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Chasing Desire Trilogy #1



Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: North Loop Books

Date of Publication: April 25, 2017

Number of Pages: 198

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cover hi res racing stormsDecoursey dreads the upcoming weekend. A big NASCAR race is taking place at the speedway near her home–and her abusive, murder-threatening ex-husband just so happens to be a member of a NASCAR pit crew. Determined not to let her ex-husband have a decent opportunity to make good on his threat, Decoursey puts an ad online, hoping to find some security in the form of a guy needing a place to crash. 

Enter Kennan, a storm chaser looking to get away for a few days. Fresh off a failed storm chase, Kennan doesn’t make the best first impression. But that quickly changes as Decoursey gives Kennan a chance and finds the recently broken heart of a gentleman hidden beneath the surface. As sparks fly, so do hopes that they can dream of romance once again. But when their newfound trust is broken, will Decoursey and Kennan weather the storm to find a love that lasts? 

Racing Storms, the exciting debut in Sara Russell’s Chasing Desire trilogy, will get your heart pumping all the way to the finish line.


Praise for Racing Storms:

“In Racing Storms, fresh new voice Sara Russell begins her three-book series with a courageous and adorable hero, a sassy but vulnerable heroine, spicy love scenes and an insider’s view of daredevil storm chasers! What more could you want from a romance?” 

— Vicki Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestselling author

Russell’s debut successfully tackles the idea of finding love when you least expect it.” 

–RT Reviews

“Austin-area writer Sara Russell’s self-described ‘first foray into fiction’ is a smoothly written, nicely plotted romance novel that will entertain many readers who like books with contemporary Texas settings.” 

–Lone Star Literary Life


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Interview with Sara Russell

Author of Racing Storms

Part 1

How has being a Texan influenced your writing?

Being a Texan has allowed me to develop a plainspoken voice in my writing. At the same time, Texans love to use interesting expressions, and I believe that comes across in Racing Storms. It’s a weird combination of being colorful but spare at the same time.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I consider myself a hobbyist. I’m not trying to crank out a book every two months to make a career out of writing; I just want to get these existing ideas out of my head.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

I was a teacher before transitioning to educational publishing for many years. I’ve always been a competent writer, but working as an editor really taught me how to refine my own writing.

How did you come up with the idea for Racing Storms?

When storm chaser TV shows were popular several years back, I thought a storm chaser would make a good romance hero (or heroine). Then, I was driving through Fort Worth near Texas Motor Speedway, lost in thought, and the idea for Racing Storms came to me.

Have you ever been to Texas Motor Speedway?

As a fan of motorsports, I’ve been to TMS many times over the years. I’ve seen NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series races; Trucks are my favorite because the races are wild! I’ve also seen Indycars there. Other major tracks I’ve visited are Iowa Speedway for a Truck race and Circuit of the Americas for Formula 1.

Have you ever been storm chasing?

I’ve been storm chasing five times, all with a highly respected tour company that specializes in storm excursions. I’ve never storm-chased on my own. It’s dangerous and you can find yourself in a bad situation.

How many tornadoes have you seen?

I’ve seen five confirmed tornadoes: two EF-0s, two EF-2s, and one EF-4. The EF-4 was less than a mile away! That left me breathless.

What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you while storm chasing?

What happens on storm tour, stays on storm tour.

Why did you choose to write romance?

I’ve always loved to read romance, even when I was young. It just appeals to me.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

Sitting and doing it. It’s as if your brain is a washcloth being wrung out or like doing a challenging stretch in yoga. There’s a discomfort to holding the thought while at the same time trying to express what it’s supposed to feel like according to your vision.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on Books 2 and 3 of the Chasing Desire trilogy. Kennan’s sidekicks in Racing Storms, Zane and Travis, are the heroes of the next two books.

What’s something interesting, fun, or funny that most people don’t know about you?

I think Depeche Mode is the greatest band ever.


Author Pic RussellSara Russell is a near-native Texan who sees nothing wrong with using “y’all” in formal conversation. She maintains that one can do practically anything in a cute dress and flats, including storm chasing, attending motorsports events, and exploring the endless delights of the Austin area, where she’s lived since childhood. When not writing or hunting & gathering at Whole Foods, Sara spends time with friends & family and enjoys live music and dancing.








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