My Kind of Heroes – guest post from Jennifer Bernard

My Kind of Heroes – guest post from Jennifer Bernard

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Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. I am so THRILLED to welcome Jennifer Bernard to our blog recognizing firemen heroes. I was first introduced to Jennifer when she guest-blogged with me on another site. I read her book to post a review. It was a fireman book and I loved it! When Delilah put out the call for firemen stories for Smokin’ Hot Firemen, I don’t think I would have sent one if Jennifer hadn’t  gotten me so interested in these awesome heroes! Then I got a chance to meet Jennifer face-to-face at RT and she’s as awesome as her writing. So without further ado, here’s Jennifer…

Jennifer's books wth firemanSee that cute firefighter holding those two sexy romance novels? Those are mine, and that fantastically fun moment happened during a visit to a firehouse shortly after the first books in my Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series were published. I brought a bunch of books with me, and the guys snapped them up. For their girlfriends, wives, sisters, or maybe for themselves, you never know. Can’t you just picture them reading the sex scenes out loud in the training room and laughing their asses off? I can. And I don’t mind a bit.

Because one thing I’ve learned about firefighters is that they have a great sense of humor. They love to tease and play pranks on each other. To me – and I bet I’m not the only one – this makes them even more sex-single-fireman-150smokin’ hot.

Look, firefighters are heroes. They put their lives on the line every day they’re on the job. They often start their careers at a fairly young age. They deal with life and death, disaster and tragedy, and they need to know how to cope when the worst happens. One fire captain told me that after a traumatic call, he calls his crew together in a quiet room and encourages them to talk about it. Occasionally they break down in tears. There’s no judgment, just support from their fellow firefighters. These sessions help them release their emotions, and also to bond with their crewmates.

From what I’ve seen at firehouses, a shared sense of humor does the same thing. Firefighters need to laugh, they need to find the joy and lightness amidst the danger. They need to bond. Firefighters work as a team and depend on each other for their safety. Teasing each other, giving each other playful nicknames, goofing around at the firehouse all help build those brotherly (and sisterly) bonds.

That’s why my books always include a lot of fun mixed in with the sizzling sex and life-and-death situations. I love choosing my characters’ nicknames (my next hero is nicknamed “Psycho,” because he’s a wild man who also has part of a psychology degree.) I love the pranks they play on each other. (Firefighter dummy hidden in the probie’s bed? Yes, please!) I love letting my firemen just talk and tease, whether it’s about Thor’s crush on a waitress or Vader’s brand new baby blue truck. Many firefighters have told me that I nailed the firehouse atmosphere, and honestly, I can think of no higher praise.

So if you’d like to experience that side of our beloved Smoking Hot Firemen, check out my Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series. The next book, HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN, is coming out on September 24.

To introduce you to the series, I’ll give away an e-copy of my prequel novella, ONE FINE FIREMAN, to one commenter. All you have to do is tell me your favorite nickname!

To read the first chapter of ONE FINE FIREMAN, click here.
To visit my website, click here.
And if you enjoy the occasional picture of smoking hot firemen, stop by my
Facebook page, where I take “Fireman Friday” very seriously, prizes included! 

 

Here’s a little about Jennifer’s next book, How To Tame a Wild Fireman

The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel have a rebel among them, and there’s only one woman who can put his flames out. 

HowTameWildFireman mm c(1)Firefighter Patrick “Psycho” Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she’s focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen…until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they’ll never forget.

27 thoughts on “My Kind of Heroes – guest post from Jennifer Bernard

    1. I actually have a couple of nicknames. Everyone in my family, except my husband and one Uncle calls me Tina. I got that name from my brother who refused to call me Teresa. My uncle calls me Tina Louise (from actress on Gilligan’s Island. My BFF calls me Reese. My nieces and nephews call me Nina. And my in-laws call me “T”. So basically I answer to anything. Lol!

      1. Hi Theresa – Hey, the more nicknames the merrier, right? I answer to Jennifer, Jenny, Jen, really anything beginning with J, LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. You were kind enough to sign a copy of Sex and the Single Firefighter for me at RT13. I finished it last week and immediately went back to the start. I’m reading The Fireman Who Loved Me now and enjoying Brody and Melissa’s story immensely. Thanks so much for joining us here on the SHF blog!

    1. Hi Maggie – Oh great, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the books! RT was crazy, wasn’t it? I can’t wait for the next one. Thanks for having me on the blog!

  2. It’s funny, I don’t think I use nicknames much any longer. Naturally, I was called ‘wormie’ when I was a kid because I was a bookworm (and didn’t mind playing with worms either). I think the only thing I do nowadays is shorten people’s names occasionally. I think that humor goes a long way at helping people cope with the bad things in life so I always appreciate stories with a little humor. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hi Elf – I think “Wormie” might be one of the best nicknames I’ve heard! it would have fit me as a kid, that’s for sure. I was a total bookworm — well, still am. And proud of it, too. 😉

  3. I never really liked any of the nicknames I had as a kid so I rarely use nicknames now. But I can imagine how nicknames can be fun when you have trusted relationships. Thanks for the giveaway! The books look awesome!
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    1. Hi Susan – My most hated childhood nickname was “Big Cheeks Buck Teeth,” isn’t that horrible? It made me long for braces, which I didn’t even need. So I totally see where you’re coming from on that one!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had a nickname that’s a derivative of my name; hubby calls me Sweetie, though. I do love the sound of your books and think that a sense of humor will get you through a whole lot f things!

    1. Hi Karen – My husband and I call each other Sweetie too, I love that. And I absolutely agree, a sense of humor goes a long way, especially during those inevitable tough times.

  5. My nickname when i was little was pudding (gold thing o didn’t understand) my parents even put a sticker on the back of the car: pudding on board (they want so far as tot do arts and crafts tot creatie it)…

    1. Aw, that’s sweet, Lisa. Though I can see that at a certain age you might have wanted to move on. 😉 I love that your parents were so into it, though. They loved their “pudding”! 🙂

  6. My parent’s called me tutta bella (Italian for all beautiful) when I was little, which was shortened to toots. My dad actually still calls me toots. I never thought anything of it until they were using it around my friends in middle school and they all started giggling. I asked what was funny and they asked if it’s because I farted a lot. So naturally I was embarrassed, but since my dad was right there he explained what it meant, and since he was apparently very persuasive I was never made fun of, for that anyway.

  7. Welcome, Jennifer! I’ve definitely heard your name associated with hot firefighters, so it’s perfect that you’ve come to visit here 😉 As for nicknames, I don’t really have the kind of name that lent itself to cute childhood nicknames, much to my sorrow. I did have a lockermate in high school who took it upon herself to invent a variation for me that I didn’t particularly care for, although she herself was a fine locker buddy 🙂 These days the (nick)name I answer to most often? “Mom!!!!!!” (It was much cuter when it was “Mommy” ;))

    1. Hey there, Fedora! I was so excited when I heard about this project and this blog. Smoking Hot Firemen, are you kidding? Speaking my language! LOL. And I hear you on the “Mommmm!” I hear that one a lot myself. 😉

  8. Hi Jennifer, I have your Bachelor Firemen series in my TBR pile, can’t wait to read them! BTW, I don’t really have any nicknames now, but my family called me Sweet Pea when I was young! 🙂

    1. That’s great to hear, I hope you enjoy them, Sweet Pea! 😉 There you go, a little childhood flashback for you.

  9. My nickname is “Baby” because I’m the baby of the family! These books sounds like hot fun reads, can’t wait to start this series!!

    1. I hope you enjoy the series, Ada! When I hear the nickname “Baby,” I think of Dirty Dancing, one of my favorite movies of all time.

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