A Fire That Burns by Kirsty-Ann Still


5 stars



“Six years on and you’re still as in love with me as you were when you left. You never stopped loving me, you never could. You didn’t leave because you didn’t love me.” After running from the truth for six years of her life, Austin Pearson decides it’s time to come home to life in Point Arena. What she finds is broken relationships and broken hearts and the same love that consumed her years ago. When confronted with the love of her life, Austin has to decide between giving in, giving up or hiding all over again. Will Tyler Armstrong be enough to crack the secrets that drove the woman he loved away when they were nineteen or are they destined to love other people? What happens when he finds himself living everyday with Austin and realising that feelings he thought had diminished flame up and take a hold of his life? What happens when fires burn brighter than ever and the secrets of the past come tumbling out? Is love enough to get them through what life has in store for them?


*Deep Breath* This book, the complete book was exactly that. Deep Breath worthy. I had to mentally prepare myself before starting, knowing that I only got to read a small portion of the book at first. I knew before hand that Kirsty was going to work magic in this book as she has with every small teaser I have read. I was not let down. This book starts off 6 years after a choice has rocked this small towns world. Austin left. She left her family, the love of her life, everything. Without any explanation. People lives were thrown up in shambles. Tyler’s life was thrown up in shambles. Austin ran for a reason. Even if we have only been given very small hints at this point, it was something worth running from. Will she be strong enough to stay and face it? Is it something they can over come?

Six years on and you’re still as in love with me as you were when you left. You never stopped loving me, you never could. You didn’t leave because you didn’t love me.

The moment Austin is back in town her and Tyler see each other, it may not be intentional but they have that chemistry that you feel in the air, you can grasp every emotion in the words written by this author. I instantly am Team T&A. What ever happened to cause the past, I want them to get the happily ever after. The small glimpses we are given thus far have left me mouth gaping. I know this book is going to rock my universe. Its a game changer and not like any other book I have read. Austin and Tyler have a complicated past, but it is exactly that. After some hot scenes and some deep emotional game changing conversations and revelations they are friends again. Tyler is with someone else now and their life is changing in more ways than one. This leaves Austin to watch the man she loves with another woman while she is targeted by the town for things she never did. It left me hurting for her and angry that nothing was being done to help her. Until Tom had enough. *Gush* Tyler may be our main man, but Austin's older Brother Tom rocked my socks. I loved him as a character and I loved what he did for his sister. It showed true love. He is a truly likable and relatable character

He would just carry on in a bid to erase his mind of any thought and his body of any feeling other that the strain of the workout.

I mean really. Any book that starts off with a dedicated, hot, sweaty, (did I mention hot) guy has me hooked <3 But in all honesty it is a really great story line. Mystery + Love +Life = a great story <3 I am jumping with anticipation for the rest. You guys should be too :D This book really puts you through the ringer. A few times over. Its a epic book. A Love that is everlasting. A Fire That Burns. Wait till you get where the title comes from. It blows you away.

Exclusive Interview:

Where did you begin with the idea for A Fire That Burns?

Initially, it was Fanfiction. I wanted to break away from keeping the characters in the place I loved them, which was a TV Show, and I wanted to go more original with it. I had this idea of a ‘what if’ situation. Kind of like ‘What if she left in the middle of the night and no one really knew why. What if she came back, still in love, and nothing was the same? What if this? What if that? It was literally that which got me contemplating original work. Then when I pulled it from Fanfiction and it changed – Like really changed!! I got into Fifty Shades of Grey fanfiction and the audience that read the first draft of ‘A Fire That Burns’ loved it when I posted it on Facebook. I was overwhelmed by the response. I never realised a silly little idea would little explode in this way!

Will there be a second book for us?

Oh yes!! I actually had been contemplating a sequel for it since I finished writing the first book. Those that were reading the original draft were begging, but I kept putting it off until I sat down and really thought about where I could pull the idea. Let’s just say there is going to be more drama!!

Do you have a special place you like to get away to write, or a special ritual to your writing or a special time you like to write?

Lamely, my bedroom. Anywhere else and I just can’t focus and if there are people around me I clam up. I just can’t work with people in the room with me. Can you say my muse gets shy?!

Who is your favorite Author?

I don’t have a favourite author per se. I mean there are so many, but those that stick with me are definitely Stephen King and Deen Koontz. Their works are literally what I grew up on. Admittedly, I love Ryan Murphy – the writer of Glee and American Horror Show – the way that he can write two totally different shows is beyond me and he is a real inspiration. I don’t write one sort of genre, and I love that he embraces that. After being told that would be my downfall, I always panicked that because I didn’t write one set genre people would lose interest in me. However, the amount of genres authors step into is actually overwhelming from time to time.

When did you begin writing? Was is something you have done since you were little? or a more recent endeavor?

I actually began writing when I stumbled across Fanfiction in 2009. I never had a clue I could write, but I wanted to give it ago and see what the fuss was about. From then on, writing became compulsive for me. If I was stressed, writing was there. If I was upset or angry, writing was there. It gave me an outlet to get lost in. I never realised my writing would have such effect and I literally grew from there. Before then my writing was limited. I wrote stuff in school, but it was nothing to claim I was going to want to be a writer. Curiosity got the better of me with this one, and I am thankful every day for stumbling across something I love so much.

So will we be seeing more from you soon?

Oh I hope so!! I’m working closely on three book ideas “A Sightless Love”, “From The Grave” and “Deny My Love”. They’re all so different in genre but, all have that romantic undertone – what can I say I’m a sucker for a good love story me!! I’m hoping you’ll see more of these real soon and that this is only the start of something I want to really pursue. I’ve also started co-writing a book with the amazing “Bethan Cooper”. We decided to combine our love of writing and created “Your Little Secret” which is well on its way to being complete as soon as possible!

What is your favorite thing about the process of writing a book?

I could say I love the entire process, but there are a lot of stresses – keeping up with every character you introduce, the plot, the development, revising, editing. However, I think one of my ultimate favourite things is making myself vulnerable with a story. Even though, on a occasion, there are bad reviews, the good outweigh that, and knowing that somewhere, somehow my story has moved someone really makes me feel like I’ve done something right by putting my imagination on a page. If I’ve made a person cry on cue, it spurs me on. If they’ve laughed, got angry, whatever, when they were supposed to then I feel like writing isn’t just a hobby for me. Everyone seeks approval and achievement, but I guess another one of the best parts is being able to type “The End”, and knowing you managed to write an entire book that has your name stamped on it. It’s moment of absolute pride that I can’t even put into words.