K Bromberg Worlds Spotlight: Alex Grayson, Kelsie Rae, Esther E. Schmidt and more!

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[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to bring you several spotlights of authors writing in universes created by author K. Bromberg. Find your new favorite right here!]

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?
Inspiration – Nothing really. Or rather, my love for rock music.

Tropes – Rockstar romance, one night stand

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?

Sunnyville, CA, Wings Out, Emerson’s skydiving business , Davenport’s bar

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
Most challenging aspect was making sure I stayed true to Kristy’s characters. The most fun was building off the Everyday Heroes World and making it a small part of mine.
Lead Player by Alex Grayson

I wasn’t looking for love… more like a one-night stand.

Hey, a woman has needs. And it couldn’t possibly end any worse than my last relationship.

If catching my long-term boyfriend getting plowed by his handsome best friend wasn’t bad enough… the fact that they were in our bed should be.

So, yeah. I’m good with one wild night with a complete stranger.

I just didn’t expect him to be so damn hot! I couldn’t tear my eyes away—even when he caught me staring. It was as if an invisible force held me captive in his lust-filled gaze.

We agreed, just one night. But the next morning I woke up in an empty bed feeling more alone than I expected.

Little did I know I would see my mystery man again. But the next time we would be standing beside our best friends as they said, “I Do.”

Not only was my one-night stand the best man… it turns out he’s the cocky lead singer of popular band Phenix.

No wonder he rocked my world, he’s had plenty of practice.

Kelsie Rae

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?

I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a surrogate for a while now, and since I was doing so much research for it, the creative juices were already flowing when I started to plot Marcy’s story. Then I just needed to figure out how she would fall in love with someone when it was far from an opportune time for her. That’s when I stumbled upon the most awkward meet-cute ever. Why hello, Dr. Bennett. Writing Ben has been one of my favorite opportunities so far in my career, and finding the balance between his grief for his deceased wife, and his attraction to one of his patients (forbidden romance, anyone?) was a blast. Besides, who isn’t a sucker for a wounded hero?

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?
Marcy! She’s the photographer in Combust, and I really connected with her character, so I decided to use her as the heroine in Crush. You’ll also see plenty of Grady, a very pregnant Dylan, and Aunt Bertha’s pancakes.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
I wanted to make sure I did Marcy justice since so many readers are already familiar with her. I also wanted to keep the same feel of the story that K. Bromberg is famous for in her Everyday Heroes World.
 
Crush by Kelsie Rae

Ben
I’m a doctor, but I couldn’t save my wife. Now I’m just the wounded widower who buries himself in faceless women and his work.

And I’m okay with that.

Then Marcy steps into my office. Sparks fly during her first appointment, so I ask if she’s looking for a friend with benefits.
That’s when things get messy.

I can’t hold onto a new crush without letting go of my past…but my wife deserves more than that.

Marcy
I signed up to be a surrogate because the dating pool is that shallow. Go figure that fate would screw with me as soon as I check in at my first doctor’s appointment.

It’s official. I’ve hit a new rock bottom.

Now I’m stuck drooling over my obstetrician.

When he asks if I’d be interested in casually hooking up, I jump in with both feet. But as I get to know him better, I start to wonder if he’d ever be interested in pursuing something real, or if I’d always be lost in his deceased wife’s shadow.

Esther E. Schmidt

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?
My inspiration was the sweet combination of a firefighter, biker, alpha hero. Tropes used are: Single Mom, Firefighter, Stalker, Secret pregnancy, millionaire, Love at First sight, First love, Second chance.

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?
My character, Kain, is a Firefighter at Fire Station 13. Readers will get to visit all the characters in Flameover. All of the Malone brothers, their women, and their parents.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
To entwine my Broken Deeds MC world and K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes into an epic crossover was absolutely fun and a great match. Without this opportunity Kain’s story wouldn’t have been written. I had a big smile on my face writing this story, especially the ending where it all came together.

Flameover by Esther E. Schmidt

Little white lies never hurt anyone, right?

A spur of the moment decision and a little white lie leaves Kain Lawson clueless and wanting more after a one-night stand. Four years later, Kain finds his lie coming back to haunt him.

After her father’s death, Leontine is left to deal with the company he left behind and to cope with her stress, she decides to move to Sunnyville. The same town where the hot firefighter from her one-night stand lives. The little white lie Leontine told might not seem so white when covered in soot from the fire he just rescued her, and her daughter, from.

A fire throws them back together, but the heat might be too much with an arsonist risking their lives. Can they overcome the little white lies they’re both guilty of? When fire burns hot, there’s no stopping the ravenous outcome. Unless there’s a firefighter involved.

D.M. Davis

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?

I wanted to write an alphahole with a soft spot for a girl he thought he could never have–didn’t deserve. This is an enemies to lovers, sports themed, heart-wrenching, sexy, contemporary romance.

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?

No Mercy takes place in Sunnyville with appearances from Grant and Emerson from Cuffed.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?

Writing about the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world and grounding it in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes World was the most challenging. The most fun was writing an alphahole who’s a bit of an anti-hero with the heart of a lion.

No Mercy by DM Davis

When it comes to protecting his angel, he has no mercy.

Gabriel:
The first time I saw her, she made my pulse dance to a rhythm that matched the sway of her hips.
The second time I saw her, she was in the arms of my best friend.
That broken, rusty organ in my chest hasn’t beaten since.
Blood doesn’t run through these veins, it’s pure, unleaded determination.
I’ve fought my whole life. For safety. For Food. For my family.
Five years later, I’m fighting for my position in the MMA world.
No distractions.
Only, my angel needs me, and that tin can behind my ribs found its beat again.

Francesca:
Gabriel “No Mercy” Stone earned his fight-name long before he entered the octagon.
He’s been a thorn in my side for years.
He takes pleasure in proving his nickname to me at every turn.
He’s relentless. He’s heartless.
Until one day he’s not.
It took the worst day of my life for Gabriel to show me mercy.
Broken and afraid, I let him piece me back together.
He offers me everything yet promises nothing.

When a man shows he has no mercy, you should believe him.

Rhian Cahill

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?
The Everyday Heroes world. I loved each of the books but I have to confess that Grayson from Cockpit was my favorite of the Malone brothers so it was there I wanted to ‘live’. Flashback back is a friends to lovers, workplace, oops baby! romance.

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?
Flashback is set in Sunnyville and the hero and heroine both work at Mercy-Life so Grayson Malone makes an appearance along with several of K. Bromberg’s secondary characters from Cockpit, and with her permission I’ve actually ‘stolen’ Alyssa (a co-worker of Grayson’s) to be my heroine’s friend. I enjoyed writing Alyssa so much that I’ve kidnapped her completely and she’ll get her HEA next February in Flyboy.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
The challenge was in getting K. Bromberg’s setting and character ‘right’. I hope of done well there (fingers crossed). The fun? The whole damn thing. As a fan of the Everyday Heroes series getting to ‘live’ there was fantastic. So much so I’m going back twice more. 🙂

Flashback by Rhian Cahill

Saving lives brings Mazey and Rylan together. Making a life might just break them apart.

For Rylan Conners, flying for Mercy-Life is a haven after twenty years in the military and the breakup of his marriage.

Mazey Novak took the flight nurse job at Mercy-Life to escape the horror show her life had become.

Neither is looking for a relationship, but they can’t ignore their chemistry. One explosive encounter draws them together in a way they never expected.

A surprise pregnancy isn’t what the doctor ordered, but it’s an opportunity for each of them to have the life they’ve always dreamed of.

When a flashback from the past threatens to tear down everything they’re building can Rylan and Mazey become a real family or will their pasts ground them forever?

Ellie Masters

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?
Heroine in Danger, Alpha Hero, First Responder, Firefighter, Starting Over, Tragic Past, Protector, Band of Brothers, Escaping a Killer

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?
Readers of K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes world will be thrilled to see Grant, Grady, and Grant return in Firestorm to help out their high school friend Asher when he needs a bit of assistance to get the girl.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
I love the Everyday Hero books, so it was a privilege and so much fun to be writing in this world. I got to take these fantastic characters and spend a little more time with them outside of their own books. It was really a blast! Keeping the same tone was probably the biggest challenge.

Firestorm by Ellie Masters

Evelyn Thornton is running from her past. Asher La Rouge is forging his future. A firestorm will unite them, but will they survive the burn?

As CEO of La Rouge Vineyards, eldest of the infamous La Rouge triplets, and volunteer firefighter, I can have any woman I want.

People think my life is perfect.

It’s not.

I’ve been burned before.

By my ex-girlfriend.

By the demands of running the family business.

And by a wildfire which threatens the wine harvest.

With my livelihood on the line, I rush into action in my role as a woodland firefighter.

The last thing I expect to find in the inferno is a beautiful woman struggling to survive.

When sparks fly between us, they ignite a firestorm too strong to resist.

After a shoddy arson investigation implicates Evelyn in setting the destructive blaze, I’m determined to prove her innocence.

But sinister forces are determined to keep us apart. Can our love survive, or will it be extinguished along with our lives?

M.A. Lee

What was the inspiration for your story and some of the tropes used?
I have always been a fan of K. Bromberg and her various worlds. I had wanted to write a romance novel involving a SWAT officer, so when I saw the opportunity to write in the Everyday Heroes World, I knew I had to take a chance.

What characters, settings, plot elements might readers recognize from K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes or Driven series?
Readers will notice the Sunnyville police department and Grant from her novel, Cuffed.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing in the world? What was the most fun?
The most challenging aspect of writing in a K. Bromberg world was trying to make sure I captured the magic of her novels while also ensuring the characters I included from her books were portrayed accurately. The most fun part was being able to build my own characters around her world.
Taken by M.A. Lee

College student, Ally Reign moved to Sunnyville alone.
With no parents, money, or friends, she’s starting life over again– alone.
Only, someone else has a different plan for Ally.

Detective Todd Lane has been working for the Sunnyville Drug Task Force in an undercover operation to take down a deadly drug gang. This trust fund, millionaire left his family to work for the police department. As his family turned their backs on him, he found himself married to his career.
When an unexpected meeting puts these two in harm’s way, Detective Lane will stop at nothing to keep Ally safe. Will Ally be able to trust Detective Lane? Or, will she end up alone forever?

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