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Monday, August 1, 2016

Writing Book 5 and Reminiscing about my Series, Sweet Awakenings with @AuthorNicMorgan

Morning all... sorry this post is a little bit late out the gate, but I have been one busy little bee. Since I'm currently writing book 5 of my Navy SEAL series, Sweet Awakenings, I decided to give you a little self interview on book 4, Sweet Affliction. 

Tell us a little bit about Nick and A.J’s story, what makes the lead characters ‘tick’ and how it connects to the previous books in this series?
Nick and AJ come into each other’s lives when neither of them are looking for a relationship, what’s more is that their attraction really couldn’t come at a worse time for either of them. He is literally running for his life, while trying to find out who is out to kill him. While she is trying to spend as much time as she can with her father whose health is failing. Despite all of these things they can’t deny the feelings that are building for one another. Throughout the course of some action packed days they discover just how much they mean to one another as the person behind the hit on Nick’s head is revealed. A culmination of events set in place years earlier on a mission that went wrong in Colombia years earlier pulls his former teammates into the intrigue as they all fight to protect their families and survive.
Was it hard for you to write scenes in which one or more of your characters are fatally wounded?
It actually is extremely hard for me to write. Being a huge supporter of our military, both past and present, I have a difficult time portraying them being injured in any way. The reality of war is real enough. We see it in the news, in the papers and even in the movies. Putting it into one of my stories is not something I enjoy writing, but I felt it was important to the setting of the story and for realism. Navy SEALs may be elite warriors, but they bleed red just like every other human being.
I absolutely love action heroes who are a combination of tough, deadly to caring, and protective. I also love to know the background information and inspiration behind a particular story. It makes the story more real. I am sure the readers would feel more connected this way too. Hence my next question… How much about the Navy Seals in your books is fact and fiction based on your research and what is the inspiration behind Nick & A.J’s character?
Anything that pertains to the SEALs, their training and specifics regarding missions is factual. While I write fiction I make every effort to make sure I am portraying them accurately. Since I wrote the first book in this series (Sweet Redemption) in 2009 I have been blessed and privileged to meet some of these real life heroes. Many of them have been supportive and offered their ear and keyboard to me on more times than I could count if I ever needed a question answered. As a matter of fact, anyone who reads this book will find a special dedication at the beginning to a couple of these men who I am honored to call friends. In addition to that, they’ve taught me that while Navy SEALs are sensationalized by media today, they are but men. Men who are capable of compassion and who above all else wish for the end to war and hope for peace.
What is the strangest inspiration you ever got for a story idea or characters?
I would say the strangest inspiration would probably be The Bristows. They are an old Irish couple who appear in a few of the books in this series. They are incredibly sweet, yet sometimes overbearing with their well intended advice and have the cutest accents. I was  inspired to add them after coming across a couple just like these two years earlier.
How do you come up with the character dynamics and interactions? I mean is it planned or the characters guide you?
In this book, the 4th in the series the camaraderie between the four SEAL brothers was easy. Their personalities came to life in the previous books so I knew almost immediately how they would interact with one another. The same could be said for the heroines. They all had their unique personalities and they complement their leading men so well that their conversations sort of took on a life of their own.
I noticed you initially started out as an erotic author. How/why, did you decide to merge erotic with suspense? Moreover, is it difficult to integrate erotic scenes into a suspense story without spoiling the flow of the story?
LOL. You noticed that, huh? Actually, truth be told the very first book I ever wrote was Sweet Redemption which was romantic suspense with a hint of erotic romance. It just happened to be released later than my initial releases. I have always been a fan of romantic suspense. I love reading them just as much as I enjoy writing them. Erotic romance has always been a huge part of who I am as a writer though. I personally find some erotic things to be actually romantic and beautiful. When with the right person, erotic words and moments can be very intimate and heighten the closeness the couple share. With all that being said, I don’t believe adding erotic scenes spoils the flow of a story. If the characters choose to have a more erotic than sensual moment I trust my muse to guide me in a way that makes the scene work.
What do you consider to be, the key elements of a great suspense story?
I think there needs to at least be three things when writing a successful suspense novel. First, you need a conflict. Then you need the ever important twist, you know the one that no one saw coming. I think those are important to the reader to keep them on their proverbial toes and those surprises are one of my favorite things to write. Lastly, I believe you need a believable resolution. One that explains things and seems possible, not one that leaves the reader shaking their head doubting the outcome.

Right now you can get the Alpha Beta Omega boxed set on pre-order sale for only $. 99 cents

From today's hottest USA Today and Bestselling authors comes a collection of 10 novellas, featuring hot alpha, beta, and omega shifters. If you like tigers, bears, wolves, and more you'll love this box set. 

Each story is either a first in a series or a stand-alone novella.

What's inside: 

A Tiger's Claim by Lia Davis
The Scarlett Legacy by K.N. Lee
Tiger Time by Marissa Dobson
Healer's Fate by Beth Caudill
Bearly Smitten (The Alpha's Bride Book 1) by Misha Carver
Reluctant Revenge - Under the Demon's Skin by Xandra James
Feral - A Many Lives Story by Laxmi Hariharan
The Beta's Mate by Bethany Shaw
Night Falls by Nicole Morgan
Wounds to Bear (Heart of The Bear BookOne) by Lily Marie

Here is a little nibble from my latest Surrender Her Inhibitions...
(a novel within Dominant Persuasions)
Sweat dripped down his chest from lack of control. He looked down at the top of her head as she seemed to nuzzle up against him. Her precious movements of needing to be close to him were almost more than he could take. 

Find all of my books on any of these fine retailers: 
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That's all for me this months, guys and gals. 
I'll see you here next month,
Same bat time...Same bat channel.

Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She also had a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors, as well as Sweet and Sexy Divas. 

Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her website, blog, Google + Page, Twitter, Facebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole’s Think Tank.

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vicki batman said...

Good morning, Nicole! My my my you are one busy girl. I like erotic and romantic suspense.

Judy Baker said...

Hi Nicole, best of luck on book 5 and the box set. You've been busy alright!

Mia McKimmy said...

Wow, Nicole! You must be a fast writer. Your profile picture doesn't look old enough to have so many books out. That's a good thing…on both counts. :) Good luck on your upcoming releases!


Melissa Keir said...

Sounds like a wonderful series. I love series books where the characters connect across the books!

Cara Marsi said...

Your SEAL series sounds terrific. I love the covers too, and the cover of your new shifter boxed set. As Mia said, you sure don't look old enough to have written so many books. Best of luck.

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