Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Interview and Giveaway: Snow's Heat by Nicole Hicks

I am sooooo excited.  Wanna know why?  I'll tell you why.  Because my friend Nicole Hicks is coming to visit me and tell me all about her new book!  *looks around* I don't think I'm ready.  Uh-oh... *fidgets*...I'd best go over everything again.  While I'm doing that, why don't you take a quick peek at her upcoming release.  After the interview I'll fill you in on all the giveaway deets, but basically, you know the drill...comments darlin's, comments.

Snow's Heat by Nicole Hicks

Release Date:  June 24th
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing
Genre: M/F, Paranormal Romance

The Blurb:  When your husband declares you aren’t enough after ten years, don’t get mad… Get a Bic and start a bonfire!

When Sabrina’s husband decides to move on to greener, and freer pastures, she knows she has to move on herself. Wounded and alone, she escapes to a friend’s cabin to think about her future…and burn her past. Literally.

Can she rise from the ashes of her marriage a new woman, or did she lose too much trying to salvage an illusion? Dealing with the heartache of her new reality, she meets a mystery man in the backwoods. One that makes her burn with desire.

Once just a soldier, now Travis is something…more. His last tour changed him in more ways than one. Can he come to terms with what he is, while dealing with the mixture of lust and possessiveness Bree brings out in him? Or is her past too much for him to handle?


Looks good doesn't it. *hears a knock at the door*

*gasp* she’s here!  *looks around once more*  Ok...I think I'm ready... *opens the door*... Nicole! Come in, come in!

Nicole:  Ohhh! Hey hon! *hugs* This is so exciting!

Amara:  *hugs* Inorite?! I’m so vera excited that you are here! Can I get you something to drink?  Coffee, Tea…?

Nicole:  Mmmm Coffee, every writers best friend! ;)

Amara:  Mmmm, silly blog girl’s best friend too. *winks* Make yourself comfortable darlin’, let us coffee up *pours and passes mug*

Nicole:  *Looks around* You know, I love what you’ve done with the place! It’s got that comfy homey feel to it! :D *settles into comfy chair with legs curled up and coffee mug in hand* Ok I think I’m ready…

Amara:  Oh thank you! I’m so glad you like it. *smiles*  Ok, I think I'm ready too. so…hmm...where to start.  *takes a sip of coffee and sets it down on the table* Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.  Who is the fabulous Nicole Hicks?

Nicole:  Fabulous? *Looks around for hidden cameras* Ach I’m just me, lol. That question always gets to me, honestly. Hmmm. Well, I’m a small town gal, with three kids that keep me young and hip while they give me gray hair, and a great group of gal pals- that unfortunately live all over the world. (Thank goodness for the internet eh ladies?) I have a review site, HowlingGoodBooks~ Kinda strange being on this end of the table though *looks around with a grin* I edit for five Publishers as well as freelance, and to be honest writing is something I’ve always done, just never on this public a scale, lol.

Amara:  *laughs* Yes, fabulous.  Fabulous and awfully busy it sounds, my goodness. I have to just say, I am soooo excited about your book.  Vera.  Tell me aaaall about it!  Uh… *pauses*…wait… is this your first?

Nicole:  Well, Snow’s Heat is my first published book, but I also have poetry published. This one is a bit dear to me. Bree, Sabrina, is having a rough time putting that final hurt behind her from her ex and takes some time away at a friend’s cabin to “burn” that last bridge. She does something I think we all would love to do and “burn that man right out of our lives” *sings it to the wash that gray right out of your hair tune*

Amara:  *laughs* I like her already...

Nicole:  Travis, our male lead, *fans self* is an ex-military man with a guilty survivors conscience, who is trying to deal with his past and the changes that happened on his last tour. When they meet sparks fly… just not necessarily the good sparks lol. We have a few catty remarks that fly through the air that first meet! ;)

Can’t give too much away now can we? LOL

Amara:  No, *shakes head* no we can’t.  So tell me, what inspired it?

Nicole:  Have to ask the toughies don’t ya? LOL.

Amara:  *laughs* Yes, yes I do. I’m not letting you off easy.

Nicole:  I think all writers are inspired by things in their lives- whether situations, emotions, beliefs, or simple everyday discussions. Snow’s Heat was inspired by going through a rough emotional time myself. I wanted to help other women “get away” from their problems, just for a bit, and tried to use that excess emotion to make Bree a three dimensional character in a short. Someone you can feel for, and yet show that there is always hope… even in the face of pain.

Amara:  *nods* I feel ya there.  Tell me, how long have you been writing?

Nicole:  I actually wrote my first poem when I was 9. Well I know I wrote before that, I was forever telling stories to my friends, but the first I remember putting to paper was at nine… it was a poem about a bat, lol. It is something that I have always loved doing and always said I would do one day… And then one day I decided it was time to follow my dream, and make it a reality.

Amara:  Nine?  Awesome.  I love it, that rocks.  Who’s your favorite character from the book… and why?

Nicole:  Fave character huh? LOL That’s a toughie too…. I love Bree, there’s a lot of me in her. She’s emotional but tries to be tough. But then again Travis is one hell of a h-a-w-t-i-e! ;) *sighs dreamily*

Amara:  Mmmm, hellahawtie. *grins* Nice.  Ok, how about this one… if your characters were cake, what kind of cake would they be?

Nicole:  Hmmm if you put them all together to make a cake it would be a carrot cake! Sweet with a hint of decadence, a little nutty, and some gooey thick white cream… cheese icing! ;) Thought I was going naughty there didn’t you? hehehhe

Amara:  *laughs* I did! Cheese icing indeed. So, I’m curious, what’s your hidden talent?

Nicole:  Hidden talent? You mean like my x-ray vision? Or the super mom hearing? Or the editing books in a single sitting? (Ok that last one’s a fib, my butt would fall asleep!) I would have to say it would be one of three…. Either my super ability to be a klutz in regular shoes (put me in heels and I am graceful… Tennis shoes and I’ll fall UP stairs as well as down). My joy of cooking, I love to cook and put together a family recipe book one year for Christmas and am currently working on redoing it to release for Amazon. Or singing/dancing. I love to sing, and the kids actually beg for me to… And the dancing… Well I can waltz, jitter-bug, two step, three step, line, and dirty dance… The last one is FUN! ;)

Amara:  Wow, you are quite the multi-talented one aren’t you darlin’.  *leans in* Just so you know, I’m coming to your place for dinner. *winks*

Alright, *wicked grin* what TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?

Nicole:  LMAO! You enjoy putting me on the spot, eh? *shakes finger playfully*

Amara:  *laughs* Darlin’, did you think I wouldn’t?  Come on now, spill it…

Nicole:  Actually, I’m pretty open about what I read/watch… I’m kind of a “if you don’t want to know about it look elsewhere” person… But a guilty pleasure… The Bring it on movies…. All of them…. *shrugs and bows head in shame* Hey even I need a break from zombies, weres, and vampires…. *GASP* I can’t believe I said that out loud!

Amara:  LOL! I can’t either. *grins* Awesome. So what are you working on now?

Nicole:  Well right now I’m working on a freebie prequel to Snow’s Heat, Book two for the Prowling Around series ~ Snow’s Fury (although the name is up in the air still), a first POV short for a series I’m trying to get in on, a first POV shifter romance, and a horror/comedy (strange combo I know but hey what else would you expect from moi?). Does anyone know how the cloning projects are coming yet? *snicker*

Amara:  Vera cool. Uh… horror/comedy?  *shakes head and laughs*  I would expect nothing less.  So where can we find you online?

Nicole:  Online huh? Well there’s:

Amara:  Awesome. Thanks so much for coming to my Place darlin’. That was fun! *gets up*

Nicole:  *gets up and gives hugs* Thanks for having me! It was a blast… You know being on this side of the table can be kind of fun! ^-^

Amara:  *hugs* I’m glad you thought so, we’ll have to do this again. *walks Nicole out*  Later tater!

Heehee, awesome.  Now... let's play giveaway.  You know the drill, comments darlin's, leave comments, and don't forget your email address.

The fine details...
  • Giveaway is for an eBook copy of Snow's Heat.
  • Contest closes 9:00PM PST, June 23th, 2011
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
  • Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
  • Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to worldwide.  
  • Must be 18 yrs. old or older.

That's all for me, for now.  Later taters!


  1. *looks around at empty room* Am I the first one? Yay, I thinks I am, I am! I love being first! Amara love, love what you have done here. Love the blog! You are coming along nicely! Keep up the great work. I want to be entered for the drawing of Snow Heat, please :)

  2. *running tackle hugs* OLGA!!! Hi darlin'!! I'm so happy to see you here! You are indeed the first one and seeing you here just totally made my morning. I've got you down for the giveaway m'dear. Thanks for coming to play. Hope you have an awesome day. :D

  3. *tackles ladies* ohhhh yay! Yeppers you're first! *does Amara tigger dance* :D Thank you for coming by!

  4. Does that make me second? Yeah!!! This looks great, Nicole! (Enter me in the drawing please...)

  5. Fun interview, Nicole and Amara xx And CONGRATS on your debut release! Don't enter me in the contest, just wanted to let you know I dropped by and read, and enjoyed, the interview!
    I've already read, and already loved SNOW'S HEAT! Someone is going to be a very lucky winner -- Brilliant book! Wishing you every success with it, Nicole.

  6. Hey Amara!!I'm back! :)
    I'd like to read this book!
    BTW, the "Latest Hotness" is soooo Scorpion-like. Can you send him to me, too? I mean, look at him! He's perfect! ;)

  7. Pick me, pick me!


  8. Sunflowery! *jumps up and down* Ohhh second yep yep yep! *shakes head* I think I've watched too much Land Before Time with the kids *snicker*

    JoAnne! So glad you could make it by! Awesome to see you! :D :D

    Sarasaya ohhh welcome to the contest! :D And that "Hotness" is fan worthy! ;)

  9. haha, I *love Carrot cake. Just had some last week. I have decided I am a shifter girl. I want a man with an inner beast ;)

    thanks for the chance to win

  10. Love Love Love the interview! Congrats on your debut release Ms. Hicks! And the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I am a follower of Amara's Place and here is my email:
    talinaperkins at ymail dot com

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  11. I look forward to reading Snow's Heat. I actually thought it was out already >_> Sorry Nicole! >_< It's so hard to keep up with every author! I would like to be entered in this giveaway please! (:

    My e-mail: vampyreprincess109@gmail.com

  12. Thanks Nicole! I'm sure it's a wonderful book! :)
    The fan is useless, I went directly to the ice ...

  13. @Sunflowery: Hiya. Yep, you be second. Thanks so much for coming by! :D

    @JoAnne: Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks sooo much for coming by. :D

    @Sarasaya: *waves* Yaay you're back, I'm totally happy to see you! LOL, the hottie is rather Scorpion like isn't he. heehee, I thought so too. ;)

    @tigmode: LOL, I've got you down. Thanks for coming by. :)

    @Sharon: Thanks for coming by!

    @Talina: I'm so glad you liked the interview! That totally makes me smile huge. Thanks soooo much. :D

    @Ellen: It is so hard to keep up, I totally agree. We won't tell anyone, but I totally had the dates screwed up. Ooops. I've got you down for the giveaway!

    Thanks so much for coming by to play everyone! Hope you all are having a terrific day! :D :D

    @Nicole: *waves* Hi again! *twirls off*...

  14. @Sarasaya: LOLOL, INORITE? Need lots-o-ice for that hottie. Rawr. ;)

  15. ahahahah I loved it!! She seems so adoreable!!! I can't wait to read this book!!!!

    please enter me into the contest! catatonic_rhythm@hotmail.com

  16. w00t w00t! Wow lots of women after my own heart! ^-^ *waves shyly and grins* Hi everyone! *twirls, claps, and dances around the room*

  17. I think you did just fine on *that* side of the table, m'dear! Big congrats again. Please enter me in the contest so I may help spread word of Snow's Heat's awesomeness! ns_tigerlily at yahoo dot com. And thank you Amara for being a wonderful hostess!

  18. Poems at 9? Wow! I would love to be entered into this contest. :)


  19. *waves madly*

    Hi ya! Great interview, sounds like the two of you had a lot of fun doing it.

  20. Hi hon!
    Great interview and congrats on the new release.

  21. Loved the interview and the cover looks great. I'd like to throw my name into the giveaway hat.


  22. From the sounds of things you two had a great time. I look forward to reading Snow Heat.

    Please enter me in the contest
    lnxam97 AT gmail DOT com

  23. Wow *WAVES* Hi all! Honestly? Amara is fun-loving, laugh a minute lady! <3 GROUP HUGS!!!!!! *opens arms wide*

  24. You two had way too much fun with this. LOL. It looks like a good book too. Please throw my name into the digital hat.


  25. @Mia: LOL. She totally is. And, I think you'd like this book too, for realz.

    @Nia: Awww thanks. And I thank YOU for coming by. You're entered. :)

    @Tich: Thanks for coming by, I've got you down.

    @BJ: Hiya. So glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun.

    @Kayla: *waves* Hiya honey! So glad you stopped by. :)

    @Melora: I'm so glad you liked it. :)) I gotch'ya down. :)

    @Inxam97: Thanks for coming by. :)

    @Mrs. Missive: LOLOL. Yeah, we did. This was totally a fun one. Nicole is awesome. I've got you down m'dear.

    Thanks sooooo much for stopping by everyone. Hope you all had a great day!

    @Nicole: *whispers* see...you iz fabulous. heehee :D

  26. Snows Heat sounds like a great read, something i would definitely need to lay my hands on.

    Marlene V

  27. I do not need entered in the contest (won a copy on a blog hop) I just wanted to say that this book sounds really great and I can't wait to read it.

  28. Congrats on your first release! Sounds like a good book :-) Count me in for the giveaway, please.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  29. Wow -- what a fun-a-li-cious blog and looks like a good release Nicole. First timer here ... but I'll be coming back for more!

    Please enter me --

    louisa bacio @ yahoo(dot)com

  30. I want to meet this mystery man. Travis sounds like a very intriguing man and Sabrina sounds like she deserve another chance at happiness.


  31. Fantastic interview! I really want to read Snow's Heat! :) Thanks for the chance to win!


  32. Whoops! I forgot to put that I'd like to be entered.

    Enter me, please! :)

  33. @Marlene: I hear awesome things about this one already. Gonna be a good one!

    @JuneM: Thanks for stopping by m'dear, so happy to see you. :)

    @Bookwyrm: I've got you down. Thanks for coming by. :)

    #Louisa: Hi, and welcome. I'm so glad you like the blog! That totally makes my day. :D

    @Na: I want to meet him too. He sound yum. :)

    @Stina: Thank you. I'm so very glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming by to play with us. :) I've got you down for the giveaway.

    Thanks for coming by everyone. Hope you all have a terrific day! :D

  34. I would love to enter. foreverbama@gmail.com

  35. Debbie: Got your entry darlin'. Sorry the blog gave you trouble. Darn thing.


  36. Contest Closed.

    Thanks for playing everyone!



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