Besides loving a good romance and being a super awesome author – Miss Angi Morgan is also a Texas gal, like me. I’m so very glad to have her here today! I hope you’ll leave oodles of comments and show her some love…
Sasha, thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’m a huge fan and so glad to be here. I’m having a very big January contest and encourage everyone to enter. It’s for a basket of some of my favorite goodies, a DVD, and books. Leave a blog comment today and you can receive some extra chances.
**Aw – thank YOU Angi! Believe me – the feeling is mutual! And – yay – for the big giveaway!! I’ll echo your encouragement — Comment to ENTER people!!!**
What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?
The first book I remember reading over and over and over is 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith written in 1956.
I own a newer version. In the fourth grade, I got hooked on this story, had parts of it memorized. My school librarian knew I loved it and at the end of the year she gave me a copy. The Disney movie had been released in 1961, but I hadn’t seen it. These were the days before video tape or DVDs or even the commercial release of the animated books. I don’t know why I fell in love with the adventure of two dogs to save their pups. But I did.
Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?
I have been fan-girl crazy over Nora Roberts. I’ve met her at book signings. She’s such a classy woman.
- Favorite color? Purple, the color of an Intrigue cover.
- Favorite season? Summer, I’d rather cool down in a pool than warm up by a fire (although a fire’s always good in the winter).
- Favorite Hero – movie or book? JOHN McCLANE, Die Hard series
(I’m always rooting that he’ll find the right girl…YIPPEE KI-YAY, I’ve also used a reference to DIE HARD in my first book)
- Snack weakness (food or drink)? Snacking…craisens and pita chips, but my weakness and reward for finishing a book is Marble Slab Amaretto ice cream with white chocolate chips. It’s always as good as I remember.
- What’s your Astrological sign? Libra –and I’m a very true one
- Do you write sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? One of my readers said the following, “I like reading Angi’s books because I can read them without blushing.”
- Do you read sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? I read a great variety of romances, but give me that happily-ever-after. And I’m a traditional sort of gal.
What’s on your desk when you write?
Well, that varies with who’s home or not home. When someone’s here, I shut the door to my office, put the headphones on, and use my dual monitors on my 8′ desk (husband made it for me when we moved in). He also bought me USB LED Christmas lights that are plugged in year round. I also stare at my daughter’s old lava lamp or get completely distracted with cleaning off that 8′ surface.
When I’m traveling, it would be the view that counts. Alone, I tend to write on the couch so sometimes it’s just a lap desk with my dancing Scooby Doo mouse pad and a couple of black lab paws vying for my attention.
Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?
I have three sound tracks that I consistently write to now: Sherlock Holmes, Real Steal and Knight & Day (excellent movies, too). I can usually find the correct tempo and attitude with those. But while I’m gearing up to actually write I listen to a specific playlist for each manuscript. And yep, there’s normally one song that nails the emotional drive of the characters. Once I find that song, I know I’m headed in the right direction. The driving songs recently…
DANGEROUS MEMORIES, Shut Up & Kiss Me by Mary Chapin Carpenter & How Do I Get There by Deana Carter
PROTECTING THEIR CHILD, Let It Hurt by Rascal Flatts
DOUBLE TAKE, Ready To Love Again by Lady Antebellbum
What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?
THE END? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. This line is my favorite because it came out of nowhere. It wasn’t planned and all of a sudden, the entire book came together. It completely surprised me and that’s what I love about story-telling.
“Levi, I just told you that my mother’s murderer looks like a Japanese anime cartoon. There’s not much hope of finding him.” ~~Jolene Atkins, DANGEROUS MEMORIES
What’s next? You don’t have to get specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.
Next Up after DANGEROUS MEMORIES is PROTECTING THEIR CHILD. Here’s a snippet:
“Your wife is a dead woman.” Jorje Serna, as he left the courtroom a free man, pointed directly at Cord McCrea.
The evil words closed Cord’s throat in a moment of fear. Just a moment that pierced him as fast as the bullet that had broken his back. The ache around the scar was real enough. He recognized it. Fought it. Shoved it aside.
Free on a technicality after three years in prison. Short years for the crimes Serna had committed. Incredibly long years as Cord’s life as a husband and Texas Ranger unraveled.
Who is your favorite character from Greek Mythology OR which Olympian would you want to be? And why?
OH wow, mythology, senior English class. It was our last big test and I loved it! Unfortunately, most of the guys in our class didn’t and ended up coming to my house to study. Those are my legs in the picture someone snapped. But what character would I want to be? Since I’m a girl I’m going with Athena… “goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature.”
DANGEROUS MEMORIES (read an excerpt on Amazon or her website)
“From the echoing shots in a cemetery straight through the hair-raising conclusion, this story of missing memories and murders will rattle readers from the opening pages, as they guess and guess again who the real culprit is.” 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine
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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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