Look, touch, but don’t fall in love.
Massage therapist Liz Williams lives by one rule: never date a client. A rule she’s never had trouble following until she lays hands on fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay. Trouble is, Liz’s sexy new client is dating her arch-rival at work…and has a strange habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.
Firefighter Torrunn MacKay has got it made: killer job, downtown condo with a view, and hot blonde girlfriend with no more desire to tie the knot than he has. But the surprise attraction he feels toward his new masseuse is threatening to change all that. And what’s with the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere?
Can Liz mind her table manners and keep Torrunn at arms’ length? Will Torrunn put his commitment fears aside to keep Liz safe? More than hearts will be in jeopardy when the two start Flirting with Fire.
CONTENT WARNING: Beware of darkened rooms, delicious firefighters, and desperate pyromaniacs.
Thank you so much for having me over to your blog today, Zili! I’m here to spread the word about my recent romantic suspense release, Flirting With Fire. While it can be read as a standalone novel, it is also the second book in my Hometown Heroes collection. The entire series is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and many of the locations mentioned in the book either exist or are loosely based on actual places. So today I thought I’d share with you 10 random facts about the book and its setting. Here goes!
1. Fort Wayne, Indiana is an actual city and my hometown. It’s named after General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, who helped build and defend a fort built around 1794 at the confluence of our three rivers: the St. Marys, the St Joseph, and the Maumee.
2. Liz Williams, FWF’s heroine, grew up in a small town south and west of Fort Wayne. And while Autumn Lake, Indiana is not an actual town, it is very loosely based on the town of Roanoke, Indiana, where I, too, spent my younger years.
3. Torrunn MacKay, FWF’s hero, works at Fire Station One, located at the northeast corner of Main St. and Spy Run Avenue.
4. The ball diamond referenced many times in the book, and the backdrop to Liz’s new apartment complex, is actually Parkview (not Glenview) Field. It serves as home to the Fort Wayne Tincaps, a minor league class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Our beautiful stadium was just voted the #1 Minor League Baseball stadium experience in 2014 by Stadium Journey magazine.
5. The Irish pub mentioned several times in FWF is actually named J K O’Donnell’s and is a popular downtown hangout.
6. The Chinese restaurant also mentioned in FWF is actually the Double Dragon Restaurant, and sits beside an alley where a key arson in the story took place.
7. This is the aforementioned alley. (Hint: the fire that happens here in the book just might land poor Liz in a nearby hospital…)
8. Here’s a view of Liz’s apartment building, as seen from the ball diamond. I’ve always thought if I had been young and single (and kid-free) when the stadium opened, I would have jumped at the chance to rent one of these apartments.
9. The Lakeside Park Rose Garden is known as one of the largest rose collections in the state. It’s also located near where Nate Steele and Jessica Hartley live, and just might be the location for their upcoming wedding in Book 3 of the series…
10. Last but not least, the home mentioned at the end of the book was formerly owned by my stepmother, who has been an avid supporter of my writing. My father helped renovate that beautiful old home from top to bottom, inside and out. It wasn’t until after the book came out that I discovered he had proposed to her in the same location as a proposal in FWF took place. Like father, like daughter, it seems. ;-)
“I had nothing to do with this.”
Torrunn watched me pace back and forth across the interrogation room, his look grim. “Nobody’s saying you did.”
“Then why did I get hauled down here? I should be back at the spa—I’ve got a regular at three o’clock who’s going to be pissed.”
“Relax, Liz,” he said from his seat at the room’s lone table. “They’re just going to ask you a few simple questions. See if you saw anything. And you heard Xavier—he’s covering your appointment.”
“He shouldn’t have to. Me, having to come down here? It’s going to kill any trust I’ve built up at the spa, and it’s not fair. I didn’t set the stupid dumpster on fire. Heck, I’m scared of fires. I hide inside every Fourth of July for fear of getting hit by falling bottle rockets.” I stopped pacing and ran a hand through my hair. “You believe me,” I asked, spinning to face him. “Don’t you?”
He smoothed an amused grin from his face and nodded. “Yes, I do. Though, you were a little flustered when you got into the massage room.”
I snorted. “Not because of anything going on outside.”
“Oh?” Torrunn leaned forward in his seat, eyes bright with interest. “What could possibly have had you so frazzled?”
Why had I been all worked up as I raced into the building? Was it really because I was running late, or because of who was waiting for me on the table…?
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love and mystery in the Midwest. When this Hoosier native is not pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves golf, Guitar Hero, and thinking through plot twists while out on a good run. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com for links to connect with her on social media. Kyra lives in northern Indiana with her husband and two children.