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Cassie Morgan Series

The Women in Books

It’s been three years since I published my first novel, The Assassin. Three years is a long time when you’re in your twenties and over the past few years, as a reader and writer, I’ve grown to appreciate the love for women in books. The women in books have influenced my life for a long time and in nod to the women I’m creating in my books.

The Women in Books

I’ve read books as long as I can remember, but there are some characters that have stuck out to me in ways I can’t describe. I was in high school the first time I picked up a Stephanie Plum book. It hit me that a woman in a book could be rough and tough and most importantly, she could be funny. She could be a little crude, have friends that made off-color comments, and be still be likable. 

Before reading these books, I never remembered having a woman lead a book who was funny – especially in a mystery novel. A funny woman in a mystery novel felt like a magical unicorn. 

Even after finding Stephanie Plum with her mystery and humor, I found another woman who made an impact. A series of mystery novels that were also historical fiction? Lady Georgiana (better known as Georgie) is a woman who doesn’t meet the standards of her family – who would rather marry for love, even when she’s thirty-something in line for the thrown.

She’s the idealistic kind of character – determined not to give up, always fighting to continue to figure out her case. 

This year, in 2018, the woman who has really left an impact on me as a reader has been Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the In Death series. This is a woman who in some ways reminds me a lot of myself, coasting through life until she realizes something isn’t right. She found love, but I’m still looking.

She’s a little grumpy and she’s got a mean streak when provoked – both things that remind me of myself. I’m not perfect, far from it, but the fact that all these flaws that I see in myself, I can see in a character who is still loved – I can’t imagine how that has impacted me, not just as a reader, but as a person.

I was thirteen when I first started writing The Assassin, in a little lime green notebook. Back then, I didn’t expect anything out of writing. I didn’t know anything about creating well-rounded characters, or about putting them into tough situations. I knew nothing about how to make a character that had an impact. Looking back now, I realize how much strong, slightly messed up women (both real and fictional) have impacted my life.

Without the women in books, I would have never realized some of the values I want out of my life or out of my characters. Women in books have had a profound impact on my life, and I hope they continue to do so. I hope at some point, my characters have an impact on someone else’s life.

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Coming in 2017

I can’t believe that 2017 is already here. 2016 was a tough year for me, so I’m glad to see a new year finally here. Last year, I had some big aspirations to publish two books. Then I landed a day job in politics and that was the end of that.

Coming in 2017

In 2016, the only book that came out was Double Played, the sequel to The AssassinWriting and finishing Double Played was an incredibly different experience compared to The Assassin. 

This next year though, I will be putting two books out, with the first one being Justice & Lies. And I’m so excited to share with you the summary of the book!

Winter in Washington, D.C. is the perfect time for a serial killer, or two. Special Agent Cassie Morgan and her team are on the lookout for two men leaving behind a slew of dead cops in their path. As the bodies continue to pile up, Cassie struggles to stay focused thanks to one big distraction:

Brent Rossett’s trial.

Cassie knows she’ll be telling the world a few lies when she takes the stand, but one bombshell confession is soon forgotten when a woman shows up murdered near the courthouse. All signs point to the crime being the Assassin’s, but he has the perfect alibi: his trial.

Now the FBI must deal with a copycat killer, and everyone is watching and waiting for him to come after Cassie. While trying to solve her own assignment, Cassie constantly finds herself in the middle of the copycat case and she’s realizing she might have to make the ultimate deal to finally put an end to the mob’s obsession with her.
In addition to Justice & Lies, I’ll be releasing Hit List, the fourth book. Both of these will probably come out late-summer or early-fall. I’m currently going through and writing both books as one giant book because Hit List picks up just days after Justice & Lies ends. I’m so excited for these two books, because they fit so well together and they’re really the next step from The Assassin and Double Played. 
After both books are out, I’m hoping to work on some stand-alone series at the end of the year (maybe NaNoWriMo), including Super Ordinary, a book I first wrote back when I was a junior in high school. It’ll be fun to dig into that one and how the story has changed in the past few years.
2017 is shaping up to be a promising year, and I’m hoping to really give new life to my book series.
I hope y’all have had a wonderful New Year, and here’s to 2017!

 

A Book Birthday + Giveaway

A year ago yesterday, my life wasn’t quite the same as it is now. One year ago, on a Sunday night, a nervous 21-year-old uploaded her novel on to Kindle. In order to keep myself from obsessively refreshing the page on the back end of Kindle, I went out with friends to iHop.

And continued to refresh the page on my phone there until Amazon said it was live.

Now, I have a second book out, and I’m in the middle of working on the third one. I don’t remember the exact moment where I realized I wanted to be a published author, but I do remember the moment I realized I wanted to be an indie author.

Now, years later, I’m an indie author, and I’m still going strong. To celebrate my first book birthday, I’m giving away two sets of my books. You’ll get a copy of The Assassin and a copy of Double Played.

In terms of my life in the past year, I feel like everything has changed (and I’ll talk about that more next week), but one thing that hasn’t changed? My love of writing and telling these stories. The thrill I get when I approach a big scene. The 100+ index cards that I use to plot a book out. It’s the details in making the story that brings me back every time, so I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

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A few notes on the giveaway: It’s only open to U.S. residents, and it’ll end on Sunday, November 20th.

Meet My Main Character

I’m currently working on my third book in the Cassie Morgan Series. While I’ve been with Cassie for a long time now as a writer, I realize that many people don’t know her unless they’ve read my books. So, I’d like you to meet my main character.
At the beginning of The Assassin, Cassie is a newer FBI agent, following a rogue FBI agent who is suspected of numerous things, like illegal gambling (and yes, that’s a thing the FBI investigates, according to their website).
The main focus of the book is the Assassin, a serial killer from the 1990s who escapes from prison. Cassie is reassigned to the case to help catch him, and because she meets the victim MO of the killer, she becomes his target (which is the whole point of her joining the case). 
Regardless of what happens in the stories, Cassie is a strong woman. She obviously goes through some pretty big things in the first book, having to catch the Assassin while working with the rogue agent from the beginning of the book. 
When I started writing back in eighth grade (nine years ago), I didn’t know any of the “rules” for creating a character. Writing as Cassie was a very cathartic experience, and she was very much like me. 
Now, almost ten years later, both my character and I have grown up, so to say. Over the years as I’ve developed in my writing skills, Cassie has become much more than just a copy of myself. Personality-wise, I believe she’s very much like I am, except I feel like she’s a much bigger version of what I’d like to be. 
Cassie is just the badass I wish I could be.
After The Assassin, we have Double Played. Double Played, the story jumps forward by six months, and Cassie is struggling still with the aftermath of the first book. The time jump was intentional, as I needed time for Cassie to start recovering. While Cassie, by nature, is an over thinker, I think this really shines through in Double Played. It’s also in Double Played that she starts dating. 
I’m currently working on Justice & Lies, which is brings back a lot of events from the first book. It feels a little like a full circle moment, even though I plan to continue the series after. 

Double Played Release Date

If you’re a member of my newsletter, you’ve known for a week now, but it’s time to make it public! This book is a first in many ways. I spent a long time working on The Assassin, and the turn around on Double Played has been much faster. But that isn’t a bad thing. I spent a long time laying the ground work, and now I’m full speed ahead.

So without further ado, the release date for Double Played. 

 

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July 23, 2016!

 

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