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 Way. Home 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.
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!
- Giveaway begins: 00:00 hours, March 4, 2013 – Maldivian Time
- Giveaway ends: 00:00 hours, March 5, 2013 – Maldivian Time
- Maldivian Timezone: GMT+5