Melting Point releases today. It is book 0.5 in the Hot in Chicago series.
The first book in the series is Flirting with Fire, and the second book will be Playing with Fire (9/29/15), both are Contemporary Romance. We interviewed Kate and asked what prompted her to write this sexy m/m romance in the middle of her m/f series.
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 ofPlaying 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.
Thanks for joining us today, Kate. Congratulations on your Hot in Chicago series. We are happy you’ve stopped by the Two Men blog to talk about Melting Point, the m/m novella, which releases today.
Thanks so much for having me! I love the name of your blog, by the way.
The first and second books in the series, are male/female romance. What prompted you to write this m/m novella (which sounds HOT by the way!)?
Well, my original idea was to write a prequel novella and three full-length books (all m/f), with an m/m subplot romance running through the longer titles. Gage and Brady’s romance would arc over those longer books, so each book would be two romances for the price of one. I had never written m/m before and I was worried about whether I could write it authentically, so getting my feet wet with the secondary romance thread seemed like a good way to do it. Then something happened: Gage Simpson. My out and proud cocky firefighter started stealing every scene and his story took on a life of its own. When I released FLIRTING WITH FIRE, readers responded so positively to Gage and started clamoring for him to have his own book. So the novella was born. But I’d like to stress that even though Gage and Brady’s romance starts in that first full-length Hot in Chicago book, I’ve written the novella in a way to ensure it’s a standalone. You might enjoy it more if you have that background, but it’s not necessary.
Was the writing process different and what challenges did you face writing m/m?
To be honest, the writing process wasn’t all that different. The real challenge was telling a full romance in a shorter format (both as a subplot in FLIRTING and the novella, MELTING POINT). I was sure I didn’t want to write an m/m story that focused on one of the characters being closeted because I felt that it’d been done, and a lot better than I could do it. I wanted to focus on a story where the coming out experience wouldn’t override the romance. That experience is perfectly valid, of course, but it seemed like too easy fodder for this story. Instead we have a very open and optimistic hero in Gage and a former Marine turned gourmet chef who has shall we say, communication issues. It’s so much fun watching the usually confident and chatty Gage become undone by surly, close-mouthed Brady.
Do you plan on adding more m/m stories to the series? Perhaps a full length novel? Sorry to be so focused on m/m but this is what our blog is about and our readers are interested in. 🙂
Beat that m/m horse! No, that’s fine, I completely understand that’s the blog’s focus. The Hot in Chicago series features a family of firefighting foster siblings who work together, so we have two novellas and three full-length books planned. Unless more foster siblings emerge from the soap-opera woodwork (what do you mean, the triplets didn’t die in that fire after all? :)), then I probably won’t be adding any more books to the series. However, I’m thinking on what to write next and I have ideas that will involve an m/m pairing, very likely a full-length novel. (There might be cops, that’s all I’m sayin’)
Oh, I love cops! 🙂 Do you read a lot of m/m books yourself? Can you tell us about your favourite?
I do! I’m a big fan of KA Mitchell and Collision Course is probably my favourite m/m. Joey is such a great hero and the perfect match for cynical Aaron.
The series features firefighters and is set in Chicago. All I know about this topic, I’ve gleaned from watching Chicago Fire (one of my absolute fav shows *wink*) but I have no idea of how realistic this is. How did you go about conducting research for the series?
I’m a big Chicago Fire fan, too (Severide, you do things to me). I actually have a friend who is a fire captain in the Chicago Fire Department, so he answered a ton of questions and let me hang with him and his crew for a day. I didn’t get to go out on any runs, most of which are paramedic calls and not fires these days, but I did speak with the firefighters about their day-to-day and listened in on dispatch calls. I also got to see the hose drying tower (*snort*) and worked in a dirty joke about it in one of the books. I mean, I had to. One of the things I learned is that CFD firefighters are awesome cooks, so I had Gage be the station’s chef. He and Brady share a love of food and cooking, and that’s part of their bond.W
Wow! You lucky girl. I’d love to spend a day like that. Finally, the cover of the book is gorgeous! Was it a hardship to have to look at photos to select the perfect one for the cover of Melting Point? LOL
Such. A. Chore. That cover just sizzles on the screen, doesn’t it? Actually, the art department and my editor did all the pre-screening to choose a photo, so I wasn’t as hands-on as I would have liked (heh). If I’d hated it, they would have been cool about it and gone back to the drawing board, but they hit it out of the park. I love it so hard.
Thanks for joining us today.
About the Author
Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip. Her latest series, Hot in Chicago, features firefighting foster siblings. With tattoos.