February Blog Post

Aaaaand I’m back at it with the unique blog titles. I just don’t know how I do it.

Well, it’s the 28th, so what do we call this? A tie since I’m TECHNICALLY posting before the month ends? Or do I get some slack because this is a short month? I think I’ll just call it a win and move on.

I have some big news for you, my pretty little readers. First and foremost:

Rise is live!

Rise Ebook Cover

I know you’ve already seen the cover, but it’s so pretty I just couldn’t help myself!

You can get your copy here!

The price goes up in a few days, so if you want a copy of your own, get it soon!

Yes, Rise is live and that means the Southern Werewolves series is officially completed. WHEW! It was a fun and oftentimes nerve wracking journey. When I started Shift, I had an idea that I could write multiple books for these characters, but I had no idea HOW I’d do that or even WHAT I’d write about. To say I often flew by the seat of my pants would be an understatement. But, I did it and I’m proud of it, and I hope you all love it.

Next news, Send Sunshine’s sequel is called Beyond Beautiful and I am SO excited to write it. I have a few chapters down already, but now that Rise is off my plate, I can concentrate more on this next project. I also have a beautiful brand new cover for it! I’ll leave it below!

Beyond Beautiful Digital Cover

Gorgeous, huh?

I’m having a TON of fun writing about Belle and Remy. They have an interesting relationship and as I’m getting to know them better, I’m falling in love with them. I’m so glad they made their way into my head and I can’t wait to share them with you. Maybe I’ll include a teaser in next month’s blog 😉

Last order of business isn’t book or author related, it’s much more personal.

If you’ve read my book Trying, or if you’re a personal friend of mine, you might have known or even guessed that I struggled with infertility. Writing Trying was my way of coping with my battle in a way that was almost therapeutic. (*Spoiler Alert*) In the end, the main character Mackenzie got her BFP (big fat positive pregnancy test) and now I can say that I have too!

My son, Lincoln Joseph will be arriving this summer and I couldn’t be more excited. My husband and I are more that ready to be parents to children that aren’t so furry and don’t lick us as much (hopefully). Below, I’ll leave a picture of my son from our most recent 3D scan. He’s got his little hands up near his face which has earned him the nickname of Lincoln Ali.

Lincoln Ali

It’s a little blurry, but if you were having a photo shoot from inside a uterus, your pictures would probably be blurry too.

Anyway, that’s all I have for this month. Hope to see you all in March!

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First Blog of 2019!

Look at me.

It’s January 30th and I’m publishing a blog post. Sure, some may say, “Well, Heather, it is almost the last day of the month.” And to that I say, “Almost. Almost.” As Brandy once said “Almost Doesn’t Count”. So, here I am with some monthly updates for you!

First and foremost: RISE IS DONE!!!

By done I mean it’s written and beta read and just needs to be edited. I’ll be sending it to my editor in a few days and will have it back around the middle of February. I’ve told a few readers that Rise will be available in February and I’m keeping that promise. However, in true Heather MacKinnon fashion, it won’t be available until the last day of the month.

Are you honestly surprised?

If you’ve been paying attention, then you’re not. If you’re new here, welcome to my perpetual procrastination.

Click here for the pre-order link–> Rise

Why pre-order it you might ask?

That’s because shortly after Rise is published, the price will be going up a dollar. The way I price my books is based on length which also determines how much it costs to make (time spent writing, editing costs, etc). Any of my books that are over 100k words are priced at $3.99 but this book, *sigh*, this book is over 150k. In fact, it’s closer to 170k. Therefore, its price will eventually settle around $4.99. If you want to get in on the sale price, you should pre-order it. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited user, none of this pertains to you! Yay!

So, yeah. Rise is on its way and I think you’re gonna love it. It’s got sexy times between Abraham and Elizabeth, its got El rising to power as the alpha of the Asheville pack, its got people trying to kill her (as usual), and its got a happy ending of course! It’s a long a** book, but it’s all worth it and I know you’ll be happy with it!

If for some reason you haven’t read the first couple of Southern Werewolves books, you can find them here and here. Go read them. If you’re a paranormal romance fan, you won’t be disappointed. Actually, if you’re a romance fan you won’t be disappointed. I’ve converted many a contemporary romance fan to these books. So, go on. Give ’em a try!

Second order of business: my next book that I’m plotting right now will be the sequel to Send Sunshine. Bailey and Ryder will make appearances, but this book focuses on Bailey’s roommate Isabelle and Ryder’s brother Remy. Their relationship will be a steamy and tumultuous one and I can’t wait to write it.

If you haven’t already read Send Sunshine, you definitely need to. Here’s the link–> Send Sunshine.

The sequel is called Beyond Beautiful and I even have a blurb for you!

Here it is:

Will an unexpected loss tear them apart?

Remy MacAlister has his hands full. Between watching out for his bipolar brother and taking care of his sick grandpa, he doesn’t have much time for a social life. Besides, who else is going to look after the only family he has left? So, nothing can distract him, not even the beautiful, foul-mouthed woman with the interesting honey-colored eyes that lives downstairs.

When Isabelle Garcia’s best friend asks her for a favor, she does it. It’s that simple. Which is how she finds herself living with a brand-new roommate–the disarmingly handsome man from upstairs. As they adjust to living together, they find they have a lot in common. Things like appreciation for the arts, fine wine, and fighting over everything else.

What happens when their heated arguments turn into more? When the sexual tension rises, no one is safe from the fallout. Can Remy put himself first for a change and go after the girl? Or will she let her dark past dictate her future?

I don’t have a cover for you yet, but I’ll be sure to post one in next month’s blog.

Third order of business: right after I’m finished with Beyond Beautiful, I’ll be jumping into the McCoy sister books.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me explain.

Bea, Callie, Del, and Evey McCoy are all getting their own books in a standalone series! Who doesn’t love the tough, feisty, close-knit sisters featured in The Southern Werewolves Series? No one, that’s who.

The first book will feature Callie and if you’ve read Howl, you probably have a pretty good idea about who her mate will be, but if you’re still unsure, Rise will clear ALL of that up for you 😉

My plan is to get them all written and them release one a month for 4 months starting sometime this summer. That might mean you won’t hear from me for a couple months, but that also means you’ll get your fill of McCoy sisters in a very quick manner. While I’m writing the books, I’ll be leaving teasers and excerpts on my blog and on my Facebook pages. If you don’t follow me on Facebook or you aren’t a part of my reader group, you should definitely do that now! That’s where a lot of the action will be happening and you won’t want to miss out on anything!

That’s all I have for professional news. As for personal, I do have some news, but I need to hold off one more month before announcing it. If you’ve read my book Trying, you might have some idea about what it could be. If you haven’t, then you should 😀

All right. That’s it for January. In February I’ll have a cover and a sneak peek of Beyond Beautiful as well as a personal announcement, so make sure you come back for that! Hope your 2019 is amazing!

Quick December Update

I’m going to call this a win.

It’s 8:17pm on New Year’s Eve and I’m slipping in a monthly blog post before it’s too late. Am I a procrastinator? I think we all know the answer to that question.

December has been a weird month for me. I’ve received some life-altering news (that I can probably share with you next month. Or maybe the month after that. We’ll see.) and I’ve sort of been on a pseudo-vacation. Instead of writing every day like I have in the past, I’ve just been writing on my “author days” which is twice a week. Thankfully, starting in February, those days will increase to three times a week.

Anyway, Rise is ALMOST DONE! I have less than 5 chapters left to write and as usual, this book is a doozy. Super long, super jam-packed with Elizabeth’s new life with the pack, her never-ending internal struggles, and life-altering news for her as well (hint, hint). I think you’re all going to love it and my goal is to have it out sometime in February (which is SO CLOSE!).

Anyway, you’ve already seen the cover, so I thought I’d share a bit of the first chapter this time instead. It’s a little naughty, but who doesn’t love a dirty-talking Abraham? Here’s an excerpt for you (it’s unedited though, so don’t drag me, please):

“We’ve gotta stop meeting like this.”

Abraham pulled me into his office and slammed the door closed before pushing me up against it. “I just can’t help myself. You’re right there and I need you so bad.”

My stomach tangled into a mess of knots at his words.

I needed him too. And not just my body. It was so much deeper than that. I needed Abraham on a molecular level.

He slid one denim-clad leg between my thighs and pressed. I moaned into his mouth and clutched his shoulders tighter.

This was becoming our afternoon ritual since I’d moved in about a month ago. Even though we spent every night together trying to satisfy our hunger for each other, by the time the afternoon rolled around, it didn’t matter how many times I’d had him the night before. It didn’t matter that I’d been sure he’d wrung every orgasm he could out of me. I needed him again.

I wrenched my mouth away from his as I struggled to pull in a deep enough breath. “I know what you mean. I’ve been thinking about you all day.”

Abraham pressed his thigh harder between my legs and my head fell back on my shoulders.

“You’ve been thinkin’ about me, baby?” he asked as his lips traced patterns on my neck and chest.

“Uh huh.”

He sucked on a patch of my skin and I shivered in his arms.

“Were you thinking about this right here?” he asked as he plucked at my hardened nipple through my shirt.

“Uh huh,” I said again. That was the best I could come up with at the moment.

His rough fingers skimmed beneath my top and circled my waist. He dragged his hands up my belly, taking my shirt with him. When he reached my heaving chest, he paused to cup both breasts in his large hands.

He squeezed, massaging one and then the other. Abraham pulled my shirt over my head and slid his hands to the front of my bra. With a loud rip, the two halves split down the middle and I was exposed before him.

I gasped. “Abraham, that was a good bra.” I was trying to reprimand him, but my voice shook too much for it to hold any real weight.

He buried his face between my chest, licking and sucking while his fingers pinched my nipples. “I’ll buy you one for every day of the week if it means I get to rip it off you and watch your sexy tits spill out like that,” he rumbled against my skin.

I gasped again and arched my back, pushing my chest against his face. His hands began to wander again and soon they were unbuttoning my jeans and sliding them down my legs. My panties went next, and then I was completely naked. The only thing I had on was the necklace that held the ring he gave me.

“You’re wearing way too many clothes,” I breathed, my hands busy mapping out all the peaks and valleys of his body that I’d memorized a long time ago.

With a groan, Abraham pulled away from me and took a step back. There was a playful glint in his eyes and my belly flipped.

He reached for the hem of his dirty t-shirt and slowly slid it up his torso before pulling it over his head. Even though we’d been together for months now, I’d still never get sick of seeing his body. It was powerful and thick. The kind of physique you get from hard labor, not hours at the gym.

He chucked his shirt at me and I caught it with a laugh.

Next, he popped the button on his jeans and slid the zipper down slowly. I clenched my hands at my sides and swallowed. He was so damn sexy.

“Is this better?” he asked, dark blue eyes pinning me to the door.

I shook my head. “No. You’re still wearing too much.”

He slid his fingers beneath the waist band of his jeans and boxers and slid them down his long legs. I watched as every inch of golden skin was revealed. Soon he was standing naked before me, so strong and handsome, he took my breath away.

He stalked forward and wrapped his arms around my waist, pulling me against his warm body. “Now, tell me again what you were thinkin’ about all day.”

My fingers crept up his muscled arms and circled his shoulders. “I was thinking about how sexy you are.”

He dipped his head and rubbed his stubbled jaw on my neck. “Am I?” His fingers were tracing lines up my legs now and I was shaking with anticipation.

“Yes,” I hissed as one thick digit pressed inside me.

“What else were you thinkin’ about?”

I dug my nails into his shoulders as he slowly pumped his big finger in and out. “Um, I was thinking about this. About you touching me.”

“Hmm,” he hummed against my chest. “You like when I touch you?”

He added a second finger and I gasped, my legs shaking beneath me. “I love it. I love when you touch me.”

He hummed again as his fingers continued to drive me crazy. I knew I wouldn’t last much longer, but I also knew Abraham wouldn’t let me come like this. He liked to be deep inside me when I did. Said it made him feel more connected. He got no complaints from me.

“How about when I fuck you?” he whispered against my skin. “You like that, too?”

“Love it,” I squeaked.

“Because I’m about to fuck you right now and I wanna’ make sure you’re ready for me.”

He pumped his fingers faster and my belly twisted in anticipation. I was so close. “I’m ready,” I said, my voice cracking. “I’m ready now.”

He pulled his fingers out and I immediately regretted the loss. But, he surged forward and hoisted me into his arms. I wrapped my legs around his waist while he lined us up.

He slowly inched inside. “I love the sight of your tight little body stretched around me. Love to watch you take it all. You’re so fuckin’ sexy.”

The feeling of him filling me along with his dirty words were driving me higher and I knew it wouldn’t be long.

He bottomed out inside me and waited a moment while we both adjusted. Without warning, he gripped my hips and slid all the way out before slamming back in and that was enough. I clenched around him, moaning and twitching as my orgasm engulfed my senses. It felt more powerful than the last, but that’s how it was. Every single time with Abraham was better than the one before it.

He was still steadily thrusting into me as I came back down. He pressed his lips to my face, over and over again until I tipped my head and kissed him back. Rough hands slid up and down my quivering thighs as Abraham picked up the pace.

He cupped my bottom in his hands and pulled us away from the door. His lips were still on mine as he spun us around and walked over to the leather couch pushed against one wall. Abraham lowered me to the cool cushions, his body still connected to mine.

He sat back on his heels and grabbed my hips before pumping into me faster and harder than before. “You feel so fuckin’ good, baby. So wet just for me.”

I nodded and raised my arms above my head to hold onto the arm of the couch. He felt so good and I loved it when he talked like that during sex. It never failed to boil my blood and take me higher than I thought possible.

Abraham slid an arm behind my back and pulled until I was arched with my shoulders on the couch and my butt in his lap. “Yeah, just like that, baby,” he grunted as he thrusted faster than before.

“Oh, my God, Abe.”

“That’s it, El. I wanna’ feel you come again.”

I shook my head no, but I could already feel the pressure building low in my belly. Whether I thought I could survive it or not, he was going to make me come again. It was just a matter of time.

“I want to feel you squeeze me. You’re so tight when you’re coming. So beautiful. I could make you come all day just to watch you squirm on my lap.”

“Abe,” I said, my voice cracking.

“I know you’re close, baby. Just let go. Feel me.”

He picked up one of my legs and slung it over his shoulder, reaching new depths in this position. My eyes rolled back as I gripped the leather beneath me.

“You gonna come on me again, baby?” he asked, his voice so deep, I felt it rumbling through me.

I nodded frantically, unable to form sentences anymore.

“Let’s come together this time,” he grunted, his hips grinding into mine now.

I nodded again, and he reached between my thighs to circle my clit. His other hand was gripping my hip so hard I was sure he’d leave bruises, but I wouldn’t change anything. I loved how out of control he became. Loved the way I helped to unravel a man like Abraham. It was such a powerful feeling.

He continued to pound into me, somehow even faster and harder than before. But, it wasn’t until he pinched my clit between his rough fingers that I started to lose control.

“Oh, my God, Abe,” I moaned.

“That’s it, baby. Squeeze me, I wanna’ feel you.”

I had no choice. My body convulsed around him as another orgasm sped through me, this one even more devastating than the last. I barely heard Abraham’s long guttural groan as he spilled himself inside me.

We lay like that for a long time as we both fought to catch our breath and return to earth. Abraham crawled up my body and squeezed himself between me and the back of the couch. He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me even closer. His lips pressed softly all over my face and I was so sated I couldn’t even kiss him back.

“I love you so much, El.”

My stomach flipped inside me. Even after all these weeks, it never failed to thrill me when he said those words. It had taken me a while to feel comfortable saying them back, but now I said them as often as he’d listen.

“I love you, too.”

 

Add Rise to your Goodreads TBR here.

I hope your 2018 was amazing and I hope your 2019 is even better! See you next year (sorry, had to add the dad joke in there).

October Shmoctober.

Okay, so maybe I’m making fun of October’s name because I totally missed a blog that month.

Or maybe it’s a really dumb month to blog or something.

Just kidding, October is a great month. My little sister’s birthday is the 2nd, my anniversary is the 14th, and that also happens to be the day Howl came out.

Yeah, I released my new book on my anniversary. It’s kind of weird, but honestly, it was really fun.

And Howl’s release has been even funner. (I’m an author, yes I know that’s not a word. Leave it be.)

Howl is officially my most popular new release ever! I couldn’t be more thrilled. Better yet, the reviews have been mostly positive. All in all, I’m happy with how it’s turned out.

Which brings me to my next project, Send Sunshine. That one is coming out in less than two weeks.

AAHH!

I’m terrified and excited. I’ve been with this book for so long, but it was just us. Now, I’m going to have to share it with everyone else.

I guess that makes me a helicopter author. So be it.

So, yes, Howl is live and you can get it here, and yes, Send Sunshine is up for pre-order here. If you’re looking forward to Send Sunshine, you can put it on your TBR here.

Lastly, I’d like to talk about my newest project. Rise.

Rise Ebook Cover

 

O. M. G. do you LOVE that cover, or what? Gah! I’m obsessed!

I’ve been working on Rise for a couple weeks and I’m hoping to have it out by the end of the winter.

I want to give you an excerpt from the book, but I already gave you the cover in this blog. That’s probably enough for today. That means, come back for my December blog where I’ll post a scene from Rise!

Sorry about shmoctober and I promise I’ll try to do better.

Wake Me Up When September Ends.

J.K. September has been all right.

I finished writing Howl. (YAY!) And, it’s a big ole’ book. 470 print pages to be exact. My beta readers have loved it and I hope you all will too.

Have you been on my Amazon profile lately?

Or maybe you’ve been onto Goodreads recently?

No?

Well, if you had, you’d have seen that I’ve set a release date for Howl and you can already pre-order it here. October 14th is the day you all get Shift’s sequel. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Also, my next project has a blurb and a cover.

Can her light overcome his darkness?

Bailey Woods is perfectly content living the single life. After being disappointed by men one too many times, she completely gave up on dating. Until she volunteers to spend time with a lonely horse and winds up working with the surliest man she’s ever met. So, why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Ryder MacAlister has three rules: no girls, no mistakes, and no slowing down. And Bailey is about to make him break all three. From the moment he met her, he felt this undeniable attraction. Fighting it is pointless, but he knows he needs to keep his distance. His past is as sordid as his future and he can’t let anyone else get mixed up in his problems. Especially Bailey.

She can’t resist a challenge and is determined to break down his walls for a single night. But, what happens when she sees behind his gruff facade? Will Ryder’s past prevent a future with Bailey? Or could she be what he’s needed all along?

Send Sunshine ebook cover

Isn’t it beautiful?

Make sure you head over to Goodreads and put it in your TBR!

I’m a little over half-way through and I’m loving how it’s turning out. Follow me on Twitter for sneak peaks of the story!

All right, that’s about all I have for September. Until next month!

August Update

Like with my books, I am not very creative when it comes to naming, so sorry for the blog title.

Anyway, I have two updates, one of which I’m really excited about and the other I can’t wait to get excited about.

First order of business:

Howl. Is. Written.

And it’s a long a** book. Like, fifty chapters long. And I think you guys are going to love it. Because I do. A lot. Okay, I’ll stop talking in tiny sentences now.

But for real, Howl is epic. I’m so proud of it and I know you guys will enjoy it. Now, there is still a lot of work I need to do on it before I can share it all with you, but I have a month that I can promise it will be out by.

Ready?

Drum roll, please!

October.

As in, a month and a half from now.

Am I crazy?

If I’m not already, I might be by October.

No, but seriously, I’m not going to promise a specific day until I see how the book shapes up. I want to leave myself plenty of time to make this the best possible book for everyone while also getting it to you as soon as possible. I know I can do that by October. Maybe the middle of the month? We’ll see.

Second order of business:

The next project I’ll be working on is a contemporary romance. Yes, with humans. We all know I don’t do that often, but I’m going to give it a shot.

It’s about a phlebotomist (for those of you not in the medical field, that means someone who draws your blood), and a dude working on the farm she’s volunteering at. They meet, they fight, and they wind up making out, anyway. They’ll go through a lot of highs and lows together and somehow come out the other side.

Why?

Because I don’t know how to write anything but happily ever after’s.

Anyway, you want to hear the first title this book had when I initially started it two years ago?

Oh, god. Why am I telling you this?

Sigh.

It was called “The phlebotomist and the farmhand”.

Cringe

Thank goodness I’ve found a better title. At least, I hope it’s better.

It’s called “Send Sunshine” and I’m really excited to dig back into it. I have some character building to do and some plot to figure out, but I’ll begin all this as soon as Howl is in someone else’s hands but mine. Which should be in a few weeks.

I don’t have any kind of date set, but I’m going to attempt to write a normal-person sized book for a change, so hopefully it won’t take me very long.

That’s about all that happened in August except I also turned a year older. Which year? You’ll have to dig around on the internet and find that answer for yourself because I’m admitting nothing.

Until September.

New Release & A Howl Update

Hello!

I’ve been failing at this blogging thing again. Have you noticed? Hopefully not. But, if you have, I’m sorry. I’ve vowed to do better. I’m hoping to post on here once a month from now on.

In the meantime, my new novel is live!!

Here’s the blurb:

Mackenzie’s marriage is falling apart.

After two years of heartbreaking infertility, her and her husband, Bryson, are more like roommates than the best friends that were once madly in love. While Mackenzie is desperately trying to pick up the pieces of her broken relationship, her colleague, is trying to get her attention.

Mason’s not satisfied with just being her friend and wants to give her everything her husband doesn’t. She’s resisted all his advances so far, but it’s getting harder to do every day as her husband drifts further away.

Mackenzie finds herself caught between a man she’s tied to who wants nothing to do with her, and a man who would give anything to be with her, but she can’t have.

When her world gets rocked by unexpected news, she’s left more torn than ever. Can Mackenzie and Bryson learn to love again or is it already too late?

Trying Print Cover

Trying is available on Amazon here and free on Kindle Unlimited! I hope you give it a chance and I hope you love it! Be sure to leave me feedback on Amazon or Goodreads when you’re done!

 

Now, onto Shift’s sequel, Howl.

It’s coming.

It will be published in 2018.

And, you’ll love it.

I’m having such a blast writing this book. Being able to tell Abraham and Elizabeth’s love story has been an honor. There are so many great parts that I can’t wait to share with you all. Which leads me to my next topic:

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, HERE!

Almost every day, I play #amwriting games on Twitter with fellow authors. Each tweet is a quote from Howl. If you follow me and pay attention, you’ll get sneak peaks at the upcoming book. Make sure to like or retweet your favorite tweets!

That’s all I have for you for now. Hope to see you in August!