Posted: 10th February 2013 by Kendall McKenna in Marketing, Uncategorized
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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My broken ankle and I are slowly making it back into the world! I’m Black Widow this year (red hair!), but I’m still not getting around very well so the party has to come to me!

I’ve got a new release coming out November 6thA Gentle Kind of Strength. It’s a softer, gentler, mushier story than I’m known for, but I think everyone will like it. It was quite a crucible to finish writing it, with the broken ankle and the surgery, but it’s done, and I’m proud. photo b7e4e457-b73c-4d78-9f4f-b0b7d1f8d36a.jpg

Blurb – Sergeant Ray Lerner is a veteran sheriff’s department K9 handler. Damien Federov is the veterinarian caring for Harley – Ray’s canine partner. When taking a man as a lover, Ray’s always been confident. Around Damien, Ray becomes uncharacteristically shy and tongue-tied. When Damien begins their romance, Ray knows he’s lucky.

His obsession with a past tragedy blinds Ray to everything he has with Damien. When Harley is injured on duty, his life is in Damien’s hands. As Ray sits vigil, he has one final chance to allow Damien in all the way, or risk losing everything important, in a single night.

 Now, before I broke my ankle, I had just released a story called Soul Sick. This story is more along the lines of my usual story, with some action, and some hurty-chest emotions. As always, my guys get a happy ending, even if the road to it is a little rough.

 photo Soul_Sick_Final200x300.jpgBlurb – Jamie is a captain in the US Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

 

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ALMOST GRL!

Posted: 10th October 2015 by Kendall McKenna in News
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2015-featuredauthorWell, it’s less than a week until we start rolling in to GRL in San Diego. I don’t know if you’ve been monitoring the weather, but we’ve been having a major run of hot weather since about August. With the hotel being right on the water, it won’t be quite so bad (mid 80’s) as it is inland, but it’ll be very, very nice beach weather. It IS October though, so the evenings are getting cool. Especially right on the ocean, where the nights can cloud over. If you plan to go out, a sweater or light jacket will be a good idea.

Moving on now, unfortunately, I’m still going to be on crutches next week. My doctor says I’m healed, but I’m still building up the strength and flexibility in the ankle and foot. As a result, I’ll be off the sand for the Dine With An Author Event. This is no big deal, I just hate having to admit I have a physical limitation!

 photo Final Line Bookmark 10102015.jpgMy Author’s Lounge is the B Group on Friday. Anyone who visited me during the lounge last year will agree that I was very successful with my arrangement, so I’ll try to do the same thing this year. Again, I’ll be limited by how long my ankle holds up. The Lounge is a good thing because no one cares how long you all linger to talk. The line for the signings has to keep moving, but during the Lounge, I’ll chat with you as long as you want.

My Book Signing is Saturday, in the Del Mar Room. I’m bringing ZERO print books with me, so make sure to supply your own. You’d have to check with my two publishers to see if they’ll have any available. In lieu of print books, I’ll have postcards and bookmarks available to be signed. Signed bookmarks are great, cause you can tuck them into the book.

 photo GRL New Release 10082015.jpgI believe I’m doing a reading, but I don’t know when that is, yet, because I slid in as an author so late. Mama Kris says I should read an excerpt from A Gentle Kind of Strength, which comes out November 6th. I might, but I might also read an excerpt from Soul Sick. Or take requests???? We’ll see.

For everyone who remembers the costume ball 2 years ago, and the accidental matching costumes Kris and I wore, we DELIBERATELY coordinated this year. We have comic books in common, but one of us is a hero, the other is a villain. You have to wait to see who is who.

 photo soulsick_bookmark.jpgOn the home front, it’s taking me longer to get off the crutches than I had thought. Also, the harder I work at it, the more often my foot swells up. I can’t even get a shoe on that doesn’t lace up (the laces let me expand the shoe enough to fit). My doctor said I’m completely healed, I’m taking calcium to offset the minor osteoporosis that developed from non-use, my atrophied calf muscle is almost completely back to normal, but the muscles and tendons in my foot and ankle do NOT seem to want to regain their elasticity. I keep working on it, though.

 photo SotP Bookmark 10102015.jpgIt’s a good thing Winston went to the groomer yesterday. It’s hotter than hell today and even with his short little haircut, he and the other 3 dogs are all panting like crazy. He’d be miserable if he still had the same amount of hair he had yesterday, cause he has an unusually thick and wooly coat. His sire was imported from Brazil, so he doesn’t have all the health issues that over-bred Yorkies have, and he also has a much thicker coat than most Yorkies. Right now, he’s laying his tummy on the kitchen floor, trying to stay cool.

Okey doke, that about covers it. Now it’s all about packing for the drive down to San Diego. Wish me luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still Broken….

Posted: 29th August 2015 by Kendall McKenna in News, Personal, Publishing, Writing
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Hello to everyone – long time, no talk.

Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated, although I did fall off the face of the Earth, in a way.

Back at the end of May, I had a freak accident in my own kitchen, resulting in a severely broken ankle. I was placed in a splint for two weeks while the swelling went down, before I had surgery. I had a plate installed in the ankle, along with 8 screws. I convinced myself it was pretty much an out-patient thing (DH has had 3 surgeries and gone home the same day), so waking up in hospital, finding out I needed to stay the night, set off an anxiety attack. My nurses were good to me, but I really do hate hospitals (it’s official).

The pain was excruciating. I can’t begin to describe it. Elevation, ice, and morphine didn’t even dent it, for the first few days.

I spent 6 weeks in a splint, before getting my pretty pink cast. I’m about at the end of 6 weeks in the cast, after which I switch to a boot. While I get to start therapy, I still have about another 4-6 weeks before I can start putting weight on it.

I’m not entirely sure why (it could be discomfort, it could be medication, it could be that healing is physically draining, I’m sure there’s a little depression involved), but it’s been difficult to focus and concentrate. I frequently fall asleep in the middle of whatever I’m working on. I’ve kept at it though, and finally I finished a manuscript. Mama Kris received it today.

At the time I broke my ankle, I was working on MLR’s special submission, featuring medical professionals. When I missed the deadline, I decided to rework the story, since I no longer had to fit it within a word limit. It ended up at 51,000 words. Because it was intended for a special submission, it features all new characters, but has my trademark ‘hook’.

I don’t know what my next project will be (at the moment). I’m wanting to write about the 1930’s Chicago Outfit, but I have to do a lot of research. I’ll probably write an installment in one of my series, while I’m doing all the reading and note taking.

I dunno. We’ll see. I have a ton of emails and web contacts I need to sort through, too. I’m going to try to visit social media more often, if I can. What I REALLY need to do is sign up for some blog hops, and do some guest posts on some websites. I haven’t done any promo work at all since Soul Sick was released. I don’t even know if anyone liked that story! I should really get back out and do some promotional work.

I guess I should get to work!

GRUESOME ANKLE PHOTOS BELOW:

Pre-surgery break – working to reduce the swelling – and the first split

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Post-surgery splint

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4 weeks post-surgery – x-ray of the repaired break (see the plate?)

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My pretty pink cast! (they didn’t have purple)

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 photo Valentine Hop Feb 2015.jpgGreetings – Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! We’re going to be talking about love all week long!

My name is Kendall McKenna, and I write M/M Erotic Romance. I have developed a comfortable little niche for myself, writing stories about U.S. Marines. My characters are authentic, and my stories are realistic.

In addition to a few stand-alone novellas, and entries in anthologies, I have two extremely popular series. One of my series features a unique pack of werewolves, who serve in the U.S. military. photo KM Best Seller 2014.jpg

While our readers and writers love our genre dearly, we don’t feel a whole lot of love from the romance publishing world in general. They tend to look down on us. There is a pervasive prejudice against two men in a romantic relationship, equating it with deviant sexuality. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our stories are all about two people who must deal with the issues in their daily lives, while struggling to establish a lasting relationship with someone they are falling in love with. The only difference between mainstream romance, and the m/m genre is that both halves of the couple is a man.

I’ve spent a number of years socializing, and making friends with gay men. There is much more understanding now, than there was twenty years ago. Understanding has led to acceptance. A romance between two men isn’t a big mystery. It’s not strange, or bizarre, or all that different from a romance between a man and a woman. The core of the stories is the same.

395296_345673912225766_835156885_nHuman beings are social animals. We form pair-bonds, we live in family units (even if the members we’re closest to aren’t blood relations), we nurture and protect our children, and we maintain social groups of varying sizes. We experience love of all different types, and all different intensities. The love we feel for our parents is different than the love we feel for our children, but we might feel it all with equal intensity. We love our friends, but each one elicits a different type, and a different level of feeling from us. It’s the love with feel for a romantic partner though, that we write about, prolifically.

9344_519661621428622_1330697067_nWhen you get down to the heart of it, we’re all fascinated, and moved by the strong feelings and deep connection one person is able to form with another. We’re intrigued by the formation of a pair-bond, and all the struggles a couple goes through in order to establish their long-term relationship. In other words, we enjoy sharing in the experience of two people falling in love! We feel the joy, sadness, frustration, fear, and excitement right along with the characters. We experience the same peace and happiness, when it all works out for them, and gender doesn’t affect any of those things.

Humans love to fall in love. We love to be in love! Our romance stories allow us to live vicariously through our characters. Gender, or sexual identity, doesn’t change the fact that loving, and being loved, makes all of us feel good. All of us want to be understood and accepted, flaws included. When we fall in love, and form a pair-bond, we’re happy; we feel good about ourselves. A romance story that illustrates all of this, against the backdrop of an interesting story, allows us to experience those good feelings over, and over again. Regardless of whether the pairing is M/F, M/M, or F/F (or any combination you can think of), it’s the human experience that makes a story a good read. It’s the love that makes a good story, not character gender.

 

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Thank you for participating in the Hop! Below is my Rafflecopter widget, for you to enter the drawings to win one of my ebook titles! I’m giving away one (1) ebook copy of “Strength of the Pack” (Tameness of the Wolf, Book #1), and one (1) ebook copy of “Waves Break My Fall”.

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A.J. Marcus, Aidee Ladnier, Alexa Milne, Amanda Young, Annabeth Albert, Anne Barwell, April Kelley, Brandon Shire, Bronwyn Heeley, C. J. Anthony, Catherine Lievens, Cecil Wilde, Charlie Cochrane, Christopher Koehler, David Connor, DP Denman, Draven St. James, Elin Gregory, Elizabeth Noble, Ethan Stone, Eva Lefoy, H.B. Pattskyn, Hayley B James, J.M. Dabney, Jennifer Wright, Jessie G, Julie Lynn Hayes, Karen Stivali, Kazy Reed, Kendall McKenna, L M Somerton, Lily G Blunt, Lisabet Sarai, Lynley Wayne, M.A. Church, Megan Linden, Morticia Knight, N.J. Nielsen, Neil Plakcy, Sibley Jackson, Stephen del Mar, Sue Brown, Tali Spencer, Tara Lain, Thianna Durston, TM Smith, Tracey Michael 

 

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Aidee Ladnier

The Break-in

Amanda Young

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Bronwyn Heeley

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C. J. Anthony

Heaven

Charlie Cochrane

Something from my back list – winner’s choice.

David Connor

Tidings of Comfort and Joey Down Under

DP Denman

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Elin Gregory

Alike As Two Bees

Ethan Stone

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Eva Lefoy

Love is a Mess anthology

H.B. Pattskyn

Hanging by the Moment

J.M. Dabney

When All Else Fails

Jessie G

The Protector

Julie Lynn Hayes

When Will I See You Again

Lisabet Sarai

Necessary Madness

Lynley Wayne

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

M.A. Church

The Harvest series (book #1 and book #2)

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All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms 1)

N.J. Nielsen

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Sibley Jackson

Private Performance

Sue Brown

The Next Call

Tali Spencer

Dangerous Beauty

Tara Lain

Canning the Center

Thianna Durston

The Blake/Dusty Chronicles: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Alexa Milne

Rainbow Connection (due out 13th Feb) or Sporting Chance.

Anne Barwell

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

April Kelley

Whispers of Home

Brandon Shire

The Love of Wicked Men – Episode One

Catherine Lievens

Jamie

Cecil Wilde

Defying Convention

Christopher Koehler

Poz

Draven St. James

Scent of a Wolf

Elizabeth Noble

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Hayley B James

Undercover Addiction

Jennifer Wright

All 3 Finding Home Series books – Pavarus, Morvea, & Airos

Karen Stivali

Moment of Impact

Kendall McKenna

1) Strength of the Pack 2)Waves Break My Fall

L M Somerton

Rasputin’s Kiss

Lily G Blunt

Paint the Sky

Megan Linden

Running Off the Edge

Stephen del Mar

Dark Love

TM Smith

Opposites

Tracey Michael

Pretty Please

 

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Anne Barwell

April Kelley

Brandon Shire

Bronwyn Heeley

C. J. Anthony

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Cecil Wilde

Charlie Cochrane

Christopher Koehler

David Connor

DP Denman

Draven St. James

Elin Gregory

Elizabeth Noble

Ethan Stone

Eva Lefoy

H.B. Pattskyn

Hayley B James

J.M. Dabney

Jennifer Wright

Jessie G

Julie Lynn Hayes

Karen Stivali

Kazy Reed

Kendall McKenna

L M Somerton

Lily G Blunt

Lisabet Sarai

Lynley Wayne

M.A. Church

Megan Linden

Morticia knight

N.J. Nielsen

Neil Plakcy

Sibley Jackson

Stephen del Mar

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Tali Spencer

Tara Lain

Thianna Durston

TM Smith

Tracey Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RELEASE UPDATE
for Semper Fidelis (anthology)
andSoul Sick (novella)

 

 photo Semper_Fidelis_Anthology_Final200x300.jpgThe Semper Fidelis anthology, releasing through Totally Bound is available for pre-order at the publisher’s website (https://www.totallybound.com/semper-fidelis). It becomes available for early download tomorrow, January 23rd. For those who aren’t members of Totally Bound, or who prefer to purchase from Amazon or ARe, it will be available for general release on February 20th.

My story, Soul Sick, will be available as a single novella at some time in the future. I’ll provide updates as I get them.

Since Totally Bound is a new publisher for me, these are brand new characters you’re being introduced to. Their story looks at how complicated it sometimes is for both warriors, and their families, to establish a day-to-day routine at the end of deployment. Settling in with a virtual stranger is hard enough, but when the deployment itself still has a grip on the warrior, things are exponentially more difficult.

 

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Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

 

EXCERPT:
Jamie bounded down the steps of the bus. His LPCs hit the asphalt of the parking lot aboard Camp Pendleton. They’d been processed at 29 Palms, so he only had to get his gear and go. Jamie’s rucksack was large and green, just like every other Marine climbing off the bus.

 photo semperfidelis_postcard.jpgLuck was on his side, for once. Jamie’s was the third ruck he checked. He shouldered the weight, turned on his heel and strode across the blacktop. Pushing his way through the gathering crowd of reuniting families, Jamie murmured apologies and hastily returned words of thanks and farewell from his men.

This was his first deployment since he and Tucker had met. This was Jamie’s first homecoming since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He didn’t know what to expect—he wasn’t sure how to act. Tucker had vowed, over and over, to be here to greet Jamie when he got home. Until Jamie had begun the final leg of his journey home, he’d thought he wouldn’t mind Tucker greeting him at the house.

For the first time since accepting his commission, envy twisted sourly in Jamie’s gut. He was surrounded by husbands and wives, wrapped in fierce embraces, exchanging passionate kisses of reunion.

“Jamie!”

He almost stopped walking, but he wasn’t sure he’d actually heard his name.

“Jamie!”

His heart slammed against his ribs. He surreptitiously scanned the civilians, careful not to turn his head.

“Jamie Anders!” The resonant masculine voice cracked on the final syllable.

He gasped at the sight of Tucker, eagerly making his way through the crowd. His muscles were barely contained by the bright red, short-sleeved henley he wore. His jeans were the well-faded, comfortably soft pair that Jamie had frequently stripped off Tucker’s body.

Finally pushing clear of the throng, Tucker sprinted the final distance between them. His long, dark hair floated around his shoulders, his dark eyes locked on to Jamie’s. Need was a living thing inside him, driving him to drop his rucksack from his shoulder and open his arms wide.

Jamie stumbled back several steps when their bodies collided audibly. He released a laugh that masqueraded as a sob. His arms were full of Tucker, warm and firm against him. Jamie curled his hands into fists, gripping the soft cotton of Tucker’s shirt. He buried his face against Tucker’s neck, inhaling the scent that had lingered in his memory. Fragrant strands of long, silky hair tickled Jamie’s cheek, adding another layer of scent and overloading his senses.

Tucker’s breath was hot against Jamie’s ear. His strong arms, wrapped around Jamie’s shoulders, held him down and made this homecoming real. To his amazement, a violent shudder ran the length of Tucker’s solid frame. The soft sound he made against the shell of Jamie’s ear was part sigh, part sob. That sound reached into Jamie’s chest, wrapped a fist around his heart and cradled it lovingly.

 photo soulsick_postcard.jpg“I missed you so fucking much,” Jamie murmured, his lips dancing lightly along Tucker’s bristly jaw.

“I’m so glad you’re home.” Tucker’s voice was raw with emotion. He swallowed audibly. “I’m glad you’re home and that you’re okay.”

Jamie only nodded. The fronts of his legs were peppered with fresh, angry red scars. He saw demons in his dreams and couldn’t wash a dead man’s blood from beneath his fingernails.

“I wasn’t sure you were serious about meeting me here.” Jamie pulled back but couldn’t meet Tucker’s eyes.

Once again, Tucker proved he was the braver man. Jamie’s face was held between Tucker’s rough hands and their mouths pressed together. Jamie opened for Tucker, welcoming his seeking tongue and licking back against him. It was better than he remembered and as good as he’d dreamed.

They parted reluctantly and Jamie suddenly realized what had just happened. A quick glance around told him no one was paying them any attention. They were just another couple, happy to be reunited.

“I couldn’t wait a second longer to see you again,” Tucker breathed against Jamie’s lips.

Jamie struggled for a long moment. He understood Tucker’s words, but not their meaning. He smiled with sudden comprehension, and agreeing completely.

“Let’s get out of here,” Jamie said, nipping lightly at Tucker’s lower lip.

Tucker stepped back, smiling blindingly. “Do you need to check out with someone?” His hand slid down Jeremy’s arm to grip his hand.

“Already done,” Jamie replied. “Where’s the car?”

Pausing only long enough to throw his rucksack over his shoulder once more, Jamie let himself be led by the hand to where Tucker had parked his pick-up.