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Monday, October 27, 2014

Author Spotlight + Giveaway--Kyra Jacobs

Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! Kyra Jacobs, another Indiana author, is visiting today and sharing a peek at Flirting With Fire, the second book in her Hometown Heroes series. Be sure to check out my interview with her and comment for a chance to win a copy of her book!

Blurb:
Look, touch, but don’t fall in love.

Massage therapist Liz Williams lives by one rule: never date a client. A rule she’s never had trouble following until she lays hands on fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay. Trouble is, Liz’s sexy new client is dating her arch-rival at work…and has a strange habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.
Firefighter Torrunn MacKay has got it made: killer job, downtown condo with a view, and hot blonde girlfriend with no more desire to tie the knot than he has. But the surprise attraction he feels toward his new masseuse is threatening to change all that. And what’s with the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere?
Can Liz mind her table manners and keep Torrunn at arms’ length? Will Torrunn put his commitment fears aside to keep Liz safe? More than hearts will be in jeopardy when the two start Flirting with Fire.
CONTENT WARNING: Beware of darkened rooms, delicious firefighters, and desperate pyromaniacs.

Excerpt:
I stepped inside, closed the door quietly behind me, and shifted my gaze to the massage table. A long, still figure lay prone upon it, covered from the waist down by a single, white sheet. And for just a moment, I forgot to breathe.

The body before me was, in a word, beautiful.

With his face hidden in the headrest, I freely drank in the view. Torrunn had thick dark hair, kept short yet stylish. Muscular arms lay relaxed by his sides, a dusting of dark hair on their lower halves visible from where I stood. His legs were parted slightly, the small mounds of his heels giving way to the straight lines of lean legs.

My eyes roved along his long, lean legs toward the next swell of the sheet—a squeezable butt if I ever saw one. And trust me, I’d seen enough in my day to know which were worthy of squeezing. Not that I ever would. No, not ever with a client.

But no one said I couldn’t enjoy the view, and this was a massage therapist jackpot.

It took me another moment to register why he looked so much different than all of my earlier clients, even aside from the amazing physique. And then it hit me—the table’s slate blue blanket, which usually sat atop the thin white sheet and served to blur the outlines of my clients, was missing. A quick scan of the room found it neatly folded and set upon the room’s small side chair beneath what clothes my new client had been wearing.

Apparently, Torrunn ran hot.

Buy Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Flirting-Fire-Hometown-Heroes-Book-ebook/dp/B00LBAMNT4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403818822&sr=1-1

Interview:
Me: Do you see writing as a career?
Kyra: Yes. Will it be my only career? Not until I sell a few more books. ;-)

Me: This book is the second in a series. Do you prefer to write single title or series? Why?
Kyra: Great question. To be honest, nearly every book I’ve written or plotted to date has had the potential to go either way. I prefer writing series, though, because I grow attached to my characters and enjoy bringing them back into future storylines. That preference is also a reflection, I suppose, on my own reading preferences. If I fall in love with a set of characters, I’m thrilled when our time together can continue beyond a single book.

Me: Is there a message in your novel you hope to convey to your readers?
Kyra: Hmm, a message… Well, there were a few, actually. The first was “be true to yourself”. Liz Williams, the heroine in FWF, historically played the role of peace-keeper in her relationships. Over time, that resulted not only in her unhappiness but also with a lot of frustration toward her best friend. Once she learns to speak up, she gains self-confidence and a bit more respect. The second message was “stop living in fear and start living.” As Liz warned Torrunn, life’s too short to waste it living in fear. ‘Nuff said.

Me: I usually get plot ideas in the shower and while driving. When/where does inspiration strike you?
Kyra: That’s funny – those are the two places I get broadsided by ideas as well. I’ve actually started looking forward to 1- and 2-hour road trips because I know my brain will kick into overdrive as the miles flash by. The showers only seem to help with plotting, though, if I’m still half-asleep when I climb in.

Me: What new stories are you working on?
Kyra: Right now I’m plugging away at book 3 in the Hometown Heroes series. Lots of familiar faces from the first two books, and of course a few new ones thrown in for good (and/or bad) measure. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. So far, it’s got the makings of the best in the series. And once again this book set right here in Indiana—Fort Wayne, to be precise. It’s so much fun highlighting my hometown!

Bio:
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love and mystery in the Midwest. When this Hoosier native is not pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves golf, Guitar Hero, and thinking through plot twists while out on a good run. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com for links to connect with her on social media. Kyra lives in northern Indiana with her husband and two children.

Links:
Website: http://www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com
Blog: http://www.IndianaWonderer.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyraJacobsBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyraJacobsBooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Kyra_Jacobs
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Jacobs/e/B00E5PIJ04/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Thanks to Kyra for dropping in today and to all our visitors! Remember to comment by midnight EDT on Wednesday, October 29, for a chance to win a Kindle copy of Flirting With Fire!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

7 comments:

  1. Aside from having a wonderful first name for its heroine, this is a terrific book! Great interview, ladies. See you next week, Mel!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Liz! Looking forward to seeing you!

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  2. Thanks again for having me on today, Mellanie! And thanks, Liz--it IS a great name ;-)

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    1. You're very welcome, Kyra! Great to have you here! :)

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  3. Always fun to hear more from Kyra. Thanks! Fun interview.

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