Monday, November 25, 2013

A MARRIAGE IN MIDDLEBURY - Anita Higman - One Free Book on this Blog, Plus Much More

Welcome back, Anita. I love your picture. You just get younger looking all the time. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
The idea for A Marriage in Middlebury came from my absolute love of tearooms in Texas. More than a decade ago I met a woman named Linda Becker who opened a tearoom in the Houston suburbs called Tea for Two. Her eatery and gift shop did so well she opened a second shop. Throughout the years, I’ve enjoyed her wonderful tearoom fare as well as the quaint ambiance. Linda’s tearoom isn’t just a café — it’s a gathering place for friends, a place to eat home-cooked food, and a place so cozy you don’t want to leave. As a writer, I thought it might be fun to create a heroine who owns a tearoom similar to Linda’s and set her shop in a small town on the gulf coast of Texas. So, that’s how the novel A Marriage in Middlebury was born.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’d invite Janice Thompson, Kristin Billerbeck, Rene Gutteridge, Bonnie S. Calhoun, Jenny B. Jones, and Sandra D. Bricker. All of these authors have a great sense of humor, so it would be a fun and laughter-filled party.

Yes, it would. I’d love to peek in on that party. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
DiAnn Mills, Lena Nelson Dooley, Kathleen Y’Barbo Miller, Debby Mayne, Tiff Stockton, and Lisa Ludwig. I know all these women, and they are fascinating to visit with. The party would be a marvelous success.

Oh, goody. I love all these women, too. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Keeping everything fresh. Readers want new plots and characters, not stories that all seem similar. And who can blame them? That’s what I want as a reader, too. But since that goal is easier said than done, I have to work hard at keeping every novel fresh and new.

I so understand that, Anita. Tell us about the featured book.
A Marriage in Middlebury is lighter fare than my other new release, Winter in Full Bloom. This latest story is set in a small town in Texas, and it’s about the complex, quirky, and sometimes prickly interworkings of the folks who frequent the local tearoom in Middlebury. I hope readers find it to be a fun ride.

I loved Winter in Full Bloom. I know I'll love this book, too. Please give us the first page of the book.
Charlotte Rose Hill always said that a good tearoom should be a gathering place where customers were like family, troubles melted like butter on hot scones, and homemade was a given. Of course, it was also the place where the local grapevine got its bloom. As well as its blush.

Charlotte yoo-hooed to her cook, “Remember, use a light touch folding those capers into the chicken salad, Lil. Think of them like lovers whose hearts you can’t bear to break.”

One of the younger waitresses, Eliza, pulled Charlotte to the side and said in a blustery whisper, “Got two problems already. Our jolly old elf, Mr. LaGrange, is hiding by the fireplace again, and he’s packing a flask of something that he keeps pouring into his tea. Man, you could fuel a flame with that breath of his.”

Oh, I can feel the quirkiness already. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Please feel free to stop by my website at or chat with me on my Facebook Reader Page at!/AuthorAnitaHigman
Anita Higman is celebrating the release of her latest book, A Marriage in Middlebury, with a double Kindle Fire giveaway (one for you & one to give away!) and a "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire for you AND a friend
  • A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman (one to keep and one to give away!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 12th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th. Invite your friends and connect with Anita for an evening of book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Anita's next book!

So grab your copy of A Marriage in Middlebury and join Anita on the evening of December 12th 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!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 12/12!

Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with us today.

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Susan P said...

I have signed up for her FB party. Thanks for the post! I have Winter in Full Bloom and can't wait to read this one. Tearooms always fascinate me - what fun to spend time in one!
lattebooks at hotmail dot com

Emily said...

So excited to read this! Anita's books are amazing!!!

Long Island, NY

Elizabeth Dent said...

I love this book it was an awesome book . But, so is all of Anita's books . I am a big fan of Anita Hugman and I recommend her books . I live in Alabama .

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to read this one. Sounds great, Lena.

Melanie Backus, TX

Granny's Attic said...

Would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Lisa J Cowell, Ohio

Linda Kish said...

I would love to go visit a place that looks as beautiful as the cover of the book.That's where I picture living. The book sounds wonderful.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Cindy W. said...

I would love to win a copy of A Marriage in Middlebury. Thank you for the chance.

I live in Auburn, IN.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Patty said...

Sounds like a fun read and a delightful place to visit!

Patty in SC

Pam K. said...

A Marriage in Middlebury sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the interview with Anita and the chance to win her new book.


Norma S said...

Anita , i have read a few of you book and i think they are thrilling. I think it is wonderful the way you bring GOD in the lives of each of the character in your books. Great interview Anita and Lena. God blessings to both of you. Great book.
Norma Ohio

Unknown said...

Oh, I want to read this book. Even the cover looks great! Would love to win your book. I can't sign up for your party yet. Did not receive the best news from doctor today. Running more tests and having injections for few weeks. This medical error has done a number on my body besides making me disabled. Need a lighthearted book. I joke with my pastor and tell him I'm looking for Job. Seriously, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway and please enter my name.
Barbara Thompson

Jackie Tessnair said...

I just went and signed up for the facebook party.Looking forward to it.I would love to win and read this book,thanks for the chance.Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing this delightful interview! I am so eager to read A MARRIAGE IN MIDDLEBURY and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy!

Britney Adams, TX

Unknown said...

Thank you for the interview. Sound like a really good book !
Tonja (Va)

Merry said...

A tea room and a matchmaker are a great combination, please include me in the drawing! Thanks.
Merry in MN

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed the interview. I love the small, cozy Tea Rooms atmosphere . And. I'm sure this will be a good, fun book to read. I know how things can go when you get a group of ladies together. :) I would like to win this book for my church Library. Then lots of folks could enjoy it. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com