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“Pure Heat” book launch and blog tour!

I’m thrilled to announce the latest M.L. Buchman release. Pure Heat is book #1 in my new Firehawks series and goes on sale on May 6th!

Pure Heat-300Reviews:
“BEST 10 ROMANCE OF SPRING 2014″ –Publisher’s Weekly starred review
“It’s incredibly good!” –Romantic Times 4-1/2 stars, TOP PICK
“A riveting adventure, a tender romance.” –Booklist starred review

Emily Beale and Mark Henderson have left the Night Stalkers to form a new helicopter team of wildland firefighters. These heli-aviation firefighters battle more than flames. The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can’t penetrate.

Carly Thomas could read burn patterns before she knew the alphabet. A third-generation forest fire specialist who lost both her father and her fiancé to the flames, she’s learned to live life like she fights fires: with emotions shut down.

Former smokejumper Steve “Merks” Mercer can no longer fight fires up close and personal, but he can still use his intimate knowledge of wildland burns as a spotter and drone specialist. Assigned to fly in a Firehawk attack helicopter with Carly, they take to the skies to battle the worst wildfire in decades and discover a terrorist threat hidden deep in the Oregon wilderness—but it’s the heat between them that really sizzles.


Over the next two weeks I will be visiting some great sites and I’ll be talking about everything including:

  • the origin of the series
  • who I would cast in the movie
  • what research I did
  • how I balance authenticity with romance

There will also be the chance to win a free copy of Pure Heat at almost every one of these sites!

Bookmark this post! I’ll be updating the links below with permalinks as each post goes live. Visit every one for a chance to win a copy of Pure Heat, read my “brilliant” posts and interview responses, and generally amuse yourselves. 🙂

May 2
Casablanca Authors -Launching a new series
The Reading Cafe -Interview
May 5th
Ramblings From This Chick -What inspired the series
May 6th
SOS Aloha -Lessons I learned bicycling around the world
May 7th
Manga Maniac Café -Carly’s personal survival kit
May 9th-11th
Sia McKye Over Coffee -Deep research leads to respect and awe
May 12th
Buried Under Romance -Firehawk origins and character relations
May 13th
Fresh Fiction -Finding the “heart” of the firefighters’ story
Sizzling Hot Books -Researching wildland firefighters
May 15th
Book Hounds -Interview
May 16th
Delighted Reader -Interview
May 23rd
The Harlequin Junkie -Interview

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Pure Heat

Pure Heat

Firehawk Book #1! A new spin-off series from the immensely successful "Night Stalkers" series. Mark and Emily are off to form a new team of heli-aviation wildland firefighters. The battle is on the ground and in the air! More info →
Buy now!

NPR -Top 5 Romance of 2012

"The Night Stalkers"  I Own the Dawn(2012)
“The Night Stalkers”
I Own the Dawn(2012)

Sometimes you open an e-mail and forget how to breathe. This happened to me a day or two ago.

I Own the Dawn, book #2 in my “Night Stalkers” series was selected as a Top 5 romance of the year by NPR. (The Night is Mine was previously selected as Top 10 Romance of 2012 by Booklist.) Once over the initial shock of it all, the irony truly struck home: Military romantic suspense, NPR. NPR, MILITARY romantic suspense. I mean think about it. It just makes it all the more wonderful.

Then the reviewer for NPR, Eloisa James, was asked to tape a segment for Weekend Edition. I just found out that NPR asked her to highlight a single book that would be a “good entry” into romance. Together they selected I Own the Dawn! So, if you’re listening to NPR on Sunday between 8:30 & 10am, you will hopefully hear more.

Here is Eloisa’s review for NPR:

Romantic Reads From Shakespeare To Steampunk (Heavy On The Steam)
by Eloisa James

“M.L. Buchman is one of very few male romance writers, and he leans on his testosterone: His Night Stalker series turns a passion for military helicopters into a fundamental characteristic of his heroines. These women are the ultimate alpha soldiers — although it should be said that the novels do not glorify the American military. What they do glorify is a military chopper with four seats — “the nastiest gunship God ever put on Earth and only the best flew in her,” as the heroine of I Own the Dawn, Sgt. Kee Smith, puts it. Kee is a tough-talking girl who grew up on the streets and fought her way into being a helicopter gunner. Since I’m both squeamish and a pacifist, I tend to avoid military romance, but Buchman made Kee’s obsession with a Black Hawk helicopter fascinating. The fact that Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III, a first lieutenant copilot in her chopper, is a blue-blood alpha didn’t hurt either. This is a classic tale of socioeconomic opposites who fall wildly into love — and passion.”

Eloisa James -Review of I Own the Dawn


I try not to do this too often, but I Own the Dawn, my latest installment in “The Night Stalkers” series, just received a rave review by Eloisa James. In her monthly column at Barnes & Noble, Reading Romance -Love is a Battlefield, she…

Well, just click and see. I’m feeling all giggly inside!