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She dances on the edge of life…and death
Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban…and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives.
To go rogue.
Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he's more than just a soldier. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows…and risking everything by stepping into the light.
Creating the Military Romance Genre
I served in the US Navy, proud to serve my country. Both sides of my family have a long service in the military and it was expected that I would also go in. I was a Petty Officer Aerographer’s Mate Third Class. A fancy name for a weather forecaster. I was in the “air” part of the US Navy and never served aboard ship. The old writing adage, “write what you know,” applies to me. I was in the military. I’m going to write on military topics and fiction.
I originated and created this sub-genre of the military romance for the romance publishing industry back in 1983, Silhouette Special Edition, CAPTIVE OF FATE. Until that time, there were no stories about military heroes. I went on to also create the 3-book series concept in mid-1990’s via Silhouette, too. And I had to write two series (Kincaid and Travis series) before Silhouette decided to take a chance on the concept. You can go to: http://lindsaymckenna.com/book-series/ to find all my series, including these two pre-series before my publisher decided to take a chance on the concept of tying three books together consecutively with inter-connection between all of them.
And when they did finally take this giant new step in a new direction, the FIRST series (romantic military suspense) came out as Love and Glory. The three books were the story of the Trayhern children: Morgan, Noah and Alyssa Trayhern. They are world famous today. And, I continue to write about the Trayhern family children now. This is the longest, most continuous family saga in the romance industry.
TAKING FIRE, a book in the Shadow Warriors series, is specifically about women in combat. It should be no surprise women can be good Marines, soldiers, airmen or sailors when it comes to combat billets and roles. There is a certain kind of woman who can deal with it. There have always been womenin wartime situations since the dawn of time. It just doesn’t get emphasized enough and US Marine Corps Sergeant Khatereh Shinwari, is one of those women. She’s a Marine sniper, trained by one of the best schools in the world, and she had the courage, heart and endurance to go deep under cover black ops. Daily, she risks her life for the Afghan people and to keep other US forces safe from ambush and attack. She is heroic and walks the blade between life and death. Her reasons are powerful for what she undertakes and confronts daily. And when Navy SEAL Mike Tarik unexpectedly drops into her secret life in the Hindu Kush Mountains, he offers her something that she didn’t see coming.
Lindsay McKenna is proud to have served her country in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer’s mate third class—also known as a weather forecaster. She is one of the original founders of the military romance subgenre and loves to combine heart-pounding action with soulful and poignant romance. Her latest book is the romantic suspense Taking Fire.