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.
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.
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 thorugh the jungle to safety, Aly Landon’s strength and a surprise kiss change everything.
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!
The "Top Gun of Women's Military Fiction," Linsday has had 115 books published under the McKenna name since 1981, most dealing with military or mercenary subjects, for several publishers: Simon and Schuster, Warner, Avon and Berkely, Harlequin/Silhouette. She is the originator of the Military Romance genre, with "Captive of Fate," Silhouette Special Edition, 1983. She has sold 23 million books worldwide and in 22 foreign languages. She proudly served in the US Navy and was a meteorologist.
2014 is a very, very busy year for me and my books. I’m currently writing two series. One is about cowboys, my Wyoming Series. My other series, is Shadow Warriors. Since I created the military romance genre back in 1983 with Captive of Fate (Silhouette Special Edition), I continue to write in this area because I am, after all, a Navy military vet.
On top of all of this, Harlequin, bless their hearts, is taking my earliest thirty books and converting them into ebooks for my readers. That schedule is also part of what you’ll see below, too. And as I said, I have a lot of books, both new and old, coming out in 2014.
First, let’s cover SHADOW WARRIORS series, about women in combat beside the men they fall in love with! We started out with DANGER CLOSE, HQN, September, 2013. This was an ebook release only. Then, DOWN RANGE, HQN, December 2013, paperback and ebook release. In 2014 my first sequel, RISK TAKER, HRS, February 2013 followed next month by DEGREE OF RISK, HRS, March, happened. BREAKING POINT, HQN, 4.29.2014 is the next Shadow Warrior’s book and is part of my second set of sequels. It is followed by NEVER SURRENDER, June 24, 2014.
Those who love stories about cowboys and have been following my Wyoming Series, will see the next book, WOLF HAVEN, HQN, December 2014, coming out. It’s a powerful book, intensely emotional, gritty and edgy. It also has some cute wolf pups that will most likely endear you. They sure did me!
Below are the Ebook releases on my earlier books folded into my super crammed schedule. There will be more on each release, plus the great new covers here at my website as their time to be released comes. Drop by for not only back cover info on each one, but also “author comments” by me about why I wrote the book or what moved me to write it. I find readers are always interested in the behind-the-scenes on why I wrote a particular book. Drop by often and get the inside scoop on these releases!
Here’s the full 2014 schedule of Lindsay McKenna books. You might want to print it out and keep it with your calendar so you won’t miss any of them. Happy Spring!
January 15, 2014 ebook releases:
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
131. RISK TAKER HRS, Lindsay McKenna, Operation Shadow Warriors series, Book 1 of 2 (sequel) Feb. 2014. Sarah Benson and SEAL Ethan Quinn. Book 3 of Shadow Warriors Series.
February 15,2014 Ebook releases:
King of Swords
Lord of Shadowhawk
132. DEGREE OF RISK, HRS, Lindsay McKenna, Operation Shadow Warriors series, Book 2 of 2 (sequel) March 2014, Sarah Benson and SEAL Ethan Quinn. Book 4 of Shadow Warriors Series
March Ebook releases: moved to 4.15.2014
My Only One
Point of Departure
Too Near the Fire
Touch the Heavens
April Ebook releases: 4.15.2014
My Only One
Point of Departure
Too Near the Fire
Touch the Heavens
133. BREAKING POINT, HQN, Lindsay McKenna, Operation Shadow Warriors series book 2, April 29, 2014. Bay Thorne, Navy medic and PO1 Gabe Griffin, US Navy SEAL’s book. Book 5 of Shadow Warriors Series
June 15, 2014 Ebook releases:
Men Of Courage trilogy
Shadows & Light
134. NEVER SURRENDER, HQN, Sequel to Dangerous Edge, Lindsay McKenna, Operation Shadow Warriors series book 2, June 24, 2014. Bay Thorn, Navy medic and Chief Gabe Griffin, US Navy SEAL’s book.. Book 6 of Shadow Warriors Series
August 12, 2014 Ebook releases:
Travis Trilogy Series
Dare to Love
The Right Touch
September 16, 2014 Ebook Releases:
Kincaid Trilogy Series
Heart of the Eagle
A Measure of Love
October 14, 2014 Ebook releases:
Women of Glory series
No Quarter Given
135. COURSE OF ACTION, HRS, series book #2 Lindsay McKenna (Jaguar Night) and Merline Lovelace (Amazon Gold), September, 2013
136. COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS — “Christmas Angel” by Lindsay McKenna, Harlequin Christmas novella with Delores Fossen, “Unexpected Gift,” and “Navy Joy” by Geri Krotow. Stories about military men coming home for the Holidays. November, 2014.
137. WOLF HAVEN, HQN, Wyoming Series, Book 9, Sky Pascal and Grayson McCoy, ex-SEAL’s, story, December 2014