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Meet some of the sexy, smoking hot
Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel.

And her amazing …

{It’s a Wonderful Fireman}

(Contemporary Romance)

It's a Wonderful Fireman

MBA&M: Why fireman as your heroes?

I learned recently that on Family Feud, firefighting came out on top as the sexiest profession. I have to say that I agree! There’s just something so appealing about these men (and women) who accept danger and risk as part of their existence, and yet don’t see themselves as big heroes. They often have a down-to-earth quality about them and a great sense of humor. I also appreciate the brotherhood aspect of fire stations. They depend on each other when out on a call, and hang out together back at the firehouse. That bond can be very strong and very inspiring.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write. Why?

If I say Stan, would you laugh? I’m just kidding. The firehouse dog is great, but I’d have to go with a human character. Vader was a ton of fun to write. He’s the hero of Four Weddings and a Fireman, and a big goofball with a heart of gold. In the current story, IT’S A WONDERFUL FIREMAN, I really enjoyed delving into Mulligan’s past, reliving key scenes in his life with him.  Sometimes they were rough experiences, but they really showed what an innately caring person he is despite his bad boy appearance.

MBA&M: What has been your most important accomplishment, so far in your writing career?

When I made it onto the USA Today bestseller list, the feeling was absolutely incredible. A piece of validation like that really goes a long way. It’s like someone saying, “You’re doing the right thing, taking on this crazy writing business. Just keep at it, and you never know what amazing things will happen.” But truthfully, I’d say that my most important accomplishment is that despite all the ups and downs of the publishing business, my passion for writing hasn’t gone away, in fact, it’s grown. Every email I get from a reader is just as meaningful to me – probably more – as that week I spent on the bestseller list.

MBA&M: Who has been the greatest influence in your life, be it personal or writing career?

Well, this isn’t a “person” – though people are involved — but I’d say my yoga and meditation practice has been a huge influence on me both personally and in my writing career. It’s helped me become more even-keeled, focused, and intuitive. All of those traits are incredibly valuable in my personal life, in my career path, and in my writing itself. I’m not sure any of my books would have gotten written without all that personal work that came before.

MBA&M: What would you love to do in life, you haven’t yet done. Why?

That’s easy! I would love to attend the red carpet premiere of the movie version of one of my books. I’d wear a fantastic dress and make my husband buy a tuxedo. My daughter and I would spend the entire day beforehand at a beauty salon. Why haven’t I done this yet? Yeah, good question, Hollywood! Come on, studio heads! Don’t you know that people love firemen?

MBA&M: Last but not least, what can readers expect from you in the future, any major changes in your life, coming forward?

My big news for next year is the start of a new series, Love Between the Bases, about the Kilby Catfish, a minor league team from Texas. ALL OF ME, the first book, will be released on May 26, 2015, one day before my birthday, which I hope is a good omen. I’m really excited about this series, though I admit it’s sad to say goodbye to the firemen. I’m going to see if there’s a way I can weave a fireman or two into this series.

Thank you so much for having me on the blog!

What a pleasure to have you with us and our readers today! Congratulations on your latest release! Much success in your future endeavors!!




Hard-edged fireman Dean Mulligan has never been a
big fan of Christmas. Twinkly lights and sparkly tinsel can’t brighten the
memories of too many years spent in ramshackle foster homes. Although he’s
established himself as one of the top firefighters at San Gabriel Station 1, he
doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like gorgeous Lizzie.
Lizzie Breen is used to fighting-from her alpha
male brothers, who try to smother her in the name of safety, to the
life-threatening childhood illness she overcame. She knows what she and
Mulligan feel for each other is a lot more than a fling, but she can’t get him
to see that. The only gift Lizzie wants to give him this season is her love,
but he’s not willing to accept it.
When Mulligan is trapped in the burning wreckage
of a holiday store, a Christmas angel arrives to open his eyes. But is it too
late? This Christmas, it’ll take an angel, a determined woman in love, and the
entire Bachelor Firemen crew to make him believe … it is indeed a wonderful life.


“You shouldn’t be
flirting with the new probie. If Fred was here, he’d tell you.” Mulligan looked
very sure of that fact—arrogant, even. She assessed the bump in his nose, the
way his biceps bulged from the sleeves of his T-shirt, his air of absolute
assurance. Another girl might be intimidated, but Lizzie had grown up with four
brothers who’d become soldiers and a firefighter. She’d outgrown intimidation
by the age of six.
 “Why are you so suspicious of Ace? He’s part
of the brotherhood, isn’t he?”
“Not yet,”
Mulligan said with decisive finality, as if everything had now been settled.
“You stay here, and I’ll tell him to get lost.”
“You will not!”
She grabbed his arm as he brushed past her. It felt like grabbing a log, that’s
how thick and strong his forearm was. “It’s none of your business.”
“It is my
business. Freddie’s my business. We’re tight.”
“If you were that
tight, you’d know that his only involvement with my love life is feeding me ice
cream after a breakup,” she snapped. “Stay out of it, Mulligan. You have some
nerve, you really do. I’ve never even met you before, and you’re trying to tell
me who to sleep with.”
He stopped dead.
She kept her hand on his arm because it felt so good. His tendons tightened
under her touch, and she saw his jaw flex.
A quick flick of
his wrist, and suddenly she was pressed against him, chest to chest, thighs to
thighs. Sensation poured through her; it felt like standing next to a volcano.
“I’m not telling you who to sleep with. I’m telling you who not to sleep with.”
“Oh, really?” she
snapped, furious. “Who should I not
sleep with?”
“Anyone but me.”



About the author:

Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of
academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well,
any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now
lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as
she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned
at family gatherings.

Visit her on the Web at:

Twitter: jen_bernard


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