I am so happy to have Jennifer Bernard back on my virtual couch! She is a darling and a dear and she writes yummy contemporary romance with what I consider a perfect mixture of heart and heat. *sigh* I vlogged my love of the first book in this series (in a polka dot wiggle dress!) Click HERE
I just got my copy of Sex and the Single Fireman from the UPS guy yesterday… I nearly mugged him! I am so looking forward to reading this book. The heroine, Sabina, is a firefighter.
Sooo, please, curl up and listen in on my chat with Jennifer. There’s a lot of champagne and firemen involved. <g>
The Queen of Tarts
Jennifer: Yes, see that line of bare-chested firefighters behind me? They’re all bringing you chocolate. Well, some of them have champagne, and one brought you a fluffy kitten.
The others said their gift was a surprise.
Me: *stares at the bare-chested beauties*
Oh! You do know how to make a Tart happy! And a kitten for for me? *flail* And more surprises? *gazes mesmerized at the smorgasbord of deliciousness Jennifer brought with her* Have I told you lately that I might want to live in your imagination for a while?
Sooo… *pats couch* sit down, sit down, get cozy. I love my red couch. And our red hair is glorious! J How’ve you been? Crazy busy? Have a cupcake. *nudges plate*
Jennifer: I’ve been great! (Okay, guys, put the chocolate right next to that red-haired vixen over there.) We’ve been in Hawaii since before Christmas, having all kinds of fun, with a deadline or two thrown in. Not to mention a release day. (SEX AND THE SINGLE FIREMEN came out Tuesday, yay!) In between, I’ve been playing with the geckos and trying not to kill myself pretending to surf.
Where was I? Oh yes!
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you are writing your Fireman books and able to get them into my greedy hands (and bookstores) so fast! Well… *shugs* I can try to tell you but words don’t do it justice. :p I love this series. I adore the depth of your characters and the strength of the women and men. *daydreams*
Jennifer: Aww, thank you so much! I really appreciate that. That deserves a glass of champagne!
Me: Cheers darlin’! *clinks glass* I am so looking forward to reading Sex and the Single Fireman. I have my copy! It was delivered yesterday *bounces on couch* I am so excited that the heroine is a firefighter! I can’t wait to see the sparks. :p What kind of research did this book involve? Female firefighters do the same job right? Which I am in complete awe of!
Jennifer: In this book, both the hero and heroine are firefighters, which leads to some tasty conflict! The sparks definitely fly between these two. Female firefighters do the same job, but in some ways it might be even tougher, because firehouse culture is traditionally male and the women may feel a bigger need to prove themselves. Firehouses have adapted to modern times, but there are still some holdouts. In this book, Sabina deals with a bit of that, but she’s strong and feisty and can handle it. As always, I talked to firefighters, both male and female, while researching the book, and did a lot of online research as well. I do love researching my fireman books!
Me: I can just imagine… *stares at the fireman* My house is feeling a bit hot!
What’s next on your busy busy calendar… We have a bit of a mutual thing for calendars. *grabs my dayplanner* See?! If I don’t physically write it down… It doesn’t exist. Yes, I have an iphone. No I don’t use the digital calendar… Someday…
Jennifer: See, the nice thing about the digital calendar is that you can set an alert and it reminds you of stuff! I was so excited when I figured that out. Because a regular calendar is only useful if you remember to look at it. And there’s my downfall. My calendar is pretty much packed with firemen, and I have no complaints about that. A June deadline, a January deadline, more novellas, not to mention the RT Convention in Kansas City! I’m very excited about that, especially now that I know you’re going to be there too!! Yay!
Me: *squee!* Me too! oh me too! I need a picture or three with you… and I’m a hugger. You’ve been warned. And lots of book deadlines means more stories for me! *claps*
Ok hon, I’ve already done my madlib thing with you… So I’ll save that game to play again next time. But I do like to ask silly, nonsensical stuff. Here goes…
Jennifer: Hang on while I drain a bottle of champagne first.
Me: *waits politely while sipping a mimosa*
Is your writing influenced at all by the dessert choices of your husband? What about screen writing?
Jennifer: Clearly this is going to need more than one bottle. Considering that my husband always claims he wants me for dessert, I’d say the influence is huge. Yes, I went there. You got a problem with that? Screenwriting? Yes. I learned almost everything I know about storytelling from screenwriting. Of course I can’t say I really know anything. I just take wild stabs in the dark.
Me: Nope! no problems <g> That’s a good man you have there.
How could you compare your writing process to that Camel pose *wince* in yoga?
Jennifer: So many similarities! Both make my back hurt. Both frequently make me want to cry. Both transport me to a plane of peace and enlightenment that … oh, who am I kidding. That’s what I wish both would do.
Me: *hicups and sets champagne glass down*
I just made up a word, maxillativy, what does it mean and put it in a sentence please.
Jennifer: Maxillativy is a disorder of the maxilla, more commonly known as the eyelashes, which turns the lashes bright cobalt blue. “Oooh, your eyelashes are gorgeous. Is that maxillativy contagious?”
Me: *snort* Blue lashes? Nice one!
Tell me a story… or write me a song or limerick please <g> starting with Over the hills she went….
Jennifer: Over the hills she went…Until her money was spent. She dug in her pocket, found a spare locket, and used it to cover her rent.
(Who me, worry about money? Nah.)
Me: Awww… You made a limerick! Love it!
And last but not least… Summarize Sex and the Single Fireman twitter style 140 characters or less.
Jennifer: Smoking hot fireman meets sexy female firefighter with a secret. Dating’s against the rules, but can they fight an attraction this strong?
Me: Good Work! 138 characters
Thank you again darlin’ I have extra cupcakes for you to take home!
Jennifer: Awesome. Mind if I share them with my firemen friends? Firemen always appreciate homemade desserts – just for future reference. In case you want to stop by a firehouse sometime.
Me: Awww Thank you for the tip I do want to stop by a firehouse… especially the if it’s in San Gabriel….
Jennifer: Oh, and I also want to mention a fun sweepstakes going on through Valentine’s Day.
How would you like a fireman from your hometown to appear in the next fireman book, HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN? All you have to do is like my Facebook page or sign up for my newsletter to enter. I’m also giving away two signed copies of HOT FOR FIREMAN.Thank you so much for having me over!
Me: What a great contest! Thanks again hon! *click* I just entered!
The Queen of Tarts
PS. I have some fun contests going on at The Book Tart right now. Click HERE