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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Interview and Giveaway!! Tracy Higley ~ Author of the Seven Wonders Series!!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Tracy!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a book-addict!  I love to read them, write them, touch them, even smell them! (ah, that musty-dusty library smell…)  I’m guessing some of your readers can relate! I have loved to write since childhood, and spent those years either with my nose in a book or writing. I created short stories, school newspapers, neighborhood plays, angst-ridden poetry in the teen years, then drama sketches for church ministry as an adult. Since getting published, I’ve been able to travel the world to research all the exotic locations of my books, and get into some adventures!  When not writing, I’m a business-owner and wife and mom to four wonderful kids.

Will you tell us about your "Seven Wonders" series?

The Seven Wonders books were born out of my own fascination with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I love history, and thought it would be fun to “take a tour” of the ancient world by setting exciting stories in each of these locales.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 

My favorite fairy tale character is Belle.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think I’ve always known it!  The neighborhood kids were learning their lines under my direction by about age 6, I think. (They never did take it quite as seriously as they should have!)

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?

 My 9th book, Garden of Madness, has just released, but there are more on the way!  Favorites are hard to choose, but I think my writing has improved with each book, so I’d have to say this newest one is my favorite.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know about interesting. More like annoying, probably.  My friends/family roll their eyes when I am at the midpoint of every first draft and whining that “it’s the worst book I’ve ever written… the worst book anyone has ever written… no one will want to read it.”  They just nod and say, “Oh, we’re at that point now, are we?”

Where do you like to write?

I have a wonderful office in my house, filled with bookshelves, crammed with souvenirs and special things from my travels around the world, and set apart from the rest of the house. I love retreating there to write!  When the weather gets warm, I have a covered patio that I’ve decorated like a little Italian bistro, which looks out over a stunning view.  I love it there, too.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Read good books. Study and research for writing books. Watch movies (like books, only faster).  I’m all about stories!

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?

I’ve got another research trip coming up in a few months, where I’ll get to see Santorini, and I’m really looking forward to that. I’d also LOVE to visit Morocco someday.  Casablanca, anyone?

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

Sound of Music.  You wouldn’t want to watch it with me because I quote every word and sing every line and it’s apparently quite annoying, though I don’t really see why.

What is your favorite dessert?

 Anything with chocolate.  Even non-edible things that smell like chocolate.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

This changes as life changes, but currently Philippians 1:9-11, which I personalize for myself:
And this is my prayer: that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Here are a few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms?


Tea or Coffee?


Print or eBook? 


Early-bird or Night-owl?


Cats or Dogs?


Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

I am just finishing up the first draft of my next book, So Shines the Night. It’s set in first-century Ephesus, a city that was at the center of the pagan worship of Artemis, but also a thriving church of new believers in the Messiah. With Paul there to lead them, you can imagine the tough situations they get into!  But it’s also a love story about a woman who is afraid to live and a man who is afraid to forget.

Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Thanks, Melanie!  I would love to have your readers stop by my website, www.TracyHigley.com, where they can read chapters of my books, thumb through my photo travel journals, explore the fascinating locations of my books, and connect with me!

Book Giveaway!!

Enter to win the first three books in Tracy's Seven Wonders series!! (Shadow of Colossus, City of the Dead, and Guardian of the Flame) This giveaway is only open to the US.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below (here is a tutorial, if you aren't familiar with Rafflecopter). The mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post - after you do that, the other entries will become available. :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Oh wow .. a great giveaway! I had not heard of this series, I will have to keep my eyes open.

    And LOL at the Geckos comment!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

  2. Morning! Hope you had a great weekend and Memorial Day, I did. These books sound interesting, I have not heard of the author before. Looking forward to getting engrossed into the story. Thanks for the giveaway.

    your1chef at aol dot com

  3. thanks for the chance to win this book

  4. Enter me for a chance to win these great books!!

  5. These books sounds fascinating as I have always been interested in the seven wonders of the world and they have been on my bucket list for some time.
    Have added the books to my to-read list and would love to win them to start me off.

    Loraine Ertelt

  6. Love the interview! And GECKOS as a favorite pet? That's funny! I have a friend living in Okinawa and geckos are the bane of her existence there! I've read Guardian of the flame and Pompeii and enjoyed both books. And The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies and I too sing all of the songs and know all of the lines...my family looks at me funny when I do. Sigh!

  7. I'm a chocoholics too! :D I never heard of this series before, but it sound interesting.

  8. Thanks for the Chance to win!!!
    I prefer Print over Ebook too. I also like Coffee over Tea. :)

  9. I would love to read her books! Pam D
    afriend (at) netcommander (dot) com

  10. Great interview! Loved everything about it. Once again another new (to me) author with quite a few books for me to find. Thanks for the chance to get started on the series!


  11. This has to do with my entry - I have liked this site on facebook in the past (no problems) and when I was looking for the place to like this post I accidentally unliked the blog. When I tried to like it again the button just keeps reverting back to the original. I am having this trouble with a lot of pages I try to like and have not found a solution yet.

    Short story - please delete that entry for me! :) Sorry for the trouble.

    1. Andrea, I checked and you did like the blog post. :) If you want to re-like the Facebook page, here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Bookshelf-Reviews/274148282625333

      Thanks for entering. :)

  12. Interesting theme for a series. I can imagine drawing from the history of these fantasic sites would be interesting for writer and reader alike. I don't think I have read any of your works in the past and this would be a great opportunity to delve into some of your stuff. I, too, really like history an ancient history was my favorite.

  13. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  14. Great selection of books!

  15. I love the idea of setting stories in each of the Seven Wonders locations. The books look fascinating.

  16. What a great idea to write stories around the 7 wonders! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! These books sound great and I would love to win them!

  17. I've wanted to read these books and you just made me want to read them more!

  18. Thanks so much for the contest! this series looks fascinating!

  19. These Books sound so great, please enter me in your Contest.
    I love reading, I'm disabled so I can spend a lot of time at it (smile) but can't always afford to buy them, I live in a small town and have small Library, I love going there. I always wanted to work in a Library (smile).


  20. I am in Canada so no luckyyyy for me :(

    BUT I love the fact that I came across this post because these books sound SO interesting. I absolutely love historical fiction, specifically this type of historical. Adding to my 'to read' list!


  21. It would be a great treat to win these books. I've not had a chance yet to read Tracy's writings and have been wanting to. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a big prize of reads.

  22. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I have though if I was a writer, a romance during the time of the Lighthouse of Alexandria would make a good book.

  23. I love this series and really would love to own them! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic series. That is an awesome interview too!

  24. I have been wanting to read Higley for a while! Thanks for the interview and the opportunity to win!


  25. thank you for the review and giveaway! Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

  26. I've never heard of this series or read anything by T.L. Higley, I'll admit. But this series sounds excellent! What a way to capture all of History and a little bit of "Fiction Magic" than through a whole series of books. Such a brilliant idea on the author's part. This excites me! Oh, and I'd absolutely LOVE to win this series of books! ;)

  27. These sound so interesting. I'm fascinated with the seven wonders too!

  28. The books looks great. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  29. These look like really interesting books. Thanks for introducing this author, who is new to me. I love the idea that she has traveled to the places she writes about. It makes me want to read them just for the locales.

  30. I would really love this books, they look good :D and the covers are stunning; I am a belly dancer LOL and I would love to go to Egypt.

    Aliraluna ;3

  31. Ack! My favorite fairytale princess is Belle, too! :) And she's not even technically a princess, I suppose.

    Never heard of this author before but this book series sound fascinating... :)

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  32. Thanks for a great sounding alternative to vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc. I'd really enjoy diving into these books.


  33. Thanks, would love to win these book, I prefer hard copies instead of e-copies.
    thanks for the giveaway


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