Burst Into Flame
“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an
encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who
rekindle the inner spirit.”
For Dr. Katy Garrity, life is a whirlwind, and the New York Fire Department is the heart
of the storm. After claiming so many people she loved, including her own husband, Katy
is left adrift, trying to keep up with a busy career, a baby son, and her loving extended
Her only anchor is Jesse O'Neil, her late husband's best friend. The charming former
playboy has put his entire life on hold to care for Katy and her son. It's inevitable that
sparks will flare between them, but all of life seems to be conspiring to keep them apart.
Especially Katy's own heart, which shies away from trusting another firefighter.
Will the flames of passion burst into a lifetime of love? Or will secrets burn away their
connection, causing Dr. Garrity to be burned again?
Jesse crumbled the cup in his hand and tossed it on the ground. When he turned
around, Patrick Doyle ran into him. Shoving Doyle against the fire truck, Jesse fisted his
shirt and moved his face within inches of the other man’s. “Watch where you’re going,
Immediately, Lieutenant Dan Murphy, or Murph as the guys called him, pulled Jesse
off the younger fireman. “Come on, O’Neil, let him go.”
Doyle avoided making eye contact with Jesse just like he always did since the
accident. The accident that Doyle caused that killed his best friend, Nick Garrity. It had been
over a year ago, but Jesse hadn’t let it go and he wasn’t sure he ever would. The whole
situation pissed him off—losing his best friend, watching Katy’s heartbreak, and knowing
her son was being raised without a father. Jesse shoved Doyle one more time then walked
away before he did something he would regret.
Murph followed him and patted his back. “Jesse, you’re going to have to let it go.”
Jesse spun around to face Murph, his eyebrows furrowed and anger seethed in his
eyes. “Let it go? He’s responsible for killing the best firefighter Engine 58’s ever seen! We
should have let him quit when he asked.”
Murph shook his head. “You don’t mean that. Garrity put his life on the line for that
kid. If he quit then, Nick he would have done it for no reason. It’s our job now to make him
one of the best we have on our crew.” Murph clamped his hand on Jesse’s shoulder and
squeezed tightly. “Jesse, you need to do this for Nick.”
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Please welcome Abby, as we sit down and chat about Burst into Flames. Maybe we will learn some insight of where Abby's head was during. ;)
Hi Abby! Thanks for chatting with me today. I brought you some Starbucks, hope you like a warm cappuccino!
Thank you Abby, please call me Isabella, so we don't get each other confused. *Laughs*
Of course, Isabella! *smiles.*
So Abby, when meeting you in Burst Into Flame, I could tell you were close to the family. But what made you stay around the family after Ryan died, besides the letting the girls being a part of their grandparents life? What about your family?
Honestly, the thought didn’t even cross my mind to go back home. Ryan and I had a whirlwind relationship just like Katy and Nick. What can I say? When the Garrity men know they’ve met the one, they know! I was in town visiting a friend and once I met Ryan, I never went back home. This is where my girls were born and I just knew this is where they would be raised. I gained two families when marrying Ryan, the Garritys and the FDNY, so I had plenty of support after 9/11.
What were your thoughts when you brought Anthony around?
I was so nervous! This is the first time I’d ever brought a man around my girls and I had no idea how they would react. I was also concerned how Andy would react, especially since Katy was moving on too.
Why did you get mad when you found about Katy and Jesse? Why did you care so much?
Honestly, I think part of me was jealous. Ryan’s been gone for over ten years and I spent so many nights alone which Katy never experienced. I also thought they were both out of line.
Where did you disappear to at the fireman’s ball?
Wouldn’t you like to know. *Abby gives me a wink*
When arriving at the ball, did you get upset when the fireman from a different engine confronted you and Katy about being married to the brothers?
A few years after Ryan died, I distanced myself from the firefighters. I mean, I stayed in touch with a few of them because of Nick and Andy, but for the most part, those two were the only firefighters in our lives. Because of that, I hadn’t been reminded that I was a Garrity widow *she cringes at the word* in quite a long time. I had tried to prepare myself before the ball but when it happened, it still took me by surprise.
What did you think of Katy when meeting her?
I was thrilled when Nick brought Katy home, He'd been searching for the perfect girl for a long time. I was bit skeptical of how quickly things moved because I didn't wan to see Nick hurt,but Katy instantly became part of our family. My girls adore her and we've became like sisters.
That's so nice to hear! Well, that is all I have for today. Thank you for letting me interview you!
Thank you so much for chatting with me! I had a great time. We should totally do coffee again, maybe Katy can join us? What do you say?
We will defiantly have to have Katy with us one day!
About the Author
Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In
addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis
Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle
Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at
writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can
find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
Review: 5 stars! *** SPOILERS***
Reading Love Is A Fire and then Burst Into Flames, was such a bad, but great idea. Don't get me wrong I love how Nick and Katy where with each other. But Jesse captured my heart when he stepped up to take care of Katy and Nicky. He didn't have to, but he also fell in love with Katy. I didn't like Rich, and it wasn't the fact that Jesse is the one that is suppose to be with her, he just came off to me as stalkerish type of guy. I mean really, if you want to know something about someone, ask that person. Not the work place. As I thought that Katy was really done with Jesse, it broke my heart all over again, so as it did with Nick died. But I am beyond happy, with crying happy tears that Katy and Jesse are together and a happy family with Nicky and Sophia, along with +1. I hope to see more of all these characters.. SOON!
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During the week of the blog tour, I will be doing Facebook takeovers.
Here is the schedule:
October 13 Rosie’s Book Heaven 6PM-8PM CT
October 14 TBA
October 15 TBA
October 16 One Click Addict Group 7PM-PM CT
October 17 Sassy Southern Book Blog 7PM-8PM CT
October 18 Two Unruly Girls 7PM-8PM CT
October 19 TBA
Burst Into Flame is book #2 in the Burning Lovesick series. The first book is Love is a
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house down, you
can never tell.” -Joan Crawford
Dr. Katy Malone has sworn off love after losing those she loves most in her life including
her father, a member of the FDNY. She has decided to spend her time focusing on her
medical research. Her ex-fiancée, and fellow doctor, isn't ready to give up on loving her
Firefighter Nick Garrity is on a search for the future Mrs. Garrity. As he pushes thirty,
with no prospects in sight, he's afraid he'll never find her. A devoted member of FDNY,
he loves the thrill of his job and the satisfaction it brings him. He strives to teach the
proby firefighter, Patrick Doyle, the ropes and pass on his passion to him.
When Doyle tries to impress the guys on the crew, he ends up in the care of Dr. Katy
Malone. One look at Dr. Malone and Nick knows he's found his future wife but can he
convince her to love again?
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