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NEVER SURRENDER by Lindsay McKenna

June 1, 2014

Hi Readers!

Join me on June 6, 8 p.m., EDT, where I’ll be interviewed by the fabulous Pam Stack of Authors on the Air, about BREAKING POINT and NEVER SURRENDER!  Don’t miss this blogtalk radio interview.  And if you can’t make it?  There will be a free podcast available.  Get information about why I wrote these two powerful books!  bit.ly/1pd7Xxd

I hope you’ve had a chance to read BREAKING POINT, HQN, May, 2014.  It is part of my Shadow Warriors series for Harlequin.  The sequel to it is NEVER SURRENDER.  If you haven’t read the first book, I would strongly urge you to do so.  There, you will get introduced to two very special characters of mine that took over my world and would not let me go.  I’m so glad they didn’t!

 

Sequel to BREAKING POINT, HQN, May 2014, Shadow Warriors series

Sequel to BREAKING POINT, HQN, May 2014, Shadow Warriors series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will meet Baylee Ann Thorn, Bay to her friends, who is a US Navy medic and a vaunted 18 Delta combat corpsman.  The best of the best.  Bay is part of a forty-woman volunteer unit of women who were specially trained for a year, to go into combat beside the men.  She is one of the women who gets placed in a US Navy SEAL team.   In BREAKING POINT, you get to see the SEAL team’s reaction to her being embedded in their platoon.

Bay Thorn 18 delta corpsman from video by tricia speed

 

 

 

 

 

About the only SEAL in the platoon that doesn’t get upset with having a woman in their team, is Petty Officer First Class Gabe Griffin.  At one time, before a gutting divorce, he’d been LPO, Lead Petty Officer, of the platoon.  He was a widely respected SEAL by all the men in the platoon.  And he’s about the only SEAL who is willing to mentor Bay as she fits into their platoon for the next four months at Camp Bravo, in Afghanistan.

 

Petty Officer 1 Gabe Griffin, US Navy SEALs

 

 

 

 

 

In the second book NEVER SURRENDER, Bay and Gabe have fallen in love and she is engaged to him.  And because of Operation Shadow Warriors, of which she is a part, Bay must go over for six more months to Afghanistan to finish out her time in service to this top secret Pentagon driven operation.  This book is about the deepest human elements of loving another through some of their darkest days.  It’s powerful, visceral, gritty and will completely involve you.  Love is the one human emotion that can rescue us when nothing else can.  It is that kind of story.

Here is an excerpt from NEVER SURRENDER:

Gabe and Bay found salvation in one another, but their love is put to the test when Bay is kidnapped on a medical mission in Afghanistan. Can her Navy SEAL rescue her before it’s too late? Read on for a sneak peek of NEVER SURRENDER by Lindsay McKenna, coming June 24, 2014 from HQN.

Gabe jerked awake, a scream on his lips. Disoriented, breathing hard, sweat running down his temples, he felt as if he were underwater, suffocating, unable to reach the surface for air.
God…what?
His mind tumbled. He looked at the digital red letters on the clock on the bed stand. It was 12:30 a.m. As he gasped for breath, his gut was tied in knots. He lay naked in the bed, feeling a horrible rush of anxiety tunnel and twist violently through him. Another nightmare? Hell, he had them regularly. This one was different. Very different. It raised the hair on the nape of his neck.
He forced himself to sit up, swinging his legs over the bed. The moment his bare feet hit the cool bamboo flooring, it gave him something to focus on, something to ground himself with. His reaction to the nightmare was joltingly different.
What the hell?
Gabe forced himself to control his breathing; something he was very good at because he was a sniper. He could damn near control every bodily function he had, including lowering his heart rate.
Wiping the sweat off his face, he blinked several times. Why was he feeling so damned scared? What the hell was this all about? He stared at the clock, making mental calculations that it was noon for Bay in Afghanistan. Daytime was safer than night-time over there. The Taliban struck during the dark hours.
Had he had a precognitive dream about her? One that showed him something that was going to happen to her? The SEAL chief’s phone call last week had made him edgy. Tense. Maybe he was just working that out in his dream state? How the hell did he know? He was no friggin’ shrink.
Standing, Gabe walked out of the bedroom, down the hall to the kitchen. He wanted water, his mouth feeling as if it had cotton balls in it. He stood at the sink, filled the cup, tipped it to his lips and slugged down the liquid. Finishing off the glass of water, he set it in the sink, turned and walked into the quiet living room.
Frowning, he felt restless, as if he had something important to do. His mind raced with questions. No answers were forthcoming. Rubbing his face with his hands, he muttered a curse. Dammit, he needed this sleep so badly. The past week, he’d been involved in the swim qualifications down at the SEAL base located on Coronado. He was in the water eight to ten hours a day. If the trained dolphins who protected the ships in the bay weren’t trying to bust his ribs as he put a fake limpet mine on the side of a cruiser’s hull beneath the water, then they were dealing with harbor seals whose duty it was to protect exactly that: the harbor. SEALs trained dolphins and harbor seals to defend and protect all the ships in the San Diego Bay. Whether they were dealing with nuclear-classed submarines, cruisers, a carrier or destroyer, they had been taught to kill an enemy frogman trying to sink a ship in their bay. His ribs were bruised as hell. His partner, Hammer, had busted a couple of ribs when an aggressive dolphin had taken him head-on yesterday. Hammer had lost that round and would be benched for six weeks while the fractures healed.
Looking around the near-dark condo, Gabe couldn’t shake the awful, roiling anxiety roaring through him. He felt his belly tighten, as if he were going to get hit with an unknown fist coming his way. Damn. Maybe a warm shower would help calm him down? It always had in the past.
Just as Gabe emerged from the bathroom, the white towel hanging low on his narrow hips, the phone rang. Looking at his Rolex, he saw it was two in the morning. An unsettled feeling avalanched him. No one called at this time of night. His mind spun with shock as he hurried to the phone sitting on the granite island in the kitchen. The only call he’d receive at this time of morning was….and he angrily shook his head, not going there. No. It wasn’t that phone call. It just couldn’t be….
Grabbing the phone, he growled, “Chief Griffin here.”
“Gabe? This is Chief Phillips.”
He felt all the air getting sucked out of his lungs, stunned to hear the SEAL’s voice calling from Camp Bravo in Afghanistan. Knees weak, Gabe suddenly sat down. “What’s happened to Bay?” he asked, holding the phone so tight his knuckles whitened.
“I’m sorry to call you,” he began heavily. “At noon our time, Mustafa Khogani attacked the village where she was holding a medical clinic. There were twenty Taliban riders, and they swept up through the line where she was helping the women and children.”
“Dammit, is she all right?” he ground out, his breath choking in his throat. Closing his eyes, he heard the SEAL Chief draw in a deep breath as if to fortify himself.
“No, she’s been kidnapped, Gabe. Reza, the terp, saw her shot from behind. Reza told Captain Anderson he recognized Mustafa Khogani on his black stallion come riding up to her. Bay fired at him, hitting him, we think, in the left leg. She was stunned by a Kevlar hit from behind. It threw her forward and to the ground. Khogani leaped off his horse and punched her in the face before she could get a second shot off at him. Reza said she went unconscious at that point. Khogani put her up on another rider’s horse, who is unidentified, and they rode for the wadi and disappeared into the underbrush. Khogani then ran over and grabbed her medical rucksack and took it with him.”
Gabe couldn’t breathe. He couldn’t speak. A knot in his throat was so painful, he couldn’t pass words through or around it. Gabe’s mind spun with the information. He’d snapped awake at twelve-thirty in the morning. That would have been the exact time Bay had been kidnapped.
He rubbed his face savagely. “Chief, get me ordered over there right now. I’ll get my commander to let me get over there as soon as possible. I’m coming over as a strap-hanger. I’ll find her….”

Don’t miss NEVER SURRENDER by Lindsay McKenna, coming June 24 2014 from HQN.  Sequel to BREAKING POINT, HQN, May 2014.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT “NEVER SURRENDER…”
Publisher’s Weekly Magazine, 5.12.2014
STAR review
NEVER SURRENDER by Lindsay McKenna, HQN, ISBN 978-0-373-7788-9

“McKenna takes readers on a gritty and emotional journey with this high-octane sequel to BREAKING POINT, HQN, May 2014.  Navy SEAL Chief Gabe Griffin would do anything for his fiancee, Navy Petty Officer First Class Baylee-Ann (Bay” Thorn.  She’s a member of a select group of women secretly being tested for combat readiness.  Bay has just returned from deployment when she’s sent back to Afghanistan to provide medical support to an Army platoon. When a sadistic Taliban warlord kidnaps her, Bay’s life and sanity are on the line, and Gabe moves heaven and earth to rescue her.  McKenna provides heartbreakingly tender romantic development that will move readers to tears.  Her military background lends authenticity to this outstanding tale, and readers will fall in love with the upstanding hero and his fierce determination to save the woman he loves (July).”  Publisher’s Weekly Magazine

Review of NEVER SURRENDER:
5/30/14
LL, Goodreads.com

“I looked forward to the continuation of Lindsay McKenna’s Shadow Warriors series with the sequel to the story of Navy SEAL Chief Gabe Griffin and Petty Officer First Class Baylee-Ann “Bay” Thorn that began in Breaking Point (HQN, May 2014). NEVER SURRENDER definitely DID NOT disappoint. It actually exceeded my expectations and surpassed my vivid imagination.

This book does not hold anything back. Nothing was sugarcoated. Ms McKenna meticulously revealed the human side of our Military Warriors.  You are deeply drawn into their physical and emotional suffering.  It is impossible not to feel their pain while encouraging their determination. In the end, it is their deep and steadfast love that allows them to fight for each other and come out on the other side victorious.

Being a highly trained and skilled 18 Delta Combat Medic, Bay’s services are crucially needed in Afghanistan. While rendering support Bay is kidnapped and brutally attacked by Taliban warlord Mustafa Khogani.  She relies on her previous training while embedded with Gabe’s SEAL platoon to survive.  Her deep love for Gabe enables her to keep fighting until he is able to rescue her.

When Bay and Gabe join forces, nothing is impossible. Obstacles are faced together and conquered.  Gabe’s intense love allows him to eventually give her the time and space she needs to heal in body and soul. They fully embody the SEAL inherent instinct to Never Surrender.  Be forewarned to read with tissues at hand as your own emotions will be thoroughly engaged!”

Cindy Reifel’s review May 31
5 of 5 stars
Recommended for: everyone
Read in May, 2014, read count: 1
“As usual, Ms. McKenna weaves an extremely powerful story. The continuation of Bay and Gabe’s story from Breaking Point is fast-paced, action packed, fascinating and, at times, heart wrenching. In this book, Gabe and Bay become engaged, then Bay is deployed back overseas as a medic while Gabe stays in the states. While overseas, Bay is kidnapped by a terrorist cell and Gabe pulls strings to get over there, find her and bring her back. This story is about the road back. This is a story that you very seldom hear, much less read about, because so many people aren’t willing to talk about it, much less deal with it and/or write about it. Ms. McKenna does it with style, grace, empathy and love. You DO NOT want to miss this book!”

LFU, Facebook
“First, you don’t need a regular size tissue box.  You need the JUMBO size!  Just saying.  I started the book early this morning.  I haven’t cried so much and yelled at a book, like I have this one.  I am almost finished.  Thank you for writing an amazing love story.”

May 06, 2014 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars

Received an ARC for review
Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna

“…This is an awesome series and just an amazing book. I LOVED the first half of Bay and Gabe’s story (Breaking Point) and was so excited to read this half. Now I hope there’s another book for Gabe’s friend, Mike. Job well done Ms. McKenna.

My loyal readers know that I write gritty, edgy, powerfully emotional stories about my beloved characters.  NEVER SURRENDER hits a new personal high for me.  Be warned:  you will need a box of tissue when you start this book.   It’s the best compliment a writer can receive from one of her readers:  that the book made her or him cry.
I would love to hear from you after you read this sequel.  http://lindsaymckenna.com/contact/

 
Lindsay’s Secret Garden!  Stay tuned for an announcement on my evolving newsletter for my loyal readers!  Visit the front page of my website and there will be a place for you to sign up for it!  This newsletter will contain EXCLUSIVES only those signing up, will be able to receive!  More about this fabulous newsletter that will be available 7.14.2014 from my website.  Visit: http://www.lindsaymckenna.com

 

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Lindsay McKenna, NYT Best Selling Author

 

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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There will be a podcast available.  You can download it, listen to it ad share it with others!
JOIN ME 6.6 for my interview on Authors on the Air with Pam Stack. 8 pm EDT.  Free book giveaways!
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From her website:

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

FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD OF DANGER CLOSE by Lindsay McKenna!

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.

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