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Wherein I chronicle the ventures, adventures and misadventures of an over-50, former judge and counsel turned writer of romantic memoir and racy romance novels. Explore my world of Internet dating, writing, pitching, selling and publishing books about romance, empty-nesting and traveling, with or without my chocolate Labrador Retriever, Marley.

Morgan Malone is the pen name of a retired lawyer who turned in her judicial robes to write erotic romance and sexy memoirs.


Morgan fell in love with romantic heroes after reading her mother’s first edition of “Gone with the Wind” when she was 12 years old. Rhett Butler became the standard by which she measured all men. Some have met the mark, most have failed to even come close and one or two surpassed even Rhett’s dark and dangerous allure.


Morgan lives near Saratoga Springs, NY with her beloved chocolate Lab. She can be found on occasion drinking margaritas and dancing at local hostelries, but look for her most often in independent book stores and the library, searching for her next great love in tales of romance, history, adventure and lust. When she can’t find the perfect man, she hides out in her upstairs office and creates him, body and soul, for her pleasure and for yours.  Morgan

Seasoned Romance

I've been reading romance since I was in the sixth grade and my mother gave me her copy of Gone with the Wind. I get lost in the stories, identify with the heroine and fall in love with the hero.

Fast forward fifty years! I'm not 12 years old. I'm just into my sixth decade on this Earth. But, I still read romance almost every day. And, after thirty-plus years of practicing law, I am living my dream by writing and publishing romance novels and romantic memoir.

I still want to fall in love with the heroes of these books, whether I'm reading the book or writing it. That's why my favorite heroes now are in their 40's, 50's and 60's! Up till a few years ago, you could not find a romance novel featuring a "mature" couple. You mind find an older man and a much younger woman or maybe a "cougar" story of an older woman and a much younger man, but very few couples who were looking for a second chance at love. Not a silver fox to be found!

Now, it's a whole different ballgame! Small publishing houses and indie authors are putting out romance novels aimed at the 35-65 demographic. My good friend and mentor, LuAnn McLane has always featured an older couple, usually as the secondary romance, in her Cricket Creek series. Karen Booth has written my favorite aging rock star series and started a group on Face Book called Seasoned Romance! Roxanne St. Claire is breaking records with her Timeless heroes down in Barefoot Bay! And everything I write has always featured main characters in this age group. After all, you write what you know...and if you've read Cocktales, you know I know a lot about later-in-life romance!

I'm especially excited about mature love today because our Face Book group, Seasoned Romance, is running a $.99 Seasoned Romance Book Hop, where you can buy many of our books for a special limited price of $.99 and, by visiting our Face Book pages, get in on some cool giveaways! And, today, I finally re-released the erotic romance novel that started this roller coaster ride for me. Published in 2015 as Katarina: Out of Control, my own take on a more mature version of Fifty Shades, today marks the release of Out of Control: Kat's Story, with a sexy new cover and an excerpt from the next book in the Love In Control series, Taking Control: Rick's Story! Rick's story will be coming to you sometime in early 2017.

It snowed today in the Great Northeast and I'm staying warm in my office with a cup of tea and a flannel shirt, doing some legal writing. But, doing the final edits on Kat also warmed me up considerably. Try it for $.99 today, or Unanswered Prayers, also reduced today to $.99 or any of the other Seasoned Romance books. I guarantee that a good steamy romance will take the chill off and warm your heart.

 

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CLEAN UP

It is almost October. My office was a mess from a summer of conventions, injuries, legal work (remember, I am still a labor law contract grievance/disciplinary charge arbitrator) and a half-dozen almost completed and just-in-the-outline-stage projects.

Instead of writing, I've been cleaning. Three arbitration awards, the last chapter of 32 Days, the final 2/3 of Rick: Taking Control and the outline for my entry into Barefoot Bay Kindle World were languishing on my desk. I couldn't find the words I needed for any of them.

So...I cleaned. I rearranged, disposed of, dusted, moved, gave away and then hung up a new 12-month school calendar to track my progress from this day forth. I feel recharged.

And, all of you out there, benefit from my cleaning frenzy with this amazing opportunity to win some rally cool swag from RT2016 in Vegas!

I'm giving away a goodie bag from RT2016 full of great swag, including shot glasses, notebooks, free e-book downloads and at least six books, one of which is my first erotic romance, Katarina: Out of Control!

Just sign up on my contact form to receive my December newsletter with announcements about my books to be published in 2017. Romantic memoir, ex-Special ops dominating male, Dr. Hottie Rock Star on the beach and maybe one or two pirates!

I hope to hear from you! I have two more bags of swag and books to giveaway! I want to keep this office clean so I can write!

 

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End of Summer

It's September. It was a long, hot summer, and I am welcoming the cool breezes I felt this morning when I let Marley out for his morning patrol around the back yard. Already the shad trees in the front yard are shedding their small golden leaves - the day after Labor Day and I need to rake.

I have not written very much this past summer. Shoulder surgery in December laid me low till March, then the season of romance writer conventions - RT, RAGT and RWA - plus an injured foot took up most of my time and energy. So did funerals.

I attended a lot of funerals this summer - too many. I belong to a congregation where many of my fellow congregants are in their 80's and 90's, so its not really a surprise when I learn that someone who is 90 has passed away. But this summer, death took so many who were also my friends.

Tomorrow I must attend another funeral. The woman who was like a mother to me, especially since my own passed away 8 years ago, and like a grandmother to my children, died on Monday. We called her "The Matriarch" and she was. Most of what I know about my synagogue, I learned from her. And now I must step into her shoes. It is a testament to all she did and all she knew, that it will take at least half a dozen of us to fill her shoes, and we won't, really, be able to do everything she did, just the way she did. But we will try.

Memories of her and stories about her fill my head and spill out in telephone conversations and e-mails. That is all I have been writing about for the last 24 hours. Tomorrow we will lay her to rest in the shadow of the synagogue that she called her "home." And we will carry on her traditions so that, truly, she will never be absent from services, Kiddushes, Bar and Bat Mitzvot, baby namings, Purim and Passoiver meals. And funerals.

On Thursday, I will start writing again. The final chapters of the memoir about my late husband, stories she so loved to read as I wrote that book over the past three years. And romance novels. Too racy for her, she laughed, but she was as excited as my own mother when I showed her the covers. I will miss her.

Rest in peace, Stella. May your memory be for a blessing.

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