Monday, August 16, 2010

Giveaway and Q&A with Author Kira Morgan!

About the Book: In 16th century Scotland, young Miss Florie Gilder runs away from her drunken foster father to find her real father and her noble heritage.  Along the way, she is accused of theft, becomes a fugitive hiding in a forest, and is accidentally wounded by a handsome  local huntsman.  The huntsman--a Robin-Hood figure who poaches wild game from the landowner's estate to feed the starving poor--carries the beautiful maiden to a church where she is guaranteed 40 days of sanctuary from the law.  During that time, he learns her true story, falls in love with her, and helps her in her quest, at the risk of his own life.  Smitten with him, she worries more for his survival.  But enemies of the state are seeking to overturn the Catholic royals, while a vicious noblewoman is out to destroy Florie. 

Who was your favorite character to relate to in Captured by Desire?
I related to Rane MacAllister, the hero, who’s sort of a Scottish Robin Hood. He believes in fairness, justice, and charity, and he’s willing to bend the rules to help those he loves.

Were any of your characters a particular challenge for you?

Gilbert Fraser, the hero’s overlord, was difficult to write, because he’s conflicted. He’s not exactly a villain, but he’s not a particularly good guy either--he’s just not as competent as he should be, and it was challenging to keep him a neutral character.

What kind of research did you find necessary for your novel?

I did a ton of research for this novel! First of all, I wrote the entire book set in the 1300s, but my publisher asked if I could move it to the time of Mary Queen of Scots. It may not seem like it, but there’s a huge difference between 1300 and 1550. I knew a lot about the Middle Ages, but this was the Renaissance. My research included a trip to Scotland, where I commandeered Roslin Castle for four days. (If you’d like to see some of my research photos, I’ve posted them at my website and on Facebook!)

What is your favorite aspect of writing in the Romance genre?
I love the depths of emotion that are possible in Romance, and I love taking readers along on my adventures. Between the pages of one book, it’s possible to make readers laugh, cry, worry,thrill, get hot and bothered, and breathe a sigh of relief at the happily-ever-after ending.

Are there any particular type of music you listened to while writing Captured by Desire?

I have my college degree in Vocal Music, so for me, music tends to be distracting. I write a scene and either start mentally analyzing the music I’m listening to or, worse, start singing along!

What scene do you favor most and could never cut?
When Florie’s time in sanctuary is almost up, she steals Rane’s bow in desperation and threatens to shoot him if he won’t let her go. Rane has to trust that he can convince her of his love, using only words as a weapon. His heartfelt confession still makes me tear up a little.

Are your characters inspired by those you have met in real life?
I always “cast” my hero and heroine, using actors, because it helps me to visualize their gestures and write their reactions. In Captured by Desire, I also used the names of two romance readers, Carol Carter and Velera Pate, as minor characters, but their personalities are invented. I don’t like to reveal the names of the actors I use, because I think readers like to do their own character casting (but if you’d like to know, I put their names in the acknowledgments).

How do your interests influence your writing?

I love to travel, so a lot of my research is done on location. I also enjoy the outdoors, so scenes that include forests or mountains or the ocean are fun to write. My favorite movies are usually action-packed, so I like a rollicking good adventure. And I married my college sweetheart, so that long-term, give-and-take relationship-building figures prominently in my novels.

Have you ever considered dipping into another genre, other than romance?

I must have a hundred books I want to write! I’d like to do a Young Adult paranormal series (without vampires), a children’s poetry book, a couple of nonfiction books on subjects I know well, a mainstream historical biography, and my rock star husband’s stories from the road.

Do you have a favorite type of hero and heroine?
I like very confident heroes and heroines with definite ideas and attitudes. Maybe because I was very shy as a child, I prefer characters who are fearless and who speak their mind. I have a soft spot for kick-arse heroines, and I adore heroes who have a sense of humor.

Can you tell us a little about the next book- Seduced by Destiny?
Here’s the tentative back cover copy:
A woman seeking vengeance for her mother's death. Josselin Ancrum--a beautiful war orphan raised in a man's world--leaps at the chance to retaliate against the English by becoming a spy for the newly crowned Scots Queen Mary. But an irresistibly handsome suspect charms his way into her heart, and she's soon up to her pretty neck in royal intrigue.

A man trying to forget his father's sin. Andrew Armstrong--a master swordsman with no appetite for battle--flees his native England to live quietly among the enemy as Highlander Drew MacAdam. But when the lovely and spirited Josselin threatens Drew's peace--stirring his blood and inviting danger, the brawny warrior can't resist coming to her rescue. Drawn together by fate, Drew and Josselin are swept up in their growing desires and the designs of their warring queens, until they uncover the terrible secret that binds their souls. Are these star-crossed lovers doomed by their tragic past, or will they be...Seduced by Destiny?

So, why the pseudonym?
My previous books have all been Medievals. My publisher asked me to write in a different era- -the time of Mary Queen of Scots--so it was natural to consider changing my name. They also wanted to give me a fresh start with new marketing, a new cover concept, and a new launch to generate excitement among readers. I hope it’s worked!

Thanks so much for including me in your blog! I love interacting with readers, so if you have any questions or would like to poke around in Kira’s world, visit my website at or friend me on Facebook at

Contest Time!
3 Copies of Captured by Desire
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