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Sarah Morgan on The Forbidden Ferrara and her RITA® Nomination!

Today, we have UK based author Sarah Morgan and I asked her some serious and some fun questions! And then I found out she's just been nominated for the prestigious RITA® awards by the Romance Writers of America®.




Sarah around the web:

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What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Presents?


The stories are fairy tales for grown ups! I love the intensity and glamour of Presents. It’s the perfect escape, both to write and to read. The emotions are relatable, but the lifestyle and setting can be dreamy, exotic and luxurious (but you know all about dreamy and exotic as you live in Fiji, Nas! Can you hear my envious sigh as I reach for my umbrella yet again….) And of course Presents is the home of the Alpha Male…… need I say more?



What do you think makes a good story?

A good story has strong conflict and interesting characters. Whether you’re reading a thriller where much of the conflict might be external (being chased by the bad guys) or a romance where it might be internal (‘I know love hurts so I’m not going to fall in love’) – conflict is essential to keep readers turning the pages. We read to find out ‘what happens next’ but we only care about what happens next if we’re interested in the characters and sympathize with them.

Tell us a little about your current release The Forbidden Ferrara.

The Forbidden Ferrara is an intense, passionate story set on the stunning Mediterranean island of Sicily. The hero is Santo, a hot-blooded Sicilian and the youngest of two brothers (I wrote about the first brother in Once A Ferrara Wife) and the heroine, Fia, is a chef with a dark and troubled past. This is a story with plenty of conflict!

You write about exotic places in Presents – what is your ideal holiday destination?

At the moment, anywhere warm! I love the Mediterranean, particularly Greece and the island of Corsica, which is wild, mountainous and beautiful.

Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?

Brazil. I set one of my stories in the Brazilian rainforest and did a lot of research, which made me desperate to visit.

What one item do you always pack when you travel?

A book!

What did you feel when you received the ‘Call’ to tell you that your book, Doukakis’s Apprentice is a RITA® finalist?
I was stunned and very, very happy! I was a finalist last year with my book Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc, so I didn’t think there was any way I would final two years running – that made it extra special. There is no feeling quite like getting that phone call!
[Congratulations Sarah! I'm so happy and excited for you!]


Blurb

Laurel Ferrara wouldn't know a happy ending if she fell over it—of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But it wasn't as simple as just walking away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily, the shivers of unease set in….

The command comes from legendary billionaire Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can't forget—but it might as well have come from the devil himself. The outrageously gorgeous Cristiano's power is a potent reminder of this Sicilian dynasty's unbreakable rule: once a Ferrara wife, always a Ferrara wife….


The Forbidden Ferrara

Blurb
A Ferrara should never share a bed with a Baracchi—however high the stakes!
Dark-hearted Santino Ferrara has always remembered how long-legged, hot-tempered Fia Baracchi felt in his arms—much to his frustration. Then a million-dollar business deal throws them together, and keeping his distance is no longer an option.

But Fia is living a lie. If it's ever discovered that her precious little son is Santino's heir, she'll be disowned—their families' feud is legendary! But her real fear? That she can't forget the scorching memories of her one night with the enemy—and that she still craves more.…




So friends, where would you like to travel? And what item would you pack to take away?

57 comments:

  1. I adore the combination of fairy tale and alpha male and totally agree you can't go wrong when these two are paired together.

    I'm off to the Med later this year and can't wait. (New Zealand winters are wet!) I have to say that Hawaii ranks up there as one of my favorites. I'll be happy with my iPad, which has music, books and movies.

    All the best with the RITA final, Sarah.

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  2. Hi Shelley!

    Off to the Medeterranian? Wow! Enjoy!

    Good choice with the Ipad!

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  3. This was a fascinating look inside one writer's writing process. I want to travel to New Zealand someday. I would pack my Kindle.

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  4. Hi Shelley!

    New Zealand is beautiful but the winters are very cold.

    Good choice with the Kindle.

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  5. Congrats to Sarah!

    And Nas, how was I not following your blog? I am now!

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  6. Great interview. Ah, there are many places I'd love to visit. Italy, Scotland, Australia, Hawaii. . .

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  7. Hi Emily!

    I know, I also found some regular Blogs I visit yet didn't follow. So rectified it now!

    Thanks for the follow!

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  8. Hi Cynthia,

    Wow! You've got a list there of places you would like to visit! Good on you

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  9. Congrats to Sarah on her RITA nomination - how exciting!

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  10. We really want that Disney Cruise. East or West coast is fine. Its all good. And I need to take cash with me of course. Everything related to Disney is expensive!

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  11. I second the trip to New Zealand. I want to go cave tubing in their summer. Forbidden Ferrara sounds like the perfect lakeside companion on my vacay this summer.

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  12. Many congratulations on your nomination, Sarah! Wonderful book. :)

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  13. Hi Shelley, you think New Zealand winters are wet you should try the UK at the moment. I've honestly forgotten what the sun looks like. I had to Google it to remind myself.
    Hawaii sounds amazing! Have a great time in the Med.
    Thanks for the good wishes

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  14. Shelly, I'd probably pack my Kindle too except that knowing me I'd drop it in the sea. Books I take on holiday invariably end up sandy!

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  15. Emily, thanks for the congrats! Nas's blog is fantastic - so glad you've found her here.

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  16. Cynthia, I love Scotland too. I spent my honeymoon in Scotland by a remote loch. So romantic. And I love Italy. Hawaii seems to be mentioned here a lot today - clearly that needs to go on my list!

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  17. Susan, thanks so much for your congratulations and for dropping by!

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  18. Hi Stephen, a friend of mine is working on a Disney Cruise at the moment and having the best time. Hope you get to enjoy that sometime soon - and yes, you'd definitely need money!

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  19. Leslie, I had to look up cave tubing - it looks like a really fun thing to do! Hope you get to experience that soon.

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  20. Liz, thanks so much for your congratulations. I love your books so much! x

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  21. Sarah morgan. Congratulations..

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  22. Hi Nas and Sarah. Sarah I LOVE your books!!!! I've just been on a girls weekend away and I took my two current M&B's and Martina Cole's Faceless. What won the girls over tho was the coffee maker I also took heheeh. It has a timer so we woke up on the first morning to fresh coffee. If I had a choice I'd go to Spain :)

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  23. Hi FEDO, thank you so much! I appreciate it

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  24. TashNz, thank you so much! Love the sound of your girls weekend away. Am deeply jealous. And talking of fresh coffee.....I'm off to make some :D

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  25. The books sound terrific - and congrats on being a finalist!

    I'd like to go on a African photo safari!

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  26. Thanks Jemi! An African photo safari would be an amazing experience. Hope you get to do that one day :)

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  27. I have wanderlust so bad, I'd say the Maldives would be good right now?

    Enjoyed reading this post too, I agree lots of conflict and great characters really make a good read. These both look like sizzling holiday reads for an exotic beach holiday! ;-))

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  28. Talei, I have ALWAYS wanted to go to the Maldives. If you make it there send me a photo (guaranteed to make me envious)
    Whatever you choose to do this summer, hope it's a good one!

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  29. This was an awesome look into Sarah's writing process. I really wanta take off for New Zealand someday. After Ireland, of course! Cave tubing sounds BODACIOUS! I really want to do that. (Whatever it is) *waving*

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  30. Congrats to Sarah. They sound like great books to get lost in.

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  31. Robyn, I think cave tubing sounds fun. You try it, and if you're still alive at the end of it I might give it a go :D
    Hope you get to NZ some day!

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  32. Thanks for the congratulations M Pax! Hope you find some good books to get lost in this summer.

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  33. Congratulations on being nominated for the RITA awards, Sarah. Those are gorgeous photos. I'd love to go to all of those places. Your books sound delicious!

    Thank you, Nas, for interviewing Sarah and sharing her awesome news with us!

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  34. Thanks Lyn! I'm thrilled about the RITA nomination. Hope you have a brilliant summer!

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  35. I totally agree that no matter what you're writing, it's all about interesting character and strong conflict.

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  36. Congrats on the nomination, Sarah!
    And I love reading stories set in exotic locations.

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  37. Thanks for introducing us to Sarah. I love books set in exotic locations. (I love to visit them too.)

    When I travel I tend to carry quite a few books and often buy books as souvenirs.

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  38. Hi cleemckenzie, glad you agree about character and conflict. It's the tension that keeps us turning the pages! Hope you find some excellent reading this summer.

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  39. Lynda, thanks for the congrats! I love reading stories set in exotic locations too. It's a perfect way escape.

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  40. Hi Sharon, great to 'meet' you. I love travelling too, but I also love the fact that the internet can give you visual access to so many places you might not have been able to 'see' before. It certainly helps as a writer.
    Hope you pile up those souvenirs this summer!

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  41. All kinds of award nominees here lately! Congrats!

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  42. Thanks Alexia! It's an award nominees party :D

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  43. Congratulations on the nomination! :)

    Someday I want to visit Japan. And I'm sure a book would end up in my suitcase somewhere!

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  44. Hi Sarah,

    Congratulations on the nomination.

    The Ferrara brothers do sound intense. I was reading the reviews on Once A Ferrara Wife and

    The Forbidden Ferrara

    and both sounds like intensely emotional stories!

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  45. Ooh, I love stories set in the Mediterranean!

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  46. The Golden Eagle (I love eagles!) thanks for the congrats! Japan sounds so exotic - I'm sure it would be very interesting (and yum on the food). Hope you make it there someday!

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  47. Laura, thanks so much! Both stories are intense and emotional - Doukakis (my RITA finalling book) is more 'fun' and I've gone for 'fun' again in my next release, Defying the Prince. It's great to have a change of vibe from time to time.

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  48. Deniz, I love the Mediterranean too, particularly when it's raining outside. But finally the sun is shining in the UK so I'm pretending it's Sicily!

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  49. The Forbidden Ferrara sounds like such a great book! I agree that every story needs conflict, and it sounds like your books have plenty!

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  50. Hi Shelley, I loved writing both the Ferrara books so I'm really hoping readers enjoy them. Have a brilliant summer!

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  51. Congratulations, Sarah!

    I would love to visit Greece and Italy. I also pack books with me in the form of an ereader.

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  52. Thanks Medela! I love Greece and Italy and an ereader is perfect (as long as you're not clumsy like me, with a tendency to drop everything the moment I see sand and water!) Have a great summer.

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  53. I'm not fussy, I'd just like to go somewhere that isn't Australia. Europe would always be first preference.
    I tend to want to go to wherever the book I'm reading is set. Lately a lot of them have been either the Mediterranean or Switzerland/Austria.

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  54. Hi Princess Fiona :D The beauty of reading is that you can be transported to foreign places without moving from your chair. I love Switzerland. So pretty. Hope you get to Europe soon!

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  55. I'd like to visit Fiji! And I'd take my Kindle Fire.

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  56. Oooh these Ferrara brothers are making me all hot n steamy! Yikes!! Oh but Laurel and Fia sound like they can match these alpha males no problemo! Phew!! Good luck Sarah, thanks for the intro to your amazing books!! I'd like to pack a Farrera please! LOL! Take care
    x

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