The Story Behind Firecracker by Kelly Jamieson

I’ve always been interested in demographic cohorts and what makes each generation different than the one before it and the one after it.

In my latest release, Firecracker, a group of millennials living in The Triumph, an up-scale apartment building in Lincoln Park, bond over post-college confusion, career challenges, breakups, hookups and heartbreak, to find friendship, happiness and love.

When I did research on millennials and the kinds of problems they face in their lives, I learned there are definitely things other generations didn’t have to worry about—college debt, housing prices that make it impossible for them to own a home, climate change worries, and older generations that dismiss them as lazy and entitled.

For the generation who’s been told “you can be anything you want to be”, life doesn’t always turn out that way. Promised a world of success and opportunity, instilled with a desire to succeed and set themselves apart, they yearn to “arrive”. But what does it mean to “arrive”? Is it a beautiful apartment? Marriage and children? A fabulous career? And when will they get there?

Living their lives on social media means this group sees the illusion of the perfect lives everyone else is living, and it means trying to make their own lives look just as perfect. They’re all struggling to make it look like they’re not struggling. But connections aren’t made with other people over fake perfection–connections are made over shared struggles, and it takes courage to admit you don’t have all the answers, to admit you’re afraid, and to make yourself vulnerable.

Firecracker is about a former prom queen and cheerleader who married the college football star. Arden wasn’t supposed to lose her husband to suicide and have to start her life over at twenty-eight with nothing. Back in Chicago, she discovers her brother’s best friend lives across the hall from her. It’s her younger brother’s friend, reversing that trope, and he’s no longer the skinny kid with braces she remembers.

Tyler’s parents told him he could be anything he wanted, but when he decided to drop out of college to become a firefighter, it turned out that wasn’t what they wanted him to be. Tyler’s lost people he cares about too, which makes him a rescuer, only sometimes when you try to hard to protect people you run the risk of pushing them away.

But not everyone in a cohort is the same. Arden and Tyler discover they both hate it when people talk about everything wrong in the world being because of millennials, and stereotypes about them.
“We’re not all the same,” Arden said with an eye roll. “Some of us actually do want secure jobs we can stay at for the rest of our lives.”

Neither of them have it all figured out, but together they realize they’re not supposed to, and even though being an adult is hard, it’s easier when you’re not alone. The journey is where they learn the things that help them grow and prepare them for the destination…even if they’re not sure what the destination is, and even if the destination changes along the way.

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today best-selling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes her coffee black, her wine white (mostly!) and her heels high, and she loves hockey!

Kelly Jamieson is the author of the new book Firecracker.

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The Story Behind Firecracker by Kelly Jamieson

I’ve always been interested in demographic cohorts and what makes each generation different than the one before it and the one after it.

In my latest release, Firecracker, a group of millennials living in The Triumph, an up-scale apartment building in Lincoln Park, bond over post-college confusion, career challenges, breakups, hookups and heartbreak, to find friendship, happiness and love.

When I did research on millennials and the kinds of problems they face in their lives, I learned there are definitely things other generations didn’t have to worry about—college debt, housing prices that make it impossible for them to own a home, climate change worries, and older generations that dismiss them as lazy and entitled.

For the generation who’s been told “you can be anything you want to be”, life doesn’t always turn out that way. Promised a world of success and opportunity, instilled with a desire to succeed and set themselves apart, they yearn to “arrive”. But what does it mean to “arrive”? Is it a beautiful apartment? Marriage and children? A fabulous career? And when will they get there?

Living their lives on social media means this group sees the illusion of the perfect lives everyone else is living, and it means trying to make their own lives look just as perfect. They’re all struggling to make it look like they’re not struggling. But connections aren’t made with other people over fake perfection–connections are made over shared struggles, and it takes courage to admit you don’t have all the answers, to admit you’re afraid, and to make yourself vulnerable.

Firecracker is about a former prom queen and cheerleader who married the college football star. Arden wasn’t supposed to lose her husband to suicide and have to start her life over at twenty-eight with nothing. Back in Chicago, she discovers her brother’s best friend lives across the hall from her. It’s her younger brother’s friend, reversing that trope, and he’s no longer the skinny kid with braces she remembers.

Tyler’s parents told him he could be anything he wanted, but when he decided to drop out of college to become a firefighter, it turned out that wasn’t what they wanted him to be. Tyler’s lost people he cares about too, which makes him a rescuer, only sometimes when you try to hard to protect people you run the risk of pushing them away.

But not everyone in a cohort is the same. Arden and Tyler discover they both hate it when people talk about everything wrong in the world being because of millennials, and stereotypes about them.
“We’re not all the same,” Arden said with an eye roll. “Some of us actually do want secure jobs we can stay at for the rest of our lives.”

Neither of them have it all figured out, but together they realize they’re not supposed to, and even though being an adult is hard, it’s easier when you’re not alone. The journey is where they learn the things that help them grow and prepare them for the destination…even if they’re not sure what the destination is, and even if the destination changes along the way.

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today best-selling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes her coffee black, her wine white (mostly!) and her heels high, and she loves hockey!

Kelly Jamieson is the author of the new book Firecracker.

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The Story Behind The Forgotten Duke by Sophie Barnes

Carlton Guthrie, the Scoundrel of St. Giles, is without a doubt my favorite character from the Diamonds In The Rough series. I knew from the start, since his very first scene with Raphe Mathews at the beginning of A Most Unlikely Duke, that he’d one day have his own story. With this in mind, I went ahead with additional books in the series, continuously building on Carlton’s personality and backstory as I did so. Every part of this book was a joy to work on and while I felt slightly sad once I finished it, I was glad to have given Carlton the love he deserves.

Seeking justice for a terrible crime committed against him and his family decades earlier, The Forgotten Duke finally provides Carlton with the perfect opportunity to carry out his revenge. For as luck would have it, Lady Regina Berkly, the daughter of the man Carlton hopes to kill, suddenly finds herself relying on him for help. Having fled home to escape the arranged marriage her parents hope to force her into, she ends up in the slums of St. Giles with Carlton as her only hope for safety. Little does she know when she trustingly accompanies him to The Black Swan inn that he is determined to use her against her father. First as a means by which to taunt him, and later as bait. The only problem with the plan is that the more time Carlton spends with Regina, the greater the risk to his heart and vice versa. Innocent and good, she represents everything he isn’t while he in turn offers her the adventure she never dared hope to enjoy. Together, these two will learn that there can be so much more to a person than meets the eye, that they can chart their own course as long as they have the courage to do so, and that love is worth risking everything for.

In a way, this was one of the easier books for me to write because I already felt like I knew Carlton so well. Regina was a bit more challenging since she was new to me, so I had to get to know her first. I wanted her to be innocent and slightly naïve, but open-minded and strong enough to grow from her experiences with Carlton. Unlike my other Regency romances, this story lacks the lavish backdrop of splendid manors, grand estates, shimmering ballrooms and gorgeous gowns. It takes place almost exclusively in the slums of St. Giles, primarily at Carlton’s inn, but that was part of the fun: to surround a well-bred young lady with riffraff and see how she fares. I can only hope my readers will agree that this was precisely the way in which this story had to be written.

Sophie Barnes is the author of the new book The Forgotten Duke.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 28

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Deborah Brown, Lisa Gardner, Gregg Hurwitz, Erica Spindler, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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FASHION JUNGLE by KATHY IRELAND & RACHEL VAN DYKEN

“There is no in between. That’s not life, and that’s not how people should love, with only part of their souls or just when it’s easy and pretty. Love is ugly, it’s painful, it’s full of sorrow, long days, terror filled nights. Love asks for everything and nothing all at once. I love the only way a person should love. With every part of me that’s tethered to this universe”

It’s a jungle out there! Wow! Just Wow! What a uniquely, thrilling, lusciously dramatic, romantic and suspenseful read! Based on true stories and events, we felt like voyeurs, enjoying a 'behind the scenes' look into the mired world of the fashion industry, through the eyes of three very different, formidable yet achingly vulnerable best friends. With twenty years in the fashion industry, Zoe, Everlee and Brittany, have secrets…many, many secrets and we were dying to hear all of them. Starting with the death of their best friend Danica.

The gripping synopsis gives you all you need to know about this story and its various players and it's a story that's best enjoyed completely spoiler free. As we closed the last page, we felt as though we knew each of the characters intimately, experiencing the myriad of emotions felt by the characters, desperate to uncover their pasts and devour the secrets they slowly shared with us.

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New Romance Books to Read | January 28

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Rachel Van Dyken, Kathy Ireland, Sophie Barnes, Kelly Jamieson, Emma Hart, Winter RenshawBetty Shreffler, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | January 28

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Kris Francoeur, Cece Whittaker, Carola Saavedra, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 28

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors J.S. Hudson, David Sosnowski, Steve Rzasa, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Wilkie Martin, Charley, Case, Martha Carr, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | January 28

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Eric Smith, Courtney Alameda, Francesca Flores, Lana Popovic, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | January 28

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Mike Eruzione, P. Carl, Tommy Davidson, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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