Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crystal Clear


By: Angi Morgan

Congratulations to "Linda H" the winner of Angi's JRS giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


DANGEROUS MEMORIES is a story about unlocking memories.  Jolene Atkins witnessed her mother’s brutal murder when she was five. Twenty years later, someone’s afraid her memories are resurfacing and  she becomes a target. U.S. Marshal Levi Cooper promised to protect his witness and strives to help her remember the little things…like the identity of the murderer.

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If you’re researching human memories, at first you may think you’re reading the wrong article about computers. Encoded, stored, retrieved…terminology not only for your PC but also for the way memories are stored in our brains. Some of our memories may be faulty over time, some might be retrieved with crystal clarity, and yet others may be falsely planted and seem more realistic than the truth.

In my story, a great deal is revealed through sensory memory. Studies have shown that people perceive many more images than they can verbalize seeing (at the time) and store these images as memories. In order to help my heroine remember, he must escort exactly where she’s avoided venturing for twenty years. But there’s more than just murder down one of those dark paths. And when he’s with her, she feels safe enough to return to that dark place.

My earliest memory is the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. My mother told me I was too young--I had just turned three--but I remember what happened afterwards like a black and white film in my mind to match the black and white television images. It’s my theory that having seen the television recap of that moment so many times over the years, that what happened next in my parents’ living room was easy for me to recall. Has that ever happened to you?

THANKS FOR JOINING ME TODAY. ~Angi



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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. Hill Country Holdup went on sale the very night it won the RWA Golden Heart® award and is a Bookseller’s Best & Romantic Times Best First Series Book Nominee. Her second Harlequin Intrigue®, .38 Caliber Cover-Up, was a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence & Daphne du Maurier Nominee.


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Angi’s giving away two Intrigues. She’s got a stack…winner’s choice. North America only. International readers, please take advantage of the November Drawing.

ENTER TO WIN a CRYSTAL NECKLACE.  The November Giveaway ends on November 30th, winner announced December 2nd. Registration will be through Rafflecopter.  
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Angi’s JRS giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 9th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. The Crystal Necklace giveaway is a separate registration through Rafflecopter.

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THE QUESTION FOR TODAY:  What’s your earliest crystal clear memory from your childhood? I’ll be sharing more about what happened on November 24, 1963.

37 comments:

  1. Not sure what was my first but many of them revolved around spending time at my grandmother's house in Belmar NJ and going to the beach and crabbing and eating crabmeat like it was tuna fish. Wish I could do that now...lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. Hi LS !

      I'd love a memory of eating fresh crab meat like tuna. EVEN NOW!! Yum. Okay, especially now. :-)

      ~Angi

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  2. When I was 4 years old. I can remember a pet rabbit and walking to the store with my parents getting a "Pig in the Poke", which was a bag with candy,tattoos, and a surprise.

    I love Angie's books and really like the cover on this one. Thanks Angie for such good stories.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Brenda for the kind words. I really like Levi & Jolene's story.

      I love your memory! That sounds like a much better way to think about a "pig in the poke". LOL

      ~Angi

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  3. My earliest memory was picking oranges in my back yard with my Great Aunt and Great Uncle. I was 3.

    Love your new cover, Angi

    yenastone at aol dot com or Angi already has my work email too

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    1. Tammy... oranges in your back yard? Oh wow. Sounds much better than figs off my grandmother's tree. (I never did care for canning figs. I don't think I've really liked them until we ate a fresh one recently.)

      ~Angi

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  4. Hmmm, my first clear memory... going to preschool. I remember we had to go down two little steps to get into the classroom... and having the feeling of not wanting to be there. Thanks for the chances to win Angi! Happy November!

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    1. HAPPY NOVEMBER, COLLEEN!

      I didn't get to attend preschool. My mom was home with us and kindergarten was over-crowded--when I already knew my ABCs, I wasn't allowed to go to school that year either. So my first day was 1st grade.

      ~Angi

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  5. I remember lining up for my school bus when I was 3 yrs old and not wanting to go because it was rainning. That was about it.

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    1. I wouldn't want to go in the rain, either !!
      :-)

      ~Angi

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  7. I was 3d when we moved into my childhood home and we got a cat and named her Smitty.

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    1. That's a cute name for a cat, Joyce. My mom had a sis/bro cat duo while I was in high school: Sia & Meeze

      ~Angi

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  8. My first real memory is of a car accident when I was 3. My parents and I were in a VW Bug and it rolled down a hill and into the creek (we lived in rural Missouri). Both my parents were injured, my mother severely and I barely had a scratch. This was obviously the days before car seats for kids and I ended up under the back seat. I remember all the glass in my hair and being upset because no one could find my baby doll. I was of course upset about not being able to see my parents and a sweet EMT wouldn't leave until he found my doll in the car.
    I'd love a chance to win one of your books! Thanks wlweddle at gmail dot com.

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    1. What a memory ! I'm so glad it had a happy ending with finding the baby doll. Isn't it amazing we all survived childhood: no bike helmets, knee pads, car seats...or wearing seat belts in my case. And sheeze, the speed limit was 70 until the gas shortage...
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing that!
      ~Angi

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  9. One of my memories is being picked up for the afternoon kindergarten
    session by the teacher. Mrs. F lunched at the corner deli and would stop at my parents' store before heading back to the school which was located across the street.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. That's a cool memory about kindergarten. My curious mind wants to know if you stayed in touch with the teacher...

      ~Angi

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  10. Probably going fishing with my family when I was probably 4, we have a picture of me holding up a stringer full of little fish. I'm wearing a hideous dress. Nowadays who would go fishing in a dress? For some reason my mother put me in dresses all the time.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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    1. >>giant smile here<<
      Linda that's actually a very nice memory. Fishing with the family. I actually have a "jaws" memory of a catfish. I believe I was 8 when someone was showing off one of the largest catfish caught at Lake Texoma. It was on a hook, touching the ground, and standing next to it, I only reached the bottom of the head. (And I was tall for my age at that time.)

      I was scared to death something like that would eat me. My dad had to throw me back in the water. LOL I'll see if I can find that picture soon.

      ~Angi

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  11. My first memory is of a "tiger" which was a neighbors' tabby cat.In my mind today it is still a tiger. The memory is an amazing thing.annpa@gmail.com

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    1. Very interesting Ann. Do you remember it's name? I'm curious to know if the name had anything to do with thinking it was a tiger.

      ~Angi

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  12. INT: I can remember piling in the car to go to school. My Father would pick up children along the way. The car was always PACKED!!! You could not do this now.

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    1. We would have a string of kids walking to the store with my mom. She'd pull the wagon and we'd walk the six blocks to get groceries. We were a one car family before my brother was born. But all along the street, kids would join us during the summer months with a coke bottle or two. They'd redeem the bottles for a nickle and immediately buy candy.

      Thanks for that memory...
      ~Angi

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  13. My earliest memories are of having my Dad's jacket on, filling the pockets with puppies and taking them to my grandparents.

    Janet B

    jkbsfsd at msn dot com

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    1. Now Janet, that's a memory I'd love to have.

      My dad had several dogs when I was little...but I never really connected with them or played with them. They were never really in our life very long. My brother had a pup when I was in middle school...definitely his and my mom's. The first puppy I chose was Logan...I was in my 40's.

      ~Angi

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  14. Just a reminder to enter the international drawing for the crystal necklace through rafflecopter. You can see a picture of the necklace on my personal blog: A Picture a Day.
    ~Angi

    http://angimorganauthor.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/my-november-dangerous-giveaway/

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  16. Hi Angi,
    I find your post most interesting.

    My earliest memory (@4?)is standing at the front door looking into Blackie's, (a big black lab,...)eyes...just before he left for the pound to be "killed" (he had ring worm!!!)I remember the sadness...

    I know I would enjoy reading your book,
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. That is so sad, Janet. And yet, it's nice that you remember Blackie. I hope your family had a loving replacement as you grew up.

      ~Angi

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  17. My earliest memory is of my rooster that I named Bantam. Not sure what age but know it was before I turned 6, as we had no more chickens after I was that age. He was my pet and would peck at everyone else. I fear that he ended up on our table as dinner one night, but my parents told me he had died and my father had buried him. Never did ask my father what had happened to him, I am still in denial to this day as to his fate.













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    1. I'm thinking he died of a broken heart after all his chickens left. >>wink wink<< I never had chickens, but often heard a rooster at my grandmother's house. It was the funniest thing, crowing all the time, but I never heard it early in the morning.
      ~Angi

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  18. Congratulations to LINDA H. I'll be sending an email with a list of Intrigues to choose from.

    Remember to enter through Rafflecopter for my CRYSTAL CLEAR November contest drawing.

    ~Angi

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  19. my clear memory was me and my brother, we have to study and everytime my uncle will take our book and ask a question from our lesson and if we can't answer we will be pusnish :(

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    1. :-(
      I'm sorry you have such an unfortunate association with learning, Eli. Crayons are one of my favorite things ! I actually received a "bouquet" of crayons in August when kids went back to school. LOL

      ~Angi

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  20. The earliest memory for me was when my parents and I were moving from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, CA. I was just only 1 1/2 years old at the time. I remembered my parents stopping in a place where there were so many windows. It turned out to be the airport in Hawaii when all immigrants coming from foreign countries have to stop if they are entering into the countries from the Pacific.

    It's amazing that I could recalled bits and pieces of this memory.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It really is amazing, Kai. My husband has a memory from when he was two and everyone says he was too young to remember it...but he does. It also concerned a move. Coincidental?

      ~Angi

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  21. Earliest memory was visiting Disneyland with family

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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