The courage to open a door

Today’s story of courage comes from author, Mary Morgan. Her novel, Dragon Knight’s Sword, will be released soon by Wild Rose Press.

I was 22 years old, never held a job except babysitting, and in a dark time in my life. Never an outgoing person, in fact very shy, I decided to apply for a job at a restaurant for extra money. However, this restaurant was very upscale. You were required to have previous experience, especially in culinary and wine. I knew absolutely nothing, but I needed this job desperately. When I filled out the application, I put down that I had served large family dinners. I believed I could get in the door with that one sentence.

On the morning of the interview, I sat in my car for thirty long minutes. I was debating if I should step through those large doors. I kept glancing back at the doors, daring me to get out of my car. Finally, I made the decision that I had nothing left to lose. I got out of my car and pushed those massive doors open.

During my interview, I felt a sense of calm wash over me. I smiled and told the manger I was a quick learner. He would not regret giving me a chance. I was hired on that day, and he never regretted for an instant giving me the opportunity to prove myself. In fact, he gave me another position later on as the bookkeeper. I excelled and left for the banking industry.

Therefore, each time I venture down a new and sometimes frightening road, I remember that day I found the courage to push through those doors. It took me on an amazing path, for which I will be eternally grateful. Not only did it teach me important life lessons, but it also led me to my soul mate. I married the manager of the restaurant three years later.

Mary’s Bio:
I am a constant daydreamer, and have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.


I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, โ€œMy heart is in the Highlands.โ€ I believe I have left it there, or maybe in Ireland.

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my gardenโ€“another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.

You can follow Mary on Facebook at, on Twitter @m_morganauthor or on her website
Dragon Knight’s Sword

Can the healing power of love mend the soul of a wounded warrior who destroyed the life and love of another?

Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O’Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest which will alter everything she believes.

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together.

Read an excerpt here

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36 Responses to The courage to open a door

  1. Mary Morgan says:

    Thank you, Ceci for letting me be a part of this wonderful month of stories about courage. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • cecigiltenan says:

      Mary, you are very welcome. Thank you for being a part of my Month of Courage and for sharing this great story. I can’t wait to be able to announce the release date for Dragon Knight’s Sword.

  2. Sue-Ellen Welfonder says:

    Loved your beautiful tale of courage, Mary! It is doubly good and inspiring because of the romantic surprise twist. That’s so special! I’m so looking forward to reading your book(s.) XXXOOXXX

    • Mary Morgan says:

      I shudder to think what would have happened if I had never taken those steps out of my car. It is one of those moments in my life where I can remember every detail of that morning — from looking out across the parking lot, the color of my dress, my hands holding the application. Yet, the moment I walked through those oak (yes, they were oak) doors, my life changed. Love you my friend!

      • Sue-Ellen Welfonder says:

        It was meant to be. Sure, we always have a choice (as you did here), but the opportunity was destined to be laid before you. I love this story! XXOOXX

  3. Judy says:

    Mary has been a big inspiration in my life and her tale of courage shows me that everthing happens for a reason. Best wishes and much love` Mary, on your journey. xoxoxo

    • Mary Morgan says:

      It was my destiny and the first time I had the courage to do the impossible. Now my mantra is, “I’m possible!” (((HUGS))) Judy!

  4. Mimi Brooks says:

    this has been a very long journey….and it is just beginning! you know what an inspiration you have been to me lately. i expect big things for your future and i love you to the moon and back. congratulations on the upcoming release of a much loved “baby”!! xoxo mimi

    • Mary Morgan says:

      Awww…thanks Mimi. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m like a child at Christmas waiting for my present, so I can share it with the world. Love you, too!

  5. Anne Ray says:

    Mary Morgan is my daughter and I am so filled with pride. She grew in my womb underneath my heart for 9 months and was a joy from the moment I first held her in my arms. The shy little girl is a strong,bright,lovely woman who is realizing her dream. She has shown courage in impossible situations and inspires me daily.

  6. cecigiltenan says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I know what you mean Anne. I look at my own children who, through hard work and perseverance, are just beginning to realize their dreams and I am in awe.

  7. tarenn98 says:

    Great post. Thanks

    • Mary Morgan says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! This was one of those moments in my life that remind me of those places in the road with boulders — you can either retreat, or find a way to get through. I believe I chose wisely.

  8. Terry Evans says:

    Mary, what a courageous and romantic slice of your life you shared with us today.At the same time it reminded me of an excerpt from a Highlander romance novel that doesn’t exist. …………………………….
    It was a dark time. She sat and stared at the large OAK doors that she needed to pas thru. Did she have the courage to take those few but long steps to change her life for possibly the better? Well, she had nothing left to lose.
    Such a shy lassie he thought. Her hands were neatly folded in her lap but white knuckled he noted. As she spoke softly he also noticed a thin line of determination in the curve of her lush mouth. It spoke much of her hidden strengths. If only he could trust himself. Her long silky hair, large intelligent eyes and gently curving figure begged him to make her the offer disregarding any others that may come………Bahahahahaha
    I do not make light of your show of courage. I just could not help this scenario. Besides a little comic relief is always good, eh ?
    BTW If your manager/husband appears to be a sexist pig, I told you this was a Highlander romance. Just gotta love those alpha males !
    Latha mat

  9. Mary Morgan says:

    OH MY GOSH! Were you there? The first thing he noticed about me was my smile and he couldn’t trust himself. Actually, I’ll share another secret — when he came out for the interview, he slipped on the floor and slammed into those oak doors. Upon standing, he straightened his three piece suit and said, “About damn time someone waxed these floors.” My heart soared at that moment.

    Just love your story, Terry! You should really consider writing romance my friend. (((HUGS)))

    • Terry Evans says:

      That is hilarious and a good comeback ! Nope, wasn’t there but you painted a good visual. I do enjoy writing but even when inspired, I’m only GOOD for about three paragraphs. Kinda like a green boy with his first woman. You, Ceci and Sue-Ellen write the books. I’ll write the quips !

  10. Dianne says:

    Mary, I admire the strength and pluck you showed. What a moment! If we could all manage with such grace and dignity.

    • Mary Morgan says:

      I believe it’s in all of us, Dianne. Sometimes, we have to harness the fear and use it as a shield of courage. I did not feel courageous, but I found a spark of strength on that day. xoxo

  11. Amanda Beadles says:

    Thank you Cecil so much for opening your heart to Mary and bringing her to your blog. I can not wait for you and the rest of the world to read her stories.
    Mom, why is it, every time I see some new success for you, it brings me to tears?!?! Beyond any words, beyond any expression of pride and love, I will be able to express how my heart soars for you! This is truly a magical time in your life and I am so honored to be able to witness it

    • Amanda, your words brought tears to my eyes. What lucky women you both are to have each other! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mary Morgan says:

        Beyond lucky, Leah…

      • Amanda Beadles says:

        Thank you Leah. I know what you mean, it brought tears to my eyes just typing it. I’m only this way because I had such a wonderful example of unconditional by her.

    • Mary Morgan says:

      And I am blessed to share it with you. Love with hugs!

      Yes, Ceci’s month of “courage” stories is amazing. I was fortunate to have won an ARC of Highland Courage and she weaves a beautiful tale. You will love this story, Amanda.

  12. Beautiful story of courage, Mary! (((HUGS))) and love sent your way!

    As for DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD…. I get these…squiggly feelings… in my stomach wanting to read it! That’s the only way I know to describe the feelings, LOL! It’s way past the word excitement….yes, squiggly is the word. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Mary, I’m a little late, but enjoyed your story of courage. You have been a good friend and have encouraged me to take my own steps toward the future. I can’t wait to read your creation.
    Love you.

  14. Mary Morgan says:

    A final note of thanks to Ceci Giltenan for allowing me to share my story. I can hardly wait for your special release of HIGHLAND COURAGE! What a special and wonderful time to share stories of courage. Wishing you all the best, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Vici McDonald says:

    Mary Morgan is my sister who inspires me to always have the courage to go after my dreams. Loving you and sending hugs across the miles ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. cecigiltenan says:

    This has been a great day Mary–so very uplifting. Thanks for sharing your time and your story with me.

  17. Mary Morgan says:

    Thanks sis for your love and support…means the world to me! xoxo

  18. Mary Morgan says:

    Thank YOU, Ceci! So honored to be a part of your special month! ๐Ÿ™‚

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