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The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott
Publication date: February 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.
They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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How did the story first come to the author.

I’d had the character of Emily in my mind for a while, before I ever thought of a plot. To me, Emily was always the strong one; the dandelion with a stem of steel. At the start of the story, I knew that I wanted readers to see her at her lowest, so that by the end of the book you would know how far she’d come. O’Connell was more difficult. Logically I knew that someone from such a deeply troubled and violent past would need a kind, gentle man like Albie.

When I thought of the leading man that I wanted to write, he was strong, determined and fiercely protective. They were a couple that were totally wrong for one another, but the more I tried to convince myself to write a different lead for Em, the more he came back to me, until I became O’Connell in my head, hearing all of his arguments about why they could work. After that, I started to think about their back story, which led to all of the other characters.

I really struggled with creative writing at school, until my English teacher told me to start by writing what I know. My brother had boxed when I was younger and my husband and his friends had kick boxed for a number of years at a boxing gym in Bristol, so I figured that this would make a home away from home for O’Connell. The cantankerous and abrasive gym owner Danny became O’Connell’s, and eventually Em’s de facto father. Once I had the gym as the central setting I started to think about all of the other characters. In my mind they were always Irish, because we had a close group of Irish friends in Bristol that were fun and boisterous, but very protective. I had so many happy memories of great nights out with them, that these sort of wove themselves into the story line. I worked on the characterisations for a long time before I even started on the bare bones of a plot, which is probably why the characters are all so central to the story. After that, I had a vague idea of how I wanted the book to end, but I would only ever plan one chapter ahead to see where the story took me. After every three of four chapters I would send them off to my beta readers and if they liked it, I’d keep going. The Hurricane was only ever meant to be a standalone novel, but I was around 80,000 words in when I realised that I had a lot more plot to develop and that I wasn’t going to fit everything into one novel. I’m not overly fond of cliff hangers though so I ended the story where I always meant to. I’m now working on the sequel The Aftermath which is set three months after The Hurricane ends and this time is entirely from O’Connell’s point of view.

 

Bio PicAUTHOR BIO:
I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. “The Hurricane” is my debut New Adult Novel.
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