Wednesday, September 05, 2018

TRAIL TO CLEAR CREEK - Kit Morgan - One Free Book


Welcome back, Kit. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Bits and pieces, all depends on the book. There is one character, however, where I realized later, the he was me as a man.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In the fifth grade. The assignment was to write a simple story. I wrote a fifteen-page book complete with illustrations.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
All kinds, but I don’t seem to enjoy literary fiction. I guess I like my happily ever afters too much.

I’m with you on the HEAs. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That’s easy, I live in a log cabin on a creek on twenty acres in a canyon. World? You mean there’s a world outside of this place?

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I have name books. After writing nearly 80 books, where would I be without them?

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
When my first book hit the book store shelves.

I know. I had my husband take a picture of me by my book on a store shelf. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse of course. They’re so majestic, powerful, fast. But don’t try to saddle me. I’ll buck you off for sure.

What is your favorite food?
Hmmm, this is a tough one. I guess I’d have to say the classic steak and baked potato!

I love steak and baked potato. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Hmm, I’d say over-thinking what I was writing, rather than enjoying it and letting it flow. Once I learned how to do that, it’s been a breeze.

Tell us about the featured book.
Trail to Clear Creek is a story my readers have been asking for for years. It’s the story of Honoria and Jefferson Cooke, who married in order for Honoria and her three sons to join a wagon train heading west. Imagine a blended family getting to know each other on the Oregon Trail! The tagline of the book says it all. Two lonely hearts. Five sons between them. Two-thousand miles.

Sounds interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
Independence, Missouri, March 1849   

Benedict is dead. My heart bleeds.

But I must go on.

Honoria Alexandra Sayer dipped her pen into the inkwell, eyes on the page before her. She’d written that entry months ago, but her pain at times was still bone-searing deep. She hadn’t written in her private diary since.

She put pen to paper and began to write …

Benedict, my love, so much has happened since you left us. The boys insist I decide what to do. Duncan is especially anxious. Our money is nearly gone.

I wish you were here to guide us, but everything is up to me now and Duncan – at least in his mind. He is the oldest and at nineteen, considered a man. He wants to lead, has been doing so, but I can’t help feeling that we’ll need more. Not that he can’t be head of the family, but there’s so much missing. So much of you.

Honoria sighed, dipped the pen and continued. She didn’t have much time.

Colin and Harrison argue as usual and miss you terribly. Harrison still cries when he thinks no one can see him, and Colin’s practical jokes are rampant. He has annoyed Mr. Greenly at the mercantile more than once, and I’ve had to speak with him about it. I hope their hearts will settle soon.

We must be on our way. I suppose writing to you like this will help me decide what to do. Your dream to come to this country became our dream, my love. And I cannot let that dream die in vain.

“Mother?”

Honoria raised her head. “Yes?”

Her eldest son Duncan stepped into the room. “The others are ready to leave. We made a list of what we’ll need. Mr. Greenly said he has a wagon.”

She closed her eyes and sighed again. So this was it – Duncan was forcing her hand. “Come here, darling.”

He approached, his booted feet heavy against the wooden floor. “Yes, Mother?”

She turned in her chair to look at him. Duncan was tall, taller than his father. “You’ve grown again.”

 He put his hand to his chest and shrugged. “Filled out, yes. Taller, no. Not that I’ve noticed.”

She smiled as tears stung the back of her eyes. To her, he was still the little boy that loved animals, saved little damsels in distress (kittens from trees, mostly) and looked out for her as long as she could remember. He was now her knight in shining armor doing his best to fill his father’s shoes. “You really want to do this?”

“You do too. You just can’t admit it.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Through my website, www.authorkitmorgan.com, my Facebook Page and Twitter can be accessed from there as well!

Thank you, Kit, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it. I’m sure they will be, too.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.



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20 comments:

Vivian Furbay said...

This is the kinds of romance and historical fiction i like to read. Vivian Furbay of CO

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Dianna said...

Sounds like it starts out on a sad note.
Dianna (TN)

Trixi said...

Historical romance? Count me in...these sound great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy

Trixi in OR

Elly said...

I've heard this author is really good! Would love the chance to win this book!
Elly -Indiana-

Robin in NC said...

Love, love,love wagon train, pioneering stories! Thanks for sharing with us!!
Robin in NC

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a great read! Melanie Backus, Texas

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for the interview with Kit Morgan and the excerpt from "TRAIL TO CLEAR CREEK". The book sounds amazing and one that I'd love the opportunity to read. I'd love to get to know the blended family of Honoria and Jefferson Cooke and their adventures while getting to know one another. I'm also fascinated that it starts off in a place I know - Independence, Missouri. Love this time frame of time for setting of books too. Appreciate the chance to win a copy of the book.
Kay Garrett of Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy in Nebraska

wfnren at aol dot com

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy reading about families in wagon trains. Love to read this!
Beth from Iowa

SARAH TAYLOR said...

Love reading Kit Morgan's books And would love this book Thanks for the chance!SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)com SARAH FROM Waterloo.

Emma said...

"TRAIL TO CLEAR CREEK by Kit Morgan sounds wonderful.PA. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Kit Morgan said...

I hope you'll all enjoy Honoria's and Jefferson's story. It was fun to write but also a little bittersweet. Those familiar with my books know Honoria's story from the Prairie Bride and Prairie Groom series. This book is like a prequel to those books.

Melissa aka ForstRose said...

I’ve read all the Prairie Bride and Groom Series so far. Clear Creek is always enticing as well as Nowhere. Of course I’ve also got a soft spot for anything to do with wagon trains and the Oregon trail. Growing up practically at the western end of the trail helped matters a bit. I suppose starting my chapter book reading career with Little House also pushed me on that path too.
Melissa in California (transplanted from Oregon)

Brenda said...

I from Northeast MS. Thanks for the giveaway

Abigail Mitchell said...

Can't wait to read this!
Abigail in VA

Library Lady said...

Looking forward to reading this series of books.
"Trail to Clear Creek" would be a wonderful addition to the Church Library.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com
Florida

Dianna said...

Almost 80 books -- wow!
Dianna (TN)

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Lourdes said...

Would love to win.

Lourdes Long Island, NY