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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Into the Fire by J.B. Glazer πŸ’• Fun Facts, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway πŸ’• (Contemporary Romance)




I have been hiding my whole life. Doing what’s expected has become who I am. Until I met Rob Ashford. With just one look into his stormy blue eyes, I knew I was lost. I’ve come to realize he gets what he wants. And what he wants right now is me. As much as I want to succumb to what he’s offering, I’m not sure if I’ll lose myselfꟷor find who I was meant to be. I’m not strong enough to refuse him. I give him everything, and even though he’s given me nothing in return, I still love him. He ignites a fire and passion that burns so bright I fear I’ll combust. The thought of leaving him terrifies me, but I know more than anyone that when you play with fire, someone always gets burned.


Hi, thanks so much for having me here today. I’m excited to share some fun facts about my newest release, Into the Fire. This is the first book in The Elements series. I started with the idea that Fire, Light and Water are three of Earth’s key elements. They are beautiful and powerful forces of nature, each with their own unique properties. Just like love, when they come together, there is no stopping them. I didn’t have any characters in mind when I came up with the idea for the series. I looked to my past novels for inspiration because I like making those connections for readers.


In In Search of Mr. Anonymous, Lucy Chalmers plans the dream wedding of Veronica Clayton and Rob Ashford. They seemed like the perfect power couple—she was the poised daughter of presidential hopeful Gary Clayton, and he an ambitious self-made millionaire. I thought it would be interesting to give them a backstory. How did they meet? Why was she the only woman who could break through his hardened demeanor? They provided the inspiration for Into the Fire.


I wrote much of this book during COVID. I was in a rut at first, unable to focus or motivate myself to write. It was hard for me to get into the mindset when there was so much pain and uncertainty around me. But then it became my escape. It was the only place I could go where I could leave all of that behind, even if just momentarily. 


This book has more love scenes than any of my other books. It seems the heat level rises with each one. It was strange writing them with a house full of people. No one at school or work. So, I’d hide away in my office in the wee hours of the night. It was the only time that felt right, like I could put some separation between my role as mom and my role as writer. After the first draft my editor told me I needed to spice things up because I wasn’t delivering on my promise. It was hard for me to tow that line. The book is a Contemporary Romance and I didn’t want it to feel like Erotica. But the premise lends itself to some steamy moments. At times I had to push my boundaries, just as Rob pushed Veronica’s. Hopefully readers will feel I captured the right balance. 


Rob claims not to be a romantic, but he takes Veronica on elaborate dates. I have never been to any of the destinations he chose. It was fun doing research to make the experiences feel authentic and I used my imagination for the rest. My favorite was the hot air balloon ride. I don’t think I could ever go on one in real life, so I experienced it vicariously. 


I always like to assign a type of car to my love interests. I think it gives you a feel for their personality. Rob drives a Lamborghini because it’s smooth, powerful, masculine, and makes a statement, like its owner.


I try to take something away from each of my protagonists. Veronica has inspired me to be more open and willing to try new things. When we first meet her, she’s defined by who everyone else expects her to be. Her life has revolved around making a decision that’s in the best interest of her family. At twenty-nine years old, she’s never made a decision for herself. And she was OK with that. Until Rob came along. He is the one man who challenges her. Who stirs up memories of the adventurous girl she used to be who yearned for more. He makes her realize her past doesn’t have to define her. Veronica comes into her own because she’s willing to push past the fear. She tries new things, tests her boundaries, and listens to the inner voice she had silenced. I’m the type of person who can be ruled by fear and sometimes it prevents me from doing what I want to do. If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that things can change in an instant, so we need to make the most of each day.


Thanks again for having me and letting me share a piece of myself with all of you. 😊



Veronica


“Do you like to fly?” I ask him.


“I do now.”


My back is to his front so he doesn’t see my smile. I ask Rob if we can take a photo together and he agrees. I hold my phone out and snap a selfie of the two of us. Even without it, this is a moment I will always remember.


As the sun makes a slow descent the sky turns breathtaking shades of pink and gold. 


“If only I had a glass of wine to accompany this relaxing ride my night would be complete,” I joke.


“Champagne toast is after we land.”


“Oh, I was kidding.”


“All part of the package,” Glenn says. As we soar with the clouds I glance over at Rob’s profile. He still wears the same serious expression but his posture seems relaxed. I wonder if he ever takes a moment to enjoy simple pleasures. My guess is no. He surprised me with this plan because it seems out of character. He doesn’t strike me as the type of man who makes large gestures or plans elaborate romantic evenings. It makes me realize I don’t know him at all. Or else he’s painting a picture of who he wants me to see: a workaholic who doesn’t have time for love. But it seems there is more to the man than he’s let on. For someone who claims not be a romantic, this is by far the most romantic date I’ve ever been on. And I suspect no date will be able to top this night—ever. Rob has set the bar high, which means there is that much further to fall.



  

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J B Glazer is a Chick Lit and Romance author who writes fun and flirty books with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of heart. She believes in creating characters that are aspirational yet relatable and that a daily dose of chocolate is one of life’s necessities. She’s also a wife, mom, blogger, chauffeur, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. J B has a thing for big, dramatic endings because that’s the fun of getting to happily ever after. Visit www.jbglazer.com for random musings and other inspiration. You can also connect with J B in most of the usual places.


    


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18 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for having me here and featuring my book on your blog! It was fun coming up with facts to give readers a peek behind the scenes.

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  2. This sounds really fun! I cannot imagine having to try and write with a houseful. I would have gone on a hot air balloon ride when I was younger, but the older I get the more heights make me nervous.

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    1. Yeah, writing with a household is challenging. But it's become my escape and an excuse to close the door ;) I agree - the older I get the less adventurous I've become!

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    1. Thanks, Rita. It was one of my favorites to write. I think I say that each time I finish a manuscript. :)

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  4. Sounds like it will be a great read.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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    1. It was a fun topic to write about. I always love learning about what goes on behind the scenes.

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  6. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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    1. Thanks - me too. There are so many great authors out there and so many great books to choose from!

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  7. I enjoyed reading the fun facts!

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  8. Thanks, Glenda. Glad you enjoyed!

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  9. Love the post. Thank you for hosting.

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  10. this looks like a great read!

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  11. sounds like a fun one

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