Welcome to the blog and thanks for sharing Out of Left Field with us. Today, Morgan is giving away a digital copy of Out of Left Field to one lucky person! Read on to find out how to win! Morgan, why don’t you tell us a little about your book.
Out of Left Field is the third book in the Deadlines & Diamonds series. Our hero Xavier is a jerk with a capital A.S.S. and he offers no apologies. If a woman is willing to give, he’ll gladly take, walking away without a backward glance. He’s not looking for commitment and the only diamond he’s interested in has three bases and a home plate.
Dr. Frances Holden knows all about fixing broken bones and taming arrogant athletes. As the Team Doctor for the Las Vegas Rockets she deals with stubborn ballplayers every day. But nobody is more stubborn than Left Fielder Matthias Xavier III.
When a shoulder injury takes Xavier out of the game, it’s Frankie’s job to get him back on the diamond. His rehab turns out to be more than either of them bargained for, and when she promises to help him face his scarred past, neither of them are prepared for the fireworks that come Out of Left Field and threaten to scorch them both.
What draws you to write your genre and sub genre?
I worked in television news for nearly 10 years before retiring to become a mom. Write what you know, right? After Fade to Black found some success I decided to continue with the characters, but add a sports twist.
Do you have any tips for new writers?
Never, ever publish anything without a professional editor taking a fine-tooth-comb to your manuscript.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Bubblebath and a good book. I love to read and don’t get near enough time with other people’s characters.
Where can your readers reach you?
I can be reached on
My Website: www.MorganKearns.com
Are you working on another book?
Yes. My next book is called Lucky 13. It is the next book in the Deadlines & Diamonds series.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?
Excerpt from Out of Left Field:
Prayers did come true apparently. Xavier stood in left field, praying the ball wouldn’t come his way. Top of the ninth and the thing had avoided him like he had the plague or some shit.
Even better, there was an out. Two more and he could be done acting like he was a-okay.The runner on third led off.The crack of the bat made X’s blood curdle.
The bastard runner tagged up on third and headed home.
Instinct took over. Xavier eyed the ball coming directly at him. He watched it fall from the sky like manna from heaven to land with a solid thump in his glove. Without thought, he cocked his arm back and sent the ball on a one-way ticket home.
His shoulder hollered.
So did he.
How did you come up with the title?
Enrique Santiago is the left fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He wears the number 13 on his back, but that’s not the only reason thirteen is lucky.
Do you work on one project at a time or mulitples?
Only one at a time. Otherwise I get confused…lol
Is there one particular thing that you find challenging about writing?
Editing. I’d much rather write than edit…and I’d prefer the dentist, too.
Who is your favorite author?
I have a few favorite authors. JR Ward. Lynsay Sands. Janet Evanovich. Lara Adrian. Catherine Bybee. Kris Tualla.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a JR Ward contemporary and haven’t started anything new.
Are your characters a reflection on you or anyone you know?
I can neither confirm nor deny that one. *wink*
Do you use more than one pen name? Why?
Just one penname. Although, I have a YA series I’m working on that I will use another name on.
What do you do to get in the mood to write?
Turn on my iPod to tune out the rest of the world.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
Meeting new characters brave enough to allow me to tell their stories.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you like to be and why? Something that didn’t need sleep. I could really use the extra hours.
How long have you been a writer?
About five years.
How many books have you written? Full completed novels; four. Full completed shorts; two. Unfinished manuscripts; too many to count. How many have been published? Four novels, two shorts.
Do you have a favorite character from one of you own books? Who and Why? All of my characters have a special place in my heart, but right now I have to say my favorite is Enrique Santiago. He’s the hero I’m writing right now. I knew he was an amazing man, yet as I get to know him better and better, I’m falling for him big-time!
What is the easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Easiest thing is writing dialog. I hear the characters in my head, especially if they’re passionate, and just type what they tell me. Hardest thing is editing. Although it’s the most important part, I still find it agonizing.
Do you find love scenes difficult to write?
Yes, really difficult.
Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
Depends on the book. The longest was Fade to Black, taking about two and half years. Shortest was Out of Left Field, taking approximately three months.
Do you set timelines when your writing or write when the feeling hits you? I absolutely set timelines. If I didn’t, I’d never get anything written.
Do you characters talk to you?
Absolutely. That’s what I love most about them.
Who controls the storyline, you or your characters?
The characters, definitely, and that’s not always a good thing.
What is your writing day like once you start a book?
When I really buckle down, I spend as much time as I can writing, usually three to four hours a day.
Do you promo your backlists when you’re writing a new book, or dedicate your time solely to writing?
Promotion is very important. Although my promo time cuts down a bit when I’m writing, I never let it go completely.
How many books do you write in a year?
In 2012, I should release three titles. My goal is two books a year.
One lucky reader will win a digital copy of Out of Left Field!Simply leave a comment to this post and one winner will be chosen and announced here on Friday, October 5th! Good Luck and Happy Reading!