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HIGH COUNTRY REBEL by Lindsay McKenna on August 25, 2013!

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

High Country Rebel, HQN, by Lindsay McKenna

Dear Reader:

Publishing date: 8.25.2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For those who have been following my Wyoming Series:

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

I hope you enjoy this story about a returning military veteran! To stay up with my latest books, run over to http://www.lindsaymckenna.com!

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THE LONER by Lindsay McKenna is here!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

SHADOW WARRIORS series is coming!

March 22, 2013

Lindsay McKenna has created a thrilling, visceral, gritty military romantic suspense new series, Shadow Warriors. Coming in September 2013 and on.