Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WINTER IN FULL BLOOM - Anita Higman - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Tell us about your salvation experience.I became a Christian when I was a little girl. I attended church all my years growing up, and then attended a Christian college. My life’s goal is to serve Christ in my writing and in all that I do. It’s not always easy to do that in this fallen world, but it’s the only way to live.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I’d love to invite authors B.J. Hoff, Tosca Lee, Lynn Austin and Allison Pittman. I’d really enjoy chatting with them about their wonderful writing.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I speak occasionally when I’m asked, but I don’t really have an ongoing speaking ministry.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Honestly, I have so many humiliating incidents in my life I don’t really know where to begin! I even thought of writing a book entitled, The Stupid Stuff I’ve Done. Perhaps there are enough stories for several volumes. Okay, I’ll give you one example. Some months ago I was waving to a neighborhood girl across the street, tripped, and fell. And then I just sort of flopped around in pain on the driveway, looking, I’m sure, like a beached whale. Later my face swelled up monster-huge (I had my husband take a photo, which I will not include here) and my skin turned a rather unflattering assortment of purplish hues. How did I handle it? I bawled like a baby when I entered the ER, but now I’ve been telling the story as a humorous tale of woe.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
In the past, I used to tell people how incredibly hard it is to write a book and get it published, but that was so discouraging that I gave up on that brutally honest angle. Since then, I’ve tried to find a balance between encouraging them to follow their dreams and facing the realities of the business.

Tell us about the featured book.
Winter in Full Bloom is about a woman who travels to Australia to find her sister, but in the end finds much more than she ever imagined or hoped for. 

But here’s the formal blurb:
Lily Winter’s wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily’s lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her—a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she’d been hiding for decades—Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were babies. Without looking back, Lily embarks on a quest to find her sister, which takes her all the way to Melbourne, Australia. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to reconciliation and to the one dream she no longer imagined possible—the chance to fall in love again.

I’ve read the book, and it’s a wonderful read. Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
I sat on a 747, trying to talk myself out of a panic attack.

The jet still sat on the tarmac, but already I could imagine—in electrifying detail—the fiery crash and then the watery pull into the briny depths of the Pacific Ocean. Lord, have mercy. What had I been thinking?

Fool that I was, I’d left the sanctuary of my own home, which was safe, and hygienically clean, I might add, to board this death trap. Too late now. I’d taken a leave of absence from work, stopped the mail, given all my indoor plants to my neighbor, and said a dozen goodbyes to my daughter, Julie. The trip was set in stone—the igneous kind that the geologists liked to talk about at work.

While I sat there sweating, my mind got out its magnifying glass to examine my inner motives. All in all, the journey had a grab bag full of miseries attached to it. For me, getting on the plane proved that the empty nest had driven me over the edge like the biblical herd of pigs. Since my Julie had left the house, was I trying to find a person to fill that void ... that vacant place at the table ... the perpetual silence of the house and the clocks, ticking away the rest of my tedious life? Probably. And yet finding my sister in Australia would be no less than wonderful, whether Julie was at home or not.

I looked out the small plane window at the heavens with my anxious puppy dog eyes and could almost hear the Almighty chuckling. Yes, I know, God. I must keep You entertained.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please drop by for a visit on my Facebook Reader Page. I’d be happy to hear from you!

Anita Higman's latest novel, Winter in Full Bloom, has just released. She's teamed up with her publisher, River North Fiction, for a fun giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on August 29th.

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th.Winner will be announced August 29th at the Winter in Full Bloom Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Anita will be hosting a book chat, talking about family, announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at her next book.

So grab your copy of Winter in Full Bloom and join Anita on the evening of August 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with us as well as the giveaway.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
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Winter in Full Bloom - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Britney Adams said...

WINTER IN FULL BLOOM sounds like a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing.

Britney Adams, TX

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela from Ky

loretta said...

It would be so neat to win a prize from you! I will be at the fb party.

mongupp said...

I'm Australian and would like to read this book!

Monica , Ontario

Heidi said...

What an adventurous story! Thanks for the interview!

Heidi, CA

Melody said...

Looking forward to reading this.

Donna, TX

Patty said...

Sounds like Lily has quite a journey ahead of her!


bonton said...

Sounds like such an intriguing story -love the family issues & mystery!

Enjoyed your interview & would love to win a copy of your book! Thanks!


Kandra said...

Very interesting! Sing me up!

Kandra in OK

Melanie Backus said...

Can't wait to read this. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Melanie Backus, Texas

Cathy said...

Such a pretty cover. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. : )

Cathy, B.C.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I think this sounds like an interesting read! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy N from FL


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Judy Cooper said...

This book has a beautiful cover and it sounds like it will be a beautiful story. Please enter my name, thank you. Judy Cooper in Louisiana

Mary Preston said...

WINTER IN FULL BLOOM is already on my wish list. It looks & sounds fabulous.

Mary P


apple blossom said...

love to win Anita's book thanks for the chance
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Bookishqueen said...

I would love to win!
Rebekah TN

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me in this awesome giveaway!

Melissa M. said...

Sounds very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

-Melissa M. from TX

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter Me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Veronica Sternberg said...

I love the plot! It sounds fascinating. I'm in MN.

sm said...

Like to find out what happens in Australia when she goes to find her sister. love to win. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

rubynreba said...

Winter in Full Bloom is a book I really would like to read.
Beth from Iowa

Merry said...

I'm hearing beautiful things about Winter in Full Bloom, please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
Merry in MN

Cindy W. said...

I love the cover of WINTER IN FULL BLOOM and would love to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Tonja Saylor said...

Please enter me. Winter in Bloom sounds like a great book.
Tonja S. (Virginia)