Monday, January 7, 2013

Texas Wildflowers


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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:
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/137142510/TexasWildflowers_ChapterOne


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?

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 My review: 

Unlikely Loves Blossom in Texas

Written about four McBride sisters, the settings are all in Texas, but not the same part.

In Everything’s Coming Up Rosy, everything is not so Rosy for Rose. Her groom fails to show up for the wedding, and she flees to Galveston to her childhood home. When Larson Brookfield enters her life, will he be able to help Rose heal from the rejection?

Forget Me Not Lily is about Lily, a counselor who is trying to help a man jilted by his lover. She ends up falling for Rubin McCall, but dating a client is against her code of ethics. What can she do?

For the Love of Violet is Violet’s story. She owns a business to teach people how to love romantically, but really she is not at all romantic. She gets to know Morgan Jones online, but then he asks her advice on how to woo a woman…

Dreaming of Heather shares Heather’s encounter with Evan Finch, a motivational speaker and a popular figure with women's groups. But when women swoon at his feet, can she trust him?

TEXAS WILDFLOWERS is a four-in-one collection of contemporary romance novellas. Readers of contemporary romance would enjoy this collection. Each story is tied together by the sisters and the setting angle, and are a short, quick read. Each story averages about ninety pages, easily read in an afternoon.

This book would be great to tuck in your tote for easy reading while you wait at doctor’s appointments or lunch breaks. If you like contemporary romance, don’t miss TEXAS WILDFLOWERS. 

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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:
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11 comments:

cc said...

This book has definitely piqued my interest! I would love to win a copy!

Sarah said...

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

Rebecca said...

I love reading books about Texas. It sounds amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.

agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

Diana said...

Would love to read this. Great review. Thanks for the chance to win.
Blessings
joeym11@frontier.com

Diana said...

I love to read this book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it.
Blessings
joeym11@frontier.com

Rhonda's Doings said...

my third daughter was born when we lived in TX so these books sound like fun to read and bring back memories! thanks, Rhonda
rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

Elizabeth said...

I would love to win!!!!
Thanks! Elizabeth
amazinglyblessed@icloud.com

maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...

I love Texas and the Bluebonnets are beautiful, along with others. I had the same problem with working in a factory. Bore-dom. And, we weren't allowed to talk. Was a happy camper when I got a call for another job. Thanks for the interview. I would love to win Anita's book. Maxie (mac262@me.com )

Ginger Solomon said...

I love novella collections and this one looks awesome. I've been in Texas twice. Once many years ago in El Paso, and then last year in Dallas for the ACFW conference. I didn't get to see much of the state, but if there's such a thing as falling in love with a place from a distance then I've fallen in love with Texas. :)

I enjoy books set there and maybe one day, I will get a chance to see more than the airports. ;)

Ginger(.)solomon(@)gmail(.) com

maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...


I would love to enter this contest. I too, worked in a factory, only until I got another call. Bore-dom!
Thanks for the interview. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

spangldlady said...

I'd love to win this book. It looks like such an interesting read. Please enter my name. Blessings! Darlene
spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com