Monday, March 25, 2013

The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

Today we resume the Book-Addiction Print-stravaganza giveaways with a signed copy of the fun, flirty, and deliciously sexy read The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

Fearless, smoking hot and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it's their bad luck in love that makes them legendary. 

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn't be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they're both convinced they're perfectly wrong for each other.

But when Melissa's matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a bachelor auction... Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.)

Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix and Melissa and Brody's love may not be the only thing that burns.

I persuaded the lovely and talented Ms. Bernard to stop by with the dirt on her studly Bachelor Firemen series, so please welcome Jennifer!

Seven Unintended Consequences of Writing About Firemen

When I started to write my first series, The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, I had no idea what I was getting into. Well, I knew I’d get to create brave, smoking hot heroes. I knew my heroines would be in for a treat. But I didn’t know how those firemen were going to affect my life. So here are Seven Unintended Consequences of Writing about Firemen.

  1. People send me the BEST links, photos and videos about firemen. Since I like to share the love, here’s an example.Fireman Pole Dance And another one. Make it with a Fireman. Before I wrote these books, I might never have been lucky enough to see a fireman interacting with a pole in quite that way.
  2. I’ve become familiar with terms such as 4-inch supply lines, aerials, and nozzlemen. I now know what an apparatus operator and a Halligan tool are. I try not to be too technical in my books, since they’re light-hearted romances, but I don’t want to be inaccurate either. Which leads me to …
  3. I’ve met some of the coolest guys in the course of my research. My go-to fire consultant, a Fire Captain in California, answers my most trivial questions with the utmost graciousness. I’ve gotten to eat at firehouses, tour firehouses, and try on firefighter’s gear. I’m all about the research!
  4. Friday has become even more fun than it used to be, thanks to Fireman Friday. If you need a little fix of firefighter smexiness, you can find it on Twitter (#FiremanFriday) or my Facebook page. Here’s a recent example.
  5. People send me inspiring stories about firemen around the world. In Guatemala, firemen dress as Santa Claus and rappel down a bridge to reach kids living underneath it. A group of firemen in Albuquerque won the lottery and donated most of their winnings to a fellow firefighter fighting cancer. I love hearing these stories, which are more moving than anything I could make up. 
  6. People also tell me unflattering anecdotes about firemen. The Chief who was secretly seeing three women at a time, for instance. Okay, so I never said they were all perfect.
  7. Do you wish you had your own fireman? Turns out, you can Grow Your Own Fireman. Who knew? I certainly didn’t.

So there you have it, seven ways writing about firemen has changed my life. Of course, the biggest and most amazing of all is the fact that my Bachelor Firemen have leaped out of my imagination and landed in bookstores and ereaders. 

Thank you for joining us, Jennifer!  And now, reader friends, simply comment today for a chance to win the first in this deliciously fun series, The Fireman Who Loved Me! (The Small Print: US/Canada addresses only.  Prizes awarded at midnight Pacific.  If you do not leave a contact email, please check back in the comment stream within 24 hours to claim your prize.)


Kali Robaina said...

Oooooh Firemen!

It's a good thing my last tour of a firestation was with my son and his preschool class...I might have caused trouble otherwise....

Vivant said...

I read this book a few weeks ago and loved it! Yet another series I am now officially hooked on...

Rebe said...

This series sounds like so much fun! And what a great side effect of writing about firemen - having people send you photos/stories about them. Not too shabby!

May said...

Wow... what a great cover! :) The plot sounds like a lot of fun too! :)

Cheri said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading your unintended consequences.

Vivi Andrews said...

And today's winner of The Fireman Who Loved Me is... Kali! Please contact me to arrange delivery of your prize. Congrats and happy reading!

Kali Robaina said...

Yay!! Just what I need at the end of this snow storm! Thanks, Vivi!!

Jennifer said...

Hi everyone! Thanks to the lovely Vivi for having me on the blog! It's always fun blabbing about firemen. And congrats to Kali -- I hope you enjoy the book!