Thank you, thank you to Cindy for including me, once again, in your wonderful blog! I am deeply grateful for being a part of this community! For this post, I decided to highlight Rose’s Choice, the fourth book in my Morgan’s Run Romances, which will come out on October 11, 2016, but is available on pre-order now!
Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like? When I write, I sit on my sun porch (April-November) or a comfy chair looking out at a beautiful tidal river that constantly moves and changes. It’s a miracle which I try never to take for granted.
Tell us about your hero. Sam is the third in the vibrant, sprawling Morgan clan. A handsome, successful architect, he has had a relatively carefree life until it all comes crashing down on him. This forces him to reexamine everything, including his love ‘em and leave ‘em relationships with women. Underneath his rakish façade there is a sensitive, loving man waiting to find the right woman.
Tell us about your heroine. Rose Dillon is a successful, well-respected pediatric neurosurgeon. A slender, ash blonde, she dresses in classic styles that sometimes obscure her underlying sexiness and heat. She has had her heart broken by two Morgan men, including the aforementioned Sam.
What genres are you drawn to as a reader? Mysteries, romances and books with strong vibrant women!
Do you write under a pen name? Yes, I do this to distinguish my fiction work from my work in my “other life” as a researcher and college professor.
What are you currently working on? The final draft of Rose’s Choice, and first drafts of the fourth books in the Ricky Steele and Roger and Bess mystery series.
What do you have planned for the future? More books in all three series (Morgan’s Run, Ricky Steele and Roger and Bess). I also have some stand-alone novels I’d love to publish “someday.” Readers have asked for another Juls and Tuck mystery so that’s on my mind too!
How far do you plan ahead? At least a year, sometimes 2-3 years.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors? Keep writing and polishing! You will succeed!
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. His career as successful architect in shambles when he finds himself in the midst of a sexual harassment suit, Sam Morgan returns to his family’s ranch a broken man. There he finds comfort in the arms of Rose Dillon, a gifted pediatric neurosurgeon and dear family friend. In true Morgan fashion, he wooed Rose a year earlier, then left town breaking her heart. While Rose vows to stay away, she finds herself once again head over heels in love with the dark haired Morgan son. Has he been falsely accused or is he the sexual predator his senior colleague claims he is?
When Rose is viciously assaulted, Sam puts his own problems aside to comfort and support her. A white hot romance develops between them only to be threatened by her job offer three thousand miles away and the possibility that this young couple will be torn apart once again.
Author Bio: I have written dozens of novels, of which Rose’s Choice will be the fourteenth published (10/11/16). I write in several genres of fiction—Mystery, Historical, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance Suspense, and books for children and young adults. Among my titles are Prepped to Kill, Gadfly and Lost in Spindle City (Ricky Steele Mysteries), Jigsaw, A Friend of Silence, Widow’s Island, and Song of the Spirit. Song of the Spirit was a finalist The 2014 International Digital Awards for Historical Fiction for Young Adults. I published five new titles in 2015, Hestor’s Way, a contemporary romance and In the Name of Silence and The Silence of Memory books two and three in the Roger and Bess Mysteries. The Morgan’s Run Romances series debuted in August 2015 with Emma’s Dream (a finalist in the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards), followed by books two and three, Lang’s Return and Jeb’s Promise. Rose’s Choice is book four. I am halfway drafts of book four in the Ricky Steele mysteries and the Roger and Bess mysteries.
My “day job” is as professor at a small New England liberal arts college. My scholarly work centers on social contexts within which children learn and I am the author of three works of nonfiction. My current research examines the impact of mindfulness on readers and writers, work that brings her tremendous joy and satisfaction.
I live in southeastern Massachusetts on a beautiful river. I am the mother of two sons and spends lots of time with them, their beautiful wives, and my four beloved grandchildren. When not teaching or writing (both of which I adore), my passions revolve around family, yoga, swimming, teaching mindfulness to children and adults, and walking.
Excerpt: Rose’s Choice
Face down, forehead on Gracie’s cool, granite counter, Sam Morgan groaned. My life, or at least my career, is over and there isn’t a God damn thing I can do about it. The café owner emerged from the kitchen with his burger, curly fries and iced tea. She set the food in front of him. “What’s this? The Valley’s famous architect havin’ a bad day?”
He gave the tall, thin cook a crooked smile. As usual, there were flecks of food sprinkled in her frizzy salt and pepper hair. “Something like that. Thanks, Gracie, this looks great.”
“What’re you doin’ in town, anyway? Your dad’s always claiming you can’t get outta Flagstaff or you’re traveling to who knows where.”
“I’m out at Spark Foster’s. My team’s called so many times since construction began, I decided to come down for a few days.”
“I hear it’s a doozy.”
“Gonna be cool. Spark’s got great taste.”
“And, deep pockets.”
Sam groaned as he bit into his burger. “God, this is good. Nothing like this in Flagstaff.”
“Baloney,” she said, a pleased grin on her face. “So, Foster’s house is a castle, I hear.”
He raised one eyebrow. “Would I design a castle and spoil the valley? It’ll fit right in with the landscape, promise.”
“Got it hugging a mountain, do ya?” Her gray eyes looked up as the café door swung open and Rose Dillon walked in. “Gotta get back to work, but here’s someone to cheer you up.” With a nod to the young woman, Gracie disappeared through swinging doors.
Sam turned and waved as Rose Dillon approached. Lovely as always, he thought, a pang of guilt washing over him as the lithe, ash blonde neared the counter, her soft hazel eyes full of warmth. It had been almost a year since he’d seen her. In true Morgan style, he had flirted shamelessly with her at his sister’s wedding. In fact, they had danced nearly every dance together. He knew she was interested, very interested, so what did he do? Hightailed it back to Flagstaff right after the wedding and hadn’t called or written since. What a shit you are, Sam Morgan.
“Hi, Sam, this is a surprise.” The Morgan boys were all gorgeous – God’s gift to women, or so their reputation went — and Sam was no exception. His longish, dark brown hair fell over one eye and his soft chestnut brown eyes held a mischievous light, even today when he looked a little down in the dumps.
Warning bells clanged as Rose slipped onto a stool beside him. Poor guy looks like he’s lost his best friend, but it’s his problem, not yours. Stay away, don’t get involved! This is the second Morgan brother to break your heart.
“You’ve got a bit of sauce on your face,” she said.
He flushed crimson and grabbed a napkin, dabbing his cheek. “Better?”
“Yes.” Rose smiled, unable to look away from the dark eyes.