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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guest Post & Contest with Jennifer Bernard


Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the great pleasure of introducing you to author Jennifer Bernard!

Jennifer is the author of The Bachelor Fireman of San Gabriel series.  Who can go wrong with a sexy and oh so hot fireman.  Especially when they are as sexy as the author describes in her books!  So lets sit back and enjoy talking with Jennifer!

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7 Unintended Consequences of Writing About Fireman

When I started to write my first series, The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, I had no idea what I was getting into. Well, I knew I’d get to create brave, smoking hot heroes. I knew my heroines would be in for a treat. But I didn’t know how those firemen were going to affect my life. So here are Seven Unintended Consequences of Writing about Firemen.

  1. People send me the BEST links, photos and videos about firemen. Since I like to share the love, here’s an example.Fireman Pole Dance And another one. Make it with a Fireman. Before I wrote these books, I might never have been lucky enough to see a fireman interacting with a pole in quite that way.
  2. I’ve become familiar with terms such as 4-inch supply lines, aerials, and nozzlemen. I now know what an apparatus operator and a Halligan tool are. I try not to be too technical in my books, since they’re light-hearted romances, but I don’t want to be inaccurate either. Which leads me to …
  3. I’ve met some of the coolest guys in the course of my research. My go-to fire consultant, a Fire Captain in California, answers my most trivial questions with the utmost graciousness. I’ve gotten to eat at firehouses, tour firehouses, and try on firefighter’s gear. I’m all about the research!
  4. Friday has become even more fun than it used to be, thanks to Fireman Friday. If you need a little fix of firefighter smexiness, you can find it on Twitter (#FiremanFriday) or the Fireman Friday facebook page. I pitch in on my Facebook page too. Here’s a recent example. 

5.       People send me inspiring stories about firemen around the world. In Guatemala, firemen dress as Santa Claus and rappel down a bridge to reach kids living underneath it. A group of firemen in Albuquerque won the lottery and donated most of their winnings to a fellow firefighter fighting cancer. I love hearing these stories, which are more moving than anything I could make up. 
6.      People also tell me unflattering anecdotes about firemen. The Chief who was secretly seeing three women at a time, for instance. Okay, so I never said they were all perfect.
7.    Do you wish you had your own fireman? Turns out, you can Grow Your Own Fireman. Who knew? I certainly didn’t.


So there you have it, seven ways writing about firemen has changed my life. Of course, the biggest and most amazing of all is the fact that my Bachelor Firemen have leaped out of my imagination and landed in bookstores and ereaders. 

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The Bachelor Fireman of San Gabriel #1
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Publisher: HarperCollins/ AVON
Release Date: April 24th, 2012

SUMMARY:

Captain Brody has been badly burned by his ex-wife. When he orders Ryan, his star fireman, to participate in a bachelor auction, little does he know he’s the one who will lose his heart. 

Melissa McGuire is a brainy local news producer trying to get her career back on track. She can’t believe she’s being set up by her grandmother, who bid on a date with a fireman at the auction. She prefers the artsy type, not the tough, commanding , though clearly attractive, fire chief. 

And yet, they can’t resist each other, especially once her ambitious news anchor assigns her the “Thanksgiving with the Firefighters” news special. Add in her grandmother’s matchmaking and the combined efforts of Captain Brody’s crew…can Brody help being the first bachelor to succumb to love, and the crazy rollercoaster ride of the Curse?



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Thanks to HarperCollins/AVON I have one copy of The Fireman Who Loved Me to giveaway to one lucky person!

Contest will end on Wed, May 2, 2012.
One entry per person!
Contest is for the USA only
Must be 13 years of age or older
Leave a comment with an email address for your entry!

Good Luck!!!

31 Comments:

Blogger Tiffinie Helmer said...

I love the whole idea for this series. I can't wait to dive into it.

I've been following your Friday Firemen on Facebook. Love, love it. You are going to light the book world on fire with the series. Keep those hot firemen coming. (uh, no pun intended unless you want to take it there). :)

April 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I love Fireman Friday! And the books. :) kerriestrong@gmail.com

April 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Boone Brux said...

Congrats Jennifer. I'm so excited to start reading The Fireman Who Loved Me. Got my signed copy last night at your signing. If I hadn't got home so late I would have started it last night:) best of luck with your sales.

April 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Tam Linsey said...

I love that Fireman Pole dance. I could watch it a zillion times! And I love your book! I wish the next one was out already.

April 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Ana♥ said...

Wow!! I think I need some firefighter attention just from reading this post haha. The book sounds amazing & this would be the first series I've ever read or heard of that involve some smexy firefighters! I am definitely not complaining (: Soo Jennifer Bernard & Captain Brody welcome to my TBR list (:

xbishhyx(at)yahoo(dot)com

April 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Lol, I just saw the Make it with a Fireman clip recently and I have to admit I pressed replay a few times. That kitten is so cute! I wouldn't mind getting how-to directions from a fireman.

kliu107(at)gmail(dot)com

April 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Becky H said...

Congratulations Jennifer. I just love those Fireman and those sexy books about them

April 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger kmannrn said...

Congratulations on your release. I look forward to reading it.
Kelly_mann@hotmail.com

April 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
OpenID formerteach said...

I love the Fireman Fridays! Can't wait to read your book. Thanks for the contest!

klawson5@roadrunner.com

April 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger LizbethSelvig said...

Hey Jennifer,
I love your books and I thank you so much for sharing the videos -- the pole dance is not only hot but has an awesome hilarious twist: kind of like your book! I wish you nothing but the best with this series--it's going to set all romance fans on fire, I know it!

April 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

That video was hilarious, thanks for sharing. I work at City Hall and I get to see firemen quite a bit. I'm not sure why they're all so good looking, I know when they do the testing for the Fire Dept, that's not one of the requirements. :D I'm looking forward to reading The Fireman Who Loved Me, it sounds great.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

April 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi lovely ladies! Thanks to Amy for having me here on My Overstuffed Bookshelf and to everyone who's stopped by! I too admit to replaying those videos one or two times. ;-) Thanks especially for all the good wishes for this series. They're most appreciated!

April 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I look forward to reading Jennifer's debut release. Love the meddling grandmother.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

April 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Brianna (The Book Vixen) said...

The fireman pole dance video was hilarious! And I'm totally going to check out #FiremenFriday and the FB page.

Please don't enter me; I've actually read both the 1st and 2nd books, which were fun reads. Funny thing - the Milt and Myrna's Dry Cleaners reminds me of a real dry cleaners in Burbank. I worked for one of their competitors ;)

Not sure if the author will be answering any questions here but I'll ask anyway. How many books will be in this series? I know of three so far - when is the 3rd book set to release?

April 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Amy2read said...

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April 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Amy2read said...

Love Firemen Fridays lol would love to read this amazing looking book and I can't wait for her next one to hit stores :)

amy2read89@gmail.com

April 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Brianna - I'm laughing so hard right now! You called it -- I used to live in Burbank and tweaked the name of that dry cleaner's when I wrote Hot for Fireman. Too funny!!! As for the series, the 3rd book should be out in early 2013, no exact date yet. And I'd love to write more in the series. In my humble opinion, there's no shortage of sexy firemen heroes to write about. ;-)

April 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Gale Nelson said...

Loved the video...funny!!! thanks for this giveaway!! Gale
pgan427@yahoo.com

April 29, 2012 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Jae Awkins said...

Jenny, so sorry to have missed your book signing, but will catch up with you later!
Glad it went so well - get the word out!

JENNIFER BERNARD'S FIREMEN BOOKS are HOT!!!

Looking forward to Book #3 in early 2013....
---Jae Awkins; o)

April 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger *yadkny* said...

I cannot wait to read this story!!! Firemen are definitely sexy and this one looks and sounds hot! Loved the post:)

yadkny@hotmail.com

April 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Tore said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

April 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger erin said...

Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I really like the covers and the premise. Looking forward to trying your book :)

Congrats on the new release and best wishes for the future!

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

April 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

This looks like a very fun book! I love firemen!!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

April 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Brianna (The Book Vixen) said...

@Jennifer - Thanks for answering my questions! And I had been wondering about the dry cleaners :) Every time I read "Milt and Myrna's" I thought of the one on Pass Ave that had popcorn for customers and the quotes on their marque. LOL

April 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Elvina H. said...

Love me some firemen...LOL.

erhmsh@hotmail.com

April 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

how fun! and i love the puppy on the cover :) Thank you for the contest!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

April 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I love books with bachelor auctions, the scenes are usually very amusing.

acm05atjuno.com

April 30, 2012 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Patti P said...

This sounds like a story I need to read soon. So it is going to the top of my to read list. I love firemen and bachelor auctions.
Thanks for the links they were fun too.
musicalfrog at comcast.net

April 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm glad you're all enjoying the videos! They're well worth a click, trust me. ;-)

April 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Kretch1 said...

Love, Love the Fireman Friday's. Kretch1@att.net

April 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Lacey T said...

Firemen are so hot! Can't wait to read this book :)
laceyblossom@yahoo.com

May 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

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