Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Today, I have author Morgan Brice in the interview chair.  We’re celebrating her book releases (with two audio) for 2022.  Be sure to check out my review of No Surrender, book five in the Badlands series. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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I’ve had you in the interview chair a few times for your recent releases. I see you are doing an end-of-the-year tour with a collection of novels. So here we go.

1. First, why did you choose the title Sins of the Father?

Morgan:  It kept the cadence of ‘Kings of the Mountain’ (first book in the series) and the plot hinges on things done by and done to Dawson and Grady’s fathers.

2. For No Surrender, you have quite a lot of ghosts going on. Do you ever scare yourself with the numerous paranormal creatures you write about? And will readers be scared? I sure hope not. I’m reviewing this one! LOL.

Morgan:  Reading about legends and haunted places doesn’t scare me—good thing! (Very different from actually going somewhere haunted!) If people like stories with supernatural elements I don’t think they’ll be scared. It’s spooky, but not horrifying.

3. Again: Fox Hollow Zodiac is the second book in the series. Why did you feel there had to be a second novel? And what do you believe readers will think?

Morgan:  There will actually be six books in the Zodiac series (I already bought the covers) and six more in the Tarot series, and another six in a related shifter series. (Yep, bought those covers, too.) And a MMM series that’s related. (Bought the first cover.) It’s going to take a while to get them all written (hopefully I can do them faster than one a year! As for needing to happen, we met the six friends who will each get a book in Huntsman—now I have to make good on that!

4. The Devil You Know is a m/m supernatural romance adventure. Why touch on adventure for this one?

Morgan:  This is in the Witchbane series, which is the spookiest of my Morgan Brice series. (Someone described it as ‘Supernatural, but darker’.) So there’s more monster hunting and that sort of danger in this series, and in this book.

5. Blink is a supernatural suspense. How do supernatural and paranormal differ in your eyes?

Morgan:  For the most part, I think they’re the same. Some people tend to use ‘paranormal’ to refer to unusual things that probably have a natural cause but are not common (like being clairvoyant), while ‘supernatural’ might be due to magic, monsters, deities, etc.

6. Huntsman is an audiobook release. What do you love most about audiobooks, and why produce novels in audio versions?

Morgan:  I love that you can listen to an audiobook at times when you can’t read—like on a long car ride when you’re driving. Many people listen at work or when they’re doing chores. And a lot of readers find it calming to have someone read to them. They become big fans of different narrators as much as fans of the authors/series. I’m happy to bring tools to readers in whatever form lets them enjoy the stories!

7. Out of the novels you are promoting for this tour, who is your favourite couple, and why?

Morgan:  They’re all so different, I don’t really have a favorite. Although I’ll always be especially partial to Seth and Evan from the Witchbane stories, because that was my first Morgan Brice series.

8. Again, out of the novel you are promoting, which book was the hardest to write, and why?

Morgan:  Every book is impossible at the two-thirds point in the writing! I don’t know why that’s the sticking point, but it’s the pit of despair. And then it gets better. It happens with every book, every series, even with established characters.

9. And again, out of the novels you are promoting, which one was the easiest to write, and why?

Morgan:  I find it easier to come back to an established series where the worldbuilding and character introductions have already been done than to write a first book. When I come back to a sequel, it’s like meeting up with old friends. All the books from 2022 were sequels, so it was nice to get the gang together again!

10. Still sticking with all the novels, which character do you loathe the most, and why?

Morgan:  There’s a coven of dark witches in the Witchbane series who have caused a lot of trouble over the last century. They’re the baddest bad guys!

11. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Morgan:  I’m so thrilled to be able to share my stories with my awesome readers. Thanks for having me!

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Title: Sins of the Fathers
Series: Kings of the Mountain, Book Two
Genres: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, supernatural, suspense
Tropes: Hurt/comfort, friends to lovers, established relationship, learning to trust, dealing with the past, dealing with family secrets.
Themes: Letting go of the past, moving on after loss, family secrets
Length: 62K words/ 213 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2022

Reckoning with the past just might destroy Grady and Dawson’s plans for the future.

Blurb:  Three deadly accidents that might have been magical murder. A dark witch with a grudge against the King family. Federal agents with supernatural abilities. And, as usual, Dawson and Grady are smack dab in the crosshairs of trouble even they can’t outrun.

When Grady King’s brother Knox is targeted by shady characters, old secrets, coverups, and lies come to light. Grady and his boyfriend Dawson begin to question what really happened when Grady’s grandparents and Dawson’s parents died. Then agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Supernatural Investigation show up pursuing a different case, only to discover that the crimes appear to be connected, with a vengeful dark witch at the center of the plot. And since monsters never sleep, Grady and Dawson are still carrying out their duty to hunt dangerous paranormal creatures, restless spirits, nefarious faeries, Civil War ghosts, creepy cryptids, and things that go bump in the night. It’s all part of the centuries-old King family mandate to protect the people of Cunanoon Mountain and Transylvania County, a mission Grady and Dawson are sworn to fulfill.

But when it looks like something is hunting the people Grady loves, it’s time to dig into the family’s painful past, uncovering dangerous details of long-ago hunts against immortal creatures who never forget—or forgive.

Can they solve the mystery and figure out who’s behind the deaths, or will they bear the deadly consequences of their hidden history? Reckoning with the past just might destroy Grady and Dawson’s plans for the future and set loose a tide of malicious magic that could sweep them all away.

Sins of the Fathers is a thrill-packed MM romance adventure full of fast cars, outlaw country boys, snarky werewolves, vengeful ghosts, menacing monsters, and a love that can’t be denied.

Note:  It can be read as standalone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Title: No Surrender
Series: Badlands, Book Five
Genres: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, psychic detective, romantic adventure
Tropes: Hurt/comfort, established relationship, learning to trust, grumpy-sunshine, cold case, ghosts helping/interfering, lots of magic, wedding planning
Themes: Found family, loyalty, dealing with unresolved issues, putting the past to rest
Release Date: April 20, 2022
Length: 224 pages
Heat Rating: 4 flames

Cold cases, hot leads, a psychic psychopath, a copycat killer, cursed objects, the trial of the century–and wedding plans.

Blurb:  Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and sexy homicide detective Vic D’Amato met hunting a supernatural serial killer. Since then, Simon has become a police consultant on cases involving the paranormal, and Vic has gotten over his doubts about Simon’s abilities being real. Along the way, they fell in love and got engaged. But it seems like the danger never ends.

Now, the first case Simon and Vic worked together comes back to haunt them as the killer goes to court and all hell breaks loose. The killer has a crazy fan setting curses on key players in the upcoming trial. Ghosts from an old cold case suggest that someone got away with murder. And a supernatural creature attracted to fear and death is using the Grand Strand as its feeding ground. Simon and Vic feel like they’re waging a war on all fronts, but with the stakes so high, there can be No Surrender!

No Surrender is a fast-paced thrill ride MM paranormal romance packed with supernatural suspense, haunted tourist attractions, monsters, visions, hot sex, hurt/comfort, loyal friends, wedding planning, found family, ghosts galore, dark magic, and an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.

Note:  It is Book 5 in the Badlands series but can be read as a standalone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.

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I read and reviewed the Huntsman, another book by the author, so when a chance to delve into the Badlands series came up, I was all for reviewing No Surrender.  I loved the blurb, and I adored the two hunks on the cover.

Okay, I’ll admit I scare easily, so I was a bit worried when I started reading, wondering what I got myself in for LOL.  Although it delves deep into the paranormal, I was able to sleep at night!  And I must say the author did a great job setting up the plot to tie in with the romance and all of those wedding plans.

Simon Kinkaid is a psychic medium.  I must say it was interesting to read about how he had his psychic visions and contacted the dead.  I really enjoyed this part of the novel.  I also liked how he helped other budding psychics in the community hone their skills.  Simon is a wonderful man who is always willing to help.

As for Vic D’Amato, he is a detective and when in need, calls on Simon for help to aid in a case.  And boy, does Vic need Simon’s help for this one.  A serial killer is about to go on trial, but a fanboy is determined to stop the trial at all costs.

I love a good mystery, and turning over the stones that led to the big finale was a great ride.  The author set a great stage of mystery and intrigue, along with a good helping of the occult.  Since I know nothing about the occult, the author did a great job weaving in the explanations without any coming off as exposition.  It was all part of the plot as Vic went on the hunt for the fanboy.

The romance was also wonderful, giving me a glimpse into Simon and Vic’s everyday life when they aren’t hunting down ghosts and other crazy beings.  I found the wedding planning and romance was a nice respite from the very intense case.  It lightened the mood somewhat so the novel didn’t get too heavy.

Another reviewer mentioned the Badlands series would make for a great TV show, and I agree.  The author did a great job creating the series, the main characters, and a strong plot with a wonderful romance.  Even the secondary characters stand out, but don’t overshadow the main stars.  I especially adored Michelle.  I hope to see more of her.

If you haven’t tried the author’s Badlands series, I highly recommend you give it a try, because she did a great job with No Surrender.  Do yourself a favour and get a copy.

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Title: Again
Series: Fox Hollow Zodiac, Book 2
Genres: Urban fantasy MM shifter romance suspense
Tropes: Shifters, one true pairing, reincarnation, fated mates, psychics, magic, curses, hurt/comfort, found family,
Themes: Long-distance relationship, knowing you can depend on each other, navigating a new relationship
Release Date: July 5, 2022
Length: 247 pages
Heat Rating: 4 flames

The fast, furry, and furious! A lynx shifter, pursued by a cryptid trophy hunter. A wolf shifter desperate to rescue a lover who’s not just his fated mate—but his one true pairing across past lives. And a love that transcends time.

Blurb:  Lynx shifter Noah Wilson narrowly escaped being captured by the Huntsman. While recuperating in Fox Hollow, he meets his fated mate, wolf shifter Drew Lowe.

Noah has to return to Canada to finish filming his TV projects, so he and Drew visit when they can and come up with creative solutions to their long-distance relationship. Noah and Drew are sure they’re meant for each other and start making plans.

Drew’s dreams make him wonder if he and Noah are more than fated mates—could they be a true pairing, destined to find each other lifetime after lifetime?

Then Noah accidentally records a murder, and the killer is on his trail. Can he elude a master tracker and reach the safety of Fox Hollow, or will he and Drew have to wait to find happiness in another life?

Again is a thrill-packed MM shifter romance adventure full of sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, one true pairing, reincarnation, sincere psychics, hunky mechanics, first responders, a sexy wildlife photographer, found family, and fated mates.

Note:  It is book 2 in the Fox Hollow Zodiac series. It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Title: The Devil You Know
Series: Witchbane, Book 6
Genres: MM romance, supernatural romance adventure, urban fantasy
Tropes: Hurt/comfort, friendship/partnership/lovers, found family, second chance at love
Themes: Evolving established relationship, healing, learning to trust, facing old fears
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: February 8, 2022

It all comes down to trusting the devil you know!

Blurb:  Seth and Evan met “on the job” when Evan was the intended sacrifice of a dark coven, and Seth came to the rescue. Now, they’ve teamed up to stop a century of ritual murders and get justice for Seth’s brother Jesse and the other victims.

Seth and Evan have a plan to stop the next witch disciple, plus new allies and magic. But this time, the warlock knows they’re coming, and he has plans of his own. When Seth disappears and is trapped in a spell that gives him his heart’s desire, can he free himself in time to help Evan?

And when Evan’s younger brother shows up unexpectedly, can Evan trust Parker to have his back? It all comes down to trusting the devil you know!

The Devil You Know is a thrill-packed urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with plenty of supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, hot sex, found family, and dark magic and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.

Note:  It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Title: Blink
Series: Treasure Trail, Book 2
Genres: Paranormal/urban fantasy M/M Romance, action/adventure, romantic suspense
Tropes: Second chance love, hurt/comfort, true soulmates, psychic, witches, ghosts, mobsters, resort town
Themes: Learning to trust, hurt/comfort, second chance love, established relationship
Narrator: John Solo
Release Date: April 19, 2022 (audio release)
Heat Rating: 5 flames

Ghosts always remember. Mobsters never forget.

Blurb:  Erik Mitchell helped Interpol bust cartels, oligarchs, and spoiled billionaires for art fraud. As an undercover cop, Ben Nolan helped bring down a Newark crime family. Now Erik and Ben have started over in Cape May, leaving their danger-filled jobs behind them, excited about a fresh start and their new relationship.

Plans to renovate a historic old theater stir up dangerous ghosts and revive interest in unsolved Mob hits. The curse of a murdered witch strikes a close friend, old movie props reveal clues to long-ago crimes, and a shakedown scheme sends Ben’s cousin running for cover.

Time is running out to lift the curse. The Russian Mob wants revenge on Erik, and the Newark Mob is gunning for Ben. A grieving ghost seeks justice. Secrets, lies, and deception unravel in the blink of an eye.

Erik and Ben were planning for happily ever after. But unless they can outwit witches, wraiths, and wise guys, they could go down in a hail of gunfire and a blast of dark magic—and see their plans go up in smoke.

Blink is a suspenseful MM paranormal romance mystery-adventure filled with second chance love, hurt/comfort, true soulmates, awesome food trucks, dangerous secrets, restless ghosts, psychic visions, powerful witches, angry mobsters, and a very haunted theater.

Note:  It is part of a series but could stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Title: Huntsman
Series: Fox Hollow Zodiac, Book 1
Genres: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, shifter romance, gay romance
Tropes: Friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, learning to trust, second chance at love, fated mates, small town romance, found family
Themes: Love conquers all, starting over
Length: 5 hours, 36 minutes
Release Date: August 23, 2022

A grieving wolf. A hunted fox. Fated mates, thrown together by chance, and the looming threat of a fabled Huntsman who might tear them apart forever.

Blurb:  Fox shifter Liam Reynard is running from a killer. He uproots his life to find sanctuary in Fox Hollow, deep in the Adirondack Forest in New York.

When his car breaks down, sexy wolf shifter Russ Lowe comes to the rescue, and one touch makes it clear they’re fated mates. Neither man was looking for love, and both are still mending from past heartbreak. When mysterious fires and disappearances threaten Fox Hollow, Liam fears the killer is hot on his trail. Can he protect the town and his fated mate from the evil hunting him, or will an ex-lover’s betrayal cost Liam everything he loves?

Huntsman is full of sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, second chance love, sincere psychics, hot first responders, found family and fated mates.

Note:  It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Title: Christmas at Caynham Castle – Crewel Fate
Authors: Gail Z Martin (Morgan Brice), plus Jeanne Adams, Caren Crane, Seressia Glass, Donna MacMeans, Nancy Northcott, and Anna Sugden
Genre: Romance (Gail’s story is MM paranormal romance). The others are MF romance and MF romantic suspense
Tropes: Friends to lovers, established relationship, enemies to lovers, second chance at love, paranormal romance, psychic, spies
Themes: Learning to trust, found family, hurt/comfort, family secrets
Publisher: Rickety Bookshelf Press
Length: 521 pages
Release Date: November 2019

A seasonal ball,
A charming town on the Welsh border,
And an ancient castle with adventure, mystery, ghosts and romance in every corner.

Blurb:  When Teag Logan and his fiancé Anthony Benton travel to England to celebrate their engagement, Teag’s magic and supernatural experience hone in on restless spirits, an old scandal and century-old secrets that could turn deadly. Can Teag and Anthony solve the mystery and settle the spooks before the Ball, or will more people join the ranks of the castle ghosts?

Celebrate the Christmas season with seven authors, each telling the story of the holiday at Caynham Castle in her own spectacular style.

Note: These are seven individual novellas all set at the same fictional castle/town and Christmas ball.

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Title: Ring in the New at Caynham Castle (Memory and Malice: A Badlands MM Psychic Detective Romance)
Author: Morgan Brice
Genre: Romance. Note – the Morgan Brice novella is MM paranormal romance. The rest are MF romance/romantic suspense
Tropes: Friends to lovers, established relationship, enemies to lovers, second chance at love, paranormal romance, psychic, ghosts, historical mystery, gargoyles, witches, magic
Themes: Learning to trust, found family, hurt/comfort, family secrets,
Publisher: Rickety Bookshelf Press
Release Date: December 21, 2021

Blurb:  Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his fiancé, homicide detective Vic D’Amato, planned a relaxing Christmas and New Year’s at Caynham Castle. But when Simon encounters a man possessed by a malicious ghost, he fears that a spirit with an ancient grudge intends to disrupt the holiday festivities. Can Simon and Vic prevent a disaster and protect the Earl, or will a ghost from the past destroy the chance to ring in a bright new future?

What better way to celebrate the new year than by partying in an ancient castle, now a hotel, in a small English town? Join us in lifting a glass to the holiday with these festive novellas.

Note:  Each is a standalone story with no cliffhanger.

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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, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

Find Morgan:  Website | Audible Profile | Amazon profile | Facebook Group | Facebook Page | Pinterest (for Morgan and Gail) | TwitterBookBub | Instagram | TikTok

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