Monday, December 3, 2012

Undercover Rebel by Morgan K Wyatt: Tens List & Excerpt: Black Lion Tour Stop



Emily Sewell couldn't remember when she fell in love with her neighbor, Gray Masterson. He unfortunately didn't really notice her as a woman until the eve of his leaving to fight in the Civil War. A magical evening ensued with him asking her to wait for him. News that he's been killed on the battlefield propels her into action. She knows he is alive - she just has to find him. The only thing between her and her true love is miles of swamp land, a major war, and her own doubts. Emily wrestles with Gray's possible death, imprisonment, or that he's unwilling to return to her. Can a sheltered Southern Belle navigate the horrors of war to retrieve her fiancé? Emily is willing to try.


Book Information


Release Date: July 9, 2012

Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Formats: All eBook types

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing



Gray’s lips curved upward. “All the Sewells are good looking. It’s commonplace to hear your family mentioned as one of the most comely of the county.”
Emily’s heart took a nosedive like a crow spying a piece of corn. Sure, she heard they were a comely family, but never thought much of it. Comely could mean there were no hunchbacks or cross-eyed cousins. She’d thought perhaps he only commented on her, especially wearing the green satin. No, such praise was too much to hope for.
“Hey there, sugah, what’s with the long face?” Gray raised his hand to place two fingers under her chin, tilting it upwards toward his gaze.
His unexpected action caused her fingers to loosen on her fan and it slipped from her hand. He called her sugar. Mother would hate it and call it common, inappropriate at any time. If only she could grab the word, the look in his eyes, and the feeling inside her, and wrap it, all in cotton batting to store away like a precious keepsake. If only this moment, wait, his lips moved, could it get any better?
“You’ve always been a delightful sprite following your brother and me around. Townsend called you a nuisance, but I never minded. Your high spirits, your curiosity, your courage always impressed me.” Gray ended with a wink.
“It did?” Emily squeaked. She didn’t sound like the belle of the ball. More like her nine-year-old cousin than a femme fatale. Maybe Eileen could get her money back on the potion. Still, Gray called her beautiful, winked at her, and touched her. So far, he brought to life almost every one of her romantic daydreams, except one. His face grew larger. Oh my, he was going to kiss her. Her heart beat double time, making it hard to breathe. Inadvertently, she squeezed her eyes shut, but opened them again, not wanting to miss a second.
Voices getting closer broke through Emily’s rapt contemplation of Gray’s lips. Whirling, tugging on his arm, she urged him down the gravel path.
“Let’s check out the gazebo down by the river,” she commented, hoping Gray could read her unspoken message. The gazebo stood isolated at the edge of the property.
As they walked, greeting people casually, Emily worried Gray wouldn’t kiss her at all. Her skirt bumped against an azalea bush, scattering the deep pink blossoms and releasing their fragrance into the air. Maybe he wasn’t going to kiss her. Maybe she imagined it all. What would she say to Gray? How could she extract herself from this embarrassing situation? A woman they passed teased Gray about how handsome he looked in his uniform. Shaking off her internal monologue, Emily spotted the offender, Elizabeth Anne, and bestowed upon her one of Eileen’s specialties - the gimlet glare with the smug smile. Elizabeth stumbled back a step, obviously interpreting the message correctly. The potion just kicked in.
The people thinned out, and they managed a few more steps without any interruptions. The gazebo with its fresh coat of white paint gleamed like a beacon. Gray walked by her side in a companionable silence. What was he thinking? Looking up at him, furrowing her brow, Gray laughed and dropped a kiss on her brow.
Without thinking, she said, “You kissed me.”
“No, not a kiss. I was just trying to smooth out those worry lines in your forehead. Would you like for me to kiss you?” Waiting for her response, his eyes twinkled.
“Oh yes,” Emily sighed the words, giving voice to her most ardent wish. Gray swept her into his arms, causing her to stumble backwards. He only held her tighter. His lips swooped down on hers. My goodness his lips were soft, yet firm. He smelled so good. The sandalwood aroma wrapped around her along with his arms. The length of his muscular body pressed up against hers, causing her hoop skirt to bell out behind her.
The kiss ended too soon. Staring into Gray’s darkened eyes; the thought of another kiss drew her up on her toes closer to his lips when voices rounding the path corner caused them both to move apart. Emily murmured under her breath. “Damn people.”
It must have been loud enough for Gray to hear because he laughed and attempted to cover it with a cough. Angling his head in her direction, away from the approaching people, he winked, mouthing words she couldn’t quite make out. He turned to greet the group of people. Joseph Calhoun stepped forward in his Confederacy uniform and began pontificating about the strength of the Southern States. Emily caught the eye of Virginia Hammer, who looked supremely bored with her beau’s choice of topic. She’d probably heard Joseph’s impassioned speech more than a few times already.

What are 10 weird things about you?


My first name is an initial. M.

One of the first women to combat train in the experimental stage

I am a captain in the Civil Air Patrol.

My second toe is longer than my first.

I’ve been bellydancing for the last ten years.

Elvis Impersonator walked me down the aisle.

I do not drink coffee.

I don’t have cable, not even local channels.

I drink Diet Coke with lime every morning.

All my dogs have been rescue dogs.



Morgan as a child had to suffer through movies with clueless heroines rescued by smart men. Her mother dutifully read her stories where princesses waited for princes to jumpstart their lives. There were no proactive female role models in the media at that time, with the exception of Wonder Woman. It is for this reason, and that it is fun, Morgan writes about strong women going after what they want.
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Dec 11 - Chanting of Muses/Top Ten's List

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morgan said...

Good Morning Laurie,
Thanks for hosting me on your festive sight. I am excited to promote by latest Secret Cravings book, Undercover Rebel. Thanks again.

Tin said...

The title and cover caught my eye --

And the premise is very interesting!

- khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

MK said...

Belly dancer and historical fiction author--now that's a wide range of talents. :)

Thank you for hosting today Laurie!

JeanneM said...

Hey Morgan, those are really cool top ten things about you.

I love diet cola with lime and could probably drink 6 cans per evening. In fact, I have.

I have the same toe issue too {g}.

Good excerpt.

triciaandersen said...

Hi Laurie and Morgan!

Awesome blog! And I'm just learning to belly dance - it's really cool that you've been doing it for 10 years!

Tricia (

morgan said...

Hi Tin,

Thanks for your comments about the cover and title. I found out another book is named Undercover Rebel too. Luckily, it's not a romance. So a fellow looking for a gory was story will be surprised with mine.

morgan said...

Hi Jeanne,
Another coke with lime fan, yeah! According to Armenian tradition, the longer second toe means boss of the house. Second toes rule.

morgan said...

Hi Tricia,

Go Belydancers! I will include belly dancing in a novel at one point. :)

Thanks for commenting.

morgan said...

Thanks for stopping by MK.

Anonymous said...

Fun facts. Loved the interview. Congratulations on your release!

Abby said...

I really can't wait to read this! Sounds like my kind of book

Angela Adams said...

Thank you for rescuing your dogs!!

morgan said...

Hi Ella,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked my fun facts.

morgan said...

Hi Abby,
I am glad you like the excerpt. I'm betting it is your kind of book.

morgan said...

Hi Angela,

There is a saying with rescue dogs. It is always a question of who rescued who?

Thanks for stopping by.

Christine D. said...

I really enjoyed your list! An Elvis impersonation walked you down the aisle? Sounds like a fun wedding. Thanks for sharing more about yourself.