Q&A with Rhenna Morgan, Waking Eden Excerpt & Giveaway

Waking Eden (Eden #3)

  • By Rhenna Morgan
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: July 26th 2016
  • Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
  • The only hope for saving their race is to surrender their hearts.

    With a long foretold and annoyingly vague prophecy warning of immense change for Eden, Ramsay Shantos is forced to hunt words and legends instead of rebels. For a man of action, it’s the worst kind of agony. Until he encounters a sexy librarian who bears the fated prophecy’s mark. A mark no human should possess.

    Tortured by her mixed heritage, Trinity Blair has enjoyed little human touch in her life, let alone intimacy. Even the most innocent contact fills her mind with a person’s deepest, darkest secrets—except for Ramsay. Her immunity to his thoughts sparks a fragile hope that she might finally experience the passion of her Dark Spiritu brethren…unless he’s the dangerous crossroads her father predicted.

    When knowledge of Eden goes viral in the human realm, Trinity is Ramsay’s only hope for quelling mass panic. Can he risk revealing the secrets of his race to the guileless ray of sunshine? Or is she the unknown source of Eden’s destruction?
    Warning: Contains one playboy warrior well-equipped with wicked words, a panty-melting grin, and well-honed moves in and out of the bedroom.
    ~ Bewitching BT

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    Trinity dropped to her knees beside Ramsay and checked the pulse at his neck. Smooth and strong, unlike the frantic flutter of her own heart.
    She smoothed a wayward strand of dark hair off his handsome face. Not just any man could pull off long hair without coming off girly, but this guy did it easily. Kind of a sexy barbarian who’d traded his leather armor for a skin-hugging T-shirt and jeans.
    Ramsay’s giant friend crouched opposite her and gripped his shoulder. What was his name? John? No. Jagger. That was it. Golden hair and eyes to match—heck the guy looked like he’d been created by Midas. “What happened?”
    “I don’t know.” She checked the back of Ramsay’s head. No blood, but she’d bet he’d sport a nasty goose egg come morning. God, his hair felt sinful. Thick and smooth. “He grabbed my hand and pulled me up. The next thing I knew, his eyes rolled back and he fell.”
    Jagger lifted Ramsay’s head, clasped it at the back, and gripped his chin with the other. He scowled down at his friend…or was he concentrating?
    “I tried to break his fall, but he’s, well…” She motioned toward Jagger’s torso. “Huge, like you.”
    Ramsay’s eyes popped open with a shake of his head.
    Jagger eased back on his heels and smiled. “You realize you passing out when you’re coming onto a woman is gonna make for killer blackmail.”
    Ramsay studied his friend, then her, then her hand on his chest.
    Her hand. On his chest. Not just touching him, but stroking. Small, comforting motions against hard, hot muscle.
    Holy crap. She jerked her hand away and stood so fast, she nearly clattered onto the coffee table behind her.
    Not one vision. Not before or after his fall. That alone should be enough to crow and dance around for days, but mixed with a good solid feel of those muscles, all she could think about was adding both hands to the mix—minus his T-shirt.
    Ramsay stood and narrowed his eyes.
    Prey. Beneath his stare, she felt like a gazelle entranced by a black panther.
    Jagger stepped closer to him, as though he meant to intercept. “You want to tell me what’s going on?”
    The question snapped Ramsay’s focus. “Must’ve been the trip here. My head went fuzzy and that’s all I remember.”
    Odd. His words made sense, but the tone and the way he eyeballed his friend made it sound like code for something else.
    Jagger’s gaze raked her head to toe before he nodded and ambled back to his seat.
    Ramsay prowled closer, not quite as frightening as seconds before, but still on edge. Predatory. He offered his hand. “Let’s try that again. I’m Ramsay.”
    Eye candy. The guy was pure unadulterated, grade-A eye candy. She sucked with height estimations, but her lips were on a direct line with the rock hard pecs she’d shamelessly fondled. And there were scattered light streaks in his dark hair. Not much. Only enough to imply her panther spent time lazing in the sun.
    His voice rumbled, even more tempting than the rest of him. “I can wait all night.” He held his outstretched hand steady, tanned skin tempting her as strongly as his words. Definitely a sun-prone panther.
    She’d touched him twice already. Surely another wouldn’t hurt. “Trinity Blair.”
    Their palms met, his hand encompassing hers in a delicious heat that radiated out in all directions and made her want to snuggle up so tight no space was left between them. The world stopped. The bar ceased to exist. No images. No fearsome emotions. Just perfect, addictive touch.
    Tessa’s voice cut through the cocoon of her thoughts. “Oh, my God. Did you just touch him?”
    Trinity snatched her hand away and stepped back.
    “Well, well, well,” Naomi’s sultry voice sounded from the loveseat as she reclined back and draped one arm along the cushions. “This is turning into an interesting night.”
    Margo stood, jerked her head at Naomi to move, and motioned at Ramsay to sit. “Why don’t you two take a load off? Me and Naomi are headed to the bar. Anyone want refills?”
    Oh, boy. She’d seen that matchmaking gleam in Margo’s eyes before, but never aimed at her. Definitely not good if she wanted to keep any semblance of control for the rest of the night.
    “Sit with him,” Margo whispered in her ear before turning and tugging Naomi along with her.
    Ramsay grinned, clearly hearing her friend’s traitorous instruction. He reached for her elbow to guide her forward, but stopped and pulled his hand away.
    Trinity lurched toward the loveseat and sat as far away from everyone as possible.
    Ramsay settled close, not quite in the middle but enough that no one else would join them. His gaze rested on her throat before it jumped to meet her eyes. “So, no touching. Sounds like an interesting story.”
    More like the only thing interesting about her, and yet the one thing she couldn’t talk about. Even if she could share something about her Spiritu self, her brain seemed to have gone on strike in favor of ogling the strapping god planted two inches away. “It bugs me, is all. Most people make me antsy. I guess…” She rubbed her hand along her thigh. “I guess you slipped in under the radar, and then after, I didn’t have time to think.”
    Again his gaze dropped to her neck, and his smile faltered.
    She checked her collar and made sure the sides were pulled together, hiding the pendant her adopted father, David, had given her before he died.
    “You sure?” Ramsay tilted his head, considering. “I think we should try again. Test the theory.”
    Well, if that wasn’t a perfect opportunity offered up on a silver platter. All her life, the only person who’d been able to touch her without impact was Kazan. She’d give anything to try something beyond a simple handshake.
    Ramsay leaned in, his arm stretching along the seat back. His facial structure radiated the same power as his body—proud nose, strong jaw covered in sexy stubble, thick eyebrows, one arched a little more than the other. His warm, earthy scent surrounded her, clean with a hint of something exotic. Sandalwood maybe. “Touch me.”
    Hard to call it a command the way he said it. More of a dark, sensual dare. One that worked nerve endings she didn’t even know existed. “Where?”
    As soon as the question left her mouth his expression shifted, eyelids lowering slightly over stormy silver eyes. “Carte blanche. Lady’s choice.”


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?


    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?

    I really had no idea what books three (or four) in the series would be about by the time I wrapped up Healing Eden (book two). Surprisingly, the story line for Ramsay and Trinity’s story in Waking Eden just popped off the page and left some very definitive direction on how the series would wrap up with Eden’s Deliverance, too. What I ended up enjoying about it the most was that the contemporary aspect of the series was emphasized significantly more than it had been in the first two books.

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?

    Well, my hero, Ramsay, was already crystal clear in my head as he’d been flirting his way through the first two books already. Trinity, on the other hand, was entirely new to me. Unlike many of my characters who’re often inspired by events, or people I see and meet in real life, Trinity literally popped into my head. One minute she was a mystery, and a day later she was completely sketched out in my character profiles. It really was a kick of inspiration…much like her Spiritu heritage.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?

    Ugh, yes. I hate staring at an empty screen and the clamoring panic that comes with it, but it’s a reality of writing. Some days, you just have nothing to give. For me, I combat it by always, always, always making time every single day for my writing. I fight never to break the writing chain, even if it only means I write ten words. I’m there and I put my mind in whatever story I’m working on.

    I also will use freeform writing when the “pretty words” won’t come. Even if it’s just me thinking out loud on a page, I just type something. Nine times out of ten, I’ll find myself in the story and writing within a paragraph or two.

    5. Your all time favorite book? ?

    Oh, my. That’s got to be the most challenging question ever because I horde my favorites and re-read them often. Though I guess if I had to pick one I’d pick Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man. It was the first book I ever read by Kristen and I’ve been an adoring fan ever since.

    6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?

    Well, for starters, no one beats Kristen’s heroes. Not for me anyway. But Tack was my first KA hero, so he’s got a seriously special place in my heart. He’s the hero by which all other heroes are measured.

    7. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?

    Ha! Every single book has a place where I’m either tempted to stop and move on to something else, or am completely convinced I need to go back to spending my nights watching TV. Usually it’s at the ¾ mark in a book, but sometimes it’ll hit me about 1/3 of the way in too. The only way through it is to keep writing. One day at a time, you get through it. And I’m always thrilled at the end.

    8. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?

    9. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?

    I try not to read them. Every now and then I’ll accidentally stumble on to one, but if I can avoid the harsh ones, I definitely will. But here’s the thing. We don’t all like the same music. What makes me want to dance might bore someone else to tears. And we don’t judge each other for what music we like. Why should books be any different? What speaks to me, may not speak to anyone else, and that’s okay.

    10. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?

    Yes, Waking Eden is book three in The Eden Series. Each book has a standalone romance with a happily ever after at the end, but there’s an overarching world plot line that carries from book one to book four, Eden’s Deliverance. In Eden’s Deliverance is where all the threads from previous books are pulled together and the prophecy the characters have been chasing throughout the stories are resolved. Eden’s Deliverance is due for release October, 11, 2016.

    11. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?

    My Haven Brotherhood series, a super sexy, gritty contemporary series, kicks into full gear mid-February, 2017. Haven is a brotherhood born from poverty and dangerous beginnings. Six men who’ve not only dragged themselves out of the gutter, but leveraged their street smarts and individual skills to make sure no person or socio-economic class ever holds them down again. Between them, they share two vows—protect family at all cost, and pay their good fortune and family ties forward by finding other men like them and building their unique skills. The only rules the brotherhood cares about are those driven by their moral code. And heaven help the poor fools who get between them and the women they’ve claimed as their own.

    Self-published authors:

    1. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ?

    My first self-published book was a short contemporary romance called What Janie Wants. My publisher had spaced the first two releases in my Eden series twelve months apart and I wanted to get something out to me new readers in-between then. Plus, I’d been researching self-publishing and wanted to experience it for myself. So, I dug in and wrote Zade and Janie’s story. I published it roughly five months later and knew I’d be repeating the process in the future.

    2. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? ?

    Absolutely! For me, it’s important for every book I put out to be high quality. The only way to do that is to ensure professionals are used through every step of the process.

    3. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros? ?

    Networking and research. I reached out to my peers and asked for recommendations and I spent significant time looking at work done by authors I respect and following their lead.

    4. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? ?

    There’s very little difference for me in the production time between my traditionally published books and my self-published books. Maybe a few months from start to finish, but those two saved months are only because I’m only juggling my own books and not an entire lineup. The steps needed from start to finished for any quality publication are essentially the same. Write, polish, edit, edit, edit, format, distribute, promote.

    5. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? ?

    My self-published books are available in all the same locations as my traditionally published ones; Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, All Romance Ebooks, etc.

    6. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? ?

    No, I actually enjoy switching between traditional and self-publishing activities. Checking my brain and indulging in someone else taking charge and driving the production process can be quite nice for my creative side. But I’m also an openly-admitted control free. Self-publishing gives me a chance to put on my business hat and try new things while nursing my control issues.

    7. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ?

    I think self-publishing authors really need to have a strong business acumen (or at least be willing to develop one) and be willing to learn and explore new ideas. Self-publishing is no different than opening your own business. You’re in charge of every decision and have to be prepared to (sometimes) make the same demands of any small business owner.

    Fun facts: :

    1. Coffee or tea? ?


    2. Favorite season? ?


    3. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?

    When my to-dos are done for the day and the kids go to bed.

    4. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?

    Ha! Campfire–Bluebird

    5. Favorite food for breakfast? ?


    6. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?

    Juliette Cross’ Waking The Dragon

    7. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?

    iPhone cases, iPad cases, and readers.

    8. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?

    Either turquois or cobalt blue. I’m a sucker for both.

    9. Drama or comedy? ?


    10. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?

    Wake up.
    Kick ass.
    Be kind.

    11. Cats or dogs? ?


    12. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?


    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?


    2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?

    Kristen Ashley – Totally my hero.

    3. Your oldest memory is… ?

    Going “rabbit hunting” with the boy next door when I was three.

    4. Your favorite part of a date is… ?

    The kiss goodnight, of course!

    5. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ?

    Kane “Tack” Allen

    6. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?

    Obvious already by this point – Kristen Ashley. I’m a total fan girl.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.

    A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, her resume reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.

    Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. That’s where the romance comes in. Reading, or writing, romance has been her happy place since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who’ll fight to keep the women they want.

    Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape for the women who need it.

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