Title: Coming Back Home
Author: April Kelley
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Carmen Waters
Length: 31,435 words
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Blurb: One huge fight changed Seth’s life forever.
Seth Murray just might be the most stubborn man on the face of this plant. He refused to move back to Pickleville because of one fight with his father. That is until he gets a call saying that his dad has passed away suddenly. The first person Seth thinks about is the one man he gave up because of his stubborn pride. Five years ago, all Seth wanted was to be with Carter. Now he doesn’t know what he wants. And Carter has his own life. One that Seth certainly didn’t see coming when he finally reconnects with the man again. One that revolves around a certain blonde haired, blue-eyed little girl that completely melts Seth’s heart the minute he meets her.
Seth knew Carter saw him. How could he not. Carter walked right passed him into the horse barn like Seth had been invisible, though. Seth followed him in and stood there for a second watching Carter go into the tack room. Seth followed him in and then closed the door after him, plunging them both into darkness.
“Open the door, Seth.”
“Then at least turn on the light.”
“No, I like it this way.” It made the conversation they needed to have that much easier. Still scared the crap out of him though, not that he would be admitting that anytime soon to anyone.
“I’ll turn on the light when you tell me what your problem is.”
“I don’t have a problem. Now, turn on the light before you trip over something.”
“Right, like you’re really worried about my wellbeing at the moment.”
“What’s that supposed to mean? I don’t want you to get hurt.”
“Well, it’s a little too late for that, now isn’t it?”
“What are you talking about?”
“I’m talking about the way you’ve been treating me. Like I have the damn plague or something.”
He heard Carter sigh. “Seth, please. Just open the door so I can do my job.”
“The sooner you tell me what your problem is, the sooner I let you out.”
“I can physically remove you from in front of that door.”
There are good and bad things to living in a small town or a big city. Living in a big city allows for some solitude, getting lost in the crowd. As a very introverted person I do love my solitude. Living in the city also gives you choices in just about every area. It’s much easier to get places and to meet people that share similarities, so loneliness doesn’t have to be an issue either. As a proud member of the LGBT community, being around people that are just like me definitely has its appeal.
A small town is the exact opposite. Everybody knows everyone else’s business so if you hope to stay anonymous, this hope will die a quick death. There are less people in a small town, obviously, and more chances of running into the haters on a fairly regular basis. Last month a sixteen year old boy died a suspicious death in my town. This is not a normal occurrence and the rumors flew like a flock of birds around town. We knew what happened to him before the police did. In this particular case the majority of the rumors were true and the people we thought would go to jail did get arrested just last week. The poor family of that boy was overwhelmed with apologies, prayers, and casseroles. The town’s folks seemed to come together when it mattered.
My own home town is filled with farmers. I grew up on a farm and live on a farm, still, although now I just have a few pet chickens and a small kitchen garden. So even though there might be some aspects of city life that appeal to me, I wouldn’t trade my small town or my quiet little farm for anything.
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
Winner’s Prize: E-copy of Coming Back Home.