Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Virtual Tour: Without Borders by Amanda Heger with a Guest Post by the author

Without Borders
A Wanderlove Novel
By: Amanda Heger
Releasing April 19, 2016
Diversion Books


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.

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Guest Post:

How It Actually Happened: Without Borders Edition

When I was twenty-one, I packed a bag, hopped on a plane, and spent a summer in rural Nicaragua. I volunteered with a public health organization, teaching sex education classes and courses on domestic violence. I also spent time hopping in and out of a boat as part of a medical brigade. A decade later, I longed to go back. I wanted to take in the ocean and volcanoes. I wanted to spend time with the friends I’d made there. I wanted to fall asleep in a hammock and wake up to a sky bright with stars. But things like my job and life and student loans got in the way.

To ease my homesickness, I decided to try to write a book set in Nicaragua. Thus, Without Borders was born. Parts of the story are influenced by places I’d visited and things I’d done during my summer there. And for the first time ever, I’m revealing which portions of the story were stolen from my time in Nicaragua.

Arriving in Nicaragua, Without Borders Version:
As she tapped her foot to the feisty music playing on the airport’s speakers, a large, nondescript black bag shot onto the conveyer belt, followed by a small blue duffle. Next came Annie’s crème leather suitcase, barreling down the carousel, wide open and overflowing with its once carefully packed contents.

Arriving in Nicaragua, Real life Version:
Exactly like this. Minus the leather suitcase.

Buying a Toucan, Without Borders Version:
“This guy showed up with a toucan in a backpack.” Annie left out the part about Chowmey bringing the man to her. “He kept saying, ‘Is nice. Is nice.’ But the stupid bird looked sick, so I thought maybe he was bringing it to you guys. Ouch!” She tried to jerk her hand away, but Felipe held tightly as he dumped saline solution into her wound…
“He was trying to sell the bird to you,” Marisol said.

Buying a Toucan, Real life Version:
I was sitting alone on our front porch reading a book. We always had people in and out of the property, so when a man I didn’t recognize showed up, I just waved and expected him to keep walking. But he pulled up a chair next to me and started speaking too quickly for me to understand. Eventually, he gave up and held his backpack out to me, zipper half open. Inside: a baby toucan. However, because I sometimes make good choices, I didn’t stick my hand inside and end up with a bite wound.
Use better judgment around strange animals next time, Annie.

Teaching Sex Ed with a Giant Plantain, Without Borders Version:
They stared at her, expressionless, but stayed planted in their seats. By the time she pulled out a condom and Marisol’s monster plantain, Annie’s pulse had slowed from just-ran-a-marathon pace to somewhere around out-for-a light-jog.
“¡Dios mío!” The woman in the purple dress threw her hands in front of her face.
“What are you doing with that? Is that a real plantain?” Felipe asked.

Teaching Sex Ed with a Giant Plantain, Real Life Version:
The nurse I worked with always teased that she would bring me the biggest plantain she could find. But—thank God—she always brought moderately-sized fruit for me to actually use in the sex ed classes; we had some serious monster plantains, and the condoms I was given for demonstration purposes were expired by several years. Basically, it was a disaster waiting to happen.

Kissing Cute Doctors, Without Borders Version:
The silence stretched for eons. Finally, he stepped closer, barely visible in the darkness. “I really want to kiss you.” His fingers brushed against the skin of her low back, firm but tentative. Gentle but wanting.
They eased the words right out of her. “Then kiss me.”

Kissing Cute Doctors, Real Life Version:
Nada. Sigh.


 The girl strained and cried out, and it took everything Annie had to keep her upright. Felipe and the midwife swapped positions with every contraction, taking turns at easing the infant into the world. But with every push, Felipe’s face darkened and the midwife’s voice grew shriller as she half cried, half encouraged her daughter.

Annie had no idea how long it had been since they’d arrived in this dim hut, but every second that passed with those arms and legs dangling outside the womb made her heart ache.

In a rare moment between contractions, Felipe and the midwife began arguing. They pointed and stomped and shook their hands as the words flew between them.

Angela sagged in Annie’s arms, pale and sweaty.

“What’s going on?” Annie asked.

For a moment, the arguing stopped and they both stared silently at Annie.

The girl’s mother pointed and nodded at her, shrieking in Spanish, but Annie didn’t understand a word of it.

Felipe held up a hand. “We are having some trouble delivering the baby’s head.”

The midwife yelled and pointed again, and before Annie could ask what she was saying, the woman stood and nudged her out of the way with her rotund mid-section. She looped her arms through Angela’s and took the girl’s weight.

Annie stumbled, her muscles too tired to change position. She squeaked to something that resembled standing, but her back refused to straighten. Felipe looked at her, eyes flashing with fear.

“We need you to deliver the baby,” he said.

Author Info

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.

Her debut romance, Without Borders, is forthcoming from Diversion Books. The story was inspired by the summer Amanda spent in rural Nicaragua, eating gallo pinto, speaking mangled Spanish, and showing high school students how to slide condoms onto over-sized plantains.

Her stories are represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting WITHOUT BORDERS today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours


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