Thursday, August 31, 2017

Who Are Marc and McKenzie?

Yes, I'm kind of back. Sort of. First bit of good news is that I gave notice at my job that I'm retiring on April 2, 2018.

Second is that, with Swing Vote in my editor's hands, I thought I'd start introducing the characters.

Who is Marc North?

If you've read any of my Safe Harbors books, you'll know that Marc is the younger brother of Lyn North, the teacher from the first book who goes on a cruise, is kidnapped by modern-day pirates, and ends up shipwrecked.

Marc, in response to his sister's disappearance, joins the Marines to become a Cobra pilot. He tells friends that he wants to help people who cannot help themselves.

Like his sister, he's tall. At 6'4" he's not as tall as Lyn's husband Braedon, who is 6'6." Where Lyn is dark, Marc is fair. He's not as quiet as she is, but he's not as outgoing as their mutual friend, Elle. But then, no one's as outgoing as Elle, but that's another story (her love story can be found in Hope's Watch).

At the end of A Season of Change, Safe Harbors #2.5, Marc is injured in an IED explosion while deployed. Swing Vote begins about twenty months later. 

An IED blew up more than Marc North's career as a Cobra pilot; it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.

Who is McKenzie?

She's a feisty redhead who has to deal with challenges at work and at home, including the addition of a permanent house guest in the form of handsome ex-Marine, Marc North.

At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.


  1. I definitely remember the characters.
    Congratulations on your retirement! Then you can write and travel and enjoy life full time.

  2. Gave lots of notice indeed. Congrats on soon becoming a retiree!

    Sounds like adding that one more guy sure makes sparks fly.

  3. Congrats, Donna! I bet you're looking forward to having loads more time to write next year.

  4. Retirement--congratulations! And congratulations on getting Swing Vote off to your editor!

  5. I don't think I'll ever live up to see retirement!

  6. Congrats on retiring, I'm sure you've earned it:)

  7. Happy retirement! And congrats on your characters, too.


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