Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Guest Post: S.C. Stephens on writing passion: how to stoke the fire

TITLE: Furious Rush
AUTHOR: S.C. Stephens
PUBLISHER: Sphere

PUBLICATION DATE: August 23, 2016

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For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense - and strictly forbidden - attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles . . .


Writing passion: how to stoke the fire

For me, the near-miss moment can be so much hotter than the actual moment. A touch, a look, a word...the tiniest thing can build a lot of heat between characters. I love holding onto that tension for as long as possible. It draws the reader in, keeps them interested, and makes the inevitable cave between the couple so much more satisfying.

We all reminisce about what it’s like to fall in love—the will we-won’t we confusion and excitement that heightens every emotion, especially when you’re falling in love for the very first time. That’s one of the reasons why I like to write characters in their 20s. That first experience with reallove is a gut-wrenching, anxiety-inducing, passion-filled rollercoaster—and one of the best, most enthralling feelings in our lives.

In FURIOUS RUSH, I had the opportunity to start something new and to tell the story of a different kind of epic romance. Hayden and Kenzie live in a high-stakes world of professional motorcycle racing. They have an immediate attraction to each other, but multiple obstacles keep them from truly understanding each other. Their journey is filled with tension, angst, emotion, uncertainty, and ultimately, hope.

Furious Rush was published by Sphere on August 23. Find it here

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