Sunday, November 9, 2014

Interview with Shelli Stevens and Spotlight on Five Alarm Alphas Anthology + #Giveaway


Was it easier to write your story knowing about the concept beforehand or was this a story you had already thought about writing? I actually love being given a theme and then being told to run with it. Write a story. It challenges me and I think gives me more freedom sometimes!

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

Would you consider doing this type of collaboration again? I’m going to be in one more collaboration, and then we’ll see what I’m up for!

Where do you find your inspiration? Every day life and situations. Often I’ll have one scene in mind for a book, and the story will develop around that.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 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.

Does music play any type of role in your writing? I often create a playlist to write to. The type of music depends on my characters’ personality.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for all you’ve done for me.

What makes the perfect book hero? I think this can vary for every reader. For me, I love writing a hero who can have strong alpha tendencies, but whose weakness can be the heroine. Some humor. Maybe a bit tortured.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively? I’m a pantser. Which means when I write a book it’s a little bit like a Connect the Dots puzzle. I have ideas along the way but anything goes between. I never know how the story will completely unfold.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing books in middle school. I was a huge reader, and with it came the instinct to write my own romances.


Feeding the Flames ~ Leah Breamel: 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.

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