Cover Shot! How to Tame a Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Here’s another smokin’ hot cover, and this one has the protagonists almost engulfed in flames.  Really!  While I can certainly think of better things to do than cuddle when about to be BBQ’ed, that tat is mighty distracting!  The yellow pants, not so much, but I’ll forgive a lot when there’s 6-pack abs involved.

How to Tame a  Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard will be in stores September 2013

 

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel have a rebel among them, and there’s only one woman who can put his flames out.

Firefighter Patrick "Psycho" Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she’s focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen…until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they’ll never forget.

Interview with Tracy Ward, Author of Fair Play and Giveaway!

 

Please give a warm welcome to guest Tracy Ward! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her new release Fair Play.  To celebrate, she has a tour wide gift card to giveaway, too, so please enter the giveaway after reading Tracy’s interview.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tracy Ward] Wife, mom, adventurer, finder of lost things, a terrible cook and a worse dancer.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Fair Play?

[Tracy Ward] Every writer has a muse and playwright, Ashlyn Carter is no exception.  In order to secure her inheritance, save a regional theater from bankruptcy, and earn her spot on Broadway she must team up with her sworn enemy—her big brother’s best friend, Noah Blake.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Tracy Ward] I love the theater and I love stories about writers. So I asked myself, what would happen if your enemy was your muse in a love story? And from that other questions arose. What would happen if the one girl you could never touch– your best friend’s little sister–turned out to be the only girl you’d ever love? Ashlyn and Noah took shape from that and Fair Play was born.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ashlyn?

[Tracy Ward]

sassy

messy

focused

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Noah had a theme song, what would it be?

[Tracy Ward] Comfortably Numb, the Eddie Vedder version.  For some reason I found myself listening to this song almost every time I wrote in his POV.  But then Ashlyn comes along and pushes all his buttons and it turns into something more along the lines of Crossfire by The Killers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Ashlyn is never without.

[Tracy Ward] A ponytail holder.  In the Texas heat, no girl with long hair should ever be without one. :-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Noah’s bathroom?

[Tracy Ward] He’s not a metro-sexual, so I’d say 1). Hair gel  2). moisturizer   3). a hair dryer

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Ashlyn’s greatest regret?

[Tracy Ward] Inviting Kyle back to Noah’s place that night in New York is her biggest regret.  She was only seventeen at the time, young and naive.  Not only did she think Kyle would actually share her script with his famous father, but she thought she could make Noah jealous in the process.  Boy did that backfire on her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Tracy Ward] Music, movies, and people watching.  I know the people watching thing sounds totally creepy, but I like listening to other people’s conversations, observing their mannerisms and body language.  It gives me all kinds of crazy insights and ideas.   

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Tracy Ward] 1). A laptop.  I’ve never been one of those pen-to-paper people.  My mind works too fast and my hand writing is way too slow. 

2). I almost always have a Diet Coke close by

3). I need to be alone.  I’m not one of those people who can sit in a room and feed off of collective energy.  I need my own space and my own noises. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Fair Play?

[Tracy Ward] My kids.  They’re 8 and 10 (7 and 9 at the time I wrote FP) and are active in sports, which most of the time my hubs and I coach.  There’s always a practice or game to go to or communications to be sent to parents.  And if there isn’t a practice or game, I’m planning for the practice/game.  I’m always thinking about how well we’re doing in teaching and preparing them, not just for the next game, but for life in general.  So maybe the answer isn’t just my kids, but the neighborhood kids too. :-)   

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Tracy Ward] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  That was a phenomenal series that started slow for me, but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading.  I’m really really sad there won’t be any more of those.  Lisbeth Salander has to be the most compelling character ever created. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Tracy Ward] The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  My sister, who is three years older, read it.  I think it was the first and last book she ever read.  :-)  I was in fourth grade at the time. It captivated me and I’ve been devouring books since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Tracy Ward] I play on a rec league women’s basketball team.  We’re all pretty competitive, I don’t know how you can play sports and not be. And it gets rough out there, which is a tremendous stress reliever, but I wouldn’t trade the bruises I’ve taken or given for anything. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Tracy Ward] http://tracyaward.com/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/tracyaward

https://twitter.com/tracyaward

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7094817.Tracy_A_Ward

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas, wasn’t supposed to put my inheritance at risk and force me into constant contact with Noah Blake–the very guy I love to hate. But with one chance to prove to my controlling father that I can succeed as a playwright, I’ve developed a major case of writer’s block.

Cue Noah, my older brother’s best friend and the guy I’ve avoided since my crush-gone-bad days. And now my director thinks he’s the key to unleashing my creativity. He thinks Noah is my muse. Discovering the fate of the theater is also in my hands, I have no choice but to collaborate with my worst enemy. But it’s more than just a great scene Noah inspires. Now everything I thought I wanted is put to the test. And the guy I swore I was over still has a hold on my heart.

Interview with Christine Warner, Author of Bachelor’s Special and Giveaway!

Please welcome Christine Warner to the virtual offices today! Christine is here to introduce herself and chat about her new Entangled Publishing release, Bachelor’s Special.  After, she has some really cool prizes for  you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Christine Warner] Life is good when it’s full of family, friends, laughter, romance, and chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Bachelor’s Special?

[Christine Warner] I’d love to. I’m going to share my blurb, because it breaks it down beautifully ?

Saute, simmer, and flambé…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Christine Warner] A lot of my story ideas come to me while I’m driving. I have about a 45 minute commute each way to and from work and it allows me a lot of time to plot. The idea of Bachelor’s Special started out with the fact that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving a down on her luck female chef who ends up on a blind date that isn’t so blind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jill?

[Christine Warner] Generous, strong, passionate

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Chet had a theme song, what would it be?

[Christine Warner] Chet is very passionate and I think the song that would be the best theme song for him would be “Let’s Make Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jill is never without.

[Christine Warner] She’s never without something vintage. She loves the 50’s fashions and styles and if she can’t find something vintage to wear—be it jewelry, clothes, or something in her hair—she’ll at least wear a replica.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Chet’s bathroom?

[Christine Warner] A towel on the floor (he’s very meticulous and would always put his laundry in the hamper), an empty toilet paper roll—yep, he’s that guy and would replace it—and another woman besides Jill ;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jill’s greatest regret?

[Christine Warner] One of her biggest regrets is that she doesn’t always speak up for herself quick enough. She’s always tried to do what was right while staying in the boundaries of what is considered good manners—especially at her job—and sometimes not speaking up has made her life difficult.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Christine Warner] My greatest influences come from people watching. I’ve always enjoyed watching people at various public places and attaching a story to them. I’ve actually come up with some interesting scenarios and bits and pieces of them have ended up as character quirks in my writing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Christine Warner] 1. I need something to drink. Depending on the time of year it’ll either be something ice cold like water or tea, or in the winter you can’t beat a cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately I’ve given up coffee ?

2. I also like peace and quiet. I can’t concentrate if music is playing, or the television is on, or if my family is chatting it up in the background. Lol

3. My phone turned off. If it rings I have to answer it, and that usually brings my writing to a standstill.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Christine Warner] I have read several good ones lately. One that is particularly memorable is The Practice Proposal by Tracy March. It’s also a release from Entangled Publishing. A very nice story that was well written. Loved the characters.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Christine Warner] When I was about 4 my mother bought me The Kitten Twins. I still have that book and at the time I read it repeatedly…so much so that my entire family would run when they saw me coming because I’d want to read them the story. My love of reading was born with that book and I haven’t looked back since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Christine Warner] I’m just an average girl…nothing very exciting. I guess you could say I enjoy the simple things. I love to read and I enjoy cooking. It’s fun to try out new recipes. Some are good, some not so much. I also enjoy my family and any time we spend together is always treasured.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Christine Warner] My blog: Christine’s Words http://christine-warner.com/

Twitter: @ChristinesWords https://twitter.com/ChristinesWords

Facebook…stop by and LIKE my page and stay up to the minute on what I have going on and play along with some of the games we play: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinewarner?ref=hl

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Christine has a special message for you: I’d love to share an excerpt from Bachelor’s Special. Enjoy! ?Smile

 

Laughter swelled Chet’s chest. He stopped short when he looked

into Jill’s upturned face, enjoying the fact he could inspect her so

closely and she didn’t know. Blinded by the soup, she was at his

mercy.

Thick, yellowish-orange liquid covered her skin, hiding the

sprinkle of fine freckles dotting her nose. Black eyelashes spiked

from the moisture, and her parted lips revealed the whiteness

of her teeth. The apron she wore reminded him of something a

housewife would wear on a fifties sitcom. Undeniably cute and

damn sexy. All she needed was a set of pearls.

She’d be the type of girl he’d bring home to his mother.

Hold up, Castle! You don’t play the girlfriend game. His blood

raced as her tongue darted out and she licked her lips again. The

twinge of his groin reminded him once more that a fling with the

lovely Jill would be on his list, but nothing more.

Still holding her wrists, he leaned forward and flicked his

tongue out to taste the drop of soup forming on the tip of her chin.

Jill’s body went quiet at his touch. The pulse beating against

the soft skin of her inner wrist burst forward at a quick tempo.

Her button-down shirt pulled with each quick breath she took.

“Damn, you’re right. Tastes great.” A salty quality mingled

with the rich flavor of the soup. A dash of Jill mixed in to add a

more potent flavor.

“I told you I’m an awesome cook.” Her husky voice lowered

further.

“I particularly like your presentation.” He matched her tone,

his heartbeat erratic.

She tried to step back, but her butt connected with the

counter. If she took a half step forward she’d be pushed against

his chest. Not that he minded.

“Let me loose. I’d like to wipe my eyes.” A giggle slipped past

her lips.

“Not yet. I’m not sure you’ve learned your lesson.”

“I guarantee you I have.”

Her struggled swallow caught his attention. “Nervous?”

Jill shook her head as if trying to clear away the thick soup.

“Never.”

He laughed. “I’m going to have more soup.”

“Can’t, it’s all on my…” She stiffened in his arms and a soft

sigh, almost a whimper, caught in her throat.

His attraction grew tenfold. He lowered his head, brushing

her lips with his own before pulling back. His heart pounded

against his chest, bongo drums in a heady rhythm. This situation

had escalated into a major turn on.

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About the book:

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

Purchase Links:

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