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Friday, May 1, 2015

The First Sentence of Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Running Fire (Shadow Warriors #8)
Lindsay McKenna

Page Count: 384
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: HQN Books (Harlequin)

He was a haven in the midst of Hell...

Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she’s got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that’s all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loos...

SEAL Kell Ballard’s goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm’s way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It’s a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man’s arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they’ll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside... and the enemy within their ranks.

The First Sentence of Running Fire and What It Means

The first sentence of a book sets up the reader and what they can expect from the story.  Here’s Running Fire’s first sentence:
“Ready Leah?” Captain Brian Larsen asked.
I always like to jump directly into the action in my books. My readers love this technique as well. At least they won’t be bored! I’m especially sensitive to how a short sentence might strike and influence the reader. One word can set up an entire premise for a book. I want to set up the reader’s expectation, as well.  That one pregnant word that carries the entire novel Running Fire is the word “Ready?”

CWO Leah Mackenzie is a helicopter pilot and a certified hero already because she, like her male pilot counterparts, fly into danger every day or night. I created the Shadow Squadron to parallel the well- known Nightstalker Squadron. These men and women brave dangerous weather conditions no pilot in their right mind would fly through in order to pick up a wounded soldier or a black ops team. They deal with bullets flying at their helicopter, RPG’s and Stinger missiles fired at them from an enemy who wants to knock them out of the air. Every time they fly, they can die and they all know it. Yet, their commitment to those people who are out risking their lives as well is one-hundred percent. They do not flinch when a mission falls Leah has been ready since she divorced her abusive ex-husband, Major Hayden Grant, two years ago. 

She was ready to escape an abusive marriage where she was the victim. Now, she’s a survivor, wanting to put those three traumatic years behind her forever. She’s ready to get on with her life. But when she is unexpectedly thrown back into her ex-husband’s Shadow Squadron, she’s ready to escape his vengeful focus once again.

Things go terribly wrong on a night mission to pick up two Navy SEALs in the Badlands near the Af- Pak border. Once more, Leah is ready to survive an RPG attack that should have killed her along with her crew mates. Only, the Cosmos wern’t ready to let her die. And if not for another SEAL in the area on a different mission, Leah would have died.  

Now, she must be ready for the biggest challenge and transformation in her life. And she must be prepared to lose her life in order to get it. Equally daunting? Falling in love with Kell Ballard, US Navy SEAL, who promises her something she didn’t think existed: love.

About the Author

A U.S. Navy veteran and former volunteer firefighter, 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.

She hopes you enjoy the many layers, twists, and turns of Running Fire. Head on over to her website and sign up for her quarterly newsletter, which contains exclusive information, giveaways, and surprises that only subscribers will receive. She loves to hear from her readers, so make yourself known at her website!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Running Fire—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
If you were writing a story about your life, what would the first sentence be?
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