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Morgan Leshay, a Georgia native, resides in the North Georgia mountains – with her husband, six kids, and a chihuahua named “Pocket”. When not otherwise engaged in generating new and exciting romance novel concepts she spends her time catching up mountains of housework neglected while writing!

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Okay, that just sounds stuffy, don’t it? Who am I really?

Most days, I’m just a mom, housewife, teacher, and a dreamer…maybe some of you can relate to that. 🙂 I’m a normal person just like anyone else, except my “bad hair days” are usually “atrocious hair days” and my schedule is a little backward to the rest of humanity. While the rest of the world around me sleeps, I work. When they are working, I sleep…about one level above dead, LOL.

Author Interview with Morgan Leshay

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Morgan Leshay: Nope, nothing but writing. A mom of six couldn’t possibly have time for anything else, right? Kidding. I do have time cause my kids are great, but I don’t have a job outside the home.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Morgan Leshay: I saw a vision. Seriously. I was sitting in the parking lot outside my local Walmart, and I saw this…woman…or angel…. It was a warm, early fall evening, and the wind was blowing leaves across the pavement, making that eerie whispering sound you hear and this … vision… pops into my mind. And I hear a name, just the echo of a whisper, really, in my mind. One word. Tian.

I went home and started writing. Three days later (about 72 hours), the story (first draft, yeah) was done.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Morgan Leshay: No. Well, if you count life after teen-agerdom as “always”, then the answer would be yes, but before then, I didn’t really think about it. Sure I wrote. Won awards for essays and such in school, but I didn’t consider myself a “writer” or think I was going to be a writer someday.

Then when I was 16-17 (and heavily hooked on reading romances) I decided, “Yeah. I’m gonna be a romance writer. I could write one of these in my sleep…and a lot better than some of them I’ve read lately, too!”

Scheah, right.

I then set about “learning the craft”.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s.

Morgan Leshay: My latest release is The Legacy Of Sleepy Hollow, and it tells the story of what happened in Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow 25 years after the Headless Horseman’s famous midnight ride. A new romantic twist on an old horror legend, The Legacy Of Sleepy Hollow is a tale of intrigue and suspense, yet at the same time, a journey to happily-ever-after for the lead characters Katherine Van Brunt and Icharus Crane.

Here’s the back blurb, so you know what the story’s about:

“…25 years after the Headless Horseman’s famous midnight ride…”

Katherine Van Brunt, daughter and only heir to the infamous Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt and Katrina Van Tassel, brings back the dead and loses her heart to the son of her father’s nemesis in her quest to save the legacy of Baltus Van Tassel in…THE LEGACY OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.

To me, The Legacy Of Sleepy Hollow is a story of renewal, of growth and rebirth. I enjoyed writing it so much I cried when it was time to type “the end”.

My debut romance novel was called Redemption, and between the pages of that story, you’ll learn what happens when an angel meets the devil and is tempted to sin. I am proud of this story, as an author tends to be of “first books”, but I’m not so attached I don’t realize it could have been better. A lot better.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

Morgan Leshay: I am in the planning phase of a new story, yes. But all I can say about it is that you should look for it around the holidays in 2009, and that I’ll be posting an announcement about it on my blog at http://www.morganleshay.com/musings in December 2008.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Morgan Leshay: Usually I listen to an eclectic mix of music, but while writing The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow, there was only one song I listened to and I listened to it repeatedly…so much so, I now call it the “theme song” for The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow, lol.

Which song inspired me so during the writing of The Legacy Of Sleepy Hollow? “Say My Name” by the gothic rock band Within Temptation (www.within-temptation.com). I must have played it a million bajillion times while writing The Legacy. I even included a special thanks to the band in my book!

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Morgan Leshay: I wrote my first book (the first draft, lest anyone become overwhelmed) in 72 hours. I wrote my second book in about 120 hours (this was the final draft).

When I started writing the first book, I thought it would take longer…a lot longer. With the second, I was a bit lazy…not writing every day, so naturally it took longer. And of course there were a lot more words in the second book than there were in the first, so…

But this isn’t something everyone can necessarily do or even believe can be done. I frequently offer prayers of thanks that I can write so quickly.

Now, use this space to tell us more about who you. Anything else you want your readers to know?

I want to hear from you! Seriously, waiting for reader response to The Legacy Of Sleepy Hollow has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my writing career to date. Stop by my blog at http://www.morganleshay.com/musings and let me know what you think of the story.

Oh, where can you get it? Right now, one of two places:

Amazon.com

Or…

LBF Books

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Michy’s note: I contracted with the publisher to work with Morgan Leshay on her first romance novel, REDEMPTION. I was honored to get to contract with her new publisher to work with her again on The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow. We had a blast editing this novel together. I always enjoy Ms. Leshay’s work. I highly recommend picking this one up, but will admit to being a tad biased, because I enjoyed working on it so much. I will have my official review of this book up soon.

If you’d like to see what a few others are saying about The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow, by Morgan Leshay, on my writers forum, you can visit this thread.

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Billy Killdeere (2nd edition)
by Lee Aaron Wilson

Genre: Western Romantic Historical Fiction
Demographic: Adults
Release Date: 2/25/08
Publisher: Treble Heart Books

ISBN: 978-1-932695-670
Price: $13.50
Author URL: www.leebaldwinonline.com
Publisher URL: www.trebleheartbooks.com

# Pages: 267
Photographs: None
Index: No
Bibliography: No
Bindery: Perfect-bound Paperback

AUTHOR BIO: Lee Aaron Wilson


Lee Aaron Wilson comes from a long line of storytellers who went West as guides, scouts, lawmen and outlaws after the Civil War. After many years as a Criminal Psychologist, Lee settled down to write in Arizona. Billy Killdeere is his third book.

Visit Lee at: www.leebaldwinonline.com

Billy Killdeere
by
Lee Aaron Wilson

Is he just another man or just another outlaw?

Billy Killdeere left the outlaw life to operate the family ranch, but the murderous exploits of the Killdeere Gang find him on the run again. Wounded and alone, with his family, former friends and the law after him, he discovers Jenny.

At first Jenny distrusts Billy, but her feelings for him gradually change. Given his outlaw past Billy knows he can’t marry her, but he takes off his gun and tries to be just another man.

Then one day his Uncle Moses finds him. Moses holds Jenny prisoner, forcing Billy to ride with the Killdeere Gang on a big job. The Gang blames Billy when the job goes awry and they vow to take revenge on Jenny. Billy is left alone on the trail with no horse or gun, with Jenny in danger, and the posse bearing down. It will take all his skill as an outlaw and gunfighter to reckon with his uncle, rescue Jenny, and save himself.

“Billy Killdeere will keep you turning pages. Against the wishes of his family and to the disbelief of the law, he tries to leave the outlaw life. Billy quickly learns that riding the other side of the fence can be as tough as playing poker against a stacked deck.” ~~Douglas Sharp, Publisher, Western Digest


Read and Learn More about Lee Aaron Wilson & Billy Killdeere:

During the month of September, Lee Aaron Wilson will be taking a virtual online book tour, promoting his latest release in the Killdeere Clan books. If interested in learning more about the author Lee Aaron Wilson or his book, Billy Killdeere, you can find more at the follow online locations on the dates listed.

8/25 Rope & Wire
8/28 Books & Writers
9/1 Coffee Time Romance Blog
9/2 Michy’s Book Reviews Blog (Hey! That’s me!)
9/3 A Book Inside Blog
9/3 – 9/4 Romance Reviews Today Blog
9/5 PR.com
9/8 – 9/22 Library Thing
9/9 The Books Stacks
9/13 – 9/14 Petticoats & Pistols
9/18 Talk About My Favorite Authors
9/20 Southern Sunshine
9/22 Fallen Angel Reviews Blog
9/23 Associated Content, CP Rachel Boehm
9/24 Fresh Fiction

Excerpt from
Billy Killdeere by Lee Aaron Wilson
(Treble Heart Books, 2008)

From Chapter 13:
“The New Billy”

Out in the yard, the drivers started yelling their teams into motion. Not long now. “Jade, stand with your back to the door, facing me.”

My coat covered one gun, I held the other. Footsteps. The door started to open and Carter Desledge said, “My turn yet? What…?”

He looked at Rachel, clothed and conscious. His expression said he’d expected her to be stripped and prone. Jade had lied. He dropped. Desledge drew and fired. Afraid he’d try for Rachel, I shot too quick. I saw the tug at the side of his vest.

Desledge yelped, backed out, and jerked the door shut. I shot through it, twice. We heard the sound of pounding feet on the board porch. He was in the saddle and headed out the gate when I stuck my head outside. I turned back quickly. Jade lunged to his feet and grabbed for the girl, and got claws in his face for his trouble.

Before he could get control, I laid a gun barrel on the back of his head. That took him out of action again. Rachel pounded him about the face a few more times, for good measure. She was mad clear through.

“He was going to assault me. And they were going to kill me.” She stopped. “What can you do?”

“We’ll play it by the book.” I told her. “I don’t look like they expect Billy Killdeere to look, and generally don’t act like they expect him to act. We’ll go to the law.”

“I guess that’s the right thing to do.” Rachel, still scowling, said, “but I’d rather you just shot them all.”

Inside, I couldn’t argue with her, but this was the new me. I had to go by the book.

The freight wagons had cleared the yard. The man who’d been unconscious in the driveway was sitting up, but hurting. Several men came to the door. Olaf came on in. He looked angry when he entered. He saw Carl lying there bloody and unconscious. “What we do, Boss?”

“Get a spring wagon and throw a mattress in it. Carl Bartlett was shot, and that man has a head injury. Tie up this S.O.B., real good. I’m taking all three in the wagon. The injured two to the doctor, Jade I’ll turn over to the sheriff. We’ll see what he can do.”

“What else?” The mill hands crowding the door were angry. This was their mill and they’d been robbed. “We gotta do something!”

“You post guards, so it can’t happen again. You all tell the sheriff exactly what you heard and saw.”

Their faces were angry. “That’s all? We aren’t going after them?”

One of the guns I’d taken from Jade was still in my belt. I stuck the second in beside it and dropped my hands to my sides. “What do you want to do? Hang Jade? Go outside the law? You all know I’ve got another name and I can use a gun. Do you know there’s five thousand dollars on my head, dead or alive? Do any of you want that? I love Jenny, but I can’t ask her to marry me. Do you want that kind of thing on your shoulders?”

Olaf stared at me for a whole minute, then turned to the hand nearest him. “You heard the boss, get a wagon. Fred,” he pointed at another man, “you were a sailor. Practice your knots on that man the boss and Miss Rachel took. Move. Scotty, help Thompson, he’s hurting.”

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