Love Is a Fire by Lyssa Layne – Blog tour book review, interview, and giveaway

Love is a Fire by Lyssa Layne is not your typical romance, so don’t expect that. It is however a beautiful love story, and you have to try it!

[blockquote style=”1″]“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 though.

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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?[/blockquote]

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My thoughts

The book puzzled me at first. It seemed like the only reason the female lead had broken up with her boyfriend was fear, so I could not understand why Katy would go for Nick when she suddenly felt better. She had decided to break off her engagement with her long term boyfriend, also a fellow doctor, when her father had died on the job. So why would someone who experienced the loss a firefighting parent choose another firefighter over the safer ex-boyfriend option?

On the other hand Nick and Katy embark on a hot, steamy, and very fast romance that seems to go against everything she is. As the story unfolds and they both are faced with the fact they don’t know each other well, Katy’s fear returns more than once, yet for some reason she goes against it. Tidbits of her past with her ex reveal a relationship based on a lot of competition, both in their careers and in their private lives, versus a relaxed, easy going relationship with Nick.

I thought the book to be a bit slow in the first half, as it focused mostly on Katy, Nick, and how they made their relationship work in the middle of their crazy lives, both working long, stressful shifts. Add to that Nick’s mom being terminally ill and a pissed off ex-finance, and things start to get complicated after that. With danger lurking around the corner for Nick and Katy’s frequent realizations that she does not really know him, the reader ends up questioning if and when these two will find their footing. I ended up loving the unusual plot line for a romance and I am looking forward to book two as this is, you guessed it, a series!

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.

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Interview with Lyssa Layne

When did you start writing?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 because I just started creative writing last fall, so not even a year yet.


What is your writing process? Any routines or rituals when you write?

Put the baby to bed, get comfy in my big brown chair, and settle in for an intimate night with me and my laptop!


Why did you choose romance as a genre? Do you plan to write in other genres or will you stick to just one?

Honestly, romance is probably the only genre I’m familiar with. I will stick with it until I get more experience and can branch out more.


Your debut novel is the first in a series. When should we expect book 2?

The sequel, Burst Into Flame, is written and currently going through the grueling process of revisions and edits. Crossing my fingers though that it’ll be out this fall! The Burning Lovesick series will have 4 books total, possibly a fifth, but when I get to that point, I’ll leave it up to my readers to decide if they want more.


Why firefighters? Are there real life events that inspired your story?

Who doesn’t love hot firemen? I kid…sorta. No one event inspired my story but I have many friends that work in the field or are wives to men that do. It’s a special kind of bond and a totally different world that I felt I could develop a story about.


You’re publishing as an indie author, what made you take that path?

When I originally started writing, I wasn’t sure if I would even publish or not. After spending months falling in love with the characters myself and reading, revising, and editing the story, I decided to self-publish. I figured if I spent so much time and energy on this project then I should share it with the rest of the world!


Please describe your average day and how you juggle writing, promoting, and your day to day life.

Ha, my friends ask me this all the time and I honestly have no idea! I have come to realize that my days have gotten later and I’ve been staying up way past my bedtime. On a typical day, I’ll head to work around 6, get home around 4, take my daughter to gymnastics, swim lessons, soccer, etc…, make dinner, give her a bath. Then she goes to bed at seven and I’ll rush to get things done around the house so I can sit and relax…and write, promote, chat with out authors, etc…Around eleven, I head to bed then wake up the next morning and repeat! Some days, different things have to give so I may not be able to write as much as I wanted or cook a good dinner, but we’re all happy and surviving which is the most important thing!


What advice would you give to other writers about to publish their debut novel?

Get ready to market! Get your name out there, get your books in readers hands, and when you think you’ve done everything you can…look for more ways to market. It’s a neverending game but regardless of the outcome, you meet some awesome people along the way.


Anything you’d like to share with the readers?

Thank you so much for learning more about me. I hope that you’ll pick up a copy of Love is a Fire as I’m sure you’ll enjoy hot Nick and sweet Katy as much as I enjoyed creating them. I strongly believe in giving my readers what they want so don’t hesitate to give me feedback and your input for future books in the Burning Lovesick series.


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