I am super excited to be participating in the official Blog Tour for Kristi Rose’s amazing short story collection, LOVE COMES HOME! I’ve got so much great stuff for you today, including all the details for these charming stories, an exclusive interview with Kristi herself, my own review, and as if that weren’t enough, there’s also an amazing giveaway! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
LOVE COMES HOME: A Collection of Second Chance Short Stories
by Kristi Rose | August 18, 2015
A collection of 5 sweet, heartwarming contemporary romances about forgiveness, second chances, and loving through difficult times. The perfect length books to satisfy your need to read when time is limited. Great for the carpool, waiting in line, running kids to practice, or lounging on the beach.
Book 1: Second Chances
Fourteen years ago Lorelei Parker fell in love with her best friend, Cole Williams, but instead of forever she ended up with a broken heart. Now, if they can put their past behind them, Lorelei and Cole may find a second chance.
Book 2: Once Again
Evie Barker works hard, takes care of her ailing mother, and finds pleasure in her simple life. The memory of a complicated childhood is all that remains of the old days—And good riddance.
Grady Duke blew out of town before the ink on his high school diploma was dry. A six year stint in the Marine Corps gave him a good dose of the real world. Returning home, sixteen years later, Ph.D in hand, the last person he expects to find next door is Evie.
Neither can escape the memory of one reckless summer together nor the wild attraction they still feel. But taking risks is not in Evie’s disposition. Even if Grady is the one man who can offer her the happiness she’s been missing. But he could also break her in an unimaginable way. Regardless, Grady must atone for the past and prove he’s worth a second chance.
Book 3: Reason to Stay
Shea Barker ran away on a greyhound ten years ago. Now a rising Nashville song-writer, determined to make it on her own, she’s set her eyes on everything but her past.
When her momma’s funeral forces her back to her hometown, she has no intention of staying longer than necessary. Until she meets Leo Marshall, the soft spoken journalist who sees her for who she wants to be, and suddenly a future she never expected opens up. Maybe her lyrics aren’t the only place where love is found.
Book 4: He’s the One
Having given up on the dream of a husband but refusing to give up the dream of a baby, Melinda Bane is putting her eggs into the sperm bank basket. When a fire puts her dreams on hold, she turns to her oldest friend Jared to help her through, like he always has.
Jared doesn’t mind running to help his brother’s ex-wife, Melinda, whenever she needs him. But while helping her repair her sunroom and learning of her hopes for a family, Jared has an idea of how he can fix even more than her home.
Book 5: Kiss me Again
Andee’s ten-year marriage has lost its spark. Whether it’s attending couples counseling or a BDSM dungeon, Andee will do whatever it takes to reignite the flame. But when all her measures fail and leave her frustrated, Andee wonders if anything will rekindle the fire she so desperately desires.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This was such a sweet collection of interconnected stories featuring wonderful characters that readers will love. All of them are set in the same small town and characters from one story pop up delightfully in another, creating an interwoven community of characters.
These stories can be read alone, or all together in a row and are the perfect way to unwind. Each one has a wonderfully well-developed pair of lead characters who come together after a long time apart. I loved seeing how they reconnected after all the time apart and eventually made a love connection. I especially loved the epilogues that followed each story, showing where these couples end up after some time has passed.
Although I loved all of these stories, my favorite was ONCE AGAIN featuring Evie and Grady. (I’m a sucker for a soldier, and Grady is a swoon-worthy leading man).
If you’re looking for light, sweet romance with a guaranteed HEA, you’re going to adore LOVE COMES HOME.
Interview with Kristi Rose:
Describe yourself in five words.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m an introvert. No one believes me when I say that, but I am. It takes a lot for me to be in groups/around people and I require a lot of alone time afterward. I need it to reset. I need quiet and time to reflect and slow down my brain.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your writing career?
Currently, it’s Michael Hauge’s Identity to Essence talk. It rocked my writing world.
What do you listen to while you write? Or do you prefer silence?
When writing I like silence or classical music. When drafting, plotting, and working through dialogue I use the playlist I’ve made for the story.
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve looked up in the name of research – or what do you think the government has flagged you for?
Sex Dungeons. I have no idea what goes on there or that they existed. In book 5 the characters are leaving to go to a sex dungeon and I wanted the scene to take place in the sex dungeon but I just couldn’t do it. I’m not that knowledgeable no matter what the internet shares and sometimes when I write my children are underfoot. Just researching it made me look over my shoulder:-)
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Invisibility -which basically means I want to spy/eavesdrop on people- right? But mostly, I think I could get a ton done if no one saw me. Interruptions would decrease substantially.
What was your favorite part of writing LOVE COMES HOME?
Developing all the characters who have rich past and watching them come back together now. Some even forged new friendships. I like knowing they all were given a second chance.
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about LOVE COMES HOME?
It takes place in my hometown- Lakeland, Florida. Melinda in book 4 is the baddie in my full length novel- The Girl He Knows. It was fun giving her a story.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Hmm, this is a good one. Kacey Musgraves’ CD’s Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material were the two albums I listened to the most while writing each of these stories.
Do you prefer E-Books or traditional paper books?
I like them both. There are certain things I still prefer in paper. Cook books, nonfiction, and manuals. When I find a book I know I’ll read every year- I buy it in paperback.
What are you working on now?
I’m revising the second story in my No Strings Attached Series and finishing the third one.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
No, anything you want to tell me? Drop by my site and lets hang:-)
Grand Prize: One signed ebook or paperback, 2 fun diner/kitchen signs, and $25 gift card of choice (US or FPO/APO address only)
1st Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, $15 gift card of choice (international)
2nd Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, and $10 gift card of choice (international)
About Kristi Rose
Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she’s resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.