The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author April Kelley today on the Whispers of Home blog tour. April tells us a bit about Pickleville, the small town where her story is set, and she’s also offering the chance to win an e-copy of the book. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
And now, here’s April.
April: 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 town, 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. Kendrick Ashby owns the bar. He 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 workers. A few miles beyond this highway is Jackson’s small farm.
For Jaron the town definitely affects his part of the story in very big ways. Jaron finds the town repressive when he’s a teenager. He feels alone, and as the only openly gay person in town, he largely is. So for a teenage Jaron, the town probably does feel a little bit menacing. Years later, when he needs to go back, the town represents safety and comfort, although he doesn’t realize that’s what he’s looking for at first. He just sees a safer place to raise his son. He doesn’t realize that he needs safety and comfort as well.
Blurb: All Jaron McAllister wanted to do was get out of the small town where he grew up. After being bullied all his life for being gay, that’s exactly what he does. He loses all contact with everyone in the town of Pickleville, including his emotionally distant mother and the only true friend he ever had.
When his best friend and mother of the child they share, get murdered he knows he must ask for help in the one place he thought he would never go back to. Coming back home isn’t easy and finding himself attracted to the town man-slut spells disaster. Travis Heath isn’t at all what his reputation suggests though.
About the Author: Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, April lives 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 a farm full of animals or taking a long walk in the woods.