Friday, February 15, 2013

TEXAS WILDFLOWERS - Anita Higman - 5 Free Books

Welcome back, Anita. Tell us a bit about Texas Wildflowers.
Texas Wildflowers is a 4-in-1 novella collection through Barbour Publishing. Each novella is set in an exotic location in Texas. They are lighthearted romances, and they’re all tied together with the four McBride sisters.

Which of the four novellas was the most fun to write?
They were each fun to write in their own way, but my favorite character was Lily, the counselor, in Forget Me Not Lily. She was quirky and fun, relatable and loveable. At least that’s what I hope readers will feel.

Was it hard to write four separate stories and keep them fresh?
That task was very hard, because it is so easy to repeat plot elements and character traits and bits of dialogue. I had to constantly check myself to make sure the stories and characters were as unique as they could be.

All these novellas are set in Texas. Are the towns and parks real?
Yes, in fact one of the novellas is set in Big Bend National Park, where my husband and I went on vacation. So, when you read about the characters on certain trails, they’re real, and we hiked them!

Did you have a favorite book when you were a child?
I loved fairytales. Cinderella was my favorite.

Do you have a vacation spot you’d love to visit?
I’m dreaming of Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel there next summer. Can’t wait! Then I’m going to use the emerald isle as a setting in one of my novels.

How long have you known you wanted to be a writer?
When I was very young (I don’t remember my age) I started working on a novel about a man from Mars who wanted to go to college in New York. I never finished that novel, but it left an impression on me. I knew deep down that telling stories was my dream, even though I didn’t get around to fulfilling it until I was in my thirties.

When readers finish the last page of Texas Wildflowers, what do you want them to come away with?
I would love for them to be inspired, challenged, and entertained. If I accomplished even one of those things I would feel my writing time wasn’t wasted.

What are 5 things that your readers might not know about you?
  1. While I was in college I tried working in a pillow factory. I was terrible at it. I got so weary with the repetition I started yakking with the woman next to me. We got reprimanded over and over until I quit. I discovered one thing from that college job—talking is something I excel at.
  2. I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet. I was not embarrassed, but I should have been.
  3. I have a bird phobia, and yet I love birds! (That is, from a distance.) My house is filled with the fake kind—prints on the walls, statues, and general bird doodads. Go figure.
  4. I keep some interesting treasures near me when I write—a wooden jewelry box my son made me when he was in school, a candle from the 1960s, a hat once owned by a famous mystery writer, the inner parts of a music box, a birthday card that plays “The Twilight Zone” theme song, and an old family toy helicopter that says, “Going up.”
  5. Thirty-four years ago I rappelled off a cliff alongside the man I was dating. We kissed in mid-air while dangling off that cliff. I ended up marrying that man, and we've celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!
Sounds like fun, but I’m glad my romantic adventures weren’t that dangerous. Where do all your ideas come from?
Ideas flood in from everywhere—while I’m running errands, or chatting with a friend, or drifting off to sleep. I have pieces of paper all over the place with scribbles about book ideas and characters and titles. Sometimes I can’t read my notes later. I need a full-time assistant to help me stay organized. Any volunteers?

I know what you mean. I need one, too. Wish I could afford one. Where can your readers connect with you online?
Please drop by my website at www.anitahigman.com, or visit my Reader Page on Facebook and chat with me there at http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAnitaHigman

Thank you, Anita, for spending this fun time with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Texas Wildflowers: Four-in-One Collection (Romancing America) - paperback
Texas Wildflowers: Four-in-One Collection (Romancing America) - Kindle


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28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Texas Wildflowers.

Katie J. From FL

LadySaotome said...

I could never rappel off a cliff. Good for you two!

from the black hills of SD!

Amy C said...

Sounds great! My daughter is CRAZY about Cinderella too! Can't keep her out the Cinderella dress she has. :)
Amy C
VA

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me back, Lena! Always happy to be here.

I'll drop in from time to time.

Blessings!

Anita Higman

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book.

Bonnie Jean
(FL)

Amada Chavez said...

I would love to win this I am completely addicted to Romancing America books! :)

Amada, NM

Anonymous said...

i would love to win. angela from ky

Norma S said...

I would love to win you book, 4-in-1 novella, and each in an exotic location. It had to be scary and wonderful you and your husband jumping of a cliff an being married for 33 years. God bless you.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

scottsgal said...

I'd love to go to Ireland too. sounds like a good book
thanks for the chance
cheryl in IL

Anonymous said...

Hi Norma,

Yes, going off the side of a cliff on a rope is scary, but 33 years of marriage is much scarier. Just kidding! My husband and I are still in love after all these years.

Thanks everyone for dropping by! God bless you all!

Anita Higman

pol said...

Anita, your book with 4in1 sounds great, I have family living in Tx and hope to move there if I can get our home in Ga sold.
thanks for sharing today with Lena.

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)
a reader in Ga

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

California

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Veronica Sternberg said...

I love romance stories! I'm in MN.

Jo said...

This sounds like such a great book. I would love to read it!

Blessings,
Jo
azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

Cindy W. said...

I love reading books in the Romance America series.

Wow! You really 'fell' for your husband in a big way. I love my guy but I don't think either one of us would go over a cliff. Was it like bungee jumping?

Would love to win a copy of Texas Wildflowers.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W. from Indiana

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Library Lady said...

We have Anita's books in the church library.
Thanks for entering me in her book giveaway.
Janet E.
Florida
von1janet@gmail.com

Anonymous said...


Hi all!

I hope you get to Texas, Paula!

Cindy, we were rapelling off a cliff with ropes. I'm sure my heart was pounding like mad, and not just for my future husband!

And, Janet, I'm so happy you have my books in your church library. Thanks so much!

Hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day this week.

Anita Higman

holdenj said...

We visited Big Bend National Park when I was a kid. Would love to win! Thanks!
Julie in MN

Kandra said...

Great interview!
Kandra in Tennessee

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville Tx

Katie G. said...

Please enter me! I would love to win! I'm from NC.

Roanna said...

I would like to be entered.

Thanks!
Roanna from Ohio

Lourdes said...

So cool would love to win. Really enjoyed the interview.

Lourdes Dix Hills New York

sharon m said...

We have vacationed in Big Bend NP last April, so that novella would really be interesting. My family lives in Texas and we visit there sometimes. Love to win your book. sharon, san diego

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch,NC.
sharonruth126@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Enter me!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
Sarah
Blanch,N.C.

rubynreba said...

I want to be inspired, challenged and entertained!
Beth from IA

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me! Thanks!

Blanch, N.C.