We are so excited to be able to welcome the lovely Kate Meader to Sinfully on the release day of Melting Point, a novella in the Hot in Chicago series… Our Lisa loved this book, so don’t forget to check out her review and read on to find out exactly how Gage and Brady got their own story.
The Needs-His-Own-Story Character
At one time or another, it happens to every author. The main characters in your series are set and you have a cast of secondary characters who will pop in for comic relief or to make it look like your hero isn’t a weirdo loner or basically to tell the MC when he’s being a bone head. Authors often have more fun writing the secondary characters because you don’t have to make them especially likeable or relatable like the MCs. They can be as outrageous as they want and act as proxies for the reader.
But then it happens: one of those pesky secondary characters demands more page time. Case in point—my hot, cocky firefighter, Gage Simpson. Gage started life as one of the firefighting foster kids of Sean Dempsey. Five in total, and four of them would get their own m/f books. But with the first scene I wrote for Gage, I knew it wouldn’t be enough to keep him in the background. So I gave him a love interest: Brady, a broody, damaged, scarred former-Marine-turned-chef, who would put a crimp in Gage’s swagger and make him want more than the job he loves and the family who saved him. The plan was to have their romance play out as a subplot arcing over three m/f books in the Hot in Chicago series.
With the release of FLIRTING WITH FIRE, the first book in the Hot in Chicago series about a family of firefighting foster siblings, Gage quickly became a favorite. Readers loved him, my editor loved him, I loved him. I had already realized that there was nothing secondary about Gage and Brady’s story and it was too big to be confined in the pages of a subplot. I think I needed someone else to assure me that the boys deserved their own book.
MELTING POINT, while part of the Hot in Chicago series, was written to be a standalone. Sure, the heroes have already met but I’ve thrown in a flashback that catches the reader up quickly so you won’t miss out by not having read the first book. Firefighter orphan and damaged Marine with more communication issues than you can shake a fire hose at? I’m fairly sure that’s catnip to somebody. (It is to me!) I hope you take a chance on Gage, the sexy, funny firefighter who talked his way into his own book, and Brady, the guy who turns his world upside down.
Author ~ Kate Meader
Publisher ~ Pocket Star
Published ~ 31st August 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview of Playing with Fire!
Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.
Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.
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Meet 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.