Author rambles, Book 3, Random

Why I love to write in the Ancient Guardians series.

Or should I say why I love to write, period!

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The picture says it all! Personally, when I write, I’m drawn into the scenes in the book and then the computer screen simply fades away. Now, I’m living in the enchanting dimension of Pemdas! I’m with the characters, trying to document their story! Writing is an escape for me, just like reading is!
The hard part…
is being ripped out of this fascinating world in order to edit and polish the book, so I can share it with the wonderful world of readers! This is when I get to read through the book, over and over and over and over again! Find mistakes, rearrange sentences, get rid of overused words etc.
Then the editor takes over and the manuscript comes back… 😩
And I start thinking is it really worth it? Do I really want to do all of this work, just so I can publish a book that will probably never pay the bills? (If you are an author you know exactly what I am talking about.) Editing is my worst enemy, it kills my creative side, it exhausts me; but, I will press on and endure through the grueling process!
Why?
Because I have to share this fascinating story with the readers out there that I know will appreciate the escape just as much as I do! I complain about editing, I probably always will…but when I step back and read the final polished book, I stand amazed and more excited than ever to publish. (God Bless Editors)
There are other authors out there that won’t agree that writing is their escape, they certainly won’t agree with how I write…but we are all different, our words are different, and that’s why readers have so many wonderful books out there to choose from!
Just a little fun fact from SL Morgan!
Here’s to all authors and editors and the readers who read our work!
(whether they like it or not) 🙂

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Writing—So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

Well said!!!! I couldn’t have ever put it into words just as this author did!!!

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Original image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Sodanie Chea Original image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Sodanie Chea

Recently a Facebook friend shared a post with me regarding Indie Musicians versus Indie Authors. It appears our culture has a fascination and reverence for the Indie Musician whereas Indie Authors face an immediate stigma. We authors have to continually prove ourselves, whereas musicians don’t (at least not in the same way). My friend seemed perplexed, but to me it’s very simple.

We’re not even going to address the flood of “bad” books. Many writers rush to publish before they’re ready, don’t secure proper editing, etc. But I feel the issue is deeper and it reflects one of the many challenges authors face and always will.

People give automatic respect to a musician because not everyone can play an instrument or sing. Simple. It’s clear that artist can do something many cannot.

As writers, we have an insidious enemy. People…

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Book 3, Random

Ancient Guardians: Book 3

You are cordially invited….

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I feel like a wedding coordinator as I orchestrate this unique ceremony in Ancient Guardians: Book 3!
The big event is set to take place in the Spring of 2018 when Book 3 is published…ha! Just kidding! Although, it is nice to create a deadline I know I can beat!
Now, back to writing this unique ceremony and ensuring that the readers will be just as captivated by it as the future bride to the Emperor of Pemdas will be!

Author rambles, Book 3, Random

As an author, do you find yourself in love with the Hero of your book?

Here’s a fun post….so, let’s play 🙂

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This was a question that was asked in one of my author groups, and one that I have sometimes wondered about other authors as well.
Well, as it turns out, most authors are quite taken with their heros and hey…if that is what helps them write a captivating book for all of us to read and help us readers attach to their hero in that way also…I say, there’s nothing wrong with that!
My personal answer to this question?
Of course, I was one of the few who didn’t see my Hero, “Levi” that way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the handsome prince of Pemdas; however, I view my characters much differently! My response to this question was this:
If I were to fall in love with my hero, my heroine would slap me (actually Reece wouldnt slap me, she’d get it…but wouldnt appreciate it) But, my minor character, Harrison, would laugh at me and never let me, as his author, live it down! EVER!
I guess it’s the way that I, as their author, view and write the characters in the Ancient Guardians series. I often refer to them as ‘the kids’ and mainly, my fictional family… And I am the fortunate one that gets to tell their story.
It’s how I write…
The only way I can explain it is: I write in these character’s POV’s as an actor would play a part! I see how the characters act and even feel their emotions…it’s almost like being possessed by them! Sometimes, I’ll write a chapter, step back and think…”Really? Well that’s not how I would have handled that one!” It’s always thrilling to write their story, I never know where these characters are going to take me or the reader…and now with my third book in editing, my minor character finally gets what ‘he feels he deserves’…main character status! I will tell you, writing in Harrison’s POV is exciting, hilarious and adventurous all in one!
I can’t wait to have Book 3 published, it’s definitely an adventure and we get to know other new characters more personally! What a fun ride it will be!

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Book 3, Random, Writing

Sharing a little ‘hidden treasure’ in Ancient Guardians: Book 3

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I like to have little ‘tokens’ that represent something special in each of my books. However, this particular item does not exist anywhere! I looked for months to find a carved arrow that could represent a piece that is extremely important to one of my characters! It’s a small part in the book, but it reveals a unique part of this character that for the first time gets to jump up into a main character in the third book!
So with that said, I searched for months for a carved wooden arrow to represent this piece. I only found arrowheads…then I remembered our cousin who is a master at carving wood! He’s even carved and made Osage stickbows. After remembering this, I asked him to do a replica of what would be in my third book of The Ancient Guardians series! Without fail, he accepted the task and I am speechless with the final product!
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Thank you, Scott ‘Davey’ Jones for this amazing masterpiece only you could create! This guy should be making millions with his talent of carving!!!!

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Above picture is the Osage stickbow he carved for my kids!

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Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the KEy, Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited, giveaways

Goodreads Giveaway: Autographed copy plus custom bookmark of Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key (Book I) and The Uninvited (Book II)

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The giveaways are up and ready for you to enter at Goodreads! Enter to win the first book in the Ancient Guardians Series autographed by SL Morgan; plus a custom ribbon book mark with a silver key and arrow to match your book!
Book I The Legacy of the Key
Enter here: Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key (Book 1, Ancient Guardians Series)

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Book II The Uninvited

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Enter to win an autographed copy plus a custom matching ribbon bookmark with a silver dagger charm & silver arrow charm to match The Uninvited book cover.
Enter Here:
Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited (Book II, Ancient Guardians series)

And no one is a loser…. If you have an e-reader The Legacy of the Key is now available for a FREE download on
FREE Amazon Kindle & Barnes&Noble FREE Nook ebook.
Click the links above to download your free eBook today and get swept away into a new fascinating dimension and discover who the Guardians are the secretly protect Earth from other worlds! Nominated for a Global eBook award, The Legacy is sure to keep you turning pages!

Happy Reading and my best to all who enter the giveaways 🙂
Note: The giveaways are only available to US residents at the time. I plan to offer giveaways to other countries at a later date.

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Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited, giveaways

A chance to win an Autographed copy plus a custom bookmark!

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Here’s a chance for you to enter to win an autographed copy of Ancient Guardians The Uninvited (Book 2) on Good reads.com! At this time the offer will be available to U.S. residents only! I plan to do future giveaways with good reads that will be available to countries outside of the US. Stay tuned for more details! You may add The Uninvited to your good reads bookshelves by clicking this link: Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited

I’ll be posting the official give away link as soon as goodreads has it up 🙂

Author rambles, Random

I would have never thought this could relate to my book series….

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Alright, time to reveal one of my favorite places to visit, Disneyland. Without boring everyone with all of my adventures visiting the theme park, I will just say that after you pass all the chaos and crowds to get into the gates; you walk under the archway and officially enter the park!
I always experience a shiver of excitement as I glance up at this particular sign posted as you enter this un-realistic land that Walt Disney created for all of us to escape the real world in.
For me personally; every thought, worry and stress melts away as we enter the enchanting theme park! (While my husband has already started calculating how much money we’ve already spent 😉 and will do so until we exit the park.)
Anyway, it’s interesting that I should come across this particular quote today. It made me think, not only about how in some strange way it relates to the fantasy of my novel series; Ancient Guardians…but, also, all the other fantasy and fairytail novels out there!
Fantasy is meant to be unrealistic, to help you escape, when and if you need an escape from the harsh reality in real life! To also help experience things that sometimes our imaginations aren’t capable of creating on our own! And most of all, to play in new worlds and enjoy the thrilling adventure while you’re apart of it while reading.
It’s how I see fantasy novels anyway, but then again…that’s just me. We are all different and see things differently! I like to dance in the rain, while my husband hides under the porch to stay dry and just laughs at me!
Just a random post I thought I’d share! Have an adventurous day! 🌞
SL Morgan 

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                  .  Disneyland 2011

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Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited

An honest review for Ancient Guardians The Uninvited (Book 2, Ancient Guardians)

A BIG thank you to Candy for such a detailed and honest review of The Second book in the Ancient Guardians series! As an author, it is critical for me to have honest and detailed reviews to help readers decide whether or not a book is worth their money and time! This is something I take very seriously as an indie author, for the readers, for the book and for my name as an author! I’m grateful to Candy for taking the time to read and go above and beyond my expectations for a review!
Below you will find a excerpt of her review and I hope you’ll go to her site and read the entire review! -SL Morgan

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Candy loves to read Book Review of Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited.
Wow! Now this is how you write a sequel! Morgan took us to the beautiful world of Pemdas in The Legacy of the Key and brought us back for another adventure in The Uninvited (the title isn’t directed at you, you’re invited). I looked at my book rating record and it would appear that the second book in a series scores lower than the first. Not this time.

Characters
They usually get a makeover…when they didn’t need it. You spend the first book learning about them, understanding their background, getting in their head. Excited for book 2, you look forward to picking up where you left off and catch up with the characters you have come to love. Finally, you get your hands on the sequel, settle down for the reunion, and wind up with strangers thinking Who are these people? They do or say something that is so far out in left field and out-of-character that I’m checking the name and going back to the first in the series to see if I’m going crazy. Thankfully, Reece and Levi are still Reece and Levi along with Harrison and the rest of the gang. No switching out Terrance Howard for Don Cheadle for the character of James Rhodes in Iron Man. Sorry, that just bugged the crap outta me. I don’t care about the reasons why but if you are going to replace someone, make them a different character! Change the role! Anyways, Reece is her down-to-earth self (well, down-to-pemdas now), Levi the passionate and fiercely protective prince, and Harrison the ever witty and loyal friend. If there is anything different about our lovely couple, they are more affectionate and by that I mean very affectionate. Which brings me to another reason that can make or break a sequel: the chemistry.

Romance
For more on this very detailed review that will help readers decide whether or not they would enjoy the second book in the Ancient Guardians Series, please visit Candy’s blog site! I can’t thank her enough for such a detailed and most of all HONEST review of Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited (Book 2, Ancient Guardians Novel Series)

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Excerpt from Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited

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This was one of my favorite chapters to write in The Uninvited!

A lovely day on the Aegean Sea…

“I was told I needed a swimsuit for the day; please tell me you plan on getting in the water as well?” She crossed her arms and eyed his clothes. “Or do the Pemdai warriors swim in button-down shirts and slacks?” -Reece Bryant, The Uninvited.