Shayne McClendon

Biography

Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel "The Barter System." Other projects recently released are "In the Service of Women," "Yes to Everything," "Damaged," "Being Delightful," "The Hermit," and many more.

Shayne believes love crosses all boundaries, social castes, races, genders, and belief systems. If you are lucky enough to find soul-deep love, you should fight for it. She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having plenty of coffee.

Shayne loves to hear from her fans. You can contact her by email at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!

Shayne McClendon's work is available at all major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.

Website: www.alwaysthegoodgirl.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaystheGoodGirl

Current Book List:
The Barter System
In the Service of Women
Somebody
Ready to Rumble - Love of the Game
Revenge is Best Served Hot
The Hermit
Damaged
Woman's Best Friend
Yes to Everything
Being Delightful
Permission to Come Aboard - The Great Outdoors
Special Delivery - The Great Outdoors
A Sunny Heart - The Great Outdoors
Embrace the Wild - The Great Outdoors
Obsession
A Little Bit Country - Book One
Breaking the Ice - Love of the Game
Time to Make the Doughnuts - Love of the Game
Gravity
Roadside Assistance

Compilations:
Just a Little Kilted - with Alexandra Andersen
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen
All the Better To - with Christopher Southers
Just a Little Crazy - with Alexandra Andersen

Books Available in Print:
The Barter System
Damaged
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in California on a Marine base but spent my childhood in many different areas of the United States. The majority of my memories are in Texas and Oklahoma. By eighth grade, I'd been to fourteen different schools in several states. There were years I changed schools two or three times.

It influenced how I think in general because I was exposed to many different people, from a variety of backgrounds, races, religions, and ages. There are a lot of "country" themes in my work because some of the positive memories were spent with my Aunt MeMe on her cattle ranch in southern Oklahoma. She was all "peach cobbler and sweet tea" - an interesting, kind, and beautiful woman.

Since much of my childhood was dark and terrifying, time spent working her gardens, baling hay, and so much more gave me a taste of "normal" that I didn't typically have.

I always regretted having to leave but knowing I would go back to visit again gave me the strength to keep going - to survive the despair of my daily life. It would mean time with MeMe, my grandfather (PaPa), and my grandmother (Nanny).

My writing is infused with those sorts of "silver linings" - people, places, or experiences that give my characters hope and the strength to survive the hell I tend to put them through.

I believe even small things can provide the fuel needed to fight, to survive, to thrive.
When did you first start writing?
I learned to read before I turned three and quickly added writing to my skills. I wanted to imitate the stories I read, the characters I loved, and use my imagination to take myself out of the life that I lived.

Reading and writing have been part of every stage of my life. From my earliest memories until this moment. There have been times when *words* were all that stood between my rational mind and insanity.

Primarily escapism at first, I devoured book after book then wrote what would now be referred to as "fan fiction" based on the characters I read about. After I started school, I began writing my own stories inspired by other people, words on a billboard, or even a stray animal.

I've always known that I would be a writer. It took me a long time to realize that it was alright for me to make it a priority in my own life. It took the push of being laid off - of losing a job for the first time ever - at age 39 to really make me fearless.

Fearless is the wrong word. I'm still terrified each and every time I self-publish.

No matter how my readers seem to love my work (which I am so grateful for), I always wonder, "Will this be the story that makes them think I'm not a very good writer?"

Writers...we are a outwardly confident and cocky bunch as we quiver in nervousness on the inside. Kind of like a chihuahua. I don't think that ever fully goes away - no matter how many books you sell.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Shayne McClendon online


Where to buy in print


Books

Roadside Assistance
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Price: Free! Words: 11,650. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(4.92)
Help arrives when you least expect it. When Winston Jace breaks down on the highway, the woman who helps him out seems sweet, country, and not exactly worthy of his valuable time. He soon learns that Leeann Bakersfield is more than she seems to be and gets a lesson in towing, stereotypes, and losing control. Another hot, emotional read from Always the Good Girl, Shayne McClendon.

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Smashwords book reviews by Shayne McClendon

  • The Grind on Aug. 27, 2013

    Wow. Alex's writing continues to draw me in, make me laugh, and (in general) leave me wanting more. Her characters are original - especially in the erotica genre - and her stories are interesting. I'm hoping we get more about Jaden and Pierce because...crap. I need it. Great job!
  • The Wishing Star on Sep. 08, 2013

    Deep and painfully beautiful. Because I write erotica, most people assume that is all I read. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my lifetime, I've read tens of thousands of stories in all genres. I feel I have an excellent grasp of the written word. I'm a hard sell, I admit that. This story touched me deeply. It is a romantic story yet not one at all. It is both happy and sad. I cried at several points because Christopher is a writer who communicated to me that he "got it" - the human condition. The beautiful disaster that each of us can be at points in our lives. The broken pieces that have to be glued back together again and again...but the cracks always show. I'm constantly asked to mentor new authors but I have very little time and I won't cheat them of what they need. When he sent me a small excerpt of an existing story, I was floored by his talent and the fact that he needed very little direction - his first draft was already so good. I'm proud of what he did here...and I think you're going to love Salina and Brandon's story. Highly recommended!