May McGoldrick

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May McGoldrick
USA Today Bestselling Author
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

USA Today Bestselling Authors Nikoo and Jim wrote their first May McGoldrick romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

Their stories have touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers all over the world. Their work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and counting. Because of their success, they have been frequent guests on local and national radio and television. They travel regularly, speaking at writers’ conferences, libraries, classrooms, and book group gatherings.

For the past decade, Nikoo and Jim have been conducting workshops bringing 21st century collaboration and writing skills to students and teachers.

These popular and prolific authors write historical romance, suspense, mystery, and young adult novels. They are three-time Rita Finalists and the winners of numerous awards for their writing, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Daphne DeMaurier Award, three NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, two Holt Medallions, and the Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction. Their work is included in the Popular Culture Library collection of the National Museum of Scotland.

These two now reside in Southern California.

Nikoo and Jim love hearing from their readers and can be contacted through their website
Twitter: @maymcgoldrick

Visit their website for family trees of their books and latest giveaways.

Smashwords Interview

Q. What inspired you to become an author?
We’ve always been writers and readers! Nikoo used to write stories for her grade school friends. After high school, being very good at math and sciences, she was encouraged to go to engineering school. After all, that was where the JOBS were. So she did…and tucked away her love of writing (in a safe spot) in favor of her immediate responsibilities. Later on, writing took a backseat to paying a mortgage and raising a family. She never lost her love of storytelling, though.
Jim wrote poetry and ‘007’ skits for the other kids in the neighborhood. He later became an English major and at least tried to stay in touch with his desire to write. In fact, after finishing college he wrote a screenplay that almost sold to Robert Redford’s production company. But real life again interfered with dreams as he pursued a career in a submarine shipyard before going back to school and getting his PhD some ten years later.
Q. When and how did you meet?
We met in 1979. Nikoo was six, and Jim was thirty-something. (Just kidding… Jim was in his early twenties.) One morning, after a wild storm had ravaged the New England shoreline, Nikoo was out walking along the seawall in Stonington, Connecticut, and came upon a young man (early twenties… honest!) who was trying to salvage a battered small boat that had washed up on the rocks. Jim needed help dragging the boat up over the seawall and across the salt marsh. Anyway, by the time the two had secured the boat on higher ground, a spark had ignited between them…or rather, between us. So it was instant electricity… and Jim’s been chasing Nikoo ever since! This is the story we like to tell about how we met. It isn’t true, but we like to tell it anyway. And as far as the truth about our ages, we’re really only four years apart.
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Five in a Row
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,370. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Mysterious accidents are occurring across the nation...As the casualties mount, a business consortium calls on Emily Doyle, a computer guru, to help... Even as an obsessed admirer begins stalking her, she must work with a handsome investigator to unravel the puzzle of the seemingly random attacks. All the while, a twisted mind moves relentlessly on his path from virtual reality to terrorism.
Blind Eye
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,880. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Trapped in the darkness, she’s running out of time.... Counting down to Chernobyl-scale disaster, THE CLOCK STARTS NOW… From the international bestselling author, a nonstop action packed thriller that never stops until the very last page. Tick… Scientist Marion Kagan is the sole survivor after gunmen attack the facility where her team was working on a top-secret project.
Trust Me Once
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,630. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
What she needs to stay alive— is someone she can trust. Attorney Sarah Rand returns home from abroad to discover that she is a dead woman. In shocked disbelief she realizes the murder victim mistakenly identified as her was really her best friend. No one knows that Sarah is still alive—except the killers still hunting her down.
Fourth Victim
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,200. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Adventure » General
Two decades ago, one adult and three children miraculously escaped a deadly New Mexico cult. The aftermath shocked the nation. But now it appears that none of them will escape…
Twice Burned
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,550. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A man awaits execution for a murder he did not commit... A woman returns to a place of scandal and death to save her brother . . . A small town's simmering secrets are about to ignite in a blaze of suspicion and deadly retribution . . .
The Janus Effect
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,790. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Peace and War, Friend and Foe, Life and Death… A Perilous Journey Home! From the National Best Selling Author The Janus Effect Winner of Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction!
The Puppet Master
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,210. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Four Victims. One Criminal Mastermind. Four seemingly disparate lives are beginning to unravel...and one person is holding the strings.
Road Kill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,970. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a small-town photographer discovers crime scene photos mixed in with her work—pictures of slayings that have not yet been discovered—she finds herself at the center of a police investigation and the target of a killer’s obsession.
Cross Wired
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,690. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
They were all bright, well-liked and socially responsible kids—the last students on earth who would smuggle guns into high school.
Silent Waters
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,550. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Drawing on fifteen years of submarine-building experience, Jan Coffey crafts a military thriller that will keep any reader turning the pages… A nuclear submarine cuts silently through the waters of the North Atlantic, commandeered by two-dozen armed terrorists. The target: New York City.
Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 47,420. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage, Nonfiction » Publishing » Screenwriting
Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds offers strategies and techniques for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,230. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In a haunted seaside inn in Newport, a woman and her daughter find themselves pitted in a fight for survival against a ghostly presence that wants to replicate a crime committed two centuries ago.
Tropical Kiss
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 62,650. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
A summer in Aruba, on the beach, in the sun–what else could a girl want? A summer romance, of course!
Omid's Shadow
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 89,640. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Semi-finalist in general fiction Two women are caught up in revolutions thirty years apart, but it is a third woman—the woman that connects them—that carries the scars of loss that time has not healed. Weaving together the past and the present, two storylines tell the life of Omid, the daughter of one revolutionary and the mother of another.



Dearest Millie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,840. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
From USA Today Bestselling Author May McGoldrick... Dearest Millie A Pennington Family Novella Lady Millie, youngest of the Pennington family, has always lived in the shadow of her talented and powerful siblings. She’s been the rock of stability and order for her sisters and brothers. Her future looks bright until fate deals her a tragic hand.
Angel of Skye (Library Distribution)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 119,120. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Famed Scottish warrior Alec Macpherson is drawn to lovely Fiona Drummond Stewart after he rescues her from bandits in the forest, not realizing that she is the secret illegitimate daughter of King James IV and the target of the evil schemes of the ambitious Lord Gray. The first book in Macpherson Trilogy
Thanksgiving in Connecticut
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A novella Paige Coleman has stayed away from Stonington ever since being mortified by ‘viral’ YouTube video that captured her in the buff at the top of a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport. Now, four years later, Paige decides that the time has come to face up to her past when her quirky, eighty-six year old grandmother throws the mother of all Thanksgivings.
Made in Heaven
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,690. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Meg Murphy, a soon-to-be former editor at a closing Boston publishing firm, is on her way--supposedly with Robert, her husband--to the resort town of Newport, Rhode Island, where they have spent an annual vacation together for years. Robert, unfortunately, is dead.
Arsenic and Old Armor
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,140. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » General
Arm yourself… Arm yourself for the biggest wedding of the 16th century.
Dreams of Destiny
Series: Scottish Dream Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,610. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
The Final book to Dream Trilogy Gwyneth Douglas has a scandalous secret: she's a novelist. Somehow, a blackmailer discovers her occupation, and Gwyneth decides that the only way to protect herself is to elope with a fortune-hunting baronet. But when David Pennington learns of her plans, he literally refuses to leave her side.
Captured Dreams
Series: Scottish Dream Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,250. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Portia Edwards will go to any length to find the family she's never known. And when she meets merchant Pierce Pennington, a staunch but secretive Son of Liberty, Portia has the perfect chance to ask for his help. But her stubborn pride keeps her silent. That is, until she recognizes her strong attraction to the brave man who, by night, is known as the infamous Captain MacHeath.
Borrowed Dreams
Series: Scottish Dream Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,450. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lured into a marriage of convenience, Millicent Wentworth finds that beneath a fierce exterior, a wounded Scottish Borderlord may just be the man of her dreams... May McGoldrick weaves powerful and relevant social issues of the era into a truly beautiful romance that shimmers with the power of love healing wounded souls and bodies. A triumphant tale! Kathe Robin, Romantic Times
The Rebel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,380. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Jane Purefoy is a woman with a double life masquerading as the leader of a gang of Irish revolutionaries. But its the passionate and determined Sir Nicholas Spencer who tears her heart in two. "The classic Rebel-In-Disguise story has never been more fun, exciting, or romantic…fabulous!" --Susan Wiggs
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In America for the last ten years, Rebecca Neville has raised her young charge as if he were her own son. But now, his father-the Earl of Stanmore-has learned of his fate and sends for him from England. Rebecca must do everything in her power to keep her promise to the boy's dead mother-and keep her heart sa
Series: Highland Treasure Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,750. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.00 from 1 review)
Adrianne Percy was hidden in the Western Isles, safe from her family's enemies - until her sisters sent a notorious pirate to return her to the Highlands. But when she hatches a plan to free her kidnapped mother, it requires her to marry the handsome rogue - and what begins as a simple matter of business quickly flares into an uncontrollable desire....
Tess and the Highlander
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,930. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Tess Lindsay has spent most of her life on the remote Isle of May, uncertain of her identity. Raised by the two sole inhabitants of the island, she is left to fend for herself after their deaths, until a stranger washes ashore in a storm. Tess pulls him from the surf, not knowing that in saving the Highlander she is saving herself.
The Enchantress
Series: Highland Treasure Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,450. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Three sisters each hold key to their family's treasure--and to the hearts of three Highland warriors....
Series: Highland Treasure Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,830. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
When her late father was branded a traitor to the king, Catherine Percy found sanctuary in Scotland. But a case of mistaken identity put her in a compromising position with the Highland earl sworn to protect her. Marriage to him saved her reputation, but nothing could save her from the stormy passion that bent her innocent body to his will--and shattered his last defense ...
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,410. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
(5.00 from 1 review)
After surviving the fire that claimed the lives of her parents, a young woman has hidden within the catacombs of her Scottish Highlands castle, plotting revenge against the villain responsible. But the arrival of the castle's new laird spoils her plans when she saves his life and is forced to reveal her identity.
The Intended
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,150. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A beautiful, impetuous young woman has grown accustomed to her life in England...but longs for her home in Scotland and the man who left her to marry a woman from a warring Scottish clan in an effort to make peace. But now, sweet fate has decided that they shall be together again, with a renewed chance at love to reclaim their stolen hearts!
The Beauty of the Mist
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,540. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
A young widow betrothed to the boy king of Scotland flees to Antwerp, where the commander of the Scottish flagship is sent to retrieve her, only to succumb to her beauty, ignorant of her true identity. Finding herself in the arms of the man she had hoped to avoid, the bride-to-be holds back her true identity. When her secrets come crashing down around them, will she choose freedom or her beloved
Heart of Gold
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,820. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
"While being preyed upon by a lecherous king, Elizabeth Boleyn finds her refuge in the arms of Ambrose Macpherson, a handsome Scottish warrior, until a political conspiracy shakes the kingdom and tears them apart."
Angel of Skye
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,120. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Famed Scottish warrior Alec Macpherson is drawn to lovely Fiona Drummond Stewart after he rescues her from bandits in the forest, not realizing that she is the secret illegitimate daughter of King James IV and the target of the evil schemes of the ambitious Lord Gray. The first book in Macpheron Trilogy
The Thistle and the Rose
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,050. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The brave and beautiful Celia Muir has been assigned a dangerous task-to protect the infant King from the approaching British army. For her clandestine mission to succeed, she has to convince a handsome Scottish warrior to help her. Winner of two Golden Leaf Awards. On the top ten list of Best Romances.

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