canadian residents only.
Or use this shorten URL to get your download from Harlequin:

If you have problems or issues with Harlequin download, go to,, and it is free download there as well. Just type in DANGER CLOSE by Lindsay McKenna and up it will come!


September 16, 2013
Danger Close begins the Shadow Warriors Series.  It is Book 1.

Danger Close begins the Shadow Warriors Series. It is Book 1.

Hi Everyone
Harlequin is going to offer book 1 of my SHADOW WARRIORS series, DANGER CLOSE, as a FREE download at

It will be available 9.16 through 10.15.2013






So tell your friends, your family….spread the word!
For those who read Valkyrie, back in 1999, this was my first ebook and it went on to become Romantic Times EBOOK of the year in 2000. It also garnered a 4 1/2 GOLD Top Pick with their reviewer.

Harlequin bought the rights to this book and I’ve made it the foundation of my new SHADOW WARRIORS series, which starts with
DANGER CLOSE, free ebook download

DOWN RANGE, HQN, December 2013, book 2

and there will be 2 books a year via HRS and HQN on this new series!!

Enjoy this GIFT to all of you 🙂



April 6, 2013

Dear Readers

No one is happier than me to see more of my 100+ books being converted into Ebooks by Harlequin! On April 15, 2013, there will be SEVEN more released at Just go to their Ebook section and type in the title and author in their search box and they’ll come up.

There are two series represented here. The first is the world famous Love and Glory series. This is the series that kicked off Morgan’s Mercenaries. If you’ve never gotten the first four original books, here is your chance. They are:

A Question of Honor
No Surrender
Return of a Hero
Dawn of Valor

The second series is known as Morgan’s Mercenaries and is about three of his men.

Heart of the Wolf
The Rogue

I hope you enjoy getting these earlier books of mine in ebook format! I’m thrilled to see them out there.

And there is more to come, so stay tuned with me here at the website, on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy reading!

Love and Glory Series, book #1.  This is Lieutenant Noah Trayhern's story

Love and Glory Series, book #1. This is Lieutenant Noah Trayhern’s story

Orders were orders, but battle-weary Kit Anderson chafed at seeking refuge from death threats in a house of her new boss, Coast Guard Lieutenant Noah Trayhern.

Noah’s cold authority masked inner demons to rival her own; his rough kindness sliced through her careful defenses. Suddenly her safe-house was under siege — from the inside! — and the danger was to Kit’s heart.

Love and Glory
Thrill to LOVE AND GLORY, the gripping new series as stirring past the American dream. Meet Noah, Alyssa and Morgan Trayhern, sibling bound by a tradition of family honor…and nearly ripped apart by the tragic accusation that shadows their lives–and loves! Three consecutive months of LOVE AND GLORY

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Noah Trayhern’s story

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Love and Glory series, book number 2 is Alyssa Trayhern’s story.

Fresh from grueling years of pilot training, Alyssa Trayhern couldn’t believe the Navy was about to crash-land her career. But why else assign her to a copilot to cocky jet jockey Clay Cantrell? Aly vowed to defy Clay’s cruel hatred of her Trayhern name. Then rare glimpses into his vulnerable soul shook her rigid defenses…and left her longing to surrender to the heady onslaught of bittersweet desire.

Love and Glory
Thrill to LOVE AND GLORY, the gripping new series as stirring past the American dream. Meet Noah, Alyssa and Morgan Trayhern, sibling bound by a tradition of family honor…and nearly ripped apart by the tragic accusation that shadows their lives–and loves!

Book 2
Alyssa Trayhern’s story

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Book 3 of Love and Glory is Morgan Trayhern’s story.

Marine Captain Morgan Trayhern could risk staying in the States, yet he didn’t dare leave. Fragile, gutsy Laura Bennett had been injured saving HIS worthless skin, and a Trayhern never dodged duty. Despite the danger, he had to protect his sweet guardian angel.

To his surprise, Laura’s bulldog stubbornness matched his own, and her love implored him to unearth what he thought he’d forever buried on that blood hill seven years ago. But once he faced his entire past, could he ever count on a future?

Love and Glory
Thrill to LOVE AND GLORY, the gripping new series as stirring past the American dream. Meet Noah, Alyssa and Morgan Trayhern, sibling bound by a tradition of family honor…and nearly ripped apart by the tragic accusation that shadows their lives–and loves!

Book 3
Morgan Trayhern’s story

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Book 4 of Love and Glory series features the Trayhern parent’s story of Chase and Rachel Trayhern

To pilot Chase Trayhern, war was men’s business: Korea in 1950 was no place for a woman!

But when angelic nurse Rachel Mckenzie saved HIS chauvinistic hide, Captain Trayhern was forced to changed his tune….

Trapped behind enemy lines, Chase and Rachel grappled for survival. Under fire, impulsive passions ignited, blasting customary courtship. Yet, if they escaped, could a forbidden love forged in the fury of war find an honorable future in the pure light of peace?

Thrill to LOVE AND GLORY, the gripping new series as stirring past the American dream. Meet Noah, Alyssa and Morgan Trayhern, sibling bound by a tradition of family honor…and nearly ripped apart by the tragic accusation that shadows their lives–and loves!

Book 4
Chase Trayhern story

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Book 1 of the Morgan’s Mercenaries series and it is about Wolf Harding.

HEART OF THE WOLF by Lindsay McKenna

Wolf Harding might have left Morgan Trayhern’s mercenary business, but he was still intrigued by worthy causes. One look at Sarah Thatcher and Wolf knew he had to get involved with the lovely spitfire — for her own safety. But who was going to protect him from the tempting vixen?

Sarah realized that bruises and broken bones weren’t all lWolf had suffered in the past — his heart had been shattered as well. And if Sarah wanted to tame the wounded warrior, she had to earn his trust .. Before Wolf ran for the hills.

Book 1 of 3 of Morgan’s Mercenaries Series
Three fearless men who’ve been to hell and back. Now they’re about to fight the toughest battles of their lives…love!

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Book 2 of the Morgan’s Mercenaries series and it is about Sean Killian.

Soldier of fortune Sean Killian had faced many terrors, but nothing made him more wary than his latest assignment — protecting Susannah Anderson. Killian’s past had left him hardened — full of secrets and nightmares. Yet there was something Susannah that threatened to penetrate his tough shell.

Susannah had her own obstacles to overcome, but with Killian at her side, they didn’t seem as daunting. She knew he was a man who would protect her from any harm. Yet even as desire rose between them, she could feel his heart retreating. And losing Killian was one terror Susannah couldn’t face…

Book 2 of 3 Morgan’s Mercenaries Series
Three fearless men who’ve been to hell and back. Now they’re about to fight the toughest battles of their lives…love!

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Book 3 of the Morgan’s Mercenaries series and it is about Jake Randolph.

He was no strange to peril.

As a mercenary, Jake Randolph had faced danger and walked away unscathed. Yet, as a man, he’d confronted love — and lost much more than his heart. But his latest assignment, locating beautiful Shah SungiloTravers, reminded Jake of what was missing in his own life.

Shah had traveled to the Amazon to escape unwanted male attention. However, Jake’s determination to keep her safe was quickly wearing down her resolution to lead a secluded life. Jake claimed the jungle was no place for her, but would Shah be any safer in his arms?

Book 3 of 3 Morgan’s Mercenaries Series
Three fearless men who’ve been to hell and back. Now they’re about to fight the toughest battles of their lives…love!

I hope you enjoy all these releases of some of my earlier books. They are all Morgan’s Mercenaries series…the longest running family saga in the history of publishing!

BEYOND VALOR by Lindsay McKenna 2.1.2013

February 2, 2013

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BEYOND VALOR by Lindsay McKenna

Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Lindsay McKenna
Pages 282
Black Jaguar Squadron series
February, 2013

I’m excited about BEYOND VALOR for many reasons. As the creator of the sub-genre of military romance back in 1983, I’ve stayed true to my own roots. I served my country in the US Navy and I portray the men and women of our services in a positive light. They deserve our respect and admiration. Their sacrifices are little known, but deserve to be shown. They fight and sometimes, give their lives for the freedom we enjoy in the USA. I will continue to write about them because I was one myself, and my experience and knowledge of the military is more than skin deep.

For my readers who love reading my military romantic suspense, you will meet US Navy corpsman Luke Collier. He’s embedded with a Marine Corps company that has just been deployed to Afghanistan and to the village of Lar Sholtan, not far from the Afghan-Pakistan border. As a combat corpsman, he’s seen his share of just that. What he’s not expecting is to have a WOMAN Navy corpsman assigned to him in the Marine company. Megan Trayhern, daughter of Noah and Kit Trayhern, could have gone to the US Naval Academy and become an officer. For those readers who have been following Morgan’s Mercenaries throughout the years, I am now writing about the children, which is exciting for me. All children of the Trayhern military dynasty are expected to serve their country. Even her uncle, Morgan Trayhern, who runs a black ops company, would support her decision to become an officer. But Megan is the wayward child marching to her own drummer. Her twin, Addison, goes into the Naval academy, but Megan does not. Megan instead, goes to a university and gets a four-year college degree to become a registered nurse, instead.

Megan loves to help others and ease their pain and suffering. The red haired Navy corpsman is chosen to take part in a black ops known as the Black Jaguar Squadron. Only, she’s taking part in a new offshoot of the original black ops that includes women going into ground combat. This time, women volunteering for his highly secret black ops, will be tested to see if they can handle combat situations or not. The op, known as the Shadow Warriors, has gathered a volunteer group of women from all USA military services, who are being embedded in combat situations all across the world. She gets assigned to the Marine Corps company just settling in to Lar Sholtan.

Megan knows she’s the only female in a one-hundred and forty man Marine company. Knows the Marines will question whether she, as a woman, can do the job on the shifting front lines of combat along side them. She’s assigned to be trained and work under Luke Collier, who has been in Afghanistan on three different deployments. What Megan doesn’t expect is to be drawn to the twenty-eight year old Navy corpsman. Neither does Luke, and it only complicates their relationship with one another. Fraternization between two people is strictly forbidden in the military. Megan’s duties are to work in the Afghan village and gather intel from the women she cares for, and pass it back to the captain in charge of the Marine company. Megan has been trained for one year in the hills of Camp Pendleton, and knows how to handle a pistol, fire a rifle and do all the things any man would be trained up for to deal with combat situations.

Luke Collier knows his duty. As a Marine corps combat medic, his job is to save lives — not satisfy his own desires. Megan Trayhern is his corpsman but the beautiful redhead can’t be anything more. Luke has already given his heart once, and he understands the toll the deployments can take on a woman, on a romance…on a marriage.

Megan has her own mission. While she doles out medical care in the nearby village, she’s also gathering intel. It’s a dangerous assignment that the onetime military brat undertakes without fear. She needs to focus — and be careful — and the growing passion she feels for Luke can only put them both at risk. Honor binds them both, but the heart gives its own orders…

I truly hope you enjoy their journey with one another.

On another front, as hinted above, this is the last Black Jaguar Series book. And in it’s place, BEYOND VALOR becomes a “bridge” book to the Operation: Shadow Warriors Series. And the new series will be crossing between HRS, Harlequin Romantic Suspense and HQN, mainstream romance books. So you will be getting series and mainstream stories about this unique effort to show that women survive in combat, but can be as good as any man, when the combat challenges arise.

In HQN, THE LONER, July, 2013, (Wyoming Series) is about ex-SEAL, Dakota Carson, who lives outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, just trying to survive his PTSD he’s gotten because of ten years as a black ops warrior. Sheriff’s deputy Shelby Kincaid has a run-in with him that sharply changes the trajectory of both their lives. This is a ‘bridge’ book to Shadow Warriors because I’m going to be writing about US Navy SEALs for the coming novels in this military series. At the end of this book, you will meet Captain Jake Ramsey, US Navy SEAL. His story will launch in December, 2013 (DOWN RANGE). In future Wyoming Series books with HQN, the hero or heroine will be a returning military vet, coming home from war and trying to re establish their lives in cowboy and ranching country. Stay tuned for their stories, too.

In September 2013, the foundation book for Shadow Warriors, will be released. DANGER CLOSE, HQN, is going to be a FREE E-BOOK given away by Harlequin to celebrate this new, vibrant series. So stay tuned for more information via my website, as this offering grows closer: Originally, this book was first released as Valkyrie in 1999. In 2000, RT Reviews gave it E-book of the year award. This is a book whose characters I’ve loved since they came to me. I’ve done a great deal of rewrite on the novel. And it’s exciting to have Cathy Fremont and Jim Boland back into my life and yours. They are an exciting couple, their love for one another intense and their relationship tested in ways most will never have to endure. It is their daughter, Captain Morgan Boland, whose book, DOWN RANGE, HQN, December 2013, becomes a Shadow Warriors book 2. She is the daughter of two military parents and is on the cutting edge in this super secret black ops test that will challenge her limits as a Marine in combat who must pair up with a US Navy SEAL. Captain Jake Ramsey, Marine and Navy SEAL, wants nothing to do with Morgan. They have a personal history with one another and the farther away they can stay from one another, the better off they like it. But when they get Pentagon orders to work together in Afghanistan to take down a high value target, all bets are off. They have their own war with one another. Never mind the war going on around them. This book has been optioned by a well known Hollywood screen writer and she’s currently creating a movie script based upon it. More on this aspect of the book as it happens. You’ll be the first to know!

The Shadow Warriors series is going to be kick ass action, hot, intense romance and this series will throw challenges at the US Navy SEALs who must work with these courageous women warriors in life-and-death combat situations. The challenges, danger and high stakes for them personally and professionally, are going to be a nonstop thrill ride for my readers. You’re going to be hanging on with your fingernails throughout 2013 onward, as the SEAL stories roll out to be read and savored by you! I’m VERY excited about this new series. It has been in the planning stages for seven years, and now, they are here. I’ve love writing them and I hope you will enjoy reading them. Do let me know.

On another front, I’ve teamed up with retired Air Force Colonel, Merline Lovelace, a favorite author of mine because she writes kick ass romantic military suspense like me. We’ve created WARRIOR BREED. Merline and I are writing fabulous novellas based stories about the men who are in black ops across the military branches of the USA. Harlequin Romantic Suspense is going to release one book a year in this ongoing series that begins in 2013. In each book, there will be a 35,000 word novella written by each of us. If you like danger, challenge, hot sex and excitement, be ready to purchase the first book November, 2013, HRS. Do let Merline and I know what you think of stories! We’ve been contracted to write one book a year on these brave, heroic men who are SEALs, Delta Force, Marine Force Recon and Air Force PJ’s and air controllers. We think you’ll find these novellas page turners in the best of traditions. When you have two military vets like Merline and myself, who were IN the service and are more than just a little familiar with the underpinnings of how the military works, these stories are going to grab you and not let you go. Guaranteed.

As you can see, there’s lots coming from Lindsay McKenna from 2013 onward! I was in the US Navy and was a meteorologist (AG3). I wanted to develop the Shadow Warriors as a tribute to the US Navy SEALs, brave men who lay their lives on the line every day for all of us. And who better to write about them than someone who served in the Navy, just as they did? There’s something to say about having been in the military and being able to go deeper into the organization, mindset and psychology of how it operates. I think my readers will agree once you have read some of my coming SEAL book. You’ll see a difference. Start with THE LONER, HQN, July 2013, and decide for yourself. Let me know what you think. I always love hearing from my readers because you have steered me in the directions that I write. You’ve been begging me for years to write about SEALs, and now, your wish is fulfilled.

To recap 2013, here are all the books I’ve written. Have fun reading them and give me feedback. I value your thoughts. Happy New Year!


BEYOND VALOR, HRS, Military romantic suspense. Black Jaguar Squadron series. February 2013. A Morgan’s Mercenaries sage-series book.

THE LONER, HQN, The Wyoming Series. Book # 7, Ex-Navy SEAL novel. July, 2013. Bridge book to the Shadow Warriors series.

DANGER CLOSE, HQN, free e-book, Shadow Warriors Series book 1, Captain Jim Boland and Corporal Cathy Fremont. Sequel 1 of 2 (DOWN RANGE, HQN, December 2013. is Sequel 2 and is Captain Morgan Boland’s story). Military romantic suspense. US Navy SEAL book. September, 2013.

UNTITLED, HQN, The Wyoming Series. Book # 8, Ex-Navy SEAL novel. September, 2013.

WARRIOR BREED NOVELLA, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, with 2 novella’s. One by Lindsay McKenna and one by Merline Lovelace. Book 1 about The Sidewinders. Tales of six Rush Spring, Texas football players who join different military branches and who are in black ops. Military romantic suspense. November 2013.

DOWN RANGE, HQN, Shadow Warriors series book 2. US Navy SEAL book,. December, 2013. Military romantic suspense. December, 2013.