Alexis Morgan’s Immortal Cowboy

My guest today is USA Today Bestselling Author Alexis Morgan, making her Lair debut. Alexis has written cowboys, vampires, mages, immortal and supernatural warriors, and small town romance. She joins us today to chat about her latest release, Immortal Cowboy from Harlequin’s Nocturne line. Welcome Alexis! 

Please tell us a bit about Immortal Cowboy.

jpeg headshotGunslinger Wyatt McCain is a man caught up in his past. Even though he died a century ago, he has been unable to find peace and remains stuck in an endless cycle of repeating the same mistakes over and over. That all changes when Rayanne Allen comes to the mountain to find the truth about what happened a hundred years ago in Blessing, the ghost town that has haunted her since she was a young girl. When Wyatt saves her life, it changes her life forever. The two find a powerful love, one that transcends both life and death. In the end, to give Wyatt the release he needs, Rayanne may need to sacrifice the most powerful love she’s ever known.

What draws you to Westerns?

When I was growing up a favorite uncle used to bring my mom and me a box of westerns every time he came to visit. I fell in love with all those amazing stories about U.S. marshals, cowboys, and gunslingers with a heart of gold. In addition, I love telling stories about alpha males, the kind of hero who will sacrifice everything to protect those under his care. I think that’s one reason Wyatt McCain appealed to me as a hero. Despite his checkered past, he was trying to do the right thing when everything went so horribly wrong.

 We love heroes with checkered pasts in the Lair.  We also love call stories, so would you like to share yours?

 Back in the early 90s, I had sent a full manuscript and a partial to Kate Duffy, who was the editor at Meteor at the time. Kate happened to speak at my local RWA chapter and said that she was working on a something like a four week turnaround on submissions. Since she’d had my full for almost two months at that point, a friend encouraged me to tell Kate about it. Kate immediately told me to call her the next week with the title of the book (this was WAY before e-mail) so she could find it. A week after I gave her the information on both the full and the partial, she called me back and bought both of them on that one phone call! After we hung up, I made all kinds of babbling phone calls to friends and family. I doubt that my feet touched ground for days afterward, and I still smile when I think about that life-altering moment. 

Immortal_Cowboy_1That’s a great story!  Can we see an excerpt from Immortal Cowboy? 

A new energy had arrived on the mountain, altering the patterns and drawing his attention toward the cabin. Ray’s niece was back. He recognized her even though she’d grown into a woman with long legs and ridiculously short hair.

Drifting closer to the porch, he stared up at the open window high up near the peak of the roof. The man’s room had been on the other side. He’d always kept his window closed and the doors locked against the perils of the darkness, real and imagined.

But the girl had her window open to the night. Would she continue to keep it that way if she found out about him and the others? A grim smile crossed his face briefly. Hell, even the others knew to steer clear of him. They certainly recognized bad news when they saw it; maybe the girl would, too.

The light in the window winked out. He lost interest in his vigil and moved away, back toward town. Folks still called it Blessing. What a joke that was, one he doubted the others appreciated. But then he didn’t give a damn what they thought, any more than they cared about him.

He passed through the trees, startling a doe and her fawn. As quietly as he moved, he was surprised they even noticed him. But after one look in his direction, the wary beasts bounded away, covering a lot of distance with each graceful leap. He paused to watch them disappear into the shadows, enjoying the sight. God knows there was little enough that he took pleasure in these days.

His thoughts drifted back toward the cabin and its sole occupant. The redhead had been there before. It had been a long while since she’d last visited the man, although time had become too fluid over the years for him to be sure how long it had been. An uneasy feeling churned in his stomach as vague memories stirred about this girl, now a woman. Used to be, she’d come and run wild through the woods and the town, only to leave right before it all unfolded.

All except that last time.

Damn it to hell and back, how many months had slipped past him unnoticed? If she was on the mountain, it could be almost time. Again. No wonder the deer had fled his presence. He didn’t blame them one bit for running. Canny creatures that they were, they knew when death roamed free on the mountain. He turned his back on the cabin and faded into the shadows, alone and wishing he could stay that way.

Very cool!  You’ve also written other types of paranormal romances. What’s next on that front for you?

The next book along that line is Honor’s Price, the third book in my Warriors of the Mist series. The story focuses on Lord Kane, the darkest of the five warriors (and my favorite, obviously), but it also covers the other four members of the group as they face the final battle with the enemy. It will be out in September from Signet Eclipse. 

You also have another Snowberry Creek book due out in May. Please tell us a little about that series.

reason_to_loveA Reason to Love is the third full-length book in the series. I originally envisioned the series as a trilogy focusing on three soldiers returning to civilian life after their most recent deployment in Afghanistan. In this book, Spencer Lang comes home to find out that his best friend is marrying the woman Spence had hoped to build a life with. As he comes to terms with the changes in his life and the future he’d planned, he reconnects with Melanie Wolfe, an old friend who has returned to Snowberry Creek to try to salvage her family’s company after her father’s death. Both of them had left their hometown behind to find themselves, never really expecting to return. In the end, these two wounded souls find what they’d been looking for their hometown and in each other’s arms.

 What are you working on now?

 I recently got the rights back to some of my westerns, so I’ve been working on getting them ready to self-publish. That inspired me to write another western that we’re marketing right now, as well as some other western proposals. Right now I’m working on a new contemporary story, too, but it’s too early in the process to share much about it.

For more information about Alexis and her books, check out her website (www.alexismorgan.com). You can also connect with her on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMorganAuthor

Twitter: @Alexis_Morgan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/162678.Alexis_Morgan

 Alexis is giving away two copies of Immortal Cowboy to commenters today.  So tell us what western or contemporary romance you recently read and enjoyed, and tell us a bit about it.

 

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Comments

48 Comments

  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Helen says:

    Hi Alexis and Nancy

    I do love a good western and during the 80’s when they were really popular I read a lot of them and a lot of them were series which I love, I think it is a while since I have read a western the last one that comes to mind is The Surrender of Lacey Morgan by Suz and I loved that one and I do love contemporay romance as well and I have read a lot of them too many to name LOL.
    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Amy Conley says:

    OMG I can’t think of either! Not that I don’t read both, but I’ve been surrounding myself in Regency and Victorians.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’ve been reading mostly Historicals lately. I do enjoy western & contemporary though.

  • Quantum says:

    ‘Immortal Cowboy’ sounds like a ghost story set in a Western context.

    The last ghost story I read was ‘Love in the Wrong Dimension’ by Anette Darbyshire which explored the concept of ghosts falling in love. Before that I read ‘The Glass Guardian’ by Linda Gillard which looked at the concept of a ghost in love with a living person.

    Alexis, as your story also seems to explore how love can cross the divide between ‘living’ and ‘dead’ may I ask where the inspiration came from. Have you personally experienced a ‘ghostly presence’?

    I love Westerns and ghost stories so this book seems written especially for me! LOL

    Lovely to meet you. 🙂

    PS Last Western series was Jodi Thomas’s ‘Whispering Mountain’

  • Becke says:

    Loved the sale story.

    Interesting premise told with a compelling style.

    Westerns? Ah, I grew up reading Zane Grey. Wildfire has always been a favorite. Reining in the Rancher-Templeton was my latest read.

    • Becke,yeah, that phone call changed my life! I actually had two uncles who read westerns. One had a matched, hardbound set of Zane Grey books that he allowed me to borrow when I was around eleven years old. Loved them all.

      Alexis

    • Becke, my dad loved Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. I always watch the TV movie The Sacketts when it comes on. Tom Selleck makes a great cowboy!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome to the Lair, Alexis! LOVE the sound of Immortal Cowboy – huge fan of western romances and have a soft spot for ghost stories since The Ghost and Mrs Muir!

    Like Helen, I loved when westerns were big. Favourite authors include Stacey Kayne, Geralyn Dawson, Glenda Sanders and Kathleen Kane aka Maureen Child.

  • Shannon says:

    The most recent contemporary that I read is Tawny Weber’s A SEAL’s seduction.

    I’m more a historical romance reader, but I dabble in paranormal romance and steam punk. I read a Lady’s Mage and liked it enough that I noted Alexis’ name. Her Knight’s Quest is on my wish list. I have a bad habit of liking to gulp series, so I may be waiting until September to devour both at the same time.

    • Shannon, I also enjoyed Lady’s Mage tremendously! I love fantasy worlds.

      I know what you mean on reading series. There’s a science fiction one I’ve been acquiring as the paperbacks came out (it moved into hardcover 6 books ago). The last one will be out this fall, and then I’ll blitz through them all.

  • Hi, Shannon! I’m so glad you enjoyed My Lady Mage! The three books in that series were my first adventure into writing fantasy romances. I just finished the copyedits on Honor’s Price, the third story. It focuses on Kane. He’s my favorite although I love all the warriors in that series.

    Alexis

    • Alexis, I’m waiting for that one before I read the last two. I’m glad it’s coming soon.

      You know, I’ve heard authors say they don’t have favorite characters, that they love all their fictional children. I certainly love mine, or I wouldn’t have written their stories, but I have to admit that I have favorites.

  • catslady says:

    I remember watching a lot of great westerns on TV with my dad when young. Lately, I’ve been reading Carolyn Brown’s books – always enjoyable reads!

    • Catslady, my dad was also a huge fan of westerns, as was my mom. We never missed Gunsmoke, and I think we saw all the first-run John Wayne cowboy movies. I still fondly remember him in True Grit, enough so that I haven’t seen the remake.

    • I grew up watching all those westerns, too. I loved Big Valley, The Virginia, Wagon Train, etc. Obviously they left their mark on me and the kind of stories I love!

      Alexis

  • bn100 says:

    Haven’t read any recently

  • Minna says:

    I haven’t read any recently, either.

  • sandyg265 says:

    It’s been a long time since I read a western.

    • Sandy, westerns were thin on the ground for a while. I’m glad to see them coming back.

      • Me, too. I just uploaded two of my early westerns to Amazon this past week. When I was polishing them a bit to get them ready, I had such fun reading them. It reminded me how much I had enjoyed writing in that genre.

  • Hi Alexis, welcome to the Lair! Your Immortal Cowboy sounds wonderful! I love westerns and paranormal, so this one sounds right up my alley!

    I used to read Westerns by the cartload. Elizabeth Lowell was a big favorite back in the day, and Kathleen Kane. I’m love contemporary, too. Susan Mallery, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Maureen Child, so many others.

    Thanks for sharing your call story. Kate Duffy was such a champion to so many of us. 🙂

    PS, Congrats and good luck with your indie pub venture!

    • Hi, Kate! Yeah, I thought a mix of a western and a paranormal only made sense. The first manuscript I ever wrote (and never sold) was a western with aliens!

      And thanks for having me visit today!

      Alexis

  • Hi, Kate–

    Doesn’t that sound like a great combo, paranormal and western? I recently read a post-apocalyptic fantasy western. Sounds odd, but it was great fun! And had very strong romantic elements.

  • Oooh! I love a good ghost story and a Western ghost story is even better.

    And what a great call story, Alexis. The number of books you’re writing makes me tired! Good heaven’s you are prolific!

    The Surrender of Lacey Morgan is one of my favorites as well, Helen!

    Two western historicals I recently enjoyed are Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austen and The Lone Warrior, also by Lori Austen. Great reads !

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Immortal Cowboy sounds amazing, Alexis! I can’t ever remember seeing a Nocturne title with a cowboy.

    I recently read Rebecca Zanetti’s Maverick Montana (Brazen) series: Against the Wall, Under the Covers and Rising Assets. It follows three brothers in a ranching family that are also Native Americans. Besides being ranchers, the heroes are also a lawyer, a sheriff and a financial whiz. I really liked this series.