Morgan L. Busse – Real Life & Character Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Morgan L. Busse shares how she met her husband and how her characters meet from her Christian Fantasy novel, Daughter of Light. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for winner’s choice of Morgan’s titles: Daughter of Light or Son of Truth in choice of e-book or print. Deadline: Oct 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Morgan:

Morgan BusseMorgan Busse cover 2Daughter of Light by Morgan Busse

It was love at first tackle. Or maybe just bruises. Whatever the case, I first met Dan on a cold afternoon at a youth winter camp.

The guys had decided to start a game of football. I was a new freshman who hardly knew anyone. But I did love football, so I decided to join in.

On the other team was this buff senior who always had a grin on his face. He was kinda cute, but out of my league. I was a science geek in school and he definitely looked like one of the jocks, not to mention years ahead of me in high school.

The game began.

Not long afterward, Dan’s team had possession of the ball. The ball flew and Dan caught it and started sprinting down the field. I was the only one on my team between him and the goal. So I did the only thing I could to stop him: I tackled him to the ground.

We both stared at each other in shock. At the time, Dan could bench press over 300 pounds and there was hardly a guy who could take him out. However, on that wintry afternoon it was a short, blond girl standing over him.

He spoke to me for the first time. “I’m going to call you freight train from now on.”

I grinned and helped him up. From that moment, we became good friends and after a couple years, fell in love.

My kids love that story!

My characters meet in a similar shocking way. At the end of Daughter of Light, Caleb Tala, assassin for the Temanin Empire, is tasked to interrogate anyone caught during the war. Spy after spy is brought to his tent and he deals with them accordingly.

However, when he pulls the hood off a person brought to his tent days later, he finds a woman instead of a man. A woman who is neither a spy nor the enemy, just someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nierne is a scribe from the faraway city of Thyra. After her city is destroyed, she travels across the mountains in hope of finding a special race of people that can save what is left of her homeland. Unfortunately, she stumbles into the Temanin war camp and is captured. Believed to be a spy, she is brought to Caleb’s tent to be interrogated.

Their relationship starts off with tension, but eventually blossoms into love between two of the most unlikely people: an assassin and a scribe.

Son of Truth, the second book in the Follower of the Word series, follows Caleb and Nierne as they learn to trust each other. And Heir of Hope, the final book, solidifies their love as they face the shadows and death together.

I love stories about how opposite people find love. Perhaps because that is my own love story.

About Morgan: Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, 2013 Christy and Carol Award finalist. Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. Learn more and connect:,, (@MorganLBusse)

About the book – Daughter of Light: What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . .

But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.

Daughter of Light is the first book in the Follower of the Word trilogy, an epic Christian fantasy series.

About the book – Son of Truth: Can a killer find forgiveness?

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun.

As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come, and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.

Son of Truth is the second book in the Follower of the Word trilogy, an epic Christian fantasy series.

Question: Do you like sports? If so, what is your favorite?

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16 Responses to “Morgan L. Busse – Real Life & Character Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  • Josh H says:

    This sounds like an AWESOME series! I’d love to win. 😀

  • Meg Ebba says:

    Do I like sports? Nope! But I love to watch sports movies. I love a final countdown, a race to the finish, a hail mary pass, a final coach’s speech–the tear jerkier, the better! In person, though, my one and only achievement in sports was a rock-climbing experience. (just the one, mind you…)

  • Ryebrynn says:

    Ah! I love these books! It was awesome learning how Mrs. Busse fell in love! 🙂


  • Linda romer says:

    I like football and car racing. Thank you

  • Melanie Backus says:

    I love your football love story. No wonder your kids love it. My favorite sport is basketball.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • Aw! Your love story gave me chills! So cute! 🙂 Also, the romance in Son of Truth sounds very intriguing. Can’t wait to read the whole series!

  • Sarah P says:

    That’s a great story to be able to share with your kids!! I can wait to get started on Son of Truth (waiting for Heir of Hope to be close to done so I don’t have to wait so long for the last book!!)

  • Beth C says:

    My granddaughter plays on a volleyball team and I love to watch her. I also enjoy watching football with my husband.

  • Thanks everyone 🙂 Dan and I love sharing our story!

  • Sarah, I am currently finishing the edits on Heir of Hope. It is set to release spring 2015 (less than 6 months away!). And it will be worth the wait. I think this is my best book yet (cried this morning as I edited a chapter).

  • Bob Epstein says:

    Sounds like you tackle your writing the same way you tackle your future husband – directly and straight on. I enjoyed reading how you and your husband met. Great story!

  • I’m not very sports-minded. I like to play softball, tennis, volleyball, and badminton, but I’m not very good at any of them. I hate watching sports on TV – especially football. Sorry Morgan, I don’t understand the rules and I don’t care enough to learn 🙂

    I enjoy watching anything my son plays – baseball, basketball, or cross country track. But once his game or race is over, I’m ready to go. I don’t usually get to leave though and end up sitting through games and races without my son in them. I’ve been known to bring a book.

    But, like Meg, I do like tear-jerker sports movies. Even football ones.

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Congrats to Bob Epstein. I appreciate Morgan for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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