Women in Racing

“They are the young girls, desperately devoted to the posters of ponies on their walls, the Breyer horses lined on their shelves, the polished boots placed carefully on their pedestal in the corners of their rooms…”

Read on.

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Today is the debut of Turn of the Tide’s book trailer! Head over to YouTube and check it out. Let me know what you think!

Also, the more, the merrier! I still need more reviewers for Tide. I can exchange reviews, if you like. Send me an email! kristiehigginsauthor@gmail.com


Reviewers wanted



I know I have plenty of loyal fans, as I’ve received lots of good feedback on my books! I’m very excited and glad that you love my stories. I’d love to share them with more readers, but, as most human beings, readers tend to stick with what they’re used to, their favorite authors. They don’t venture outside much. To persuade people to buy my books, I can only mention the book and advertise here and there. In reality, reviews sell books. I very much need help from my fans, so more readers can enjoy reading about Rachel’s and Candy’s lives. There is also a bit of a life lesson in each book. πŸ™‚

If you could, please go to my trilogy page and each book’s page (Chivalry, Wounds into Wisdom, Turn of the Tide) and write a good review. Tell new readers what they’d want to know. Were the characters likeable? Was the story line believable? Was it entertaining? Were you sucked into reading more than you thought you’d read in one sitting? Was it hard to put down? What did you think of the characters, good and bad? Relationships? Talk about how you felt while reading.

I have more to come in the near future. Some of you are reading Julia’s story for me, and I hope to have that one out by summer. After that, I hope to publish Peggy’s story. Remember Peggy from Chivalry? Rachel’s high school friend who dated Erick for a while? Her character is an interesting one, and I thought she’d be a great protagonist. I’ve also got one nearly finished about Don, Candy’s brother. Next, I will be working on a story for Billy, Rachel’s quiet brother. Poor guy needs some attention. πŸ˜‰

As always, thank you, SO MUCH for your help!

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Turn of the Tide is live!

Turn of the Tide is live now!

At the end of “Wounds,” Candy escapes and goes back to New York. Surely, Demetri would know that she’d go back there. It’s home. Will he follow?
Find out if she can ever get away from this awful man.

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RYA23DQ

Kindle and paperback editions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078RDQNDH



Horse Community Comes Together After Fire

If you love horses and follow horse and horse racing pages on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve heard about the fires in CA that struck San Luis Rey Downs recently. If you saw the video of the groom releasing horses while choking on smoke, urging scared horses to run for their lives, you can tell how much these backside workers love all horses, not only their horses. They live for the horses. All day, all night, their focus is always on the horses first. These are the people I write about, and I hope to capture some of their spirit in my books.

In the past few days, we’ve gone from horrific scenes to scenes of miles and miles of trucks and trailers carrying horses away from the fires, displaced backstretch workers (they lost their homes, too!) lining up for fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, toiletries…and this…this video is a tear jerker, so bring the Kleenex. One assistant trainer finds one of the horses he had to set free on Thursday. He wasn’t sure he’d ever see him again, and I bet the horse wasn’t sure he’d ever see Mr. Alvarez again. You can see it in Worthy Turk’s body language, he was happy to see his trainer.

Nobody can convince me that these huge-hearted people don’t love their horses. These are not abused horses. They’re coddled and well cared for. They’re spoiled, they’re treated for every little booboo, checked repeatedly for anything wrong. At this point, most of the horses are at Del Mar being assessed and treated for burns and smoke inhalation. They are doing everything they can, and sympathize and feel awful for the hurt horses. Backstretch workers take very good care of their horses. They love horses and think of them first, always. Next comes family, and now that most of the horses (sadly, some are still missing…ugh) are reunited with owners, trainers, jockeys, and grooms, the family is coming together to help one another.

If you’d like to donate toward helping displaced backstretch workers and horses, please click here. Read about where our donations are going here.

If you’re in Santa Barbara and can help with displaced animals, click here.

For more updates, check Facebook and Twitter. Barbara Livingston has great updates. And great photos. πŸ˜‰

What I see happening from my viewpoint is a family of like-minded individuals, all with a deep love for horses, working together for the good of the horses and for their family. Just the way it’s always been.



Turn of the Tide’s cover reveal!

Thanks, Brett Lyerla, expert graphic designer that he is. He has outdone himself this time. Beautiful cover, and my favorite so far!

“Turn”‘s release date will be January 1, 2018. If I can figure out how to pre-release, I can do that, and you’ll get it the second it’s published. I’ll also be releasing the trilogy. More on that later. Book four, “How (not) to Grieve,” will be out, hopefully, by summer 2018. It all depends on my readers, Brett’s design, and how fast he can work.

It will be released first on Amazon. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Amazon, since they’ve been blocking authors and their fans from writing reviews. Amazon is shooting themselves in the foot because of this. They’re losing authors left and right. Unfortunately, as an author with a small fan base, I can’t afford not to go with Amazon just yet. I’ll have to publish with them, but I’ll also go to Smashwords. Smashwords sends it out to a bunch of ebook sites, like Barnes and Noble.

Keep an eye out for more posts from me about the release. Fingers crossed that it all goes well and I can publish on time, Jan 1, 2018!

(Click on the cover to see the full cover, front and back.)


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

You’ve been thinking about getting this one, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Here’s your chance for a great deal! \o/
This weekend, catch it while it’s hot. On sale from Friday, September 8, 12:00 am EST – only $.99
September 9, 12:00 pm EST – only $1.99
September 11, 12:00 am EST, it goes back to the already low price of $2.99
Also available on Kindle Unlimited (Please close the book from the last page once you’re finished.)

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~*~*~ Candy’s best friend, Rachel, has vanished, kidnapped from Queens, NY. Dejected, Candy has nothing left for her in New York. She hitchhikes out of town in a desperate search for a better life. In her journey, repeatedly, she thinks she’s found the answer, only for things to turn horribly wrong. In Maryland, she meets Demetri, a man who wines and dines her, but then turns on her and threatens to kill her if she leaves. Will she ever find happiness? Or is she trapped in a miserable life forever? ~*~*~

–“I read it two times!”
–“Perfect mixture of horse racing and romance…”
–“I was hooked from page one!”

(Historical Fiction, set in 1969-70, parallel sequel to “Chivalry,” Rachel’s story, and is also available on Amazon.)

Order of the Backstretch Series:
Wounds into Wisdom
Turn of the Tide (due for release by Nov 2017)
How (not) to Grieve (2018)
Clear Blue Sky (2018-19)


**Suggested for readers over 18 because of mild sexual content and adult topics such as mental and physical abuse**