Today, I have author Morgan Brice in the interview chair. We discuss her latest release Loose Ends, book four in the Badlands series, a m/m urban fantasy, parnormal romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
I interviewed you last time for your previous release Treasure Trail. For this round, I came up with a whole new batch of questions for you to answer for your latest release Loose Ends, book four in the Badlands series. Here we go!
Morgan Brice on writing:
1. First, what’s your favourite scene in Loose Ends? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why?
Morgan: There’s a scene when Vic and his police partner, Ross, go into a store (trying not to give spoilers) and Ross completely floors Vic with his humor. I love it because while it’s funny, it also shows how comfortable Ross is in his own skin and with Vic, and I think that shows what a great friendship they have.
2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Loose Ends?
Morgan: I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. So, probably not!
3. Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Morgan: I often explain that writing a book and deciding what goes into it and what doesn’t is like pointing a video camera. You see what’s in front of the camera, but things are going on to the sides and behind all the time, but that doesn’t get captured because it’s not where the camera is pointed. In my head, it’s the same with a book. I have to keep the narrative focused on the plot and the essential things related to the plot, but the characters don’t stop having lives just because it’s not their chapter! So there are all kinds of possibilities for side stories!
Dante, Simon’s ancestor ghost, has shown up in two other books and three short stories. He played a big part in The Rising, which was Badlands #3. And under my Gail Z. Martin name, he’s starred in three of his own short stories and also played a big role in Inheritance, the latest novel in my Deadly Curiosities series, about Simon’s cousin Cassidy. (All my urban fantasy series as Morgan and Gail crossover and overlap.)
4. If you could spend time with one character from Loose Ends, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Morgan: I’d love to hang out with Simon and nerd out over folklore and the occult. We’d drink a lot of coffee and swap stories and I’d pick his brain.
5. Did the characters hijack the story or did you feel like you had control of Loose Ends?
Morgan: I hadn’t really planned Luis, the ghost in the hospital. He just happened, but I totally love him! (In my mind, he’s played by a younger version of Kevin Alejandro, ‘Detective Dan’ on Lucifer). He’ll probably show up again in future stories. Simon’s mother was also fun to write because she’s such an awful person! And the passive aggressive zingers she can slip in without missing a beat…we’ve all known people like her!
6. How did you come up with name for your book?
Morgan: Vic is a huge Springsteen fan, and all of the books in the series are titles of Springsteen songs.
7. If Loose Ends was made into a film, who would you like to play the leads?
Morgan: I’m so not a visual person! It’s hard enough picking cover models! I’m going to say Ryan Gosling for Simon, and a slightly younger Oscar Isaac for Vic.
8. If Loose Ends was a candle, what scent would it be and why?
Morgan: Sandalwood, amber, night blooming jasmine, and cedar. These are all considered to be protective incense scents, and also it would have a definite masculine feel.
9. If Loose Ends had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Morgan: Bottom of the River, by Delta Rae. It’s got a very dark vibe, and it’s got all the right elements, with a folk/blues feel. It’s a very Southern Gothic song, and the band is from the Carolinas.
10. If Loose Ends was a colour, what would it be and why?
Morgan: Dark mother of pearl, like the ocean at night.
11. What did you edit out of the book?
Morgan: Elmore Leonard once said, “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” That’s great advice! So when I edit, I’m looking for places where there’s too much background info, too much description, tangents. Anything that slows down the action or drags the pace. I don’t want readers to feel like they dare skip anything!
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Morgan: More books! There will be more books in the Badlands series, as well as in my other Morgan Brice series (Witchbane, Treasure Trail) and more in the Gail Z. Martin series that crossover (Deadly Curiosities, Night Vigil, and—co-written with Larry N. Martin—Spells Salt and Steel). There will also continue to be crossovers, where the characters have cameo roles in other series to help each other out. And I’m working up several new series, so stay tuned!
All about Morgan Brice:
1. What is something unique/quirky about you?
Morgan: I’ve been crazy about ghost stories and vampires since I was a little kid. Other kids would get a cardboard box and make a race car. I made a coffin and rose from it!
2. What are some of your pet peeves?
Morgan: Mean people suck. I also want to take a Sharpie and go around fixing all the signs and menus that have apostrophes in the wrong places (or none where there should be one), and put ‘ed’ on the end of ‘toss salad’, ‘ice tea’, etc.
3. How do you manage your writing schedule since you also write under another pen name?
Morgan: I come up with a (very optimistic) writing schedule alternating the Morgan/Gail books. And then I adjust the schedule as reality changes things!
4. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Morgan: Optimistic, driven, inquisitive, persistent.
5. What is your favourite social media site? You can only choose one.
Morgan: Facebook, because it’s a combination of text and photos.
Morgan Brice on reading:
1. What book do you think everyone should read?
Morgan: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. You never get too old for it!
2. What do you think about the current publishing market?
Morgan: Recent well-publicized industry kerfluffles aside, I think that there is a tremendous opportunity for authors to get their books into the world and for readers to find the books that speak to them.
3. If you could have been the author of any of your fave books that you’ve read, which book would you choose and why?
Morgan: The Brotherhood of the Wheel by RS Belcher. Because it is so totally my kind of vibe!
4. Share your favourite character from a book that you’ve read, and why they are your fave.
Morgan: I really love Dex from Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series for his humor and heart. And our shared love of gummy bears and Cheesy Doodlez.
5. On average, how much do you read every week?
Morgan: It varies depending on where I am in the process with my own books. Some weeks, I have to read my own manuscript over and over as part of the editing process. But according to Kindle, I read 145 books last year (not counting my own)!
Book Title: Loose Ends (Badlands Book 4)
Author: Morgan Brice
Release Date: December 30, 2019
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Spooky supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, dark magic.
Themes: Trust, loyalty, commitment, partnership
Length: 62 000 words/ 220 pages
Heat Rating: 4 flames
As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Blurb: Cold cases, old enemies, ex-lovers, and vengeful spirits are making life dangerous for psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato.
The ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless, trapped by love, secrets, scandals, and spells, keeping Simon busy protecting the living from the unhappy dead. Someone from Vic’s past is out to destroy him and everyone he holds dear, and the high-profile trial of the first case Simon and Vic worked together puts them in the spotlight—and put a target on their backs. As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Note: It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older. Loose Ends is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with spooky supernatural suspense, hot sex, hurt/comfort, feisty friends, found family, ghosts galore, and dark magic.
“I’ve been poking around on the Buccaneer story since the place shut down,” Josh said. “My team’s visited probably a dozen times. Plus, I knew people who worked on the construction and dismantling, and who ran the rides when it was open.” He leaned forward, dropping his voice. “They won’t talk on the record, or to the police, but I’ve heard all their stories. And the rumors that got out? They’re just a fraction of how fucked up that place was.”
Simon sat back in his chair, settling his lanky body and long legs as best he could. He warmed his hands on the hot paper cup and tucked a strand of long chestnut hair behind one ear. “Tell me.”
“One of my sources was a crane operator when they were installing the Riptide Roll steel coaster,” Josh confided. “He saw one of the workmen fall from the top of the first hill when they were assembling the ride. Says the guy died on impact. The company paid to hush it up. Same thing happened when another worker was crushed to death. A load of steel pipe shifted, and he ended up underneath it.”
“That’s not all of it. The place was only open for barely two seasons, but the ride operators had stories that would curl your hair. Riders got whiplash, one girl lost a couple of fingers, and a kid died from head injuries when his ride car came loose and crashed. Not to mention the operator who got electrocuted when he had to run his ride in the rain.”
“If the owners had to cover all that up, no wonder they went bankrupt,” Simon said, shaking his head. “I can’t believe they didn’t get shut down.”
“Their rides continued to pass inspections from the state office—or maybe someone got paid off. Still, they closed suddenly before the end of their last season,” Josh said. “Whistleblowers went to the media. The situation was going to be ugly. But then it turned out to be even worse.”
Simon remembered the end of the story. Investors clamored for their money back when the park abruptly shut down, only to find out that the accounts were empty, the books had been cooked, and the profits were never real. Before it could turn into a media circus and authorities asked for serious jail time, Ellington killed himself, and Stevens skipped town.
“Any clue about who’s haunting the place?”
Josh chewed on his lip and looked at Simon. “I was hoping you’d come over with us this afternoon and help me figure that out. I’m doing my best to learn, but my skills aren’t as powerful as yours, and I don’t know how to really use them. I can sense when spirits are nearby, and I see them better than the average person, but having a conversation is beyond what I can do.”
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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