Racing Storms Book Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

September 23, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways 0

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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Decoursey 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 RussellAuthor of Racing StormsPart 2Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work?  Vicki Lewis Thompson was a tremendous influence with her Nerd romance novels. I like how her writing is funny, even when serious things are happening. I emailed her and told her this, and then she endorsed my book! I also like Julia Quinn and Jean Shepherd. 

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read romance, old bestsellers that have stood the test of time, classics, and of course, non-fiction books about weather events. Lately I’ve been reading crime fiction. It’s difficult for me to read a lot of romance while I’m trying to write my own romance novels.


What book do you wish you could have written?

Every time I read Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson I wring my hands and feel small. The writing is beautiful.


Who would you cast to play your characters in a movie version of your book?

Miranda Lambert would make a good Decoursey. Nick Lachey could play Kennan. They might be too old by now, though. I’d be interested to know how my readers picture the two characters.


How important are names to you in your books? How do you choose names?

Names are critical! Most authors I know spend way too much time on names, especially authors of speculative fiction. For Racing Storms, “Decoursey” came from a coworker’s mother-in-law, and “Kennan” came from a waiter.


What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like?

My perfect writing spot would be a bungalow that’s all mine and only for writing. I could spend the night, order in food, and of course I’d have cleaning & lawn services. My actual writing spot? Wherever I can set my laptop. At home it might be in the kitchen or bedroom. Sometimes I go to the library and find a study carrel. I don’t drink coffee so coffee shops hold little appeal unless I’m there for a writing meetup.


Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I’d like to visit Great Britain. I haven’t been yet.


What’s your funniest flaw?

I have terrible taste in cinema. Nacho Libre? Loved it! Shakespeare In Love? Yuck.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m not sure! I have to think of something for NaNoWriMo this November (National Novel Writing Month), and it might not be romance. Hmm.



Sara 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.

September 19-28, 2017
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