Title: Becoming His
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: December 1, 2014
Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.
Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
Max laughs at appropriate times and doesn’t talk when you need to be paying attention—two important show watching etiquettes so many people fail miserably at.
“So you enjoy partying, vegging out, and I keep seeing these books in your suitcase of a purse,” he says as the first episode concludes. “So I’m guessing you like to read.”
A quiet laugh escapes my lips, and I watch his eyes focus on my mouth.
“What else does Ace Bosse like to do?” His eyes travel back to mine.
“That’s pretty much me in a nutshell,” I say with a dismissive shrug.
“I have a feeling there’s a lot more to you than partying, watching TV, and reading.”
“You forgot pie.” I stab the tines of my fork into the slice of chocolate pie beside me. Max smiles a huge, white-toothed grin that makes my heart briefly stutter.
“What about you, Max Miller? What do you like to do?” I ask before he can continue on his familiar quest of questions.
I roll my eyes and reach for a handful of cold popcorn sitting between us and throw it at the cocky grin covering his face. I watch as the kernels dance down to his chest as his eyebrows rise in surprise, his smile turning more genuine.
“Did you seriously just throw food at me?”
I raise my eyebrows and do it again without hesitation.
Max maintains his grin as his look becomes calculating, and I look straight into eyes that quickly become alight with devious intentions.
“Where’s your phone?”
My eyebrows lower over my eyes and my head tilts to understand his intentions. “My phone?” Max nods as he stands. “Probably in the kitchen. Why?”
Max reaches into his pockets and tosses his cell phone and keys onto the couch beside me. My mind barrels down what I know is the wrong path, but it’s difficult to keep it from going there as he strips off his T-shirt, revealing his bare chest.
Max reaches forward and grabs my waist, hoisting me over his shoulder before I can voice my objection.
“It was only popcorn!” I squeal as he opens the door with one hand, still griping my thighs tightly with the other.
“Don’t you dare!” I warn as he nears the pool. “Max, no! Put me down!”
He doesn’t respond. We continue getting closer to the bright blue water aglow with lights. So I do what any logical person in my position would do: I wrap my arms around his waist in a death grip.
“If I’m going in, so are you,” I warn.
“That’s what I figured.” He effortlessly pulls me upright. I’m still trying to ascertain if I conceded, or if I simply never stood a chance against him when his arms tighten on my legs and shoulders.
My thoughts sink to the bottom as we slice through the water.
“Vindictive are we?” I ask, climbing out of the pool. I shiver in my sodden clothes and head toward the house, leaving a trail of water in my wake.
“You’re already done swimming?” Max teases.
“To think I was letting you eat my pie!” I cry, shaking my head as I step inside and shut off the patio lights.
I know he’ll have to return for his phone and keys, so I quickly dart upstairs to put on some dry clothes, aiming for something more attractive than my last outfit without appearing that I’m trying too hard.
I sit beside Zeus, rubbing his large boxed head. Max still hasn’t returned, and the pool was empty when I came down, but his things still sit on the couch, assuring me he’ll be back. Zeus releases a sigh and closes his eyes as he leans against me.
A few minutes later Max reappears wearing a dry pair of black sweatpants and plain white T-shirt that fits as snug as his black one still strewn across the couch.
“Feeling less ornery?”
“How’d you get changed without your keys?”
“A window in the sunroom has a broken latch,” He answers, tilting his head towards his backyard.
“You just declared war.” I stand to join him on the couch.
Max grabs some popcorn, and keeping his eyes on me, he slowly starts eating it with a salacious grin.
“War, huh? This could get exciting.”
I frown, my chin dropping while my eyebrows rise, before throwing a nearby pillow at his chest and starting another episode.
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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Describe Ace in one sentence. A girl with self-doubt and beauty that we can all relate to.
Describe Max in one sentence. Misunderstood and cautious about others.
Favorite and least favorite scene to write in Becoming His? My favorite scene was the first chapter and the Janes’ house and meeting the family. I know that to some, this is a little overwhelming because I’ve thrown readers into a really large family. As crazy as this sounds, I did it intentionally. I want readers to really experience what it’s like to initially meet a large family. The Bosses are a large group. My least favorite scene to write was also another one of my favorites, it’s the scene with Ace and Max going to see Pretty in Pink. It was difficult to build the right level of angst I wanted to translate with so little touching, and no sexual references.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Pregnant in Heels and Starbucks.
If you weren’t an author what would you be doing right now? Working toward opening a bakery. I really love to bake.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My Littles. They are without a doubt my greatest achievement, and always will be.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Susan B. Anthony. Her strength and knowledge is so admirable and the advances she made for women is amazing. I think it would be really inspiring to talk to her about all of the things she was obviously so passionate about.
What is your go to snack food when writing? Dark chocolate and sunflower seeds.
If you could sit down face to face with any of your characters, who would you choose and why? David Bosse
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list? 1- Live in France for a year. 2- Travel to Spain. 3- Go to every Disney Resort.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would like to experience living in several states in the US, as well as multiple countries. I am a firm believer that you learn a lot about the world, as well as yourself when you experience different cultures. I find travelling to be hugely rewarding.
Favorite Word and Least Favorite Word? I feel like I ought to have a favorite word since I spend so much time reading and writing, but I really don’t. Though, I do find the words vindictive and synonym to be fun to say! My least favorite word is butt because it’s the hardest word to say in an eloquent manner.
Biggest fear? I’ve always been a worrier. It’s something I struggle to not do because I find it pointless to worry when there’s nothing you can do but waste time and energy with it. However, I really don’t like heights.
Deepest regret? This feeds into my belief of fears. There’s no point in regretting things. I try to work on focusing on improving myself and letting the past go.
Favorite memory? I grew up in a really tiny town in Oregon, at the base of Mt. Hood. Each winter, our power used to go out, sometimes for a week or more at a time. We used to spend the days sledding down a big mining hill, and then go inside to warm up by the wood fire that we used as a cook stove. Then we’d play games with kerosene lamps. It was all very Little House on the Prairie meets Grizzly Adams.
Worst flaw? I am a perfectionist.
Most annoying pet peeve? Fakeness.
If you could change one thing about yourself…what would it be? My hair. I have this crazy hair that would be great if it was still 1980.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Warm or Cold? Warm
Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird
Pain or Pleasure? Pleasure
Outdoor or Indoor? Outdoor
Blondes or Brunettes? Brunette
Ketchup or Mustard? Ketchup
Coffee or Cocktail? Coffee
Texting or Calling? Texting
What inspired you to write the His Series? This is difficult to answer without the next two books being released. As vague as this will sound, some of my own fears and what I’ve learned through my own friendships largely shaped this book.
Top 5 things you didn’t know about becoming a published author:
1- That I would meet some of the best friends I could have imagined by taking the journey.
2- There’s so much more to it than writing books. Everyone told me that was the hardest part. It isn’t.
3- How amazing it feels to have a reader tell me that I’ve touched their heart.
4- There’s a lot of time and work you put into finding the right editor.
5- Although I was aware going into it that not everyone will like or understand my work, and that it isn’t personal; it can still hurt sometimes.
5 Reasons to love my main characters:
1- This is a journey for them. Although in Becoming His they have some immature tendencies, those are intentional. In order to see growth, you need to see flaws.
2- Their strong family
3- Their humor
4- The strength behind their vulnerabilities
5- Max is HOT!!
5 facts about the His Series:
1- I wrote most of the story on my cell phone.
2- I completed the end of book three before book one.
3- Although I think book three is probably my strongest novel, book two has a very special place in my heart.
4- All three books were complete before I looked into publishing.
5- I didn’t know where the story was going when I started writing it.
How do you make your characters believable:
I feel like my characters really are real! Haha. Before I started writing the His Series, and now with the additional books I’m working on, I live with my characters for a while. I don’t focus on creating an outline, or knowing the plot, I just think about the individual characters and how they interact. I think that strong characters are the most important part of a story. If you can’t relate to them, or like them, it’s hard to like the book.
Authors you admire:
J.K. Rowling, Colleen Hoover, Gayle Forman, Beth Flynn, and John Green are just a few of so many that I love and admire.
1- I moved 11 times over three years.
2- Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women was a distant relative.
3- My maiden name is a city in Poland, though my great grandparents emigrated from Austria.
4- David Bosse was largely depicted by my grandfather, who spoke several languages and was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.
5- I have never been on roller skates or roller blades.
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