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Friday, November 8, 2013

Blog Tour: A Risk Worth Taking + Interview with Heather

A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand
Accendo Press - October 2013

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

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   Interview with Heather

Your NA is all about taking risks, in fact both Casey and Summer had a list . . . some were ambitious or child-play so I would like to ask you what are some of the risks you taken and cross off your list? and does Ford have a list?

Yes, this book was about taking risks. Honestly, the idea is sort of a homage to the many changes in my personal life this past year and all of the risks or leaps of faith I've taken that have given me such adventure and joy, I am only sorry I wasn't living out loud well before this. Some risks I've taken are learning to ride a motorcycle and buying my own (definitely a HUGE risk but it's exhilarating and amazing every single time I ride!), and just giving myself permission to do the things that make me happy. That it's okay to put myself first. I can't serve others, including my kids, unless I am full and happy and healthy. Sometimes, with all of life's demands, it's easy to forget that. I'm glad I remembered. 

As for Ford's list, he was living his. He's moved around a lot and whole-heartedly pursues his passion, whether it's creating or plants or Summer--he pursues what makes him happy. And that's always a risk.

I would also like to say that when reading this book, for some strange reasons I thought of Grease . . . "Summer Loving" song as well the characters Sandy and Danny. I don't know if that's unusual or there's was some weird going inside my head.

That's so cool that you got a Grease vibe when reading! I didn't think of that while writing it, but I love that story and I am stoked you thought of it! 

You can give me your top five (if you can think of that many for yourself and for Ford)

Top 5 for Heather--
Favorite Food: Mexican. Particularly Panchero's burritos. Or a chicken burrito with french fries inside.
Favorite color: Green for the woods. I love the woods. 
Favorite car: Porsche Panamera
Favorite Poet: Shel Silverstein
Favorite country song: Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy

Top 5 for Ford O'Neal:
Favorite Food: this vegetable quiche thing my mom used to make from the veggies in our garden. And anything Mazie makes. That woman can cook.
Favorite color: denim blue, 
Favorite car: my pickup, Darla. 
Favorite poet: Bob Dylan
Favorite country song: Stay With You by John Legend

 Now for the Giveaway!

About Heather

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.

Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios,