Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My good friend and fellow Alaskan Boone Brux tagged me in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Thanks, Boone! So here goes. Ten questions about my current work in progress.

What is your working title of your book?

How to Tame a Wild Fireman

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This book is part of the Bachelor Fireman series, which involves a firehouse in California. Last summer, with all the terrible wildfires, I decided my next book should involve a wildland firefighter. He turned out to be a wild one, too -- hence the title.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie

I’d vote for Taylor Kitsch for the wild fireman who must be tamed. And the woman who does the job? Emma Stone.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When a firefighter returns to his hometown to fight a wildfire, he stirs up family secrets and falls for the girl he never forgot.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be published by Avon Romance, as is the rest of the Bachelor Fireman series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft took about six weeks. I spent another week doing some revisions, and now it’s in the hands of beta readers. It’s due to the publisher on January 15, so wish me luck, please!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Jo Davis also has a series about firefighters, so we have that in common. In tone, it’s a bit like Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. It has a lot of laughs along with the heroic action. And lots of sexy fun!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The heroic firefighters in Colorado and Arizona inspired this particular book, but the series was inspired by a firehouse where I had dinner a few years ago. The guys were such good company, joking around, telling stories. But it was also very clear how seriously they took their jobs. I thought they’d make great romance heroes.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? 

I love writing hot, heroic firefighters with a secret soft side. The hero is nicknamed Psycho, so that tells you what sort of wild man he is. He’s a heli-rappeller, who jumps out of helicopters into the hottest part of the fire. But there’s a lot more to him than just the daredevil. He also knows sign language, since his brother is deaf. And he nearly completed a psychology degree at Princeton before dropping out when his family cut him off because … well, you’ll have to read the story. The heroine has an interesting story too. She’s a doctor volunteering at the wildfire. She has no idea her best friend’s brother is back in town, until they both end up in a helicopter together, about ready to push each other out.

So there’s a little bit about HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN, tentatively set for publication in October 2013. Looking for more great books by wonderful authors? Erin Nicholas, Maxine Mansfield, Rhian Cahill, Kate Davies, and Skylar Kade, tag, you’re it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Fireman for Christmas

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel are getting into the holiday spirit early! The e-book version of
THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME is now available for a special low price of .99 on Kindle and the Nook. 


Barnes & Noble

The Kindle price is part of the "Big Deal Holiday" promotion and will be available until December 24. To be perfectly honest, I don't know how long the Nook deal will last, so if you're a Nook user, don't delay.

Need more reasons to add an ebook of THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME to your shopping list? Here are a few.

Reasons Why Firemen Make Excellent Christmas Presents

1. No need to worry about your Christmas tree catching fire or the lights shorting out. Help is already there.

2. Firemen are used to dealing with malfunctioning chimneys, so if Santa gets stuck, again, help is there.

3. Fire engines are red. Red is one of the colors of Christmas. Coincidence? Who knows?

4. You'll have more fun unwrapping a fireman than any other gift.

5. Firemen are used to cooking for big groups; making Christmas dinner will be a lot more fun with him around.

6. Next best thing to a fireman -- a fun, sexy, romantic book about firemen.

So there you go, all sorts of great reasons to think "firemen" this holiday season. Enjoy!