Thanks to Delight Reader for hosting me on the tour for Running Wild: Havoc Book 1. This is the start of a brand new series, with different heroes for each book and HEAs at the end of each book. Sean Rush and Ryker stole my heart a long time ago, and I’m excited for you guys to meet all of them.
For help in coming up with blog posts, I asked for help from my Facebook Group—SE’s Dirty Deeds. Here’s one of their questions:
Is there a character that’s closer to your heart? Or one that was easier to write / one that was more difficult to write?
In general, for my SEJ books, I think Prophet is probably closest to my heart, although obviously that doesn’t mean that other characters don’t hold my attention and keep it. That’s why I can’t help but revisit my characters (like my Men of Honor guys)…But yeah Prophet is the most vocal. And I feel like a lot of my work has built out from him (like Free Falling and the like).
But it’s an interesting question, especially when I’m out touring for Running Wild…well; Sean Rush has been a part of my life since probably 2003 or so. See, I’ve got a lot of characters running wild in my mind 🙂 And sometimes, I’ll write snippets about them and then feel like I’m not ready to tell their stories yet, for many reasons. Sometimes it’s because I didn’t think I had the skills yet to tell the story correctly, and that’s part of the reason I held off on Sean. The other reason was that he’s a gay man, and I wanted him to be a main character in a story and not a subplot. And finally, the opportunity was just right. So the prologue you guys are seeing in Running Wild? It was written back in 2003 and remains basically unchanged, except for tweaks in editing, of course. So I’d say that Sean Rush was both very difficult at one point, because although I loved him, things just weren’t ready for me to write all about him. But once I started? I remembered how hard I’d fallen for him and his story.
So sometimes, a character that’s hard to write is hard because he’s not ready to reveal himself to you yet. Sometimes, characters have to hang out a bit in order to trust you to tell their stories correctly. Like Doc from Hell or High Water. He’s been hanging out for a long time, probably around 2003 as well…and he’s literally just telling me more now.
*Fyi, for those interested in the Steph Tyler side of things, the character closest to my heart is Jake from the Hold Trilogy, and the character closest to my heart from the Sydney Croft side of things is Ender from Unleashing the Storm. That book, we always say, wrote itself.
FYI, I’m also writing a m/f MC series under the Steph Tyler name—the first book of that series, Vipers Run is out now as well. And there’s a very light crossover in that you’ll see names of MCs that are main characters in my Vipers series—namely Vipers MC, along with the Heathens. Havoc’s friendly with Vipers, not so much with Heathens (they seem to be everyone’s enemy at the moment).
RUNNING WILD: Havoc Book 1
Embrace the danger…
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…
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