Finally Home Release Party starts…now!

August 29, 2014

Finally Home book cover

Good morning, everyone! My name is Zee Kensington, and I’m thrilled to be here. Not just because I get to spend today with you lovely people, I’m also excited because my very first novel, Finally Home, was released today by Dreamspinner Press!

This novel is very special to me, and not just for being my first. It took me over two years to complete, and seeing this book out in the world fills me with a pride akin to holding my first child (whose birth was the reason this book took so long, by the way).

“So, tell us more about this novel of yours,” you ask. Or rather, I hope you ask. I’ll pretend you asked.

Finally Home is the sequel to my short story, Krung Thep, City of Angels, that appeared in the Dreamspinner anthology, Two Tickets to Paradise in 2011 (though Finally Home can definitely be enjoyed on its own). It’s a contemporary romance about travel, family, identity, and finding one’s way back home, full of drama, humor, delicious food, and hot sex.

I have a lot planned for today–photos of the locations that inspired the stories, some behind-the-scenes trivia, an excerpt, and a special giveaway–so I hope you’ll stop by again! 

Let me leave with a parting question in two parts, so I can learn more about you lovely people: Have you ever taken a trip that changed your life? Where was it to?

Finally Home
After one night in Bangkok turned into ten days trekking together, novice backpacker Marco and seasoned travel writer Chris parted ways thinking they’d never see each other again. Three months later, Marco still can’t forget the greatest adventure of his life—or the gorgeous guy he shared it with. Too afraid to come out to his family, Marco is suffocating in his suburban Southern California life, until Chris announces he’s coming to LA.

Chris has spent the past four years wandering alone, rebuilding himself from the ashes of a failed journalism career. He arrives in Los Angeles eager to eat, write, and resume the sexy, casual fun he had enjoyed with Marco. But when Chris finds his friend is a terrified closet-case at home, he’s determined to help Marco confront his fears.

Priorities change when Chris’s father suffers a stroke, and Chris rushes to New York City to face a harsh homecoming with the family he abandoned. When Marco defies his parents to be at Chris’s side, Chris begins to realize there may be more to their relationship than just work and play, and that Marco may be the one to show Chris what it means to finally be home.

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook and Paperback!

Finally Home Blog Tour and Giveaway

Finally Home blog tour banner

Join me on my blog tour (August 29-September 12) and enter to win an autographed book bundle of Finally Home and Two Tickets to Paradise!

 

 

6 Responses to “Finally Home Release Party starts…now!”

  1. H.B. says:

    Hi! It sounds like an amazing book. I don’t really travel so my answer to your question is no. But it’ll be interesting to see how Chris and Marco was changed.

  2. Andrea M says:

    I’ve never taken one particular trip that changed my life but I grew up more or less as a nomad so all of the traveling to different places formed me into the person I am. There are a few places I almost grieve for and would love to live in forever but they didn’t change my life – just made me love them.

    So, how about you?

  3. Ardent Ereader says:

    Hi Zee, I grew up in Krung Thep (Bangkok) so I am very excited to read your book! Growing up abroad has had an impact on me and has shaped my appreciation for diversity. Congrats on your first novel.

  4. Susan says:

    A trip to Paris changed my life. A lovely Parisienne told me: your French is too good for you to be an American. It let me know I could go anywhere.

  5. Thanks for joining me, everyone!

    H.B.: Thanks for your kind words! I hope you enjoy the book.

    Andrea: The easy answer is that trip to Southeast Asia, but even before that was my first trip to New York City (which, coming from California, was like traveling to a whole new country). It’s the trip that convinced me I could handle travel. It also showed me that there even within my own country there are whole different ways of life!

    Ardent: Sa-wad-de-ka! I’d be really interested to know what you think of my stories, as someone who once called Krung Thep home. I loved the city, and two weeks wasn’t nearly enough to explore it all.

    Susan: That’s quite the compliment! I’ve always wanted to see Paris, myself.

  6. Dreamer says:

    Congrats for the new book;) Wish you the best;)
    My fave place beside Berlin, it’s Stockholm…its history and its tiny island. Land of Vickings and very kind people.

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