Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ The Dragon’s Staircase by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard.

Please welcome McKenna Grey & Everly Archard author of The Dragon’s Staircase.

McKenna Grey & Everly Archard will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




The Dragon’s Staircase

by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard


GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing in one form or another from an early age, so it was always a natural part of life. I started writing historical romance and westerns as MK McClintock. Historicals are my first love, but after a few years I was itching to branch out. I had all of these ideas and I no longer wanted to ignore them. When I told my editor of my plans to branch into contemporary romance and my desire to start out with a co-author, she suggested Everly Archard (who also writes as D.D. Miers). We began collaborating

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    The ideas come from a variety of places. For The Dragon’s Staircase, it started with time spent in North Carolina, which I thought would make a great setting for a thriller because there’s a lot of remote land up there once you get into the mountains and parks.
  2. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? I keep my bio pretty stripped so I imagine there’s a lot I could tell you! At the risk of having a very private person reveal too much, I can tell you that my love for the mountains stems visiting Colorado in the summers and Utah in the winters whilst we lived on the coast. Lucky for me, we moved to the mountains of Colorado when I was eight.
  3. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have big plans! 🙂 I come up with new ideas all of the time, and I can only hope I’ll be one of those people who lives to 100 years so I have time to write everything!


Everly Archard and I have two more series planned after we finish the Kyndall Thrillers, and we’ve already started outlining those. I also have a full series mapped out written under as McKenna Grey, along with some single-title books. I could stay busy until I draw my last breath!

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’ll keep this to my contemporary books, of which so far there is only one, but I could get used to life as Alexa Kyndall. She had some rough patches, and aside from her strength and “get the bad guy attitude,” she also ended up with Craig Pierson, the sexy as all get out former Special Forces turned photographer. When you read the book, you’ll understand.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t. I’m not a group writer by any means and I keep my work close until the beta-reader gets to take a pass. Then it goes to the editor. Otherwise, no one sees my work until it’s published. Co-writing has been a new experience for me because I’m constantly sharing my work with another author, and receiving feedback on my chapters as I go, which has proven to be helpful and cuts down on rewrites later.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best: Write and read a lot.

Worst: When I first started out, a few authors told me I should spend as much time (or more) promoting my books as I did writing. It really is the worst advice I’ve ever heard, no matter if it works for some authors.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I keep notes and character outlines for my solo books, but that’s about it. For the co-written books, the outlines are pretty in-depth to ensure that we’re both on track with the story.

  1. Do you have any hobbies, and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I love the outdoors and have spent most of my life in the mountains and exploring forests. The Kyndall siblings in this series grew up in Alaska and are all outdoorsy in either occupation or for recreation. I’ve set all but two of my books in places I have either lived in or visited, and I enjoy sharing those personal experiences with the reader through the characters.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

This one is tough, and sorry, but I can’t choose just one. Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss and Princes of Ireland/Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford. No matter how many new favorites I add to my bookshelf, these are always at the very top of my list.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! Everly and I haven’t wasted any time getting started on the second book in the Kyndall Family Thrillers series. It’s titled Shadow of the Forgotten and focuses on Alexa’s twin brother, Jordan, who has a secondary role in The Dragon’s Staircase. SOTF is set in Maine and Virginia, and is already proving to be as exciting as the first book!

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Ooh, not without giving anything major away. I can tell you that it is emotionally wrenching on a romantic level and in terms of both character’s survival.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I don’t actually watch reality TV. I remember watching an episode of Survivor in the first or second season, but that’s about it.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Thank you for having me at your blog! I hope readers enjoy The Dragon’s Staircase as much as we enjoyed writing it!




FBI Agent Alexa Kyndall devoted eight years of her life to the search for justice, showing no mercy to the guilty and depraved. When she joins a special task force to bring down a serial killer, Alexa encounters the most unexpected criminal of her career.


When a child witnesses a brutal slaying, Alexa’s life becomes intertwined with Craig Pierson’s, a man with his own haunting past. They join forces, only to discover they must put everything on the line in a pulse-pounding struggle to protect and survive.


Nestled in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, The Dragon’s Staircase is an intriguing, nonstop adventure that will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.







“Oh, shut up.”


The alarm beeped until she punched in the code. Alexa dropped her keys into the wooden bowl on the stand by the front door, dropped her handbag over a coat rack peg, and leaned against the closed door until she heard the click. She had seen in Craig’s eyes what must surely have been reflected in her own. The wanting, the need, and the impossibility of any kind of liaison between them. She was a wasted effort in the relationship department, and the sooner they both figured that out the less chance of heartache later.


She noticed the cold for the first time since entering, and this time the shiver through her body wasn’t from Craig. She pulled the pistol she’d slipped into her handbag back at Craig’s house. Jordan would still be out on the wilderness journey, or “trek” as they called them in their family. Why then did she not feel alone in the spacious house set back in the woods and away from anyone who could hear her scream?


“Get a grip, Alexa.” She walked through the lower level, checking every window and door, and did the same upstairs. The coldest of the air emanated from her bedroom and it was in the doorway she stood and surveyed the dark room. Everything was as she left it, except for the envelope propped against her mother’s old jewelry box on the dresser.


Her finger lay loose and ready near the trigger as she walked across the room, moonlight guiding her way. Alexa. The script on the front of the envelope appeared all too familiar and Alexa knew the nightmare had returned, but this time he was real.







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of award-winning historical romance and mystery author MK McClintock. Never one to limit her imagination or ignore possibilities, she decided to venture into the realm of contemporary romantic suspense and thrillers. Visit to learn more.


McKenna Grey Amazon:




Everly Archard is the pseudonym of award-winning paranormal and fantasy romance author D.D. Miers. Her passion for romance with an edge led her to explore the world of romantic suspense. Visit to learn more.


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I was literally at the edge of my seat. The suspense level is amazing.”
– My Life, One Story at a Time

“Dragon’s Staircase is a heart-stopping non-stop, thrilling suspense. A must to read if you love thriller suspense with a romantic touch! Be prepared to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions!” – Nicole Laverdure, Book Reviewer

“A well written story and well developed characters . . . give the reader an exciting ride of investigation and the gentleness of a protective loving relationship.” – Lyn Ehley, Book Reviewer






McKenna Grey & Everly Archard will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Dragon’s Staircase by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard.

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    August 30, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    August 30, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay
    August 30, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. jonesjar
    August 30, 2016

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the giveaway

  5. Victoria
    August 30, 2016

    Great post – I enjoyed reading both the excerpt and interview 🙂

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