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January's Featured Author: Anne talks about Fire and Ash!

January 26, 2011
Well, today's a Wednesday, and that means that we have a guest here... Our Featured Author, Anne Patrick, is here to talk about her latest release, Fire and Ash! So, without hogging up any more page space, I give you, Anne...

Fire and Ash
I want to thank Drey for allowing me to talk about one of my latest releases Fire and Ash. The idea for 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.

For me, research is one of the most important aspects to writing and, more often than not, one of the most rewarding. You want your story to be as believable as possible so you want to get your facts straight. Online and book research are vital but I also like to find someone who is in the field in which I’m writing about.

For Fire and Ash I 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 an 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 received a ‘Top Pick’ review at Night Owl Reviews & ‘Best Book’ at Long and Short Reviews. You can purchase it at, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other online bookstores.

Thank you again allowing me to visit, Drey! I hope you and all your readers have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Thank you for coming by this month, Anne! I hope you enjoyed your visit, and will come back soon!


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