Title: Coming Home
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance (Stand-alone)
Expected Release Date: January 21, 2014
Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret...
One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?
Exclusive Excerpt from Coming Home
I (Liz) am a huge fangirl of author Priscilla Glenn, and she has generously given the blog an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming release, Coming Home! We’re very excited to share this with all of you!!
Q&A With Author Priscilla Glenn
1) Give us a little bit of history about the two main characters, if you don't mind. Help us get to know them just a bit in preparation for reading Coming Home.
Danny and Leah are both broken, but not in the typical “I’m destroyed and defined by the things I can’t get over” sort of way. I think one of the things that will endear them to the reader is that despite what they have both been through, they try to move on and make the best of their current situations. It’s only when their paths cross that the control they had over their lives begins to slip – and of course, that’s when things start to get good.
2) What is it about Coming Home that will allow readers to form a connection?
In my experience, the stories I truly connect with are the ones that feel real to me. The ones where I believe the characters actually exist out there somewhere, and I want to find them so I can keep watching their story unfold. Leah and Danny are those characters for me. Their fears, their desires, their flaws – there is a rawness and vulnerability to their characters which I think makes them very relatable. But at the same time, their journey together is gripping because it’s unexpected and atypical.
3) Would you describe Coming Home using only five words, please?
One thing I am not is a woman of few words, so this question is difficult, but I’ll do my best! Hmm...five words. How about: authentic, heart-warming, gut-wrenching, humorous, and sensual.
4) I know every single book an author writes must have a personal connection on some level, even the smallest thing. What would you say is your personal connection to Coming Home? Do we learn something about Priscilla Glenn in this story?
There are little tidbits of me in all of my novels. It’s not even something I consciously do - it kind of leaks out as my characters take shape and become real to me, and then when I read them back and see a bit of myself in a character, I’ll go, “Hey, me too!” as if it were a surprise to me that we had that in common. In Coming Home, I share Leah’s love of Cake Boss and The Karate Kid, and her tendency to quote movies. And Leah’s family dynamic is very similar to mine. I grew up in a loud, boisterous family (two brothers and a sister). We tortured and tormented each other relentlessly, but loved each other fiercely. At one point Leah tells Danny, “You gotta have a thick skin to roll with us,” and that is so true of my family - but they are amazing and supportive and loving and hilarious, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
5) What is your favorite line in Coming Home? Or, the one that has maybe been stuck in your head since you wrote it?
(Full disclosure: A lot of my favorite lines were spoilers, so I bounced this question back to Liz, and she was kind enough to humor me :) So here’s her favorite quote!)
"I am so completely and utterly in love with you," she whispered, her voice measured, wanting him to feel the magnitude behind the simple, inadequate words.
He smiled down at her. "Then you know exactly how I feel."
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