Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WRITING THE WEST TEXAS WATCHMEN


Congratulations to "LS", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

My first three book series hits shelves next month. They are a follow-up to my first West Texas story: PROTECTING THEIR CHILD. I loved going back to Marfa and some of the characters there. I found it challenging to develop three additional heroes that had their own unique situation…all from the same area and storyline. My cowboys normally have second careers, writing about a rancher who truly was a rancher…was a challenge itself. I definitely wanted it to be realistic.

So here’s a little about the Watchmen. Crossing my fingers you’ll enjoy each of their stories.


PETE, THE SHERIFF
A family secret can cause Pete to lose everything. Writing a hero from a small town who’d never been serious about any of the women he’d grown up with…well, that was easy. Pete’s not a playboy but he’s had his share of dates. He was practically raised by the citizens of Marfa, so a secret that can destroy his world is significant. But it’s also difficult to become your own person, when everyone thinks they have an opinion on how you should live.

“Morgan’s newest not only has an independent and quirky heroine, but an adorably quirky–and steamy–romance between the hero and heroine. While the playful banter was a nice addition, the storyline also felt fresh and full of intrigue.”  ~4 Stars, Romantic Times Magazine


NICK, THE CATTLEMAN
A lot of Nick’s story is separate from the Marfa characters because it takes place on his ranch. Nick has also isolated himself after a close-call in Protecting Their Child. As a result, Nick’s character has completely changed from the first time he’s introduced to readers. He’s much more serious and withdrawn. After writing and worrying about getting the ranching scenes correct, I sent the story to a friend of mine who is a rancher and cowboy. I was thrilled when he gave me a big thumbs up. 

“I just finished reading your manuscript… The story was accurate in detail and descriptive of ranch life! To be completely honest, I got caught up in the story and could relate quite well with the PTSD that you described so well. The way you drew a picture of the west Texas terrain was spot on! It took me back to the area and the natural beauty of the west Texas desert. The plot line is intriguing and timely considering the issues all along the Texas border at this time. Nick and Beth's story, as told by you, is as Texas as the bluebonnets in spring (and the rattlers that hide among them!). Great read !!!! Congratulations, Angi !!! I can't wait to see it on the shelves!!!!”  ~Ron H.


MITCH, THE RANGER
Writing an undercover agent is normally difficult. Writing Mitch…well, his desire to take care of the heroine and her son made the writing a little easier. He’s the only Watchman that doesn’t wear a Stetson and might occasionally smell like auto-grease instead of horses. Mitch is undercover throughout the series. I loved wrapping everything up around his story with Beth. And I hope everyone else loves it too.

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's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Carolyn Readers Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.

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Giveaway:
WHEN YOU THINK OF A COWBOY, DO YOU THINK THEY HAVE A “REAL” OCCUPATION? Leave your opinion for a chance to win a copy of THE SHERIFF.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST November 18th. 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.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me back today, Maureen.

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  2. Yay Angi! These books look great. And I can't wait to read them. :D

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  3. Being a cowboy is their life and occupation... thanks for sharing a bit about your upcoming books Angi... they sound great!

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    1. Thanks Colleen !! Always good to hear from you.

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  4. Being a cowboy is an occupation. Have had several cowboys in the family. Know many cowboys and they all work hard.
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    1. That's what I love to hear. If you're a cowboy...it's time-consuming!

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  5. Congrats to Angi on the new release! When I think of cowboys, I definitely consider them in an "occupation". They are raising cattle and doing.. farm stuff?! LOL.. I don't really know what all that entails, but I do know it puts food on the table! Thanks for shaing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Absolutely. Sun-up to Sun-down work.
      Thanks for the congrats.

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  6. Yes, I do believe that the cowboys have another occupation. Some could be veterinarian, cops, or even military. I just think that the cowboy like being a cowboy because they are comfortable with that quiet, peaceful life.

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    1. Interesting Kai. My nephews were hired cowboys for many years. Not the ranch owners. So maybe we have two occupations . . .

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  7. OK, so I just got this email for the giveaway so I may be too late. These books sound really good and I have never read any of your books.....Yes of course they have a real occupation, along with looking sexy as hell...I would love to win if it isn't too late?

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    1. SEXY is definitely a full-time job too. :)

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  8. I absolutely believe that a cowboy has a "real" occupation. Working on a ranch is a tough job.

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