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Coming June 16—Drive It Deep
Next month Drive It Deep is releasing! It's a special, digital-only Desert Dogs novella (about half as long as the full-length books), and although it's technically a stand-alone, I suspect readers who've met the characters already in Lay It Down and Give It All will get more out of it.
This story is a sort of bonus for all you nosy voyeurs who have been asking me for the dirty details of Raina and Miah's thorny romantic history. It takes place two summers back, and basically lets you in on everything that went so right—and then so wrong—between those two. Lots of high-octane sex in the badlands, basically, and it's not a spoiler to warn you that there's no happily ever after for those kids. But yes, I promise that Miah will get exactly what he deserves by the time the series wraps. You know I had to save the crown prince of Fortuity for last, people.
You can preorder if you like, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere—check my Books page for a growing list of vendor links, and also a first-chapter excerpt. Or add it on Goodreads. Anyhow, here's a free taste!
Goddamn, no woman had ever done this to Miah before. Not like this. Not from sex, let alone kissing. All those things that got him so hot in a new relationship were gathering deep and low in his body. Possession, and familiarity. He knew her, better than any other woman he’d done this with. And he wanted her all to himself. Wanted to be hers, and to call her his in return. Wanted to make her feel all these things with his body.
He held her head, slid his other palm down her back and pulled her close—close enough to register exactly how hard he was when her flat belly pressed along his fly. He groaned against her lips as her pawing hands stroked his arms, his chest, his face.
Suddenly, big as it was, the barroom was too tight. Not intimate—just crowded, even in its emptiness, the high ceiling looming much too close. Miah’s claustrophobia always got worse the hotter his body ran. Normally that meant he was frustrated or overheated from physical labor, but just now it was from pure lust. He needed the open air, and the black sky, and a million stars above them, night chill be damned.
“Come outside,” he murmured, gathering her hair in his hands, aching to bury his nose behind her ear and breathe her in, get drunk off her. Feel her skin against his palms and her nails on his back, hear her voice saying his name as he drove his body into hers, again and again. Fucking crazy.
“What for?” she asked, but her sharp smile said she knew exactly what for.
“For whatever’s supposed to happen between us next.”
She stroked his cheek, dragged her thumb across his lower lip. He caught it in his mouth and drew it deep. That parted her own lips, and dropped her lids low. Low, like the blood flowing south to leave Miah’s cock heavy and hot and hurting.
“Outside?” she echoed.
“Outside. Now.” And if he didn’t goddamn get inside her tonight, he was going to lose his ever-loving mind. ◇
Holy crap, I'm a RITA Finalist!
I'm very, very happy to announce that Her Best Laid Plans (published by Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) is a finalist in the 2015 RITA® contest, in the Romance Novella category! If you don't know, the RITAs are sort of like the Academy Awards for romance novels—an annual peer-judged contest organized by the Romance Writers of America®. It's all very thrilling and flattering and unexpected!
The winners will be announced at the RWA National Conference on July 25th in New York City. Sadly, I won't be at the ceremony, as I'm due to give birth that week! But I'm so, so excited and honored. So many thanks to my editor, Malle Vallik, and my agent, Laura Bradford, and to all the judges, and to RWA, and of course to my lovely readers for all the support. Now, to eat some leftover cake!
Give It All is Out Now!
The second installment of my Desert Dogs romantic suspense series is now available! Give It All has been released in ebook, paperback, and audio, and you can find plenty of vendor links on my Books page. You can also find it in the wild, at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell's, Target, or Walmart.
What are the reviewers saying? I'm glad you asked!
"McKenna's Desert Dogs series is one of the most original and compelling out there. In this second installment, a marvelously mismatched couple find everything they fear and desire in each other's arms. A rare treat. ★★★★½" —Romantic Times
"McKenna’s second Desert Dogs contemporary is an engrossing romantic thriller. While Raina and Duncan appear to be as different as oil and water, a sizzling sexual chemistry arcs between them. McKenna’s deft plotting and endearingly flawed characters will keep readers coming back for more." —Publishers Weekly
So give it a try, maybe! Official blurb, buy links, plus a nice long excerpt can be found on my Books page.
For your listening pleasure, I've added new drop-downs to my Books page featuring audiobook vendor links, for all titles available in audio (generally speaking, my newer Penguin and Harlequin books.)
New Release! Wild Holiday Nights
Merry Christmas, readers! The brand-new Harlequin Blaze Christmas anthology, Wild Holiday Nights, is out now, featuring my novella "Playing Games" (under my Meg Maguire name) along with stories by Samantha Hunter and Debbi Rawlins. In "Playing Games," Carrie Baxter finds herself grounded at the airport on Christmas Eve and forced to share the last rental car with Daniel Barber—her high school sweetheart's best friend and the scourge of her teen years. A six-hundred-mile roadtrip from Sacramento to Portland ensues, taking the pair through an ice storm and thirteen years' worth of baggage. Plus the inevitable festive holiday boning! You can find more info and buy links on my Books page.
Hard Time Now Available in the UK!
O patient readers mine in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa—Hard Time is now available to you all once more! Piatkus has released the ebook (with a gorgeous new cover), and in July you'll even be able to buy it in paperback! Good things come to those who wait, my lovelies. To order, head to my Books page and browse the various buy links.
Lay It Down is Out Now!
The very first book in my brand-new Desert Dogs biker series with Signet Eclipse is out now! Lay It Down is available in ebook, mass-market paperback and audiobook, and you can go to my Books page to browse various buy links, and read the official blurb and excerpt. (Also, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll get access to an exclusive, extra-steamy 18+ excerpt.)
On the fence? Publishers Weekly says, "McKenna ratchets up sexual chemistry and danger in equal measure, and tension stays high to the end. Readers will eagerly turn pages to learn the outcome of both the mystery and the romance." And Romantic Times gave Lay It Down their highest star rating, and said, "McKenna opens her Desert Dogs series on the perfect note, presenting readers with astory that is sizzling, intelligent and completely absorbing. She burrows under each character's skin…and her well-executed badlands setting reflects her biker gang perfectly: gritty, rugged, dangerous, but noble and utterly captivating. A series to watch."