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From the USA Today bestselling author of FINAL EXIT comes an old-fashioned romantic saga about love, marriage, friendship, loss, romance, rock & roll, and a woman's search for herself.
One man became her husband.
He had the face of an angel, and a voice that could tear your heart to shreds and leave it bleeding.
The year is 1974, and songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore crashes into her life and her heart. The first time she hears Danny sing, Casey is ready to toss away her entire future for a man who's almost certain to break her heart. Danny has a white-hot talent and a single blinding ambition: to become a rock star. The songs that Casey writes send an icy blue finger down the center of his cynical spine. But Danny knows exactly where he's going, and he has no intention of taking any woman along. A girl like Casey would want things he's not prepared to give. A home. Stability. Children. He's married to his music, and that's the way he likes it. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.
The other man became her best friend.
Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn't have Danny's looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn't a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as it seems, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.
Together, they became the holy trinity of rock and roll.
When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn't all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness run through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it's Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.
When tragedy struck, she had to find herself.
It isn't until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty may differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.
Don't miss the love story that readers have called "epic," "compelling," "captivating," and "brilliant."
THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS.
From the Author:
People often ask where I get mystory ideas, and I tell them that I really don't know. It often seems that ideas are floating aroundin the air, just waiting to be plucked out of the primordial goop and turnedinto novels. COMING HOME, the first bookI ever wrote, came out of that primordial goop.
Anybody who's known me for more thanfive minutes knows that I'm a diehard rocker.At my advanced age, with the help of my iPod, classic rock from the60's, 70's and 80's helps get me through my days. I love Springsteen and Seger and Mellencamp,and I've seen Bon Jovi in concert five times (And expect to see them many moretimes...Jon, in case you're reading this, that's a broad hint that it's time tovisit New England again. Your fans are getting antsy! Oh, and my husband completely understandsthat if you ever leave Dorothea...).
I'm also fascinated by the wholerock star phenomenon from a sociological perspective. I've sat, more than once, in the midst of acrowd of thirty to fifty thousand people, and been blown away by the fact thatevery face in the crowd is focused intently--entranced--on the man standing on thatstage, and every voice in the crowd is singing along with him. You haven't lived until you're heard fifty thousandvoices singing in unison, "shotthrough the heart, and you're to blame..."
So it really should come as nosurprise to anyone that the first book I actually finished was about a rockstar. Casey Bradley and Danny Fiorelived inside my head for a long time before I ever committed them to paper, andin my woeful ignorance of the tenets of storytelling, I had no idea what to dowith them. Danny was gorgeous and sexyand talented...and damaged. Casey was thestrong one, the good woman who pushed him to be the man she knew he could be,and who stood by his side even under the worst of circumstances. And maybe that would have been enough tocarry me through to the end. There wascertainly conflict between Casey's vision of what marriage should be andDanny's shortcomings.
But one day, something happened,something so unexpected that to this day, I still don't understand how it cameto be. I was sitting at my typewriter(yes, you read that right...that's how long ago this was), and from out of nowhere,Rob MacKenzie strolled onto the page, fully formed and ready to rock androll. I sat up a little straighter andfrowned at the sheet of paper wound into my IBM Selectric. Where the hell had this guy come from, thislaid-back, green-eyed guitar wizard who dressed like his clothes came fromGoodwill and who had an off-the-wall sense of humor and a hot Irish temper thatsurfaced every so often? And what inhell was he doing in the middle of the love story I was writing?
But I've never been one to look agift horse in the mouth, so I just rolled with it for a while. And the story started to gel. Then I stopped to do a little mental arithmetic. Two boys plus one girl equals: STORY CONFLICT! The big thing this story needed to give itlegs had just appeared.
And it all came together. It had taken years--almost two decades--but inthe end I had a romantic saga that followed fifteen years of Casey's life,offering the reader drama and love and sex and tragedy and tears and a laugh ortwo. It's not a light-hearted book. Or a short one. But I cared enough about these charactersthat I just couldn't let them wither on the vine. Did Casey get her happy ending? Yes, but not without weathering a few stormsalong the way. Some of those storms werepretty damn big. But you may rememberthat I said Casey was the strong one. Ifyou read the book, you'll understand.
When COMING HOME was finished, itwas put into print by a very small publisher.It was read by few people, but garnered a number of positive reviewswithin the romance community. And thenit disappeared, for nearly a decade, until I became aware of Kindle DirectPublishing, and decided to give this story, this Book of My Heart, new life.
Now it's out there in Kindle-land(also in trade paperback) as Book 1 in my ongoing Jackson Falls series, and Icouldn't be happier to be introducing Casey, Danny and Rob to a whole new groupof readers!
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