Monday, September 26, 2016

WELCOME BACK MORGAN O'NEILL! THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT — IN THE PAST

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Happy Monday, Everyone!

I hope you all had a restful weekend. Today, I'm absolutely thrilled to have back on my blog dear friends and award-winning authors, Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes who co-write as Morgan O'Neill. They have dropped by to share a little about how they came together to write eight fantastic novels and to share their Amazon Kindle Countdown beginning today.

Deborah and Cary, welcome! Have a cup of tea and please make yourself at home. My blog is yours...

Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes as Morgan O'Neill

We’ve been on a writing journey together for over a decade and a half. Happenstance played a role in the formation of our writing team, because we met by chance at a writers' conference. Lucky day for us! Good fortune was also with us regarding our pen name, since the combination of our maiden names made a great pseudonym. But luck won't write a novel, let alone eight of them. An old expression fits what we do—two heads are better than one—and it works well for us, especially because of the complexity inherent in writing epic time travel fiction.

We love weaving many fantastical layers with real history in order to make a cohesive and exciting series. One of our goals is to give our time traveling heroines realistic and challenging experiences when they arrive in the past, in that they don’t necessarily know the language or customs. This literally opened the world to us, and our characters have ventured beyond the time travel standards of Ireland or Scotland to ancient Rome, medieval Italy, and Elizabethan England. We’ve also put our passions and experiences into the novels, from Cary’s love of her daughter’s flute playing, to her own horsemanship and seafaring skills, to Deb’s penchant for terriers, tea, and researching historical wonders like Westminster Abbey or Ravenna’s mausoleum of Galla Placidia. 

It’s always a sad day when we write “the end” on any manuscript, because we’re saying goodbye to our characters, who’ve become as real to us as our dearest friends and family members. Although it’s a bittersweet farewell, there’s always hope we’ll revisit them someday—and perhaps write another book about them. The Roman series could go on, and someday it might. Just wait and see what happens next. The future is bright—in the past.

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 Love, Eternally, Book One of the Roman Time Travel Series


Love, Eternally
A witch's ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. 

[I asked Morgan O'Neill for their inspiration for Magnus. So HOT!]

On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.

After the Fall, Book Two of the Roman Time Travel Series 


Sept. 22 through Sept. 28

 Sept. 21 through Sept. 27

    After the Fall ratchets up the tension as time traveler Gigi Perrin and her husband, the Roman warrior Quintus Magnus, join forces with the Visigoth King Alaric to march on Rome. There waits Princess Galla Placidia, the admirable sister of the despicable Emperor Honorius. About to be forced into an arranged marriage by her brother, Placidia fears a bleak future, trapped in a loveless union. In an attempt to save Rome from barbarian invasion, Placidia puts aside her troubles and meets with Alaric’s delegation, which includes Gigi and Magnus, and the king’s second-in-command, the Visigoth prince, Athaulf. The attraction between Placidia and Athaulf is instantaneous and overwhelming, but theirs is a forbidden love, destined to fail because of implacable politics and impending war. Bound by a friendship that transcends time, Gigi and Placidia must do whatever they can to protect the men they love, after the fall of Rome.

Return to Me, Book Three of the Roman Time Travel Series 


Sept. 22 through Sept. 28

 Sept. 21 through Sept. 27.

Return to Me finds time traveler Gigi Perrin happily settled into twenty-first century life with her husband, the former Roman senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus. Gigi has resumed her successful musical career, playing the flute for her adoring fans, while making her first foray into Hollywood by creating the musical score for a feature film about the Roman emperor Nero. At the film’s wrap party, Gigi is presented with a gift to commemorate her work: an ancient Roman ring depicting the goddess Victoria. Stunned, she and Magnus recognize it as the very ring that brought them together, and the one subsequently stolen from her and lost in A.D. 410. How did it make its way back to them? Magnus believes the answer is clear; Victoria sent it as a warning about their dear friend, Princess Galla Placidia. They start researching what happened to Placidia after Gigi and Magnus time traveled from the barbarous fifth century. To their shock, they discover Placidia's life took a series of terrible turns, culminating with the murders of her children. Realizing they have no other choice, Gigi and Magnus prepare to embark on a perilous quest to go back in time and rescue them. But one ominous question remains—how can they save the children without altering the course of history?

Where to find out more about Morgan O'Neill:

Morgan O'Neill is the pen name of award-winning authors Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes, who specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance—with a time travel twist. Journey with them to the dangerous and barbaric fifth century in their Roman time travel series, which begins with Love, Eternally and After the Fall, and culminates with Return to Me, as well as their medieval Italian series, The Other Side of Heaven and Time Enough for Love, and their Elizabethan time travel series, The Thornless Rose, Begun by Time, and their forthcoming work, Ever Crave the Rose. 

Personal Media Links:

Morgan O’Neill Website           

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That's it for today. Cary  and Deborah, it is always a pleasure hosting you on my blog. I wish you the very best success with your Amazon Kindle Countdown and every new adventure you undertake. If anyone has any questions for Morgan O'Neill, please don't be shy. You can comment below in the comment section, or if that doesn't work for you, please leave your note HERE, my blog email, and I'll past it alone. 

Have a great week. I hope you find the time to read a wonderful book.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

3 comments :

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thank you for hosting us on your wonderful blog, Nancy! It's so good to see a picture of "Magnus" again. Italian actor Giulio Berruti is the epitome of our hero. I hope your readers enjoy our adventure to ancient Rome, truly a joy to write. Happy reading to one and all!

J.Arlene Culiner said...

You both sound as though you have great fun working together. You make me quite envious. Best of luck to you both.

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thanks, J. Arlene. We've had our ups and downs with collaboration, because we both have strong personalities, but in the end we've learned to hash things out and come up with the best solutions for our writing.