Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
And if you’ve been here before you know I’m a total cover junkie….and I have to tell you Margery…you’ve got a winner. If you don’t believe me…scroll down a few, but grab a napkin on your way to clean up your drool. lol This is one smexy cowboy 🙂
Okay, enough of me daydreaming…
Hi, Margery, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂
Thanks so much for having me, Christine.
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a transplanted Scot, born in the Scottish lowlands and now live on a lake in Canada, even though I spend as much time as possible in the sunny South. I spent what feels like a kazillion years working in the medical field, most of it in the pathology department. Yes, body parts 🙂 You can understand why fiction and daydreaming were important as a stress reliever lol. But it wasn’t until I had an empty nest, some free time, and an old standard typewriter my father found somewhere (I’d rather not know where :)) that I started writing. When I’m not writing, I’m usually shooting pool (my other passion), working on a knitting or crocheting project, or on the road researching a location for my latest novel.
I love that you worked in pathology…very interesting. What’s genre (s) do you write?
Some people say I’m fickle and scattered. I prefer to think of myself as eclectic 🙂 I write whatever genre strikes me at the time, but these days I stick mostly to historical western romance and romantic suspense. I am outlining a thriller right now, though, and there’s a time travel I started years ago that is nudging me to finish it.
Share your blurb from The Morgans of Rocky Ridge: Cade!
When revenge leads Cade Morgan to hold up a stagecoach and kidnap his childhood friend, Isabella Morrow, he discovers his feelings for her are stronger than ever. He suspects Bella feels the same way, so why is she intent on marrying another man? And what kind of future can he offer her now that he’s wanted by the law?
Tell us 3 things you love about writing and 3 things you could do without.
What I love: plotting, research, writing “The End”
What I could do without: revisions, revisions and revisions 🙂 Seriously, that’s the only part of writing I dislike, which is why I can’t do NaNo or spit out a draft the way some authors do. I have to revise as I go, so that by the time I do write “The End”, it’s usually a pretty clean copy.
I’m the same Margery. I have tried to just write and not edit while I work, but it drives me crazy and hinders my work. How do you go about choosing your characters’ names?
Funny you should ask that. I’ve been asking friends the same question the past few days since I’m trying to get a handle on the main characters for a new project I’m outlining. Finding the perfect name is so important (for me). It has to fit the character’s personality, the role the character plays in the book, and for a series, it has to be a name I can live with for years. Baby name books, the phone book, friends and co-workers (but don’t tell them), names on lists, anywhere I can find one that works, I’ll use it.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I wanted my hero to be an outlaw, but I wanted him to be able to offer the heroine a future at the end of the book. So I got to thinking … what would drive a law-abiding, rancher to hold up a stagecoach and kidnap a woman? A few days of “what if” and the story was born.
What makes Cade’s story different than other books in the same genre?
Hmm, maybe that it’s a novella and not a full-length novel? Most historical romances are much longer.
Pick 5 words that describe your book.
Western, historical, romance, sweet, family
In your own words, tell us about one of your favorite scenes from this book.
One of my favorite scenes is the opening, when Cade holds up the stagecoach and plans to kidnap Isabella. She has no idea he’s the outlaw, but she’s intrigued by the way he looks at her, and finds herself immediately attracted to him.
What’s your current WIP?
Right now, I’m working on three different projects. I’m writing the second Morgans of Rocky Ridge novella, which is Trey’s story (Trey is Cade’s cousin), which should be available next month. I’m also working on the first book of a new historical series set in the fictional town of Calico Creek, Texas. And for the variety I seem to need, I’m outlining a mainstream thriller.
Now the 4:
Time for a true confession…and no cheating 🙂 When you are alone in your car, tell us something you do that you’d never do in front of someone else.
Easy question. I sing – loudly. I’m a Grammy-winning artist in the confines of my car. Country, pop, top-40, show tunes, they’re all fair game – and I destroy them all equally well 🙂
LOL…I’m with you there! What’s your favorite sandwich? How do you go about making it?
I’m a pretty basic kind of girl. My favorite sandwich is toasted egg salad. To make: hard-boiled eggs, mayo, green onion (or white onion if I don’t have green), a little salt, with lettuce on toasted white bread.
Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them they must visit?
Oh, so many places, and most of them I’ve never been to either so first I’d ask if I could tag along. Hawaii, definitely. Beaches, scenery, the music, the history. Scotland, especially the north, where the scenery is harsh but spectacular. And Disney World. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone, even aliens, to not have fun at Disney World.
Don’t forget to call me when they land Margery because I want to tag along 🙂 A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero, painter bibs, and ballet slippers. What does he say?
Nothing. Everybody knows penguins don’t talk to strangers. 🙂
LMBO…great answers 🙂 Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4. I’d love it if you’ d please share and excerpt from THE MORGANS OF ROCKY RIDGE: CADE
For the first time in his life, Cade Morgan had broken the law. Not that he hadn’t wanted to. He’d lived for years with a burning in his gut for revenge. He’d love nothing more than to put a bullet right between Dobson’s eyes, but that would be too easy. He wanted Dobson to suffer for a long, long time.
Until a few days before, he hadn’t found any way to make the man pay for what he’d done. Even now, he wasn’t sure kidnapping Bella would be enough. But it was a start.
He glanced over at Bella. She was crouched beside the stream, the feathery concoction she’d been wearing on her head now a scraggly mess beside her on the ground. Her golden curls tumbled around her shoulders, the sun glinting off individual strands.
Hell, she’d grown into a beautiful woman. She’d always been pretty, but she’d filled out with curves in all the right places.
She cupped her hands and leaned forward, scooping up water and bringing it to her mouth. Water dripped off her chin, but she didn’t seem to notice. Instead, she dipped one hand back into the water, then lifted her hair and ran her hand along her neck. A few droplets trailed down her skin and disappeared beneath her dress.
Heat sizzled through his veins. He recognized the sensation. Damn! There was a time and a place for everything, and this wasn’t it.
“Let’s go.” They only had another hour or so of daylight, and he wanted to reach the cabin before dark. The trail was treacherous enough without trying to ride through the rocks and gulleys with nothing but the moon to light their way.
He wasn’t too concerned about being followed. At least, not yet. By the time Wick and the driver got back to town, alerted the sheriff and formed a posse, it would be night. He doubted whether they’d head out before dawn, which gave him an extra few hours to figure out exactly what he was going to do with his hostage if he couldn’t convince her not to marry Dobson.
His gut tightened at the thought of her and Dobson together. He wouldn’t wish marriage to that bastard on his worst enemy. And Bella had never been his enemy.
If he hadn’t happened to be in the saloon that night, he wouldn’t have heard about Dobson’s plans to marry Bella, that she was on the next stage from Colorado Springs …
If he hadn’t heard Arthur Banding, the banker, telling Dobson he’d lose his ranch if he didn’t pay off the mortgage by Monday… And if he hadn’t heard Dobson assuring the banker he’d have the money right after the wedding …
But he’d eavesdropped on the conversation between the two men, and almost unconsciously, a plan had begun to form. When he’d gone to his cousins and asked for their help, they’d been only too happy to oblige.
Bella got to her feet. Picking up her skirt to avoid dragging it in the mud, she marched across the clearing to where he was leaning against the trunk of a weeping willow while he waited for her. She stopped a few feet away. “Why did you kidnap me?” she asked. “If it’s money you want, my father will pay any ransom you demand.”
“I don’t want your father’s money.”
“Then what … why …?”
“I have my reasons.”
So excited you joined me for 10 –4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book(s) online 🙂