Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FIVE ALARM ALPHAS by Lexxie Couper and More - #BLOGTOUR #REVIEW @LeahBraemel

Title: Five Alarm Alphas 
Authors: Leah Braemel, Lexxie Couper, Delilah Devlin, Marie Harte, Desiree Holt, Lissa Matthews, Cari Quinn, Shelli Stevens
Release Date:  November 7, 2014


Feeding the Flames ~ Leah Braemel: When chef Tabatha Morgan returns to Barnett Springs, her burning crush on firefighter Zac Buchanan flares back to life. Trouble is, Zac has made a promise to keep his distance from Tabby, so Zac’s best friend and fellow firefighter Quinn decides to help feed the flames of their mutual desire.

Combustible ~ Lexxie Couper: Arson investigator, Desmond Russell is the best in Australia. Cool, calm and collected, nothing ruffles him. Until he meets Outback fire brigade captain, Jess Montgomery, a woman who ignites all his sexual desires. The initial spark will engulf them both…but will their hearts survive the inferno?

Wet Down ~ Delilah Devlin: Out with the old, in with the new...Or so Sherry Thacker thinks. Problem is, her ex is always on her mind and right across the street. When a “Wet Down” ceremony to retire an old fire truck is planned by the city council she has to put aside her hurt and anger and do her job. Blake Thacker wants his wife back—in every way and he’ll use whatever means necessary to win her back. Sex is always best served WET.

Two to Spark ~ Marie Harte: When a psychic predicts that a faulty toaster, a black cat, and the wrong address will bring Cooper together with Ms. Right, he shrugs off the notion as crazy. But before long, fate has something else in store for the sexy firefighter when a spark of attraction ignites into true love.

Controlled Burn ~ Desiree Holt: Montana Wade was home after writing off the past ten years of her life, but she needed one more night of courage before she faced her family. Boone Crider, hotshot firefighter, was burned out form the rash of malicious fires. They thought one night as strangers would cure them both, but the fire they started between them soon became a barely controlled burn.

Up In Smoke ~ Lissa Matthews: Half-brothers, Josh and Jay, share everything from a house, to a love of curvy, older women. So when their dream woman accidentally sets her kitchen on fire, they ride to her rescue, sirens blaring, promising to kindle flames that may never be extinguished.

Rekindled ~ Cari Quinn: Some blazes refuse to be contained. It's been months since ex-firefighter Katie Kemp has spoken to her former lover and squad mate, Dash Carlton. But when a late night drive down memory lane leads her to a small fire at Dash's house, she realizes she's not willing to turn her back on the hottest flame of her life.

Into the Fire ~ Shelli Stevens: Shannon has always prided herself on holding her own in the male dominated field of firefighting. She likes to be in control. Until she strikes a bargain with a sexy man from her past who makes her give it all up in the bedroom.

While we want as many people to enjoy this collection of original novellas as possible, it is intended for mature readers, 18 years of age and older.

Lexxie Couper

Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once.

When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.

Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It’s the best of both worlds – old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly.

Lexxie lives by two simple rules – measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.

What inspired you to write about these particular characters? What was the deciding factor in choosing their story for this Anthology? 

Lexxie Couper: I wish I could remember the exact moment the hero, Desmond, smacked me in the face and told me I was writing his story. Desmond was a minor (but pivotal) character in Muscle for Hire, Heart of Fame Book Two, and I always kneweven while writing that bookthat he was going to come along one day and demand more of my time. I must admit, I was taken by surprise by his sexual domination side. And as for the heroinewell, Jess was one of those characters that just leapt from the page and took no prisoners. But boy, do the pair of them spark off each other (spark? Get it? Hee hee hee
Leah Braemel: Because I’d been thinking about these characters for so long and since both Quinn and Zac were firefighters, they were an obvious choice when Lexxie contacted me and said she was putting together a firefighter bundle. I suspect they telepathically contacted her when I met her in Kansas City last year. ;) 
Shelli StevensThese two characters have just been floating around in my head. I love a firefighter hero, but I started to think...I want to write a confident, tough chick who loves giving up control in the bedroom.

Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?
Marie Harte: My sweet spot is anywhere from 9am to 4pm. I prefer writing during the day, while my kids are in school. But during the summer I become a major night owl, staying up until 2 or 3am. I’m naturally a night person, but I don’t like writing too late at night because I’m groggy the next day. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Leah Braemel:  If a reader wants to know more about my books, they can visit my website or look me up on Goodreads. But if they want to see what I’m visualizing about the locations my books take place in, or how I visualize a character, then they can visit my Pinterest boards.  If they’re in Canada, I’m going to be attending Bookapalooza in Oshawa Ontario, November 22nd, and April 2015 I’ll be at Romancing the Capital in Ottawa. (more information can be found on my website). I will probably be attending more conferences such as Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together next year but those aren’t open for registration yet.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
Shelli Stevens: Often it’s just sitting down and making myself write. I’m too easily distracted by the internet and the outside world. Summers, with my child home, are super hard to be productive.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Marie Harte: When I sold my first book. Most everyone I knew considered me something else, because ebooks weren’t “real books,” but I persevered. In 2004 it all started, and I haven’t looked back.


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It is getting hot in here!  As most women do, I love a man in uniform.   There were several stories here about our Bravest men, but also great stories about women in the field.  There is something for everyone in this great anthology.  Many of my favorite authors have teamed up to write these storied and I loved them.   

While I loved all the stories I particular loved Leah Breamel's Feeding the Flames and Lissa Matthews Up in Smoke.  In Feeding the Flames Leah returns to the Gradys.  While the story isn't about the Gradys they are mentioned.  I fell in love with Zac right along with Tabatha.  He was strong, alpha, and sexy.  Tabatha has known Zac for years but for multiple reasons he kept his distance.  Finally he gives in and it's about time.  They are perfect for each other.  I hope to see Quinn get his own story soon.  I give this story 5 stars!

Up in Smoke was the menage in the story.  I think part of the reason I loved this and give this one 5 stars is that it featured an older woman (a cougar) with two younger men.  While I'm not looking I could relate to the older woman since she was my age. I also loved that she wrote a cooking blog and the sexy firefighter and paramedic read it.  It was too cute!  Loved it and will definitely be reading more of Lissa Matthews stories.

If you're looking for a book to heat up your winter nights, here it is.  I give the anthology 4.5 stars!

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