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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Anita Higman and Free Books!

PhotobucketA love triangle--two men falling in love with the same woman--and the story of the emotional ramifications of abandonment and the blessings of adoption.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for The Voyage of Promise, by Kay Strom, is:

mitzi_wanham@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's revisit with novelist Anita Higman, author of the novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve, featured in Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe (Summerside Press/Guideposts, September 2010).

PhotobucketAward-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-six books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes and Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I once worked in a pillow factory.

-- I once won a hog-calling contest at a banquet.

-- In college I agreed to participate in a fun experiment where I kissed a guy who was hooked up to an EKG machine. The young man got so excited that the marking pen flew off the machine. And yes, I do enjoy telling that story.

-- I love licorice ice cream and orchid tea--both are as delicious as they are hard to find!

-- Thirty-one 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 this year we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary!

Well, of course you ended up marrying that man! I'll bet you would have destroyed yet another EKG machine, had he been hooked up to it while repelling, you vixen, you.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.

PhotobucketHolly Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America. All the new publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy 'town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Holly's story--a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph. She is swept up in his world of beautiful words and fanciful interludes. . .until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back.

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

The idea for Once Upon a Christmas Eve may have started with my interest in the fairy archetype. I loved the movies Cold Comfort Farm and Chocolat for that very reason. There was something enchanting about those two heroines as they whirled around, fixing people's lives. I gave my main character, Holly Goodnight, a similar fanciful quality, and I'm hoping this trait will be endearing enough to cause the reader to care for Holly.

Why will readers enjoy your novella?

My novella is a contemporary romantic comedy, so I hope readers will chuckle a bit. This world needs more laughter! I also hope the story reminds readers that even though life can get messy God is the best detangler!

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketI'd love for Anne Hathaway to play Holly Goodnight.

PhotobucketAnd for Paul Bettany from The Young Victoria to play the hero, Owen Quigly.

What song would lend proper atmosphere to your novel?

The beautiful and enchanting song, "Over the Rainbow"

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Winds of Graystone Manor by B.J. Hoff. I would highly recommend this novel, since it is truly a page-turner. The writing is amazing.

What are you working on now?

I've been doing some freelance work, and then I will start on a novel in the new year.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

Please visit my website at www.anitahigman.com. I'd be happy for you to drop by and enter my monthly contest.

The book is available for purchase online via the following buttons:

360047: Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, 2-in-1

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What makes you buy a particular novel? The cover? The blurb? The endorsements? The author's name? The first paragraph? Or all the above?

Thank you, Anita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Anita has offered to give a copy of Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Anita's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Sharon Dunn below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book. And please take a look at the blog about Sandi Rog's debut release and her current situation.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Holly said...

If it's a new author, the cover definitely has something to do with it. Then if the back cover copy catches my attention, I'll read the first couple pages. If I'm still interested, then I'll buy it. If it's an author I already know and love, I'll buy their new books without question.

Holly said...

Oops! Forgot my e-mail!


Cindy W. said...

I have some favorite authors that I always try to buy their books. But in general, I must admit, a beautiful cover draws me in & invites me to pick the book up, I then read the blurb and if it has a good hook, the book is bought!

I must admit, the cover of LFY Under the Mistletoe snagged me from the moment I first saw the cover. Would love to win a copy.

Cindy W.


Nancye said...

I buy a book based on the author (if I have read their books before), subject, cover art, and by reading the jacket cover. The cover that gets my attention will probably be the book I pick up for a closer look, and possibly purchase.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Pam K. said...

There are some books I want to read just because I've read other books by the author and know them to be consistently good. If it's a new author, the cover and blurb are very important. I've become acquainted with many new authors by reading blogs such as this. For Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, the cover and blurb both combine to make me think this would be a book I'd like.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anita Higman said...

It's interesting to find out how everyone shops for a book. I like your answers!


Anita Higman

Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

The biggest factor for me is definitely the blurb. Any book can have a great cover that tells me something about it in a second, but if it doesn't sound like my cup of tea from the description, I leave it on the shelf.

Oh, and I got a good chuckle on your kissing/EKG story...that would be hilarious to read in a novel (not that it isn't funny enough already, considering it's true)!

orca0024 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

An author I already love is always my first choice for a purchase. The blurb is probably second, especially if it is set in a unique location or a time period not often written about. The cover might influence me to pick up the book, if I was browsing in a book store, but the blurb would make the purchase.

bookwurm at gmail dot com

Anna W. said...

If it's one of my favorite authors, I'm going for that book first. :) But if it's a new author, the blurb is what I look at first, then the cover design. :)

Anna W. from GA

windycindy said...

To be honest, all of the above
is how I decide on what books
to purchase! It may be one factor
today and another, tomorrow...
"Happy Holidays!"
Thanks, Cindi

Marianne said...

Wow, it sounds like most everyone buys books like i do. If it's a new author, i'll probably wait until i find it on sale, or in the used book store or library, unless the cover, the blurb and the first couple of paragraphs really catch my eye.

Rhonda Gibson said...

I love covers. I have bought many a books based on the covers alone. I also read the back cover blurb, if I'm not in a hurry. I've found there are buzz words that cause me to buy a book or put it down and those are based on what my interests are.


Jo said...

So many things are involved with me buying a book. I read the reviews on books and see what appeals to me. I have to like a cover to be interested in a book. I also try to read/buy books of authors that I am familiar with and get endorsements from ones that I am not familiar with.


Jan Marie said...

When I am looking for something to read (which is all the time) I look first for my favorite authors. Then I look for the genre since there are some genres that I don't enjoy at all. Then I look for subject matter and plot. I seldom look at the cover because some of the best books I have ever read had absolutely hideous covers. LOL

I was intrigued by the licorice ice cream. That must be a regional item because I have never seen it in this area but I would love to give it a try!

I am a huge fan of Anita Higman and I would be thrilled to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.


Anonymous said...

These comments are terrific. Many thanks to each of you. Jan, you asked about the licorice ice cream. I don't know if it's just in the South or not. But it's hard to find even down here. By the way, you have to really love licorice or you really won't like the ice cream! Eggnog or peppermint ice cream might be better at this time of year:)
Merry merry Christmas to you all!
Anita Higman

rbooth43 said...

What makes you buy a particular novel? The cover? The blurb? The endorsements? The author's name? The first paragraph? Or all the above?

No particular reason, all of the above. whatever suits me at the time.
I Live in NC and we are famous for hog calling contest. Dave Letterman has the winner of the contest each year.

Ann Lee Miller said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Wendy said...

It varies on why I buy a book. First it would be the author, second the cover, third the blurb and fourth just because it is a Christian fiction book.

Deborah M said...

To answer the question it would be all of the above. I would have to say since the cover is what we see first it would be a big part of that. Then it depends on the back cover blurb.

Please sign me up for the giveaway.
Deborah M.

Debby Lee said...

Hi Anita, this book sounds really charming. I love Christmas stories. In answer to your question, what makes me buy a book, I think it's any combination of cover, author, blurb, etc and if I can find one that's "all of the above," then all the better. Thanks for a great post and Trish, thanks for hosting Anita.
Sincerely, Debby Lee

by Pegg Thomas said...

It's all about the blurb! I don't care about the cover, although I like nice covers, I'll read a book with a solid green lid as long as the story is good. Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying the posts! Trish, you have a lot of really nice readers on your blog! I wish everyone could win a copy of the book.

Merry Christmas Hugs!

Anita Higman

Trish Perry said...

Agreed, Anita! I love it when readers get involved here and share their thoughts (anything beyond "enter me in the drawing" is a bonus, as far as I'm concerned, LOL)!

Anne Payne said...

Definitely the cover draws me first, then the blurb. I'm a sucker for a good picture :) On occasion a title itself will draw me in, especially if it's a suspense novel! I've never read any LFY books, so I would love to read this one.


Anonymous said...

Generally, it is either an author I already know or the cover that attracts me to a new book. With that said, it really probably depends on the day and my mood! I might choose entirely different things on different days! I am definitely looking forward to reading this book, though!




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