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Wherein I chronicle the ventures, adventures and misadventures of an over-50, former judge and counsel turned writer of romantic memoir and racy romance novels. Explore my world of Internet dating, writing, pitching, selling and publishing books about romance, empty-nesting and traveling, with or without my chocolate Labrador Retriever, Marley.

MORGAN'S APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER

Hello Readers,

 

I hope this finds you all well, sheltered and not too worried. We are staying home in New York, which works for me, given my current circumstances. I hope it is working for you.

You haven’t heard from me for awhile. After my newsletter last Spring, I had long overdue knee replacement surgery that knocked me out for most of the Summer. I finished my PT just in time for Dr. Daughter and I to take a bucket-list cruise to Alaska in September. I highly recommend the Inside Passage cruise…spectacular views, wonderful excursions and a really great food. There will be a Morgan Malone romance set in Alaska someday, I promise!

 After our usual family Thanksgiving in Lake Placid, I returned full of writing plans and ready to do some lawyer work. You know what they say about the best-laid plans…I was hospitalized on December 23 because my right eyelid was completely shut, my eyeball was throbbing and I had a horrible, non-stop headache. It turns out what I thought was eyestrain was a brain aneurysm just behind my right eye, pressing on the Third Nerve. I had an angiogram and catheterization and a stent was placed to take care of the aneurysm. The headache is gone but I am only now getting movement back in my eyelid and eye. I still have limited vision but the prognosis is very good, so I am finally back to writing. And I look dashing in my eye patch, though my family has said they think I am taking my Pirate fascination a bit too far.

 Writing! I am nearing completion on Losing Control: Mick’s Story, the third and final installment in my Love In Control Series. Mick Mullarney, who you met in Taking Control: Rick’s Story, is finally coming out of his five-year mourning period for his beloved wife Annie, who passed away from breast cancer. Annie, always an in-charge woman, has been pestering Mick from the Hereafter to get on with his life. Mick has no idea how to do this, even with the assistance of his two daughters, who have grown-up almost as bossy as their late mother. Enter Maggie McDonald. Statuesque, red-haired Maggie is a “in control” woman, who has made a meaningful life for herself on the Jersey Shore. A thriving small business, loads of friends and a newly adopted black Labrador Retriever are all she needs. Falling in love plays no part in her life plans. She’s been burned twice and she is not looking for a third broken heart. Then she runs into Mick and all bets are off! I am loving this book because there is a lot of me in both these characters. And they are so hot: think Tom Selleck and Connie Britton. I know you will love this book too. It will be available around June 1.

 

I am sponsoring a Seasoned Romance Boardroom again this June at Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get-Together in Cincinnati, along with Gracie Guy, Judy Kentrus and Lucinda Race. We’re planning two days and nights filled with Silver foxes and the women who tame them, games, giveaways, painted rocks, movies and, of course, chocolate. These authors and I are offering some of our e-books free or at low prices in April to give everyone who is staying home, with reduced income perhaps, a chance to enjoy some HEA.

Two of my e-books, Out of Control: Kat’s Story and Taking Control: Rick’s Story will be $.99 each during different weeks in April.

Here are the links:

 

Out of Control: Kat’s Story – From April 3-10, 2020:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYXCVY6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481215871&sr=1-1&keywords=out+of+control%3A+Kat%27s+story

 

Taking Control: Rick’s Story – From April 11-18m 2020:

UBL: https://books2read.com/u/bxZn0d

 

Here are links to featured books by Gracie Guy, Judy Kentrus and Lucinda Race:

 

Gracie Guy: Gracie Guy is the pen name for a woman who feels she has been blessed with an eclectic and rewarding life, filled with family, friends and a passel of animals. In addition to a few unique occupations, she's a wife, sister, aunt, farmer, runner, skier and gardener, who loves to travel and proudly calls Upstate New York her home. Join her for some of her trips with her Passion novellas and fall in love with her home state with the New York Journey series.

All of Gracie’s books are being reduced to $.99 in April.

Here’s the link:  https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B06XZXCWL7?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

 

Judy Kentrus: Judy has listed her first two US Park Ranger books with Kindle Unlimited for April. The third book, A Timeless Kiss, in this awesome series is now available.

A Kiss at Sunset:      http://amzn.to/2FWfXoJ

Kiss of Fire   https://amzn.to/2IYoO7H

A Timeless Kiss    https://amzn.to/2wDKUtT

 

Lucinda Race: Lucinda is offering an entire series for free! The Loudon series features the McKenna family and follows their struggle with the devastating loss of their father, Ben. Shane, Kate and Ellie McKenna have a difficult time opening their hearts to love - but with the support of a loving mother, Cari, and their father's ghost, they will find their happily ever afters. Uplifting romance stories set in the heart of a small town. 

For the entire series-  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/915142 

 

I am sending good wishes and prayers out to everyone during this difficult time. Our romance community is known for its kindness and generosity and it is more than evident during these days. Many authors are offering free books or are including their books in Kindle Unlimited. I’m happy to offer Unanswered Prayers, the first romance I ever wrote, for free from April 3-7. It’s a seasoned romance (the main characters are over 35) and it’s pretty spicy, to take the chill out of these last days of cold weather. And the story is set in 2001, another time of crisis and compassion in America. All I ask is that you please leave a positive review on Amazon, Goodreads or your own website, blog or FaceBook page. Here’s the link:

https://www.amazon.com/Unanswered-Prayers-Morgan-Malone-ebook/dp/B01G9I05W4/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466801527&sr=1-2&keywords=unanswered+prayers

 

As part of the free-book adventure, I am pleased to introduce you to my friend, Dawn Baca. Join her newsletter or blog and receive a free book!

     Website URL: www.DawnBaca.com

Social media links:

  • Facebook: com/DawnMBaca
  • Twitter: com/BacaDawn
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dawnbaca/
  • BookBub: com/profile/dawn-baca
  • Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/dawnbaca

About Me:

I love wine. All wine. Sweet, bold, heavy, light. White, red, bubbles, it doesn’t matter I’m always up for wine tasting. Just like with book covers, a pretty label will draw me in, and then the blurb finalizes the sale.

I love to travel. By land, by air or by sea. It doesn’t matter. I prefer the sea as I love water and warmth. It seems like I feel like I’m freezing every time I’m in the mountains. I love foreign destinations and culturally diverse foods and eat them often, even when at home.

I love to read. I read pretty much most genres. I don’t have a favorite book or genre. I re-read some books more than once. To me it’s like reconnecting with old friends. Sometimes they call to me, and I just need to hear their voices, so to speak.

I have two books out, Her Guarded Heart, and Her Heart’s Desire. They are currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited: https://amzn.to/2Vo1uIJ and https://amzn.to/2TaSzaI

My next book His Heart’s Promise is up for pre-order on all platforms.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ElA78n

All Other Platforms: https://books2read.com/HisHeartsPromise

I offer a free copy of my first book Her Guarded Heart to anyone who joins my newsletter and blogs either directly through my website or through any of the group promotions that I’m often participating in.

My bio, books, and blogs can be found on my website: www.dawnbaca.com/about

 

To close on a positive note, meet my new fur-baby, Princess. She is eight-years old and had a tough life before she was found abandoned in Georgia. After some foster care, she made her way to me through A Second Chance for Ziva, a rescue organization in New Jersey. She loves my big back yard, taking long walks, barking at chipmunks and snoozing in one of her three doggie beds. I love having her company. A portion of my profits from the sale of Losing Control: Mick’s Story will be donated to A Second Chance for Ziva.

 

Love, Morgan

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