Today I am so pleased to welcome Avery Giles to Joyfully Jay. Avery has come to talk to us about her latest release, Too Hot!. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


On top of being my debut novel, this is my first time writing suspense. All the short stories, poems, and half-finished books I’ve written in the past have been predominantly young adult, fantasy, and science fiction. This is my first time writing a contemporary piece, and I never dreamt I’d add my name to the list of romantic-suspense authors. But here we are, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the rollercoaster ride I wrote for you all!

It wasn’t an easy road to get here, however. My inexperience meant there were a few bumps along the way, and definitely some instances in which I had no clue what I was doing. It was important to me right from the beginning, however, that the suspense not be mistaken with miscommunications. I loathe misunderstandings as a plot device. I understand that sometimes they’re necessary—even justified—and I’m guilty of using them in small doses, but by and large, this novel is free from that pitfall.

Now, you might be wondering about this, because the premise of the novel itself sounds like one big miscommunication: man thinks his new boyfriend might be setting fires to get his attention. Obviously, Eli can’t ask Charlie outright if he’s an arsonist. So, they must not be communicating like mature adults. Right?

Wrong. In the very beginning, Eli asks Charlie upfront if he’s setting the fires. And Charlie answers. I’m not going to tell you his response or if he’s telling the truth. After all, that would be a pretty big spoiler. But I do want to show you all that when I say there’s real, honest communication in this novel, I mean it.


Sparks aren’t just flying . . . they’re catching.

Eli Johnson is not a hero. He’s just a guy who’s doing his best. His mother was a hero, though, and when she died, he dropped out of college to become a firefighter—a vocation she would have been proud of. He might not be able to save everyone, but he can do what she taught him: put more good out than bad.

Charlie Kinnear is definitely not a hero. When he ran into a burning building to save a trapped child, he was acting on instinct. He’s not expecting a medal, or for a handsome firefighter with a stunning smile to give him his oxygen mask. Charlie’s light-headed, and not from smoke inhalation.

Right as their romance begins, a serial arsonist terrorizes the city. As if that weren’t bad enough, Charlie appears at the scene of every fire. Eli hates to think it, but if someone wanted to get a firefighter’s attention—say, a certain sexy someone who coincidentally wandered into Eli’s life—what better way than by starting fires? Sparks are flying all right, and things may get too hot for Eli and Charlie to handle.


Avery Giles is a brown-eyed, fair-haired, moss-covered swamp witch who subsists on energy drinks and the hearts of her enemies. Her day-to-day routine involves waking up, writing three sentences, staring at those three sentences until her brain tells her why they’re wrong, watching eighteen hours of Netflix, and luring bandits away from the safety of the well-lit path. If asked about her favorite books, she’ll mention the Percy Jackson series, Good Omens, and the blackened scroll on which she detailed an encounter with a crooked librarian that led to two marriages and a beheading. She enjoys eating Italian, French, and German lovers after mating with them.

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To celebrate the release of TOO HOT! one lucky person will win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 13, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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