Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Firefighters As Heroes Joan Swan and CONTEST

Firefighters As Heroes

Firefighters. Just the mention can make many a woman swoon. Conjure an image of a firefighter in your mind and it probably includes nice muscles, a killer smile and lots of charm—among other yummy mentionables.
The heroes of my Phoenix Rising series are firefighters, all part of a HAZMAT firefighting team that was exposed to dangerous and secret chemicals during a military warehouse explosion.  They want answers to the paranormal abilities they’ve developed since the fire, but the government wants them to stay quiet.  The Phoenix Rising series follows these firefighters as they battle powerful enemies in an effort to uncover the truth about that one horrible night. 
This brings up other characteristics common in firefighters—dedication, intelligence, perseverance… the list goes on and on.  But which of these many traits makes them such desirable heroes?
I’ve categorized these into the 4 Ss: strong, smart, sensitive and sexy.

From climbing flight after flight of stairs with a hundred pounds of gear to hiking miles of forested terrain in triple digit heat, a firefighter’s job is extremely physically demanding.   They need to be able to not only lift twenty foot ladders, but throw them—vertically.  Common duties include carrying unconscious victims as dead weight, dragging miles of hose, controlling a hose spray jetting out at 150psi, repelling from multi-story buildings…
I could go on, but I think they’re sounding pretty darn strong already.

From the way these guys act when they don’t have a hard-on for fire, you’d swear they ranked below the IQ of their TV remote.  I mean, they’re such GUYS! They say stupid guy things, make stupid guy noises, and play stupid guy practical jokes.
But with firefighting, Darwin’s law prevails: survival of the fittest—in this case, fittest of mind, not just body.  Firefighters need to understand the physics of fire.  They need a deep working knowledge of weather, machinery, building construction, tools, vehicles, emergency medicine, psychology…
You get the point.

I think this is one of the main differences between firefighters and cops.  Firefighters need to be sensitive.  Cops need to be tough. 
Firefighters come in and care for the injured or sick and often deal with the family as well, which takes patience and compassion and serious people skills.  They need to be persuasive but understanding, commanding yet considerate.  Charm is a huge benefit to firefighters dealing with the public and they pick up on that quick (see Smart above.)
Most firefighters are great with kids—because, honestly, they’re just big kids themselves.  All fire departments are a huge part of the community and the firefighters are invited to every function where you will find them handing out candy, stickers, balloons and rides on the fire engine to the kids.  Firefighters can often be found inside classrooms giving demonstrations or guiding a tour of 30 kids through the firehouse.
If Strong, Smart and Sensitive aren’t enough to = Sexy… consider:
These guys:
·         Cook
·         Clean
·         Do Laundry
·         Are polite
·         Workout everyday
·         Know how to fix almost anything
·         Appreciate strong women
·         And…look awesome in uniform
What do you think, are firefighters good heroes?  What do you love most in a hero?  Who is one of your most recent favorite heroes and why?

Book info:
FEVER, book 1 in the Phoenix Rising, series available wherever books are sold. Here are a couple quick links: Amazon |Barnes and Noble.

BLAZE, book 2 in the Phoenix Rising, releases September 25th and is available for preorder at: Amazon| Barnes and Noble.
Look for more sexy firefighters coming your way in 2013!

Author Bio:
Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. Her Phoenix Rising series is published through Kensington Brava.  Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.
Contact info:
You can find Joan around the web at:
·         Twitter: @joanswan & @romancegiveaway
·         Website: www.joanswan.com
·         Blog: www.joanswan.com/blog

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Julianne Keller said...

I think firefighters make great heroes. Every little boy dreams of being a fireman when the grow up. Firefighters risk everything to save others who might be trapped by a fire. They are natural American Heroes.
I like the heroes I read about to be strong, confident, loyal, possessive, have a sense of humor, will fight for what he believes in, also some kind a flaw.
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Debby said...

Any man in uniform makes a great hero. I love them all.
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Tina said...

Julianne you are a winner contact Kalisto@roadrunner.com I will pass on your information to kensington

Denysé Bridger said...

I've read FEVER and I've been recommending it to anyone who is looking for a great new book - so HUGE congrats, Joan - and I'll be out to get BLAZE the moment it arrives in stories!!

Take care - Denyse