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Coming in August—Badger
Though I haven't said much about Badger yet, it's time I remedied that, seeing as it's now barreling down the pike! Badger isn't a romance. And though it features explicit and kinky sex, it's not really erotica, either. It's literary fiction, a neo-noir novel with a recovering pill-addict anti-heroine and a mentally unstable vigilante anti-hero. I guess you could say it's a love story of sorts, but a dark and twisted one.
Badger is being published by Brain Mill Press, under the name C.M. McKenna, and in addition to the trade paperback and ebook versions releasing on August 31, there's also a small run of 200 gorgeous signed and numbered special edition print and ebook bundles available for preorder now, while supplies last. These special editions will be delivered circa August 1, nearly a month before general sales open! For more details, check out Brain Mill's Badger page. You can also read the blurb on my Books page, sample an excerpt, or add it on Goodreads.
Are you a reviewer? ARCs of Badger can be requested here.
Out Now! Drive It Deep
Drive It Deep is now available! It's a special, digital-only Desert Dogs prequel novella (about half as long as the full-length books). This story doesn't affect the present-day suspense plot, so you don't need to have read Lay It Down and Give It All, necessarily.
Drive It Deep is a sort of bonus for all you nosy voyeurs who've been asking me for the dirty details of Raina and Miah's thorny bygone romance. 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. If you're a reader who needs an HEA, I might suggest you give it a miss. 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.
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.