Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review Tuesday

Hello everyone!
You probably read my blog post from yesterday, where I explained this temporary schedule change.
Anyway, today is the release day for Tracy Higley's So Shines the Night!
I am taking part in her blog tour today in celebration. Here is the author's bio:
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at

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Guess where this book is! The Theater of Ephesus...
Also, here is a video of Tracy Higley herself on location.

Okay, here is a description if this book from Amazon:

"In a city teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.

When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything—Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows."
And finally, an interview with the author, using questions that I sent her. For more interviews, stop by her blog for all of the blogs participating in the tour.

1. You have gone on so many amazing travels. What was one of your favorite things about visiting Ephesus?

I think it was the sense of being somewhere “where Paul walked.” Sitting in the theater, looking down over the Harbor Street where he was likely kept prisoner at times, I had this amazing moment of “I can’t believe I’m here” – the kind of moment that gives you chills and makes you feel connected to something larger than yourself.

1.          2. For you, what is the hardest part of the writing process?
The The actual rough draft, the first time I get the words out of my head, is the hardest part. I have to discipline myself to stop the research, stop the planning and plotting, and just start writing!

1.                 3.   What is a typical day like for you, as an author?
Since last fall I’ve started a new routine, which is working very well for me. I get up at 5 AM every day and work on writing until about 8:30 AM. The rest of the day is given to the “business” side of writing and life, and my other business. Sometimes I’ll add in some more research or planning during the rest of the day, but those quiet early hours are when I’m at my most creative and get the most done.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Tracy! 
And, finally, stop by her site to complete the blog tour!


  1. This book sounds cool! I'll have to read it.

    1. Thanks, Cortney! I hope you enjoy it when you read it.

  2. This sounds interesting, I don't think I've ever seen a book based in Ephesus (especially while Paul was around and visiting the city). Nice interview with the author, too!


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