Welcome: Rionna Morgan
December 4, 2012
Rionna, great getting to know you on this tour!
In Love with Writing
When I was a child, I watched Romancing the Stone, the movie with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. I watched it a million times, I’m sure! There is a scene where the two are being chased and shot at by bad guys and Michael’s character Jack asks Joan (Kathleen Turner) who she is. Amid bullets flying, she stammers, “I’m a romance novelist.”
I loved it! I love it still. I have always been in love with words, their power, their mystery. In college, I read the “Lady of Shallot” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and knew that any story I would grow to write would be a love story.
The best part of being a romance novelist is that no matter what my characters get into, no matter what evil befalls them, love will prevail. It is by my keystrokes, by my mind and heart that I bring them to the end where love lasts beyond the bonds of time, where they will forever look into each other’s eyes and know that their love will never fade. This is the best of all things.
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Sarah Johnson is a profiler in Portland, Oregon. She thinks she has successfully moved beyond the pain of her mother’s death 15 years ago. Her mother, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died in an Alabama women’s prison while on an undercover assignment. However, when Justin Breslow shows up at her office claiming to be an investigative reporter from Dallas wanting to do a feature on her mother, Sarah realizes the pain has just been dormant. She agrees to work with Justin; she’s always wanted to retrace her mother’s final days, but she has no intention of sharing family secrets with a perfect stranger.
Sarah and Justin unravel a plot more complex and sinister than they expected. They pursue a trail of deceit and corruption to a women’s prison in Alabama, a centuries old hotel in Georgia and a family ranch in Texas. Nothing is simple or as it seems. Along the way, Sarah tries not to fall for Justin’s Southern charm, and Justin fights to resist Sarah’s beauty and sharp intellect.
This unlikely duo will find more than they ever hoped to—in the prison, in their own backyards, and in each other’s arms. Whether they survive to enjoy their discoveries is the final mystery.
An Excerpt from Love’s Justice
“What if I didn’t go as a snoopy reporter?” Justin closed the small space, successfully trapping Sarah between the refrigerator and the counter. “And just went as a man?” With a smooth shift of his body, he slid into an amazing fit against her.
Sarah drew in a quick breath. The air-cooled kitchen suddenly became a furnace.
His hands gripped the counter on either side of her. His face was so close she could see her reflection in his eyes.
“That is exactly what I don’t need.”
“Don’t need, but maybe want?” Justin moved closer. Their lips were just a breath apart.
“Don’t,” Sarah breathed. Her heart rapped hard in her chest.
Justin smiled, enjoying watching her eyes cloud to darkness. This was going to be easy.
“Don’t what.” His lips brushed hers. “Tell me. Don’t what?”
Sarah fisted her hands in his shirt. To pull him closer or push him away, she wasn’t exactly sure. Panic and need and she didn’t know what all, tumbled around in her stomach. Instead of taking the time to decipher what to do, she just acted and tugged him to her.
He caught her bottom lip, soft and warm, between his teeth. He felt her body give against his. He savored the taste of her, the warmth.
“I’m going with you,” he whispered against her lips.
She nodded her head, but his words never registered.
My plan is working perfectly, he thought as he pulled her deeper into the kiss.
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