Wildfire Lake: A fresh and sexy new series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Skye Jordan
What genres do you write?
I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I also have a slightly paranormal romantic suspense series written as Joan Swan. I have also written a more mainstream suspense with a small romance thread – think Karen Rose – but I haven’t published that yet.
Coffee or tea lover?
Actually, neither. I’m a diet Pepsi girl. Though I drink anything diet, diet Pepsi is my fav.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
I’d love to get to Greece. Ever since I was young, the images of the white washed buildings, cobalt blue roofs and stone streets have enchanted me.
Do you have pets?
The love of my life is Duke. He’s a rescue with a really awful story. He was found chained to a tree in South Carolina in the high heat of summer. Those of you from the east coast know exactly how miserable that can be. He also had cigarette burns covering both ears and a few on his face. A vet tech found him when he was walking home and brought him in. The vet said he’d been starved for at least three days and that he wouldn’t have lasted another if the vet tech hadn’t found him. When we were introduced to Duke, he was skin and bones, with raw red spots all over his ears. But he was so resilient, adorable and sweet, despite his trauma. My husband and I have definitely done our level best to make sure the rest of his life is heaven.
When I wake up every morning I…
Set an intention for the day through a short prayer, roll into yoga pants, grab my computer bag and head to McDonalds. I’ve been doing this for decades. They let you stay as long as you want and I get free soda refills. I like having other people around me. I usually scroll through email, then get to work. Now, in Covid-times, I swing through the drive through, then park in the shade and work until my bladder has had enough, then head home.
Weirdest or unique thing you own.
Uuuuum, not much. I’m vanilla that way. The only thing that comes to mind is my rowing machine, also called an erg. I don’t know many other people who have one. Even many rowers don’t own one of their own. It’s been essential during quarantine to maintain my endurance. Sadly, the entire rowing season has been cancelled here, so I won’t get any time on the water this year. Heartbreaking.
Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
Continuing on the rowing thread… I row . I have a single shell I row on my own, but I also participate in two other groups out of my boathouse in Alexandria, on the Potomac. I am part of a sweep club, which rows with four or eight people. And I participate in a sculling club where we row singles, doubles and quads. I love the challenge of rowing and the comradery of such great people.
I have a lot of hobbies. Too many to find time for really. I’ve always been creative, even when I was young, and drifted toward art and arts and crafts. Some of my more recent hobbies are knitting, sewing, and mosaics. I recently started making book sleeves that match the themes of my books, and am having so much fun with it.
One of my many professions before I started writing was ultrasound. I was a sonographer at University of California San Francisco Medical Center for two decades. I left the field when we moved to Washington DC for my husband’s dream job, but I now go overseas to teach physicians how to utilize ultrasound in their practices and how to scan. Most recently I’ve been to Ethiopia and Haiti. My trip to Nicaragua was derailed by Covid, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there when it’s safe to do so.
What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
Ever since I started writing, I’ve always strived to create stories that capture the emotions the same way music does. And also escape. Books have been a pleasant and valued escape for me from the stresses of everyday life, and I hope my readers gain the same enjoyment from my books.
What inspired you to write Going Under? (Release date Sept 14, 2020)
GOING UNDER is my 30th book. It’s also one of my favorites. I think that’s because the book holds a mystical adventurous vibe with an underlying theme of getting out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to all life has to offer, and how some of those may be things you have never even considered. I’ve always been one of those explorers and writing this book gave me a way to imbibe the story with my own wanderlust.
The Wildfire Lake series is based around three strangers meeting and bonding over a shared experience—living through a cyclone. I loved having three very different women become lasting best friends. Bringing them back together and giving them a shared purpose in this series was so very fun and sweet. The heroine of Going Under, book 2 of the series, was raised by a single father and went into the unusual profession of marine engineering, following in her father’s mechanical footsteps. She lives and works on cruise ships until she decides to stay in Wildfire for the duration of their shared project—renovating a marina into a VRBO resort of houseboats in beautiful central California. I loved the idea of pairing this strong, smart, driven, adventurous tomboy with her least likely partner, the single father of three daughters.
I hope readers love it as much as I do.
Two or three words that best describe your writing style.
Fun, emotional and unexpected. The heat level in my various series’ are a little different. Wildfire Lake is about 3.5 out of 5 flames.
Another sweet & steamy read from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Skye Jordan!
Some women want roses and I love yous. I want hot guys and great sex.
Maybe I've absorbed too much testosterone employed in the male dominated world of mechanics, only, I'm no longer working on a cruise ship with sexy men around every corner. I'm building a business with my two best friends in a small town where reputation is everything.
But it’s only six months before I can take my money and run--straight back to the sea. Only this time I'll have my own sailboat, choose my own destinations, and live by my own rules.
When I meet Dr. Delicious over stitches, we've got instant heat, but he comes with major drawbacks, starting with an affinity for dating and ending with his status as a single dad.
Before I know it, I'm putting together a frilly "dream bed" for Christmas and teaching his oldest to repair a carburetor.
Dr. Delicious is the very definition of commitment, and falling for him is a non-negotiable no way.
Too bad my heart hasn’t gotten that memo.
Going Under on September 14, 2020
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Excerpt of Going Under by Skye Jordan
“Just get off work?” she asks. “Or are you just heading in?”
“Off.” Her arm is bandaged, so I’m assuming she still has her stitches. “You really shouldn’t be doing handstands with those stitches in your arm.”
“I need to have them taken out, just never find time.” She lifts her arm where she’s covered her bandage with kinesiology tape, also called KT, the letters printed in big black letters on bright pink tape.
“Look at that,” I say, “you’ve got your own brand.”
“I use a lot of it. Naming it after me is the least they could do.”
Silence eases into the space between us, and I find myself just staring at her pretty blue eyes, her long black lashes, her full pink lips. “I’ve been thinking about you.”
She smiles and eases into the space separating us. She makes a loose fist in the front of my scrub top, then slides it down my torso. That small sensation lights me up like a struck match and burns through my body. I want to kiss her. Taste her. And, yeah, I want to fuck her. It’s always been a foreign concept, but it sure as hell seems to work for me now.
“All dirty, I hope,” she says, her voice low and seductive.
“Dirty enough,” I confess.
“I was starting to think you forgot all about me.” Sexy heat slides through her eyes and dips into her voice.
“You’re not the kind of woman a man just forgets.”
“Hmm.” Her gaze lowers to my mouth, and she slides her tongue over her lower lip. “Let me show you my shop, where you can elaborate on what you might have been thinking.”
She leads, taking me by the front of my scrubs into a metal building. I swing the door shut behind me, and my eyes are immediately drawn to the walls, where pegboards hold supplies, nice and neat. Bright red four-foot-tall rolling toolboxes line one wall. Outboard motors line the opposite wall, all resting in metal stands. Engine parts sit on one workbench.
“This place is sharp.” I reach out and pull on one of the drawers in the toolbox, and I find what I expected, every tool clean and lined up in a very precise order. “This is as organized as the OR.”
“Gotta respect the tools. Precision work requires precision skills, setting, and equipment. My dad drilled that into my head early.”
She tugs on my shirt, so I face her again, then slides her arms around my neck, and her body stretches along mine. I’m already groaning when she pulls my head down, kissing me like she’s been thinking all the same things I have.
In Too Deep is Book 1 of the Wildfire Lake series. While all the books in the series stand alone, I just want to say this was my first book by Skye Jordan and I fell in love with her writing. There’s witty banter, funny, great dialogue, it’s emotional, passionate, sexy… I couldn’t put it down. I just loved it!
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