Saturday, February 16, 2013

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Marie Higgins

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/blog to discover more about her at

Welcome back to my blog, Marie. Please tell us about your new book, Wonderland By Night.

Wonderland By Night is book #3 in my Colonial romance series. The hero, Gabriel Lawrence, has been the best friend to the heroes in books #1 and #2, and now he gets his own story.

In a world where freedom is questioned and everything is in turmoil, Lady Sarah Emiline Townshend needs to hide her identity for fear mobs will kill her and her family after her uncle—a political leader—passed laws that the good citizens in Boston did not approve of. Her father sends her to stay with some longtime friends of his in New Hampshire. But to stay safe, her maid must play Lady Sarah’s role…and Emiline will play Lady Sarah’s companion. When Emiline meets a handsome man, she suddenly wants him to look at her as a woman—not a servant. Yet, protecting her life is more important than confessing the truth.

Gabriel Lawrence’s pirate ship is almost captured and this time it was too close. He and his crew need to hide for a few months in hopes that the Royal Navy will forget about them. During his stay at his aunt and uncle’s in New Hampshire, he meets the niece of one of his enemies—Oliver Townshend. Because she doesn’t know who Gabe is, he will become close to her to see if she knows any more of her uncle’s secrets. But the beauty of her companion, Miss Emmie, captures his attention, and her quirky personality keeps him wanting more. But her over-zealous nature for adventure places both of them in danger and he’s forced to play the honorable rogue. How can he protect them both when an unknown spy is always one step ahead…and wants Gabe dead? 

Your book sounds intriguing to me. Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

I’ve actually had this story idea for many years. I wanted a story where both hero and heroine were hiding their identity for some reason or another, and I wanted their secrets to clash. So in this story, if the hero discovers who the heroine really is, he won’t be able to fall in love with her because of her political uncle—hero’s enemy…and because the heroine is a Loyalists instead of the Patriot, like the hero. If the heroine finds out who the hero really is…and what he does for a living, she’ll know she cannot possibly fall in love with him because her uncle will see the hero hanged for being a traitor against the crown. (Yeah, I love conflict!)

I really don’t know (or remember) where I came up with this plot since I’ve had it for many years.

I love the clash you’ve created. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I researched Boston, Massachusetts and what was happening during this time frame. I had to research New Hampshire, because once again, this is some place I’ve never been. I also had to research their way of life back then…but since this is book #3 in the series, I pretty much knew all of that since I’d researched this before. 

You love to write sweet romances, Marie. What intrigues you most about writing love stories?

I’ve always been a romantic. I’ve read nothing but romance novels ever since I was out of school. In school I hated all the books the teachers for my English classes made me read, and now I know why…because they had no romance and no happily ever after. 

What intrigues me about writing romances is having that feeling of falling in love all over again…from the character’s first glance, their first touch and the tingles that spreads over their bodies, to the magic of their first kiss when both feel their heart melting. I love creating a plot-filled story, too, which most of my books have. I love that moment when hero and heroine realize they are in love and they cannot go through life unless the other is with them. (dreamy sigh)  I also love writing twists and turns so that my readers can’t guess my endings.

When reading love stories, I love twists and turns. I love to be surprised at the ending. I like a little adventure and drama with romance. It makes the story so much fun. Thanks, Marie, for a great interview.


Marie Higgins said...

Thanks Linda for having me back!

Tiffany said...

You book sounds fascinating! What are books 1 and 2 in the series called? I would love to read them and win the third!

Louise said...

I'm assuming, since Linda is recommending you, that your sweet romance is just that... sweet (as opposed to full of sex). I wish they would rate books, like they do movies. Yours sounds like a winner. Good luck with it!

LouisePledge at yahoo

Becky said...

Your book sounds really good. I love reading stories that take place during that time period and has some drama with the romance. I also love having a surprising ending to the story too.

Gayle said...

I've read several of Marie's books and really enjoyed them! I haven't read many books set in this particular time period -- so much conflict going on. I also love the idea of having both the hero and heroine trying to hide their true identity.

Mozi Esme said...

This is an interesting time in history! I'd enjoy reading the book...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

divavixenqueen said...

Nice interview. Book sounds very intriguing.divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

wanda f said...

Enjoyed your interview.Hope you have a great week

Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! Random acts of kindness happen all the time. Sometimes we don't even notice when they occur. Living on a christian college campus, I'm constantly thanking people for opening doors to the point of ridiculousness. In fact, the other day while I was working at the campus store, a young boy, probably the age of 16, found $17 on the floor and turned it in claiming that someone had dropped it. How honest and sweet is that!?
Happy Valentine's Day and I hope your day is filled with random acts of kindness!

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Michelle said...

I love sweet romances & this sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway! michelle (at) momscholar (dot) net

Marie Higgins said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! Tiffany, to answer your question - books #1 & #2 are:
"Take My Heart"
"Falling In Love Again".

And Louise, you are correct. My stories do NOT have sex scenes...and even the sexual tension is very low-key. I write sweet romances, or Christian romances. :)

Gail Pallotta said...

Your blurb makes one wonder where the entangled plot will lead, and I love your cover. Congratulations!

Tressa @ Wishful Endings said...

Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveawy!

tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

beemama said...

Sounds like a good read. I really enjoy historical fiction. Thanks for the name of the first two books since I missed them.
Thanks for the giveaway and the wonderful interview.

Anonymous said...

We enjoy Marie Higgins' writings. This is a book we do not have but would enjoy winning it. It would be great to add to our collection. Thank you for the giveaway.

Darlene said...

Sounds like an exciting book! Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

LAWonder said...

This sounds like a great historical fiction. I love them and I really enjoy Marie's writings. I am a big fan.
Would love to win a copy of this ebook.
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity to win.

Merry said...

Wonderland By Night sounds romantic and exciting, I'd love to be entered. Thanks@
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Nice inspiration for the book.


Unknown said...

Beautiful cover!!!

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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Becky. You are the winner of this intriguing book. I know you'll enjoy it.