I am so excited to welcome Morgan Busse to the blog today to chat about her books, specifically her fantasy series, The Ravenwood Saga!
SERIES: The Ravenwood Saga #1
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2018
Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.
As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.
Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.
One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?
SERIES: The Ravenwood Saga #2
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2019
Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family’s destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.
While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.
With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady’s offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.
coming in february 2020
Hi Morgan! Welcome to the blog!
Morgan: Winter! I hate the heat and I love wearing hoodies and sipping on a hot cup of tea.
Carrie: yesssss!!! Me too (except make that tea a hot chocolate, please)
Morgan: I used to be a cat person, but since we’ve adopted two wonderful dogs, I guess I’m both now 🙂
Carrie: Dogs will do that to you 🙂
Morgan: Tea! Although my husband makes really good coffee.
Carrie: the best of both worlds!
Morgan: Both (yeah, I cheated).
Carrie: That’s ok – I totally would have too lol!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Morgan: Speed. Then I could clean my house in no time, get my wordcount in for the day, and keep up with my kids!
Carrie: oh wouldn’t that be wonderful?!?
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Morgan: This is a great question. Here are some books that have stayed with me for years and I would consider my most cherished:
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved the depth of his worldbuilding and it was my first exposure to the fantasy genre.
Anne of Green Gables because it was a story I shared with my childhood best friend (who was also a redhead).
Little Pilgrim’s Progress (the children’s version by Helen L. Taylor). My mother read us this book at bedtime and when I was first married, I read it to my husband.
Everything by Jane Austen. I love that time period and the slow-burning romance in all her books.
Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. I want to have a faith like Hadassah’s!
Carrie: several of my faves too! Although I still need to read the Mark of the Lion series (i know, i know – i should turn in my book blogger’s credentials lol)
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Morgan: For Tainted, the first book in my steampunk series (quick definition, steampunk is a historical science fiction set in either the wild west or the Victorian era), I really wanted to capture the Victorian time period. One thing that stood out to me (and fit in quite nicely with my novel) was their fascination with death. Family pictures would be taken with the deceased, date nights would be spent walking along Paris and gazing at the unidentified bodies the police would place behind glass (like mannequins in a store front), and with the sudden rise in population in cities, finding places to bury people became a huge issue. So yeah, really interesting! And since Tainted is a loose spiritual retelling of Frankenstein, it fit in perfectly!
Carrie: I for one am very glad we disbanded with those traditions in current society haha! But that did fit in perfectly with your purposes 🙂
Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Morgan: I usually have the main plot outlined before I write. I like to know where I’m starting, the main events, and how the story is going to end. But that leaves some surprises when I get into the story. Like in Mark of the Raven, I didn’t realize the youngest sister (age 4) was mute. It put an interesting twist on the story. Or that Damien (main male character) had such a close relationship with his deceased younger brother. Sometimes I feel like these characters are real and as I write their story, they’re telling me more about themselves.
Carrie: I’m always fascinated by this part of the writing process for authors!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in your book?
Morgan: I don’t really hide things, more like there are layers within my stories. What I’m sharing on the surface may have a deeper meaning, either for the story, for life, or a theological idea. I do have a special surprise at the end of Cry of the Raven, book 3 in the Ravenwood Saga that I can’t wait to share 🙂
Carrie: Ack! I can’t wait to read it!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your books?
Morgan: With Mark of the Raven, I want readers to know that there is always hope. That no matter your background or how dark your past is, you can change and find light. And that it only takes one person to change a family, a country, and even the world.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Morgan: Right now, the last book in the Ravenwood Saga is with my editor and I’m planning on starting a whole new series this fall. Here’s a hint: it’ll be another steampunk series with cities in the sky, flying contraptions, science gone bad, powerful people, and a spunky little female mechanic in the middle of all of it. The tentative series title is The Plague Wars.
Bethany House is offering a print copy of the 1st two Ravenwood Saga books to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Morgan Busse and/or The Ravenwood Saga?