DiAnn Mills: Awaken My Heart – and more

diannmills-brownsweater.jpgWhen 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 the new kid on the block with 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.  

awakenmyheart-small.jpgLet 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).  

zorro.JPGIs 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 aristocrat 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! DiAnn Mills – Expect an Adventurewww.diannmills.com

DiAnn is giving away autographed copies of Awaken My Heart to two readers who leave comments today!  Check back to see if you’re a winner!

Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold more than a million copies. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She is a Christy Awards finalist for 2008. She lives in sunny Houston, Texas, the home of heat, humidity and Harleys. In fact she’d own a Harley, but her legs are too short.

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43 thoughts on “DiAnn Mills: Awaken My Heart – and more”

  1. Hello DiAnn!
    I have to say that growing up in the Northeast I learned very little about Texas history but it sounds fascinating. Your story sounds like an interesting one and your cover is beautiful.

  2. Good Morning Ladies

    I must confess I am a great fan of Tyrone Power and looooooooved him in Zorro “The Mark Of Zorro”.

    Your new book sounds really good.

  3. Good Morning DiAnn, 40 books in print, wow that’s impressive. I admire writers that they are in controll of the char. they write in stories and choose the destination. I was a big fan of Antonio Bandera when he played Zorro how sexy is he? lol. I do want to tell you what a beautiful cover that is on Awaken My Heart ! A white horse with her wearing a white dress. Your story sounds wonderful, I love the way P&P bring in guest bloggers we learn about different authors and their writting.

  4. DiAnn, welcome to Petticoats and Pistols! We love having you. As a fellow Texan I know what you’re saying about when you talk about the diversity of the state. I do think that we have everything you can imagine. Not too many places have both rattlesnakes and alligators! 🙂

    I’m very intrigued by your newest book. “Awaken My Heart” looks like an exciting read. How could it not be with a Zorro-type hero? Yummy!

  5. Sherry, I’m partial to the way Antonio Banderas played Zorro myself. He was so sexy! And I think he and Catherine Zeta Jones had great screen chemistry. They were cute together.

  6. What fun to read about Zorro fans! And Texas fans! Yep, we are the State that attracts the rebels and rebelletes (not sure if that is a word).
    Thank all of you for posting a comment. Don’t forget that two of you will win a copy of Awaken My Heart. This is a story of forbidden love — a hero who risks his life for his people and the woman who has stolen his heart, and a daring young woman who values truth more than her position in life.

  7. Hello DiAnn, I love the way your name is spelled!!! AWAKEN MY HEART sounds wonderful… I am a Zorro fan myself and Antonio Banderas was great in that role!!!
    I have to take a peak at your website and learn more!!! Have a great weekend!!! 😀

  8. Hello DiAnn: Thanks for posting today- Congratulations on all of your writings! I enjoy learning about American History and I have definitely learned about the American West in the 19th century from the P&P authors.

    “Awaken My Heart” sounds like an intriguing and exciting book.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hi Diann an welcome,the new book sounds lovely,naw not lying just dreaming on paper,hope to read it,again thanks for dropping by,Vickie

  10. Hi, DiAnn! I’m intrigued by the Zorro description–I’ve seen the Banderas version, but I think I enjoy reading more than the seeing 🙂 And I’m reading the Texas Legacy series out of order–I picked up Texas Legacy Christmas at the library, and then realized there were other books to be had in the series! Thanks for your wonderful writing!

  11. Hello DiAnn Awaken My Heart sounds like a wonderful and exciting book.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  12. I love the opening. I used to get spanked for lying, now I get paid for it.
    It reminds me of a Homer Simpson line about writing…he said, “I’m not lying, I’m writing fiction with my mouth.”

    I love your work, DiAnn. Thanks for visiting Seekerville. I don’t know if you remember but I had a Paid Critique with you at my very first writer’s conference, ACFW in Denver in…2005? I think. You were so much help. I had such a good time and got so much from that time spent with you. I really appreciate it.
    And here I am a published author. So you had to have helped, right? 🙂

  13. Greetings, fellow Houstonian! You are spot on with a mention of heat and humidity! When I first opened the front door today, it was like walking into an oven! And it is only May!!

    Zorro was a great favorite back in my day, not the
    Banderas Zorro, but the Guy Williams version on TV. A true swashbuckler he was, and a hero to the people! As for George Hamilton’s version: Oy vey!
    I look forward to reading “Awaken My Heart.”
    Thanks for blogging with us today

    Pat Cochran

  14. DiAnn wanted you to know i just went over and checked out your site and signed up for your newsletter. That’s a pretty picture of you sitting on the bench, love that top you wore for it. Hope you’re enjoying P&P today.

  15. Historicals have always been my favorite and a story that brings to mind Antonio B. has to be a great read. I also like the title! I don’t know how I missed your books considering how many you’ve written – looks like my tbb list is going to grow lol.

  16. Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols, DiAnn!

    AWAKEN MY HEART sounds like such a fun read–and your TEXAS LEGACY seires sounds like just the kind of books I love! Thanks so much for sharing with us today 🙂

  17. Awaken My Heart sounds like a great read. I loved the Zorro movies with Antonio Banderas. Zorro is a sexy hero!

  18. These posts are great – and on a holiday weekend too. Many thanks to you who are cruising through my site, or should I say saddling your horses and trotting through my site.

  19. Mary, I remember our one-on-one appointment. Those conferences are great learning tools and networking venues too. Congrats on all of your success!

  20. Hi DiAnn, its nice to see you here. Who doesn’t love Zero we all do. I have alway enjoyed reading books set in Texas. I think I would really enjoy reading one of your books. I will have to keep and eye out for one when I am looking at books.

  21. Hey Diane, great interview! You are one of my favorite Inspy authors, so it was fun reading this interview. My thanks to you and the Petticoats & Pistol ladies (Hey, Mary!) for having you on their blog. Don’t include me in the drawing, though, because I am already lucky enough to have my very own copy of Awaken My Heart.


  22. Hi Diann,
    Im an aussie who liked Zorro too. One place I would love to visit is The Alamo.
    Seems Texas and South Australia have a bit in common or some parts our sister town is Liberty Texas as it has a similar climate etc to us.
    I have most of your Texas series, just waiting on Number 3 at the bookshop.
    thanks for a great blog (im a little late cos i went to bed and read last night)

  23. Hey DiAnn, I love your opening paragraph. So cute. Congrats on joining Avon Inspire. They look like a great place to sell some “lies” to. lol, thanks for the post!

  24. DiAnn,

    I just got back in from a quick shopping trip!
    We had to get in new gardening supplies.

    I’m a native Houstonian, living in North Houston
    for years. I married a young man from the Lindale
    area of North Houston. We have been residents of Chateau Forest, which is in the northwest corner of the city, for almost forty years.

    Pat Cochran

  25. Hi DiAnn!

    Hubby has posted STRICT orders for me to stay off the computer this weekend, but since he allowed me to check email, I thought I’d drop in and say Hi! 🙂

    I still have your Texas Charm series – Love it!

    Wish you the best of luck and God’s Blessings on your new release!


  26. Hi DiAnn – Great blog! Awaken My Heart sounds like a great read. I enjoyed watching Zorro movies.

    Have a great Memorial Day!

  27. Hi DiAnn

    I’m new to reading christian fiction. But I’m devouring them like Lays potato chips…you can’t read just one! Or was that Pringles? Or maybe Wise?? Can you tell I like chips? haha I loved Antonio Banderas as Zorro. Looking forward to seeing whether Armondo Garcia can steal my heart.

  28. Hi, DiAnn:

    Zorro was always my kind of hero. I can’t wait to get my hands of Awaken My Heart. Just reading the energy in your guest post makes me know I’ll love your stories. Have a great weekend. Happy Writing.

  29. Hi, DiAnn:

    Zorro was always my kind of hero. I can’t wait to get my hands on Awaken My Heart. Just feeling the energy in your guest post makes me know I’ll love your stories. Have a great weekend. Happy Writing.

  30. Hope I’m not too late as I read one of your novels in past year and was impressed; maybe my Luck will hold! Glad to hear of your newest release and that you are a prolific writer so I can seek the rest. I was a BIG fan of all the Zorros!

  31. Thank you for taking time from your Sunday to post a comment. Hope your weekend is wonderful! Do I dare admit that I spent three hours in the pool this afternoon? Zorro is a great swimmer. 🙂

  32. We rode down to the beach today i wasn’t out there 3 hours maybe 1 1/2 hope you didn’t get sun zapped today!

  33. So sorry that I missed the opportunity to enter this contest.

    Love Zorro, Antonio Banderas and the paid to lie comment.!!!!!

    I even remember watching the original Zorro movie.!!!!!!! In black and white, even.!!!!

    I better be quiet – I’m showing my age.

    I really liked Antonio in Original Sin. Real good movie – watch it if you get the opportunity.

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