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or Answers to Common Questions

When will the next book be out?

For a variety of reasons, I don't share works-in-progress details until a manuscript is finished. When the next book has a release date, it will be posted on the Home page, followed by an announcement on the blog. When it's ready for release, I'll share it via the new-release newsletter. For now, I will share that I am currently writing a new standalone book along with new installments in the Crooked Creek and Gallagher series.

Can I get your e-books for Nook, Kobo, and iBooks?

All e-books published prior to April 2024 are available in Kindle Unlimited. E-books published after April 2024 may be in Kindle Unlimited OR available across all major retailers. It will be noted on the book page. The print editions are available almost everywhere. For Kindle Unlimited Books: To read across devices, download the Kindle app from your app store onto your smartphone or tablet. Open the app and connect it to your Amazon account (the same one you use to shop for everything else). Important—you can only buy books through the online retail store, not through the app. After you buy the book on the online store, open your app and the book will appear. You only have to download the app once, and then you can read to your heart's content!

What happened to your exclusive McClintock Readers Club?

I like to think all readers who enjoy my books—past, present, and future—are part of the club! Okay, here it is: Dangling free books or promises for free stuff in exchange for people signing up for my newsletter never set well with me. I know, saying such a thing goes against all the great marketing advice that there ever was, but there it is. If someone is going to sign up for one of my mailing lists, I want them to do so because they truly wish to receive those emails. Book releases and discounts aren't really exclusive, so I didn't want to use those as incentives. The only thing that didn't change were the annual giveaway and smaller random giveaways with the winner(s) selected from among subscribers. The new part is that only ACTIVE subscribers are included, meaning subscribers who have engaged with a recent post (clicking and viewing) or newsletter (clicking a link). This is the best way I know how to say thank you to active subscribers.

What genres do you write?

I write historical romantic fiction, and I don't like to limit myself to one sub-genre or setting. I primarily write western romance/American historical romance set from 1865-1890s (Montana Gallaghers, Crooked Creek, Whitcomb Springs). I also have a Victorian romance mystery series (British Agents) set in England, Ireland, and Scotland. I plan to write more books set in the British Isles, and of course continue writing my American historical/western romances. In 2021, I added historical western mystery with a touch of romance (McKenzie Sisters Mystery series) to the list. As McKenna Grey, I've written the Kyndall Family Thrillers, a romantic suspense series, and one collection of sweet contemporary romance stories, Christmas in the Rockies.

Do you use outlines?

Tried them. Don't like them. I have a general idea of what will happen beginning, middle, and end, but beyond the general, I don't know what happens until a story unfolds. Otherwise, I feel caged in.

Do you take reader suggestions for stories/plots/characters/ideas?

It's wonderful that readers want to be involved in the process, but that is not how I ever have, ever want to, or ever will write. The reality is, the stories are mine and if I need to make a decision for a character or a storyline, that's my decision alone to make. To allow any outside influence or suggestions from readers would hinder everything about the writing and my creative process.

How do you plan out your characters?

By planning as little as possible. I know their name (usually), what they look like, their age, their occupation, and their general history. Beyond that, I get to know the characters as I'm writing. I keep a guide (originally suggested by my editor) when I'm writing in a series because I sometimes forget an order of events or the time of day, but I don't forget the characters. I see them, so really, very little advance planning is needed.

Where can I find info about book content?

Right here! Know what you're reading. It's nice to know what to expect when you pick up a book. If you are sensitive to certain subject matter or extremely selective about the content you're willing to read, then this guide should help. I write relatively clean and wholesome books, and I say "relatively" because they are historical stories set during various historical times. This means that historical-style violence (westerns, adventures, war, etc.) will show up, plus, there may be some sensual elements, even if the sex is closed door. More detail is given below. My Book Ratings Sweet & Clean (G): Just as the rating implies, these are sweet romances that never go beyond kisses. No sex, no leading up to it, just good, wholesome, romance stories. Guilt-Free (G-PG): These stories have touches of mystery and romance, and are clean reads, without being sweet. They don't have graphic violence but may contain some elements of suspense. Moderate (PG-PG-13): These stories have romance, a touch of mystery or suspense, and some violence. There is no graphic sex, but there may be sensual kisses and/or closed-door. Moderate+ (PG-13+): These stories have romance, a touch of mystery or suspense, and some violence. There may be sensual kisses/activity leading up to sex but still closed door. The only exception to this is Alaina Claiborne, which because of an inside joke with a sibling, a steamier scene was left in (still quite mild by today's standards). Many authors have their own ratings and they may be different from mine. That's okay because authors, readers, and publishers often have different perspectives on ratings. What I might view as raunchy, others may see as romantic. What I view as clean, others may find too much for their sensibilities. The ratings above are a guide for my books, and not necessarily anyone else's. ••• Language Content: My books do not contain explicit language. However, they may contain a few words commonly found in historical language (along the lines of "hell," "damn," "bloody," etc.). I do not believe that everyone would have watched every word they ever said all the time, but because I personally don't like explicit language, these words are used sparingly and only when it makes sense for the story or character at the time. ••• Violence Content: The extent of the violence in my books is similar to what you see in a western movie or historical adventure movie. All of my books have characters who use guns and other weapons such as knives, swords, daggers, and similar. Rape and violence against children are never depicted, though there may be mention without description. Some may be sensitive to this content, others may not. Please use your judgment. ••• Standard Ratings (for those who want a comparison) Please note that all of my books will have a G, PG, or PG-13 rating, with most falling in the PG and G categories. ••• Sensuality Ratings: Clean or G – Love scenes and/or kisses, but little or no sex. Sensual or PG – Non-descriptive, non-graphic sex Steamy or PG-13 – More descriptive and sensual, but nothing wild or explicit, and no graphic sex scenes. ••• Alcohol Use: I do not drink alcohol, but it's unrealistic for me to think that none of my characters would, and so some do. The mention of alcohol use is minimal or used in passing.

Do you go on book tours or make public appearances?

Despite the joy I experience in meeting readers, I have no plans to attend events or make in-person appearances. When I tour books, it's online.

Are you on social media?

I have official pages and you can find those links on the about page. However, I did significantly lessen my use of them in 2023 because every minute I would spend on social media pages is time away from writing. Since I'm naturally a slow writer, I need to devote as much time to it as possible. I occasionally post to Pinterest and IG stories when I remember, but mostly I post to the blog on this website. Messages sent via social pages are rarely, if ever, seen. Readers are welcome and encouraged to contact me directly via this website.

Why didn't you respond to my review of your book?

In the early days, I would occasionally leave a "thank you" for a review, and if a reviewer emails me directly then I will still do so. However, I do my best to avoid reading reviews online. Most of the reviews that appear on this site have been sent via email, either in full or with a notification from the reviewer, or a friend or family member who saw it. Otherwise, I leave reviews to the readers. Danielle Steel said, “A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it.” It is sad how much truth there is to this, and I prefer to not focus on the squished cake. If you have posted a review for one of my books online, please know that I am humbled you chose to read it and grateful you took the time to share your thoughts with other readers.

Do you read and critique manuscripts?

No, I do not. It's always best to have someone who is not a writer do this for reasons too numerous for me to spell out here. There are a lot of great editors and beta readers out there who offer manuscript critiques.

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