Introducing BURN, a hot romance in more ways than one,
by author Dawn Altieri!
Meet Dawn Altieri:
A lifelong resident of northern New Jersey, Dawn Altieri has been scribbling stories practically since birth. After reaching a milestone birthday (she won’t say which one), she figured it was about time she took a shot at writing professionally.
With an overactive imagination and a slightly twisted mind, she enjoys reading dark and dangerous tales almost as much as writing them. When she’s not curled up on the sofa with her laptop, her latest story, a box of chocolates and a cup of tea (or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day), she can be found volunteering in the world of animal rescue. She shares her home with her husband and daughter, and a menagerie of rescued fur-babies.
Chloe Addison is on the verge of a promising career in real estate development until an explosion destroys her first major project and casts suspicion on her in an arson investigation. Her career is suddenly at risk—and possibly her life.
Firefighter Ryan Monroe wants a spot on the arson team, and getting close to Chloe might be the best way to solve his first investigation. Despite a painful past of his own, Ryan has dedicated himself to saving people, and when he realizes Chloe is in danger, she’s no exception. He just might be the perfect guy to rescue her, but their attraction could bring them both down in flames.
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Losing Chloe was not an option.
Ryan ignored Jeremy’s calls as he approached the warehouse. Ignored the chief’s voice over the transmitter clipped to his shoulder. He wasn’t supposed to enter a fire scene without instructions from the chief. Wasn’t supposed to break off on his own to go inside. He also wasn’t supposed to fall in love with someone he’d just met.
But he had.
He had to find her, get her to safety and make things right between them. She was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and there was no way he was going to lose her now.
The enormous main stockroom was heavily engulfed. Several of the higher windows had already blown out in the explosion, and flames and smoke billowed through the shattered remains to escape. Flames and smoke that could have already killed Chloe.
He couldn’t think like that. He’d been trained not to, to focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by his emotions. But all his training seemed to be flying out the window like those flames. He raised his Halligan tool and smashed the lower window.
“Monroe,” Chief Flanagan shouted over the transmitter again, “I order you not to enter the structure until Truck Company has completed roof operations. Do you read me? Do not advance!”
He swung the tool again with relentless determination. She could be trapped somewhere with the fire dancing closer each second, could be fighting to break free as the flames licked at her porcelain skin and left it singed with permanent scars like the ones that haunted him every day. Soon the smoke would strangle her, making the sting of her last breaths tortuously painful. And the heat. God, the heat…
He had to find her, had to reach her before it all happened. He knocked the last shards of glass from the window frame as Jeremy caught up to him.
Jeremy’s crushing hold on his shoulder halted his movements. “Roger that, Chief. I got him.” Jeremy turned Ryan to face him, staring him straight in the eye. “Not yet,” he warned, refusing to let Ryan go. “Listen to me. I know you want to tear in there and get her, and we will. But you need to calm down and do this right or you’re gonna get us all killed, you understand me? I’ll throw you the fuck out of here if I have to.”
Ryan glared at Jeremy, tempted to punch the living shit out of him to escape his grip. But Jeremy was right. The chief was right. He had to wait. If he ran in before the truckies had vented the roof and drawn the fire in the opposite direction, he’d jeopardize not only Chloe’s life, but his own life, and the lives of the crew, and he could kiss his career goodbye. Yet it was only a matter of time before the fire reached her, the building collapsed further, or the smoke-filled whatever room she was in and she ran out of air.
“Fuck!” He doubled over with his hands on his knees. How the hell was this happening again?
Fifteen Fun Facts:
A Guest Post by Dawn Altieri
- BURN is my first novel. Unless you count that baby kidnapper story I started writing in junior high and never finished. Or that rock-star girlfriend tale I wove in high school. Or the one I never finished writing during college, about the mom haunted by the infant daughter she lost. Or the story of the detective who falls for the victim of a crime he’s trying to solve. Or… Okay, BURN is probably my sixteenth or seventeenth novel, but who’s counting?
- During college, I was a DJ at Seton Hall University’s heavy metal radio station, WSOU in New Jersey. A good friend nick-named my late-night shift “The Dawn of the Dead Show.”
- Chloe Addison, the heroine of BURN, was named after my friend Nancy’s cat.
- I’ve had jobs in retail, food service, child care, advertising, graphic design and the printing industry. None of those positions hold a candle to being a writer.
- In my head, the part of BURN’s Ryan Monroe is played by Charlie Hunnam. His understudy is Justin Hartley from “This is Us.”
- I’ve had seven cats and three dogs in my lifetime, though not all at once. People close to me—who know my love for animals—are often shocked at how low that number is.
- I’ve had a girl crush on Jennifer Aniston ever since the first episode of Friends. Maybe it’s the hair, maybe it’s the string of romantic comedies, maybe it’s because she’s been married to not one but two of the hottest men in Hollywood. I don’t know. I just love her.
- Also in my head, the part of BURN’s Lieutenant Jeremy Hurst is played by David Gandy. I know, I know… Jeremy’s younger than David, Jeremy’s more arrogant than David, Jeremy does not speak with a British accent. But wouldn’t Gandy look great in nothing but a pair of bunker pants and suspenders???
- I did a lot of online research regarding arson techniques while I was writing BURN. I may very well be on some sort of FBI watch list.
- I am an extreme introvert. But then again, aren’t all writers?
- I could live on chocolate alone. Especially dark chocolate. With raspberries.
- While I was writing Burn, I often found myself with Ellie Goulding’s song “Burn” stuck in my head. Like, really often.
- I can name almost any classic rock or heavy metal song in less than ten seconds.
- I’ll be writing Jeremy’s story next. Or maybe Zack’s. No, Jeremy’s. You’ll just have to wait and see.
- I have so many story ideas in my head, I’m not sure what to write first. And that’s a good problem to have!
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