Jan 21

Female Spies by Marie Higgins

Author picI’m delighted to welcome Marie Higgins to Travel Back in Time. Marie is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s published over 20 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories, and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease”, because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.

Thanks for having me as your guest, Anna.

In 1865, the Secret Service Division was created in Washington D.C. to destroy counterfeit currency exchange. A few years later, the duties of a Secret Agent broadened to include detecting persons who were defrauding the government. In 1870 the Secret Service Headquarters relocated to New York…and this is where I start my story, soon to be released in Feb 2015.

In “Secrets and Lies”, my heroine is the spy. Her father and brother are also spies, and so she was taught well. She enjoys this kind of life most of the time, but secretly wishes for a life where she can settle down and marry. She’s getting tired of telling lies to protect her and the other secret agents working for President Ulysses S. Grant.

Check out the book trailer – http://youtu.be/2S-lIHgKTzM

Here’s an excerpt: secretsandlies_Mobi (2)

“Nicole,” he whispered her name closing the space between them as he stood in front of her, “I have always wondered something about you from the very first time we met. I couldn’t quite understand what had me so perplexed, but I felt as if you were holding secrets.” He swept the fingers of his free hand along the curls by her cheek. “I now realize that you are not the woman you have pretended to be.”

Ice chilled her blood. No! He couldn’t possibly know that. She wouldn’t admit the truth to him even if he threatened her life. Then again, with him holding a gun on her, perhaps her life was at stake. “I-I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.”

“Oh, my dear, Nicole.” He shook his head slowly. “It is time to stop playing this game with me. I’ve suspected who you were for a few days now.”

She gasped. “You thought I’d been lying to you?”

“Not at first, but the more we talked, the more I realized your charade.”

He couldn’t possibly have guessed. “I, sir, do not have a charade. If anyone has one, it’s you!”

“And how did you come to that conclusion, my dear?”

Once again, he had put her on the spot. “Oh come now. You cannot tell me that you haven’t heard the rumors.”

Ashton arched an eyebrow. “Rumors? Of what, may I ask?”

Uncomfortable, she laughed lightly. “The train robberies these past few months, of course. Have you forgotten about them so soon? Money has been stolen from off your trains—monies going to help rebuild the South because of the disaster from the war.”

“You don’t have to explain about the robberies. Because I’m one of the owners of the rail line, I know what is going on. But what does this have to do with me?”

She motioned her shaky hand to the room’s décor. “It’s rumored that your coffers have doubled in the past few months. Is it just a coincidence that this happened around the same time as the train thefts?”

Slowly, a grin tugged at Ashton’s mouth. The pistol he clutched fell to his side, but his weapon of choice now was his limb-melting gaze and sensual grin. In a way, this one was more dangerous.

Love the colors on the cover, Marie. Looking forward to reading Secrets and Lies when it’s released.



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  1. JoAnne

    Hello Marie, the article and cover are wonderful. I once read a book called More Than Petticoats, which was about how females helped in the Civil War. All the best with your books.

    1. Marie Higgins

      Ohhh…now that book sounds very interesting. I’d love to hear about how females helped during the Civil War. ) Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Sylvie Grayson

    Hi Marie,
    How intriguing. I always wanted to be a spy but somehow it seems a litle too dangerous! Just like the position Nicole finds herself in. 🙂
    Best of luck with your novels.

    1. Marie Higgins

      I know what you mean, Sylvie. I love to read suspense, but I’d be the biggest chicken to do it myself. lol Thanks so much for your comment!

  3. Christy Carlyle

    What a fascinating subject, Marie! I love 19th century history on both sides of the Atlantic. The story of a female spy, especially one torn between duty and desire, sounds like one I have to read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Marie Higgins

      Thanks, Christy! I love stories where the main characters are torn between duty and desire. Makes for interesting reading…and lots of fun writing, too! 🙂

  4. Jacquie Biggar

    Hi Marie,

    I LOVE YOUR COVER! 🙂 Beautiful. I never realized there were women spies in the early days of the Secret Service, interesting premise. That’s half the fun of writing I think, the research.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Marie Higgins

      I agree! I love doing research on my stories. This one was fun! I love the cover, too. In fact…it was the cover that gave me the idea for this story. My cover artist, Sheri McGathy does premade covers and when I saw this one, I knew I had to get it…even though I didn’t have a story to go with it. lol I’m glad I do now. 🙂

  5. Rose Gorham

    Sounds like an intriguing story, Marie. Awesome cover!

    1. Marie Higgins

      Thanks so much, Rose!

  6. Nicole Laverdure

    Hi Marie, I’m excited to read Secrets and Lies, I love Spy stories and this one looks so much fun to read. Gorgeous cover!

    1. Marie Higgins

      Thanks, Nicole! And thanks for letting me use YOUR name for my heroine. I’m not quite finished with this story yet, but you’ll be the first to read it when I’m done!!

  7. Jacqueline Seewald

    I always enjoy a good spy thriller/romance. That was why I wrote DEATH LEGACY. Your novel has the added benefit of being an historical novel. Wishing you much success!

    1. Marie Higgins

      Jacqueline, I LOVE historical novels, so every time I have a story idea, I try to put it in history somewhere. lol I’ll have to check out your Death Legacy story!

  8. E. Ayers

    Wow, loved the video and the cover. Great job! Looking forward to it.

    1. Marie Higgins

      Thanks, my friend. I can’t wait to read your spy story… 🙂

  9. Linda Andrews

    Wonderful premise and cover

    1. Marie Higgins

      Thank you, Linda!

  10. Kathy L Wheeler

    Beautiful cover, Marie.

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