One evening when I was in high school, I was just returning home. I started to turn down our short street and saw that there were fire engines all over the place and people milling about. My first thought was “I wonder which neighbor’s house is on fire.” Little did I know, it was ours (fortunately, it was just the garage.) Several years later it was the next-door neighbor’s house that caught on fire. I now live across the country from where I did then. Just last year there were multiple fires in our neighborhood, including one that did significant damage to our yard and our neighbor’s. Our house would not be standing if not for the valiant men who fought the fire.
It is hard to put into words just how grateful I am to the men and women who put their lives in danger every day to help others in this way. It is no wonder that firefighters are so often the subject of romantic fiction. After all, what girl doesn’t love a hero!
The Firefighter's Twins
Published by Love Inspired
Publication Date June 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
One single dad plus twin toddlers
A formula for her new family?
Since his wife left, fireman Shay Campbell has focused on work and his twin toddlers. But the lovely Natalie McDowell is making him rethink that decision.
She’s great with his boys, and they adore her. But he can’t go through losing someone again. Will a dream job offer win Natalie’s heart, or does it belong to Shay and the twins?
I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Natalie had already lost a boyfriend to the dangers of firefighting and was determined to never again risk her heart in that way. Yet, she was powerless against the charm of Shay and his adorable twins.
Shay was everything a handsome fireman hero should be. He was also very insecure, having a wife who had left him for her career, and guilt that he held on to from his childhood. His deep love for his boys was precious, but it also had him obsessing over them perhaps a little overmuch.
The twins, Aiden and Liam, were so cute and well written. I always appreciate it when authors do a good job in making the children say and do things that are appropriate for their ages like this. The relationship that developed between the boys and Natalie was realistic.
The Firefighter’s Twins is a fun read with some inspirational elements. It had conflict and soul searching and sweet moments of spark and romance as Shay and Natalie struggled with fighting the sparks between them that threatened to burst into flame.
Guest Post by Heidi McCahan
by Heidi McCahan
Welcome to Meadow Springs, North Carolina, the fictional small town in my new release, The Firefighter’s Twins. Meadow Springs is an historic community about an hour from the capital city of Raleigh. Like many small towns in central and eastern North Carolina, its roots run deep in the tobacco industry, yet it has learned to change and adapt with the times. As suburban growth spreads closer, it’s become a popular place for families with young children to settle down.
True confession: this photo actually features Gadsden, Alabama, another lovely small southern town. I can’t show you a picture of Meadow Springs, because it isn’t real, but this is how I imagine it in my mind. Can’t you envision Natalie’s best friend Erin opening her shop, Coffee on the Corner, early in the morning? With cozy booths and round tables, the aroma of freshly-ground coffee wafting through the café, and one of Erin’s signature muffins calling your name, the coffee shop is the perfect place to meet with friends or have a committee meeting to discuss the progress of the latest service project.
The people of Meadow Springs are all about helping one another. Whether it’s a festival, or supporting local businesses, or uniting to achieve a common goal, this is a town that values community service. That’s why the building project to benefit a Veteran and his family is such an important cause. From an author’s perspective, I needed a way for Natalie and Shay to legitimately spend time together, and as a huge fan of home renovation and home décor shows, it was fun to weave this subplot into the story. Also, when I interviewed a friend who is married to a firefighter (and has twins), she told me about all the wonderful things her husband’s co-workers do on their time off from the fire station to help when one of their own has a need. That conversation sparked the initial concept of a house construction project. No spoilers here, of course, but I must say the scene where they are painting together ended up being a pivotal part of the story, and I really enjoyed writing it.
Natalie juggles multiple responsibilities, including managing her family’s destination farm and pumpkin patch. On the side, she has built her own business called Magnolia Lane, and transformed a rustic barn into a successful event venue. More author confessions: I have a thing for barn weddings. There’s something so romantic and authentic about celebrating in a space like this. I’m attending my first barn wedding in real life later this year, and I can’t wait!
The original spark for this story occurred when I visited a local tobacco farm turned pumpkin patch. With a variety of activities to enjoy, it is so much more than your average pumpkin patch. I describe it as a destination experience for families with young children. This train ride around the farm was one of the highlights of our visit, and even inspired a scene in The Firefighter’s Twins.
Your turn, readers: does your hometown have a festival, event, or a popular landmark that draws a crowd?
Photo Credits: Gadsden, Alabama photo via Pixabay, barn with lights Shelly Pence via Unsplash, Coffee and dessert Charisse Kenion via Unsplash, pumpkin patch Heidi McCahan
Heidi McCahan has put together a FABULOUS giveaway for readers! One winner (US only) will receive:
- Magnolia Market tote bag
- Hearth & Hand Magnolia Notepad + tell your story pencil
- 4 magnetic bookmarks
- $25 Amazon Gift Card
- Gratitude journal + lists notebook
- weekly planning pad
- Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt
- Falling for You by Becky Wade
- The Firefighter’s Twins by Heidi McCahan
Giveaway will run from midnight June 1, 2018 through 11:59pm June 11, 2018. It is subject to the policies found here.
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