Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome back the awesome Alathia Paris Morgan with her book Death By Poison.The second book in the Nova Ladies Adventures.
We will have info about the book and her. A great excerpt from the book and a interview with Alathia.
Make sure to check everything out and go and give her some love and add the books to your TBR 😉
Happy Reading 🙂
After surviving an abusive husband, Megan Butts wants nothing more than a fresh start with her daughter Sally. She’s grateful for their home at the ranch, pitching in whenever she’s not working on her new Nova business. When she offers to clean out a cabin on the property, she uncovers more than she bargained for in a stack of old diaries.
Her tentative relationship with Mark Greenley takes a nosedive when Megan starts to investigate his mother’s death by supposed suicide, uncovering a trail of hidden money and blackmail twenty-five years in the making. Mark doesn’t want to dredge up the past, but Megan is determined to dig deeper, despite her overwhelming urge to give into her inclinations to obey men, a lesson her ex tried to beat into her. When the mystery starts to endanger not only her life, but the life of her daughter, Megan must decide if her new love and life are worth the pursuit of justice.
This cozy mystery/thriller will keep everyone on the edge of their seats with the second book in the Nova Ladies series: Death by Poison
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Time. Hands down, time is my greatest enemy and takes away from my being able to write. With three children and two other jobs there isn’t much time left for sitting down and getting the words on paper. Now that I have published books, I spend more time on marketing and advertising them then actually writing.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Well, the first book was in desperate need of an editor. Being my impulsive self, I jumped right in and pushed the publish button when in reality my book still needed about three more edits by professionals. (I have since had it edited and worked on by a few professionals so don’t be worried you can read it.) I have learned how to finish polishing my stories, but most importantly it’s changed the way I write the story. I have learned how to describe a scene and how many commas need to be added. My stories tend to write themselves a little better each time as I learn more about the writing/publishing process.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
The best money I’ve spent has really been divided three ways: Paying a professional editor, a professional copyeditor, and a wonderful promo team that really use social media to get my newest releases everywhere.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
2 current books that will be released over the next three months, 3 works in progress for the next year, and 2 unfinished books that are from high school that I may revisit someday.
If one or more of your books would be selected for motion pictures. Would you prefer it be a TV series or Movie and why?
I would love for my Nova Ladies Series to be made into a movie because they are mystery/suspense books focused laced with issues that are important to women. While a t.v. series would be great, this is only a 6 book series so it would work better in a movie format. There won’t be enough information available for a series and I would have to add more than I had intended for it to become a t.v. series.
Megan glanced at her watch as she surveyed the cabin that she had been cleaning all day. She had an hour before the school bus would drop Sally, her seven year old daughter, off at the cottage where she was staying.
Still trying to adjust to her new life away from her ex-husband’s abuse, Megan was so thankful that Sally was the bright spot to keep her going.
Torn between a shower and a few minutes on the porch swing to relax in silence, Megan chose a moment of peace. She opened the refrigerator and poured a tall glass of sweet tea, adding a slice of lemon for a little extra flavor.
The shaded porch brought little relief from the hot August sun as Megan walked toward the swing with her glass of tea and the pitcher for easy refills.
Thankful for the slight breeze and the relaxing motion of the swing, Megan took a large gulp of tea hoping the cold liquid would help her cool off. Sweat dripped down her back as she held the glass to her forehead. She took an ice cube and rubbed it along her neck not caring that it was causing her shirt to become wet.
The swing moved slightly as she took another drink, the motion caused a wave of dizziness to hit suddenly. Megan reached out to place the almost empty glass of tea back on the table, but the table kept moving away from her as she tried to focus.
Finally setting the glass sit on the edge of the table, Megan blinked hoping to regain some focus as it became harder to think.
Reaching to pick up the phone from beside her, the motion made the swing move and Megan blindly tried to grip the arm of the swing, but her depth perception was off and she fell onto the floor. The cell phone hit the floor cracking the screen, laying on the floor behind her.
“Crap! I thought I was safe, he’s dead. Why would he still be trying to kill me?” Megan slurred to the hot air.
Sally… Megan’s last thought was of her daughter, Don’t come home.
The notes she’d received had made her paranoid again, but she never thought she’d die because of it. Megan slipped into unconsciousness with her last thoughts on her daughter.
Alathia Paris Morgan is a part-time Avon lady. After the death of her brother in 2013, she decided life was too short to waste the ideas she was given. Since she’d always had stories floating around in her head, she took a shot at writing them down during a NANOWRIMO Camp. She realized quickly that her characters had more than one mystery to solve, which resulted in her Nova Ladies series.
With the support and love of her husband, Alathia continues to bring new worlds to life. Their three daughters and three dogs are more than enough to keep her busy when she is not delivering orders or lost in her imagination.
In her free time, she loves to read and add to her personal library, which has over six thousand books. She also enjoys quilting and watching TV shows while hanging out with her daughters.