Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lightening Up

Congratulations to "Susan T." the winner of Joan's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

My debut release, BLAZE, hit shelves and screens last Tuesday! YAY!  It is the second in the Phoenix Rising series. 

The heroes and heroines in this series—firefighters in a special hazmat team—have been involved in a mysterious explosion at a military warehouse.  The contents of the building, radioactive chemicals used by the Department of Defense in secret scientific experiments, have inflicted the team with various paranormal abilities.  Abilities the government wants to study covertly.  Abilities the team wants to understand and expose.  With military advancement and national power at risk on one side and personal health and freedom at stake on the other, each group is fighting for precious stakes.

In BLAZE, two of the firefighters are reunited to confront the powerful enemy that originally tore them apart. Luke and Keira rally the rest of their former teammates as the enemy ups the stakes and exposes an even greater breadth and more twisted depth to the existing conspiracy; things the team never imagined possible.

A heavy premise, right?  It is romantic suspense with a paranormal twist after all. 

But I believe there is always room for humor.  So I put together a few fun – an irreverent – firefighter sayings to lighten things up.  And yes, my husband, a veteran firefighter, did help with these.  As did his many firefighting buddies.  And, believe it or not – they’re censored.

So purely in the name of fun…  I hope you get a few laughs…

Ø  Firemen are trained in mouth to mouth

Ø  Anyone that can carry his hose over their shoulder has something going for him.

Ø  Firemen always maintain their…apparatus

Ø  Firemen will find you no matter what position you are in

Ø  Firemen go in hard

Ø  Firemen have the longest hoses

Ø  Firemen know when to pull out

Ø  Firemen do it wearing rubber

Ø  The hotter it is, the faster firemen come

Ø  Dial 911 and make a fireman come

Ø  Firemen lay a hard line

Ø  Firemen are always in heat

Ø  Happiness is sliding up and down a fireman’s pole

Ø  Ready, willing and able

Ø  Behind every fireman is a woman holding his hose

Ø  Firemen have longer hoses

Ø  Firemen find `em hot, and leave `em wet

Do you have a good one we left out?  What do you love about firefighter heroes? 

Joan will be giving away a paperback of BLAZE to one winner in the US/Canada.

Also, INTIMATE ENEMIES is FREE today (Sep. 29) on Amazon!

Joan Swan is an award-winning author of sexy romantic suspense and occasionally throws in a paranormal twist or two for some extra spark.  In her day job, Joan works as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center. She lives on the central coast of California in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.

Joan Swan's BLAZE Blog Tour Schedule
Tour runs from September 17 - October 6
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September 18 - Book Reader Addicts -
September 19 - Pearl's World of Romance -
September 20 - Under The Covers -
September 21 - Reading Between The Wines -
September 22 - Riverina Romantics  -
September 23 - Reading on The Wild Side -
September 24 - United By Books -
September 25 - My Keeper Shelf -
September 25 -  The Reading Café  -
September 26 - Ramblings From This Chick -
September 27 - I Smell Sheep -
September 28 - Paranormal Haven -
September 29 - Just Romantic Suspense -
September 30 - Just Romantic Suspense -
October 1 - Close Encounters With The Night Kind -
October 2 - Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction -
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October 3 - Books-n-Kisses -
October 4 - Readers Confession -
October 5 - Book Lovin' Mamas -
October 6 - Cocktails & Books -

Phoenix Rising Series

Book 1

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…
But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.
A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…
Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.
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Book 2
The hotter they come, the harder they fall…
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. Sheneeds to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.
Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. This book sounds really interesting to me!

  2. I can see the t-shirts with your slogans!! I know some firefighters, and yea, they are hunks. Blaze sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!! Trishleroy49 At gmail dot com

  3. I love these, Joan! They are hilarious. Those comments sound like they would come from men. Don't enter me into the drawing since I already won something from you and on this website. Congrats on the sucess of your books. I look forward to reading Blaze! :)

    1. Aren't you the lucky one? And yes, they are definitely all boy those firefighters.

  4. Ahh, I love me some non-PG humour... must be the European in me :). Some of those would make legend T-shirt slogans. Strong, sexy, and willing to risk their lives to save others... what's not to like about firefighters?

    Looking forward to trading all these boring science papers for BLAZE! :)


    1. I am loving the Tshirt idea! Will definitely have to follow up on that for some future prizes!

  5. Just stopped by to support Joan. Enjoyed the funny sayings. Looking forward to the whole series.

  6. Love the humor! Fire fighters have a tough job so I'm sure they love a good laugh. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. They love every minute of it, Juliet, don't let the dirty faces and hard work fool you! They just use it for sympathy!

  7. Those are all excellent qualities of our heroic fire fighters and I love how they have a double meaning. You had me smiling from ear to ear. Can't think of any to add to your list. Thank you.

  8. You should have put a warning don't read while drinking coffee. That was really funny. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Oh, shoot -- you're so right!! Will do next time!

  9. Wow. I love that list. And I'm kind of interested in the uncensored version, lol. The only firemen I see up close are the ones in calendars, and that already makes me feel faint. ;)

    Julieguan at gmail dot com

  10. Sometimes I think Firefighters get....hosed in the romantic hero department. They don't seem to the the same respect as all those other heros who are cops, marines, navy seals, secret agent types. Firefighters deserve romance too. After all they are HAWT!
    I really enjoyed Fever and would love to win a copy of Blaze.

    1. Hi Judi,

      LOL...I think they're a little too "nice" to be used as often for heroes. Cops and military and secret agents are edgier. :) But I do love my firefighters.

  11. I love your books, and the bits of humor . Can't wait to read them . I work for a group of cardiologists, it's nice to see another Sonographer who writes suspense. Enjoyed your post and will be adding these to my kindle. Lynda

    1. Hi Lynda...Is it a nice group? I did echos for a while at another hospital and I had THE nicest group of guys as doctors to scan for -- well except 1 but there's always 1, right? Glad you're enjoying the books!

  12. Those reasons made me crack a smile and snort with laughter. It is awesome. Fever and Blaze were awesome books.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com.

  13. Congrats on your upcoming release! I like firefighter heroes because I can easily imagine them in real life. They really fight fires and save lives. All those firefighter men traits are so fun to read :)


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  15. Those were great! I like firefighters because they are the risk takers that will bust in there to save lives, no matter what. That is sexy!!!

  16. Wow! Those were absolutely hysterical! I laughed so hard I cried. I love that firefighters will run into the burning building to save lives while everyone else is running out. They put their lives on the line for others.
    Blaze sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


    1. Thanks Joanne, those guys can't wait to run into fire. Argue over who's first in. :)

  17. LOL, I can not think of adding anything even though I grew up around firefighters... I think they were a bit cautious about what they said around us kids. Those men were and have always been heroes in my eyes... they were all volunteers and knowing what they did everyday... the things I saw, the stories I heard... My father was burned one time going back in to rescue one of his friends and fellow firefighters. There have been some good and bad stories through the years, but I am proud of all they have done.
    Your book sounds fantastic!

    1. Hi Colleen,

      As the mom, I can definitely see the guys toning it down around the kids. They are, at heart, family men and incredibly respectful. They used to behave around me...until I egged them on and then all bets were off.

  18. Fun post. I like that they're brave.


  19. lol those are hilarious!! I think being a Fireman is a pretty serious job and you have to have a sense of humor to do that job. These are great!! Love these books as well.

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

    1. Absolutely. Need the humor to relieve the stress.


    1. They are definitely a family. They're great people.

  21. I haven't read many stories with firefighters. Guess that goes back to when I was a child and my dad was a firefighter. Seeing him blown off a wall kinda stuck with me I guess. But, I'm not against reading them. They are some of the most brave and giving people you could ever meet, sometimes giving their life to save a person that was unknown to them.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

    1. Hi Elisabeth, yep that could be traumatic. My husband's been in more close calls than I care to remember or know about -- he doesn't tell me about most.

  22. I love firefighter heroes because they actually embody the word. They risk their lives day in and day out to save people, animals and homes. What people don't know is that a lot of fire departments are completely made up of volunteers - as in they are not paid to risk their lives. SO, that is what I love about them as heroes/heroines in books.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  23. I live in a small little town in Alberta, Canada where everyone knows everyone. My cousin is a Firefighter and Paramedic here, I'm so proud of him, they're job must be so incredibly stressful that I'm sure they take the jokes where they can. Loved Fever, so looking forward to starting Blaze

    1. There is a certain level of stress you become accustomed too and it doesn't affect you the way it would others.

      I remember one day, many years ago, my husband and I were at Baskin Robbins, escaping the kids and getting ice cream for ourselves :). I was wearing his firefighting sweatshirt. A man came running in, frantic, looked at me and said, "There's a car on fire down the street!"

      I point to my husband. My husband gives me this look, like WTF did you do that for? Like I outted him or something! The guy is like, "What do I do? We need help!"

      I'm thinking, why the hell is my husband still sitting here shaking his head at me with this exasperated look on his face? Can't he see this is urgent? Why isn't he running to the scene?

      My husband stands up, grabs a fire extinguisher from the wall, hands it to the guy and says, "Here. Pull this, aim it at the base of the fire and press the button."

      The guy and I gape at him as he sits back down. When the guy doesn't leave, my husband says, "Remember, aim it low. Go on, get out of here."

      And the guy left. I'm like, "Why didn't you go help?"

      He says, "It's just a car fire. The engine will be there by the time the guy gets back to the car."

      Just a car fire? I ask, "Don't cars explode when they're on fire.

      He laughs. "Only in the movies."

  24. Hahahaa... :) Your list brought a big smile on my face. :) I love how most of them are really nice to little kids. :)

    1. They are. Most love kids. They're all really just big kids themselves.

  25. After dealing with both the Springer and Waldo Canyon fires this summer, I have nothing but respect for firefighters. Your book sounds great.

    1. Yep, those guys work hard on the big wild land fires, but rest assured, they play hard too.

      My husband had been gone a couple weeks when I talked to him on the phone one day and asked him what he was doing. He said, "It's my 24 off, we're going rafting today."

      Oh, uh-huh. And I'm home taking care of everything. No 24 off for me. :)

  26. LOL, Joan, that was great!!! I was laughing so hard my husband looked sideways at me and raised his eyebrows.. Could not bring myself to tell him though. I am going to read your books with more insight now and will have those catchy phrases forever in my brain.

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    brandypm at optonline dot net

  27. Love the list - can't think of anything else to
    add. Congratulations on your latest release!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  28. Joan, I love the list. It is also funny that I was thinking about firefighters in the last three days. Not sure how you read my mind.


  29. Your books both sound great, I'll have to pick them up! I used to work for the police department and the building I was in was shared by the PD and Fire Dept. Talk about best of both worlds! One firefighter & I were flirting one day and he said "You're a slow burn, I'll be back later to put out that fire". Whoowee! wlweddle at gmail dot com

  30. Great list, Joan. I have Fever and I want Blaze.

  31. I can't think of anything to add to your list. It was great. Made me think of all the firefighter books I've read in the past and how much I enjoyed them. I'm adding BLAZE to my list and I think I'll reread FEVER again to get ready for it. I don't mind paying more for a book if it is worth it, and FEVER was worth it!

    Heather E

  32. Great list, I just can't think of anything that's not already there. I have always admired fireman. When I was little my dad and my uncle were both volunteer fireman. All the firemen in my hometown worked really hard here after the tornado last year. I can't say enough good things about them.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  33. Love the list Joan, but I can't add a thing. I really think you have it cover, unless you want to include "Nothing smothers a fire, like a Fireman blanket". See, yours are definitely better! Thanks for the giveaway, the books are amazing!

  34. i cant think of anything else. Its an awesome list.