Holy crap, I'm a RITA Finalist!
I'm very, very happy to announce that Her Best Laid Plans (published by Cosmo Red-Hot Reads for Harlequin) is a finalist in the 2015 RITA Contest, in the Romance Novella category! If you don't know, the RITAs are sort of like the Academy Awards for romance novels—an annual peer-judged contest organized by the Romance Writers of America. It's all very thrilling and flattering and unexpected!
The winners will be announced at the RWA National Conference on July 25th in New York City. Sadly, I won't be at the ceremony, as I'm due to give birth that week! But I'm so, so excited and honored. So many thanks to my editor, Malle Vallik, and my agent, Laura Bradford, and to all the judges, and to RWA, and of course to my lovely readers for all the support. Now, to eat some leftover cake!
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Give It All is Out Now!
The second installment of my Desert Dogs romantic suspense series is now available! Give It All has been released in ebook, paperback, and audio, and you can find plenty of vendor links on my Books page. You can also find it in the wild, at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell's, Target, or Walmart.
What are the reviewers saying? I'm glad you asked!
"McKenna's Desert Dogs series is one of the most original and compelling out there. In this second installment, a marvelously mismatched couple find everything they fear and desire in each other's arms. A rare treat. ★★★★½" —Romantic Times
"McKenna’s second Desert Dogs contemporary is an engrossing romantic thriller. While Raina and Duncan appear to be as different as oil and water, a sizzling sexual chemistry arcs between them. McKenna’s deft plotting and endearingly flawed characters will keep readers coming back for more." —Publishers Weekly
So give it a try, maybe! Official blurb, buy links, plus a nice long excerpt can be found on my Books page.
For your listening pleasure, I've added new drop-downs to my Books page featuring audiobook vendor links, for all titles available in audio (generally speaking, my newer Penguin and Harlequin books.)
New Release! Wild Holiday Nights
Merry Christmas, readers! The brand-new Harlequin Blaze Christmas anthology, Wild Holiday Nights, is out now, featuring my novella "Playing Games" (under my Meg Maguire name) along with stories by Samantha Hunter and Debbi Rawlins. In "Playing Games," Carrie Baxter finds herself grounded at the airport on Christmas Eve and forced to share the last rental car with Daniel Barber—her high school sweetheart's best friend and the scourge of her teen years. A six-hundred-mile roadtrip from Sacramento to Portland ensues, taking the pair through an ice storm and thirteen years' worth of baggage. Plus the inevitable festive holiday boning! You can find more info and buy links on my Books page.
Hard Time Now Available in the UK!
O patient readers mine in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa—Hard Time is now available to you all once more! Piatkus has just released the ebook (with a gorgeous new cover), and next July you'll even be able to buy it in paperback! Good things come to those who wait, my lovelies. To order, head to my Books page and browse the various buy links.
Hard Time Gets an Award Nomination
Hooray! Hard Time is up for a 2014 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, as Best Erotic Romance, in the digital category. Winners will be announced in the spring. Thanks, RT!
Lay It Down is Out Now!
The very first book in my brand-new Desert Dogs biker series with Signet Eclipse is out now! Lay It Down is available in ebook, mass-market paperback and audiobook, and you can go to my Books page to browse various buy links, and read the official blurb and excerpt. (Also, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll get access to an exclusive, extra-steamy 18+ excerpt.)
On the fence? Publishers Weekly says, "McKenna ratchets up sexual chemistry and danger in equal measure, and tension stays high to the end. Readers will eagerly turn pages to learn the outcome of both the mystery and the romance." And Romantic Times gave Lay It Down their highest star rating, and said, "McKenna opens her Desert Dogs series on the perfect note, presenting readers with astory that is sizzling, intelligent and completely absorbing. She burrows under each character's skin…and her well-executed badlands setting reflects her biker gang perfectly: gritty, rugged, dangerous, but noble and utterly captivating. A series to watch."
Out Now—Hard Time
The convict book! It's finally out! As most of my wonderful and unnaturally attractive readers know, for my third book with Penguin / InterMix, I finally got to write a dirty romance about an incarcerated felon! (And yes, he was guilty of his crime. And yes, it was bad.) It's called Hard Time, and it's full of filthy love letters and Very Bad Ideas, set in the same declining Michigan city as the after-hours parts of After Hours (but no twee cameos, I promise.) #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks called it "gritty and compelling." You can read the blurb and find buy links on my Books page. Not sold yet? You can also read a nice long excerpt here, provided you're 18+. Or here's a quick teaser, one of the first letters the convict hero writes to the librarian heroine:
His writing was as stiff and mindful as a grade schooler’s, peppered with dark patches where he’d scribbled words out to fix or replace them.
I took another deep drink, sweat breaking out under my arms and between my breasts.
You probably read lots of books. With way better words in them than I could ever write. I don’t know how to make the stuff in my head sound good. But I’ll try.
You don’t know me. I don’t know you either. You’re probably one of those girls who needs to respect a guy before you feel something for him. Where I come from people don’t think that way. We all just drink and fuck and call it love for however long it lasts. But I want you to think I’m better than that. To be someone you could maybe respect. Crazy as that sounds. So I need you to know I didn’t hurt a woman to get locked up. I wouldn’t ever hurt a woman.
Anyhow. I don’t know you. You seem real nice and it was good how you cared enough to get me this machine. You’d probably do that for anybody who needed it but I think it’s real nice all the same. You’re pretty too. I meant what I said when I got you to write that letter. All those things. I haven’t been with a woman since I got locked up. That’s a long time. Saying those things is the closest I’ve felt to sex in five years. But I don’t want to say things you don’t want to hear. Maybe I got a chance to say about you wearing red next Friday. I’ve got lots of things I want to say to you and way more personal stuff than this. Saying it feels good. Like I’m a man again in a way you don’t get to feel on the inside. So wear red next week and I’ll tell you some of what I think about. If you don’t I’ll leave you alone.
PS If you’ve got a man already I apologize. I don’t mean any disrespect to him. If you tell him about this tell him I said he’s real lucky.
I refolded the page and set it before me, pulse pounding everywhere. In my feet and temples and throat, heart thumping against my ribs and echoing between my legs. All the places that tell your body run, and all the places that tell your body fuck. ◇
Hand Wraps Galore!
Hot damn, Harlequin has re-released the Wilinski's books—my 2013 Blaze series set in a disreputable Boston boxing and MMA gym—with new covers and titles, all available now! Making Him Sweat is now All Or Nothing, Taking Him Down is Going the Distance, and Driving Her Wild is Takedown. Check them sweaty torsos!