Bestselling Author of Military Romantic Suspense, Lindsey McKenna Shares the Importance of Naming Characters. Be sure to check out her latest release, NIGHT HAWK, available NOW!
Character names are very important to me. Each has a unique vibration and ‘feel’ to it. A name always conjures up what the person is like, to me. I spend weeks, sometimes, looking for just the right name for my hero and heroine. I have to live with them for the duration of the book and I want to like them and have my readers sympathetic towards them.
I have baby naming books in my library, but I also hunt online for unique names. I prefer shorter names to longer ones…that’s just a personal preference. For example, depending upon the word, Kai, who is the heroine of the story, it has many meanings: Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name — meaning “sea” in Hawaiian, “forgiveness” in Japanese, “willow tree” in Navajo. And it’s a male and female name depending upon the country. My bias was toward all these meanings above for the heroine because her journey undertakes all these aspects and definitions. Sea is water and water to me is about our emotions. And Kai is going to be severely tested in that arena with the hero, Gil.
About Night Hawk
After losing his comrade, Sergeant Gil Hanford thought a visit to the man’s widow would be the decent way to honor his late friend. But Gil found more than comfort in Kai Tiernan—he had always secretly desired beautiful Kai, but a sudden, mutual passion helped assuage their grief…until duty reared its head, removing him from her arms, seemingly forever.
Four years later, Kai is starting over at the Triple H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Born a rancher, she is looking for a new beginning—but her new boss is unforgivably familiar. Kai has tried to move past the memory of what happened between her and Gil, even though she’s never forgiven him for leaving her. But even as they begin their journey toward something new and oh-so-uncertain, a shadow emerges, determined to claim Kai for itself.
Buy Online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Add to Goodreads
Praise for Night Hawk
“Lindsay McKenna has penned another great romance in NIGHT HAWK…Ms. McKenna is a master of the military romance genre.” –Fresh Fiction
“Fans of McKenna will not be disappointed in her latest passion-infused love story.” –RT Book Reviews
“Good plot, likable characters. Some new ones and plenty of older ones from previous books. Lots of drama, mystery and romance.” –ReadALot.com