Guest Post & Giveaway by Author Jennifer Probst

Visiting my blog today is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain, a book that I adored from start to finish. Jennifer Probst’s latest book, All the Way hits the shelves just today, though Maldives is a bit ahead of most of you. Jennifer is talking about home and what it means to her and also giving away a copy of All the Way to one lucky commenter of the post. So don’t hesitate to enter the giveaway!

There’s No Place Like Home…by Jennifer Probst

First off, a big thank you to Maldivian Book Reviewers for having me here today! I always enjoy visiting!

My kids love their house.

I mean, they LOVE their house. Not the structure – right now we’re still crushed in our starter home that we should’ve traded in over five years ago. From one end of the house to the other we yell and can hear each other. And there’s no secret place to hide, so games of hide and go seek are really short.

But whether we are in Disney on vacation, or had a great trip out, or visiting their cousins, when we pull in the driveway, the kids sigh with happiness and satisfaction. On many weekends, they declare pajama day and refuse to get dressed.

Somehow, someway, I have given them a sense of belonging. Home.

I love using this theme for my books, especially for my newest release, All the WayHome can be many different places and mean various things depending on the person. It can be a structure where you grow up as a child. It could be a wonderful memory that evokes tranquility and happiness. It can be a person.  It can even be deep inside of you, enshrouded in silence.

My hero, Gavin Luciano, ran away from home to make it big in his career field. He sacrifices the woman he loves, his family, and his family restaurant, Mia Casa in order to gain what he thought he wanted. But when he finds himself empty and dissatisfied, he goes home to help pull the restaurant from bankruptcy. Gain his family’s forgiveness. And try to heal the wounds with the woman he loved.

Umm, yeah. He’s got a long way to go and a lot to prove to get there. But when you ask your hero or heroine what means home to them, the answer could be critical to an author’s book.

Well. At least to mine.

This answer tells me where my character’s heart lies. Sometimes they lose their way, and as readers we get to experience their journey, as they find their home again. I love that type of journey, and All the Way is a story that beats with the three major themes. Revenge. Redemption.

And home.

Here’s the blurb:

The food critic…

Miranda Storme never expected to see Gavin Luciano again. Three years ago, they had an intense affair—and then he bolted. Now he’s back, and Miranda has the pleasure of a little payback: a scathing review of his restaurant. Revenge is a dish best served the first chance you get…

And the restaurateur…

With three months to make his family’s struggling Italian restaurant successful, a bad review is Gavin’s worst nightmare. But this isn’t just about the meal. He’s finally realized what he left behind and is determined to spend the next eight weeks proving himself to her in the kitchen…and in the bedroom! This is one dish she won’t be able to refuse…

What means home to you? I’m giving away a copy of All the Way to one lucky reader so stop by and share with me!

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Giveaway Timings:

  • Giveaway begins: 00:00 hours, March 4, 2013 – Maldivian Time
  • Giveaway ends: 00:00 hours, March 5, 2013 – Maldivian Time
  • Maldivian Timezone: GMT+5


  1. I’m so excited to read this book! And I love books that have to do with the restaurant business. Awesome.


  2. Haven’t read any of this authors books yet, that I can recall.. great way for me to start is to win one :wink wink:


  3. That was an awesome guest post and Blurb….

    What is home to me…. My home in weatherford Texas on my 5 acres of land with my Husband and kids…..I complain alot because we are a ways from the big city which is pretty much where I grew up…. But when we spend the weekend with family in the city I always look forward to sunday afternoons when we finally get home because I have the quiet back and peacefullness and the coyotes at night and the brightness of the stars which you can only get if your home!!!

    Thank You for the chance to win and again great guest post!!!


  4. Looks like a book I will love.. I have a son who is a “Cook” (that’s what he calls himself because he has no formal training to say chef!) and a daughter who is a bartender/waitress, and I used to be a head cook/banquet cook also (before I became a Registered Nurse) so I love books that talk about restaurants and cooking..and I Love a good Love story.
    Home to me is family, the smell of a good meal cooking, and the one I Love…


  5. My family is home. Just getting a text from them no matter where I am, feels like I’m right there having a conversation with them. My mom’s baking and my dad’s grilling is home. Their house fully packed on the holidays when most of us sleep on the floor since bedrooms have been transformed means home. Home all leads back to the people who made a home for me from the beginning regardless of where I go in my life and the home I eventually make. I love Jennifer’s writing, I cannot wait to read All the Way! She’s one of my favorite authors!


  6. Can’t wait to read “All the Way”.
    What means home to me is where ever my husband and two daughters are, a home is just that a home but for me what makes a home is where the ones I love are at.


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