Interview and Giveaway with Kate Meader

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Welcome to Under the Covers, Kate! For readers who may be new to your books, could you please tell us about the Hot in Chicago series first?

The Hot in Chicago series is about the Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have all followed in the footsteps of their legendary firefighter foster father, Sean Dempsey, and live by the lessons he taught them: fire is stronger than blood and defend the people you love to the last ember. Wyatt, Luke, Beck, Alexandra, and Gage all work at Engine Co. 6 in Chicago, and throughout the series find their happily-ever-afters.


SPARKING THE FIRE is the third book in the series. What was your favorite part of writing Molly and Wyatt’s story?

Wyatt! It was so much fun to get inside his head. I tend to write very verbal heroes who are quip masters and wear their emotions on their sleeves. But Wyatt has always been the quiet Dempsey, the serious guy who stays in the background. Putting him with a famous Hollywood actress who lives her life in the limelight seemed like a romance match made in Heaven.


How would you describe Wyatt in 3 words?  How about Molly?

Wyatt: Brooding, loyal, bearded.

Molly: Burned, brave, determined.


Why did you decide to set this series in the Windy City?

I live in Chicago so it seemed like a natural fit. Plus I’m a big fan of big city-set romances where you can use real places, streets, and landmarks as a backdrop. Chicago is perfect for romance.


Do you have a favorite scene from this book?

Wyatt and Molly are trying to keep their relationship on the down low and decide to use the ’69 Camaro that Wyatt is restoring as a hook-up location. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Wyatt, I think you’re missing the point of the illicit affair. It’s supposed to be comprised of desperate quickies wherever we can find a flat surface. In waiting for it to be perfect, we are missing out on all the amazing, hot sex we should be having!”

He frowned at her outburst.

Must she do everything herself? She sidestepped him and opened the back door of the Camaro. “Like in here.”

“You want to do it in the Camaro?”

“I do.”

“You want to have sex in the backseat of my ’69 Camaro?”

Sheesh, guys were so weird about their stupid cars.

“Maybe we could lay down a blanket or something.”

He kissed the ever-loving stuffing out of her. “I must have been a saint in a previous life.” Switching their positions, he maneuvered his big body into the backseat and flipped on the car’s dome light. “Get out of my dreams and into my car.”

Billy Ocean? Oh boy.


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I love second chance romances!  What is it about this trope that appealed to you to write it?

I love them too! I think it’s the chance of one more shot at getting it right. No matter how much we screw up, no matter how lost it all seems, there’s always hope.


If you had to summarize this book in a tweet (140 characters or less) what would you say?

Hot, bearded firefighter reunites with his ex-lover, a Hollywood actress in @kittymeader’s SPARKING THE FIRE #HotInChicago #GoodbyeDempseys


What’s coming next from Kate Meader?

I’m switching fire for ice! My next series will be about three estranged half-sisters who inherit a troubled hockey franchise. It’ll start with a prequel novella in March 2017 then the first full-length novel in the Chicago Rebels series should be available in the summer. Read all about it here:



Available September 27, 2016

[new-release title=”Sparking the Fire” author=”Kate Meader”]




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About Kate Meader

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.



This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher and will include Flirting with Fire (Book 1) and Playing with Fire (Book 2). You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the Fire Giveaways – but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.

 Blog Tour:

September 14:

RT Book Reviews – Exclusive Excerpt only

 September 20:

Heroes and Heartbreakers

September 23:

USA Today’s Happy Ever After – Exclusive Excerpt only

September 26:

Harlequin Junkie

Under the Covers

A Midlife Wife

Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It

September 27:

Collector of Book Boyfriends

Literary Gossip

The Romance Reviews

Once Upon a Twilight

Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

September 28:

Four Chicks Flipping Pages

In Between the Pages

Reviews by Crystal

Read Love Blog

September 29:

Abigail Books Addiction

Read Your Writes

Booklovers for Life

Dirty and Thirty

September 30:

Lush Book Reviews

Art, Books & Coffee

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

The Lovely Books

October 3:

The Romance Dish

Margie’s Must Reads

Girl Meets Books

Dirty Girl Romance

Jen’s Reading Obsession

Jackie’s Books ‘n Bags

What’s Better Than Books?

TJ Loves to Read

Curvy and Nerdy

Hot Guys in Books

KT Book Reviews

October 4:

About That Story

Love is a State of Mind

Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

Book Junkiez

Books Are My Friends, Come See Why

Off-Grid-Momma’s Bookshelf

Fire and Ice Book Reviews

Polished Book Worm

Ingrid’s Book Blog

Thoughts of a Blonde

E-Reading After Midnight

October 5:

Cocktails and Books

WTF Are You Reading?

Alathia Paris Morgan

The Reading Café

Those Crazy Book Chicks


The Sassy Bookster

Always Booking

I Love Romance

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Kitty’s Book Spot!

October 6:

Bea’s Book Nook

Kricket’s Chirps Romance Blog

Ever After Book Reviews

Marie’s Tempting Reads

Jenerated Reviews

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore

A Fortress of Books

Author Liaisons

Sexy Bibliophiles

The Librarian – Blog Talk Radio Author’s on the Air – Interview Only – Listen Live at 7:30 pm ET!

October 7:

Once Upon a Page

Ramblings from this Chick

Southern Yankee Book Reviews

Dog-Eared Daydreams

Oh My Growing TBR


After Dark Book Lovers

Literary, Etc.

Misty’s Book Bin And More

Fiction Fangirls

The Book Quarry

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Sue G.

Ooh, I do love a hot fireman and these covers are scorching! Love the use of the ’69 Camaro! 😉

Amy R

Thanks for the post, I’ve had this series on my wishlist for a while.


New-to-me author and series, sounds cool!


Would love to try this author


Can’t wait to read this series!!


Great quote! These seem like fun characters


Great interview


this looks and sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Schaber

I love the interview here and the excerpts that I’ve read thus far. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim Perry

Great interview! I love Kate Meader’s books and have been looking forward to this book!


Would love to read this series


I love the excerpt! It grabbed my attention so that I want to immediately read it…after my current book. *LOL*

This is definitely in my TBR list. 😉


Thanks for the interview. I love Kate Meader’s stories!