3 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 20, 2016!
For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal with her new feelings for Felipe—her best friend’s older brother, who’s much hotter than she remembers, and who also happens to be the doctor in charge of the trip.
Gawking “volun-tourists” may keep his family’s medical clinic afloat, but Dr. Felipe Gutierrez doesn’t have to like them. Or the way they make snap judgments about his practice and the people he cares for. But when his old crush, Annie, shows up to volunteer, her killer curves and kind smile fan the embers of a flame Felipe didn’t realize he’d been carrying. A flame that makes him question all his preconceived notions.
As ideas and cultures clash, Annie and Felipe must decide how far outside their comfort zones they are willing to go—both for their work and for one another.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) We’re always curious about where ideas come from. How much comes from your own life experiences?
In college, I spent a summer in Sahsa, Nicaragua as a volunteer with a public health organization. I taught classes on domestic violence, traveled with local community health leaders, and participated in a medical brigade. Years later, when I decided to try writing a novel, I couldn’t resist revisiting the beautiful scenery and life-changing experiences I had there. (Sadly, there were no earth-shattering romances with sexy doctors on my trip. That part is one-hundred percent fiction.)
2) What was your favorite book growing up and why?
I’m pretty sure I spent 75 percent of my childhood with my face in a book. In fact, I used to get in trouble for spending too much time reading. I guess my parents thought I needed sunlight and human interaction or something… But The Baby-Sitter’s Club books were my all-time favorite. I was a Mary Anne who desperately wanted to be a Stacey. Or a Claudia. (I mean, who didn’t want to be a Claudia?) I loved the idea of these girls starting their own business and having wacky babysitting adventures. The ladies of the BSC were the original sisters doin’ it for themselves!
3) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
I have an idea for a psychological thriller that I’ve been kicking around for over a year now. I keep waiting to wake up one day and realize it’s a horrible idea. But so far, I’m still into it. That said, I don’t know if or when I’ll ever have time to write it. (Also, my agent may murder me if I try. TBD.)
4) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?
Salt and Vinegar chips. And Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Also Sour Patch Kids. Oh, wait. Did you say one?
5) What’s up next for you?
Semi-Scripted, book two in The Wanderlove Series, releases in November of 2016. It follows Marisol, a secondary character from Without Borders, as she tries to save her family’s medical practice while managing a heaping dose of unexpected fame. I like to think of it as Parks and Rec meets The Late, Late Show.
Book three, which I’m writing now, will be out in 2017.
About the author:
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with three unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur. Visit Amanda online at amandaheger.com.
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