Friday, July 26

Review, Interview & Giveaway: Smokin' Hot Firemen Anthology

Smokin’ Hot Firemen

Smokin’ Hot Firemen

Genre: Erotic Anthology
Publisher: Cleis Press

Date of Publication: July 16, 2013

Number of pages: 232
Word Count:

Cover Artist: Scott Idleman/Blink

Available at the following retailers:
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Who can melt any woman’s heart with a single smile? The sexiest icon of all—a fireman!

They enter fiery structures with selfless courage–the very definition of the word “hero.” Women understand their allure… A soot-covered face, sweat dripping from hard, chiseled muscles, the sharp snap of suspenders—yes, only a fireman can make suspenders sexy! Delilah Devlin’s burning-hot book includes thrilling stories teeming with gorgeous firemen from some of today’s hottest romance writers. In “Saving Charlotte,” Sabrina York’s firefighting Dom rescues a woman tied to a red-hot bed; from Cathryn Fox comes “Temperature Rising” where a fire chief fulfills some very steamy fantasies; Elle James’s “Chasing Fire” sees a daring smoke-jumper parachuting into the hot zone of a forest fire then setting his girlfriend ablaze with erotic heat; and Magic Mike ain’t got nothin’ on Delilah’s own fireman-turned-exotic-dancer-for-a-night “Johnny Blaze.”

With a list of award-winning authors that includes Ily Goyanes, Shoshanna Evers, Adele Dubois, and Rachel Firasek, Delilah delivers tales of these courageous men sliding down their big poles to steal readers’ hearts! Smokin’ Hot Firemen imagines the romantic possibilities of being held against that massively muscled chest by a man whose mission is to protect and serve…
Chance Muldoon checked his gear one more time as he stood beside the plane’s open door, wind blasting his face the acrid scent of smoke already burning his nostrils. Ahead of them, in the distance, red flames shot high into the sky as fire lit the evening sky, to the west. Towering stands of Ponderosa pines, already ravaged by the ravenous pine beetle, lit up like torches. A hot summer wind charged across the mountains like a freight train, fanning the flames, sending them higher, climbing the hills, consuming all which lay before them at a breathtaking pace.

Adrenaline shot through Chance’s veins as he prepared to jump in front of the fast-moving line of fiery death. This was his world, his job, his life as a smoke jumper.

“Ready?” The most experienced spotter, also their strike team leader, called out.

Six other men, all wearing similar jumpsuits, harnessed into parachutes and lined up behind Chance nodded, prepared to jump on command.

The chief pointed at a break between the trees, where what looked like a slim thread of sliver shone up through the gathering smoke. “Anchor point is between that stream and that rock escarpment. We’ll create our fire line and then backburn to consume the fuel ahead of the storm,” he shouted over the roar of the engines.

Chance gave him a nod, patted his chute, and checked the big harness on the paracargo box full of tools and equipment they would need for the fight. The jumper’s job was to jump ahead of the fire and create a break in the fire’s path to rob it of the fuel it needed to continue its march across thousands of acres of forest. An entire community of over a hundred homes stood in the path of the raging inferno. If they didn’t stop it first, the homes would be nothing more than tinder, burned to a crisp when the beast was done with it. Any livestock or unfortunate animals left behind would be killed, either burned to death or succumbing to smoke inhalation.

The Strike team leader shouted. “Go!”


Today, we welcome Elle James to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give her a big Geeky welcome!
Thanks! I'm honored!
I have some questions for you that are writer specific as well as some fun stuff so that we can really get to know the real you. *grin* Plus we will finish things off with round of Think Fast. Ready to begin?

Writing Specific
1. Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
It's funny that I'm writing about Firemen. In the 8th grade I was a bit of a tomboy and my dream job was to be a fireman. Ah, but dreams change and here I am, an author! I'm still a bit of a tomboy and like to think I'm all tough like that, but I love my romances and happy endings.
2. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Lately, I've been traveling. In the past few years I've been to Paris, London, Italy, Alaska (by road), Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Guam. I also like to go four-wheeling and go out on the lake in the boat.
3. How did you choose the genres you write in?
I write what I like to read. I kinda write a lot of different genres. I enjoy writing suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and Romantic Suspense and I write paranormals for Nocturne. I also write erotic romance as Myla Jackson for Samhain Publishing. And I've tried my hand at Indie publishing so that I can write whatever genre I want! I love the choices I have these days as an author.
4. Is there any particular author or book that has influenced you or your writing?
I really enjoy a good mystery and suspense. Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson. Tami Hoag are a few of my faves. I also love humor like you're find in Jennifer Crusie, Stephanie Bond and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Humor tends to be in the eye of the beholder. When someone's review bashes my humor, I have to admit it hurts, but I get that not all humor appeals to all people. The best compliment is when someone says my work makes them laugh and cry or they couldn't put it down. I write because I want to elicit emotion.
Fun Stuff
6. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
I'd like to have dinner with Benjamin Franklin or Christopher Columbus. An inventor and an adventurer. I love the way they looked at things differently and dared to try something new and dangerous.
7. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
A book to read, a hunky man to help me build shelter and find food and my mattress so that I'd have something soft to sleep on.
8. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?
Tom Hanks because he's so darned versatile with humor and seriousness and Audrey Hepburn because she was so beautiful inside and out.
9. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
I just made up 3 meals last night! Gumbo, Chicken and rise and Chicken noodle soup. I like to cook ahead so that I don't have to cook all week.
10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Rise of the Phoenix - I was burned as a child, spent 2 months in the burn ward of a hospital getting skin grafts and then spent my child hood being teased by other children about my scars. I persevered and I think pretty normal for all that and I'm fairly successful as an author. My dream job!
Think Fast
Summer or Winter? Summer. I love sunshine
Coffee or Tea? Neither. Give me Diet Dr. Pepper
Cake or Pie? Pie! And make it a fruit pie (apple)
Car or Truck? Truck! (remember the tomboy in me?)
Print or Electronic? (Electronic, is easier to carry a lot more choices with me)

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
Thanks for inviting me ! I hope you'll give the SMOKIN' HOT FIREMEN Anthology a try. There are some great stories by some of your favorite authors and some authors who will become your favorites. What's not to love about a fireman who's willing to risk his life to save yours? And look for my story, CHASING FIRE - A daring smoke jumper braves a forest inferno while fighting for the woman who makes him burn

This is an anthology of short stories all dealing with Smexy Firemen and edited by Delilah Devlin.  There are 17 stories by 17 different authors in this particular book.   With that many authors, it means that most of these stories were only a few pages long, ranging anywhere from 7 to 17 pages long.

As with any anthology, there are going to be hits and misses for every person.  Some of the stories were complete unto themselves, some were more like vignettes taken from a larger novel, and there were a few that were more straight erotic scene than story.  Some of them were completely awesome and some of them were eh. Overall, it was a very good look at why firemen seem to get us all Steamed up!

Personally, I like anthologies.  They are a great way to get a quick introduction to a new author, as well as not feel too guilty when you are busy or interrupted while reading and keep having to put the book down because you are between stories anyway.  This was a great cross section of both authors and types of stories.  I think just about everyone could find something in this anthology that they like.  I am going with 3 stars on Goodreads and a couple of new authors to add to my Must Check Out pile.


One randomly drawn commenter during the tour will receive a $50 Amazon GC.

Each tour stop has a different author and different giveaway from that author. Authors participating in this tour will be: Adele Dubois, Cathryn Fox, Cynthia D’Alba, Delilah Devlin, Elle James, Lynn Townsend, Maggie Wells, M. Marie, Rachel Firasek, Sabrina York, and Tahira Iqbal.

At this site, we have Elle James and she will award a book bag, books and swag. (US addresses only)

So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

July 15:
Erzabet's Enchantments

July 16:
Nana Prah's Blog
It's Raining Books

July 17:
Wicked Readings by Tawania

July 18:
Ramblings From This Chick

July 19:
The Reading Addict
Books to Light Your Fire

July 22:
Books and Other Spells

July 23:
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

July 24:
Musings From An Addicted Reader

July 25:
Sharing Links and Wisdom
Long and Short Reviews

July 26:
Musings and Ramblings

Author Bio:

Elle James spent twenty years in South Central Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, retired Army and Air Force Reservist, she’s proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats or laughing out loud. Now, living in northwest Arkansas, she’s given up wrangling cattle and exotic birds to wrangle her muses, a malti-poo and a yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow skiing, boating, or riding her four-wheeler, dreaming up new stories.

To connect with the author online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. There's nothing better then a book that grabs hold of my emotions & does not let go. Make me laugh & cry & feel.


  2. Elle...Like you, I also had a fleeting fantasy as a young girl of growing up to be a fireman (and also a stuntman and a clown). I grew up to be none of those things! LOL. It's also interesting that you suffered burns as a child and you're in a fireman anthology. Good luck with the Anthology. It sounds great.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. I agree, but can I put a hold on the crying? There are just too many explanations needed when I am sitting somewhere with tears dripping down my face and a book in my hand. *face palm*

  4. I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it as well.

  5. Thank you Musings and Ramblings for hosting the SMOKIN' HOT FIREMEN blog tour. And Thanks to Goddess Fish for pulling it all together! We hope folks will find these fabulous stories as entertaining to read as we found them to write!

  6. A book that grabs the emotions is the best book around!

  7. Thanks Catherine. I took one of those "what you should be when you grow up tests" and it said I should be a test pilot. Hmmm. It didn't take into account my motion sickness....:-)

  8. I love when a book grabs my emotions and won't let go. Especially if I can't stop thinking about it for the next few days.

  9. Then you will enjoy this one. Hope you get a chance to check it out. :)

  10. Thanks for coming by and hanging out with us! Hope you have a good time today. :)

  11. This anthology will grab all of the emotions. You'll laugh, cry, sigh, and get excited!

  12. I enjoyed the interview and excerpt, thank you. I have added the book to my read list.

  13. Enjoyed the interview and have this on my TRL. Look forward to reading these stories. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you
    around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good
    time! BTW, the guy on the cover reminds me a bit of George Clooney when he played Dr. Ross on ER!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  15. Glad you liked the posting. You won't be disappointed with the book.

  16. Thanks Carol! As busy as we all get, it's nice to read short stories when you only have a few minutes downtime.

  17. *Sigh* Fire Jumpers really do not get the applause and admiration they deserve. They do so much more than just put fires out. Just like community firemen, they put out fires and risk their lives, but their risk is everyday they are working, and at a much greater extent. Don't get me wrong, I respect "regular" firemen and applaud them for their commitment, but fire jumpers have never got the level of respect or acknowledgement as they have. This is why this story is so exciting to me, because we do NOT hear about these brave people everyday, so it is a complete fantasy for me. I want to know the men that basically run kamikaze missions and how passionate they are, not only about their career, but their lives and love as well. Thank you so much for allowing me this fantasy to come true through your story!

  18. You're so right Kimberly. They don't get the credit they deserve. Thank you for this posting!

  19. I loved the tour, and the book looks amazing!


  20. Great interview, always so interesting to get insights into an author's mind and I am impressed...I usually only focus on the meal for the upcoming evening...not the entire week, lol.

  21. The tour has been fun and I'm really looking forward to reading Smokin' Hot Firemen!! My husband and I own a business and you can find us cooking on our days off so we don't have to worry about it each night. Always eating 'leftovers' though!!!

  22. SO i know you like firefighters...but are there any other men in uniform who set you ladies aflame??

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  23. I bought this anthology in paperback and arrived 2 days ago and I am almost at the end... OMG.. some hot reading THANK YOU!

  24. Okay I'll say it, this is a smoking hot anthology!

  25. Thanks, Trix! The book is a great compilation of hot short stories!

  26. I like to cook, but not often. I really could use more recipes. Only my family isn't into a lot of spices. Sadly.

  27. Karen, it helps to get ahead for the week by cooking on Sunday. But now that my oldest daughter and grandchildren are living with us, it doesn't last as long. I wonder why?

  28. Ah Andra,
    Wait for it! HIGH OCTANE HEROS comes out next and you'll get more men in uniform fixes!

  29. Yay Eniko! So glad you're loving it!

  30. Haha Laurie! We like to think so.

  31. Thanks for sharing the wonderful excerpt and interview and the awesome giveaway. This book sounds like it is very HOT! evamillien at gmail dot com

  32. Sounds good, thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  33. I am sure you will find it an enjoyable read.

  34. Thanks! I am sure you will enjoy it!

  35. My first introduction to these brave men and women was in a Nora Roberts book. I think it takes a very special kind of crazy to not only run into a burning building, but to take that up several notches and decide to jump out a plane into the fire. Ms. James story was one of my personal favorites in the anthology. I am sure you will love it too.

  36. The book is a fantastic read. Hope you enjoy it too.

  37. Thanks. I worked really hard to come up with not only the typical writer questions, but something to really give us some insight into the author. The more real they are to me, the better I typically enjoy their work. So I tried to share some of that. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  38. Glad you are having fun! I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I did. The plus side about leftovers is most things like soups, stews and red sauces always taste better the next day. :)

  39. Who doesn't like a man in uniform? :)

  40. Whoot! Look everyone, unsolicited praise!!! *wink* Glad you are enjoying the book!

  41. Yes, I agree, they nailed that title.... lol.

  42. Oh, it is. I am sure you will find something in it to make you swoon. :)

  43. Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoy the book.

  44. Glad you liked the excerpt and interview, Eva!

  45. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the stories!

  46. Great interview and intro, Elle! Thanks for taking the time to hang out--can't wait to read the whole collection!


  48. Glad you enjoyed the interview. :) I am sure you will enjoy the Anthology (and especially Elle's) *grin*

  49. The winner of this blog tour stop is Rita Wray! Rita, congrats! Elle will be in contact with you shortly!


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