Have you ever had that song that just wouldn’t get out of your head, no matter how many times you listened to it? While writing Afterburn, I constantly had a song in my mind. I just couldn’t help it… Let me explain.
In Afterburn, you could say two of my characters are facing the Danger Zone. Remember that song from the movie Top Gun?
“Revvin’ up your engine, Listen to her howlin’ roar, Metal under tension, Beggin’ you to touch and go…”
Crystal is definitely under tension, pulled tight by the sexual harassment she’s dealing with at work. She meets Grant, a sexy pilot with tensions of his own…and together, they head into the danger zone. (That was intended to be a sexual innuendo. *winks*)
“Headin’ into twilight, Spreadin’ out her wings tonight, She got you jumpin’ off the track, And shovin’ into overdrive…”
Crystal is spreading her wings, and she’s got Grant going into overdrive and vice versa. The danger zone is their relationship: it’s not only interracial (sadly, some people still react to this in 2013), but against military rules. When her coworkers use her love of Grant against her, Crystal has to think quickly or risk everything.
“You’ll never say hello to you, Until you get it on the red line overload, You’ll never know what you can do, Until you get it up as high as you can go…”
And Crystal will never know how high her and Grant can fly unless she stands up and fights.
So Danger Zone is the song I associate with Afterburn, not only because of the aviation theme, but the words.
Their love burns hot, but will it stay fueled?Crystal is an enlisted mechanic with a tragic past. Grant is an officer and a pilot with a broken heart. When faced with a difficult decision, will Crystal choose wisely or lose the best thing that ever happened to her?
The love between them burns hot, but their relationship won’t stay fueled if they can’t beat the obstacles that stand in their way. Besides breaking the fraternization rules, Grant and Crystal have the difference of race between them…but can they prove to the rest of the world, and to each other, that love is color blind?
Afterburn is about overcoming one’s past, not judging others, learning to forgive, and what it’s like to be a woman in a “man’s world.”
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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.
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