Tuesday, December 9, 2014




“A psychological thriller that reveals the Ivory Tower to be a hothouse full of monstrous egos, where bullying thrives long past playground days and ‘academic discipline’ requires research skills of the detective kind.” – Kate Manning, Author of My Notorious Life
Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Women Sleuths, Romantic Suspense
A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean—distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red’s the next target for death.
The Red Queen’s Run is the first mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former university professor, Bourne Morris.


“Touching upon a very real subject, this author offers the perfect formula of suspects, mystery, and a handsome police detective to heat up Red’s fire. The frightening part, however, is that the foundation of school violence has become just as angry and backstabbing as the political realm. This is a great read about what goes on behind those academic doors.” – Suspense Magazine
“Morris has crafted a suspenseful, thoughtful, sexy debut…Her hero, Red Solaris, is vulnerable but tough, complex but straight-shooting, a woman learning how to wield power by remembering what it’s like to have little of it. I’ll read about her adventures anytime. Long live the Queen!” – Christopher Coake, Author of You Came Back
“Morris proves herself a masterful storyteller in this compelling debut novel. The Red Queen’s Run is compulsive reading as it takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of campus violence. I can’t wait to follow its smart new heroine, ‘Red’ Solaris as this trilogy continues.” – Alan Deutschman, Author of Change or Die
“Bourne Morris’ long career in academia pays dividends to the reader in behind-the-office-door details and drama that bring life to Meredith ‘Red’ Solaris’s dilemma as interim dean to a squabbling groups of cheats and scoundrels. One of them has killed her friend, the former dean, and as the ethics professor – and the ethical backbone of this novel—Red Solaris is compelling as she stumbles through her new role and toward the truth.” – Lori Rader-Day, Author of The Black Hour
“A racy and delightful peek into academia’s darker corners. Bourne Morris clearly knows this microcosm as well as anyone, and lucky for us, she also knows how to turn a phrase, twist a plot and spin one hell of a yarn.” – Ben Rogers, Author of The Flamer
http://www.amazon.com/Bourne-Morris/e/B00MQ5IDGU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1After Bennington College, I worked at McCall's Magazine and then went to Ogilvy&Mather, New York during the "Mad Men " era. David Ogilvy and his colleagues treated me wonderfully, promoted me several times and then sent me west to become head of their agency in Los Angeles. I managed an agency of 200 great people. I was invited to be on the 1984 Olympic Committee and the boards of a law school and a major charity. I had a wonderful time in advertising.

I moved to Reno where I joined the University of Nevada Reno as a full professor in Journalism. I taught marketing, copywriting and media ethics until 2009. I learned about campus politics when I served as chair of the faculty senate. I retired in 2009 after an equally wonderful teaching career.

Now I write. I started at Bennington and just never stopped, although I kept putting the novel off until now. "The Red Queen's Run" opens with the death of a dean which my university pals tell me is an intriguing start since several members of the faculty are, of course, suspects.

I share my home in northern Nevada with a kind and generous husband. Between us we have four children, eight grandchildren and are currently owned by a Golden Retriever