Hello! My name is Kendall McKenna and I write M/M Erotic Romance novels and novellas. You’ve probably made your way here as part of the Magic Touch Blog Hop; Welcome to my blog!

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I grew up reading fantasy books. I dabbled in sci-fi, but mostly fantasy. I love mystical, magical creatures of all sorts, but I love dragons the most, as my tattoos will attest. However, I felt drawn to stories about sorcerers, mages, magicians, and wizards. Of course I read Tolkien (my favorite was always The Hobbit). I loved the first two Weis & Hickman Dragonlance trilogies. The world I spent the most time in was Katherine Kurtz’s The Chronicles of Deryni, The Histories of King Kelson, the prequel trilogy The Chronicles of Saint Camber, and all of the stand-alone books and anthologies. Think Medieval Europe with sorcerers and sorceresses.

530455_478125582233681_476355668_nWhat I like most about these stories is that the magic is Earth based. The incantations and spells they use invoke the four cardinals and the four elements. There is always balance; balance in the magic, in the world, and in the universe. The practitioners draw strength and power from the four elements, but nothing is unlimited and at some point, there is a price to pay, even if it’s just the price of fatigue and currency is sleep. The magic is neutral and the practitioners use it either for good or for evil. In other words, they have a choice; they have self-determination. There is no ‘dark side’. Practicing magic does not suck the goodness from the soul.

My professional writing career is just barely a year old. I haven’t yet written a book featuring magic. I have no characters who are mages or sorcerers. As I sat down to write this blog entry, I intended to just pay homage to the near-flawless world building of Katherine Kurtz. I planned to mention that I ‘borrowed’ from her when I wrote my paranormal story, Strength of the Pack. Her Deryni abilities are tied to the X chromosome, so people are born either with power and ability, or they are not. There is no dilution of the ‘race’ (her term), there is only an on/off switch.

625572_433049433440558_440937255_nI borrowed this concept when I created my werewolves. In my world, shapeshifting is a dominant gene on the X chromosome. So, it’s easy to have werewolf children of both genders, and they either are weres, or they’re not, there is no dilution of the traits.

Then suddenly, I remembered that I had consciously written magic into my vampire story, Nights In Canaan. Vampires are supernatural, which is kind of magical, but I went several steps further. The entire premise of my story is that the universe requires balance. Every so many centuries, when the human race is at a particularly dark, selfish, and violent place, an ancient vampire finds a portal through space and time. He arrives on Earth with the sole intent of creating an army of evil vampires with which he will conquer and rule the planet.

But the universe requires balance.

Each time the ancient vampire is reborn, an ancient warrior follows him soon after. His sole purpose is to locate and destroy the vampire, saving the human race and restoring balance to the universe. The trouble is, the ancient vampire and the ancient warrior have fallen in love with each other. Time after time they’re forced to choose between their destinies and their love, knowing that if they choose love, the universe will still require balance and there will be a steep price to pay when the bill finally arrives.

But here’s the magic part: each time the ancient warrior is reborn, he starts out lacking426831_439216566129603_89373598_n his own knowledge and memories. There are also two physical, shall we say, weapons, that he has to retrieve so that he can fulfill his destiny. This is where the magic comes in. While Nights In Canaan is set in the real world as we know it, there are vampires in the story. That gives me an opening and an opportunity. It is by magical means that the ancient warrior locates and retrieves the weapons he needs to defeat the ancient vampire and restore balance to the universe. He draws strength and guidance from the Earth, then uses magic to retrieve his weapons. And it’s pretty dramatic! Thunder and lightning, scorching heat, and pain is the price the universe demands as payment.

I would love to elaborate on the magic, but that would spoil the story for anyone who wants to read it!

Nights In Canaan
by Kendall McKenna

Nights_in_Canaan_Final_FrontBlurb:
Love and hate. Good and evil. Life and death. The universe requires balance, whatever the cost. An ancient vampire rises, time after time, threatening the survival of the human race. An ancient warrior is reborn, again and again, with the singular purpose of halting the vampire’s bloody rampage. With each encounter throughout time, their passions burn and their emotions deepen. The vampire shares his body and the warrior shares his blood. When they are no longer able to cause one another harm, the lovers hesitate to fulfill their destinies. Will the ancient warrior sacrifice the whole of the human race, in exchange for eternity in the arms of the vampire he loves?

 
 

Strength of the Pack
(The Tameness of the Wolf, Book 1)
by Kendall McKenna

TheStrengthofthePackMcKenna6Blurb:
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.

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  1. DebraG says:

    I love book with paranormal elements. It makes the reading so much fun.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Sophia Rose says:

    I loved your Strength of the Pack book and the other story sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing about how you came to write your own brand of magic and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  3. Pati says:

    I love books with Magic and supernatural elements. MY TBR list is terribly long and getting longer by the day!!

  4. bn100 says:

    These sound intriguing. Thanks for participating

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Catherine says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. susan platt says:

    I love paranormal books

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  7. desiree says:

    the books on the hop look like it would be great reads

  8. Meghan Stith says:

    This is an awesome blog hop! I’m a big fan of supernatural books especially romantic ones. I love magic and I love that you never know what people’s abilities are going to be. It leaves so much more open to guessing because the world that the author builds all of a sudden does NOT follow our world’s rules. I love when people can listen to thoughts or move things with their minds. I also think being able to control other’s emotions would be a handy gift. Probably my favorite books involving people with magic are ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and ‘Poison Study.’ It must be hard to be responsible for such power. I love when Lena from ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is trying to harness all she has. It’s something akin to the awkwardness we all go through in middle school in which we are trying to figure out who we are.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I’m gonna keep on hopping!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • I find I like when magical powers are like all other skills, in that the level of mastery varies from person to person, and has a lot to do with how much work is put into mastering the skill.

      Enjoy the hop!

  9. KYLA WHITLEY says:

    thank you for sharing in the hop! 🙂
    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  10. Wendy Roberts says:

    I love blog hops! It is a great way to discover new authors!

  11. Mary Roya says:

    Loved the tease. I love these blog hop as I get to find another author that I want to read and share my love of books, writing and paranormal.

    Keep writing so I can keep reading.

    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

  12. BookLady says:

    Love vampire stories! Nights in Canaan looks like a very interesting read. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. nicole krutz says:

    thank you for the chance! qtksjkmommy at gmail dot com

  14. I love these hops…I hadn’t heard of your books before now but, I added Strength of the Pack to my TBR.

  15. Trix says:

    M/M kind of got me into magic themes in the first place–they complement each other so well!

    • Now that I’ve done this blog post, I realize have a little more affection for magic than I realized so I think I’ll be checking out some different titles!

  16. Cindy Barton says:

    I have found that I enjoy M/M shifter stories the best. I thought it would be uncomfortable to read M/M but it is anything but that. Totally an erotic experience. Hoping I win your book!

    cmucha319(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • I first found m/m via slash fandom almost 20 years ago and my first reaction was, YIKES but it was immediately replaced by, ‘this is totally hot!’. I’ve never looked back.

      Good luck in the drawing and thanks for hopping by!

  17. Sherry S. says:

    I love reading both m/m and paranormal book so if you put them together I’m totally happy.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    • Well, see, then Strength of the Pack is the perfect book for you! But I’m really proud of Nights In Canaan, too. But that’s more supernatural than paranormal.

      Happy hopping!

  18. Emily W. says:

    I love paranormals, books with magic, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Karen Arrowood says:

    OMG, Nights in Caanan sound incredible! I can’t wait to read it!
    I have been on a HUGE pnr kick for quite a while, and was running out of books…

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop! I love finding new author to read. 🙂

    karen(dot)arrowood(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    • Well, if you like PNR, you need to read Strength of the Pack. That thing took off, it climbed up all the best seller lists and it’s supposed to be getting reviewed by a mainstream gay newspaper (by mainstream I mean non-publishing, non-romance related).