Monday, February 24, 2014

Linda Morris Guest Blog!

Please join me in welcoming welcome fellow IRWA member, author Linda Morris to the blog!

Linda Morris is a multi-published writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart, heat, and humor. Her latest book, The Mason Dixon Line, was published in February of 2014. She has two more books coming in 2014 from Swoon Romance and Samhain.

When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's Ashes in the Wind that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels.

Linda is celebrating the release of her latest book, The Mason Dixon Line!

Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good. She has the beauty and style to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting elected homecoming queen. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA. And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids' book as a fundraiser for the school.

Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids' book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for. The gorgeous teacher's aide he's assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there's any line he won't cross for her.


Excerpt #1
Mason should never have agreed to this. He and the educational system had never gotten along.
The girl—what was her name? Carol? Caroline—shifted her cup to her left hand and stuck her right out. He took it, more out of habit than anything else. It was soft, and still warm from where the heat of her cup had penetrated her skin.
He let go, not wanting to get too comfortable touching her.
"I'm actually a teacher's aide, not a teacher."
Whatever. Teacher, aide, same difference to him. She was the enemy, even if she had soft, warm hands and the kind of perfect bone structure you expected to see on a comic-book illustration. The kind of bone structure his pencil would love to sketch, even though it would be a challenge to capture the combination of sensuality and attitude she carried.
Mason loved a challenge.
They took their seats in silence.
As he always did when he spotted an interesting face, he pulled a sketch pad and a drawing pencil out of his bag and went to work.
She watched in silence for a few moments until the first lines on the page began to take shape.
"You're drawing me?" She sounded surprised.
"Yeah. You mind?"
"No, I guess not. I'm Carolyn Hart, by the way."
Carolyn Hart. He let the name roll around in his brain for a minute and wondered how it might sound on his tongue. The name sounded like a spunky heroine from one of those old comic strips with a single woman as the lead character, back when that was a novelty. Mary Worth. Juliet Jones. Lu Ann Powers in Apartment 3-G.

Excerpt #2
"Got a pen?" Mason asked her.
She rifled through her purse. "Yeah, here. Why?"
"Thought I'd do some drawing. Waiting is boring."
"We've been waiting like thirty seconds."
"And I've been bored for thirty seconds. I'd rather draw."
She watched him stroke his pen across his napkin and frown when the pen's nib tore the paper. "This napkin sucks. Got any paper?"
She dug through her purse again until she found a long receipt. "Sure." She handed it over.
He eyed it. "You blew two hundred and fifty-six bucks at Victoria's Secret?"
"Hey, I gave it to you so you could draw, not criticize. No judging!" Flushing, she grabbed for the receipt but he held it out of her reach, grinning. He was cute when he smiled. Damn him.
"Who said I was judging? That purchase actually sounds worthwhile." His lips curved and she had the oddest sensation he was imagining what she might have bought. "What was it? Two hundred and fifty bucks ought to buy a lot of lingerie."
She scowled. "You'll never see it, so don't worry about it."
"Oh, I don't plan on seeing it. But I can dream, can't I?"
"Is that the Mason Dixon version of flirtation?" She crooked one eyebrow. He didn't plan on seeing it? That was a first. No guy had ever come right out and admitted he had no shot at seeing her scantily clad.
Most men were optimistic that way, even if it was totally unfounded.
He looked down at the receipt and began to doodle, his cheeks reddening. "I wouldn't say I was flirting with you."
Sounds like a fun read!
Linda is giving away a free PDF copy of The Mason Dixon Line to one lucky commenter! Post a comment for your chance to win!


  1. Hey Cheryl...Linda Morris is a new to me author but this does sound like a fun, lighthearted read. We all need some for balance;)

  2. Hi, ladies. I love those excerpts--and that title! It's "in line" on my Kindle and I can't wait to get to it!

  3. I have this one on my Kindle too. The artist hero is an interesting twist after all the doctors, lawyers, and cops in contemporary romance. Fun read!

  4. Thanks for having me here, Cheryl! I hope you all enjoy.

  5. Okay, Nancy Bristow! You're the winner!

  6. Thank you so much Cheryl Brooks! Linda and I have been in touch and The Mason Dixon Line is now in my library and in que. I'm looking forward to what I'm sure will be a delightful read. A new book to read takes me right to my happy place. ^_^