Welcome: Rionna Morgan

December 4, 2012


Rionna, great getting to know you on this tour!

Rionna Morgan



Joining me today is Rionna Morgan. Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing. She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life. Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combining the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window.


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.

Below are ways to catch up with Rionna. Drop on by…she loves the company!

Please be invited to visit her blog to Enter to Win a Piece of Montana!



AND – Don’t forget Buster, Dobie, and Mugs (the latest) are each drawing a name from comments for free copies of Lies of Convenience (or a M.M. Gornell title of your choosing)!


17 Responses to “Welcome: Rionna Morgan”

  1. Yes, now I want to know more.

  2. Romancing the Stone was one of my favorite movies, too. Great excerpt, and I enjoyed reading your post.

  3. Rionna,
    I love the words “Love will prevail.” Isn’t that just the greatest thing about writing fiction? If the author wants (and the characters agree), there can be a happy ending.

  4. Rionna Morgan said

    Earl, Thank you! That means a lot coming from you! Thank you so much for the compliment.


  5. Rionna Morgan said

    Madeline, Thank you! I am very happy to be here! Your site is lovely!! I’m excited to see everyone!


  6. Rionna Morgan said

    Colleen, Wonderful. I’m glad. I think it’s always a challenge when to write the different pieces–book blurbs and such that are suppose to build suspicion, and not give everything away.

    Smiles from Montana!

  7. Rionna Morgan said

    Joyce, Thank you for the lovely compliment! I really liked writing that scene!


  8. Rionna Morgan said

    W.S. Gager, I know what you mean. I don’t think I could write just a straight romance…I’m pretty sure my murdering muse would toss a fit. 🙂 I’m enjoying spending time with you at Chanting of Muses today too!!


  9. Rionna Morgan said

    Jake, Thank you for stopping by! I enjoy these tours too!!


  10. Rionna Morgan said

    Marilyn Meredtih, Thank you! I am happy to be on the tour with all of you too! And I am very happy to share a bit of my writing. 🙂

  11. I loved the excerpt, Rionna. So glad to be learning more about your writing.

  12. Jake said

    Makes reader want to find answers. Always enjoy these tours & blogs.

  13. W.S. Gager said

    Great post. I loved Romancing the Stone too. I thought when I started I would write romance because that is what I read. Turns out I read romance for the mystery. Funny how things influence our destiny.
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  14. Good scene! I am left wondering what Justin’s motives are.

  15. mmgornell said

    Good morning, Rionna! Glad you’re visiting with me today. So nice meeting you and being introduced to your writing.

    Earl, you’re up early (well to us late starters on the West Coast!) Of course the bus driver has to be ready to go before everyone else…


  16. An enticing scene, Rionna. Leaves the reader wondering what will happen next, which is exactly what it is supposed to do. Good job!

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