Monday, January 25, 2016

Sweet, Sweet Thelma

Host Angi Morgan

It's debut week for BULLETPROOF BADGE, book one in my new Texas Rangers mini-series from Harlequin Intrigue. 

In fact, I'm putting the final touches on book four. To tell you the truth, it was my first four-book mini-series and it's a little more difficult to connect four books together without forcing the reader to read all four stories. You don't want to repeat too much information for those who have read the series, but you also don't want a new reader to feel like they've missed something. 

So each of the books has it's own story-line, complete with a villain for each. There's also an over-arching bond between the men of Company F and a threat that lasts throughout the series. Each book has a distinct hero...or "book boyfriend."

February ~ Bulletproof Badge ~ Garrison
Rides a motorcycle, has two giant Labradors, looks awesome in a tux, has a twin sister, and is named after two famous Texas Rangers. He's living his father's dream. Will it become his own?

March ~ Shotgun Justice ~ Jesse
Garrison's best friend since pre-school, looks awesome in a pair of Wranglers and a T-shirt, loyal to the death, never gives up, refuses to surrender. He was dragged into law enforcement...or was he?

July ~ Gunslinger ~ Bryce
Looks great in glasses...and a sunburn. Drives a truck, loves Bush's Fried Chicken, wants his own puppy and is the son of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer. Why the Rangers instead of a rock n roll band?

August ~Hard Core Law ~ Josh
Widower, Company commander, single-father of twins, deep-thinker. Drives a truck and a sedan, works too much, takes his kids to super-pee-wee-soccer games. Loves a great shot of whiskey. He's always been a why is he waiting to find love again?

So I'm curious, what about a book makes it a keeper? Is it the hero or heroine? the villain? the story itself? Do books make it to your keeper shelf because of the author? For me it's a special mix of everything. The vulnerability of the hero, the strength of the heroine, the way they come through adversity together and find that there's no one else in the world they could have accomplished it with. 

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Do you remember heroes or the story better?


  1. I remember the character(s) first and then their story. Who they are and their development as "real" people seem to stay with me long after I have closed the book.

  2. Hmmm, depends on the story... how much of an impact the characters make on me...

  3. Woo hoo! Congratulations Angie on the release of this new series. All of the books sound awesome, and I know how hard you've been working on them.

    As far as "keepers" go, I've had to purge many books over the years (so painful!). The ones I keep tend to be my "favorites" of my "favorite authors" -- or books that influenced me as a writer.

    Hugs to you and best of luck!

    1. Hey LEIGH !! Thanks -- this journey seems to have been a long one. Ending tomorrow. Woot !

  4. For me to define a keeper book...I would have to say it is the book that has an element of "I want that in real life". It may be a moment between the H/h, a special action by one of them or a place where they feel safe enough to forget that outside world. Most books have great moments, but the exceptional book makes ME,feel them, nit just read the H/h's experience. (does that make sense?". I will pass on my fav authors' books, after all I have to help them get new readers so they keep writing! 😃

    1. You said it beautifully !
      And we thank you for passing us along (yes, I'm assuming...LOL)

  5. For me it has to be both hero and story. Otherwise I probably won't remember. It's when the two come together. That awesome story and that yummy hero, that the book really sticks in my head.

    Congratulations on the new release!

    1. Thanks Regina !
      I know those two elements help me remember the stories I read in the 70s. But I seem to forget the titles.

  6. Usually, the story. I forget the character's names, but I can remember the plot.

    1. Yep...that's normal for me. There are very few characters names that I remember.

  7. The story itself makes it a keeper.