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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Where to find May McGoldrick online

Where to buy in print

The Winter Road: (An Action-Packed Holiday/Christmas Western) (Henry Jordan Series Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,540. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2021 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A former cavalry soldier has a new battle to fight when he runs up against the lone survivor of a wagon ambush…and the band of killers who want her dead.
آنگاه که آینه ترک می خورد
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 93,200. Language: Persian. Published: August 27, 2021 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When the Mirror Cracks connects the past and present narratives of mothers and daughters in a tale about women and sacrifice, community and exclusion, cultural identity and the refugee experience.
Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Writing
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,190. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2021 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds offers strategies and techniques for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction. Drawing on their own personal and professional relationship, and on the relationships of other well-known collaborative teams, the McGoldricks walk you through the essentials of successful collaboration
Five in a Row
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,180. 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: $5.99 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: 112,130. 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: 90,340. 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: 111,360. 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: 93,880. 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: 88,080. 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: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,640. 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: $6.99 USD. Words: 86,620. 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: 85,590. 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.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,670. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
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: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,280. 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.


A Prince in the Pantry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,680. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Regency
From USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, a romantic tale of two people trapped by fate…
Dearest Millie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,840. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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.
Thanksgiving in Connecticut
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,750. 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.
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,450. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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: 123,310. 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 » General
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

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