Jill Hicks and her husband Bill are part owners of a family beach house in Lewes. Their summer vacation time in Lewes has been a major inspiration for Hicks’ novels. Her first series, “Will Power,” is set in the shore town and features many local hot spots and landmarks. Hicks will appear at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, for a book signing.
“Will Power: A Romance Novel” is the story of three brothers and their connection to a beach house in Lewes. The house had been in the family for generations when a beautiful redhead and an unexpected relative make an entrance into their lives. Overshadowed by the last will and testament of David Carter, romance and power struggles become a heartbreaking combination that change family dynamics forever.
Hicks wraps local history and flavor around each of her characters. It was Hicks’ readers who convinced her to continue the saga so they could stay connected to the story’s intriguing relationships and dilemmas. “Will Power II: The Courtship” was published a year later, and “Will Power III: Pratt-ically Speaking” is due out in summer 2014.
Hicks’ latest novel, “The Long Climb Back,” was conceived while visiting Zion National Park during a monthlong trip west in summer 2013. Hiking back from the Emerald Pools, Hicks found herself in the midst of a story line about a young, adventurous woman who strikes out on her own after receiving an over-the-top marriage proposal from a winery heir. Her travels introduce her to two engaging brothers.