It’s finally done! My novel “Defining Moments” is ready for you to read!

Want some light and fun Christmas reading?   Download my novel from Smashwords – it’s now available  as an Ebook for reading on a Kindle, Kobo, iPad, Mac, PC, etc. (Please note – you will have to disable the Adult Content filter on the Smashwords website to find my book using their search feature.) 

As my Christmas present to you – get it FREE until Jan 2, 2012 – just enter coupon code XY84U at the checkout and the price will reduce to $0.00. (Click here for step by step instructions.)

Please help me to get the word out by telling EVERYONE you know about it and encouraging them to take advantage of this free Ebook!

Hope you enjoy it – please use the comment feature below to let me know what you think!


‘Defining Moments’ is the story of Ellie Ward, a professor with a knack for making bad decisions at life’s crossroads, often with tragic consequences. At the age of nine, Ellie accidentally discovers a time portal near her childhood home, one that opens to her in situations of extreme trauma and emotion. Passing through the portal takes Ellie back in time to the key decision points that lead to her life’s tragedies, enabling her to change those decisions and avert the crises. The downside is that she never has any idea what the specific ‘defining moments’ were, and so she never knows how much of her life she is going to have to repeat to undo a bad situation.
River ice studies take Ellie to a remote town in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where she agrees to go along with three other people in a tiny, single engine plane to scout for ice jams. Ellie’s decision not to insist that they turn back before venturing too far from town becomes another defining moment in her life when their engine fails and they crash land in the bush. As the only able-bodied survivor Ellie’s graduate student, Brenda, must take on the burden of keeping the others safe as they wait for help to arrive. Fearing that Brenda will crumble under the emotional strain, Ellie shares her personal journal as a diversion. As the hours of waiting turn into days, Brenda immerses herself in Ellie’s autobiography, and we join with her in reading of Ellie’s multiple lives, loves, careers, passions and losses. Brenda is astonished to read that her professor has managed to go back and reverse those bad decisions that resulted in tragic outcomes. Is this actually possible, or is Ellie’s journal just a work of fiction? And if it is possible, and Ellie has found a way to rewind the clock to each defining moment in her life, will she live to get the chance to do it this time?

Get it here:

It will also be available in paperback form in late January!

To download a PDF file with step by step instructions: click here

If you have any problems – just email me for help at

Note – if you don’t own a Kindle, Kobo, iPad or the like – you can read it online in HTML format or you can download a free Kindle Ebook reader for your computer at the Amazon web site:

About Faye Hicks

Writer, animal lover, retired engineer, and professor emeritus.
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4 Responses to It’s finally done! My novel “Defining Moments” is ready for you to read!

  1. Faye Hicks says:

    First review! …by Lora A. (posted on FB):

    “I read it last night, couldn’t put it down! Time travel, tragedy and romance all in one. Kept me on the edge of my seat! ”

    Thanks Lora – so glad you liked it!

  2. Faye Hicks says:

    Another comment via FB …from Vicki A.:

    “Yesterday morning I thought I’d take a moment to start reading your book. You caught my attention immediately and held it hostage..had to finish it in one read! Great story, with believable characters complete with flaws and virtue. Love how you included elements of your life throughout…patiently waiting for the sequel. Great job!!!”

    Thanks Vicki – I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!

  3. Fayi says:

    Dr. Hicks;

    My wife was reading your novel and I will follow. I was not surprised when I heard her excitement while reading your story (as your student, you know why…). I am going to share your novel with my daughter who is very determined and assertive in pursuing her career and life goals.

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