Hometown Heartache


M.J. SchillerTHE BOOK: Hometown Heartache.

PUBLISHED IN: January 2016

THE AUTHOR: M.J. Schiller

THE EDITOR: Katherine Tate and Maggie McKee

THE PUBLISHER: Kissmet Publishing (Indie)


Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…

But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?

Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…

But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?

If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.

Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

 THE BACK STORY: My brother tried to jump the creek in our backyard when I was growing up, inspiring Nash’s jump. My brother, sisters, and I discovered a tree-house identical to Nash and Chloe’s. Even bits of Chloe’s high school dating stories are similar to mine. My childhood lives in this story.

I’ve always loved the idea of a broken relationship getting a second chance, an opportunity for mistakes to be corrected. Regret can eat you up. It is one of the strongest feelings you can experience, other than the hope of being given a chance to make up for those errors.

WHY THIS TITLE?: Nash and Chloe grew up together. Cold Springs is where they found each other, and where they lost each other. This is their hometown heartache.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Chloe is an unusual heroine. She’s hardened, and isn’t someone to admire in the beginning. As you read on, you understand her motivations, have sympathy for her, and begin to root for her to find her happily ever after. Nash, too, acts kind of like a jerk at first, but you know it is because he loves Chloe so much. After he acts rashly, he regrets losing control of his emotions and sets about repairing their relationship.

AUTHOR PROFILE: M.J. Schiller is a lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-year-old and three eighteen-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.

AUTHOR COMMENT: “I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled “The Black Cat,” and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.amazon.com/HOMETOWN-HEARTACHE-REAL-ROMANCE-COLLECTION-ebook/dp/B01AHIS2TK?ie=UTF8&keywords=hometown%20heartache&qid=1452982384&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon: http://mybook.to/HometownHeartache

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hometown-heartache-mj-schiller/1123353865?ean=2940158052897

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/hometown-heartache

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1081022176

PRICE: e-book $2.99


Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

18 thoughts on “Hometown Heartache”

  1. I love stories that deal with making up for past regrets, and I’m sure I’ll love this one! Chloe and Nash sound like real people I’d want to know – even if they don’t seem all that likeable at first. And how awesome that you were able to incorporate so much of your childhood experiences in the book!

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  2. I love hometown romances, especially since my hubs and I graduated in the same h.s. class. 7 couples in that class married each other–all but one marriage survived w/o divorce. Thanks for a nice post!

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  3. I enjoyed your interview and learning more about you and your characters! Just completed reading The Heart Teaches Best, and am sure I’ll like Hometown Heartache, too! Best wishes on your book release.

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    1. Yes. I’ll never forget my brother’s failed attempt to jump the creek. All the neighborhood boys had gathered around to watch, and boy did they get a laugh out of it! Elizabeth, thank you for stopping in and commenting and have a wonderful rest of the week! 🙂


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