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Meme: Friday Finds – Books for the Library (March 1)

March 1, 2013 2 comments

For the weekly Friday Finds meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus The Map of Lost Memories: A Novel by Kim Fay Stranded by Chris Tebbetts and Jeff Probst The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier The Time of My Life: A Novel by Cecelia Ahern Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower by Stephen King S.E.C.R.E.T.: A Novel by L. Marie Adeline The Prisoner of Heaven: A Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander


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‘5 Questions’ Interview with RITA-nominated author Lisa Verge Higgins!

March 1, 2013 2 comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Lisa Verge Higgins to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of fifteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages. She is known for “creating heartwarming stories revolving around women’s lives and women’s friendship.” Her book THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP won the 2011 Golden Leaf Award for Best Single Title. Her third and latest book, FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER, will hit the shelves March 19, 2013.

One Good Friend Deserves Another by Lisa Verge Higgins

Describe your book One Good Friend Deserves Another in ten words or less

In ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER, three women try to save their Indian-American friend from an arranged marriage.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I have three teenage daughters. One afternoon, while they were dragging their jeans-sagging, scruffy boyfriends toward the family room XBOX, I turned to my Roman Catholic husband and said: “Is it too late to convert to Hinduism so we can arrange their marriages?”

. . . and that was the beginning of ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Dhara Pitalia is most definitely the heart of the book!

Raised by traditional Hindu parents, she was educated in a private Catholic school and brought up in an neighborhood where Hebrew, Spanish and Hindi are all spoken widely. So, like many of us, Dhara is uniquely American in that she straddles many worlds.

But after the breakup of a long-term relationship with a man she’d loved since college, she decides the American way of romance hasn’t worked for her, and decides to let her parents do the choosing. That choice shocks her friends . . . and has surprising consequences for all of them.

If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?

My day job is my three teenage daughters! They don’t like it much, but their antics often find their way into my stories.

As for alternate careers — I was once a chemist. I worked for years testing soil, air and water for EPA organic priority pollutants. You’ll find pieces of that in ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER in the character of Kelly, who’s a bit of a science geek.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

My next book, FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER, is coming out in March 2013 and this is truly a book-of-the-heart!

It’s the story of Monique, a young widow whose husband left her a “bucket list” of things they’d wanted to do together before he died.

For four years, Monique puts off doing the list, too busy with raising their daughter to fulfill broken dreams. But when a next door neighbor, Judy, starts acting crazy in her empty nest, and another good friend, Becky, receives traumatic news, Monique gives that bucket list a new look.

She and her friends are in desperate need of a fresh perspective . . . and that old list of wishes just might save them all.

Thanks again for stopping by, Lisa Verge Higgins! You can learn more about the author via her website: and Facebook: lisavergehiggins.

 One Good Friend Deserves Another (published by 5 Spot / Hachette Book Group) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

Check out Lisa Verge Higgins’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through her other books!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!

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