NIGHT HAWK by Lindsay McKenna: The Importance of Naming Characters

Posted January 4, 2016 in Book Tour, Guest Post / 4 Comments

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.


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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.” –



About Lindsay McKenna

Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!


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