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Monday, January 28, 2008

DiAnn Mills' Awaken My Heart


When I was a kid, I used to get spanked for lying. Now I get paid for it! Ah, such is the life of a fiction writer. Hi, I’m DiAnn Mills, and I’m excited about Awaken My Heart, my new historical novel published by Avon Inspire.

I live in Texas, the Lone Star State, where history and adventure are carved out of ordinary people and presented in novels and across the screen. Texas provides the perfect setting for tales of adventure. Here you can find cowboys and rodeos, deserts and mountains, bluebonnets and cactus, rattlesnakes and alligators, trail rides and space exploration. The romance and intrigue of those who helped build this State weave powerful stories. You name it, and Texas has it. But it’s the stories about the courageous people who stand tall and make this state what it is today that capture the readers’ attention.

If you’ve ever thought about writing your own novel, remember that characterization is the key to a dynamic and unforgettable story. Spend time getting to know your protagonists and antagonists, because well-written characters will make your manuscript stand out from others when you are looking for a publisher.

Now, let me introduce you to my February release and its cast of unforgettable characters!

Awaken My Heart is set in 1803, when Texas was Tejas, a colony ruled by Spain. Indians, Mestizos (native-Spanish lineage), and the elite ruling class of the Spanish lived and died here. The priests living in the Catholic missions helped educate and train the people in various crafts and how to serve God. From this culture was born my story of forbidden love.

Which brings me to one of my favorite heroes—Zorro. Who can forget the handsome, daring masked man who championed the poor and fought the injustices his people faced? His flashing sword, generous smile, and chivalry would bend the strongest woman’s resolve. It also helped Zorro’s cause to be portrayed by Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005).

Is it any wonder that I call Awaken My Heart my Zorro book? My hero, Armando Garcia, is passionate about the cause of his poverty-stricken people, but his passion also extends to Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy Texas rancher. The wealthy and the peasant. The Diablo and his angel. And her daddy ain’t happy. Oops! I mean Marianne’s father is out for blood.

When mestizos kidnap Marianne, they hope that her father will trade land for her freedom. But rebel leader Armando Garcia is enchanted with this young woman whose faith is so strong---and arranges for her escape. How much will Marianne and Armando risk to give their love a chance?

This isn’t the first book I’ve written about historical Texas. The Texas Legacy Series was set in the period of the Old West when lawlessness reigned and unscrupulous characters crawled out from under rocks and attempted to claim the state. I chose unlikely heroes and heroines who made a courageous stand for what they believed in.

Hop into the saddle and grab the reins. This ride will keep you up all night. Let me hear from you!

Leave a comment and win a copy of Awaken My Heart.

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Blogger Lori said...

You had me at "Zorro." ;)

Please, sign me up!!!

aaronandlori (at) gmail (dot) com

February 2, 2008 7:52 AM  
Blogger Julie Lessman said...

Would LOVE to win a copy of DiAnn's book -- I've heard great things about it.

Julie (

February 2, 2008 9:16 AM  
Blogger ladystorm said...

ok, ok I am intriqued, please sign me up!


February 2, 2008 9:16 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

i'd love to win a copy of this book! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com thanks!

February 2, 2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger Melanie Dickerson said...

I love Zorro! I'd love to win. Please sign me up.

Melaniedickerson at knology dot net

February 2, 2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger Melanie Dickerson said...

Oh, and I wanted to tell DiAnn, you recently judged one of my entries in the Gotcha! contest, The Woodcutter's Daughter. I was so thrilled to have your comments! Thanks so much for taking the time to judge and impart your wisdom! I won fourth place with it. My other book got first!

February 2, 2008 9:35 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

This really has gotten my full attention,so please enter me,thank you!

February 2, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

This book sounds GREAT! Can't wait to jump into another great read! Please sign me up!

February 2, 2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger Pamela J said...

I'm ready to get into the reading saddle and begin a new adventure. Thank you, Louise, for hosting this give away, please enter me in your drawing.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

February 2, 2008 4:26 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I would love to win this book! It sounds really good.


February 2, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Missy Tippens said...

Please enter me! I'd love to win this book. It sounds great.

missytippens [at] aol [dot] com

February 2, 2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

This sounds great. Put me in. I would love to win.

pleblanc_1 at charter dot net

February 2, 2008 11:29 PM  
Blogger gheidema said...

Sounds great!! I would love to win this book.

bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

February 3, 2008 1:04 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

I've heard good things about DiAnn's books, and would love to win this one. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

cjarvis at bellsouth dot net

February 3, 2008 2:23 PM  
Blogger Lucie said...

Please enter me in the drawing to win DiAnn Mill's brand new release "Awaken My Heart". Thank you so very much!

LucieInCA [at] aol [dot] com

February 4, 2008 4:20 AM  
Blogger smilinkyn said...

Please enter my name in the drawing. God Bless!
Kyndra Watkins

February 4, 2008 10:01 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'm a major Zorro fan, myself. I also adore DiAnn's work and would love to win this book. Thanks.


February 4, 2008 12:03 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Please enter me in the drawing would love to win a copy.

February 4, 2008 3:31 PM  
Blogger Louise M. Gouge said...

DiAnn asked me to forward this:
Whoa! Let me saddle up my horse and take a ride your way! Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. As soon as Louise draws the lucky name, I'll personalize your copy of Awaken My Heart and whisk it off to you.

Louise says: We'll give it another week. Only one entry is necessary. Good wishes to everyone. And be sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you win!

February 6, 2008 7:48 PM  
Blogger SuzyScribbles said...

OK, I'd love to win this book! It sounds so intriguing. And my daughter would eat it up. Please enter me in the contest!

February 8, 2008 10:38 AM  

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