Welcome to Pickleville
Pickleville is one of those blink and you’ll miss it type of towns. On Main Street there are several little shops on both sides of the road. A few years before Jaron and Travis’ story takes place, the city officials decided to redo the sidewalks. Small trees were planted at that time. Flowers are planted at the base of the trees every spring. During the football season, banners with the football players and cheerleaders faces on them fly from light posts.
The diner is downtown, right on the center and the grocery store a few shops down from that. Down even further is the police station. Four years after Jaron moves to down his good friend Detective Andrew Martinez also moves there, taking the job of Police chief. Across the street from the police station is Hessing’s Garage, which is owned by Royce Hessing. Kyler Huffington and Luis Flynn work for him. His day isn’t boring with these two, that’s for sure.
TJ’s Bar is up the street and next to a flower shop. Every Tuesday they have Karaoke night which becomes an important piece of information in book two. Tuesday’s Greg also sings. Kendrick Ashby and Brad Flynn owns the bar. Kendrick bought it from Royce, who is his cousin. Kendrick moved into town after getting out of an abusive relationship.
At the east end of town is a small highway and recently two chain fast-food restaurants have went up. Despite the fact that these restaurants exist the town is still mostly made up of farmers and factory works. A few miles beyond this highway is Jackson’s small farm.
At the other end of town, just a few miles out is the Heath’s farm. The farm is central, not only in the first book, but also a couple of the other books as well. So don’t worry. We will be spending time with Travis and Jaron again. Seth’s Dads farm is just a couple miles in the opposite direction from the Heath farm.
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.”
Seth narrowed his eyes. Logically, he knew Carter couldn’t see him, but he didn’t care at the moment. Seth didn’t say anything. The more he talked the more Carter wanted to argue about everything, but the real problem. Instead, he decided to wait Carter out.
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.