COVER REVEAL: Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

The fourth book in the Beaumont series is coming!!! I just love love love this series, its loveable characters, its hot rockers, but most of all, its dreamy happy endings! Each story can be read as a standalone, although reading them in order is highly recommended. I give you the stunning new cover of Finding My Way… ♥

Expected release date: 14 April 2014

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Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.

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COVER REVEAL: Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

The third book in the Beaumont series is coming!!! I absolutely love this series, its loveable characters, its hot rockers, but most of all, its dreamy happy endings! Each story can be read as a standalone, although reading them in order is highly recommended. I give you the delicious new cover of Finding My Forever

Expected release date: 30 December 2013

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Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down – marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn’t in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.

A rock star.

I was born and raised in the industry.

I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me.

Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver.

But after one look, one touch, one night…

Now I’m the one doing the chasing.

I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change.

I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her.

I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.

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BOOK REVIEW: My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

myunexpectedforever_322x500I expected a life of music.

I expected to raise my son.

It took one look to make everything change.

I never expected happiness.

I never expected to find her.

I never expected to feel desire.

I never expected I’d be a family man.

I never expected to be loved.

I never expected to fall in love.

They say you should expect the unexpected.

I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

 

 

 

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“Her body is the one drumbeat I can’t master, but I’ll never give up trying.”

There’s something utterly moving about stories of second chance at love and healing hearts that learn to love again, but add to that equation a sexy tattooed rockstar who knows what he wants and will do anything, risk his own heart being broken, to get the woman he loves, and you have magic.

We met Katelyn and Harrison in Forever My Girl, Katelyn being Liam and Josie’s lifelong friend whose husband’s death brought them back into each other’s lives, and Harrison being the drummer in Liam’s band. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, we knew there was an immediate connection between them, and even under those tragic circumstances, we wanted to hope that there would be a chance for them somewhere in the future.

“I’m a widow with two children and he can have his pick of any woman he wants, why would he want me and my baggage?”

For almost a year, Harrison has admired from a distance the woman who stole his heart from the moment he met her, turning his affections into actions, offering her help whenever she or her daughters needed him, but never quite making his intentions known and giving her the time to mourn her husband. Katelyn did not fail to notice the sexy drummer in her life, everyone in her life encouraging her to move on with her life and give love another chance, but she does not feel ready to date again. She still perceives herself as married and as attracted as she may be to Harrison, she won’t allow herself to admit it or embrace her budding feelings for a man who is not her Mason.

“He’s not my type and I love my husband, whether he’s here to love me back or not.”

Through frequent flashbacks into her past and the life she shared with Mason since she was fifteen, we watch her sorrow holding her back and keeping her heart in a past that she’ll never have again. But the more time she spends with Harrison, the more her body starts betraying her and eventually she can no longer deny their physical attraction, regardless of the objections based on his rough stereotypical image of a rocker that her mind uses to fight her growing feeling for him. Every time they are around each other, her body fails her a little bit more each time, with a lingering look, a fleeting touch, a stolen kiss, and soon her heart is a battlefield of conflicting emotions.

“He’s the quintessential rocker and doesn’t fit my life. I don’t care that the way he looks at me makes me feel wanted. I don’t care that the way he looks at me makes me feel desired. I don’t care that the way he smells makes me want to crawl into his skin until I’m enveloped in his scent. I don’t care because he’s not Mason.”

Harrison’s willingness to wait for her to be ready for love again and to finally give him a chance to prove his feelings to her, as well as his eagerness to take care of her and her daughters, are heart-wrenching at times. Her hot and cold attitude towards him occasionally makes him doubt himself and his fear of rejection every so often discourage his efforts, but he never gives up. He is determined to show her what she is missing out on, but most importantly, how much he truly wants them to become a family.

“She doesn’t want me. I’m nothing but a distraction. I’m not the man she thinks she needs to help raise her kids. I don’t fit the mold, the stereotype of the All-American husband.”

When Katelyn lets herself feel again at last, love finally heals the remaining shards of her broken heart and opens her life to a future she never even hoped to have again.

Both prequels in this series, Forever My Girl and the novella My Everything, were beautifully executed stories in their own right, but this book sets a new standard in well-roundedness and flawless balance of elements, giving us a realistic and poignant account of a young widow’s battle with herself and her reluctant second attempt at romance. We watch her inner struggle, we hear her fears, doubts, reasons for not giving in easily to her body’s demands, and we cannot help but want her to be happy again. It is hard to blame her for not wanting to move on and put her past behind her when we are also shown the life and the dreams she once shared with her late husband, knowing she never expected to have to start all over again.

“What does he see when he looks at me? Does he see what I see? Does he see a single mom with two very young girls; a woman so broken and in pain because her husband was taken away from her far too early?”

We are also given a hero who never yields, never lets her rejection discourage him from believing in them and in the growing bond being forged between them. There is also overwhelming emphasis put on the wellbeing of the children in the story, the attachments between adults and children being developed at their own pace and independently from the romantic storyline. This only adds to the overall completeness of the story, making the love connection between Katelyn and Harrison even more special and well-earned.

“I know she doesn’t want me the way I want her, and I’d rather be her friend than not have her in my life at all.”

I truly loved this book. I became invested in every single character because the perfect picture we could so easily envision for them was impossible to resist. This very emotional but much sexier instalment of the Beaumont series could theoretically be read as a stand alone novel, but knowing Liam and Josie’s story as well is preferable.

“I could live a day without water if I was granted the permission to just stare at her.”

5stars

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COVER REVEAL: My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

I absolutely adored the story of Liam and Josie in Forever My Girl – I love tales of second chances in life, so I am super excited that two other characters that we met and fell in love with in that story are getting their own book – Harrison, Liam’s band mate, and Katelyn, Josie’s best friend whose husband’s funeral is the event that brings Liam and Josie together again in the first place. I suspect this story is going to require tissues!! I give you the cover of My Unexpected Forever….

Expected release date: 2 September 2013

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The Story

I expected a life of music.

I expected to raise my son.

It took one look to make everything change.

I never expected happiness.

I never expected to find her.

I never expected to feel desire.

I never expected I’d be a family man.

I never expected to be loved.

I never expected to fall in love.

They say you should expect the unexpected. I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

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The Author

heidi mclaughlin picHeidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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My Everything by Heidi McLaughlin

myeverything_322x500When Nick Ashford lost his friend, Mason, he didn’t realize he was going to lose his family as well, but that’s exactly what happened.

Alone and in a foreign country, Nick is working on rebuilding his life one patient at a time, that is, until a striking volunteer makes her presence known.

Can Nick finish his year in Africa without risking his heart being broken again?

Or is he willing to start a new chapter in his life before his return to Beaumont?

 

 

 

 

 

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“You make all the ugly in this world seem just a bit better when I close my eyes at night…”

Just like the first book in the Beaumont series, a second chance at love is the key theme of this companion novella to Forever My Girl. Nick Ashford was the ‘collateral damage’ in Josie and Liam’s story, a man who wished nothing more than to have a family of his own, but ended up losing both the woman he loved as well as the boy he considered and raised as his own son. He walked out of their lives a broken man, heartbroken and betrayed, and in order to distance himself from the constant reminder of what could have been his but now would never be, he left Beaumont and went to Africa to work as a volunteer.

“I needed to volunteer. I needed to feel as if my life meant something.”

We find Nick in a small clinic in the middle of Africa, doing what he does best – helping people. His living conditions are very modest and his working conditions very basic, but this simplicity helps him put things into perspective and re-evaluate the life he left behind. Flashback memories of Josie, Noah and their time together haunt him, keep replaying in his mind and hurting him over and over again. He regrets not fighting for his family and giving up on them too easily, but while his love for Josie slowly fades away, his guilt over leaving Noah behind without so much as an explanation, the boy he raised with her for six years and loved as his own, never does. His conscience burns and gives him no relief.

“Memories. That is all I have from the last six years.”

This is where Nick meets Aubrey, a young volunteer working as a nurse in his clinic. Nick is immediately attracted to her, but cautious not to get involved with her due to the limited nature of his stay in Africa. However, life is full of surprises and Nick is not only given a chance to love again, but to experience the kind of love he’s never felt before.

“When I look at her, I know what true love feels like. It’s the butterflies you get every time that person walks into the room or you get a whiff of their perfume from another room.”

When Nick finally returns to Beaumont, he has to face the ghosts he’s left behind and finally accept that the life he’s been grieving might have never been his in the first place. But his biggest challenge is rebuilding a relationship with the one he hurt the most with his sudden departure – Noah. This is a beautiful and very emotional, albeit too short for this greedy book junkie, story of finding one’s true happiness in life, letting go of a past that holds us behind and moving forward without looking back.

My only objection is that the intimate scenes between Nick and Aubrey could and should have been less fade-to-black and more detailed, more personal. It would have added an extra layer to the special connection between these two characters and given us a further, more vivid example of the unique attachment being woven between them. It should also be noted that this story should not be read without first reading Forever My Girl as it is a continuation of those events and I do not feel that the reader would get to experience the full depth of emotions that this story brings without knowing the background storyline.

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Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

forevermygirlI was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us.

I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her.

Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

 

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“Hey, Jojo?” he yells.
“Yeah.” I yell back.
“I’m going to marry you someday.”

Some people find their dream early on in life, some never do, and some sacrifice everything to capture it. Liam found his dream in the first semester of college, a dream that cost him everything he cared for, including the woman he desperately loved.

Growing up in a strict patriarchal family, the only child of a man who had very clear ideas about what his son’s future should look like, and of a woman who gave up her own dreams to become someone’s silent trophy wife, Liam was given a non-negotiable path to follow, expectations to meet, and an enormous amount of pressure to become the man they all thought he should become. But no one ever asked Liam what he dreamed of becoming one day.

Josie was the girl he fell in love with in high school. She was his best friend. She was his first and only love. She was the girl he left behind to pursue a dream. Stuck on a path that he did not see as his own, Liam sacrificed the one he loved the most to save himself from becoming something he hated, all along knowing that he could never be the man everyone, including Josie, wanted him to be. He suddenly cut ties with everyone in his life and moved away to prove to himself that he could become someone else. His career as a musician quickly took off and he spent the next ten years torn between the dream he was fulfilling and the ache in his heart always reminding him of the one he left behind. He wrote songs about her, channelling his loneliness and heartbreak over losing her into his music. His life changed, he found fame, but his feelings for his “Jojo” never faded, frozen in time and forever tormenting him.

“I may be successful when I’m on stage, but at night I’m alone.”

And then one day life took him back to the very place he ran away from.

Josie spent the past ten years trying to ignore the hole in her heart caused by Liam’s sudden departure. For years she felt abandoned and discarded, believing that the only man she ever loved no longer wanted her or any reminder of what they once shared. She eventually rebuilt her life, moved on, never expecting one day for her past to just walk into her shop, for the boy who stole her heart to come back and be still in love with her.

“I went right to your shop and waited. I watched for you and once I saw you, I knew I was going to end up chasing my girl, waiting for you to turn around and see… the real me and love me for who I am and not what I did to you. I’m standing in front of you, Josie. You just have to turn around.”

This is an utterly moving story of second chances in life, of redemption, remorse, forgiveness, of loves lost and found again, of trust regained. Through alternating points of view, we feel both Liam and Josie’s emotions, fears, and sorrow. These are well-developed characters whose love for each other survived time and distance. They naturally gravitate towards each other, unable to fight the pull and incapable of forgetting the future they once dreamed of sharing. When faced with what they could have had, Liam and Josie must decide whether they could still mend what is broken or whether life has just become too complicated to change. Nothing is rushed, the storyline progressing at a pleasant pace that keeps the reader both glued to the pages as well as more and more invested in the ending.

When two people spend ten years convincing themselves they can be apart, sometimes the best cure is to be reminded of why they felt in love in the first place.

“My palms sweat. My body is flushed. I open my eyes and stare at the woman in the mirror. Staring back is a girl I once knew, one that shined and sparkled every time she was about to go see her boyfriend. This girl looks happy.”

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heidi mclaughlin picMy grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and über special beta, Yvette.

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The first 200 people to purchase FOREVER MY GIRL will get a free download of the song PAINKILLERS! Just e-mail your proof of purchase to [email protected]

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