Thursday, October 1, 2009

Interview with Kate Douglas!

I've interviewed Kate Douglas at Hooked on Romance! Stop by to hear what she has to say, and leave a comment to win one of three great books!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm Hooking Today!

I'm over at Hooked on Romance talking about what kind of music inspires me.

Come check me out here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm at HoR Today!

I've interviewed my friend Marcia Colette! Come check us out here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Baby Just Cares For Me

I've been listening to Nina Simone all day as I try to whip my muse into shape.

This song in particular has been played over and over again. It has been done a few times by different artists, from Nat King Cole to Gene Kelly. I believe that nobody does it better than Nina.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Interview With My Son

A few months ago I interviewed my son for another blog that I write on. I just thought I'd share it today.


2. WHAT MAKES MOM HAPPY? When I kiss her without being asked.

3. WHAT MAKES MOM SAD? When I don't behave.

4. WHAT DOES YOUR MOM DO TO MAKE YOU LAUGH? Dance (She tries really hard!)


6. HOW TALL IS YOUR MOM? She is really short. I'm almost taller than she is




10. WHAT IS YOUR MOM REALLY GOOD AT? Cooking and Writing.

11. WHAT IS YOUR MOM NOT VERY GOOD AT? She's pretty good at everything.

12. WHAT DOES YOUR MOM DO FOR HER JOB? She is a writer.


14. WHAT MAKES YOUR MOM PROUD OF YOU? She tells me she is always proud of me.


16. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR MOM DO TOGETHER? Golf and watch television.

17. HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR MOM THE SAME? We love to eat.

18. HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR MOM DIFFERENT? She likes dogs and I like cats.

19. HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR MOM LOVES YOU? She does everything for me and is class mom and spends a lot of time with me. She also tells me that she loves me all the time.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I'm at HoR Today!

Today I'll be hanging out with the cool chicks over at Hor. Come check me out here!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Today is release day for amazing author and my friend Marcia Colette. She has written an Urban Fantasy novel that features a kick ass heroine. I am so proud of her and can't wait read this!

Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.

Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

Matt York doesn’t care that she looks at him like he’s been smoking crack between court cases. Now that he has her back he’s not about to let her go it alone, even if she can easily kick ass and take names all by herself. Amnesia only scratches the surface of her problems, and like it or not, she’s stuck with him.

She’s also stuck with Robert Gamboldt, a venture capitalist who’s not above murdering his way to the top. He’s not about to lose his prize possession without playing dirty. It’s a simple enough offer. Be his personal assassin, or go to jail.

With options like that, it’s enough to make a hybrid go full-blood.

To read an excerpt click here

Thursday, July 30, 2009

THE CHOSEN ONE - Released!!!

I'm pleased to announce that my first novel THE CHOSEN ONE has been released. You can find it at Parker Publishing or as a Kindle download at

Worldly and sophisticated, Rachel Penniston thought she'd seen it all. That is, until she entered ‘The Palace’ a club where a sign warns visitors that they must be ‘comfortable with nudity or open sexuality.’

When Clinton Scheff arrived at ‘The Palace’, the last thing he expected to do was find the woman of his dreams.

Rachel is determined to put their encounter behind her. Achieving success has been an uphill struggle, besides should anyone find out, both their jobs and their reputations would be in jeopardy.

Suddenly the calm of their everyday existence is shattered and Rachel and Clint find themselves in a fight to save not only their careers, but their lives.

What they didn’t know is, before that night at ‘The Palace’, Rachel had already been chosen.

"When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose."

Genesis 6: 1-2

Praise for 'The Chosen One'

"Abigail McKenley is fresh, hot, and intelligent. Gripping and suspenseful, her debut novel will keep your heart racing and the pages turning to the very end. "
~Jax Cassidy, Author of ART OF SENSUALITY

"Having had the pleasure of reading 'The Chosen One' in its entirety, I can say in all sincerity, Abigail McKenley is a talented fresh new voice in romance."

"With blazing hot characters and an engaging story, Abigail McKenley is definitely one to watch for!"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

John Mayer - Human Nature

This has always been one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. I think John Mayer did him proud.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A COUGAR?

Read COUGAR TALES and find out.

Sandra Kitt, Evelyn Palfrey and Laura Castoro spin alluring tales inspired by the love story of actress Ruth Gordon who in 1942 married Garson Kanin, a man fifteen years her junior.

How To Handle A Woman by Sandra Kitt

Geneva Springer is the prize at a charity auction. When a sexy man significantly younger wins her she doesn't realize that the ultimate goal is her heart.

Stormy Weather by Laura Castoro

In the aftermath of a devastating accident, Beveryly Freeman can only remember the warm smile and honey colored eyes of her youthful rescuer, Will Soloman a decorated Iraq vet and fireman. But with a thirty-something gap between their ages, can this December-May romance overcome the obstacles of age and find true happiness?

Against Her Better Judgment by Evelyn Palfrey

Judge Beverly Polk scoffs at the news that a prisoner has put a contract out on her. Private Investigator, Devon Carter, claims to be hired by an anonymous client to protect her. Judge Polk resents and resists his protection, even as he infiltrates her home, her life, and even her heart.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day Menu

Every year for Father's Day as part of his gift, I cook DH an amazing meal from scratch. This year DS wanted in on the action and he suggested pasta. Not my first choice, but a good one nonetheless. So here goes.....


Pesto Pita
Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta


Home Made Mariana Sauce with Veal Meatballs and Fennel Sausage


Berry Summer Salad


Chocolate Tiramisu
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream (Just because I want this.)

I'll let you know how it all turns out!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm Working Today

I'm working on the proposal for Forbidden Masala and I need to get it finished and to my agent ASAP. I love this story and can't wait to one day see it on the shelves.

I'm in the middle of my synopsis which is by far the hardest part of every book I write but I'm persevering and I know that it will pay off in the end.

Don't forget to drop by HOR today. Elaine Spencer will be paying us a very special visit.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

HOR Wednesday

I'm at HOR today! Come and check us out here!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Chosen One

The Chosen One will be released soon, and I'm really excited about it. Starting today, stay tuned monthly for a short excerpt.

“I have never met you, but I know you well. I am with you when you wake in the morning and I watch you as you sleep at night. I know your friends, your family, your wants and needs. My heart has soared watching you smile and hurt seeing you cry.

One day you will come to know me as well as I now know you. One day soon…."

“When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose”
Genesis 6:1-2

I Choose You.”

Chapter One

The sun was streaming through the windows when Rachel Penniston awoke in her spacious town home in Celebration, Florida. She sighed as her eyes struggled to get used to the rays that threatened her with blindness. Once again her body clock had betrayed her, but this time the disloyalty was even harder to bear because she had been roused from a particularly erotic dream that starred her, Terrence Howard and a tub of French Vanilla Cool Whip.

It was Saturday, and as she slowly made her way past her discarded work clothes en route to the bathroom, she wondered if life would have been less complicated had she not become a lawyer, but taught school instead as her momma had wished.

She smiled at her reflection in the mirror as she tried to picture herself teaching a bunch of fourth graders. She could see the headlines now, TEACHER SENTENCED TO 65 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO BURN SCHOOL DOWN. No, teaching was definitely not her calling; she lacked the temperament and the patience to deal with a bunch of ‘bad-ass’ kids and their crazy parents. Besides, being an attorney afforded her the pleasures of a lifestyle that she had only dreamed about. Although she had the utmost respect for the men and women that chose to mold young minds, their yearly salary could not buy the Manolo’s that she loved.

After completing her morning ritual, she walked slowly across her bedroom and flopped onto her bed with a grateful sigh. Out of the corner of her eye she noticed the blinking red light, she pressed play.

Girl it’s me Nicky, I haven’t heard from you since we spoke Monday and you better not back out on the club tomorrow night. Momma said she’ll watch Marcus so pick me up by ten. Call me when you get this.

She really didn't think she had the stamina to brave a night out at Bob Marley’s, but she knew better than to tell Nicole that. Nicole had been her best friend since their freshman year at the University of Central Florida and Rachel had been immediately drawn to her brash personality and her ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. She was a beautiful voluptuous chocolate girl with a penchant for dyeing her hair loud colors that matched her strong character. Unfortunately, like a lot of women, a strong character was not enough to protect her from the sweet talk of a good-looking man. And after getting pregnant at the beginning of their junior year, Nicole dropped out to face the hard life of a single mother. Rachel knew how difficult it was for Nicky to find a baby-sitter for eight-year old Marcus, so despite her exhaustion, she was not going to break her word on the one night her friend had the opportunity to experience some fun that did not include the Power Rangers.

Standing, she straightened her shoulders and cleared her throat; she had a lot to do today. After all if she was going to go out tonight she needed to be prepared for whatever the night would bring; and her hair and nails were not going to do themselves.


It was 9:15 p.m. and Rachel’s hips gently gyrated to the sounds of Black-Eyed Pea as she put the final touches on her outfit in front of her floor length mirror.
Damn I look good she said to herself while easing the delicate cloth of the short sexy brown chiffon one-shoulder Dolce & Gabbana dress over her nubile curves. The animal printed silk sheer material made her feel wild and uninhibited, while the hot pink, mirrored leather Jimmy Choo stilettos provided the perfect contrast to the amazing dress.

She felt rejuvenated; it was amazing how a day of pampering and shopping could re-energize both the body and soul. And as Fergie’s sultry voice started chanting My Hump she could not resist turning around and dropping it like it was hot.


Rachel honked the horn outside Nicole’s town home a full half an hour past their agreed upon time. She knew she was going to get a mouthful from her rambunctious friend and she already had an excuse prepared.
"Damn you are always late; why the hell didn’t you call me?”
“There was traffic on I4 and….”
“Don’t even go there,” a scantily clad Nicky said cutting her off. “I know you were in your house prancing and parading around in front of your mirror instead of getting in your car and driving your ass over here. You’ve been doing it since you were eighteen and you are still doing it at twenty-seven. Now move your ass on over so I can drive.”
“You don’t have to drive; I know how to get to the club.”
Nicky shook her head as she yanked open the door of Rachel’s BMW.
“There’s been a change of plans, we’re not hangin’ with the Jamaicans tonight. Someone at my job told me about a new club and I want to try it out.”
Knowing better than to argue with her already annoyed friend, Rachel stepped out of the car and made her way around to the front passenger seat.
“Whatever, but this place better be live.”
After maneuvering Rachel’s prized vehicle through the streets of downtown Orlando, Nicky finally pulled into a parking lot in front of a non-descript building in the business district. The only thing that made the plain structure stand out from all the other ones in its surrounding area was an elegantly lit sign that read simply The Palace.
Despite the late hour there were cars pulling into the parking lot, and all around them well dressed men and women seemed to be climbing out and making a mad rush for the club.
At first glance, it was easy to mistake The Palace for your average run of the mill Saturday night hot spot. The music was loud and resonated clear into the parking area, and the queue of eager party-goers seemed to stretch at least three blocks. However, by the time Rachel and Nicky made it to the entrance it was clear that they were not in for an average experience.
“What the hell is this?” Rachel whispered urgently to Nicole as her eyes narrowed suspiciously at the bouncer wearing nothing but a towel.
“Just chill we’ll be inside soon.” Nicole said while avoiding eye contact with her best friend.
“Are you trying to tell me you knew this club was full of freaks? Look at the sign.”

Welcome to The Palace
You must be 21 or older to enter this establishment.
If you are not comfortable with nudity or open sexuality this is not the establishment for you.
But if you have an open mind…..Enter and Enjoy.
Couples: $75 Single Men: $100 Single Ladies: Free

“If I am not comfortable with nudity…Nicole please be serious. Do you really expect me to believe that you knowingly brought me to this place knowing that my Jimmy Choos were going to be wading in a never ending pool of nasty ass semen as soon as my feet hit the damn floor? What kind of people do you work with anyway? I’m going home.” As she turned to leave, Nicole reached out and halted her escape with a firm hand on her shoulder.
“Rachel please, I’m sorry. But I knew that if I told you we were going to a swinger’s club you would flip. Please don’t leave,” Nicole pleaded, her usually proud voice reduced to a weak whisper. “One of the guys from work D.J’s here part-time. I like him, but he thinks I’m stuck up because I won’t come hear him spin. Do this for me Rach; you know I’ve done some crazy shit in the past for you.”
Just then a voice interrupted their hushed conversation.
“Ladies may I see some I.D?”
It was now their turn at the front of the line and Rachel slowly reached into her evening bag, wondering what exactly she was about to get herself into.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Encouraging News

I came across this article in an online group I belong to and decided to share. I figure we could all use the boost.

Click the link to read the article.

Recession Fuels Readers’ Escapist Urges

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Just A Little Whine....

I've been busting my butt trying to get my new WIP finished and seem to be hitting roadblocks every way I turn. In the last twelve days, I've scrapped six chapters and have yet to replace them with anything worth keeping.

In other news, I also managed to scratch my cornea and have been trying to type with one eye swollen shut.

Based on advice from friend and fellow author Seressia Glass, I'm going to take my synopsis and break it up into chapters. This should give me a working outline and help me get over this hump I'm in. Hopefully I'll have better news to report soon....

Friday, March 6, 2009

Bestseller Lists DeMystified

Have you ever wondered how the various bestseller lists are compiled. The amazing Barbara Vey has got some inside information over on her blog at Publisher's Weekly.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm Over At HoR Today!

Blogging about my muse. Come check me out here

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We are still sick here in the McKenley household, but in spite of it all, I managed to dig up some Valentine's stalker humor. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

HoR Wednesday

I am over at HoR Today! Come join me here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Come See Me!

Over at the Parker Publishing Blog!

You can find me here!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Bob!

On February 6th 1945, Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley was born in St. Ann's Jamaica. He would later become known as one of the most prolific musicians to ever walk the face of the earth.

I was raised on his music. I watched my parents dance to Trench Town Rock and I remember my father crying as he played Redemption Song when we got word that he'd passed away.

Bob Marley has provided the background music to many of the most important moments in my life and he will always be missed.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I've Got Another House!

I'm happy to announce that Jax Cassidy, Naughty Nikki Duncan and I have just launched a new blog called Hooked on Romance. Come get HOOKED with us!

Friday, January 30, 2009

What Kind Of Writer Am I?

So....I was playing around on the internet when I really should have been working and came across this awesome quiz.

I think it just about sums up my current WIP.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Abigail McKenley and I am a Smut Writer.

Take your own quiz here.

What kind of writer are you?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Twenty Years Ago...

I was twelve when my mother caught me with Hollywood Wives, a Jackie Collins classic. Needless to say, once that book was confiscated, it was replaced with very my own stack of Silhouettes. I've been hooked on romance novels ever since.

Harlequin is now sixty years old. To celebrate, they are offering sixten FREE downloads to their readers. Check it out here...

Thanks for the heads up Katie!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saying No

My friend Jax Cassidy recently wrote about getting on schedule. I've been trying to do the same. However, the more I schedule my time, is the more I find myself veering away from my planned direction.

How is it that I can make all the time in the world to write and find that I suddenly have no time at all to do it?

I need to learn how to say NO.

Today I make a vow. Abigail McKenley is going to start saying NO more often.

I'm sorry, but I need to make my writing a priority and I've got books to turn in.

How is everyone else doing with saying NO?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Author Chat at After Dark Lounge -Prizes!

Parker Publishing authors will be at the After Dark Lounge from 6:00-8:00 PM EST TONIGHT to answer your questions regarding the latest releases and get to know our readers. To participate go to: and subscribe to the yahoogroup to join in the chat!

Authors participating include:

Jax Cassidy
Dyanne Davis
Natalie Dunbar
Seressia Glass
Abigail McKenley
Bridget Midway
Kelley Nyrae
Lisa G Riley

Here's you chance to ask those personal questions while learning more about their books and win a prize in the process! See you there!

Baby its cold outside

Central Florida has been going through a cold spell these last couple of days. Last night temps dropped down to 27 degrees and today the high in my area only reached about 40.

Now don't get me wrong...I know that I've got some friends out there braving even more brutal temps, but this little island girl is not happy about having to pull out the scarves and gloves.

In other news, the weather has forced me to stay inside so I've managed to make decent headway on my new WIP.

How have you all been?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Everything you ever needed to know about Epublishing.

Angela James, editor extraordinaire, is coming to Romance Divas for a 3 day class on Epublishing! Come join us Jan 13-15 and ask her anything.

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Epublishing (and some things you didn't know you should know)

Why doesn't epublishing offer advances? What are some of the pros and cons of publishing my manuscript via epublishing? How do I research publishers? Can I really make money in epublishing? What exactly is POD? Can you give me a snappy comeback for people who say that epublishing isn't real publishing?

Epublishing has evolved and grown, especially in the last 5 years, but with growth comes pitfalls and problems, and trusting an epublisher with your baby might seem like a risky proposition. We'll cover the basics of epublishing, from choosing an epublisher and contract details to methods of ebook and print distribution to reasons why you might not want to epublish your manuscript.


In 2005, Angela James joined Samhain Publishing, Ltd, a small press company focusing on digital publishing, as its executive editor, where she has played an instrumental role in building the company from the ground up. In her executive position at Samhain, Angela is responsible for managing the publisher's editorial services division. Her responsibilities include the management of editorial staff, quality oversight, networking and marketing efforts at regional, national and international writing conferences to promote the electronic publishing industry as well as Samhain.

In addition to her administrative duties, Angela continues to edit more than 50 authors including national bestselling authors Lucy Monroe, Lilith Saintcrow and Deidre Knight.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thank God its Monday!

Last week was a tough one here in sunny Central Florida.

My son is still sick with a nasty cough that has progressed into a pretty bad earache. As soon as he wakes up I'm toting him to the Doctor for meds.

On Saturday, my husband had the sad task of watching as they put his beloved cat Sammy to sleep. Sammy was eighteen years old and has been battling kidney disease. DH is still pretty broken up about it and I am hurting for him and the rest of his family.

In writing news...with everything going on around me, I still managed to make progress on my new manuscript and complete my edits for my contracted book. I'm on my way to making my writing goal for the year!

Here's to a great week everyone!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 is mine!

OK...Like most people, I've got resolutions. Yes, I make them every year, but this time I intend to stick to them. I'm putting them out of my head and out on this blog because I figure that if I put them out into the open, I won't have a choice but to do them!

(1) Live my life to the fullest.

(2) Go the the gym at least 5 times a week.

(3) Finish the two new books I started in 2008 and write three more.

(4) Deliver all five books to my agent.

(5) Fly home to see my parents.

(6) Cherish the friends I have because real friends are hard to come by in this business.

(7) Be a better person in 2009 than I was in 2008.

(8) Have the best year ever with my two favorite men!

(9) Write regularly on this blog. :)