Maureen McKade has been making up stories since the moment she learned to read, write and string sentences together. Her first book, "Winter Hearts", published in 1997 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's (RWA) Golden Heart contest, then a finalist in RWA's RITA for best first book. Since then, she's written thirteen more books and a short story for an anthology.
She taught middle school science for three years then held a variety of jobs--bookstore clerk, administrative assistant, customer service manager, department manager, and pharmacy technician--until she settling on writing. (Or, more aptly, until writing settled on her.)
Maureen and her husband, a retired Air Force officer, now live on 40 nature-filled acres in southwestern North Dakota with their two French Brittany Spaniels and three cats. Her eclectic list of leisure pursuits include long walks with hubby and their two dogs, reading, wildlife watching, golfing, bird hunting, and puttering around in the kitchen.
Two-time RITA Finalist in the Best First Book category and the Long Historical category; HOLT Medallion Finalist in the Historical category; RWA Golden Heart Finalist in the Historical category.
"Maureen McKade creates characters who step off the page and into hearts. I couldn't put down A REASON TO LIVE. From the first page McKade's characters made me care for them. McKade shows the mark of a master storyteller by creating a world I've never been to and making me feel like I'm coming home as I turn the pages." New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas
"Her beautiful, sensual love stories, tough, tender heroes and strong heroines light up the western genre. Her powerful voice resonates with readers in that special way that makes her books keepers." Kathe Robin, Romantic Times
"A Maureen McKade novel is going to provide plenty of excitement and enjoyment... Another triumph." Midwest Book Review
"A story that will tear at your heart...Heated passion, fast pace, sizzling sexual tension." Rendezvous
"Time and time again, Maureen McKade gives her readers not to be missed reads." Escape to Romance
"Original, funny and sweet--a romance you'll fall in love with." Literary Times
"It's a wonderful, uplifting tale that has a few surprises for readers, not to mention a tear or two." Romance Reviews Today
"...an inspiring, passionate story that kept me turning the pages." Love Western Romances Book Reviews
"Branching out into new territory, historical author McKade proves she has a gift for plotting tightly drawn and exciting romantic suspense. It's the characters, with their all too human foibles, that make this an emotional and thrilling read." Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times
"Gripping romantic suspense with exciting cast of characters and intense plot." Fresh Fiction
"An edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense, CONVICTIONS is a fantastic, fast-paced read. Maureen McKade has done a superior job in providing twists and turns that keep you on edge, until the end. A true romantic suspense with a blend of contemporary Western that will appeal to readers of all genres. Don't miss this one!" The Best Reviews
"Exciting, sexy, humorous, and a real page-turner are just a few of the words that describe this terrific story. Her characters are real and strong; the story moves along at a quick pace. Congratulations to Ms. McKade on writing a wonderful book." Romance Junkies