Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the KEy

Things just got REAL!!!!

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As I previously mentioned in a recent post, The Legacy if the Key is a finalist in two categories for the Reader’s Favorite award contest.

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Category #1: Fiction Supernatural.

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Category #2: Fiction Fantasy

I am now honored to be a part of the Facebook group that includes only the finalists in all categories! Watching the author who created this amazing group post the finalists in all categories is making all of this much more humbling for me. Being a finalist in this amazing contest is also an exclusive invitation to all finalist whether they receive Gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention awards. Funny thing is, I feel as though I’ve already achieved something I would have never anticipated with this book and/or series. The Legacy of the Key has brought me to an entire different level of considering myself as a published authur by achieving this.
As I have said and will always say, I wrote this book series, because it was a series that I wanted to read! I enjoyed it so much that I felt obligated to share it with the wonderful world of readers! I still sit amazed at the feedback the series is receiving, which is that much more motivating to press on through grueling edits and best of all, contuing the story of Levi, Reece, Harrison and the Guardians.
So with all of this said, I may be taking a trip to Miami, Fl. to walk on stage as a winner or recognition as a finalist, which means I need a good expression for everyone… Robert Downey Jr is who I decided to turn to for inspiration! Time to practice in the mirror.

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What do you think? I have to have some fun for a once in a lifetime opportunity..
Maybe I’ll just wear my new crazy hat…

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Again, way to go Legacy of the Key!

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SL MORGAN

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Before He was Superman…..

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Most authors, as well as readers, have visual images of who they see as their characters…and I did the same thing.
As I wrote, “Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key” I had an image of my main hero character. At the time, he wasn’t known throughout the world, until Man of Steel hit the silver screen! As I wrote my manuscript, this man… Henry Cavill was the only person I could relate to Levi…not only by certain looks he had, but his personality nearly fit Levi Oxley’s perfectly. A perfect gentleman, chivalry and most of all loyalty! Now, don’t get me wrong…before you hit Google of images of him, I have to say, there are only certain pictures of him that resemble Levi.
Anyway as I worked hard on writing, editing and preparing my book to be published, I was informed that there was a fangirl following and rooting for him to be the lead character in the best selling book series 50 Shades of Grey. (Have not read it, but from what I learned…definitely NOT Levi. Then another following for him to play in another erotica book series if it became a movie. With all this said, I had to let go of this image of Henry as Levi. There was no way I would associate him with the book as there were other well known book readers obsessed with him as their lead man! Perfectly fine!
And then came…Man of Steel! Mr. Cavill was now known around the world as Superman. Following this actor before this incredible breakthrough for him, made me so happy that he finally did it! He not only was known around the world, but he landed one of his dream roles…Superman! Way to go, Henry!
So, by chance and with great surprise, I came across another actor that really hasn’t had “the breakthrough” yet. Amazingly, he fits my image of Levi Oxley perfectly!
Well now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag…I’ll give some images of what I saw as Levi through Henry Cavill! Enjoy.

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Make sure you keep up, Man of Steel 2, Batman vs Superman comes out soon!

Book 3

Ancient Guardians: Book 3 Video sneak peek! Watch “Jessica Simpson – I Wanna Love You Forever Lyrics” on YouTube

More than once I have mentioned that music inspires every part of my writing. As I listen to various songs on my iPod, a song will catch me and I have an entire book ready to be written. Then there are songs when I struggle to write particular scenes and or chapters a song will help to motivate it. It’s as if the song awakens the emotions I need in order to write with the passion a writer must have to write!
I will not lie, my favorite scenes to write are the fighting scenes and most of all, the love scenes. I believe I enjoy them so much because they are the biggest challenges!
SPOILER ALERT (For readers who haven’t read or finished Books 1&2 in the series)
For example, the song I’m about to share is an excellent example of that. In my third book, Levi and Reece FINALLY get their ‘Happily Ever After’ and it’s not at the end of the book series…how exciting is that?

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Anyway, being married for 18 years, I must find those feelings of First Love and much anticipated wedding vows! Fortunately, as I struggled to get into character this song by Jessica Simpson rolled into the iPod lineup! (I have every song from every musician that you could imagine…thank goodness). I hadn’t heard or listened to this song for at least 19 years, when Jessica’s very first single was released. As the song played, my mind kicked right into gear and I was able to feel, know and understand EXACTLY how Reece felt about standing up, preparing to say her vows to Levi! This video could almost be a dead giveaway for what readers will read in Book 3, Wedding Celebration!
As for the song for their wedding night of strong, devoted and painfully anticipated night of love…well, I can’t give that one away! All I’ll say is when I finished writing, I literally said…”Is it hot in here or is it just me?” Ha! So with all of this said, here’s a beautiful video into the mind of SL Morgan as she prepared the character’s for wedding day! Enjoy!

Jessica Simpson – I Wanna Love You Forever Lyrics: http://youtu.be/OCUZs1aNmTg

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Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the KEy

Congrats to Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key for it’s nominations in two categories for Readers Favorite!

After a long, grueling move from Houston, TX to California and a anniversary spent in Yosemite National park, I was amazed to see that Book 1 in the Ancient Guardians series had been nominated for two awards with Reader’s Favorite!

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Reading that this was a pretty tough process and there were many books that were great that unfortunately weren’t selected, I was more than amazed to find that Ancient Guardians made it! I, at first, want to give credit to the other books and authors who have worked hard and have great books that unfortunately didn’t make it this far, believe me, I never expected The Legacy to accomplish this either.
Secondly, I am sincerely grateful for this nomination and still struggle to admit this happened…but, it was not competitions or recognition that gave me the courage that writer’s require to publish a book or book series, it was for my reading audience that would enjoy the unique escape the series offers them. To receive reviews, hear from readers that needed the escape into this enchanting dimension that brought them back into a different time period where Chivalry existed, is the reason I shared this book series! I was burdened to share this story, the characters and this captivating with everyone. Why? Because, I, as a reader, needed and enjoyed the escape as well! It’s why I write, it’s why I spend money for a professional editor and it’s why I have the courage to publish! If this book amazingly wins in it’s categories, I will say right now, it’s for my readers! I did it for them! They are why I write and share my crazy and vivid imagination with the world!
So with that said, let’s see how the Legacy of the Key does…and if this book can win!!!!

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How I feel as an author? I think this picture below describes it best.

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Never give up, never quit! You never know where your path is leading you!
SL Morgan