Author: Elle Boon
Series: SmokeJumpers Series (Novella)
Genre: Holiday Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 5 2016
A snowstorm, a baby, a fire elemental, and a shifter. Can Keanu save them all when the forces of nature rock their world, or will the elements destroy their happily ever after.
A pregnant Cammie will do anything to protect her unborn child, while Mother Nature has her own set of plans.
A father willing to risk life and limb for his family, Keanu will set the countryside on fire to rescue his wife and unborn child.
Reality isn’t always what it seems, but a fire elemental, and a shifter will make sure this is a perfect SmokeJumpers Christmas.
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I’m dying to know more about your novel, A SmokeJumpers Christmas_. Can it be read as a standalone? Is it part of a Series? Can you give me some details?
A SmokeJumpers Christmas is a follow up to FireStarter, which is book 1 of my SmokeJumpers series. You can read it as a standalone, but you would definitely enjoy it more if you read the book that started it all. In this cute Christmas story you get to see the heroine and hero from FireStarter, and see what is going on in their lives, along with the couple from book 2 as well. It was written as part of a boxset for a charity called The One Way Farm, which is a home for abused and neglected children. That was the main reason there was no bowchicawowow. However, I truly think it was one of my best books, and hope y’all love it as well.
Where do you draw your inspirations from?
I draw my inspirations from everywhere and everything LOL. I can be talking to a friend and she say something I find funny, and I’m like…that is going in a book. For instance, in my book Bodhi’s Synful Mate, one of my favorite characters is the Fey Jennaveve. She is crazy and wonderful, and all things in between. Well, me and my friend were talking, and I don’t know how it came about, but the sentence “Satan Suck A Dick” popped out. Now, that is something Jenna will be saying in Bodhi’s book LOL.
Who are your favorite authors?
OYYY my list is HUGE. However, I will give you a few of my all time favorites. Sherrilyn Kenyon for sure. I even have the Dark Hunters tattoo on my back. Yes, I am that kind of crazy. Lora Leigh of course, and I’m very proud to call her friend as well. Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Shelly Laurenston, Laurann Dohner, and so many more in the paranormal world I could literally fill a book. Now, my world of authors wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the first two authors I ever read. Diana Palmer and Linda Howard. These two ladies will always be my favorites, and I have sooo many of their books. Okay, I actually have EVERY book Diana Palmer ever wrote, and lots of Linda Howard. Shades of Twilight, and After The Night by Linda Howard are 2 of my all time favs.
Was there any particular book which gave you the writing bug?
I don’t think there is a particular book, but it was after going to Lora Leigh’s RAW in 2012 I decided to try my hand at this writing thing. I was chatting with Sylvia Day, and she gave me the best advice. After that I went home and wrote my first book, which will probably never see the light of day LOL. Of course, I do love the story, it just needs a lot of work as it was written in first, third, first and so on and so forth, person.
Speaking of potentially “embarrassing” subjects, what’s the strangest thing you had to research for your writings?
I don’t think I have had to research strange things, or else I’m strange. I love researching all things, and especially the strange. When I was writing my Ravens of War Series I wrote about the Greek Gods, and mixed in a little of the Japanese mythology into the mix. Let me tell you I researched the F**K out of that sheot. I want to always put as much factual into my made up worlds as I can.
Research aside, what’s the hardest part of being an author?
Staying off the internet and playing LOL. Promoting your work and getting our name out there. I think those are the hardest, especially for us newer authors. I absolutely love everything about being an author. The writing, chatting, making up worlds and characters. I love to create people and places that others can fall in love with, or hate the bad guys or gals, and can’t wait to see what happens next.
How would you describe your writing style?
By the seat of my pants. I’m a pantster for sure.
Any “fun facts” about the book?
This book is a sweet, short story, with no bowchicawowow. Which, if y’all read me, is not the norm. Also, you get to see some of your favorites from the past 2 books, and meet a couple who I had no clue would be a couple. Heck, I didn’t even know LeeLee, who was the heroine’s pet, was going to actually be a shifter.
Have you had any odd fan encounters?
Well, sort of. I think we all get those pm's of unwanted “male” pics. But I do LiveChats on FB and have had some weird men pop on posting comments like “Hey, get closer to the camera…take off your glasses…” things like that. Or the pm messages that you really want to climb through and throat punch them. But, I take it in stride, because the good outweigh the bad.
Is there anything you’re currently working on now?
I’m working on book 6 in my Iron Wolves, Bodhi’s Synful Mate
Any Inspiration or Guidance for Aspiring Authors?
I’ll tell them the same thing Sylvia Day told me. “To write 3 books before you publish. That way you know how long it takes you to write, and you know how to write by your third book as well. Also, to never give up, if you have the passion to write, then do it.”
Favorite Christmas Recipe
4 Cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal
1/4 Cup unsalted butter, melted
3 Tablespoons sugar
Dash of salt
4 Packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 Cup sugar
3 Whole eggs
1 Egg yolk
3/4 Cup RumChata™ liqueur
1/2 Cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons rum
1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
Sour Cream Topping:
1 1/4 Cups sour cream
1/4 Cup RumChata™ liqueur
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup unsalted butter
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons water
2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
1 Heat oven to 350°F.
2 In food processor, crush cereal to fine crumbs. Pulse in remaining Crust ingredients. Press in bottom (and part way up side if you want) of 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake 10 minutes. Place on cooling rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.
3 When crust is cool, wrap bottom of pan with heavy-duty foil, making sure it goes up the sides a few inches. Wrap pan one or two more times with foil.
4 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 3/4 cup sugar, followed by eggs, one at a time, and egg yolk, beating well and scraping bowl after each addition. With mixer on low, beat in remaining Filling ingredients until smooth. Scrape mixture into foil-wrapped pan; place pan in high-sided roasting pan. Place in oven; create a water bath by carefully pouring a few cups of water into roasting pan--enough to go up sides of cheesecake pan a bit, but not as high as the foil.
5 Bake about 1 hour 45 minutes or until cheesecake is golden on top with a little wiggle in center. Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour. Cheesecake will fall slightly (but should still have a flat top). Remove from oven; place on rack while you make Sour Cream Topping.
6 Heat oven to 350° F again. In small bowl, beat Sour Cream Topping ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake; place in heated oven 10 minutes. Remove from oven, back on rack to cool 1 hour. Remove foil from pan; refrigerate cheesecake at least 4 hours before serving. To remove cheesecake from spring-form pan, wrap sides of pan with towel dampened with hot water until towel is cool. Loosen side of spring-form.
7 Before serving, make Cinnamon Drizzle. In 1-quart saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Add remaining Cinnamon Drizzle ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar melts and mixture comes to a boil. Boil about 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes before drizzling over cheesecake.
She writes what she loves to read, and that is romance, whether it’s erotic or paranormal, as long as there is a happily ever after. Her biggest hope is that after readers have read one of her stories, they fall in love with her characters as much as she did. She loves creating new worlds, and has more stories just waiting to be written. Elle believes in happily ever afters, and can guarantee you will always get one with her stories.
She loves coffee…needs coffee…may not be considered human without the liquid gold, and only after the 2nd cup should you approach <3 However, she truly is a chatty one once properly caffeinated, so please drop her a pm or an email.
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