Today we are pleased to welcome an interview with
the heroine from Stepping Stones by Elizabeth Morgan
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Hello, my name is Margaret West, but you can call me, Maggie. And I am the leading lady - as Adrian would put it - in Elizabeth Morgan's latest release, Stepping Stones.
~~ How did you first meet your writer?
I first met Elizabeth when I took control of one of her dreams. I didn't really say hello or introduce myself. I just placed her in my shoes and showed her what was going on in my life.
~~ What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
The dialog. It was really good to get everything off my chest; to clear the air, and make peace with everyone. It wasn't easy hearing what they had to say to me, hearing how I hurt them, but then the truth is never easy. I'm just glad that we have all forgiven one another. William can get on with his life. I have my family back. I have Adrian back.
~~ Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
No. I didn't bother Elizabeth after that one dream, but I must have made some form of impact because she was stewing the idea for about two years before she finally sat down with me and began writing. I don't know if my story is a good one, but then life isn't always good or interesting. A lot of the time it is difficult and dull, filled with mistakes and heartaches, regrets, but Elizabeth must have seen something in what I showed her. Otherwise, there would be no Stepping Stones.
~~ If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I would rewrite the pain I put my family through. I would rewrite the past and do everything I should have done, but things happen for a reason. The choice we make, even if they are stupid, selfish, and hurtful, we have to make them sometimes. We all have to learn and grow as individuals. Life is a lesson and even if you wish it, well, you can never rewrite it. You only live once.
~~ Do you like the way the book ended?
Yes, because that was the end of a very lonely six years, and the start of a very new chapter in my life; a time of possibilities and no more fear.
~~ What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
I'm selfish and a little bit of a coward. I can't really blame Elizabeth for that, because I know I am, but I feel it will go against me in a lot of ways. I don't think anyone really likes a selfish prognostic, or a coward, but I'm human. I'm not perfect and I was very selfish for the six years prior to this book, and it's a hard "habit" to break, which is why I still am during Stepping Stones, which is a transitional point in my life. And I'm a coward for running away in the first place, staying away, and for not wanting to come back.
~~ What do you do for a living?
I'm an independent fashion designer. I design and sell clothing in a small boutique in London.
~~ What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Eat ice cream and watch films. You don't ever really want to do anything when it's raining anyway. It's like you become lazy. So, I like to veg out. I don't get to do it a lot of the time because I'm so busy. So, if the weather is super bad and I'm on top of work, then yeah, snuggling on my sofa with a tub of ice cream and a good movie is just the best way to spend a rainy Sunday.
~~ Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl, I can get very caught up when I am making outfits and hours can fly by and the next thing I know it's two in the morning.
~~ What is your most favorite memory?
Adrian's first Christmas with us. I was eight, and Aidy was ten. He had slowly been coming out of his shell over the months since he moved in with us, and I don't know, he was sad for a long time over his mother's death, but that Christmas was the first time he really smiled and in the way that his entire face lit up. With his golden hair and his cheeks rosy from the heat of the fire, he looked like an angel. Silly thought I guess, especially for a little girl, but it was just so nice to see him happy after he had been sad for so long.
~~ What do you admire about your parents?
Their teamwork, they are just a solid unit. Even when they are disagreeing with one another and bickering, I don't know, you just know that somehow they still seem to be in agreement with one another. They have an understanding and a mutual respect that I don't think you see very much nowadays. They just balance each other out perfectly.
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(Sweet Contemporary Romance)
By Elizabeth Morgan
If not for her baby sister’s impending marriage, Margaret West would never return home. But after six long years, she finds herself a maid of honor who must answer to the people she left behind.
If her parents’ interrogation doesn’t drive her to drink, facing her foster brother, Adrian, just might. To make matters worse, her ex-fiancé is the vicar who will conduct her sister’s ceremony.
Everyone demands to know why she ran off. But the more time she spends at home, the more Margaret realizes even she doesn’t know the real reason.
Length: Novella (32,000/91 pages)|
Content: Sweet Romance/Contemporary| Publisher: Bono Books
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“When is Aidy getting here?” Jessica grabbed the large bowl of scrambled eggs and brought it closer to her plate.
“I think his flight is due in at three.” My mother placed a dish of bacon on the table and took a seat beside me.
“He will be in time for the wedding rehearsal; don’t worry.”
My stomach clenched. “Wedding rehearsal?” I coughed, trying to clear the chunk of toast lodged in my throat. “What wedding rehearsal?”
“Today at four. We’re running through the service.” Jess scooped egg onto her plate. “I told you.”
Nervous laughter bubbled in my throat and try as I may, I couldn’t stop shaking my head. “No.” I patted my chest. “No, you never mentioned a rehearsal.”
“Oh.” She placed the bowl back in the middle of the table. “I could have sworn I did.”
“Nope, you didn’t. Believe me, I would have remembered otherwise.” I grabbed my mug and knocked the coffee back before finishing my piece of toast.
“Well, it’s no big deal.” Edward took the bowl of eggs and helped himself. “Just a quick run-through.”
“Will everyone be there?” Forcing a smile on my face, I looked up at them both, hoping like hell my question would pass as innocent and genuine curiosity.
“Anyone who is involved in the wedding itself will be.”
Great. So that meant Jessica, Edward, the parents, and the bridesmaids, plus me. That left Adrian and…. “Will Vicar Taylor, be there?”
Oh God, did my voice just go higher?
“Yes, Margaret, William will be there. He is the one who is marrying Jessie and Edward, so he needs to be there.” My father skewered some bacon and tomatoes onto his fork.
Grimacing, I reached out and grabbed another piece of toast. “Just a question, Pa.” A stupid one, but a question nevertheless….
“It is normal for people to have wedding rehearsals, Margaret. Just because you—”
Jess picked up the coffeepot. “Does anyone want more coffee?”
I straightened, my focus fixed on Pa. “I’m aware of that.”
My father’s shoulders went rigid. He lifted his head and our gazes locked. I didn’t miss the way the muscle in the side of his neck ticked. Arguing with my father in front of Jessica and Edward was not an option, so I looked away.
“Please.” I held out my mug and Jess poured the dark liquid.
I could kick myself. A wedding rehearsal hadn’t even crossed my mind. Having to stand at the altar before William on the actual wedding day would be hard enough, but having to do it twice…my stomach churned.
“So, will Adrian come straight to the church?” Edward cut the awkward silence.
“Yes. He will get a taxi to the church, and then we will bring him and his luggage back here.” My mother held her mug out to Jess.
“Adrian is staying here? Tonight?” I added sugar to my coffee. “Won’t it be crowded? I thought—”
“No more crowded than it was in your childhood.” My father took a bite out of his toast.
More and more good news. Of course he would be staying here; it was his family home after all. I guess, it was stupid of me to hope that he would go to a B&B, but my parents wouldn’t have allowed it even if he did suggest it. I hadn’t seen him in six years, hadn’t spoken to him. And yet, in a couple of hours I would be locked in the same house as him.
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Elizabeth Morgan is a multi-published author of urban fantasy, paranormal, erotic horror, f/f, and contemporary; all with a degree of romance, a dose of action and a hit of sarcasm, sizzle or blood, but you can be sure that no matter what the genre, Elizabeth always manages to give a unique and often humorous spin to her stories.
Like her tagline says; A pick ‘n’ mix genre author. “I’m not greedy. I just like variety.”
And that she does, author of erotic ménage horror, Creak, paranormal erotic horror and UK, US & Australian Amazon best seller (Gay/Lesbian, Fiction, Lesbian), On the Rocks, and erotic romance, US, UK and Spanish Amazon bestseller (Erotica Short Story) Truth or Dare? She also has her hand in self-publishing.
Razel Dazzle, her modern adult retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel, was her first taste of publishing her own stories, and now she has the hang of it, it will definitely not be her last. Look out for more information on her upcoming releases at her website: www.e-morgan.com
Away from the computer, Elizabeth can be found in the garden trying hard not to kill her plants, dancing around her little cottage with the radio on while she cleans, watching movies or good television programmes – Dr Who? Atlantis? The Musketeers? Heck, yes! – Or curled up with her two cats reading a book.
Where to find Elizabeth Online:
Blog: (Shared with Dianna Hardy): http://notjustastiffupperlip.blogspot.co.uk/
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