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Friday, February 08, 2008

Meet DiAnn Mills!


DiAnn Mills was one of my first writing mentors, so I'm thrilled to have her as a guest on my blog today. DiAnn is a best-selling author of twenty-three novels, twenty-two novellas, as well as the non-fiction release, Lost Boy No More that tells an incredible true story from Sudan.

Today, DiAnn is offering a free copy of Awaken My Heart, so be sure to leave a comment with a way for me to contact you! I'll draw a winner from the comments next Wednesday.

Here's what DiAnn has to say about her latest release.

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 captures the readers’ attention.

Let me introduce you to my February release!

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 greatest heroes—Zorro. Who can forget the handsome, daring masked man who championed the poor and fought the injustices of his people? 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 Bandera in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005).

Is it no 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 Wharton, the daughter of a wealthy American 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.

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 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.

Be sure and visit DiAnn's website for more information on all her books. She'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,

Lisa

2 comments:

  1. DiAnn - You've made me want to go watch Zorro again. LOL Your book sounds wonderful!

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  2. DiAnn,

    The book sounds very interesting and even more so after having read what you had to say.

    I hope I can get lucky and win a copy.

    Carol

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