<![CDATA[SKYE MACKINNON - News]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:43:27 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[New audiobook: Pay what you want!]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:57:20 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/new-audiobook-pay-what-you-want
As a very special (and strange) treat, I present to you the audiobook of Alien Abduction for Beginners: Christmas Assignment, a story that will be in the A Very Alien Christmas anthology releasing next month. My narrator Kyo Sija, who's also voiced my Defiance and Claiming Her Bears books, has done a phenomenal job with this (although she did message me to ask me what the hell she'd just read).

This is a steamy, hilarious book involving insatiable alien twin sisters and a Santa with a very large candy cane...
And right now, you can get it for whatever you're prepared to pay (minimum $1).

Offering the audiobook like this is a bit of an experiment, so let's see how it goes...

The audiobook will also be available at retailers for full price soon, but it will probably take a week or longer for it to go live, so for now, this is the only way you can listen to it.
<![CDATA[New Charity Anthology: Hearts on Fire]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 20:19:38 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/new-charity-anthology-hearts-on-fire
Love too hot to handle. Unforgettable worlds. Characters you’ll carry in your heart and mind long after you’re done reading.

Fall in love with this fiery collection of 15 urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and fantasy tales! Over $35 worth of outstanding fiction for just 3.99.

All profits of Hearts on Fire will be donated to the Wildlife Disaster Network, a collaborative effort between the UC Davis Veterinary School and the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Wildlife Disaster Network was formed specifically to rehabilitate animals injured in California wildfires that decimated four million acres during the fall of 2020.

The authors, cover artist, and photographer who donated books and artwork to the Hearts of Fire collection hope to make a real difference in the lives of these animals.
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My book in this anthology is Winter Princess, the first book in the Daughter of Winter series:

One sassy Demigoddess. Four hot Guardians. A Realm to rule.
As a demigoddess, Wyn has always stood out from the human crowd. And now, on her 22nd birthday, her magic finally surfaces with a bang. A big bang. She’ll need the help of not one, but four (sexy) Guardians to control her destructive powers. If only they weren't so distracting...

Her mother, the Winter Queen, waits for Wyn in the Realms of Gods, but there are enemies who will try and prevent her from ever reaching the Realms, even if that means going to war.

Will Wyn be able to survive the journey? And if she does, can she resist falling for her Guardians? Actually, does she want to resist?

A full-length reverse harem novel full of yummy protective men, a strong heroine, Celtic mythology, kilts, Scottish accents, very steamy scenes and nasty demons.

Case study: Injured Mountain Lion

This female mountain lion was found with burn injuries in the wake of the Bobcat Fire, near Monrovia (Los Angeles County) on Sept. 22, 2020. She was tranquilized by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff where she was found, at the edge of private property bordering natural lands. Initial treatment was provided by Dr. Peri Wolff in Moorpark, who stabilized the cat, delivered timely treatment to prevent pain and correct dehydration, and conducted aninitial cleaning of the burns. On Sept. 23, the cat was picked up and transported to the CDFW Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in Rancho Cordovaby a team of CDFW volunteers. Wildlife veterinarians determined that the cat, which weighed about 68lbs., was approximately 7 years old. Her burn injuries appeared to be a few weeks old and had already begun to heal in a few small spots, but she was still unable to walk. Veterinarians surmise that the cat was able to find shelter near a water source and spent much of her time licking her injuries until found.

CDFW staff at the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory X-rayed the cat and determined that she did not have significant injuries from smoke inhalation and proceeded to treat her for dehydration, pain and clean and provide a suite of treatments to help her burns heal. Due to her condition and age, she was determined to be a good candidate for rehab and release. The lion was kept in a quiet enclosure with one week between treatments. Staff at the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory monitored her around the clock, using remote cameras (it is important to keep human interaction with rehabilitating wild animals to a minimum, in order to keep them from becoming habituated).

Though she struggled at first, the lion is now eating, tolerating captivity and gaining weight. She’s getting stronger but not yet fully able to walk and move normally. Her burns are healing rapidly and the veterinary team estimates she will be ready for release back to the wild after one or two more treatment sessions (roughly three weeks after her arrival at the lab).

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<![CDATA[New release: Roar]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2020 14:02:55 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/new-release-roar
My Catnip Assassins series is now complete! Seven books full of murders, RH romance and every cat pun you can think of. And then some more.

Roar is the final book in this purrfectly exciting series, so you can now read all books in one go. Dive into the life of a cat shifter assassin and her three men as she cuts off body parts, goes on catnip benders and fights for those she loves. Even though she'd never admit to loving them. Obviously. She's a cat.

Grab yourself a bag of catnip and enjoy!
<![CDATA[The Aliens are coming!]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:57:44 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/the-aliens-are-coming
This winter is going to be all about aliens! Here's a wee preview of what's to come.
Don't want to wait? Take a loolk at my existing sci-fi and alien books!
<![CDATA[10 things you didn't know about Song of Blood]]>Sat, 17 Oct 2020 19:30:00 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-song-of-blood
1. Skye and Liza started writing it over Facebook Messenger before moving it to Google docs.

2. They did not plot it out before writing it (something that makes Liza VERY nervous, to the point where she turned into a clingy girlfriend and messaged Skye constantly with questions).

3. Lysander's name was Tyler until a third into writing the manuscript.

4. The legend of the Lorelei is a real legend, originating in Germany, and you can visit the statue.

5. While talking about the untitled work-in-progress, Liza called it "the Skyza book".

6. The book was finished before they realized Avery didn't have a last name. Liza picked Bennett because she's a Pride & Prejudice fan.

7. Charles was half elf before Skye and Liza decided he should be half faerie lord.

8. Keira Blackwood, another paranormal romance author (and Liza's other coauthor) designed the cover.

9. The "real" Song of Blood (lyrics to the tune of "My Favorite Things" that Liza wrote after reading one of Skye's battle scenes) was a random comment Liza threw into the margin of the manuscript as a joke.

10. Skye wrote the German words that Avery sings to heal Tasha.

11. A placeholder title on their Google doc read "Avery's Epic Vandemic Tale".

12. While writing and editing, Liza and Skye teased each other constantly about British English vs. American English.
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<![CDATA[A Gift for You: Mary Queen of Scots Colouring Page]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:30:14 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/a-gift-for-you-mary-queen-of-scots-colouring-pagePicture
I've got a present for you!

I was stalking one of my favourite artists and saw that she'd recently done portraits of queens with cats. It's not all that long ago that I published Saving His Queen, a time travel romance about featuring Mary Queen of Scots, So with a bit of begging I got her to design me a colouring page of Mary with a cat!

I'm so excited to share this and I hope you'll like it. You can download it for free below and print it yourself.

Share your coloured-in pictures with me on social media once you're done, I'd love to see what you come up with!

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<![CDATA[New release: Song of Blood]]>Sat, 10 Oct 2020 20:00:00 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/new-release-song-of-blood
I've got a new book for you! Song of Blood is co-written with the magnificent Liza Street and is a post-apocalyptic reverse harem with sirens, fae, shifters and vampires. Bit of everything, so to speak, set against the background of the Vandemic.

Empty supermarket shelves, mass panic, staying indoors.
Sound familiar?
This is why. 

Back in March, when everything shut down for the first time, I wrote a few paragraphs about a woman having a bit of a nightmare finding toilet paper in the shops. I sent it to Liza and she added some more words and several months later, we have a full, long novel. I think it's been a bit therapeutic for both of us to write about a fictional, humorous vampire pandemic. Without toilet paper, obviously.
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<![CDATA[Cover reveal: Song of Souls]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/cover-reveal-song-of-souls
A few months ago, I randomly wrote a few paragraphs about a vampire pandemic which involved a shortage of toilet paper (guess what inspired me) and sent it to my friend Liza Street. She liked it and wrote a few more paragraphs. Back and forth we went until we suddenly had a full novel. We kept this secret because neither of us wanted to set a deadline - this was just our fun little project. Until now.

I present to you Song of Blood, a post-apocalyptic reverse harem full of vampires, werewolves, fae and sirens. It's set in London and Liza (who's American) had a lot of fun impressing me with her (mostly correct) British slang. The Queen's Knickers is probably my favourite expression she managed to sneak in there…
While Liza expanded her British swearword vocabulary, I added some German mythology centering around the Lorelei, a siren who used to terrorise sailors on the river Rhine. I've always wanted to write about her and finally had the chance with this series.

Anyway, the book releases on the 10th October and you can pre-order it already. And if you want to find out more about Liza, take a look at her website - trust me, her books are amazing and it's been an honour to write with her.
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<![CDATA[A Makeover for Vikings]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:36:43 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/a-makeover-for-vikings
Sometimes I like to give my older books a new look - whether that's a new cover or a new title. In this case, it's both!
I'd planned for a while to give Norsemen Academy a makeover and now finally had time for it. Say hello to Taking Her Vikings - same content, new look. Still the same sexy Vikings, but now there's one on the cover too!

For now, I'm leaving the paperback the same so if you want one with the old cover, order it now. I'll upload the new paperback in a couple of weeks.
There were three men in my mind. One in the past, two in the present. How was a girl supposed to think like that?
Lainie never expected to be admitted to the prestigious Time Travel Academy.
She never expected to study runes, ancient languages and meet real life Vikings.
And she certainly didn't expect to fall for her teacher... and a Viking... and a mysterious archivist.
When a forbidden jump in time goes wrong, Lainie will have to draw on everything she's learned to make her way back into the present - and into the arms of her men.
A full-length steamy reverse harem full of action, intrigue and hot Vikings, set in both past and present. Includes resources to learn basic runes and Old Norse!
Take Your Viking
<![CDATA[More than 200 free romance books]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMThttp://skyemackinnon.com/news/more-than-200-free-romance-books
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Get the books at your preferred ebook retailer, for FREE, no strings attached. This is just a helpful collection of free-for-a-limited-time romance novels!

Included in this amazing collection of free books are my books Meow (Catnip Assassins #1) and Studying Her Vikings (Norsemen Academy #1).
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