By: Rionna Morgan
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Lovely friends and fellow book lovers! I am so excited to be back visiting with you.
Today’s post is going to be a bit different. Since it is so close to Halloween, I’d like to share one of my most favored stories.
I’m an Army Brat; I’ve lived all over. I’ve had many, many spooky and thrilling experiences. One of the places I lived was in Alamosa, Colorado. I went to high school there and graduated from Adams State College. That small town is nestled in the arms of a high mountain valley. Surrounding it are the mountains of the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Blood of Christ. In this mountain valley there are many strange happenings. So strange in fact that there are books written about the mysteries of the locale. Christopher O’Brien wrote several titles on such incidents.
My incident, however, to the best of my knowledge, has never been written.
It is said that on the dark and stormy nights, when the winds race from the high peaks where the blood of Christ drips; when the hours of twilight have passed, when the all the travelers have deserted the winding turns of the River Road. It is then they say that she walks. No one knows where she came from. There are ideas of course. Perhaps she was on her way to the Homecoming dance or just coming back from the movies with her friends. Either way she is dressed like anyone, everyone. And she is walking along the side of the road.
In the drifting beams of your headlights, you see her. She is alone and the night has become cold and the snow has stared to fall. You pull up beside her, wanting to help. She sees you and comes over. You roll down your passenger window; the light from your car illuminates her face. She smiles and says, “No thank you.” When you ask if she’d like a ride to town. Her hair is long and drifts in waves from her shoulders. Her smile is warm and sweet.
You shrug your shoulders and drive on. Knowing you’ll see her again.
But if for reason you’re too busy or are in too much of a hurry to stop and ask. Or if the terror in your blood is too strong this night and you drive by her, without stopping to help.
By the next mile marker, she’ll be sitting in your passenger seat. Her beautiful face contorted with rage and pain. Her face wet with streaming tears of blood. And you’ll know that your life is over, because you left her there on the side of the road. Alone.
I wanted to let you know that I’ll be back in November to share my new release, Love’s Justice. In it two investigators uncover a decades old murder at an Alabama women’s prison. The book will be released November 12, 2012 from Crimson Romance. I can’t wait to share that story with you too!
And, I’d love to hear a spooky story of yours! Please share!!
All the Best,
Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing. She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life. Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combining the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window. Please be invited to stop by rionnamorgan.com--she loves the company.
Book Blurb for Love’s Justice Coming November 12th!
Sarah Johnson is a profiler in Portland, Oregon. She thinks she has successfully moved beyond the pain of her mother’s death 15 years ago. Her mother, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died in an Alabama women’s prison while on an undercover assignment. However, when Justin Breslow shows up at her office claiming to be an investigative reporter from Dallas wanting to do a feature on her mother, Sarah realizes the pain has just been dormant. She agrees to work with Justin; she’s always wanted to retrace her mother’s final days, but she has no intention of sharing family secrets with a perfect stranger.
Sarah and Justin unravel a plot more complex and sinister than they expected. They pursue a trail of deceit and corruption to a women’s prison in Alabama, a centuries old hotel in Georgia and a family ranch in Texas. Nothing is simple or as it seems. Along the way, Sarah tries not to fall for Justin’s Southern charm, and Justin fights to resist Sarah’s beauty and sharp intellect.
This unlikely duo will find more than they ever hoped to—in the prison, in their own backyards, and in each other’s arms. Whether they survive to enjoy their discoveries is the final mystery.
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