Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Tour for Rebel Heartsong by Morgan K. Wyatt (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Author Morgan K. Wyatt is making a return appearance today to give us a glimpse into her new release, Rebel Heartsong.  Keep reading to get a glimpse into this book along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win some great prizes.

Townsend Sewell, as heir to the biggest planation in Beaufort County, is also the biggest marital prize. Life is good, at least it was before the war. After the Civil War devalued Confederate money, and stripped their plantation, Townsend became a not so great catch. The only person who stands by him is Yvette, a mulatto companion to his sisters. She jokes that she stayed only to watch over him, which she does, quite well. He can't remember a time the beautiful servant hasn't taken care of him, almost like a wife. He's lucky to have Yvette, but someday some man will steal her away. The thought enrages him. He's unwilling to live without her by his side. Does she feel the same way? If she does, how will they survive when the law declares their love taboo?


Townsend cleared his throat. “Yvette, this is hard for me to say.”
What was so hard for him to say? If he didn’t want her around anymore why didn’t he just leave her alone? The sunny, large kitchen felt like it was closing in on her. Shoving back her chair, she stood. No reason for her to stay and hear all the reasons she had to go. She knew them all. She was no more than a horse in a corral looking at a field of clover she’d never have. No more. Her fingertips touched the rough table’s surface. “Don’t bother saying anything. Your mother made it clear to me.” She turned to go.
“Wait,” Townsend’s one word request stopped her.
What was she waiting for? Earlier, she’d made the decision that there was nothing here for her. The sound of a chair toppling indicated his haste as Townsend put his hands on her shoulder and slowly turned her. Looking up into his intense, blue eyes, she questioned if she could ever leave him short of death. Now, she was becoming as maudlin as the women in the novels she secretly read, too.
“Yvette, forget whatever my mother said. It means nothing. No one agrees with her. I know it had to be horrible to make you leave.”
The warmth of his hands burned through her light dress. It probably wasn’t the first time he touched her, but the first time in a long time, since they both grew into adults.


A lot happens throughout Rebel Heartsong to keep you constantly guessing and on the edge of your seat.  At times there was a soap opera feel to the action because when things started going well something immediately bad then befell the characters.  There was a whirlwind of action that kept you completely immersed in the lives of these characters even when I was sometimes frustrated by them.

Yvette is mulatto and after the death of her parents was brought into the Sewell's plantation home where she was made the companion of their daughters.  It's allowed her to have a foot in both the world of slaves and the world of freemen but to not be completely a part of either.  She's well educated and not had to work too hard for her place in the household.  She wants a future of her own choosing but is conflicted about what that future should be once she admits her true feelings to the heir of the plantation, Townsend.  Through numerous unwanted advances, through the hardships of the Civil War, to numerous kidnappings, life is difficult for her as she remains by Townsend's side to support him with no real promises from him for their future.  There were times I admired her fortitude but was frustrated by her constant jealousy and need to be saved.

I found much to admire about Townsend.  He was a true gentleman in his dealings with the ladies.  He never led them on and even before he knew of Yvette's love for him he was always her protector.  Even though she felt he didn't make any guarantees towards her I saw it differently as his actions showed more than words his devotion to her.  He constantly had to save her and got rewarded by her occasional coldness.  Many outside factors beat at him throughout the story but he never let them break him.  He was the rock in the storm that was Yvette's life.

There was a large cast of secondary characters both amongst the slaves and the rest of the Sewell family.  They added to the melodrama and for Emily and Eileen Sewell their journeys towards a HEA took place off page after laying the foundation here.  There was much heartache involved in this story and it was a relief to reach a clear-cut HEA after Yvette and Townsend had been put through the wringer.  Ms. Wyatt created a gutwrenching saga with a miniseries feel and its intensity kept me eagerly turning the pages.

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.



Morgan K Wyatt, raised on a steady diet of superheroes, believed she could fly at a very young age. After using trees, barn lofts, sliding boards, and even a second story window as launch pads, she found her flying skills were limited to fast and downward. By the age of nine, her dreams to be a superhero needed some modifications, which caused her to turn to writing and horseback riding as alternatives to flying.
At the age of twenty, she had another chance at superhero greatness as being one of the few female soldiers trained for combat. The fact that women will be able to serve in combat soon indicates that all the witnesses to the grenade incident have retired. The grenade incident didn’t prevent her two sons or daughter-in-law from enlisting in the service. Having different last names probably helped.
Morgan recently retired from teaching special needs students to write fulltime, instead of in the wee hours of the night. With the help of her helpful husband and loyal hound, she creates characters who often grab plot lines and run with them. As for flying, she prefers the airlines now.


Morgan will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and grand prize of the winner's choice of ivory, peach, or white, cultured freshwater pearl necklace to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-To be entered, leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Winners will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more you comment the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 5/17.

*****Secret Cravings Publishing is offering a sale during the Rebel Heartsong and Escaping West tours.
All Morgan K Wyatt books bought May 15-31st are available for another 20% off publisher's site. The code is Morgan20


  1. Thank you for your impressions. I'm looking forward to a great read.


  2. Good Morning Scarf Princess,

    I do appreciate you hosting and your review. Life was hard for all people in the South during the Civil War. I was surprised to find out that even southern belles died from starvation.

    1. Thank YOU for being here! I enjoy Civil War stories and can't find them as much as I used to. I've enjoyed a few of your other books and look forward to what you have next.

      The Scarf Princess

  3. What an interesting concept! I haven't read much Post-Civil War Historical Fiction, let alone one with interracial relationships! Sounds unique!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Thanks for sharing! Excited to hear more about the book! :)

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  5. It's nice to meet another new-to-me author. I am looking forward to learning more about Rebel Heartsong during this tour. There was a time when the only books I read were set before, during and after the Civil War era. Not so much anymore because they just aren't being written....or maybe they're not being published. I'm putting this book on my BTB list.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the honest review. I really like the names of the hero And heroine. Storyline sounds interesting.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  7. Thank you for your honest review, I suprised you didn't give it higher since it sounded like there were a lot of good points to the story. It is a very interesting premise

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Shannon, my main issues were with the heroine. Her jealousy, for me, felt very misplaced as Townsend never gave her any real doubts as to him taking care of her forever. I also became frustrated by the heroine constantly being put in peril and then miraculously being saved. For me, it strained credibility.

      When I review I am one that dwells mostly on the good as I don't ever want an author to feel torn apart. I want the review, unless the book is a complete disaster, to give the author a positive feeling. Since the issues I had with the story are my own I never want to sway a reader one way or the other. I'm glad you asked me why I rated the way I did and I'm glad I could clarify. Ultimately this was a good book that I'm glad I had the opportunity to read.

      The Scarf Princess

  8. Afternoon Adra Lynn,
    This is my first interacial romance, although people considered Reluctant Cougar an interacial one because of the cover art, it wasn't. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Hi Kate,
    Thanks for commenting. On the 15-31st, all my books are 20% off at code:Morgan20

  10. Hi Karen,
    Want to get a copy of Rebel Bride (book 2) free (paperback)? Giving away eight at Goodreads this month.

    Thanks for commenting.

    1. Thanks for this information. Got my name in...maybe I'll get lucky!

  11. Hi Jbst,

    You liked Townsend's name. Maybe you can help me name another character. I am having a contest to name characters in my next romantic suspense. Today is the last day to enter.

  12. Hi Shannon,
    Thanks for your comments. It was a hard book to write because I found through detailed research that most of what we think we know about the Civil War South is wrong. Ah, movies.

    Secret Cravings Blog Hop this weekend. Dozens of writers and prizes. Check it out on on 18 & 19th.

  13. Thanks for your review. I'm intrigued by what I read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  14. Nice review about the characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi bn100,

      I was checking back for my winners and saw you posted. Thanks for commenting.

  15. Sigh. I love me a forbidden romance!


    1. Hi Chelsea,

      Me too, Romeo & Juliet all over again. Thanks for commenting.

  16. Townsend is a very unique name, so it makes your story stand out to me, adding it to my wishlist!


    1. Hi Eva,

      I heard someone called Townsend in the New England aread, but I figured it could work in the South too. Thanks for commenting.

  17. Congratulations on the publication of Rebel Heartsong! It sounds like a fascinating book. Love historical fiction, especially set during the Civil War. Will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi BookLady,
      Appreciate the congrats. Rebel Bride, book 2, is a good reads giveaway currently. Eight books need homes. The Goodreads staff picks the winners.