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In Which I Wish You The Happiest of Halloweens!

Here are some very mischievous looking little 1950s kids out for a night on the town! I hope you all are having a marvelous Samhain Night. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Dear Reader,

It’s been a whirlwind few days since Midnight In Your Arms came out yesterday, and I’m ready to kick back and relax for the evening, handing out candy to little ghosts and ghouls from the neighbourhood. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Fright Night, and let you know that the Blog Tour is still going on strong, and there are still chances to win free copies of my new book for the rest of the week!

Here is today’s guest post at Novel Reflections.

Yesterday’s was with Book Reviews and More by Kathy.

Monday’s post was with Delighted Reader.

Be sure to stop by and join in on the conversation for a chance to win!

Have a wonderful night, and eat way too much candy!

Love,  Morgan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Which Midnight In Your Arms Packs Its Bags For The Official Blog Tour!

Dear Reader,

In one week exactly, the Official Blog Tour for Midnight In Your Arms begins! I wanted to let you know the itinerary, so you can visit each of these marvelous blogs on the day of my guest appearance, and show your support for the amazing people who read and review romance novels simply because they love them. Where would we be without people like them? I shudder to think! Also, visiting the blog stops will give you an opportunity to win an e-book copy of Midnight In Your Arms for your very own! I’ll be giving one away for each day of the tour.

The blog tour schedule goes a little something like this:

October 29th, the day before Midnight In Your Arms is officially released, I will be visiting Delighted Reader with a guest post and giveaway.

October 30th, the actual release day of Midnight In Your Arms, I hang out on Book Reviews and More By Kathy, where I will also be doing a giveaway in between bouts of celebratory dancing.

October 31st, AKA The Best Day of the Year, my favourite holiday, HALLOWEEN, I will fly by Novel Reflections, and one reader will be treated to a copy of Midnight In Your Arms.

November 1st, The Day of the Dead and Witches New Year, I will haunt United By Books, and bestow a copy of the book on one reader.

November 2nd I will pay a call to Books-n-Kisses, where I will answer a set of questions and give another book away.

November 5th, the final day of my blog tour, I will be resting up at Novel Niche, and one final copy of Midnight In Your Arms will be up for grabs.

In November, Midnight In Your Arms will be released in paperback, and I will also be celebrating by giving copies away to my adored readers, so please visit me on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads for details on how to win!

I hope I see you at one of the stops along my blog tour, and that your Halloween plans are SPOOKTACULAR! <Queue Maniacal Laughter Here>

Love, Morgan.

In Which The Countdown Officially Begins!

I can’t wait for JAL’s new masterpiece!

What a fun and sexy romp this will be!

Will my new Halloween historical be able to stack up?

Dear Reader,

I don’t know if you know this, but October is my favourite month. The air has turned fresh and crisp, and smells of smoke and dying wood. The leaves crunch under my wellies when I take my dog for long walks around Silvermere Lake and along the Stave River on which I live. I start wearing the sweaters I knitted over the summer, and instead of donning just a thin t-shirt and a summer skirt, my clothing piles up in layers on top of me, so that I look like a young Mrs. Weasley—or a tea cozy, as the case may be. My husband and I make up our bed with the heavier blankets, a cozy nest of organic bamboo, wool, and down comforters. My mum’s birthday is in October, as is Canadian Thanksgiving—both of which will be celebrated next weekend. I will make so much food, we won’t be able to fit inside the house! Especially not after we eat it.

And, of course, the best part of October is that the countdown to Halloween officially begins. I start to imagine my outdoor decorations, take stock of what candy we have left over from last year, and buy much more Emergency Back-Up Candy than I really need— hence the leftovers every year. I make Halloween greeting cards for my friends and start collecting pumpkin recipes for using up the future Jack O’ Lanterns after they start to sag, but are still yummy enough to eat! Does anyone else eat their Jack O’ Lanterns? It strikes me as a particularly pagan ritual akin to burning a Wicker Man—which entirely appeals to my bloodthirsty All Hallows sensibilities X^D

This year, there is even more reason to celebrate my favourite season, an event that has never before made Halloween even more fantastic than it already is! The day before the fateful night, on October 30th, my very first romance novel comes out with Avon/HarperCollins. This time last year, I had no idea that in nine short months I would sell my first historical romance to Avon, and make one of my dreams come true. I had no idea that the book would come out so fast that my head would still be spinning and my heart palpitating as the countdown began! It’s been such a whirlwind, not unlike a romance, and with what I hope will be equally life-changing results. Once you become a romance author, Dear Reader, you never want to go back.

I am extremely excited about October 30th, and not only because my own book comes out. I’m thrilled to report that Midnight In Your Arms and I, its humble author, will be in very grand company indeed! For that very same day, Julie Anne Long’s new book A Notorious Countess Confesses and Eloisa James’ new novella Seduced By A Pirate both come out as well. There is a wonderful reassurance there, as if my shy debutant of a novel is taking courage and strength from more experienced and renowned compatriots. I am humbled to be in such illustrious company, and can only hope to live up to Ms. Long’s and Ms. James’ shining examples of what can happen when aspirations become reality. I feel like they will be my good luck charms. I can only hope to live up, even in part, to their achievements! Congratulations to them both, and to Avon, on their upcoming releases.

As for you, Dearest of Readers, please check back with me on any social media platform you like best this month, as I have some fun little giveaways planned, to thank you in advance for being so kind to me and my little book to be. I hope you will enjoy your beautiful, crisp October as much as I plan to do. If you take any pictures of your decorations, please leave me a link so that I can oooooh and ahhhhhh over your creations! I need all the inspiration I can get, and it can’t all come from Martha Stewart, now, can it?

Happy Halloween To Come!

Love,

Morgan.

In Which I Use Social Media To Ponder Social Media

Dear Reader,

Writers have to do a lot of work when it comes to their books that have absolutely nothing to do with the writing process itself. Before I sold Midnight In Your Arms back in June, I had heard from a lot of other writers that they spend more time NOT writing than they do actually writing. I didn’t want to believe them, but now I know it’s true! The modern novelist as so much more on her plate than the paltry writing of novels. She must keep up with social media, including tweeting interesting tidbits to whichever of her followers might actually be viewing the twitter feed at the exact right moment to see it before it is swept away on the tide of tweet, never to be seen again. She must make sure to keep track of what’s happening on Facebook, including finding new and interesting things to post for her fans and friends. She must also pin all of the things she finds inspiring on Pinterest, and if she has a Tumblr account as well as a regular blog on her official site, she must decide what to post where, and when! Not to mention the very important task of supporting other readers and writers through Goodreads, writing reviews and rating books she has read, when she finds time to actually read a book after all of the social responsibilities and the writing and editing of her own books is finished. There is a lot of work to be done that has nothing, and yet everything, to do with her novel.

Personally, I am just learning to do all of this. It takes time to find a rhythm, a groove in which the individual writer is comfortable. At the moment, I’m trying EVERYTHING out, to see what I like best, and what works for me and my readers. At this point, of course, as I am a debut writer, I don’t really have very many fans, so I can experiment with various outlets without feeling any pressure to perform perfectly right off the bat. And all of the people I have met so far, and who have been so gracious as to support an unknown writer in the earliest stage of her career, remind me that no one is pointing a finger, or rolling their eyes, or judging me for failing to do all the things I need to do perfectly, on schedule, and without a single hiccup. I’m doing all of this for my future readers, of which I hope there will be many, and with whom I can feel like I am truly friends. I want us all to be comfortable together. I want to be reachable, accessible, approachable. I want you all to feel like we’re having a cosy cup of tea and a chat every time you click on a link that leads you to one of my homes on the Internet. That’s the wonderful thing about all of this terrifying technology. What it really does is bring people together, one click at a time. It tears down all the old, insurmountable walls and fills in the treacherous moats that used to separate a writer and a reader—and builds a bridge instead.

Thank you for being here with me, Dear Reader—whether there are only two of you, or there are several thousand. Each one of you is precious to me, not a commodity, not a number or a stat. I truly appreciate and honour the wonder that is you, that is the two of us here, together, communicating across who knows what distance. We live in a wonderful age. Let’s make of it all we can, together.

Love, Morgan.