Posted: 1st January 2013 by Kendall McKenna in Blog Hop
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Welcome to my blog! I’m Kendall McKenna and I write M/M erotic romance novels.

You’ve probably made it here as a part of the New Year’s Blog Hop, so welcome!

Happy New Year - champagne and party decoration

I’m going to make this short and sweet. The characters in my novels are United States Marines. This holiday season, I would like to make a request: If you have the time, inclination, and some change going spare, please donate to the USO. We still have a great number of service members deployed in Afghanistan and they won’t make it home for the holidays. A little bit goes a long way to make their deployments a little easier. If you prefer a directed donation to a branch or unit of the military, you can utilize Any Soldier.

I don’t have any traditional ways of ringing in the New Year. I spent my youth in a perpetual state of party and got pretty good at it! After that, I spent nearly a decade as a police dispatcher, seeing the other side of a good party when things didn’t actually go so good. These days, I stay home, where it’s safe, usually writing one novel or another.

If I have tradition at all, it’s to establish goals for the New Year. I never set resolutions, but I always set up at least one, achievable goal, and it’s usually something I truly want to achieve. This year, my goals are all writing related and if I only achieve a portion of them, I’ll still experience some success and that’s a good thing.


One of my goals is to finish all three books in my new Tameness of the Wolf paranormal series. Book #1, Strength of the Pack, releases from MLR Press on January 18th.

Lieutenant Lucas Young doesn’t know much about shifters. When Sergeant Noah Hammond is assigned to Lucas’ platoon, the Marine Corps’ True Alpha werewolf challenges the Lieutenant’s authority and his self-control. As Lucas learns to dominate and command Noah, he struggles against a strong attraction and deepening emotional bond.

 During their combat deployment to Afghanistan, Lucas and Noah begin mirroring legendary partnerships. Their bond and their power grow as they survive dangerous combat and ambushes. When one of them is wounded in battle, they both must embrace the strength of their bond before they lose each other forever.

Lucas ended the call, sighed heavily and leaned his head back against the truck behind him. That was when he caught sight of Noah. He too, had shed his Kevlar and armor. He stood several feet behind Vince, staring at Lucas with silver wolf-eyes, hands tightly clenched at his sides.

Vince followed Lucas’ gaze. When he caught sight of the visibly agitated Noah, he turned to face him, putting himself between Noah and Lucas. He admired Vince’s balls and loyalty, but he was no match of Noah.

“Can I have a word with you, Lieutenant?” Noah carefully enunciated each word, his voice pitched low and gravelly. Something about the way he was speaking was slightly odd.

Excitement rocketed through Lucas when he realized the cause. Noah’s fangs were showing.

Vince saw them, too. He took a step in Noah’s direction. “You need to stand down, Sergeant,” he ordered.

Eyes never leaving Lucas’, Noah’s lips curled back in a snarl, a low growl emanating from deep in his throat. “Lucas,” he said softly, but firmly.

“It’s okay, Vince,” Lucas said, holding Noah’s gaze. “I’m never in any danger from Sergeant Hammond. This is Pack business, not Corps business. Give us a minute, please.”

Vince hesitated. “Are you sure, Lucas?”

Lucas was. “Absolutely. That’s a combat stress reaction. I’m not the cause, I’m the solution.”

Vince’s entire frame relaxed as realization dawned. “Should I run interference so you have some privacy?”

He nodded. “Please. The weres shouldn’t come anywhere near this area, so it’s just the humans to watch out for.”

As Vince turned to leave, Lucas handed him the sat phone. The moment Vince was out of sight, Noah pounced.

Moving almost too fast for Lucas to see, Noah slammed his body into Lucas’, pressing him hard against the side of the truck. Lucas’ wrists were pinned above his head in an iron grip. Noah held them there with one large hand, while he used his other to reach up under Lucas’ fleece.

Lucas jolted like he’d been shocked. Noah’s hand was hot and rough as it skimmed up his ribs to his chest. Noah buried his face in the side of Lucas’ neck, his breath coming in hot gasps against Lucas’ skin. Lucas’ cock was already fully hard, pushing against the front of his pants. He forced himself to relax, to keep his hips still, despite wanting to rut against Noah’s hip. Instinctively, he knew this was about comfort and not sex for Noah.

Lucas enjoyed the sensation of Noah’s hand running over the skin of his belly and back. He kept his head tilted back, baring his throat to Noah, showing both his trust and his understanding.

A shudder rocked Lucas when Noah licked the length of his neck with the flat of his tongue. Noah’s teeth grazed the pulse point in Lucas’ throat. Lucas’ cock twitched violently in fear and arousal at the feel of Noah’s sharp fangs against his vulnerable flesh.

“Why the fuck did you put yourself in danger?” Noah growled as he nipped along Lucas’ jaw. “Why didn’t you send Chandler with Hubbard?”

Noah shifted so he could nuzzle the opposite side of Lucas’ neck. He pressed his nose behind Lucas’ ear and inhaled deeply. His breath was hot against the shell of Lucas’ ear when he exhaled.

“I could taste your fear on my tongue,” Noah whispered, dragging his fangs down Lucas’ throat. “You were afraid for your men but also for yourself. Your focus and determination were like steel. They were all that kept me from shifting and running to find you.”

He’d tried so hard to shield Noah from all of that, knowing he had his own tasks and his own emotions to deal with. His heart sank to know he’d failed so miserably.

“Fuck, I wish we could block each other at times like that but the feelings are too strong.” Noah’s words answered Lucas’ unspoken question. “You have no idea how relieved I am you came through that okay.”

“I worried about you, as well,” Lucas choked out.

Noah opened his mouth and pressed his teeth to the tendon in Lucas’ neck. Lucas knew he should be scared as hell. An overwrought True Alpha werewolf had four fangs against the vulnerable flesh of his throat, able to rip him apart with no effort expended, and Lucas was fucking aroused by it.

“I fucking love how you smell.” Noah breathed against Lucas’ ear. “I love how your fear mixes with your arousal whenever I’m around. I love how your arousal wins out and the scent of it surrounds me and fills me.” Noah’s teeth came to rest against Lucas’ throat again.

Lucas caught the very tail end of a thought. Not a thought, really, so much as an emotion; a need. Noah needed to claim him. Noah needed to reassure himself that Lucas was unharmed and still his living, breathing Dominant. Noah hurt with the pain of needing to mark Lucas.

There was nothing to fear. Lucas knew that, despite the sharpness of Noah’s fangs and the strength in his jaws, he was in no danger. Noah would die rather than injure him. Lucas hesitated only because he’d be marked for the entire world to see. He’d spend the next several days with bite marks on his neck and throat.

Fuck it. The Marine Corps knew he was Dominant to a True Alpha werewolf, there were no secrets here. This was normal Pack behavior. Despite the fact he was human, Lucas was now a part of Noah’s Pack.

“Do it,” he said, barely above a whisper. “Mark me, Noah. Go on. You need to.”

With a feral growl, Noah bit down on Lucas’ neck. His teeth were hard and sharp. Lucas groaned and tilted his head to give Noah all the access he needed.

Suddenly, Lucas’ hands were free. Both of Noah’s were up under his fleece, running over his chest and stomach. Lucas’ neck and throat stung in the places Noah bit him. It was never hard enough to break the skin, but it was enough to leave marks that would linger.

Noah’s hands stilled and he lifted his head from Lucas’ throat. Lucas’ chest heaved with his every ragged breath. Noah pressed their foreheads together, his own heavy breathing mingling with Lucas’. Lucas held himself very still, struggling not to push his hips against Noah. This wasn’t about his needs.

Noah’s eyes were closed. Lucas wished he’d open them, he wished he could see if they were finally blue again. He wished he could tell what Noah was thinking. Lucas reminded himself he couldn’t let it matter.

“Never again,” Noah whispered.

“What?” Lucas struggled to understand.

“Never again are we going to travel with that much distance between us.” Noah pulled back and finally opened his eyes. They were bright blue. “We’re stronger together. We’re safer when we’re together.”

Lucas almost couldn’t hear him through the rush of blood in his ears. He innately understood precisely what Noah meant.

“Agreed.” Lucas’ voice sounded raw to his own ears.

He gasped in surprise when Noah’s mouth settled over his. Noah took advantage and pushed his tongue passed Lucas’ parted lips. The kiss was slow and affectionate, so different than the desperate ones Lucas always seemed to initiate.

Their lips parted with a soft, wet sound.

“Why did you do that?” Lucas stunned himself with that question.

“What? Kiss you?” Noah looked puzzled.

“I thought werewolves didn’t kiss.”

“We don’t. But you’re not a werewolf. You like kissing.”

Lucas took a deep breath and struggled to steady his voice. “We need to RTB.”

Noah stepped back and Lucas felt chilled. “I’ll round up the platoon so we can step off.”


Be the first to obtain an e-book copy of Strength of the Pack when it becomes available later this month!
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You can also enter to win the Grand Prize for the New Year’s Blog Hop by leaving a comment below that includes your email address.
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  1. Patricia Nelson says:

    Oh DAMN!!! I’m going to be going nuts waiting for this book to come out!!

  2. Patricia Nelson says:


  3. Sage Alford says:

    Yes! It’s finally coming out. Can’t wait!

  4. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop and Happy New Year.

  5. Chris Roberts says:

    So Looking forward to Strength of the Pack and thrilled that you want to continue with the series in 2013. Authors are great! They are always giving great series to read and look forward to reading.

  6. Christopher Hammel says:

    Count me in, Kendall.


  7. You’ve got some amazing cover art. Happy New Year. tchevrestt(at)

  8. Hope says:

    Happy New Year! Great cover btw 🙂

  9. Erica Pike says:

    Happy New Years, Kendall ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

  10. That looks really hot, I’d love to read it!

    Happy New Year, Kendall, and thanks for being part of the blog hop!


  11. Mimi Smith says:

    Happy New Year!

  12. Kassandra says:

    Thank you for the chance!


  13. susan platt says:

    Happy New Year!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  14. laurie goudge says:

    Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

  15. Michelle says:

    Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  16. Tyler says:

    Happy New Year!
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  17. Joy F says:

    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  18. Trix says:

    Sounds excellent–thanks, and happy new year!


  19. ki pha says:

    That was great~ Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.


  20. Jbst says:

    Wishing you much success with your new series. Happy New Year!

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  21. Sharon Clare says:

    My goals tend to be writing related as well although every week I set a goal to exercise 30 mins every day. This is the goal I’d most like to reach in 2013.


  22. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating!
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  23. Elie says:

    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  24. Sandra says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. It’s a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let’s go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year 🙂

    Thanks again!


  25. Dawna Newman says:

    This book sounds so good I love shifters. Happy New Year!


  26. Alice says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  27. Jeannie Platt says:

    Sounds like a good book… it has marines and shifters in it. Happy New Years

  28. Toni Cosgrove says:

    totally love the blue eyes on your cover. I hope your new year is full of fun and warm memories.

  29. vicky b says:

    played games
    happy new year! Thanks
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
    going to try to lose weight this year

    • Good luck with your weight loss! 11 years ago I lost 100 lbs and I’ve only put 20 back on over time. So, it IS possible. It’s difficult sometimes, but you CAN do it!

  30. Isabelle says:

    Oh, that book seems hot and I love PNR. 🙂

    Happy 2013, that you can achieve all your goals.

  31. Rita Wray says:

    Happy New Year!


  32. Ronda Tutt says:

    Happy New year! I would love to read you hot book – right up my alley – hee hee

  33. Cassandra Hicks says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  34. Mary Doherty says:

    Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy new year!

  35. JanD says:

    My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  36. bn100 says:

    Happy new year!

  37. Missie Jones says:

    Looks like a great release 😀
    Hope u have a Happy New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  38. lydia says:

    love the cover for your up coming book. can’t wait for it to come out. lydia

  39. Sherry Johnson says:

    Thanks for the chance to win,Happy New Year.


  40. Sue says:

    Happy New Year! I can’t wait for the new book. 🙂


  41. Drea says:

    Happy New Year!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.


  42. donna ann says:

    happy new year. enjoyed the excerpt, good luck with it’s release

  43. Judy says:

    I the cover of your new book is Beautiful. Happy New year!


  44. Penumbra says:

    I’d love a copy of your new book just for the cover alone, lol ^_^


  45. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D

  46. Dione Sage says:

    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  47. donnas says:

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  48. Maureen says:

    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  49. Jennifer Rote says:

    My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn’t follow through on my 2012’s.

    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

    • Don’t let it get you down that you didn’t follow through with 2012. 2013 is a new year and success is easy to achieve. 1 walk a week is success! Everything else is gravy! See how that works!

  50. April Holgate says:

    So, I am not such a fan of MM. I prefer there to be a woman in the mix so there is a character I can pretend to be. I really enjoy MMF. My sister is a fan of MM and I have promised her to give a few a try. So, if I win this book it will help me complete that task for the new year!

    Thanks for doing the hop!! You are one of the new authors I found to stalk…um follow on Goodreads!!


    • LOL! I have a stalker! I have arrived! I have an idea for an MMF so you never know, I might find the time to write it, someday. At least you’re willing to give MM a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. We ALL start out reading some variation of MF before we settle into our alternate genre so you never know. I may write MM but I read MMF. That’s why there is so much out there to chose from!

  51. Mel Bourn says:

    My goal this year has to be lots more reading with all the amazing books and authors I am finding on this hop!! I love it.

    Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  52. Lisa Walker Liese2 says:

    I want to start eating healthier this year.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  53. Allyson Brann says:

    Sounds like a great book…I look forward to reading it

  54. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  55. Toni Porter says:

    I’ve never made resolutions, but I have a short-term goal to finish editing my current novel.
    Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop!
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  56. Kimberly Holgate says:

    the book looks good thanks for the hop
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  57. Veronika says:

    Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  58. Dita says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    Happy New Year!


  59. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy New Years! Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  60. Stacey says:

    Thanks for the excerpt & congrats on the release 🙂

    Happy New Year

  61. elaine bishop says:

    thanks for the hop

  62. Dee says:

    I have to complete my weight loss program!
    Thanks for the hop & Happy 2013!
    Deethomas at gmail dot com

  63. SheriV says:

    Great excerpt! Thank you!

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  64. Ellen Thompson says:

    Thanks for the excerpt and the great giveaway! It sounds like a great book. Happy New Year!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com


    Happy New Year from ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  66. Stacy O says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!