Thursday, January 28, 2016

Interview with Lindsay McKenna, Author of Night Hawk + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome the Lindsay McKenna, to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Night Hawk from HQN Books, a imprint of Harlequin Romance.

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Lindsay! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

A U.S. Navy veteran, Lindsay McKenna was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition. Her heart and focus are on honoring and showing our military men and women. Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.

It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, the 10th installment in the Jackson Hole series, which hit shelves last month:

Once upon a ranch in Wyoming...

After losing his comrade, Sergeant Gil Hanford thought a visit to the man's widow would be the decent way to honor his late friend. But Gil found more than comfort in Kai Tiernan—he had always secretly desired beautiful Kai, but a sudden, mutual passion helped assuage their grief... until duty reared its head, removing him from her arms, seemingly forever.

Four years later, Kai is starting over at the Triple H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Born a rancher, she is looking for a new beginning—but her new boss is unforgivably familiar. Kai has tried to move past the memory of what happened between her and Gil, even though she's never forgiven him for leaving her. But even as they begin their journey toward something new and oh-so-uncertain, a shadow emerges, determined to claim Kai for itself.
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How much of your real life is in your plots?

I always write from direct or indirect experience. I write “close to the bone,” which means I take reality and turn it into fiction for my readers.

Are the characters based off people you know in real life?

I never base a character on an individual person. Rather, I look at the type of personality needed for the plot I’ve hatched, and then begin to cobble the hero, heroine, and secondary characters around them.

As a sucker for first lines, I'd love to hear the first sentence of the book. Can you give us a brief commentary as well?
Kai tried to get her heart to stop pounding so hard in her chest.
I wanted to convey to the reader that something was happening to Kai, the book's heroine, implying danger or threat or that something bad is going to happen—or something she dreads. In this case, she’s on another job interview with another rancher to be hired as a mechanic to take care of all the machinery on the ranch. She’s already tried many others and been told no, because she’s a woman. And most male ranchers never think of a woman being a mechanic, only a man. Kai has come to this ranch in Wyoming, hoping that the man who owns the ranch will look beyond her gender and see that she’s a highly competent mechanic.

Where can you be found on the web?

It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Lindsay! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Wolf Haven, the 9th and previous installment of the Jackson Hole series—woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What's something you've been told you can't do because of your gender?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Lindsay and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

In the professional field, I've experienced many women facing discrimination and having to work harder than men to keep their jobs (or equal salaries). Growing up, I personally have always been told I can't behave roughly/loudly or "like a boy" because it's unladylike. As a kid this seemed like the most unfair thing in the world!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher and tour publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Harlequin and TLC Book Tours!
Giveaway ends February 11th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!