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!

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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!

Shift is here and I have a new work in progress!

That’s right, Shift has finally arrived. Actually, it arrived more than a month ago, but I’m terrible at blogging, so this is the first time I’m writing about it. I’ve been fortunate enough to be featured on two blogs so far, and I’m constantly working toward building new friendships and forming professional relationships with bloggers, readers, and authors alike. Hopefully, I’ll continue on that trend and have more blogs to brag about in the future.

For now, I can say I’ve worked with the lovely author Soulla Christodoulou who so graciously featured me on her “A Cup of Conversation” blog post. That interview can be found here: https://www.soulla-author.com/interviews/a-cup-of-conversation-with-author-heather-mackinnon-on-her-release-day/ It was great working with her, and if she’ll have me, I’ll absolutely be back!

The other lovely blogger I had the opportunity to work with was Anky from Anky’s Book Bubble. That interview is here: http://ankysbookbubble.blogspot.in/2018/01/an-interview-with-heather-mackinnon.html Anky was an arc reader for my debut novel, Changed and was nice enough to also be an arc reader for Shift. She’s someone I definitely have plans to work with in the future!

As for my work in progress, this may be an unpopular decision, but I have to go where the creativity leads me, and unfortunately, it isn’t toward Shift’s sequel, Howl.

Yet.

Before I get into my new work in progress, I want to make it known that Howl will be published this year. It just won’t be my next novel. I’m aiming to release Howl sometime in the fall, so Shift fans, keep an eye out!

Now, if you enjoy me as an author and aren’t just here because you love Abraham and Elizabeth (and of course Evey), then hopefully you’ll also be able to get excited about this new book I’ve been working on, because I’m really excited.

It’s about a married couple who are struggling to get pregnant and wind up drifting apart. During this drift, another man comes into the picture who says all the right things and always seems to show up when he’s needed most. Will he drive the two apart? Or will the news they’ve been waiting for pull them back together?

This is a story that is near and dear to my heart and extremely personal. A lot of the issues that are discussed in this book are things that I’ve personally gone through and endured. This book is almost therapeutic in that way.

It isn’t Southern werewolves, and there are no vampires, but I hope you’ll give it a chance, just like you gave me a chance once upon a time. I’m hoping to have this current project published by May and when I have a definite title (which I’m struggling with!) and  a cover, I’ll be back to announce that.

Sorry I’m so terrible at blogging, and if you’re looking to keep more up to date with me, I’m a bit better at social media. Feel free to follow me on any or all of these platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying Shift and I always love reading your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads!

 

Brand New Book!

Shift CoverMy second novel, Shift, is set to release in four days on January 18th. This book is another paranormal romance, but much different from my first. I’ll leave the summary below.

Hard working criminal lawyer Elizabeth Montgomery is finally taking a vacation, a solo trip to the mountains of North Carolina to a cozy little cabin in the woods. Unfortunately, she doesn’t even get to spend one night there. She takes an early evening hike and ends up on the wrong side of a vicious animal attack. Or so she thought. When she’s found and rescued by sexy stranger, Abraham, she soon finds out it was a werewolf that attacked her. And that she’s the newest member of Abraham’s pack. Now Elizabeth must navigate the changes that come along with becoming a werewolf while also learning to fit into this tight knit pack. For an only child who rarely speaks with her own parents, getting close to Abraham and his family might just be scarier than becoming a werewolf.

It will be available on Amazon and in paperback format starting on the 18th. I hope you all enjoy and leave a review!

Long Overdue Update

So, the Kindle Scout thing was a bust.

That was kind of a bummer but not the end of the world. I still got a ton of attention for Changed which I wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise. One good thing that happens if you aren’t chosen for Kindle Scout is they notify all the people who nominated Changed when it becomes available.

Which brings me to my next topic: CHANGED IS LIVE! I decided to go ahead and self publish Changed like I’d originally planned. You can find it here. Changed is on sale for 99 cents but only for the first week, so make sure to get your copy fast!

Thanks to everyone who supported my Kindle Scout campaign!

New Book from Katriena Knights—Call Me Zhenya

Good morning! I’m guest-posting on Heather’s blog today to talk about my new book, Call Me Zhenya, which is campaigning on Kindle Scout.

The book started out as a reaction to a scene from one of my favorite TV shows, Angel. There’s a scene where Wesley Wyndham-Pryce breaks Faith out of prison so she can go do her vampire-slaying thang. She was in prison voluntarily, atoning for her sins, but they needed her, so she took a fancy dive through a glass window and high-tailed it out with Wes.

 

That scene got me thinking. What if a spy were in prison voluntarily, taking a hit for something that happened in an operation that wasn’t her fault? That evolved into having her there for protective custody. Then another spy comes to let her out. And what if that spy were the man who betrayed her? Or the man who killed her lover?

 

From that seed grew Anna Slaten, a covert operative with a reconfigured brain designed to store massive quantities of information. However, something inside that brain is worth killing her for—and even she doesn’t know what it is.

 

She’s placed in protective custody in Alaska not to protect her, per se, but to protect this sensitive data. They told her six months, max—she’s been there two years.

 

Evgeni Belyakov is another reconfigured covert operative. In his case, he’s been designed to transform into a deadly black wolf to perform anonymous assassinations. One of his assassinations has haunted him, though—and led him to follow up on Anna’s incarceration.

 

They’re planning to kill her, he discovers, and begins a race against time to extract her from prison before the Agency—the deep-cover organization they both work for—executes her. Escaping across the Arctic tundra together, they find themselves depending more and more upon each other. Evgeni knows his own secrets could destroy any trust Anna might have in him. Romantic entanglement is out of the question. But Evgeni’s wolf has other ideas.

 

Below is an excerpt from early in the novel, where Evgeni shows Anna how to control his potentially dangerous wolf form. If you enjoy the excerpt, I hope you’ll stop by to vote for my Kindle Scout campaign. If the book is chosen for publication, you’ll automatically get a free copy! And if you want to keep up to date with my books, giveaways, and other goodies, please join my newsletter. You’ll get a sneak peek at the first chapter of Call Me Zhenya right away.

 

On to the excerpt!

 

“First I’ll answer your question about waking me, but not waking the wolf.”

 

She nodded. It was important she knew this. “All right.”

 

Evgeni slid the backpack to the ground. It landed silently, and his steps were equally silent when he closed the distance between them. “First,” he said, “you touch me like this.”

 

His hand rose, and for a split second she thought she’d misjudged him, that she’d followed him out here to the Alaskan bush just so he could kill her where no one would ever find her body. His hand closed around the side of her neck, resting partially on her shoulder, his thumb pressing against her Adam’s apple. She flinched; she couldn’t help it. The movement hadn’t been sudden or violent, and nothing about his touch hurt her, but every cell in her body was suddenly, acutely aware that he could break her neck or crush her windpipe with a single shift of that enormous hand. Was he really answering her question, or was he making a point?

 

Then his eyes softened again, and the grip shifted. The thumb on her windpipe didn’t relax, because it had never been taut to begin with, but it moved, stroking her skin. And that brought a whole new onslaught of sensation.

 

“It’s important to touch me here,” he told her and tapped her windpipe lightly. “It doesn’t have to be hard or rough—in fact it’s better if it isn’t. But your thumb here, your fingers behind my ear.”

 

“What if…” She struggled to regain her composure. “What if your back is to me?”

 

“Turn around and I’ll show you.” He released her and made a twirling motion with one finger. The size and weight of his hand still lay imprinted on her throat.

 

Hesitant, she turned her back to him.

 

The touch came promptly, but she was ready for it this time. He laid his fingers along the line of her windpipe, his thumb pressing against the base of her skull. Still gentle, careful, yet still a placement he could use to kill her if he chose.

 

“You hold me and speak to me,” he said, and she could feel his warm breath against her ear. “You do not call me Evgeni. You say Zhenya.”

 

It was a diminutive, she knew, like calling him Sasha if his name were Alexander, or like calling her Annie. “Zhenya,” she repeated.

 

“Yes.” His hand came free, and she turned back around to face him. “You do it. Show me you understand.”

 

She stared up at him. She wasn’t sure she could even reach his neck, much less get her hand into the right position. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration, but he was definitely tall enough to make it awkward.

 

As if reading her dilemma on her face, he dropped to his knees, a smile working his mouth. “Try now.”

 

God, this was weird. But necessary. He wasn’t playing games with her. In a very real way, he was showing her how to control him. And he didn’t have to do that.

 

She laid her hand along his neck and shoulder, mimicking the position he’d used on her. Her thumb lay against the hard knob of his Adam’s apple, which was roughened with overnight stubble. So was his cheek, where her index finger brushed it. Her small hand seemed ludicrously inadequate for the task she’d assigned it.

 

His Adam’s apple bobbed, then vibrated beneath her hand. “If you were a mama wolf,” he told her, “you would take me by my neck and put me where you wanted me. And if you were an alpha, you would take me by my neck and show me I was not the alpha. So this shows control but also protection. If the wolf is waiting there right under the skin, this will make it understand you are a friend.”

 

Anna nodded, letting her hand drop. Since he was kneeling, she walked around to stand behind him rather than asking him to turn. From behind, she laid her hand again on his neck, thumb against the base of his skull, fingers along the line of his windpipe. “Like this?”

 

“Yes. Now say my name.”

 

“Zhenya,” she said obligingly. “Zhenya, wake up and don’t try to eat my face.”

 

He chuckled. “There, you see? It’s easy enough.”

 

END EXCERPT
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