Taming Fire Book Tour & Giveaway

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Taming Fire
Braving the Heat Book 2
by Leora Gonzales
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Yoga instructor Louise Pine is the
ultimate caretaker. Everyone around her
seems to have an emergency, but Lou hasn’t met a fire she couldn’t
put out—until she’s faced with the hunky, bossy firefighter who
crashes into her own backyard—and her life. No one tells Lou what
to do, yet somehow the guy’s take-charge style makes her tingle . . .
Phoenix “Nix” Jones is used to calling the shots, whether he’s dealing
with his younger siblings or taking on a dangerous blaze. Luckily,
the fire at Lou’s is a false alarm. But the heat the fit and feisty
woman ignites is far from dying out . . .
As the sparks turn into 5-alarm passion, can two strong-willed people
end up engulfed by love—or will they crash and burn?
**can easily be read as a standalone!**
Simmering Heat
Braving the Heat Book 1

Where there’s smoke . . .
Growing up as the privileged daughter of two doctors, Jasmine Kingford
thought the housekeeper’s son was hot—and the feeling was mutual.
But back then there were lines they couldn’t cross. Good thing
they’re all grown up now—and in the same wedding party . . .
As best man for a fellow firefighter, Leo Trask is floored to discover
the maid-of-honor is a blast from his past. One that ignites
fireworks that have been brewing for years. Soon enough, he and
Jasmine are having a very private, all-night-long celebration of
their own—and it’s clear neither wants it to end there . . .
Jasmine’s all too happy to finally shed her pampered princess demeanor
Leo. What she finds is a connection—and a complication—she didn’t
expect. Leo’s the opposite of the nine-to-five guy she planned on.
She wants a nursing career, kids, and a man who’s home by
dinnertime. Leo’s an irresistible bad boy with a dangerous,
unpredictable job. And he’s everything she never knew she wanted,
and more . . .
Melting Snow
Braving the Heat Book .5
Broke college student Winter Snow
wants Christmas to be
Thanks to her annoying name, this time of year always leaves her
feeling Scrooged. The only cheer she wants is cold hard cash from her
mall cleaning job—until a surprise offer from a hunky firefighter
sparks one sizzling midnight temptation . . .
William Holiday needs a replacement elf for his fire station’s fund-raiser.
Convincing Winter she’s perfect for the part—and giving her some
one-on-one training—is a task he’s happy to take on. Because her
irrepressible smarts and luscious curves are making this seductive
Saint Nick want to deliver all night long . . .
Winter isn’t betting on more than an X-rated Xmas fling. But Will plans
show her they have more in common than their quirky last names—enough
to keep their wildest holiday wishes coming true . . .

**Only 99 cents!**


Leora Gonzales is an original Kansas girl
who misses the Sunflower State every day. She spends time reading,
writing . . . and making sure her two kids don’t kill themselves or
each other. She’s addicted to tattoos, good food, good company—and
finding lots of reasons to laugh or smile every day.

Chapter 1

“Lou, I think you may have bitten off more than you can chew with this one…” Louise said to
herself as she stared into the flames starting to catch fire in her small fire pit.
Louise reached for the bag of chocolates on the chair next to her. While unwrapping a
morsel, she took in the backyard that had become her oasis these last two weeks. Now that Junior
was living with her, she couldn’t catch up on her shows in the evening. She was afraid of him
walking in and getting an eyeful of zombies. The poor kid had enough on his plate without adding
flesh-eating walkers to his bedtime worries. That meant that she had been sneaking into the
backyard after his bedtime and lighting a small fire as she sipped, or gulped if she had to be honest,
a bottle of wine.
Swirling her sweet red wine in her glass, Louise leaned back in her patio chair. The familiar
squeak of the old metal base was comforting as she tried to shake off the day’s stresses.
Her yard was the perfect size for the house. A small wooden deck came off the backdoor
with a staircase that flowed down into the yard where her fire pit was centered. Mismatched patio
chairs, aka garage sale finds, circled the pavers surrounding the pit, and a tall wooden privacy fence
surrounded the entire yard.
It was cozy and perfect and all hers.
Louise washed the chocolate down with the rest of her wine, smacking her lips at the
deliciousness of the combination. Using her fireplace poker, she stoked the fire a bit before propping
her feet up at the edge of the stones to absorb the warmth. Even though it was early October, they
had already had a few cold days in Larryville this year. The fire, combined with the leaves rustling
from the crisp breeze, made her wish for spiced cider and Halloween movies.
It was perfect…until she heard the sirens. Sirens that sounded like they were getting closer
and closer to her house at the end of her block. Was there a fire next door?
Louise tried to turn a bit in her chair to peer over the fence, but she couldn’t see anything
besides darkness. The neighborhood had only one streetlight, and most of the other houses on the
block were unlit. Her
neighbors usually weren’t outside much once it cooled down in autumn, which meant quiet nights for
Lou by the fire.
Louise worried for a moment that Harold, her elderly neighbor, may have hurt himself and
made a 911 call. Relaxing, she remembered that Harold’s daughter had picked him up for a trip to
an out-of-town family
reunion for the weekend.
Sending up a silent prayer that the sirens wouldn’t wake Junior, Louise refilled her wine
glass, pouring all the way to the rim.
Carefully holding the glass as steadily as possible, she was just getting ready to sip the
excess off the top when a huge crash knocked down her back gate. The large wooden door fell
haphazardly onto her mismatched potted plants that edged the walkway into the backyard.
Startled by the noise, she jerked her hand, sloshing over half of the red wine out of the glass
and down the front of her white robe.
“Mother—” Louise yelped as she tried to figure out what was going on.
Firefighters streamed into her yard, stumbling over the now broken and knocked down
wooden gate. Hauling gear that she had no idea the purpose of, they stopped and stared at her as
she sat next to her cozy little fire pit.
“What the he—” One of the firefighters scratched his chin under the fastening on his helmet
strap as he looked around the backyard.
Louise stood up, somewhat unsteadily, clutching her wet robe closed. “What’s going on?
Why did you break down my gate? Can you turn off that siren?” she demanded, rapidly firing her
questions at the group of
men still standing around staring at her. When no answers were given, she snapped her fingers to
get their attention and raised her voice. “What’s going on?” Louise held out the hand still holding her
glass and pointed at the gate, “I sure as hell hope you guys plan on fixing that!” The big guy in front

jerked his head toward another fireman. The action must have been some unspoken command
since the other fireman immediately spoke into his walkie-talkie, “Cut the siren.”
“Ma’am.” The man who had been leading the charge on her poor defenseless gate stepped
forward and pointed at her fire. “We received a call from this residence saying there was a fire at the
back of the house.”
Louise gestured to the pit as if she were explaining it to a person hard of hearing. “Of course
there is. I have a fire pit.”
“We can see that—” He moved closer to her. “Is that blood? Are you injured?”
Not waiting for her to answer, the man walked right up to her and opened the front of her
robe. A robe that was covering her pajamas. Pajamas that consisted of a thin tight tank top and
some booty shorts that
had seen better days.
Whipping open the front of her robe, he looked for a reason the entire front of her body would
be covered in red. Using large but gentle hands, the mystery man probed her chest, his hands
sweeping over her
now hard nipples.
“You’re not hurt.” His voice husky, the firefighter pulled her robe closed, making sure not to
let the men behind him see what he had uncovered.
“Wait, did you say that you received a call from this residence?” Louise asked in a hushed
whisper now that her small street was once again quiet.
“Yes, ma’am.” The man nodded before taking off his helmet and sending her a crooked
Louise felt her mouth go dry at the sight of the gorgeous man in front of her. Damn.
Firefighters were apparently the stuff that calendars were made of if this guy was anything to go by.
The sight of his dark wavy hair and twinkling eyes was almost enough to distract her from what he
had said.
Almost, but not enough.
“Junior,” Louise said quickly, before rushing up the deck stairs and through the back door.


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45 Replies to “Taming Fire Book Tour & Giveaway”

  1. Of the three books you are showing I prefer Melting Snow – the first one appears to show hin looking at his muscles….conceded and into himself; 2nd one shows a guy that seems pleased with his actions and lifestyle. The 3rd shows confidence with his head up and there is much mystery as to what the story line will entail.

  2. Look pretty hot and heavy! The cover model has incredible abs, that’s for sure. If your books were made into a movie, what actor do you envision playing the lead?

  3. The cover is alright, but I generally don’t like when you can just see the guy’s abs and not their face…kind of dehumanizes them, you know?

  4. Personally I don’t like book covers of six pack abs. I tend to think of those body builder guys as kind of self centered. I like men who look normal

  5. My favorite book to read is Taming Fire sounds great to read. All the books sound good to read. The covers are awesome.

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