Margery Scott on “tells,” with Giveaway

I’m delighted to welcome back Margery Scott. She writes great books, and one lucky commenter will win a digital copy of CADE, the first book of The Morgans of Rocky Ridge series. Enjoy her fun post, and the excerpt for her recent release, TREY, book 2 of the series.

Congratulations to Kristine R for winning an ecopy of CADE!

Thanks so much for inviting me back to Magical Musings. I always love to visit here.

 What’s your tell?

margery -cropped 200x300Have you ever noticed that many of the players on the Worldwide Poker Tour wear sunglasses, even though they’re indoors? That’s one way a poker player can hide a “tell.” A tell in poker is a change in the demeanor or behavior that can give away the strength of a player’s hand. It’s unintentional, and often the player doesn’t even realize he has a tell unless he analyzes his every move, every blink of an eye, or even the way he handles his chips and his betting patterns. Often tells show up in the eyes – fast blinking, a twitch, darting glances at the other  players, which is one reason sunglasses are so popular with poker players.

MargeryScott_Trey2_200pxIn my latest release, Trey is a gambler. Like the other gamblers, he has tells, but he’s learned to hide them so well that he’s a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, if he was a poker player today, I’m sure he’d be wearing sunglasses, too.

But it’s not only in poker that people have tells. Everybody has them, whether they realize it, or not. They show up when we’re emotional, and manifest themselves in many ways. Curling your hair around your finger, biting your bottom lip, rubbing your palms down your skirt or pants, a tiny smirk you can’t prevent – they’re all tells. I have them, too. I’m aware of them and even when I try to hide them, they still show unless I really concentrate. I’m not going to tell you what they are, though J

So, my question to you is, how does your nervousness, your excitement or your confidence show? In other words, what’s your tell?

Trey is the second novella in the Morgans of Rocky Ridge trilogy about two brothers and their cousin who live and love in Rocky Ridge, Colorado. Cade, the first the series, is available now. Zane, the third novella, will be available in late August.


When Trey Morgan wins half a saloon in a poker game, he heads back to Rocky Ridge, Colorado to sell his share and move on, back to the life he loves – no responsibilities, no ties. But he doesn’t expect his partner to be Claire O’Doyle, a beautiful Irish redhead who captivates him like no other woman ever has.

Claire O’Doyle has no use for men like Trey. They remind her too much of the father who abandoned her and her mother.  She’d love nothing more than to pay Trey off and get him out of her life. But someone is trying to run her out of Rocky Ridge, and she doesn’t need the distraction of a man whose charm makes her forget her vow to stay away from gamblers.

As the threats escalate, so does Claire and Trey’s attraction to each other. But will Trey walk away? And if he does, will Claire let him go?


Claire wove her way through the tables, all the while studying the stranger. Clean-shaven, the hint of a cleft in his chin, dark eyes ringed by the longest lashes she’d ever seen on a man. His white shirt had obviously just been laundered, and the dark red brocade vest and black frock coat told her this was no ranch hand. Broad shoulders tapered to a narrow waist and long, lean legs. Altogether, he was a pleasing sight, not at all like most of the men who spent their evenings in her saloon.

She held out her hand as she approached. “I’m Claire O’Doyle. Eliza tells me you’re wanting to speak to me.”

“You’re not Conor,” he said. His gaze slid the length of her.

She squirmed under his scrutiny. “No, I’m not. He passed on seven months ago. I’m his daughter, Claire.”

The smile on his face faded, and she wondered if she was imagining the sadness that appeared in his eyes. “My condolences,” he said. “I didn’t know.”

“And you are?”

“Trey Morgan.” His eyes sparkled with good humor as he wrapped his fingers around her hand.

A sudden burst of heat sizzled up her arm. “What can I do for you, Mr. Morgan?”

“Is there somewhere more … private …” he began.

Claire straightened to her full height, which was still several inches shorter than his. “Mr. Morgan, I’m sure Eliza or Betsy would be happy to take care of you—”

He laughed. “I don’t want a woman,” he said. “At least not right now. It’s business.”

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About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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14 Responses to Margery Scott on “tells,” with Giveaway

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Margery, great excerpt! Thanks for being our guest today. I get antsy in a tense situation, and I’m sure my body language shows that.

  2. Thanks for having me, Edie. Body language is really interesting, especially since most of the time we aren’t even aware of it. I’m scheduled to do my first-ever workshop at RWA next year, and I’m already trying to figure out how to work my body language so I look cool, calm and collected 🙂
    Margery Scott`s last blog was …Robin Hood – with a twist

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Margery,
    Welcome to MM again! And love the excerpt. 🙂 As for my tell – my eyes always widen, no matter how much I try to keep them normal. lol.

    Also congrats on giving an RWA workshop next year. Sounds exciting. What is it going to be on?
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

    • Dale, thanks for stopping by. Looks like sunglasses would be a definite advantage if you play poker 🙂 The workshop is on why I chose to go indie. As long as I’m sitting, I might be okay. That way nobody will have to try to hear over the noise of my knees knocking together.
      Margery Scott`s last blog was …Robin Hood – with a twist

  4. Misty Evans says:

    Margery, I’m terrible at hiding my emotions! I’ve never been a good poker player, even though I love card games. 🙂

  5. Great post, Margery. Supposedly my voice rises when I fib 🙄
    Sharon Cullen`s last blog was …COVER REVEAL!

  6. Misty, I can’t hide my emotions either. Just ask anyone who sees me play pool competitively. My emotions are out there for everyone to see.
    Margery Scott`s last blog was …Robin Hood – with a twist

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. I’ll remember that if I ever suspect you’re fibbing 🙂

  8. Cyndi Faria says:

    Hi Margery, I just loved Trey’s story! In regards to a tell, I have the wandering eye thing. I’ll be looking everywhere but where I’m supposed to be looking. Needless to say I’m terrible at poker. 😎 😎

  9. Amy says:

    Nice to meet you here, Margery! I have a bunch of tells. Sadly, I can’t lie well (so I don’t like at all) and wear my emotions on my face, sleeve, wherever! I talk too much when I am nervous and constantly play with my wedding ring. I would be a horrible poker player. I stunk at Old Maid when I was growing up and playing my siblings. Your book sounds like a good read!
    Amy`s last blog was …Character Interview & Giveaway: AVENGING ANGEL by Cynthia Eden

  10. Thanks, Cyndi. I’m a terrible liar, too. And besides my body language giving me away, I don’t have the memory for lying 🙂
    Margery Scott`s last blog was …Robin Hood – with a twist

  11. Happy to meet you, too, Amy. As I mentioned, whatever’s going on in my head shows on the outside. Oh, and I talk too much when I’m nervous, too, which is why my doctor probably thinks I’m wacko lol.

  12. Liz Kreger says:

    Hi, Margery. Thanx for being our guest today. Really enjoyed the excerpt.

    Not sure if I have tells. I guess I’m oblivious to them. I do know that when I’m nervous, I tend to go into “out-going” mode. I get animated and tend to use my hands more when talking. I’ve noticed it happening when I’ve had pitches in the past.

  13. Kristine R says:

    Great excerpt I love Margery Scott’s books

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