Thursday, June 8, 2017

Author Interview: Marie Higgins


Today I'd like to share an interview I recently had with Marie Higgins, co-author of The Witch Hunt: the first book in her Where Dreams Come True series.

What is your favorite part of the writing process and why?
Not only do I write romance, but I love to add a little (or a lot) of mystery/suspense into my stories. For the past few years, this has been my favorite part of my writing process. I love putting on my Sherlock Holmes hat and trying to figure out the mystery and the villain’s motivation.  I absolutely love throwing twists into the story, too. This is what keeps me enthralled in my stories.

When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
Many years ago I was an avid romance reader. And of course, I loved watching romance movies. One particular movie was romantic—an unforbidden love—but in the end, the hero and heroine did NOT end up together. I was so upset that this movie hadn’t ended happy. That night I had a dream (which was very common for me at this time) about a romance, and when I woke up, that was when I decided to write my dream into a story. Most of my stories start that way now. Of course, now I have to figure out how to turn my stories into movies…

Who has influenced your writing the most?
I don’t think there has been just one person who influenced me. I give credit to the author of the first romance novel that I read – Kathleen E Woodiwiss. The book was “The Rose in Winter”. That hooked me on historical romances. But I have a lot of author friends now, and they all have a little part of helping me along the way.

You’re known for your romance writing, so what made you venture into fantasy and fairy tales?
Most of my romances were Cinderella type stories, anyway, so it wasn’t hard for me to venture into writing a real Cinderella story. The first book that led me into this direction was my YA Fantasy, “The Witch Hunt”. I had a dream one night (see, I told you that usually starts my stories…) about children being sucked into a book. I was so excited about this story—mainly because it was so very different—that I realized I could turn this into a series and call it my twisted fairy tale series. Instead, the series name is “Where Dreams Come True”.

How did you decide on the title of this book?
It was easy to find a title for this particular story. My twisted fairy tale is about three teenagers who get sucked into a fairy tale book. The story they are sucked into is about Hansel and Gretel. And, because Hansel and Gretel are kidnapped by a witch… Plus, there are other twists that I won’t tell you about, but believe me, “The Witch Hunt” is the perfect title!

Who is your favorite character in The Witch Hunt and why?
Rick Stevenson is my favorite. He and his sister are two of the characters in this story. Rick is the dumb jock. Not that he’s really dumb, but he acts that way to get attention. The jabs he and his sister give each other during the story really crack me up. All of my characters learn something about themselves in this story, and they all have to overcome one of their fears. I think Rick is the one who has the best experience doing this, and his character grows so much. I can’t help but smile when I think of him and the trials he goes through in the story.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Do NOT give up! If your dream is to become a writer, don’t let anything stop you. Do all you can to achieve your goal.


Links to “The Witch Hunt”:
Paperback - http://a/co/bWqnD0X


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Marie Higgins-
 
Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly)
Marie has been married for several years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, and she’s lived in that state her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
Marie Higgins is a multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who makes your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. 
Visit her website to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins.com 


Dusti Miller-

Dusti Miller is an avid book adventurer, frequently traipsing through the written worlds of heroes and villains alike. She enjoys putting ink on blank pages to create worlds of her own and is on a quest to find her characters’ real-life doppelgangers. So if you ever run into her and she wraps you in a bear hug while calling you by one of her characters’ names… Just go with it. Dusti lives with her husband and four children in the quaint little town of Malad, Idaho.
You can follow Dusti on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DustiDMiller
Instagram: Dusti_Miller
And Twitter: @DustiDMiller  
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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Watchers: Flood and Fire Review


The Watchers: Flood and Fire
By Sharee Wanner

Waking up in a strange place, Auriella finds out she is now an immortal. Much time has passed however and she wonders what has happened to her beloved Azrael. With the help of Eva and the high druid, she trains to develop her powers so she can join him in their fight against the Rebellion.

Her first task is to find a fellow Neviahan and convince him he is one of them and to come back with her. She is admonished to keep him safe because the Rebellion wants him on their side so they can control his powers. The journey takes her on a treacherous path of self-discovery and deception.

All is not as it seems when she finds out the true character of a particular pirate. Can she put her trust in him after what he's done? Will he join in her quest to overcome the evil of the Rebellion and be reunited with her beloved Azrael?


The skill and passion Deirdra possesses for her work left me excited to turn the page.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wrinkles by Mian Mohsin Zia


Wrinkles
by Mian Mohsin Zia

Right from the start the title intrigued me. How could a story about wrinkles be considered a love story?

Mian artfully crafted a story where the characters and their interaction with one another help the reader discover that despite wrinkles on our souls caused by trials, heartache and tragedy, true love can be found.

A mother's love is a powerful thing but Xavier's story of finding love encompasses much more; the love between a man and a woman, the love parents have for their children, the love children have for their parents and the love that grows in friendships. Xavier's journey to find true love is a wonderful story of perseverance, hope and discovery.

Although some wrinkles may take a lifetime to heal; through prayer, faith and love they can be healed.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mind Over Mind by Karina Fabian



Mind Over Mind
by Karina Fabian

Daryl isn't your average teenage boy. He's been in an institution for many years because hears voices in his head. They won't leave him alone. They've tormented him and even caused him bodily harm. When they call he must answer. That is until Josh arrives. 

Josh has learned the skill of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) from his father and to take a break from his regular life he's going to put those skills to use. His father has a colleague in Rhode Island and arranges a summer internship for Josh.

His first assignment is to be a friend to a younger boy and learn all he can from the doctors and nurses as they work with the patients who live there. Josh earns Daryl's trust and teaches him the skills he needs help him deal with and manage all that's going on in his head. 

Daryl's newly developed skills help him learn control and shield his mind from the aliens invading his mind and the nightmares of the other patients in SK Mental. His fears are more manageable every day and he really likes Josh's friendship. Will this newfound knowledge be enough to get him out into the real world and deal with all that he'd encounter? What about the alien world that has been in his head all these years? It has to be real. What will happen to them if he refuses their call?

As he watches the progress Daryl is making, Dr. Malachi isn't willing to concede the fact that it's Josh's knowledge of NLP that are the key to helping Daryl live in the real world. If he does, what will that say of him as a doctor?

I thoroughly enjoyed the full spectrum of emotions I experienced with the turn of each page! I'm looking forward to Mind over Psyche and the adventure that awaits!



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Motherhood


Who knew that being a mother would be so rewarding? Yes, there are days that will try you like never before but there are so many more days that you'll be able to use those trials to make things turn out to be the best ever!

When you first look into your newborn baby's eyes, fresh from heaven you are filled with so much love your heart can barely contain itself.

As your child grows, so does your capacity to love. You welcome your second son into the family and you teach, learn and grow as a family with each new day.

You know there are more you need to shower with love so you welcome your first baby girl to the family. With play time, nap time, school, cartoons, yard work, house chores, grocery shopping, laundry, vacations, reading and changing diapers, you learn to manage your time so you can get everything done.

Motherhood can be exhausting but when your little boy brings you a handful of dandelions your heart melts and the exhaustion disappears. "I love you mama!"

Then your baby boy joins the wonderful adventure here on earth and the joy increases more than you thought possible! Camping trips, dinosaurs, princess dresses, doll houses, scouting, football and soccer. Bee stings, skinned knees, teepees in the backyard, crackers and chocolate chips.

Life as you know it changes for the better and your family is complete when your baby girl is born.

Kitty cats, painting, cowboys and indians, GI Joe's and Barbie's, homework, choir concerts, dancing, Eagle Scouts, Young Womanhood Awards, sewing, school plays, football championships, college, missions, marriage, dauther-in-law, grandchildren, and stories, writing, cowboy action shooting, archery, cars, and gardens.

We become a forever family by growing closer to God through trials of faith, hope in a bright future, and increasing our testimonies. Love between husband and wife grows with each amazing gift God sends to your home. You become better people as you work, play and love together.

All these amazing things have made life as a mother fulfilling and rewarding. I am so thankful for the blessings of my husband and children, motherhood, fatherhood and eternal families.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Journey to Nauvoo: Day 1 Photos

With the execption of a stop somewhere around 2 am to switch drivers, the busses were on the road all night long. We tried to sleep - some of us even had success. Our first stop of the day was in at the rest area in Lincoln, NE at 7 am for breakfast and bathroom breaks. (Why is the line to the women's room so much longer than the men's?) A question we may never know the answer to. 
From sun up to sundown we enjoyed some beautiful scenery. The biggest difference being the lack of mountains. 





Sunrise on the prairie

The monument to Abraham Lincoln

The sun brightening my view and the words below enlightening my understanding as I learn something new.



Beauty of the morning sun


Abe up close

Next stop: Big Springs, to stretch our legs, obtain liquid refreshment and snacks for the long road ahead and for more bathroom breaks



Rolls and rolls of hay

Fields and fields of corn. Everything's so green!







Wide open spaces dotted with barns and homesteads

The weather is sunny one minute and the next, clouds are rolling in and rain threatens



Beautiful architecture

and then it begins to rain 


Water towers everywhere

Sunset in Missouri

Friday, October 2, 2015

Grandma Wanner's Peanut Brittle

I know it's only October, but as the seasons change, I find myself thinking of the fun things we do during the holidays. 

Christmas traditions at our house include making candies and chocolates. Our family favorites are: Peanut Clusters, Peanut Brittle, English Toffee, Caramels and Pecan Turtles! 

Here are some photos of the Peanut Brittle making process from Christmas 2014.