Thursday, April 27, 2017

You Can’t Go Home Again…Unless You’re in a Romance Novel

I grew up in a small town, where the average temperature in the Summer is one-hundred-seven degrees. It’s hot, you guys. HOT.

Yeah, I spent most of my high school years, planning my escape from the heat. When the time came, I left for college and eventually moved on to cooler pastures (hey, Chicago). Then I proceeded to spent the next twenty years trying to get home. No matter where I am, I’m always planning a trip to Arizona. What can I say? I miss the heat.

So when I sat down to plot LOVE OVER LATTES (coming soon from The Wild Rose Press), the setting and theme for it were a very organic choice for me. I went back to the place I called home for four years, Tucson (Go Cats!). NANOWRIMO Day One came and I only knew two things about my story; I wanted it set in the Sonoran Desert and I wanted it to be about going home.

LOVE OVER LATTES is about a young mom who wants to make a home for her son. At first, she doesn’t really understand what that means, and in her obsession to give her son this one thing she believes is important, she goes through a series of less than ideal choices. Like accepting the help of a stranger, an intimidating-as-hell entrepreneur, who’s given up on the whole idea of home and family.

Since this is a get-to-know-the-author blog, I figured I should include some fun facts about me (*waves*):

Three things I’ve done in the name of book research:
1. Jumped off a 50-foot waterfall
2. Watched a lot of porn
3. Drank cases and cases of champagne

Three things I’m obsessed with (because I’m on a roll):
1. Customizable life planners
2. Romance
3. Netflix

Hey, you made it all the way to the bottom of the page. Thank you!

Your turn: Where’s the place you call home? Let me know in the comments below.

For your efforts, we’re giving away (4) $5 Amazon gift cards. Just click on the Facebook Rafflecopter link below and do the widgets in the thingy. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 8th, on my Facebook page before I email the Amazon claim codes. I put a lot of thought into this giveaway, guys. So, do the thing.

Happy Reading!

Diana Hicks


Unknown said...

Can't wait to read Love Over Lattes!

Unknown said...

I hail from the heat as well, I didn't see green rolling hills until I was in my twenties...the desert is an intense place...home base doesn't change ☺️

Lynda said...

I think, but the GIFs you used, you need to add Henry Cavill to the things you're obsessed with. But, it's okay. I share that obsession. Can't wait to read *Love Over Lattes*, either.

Lynn said...

I enjoyed this! **waves back**

I call Henry Cavill "Handsome Pants," (super sexy nickname, I know)...he's right up there with Theo James in my hottie book. It's so fun to learn about other authors' processes. YOU JUMPED FROM A WATER FALL. OMG. :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL. Yeah, I may be a little obsessed. That face! The's a long list.

Unknown said...

Though I come from the south (Louisiana, a place not just of heat but major humidity), I call the desert home now. I've been in New Mexico for over twenty years and love it.

Diana Hicks said...

I've never been to New Mexico. Maybe one day. Thanks for sharing!

Shelly Davis said...

Lots of porn? Poor David! But hey, research, right?? ;-)