Meet Sam McKenzie

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On April 18th, PJ Fiala is releasing one of the first books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky. The book is entitled Missing the Point.

I asked PJ to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. I’m thankful she did and I’m excited to introduce him to you. Since Chandler County is a romantic suspense series, I asked PJ to tell it like it is! Thank you PJ for stopping by and sharing.

PJ: My favorite character is Sam McKenzie and here’s why!
Sam McKenzie is a 6’2” handsome man with dark hair and dark eyes. He’s even tempered, thoughtful, loves his dog and his family and friends. He’s served his country in the US Army for more than 25 years. During that time he was deployed three times, made many friends, learned a lot about many things, especially security and had his heart broken. Rather than turning into an ass, he set his mind to building a security business with three of his friends and making a nice life for himself. He just bought his first house, spends his free time remodeling it and tossing the ball for his Belgian Malinois, Ammo. All of this is why he’s my favorite character. He’s honorable, forthright, tried and true. On top of that, he’s smoking hot. Who wouldn’t love a man like that, right?

ST: What is Sam’s most noticeable characteristic?
PJ: He has dimples and they are sexy. Tall dark and handsome with dimples. Yum.

ST: What quality does Sam like most in the opposite sex?
PJ: He likes a woman who is smart and who is faithful. Honest in her word and deed. Since both he and his best friend, Levi, had past relationships of cheating, it’s the quality that means the most to him.

ST: What personality trait does Sam admire most in a friend?
PJ: He admires his friends most when they are honest with him. A true friend will tell you when you’re making a mistake or going down the wrong path. It’s hard to do and therefore, he respects those around him the most who will steer him in the right direction.

ST: What is Sam’s biggest regret?
PJ: Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it? Back when Sam was in the Army, he dated a woman, Brenda, for two years. She seemed like a straight shooter and she was also in the Army. They managed to stay together during a base move, which is hard. There is no guarantee that you can have your significant other move with you when you are re-stationed. But, the fact that Brenda made some changes to follow Sam made his heart swell. He thought she was the one. Then, he found a love note in her ruck sack from a fellow soldier, whom she was also seeing for about as long as she had been with Mac. He was devastated. His biggest regret was not seeing the signs that she wasn’t faithful. It would have saved him a lot of heartache in the end.

ST: What living person does Sam admire the most?
PJ: That would be his best friend, Levi. Sam’s father passed away many years ago. He and Levi went to high school together and then enlisted in the Army together. They were stationed together for most of that time. Even when they weren’t stationed together, they maintained contact and saw each other when they could.

ST: What is Sam’s most treasured possession?
PJ: Ammo, his dog is his most treasured possession. He dreamed of having his own home and his own dog while he was schlepping from base to base. Finally being able to have that home and a pup of his own, he idolizes his furry friend.

ST: What does Sam like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?
PJ: He likes the small town. He’s from a very small town about two hours south of Bourbonville. It reminds him of home. He loves that there is a certain neighborliness to everyone knowing your name. What he dislikes is the lack of certain amenities. A fitness center being one of them.

Sam seems like such a great guy and I can’t to read his story and where he’s heading in Missing the Point.


Sam McKenzie has everything he needs in his professional life. Bluegrass Security is going strong, he just purchased a home for the first time in his life, he even got himself a dog. Personally, however, life was a bit unsettled. His growing crush on Stevie Jorgenson was unrequited – he just didn’t know why. She seemed to enjoy spending time with him, he’d caught her staring more than once, but yet, she seemed wary to take it to the next level.

Stevie Jorgenson had worked her entire life trying to step from the shadow of her wealthy family, including the family horse business. Excelling at the police academy and then making detective in Chandler County had been hard work. Now, her growing attraction to Sam McKenzie was beginning to shade her with its shadow. The trouble was his biggest client was her father’s rival in business and that could make things messy. The other issue was his client was also a dirty dealer and she had to uphold the law. How can they make it on opposite sides of the track?

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About the Author:

I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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