A Ranger Kissed & Thrilled! ~ by Angi Morgan

Please give a warm Kiss & Thrill welcome to my friend and fellow Harlequin Intrigue author Angi Morgan!


(To see if you are the winner of the giveaway from Diana Belchase’s post on Tuesday, check the bottom of this post!)


Angi . . . take it away!

Morgan Angi-Headshot


HI LENA & all the Kiss & Thrill gang. It’s great to be back…I just love this blog and all its members.

My May hero is a Texas Ranger. Now, I’m an 11th generation Texan. Seriously. My ancestors on my mom’s side received original Spanish land grants and we don’t know when they arrived, but the first recorded death is in 1759 “by Indian arrow.” My father’s grandfather was a Texas Sheriff who owned the local saloon. So both sides of my family have been here quite a while. Die Hard Texan…that’s me.


I have no idea why I became so “Texas Proud.” My family wasn’t crazy about it. I spoke to my grandmothers to receive colorful stories and history. One that pops into my mind is from the Depression about a swinging ham in the smokehouse and my grandmother cutting some fingers off a thief. But I think my real love for Texas came because there is so much to see and write about. My books are all located in Texas and when I wanted to go west…the only logical hero was a Texas Ranger.

I was surprised to discover that the Rangers are the oldest law enforcement organization in the northern continent. Established in 1823, there could be several generations of Rangers in one family–sort of like generations of cop families. Enter Cord McCrea…he’s definitely a ‘Kiss & Thrill’ hero, loyal to a fault, good at his job, and in love with one woman–his ex-wife.

When reality strikes Cord, and his failure slams into him threatening to end his family history…well, that’s where the story begins. Kate loves all of Cord. She doesn’t want him to change or to leave the Rangers. She’s working her land and cattle, taking over the family ranch. So I guess part of my love for family history seeped into this book. I know my love for the land did.

I can’t imagine what it was like for pioneer women to see their men ride off to track hostiles, go off to war, or fight so hard for a piece of land. Never knowing IF or WHEN they’d return. We’ve definitely got it a lot easier. But then I think of those men and women still going through that today. It may be modernized, but it’s still fighting hostiles. Thank you to those that protect and serve. Whatever the badge or uniform…or whatever the year…YOUR SERVICE IS APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.

I hope you enjoy my Ranger in PROTECTING THEIR CHILD. Thanks again for having me.

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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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LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT. Angi will draw from blog commenters for a copy of LENA’S May release: EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. (She’ll need your email addy–which you can always send to her directly if you don’t want to leave it in a comment.)  AND ENTER ANGI’S May contest for a necklace: register at Rafflecopter through May 31st.

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GOT AN INTERESTING STORY in your family history?

Answer Angi’s question above to qualify for the drawing in which she is giving away a copy of my book, EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION – & – also to qualify for a drawing in which I’m giving away a copy of Angi’s book, PROTECTING THEIR CHILD! ~ Lena Diaz

(Mary – you are the winner of the free book from Diana Belchase’s blog on Tuesday. Please use the contact tab of this website to contact us to claim your prize! Congratulations!)

Posted on May 2, 2013, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Diana Belchase, Lena Diaz, Thursday Winner, Winners and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Angi, welcome back to Kiss and Thrill! Congrats on your latest release, PROTECTING THEIR CHILD. I think it’s so cool that you can trace your family history so far back. I keep saying I’ll trace my roots one day but I never have. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any sexy Texas Rangers lurking in my past though, so I’ll just live vicariously through your books!

  2. Angi: It’s neat that you can trace your roots so far back. My ancestors are from all over the place, and I’ve never lived in the same house for more than four years, so my roots are pretty short. Of course, I’m a nomad at heart, so I love it. 😉

    I used to love my grandmothers’ stories about life during the Great Depression and WWII. I wish I’d asked more, and thought to write some of those stories down!

    • Me too, Gwen. We moved every 3-5 years until I went to college, so I consider myself a ‘gypsy.’

    • I was lucky that my dad loved his video camera…remember those giant things we had to lug around on top of our shoulders? He’d sit with his mother and just let her talk and talk and talk…or play the piano. So I have hours of her stories. I really wish I could have known his father better. But he was much older and a quiet soul. He never said much and loved to work with his hands. Every Christmas the girl grandchildren would get Barbie furniture. For a man with 30 grandkids…that was a lot of rockers.

  3. Love the fact that this book comes from your roots and your love of Texas! We lived there for several years and think both the land and the people are amazing. Looking forward to reading the book.

    • Thank you Diana. I hope you enjoy it.

      The book I’m currently writing is also based on a bit of our family history (how our land in East Texas was stolen on a deathbed). It’s one of the reasons we have a copy of the original Spanish Land grant.


  4. Looks like a great book. Can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!!
    email: deborahdumm@yahoo.com

  5. YAY, Texas Proud!
    (And I also lived in Watertown, MA for 6 years in the 80’s…YAY Boston Strong!)

    Welcome back Angi! Another action-packed Intrigue, can hardly wait to read it, (and I’ve seen your book trailer around the blogs too, its great!)

    Ancestor Brag: Mayflower descendants on my mother’s side.
    Updated: My older brother was just promoted to be the attaché for the US Ambassador to Afghanistan. He leaves for Kabul next month. Not sure that that entails, but over 700 ppl applied for the job. My other bro and sis emailed their congratulations saying they always knew he would grow up to be a briefcase.

    I just screeched and sobbed and tried to talk him out of it. 😦 I can write about danger, but hate to see loved ones in the thick of it.

    Best of luck on sales, Angi! When’s your next release? (Our calendar books up fast and we want you on it!)

    • I completely understand how you feel, Sarah, and would have probably been exactly the same had it been my own brother. But have courage, your brother will do lots of good — maybe making a great difference in a problematic part of the world. I will keep him in my prayers.

    • Wow. Wow. Hugs & Prayers of safety for your brother and family, Sarah. My son’s a Marine…two tours in the Middle East.

      At this point, my next release is scheduled for January. I wish I had a fall story. Maybe I’ll come back before then to just chat!


  6. Hey, Angi. Good post. Love your picture, btw. Good luck with sales. Looks like it should be a winner, too.

  7. Angi! Welcome back!

    Family history stories… Like Sarah I have Mayflower ancestors. There is also a British monarch even farther back in my family tree (sadly, I’m descended from an illegitimate line). Plus William Penn on my mother’s side and a signer of the Declaration of the Independence on my father’s. Oh, and a poor woman who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials.

    Sarah, congrats to your brother and hugs to you–I’d be scared too!

    Angi, I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to have your son serve in the Middle East. Big hugs to you and heartfelt thanks to him for his service.

    • CONGRATS on your new success, Rachel. I have family-history envy, Rachel !! >>>grin<<<

      It is difficult, but I'm certain many have it much worse knowing their loved ones are in consistent danger. Ironically, my son's closet call came while on a training mission. There was a small coup attempt and they shot at his boat (Marines refer to their mode of transportation as a boat–even when it's a Naval Aircraft Carrier LOL). Fortunately, he was not in his bunk when it happened…because his bunk wasn't there after it was finished. We got a phone call that said, "Whatever you hear, I'm fine. Can't tell you what, when or where. Just know I'm okay." It took us two years to get what happened out of him…it never made the news.


      • Thanks, Angi! And LOL on the family history envy. I wish I knew the personal stories of my ancestors – sadly, all I know are the dry facts. You’re so lucky your dad recorded your grandmother.

        And yikes for your son! So glad you knew he was fine before you ever learned there had been reason to worry.

  8. Brenda Rumsey

    Love reading your post Angi and Protecting Their Child was a wonderful book. Interesting about your ancestors. I have researched my family (love tracking down a good mystery). The most interesting story involved a traveling preacher, a freezing cold river, and a surprise visit….LOL. Looking forward to your next book.

  9. Nice post. Don’t think there are any.

  10. I loved your interview, Angi. I just wish I had a family story as interesting as the others. The only interesting ancestor is a great great grandfather who was imprisoned in Dublin, then given the choice of joining the British Army or staying in prison. He chose the army, went to South Africa where he ran away and hopped on board a ship for America. Once in NY, the authorities let him stay if he agreed to join the U.S Army, which he did.
    Fifteen years after leaving Ireland, he was finally able to bring his family (wife and grown kids) over to New York where he had a job working the docks.

    But I still don’t know if the whole story is true–these things tend to be exaggerated through the generations.
    I can’t wait to read your next book, Angi! I am so happy for you.

    • It might well be true, Sharon. My father-in-love is huge into family genealogy and researched my side. He reached a wall when tracing the Morgan branch came to Texas around 1815. Here’s his theory:
      The Morgan brothers mysteriously appeared in new Orleans in 1815. From his research, JT has found many stories of impressed British soldiers who pretended to be dead in the battle of New Orleans (where the British bodies were so thick Andrew Jackson’s army could “walk” across their backs). Many of those impressed Brits escaped into the west creating new identities. JT believes that the Morgan brothers were two of those Brits.

      So Sharon, I tend to believe your family’s tale. I hope you enjoy PROTECTING THEIR CHILD.

  11. Angi, thank you so much for being here today! You’ve been an awesome hostess to all our visitors! Good luck with your release, although you don’t need it. Didn’t it debut on Bookscan at #30??? Congrats!

    • Awe shucks, Lena…thanks for mentioning book scan. That is so cool. EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION wasn’t too far behind me !! I love visiting Kiss & Thrill.

  12. Hi Angi! Thank you so much for being here today! I’m a Texas girl myself. Born and raised in Ft Worth so I can get real serious about a book featuring a Texas Ranger! Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it.

  13. Jan Vanengen

    so much history and I love my Texas Rangers, along with other law enforcement, I remember when I first read the blurb and thoughts it sounds so good so got it! 🙂 also love a good intrigue been reading them since 1984 and have them all up to 2010 now just get the ones I want, 🙂

    • OOOOHHHH Jan, you are a reader come true for me! I hope to write more Rangers in the near future. Can’t wait to get back to Valentine, Texas! Thanks for being such a loyal reader.

  14. Welcome back to Kissed and thrilled Angi. Loved Protecting Their Child! Thanks for posting about giveaway here. Good luck everyone.

    • Thank you, Nancy! Love being here. And yes, I’d love if everyone entered my May giveaway…lots and lots of entries. You can enter every day by tweeting about it.


  15. Thanks again for letting me stop by and for all the love!!

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