Which Hero?

They say there are only a handful of heroes in the romance genre. The nerd, the cowboy, the billionaire, the bad boy, etc. And, yes, if I look at the books on my shelves, a lot of the heroes start with those familiar roles. However, if a writer can twist that role into something new – i.e. a nerd with a bad boy waiting to break out – that’s when the book grows beyond the flat nature of words and into something so tangible you could almost touch it (I wish!)

I’m reading a lot of historical romances at the moment, in addition to some romantic suspense, and when you read a lot of books in the same genre, you start seeing the familiar heroes. And I suppose every subgenre has its own kind of heroes. In historicals, we see reformed rakes, emotionless-turned-loving uptight aristocrats, middle-class winning over the upper. I think my favourite hero in a historical romance has got to be the wicked, charming rake who needs something from the sassy heroine, and learns he is not the only one seduced. Some great books incorporate this, including Sarah Maclean’s Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake, Sabrina Jeffries’ A Dangerous Love, and so many of Lisa Klepas’, especially The Devil in Winter.

I think we have our favourites in every subgenre. In suspense, I love the uptight cop brought low by his fascination – and frustration – with the witness. Forbidden romances are always great – so many scenarios set up instantly! 🙂 D.B. Kennison’s Still Life (that I’m reading at the minute) is great for this, as well as many by Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts (of course), Karen Robards and Linda Howard.

In contemporary, you have to love the hero too good-looking for his own good suddenly encountering the one woman’s panties he can’t talk his way into, be it boss, cowboy, bar owner, anyone! Think Susan Elizabeth Phillips – the QUEEN of contemporary – as well as Julie James (absolutely hilarious), Susan Andersen’s early books, as well as Rachel Gibson’s early ones, Selena Robins and some of Jane Graves’ works.

Paranormal is a biggie, as there’s so much scope – as well as being the genre I personally write in! I think my favourite here has to be the irredeemable supernatural hero whose destined love will save him through A LOT of ups, downs, turnabouts and twists. I LOVE Larissa Ione for that, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s earlier Dark Hunters, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Rosanna Leo, and Karen Marie Moning’s Immortal Highlander series. And me 🙂 *guffaws*

So, what do we think? What are YOUR favourite heroes?

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Distrac…Oh, a Squirrel!

Is there anything worse than knowing you should do something when your mind is willing to do anything but?

(Yes. Starting with a rhetorical question. 😉 A big no-no 🙂 )

But seriously. I’ve been playing catch-up, as you know, and I’ve managed to eke out some writing time, but mostly my brain seems unwilling to cooperate. Writing can be fantastic when the creativity is flowing, but if the spring’s dried up, the muse is ‘back in five minutes’ and your Facebook and Twitter feed is pinging you, it can be ve-ery tempting to just mosey on over and have a look at something else.

It. Is. Very. Naughty.

As writers, we’re supposed to be disciplined creatures. We’re supposed to be able to block out the distractions of life and focus on that white page and let the words come. Except sometimes they don’t. I can be terrible. My biggest distractions:

  • Nellie, the new puppy, who has developed a strong fondness for laces, especially ones attached to whatever footwear I’m wearing. Also has a tendency to try and climb my chair like it’s her personal Everest.
  • Facebook/Twitter. It’s like a disease.
  • You can add Pinterest to that list. Pretty pictures for future inspiration, recipes, etc. I love the settings the best. Some fantastic landscapes on there. Check out my page to see 🙂 https://uk.pinterest.com/sophiehmorgan/
  • Sudoku on my phone – one quick game. Make that two. Or three. Can’t leave it on an odd number. Geez.
  • An excellent song that comes on my playlist that demands dancing like a loon around the room – think September, by Earth, Wind and Fire. 🙂
  • And now you can add writing a blog post.

You see? Don’t get me wrong. I am CRAZY about this story I’m writing. The hero and heroine are delicious together, the plot’s challenging… Yet it can still be easy to wander across and do something else. So, decision made. I’m unplugging the ol’ Wi-Fi until I get a couple thousand words done and dusted.

So see you in a few hours. Unless, you know, I have to show George Michael I, too, have Faith 😉

Playing Catch-Up

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That is the sound of an ill person slowly struggling back to life. Have you ever had a cold that is so close to calling itself flu but your body can still function enough to move? THAT is what I’ve had for a week now. And let me tell you, it’s nasty. From a sharp sore throat to a hacking cough to muzzy head, I’ve had it all, and what’s worse is I didn’t even feel well enough to READ.

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Anyway, the bug is packing its bags (please, please, it’s packing to go!) so I’m now playing catch-up to the million and one things I’ve had to leave dangling while I dragged myself through the day to day.

20160221_145109Like DON’T FORGET about the giveaway to win these fantastic earrings! There’s only thirty – count ’em, THIRTY – hours left so make sure you click through to my last stop on WHISPERS’s blog tour to win! The lovely Echo Fox Books is hosting my guest post about how to build a fantasy world alongside the giveaway. Make sure you check them out, too.

What else? I got a fantastic five star review from Fanatical Paranormal Romantical for WHISPERS, stating that she’d read ASHES and enjoyed it but ‘Whispers I found to be even better’. 🙂 It’s nerve-wracking releasing a second book, hoping it lives up to expectations, so that made my week! You can read the full review here.

So back to writing, back to WHISPERS and back to reading, and my next read is one that’s been on my TBR pile for a while: a romantic suspense by a fellow Samhain author, STILL LIFE by D.B. Kennison promises to be both sexy and thrilling and hilarious – and I can’t wait to start! This it its info on Goodreads: Still Life.

P.S. Remember to check out that giveaway here! T-minus 30 hours and counting!!!

Coming Up

IMG_0652This week marks the second week of Whispers’ release, and the second week of its blog tour.

This week, there’ll be two spotlights, an interview, a top ten list where Sapphy talks about how to make Nathe crazy (can’t control that one, honestly!), and two reviews. Phew!

For those who want to know the nitty, gritty, here are the details:

Spotlights — 7th March, All I Want and More Books

8th March, Books N Pearls

Interview — 9th March, Urban Fantasy Investigations

Top Ten List Guest Blog — 10th March, Fang-tastic Books

Reviews — 11th March, Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

12th March, Once Untold

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Please pop in if you feel like supporting Whispers 🙂 And remember there’s still time to win a pair of these fabulous Whispers-inspired earrings through each of these blogs!

May you all have a good week!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

So over here in wet, miserable England today is Mother’s Day. Most mums like to lie in, eat breakfast in bed, go out to lunch, have control of the remote, watch a movie – in general, relax and bask in their family’s loving attention.

My mum doesn’t really ‘do’ Mother’s Day, so instead of going all out on one day, I make sure I show her all year I care. Like buying her a fruit scone because I know she likes them, or going for a coffee even when I need to write, or even a simple conversation. 12791075_1711204642457034_6160275612300589931_n

However, I couldn’t NOT get her anything 🙂 She loves roses.

 

 

 

This year, make sure your mum knows how special she is. For all that she does and all that she is 🙂

How do YOU celebrate Mother’s Day?

 

Five Stars for Whispers

Whispers72webWhoop! I’m so excited to share a review of Whispers – a FIVE STAR review.

It’s nerve-wracking when you release a book (or it has been in my experience!) and wait to see reactions. Will they love it like I do? Hate it? Finish it with a “Meh, all right, but won’t carry on”?

I’ll be honest and say Sapphy and Nathe’s “courtship” was so fun to write – maybe more so than Ana and Cade’s, simply on the basis that they are total opposites. One’s steady as the earth, the other teasing and wild as the wind. It was so much FUN to write! And when you get a reviewer who obviously loves them as much as you, it brings a warm glow to those waiting pains 🙂

Luv My Books is a blogger who loves romance, from historical to paranormal, and she LOVED Whispers 🙂

“I really did not want Whispers to end! I can’t wait for more from this truly extraordinary series. I am so attached to all of the characters that Sophie H. Morgan has created. I eagerly absorbed all of the descriptions in this book of the Divided Kingdom, its conflicts and the sexy love match between the unlikely pair, Sapphy and Nathe.”

“Watching Sapphy soften and witnessing handsome (beautiful) and intense Nathe buckling to her charms, almost startling himself at times, was so entertaining.”

” I love her clever, quick, descriptive writing that flowed, and with depth that I loved. I highly recommend this series!”

For the full review, click here. She even found pictures of “her” Sapphy and Nathe, which amazes me as they match up to the images in my head pretty well! I’m so happy so thank you!!

It’s a busy day today, on the second day of Whispers’ release. As you see above, I’ve been reviewed on Luv My Books (and a fabulous review it is!) 🙂

I’m also being spotlighted at Books & Tales

AND interviewed over at Diane’s Book Blog

AND I’m guest posting over at Hart’s Romance Pulse about why serious men are the sexiest kind. Which they totally are – don’t believe me, go over and see 🙂

 

20160221_145104All four of these locations also host the giveaway for these beauties which counts down in less than 2 weeks. Even if they’re not your personal taste, they’re so pretty and would make a great gift! Sign up now.

 

 

Have a great day everyone – and don’t forget Whispers is 30% off at Samhain and Ashes is down to 99 cents on Samhain AND Amazon (and other online retailers!)

Whispers is Released!

Whispers_CoverPhoto (2)Today’s the day! WHISPERS is officially out in the world. The second in the Divided Kingdom series has hit the (virtual) shelves and I cannot wait to hear what you guys think. Set in a different realm, the sassy heroine has to return home to right a wrong and ends up falling for a man so wrong for her, he’s absolutely right 🙂

 

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PRETTY!!!

Today I’m featured over on T’s Stuff as a spotlight where there’s an opportunity to WIN some fabulous earrings inspired by WHISPERS. Make sure you check this giveaway out!

Also, if you buy through Samhain, the book has 30% off!! And the first in the series, ASHES, is still only 99 cents. Two good bargains there for you 🙂

 

Here’s an excerpt from WHISPERS to give you guys a taste 🙂 :

Where is she?” Nathe ran a hand down the back of his head, rubbing at the pressure point in his nape. “How did you fare at the dress shop? She must look acceptable, Tomas.”

“Trust me. Saphaia looks…acceptable.”

The edge of humor was not welcome. Not tonight. “Where is she?” Nathe stressed. “The announcements of competitors will begin soon. It will not look correct if she hasn’t mingled first.”

Tomas blinked at the rush of words. “You’re nervous.”

“I am not.”

“Like a virgin on her wedding night.”

“Can you stop thinking about sex for one moment, Tomas? This is serious. So many aspects of this plan can fall apart if she makes one wrong step.”

“Do you have so little trust in her?” Tomas pushed his hands into the pockets of his dress suit, a little more fashionable than Nathe’s own, the color of a good claret that complimented his dark skin.

Nathe sniffed. “You have known her one day. How can you have so much?”

Tomas shrugged, ignoring the giggles of passing noblewomen as they headed for the buffet. “She is a straightforward woman, a species I could get used to. Even attracted to.”

“What does that mean?”

“As I said, she is an intriguingly open woman. No false modesty. And she has an enticing form.”

Dark emotions swirled in Nathe’s gut at the thought of Sapphy pressing her lips to Tomas, her body astride his friend’s.

The earth threatened to tremor beneath him until he quelled it. “What happened at the gown shop?”

“We bought several outfits. We talked about life and love.” Tomas tilted his chin. “Are you looking in that direction, my friend?”

“No.”

“Then I pity the blind man.” With those puzzling words, Tomas slapped a hand on Nathe’s arm. “For all the good it may bring you, she’s on the stairs.”

Hit with a flood of relief, Nathe twisted to where Tomas now pointed.

And stood frozen.

His breath halted, his heart pounded once before forgetting its next action entirely. The dancers melted away, the shouts of laughter and revelry faded, even Tomas blurred until there was but the dark.

And her.

Sapphy stood poised at the top of the marble staircase like an angel from a painting, one graceful hand brushing the bannister, her face in profile as she looked away.

Her long, lithe body was wrapped in silk. The gown was a waterfall of blue, darkest blueberry at the bodice melting into crisp ice at the hem. Baring creamy white shoulders, it cupped her round breasts, slipped down to a waist he could span with both hands, before flaring out to the floor.

Her face had been painted, her lips a pale pink, her eyes a dramatic storm of smoke and ice. Sapphires trickled from her earlobes and graced her throat, simple, understated, elegant.

But it was her hair that was magnificent. A sweep of silvery-blue, the color of ice crystals on the verge of melting, it had been left loose to wave down to her hips, the different blues shimmering in the electric lights. A crown of bluebells adorned her head, a dramatic contrast between sensuality and innocence. The awakening.

She moved like the wind she called her own when she began to descend, a rolling of her hips that had Nathe’s blood sizzling, snapping, aching for her. His body stiffened, but he drifted toward her, unable to stop himself. Drawn together, he thought. Magnets.

And still there was nobody but them as he met her at the middle. She spoke not a word, but her eyes remained watchful, knowing. Even bluer now that her true colors had been revealed. They blistered him with a knowing look.

With a small smile, she held out a hand.

In the dreamscape, every movement was slow, and his taking of her hand was no different. Raising it to his lips, he inhaled the scent of her skin, brushing his lips over her knuckles, lingering.

His eyes flicked up. Breathless was how she looked, sensual and slumberous as she watched him out of hooded eyes.

His groin was on fire, his belly in knots as he longed to yank her to him, gather her skirts up and ride them both to ecstasy.

She waited for him to speak, but he couldn’t find the words to describe her beauty, every one trite and cliché. Every one fell short.

So he took the hand he still held and pressed it inside his jacket, against his racing heart. As her smile floated away, he moved in as close as the steps allowed.

“I burn,” he said softly. He held her gaze as his breath whispered across her cheek.

She quivered.

Find it on Samhain, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google Play!

Happy Reading!

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He’s no pushover. And she ain’t no fairy princess.

The Divided Kingdom, Book 2

No one would guess that Sapphy, awesome whirlwind of Maze badassness, grew up sheltered in the Fae realm. Witnessing a murder drove her into the humans’ broken cities to hide, but now she’s back, going undercover to keep history from repeating as the tournament to choose a new Fae queen dawns.

The only pebble in her shit-kicking boot is the jaw-gritting interference of Nathe Amergin, a Fae Enforcer whose solemn violet eyes set her skin to sizzle.

After the loss of his beloved sister, Nathe saved his last shred of sanity by clamping a lid on his emotions and forging a path to justice. When this frustrating, blue-eyed, my-go-or-I’ll-blow female informs him of a possible threat to the realm, his offer of support is genuine, if reluctant.

While he’s willing to work with her to protect his people, this sinful smart-ass skates perilously close to unleashing an avalanche of passion that, as the final choosing looms and whispers turn to screams, could bury them both.

Warning: Contains ear-blushing sex between a flighty Fae with a mean air jab and a grounded Elemental who makes her earth move. Add a murderous queen clinging to power, and sabotage that strikes out of thin air. Anyone got ear plugs?