Saturday, April 19, 2014

AN OCEAN ATWEEN US

I've got some exciting news for my devoted readers who've waited and waited and waited for a new book from me. The wait is just about over!!

Last fall, after some deep soul-searching, I left my agent, and now I'm managing my work myself. I finished my revision of SLIPPED and am happy to report it is under consideration with an editor I'm dying to work with.

After even more soul-searching, I decided to indie publish my historical coming-of-age love story, AN OCEAN ATWEEN US.

It will be available, literally, any day!!!  I hired my son's company, iqSoup, to design the cover, and their illustrator is working on an original painting for it right now.

Here's the rough sketch to give you an idea of what we're planning. I can't wait to see this come to life.


I've been working on the back cover text. So, imagine the painting above with a handsome brooding hero staring out at you. You pick up the book, flip it over, and read:

Will Glover, a proud Scots coal mining lad, is forced to leave Lucie, the lass he loves, behind when his father commits the family to a mining venture in the New World. Despite the ocean that will separate them, he vows to return for her. Angry with his father and broken-hearted, he resents the dangers he must face and nurtures the loneliness in his soul. One devastating letter, brings all his plans crashing to the ground. Will he spend the rest of his life cankered with bitterness or learn to forgive and love again?

SING ME TO SLEEP and TAKEN BY STORM readers will recognize the luminous, heart-wrenching, coming-of-age love story they’ve come to expect from award-winning, critically acclaimed author, Angela Morrison, set in a very different time and place. After decades of research and rewriting, Morrison brings you a story inspired by her own heritage and what she terms her “masterpiece.”  

AN OCEAN ATWEEN US is the first book in Morrison’s WE, GLOVER'S series, a family saga told in intense, coming-of-age journeys, from one generation to the next.

You want to read more, right?

Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm Back!

I've been off-line so I could concentrate on writing new books for you to enjoy, but I've returned to bring you back an old favorite, SING ME TO SLEEP's new Kindle version is now live in Kindle bookstores around the world! Merry Christmas!!

So where've I been? Well, last Christmas--just a few days after my last post--instead of relaxing and enjoying our grandkids who'd flown in from the East coast, our daughter who'd just got engaged, and our son and his wife who'd just moved close to us, we bought a new house and sold our old one. It all happened in a matter of days. I'm still trying to catch up.

Then, as planned, after our daughter's wedding and our youngest graduated (as the salutatorian for his high school, yes I'm a proud mamma), we packed our bags for Switzerland. For the past six months, we've been traveling back and forth between Arizona and Switzerland.

Moving is not good for writing--even worse for blogging. I did manage to get back to revising my time-travel post-nuclear winter rogue assassin meets Jane Austen heroine in medieval Europe novel, SLIPPED. With the help of my critique bud who swapped manuscripts with me all fall, I got a full draft completed. I'm at the polishing stage. I'll give you a taste of it soon. I promise. I think you'll love it.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  What have you all been up to? I'm dying to catch up.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Giveaway!

This Christmas I'm hosting a giveaway where everyone wins! I'm offering all three ebooks in the TAKEN BY STORM saga FREE!!

If you haven't read all three books yet or know friends who would enjoy Michael and Leesie's love story, here's your chance to get or share them free.

This is the first free promotion I've run for TAKEN BY STORM's new ebook. To get your free copy, go to Storm on Smashwords, click buy, and enter coupon code BC82K at checkout to download a free copy. The code is good until June 30, 2013. Feel free to share it with friends and followers. Smashwords has a gifting option that makes it easy to give. You can give as many ebooks to friends as you'd like.

UNBROKEN CONNECTION and CAYMAN SUMMER ebooks are only available via Kindle. Amazon has free Kindle apps and software for any device you own, so you don't have to own a Kindle to get them.

UNBROKEN CONNECTION is on free promotion starting midnight tonight through December 27th at midnight.

CAYMAN SUMMER is also free tonight at midnight but only through December 26th at midnight. It will be free again starting December 27th at midnight through December 29th at midnight.

Got that? Okay, enjoy!

I hope to have news of a new book for you soon.

Merry Christmas!

Angela

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Prayers for the Season

On December 6th, Bill O'Reilly reported that a six-year-old girl in North Carolina wrote a poem for Veteran's Day about her grandfathers who both served in Vietnam. In the poem, she wrote, "They prayed to God for peace. They prayed to God for strength." Someone complained, and the Superintendent of McDowell County Schools decided this child couldn't write about her grandfathers turning to God in times of trouble--at least not at school.

I prepared to write a post about all the books I love--from Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terebithia and Kate Dicamillo's Because of Winn Dixie and my Arizona author friend Amy Dominy's debut novel, OyMG--that all have characters who pray. Maybe someday I will write that post and share quotes from those prayers, and my worries that we are replacing spirituality with magic, but not today.

The testimony of twenty first graders in Newtown, CT, speaks far louder that I ever could. As the entire nation, "prayed to God for strength" and "prayed to God for peace," we learned what the young girl in North Carolina learned from her grandfathers. God is there. He is real. He hears and answers prayers. And sends strength, peace, love and comfort. He soothes broken hearts and teaches us how to bind each others wounds.

I've felt His power in times of loss in my own life. In Leesie's words, "Happiness . . . filled me up. Tangible--like you could pour it from a pitcher." Like Leesie, I was "overcome" with the power of God's love. Prayer unlocks it. All you need to do is ask.

I don't know why a troubled young man shot those beautiful children in a sleepy Connecticut town, but I do know that now they are wrapped in God's loving arms--and he won't let them go until their parents are ready to join them forever.

All my love and prayers for you, my wonderful friends and readers, this season of celebration and goodwill,

Angela

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Ebooks and English Teachers

Starting at midnight tonight, Unbroken Connection and Cayman Summer  on Kindle!! I'm flying up to Las Vegas for the National Council of English Teachers (NCTE) annual conference. I'm excited to spend three days sharing with and learning from the nation's English teachers.

I'm presenting "An Author's Toolkit: Techniques from the Pros," with two friends from Vermont College. I'm so excited to see them again. I'm also part of a roundtable discussion on digital storytelling, "Getting Digi With it," where I'll be telling them all about my amazing readers and what we did here together with Cayman Summer. 

I'm running the free promotion for the English teachers, who are my heroes past and present, and for you, too! Thank you again and again for all your love, patience, and support.




Monday, October 15, 2012

Free "Plot Challenged" Webinar


My free 2-hour webinar, "Plot Challenged," is Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM EST. Follow this link to register http://www.writingforchildrenlive.com/Angela_Morrison.html 

If you have a hard drive full of great ideas and a few opening chapters, this webinar is for you. I'll go over four plotting strategies that I use and editors expect.

The webinar is available online, so writers can join us from anywhere in the world. If you can't make the live broadcast, no worries. Registrants have free access to the call for 24 hours following it.

If you missed my first teleconference, "Get them Talking: From Dialogue to Scene," you can download it for a small fee at http://www.writingforchildrenlive.com/Angela_Morrison.html 

After this webinar, I shall get back to posting about Michael and Leesie . . . I promise!



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FREE Teleconference Tomorrow!


My free teleconference for writers, "Get them Talking: From Dialogue to Scene," broadcasts October 3rd--tomorrow! Kim at Writing for Children Live tells me that if you phone in or tune in online for the live broadcast, you'll get to ask questions. 

If you've ever had an agent tell you to "show not tell," you need this teleconference.

I teach an easy-to-understand, no pressure technique that will help you craft dynamic scenes that will create a movie in your readers' heads. 

This teleconference includes a detailed handout you can download plus my guide to punctuating dialogue as a bonus.

We're offering a follow-up, free 2-hour webinar, "Plot Challenged," on October 17th.
The broadcasts are available via telephone and online, so writers can join us from anywhere in the world. If you can't make the live broadcast, no worries. Registrants have free access to the call for 24 hours following it. Following that you can purchase the teleconference for a small fee.

Follow this link to register http://www.writingforchildrenlive.com/Angela_Morrison.html  Please join us!