Spotlight & Giveaway: Full Blaze by M. L. Buchman

Posted December 18th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 32 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author M. L. Buchman to HJ! 

Hi and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Full Blaze!

Can you share 3 fun facts about Full Blaze?

Full BlazeWhat Cal, the hero, says about Wildfire photographers is true. There are only two in the country that I could find who are red-carded (certified) as wildland firefighters so that they can travel embedded with the hotshot crews.

Years ago, I rode my pushie down the Alice (my bicycle from Darwin to Alice Springs) across 1,500 km of the Outback. While on that trip, I did indeed rent a kayak and paddle up through the 5th gorge of Katherine River. Also met a woman there I would have gladly chased further upstream…had she been anywhere near my age. Jeannie’s backstory is based on hers, wherever she has gone on to.

The Todd River boat race in the dry river bed in Alice Springs…every word is true. I can’t even begin to capture that ridiculous event in all its wonder, but I tried. Or the sheer fun of emerging from the depths of the Outback silence of days on end to land in the sing-along at the Daly Waters pub. Man that was a great time.

Can you share 3 fun facts about yourself that readers might not know?

I’ve flown planes, jumped out of them, even helped fix them. But I’ve never been up in a helicopter or fought wildfires. That was my characters’ choice and has led me on a multi-year journey of research that I still haven’t recovered from. Looking forward to getting my helo license some day.

I love to cook. That’s why food works into so many of my stories. I even write foodie thrillers in my “Dead Chef” series. I soloed my first breakfast at 6 (French toast), have cooked for 120 kids at a weekend camp, and used to hold themed dinners for a ten to forty folks once a month (hmmm…have to start that back up one of these days).

I’m a quilter. My wife and I design them together. We’re working on a triptych wall-art one at the moment of a stream flowing through the seasons.

What is your favorite scene from Full Blaze?

That’s so hard! I love their meet-cute. The scene where Jeannie teases Cal about the gators rocks. The climax scene (no, I won’t give anything away) was terribly exciting to write. But if I had to choose one? The couple’s quiet moment up at the head of Katherine Gorge. I wept while I wrote that one as the struggled to face themselves and each other in the same moment.

What’s next for your Firehawks series?

Firehawks #2.5 will be a short novel, like Wildfire at Dawn. It is the love story of Two-Tall Tim (he’s as tall as two of his best friend, the smokejumper hero of Wildfire at Dawn). That is scheduled for May.

Firehawks #3, Hot Point, is scheduled for next June. Denise Conroy, the mechanic, fresh from a bad relationship works with Vern Taylor, a Firehawk pilot, who always thought that when you got to the word relationship, that was your exit line. They fly together against the fires, the sharp winds of a political crisis, and their own deep needs of self-preservation.

Firehawks #4…well, it has been contracted and I’ll tell you what its about…as soon as I write it!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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About the book:

These wilderness firefighters battle more than flames
The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can’t penetrate.

She’s just jumped square into the heart of the blaze
When Australian helicopter pilot Jeannie Clark rescues wildfire photographer Cal Jackson from a raging burnover, she doesn’t know she’s bringing aboard a firebrand. Cal is quickly recruited for MHA’s covert operations that reach far beyond the flames. Together Jeannie and Cal are assigned to an overseas operation with a lot more at risk than burning trees. And they’ll need all the skill, love, and trust they can muster if they’re going to survive the heat of this jungle battle.

Book Information

Title: Full Blaze
Author: M.L. Buchman
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Meet The Author:

MLBuchmanM. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at

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32 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Full Blaze by M. L. Buchman”

  1. Elizabeth Gray

    Loved the interview. Interesting things I didn’t know about the photographers. But, I would think one would have to be licensed and trained extensively to go into hotspots.

  2. Joyr

    I have Great respect for firefighters. I like reading about them. This book sounds like a winner

  3. Kerry

    thanks for those answers on your interview. I can’t wait to read the book. Thank you for the chance to win and the giveaway. good lick all

  4. ELF

    I loved the first book in this series and look forward to reading more about the Firehawks! (and of course, hope to see more of Emily and company!)

  5. doveknoll

    The book sounds amazing. I haven’t read this author’s books before but I’m definitely going to check him out. The interview was very interesting and really informative. Thank you for the review and giveaway.

    • mattbuchman

      Hi ndluebke, Actually they do and they don’t. An “unlicensed” photographer is even worse than the general public when it comes to gawking and needing rescue because “they just wanted to see how bad it really is.” This actually wastes a surprising number of firefighter hours and ofen puts the firefighter at grave risk to effect a rescue. The red-card certified photographers are fully trained to move and operate in the immensely hazardous world of wildland firefighting safely.

  6. Diane Sallans

    the author sounds like quite an adventurer and Renaissance man – he must bring a lot of fun and adventure to his stories

  7. mrsmac19

    I love the Night Stalker books! I need to start his other series. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  8. marcyshuler

    I enjoyed the interview and you were given a wonderfully vibrant cover. Love it! My hubby used to fight forest fires in Washington, but he never got to be a fire jumper. He was sad about that but I was relieved. LOL I’ve put the book on my wish list.

  9. taswmom

    I’ve never read any of your books before, but this book sounds amazing! I loved the interview, too, and your answers. My father was a fireman, and I loved holidays eating in the fire station with the other families. Hated worrying about him when he was in really dangerous situations, or even hospitalized after a big chemical fire once. I know it’s not a glamorous job, but to a little girl, watching her daddy drive that big truck away in his pressed blue uniform, he was my Hero.

  10. Glenda S. Hefty

    I enjoyed the interview…very interesting and the book sounds interesting too. I love when the author really does the research and I learn new things without going to all the time and work, just learn by sitting and enjoying a book!

  11. angela smith

    new author for sounds like its going to be good.i love books with firefighters in them.and i really love the cover

  12. Kai W.

    This book looks interesting. I haven’t read a firefighter romance book in such a long time. This would be a good start of getting on the bike again.

    • mattbuchman

      As someone who writes firefighter romances and once rode his bicycle around the world, allow me to applaud both the inclination and the metaphor. 🙂

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