appearances

The Language Of Writing

Many years ago, I wrote under a different pseudonym, in a somewhat different genre, and had a modicum of success. The name was Lydia Nyx, if you’re curious, but it doesn’t matter because everything I had published back then is no longer in print/distribution and some of the publishers are defunct. I ended up eventually shifting genres and reinventing myself as Megan Morgan.

However, despite the fact I didn’t write fantasy/sci-fi, I somehow ended up being a panelist at 2011 Penguicon in Detroit (which is a sci-fi/fantasy con). It’s a funny story, and what I learned from the experience–that we, as writers, no matter where we are on our path or what we write, are all in this together–was invaluable.

I ended up at the convention because I made a comment on a blog post of a fellow author who was published in an erotic horror anthology with me. He mentioned Penguicon and that they still needed panelists (I believe he worked for the organizers? I can’t remember clearly.) and I looked into it, despite the fact I didn’t fit the demographic. When I contacted the organizers, they said indeed they would like to have me, and didn’t care what I wrote, they just wanted published writers to speak. I was scheduled for not one, not two…but SEVEN panels. Keep in mind, I had never spoken publicly on writing before, ever.

The convention ended up being a blast. However, on three of those panels, I sat alongside sci-fi/fantasy authors Jim C. Hines, Stephanie Osborne (who had the coolest NASA ribbons), and….*GULP* Brandon F*kin Sanderson. Needless to say, I was way out of my element and way nervous. I was terrified to sit with multi-award winning, bestselling Mr. Sanderson, who, let’s not be modest about it, 90% of the convention goers were there to see. What’s more, I was expected to sit with him and talk to a huge audience about writing, intelligently.

I had no idea what to do, so me and my son just got Steampunk’d.

What did I learn from those three nerve-wracking panels? I learned that despite the fact Mr. Sanderson was at the top of the food chain and I was way down at the bottom, in the swamp, and that we write in radically different genres, our love of writing, the way we talk about it, and the techniques we use to evoke creativity are exactly the same. He was a tremendously nice and polite man. He moderated all three panels (basically directing the flow of conversation/controlling the subject matter/provoking the rest of us to speak) and he was extremely pleasant, encouraging, and helpful. I realized despite our different points on the spectrum we were both writers, and we both thought like writers. We could discuss it on the same level, all other things aside. It was incredibly comforting as a young, floundering author.

Jim C. Hines is also a darling of a man. I sat directly beside him for all three panels and he was just a great conversationalist and gentleman. He eased my nerves greatly before each panel.

It was an eye-opening weekend. I also made several fans at the time who were pleasantly surprised to find an author so radically out of place. I met author H.B. Pattskyn there, before she was published, and she was so wonderful and supportive of me on those days when this young author was so scared. I even had her sit with me on some of my other panels!

The thing I learned that weekend, and I still carry with me to this day, is that we’re all in this together, no matter where we are on the ladder, no matter what we write. Writing is a universal language!

Look how well I fit in! I apologize, my son could only seem to take pictures during earthquake tremors.

Next Week Update

Just a note that things will be a bit out of whack here on the blog next week, as The Burning City will be released on Tuesday and I’ll be focusing a lot on that.

As an update, unfortunately I’ve decided to cancel the Facebook party for release day due to lack of interest–however, I will be doing a giveaway here on the blog instead and there will be multiple giveaways on other blogs where I’m doing guest spots, as well. I’ll make sure to link to those on Tuesday so you have lots of chances to win!

Hope to see you on Tuesday for release day, and if you live in the U.S., have a great holiday weekend!

The Burning City Exclusive Teaser and Promo Tour

Tomorrow I will be at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours with a sneak peek of The Burning City, which will be released on July 5th. Stop by their blog tomorrow for a free exclusive excerpt from the third novel in the Siren Song series! I will be posting about it on Twitter/FB tomorrow as a reminder.

I will also be doing a promo blast with Reading Addiction on July 5th when the book is released. Below is a list of places The Burning City will be featured that day. You can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card at any of the stops!



Hope to see you over at Reading Addiction tomorrow!

Upcoming Promo For The Burning City

The third novel in my Siren Song urban fantasy series, The Burning City, will be released on July 5th from Kensington Books/Lyrical Press. There’s lots of fun stuff going on for the release, including multiple chances to win prizes!

Here’s a list of events and places I’ll be:

The main event is a Facebook party for release day! Prizes will include:

* Two $10 Amazon gift cards (e-mail delivery only)
* The complete Siren Song series in e-format
* An autographed paperback copy of The Burning City

Never been to a Facebook party? It’s easy to participate. All you need to do is show up during the party (3-6pm EST), chat, and have fun! Use your FB account to click the +Going button at the top of the page, and FB will even remind you when the event is coming up so you don’t miss it. Hope to see you there!

  • On June 28th, The Burning City will be featured in a Teaser Tuesday at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours–stop by for an exclusive excerpt!
  • On July 4th, The Burning City will be featured at Cover Reveals.
  • I will be doing a promo blitz on July 5th through Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. 20-30 blogs will feature The Burning City that day. I will post more information when I get the list of participating blogs. This blitz will feature a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway!
  • On July 5th I will be visiting author Suzanne Johnson to talk about The Burning City. I will be doing a surprise giveaway there, as well!

I may end up doing other promo as well. I’ll keep you updated!

A few updates

Just a few little updates today, about some upcoming and current things I’ve got going on:

  • Yesterday I did a guest post at author Calisa Rhose’s site, discussing the connection between urban fantasy and romance. If you comment on the post you’re automatically entered to win an e-copy of The Wicked City! The contest runs until 9pm EST time tonight, so there’s still time to join in.
  • If you don’t win a copy, never fear, The Wicked City is on sale right now for 99 cents at all the retailers listed. Cheap!
  • This coming Monday, January 25th, sign-ups for this year’s April A-Z Challenge begin! I’m really excited and I can’t wait to participate again. I’m planning a rather ambitious theme this year, but I think it will be lots of fun. Thankfully, I have a few months to work on it.
  • I’m also going to be participating in the Lost & Found blogfest on February 1st. If you want to join in, there’s still time! The theme is love–lost love, found love…it’s almost Valentine’s Day, after all.
  • In case you missed it, I’ve started a newsletter. Each edition will feature a contest and prizes, so make sure you sign up!

That’s all my updates for this week. Do you have anything special to share?

Sign up for my newsletter!

After much debating, I’ve finally decided to create a newsletter for myself. Now…I just need subscribers!

I’ll be using the newsletter to keep followers up to date on my new releases, sales, appearances, general news, and upcoming events, as well as sharing information and tidbits from around the writing world. I’ll also have a few fun things, like contests and prizes, and eventually, guest author spots.

I’m planning on launching the newsletter the first week of February (if I have enough subscribers) and the first one will contain a contest for a $10 Amazon gift card. So sign up today if you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, and maybe win a little something!

Go here to sign up for Megan Morgan’s Author Newsletter.

If you have any questions or comments, or have any trouble signing up, please let me know. Thank you!

 

End of the year reflections

With 2015 drawing to a close, I wanted to recap my year and count my blessings. I had a lot of highs and lows this year, but overall it was quite an exciting ride. Writing-wise it was a banner year, health-wise, not so much. Here’s a rundown of my 2015:

JANUARY:

  • Nothing much writing-wise happened this month. I did start edits on my second Siren Song novel with my editor. Also did edits for Her Darkest Secret, which would come out the following month.
  • I went on a trip to Chicago with my best friend! I love Chicago. We had such an awesome time, and we rented the best suite ever in the heart of downtown Chicago.

It was a sweet suite!

I was writing an article for Kindle Blogs about my novel set in Chicago, while in Chicago (at the same time of year it takes place, even).

FEBRUARY:

  • Her Darkest Secret was released. I had a great time writing this novella. If you’re into paranormal historical erotic romance (wow that’s a mouthful) you should check it out.
  • I broke my wrist, two days before Valentine’s Day. Ugh! We had the coldest February in recorded history in Ohio and there was ice EVERYWHERE, leading to my downfall (literally).
  • I was on the radio!

At least I got a lot of autographs!

MARCH:

  • My debut novel The Wicked City is released! I still had the cast on my arm for release day.
  • My cast came off the day after St. Patrick’s Day. I was downgraded to a brace for two weeks.

I still had fun on St. Paddy’s day with my bff…

…and then I got a good downgrade the next day.

APRIL:

MAY:

JUNE:

JULY

  • I turned 40! My best friend took me to Las Vegas, which was awesome, but while there I tripped on my heels, fell, and sustained a severe knee injury that I’m still not fully recovered from. If you really want to see pictures of what it looked like, click here (not for the squeamish!). I was out of work for almost three weeks and had to have ongoing medical treatment. I am never wearing heels again. Or turning 40 again.

Apart from the horrific injury though, we had a great time!

AUGUST

  • Mostly spent recovering from my knee injury.

SEPTEMBER:

  • Got another royalty check. Bought another mansion.

OCTOBER:

NOVEMBER:

DECEMBER

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! (This is my son and my furry daughter.)

 

And that’s my year in review–up, down, crazy, exciting, fun–I’m hoping 2016 will be just as eventful (without breaking/injuring anything). How did your 2015 fare?

Happy New Year everyone, may 2016 be wonderful for all of us!

Now on tour

Today I start two book tours, one for each new publication. So I’ll try not to blabber on about myself on this blog too much this week! Below is a list of places I’ll be each day for the individual tours, along with what I’ll be discussing, so you can stop by and say hello if you like. Both tours will include gift card prizes and the more you participate, the more chances you have to win.

Today: The Reading Addict – Overcoming the greatest obstacle on my path to publication.

Tuesday: Christine Young – Interview. AND It’s Raining Books – Five things readers would never guess about me.

Wednesday: Books Chatter – Interview/playlist for my book. AND Cover 2 Cover – World building in urban fantasy/book review.

Thursday: No post due to Thanksgiving, however, I will have a stop on the other tour (since the company is UK-based).

Friday: Unabridged Andra – The love triangle in fiction. AND Love That’s Out of This World – Interview.

This tour will include a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

Today: All I Want And More – Writing for the City Nights series.

Tuesday: Houston Havens – What makes a hero sexy?

Wednesday: Romances With A Little Kick – Writing erotic romance.

Thursday: Muffy Wilson – I’m thankful for erotica!

Friday: Erotica For All – The thrill of the forbidden–why I write erotic romance.

This tour will include a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway.

As a reminder, I’m also still on this tour and will be until the end of the month (all posts are either spotlights or reviews):

So that’s where I’ll be this week. If you want to listen to me talk about myself, writing, and my books, and maybe win a prize–come follow me around. I love groupies!

We have a winner!

The Rafflecopter has spoken! The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card and e-copies of The Wicked City and The Bloody City is:

Crystal Collier

Congratulations, Crystal! I will be contacting you as well for information on where to send your prizes. Thanks so much for visiting and entering, and thank you to everyone else who participated as well!

This has been a crazy week for me and I promise to get back to ‘normal’ blogging soon. In the meantime, you can visit these places to listen to me talk, talk, talk about myself and my book:

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who hangs out here and supports me! You guys are the best!