Anne Patrick - Award-winning author
I’m delighted to have Anne Patrick visiting my blog today. She has over a dozen romantic suspense novels that are either published, under contract, or in the works. Anne has a lighter side in the form of an alter ego named Kinzie Monroe who writes inspirational romance. If you leave a comment on Anne’s post, you’ll be entered for my August drawing on the 13th for a chance to win Anne’s ebook! Readers, enjoy learning about Anne’s newest romantic suspense release, Fire and Ash from Desert Breeze Publishing.
The inspiration behind Fire and Ash
Who could forget the stories of those brave firemen rushing up the stairs in the World Trade Center Towers as people were fleeing for their lives? It takes a certain breed to face a fiery inferno to save a strangers life, and their actions deservedly earn them the title of heroes. There is another type of hero who serves behind the scenes, seldom recognized for the lives they save, and that is the fire investigator. They’re the men and women who shift through the ashes of a fire to determine its cause. A fire investigator is part detective, scientist, engineer, and law enforcer. Exploring the origin and cause of a fire may not be as exciting, but it’s just as challenging as coming face to face with a fiery inferno. Every fire scene teaches them something new.
The idea for my book, Fire and Ash, was first planted after watching the movie Backdraft on DVD a couple of years ago. Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind in my movie watching. Anyway, I loved Robert De Niro in the part of the fire investigator and was really intrigued by what all goes into finding the answers to why a fire started. I then had the good fortune of meeting a real life fire investigator, named Keith Tarbox, who helped me get inside the head of my main character, Sadie McGregor. He also read over the entire manuscript to make sure the fire scenes were believable and that I did my homework.
Keith shared many of his experiences with me. Talked about the long hours he worked on fire scenes. The obstacles he had to overcome, and the many miles spent in route to a scene. It was a joy getting to know him. He left me with a great appreciation for the unsung heroes out there who dedicate their lives to finding the answers of how or why a fire started, and the danger that is sometimes involved.
Fire and Ash is a ‘sweet’ inspirational romantic suspense. My main character, Sadie McGregor, is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks like the girl was just careless. What Sadie and the handsome police chief, Quinn Harrington, discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community of Emerald Point and put Sadie’s life on the line.
Sadie’s life isn’t the only thing at stake. Struggling with the guilt of having been responsible for the fire that killed her family, when she was only seven, Sadie doesn’t feel she’s worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. Will Quinn be able to prove otherwise before it’s too late?
Fire and Ash, published by Desert Breeze Publishing, can be purchased in e-book here:
http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-98/Anne-Patrick-Fire-and/Detail.bok, or at most online distributors. You can also find buy links to it and all my other books on my website: www.annepatrick.weebly.com and blog www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com.
Oh, and be sure to check out the interview I did with Sadie for a chance to win a copy of the book. http://annepatrick.weebly.com/interview-with-sadie.html