Saturday, June 28, 2014

Guest Interview: Author Elizabeth Morgan

 Please welcome Elizabeth Morgan to my blog! Elizabeth has a great new book out, and she's holding a giveaway. Be sure to enter below.




Thank you so much for having me over today, Leigh. It is a pleasure to be here. J

1) Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Stepping Stones, my sweet contemporary romance was published on June 17th. It is a story of retracing your steps, realization, forgiveness, and second-chances.

Maggie ran away from home six years ago and is now having to return for her sister's wedding. She is dreading going home because she knows she has a lot of explaining to do for why she ran and has stayed away for so long, but on top of that she is not looking forward to seeing her foster brother, Adrian who she hasn't spoken to at all in the last six years, and then to make matters worse her ex-fiancé is the Vicar who will be conducting the wedding ceremony. Awkward.

2) How did you become inspired to write this work?

The idea for Stepping Stones actually came in a dream. In the dream I was Maggie, or rather in her shoes, the taxi I was in pulled up outside this beautiful church on the edge of a cliff. As soon as I got out of the taxi the bride comes running up to me; her maid of honour couldn’t make it so I needed to take her place. As you can imagine I wasn't very happy about being her second choice or a last minute one, but I agreed.
The scene then jumps to me dressed in a bridesmaid dress walking down the aisle, and then I nearly go face first because my ex was the Vicar. Awkward. I am uncomfortable through the ceremony and as soon as it is over I try to get away from him only to bump into another man, but I'm angry at this one, hurt by him, confused. So I storm off. End of dream.

Well, there was a story there so I left the idea to stew in the back of my mind, I actually think it was stewing for two years in total, and then when I had the itch to write it, I did and Stepping Stones was born.

3) Did you have to do a lot of research to complete this work?

Not really. The only research I needed to do was to find an area to set the story. I try to set all my stories in different cities or countries. In my dream the church was on a cliff with the ocean in the background. I wanted to find a church either on a cliff or near the ocean. So, I was naturally looking around the coast of the UK when I came across Landewednack, and Church Cove which was where St Wynwallows church is situated. Well, I loved the look of the church; this is where Maggie's sister gets married, and the church her ex-fiancé is the Vicar too. I loved the area, and it just seemed perfect for the story. So, that is where Stepping Stones is set.

4) Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?

I'm a panster, but then again a small amount of planner goes into getting my story and the world into shape. So, perhaps I am a little of both, but I tend to improvise more than anything. Before I start writing I make notes. I have a rough idea of how the book starts and how it should end, but otherwise I sit and I write and just see what happens.

5) Do you prefer to write one specific genre, or are you a bit all over the map? What is your favorite genre to write and why?

I tend to write erotic romance the most, with the subgenre paranormal or contemporary. I love the paranormal genre because I just feel there is so much room to play, and so much you can do with creatures that fall under that genre. But I am a little all over the map. If I have an idea I will just go with it. I won't sit there and say, "oh, I can't write that it's futuristic." I will give it a shot and see how it goes.

So far I have written an erotic paranormal thriller, a ménage thriller, an erotic contemporary, a sweet contemporary romance, an adult retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel, erotic paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and I am currently working on a fantasy romance. So, as you can see, yes I do tend to stick to certain genres, but I have had ideas for futuristic, historical, and fantasy stories.

I love variety and if I feel I should write something I will.

6) What do you have planned writing wise for the rest of the year?

August 25th marks the re-release of my Blood Series. She-Wolf (Blood Series Prequel) is an erotic paranormal romance, and it centres around two of my Werewolves in the series, but the events that take place in this book lead into the next book and the main story arc.

Cranberry Blood (Blood Series: Book One) is an urban fantasy with paranormal and romantic elements. It is the first book in the main story arc; the next couple of books will be UF though the paranormal and romantic elements will continue to develop.

I received the rights back for these books last year when my publisher shut down, so I will be self-publishing them and every other book in the series. I will be starting the second book in the series in summer once I have finished my current WIP, which is a brand new fantasy romance.

7) What was the last book that you read? What did you think?

The last book I read was The Spell of Summer by Dianna Hardy. I was a beta reader for this book, which was released on June 17th, the same day as my latest release, Stepping Stones.

I read The Spell of Summer in one sitting and was crying from beginning to end. It is a beautiful book about fears and hopes, about how people change and why they change, about life and progress, tragedy and love. It's a very beautiful and hopeful story, and I can say with all honesty I won't forget the message I got from it. It's one of those books that just hit a cord with me. I related so well to the characters and the events within it.
Definitely a book you should check out if you enjoy romances with a touch of magic, or are a Dianna Hardy fan. You won't want to miss this one.



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Thank you for having me over today and thank you to all of you for stopping by. If you would be interested in winning a copy of my new release, Stepping Stones or maybe a swag pack, then please do leave an entry on the rafflecopter at the end of the post. J
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Stepping Stones
(Sweet Contemporary Romance)
By Elizabeth Morgan
Blurb:

There's nothing like a wedding to bring the family together....
If not for her baby sister’s impending marriage, Margaret West would never return home. But after six long years, she finds herself a maid of honor who must answer to the people she left behind.
If her parents’ interrogation doesn’t drive her to drink, facing her foster brother, Adrian, just might. To make matters worse, her ex-fiancé is the vicar who will conduct her sister’s ceremony.
Everyone demands to know why she ran off. But the more time she spends at home, the more Margaret realizes even she doesn’t know the real reason.

Length: Novella (32,000/91 pages)| Content: Sweet Romance/Contemporary| Publisher: Bono Books

Buy Links:
Bono Books/Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=201&osCsid=6c1232251c1e45744bd0b3ee7262f414

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Excerpt:
“When is Aidy getting here?” Jessica grabbed the large bowl of scrambled eggs and brought it closer to her plate.
“I think his flight is due in at three.” My mother placed a dish of bacon on the table and took a seat beside me. “He will be in time for the wedding rehearsal; don’t worry.”
 My stomach clenched. “Wedding rehearsal?” I coughed, trying to clear the chunk of toast lodged in my throat. “What wedding rehearsal?”
“Today at four. We’re running through the service.” Jess scooped egg onto her plate. “I told you.”
Nervous laughter bubbled in my throat and try as I may, I couldn’t stop shaking my head. “No.” I patted my chest. “No, you never mentioned a rehearsal.”
“Oh.” She placed the bowl back in the middle of the table. “I could have sworn I did.”
“Nope, you didn’t. Believe me, I would have remembered otherwise.” I grabbed my mug and knocked the coffee back before finishing my piece of toast.
“Well, it’s no big deal.” Edward took the bowl of eggs and helped himself. “Just a quick run-through.”
“Will everyone be there?” Forcing a smile on my face, I looked up at them both, hoping like hell my question would pass as innocent and genuine curiosity.
“Anyone who is involved in the wedding itself will be.”
Great. So that meant Jessica, Edward, the parents, and the bridesmaids, plus me. That left Adrian and…. “Will Vicar Taylor, be there?”
Oh God, did my voice just go higher?
“Yes, Margaret, William will be there. He is the one who is marrying Jessie and Edward, so he needs to be there.” My father skewered some bacon and tomatoes onto his fork.
Grimacing, I reached out and grabbed another piece of toast. “Just a question, Pa.” A stupid one, but a question nevertheless….
“It is normal for people to have wedding rehearsals, Margaret. Just because you—”
Jess picked up the coffeepot. “Does anyone want more coffee?”
I straightened, my focus fixed on Pa. “I’m aware of that.”
“Maggie?”
My father’s shoulders went rigid. He lifted his head and our gazes locked. I didn’t miss the way the muscle in the side of his neck ticked. Arguing with my father in front of Jessica and Edward was not an option, so I looked away.
“Please.” I held out my mug and Jess poured the dark liquid.
I could kick myself. A wedding rehearsal hadn’t even crossed my mind. Having to stand at the altar before William on the actual wedding day would be hard enough, but having to do it twice…my stomach churned.
“So, will Adrian come straight to the church?” Edward cut the awkward silence.
“Yes. He will get a taxi to the church, and then we will bring him and his luggage back here.” My mother held her mug out to Jess.
“Adrian is staying here? Tonight?” I added sugar to my coffee. “Won’t it be crowded? I thought—”
“No more crowded than it was in your childhood.” My father took a bite out of his toast.
More and more good news. Of course he would be staying here; it was his family home after all. I guess, it was stupid of me to hope that he would go to a B&B, but my parents wouldn’t have allowed it even if he did suggest it. I hadn’t seen him in six years, hadn’t spoken to him. And yet, in a couple of hours I would be locked in the same house as him.
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Author Bio:

Elizabeth Morgan is a multi-published author of urban fantasy, paranormal, erotic horror, f/f, and contemporary; all with a degree of romance, a dose of action and a hit of sarcasm, sizzle or blood, but you can be sure that no matter what the genre, Elizabeth always manages to give a unique and often humorous spin to her stories.

Like her tagline says; A pick ‘n’ mix genre author. “I’m not greedy. I just like variety.”
And that she does, author of erotic ménage horror, Creak, paranormal erotic horror and UK, US & Australian Amazon best seller (Gay/Lesbian, Fiction, Lesbian), On the Rocks, and erotic romance, US, UK and Spanish Amazon bestseller (Erotica Short Story) Truth or Dare? She also has her hand in self-publishing.

Razel Dazzle, her modern adult retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel, was her first taste of publishing her own stories, and now she has the hang of it, it will definitely not be her last. Look out for more information on her upcoming releases at her website: www.e-morgan.com

Away from the computer, Elizabeth can be found in the garden trying hard not to kill her plants, dancing around her little cottage with the radio on while she cleans, watching movies or good television programmes – Dr Who? Atlantis? The Musketeers? Heck, yes! – Or curled up with her two cats reading a book.







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