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Heating Up: A Nugget Romance #7

Stacy Finz

ISBN 9781601837073
Publish Date 7/19/2016
Format ePub
Categories Romance Contemporary, Lyrical Shine, Nugget Romance
List Price: $3.99

Staff Pick & Review by John S.

HEATING UP is the sixth novel in Stacy Finz’s Nugget contemporary romance series. Nugget is a cozy little town in California where once you pay a visit, you want to go back! Everyone knows everyone else’s business, but in a good way.

Each novel in the series stands on its own, but it’s fun getting to revisit with old characters as you go from book to book. In this latest installment, sparks fly between our heroine, Dana, who’s come to Nugget for a new beginning, and our hero, Aidan, who’s an arson investigator.

I guarantee that once you pay a visit to Nugget, with either the first book in the series, STARTING OVER, or this latest, HEATING UP, you’ll want to come back.

And you’ll be able to! Because there are three more books in the series coming in the next year. Look for RIDING HIGH coming in December 2016.

So, why not take a visit to Nugget today?


Nugget, California, is remote, picturesque—and the perfect place to fall in love. Even when you’re trying desperately not to…

Dana Calloway is tired of being second choice. No question she was her parents’ consolation prize, and now she’s placed second in the race for a guy’s heart—a guy she could have sworn was The One. Is it any wonder such a normally type A person accidentally burns down her house in one distracted moment?

Cal Fire arson investigator Aidan McBride came to Nugget to do a little soul searching about his commitment phobia. But there’s only one available apartment in this tiny town, and the headstrong woman who just had a house fire needs it too. Of course, there are worse things than sharing living quarters with someone so beautiful…

Dana’s determined to resist her sexy new roommate, but it isn’t long before Aidan realizes he doesn’t have a commitment problem when she’s around. And the hotter things get in their apartment, the brighter the blaze when someone finally ignites that first spark…

Praise For Stacy Finz

“Stacy Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California, is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance.” --Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart.” --Marina Adair

About Stacy Finz:

New York Times bestselling author Stacy Finz is an award-winning former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After twenty years-plus covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she had enough material to write fiction. She is the 2013 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Readers can visit her website at stacyfinz.com

Photo Credit: Laura Finz.

Q&A for GOING HOME

Q: Is there an actual Nugget, California? If not, what town or place is Nugget based on?

A: If there is a Nugget, California, I’m not aware of it. Nugget is loosely based on a number of towns in the Sierra Nevada, but particularly towns in Plumas County. My aunt lives there and we go a couple of times a year to visit. The views are stunning and we’ve spent many amazing days just inner tubing down the Feather River. Because it’s so rural where she lives, the community is close-knit, which served as good model for Nugget. I like the idea that everyone knows everyone else in town and everyone is up in everyone else’s business. I grew up in a small town; we even shared a telephone party line. My sister and I used to listen in on other peoples’ conversations (terrible, right?), but it soon became apparent we weren’t the only ones doing it.

Q: In Going Home, the heroine, Maddy Breyer, is obsessed with the Donner Party. What inspired you to put such a macabre piece of California history into a romance novel?

A: I think a lot of Californians are intrigued with the tragedy. When you think of California, you think sunny, warm, beaches and palm trees. You don’t think of pioneers getting trapped in the snow and having to eat each other to stay alive. Now ski resorts surround the area where the Donner Party got stranded in the 1800s. Every time I’m up in those parts I wonder where it happened. Is this where pioneers feasted on their fellow travelers? Maybe I’m a little warped, but I think it’s human nature to be curious about really bad things, and Maddy is a little quirky to begin with.

Q: Going Home’s hero, Rhys Shepard, is a complicated guy. Tortured, yet bound by an innate sense of duty to take care of everyone around him. Is there a story behind his character?

A: I liked playing on the theme: can you go home again? Nugget has miserable associations for Rhys. His dad was the town’s odd ball and people wrongly assume the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. But Rhys’ sense of duty brings him home and forces him to stay at least long enough to do the right thing. I’ve known people like him, people who couldn’t wait to get out of Dodge and reinvent themselves, and despite finding new surroundings and new people, still don’t feel like they belong.

Q: What’s next for the town of Nugget?

A: Rhys’ best friend (and Nugget heartthrob) Clay McCreedy is about to meet his match.

Q: Will Rhys, Maddy and other characters from Going Home make appearances in Clay’s book?

A: They are all making cameos, but I’m also introducing some intriguing new people.


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