It’s my pleasure to welcome Marie Higgins back to my blog. Before we find out more about this talented writer, just a heads-up that Marie will GIVEAWAY a digital copy of Prince Charming Is A Liar to one lucky commenter chosen at random.
Where were you born, Marie?
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but our family moved and I grew up mostly in Clearfield, Utah.
What do you like most about where you live now?
Brigham City, Utah, is a nice town. Not very busy, and a great place to raise a family…and work!
What’s your favorite season?
Autumn! Not hot, but not cold. And my allergies are better in the autumn.
Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?
My dad was my first hero. He was a great example of a husband, and a father. He was responsible in all of his dealings. He was loved by everyone who met him. There really needs to be more men like him in this world!
Do you have any hobbies?
About twenty years ago, I started a hobby writing romance stories. That was my getaway from real life’s problems. As my hobby grew, so did my love for writing and creating. Now, it’s not a hobby. It’s more like a career, and yet, it’s still my getaway from real life’s problems. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
Do you like animals?
I’ve always been a dog person. I’ve always had to own an indoor dog. They are really part of the family, and whenever me or my husband are stressed, the dog seems to know that, and he curls up beside us on the chair and in his own little way, he comforts us. The dog we own now is Jack. We’ve had him for five years.
Jack sounds like a keeper. What do you enjoy most about being a published author?
There are so many things I enjoy, but mostly, I enjoy the excitement of meeting my readers! I love reading their emails of encouragement. They are so very supportive. And I love knowing that my stories are making someone in this world, a very happy person.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Most of the time, writer’s block comes from stress with life. But on those rare occasions when I don’t know what to write, I go back through my unfinished stories and read through those. Sometimes I watch a movie. Sometimes, it’s just reading back through my story to find out why my characters stopped talking to me. All of those ways work for me!
To what do you attribute your success as a writer?
Hard work and dedication…and to all of those readers who continue to encourage me.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Anywhere! Funny story with this question. Since the first of the year, I started writing fairy tale romances. About a month ago, I took a break to write a couple Regency stories to add to my Regency series, “Sons of Worthington”. About a month ago, my sister posted on Facebook that she was hooked on the TV series, “Beauty & the Beast”. Because I was going to write a fairy tale story about this, I decided to watch a few episodes to see if I could get inspired. Wouldn’t you know, I was inspired!! But it wasn’t to write my fairy tale. It was to write a romantic comedy/suspense about a police detective (heroine) who falls for one of the murder suspects. What inspired me was hearing one of the characters on the TV series say this phrase – Prince Charming is a Liar. And guess what? That’s the title to my story!
Tell us about your latest release.
I actually want to tell you about the story I previously mentioned – Prince Charming is a Liar. Now that you know how I was inspired to write this, here is the blurb:
When Detective Brittany Russell goes undercover to expose a murderer, she had no idea what she was getting herself into—especially after meeting wealthy businessman, Austin Reeder…who happens to be a suspect. He is hiding something, and Brittany is determined to bring him down. Unfortunately, to catch the killer, she might have to break a few rules. The longer she talks with the charmer of women, the more she’s drawn to the gorgeous man. Thankfully, her partner, Kurt Hamill, is the one who has always kept her out of trouble. Loving him comes easy. But now she’s stuck in the middle of a love-triangle. Too bad she doesn’t know which Prince Charming is telling her the truth.
Is it part of a series? If so do you enjoy writing series?
Yes, this part of a series. So far, I’ve only planned three books in this series, but I’m sure there will be more. The series title is – Your Ever Day Hero. Book #1 is “Prince Charming is a Liar”, book #2 is “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Alar”, and book #3 is “Love Me, Leave Me…Just Don’t Shoot Me.” I have all three book covers, which you can find on my blog – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/p/your-every-day-hero-series.html
To answer the other question, yes, I love writing series. I have several of them, in fact. My fairy tale series, “Where Dreams Come True” has five books (so far). I have a Regency series that I’d mentioned previously, and so far it has four books, but I’m planning on adding more (so far I have four others planned). I have a Colonial series, “Heroic Rogues”. I have a Christian Romance series, “The Grayson Brothers”. And last but not least, I have a Victorian series, “The Fielding Brothers’ Saga”.
Kindle – https://amzn.com/B01HK0B97U
Paperback – https://amzn.com/153496522X
Brittany Russell clutched her G42 and walked into the room further. The murder suspect had a glass case liquor bar, a large dining area, and living room. The three bookcases filled from edge to edge. It would seem he didn’t have a social life, and probably stayed at home reading. She’d had almost this many books when she was in college, and of course, she really didn’t have a social life, either.
She took another step, heading toward the hallway, but before reaching it, the floor creaked. She jerked to a stop and listened closer.
The door to one of the rooms opened, and out walked a man. He was tall, built like a quarterback, and wore a black bathrobe that reached his knees. His wet hair was slicked back on his head, and his face appeared freshly shaven. His attention was on his Ipod as he scrolled through it. In his ears were earphones with a cord attached to the electronic device.
Inwardly, she groaned. No wonder he hadn’t heard her calling out, announcing herself! A good detective checks every room, Russell. But in her defense, she was about to when he walked out.
Panic hammered away in her chest, bringing a momentary shut-down to her brain…and her lungs, because at this moment as she stared at his bathrobe and the muscular bare legs, she couldn’t breathe. Her worst nightmare—for today, anyway—had come true. She’d been caught in the suspect’s apartment looking like a girl going to her first prom, and holding a G42, no less! What kind of bad horror flick was this?
The rhythm of her heart was as fast as a speeding train, and she knew it would derail and crash at any moment. If that happened, she’d be standing in the middle of his room, looking like a complete idiot in a fancy dress, with a gun.
What would he think when he saw her? Although she could imagine plenty, it worried her that she didn’t look like a police detective. Naturally, he’d think someone was here to end his life. She definitely didn’t want him thinking that.
Without another thought, she pushed the glock back in her beaded purse. Just then, the man raised his head and saw her. He stopped. His mouth hung open as his gaze moved over her. It didn’t bother her the way he scanned up and down her body like some kind of hungry coyote, but what concerned her was the way her mouth dried so quickly and cotton had taken up residence in her throat. This man was absolutely the most handsome man she’d ever laid eyes on—and she’d seen many in her twenty-five years.
She forced herself to breathe—in through the nose, out of the mouth—before the oxygen stopped transporting to her brain. This handsome man made it impossible to concentrate. From his wet, short dark hair, to the cotton robe wrapped around his muscular frame, giving her a peep-show of his bare legs and thighs, was it any wonder her mind was so mixed up?
Willing the words to come to her mind, she struggled with an excuse of what to tell him. Standing before him without her glock, made her feel naked…and of course, brain dead. She certainly wasn’t being professional now. The captain is going to ask for my badge and gun!
Mr. Reeder’s narrowed gaze stayed on her as he walked toward her. When he finally stopped in front of her, the suspicious glint to his eyes had disappeared. A sexy, crooked grin touched his mouth.
Marie Higgins 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 30 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories. She broadens 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.
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