I can be such a book girl sometimes, nothing makes me happier than talking books and themes. One of my favorite themes is second chances and that’s partly why I’ve really enjoyed Tule’s Homecoming series. Have you read any of the Homecoming books yet?
Eve Gaddy‘s novella, Sing Me Back Home kicked off the Homecoming series. I read it some weeks ago but still find myself thinking about Jack and Maya. Such a sweet, delightful story about second chances and full of strong characters, it’s a quick read and has a good dose of humor and heat too. Eve was kind enough to sit down to a quick Q&A with me about Sing Me Back Home —
What did you love best about the idea of writing a homecoming novel like Sing Me Back Home? I love second chance romances. I like to think that two people who belong together and break up finally make it back together. I also had fun with the characters. Jack and Maya and their kids were a lot of fun to write. I also enjoyed being able to set the story in Marietta. What a great place to write about.
What sort of journey was it for you, writing this book? Did you struggle to find the words and get the characters to talk or did it all flow smoothly most of the time? I think on the whole it flowed pretty smoothly. But as with nearly everything I’ve ever written, I had times when the words didn’t want to come. Once I immersed myself in the book and really got going, it flowed. My characters are often chatty to me. Of course, sometimes they refuse to talk to me at all. Very frustrating!
Do you have any special memories in relation to homecoming? I was a cheerleader all through high school so homecoming holds some fond memories for me. I can’t think of one particular memory that stands out, though.
How did you come up with the title of your story? That was fun! I often find inspiration from song titles. I was looking through some I’d googled that had the word “home” in the title. I saw Sing Me Back Home and instantly fell in love with it. I always make a playlist for my books so naturally, I downloaded the song by Merle Haggard. I had never heard it before. It was quite a shock when I found out it was a song about a man in prison about to be executed. He wanted his friend to sing a song for him that would take him back home before he died. While neither of my characters were ever in prison, I do think that songs are very evocative. There are many songs that take me back to a different time or place, so the song fit. And I found another Merle Haggard song I really liked so it was a win-win!
In 5 words, describe your Romance Writing Style. Fast paced, witty, sexy, emotional and realistic.
Name 5 words that fit your personality according to you. And 5 words that fit your personality according to your best friend.
Eve: Empathetic, obsessive, determined, fun, concise
BFF: Energetic, witty, obsessive, smart, and compassionate.
Sing Me Back Home by Eve Gaddy:
Dr. Jack Gallagher, one of Marietta, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, hasn’t been serious about a woman since his wife died five years ago. He’s been content to date occasionally, practice medicine and raise his teenage daughter.
Then happily divorced former fashion model, Maya Parrish, moves back to Marietta, with her own teenaged daughter in tow forcing Jack to rethink his casual dates only rule. Maya, Jack’s high school girlfriend and almost fiancée, may have broken his heart the night of their high school graduation, but the moment Jack and Maya meet again, all the sizzle and sparks, and then some, come rushing back.
Maya is ready to give love a second try. Jack isn’t sure he can take that chance again. He knows how quickly happiness can be ripped away, leaving heartbreak in its place. Can a mad, passionate affair last or will it burn itself out as quickly as it began?
Thank you, Eve! Readers, put Sing Me Back Home on your to-read list if you haven’t already. I know you’ll love it! I also have a fun prize here for one of you. For a chance to win books, gift cards and some fun reader swag, tell me about your favorite themes. What types of stories are your favorite to read? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win! Winner announced on Tuesday. Happy reading!
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I can’t say that I have a favorite theme for books. I just enjoy a good story. Looking forward to reading this story.
Congrats to Eve on the recent release. I do enjoy books with tortured heroes and opposites attract.
My book themes seem to changes with the seasons. During summer months I like easy, light hearted romance/friend books. In the fall and winter I like more serious, convoluted plots. I guess it would reflect the time I have to spend buried in a book. Some how I seem to have longer stents of time to read when it is cool out.
Congratulations on your book Eve, it sounds like a good one!
I don’t have an absolute favorite theme. As others have said, it depends.
I enjoy second chance love stories and stories in which characters can’t stand each other before falling in love. I really enjoyed Sing Me Back Home and look forward to more of your stories.
I enjoy: second chance books, strong women character stories, books based in one location like the Marietta books, books about different members of a family and always books with happy endings!
Hi Eve, I enjoy titles that are based on songs. Best of luck with this book and all future writing!
I like stories with twists and surprises that leave the reader guessing until the very end.
WOW! You have a wonderful, exciting life and manage to write so we readers con jump into your book to get away from our daily junk.
I love a book with humor. I also like second chance love! Congrats on your book!!
I like friend to lovers. Also, wedding themes.
my favorite theme seems to change from time to time. I would love to read the books mentioned. Guess they are going on my to read list.
I love a book that makes me truly wonder how it will turn out … and then, just when I think I figured it out, there’s a huge twist that changes everything. Nothing ruins a book more than a typical, “easy” ending.
i enjoy all literature and don’t have a specific favorite but I do enjoy surprise twists and turns. Books that you just cannot put down and keep you thinkng and wondering what will happen next.
This book sounds right up my alley! I have been reading that authors have songs they use while writing and it is interesting to find what gives them inspiration.
I love the romance genre and am not afraid to say it!
I Love romance novels & a good mystery! Thank You for the chance to Win.
Congrats Eve on your new book!
My reading habits change depending on my mood. I like books where the ladies are not simpering idiots. I like books to have a sense of adventure.. physical or emotional.
I don’t have a theme. But I like hospital based stuff, because I’m a nurse. & I like old west mail order bride books. Congrats on your new book and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂
I go through genre spells. Right now I’m on an Amish fiction kick. I guess my favorite theme in general would be some romance, some intrigue & a happy ending! 😉 Congratulations on your new book Eve!
I love suspense mystery and all types of romance
I like any kind of theme just the story should be good. The theme changes according to my mood, right now it’s twist and turns paranormal theme books I’m reading.
My favorite themes seem to be a little mystery as well as love. I especially like it when the two characters are not necessarily friends and then become lovers.
I like to read Christmas books in summer, and books that make me wonder how they would end.I like the books that make me chuckle or cry. I also like a lot of action and thrill =) What can I say – I love reading!
I like a theme with some twists and turns, that involves the characters families and has some mystery to it.
Usually I will say thrillers are my favorites…however, I don’t stick to one type. I read just about anything and enjoy a good love story.
I really enjoyed Sing Me Back Home. Don’t need a prize. Favourite theme – I like a bit of mystery or danger for my characters to work through or overcome.
I like wedding themes. I love a HEA.
I love HEA’s that come with a just gonna help you out start. Congrats Eve!
Can’t wait until I read this book sounds great! I really don’t have a favorite theme for books.
I’d have to say my favorite themes are when the characters don’t realize they like each other or are fighting it for some reason. Love the verbal sparring, particularly if there’s humor thrown in.
I love all but hold dear sweet quriky stories!!! 🙂 Cannot wait for this one!
I love romance and cozy mystery novels…throw in a cowboy or two and I’m in heaven!
I can’t say I have a favorite because I switch around a lot even in genre. Loved the interview and your novella sound like a fantastic read and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing.
I like stories that combine romance, family and a surprise twist or two. So often what I read depends on my mood.
Favorite theme is family interaction and love finds us all. thanks for your giveaway.
I like all different kinds of books. I will read one genre and then another the next book so I don’t get bored.
I like romance novels in the winter,mystery/suspense in the fall and erotic in the spring and summer..
I luv romance novels that the Author can make you feel what the characters are actually feelingand going thru.
Congrats 🙂 I love romantic mystery thriller themes with a strong leading lady and a strong/silent guy who tries to win her heart.
right now i have no theme of books just whatever catches my interest
While I love to read just about anything with a HEA, I have a soft spot for friends to lovers. Maybe because that is my love story! And mine has lasted 27 years so far.
I enjoy all types of books some of my favorites are ones that leave me wanting more and missing the story when it’s finished. I do like happy endings!
I like a newly rich cowboy falls in love with a struggling young woman trying hard to make it.Throw in a stray dog and some horse back rides.
Congratulations on Sing Me Back Home.
Sing Me Back Home is a wonderful book. I don’t have a favorite themes.
Amish fiction,romance and mystery.Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a great week.
I love the small town stories
I enjoy when their friends first and then realize they Love each other romantically.
I like books that keep you guessing until the end.I also like second chance love stories. Thank-you for the great giveaway.
Music has such an amazing and incredible affect on people – it can turn a frown into a smile; it can move you to tears; and it can instantly transport you to a whole other place and time. This powerful vehicle seems like the perfect inspiration for a novel. I’m excited to read it!
…it’s music to my eyes! <3
I love all themed books. But the Christmas stories ato me would be my favorite. I love the fact of bringing Christmas into the story along with high school sweethearts reuniting.
I don’t have a favorite theme; however, I do like friends that fall for each other and a good cowboy story
I love second chance/reunion romances. I enjoyed Sing Me Back Home, it fit right in with what I like to read. 🙂
I love so many different types of books: inspirational, historical, contemporary, adventure, suspense to name a few. I love the God of the second chances. But my daughter was blessed with a different husband and now has two grandsons for me. So sometimes God doesn’t put the same people back together but gives them a better chance they never dreamed possible.
I love so many themes! Tear jerkers, thrillers, romance, family drama–you name it and chances are I’ll give it a shot 🙂
I like coming of age stories but even better are family sagas. Good characters and story can be in any type of book, I will read them all but I get tired of mystery and murder stories.
I like romance alot. Scotish and Irish time travel from 1500 to 1700 hundreds.
The book sounds good, looking forward to read it.
And I love romance themes with some mysteries and ghosts
sounds like a great book-would love to win
Beautiful writing. Thanks for sharing!
I love suspense/mystery with a strong female character.
I like second chance romance if it has suspense or mystery surrounding one of the characters.
Books with humor are the absolute best reads. They make me want to find out what will happen next all the while laughing at whatever is going on.
I don’t have a favorite theme it just depends on my moods. Anything romance like paranormal,comedy,NA,Contemporary.
I enjoy love at first sight stories, strong women characters, and men who are both super smart and sensitive. I also love stories where the man has been harboring a secret love for a woman for many years, and finally pours out his heart to her in a passionate moment that changes everything. (it occurs to me that this is the theme of many of the novels written! LOL!)
Oops, I meant to say, many of the novels I have written!!
I just like the small towns and the HEA… Tule has been my favorite!
Congrats! Can’t wait to read!!
I don’t have a favorite theme. I like reading all kinds of books as long as the characters are interesting and the story grabs me.
I have really enjoyed the second chance romances. I have read them all. Love Tule books!!
i love small town settings and friends to lovers themes.
I Love a good story. Themes range from paranormal, suspense and cop/hero romance.
My favorite themes change all the time. It depends on my moods. But I always enjoy a book with a beach or exotic setting.
I enjoy Amish suspen
I’m always up for a good romance and this one sounds great!
I float to different genres of stories,it just sometimes depends on my mood.
I like the second chance novels. I love the settings to be in New England, or the Eastern Seaboard.
love mysteries, romantic suspense, romance, thrillers.
I like all kinds – characters that annoy each other and then end up in love, second chance romances, twists and surprises, and happily ever afters. I like anything from high school settings to Amish romance. Thanks!
Currently I’m finding myself reading a lot of romance novels
Dont really have one theme. I like humor rather than too much drama.
I’m not so much into themes as I am in a well written story. I have definitely loved all of the Marietta books that I’ve read. I still have many to read yet.
Thank you for your comments Eve!
It all depends on the mood and season! Usually romance.
I like a variety of themes reading the same kind of books all the time can get boring so I’ll read some mystery at times and sometimes romance just depends on my mood when it’s time to start another book! Currently reading the Boonsboro Inn triology so next set of books will probably be more suspenseful!
Some of my favorite themes are friends to lovers, hero falling for his friend’s sister, heroine falling for the bodyguard/protector.
I like suspense/mysteries and family sagas.
Hey Jane! My favorite themes are romance where there is an element of suspense and the main character (hero/heroine) needs rescuing. Also second chance stories too. I like there to be a bit of mystery involved sometimes; and of course Christmas romances during the holidays :0)
Side note for Eve Gaddy, the song “Sing Me Home” by Tim McGraw off of his Dance Hall Doctors CD could have worked out too! :0)
My favorite book theme is storylines that are set at Christmastime. I just love them. I think it’s because it lets me believe that TRUE LOVE really does exist….
Way too many love alot of themes really
I love second chance romance, and I also stories where the younger sister grows up and has been crushing on her older brother’s best friend! I also love college age romance and cowboy romance-there is not much I do not like but these are the ones I like the best!
I love reading books about romance. Something fun and lighthearted without violence.
My favorite theme is marriage of convenience. It works in any time period and the reasons for each couple are so variable.
I like a well written story with a strong intelligent heroine and a compassionate, passionate hero.
Congratulations on the book.
I like good writing more so than themes. I do like to see a get-what-you-deserve type book.
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I really like the old pioneer days and times, themes like the Little House on the Prairie setting.
I like mystery and romance novels.
I like stories of the love that got away and then years latter fate steps in and they find each other again.
Love your books Eve. I am a big fan of your writing. 🙂
I like romances with some mystery included. I like stories about women making their way through tough circumstances. And I like second chances.
I love a good romance about 2nd chances and friends to lovers! I read all kinds of books about cowboys and guys who are in the military! I just love a happy ending!
I love Christmas themed books around Christmas time.
I don’t have a specific theme, although second chances are very fun, because the make me wonder….
I love the Homecoming Novellas! Welcome to Marietta, Eve!
Love any kind of romance or history.
I enjoy second chance romances because they have a sense hope in them. Can’t wait to read this one. Congratulations on your release!
I don’t have a favorite theme; if the writing is good, I usually like whatever I am reading.
I dont really have a theme but I tend to read more true stories.
Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!
I’m a spare of the moment reader. Meaning I have no favorites but I do look for many opinions of others. Seems how I choose my next one to read. 🙂
I love a good personal story with a little romance and somewhere on a beach!
I love all kinds, not really picky!
Thank you, everyone for welcoming Eve and sharing your favorite themes! Our winner is:
#90 Patricia Caradonna
Send me an email, Patricia, with your mailing details and we’ll get the prize in the mail asap.
More fun coming up soon so stay tuned!
I’m kind of an equal opportunity reader… love (lust) at first sight, second chances, opposites attract and plenty of others.
Congrats Evan on new release 🙂
Good story,that’s most importan for me 🙂