Interview and Giveaway with Jaci Burton

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Welcome back to Under the Covers, Jaci. We are so excited about your new series, Brotherhood by Fire. HOT TO THE TOUCH is the first book and it’s about Jackson and Becks. Both of them have been through a lot in their lives and are survivors. What’s your favorite thing about each, and what do you think is their biggest weakness?

Thanks so much! I’m thrilled to be back to talk about my new series, Brotherhood by Fire.

I loved writing Jackson and Becks’ story. They have both been through a lot in their lives. Spending their formative years out on the streets wasn’t easy for either of them, but they both came through it with survival instincts and an appreciation for life that many people don’t have.

My favorite thing about Jackson is his love and protectiveness for his adoptive family. My favorite thing about Becks is her caring nature, her wish to give back to the homeless community where she came from, especially to the kids, so she can provide them some comfort.

Jackson’s biggest weakness is his inability to deal with his past. Becks’ biggest weakness is thinking she always has to do everything on her own.

I love stories about found families and in this case, the bond between the three boys started out in the streets and they managed to survive so much together. It’s strong and beautiful. How did this idea come to be and what’s your favorite thing about writing found families?

I think family is what you make of it, and it isn’t always about blood ties. You can truly make something beautiful from the people in your life who love and accept you for who you are, not where you came from. I’ve read some wonderful found family books, and I’ve seen multiple examples of it in my own life. I love the family I was born into. They’re amazing and I’m lucky to have them. And there also the people I love and consider family that I’ve known for years that I have close ties to. People who’ve known me better than anyone else. It’s easy to write about what you’ve personally experienced.

I’m extremely excited that you’ve gone the route of firefighters with this series because they are HOT (pun intended). Have you wanted to write about firefighters for a while? What kind of research did you have to do for this as opposed to your sports romances?

I have family and friends who are firefighters. I admire them greatly, as I admire all those who put their lives on the line to keep others safe.

I did a great deal of research on this series. I talked with firefighters who are on the job. They were wonderful in providing me detailed information on what it’s like out there, what kinds of calls they get and how to set up to work anything from a routine traffic accident to a major structure fire. There are also multiple places to find firefighting information on the Internet. I could spend hours watching YouTube videos lol.

I’m a very visual person so I have to ask. Do you have anyone in mind as inspiration for the three Donovan boys?

I don’t. I’m not the type of author who does visual boards for characters, using actors or models to create a certain type. The characters exist in my mind only, as I hope they will for my readers. That way when they’re reading, they can visualize what they think the Donovan guys look like. 😉

I was doing some digging through Amazon and ran across a Christmas novella you have coming up in October. I can’t resist your holiday stories and they are among my favorites and must read any time you have one out. What can you tell us about THE MATCHMAKER’S MISTLETOE MISSION and is this going to be a series of some sort?

I’m so happy you brought this up! THE MATCHMAKER’S MISTLETOE MISSION is a prequel novella to my new Boots and Bouquets contemporary romance series. The series is about three sisters, and it’s set at an Oklahoma vineyard that also provides wedding services. I’m so excited about this series. Weddings and wine—who doesn’t love that combination?

If another couple from any of your books could go on a double date with Jackson and Becks, who do you think it would be that would hit it off best with them and what would that look like?

I definitely think Tyler and Jenna from Taking A Shot from my Play by Play series. Jackson and Tyler are both pretty laid back and would talk sports and firefighting, and Becks and Jenna have that same snarky type of attitude and fun sense of humor. I think they’d all hit it off right away and would become best friends.

What’s currently on your to-read pile that you’re most anticipating to get to?

I’ve just started an ARC of Jill Shalvis’ The Lemon Sisters and it’s fabulous. I know—lucky me! I also just finished reading an advance copy of Andie J. Christopher’s Not The Girl You Marry and it was A-mazing! I highly recommend it.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the first single title in my Boots and Bouquets series that we discussed above. I’m having so much fun with it, and I can’t wait for my readers to dive into this new series. I hope they love it as much as I love writing it.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

Thanks for having me today! It’s always fun to chat with you.

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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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SIGNED copy of HOT TO THE TOUCH
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Sue G.

Sounds like a fun, new series. I love your cover! You always have the best covers!

Misty Swafford

I have been seeing this around a lot lately and I am definitely interested in it. Going to be adding it to my Goodreads TBR so I don’t forget about it.

Amy R

Thanks for the post, I plan to pick up the audiobook.

Elizabeth

Her books are always hot so I imagine this will be doubly so 😉

Kathy Valentine

Awesome interview and giveaway!! Shared on my socials!!??

Diane Sadler

Very interested in firefighter series! Congratulations!

Timitra

Great interview

Diane Sallans

oh boy! a Jaci Burton firefighter series!

Kim Perry

Great interview! I can’t wait to read this series!

BookLady

Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

Trix

Yay, firemen!

Kathleen O'Donnell

I can’t wait to start this new series. Love your books.

Kathleen Bylsma

Your books NEVER fail me! thank you!

Ana Cordoba

Interesting premise. Can’t wait to read it!

Joanne

I love Jaci Burton already on my the

Lilah Chavez

You can never go wrong with a Jaci Burton story! ????!

Laura Lovejoy- Brunk

Jaci’s books are always amazing. Add HAWT angsty firefighters…Yum !

Jennifer Beyer

I love Jaci Burton’s books. They are always so much fun to read.