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. 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.
Carter growled in frustration. “Fine. You want to know why I’m so fucking pissed off then I’ll tell you. You come back here and invade my life as if you never fucking left me in the first place. I needed you and you weren’t here. I couldn’t even call you, Seth. You changed your number and never told me what it was. And now you’re making my daughter need you too. You’ll just leave now, right, because I just made things harder for you. Put some emotion to it. Isn’t that what you do, leave when things get too emotional?”
Seth could feel some of that anger leave him, then. “That’s not fair, Carter. You knew where I lived. You never called me or came to visit. The road goes both ways, you know. Plus, which one of us left when things got to emotional? For years you’ve pushed me away whenever you started feeling something bigger than just like and now you’re putting that shit on me. I don’t think so.”
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.