Spotlight & Giveaway: Here with Me by Heidi McLaughlin

Posted October 19th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 46 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times Bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin to HJ!

Hi Heidi and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Here with Me!

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

HWMHERE WITH ME is your happily ever after slipping through your fingers, and when you’re finally healed everything you thought was the truth isn’t.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Each step I take is painful. Not in the sense that I’ve been physically injured — unless you can count my heart being torn out and ripped to shreds, twice, as being physically hurt — but in the sense that my body aches with any type of movement. I’m sore all over from too much crying and a lack of eating.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

I rewrote HERE WITH ME three times.
I spoke to countless military personal
This novel makes me very nervous

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Ryley Clarke is – as it would seem – no different than you or I, except she’s lived the past six years believing her soul mate had died. She moved on, rebuilt her life and started to live again. For me, I was surprised at how normal, especially under the circumstances, she tried to make her life.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I had to do a lot of research with government conspiracy – what we believe to be true or not. Cover-ups and stories that were swept under the rug. It wasn’t easy. In addition, countless hours talking to different branches of the military, local Senators, their aides and conspiracy theorist.

The First kiss…

Ryley & Evan’s first kiss was everything you’ve always dreamt about, read it out. Ryley was the firework, the butterfly and every analogy you could think of. She didn’t see stars, she became the star.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

Evan has some great one-liners. He has a knack of taking something serious and finishing it off to make you laugh.

Her tears dampen my shoulder as I hold her in my arms. She cries quietly and my heart races when her hand clutches my shirt. I haven’t forgotten her signs. I know what she wants. I could be the man I feel like being and make a move, take her here on the couch, but I won’t, at least not tonight. Tonight has been too emotional and when I make love to her again, it’s going to be because we can’t keep our hands off each other. I’m thinking next week sometime.

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why? 

The whole novel, of course

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Even those you trust don’t have your best interest in mind if they’re need to protect themselves is greater.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

A few of us have a holiday anthology coming out in December. Short stories, some characters you’ve met, others you haven’t. I’ve also started working on CHOOSE ME, #2 in The Archer Brothers

Thank you for stopping by today and learning more about my upcoming release – HERE WITH ME

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Book Info:

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
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Meet the Author:

Heidi McLaughlinHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

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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46 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Here with Me by Heidi McLaughlin”

  1. Pat Walker Pinkston

    I would be thrilled, but also want to know what happened and why I was told he was dead.

  2. melanieanu

    I don’t know …. I would be shocked and then exhilarated that he’s still alive, but also feel betrayed, vengeful and generally p*ssed off!!

    How can I describe something, that I’ve never and am not ever likely to feel, accurately lol!!

    One thing I do know – who ever was behind it had better hide and hide really well ……. if I’ve spent years / months / weeks or even days grieving unnecessarily – then someone is suffer and suffer slowly lol!! 😀

  3. Lori Meehan

    Wow that’s a heavy question. I’d be thrilled of course. I guess it would all depend in how my life was then if we’d pick up where we left off.

  4. Trudy Dowling

    After that length of time, she has moved on. The death has been mourned and excepted. The love that was still is but no longer grew allowing new love. If he chose to “die” then he gets to “live” with the consequences. How much did he love her if he chose to put her through the hell of grief? It is not an easy path to successfully walk through grief.

  5. Kai W.

    He has better has a good explanation for faking his death and for putting me through all this pain.

  6. Geraldine Pierson

    I would be hurt and then get mad but I would demand an explanation on why he would do this to me and our children and grandchildren. I know it better be a very good explanation but I am not sure I would take him back.

  7. angelina

    I would be devastated about it then I would get mad and he/she have a better explanation.

  8. Kristy dean

    I would die. The lose of loosing someone you love than to see the person again would be hard. Several emotions could kill you from physical to mental.

  9. mrsmac19

    I think I would be devestated that my kids and I went through a situation like that for naught. Once I got over the initial hurt, he’d better watch out! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Melody Gonser

      I would be very angry at whoever had lied to me. I would be extremely joyfully that he was alive. There would be a lot of confusion. Having to accept the death of a loved one and going through the stages of grief. I would be looking for the person who did this to me. Thank you.

  10. Colleen C.

    Depends on who created the lie… I would be angry and hurt, but more so if it was caused by someone else.

  11. slashbrook

    That would be a hard thing to deal with and would def. be angry. Whether I would be forgiving would depend on the reasoning behind faking his death.

  12. AmandaS

    That’s such a hard subject. I can’t imagine what would go through my mind if that were to happen. How could anyone be prepared for that? It definitely sounds like it’s going to be a great book!

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