Feature – Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

TAKING FIRE – On sale February 24, 2015

About the book

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.

Guest Post
In Taking Fire, on the director’s cut version, digital only (ON FIRE, HQN, March 2015), the two main characters, US Navy SEAL Mike Tarik and Khat Shinwari want to get married. Khat is half Afghani and half American and a US citizen. She was born in the U.S. and grew up in California, familiar with Valentine’s Day.

Mike is half Saudi Arabian and half American, born in the USA. His beloved father, Bedir Tarik, a world famous Saudi Arabian cardiac surgeon, and is a Sufi. It is a sect of the Muslim religion that believes in living only in one’s heart and being compassionate toward all things, human, animal, bird and Nature. Mike grew up in the US and knew about Valentine’s Day as well.

When Khat and Mike decide to get married on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, this throws the Tarik family into an interesting fix. Annie Tarik, American, and wife to Bedir and mother to Mike, thinks it’s a wonderful date. The only problem is that Valentine’s Day is not recognized or understood in Saudi Arabia. Bedir thinks out loud and says that he must educate the hundred or so aunts, uncles, cousins, who will attend the wedding in Alpine, California, beforehand.

For Khat and Mike, because their love was severely challenged by events around them, they want to trade vows on Valentine’s Day. Plus, Mike’s father is a heart surgeon. They both thought that was a wonderful day because of that synchronicity as well.

Annie Tarik is very sure that her husband, Bedir, must do a lot of educating of his Saudi relatives so they can appreciate the day in expanded terms. Khat and Mike smile because after all they’ve gone through to find one another, to love one another, was all worth it. And they both feel sure that Mike’s Saudi relatives will fall in love with the US Holiday. Weddings are, after all, part of one’s heart.


About the author
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.

Where to find the author

Where to find the book
Barnes and Noble

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