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Meet the Real Angi Morgan

Think You Know Harlequin Intrigue Author, Angi Morgan? Think Again.

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I met Angi Morgan in 2010. She and I were both Romance Writers of America Golden Heart© finalists in different categories–which is why we’re still friends–she won, I didn’t. Okay, I would have still been her friend even if we’d been competing against each other. Why? Because once you meet Angi Morgan, there’s no way to NOT like her. I’m pretty sure that she doesn’t know what the word stranger even means. And she is one of the most welcoming, genuinely caring people I have ever met. She’s also a devoted animal lover who is a foster mom for dog rescue.dogs

Angi with Meg Cabot

As an author, Angi selflessly promotes her fellow authors, whether she gets any promotion benefit out of it or not. Why? Because she cares about people, cares about her friends, and wants them all to do well. As a person, she goes out of her way to ensure that everyone is doing okay. When I saw her in Texas at conference last year, she took one look at me and decided I was dehydrated and took me up to her room and made me drink a bottle of water. She was right. I felt much better after that bottle of water. Angi’s like that – always looking out for others. And perhaps her most admirable quality is that she can make anyone smile. The gift of laughter, of making others feel happier just by walking into the room, is Angi’s superpower.

But don’t just take my word for it. Take theirs

Diana Belchase: Angi presented me with my Golden Heart. I think she was just as nervous as I was — and so sweet. She had been a prior winner and had a two book contract and I kept thinking and hoping that would be me, too. Sigh, alas and alack it isn’t, but I remember that night with Angi, as she fumbled for her glasses, posed with me for the official photo, and gave me a great big hug, vividly.


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Lizbeth Selvig: I met Angi Morgan in 2010 when she and I both finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart contest and then we each won our respective categories. We didn’t become fast friends right away, but we sure bonded–we know how to make each other laugh! Two years later I joined the group blog Angi started with several of our other GH sisters (Get Lost in a Story) and she also invited me to join a private chat room she’d started for a handful of authors who wanted a place to get together online and write. Since then I can honestly say Angi has never stopped encouraging me to push forward through the times when writing seems like a slog or when I’m at that point in a book when I’m sure I’ve lost any talent I ever had. I hope I do the same for her–because otherwise I’m getting all the perks of our friendship! Over the past four years I’ve come to realize that Angi encourages everyone she knows–she’s a wonderful friend. She also cares passionately about promoting her friends’ books, her books, and all romance reads in general. She’s one author who’s also an amazingly cool person!


 

Robin Perini: You can’t choose your relatives, right? Many a family reunion makes that truth all too real. Angi and I, though, that’s another story.

How can you be cousins, but not cousins? Well, when my uncle married Angie’s aunt, we became sort of cousins…kind of. Cousin-by-marriage? I guess that’s a title. Angi and I didn’t know each other. Our families tried to connect us, and of course, me being shy (and there is that thing about oh my gosh, I have to meet a pseudo-relative who also writes…can this be any more lame?). I reluctantly agreed to look her up.

We ended up standing in line practically next to each other during registration for a writing conference. I won’t even mention what I was saying—it was probably something like, “I have to find this chick whose aunt married my uncle and I don’t even know who she is….and there Angi was! LOL

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We became acquaintances first, like you do sometimes with people you see only at a conference every other year or so. it’s an obligation, in a way. Though I will admit, every time we were able to get together, we talked our heads off. Then over time we discovered the truth: our paths are eerily similar and we have an amazing connection. How else does it happen that:

1) We both write romantic suspense
2) We both have the same agent (purely by accident, by the way)
3) We both won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award in the same category one year apart
4) We both sold our first Harlequin Intrigue to the same editor …

There’s even more, but the best part is, that initial meeting fell away into memories. I’m blessed that my pseudo-relative became so much more. Not to mention that Angi shared one of the best writing tools that I use. Sprints. That’s another story, of course. The truth is you may not be able to choose your relatives, but you can definitely choose your friends…and sometimes not-exactly-cousins are the best gifts ever!


And now, for a brief interview…

Lena: When did you start writing for publication?
Angi: Oooo…trick question. I thought everything I wrote would be published. LOL I began learning the business in 1999. Ten years later when all the kiddos graduated, I concentrated on getting my story in front of the right people. And sold. So I began writing for publishers in 2010.

Lena: Any info you want to share about your Intrigue call story?
Angi: Other than it was awesome? And I was by myself? When my husband got home from traveling he took me to THE MELTING POT. He didn’t tell me he’d made a reservation OR that he’d told the staff I’d just sold. Flowers were delivered to the table and with them…a charm that represented his favorite thing in the book. Yes, my husband reads my books and actually enjoys them. It was a magical evening.

Lena: People you’ve met along the way who have been an inspiration?
Angi: Sharon Mignery, Patricia Vermiere, Tara Waldie, Amy Atwell, Robin Perini, Jan Schliesman, my Golden Heart class of 2010, my Intrigue sisters. I gain inspiration from so many people, it’s hard to name them all. But the daily instant messages I receive from fans…keep me going with my writing.


 

Lastly, I just want to share an amazing PARTIAL list of awards and finals for Angi’s books…

  • Twice ranked on the top 25 of Publisher’s Weekly Trade paperback listangi-morgan-thecattleman
  • Romantic Times Magazine Top Pick
  • Romantic Times First Series Book Final
  • Booksellers’ Best First Book Final
  • Booksellers’ Best Series Romantic Suspense Final
  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Final
  • Carolyn Readers Choice Award Final
  • Daphne du Maurier award WINNER
  • May 2011 Booksellers’ Best First Book Award Nominee
  • May 2011 Booksellers’ Best Short Contemporary Award Nominee
  • November 2010 Romantic Times Best Series First Book Nominee
  • July 2010 RWA Golden Heart® WINNER
  • Great Expectations romantic suspense WINNER
  • Romancing the Tome series WINNER
  • Barclay Sterling long contemporary WINNER

 

And did I mention dog rescue? Here’s some information about the work that Angi does.

Angi: People ask how I can foster pups and give them away. I won’t tell you it’s easy. But it is by far one of the best things I’ve done. Seeing a discarded dog find a home and become a part of a family brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. There just isn’t anything like the unconditional love of a pet. They’re there for you all the time…no matter what. I foster because there’s a family that needs the dog I’m training to love them.

What else does Angi do as a volunteer?

Angi:  I served as a volunteer and on volunteer organization boards of numerous school organizations for 20 years (PTA, athletics, boosters, band, orchestra, choir, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts). Girls Fastpitch Softball for 22 years. Local writing organizations the past 14. We began volunteering as a foster family for Labrador retrievers in 2013.

What about volunteering for RWA?

Angi: National level: Regional Director, served on numerous committees. I was also the Literacy for Life book signing chair from 2004 through 2007. Local Level: President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Newsletter, Contest (just about every year) and lots and lots of other volunteer stuff

I’m extremely grateful that I met Angi all those years ago. And I’m honored and humbled to call her friend.


 

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From last week’s blog post, the winner of an ebook copy of EASY TARGET by Kay Thomas is Kathleen Bylsma! And the winner of an ebook copy of EXIT STRATEGY by Lena Diaz is Cris! Congratulations! Please send your email address (and Nook or Kindle preference) via our Contact page.

Join us next Tuesday for another new post!

Reality or Fiction? For Angi Morgan’s West Texas Watchmen, it’s Both.

(Due to an emergency in Lena’s family, I am helping both Angi and Lena out today by hosting their blog. After all, a girl’s gotta take care of her Golden Heart sisters!)

Thanks for having me today, Lena. I love to be Kissed & Thrilled. Oh wait, I guess I’m the one… Okay awkward moment gone. It’s been a while since Lena hosted me. Huge coincidence that the book we spoke about–PROTECTING THEIR CHILD–was the one that inspired my new series.

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The West Texas Watchmen series is set in the small town of Marfa about 20 miles across the mountains from Mexico. It’s a vast area with little cell reception. Perfect for smuggling — either in reality or fiction. Marfa may be small, but Presidio County is vast so my sheriff has a lot of land to cover. There’s also a lot of sky. With the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, there’s also very little light on the horizon.

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All of my Intrigues are based in real Texas towns. I love taking off for a road trip to get research photos. In my stories, I keep my driving times accurate, the terrain or city areas true, and take the liberty of changing the names of businesses. Somehow that anchors me in my stories and I can focus on other things. Do you like fictional towns or real locales? Honestly, when a writer gets things wrong about the Dallas area… Well, I’m very disappointed.

I also love to learn new things that help my characters become real. Last summer it was surf lingo. For the Sheriff, my heroine is working on her PhD in astronomy. I had a fan once tell me that she loves reading my stories because she always learns something–either about my characters’ occupations or Texas. So I thought it would be fun to include that type of scene for you today.

 Here’s a teaser from THE SHERIFF

Angi Morgan-TheSheriff 3D“The commander’s gone to the scene. He said to stay put until he returned. Looks like you’re stuck with me, Sheriff Morrison.”

“Acting sheriff. Why don’t you call me Pete.” Was he insulted? Or too dang excited he didn’t need to dart off to talk shop? Excited.

“I need to show you something.”

“I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

She threw back her head, laughing. He barely heard it as he admired the bend of her neck. “Silly,” she said. “Do you have any gel?”

“Huh?” Silly wasn’t the word filtering through his mind.

“Styling gel.”

“I used it already.”

“Not enough to do anything.” She reached around him, brushing his arm as she squeezed goo into her hands.

Stunned into silence? Choking on his words? Cat got his tongue? He didn’t know which, and if she asked, he couldn’t hear her. He was focused on her hands rubbing together and then her arms lifting to reach his head.

“Get shorter.” She tapped the inside of his bare feet wider apart, leaving enough room between them to breathe without touching.

“So, what is your favorite star?” he asked, closing his eyes and enjoying her fingers lightly massaging his scalp as she liberally put gel on every strand. He couldn’t look.

“Wolf 359. Isn’t that an awesome name for a star?” She took the tube a second time. “Just a bit more. Your hair’s really thick and wavy.”

He was dang lucky he’d put his pants on quickly. If he hadn’t…

“See?”

All he could see was the roundness of each breast under the thin layer of hospital garb.

“All you have to do is squeeze some on your hands and rub it around like this. Then it should stay looking deliberately messed up all day.” She wiped her hands on his towel and admired her handiwork. “That will look much better later when it’s dry.”

She twisted one last piece of hair and placed her hands on his shoulders. It seemed like the most natural gesture in his memory for his fingers to move and span either side of her waist. Drawing her closer to him was just as easy.

They were forehead to forehead. Her slow, warm exhale smelled sweet like the cola she’d insisted on before the officer had arrived. She’d called it her wake-up drink of choice. He, on the other hand, loved coffee and lots of it.

Concentrate on the job. What job? All he had to do was hang around here, keep her in sight till she was someone else’s problem. Maybe even escort her home.

“I’m not a rule breaker, Andrea.”

“Then why are your hands still around me?”

Kissing her was destined as soon as she’d told him they’d never get along. “What’s about to happen probably shouldn’t. But you won’t find me apologizing for it later.”

“You better not, Pete. Bad first kissers don’t get a second chance.”

He liked her. A lot. Too much. Too fast.

He leaned his lips to touch hers for the first time. Soft and wet, they parted just enough to encourage him. His hands spread up her back, noticing the firm muscles.

There wasn’t anything between them now except a thin layer of cotton. He stopped himself from getting the shirt out of his way. This was their first kiss but sure didn’t feel like it.

Their lips slid together, teasing, seeming to know their way without conscious effort. A perfect fit? Practiced. Confident.

He wanted his hands to wander but forced them to stay put. Andrea’s arms encircled his neck, shifting her body next to his. Her tennis shoes snuggled next to his size-thirteen feet. That one layer kept him both sane and drove him crazy at the same time.

He wanted it off. Wanted her bare skin under his flesh. Wanted to forget exactly where they were and remember everything much too late.

The attraction turned to mutual pure hunger and he liked her even more.

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Andrea was a very fun character to write. A little of my daughter and her friends. A lot of who I’d like to be. Writing about this area of Texas makes me yearn to find locales that have no “light pollution.” We recently took a trip to southwest Texas and stretched out in the back of the truck under a gazillion stars. There’s nothing like it. I can’t recommend the experience enough. And that might just be why Andrea loves the area as well.

You can see pictures from my adventures (including NYC this week) on my blog, A Picture A Day.

Excerpt & covers provided by Harlequin Enterprises.

Available on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and bookstores

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AngiMorgan--MountainsANGI 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.

Website, Facebook & FB Fan Page, Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr , and Book Trailers on YouTube

Monthly Giveaway on Rafflecopter, check out A Picture A Day for the link

Previous K&T interview about Protecting Their Child

Leave a comment for me and you’re eligible for a copy of THE CATTLEMAN (book 2 in the West Texas Watchmen). I’d love to hear if you like to learn something while reading.

Carey Baldwin’s Spectacular Announcement! (Drum roll…)

Lena, I don’t know how spectacular the news is, but I’m danged excited! Today is the day the paperback version of FIRST DO NO EVIL is officially released into the world. That’s right, all of you who don’t do e-readers (like my  Aunt Lynn) can now read my debut romantic thriller. Help me celebrate by leaving a comment below, and I’ll give one randomly chosen commenter a signed print copy. slideFirstDoNoEvil300 (1)

The reviews are in for FIRST DO NO EVIL 

“Engaging, witty, intelligent and fresh. Add in hot romance and scintillating suspense, and Carey Baldwin has penned a winner!”~ New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

“A first rate thriller…with plenty of sizzle to boot!”~Fresh Fiction

“First Do No Evil by Carey Baldwin hits all the right notes in a compelling, superbly written romantic suspense thriller that grabbed me from the beginning and still hasn’t let go.” ~The Romance Dish

“Carey Baldwin puts the Thrill in Thriller. A sexy, tense, sometimes shocking story that will grab you from page one and never let go. FIRST DO NO EVIL is fast-paced, smart, and daring – a roller-coaster ride that will steal your breath and set your pulse racing. This story should come with a health warning! But the delicious love story is worth the risk.” ~ Lena Diaz author of HE KILLS ME HE KILLS ME NOT and SIMON SAYS DIE
 
“…A dazzling talent for writing pure evil.”~ Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“A perfect example of a well-balanced mix between suspense, romance and strong characterization… This book made me gasp…bite my nails in suspense, cry with its emotional intensity and sigh with its romance. Carey Baldwin wooed me with her excellent writing, heart-pounding suspense and fabulous characters. She’s been added to my list of go-to authors for romantic thrillers! I was just blown away. A perfect 10.” ~ Pearl’s World of Romance

For those of you who are interested here are the blurb and links.

FIRST DO NO EVIL

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes

One killer is in her blood. The other is in her house.

There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That’s why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother’s life, it can’t save Sky from the flesh and bone evil stalking her in secret.

When the killer strikes, detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky’s life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?

Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that’s coming next…

PRODUCT WARNINGS

Contents include: One heart-melting hero—good luck getting this delicious detective out of your head. One reluctant heroine—wielding a Glock was never on her to-do list. One crazed villain—an entire flock of baa baa black sheep won’t be enough to put you to sleep. And a lifesaving vaccine with one deadly side effect—murder.

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Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of FIRST DO NO EVIL.

And now for the Winner announcement from Thursday’s post about Angi Morgan’s newest release, Protecting Their Child…

Jan Vanengen, You are the winner of a copy of PROTECTING THEIR CHILD by Angi Morgan.

Nancycinnc, You have won a copy of EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION by Lena Diaz.

Please use the Contact Us page to provide your email address and your preference (Nook or Kindle copy) to receive your prize!

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!

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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.

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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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FIND ANGI

Website   Facebook   FB Fan Page   Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr

A Picture A Day   Goodreads  Book Trailers on YouTube

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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!)

2 Novels, 2 Winners!

Cover-The Marshal's Witness - Lena DiazThank you to all the commenters who stopped by on Tuesday and thank you to Lena Diaz and Angi Morgan for their tag-teaming interviews on their Harlequin Intrigue releases!

The winner of THE MARSHAL’S WITNESS by Lena Diaz is:

Lisa White

The winner of DANGEROUS MEMORIES by Angi MorganMorgan-DangerousMemories-Cover is

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Lisa and Deborah, please click on the Contact Us button and let us know where to send your free copies!

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Don’t forget to join us THIS FRIDAY!

Killing Time by Cindy GerardCarey Baldwin interviews one of our favorite, repeat authors: CINDY GERARD!

Cindy will be dishing about her new release KILLING TIME, which is the first book in her new One Eyed Jacks series!

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And next Tuesday, Feb 12th, Diana Belchase interviews ROBIN PERINI.

Battle of the U.S. Marshals – Diaz vs. Morgan!

On February 5th, two Harlequin Intrigues hit bookstore shelves: THE MARSHAL’S WITNESS, by Lena Diaz, and DANGEROUS MEMORIES, by Angi Morgan. Both authors are here today, both stories feature yummy U.S. Marshal heroes, so let’s have some fun! Sarah Andre will interview Lena Diaz and Lena will interview Angi Morgan. Kinda like a game of tag.

This is Kiss and Thrill’s own Lena Diaz…

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And welcome Angi Morgan

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Lena, let’s begin with you: This is your first Intrigue. How did you alter your writing from your single title romantic suspense novels?

LENA: It has been quite a challenge! Single-titles aren’t constrained by word-count/length, and pretty much the only ‘rule’ is a ‘happily-ever-after’ (HEA)  ending. Total freedom. Intrigues, on the other hand, have very specific requirements. Shorter pages (212 vs 350) an action-packed plot, few to no subplots, and hero/heroine have to be together on almost every page.

The trick is to read a lot of Intrigues and learn pacing, flow and expectations of the line. Then cater your writing to the constraints, but still offer something fresh and new. No easy feat, but I’m enjoying it immensely. I can’t wait to see what readers think of my first Intrigue!

What are your favorite types of heroes and plots?

ANGI: Strong heroes who have something to learn and actually laugh when they learn it.  LOL  I love realistic settings and situations that could actually happen to a character (okay almost happen). Then I force it to happen with the one person who can change their life forever. My stories are fast-paced and take only a few days to play out, so to make the love story believable, I like heroes and heroines who have known each other prior to the story opening. I think true love takes a bit of time to happen.

Where did you come up with the idea of a US Marshal and WitSec?

LENA: I do love, love, love alpha males, so I try to think about different law-enforcement types of jobs that would work in an Intrigue. When I thought of the hero as a U.S. Marshal I wanted a heroine who would be the one person he’d NEVER want to be with. Who is that? A criminal, of course! It was so much fun putting these two totally opposite characters together and weaving their story. They had to work really hard for that HEA ending!

ANGI: Honestly? My proposal had been rejected and my editor said the only thing she liked in the story was that the hero was a WitSec Marshal. So I knew I had to write a US Marshal and thought, “how would a WitSec protector know the heroine before having to protect her?” Then the story wrote itself.

Pick Hollywood stars for the roles of your heroine and hero.

LENA: I’m one of those people that prefers no faces on book covers because I want to picture my hero and heroine in my mind my own way. But…Sandra Bullock? I can see her being the fish-out-of-water heroine that Jessie is in the book, and then her inner strength as the story progresses. For the hero, Ryan, if I’m shooting for the top here, how about Ian Somerhalder? The smoking hot vampire from The Vampire Diaries? A little young for my hero, but HOT.

ANGI: Oh, wow. This is actually very hard for me. Joe Manganiello was the inspiration for Levi. (http://www.celebuzz.com/photos/joe-manganiellos-sexiest-looks/joe_manganiello_looks_sexy_in_suits_shades-2-435×580-splash/)

And I have to admit that I don’t do too much staring at the heroine inspiration for my stories ( big grin ), it’s mainly the guys. So I was very surprised when I received my cover and wow !! The heroine looks exactly like the character I wrote. I love the DANGEROUS MEMORIES cover. I think my husband did an awesome job on the book trailer, really bringing Jo to life. If I had to choose, it would probably be a young Nicole Kidman with auburn hair. (YOUTUBE LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V7pBI_I6O0 )

Pretend you were forced into WitSec. Where would you hope to end up living?

LENA: My dream location would be the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. They are so gorgeous and littered with the most beautiful waterfalls.

ANGI: Florida Gulf Coast: If I have to leave Texas…might as well live in the sunshine with a beach nearby.

What identity (new name and profession) would you hope to be saddled with?

LENA: I can’t imagine a profession I’d love more than being an author, so hopefully I could still do that. If not, maybe a librarian or a bookstore owner.  My first name would still  be Lena (they teach you at Witsec to keep your first name if possible) but my last name would be something sensible that didn’t attract attention, like ‘Davis’ or ‘Smith.’

ANGI: I like my name, but if I have to change…let it be Sydney. If money weren’t an issue, please let me run a beach rental shack. I can’t think of anything more fun than to spend the day on the beach watching the ocean. But believe me, I’d still be writing whether they allowed me to publish or not. These characters scream to be put on the page–and I hate voices screaming at me.

 What scenario would be a horror show?

LENA: A horror show to me would be to live in a big city and work in an office.

ANGIE: Alaska. I don’t sleep when the suns up. Period. And the idea of year-round snow…oh my, I’m shaking just at the thought. I’d love to visit, but please don’t make me stay.

What’s next for you?

LENA: I have 2 more Intrigues coming out this year and an Avon ImpulDiaz-ExplosiveAttraction-Coverse single-title. My next release is April 23rd, a Harlequin Intrigue: EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. The hero is a police detective and part-time bomb squad technician who must protect the heroine from a serial bomber.

ANGIE: I just sold THE MARINE’S LAST DEFENSE, a former Marine now Dallas PD homicide detective. PROTECTING THEIR CHILD is on shelves in May. Here’s a quick sneak peek:

AngiMorgan-ProtectingTheirChild      “Your wife is a dead woman.” Jorje Serna, as he left the courtroom a free man, pointed directly at Cord McCrea.

      The evil words closed Cord’s throat in a moment of fear. Just a moment that pierced him as fast as the bullet that had broken his back. The ache around the scar was real enough. He recognized it. Fought it. Shoved it aside.

      Free on a technicality after three years in prison. Short years for the crimes Serna had committed. Incredibly long years as Cord’s life as a husband and Texas Ranger unraveled.

 

Both Lena and Angi are giving away a copy of their books, so two lucky commenters will win!  Q: If you had a choice of NOT testifying and keeping the life you have, or testifying against a criminal and being forced to give up your friends, family and career to go into WitSec, what would you do? Check back on Thursday to see if you are the winner! (Snail mail address must be in the US or Canada to qualify for a print copy, otherwise winner gets choice of Nook or Kindle copy of book.)

Angi: LENA & everybody at KISS & THRILL !! Thanks so much for inviting me to share the page with you today. Having Lena’s debut Intrigue alongside shelves with mine is awesome. So happy for her. And yes, I’m happy to have another Intrigue there as well. I’ve wanted to write for Intrigue since the line first premiered at Harlequin and I’ve wanted to write for Silhouette (now Harlequin) since I read my first romance way way back in Jr. High.

DANGEROUS MEMORIES

“From the echoing shots in a cemetery straight through the hair-raising conclusion, this story of missing memories and murders will rattle readers from the opening pages, as they guess and guess again who the real culprit is.”  4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine

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

For more information on Angi and her titles, visit her at www.AngiMorgan.com. You can also follow her on FACEBOOK or TWITTER @AngiMorgan

For more information on Lena and her titles, visit her at www.LenaDiaz.com. You can also follow her on FACEBOOK or TWITTER @LenaDiaz

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