Monday, March 21, 2016


By: Angi Morgan

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

*I love traveling –especially in Texas.
*I love storytelling –which includes books and movies of all genres.
*I love when the storyteller gets the location details right.

There’s a reason why writers are encouraged to create stories about what they know. Thinking of a story is hard enough. Writing a story where the location is an integral part of the development is harder. With a new Texas Rangers miniseries out this year, I really wanted to bring in some unique towns and the heart of their terrain into each book. I’d been to Austin and Waco several times. But Dalhart and Hico were new to me. ROAD TRIPS !!!

To many people, films have brought parts of the world that we’d never see directly to our living rooms. But sometimes due to money or modernization, it’s not always the correct part of the world to get the correct picture. S0 many films set in an area, are actually filmed in a different location. This might leave film-goers with the wrong impression…it’s that way in books, too. For example: even though it’s known as DFW, you can’t drive from Dallas to Fort Worth in less than thirty minutes and rush hour traffic…always starts at 3:30 in the afternoon, not at five.

But I’m a film junkie! I’m always looking for that perfect Texas based film that’s actually filmed here, too. Okay, none of them are going to be perfect. It’s Hollywood. I might have to fudge on the average age of a Texas Ranger, but you’ll never catch me stretching the truth about the state of Texas. Each book in the ELITE TROOP miniseries has something unique to Austin, Dalhart, Hico and Waco. So I searched facts to bring you a few Texas movies actually filmed in Texas. (I bet you were wondering if I could mention Texas just one more time… LOL)

One of my favorite films is THE ROOKIE. Texas locations and a soundstage in Austin. Beautifully shot and based on a true story. Dennis Quaid is an aging high school teacher who is challenged by his baseball team to follow his dream to the major leagues. Although he’s not drafted by the Texas Rangers, there is a scene at the Ballpark in Arlington (one of my favorite places). Can’t recommend this movie enough.

The second Academy award-winning performance of Sally Field shouldn’t be missed in PLACES IN THE HEART. This is a moving story from the 1930s where the characters grow in strength and friendship. A 1984 story filmed in Waxahachie (that’s What’s-a-Hatchie to locals) just south of Dallas. I could swear that I’ve attended a wedding at the church in the final scene.

I have to mention THE ALAMO filmed in Alamo Village in Brackettville (126 miles west of San Antonio). The village is an exact replica of the church and barracks. I think it’s missing a few cottonwood trees. Even though there are historical inaccuracies, I’m a huge fan girl for all the stars (including Frankie Avalon).

And a true Texas film (even if a miniseries shot for television) LONESOME DOVE. Filmed both in Texas and New Mexico. If you’ve never seen it. Start Friday night and binge this weekend. I’ll be watching the prequel COMANCHE MOON (who can resist Carl Urban & Steve Zahn in cowboy hats and dusters).

Research can be entertaining as long as we continue the research off-screen to discover exactly where the movie or TV series was filmed. The internet makes it so easy now. I love using Google Earth, but maps don’t always show the true picture. If you’re a writer and need information about a location, there’s nothing like actually visiting. But don’t be afraid to reach out to an acquaintance who might live there. And try the picture features on Google Maps (EX: NorthBark Dog Park).

Book 2


As a Texas Ranger, it was Jesse Ryder's duty to protect her. As a man, it was all he could do to avoid the temptation of Avery Travis. The Snake Eyes Killer was on Avery's trail, but the independent deputy didn't want Jesse's help. And he couldn't blame her; he had walked away from her the night she'd offered him everything.  

Avery knew Jesse would always think of her as his best friend's little sister. However, she was fully capable of taking care of herself…and knowing what and who she wanted. Their lives might be in jeopardy, but the true tragedy would be to never have one more chance with the sexy Ranger. 


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ANGI MORGAN writes Texans on the run in Texas. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs–and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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  1. Sounds like an intriguing story.

  2. I enjoy your Pictures A Day where that show the Texas road trips that you have made for research. I can go back to them while reading your books so I can literally see the scenes.

  3. I love using Google Street View to help me add some details to a scene that will ground the setting, but I still keep it vague. A lot of those photos are several years old and therefore outdated. I know there's a Satellite View image of a section of my town that looks barren but is now full of shopping centers. LOL

    1. I was just driving through a section of Dallas exactly like that !

  4. no fav

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    1. I love the movie The Alamo. Anything John Wayne and I'm definitely loving it!!!

    2. I love the movie The Alamo. Anything John Wayne and I'm definitely loving it!!!

  5. Texas is great. While I love San Antonio for the Alamo, Dallas rocks.

  6. All of the aforementioned movies were great.

  7. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did one called 4 for Texas.

  8. I would say, Friday Night Lights. Of course I do like my football.

    1. That movie needed a steady-cam for me. But the series... Yum.
      The film and TV show are shot entirely in Texas. Even though the story is based off of Permian High School in Odessa, they shot in Austin and Plugerville.

  9. Angi - my favorite books set in Texas are all of your books. Just got Shotgun Justice today.

    1. WOO HOO !
      You're setting me up for a great week !

  10. I luv all of your books and wow my fav show that was cancelled was Friday Night lights I loved it and was so involved in it. Love you Angi!

  11. I love your books and Harlequin Intrigues have a lot of good Texans as heroes and heroines but my introduction to Texas was Jody Thomas's historical novels and The Gentle Texan was my first and favorite

  12. I'm originally from New Mexico, lived there until I got married (1967) and left in 1968. But then we were back for a few years as hubby was stationed back in Alb.
    So I love films, and books, about our part of this country -- Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma.
    And yes, I loved Lonesome Dove, and The Rookie. And Walker, Texas Ranger was one TV show we didn't miss


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