Thursday, April 4, 2013

THE DAVIS MOUNTAINS


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Dramatic. Stark. Dangerous. Vast. Different. Timeless. Open. Dark. Alone. …and a Gazillion Stars.

Just a few words to describe one of the mountain ridges in west Texas. They don't compare to the Rockies or Smokies. No, this mountain range is different. It's open here. Civilization's barely made an impact. 

The Davis National Park has climbing trails and is only 16 miles from the world renown McDonald Observatory. Two reasons you can see stars all the way to the horizon and two (of many) reasons to visit the area. The stars are brilliant and make a visit you'll never forget. The west side of the mountain range is vast and open with mesas popping up as mesas tend to in a western movie. But watch out for the wild javelinas and cactus.

Storm clouds at sunset in west Texas. I had to throw in some indescribable beauty (I've shared the double rainbow we saw on our return trip many times on my FB or blog).
 But remember…the closest hospital is in Alpine (40 miles from the State Park) and there are only three major roads into the area. The nearest Walmart is over 90 miles away. Gas stations close by ten.

What does this have to do with romantic suspense? In my May release, PROTECTING THEIR CHILD, I couldn't have set the story anywhere else. Once I visited the Davis Mountains, the story revealed itself to me. The terrain traveled by Cord & Kate is harsh, especially in the ever-changing weather, but it's also land they know well. It's a country they love and are willing to fight to save. I hope to not only visit the mountains again, but to write many stories set in the area. I hope you'll enjoy the book too.

4 STARS ~~ROMANTIC TIMES ~~ "Littered with double-crosses and violent twists … Morgan tightens the coil until it springs forward in an explosive finale."
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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 is 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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Have you ever been put off by the scenery in a story? Found that if the author got something wrong, then the rest of the book was harder to believe?

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26 comments:

  1. Scenery errors are okay with me. I am not that familiar with most locations.

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    1. Hey Tammy.

      Looks like my question didn't change --too much of a hurry. LOL
      I was going to ask something awe-inspiring today. Of course I've forgotten it !! Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Angi

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  2. I go with the flow of the book... enjoy the journey with the characters... specific details of locations do not bother me if they are wrong... I probably would not even know... I will say one time I read a few books from a series written by different authors... one author described the town... when it came to another author's book, that one had some of the town's details wrong... it was kind of interesting to "see" the mistake, but it did not take anything away from each story.
    greenshamrock AT cox DOT net

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    1. That's cool to know, Colleen. But details like that drive me nuts...I know some of it's beyond the author's control. And it must be very hard when working with multiple authors to keep everything straight.

      I swear, I had intended to ask about other mountains or reasons you travel... LOL
      ~Angi

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  3. Since you asked, Angi, I'm going to tell you that I love looking at mountains. It's the one thing man can't imitate, or even come close to imitating. The scent of mountain air is like no other, almost like you can't breathe deep enough to take it all in. Living in Kansas, there aren't any mountains to hike, which is shame because I think that would be fun. As long as there was some kind of dessert bar at the end of the trail:)

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    1. AWESOME. And you're right. There's just something about a cold mountain lake. Or hiking a trail that takes you to the top so you can look into the beauty of a canyon. Pictures never capture it. Thanks, Jan !!
      ~Angi

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  4. Enjoyed reading the comments. We have some rugged mountains here in Arizona too. Lots of climbers and hikers get lost or fall to their deaths. Your book sounds really good. I have added it to my TBR list.
    JWIsley(at)ao.l(dot)com

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    1. AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH JOYE !

      I've driven through Arizona many times. It's either my turn to sleep or dark heading back from California. But it is one of the places Tim and I intend to stop and take in. A definite visit!
      ~Angi

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  5. I've only been put off by scenery if it takes too many pages to describe it. Most of the time, the scenery draws me further into the story. I love mountains - until I have to drive up and down steep windy roads!

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    2. I hear ya with the roads. Tim & I recently went to Branson Missouri. I was fine with the winding and curving and up and down until it was also black as pitch. Then...I was just ready to be there. LOL Thanks for the comment Karen.
      ~Angi

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  6. Where I live it is called the levels - cos it is as flat as a pancake . . . so if a hike is involved I need a chair lift! :D

    I like scenery in romantic suspense that blends but can also almost be another character . .. menacing and creepy!

    Don't enter me for the giveaway! :D

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    1. Willa, Thanks for coming by again. I hope the terrain in PTC becomes a character everyone wants to read about several times.
      ~Angi

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  7. The only time I was upset about the geography description in a book was when I was in college and the History book described and even had a map of where one river comes together with another river and it was way off mark because I was born in the town in southeastern Colorado where the two rivers meet and have seen for my own eyes....I told the History teacher about the mistake he sorta blew me off. Was very upsetting.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. That's when you need something like Wikipedia to make the corrections yourself. I sure hope they've fixed it now. Of course, there's always Google Maps. LOL
      ~Angi

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  8. No, I haven't

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  9. It would take more than 'wrong scenery' to put me off a story.

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    1. Forgot my email.

      marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    2. Mary are you around Mountains?
      ~Angi

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  10. Wrong scenery doesn't put me off. It is more if the characters do not act the way they are supposed to. If a character is a cop or even military, there are protocol, attitude, and experience that becomes in grained into their personalities and characters. That's what put me off. I would be commenting "Like really" and "so not true" through the story.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Kai, What if that character consciously knows and makes a decision to move forward in order to help someone? If the military character thinks about it first?
      ~Angi

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  11. Hi Angi ~ As long as the author doesn't move something really famous around, I can live with their descriptions in the story. I do look up any interesting things I don't know about after I've finished reading the book.

    I was born in the Rocky Mountains in Canada so my heart and soul have a need to visit them on a regular basis. I love your pictures of the Davis National Park. I will be looking it up when I've finished here.

    kaeleetwo@shaw.ca

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    1. Woot Woot Woot!
      HI KAELEE !!
      I need to pack everything up and just start going. I'm in that mood for a road trip.
      ~Angi

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS JACKIE W.
    You've won a book from my TBR pile.

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and chatting with me. I promise to get a NEW Question for the May question.

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