John Dwaine McKenna

Award Winning Author

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Hello, and welcome to our website.  If you’re a thriller mystery or crime fiction enthusiast you’ve come to the right place, because John Dwaine McKenna is an award-winning author who’s known for his twisted plots, colorful characters and period details.  Each of his first three works have been prize-winners, and his newest, Unforsaken, the story of a woman determined to right a terrible wrong in a world dominated by men, is getting rave reviews from readers and critics alike!

His weekly book review, The Mysterious Book Report, appears in the Tri-Valley Townsman and online.

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Awards and Recognition

Colorado Noir, by John Dwaine McKenna, is now a multi-award winning collection for short stories, having won multiple awards, including the Gold/first place categories by The Independent Publishers Association, for its 2014 IPPY Awards.
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Colorado Noir, by John Dwaine McKenna won the silver award for excellence in multiple categories by The Independent Publishers Association, for its 2014 IPPY Awards.

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The Whim-Wham Man, by John Dwaine McKenna placed second in multiple categories by CIPA, The Colorado Independent Publishers Association, for its 2013 EVVY Awards.

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The Neversink Chronicles by John Dwaine McKenna won first place in multiple categories by CIPA, The Colorado Independent Publishers Association, for its 2012 EVVY Awards.

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Spotlight Book – Unforsaken

Unforsaken is a bullet packed with gritty characters and explosive action.

John Dwaine McKenna skillfully takes readers to the untamed Southwest at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.  The Wild West is past its heyday. Locomotives have replaced horses.  Bandit gangs are a vanishing menace, yet outlaws still prowl the dusty streets looking for easy marks.  The lone and honorable lawman is on the verge of extinction.  Men and women crave stability as they carry on their often desperate and risky lives. The old morality codes are forgotten, forsaken.  There is no honor among thieves, but there is corruption in the Marshall’s office.

Into this simmering mix, McKenna throws a veteran Texas Ranger, a frontier woman with more than one secret of her own, a violent murdering cowboy gangster, Mexican revolutionaries, Mormon legends, and more, much more.  Unforsaken will satisfy any reader looking for firmly-etched characters, an exciting story line, and a cold, hard look at humanity under pressure.   For die-hard western fans, Unforsaken is just what the Doc ordered.   Manuel Ramos author of The Golden Havana Night.

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