Meet Adele Downs, contemporary romance author whose latest release, Santa to the Rescue, features a hunky firefighter. Welcome to Book Blather, Adele.
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1. You’re an extremely prolific writer, Adele. How many of your books have been published?
Funny you should say that, Marilee, because I always feel like I’m not producing fast enough. SANTA TO THE RESCUE from Entangled Publishing is my debut release as Adele Downs. I’ve been multi-published since 2007 under another pen name with over a dozen titles to my credit. It’s been both fun and challenging to re-brand, but I’m encouraged by the enthusiasm I’ve received by my readers and author friends.
2. Tell us about your new release, SANTA TO THE RESCUE.
I’m very excited about this fun and flirty firefighter romance novella and hope it will become a reader holiday favorite. Women from ages Young Adult to the Senior Center can read and enjoy the story. Here’s the summary:
Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn't go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn't a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don't offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.
When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Determined to find a way to make amends, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.
SANTA TO THE RESCUE costs only .99 per download. I hope readers will buy extra copies as gifts or in place of holiday greeting cards. The book is available at all major ebook outlets.
3. It seems that every author’s road to publication is unique. How did yours evolve?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. My first short story was published in a Sunday news magazine at age 19. After college, I wrote news articles, features and columns for newspapers and magazines while I worked a day job. These days, I write full-time, thanks to a supportive husband.
4. What’s next for you?
KISSING HER COWBOY from Boroughs Publishing will release on January 10, 2014. I hope to have more news about another release soon. I’m always working and submitting.
5. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Write regularly, find a talented critique group, and learn to self-edit. Polish your stories again and again until the writing is clear and concise. Keep writing new books until you create a body of work. Wait to submit to a publisher until you have at least two completed projects. That will buy time to write the third book while the first is released and the second is in production. Finally, learn the art of patience, because the publishing business tests writers every step of the way.
6. How about a short excerpt from Santa to the Rescue?
Sure! I hope you enjoy it. First, though, I want to thank you for inviting me to visit your blog and for offering your kind hospitality. I wish you all the best!
SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs
Jamey Tucker unfastened his helmet, lifted his facemask and tugged off his fire retardant gloves before gulping half a liter of water. He could almost hear the liquid sizzle against his throat, much like the smoldering embers behind him turned to sodden ash.
He held out the cup to the volunteer rescue worker manning the drinking water. “More.” That simple word was as much as he could manage. After chugging down a refill, moisture returned to his mouth and tongue. He licked his lips and released a satisfied sigh. All he needed was a hot shower and some chow to feel human again. “Thanks, man.”
“No problem. Merry Christmas, Jamey.”
“Yeah. You too.” The last thing on his mind was Christmas.
He stunk like a chimney after fighting a fire ‘till dawn. Dumb kids and their vacant warehouse rave had caused their team hours of grief and gut wrenching work. Luckily, no one died.
Though the crew decorated the firehouse with lights and garland, and set up the tree a week ago, Christmas spirit had failed to find him. Loneliness could do that to the new guy in town, not that he’d admit that to anyone. He’d cut his heart out first.
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