Peterborough writer dives into motorcycle club romance genre

  • Peterborough writer Brittney Courtenay has become a hit in the motorcycle club romance genre with the release of her first three books about the Devil's Highwaymen, a group of bikers from a small Montana town. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough writer Brittney Courtenay has become a hit in the motorcycle club romance genre with the release of her first three books about the Devil's Highwaymen, a group of bikers from a small Montana town. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough writer Brittney Courtenay has become a hit in the motorcycle club romance genre with the release of her first three books about the Devil's Highwaymen, a group of bikers from a small Montana town. Courtesy photo

  • Peterborough writer Brittney Courtenay has become a hit in the motorcycle club romance genre with the release of her first three books about the Devil's Highwaymen, a group of bikers from a small Montana town. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/23/2021 12:43:21 PM

There’s a genre of books dedicated to motorcycle club romance, but until 2019, avid reader and Peterborough transplant Brittney Courtenay had no idea it existed.

That was when one of her reader groups suggested Wanted By the Devil by Joanna Blake, one of about 400 books she read that year. She’s not only been a big reader for her entire life, but Courtenay had also dabbled in writing. When she was done with Blake’s book, Courtenay thought “I can do this. I can write that.”

She sat down and developed a storyline about the Devil’s Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, a fictitious group of bikers that reside in a small Montana town. The idea came quickly, but not for just a single book. From the very beginning, Courtenay wanted to make it a series, with each book taking a deep dive into the story of a different member of the club.

Starting with Striker, both the title for her debut in the series and the president of the Devil’s Highwaymen, Courtenay feverishly wrote the first book and self-published it in 2019 under her pen name Lila Grey.

“I didn’t really think it was going to go anywhere,” Courtenay said. She was more looking for something to do. As a stay-at-home mom, Courtenay had the time and wanted to figure out how to define herself outside of the duties of caring for her two children.

But “it turns out motorcycle romance is big,” she said. She posted her book in a motorcycle club readers group on Facebook and sold 40 copies the first night. She did so well with Striker that she made enough money to hire an editor for book two, Maverick.

Both Maverick and Goose, the third installment in what is expected to be a 16-book series, were released in 2020, along with a republish of Striker.

Striker is a story of high school sweethearts. Lilah went off to college and Striker joined the Devil’s Highwaymen, and the two drifted apart. But when she returns to their Montana hometown, she turns to the club. Her past from the big city has followed her home and she needs their help.

Meanwhile, Striker is longing for the past and what once was. “He’s determined to show her they’re still meant to be,” Courtenay said.

Maverick is about the club’s vice president, who is also Lilah’s older brother. He comes across a woman in a broken-down van and offers her a place to stay. But once again the past is lurking and Maverick must choose between this woman he just met and the club that is family.

“There’s a lot of plot twists in Maverick’s book,” Courtenay said. With each passing book, Courtenay plants seeds for future installments, as she reveals more of the stories that circle around the club.

“They’re good guys, but to the outside world they look like big bad bikers,” Courtenay said.

Goose, written about the enforcer of the Devil’s Highwaymen and Maverick’s twin brother, is a second chance romance, much like Striker. Goose and Bambi, his best friend through high school and a club girl, have this push/pull relationship. Someone is trying to push them apart for good by hurting those around them.

But in the end, “they’re all happy-ever-afters,” Courtenay said.

Book No. 4, Hawk, is currently in the rewriting stage, while Moose is waiting to be edited. And let’s just say there’s a contingent of faithful followers of the series that are anxiously anticipating what happens next – especially when it comes to certain characters.

“A lot of readers are like we can wait for this person’s story,” Courtenay said. Many have turned into Arc readers, those who get a copy before its release in exchange for an honest review.

She has the series all planned out; it’s just a matter of figuring out what comes next.

“I’ve always liked to write, but I never thought anything would come of it,” Courtenay said. “I never really thought it would come to this.”

And as one more piece of the creative process, Courtenay designs the covers herself. She buys a stock image and strategically places a wide array of tattoos on the pictures to get the desired look.

Courtenay has another series that will have its first installment hit the shelves later this year. Wicked Ruthless is the first in the Elites of Edgewood Prep series and it’s what Courtenay describes as a dark high school bully romance. She also has a paranormal fairytale that’s with her editor.

Courtenay’s books are available at the Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough as well as online. For more information, visit lilagreyromance.wixsite.com/website.


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