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Christine Presents ~ The Bloody City by Megan Morgan

Please welcome Megan Morgan author of the Bloody City.

Megan Morgan will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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The Bloody City

by Megan Morgan

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I was always a big horror fan and I loved Stephen King when I was a teenager. When I was around 14-15, I decided I wanted to be the next Stephen King and started trying to imitate his work. I know how funny that sounds, but I was a silly teenager. I started writing horror then, which got me on the road to being a ‘real’ writer, and I wrote horror for a long time, well into my twenties—it wasn’t until later in life that I started writing urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Those things are very much in the same vein as horror, so I haven’t strayed far from my beginnings (I no longer want to be Stephen King, though I do still love his work). My Siren Song urban fantasy series, of which The Bloody City is the second book, is something I could have seen myself writing even back then.

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

I’m a completely self-taught writer. Apart from a creative writing class in high school (which focused more on our school newspaper than anything uniquely creative), I’ve never had any formal education in writing. I never went to college. I never took any workshops. I sought out information and taught myself about grammar and style and learned all I could about the business of writing from resources online. I’ve educated myself further through working with various editors. I always had the creativity and drive to write, but I taught myself to tackle the technical side and mold that knowledge into something publishable.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

I want to be a career writer—that is, I want to write for a living and not have to go to a ‘day job.’ I want writing to pay the bills. How am I going to accomplish this? By writing, writing, writing, getting things published, promoting, promoting, promoting, and doing a whole lot of keeping my fingers crossed. I know it won’t be easy and it’ll take a long time, but it’s my biggest, loftiest goal.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

Kat Von D would make a good June Coffin, though I know Miss Von D is not an actress. June is a heavily inked San Francisco-based tattoo artist who finds herself trapped in Chicago. She’s rough around the edges and is trying to find her inner strength to conquer the deadly challenges that are currently surrounding her.

 

I made a Pinterest board with models, actors/actresses, and various people who remind me of the characters in my books. Mario Blanco makes the perfect Sam Haain! You can check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/mmorganauthor/siren-song/

 

 

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

When I submitted the first book in the Siren Song series, The Wicked City, to Kensington/Lyrical, I had the second one (which would become The Bloody City) written, but not in any way tidied up/edited. I didn’t have a single word of the third book (The Burning City) written. However, about a month after submitting, the senior editor at Lyrical called me and told me they wanted to buy all three books! This was great, but also nerve-wracking. I had to get the second book cleaned up and the third book written within a year. I’m happy to say I accomplished that—now I’m writing a fourth book!

 

The Wicked City had been in the works for a very long time and gone through many incarnations, and it was time to get it out into the world. Receiving that call put the rest of the series in fast motion, though. That was definitely my main encouragement to get to work!

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

The best: keep trying. Most authors get tons of rejections before they get published. Even after publication, you still get rejections. You lose contests. You don’t win awards. You get excluded. You get bad reviews. You put your nose back to the grindstone and keep going, keep trying. Each letdown and rejection is an opportunity to learn what doesn’t work and change it.

 

The worst: write what you know. This is silly. We wouldn’t have most of the books we have in the world today if people only wrote what they know. Research, learn, apply what you’ve learned to your writing. Write about whatever you want, there’s plenty of information out there to help you become an expert in it.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

 

I love to bake, though no one in my books has the opportunity for baking—they’re living a fast paced, dangerous life at the moment. June also has a lot of food allergies. I love to decorate, though again, June doesn’t have the opportunity to hang out at home and make her space pretty.

 

However, I’m a bartender and have been for a long time, and one of my characters is a bartender. June also knows a lot about wine because I do. I also have a bunch of tattoos like her.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

I’m working on the fourth book in the Siren Song series (the book that will be two books after The Bloody City). I fully intended for the series to be a trilogy, but when I got to the end of the third book, I realized I wanted/needed to write more. June isn’t ready to wrap up her story just yet, and I found some interesting characters that I want to explore further. Maybe it’ll go on forever!

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

 

In The Bloody City, the black moment is really black and transforms one of the characters forever. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s excessively tragic and it changes June’s relationship with Sam. It’s a moment when it seems like the bad guys might have won and the good guys are forced to hide again. Things are definitely not looking up at the end of this book. Writing the scene was hard for me, but it had to be done. Even when I read back over it during editing, it brought tears to my eyes. I hope the readers will feel as strongly about it as I do.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

Like juggling a bunch of hyperactive kittens, and you can’t drop any of them because the floor is lava! Also, you have to keep track of all their breeds and colors at all times, while they’re biting and scratching you and demanding food.

 

Seriously though, writing a series means writing yourself copious amounts of notes so you don’t forget any details or to write in anything that needs to be important later. It’s about wrapping up loose ends and snipping things that never found anywhere to connect. You have to keep track of all the characters and events and make sure you don’t lose track of who’s who and what on earth they’re up to today. It can be a lot to keep in your head, but it’s fun—most of the time!

 

BLURB:

 

On the run…

It’s been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn’t mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it’s best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…

On the hunt…

But June isn’t the only one trying to clear her name. There’s Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.

Out of time…

As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The whole thing was like attending one’s own funeral, only slightly less creepy.

 

Midway through the next speech, movement behind the stage caught June’s attention. A group of people were gathering back there. Her spirits lifted. Maybe the FBI was about to throw down.

 

“What’s going on back there?” Sam stood on his tiptoes.

 

“Probably more people who want to talk.” June sighed.

 

She skimmed the crowd, seeing if anyone looked as bored as she felt. A familiar face popped out for a split second, and she quickly looked back at the spot. She had to be imagining things.

 

She wasn’t.

 

Roughly thirty yards away in the tight-packed crowd, a man stood, staring at them. He wore a hoodie despite the heat, the hood pulled up and shielding his face. His eyes were bloodshot and watery.

 

“Sam.” She scrabbled at his hand. “Someone’s watching us.”

 

The man moved toward them. The speaker on stage had finished and other people were coming out. Sam was focused there, but he looked at June, and then around.

 

“Occam,” she whispered. “To the left.”

 

Occam pushed up next to them and stopped. His eyes were rimmed with red, his skin flushed.

 

“I know you’re in there,” he taunted.

 

“What the hell are you doing here?” Sam whispered.

 

Dread welled in June’s chest. The intensity of Occam’s gaze chilled her to the bone beneath the blazing sun.

 

The blazing sun. A vampire was out in broad daylight. He didn’t even have the benefit of shade, like at the clinic. Why?

 

“Get out of here,” Occam said. “Or you are going to die.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Megan Morgan is an urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and erotica author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bartender in an airport lounge by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she’s trying to turn writing into her day job so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. She’s a member of the RWA and author of the Siren Song urban fantasy series from Kensington Books, as well as numerous other shorter, sexy works. She resides on the shores of Lake Erie with her adult son and not-so-adult cat, the latter of which ‘helps’ her write her works by stuffing herself between writer and laptop on a regular basis.

 

 

Website: http://www.meganmorganauthor.com

Blog: http://meganmorganauthor.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgan_romance @morgan_romance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.morgan.author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/meganmorganauthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mmorganauthor/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/+MeganMorganAuthor/about

 

 

BUY LINKS for The Bloody City:

 

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bloody-City-Siren-Song-ebook/dp/B00TNBLY02

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloody-City-Siren-Song-Book-ebook/dp/B00TNBLY02/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bloody-city-megan-morgan/1121228430

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-bloody-city-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-bloody-city/id979049739

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Megan_Morgan_The_Bloody_City?id=HlmwBgAAQBAJ

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebloodycity-1886258-237.html

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Megan Morgan will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1387

 

 

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14 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Bloody City by Megan Morgan

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 24, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. achristay
    November 24, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. Megan Morgan
    November 24, 2015

    Thanks so much for having me here today! I’ll be around to answer comments and questions from the readers all day!

  4. Pingback: Now on tour | Megan Morgan

  5. Eva Millien
    November 24, 2015

    Great excerpt and interview, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  6. Victoria
    November 24, 2015

    Really great post, sounds like an awesome book! And I love the cover…totally bada$$ 😀

    • Megan Morgan
      November 24, 2015

      Thank you! Fiona Jayde does the covers for this series. She’s awesome!

      • Victoria
        November 24, 2015

        You’re welcome! 🙂

  7. Mai Tran
    November 25, 2015

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

    • Megan Morgan
      November 25, 2015

      Gosh, this is a tough one! I’m not much of a physical risk taker. No bungee jumping or skydiving for me. I guess if you want to get philosophical, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was have a kid–it takes a lot of time, effort, and risk to raise a child, and it’s so scary at first!

      Thanks for the question, Mai!

  8. Vesme
    November 27, 2015

    I feel like Krysten Ritter might make a good June.

    I really like your answer for worst writing advice. Like you said, research and learning about what you’re writing about is important, but just sticking to what you know sounds boring, for both the people reading, and I imagine for the author, as well.

    • Megan Morgan
      November 28, 2015

      Oooh yes, Jane from Breaking Bad, right? I could totally see that!

      And definitely, on the research thing. It’s true that some huge authors make their protagonists’ professions an area they know quite well often in their books–Stephen King and John Grisham come to mind–but I’m sure even they have to research certain things. I think of writing as a way to educate yourself too. I’ve learned tons of things through research!

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