When people ask Judythe Morgan where her story ideas come from it’s an easy answer for her. “I write about what I love and the places I’ve been. I let my adventurous spirit propel my writer’s muse.”
A romantic at heart, Morgan pens complex and emotional love stories that blend contemporary history, romance, and women’s fiction. Reviewers compare her debut novel, The Pendant’s Promise, to authors like Barbara Delinsky and Danielle Steele.
In writing Lillian Reed and Green Beret Ace Cabot’s love story, Morgan drew from her experiences as a young military wife.
She watched her friends’ husbands go off to Vietnam in the sixties and vowed if ever her newly commissioned husband received overseas orders, she’d follow him whether the United States Army authorized her presence or not.
If you’re old enough to remember the sixties, you know it was only a matter of months before she had to make good on her vow.
She sold their car, secured a passport and a tourist visa, and followed her husband to South Korea as an unaccompanied dependent. Once settled, she took a position as a Department of Army Civilian (DAC) for Eighth Army.
Now all these years later, those fond memories and a place she loved provided the impetus for Ace and Lily’s love story.
Her advice for budding writers: “Find the story lurking in your memories then get out paper or sit at your computer and WRITE. Let your mind soar and the words flow. You’ve a story to tell, too.”
THE PENDANT’S PROMISE
Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.
For twenty years, Lily Johnson’s life, albeit a life of lies, is good. Then her daughter falls in love and her world is turned upside down.
Her daughter’s fiancé turns out to be the godson of her daughter’s biological father. The Green Beret Lily thought died in Vietnam.
When they meet face-to-face, the years melt away and old passion returns. Only he believes she betrayed her promise to wait for him.
And, Lily’s convinced revealing the truth would mean losing her daughter and the only man she’s ever loved.
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And coming soon-- Love in the Morning Calm, Prequel to The Pendant’s Promise, release date, Spring 2013
In the furor of the 60's, virtuous preacher’s daughter Lillian Reed holds feminist ideals until she meets irresistible Green Beret Ace Cabot and falls in love. When the Vietnam War tears them apart, she faces tough choices to maintain her newfound freedom and come to grips with her lover’s fate.
AUTHOR BIO for Judythe Morgan:
Award-winning writer Judythe Morgan is also an antiques dealer, former public school teacher, and one time Department of Army Civilian (DAC).
Storytelling is, and always will be, her passion.
And be sure to stop by her front porch blog where discussions are as eclectic as Ms. Morgan.