Monday, November 23, 2015

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving Tour/Guest Post: The Firefighter's Promise by Kate James

 On tour with Prism Book Tours.

We'll be highlighting 13 FREE short stories by beloved Harlequin Heartwarming authors that will be available from Harlequin during November. All Heartwarming titles are 30% OFF during November from Harlequin as well! Use code HEART1115.


The Firefighter's Promise by Kate James

An accidental love . . .

When Jacqueline (Jax) Warren is in a serious motorcycle accident, firefighter Ryan Hudson is the first to arrive at the scene. Ryan takes a special interest in Jax particularly when he discovers that her stepmother—Jax’s only known contact—shows little interest in her wellbeing. But Jax learned early in life that she can’t rely on other people and it’s her six-year-old half-brother, Kyle, who’s the only person she cares about.

In the face of Ryan’s persistence and devotion, Jax begins to open up to him. Convincing her to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family—to prove to her that not all families are like the one she’d known—he presents her with a gift she never imagined, and she finally lets him into her life . . . and into her heart.

Read it HERE!

Guest Post

There hasn’t been a Thanksgiving in my experience when I didn’t have a myriad of things, both big and small, to be truly grateful for. This Thanksgiving is no different. As I have aged, the more I have come to appreciate the importance of living every day to the fullest. Through personal experience, I know how fragile and precious life can be, and it can all change in a heartbeat. To me, the Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying” captures this concept in a powerful way.

When I was asked to participate in the Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving reader event, I wanted to write a story that would underscore the importance of family and give my protagonists reasons to be truly grateful at Thanksgiving.

I’ve written previous posts about the concept of fictionalizing facts. That means that while the story is fictitious, there are certain elements that are based on personal experience or fact. I believe this can make a story more genuine and potentially more powerful. As an example, the precipitating event in The Firefighter’s Promise is based on a very personal experience. Nearly fifteen months ago, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, my husband and I were heading home along a quiet country road on his motorcycle. My husband saved our lives with sound decision-making and quick reflexes when he avoided an accident caused by a young man who ran a stop sign at a crossroad. Unfortunately, my husband was very seriously injured, while I “bounced up” with nothing more than a few abrasions, bruises and a couple of minor hairline fractures. It was an interesting process for me to try to put myself inside my husband’s head while writing this story to understand what he must have been feeling and thinking.

For those of you who’ve read any of my books, you might find this story a little different, but I hope you enjoy it all the same.

Happy reading!


Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers.

Other Heartwarming Titles by this Author

A Child's Christmas The Truth About Hope

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1) When Love Matters Most (The K-9 Trilogy, #2)


Don't miss any of these FREE novellas or the extra tour content! Stop by each of the tour stops each day:

11/2: Snow Day Baby by Amy Vastine
Singing Librarian Books, The Power of Words, & Katie's Clean Book Collection

11/4: Wedding at Turkey Run by Liz Flaherty
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing, Babs Book Bistro, & Heidi Reads...

11/6: Her Thanksgiving Soldier by Leigh Riker
Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima, Mel's Shelves, & Brooke Blogs

11/9: Mr. Right All Along by Jen Snow
Katie's Clean Book CollectionMin Reads and Reviews, & Love thy Shelf

11/11: Falling for the Cowboy by Sophia Sasson
Kindle and Me, The Power of Words, & Colorimetry

11/13: The Marriage Gift by Tara Taylor Quinn
deal sharing aunt, Babs Book Bistro, & Brooke Blogs

11/16: Heart of a Hero by Pamela Tracy
Writing Pearls, Wishful Endings, & Waiting For Wentworth

11/18: Thankful for You by Karen Rock
Christian Chick's Thoughts, Getting Your Read On, & Love, Laughter, Friendship

11/20: Autumn at Jasper Lake by Carol Ross
Reading Is My SuperPower, I Am A Reader, & Colorimetry

11/23: The Firefighter’s Promise by Kate James
Canadian Book Addict, Mel's Shelves, & Beck Valley Books

11/24: Wedding of His Dreams by Cari Lynn Webb
Bookworm Lisa, Kindle and Me, & Zerina Blossom's Books

11/25: The Sweetheart Tree by Rula Sinara
The Written Adventure, Reading Is My SuperPower, & Writing Pearl

11/26: Married by Thanksgiving by Melinda Curtis
Heidi Reads..., Love, Laughter, Friendship, & Singing Librarian Books 

11/29: Grand Finale

11/30: Facebook Party


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Unknown said...

Thank you for participating in our Thanksgiving reader event blog tour, Melanie, and for hosting me on your blog today.

I would love to hear from readers to know how they enjoyed The Firefighter's Promise.

Happy reading!


Liz Flaherty said...

It's a wonderful story!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Liz. I am so happy you enjoyed it! You know I love your books!!

Melanie said...

You're welcome, Kate! What a great story--I just finished reading it and loved it!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much, once again, Melanie! I am glad you enjoyed it, especially since this story does have a personal aspect.

I love your blog. It looks terrific and you always have interesting posts.

Have a great day!

Carol Ross said...

Wow, Kate. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. It must have been so challenging to write some of these aspects. Your story made me grateful for all I have as well ( :

Leigh Riker said...

Oh, Kate. What a scary (and painful) experience that must have been. Such a close call certainly makes you grateful for life itself. I can't wait to read your story!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Carol and Leigh. Yes, it made the story more personal for me. I am very thankful that we survived it, which is why I thought it would make an interesting story for this event. I hope readers enjoy it. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

Pamela Tracy said...

Kate, loved the personal connection. I've been in a motorcycle accident where the driver lay down the bike. I still remember how scared I was, and I only had scratches too.

Unknown said...

It isn't an experience I would like to repeat. I'm glad you weren't injured.

Unknown said...

Melanie, sincere thanks again for hosting me on your blog today.

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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