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BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna, EXCERPT!

June 11, 2016

EXCERPT from BLIND SIDED by Lindsay McKenna

Delos Series novella, BN2
6.5.16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I’ll be right back,” he promised.

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

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

“Kara?”

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

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

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

“Broken nose?” he asked gently.

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

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

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

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

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

“We can cover all that later.”

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

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

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

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

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COURSE OF ACTION: The Rescue by Lindsay McKenna is out 9.1.2014!

August 19, 2014
Course of Action: The Rescue, is book 2 of Merline Lovelace and my series about black ops heroes!

Course of Action: The Rescue, is book 2 of Merline Lovelace and my series about black ops heroes!

Dear Reader:

Getting to write with my good friend and sister military vet, Merline Lovelace, is always a thrill. This is book 2 of 3 on our two novellas in each book series. We have three books, total, in this six-novella series.  This is Book 2.

Course of Action was an idea 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.

In Book 2 of the 3 series, it is titled COURSE OF ACTION: The Rescue. Here’s a peek at our next two heroes who are both down in the Amazon looking up trouble! Or maybe I should rephrase that and say, Trouble hunts them up!

JAGUAR NIGHT by Lindsay McKenna brings a novella about Sergeant Josh Patterson, Marine Force Recon. When a U.S. General’s daughter is kidnapped, Patterson is handpicked to rescue her. While they trek through the jungle to safety, Aly Landon’s strength and a surprise kiss change everything.

Excerpt: http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?itemid=53531&cid=416
Review: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=45824

AMAZON GOLD by Merline Lovelace
US Navy Chief Charlene “Charley” Dawson deftly commands the Riverine patrol boat taking an arrogant US Delta Force Army Sergeant on a very personal op. As she and Jack Halliday penetrate deeper into the Amazon after a rogue ex-pat, they face danger…and unexpected attraction.

We hope you enjoy our second offering in this series! Do let us know!

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LINDSAY MCKENNA January 2014 EBOOK RELEASES!

January 1, 2014

Harlequin is going to be releasing my earliest 30 books into ebooks in 2014.  Here’s the entire list.  I intend to send you info month-by-month on them as they roll out.  And here are the new covers for them. Let me know you rec’d this?  Thanks!:

eBook schedule release of Lindsay McKenna’s first thirty books written for Harlequin starting in 1983. More information will become available at http://www.harlequin.com as the publishing eBook dates approach.  Or you can always go to my website for a lot more info at: http://www.lindsaymckenna.com.

The importance of these books is that for the first time, Lindsay’s original two series, which were not packaged as such because the publishing industry didn’t realize an author could write three books in a row that were connected with one another, will be packaged as a series. That includes the first one, Travis Trilogy; later, The Kincaid Trilogy. Be looking for them in eBooks with the following schedule:

January 15, 2014:

Available: 1.15.2014

Captive of Fate — first romantic military suspense book written for the industry
Chase the Clouds
Come Gentle the Dawn
Heart of the Tiger
Love Me Before Dawn (see below covers)

CAPTIVE OF FATE
First military romance written for Romance Industry

Captive of Fate by Lindsay McKenna is the FIRST military romance written for the Romance Industry.  She created this thriving sub-genre.

Captive of Fate by Lindsay McKenna is the FIRST military romance written for the Romance Industry. She created this thriving sub-genre.

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ASIN: B00H5I80H0
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Alanna went to Costa Rica to meet Colonel Matt Breckenridge with all the wrong motives. She had been sent to expose him, but in the end she exposed only her own heart, her own vulnerability where he was concerned.

She fell in love with the arrogant colonel, though she had no hope that a man of war could understand the softer emotions. Even so, she dared to dream of a lifetime in his arms, and dreams of love have a way of coming true.

CHASE THE CLOUDS

 

Chase the Clouds by Lindsay McKenna brings in her experience and knowledge of horses.

Chase the Clouds by Lindsay McKenna brings in her experience and knowledge of horses.

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Available 1.15.2014

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ASIN: B00H5I80D4
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RANCHER TO THE RESCUE

Sam Reese always got his way. When time came to collect on a debt, he didn’t care whose toes were stepped on. He might be as stubborn as one of his own untested stallions, but he knew the value of a man’s promise.

One glance at Dany Daguerre told Sam she had no intention of honoring her ex-husband’s contract. Especially if it involved riding a spitfire horse in a proper competition. Yet Sam offered her the chance to save her ranch—if she’d share his impetuous dream of winning. A dream Sam unexpectedly found included a faithful promise of love.…

COME GENTLE THE DAWN

Come Gentle the Dawn by Lindsay McKenna incorporates some of her experiences as a volunteer fire fighter.

Come Gentle the Dawn by Lindsay McKenna incorporates some of her experiences as a volunteer fire fighter.

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ASIN: B00H5I80X4
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ANOTHER NIGHTMARE OR A DREAM COME TRUE?

Though weary and frightened, hazardous-materials technician Brie Williams could still spot danger, and her rugged new partner seemed to be it. Did Linc Tanner’s macho facade hide chilling threats…or enough warmth to heat her senses to a fever pitch? If only she could trust him….

VICTIM OR SUSPECT?

Brie Williams was Tanner’s toughest assignment. Without blowing his cover, he had to expose the shady dealings that had killed her former partner. Brie’s aura of aching vulnerability made him want to bare his very soul to her, but he had to keep silent. If he conquered the darkness surrounding her, only then would their love shine like a glorious dawn.

HEART OF THE TIGER

Heart of the Tiger by Lindsay McKenna is about intrigue in the South China Sea and incorporates her experience and knowledge of Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.

Heart of the Tiger by Lindsay McKenna is about intrigue in the South China Sea and incorporates her experience and knowledge of Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.

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ASIN: B00H5I80S4
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A DANGEROUS CHOICE

Language expert Layne Hamilton had vowed never to have anything to do with the CIA again. Not when “the Company” had taken so much from her.

But unlikely Company man Matt Talbot was very persuasive, arguing Layne was the only one who could help them. And if she didn’t, people would die. But the mission held its own dangers, and tested the limits of Layne’s courage, faith, passion and ultimately…her belief in the power of love.

LOVE ME BEFORE DAWN

Love Me Before Dawn by Lindsay McKenna incorporates her experience as a civilian pilot as well as seven days of research at Edwards Air Force Base.  She also flew in a "chase" plane during a test flight over this desert base.  She interviewed test pilots as well as pilots going to Test Pilot School at this base, for this book.

Love Me Before Dawn by Lindsay McKenna incorporates her experience as a civilian pilot as well as seven days of research at Edwards Air Force Base. She also flew in a “chase” plane during a test flight over this desert base. She interviewed test pilots as well as pilots going to Test Pilot School at this base, for this book.

Book Description
Publication Date: January 15, 2014

Tess Hamilton met Shep Ramsey under purely social circumstances, but it was a matter of national security that provided the real basis for their relationship. Tess was working on a prototype airplane, and Shep was the man chosen to test its wings. For months her work on the plane had obsessed her, but now Shep had entered her heart and she was facing one frightening fact: If there were even one mistake in the plane, the man she loved would forfeit his life.

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Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases (January 15, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00H5I80R0
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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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FREE EBOOK DOWNLOAD OF DANGER CLOSE BY LINDSAY MCKENNA!!

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
http://ebooks.harlequin.com/1C866D9E-AF29-404E-BA4C-BF66DC996CB1/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C1875049-397C-4249-9225-9E10C6255429

It will be available 9.16 through 10.15.2013

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BOOK TRAILER ON IT AT:

 

 

 

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 🙂

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BEYOND VALOR by Lindsay McKenna

January 1, 2013

            BEYOND VALOR by Lindsay McKenna

Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Lindsay McKenna
Pages 282
Black Jaguar Squadron series
February, 2013    
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    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 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: http://www.lindsaymckenna.com.  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 Warrior 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 Warrior 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!

2013

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.

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.

    

   

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