8 January 2013

KCWC Blog Tour Texas Wildflowers by Anita Higman, with giveaway


Texas Wildflowers

"A romance assortment of petits fours, and as dreamy sweet."
—Harold Wolf


Author: Anita Higman
Retail: $7.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Barbour Pub.
Release: November 1, 2012
ISBN-10: 1616265957
ISBN-13: 978-1616265953

Chapter One:


From the Back of the Book:
The four McBride sisters risk their hearts for love in the islands, canyons, mountains and bayous of Texas.

Deserted at the altar, a devastated Rosy McBride heads back to Galveston Island and begins working at her mother’s scrapbooking business. Will spending time with Larson Brookfield help mend her broken heart, or will she merely wind up pasting away?

Christian counselor Lily McBride relies on her quirky common sense and God’s wisdom to help her clients. Will she be successful at her new career or break the most solemn of counselor/patient vows by falling for the handsome, eccentric, and impossibly irresistible Rubin McCall while hiking the Palo Dura Canyon?

In the mountain town of Alpine, Violet McBride owns Romantic Images, a business that teaches people how to live romantically. Will Morgan Jones, a geek she meets online, show her the real meaning of romance and the art of love?

Heather McBride’s picture-perfect life has unraveled in the bayou. Will the free-spirited Evan Finch not only reawaken her artistic passion but also give her the courage to fall in love—without her day-planner?

Will God help give these women the pluck to love the least likely of soul mates?


An Interview with 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.

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.

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!

What awards have you won?
I’ve won two book awards. One of my co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. Also, I was given three honors by readers: I was a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and my co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was a Favorite Contemporary Romance in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards. My most recent award is a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first place) for my novella, Once Upon a Christmas Eve.

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.

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.


About the Author:
Bestselling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has thirty-two 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. Please visit her online at www.anitahigman.com.

Giveaway:
Every blog that gets comments from at least 10 different commenters (besides the author and the blog tour host) will offer a free book to one of the commenters. Be sure to tell your friends to come read this blog and leave a comment! Share on facebook, twitter, linked-in or wherever you hang out!  You have til 14th January to leave a comment with a way to contact you.

My Review.
This is a book about 4 sisters who all live in different areas of Texas and all have flower names. Each book is different as we get to know the 4 sisters and there different personalities and lives.  The thing with novellas the stories are a short sweet story and there were times I would loved the stories to have been longer. The book is in the first person which I took a little while to get use to as most I read are third person but its good seeing the book just from the heroines point of view. I love how the 4 stories tie together and how each plays out. I could go into detail about each book but being a novella I may give to much away and I like for readers to discover the story one there own. A good read. 

23 comments:

PurlingPenny said...

I'd love to read this novella..... and see what happens to these lovely women. Exciting!

Beth said...

Sounds like a great book. I loved hearing about Anita absailing down and kissing her future husband!

Deborah Vogts said...

Would love to read this book. Thanks for sharing and for the interview.

Helen Curtis said...

Thanks for sharing this book with us, it sounds like a truly lovely read.

I really enjoyed learning about Anita and will certainly look for some of the books mentioned.

Now, I'm off to find myself a hat worn by a famous mystery writer! :-)

Jenny Blake said...

Thanks ladies for the comments. I loved the interview also. learnt some interesting things.

Narelle Atkins said...

Jenny, thanks for your review. The novellas sound fascinating and I loved hearing about Anita's mid-air kiss - so romantic :)

cyndiloo40 said...

This sounds like a terrific book and I loved the interview too! Thanks for this Jenny...Blessings, Cyn :)

Jan said...

I love sister stories. Commenting From my I-pod, this will be short,
godblessamerica.jan@gmail.com

Rebecca said...

I love reading books where you get to learn about all of the characters in the book. I would love to read this.

Thanks for the chance to win.

agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

Books Are A Blessing said...

This sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the interview and I especially like that one of the stories is about their real life hiking experience!
Blessings...Joy
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Marianne said...

Great interview, Jenny. My mom especially loves this type of book, but of course, i read them too. Thanks for the chance to win!

mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novella :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

This looks like a book I would really enjoy! Enjoyed the interview and the cover is lovely!
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Sarah said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond
sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

Amada Chavez said...

I would LOVE to win this! I have always enjoyed Romancing America and this is on my Must Read list!

Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

Exodus 14:14

Thanks for this opportunity!

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview with Anita. I'd love to read her book, Texas Wildflowers. Over the holidays, I read her book, A Merry Little Christmas. It was a wonderful story!
may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deanna Mundy said...

Sounds wonderful. I love books that focus on a separate character and see what is happening at the same time from their perspective.

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maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...


Anita, I could never repelle off a cliff. WOW! You had a lot of nerve. I understand about working in a plant. When living with a sister in NM , I had to have a job, so was hired by this plant , and, I had to put radios together. I had this one place to attach a part. Over and over. Yuck! We too got hollered at when we talked, even tho we stayed busy. He even fussed at us when we were on break. A real grouch! I was never so happy when my sister said I was to call this small cafe where I had applied for a job. So, that was the end of working at a plant. Don't see how someone can do this for years. And, I loved to work at this small cafe where every one was friendly. I would love to win your book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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

Veronica Sternberg said...

I'd love to win! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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