Playing with Fire

by Tamara Morgan

Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket—even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant…and she’s hurt enough people already.

Including herself.

But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.

Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame—but Ian has his own secrets.

And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.



Title: Playing with Fire
Anthology: Holding Out for a Hero
Author: Tamara Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 140 pages
Release Date: September 2012
Imprint: Ever Afters


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MBA&M:  Tell our readers a little about you? Your likes and dislikes?


TM: I like books. And love. (And especially books about love.)


When I’m not reading or writing, I can usually be found wasting time on the Internet and watching far too much television than is good for me. I’m definitely a pop culture sort of gal.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write the genre you write? Why?


TM: I’m more of a contemporary romance author than a paranormal one, so my most recent release is kind of a new genre for me. I just couldn’t resist the lure of the superhero world—especially with so much Avengers madness going on right now.


Give me a man (or woman) in a cape, and I’m one happy camper. You can even throw in some tights if you’re feeling adventurous.


MBA&M:  In your own words tell our readers a little about PLAYING WITH FIRE?


TM: She’s a reluctant supervillain with self-esteem issues; he’s an alpha nerd with some groveling to do. Throw in some government conspiracies, superpower persecution, and sexytimes, and you’ve got one hot little story.


MBA&M:  Where did you get the idea for this story?


TM: Almost the entire story was built around the first line: “I should have opted for the boob job.”


The second my heroine thought that, I couldn’t let it go. What did she get instead of the boob job? And why was that bizarre offer even on the table?


MBA&M:  What was or is the greatest roadblock in writing and how did you overcome it?


TM: In PLAYING WITH FIRE, one of my biggest problems was that I didn’t get to know my characters until about halfway through the first draft, so it was a struggle to bring them to life on the page. Once their personalities finally clicked into place, the rest of the pieces fell with them.


Sometimes they characters are tricky like that…I have to coax them out of their shells a little.


MBA&M: What is on the horizon for you?


TM: I have lots of exciting releases coming up in 2013. First up is a con woman vs. art thief heist caper in February, and then I hope to launch a new contemporary series. (But it’s still a little hush-hush right now, so shhhhhh.)


MBA&M:  Do you feel any deep connections to your characters? Why?


TM: I do when I’m in the thick of a story. I laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry. (And then blow my nose in a Post-It, just like Joan Wilder.) But it’s hard to keep feeling for them when new characters are crowding in, demanding their turn, so I try to turn them off as soon as I hit The End.


MBA&M: How do you see the future of e-books vs. print impacting the industry?


TM: Honestly, I try not to think too much about it.


As a reader, I enjoy e-books and print books equally, but with different purposes in mind. Digital reading is my quick fix, and I like the lower prices associated with it. Print books I tend to savor longer.


As a writer, I like to think of my books as quick fixes, as fun romps that take you away for an hour or two. E-books make sense for me, which is why I look for digital first publishers when I submit my work.


MBA&M: What advice do you have for those who’d like to write but don’t know where to start?


TM: Start!


Begin with the first sentence and don’t stop until you reach The End. Enjoy every minute of it. Don’t obsess over whether or not your characterization is strong or if the plot has holes. Don’t even think about publication.


To me, the most important first step is discovering that you can, in fact, write a book. The rest comes with time and practice and a lot of hard work—but try not to worry about those pesky details until you get to that point.


MBA&M:  Back to your current release, who was your favorite character to write in this story? Why?


TM: My favorite was Neil, the punchy sidekick of our hero. I love characters who don’t have to conform to standard hero and heroine ideals, so I have a tendency to sneak them in as secondary characters. Neil is slovenly and juvenile and petty…and also loyal as all get out. I adore him.


MBA&M:  Who was your least favorite or hardest character to write? Why?


TM: General Eagle, the villain. I don’t know what it is about villains, but we do not get along. (It must be my natural heroism.) I work so hard to make them well-rounded, believable characters that I end up liking them too much. Poor, misunderstood dears.


I think it would be fun to write an entire cast of villains. They deserve love, too!


MBA&M:  What’s your favorite movie? Why?


TM: I love old musicals. All of them. There is something about people who break out in song and dance and Technicolor that makes me happy.


MBA&M: What does a day in your life look like?


TM: It looks a lot like a woman staring at a computer screen for hours on end. J


In addition to my fiction writing, I also do quite a bit of freelance copywriting work. This means I spend quite a bit of time typing away on various projects or doing dishes to procrastinate typing away on various projects.


I do sometimes take breaks to chauffeur my daughter to her various activities. It’s quite glamorous, really.


MBA&M: Where can our readers find you?


TM: I’m on Twitter most of the time. I occasionally pop up on Facebook and Goodreads, and you can also find updates at my website.


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