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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Don’t forget to enter here, for the Grand Prize!

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 Here is some helpful information for navigating all the participants and their prizes!

 

Hop Sponsors:

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 

 

Ebook Prizes:

Aidee Ladnier

The Break-in

Amanda Young

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

Bronwyn Heeley

Winner chooses from author’s available titles

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)

Morticia knight

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

 

Hop Sites:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. DebraG says:

    I already have your book. Love the series so much.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. JenCW says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post and for being part of the blog hop. I love the stories of yours that I have read to date. One of these days I’ll catch up completely with all your books.

    jczlapin(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Vanessa N. says:

    This series sounds cool. I love wolves.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  4. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I already have your book thank you for the post.

  5. Waxapplelover says:

    I’ve read Strength of the Pack and loved it! Really love the world building. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Dee says:

    Still no release date for book number 4 of the Tameness of the Wolf series??