Firefighter Matt Harris has wanted edgy librarian Grace Mallow forever – there’s something about her purple hair and her sexy dark side that pushes all of his buttons, even if the rest of the town looks down on her. Unfortunately, Matt’s memories of an abusive childhood have left him terrified of turning into a monster like his father. He’s determined to find a gentle way to woo Grace, but he’s unprepared for the white-hot heat that burns when they finally come together.
Grace Mallow knows that no matter how badly she wants him, she doesn’t belong with a wholesome blond dreamboat like Matt, who would be horrified to learn that she wants to be sexually dominated. But Matt is persistent, and Grace is having a hard time turning him down and keeping her emotional walls intact. As the couple struggles to handle their passion for each other, an arsonist begins terrorizing Bright’s Ferry, and all signs point to Grace’s younger brother, a reformed firebug recently returned to town to make amends for his crimes. Matt and Grace race to stop a madman, but can they find common ground and save each other and their town, or will passion and fire burn out of control and separate them forever?
“What’s the matter?” asked Grace, and then looked up, eyes widening, “Oh.”
Did he have to take up all the oxygen in the room? Grace supposed that when a man was as big as Matt Harris, he was going to take the lion’s share of breathable air. She assured herself that her sudden breathlessness was not a result of her impossible attraction to the hot firefighter. He was objectively beautiful, that was all – all that hard muscle that clothing couldn’t disguise, the face carved by a divine hand, thick golden hair, and sky blue eyes that practically shone with honesty and goodwill toward mankind.
She wanted to climb him like a ladder and lick every inch along the way.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
Grace forced a cool smile.
“Hi, Matt. You remember my brother Adam.”
Matt nodded, clearly curious, but didn’t comment on her brother’s sudden reappearance. Adam had been a nightmare for the Bright’s Ferry Fire Department, and Grace couldn’t blame Matt for being un-thrilled to see him again.
“Adam’s going to be staying with me for a while, taking some classes. Isn’t that great?” she went on brightly, squeezing Adam’s hand reassuringly.
Grace knew the second Matt spotted the scars on Adam’s wrists, but again, he remained silent, just raised a surprised eyebrow.
“Did you want something?” Grace cringed internally as the words left her lips, because for the briefest moment, Matt’s eyes flared with heat, and she felt an answering tug low in her stomach.
Oh, he definitely wants something.
GUEST POST: INSANITY - THE SEQUEL
Whenever I finish a book, my first thought is, Thank God that's over. My second is inevitably, Did I remember to spellcheck? My third is, How many celebratory margaritas is one too many? And then I congratulate myself that I'm done with that world and onto the next. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, in writing genre fiction, we're often writing series, which means that all that self-loathing we've worked up is going to be revisited in, oh, let's say a couple of weeks when we realize that the next book isn't going to write itself.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE writing Bright's Ferry. I love the characters, I love the town. I fill it with people I know and places I've been, and I could probably draw a map at this point. But I will admit that there is a kind of insanity in going back to a place that I know is going to drive me completely bonkers. Why?
One word: Continuity.
If Sheriff Tony drives an SUV in SAFE FROM THE DARK, unless something happened to it, he'd better be driving an SUV in SAFE FROM THE FIRE. If someone dies in Book #1, they'd better not show up in Book #2. A lot of it is the nitpicky little details, but that's what real world-building is - the little things. Readers are smart, and as the series continues, I fully expect to be ripping my hair out trying to remember if Dreyer has two daughters or three, how often the Town Council meets, and whether Tony Arnetto has any scars on that luscious physique (believe me, that's going to become important down the line).
There's a pretty extensive spreadsheet in the works...LOL...
Taking on a sequel is crazy. A third or fourth book is madness. But we're writers, which makes us slightly off-kilter to begin with, and believe it or not the push to accomplish something insane is half the fun.
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