Spotlight & Giveaway: How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry

Posted October 13th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Laura Drewry to HJ!


From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel— How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.

Thank you so much for inviting me to the Harlequin Junkie Spotlight – it’s been great! ☺

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

How Forever FeelsHOW FOREVER FEELS is the last book in my Friends First series and it’s the story of Jack and Maya who came close once a few years back and then. . .not so much.

Jack knew Maya was the one for him the first time he met her but gave up his chance with her when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will. Maya thought she’d found forever with Will but ended up getting burned, an experience that’s left her wondering if she can trust herself to know what forever even means. But then Jack comes back into her life and it doesn’t take long for her to realize he was the forever she let slip through her fingers.

Neither one of them can hide how they feel for long, but Jack and Will are like brothers and history has shown over and over that Jack would never do anything to betray that trust.

It’s a story of divided loyalties, of knowing where you belong but unable to get there without destroying something you’ve spent your whole life building.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

“From the guy in the grey T-shirt at the end of the bar.” Grinning, Shelley set a white frothy drink, complete with a pineapple wedge and tiny blue parasol, in front of Maya then moved on to her next table.
With scarcely a glance at the Piña Colada, Maya and all three of her friends immediately craned their necks towards the bar.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The building that houses Jayne’s bookstore and the apartment upstairs where Maya lives is based on the bookstore I owned for a few years. Oh, how I loved that place!
  • I first heard Kenny Chesney’s song ‘How Forever Feels’ sixteen or seventeen years ago and immediately wanted to write a story around that idea, but knew I’d have to wait until the right characters came along. It just took them a while to show up is all. ☺
  • The Gum Wall is a real thing in Seattle. Disgusting and yet fascinating all at the same time, I have pictures of it on my HFF Pinterest board.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I think I’d choose the scene where Jack, Maya and Will are all together for the first time since Maya and Will got divorced because it gives the reader a quick snapshot of how they see and feel about each other. Here’s a snippet:

“Well isn’t this cozy.” Nodding slowly, Will turned to Jack who’d come in behind him. “My best friend and my wife cuddling up in a hotel room.”
“Ex-wife.” Jack had already moved around Will so he stood between them. “And don’t be a dick.”
“Ha!” Will barked. “I’m not the one being a dick here, bro.”
She probably shouldn’t have snorted right then, but surely to God he was kidding, wasn’t he?
“We weren’t doing anything.” Jack lifted his hands slightly, palms out. “I ran into Snip out in the parking lot; we were going to go grab a bite.”
Maya could have kissed him for not mentioning the fact she was there because she’d been stood up.
Will stuffed his hands deep in his pockets and just kept looking between them with those accusing blue eyes, which was rich considering of the three of them, he was the only one who’d done anything wrong.
Maya refused to cower, refused to let him think for one single second she had any reason to feel guilty, because she didn’t. Neither did Jack, but he obviously wasn’t comfortable, so with a low sigh, Maya eased Pete’s chin off her leg and pushed herself up.
“It’s none of his business what I’m doing here, Jack.” She never took her eyes off Will as she spoke. “He’s the last person on earth who gets to judge me about anything.”
That wiped a shade of smugness off Will’s stupid face.
“Unlike him,” she went on. “I’m not going to make you feel like you need to explain anything or choose which one of us stays and which one goes. That’s his game, not mine.”
“Maya.” When Jack reached out to stop her, she shrugged him off, but as she did she dragged her glare away from Will and gave Jack a smile.
“Don’t worry about it,” she said, squeezing his hand as she walked by. “I’ll see you later.”
She’d just stepped around them when she heard Jack curse quietly behind her.
“Hang on, Snip.”
She pulled open the door but hesitated when he stepped up behind her, his huge frame completely blocking Will from her view.
His jaw tightened a little as he wrapped his hand around the edge of the door above his head and looked down at her. “I’m sorry.”
“You’ve got nothing to be sorry for,” she said. “Don’t worry about it.”
His eyes softened a little until it looked as though the green and brown had melted together. “Are we still on for Sunday?”
“Of course.” She didn’t know why it took her so long to blink, to stop staring at him that way, as if she’d never seen his eyes do that before, because of course she had. The only difference was that this time something inside her melted, too. “I’ll pick you up around four-ish.”
“Sounds good.”
“Great.” A second ago she couldn’t blink at all and now she couldn’t stop. “See you then.”
As she turned to go, Jack’s hand curled around her elbow, gently tugging her back so he could lean down and press a soft kiss against her cheek.
“G’night, Snip.”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I guess I’d like readers to walk away from HOW FOREVER FEELS with the idea that love is an amazing thing and even when our hearts have been shattered and we don’t think we have the capacity to ever love again, we do.

The ability to love – and to love deeply – is an amazing thing and it’s something the world could use a lot more of.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m working on a new series now called Fishing for Trouble that follows the lives of the three O’Donnell brothers who own and operate The Buoys, a fishing lodge on the west coast of British Columbia. The first book, OFF THE HOOK, is due out in January 2016.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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I love that line!

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Book Info:

Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.

Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.

Meet the Author:

Laura DrewryUSA Today Bestselling Author Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. It helped that she and her husband had just moved 700 km away from their families, it was the dead of winter and she was about 49 months pregnant with their second child, all of which gave her the excuse she needed to hunker down and get at it.

Her books have been described as “delightful,” “clever,” and “smart, sassy and refreshingly different.”

After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon and an extremely energetic German Shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, and when someone else cooks dinner.
My website:

48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry”

  1. Mary Preston

    There is a scene in WYRD SISTERS by Terry Pratchett that had me laughing so hard. It is brilliantly written & deliciously funny. I do love Granny. My favourite witch.

    • Laura Drewry

      I haven’t read the WYRD SISTERS but I remember my sister talking about a scene in a play house or theatre – is that the funny scene you remember?

  2. marcyshuler

    I love the scene in A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux where Nicholas comes back to life and sees Dougless for the first time at the tomb.

  3. Leanna

    I am not good at remembering quotes I really like the quote from Montana Sky, it was also in the movie adaptation.

    • Laura Drewry

      LOL – my kids roll their eyes at me all the time because for every conversation we have, there’s usually a song I know to go along with it. Most of the time they think I make them up. 🙂

  4. Patricia B.

    Julie Garwood’s books have first lines that are sually short and to the point. “They were going to kill him.” from Honor’s Splendour. “Donald MacAlister didn’t die easy.” from The Wedding. “The death watch was over.” from The Bride.
    I hadn’t realized until just now how prominent death was in the start of these books, and several others. Those first lines set up the major thread of the stories that will follow. Now I want to run upstairs and pull these books off my Keeper Shelf and read them again.

  5. vadensmommy1

    I’ve been looking for you everyday since you left me, kitten, and I’m sick of being without you. You’ve had you chance now let me have mine.
    Bones from one foot in the grave by Jeanine Frost

  6. Amanda Thompson

    In the book Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, this part: “Daisy,” Westcliff said gently, “most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meaning. Never doubt your value, little friend. The world would be a dismal place without Daisy Bowman in it.” I love this quote and even wrote it down in a book I keep for quotes.

  7. debby236

    The only one I can think of is Play it again Sam and the has been changed to more than it was.

  8. Jane Nelson

    I can’t think of any particular line that stands out to me! I am not a person that normally retains lines from books in my memory!

    • Laura Drewry

      Oh, I understand that, Jane. LOL It’s titles I usually can’t remember. Talk to me about the characters or plot and I’ll usually remember those. 🙂

  9. haddies.haven

    Oh!! Yes there is ♥ I read Melanie Dickerson’s book The Healer’s Apprentice. The scene that stuck with me the most was the final part, where the prince is being introduced to his betrothed, whom he hopes is the young apprentice girl, whom he has fallen in love with, but he wants to remain faithful to the woman he is to marry and yet has not met her. He falls to his knees when he sees his beloved and thanks God for answering his heart’s cry. ♥

  10. Amy Rickman

    Yes they are mostly scenes from books. Some of my favorite scenes are from Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson.

    • Laura Drewry

      I haven’t read that series yet. Is it funny? I ask because I see the series title is A Neighbor From Hell which is kind of funny all on its own. 🙂

  11. Jo-Anne Boyko

    The first line of Two Truths And A Lie by Ashley Stoyanoff has stuck with me since I read it last year. It’s “One year ago, I became a missing person.” That line hooked me so that I just had to read the book which I did in one sitting.

  12. tlrosado

    I caught a bear today in the new trap. We’re taking it a hundred miles north. That’s a hundred miles closer to where you are. I’ve decided units and measurements of distance are bullshit. With you there are only two distances that matter:
    Not here.
    You are not here.
    – Drew”
    ― Penny Reid, Beauty and the Mustache

    I love anything Penny Reid writes, but she knocked it out of the park with Beauty and the Mustache.

  13. Meredith Miller

    “I’m a one-hundred-percent, made-in-Florida, dope-smugglin’, time-sharin’, spring-breakin’, log-flumin’, double-occupancy discount vacation. I’m a tall glass of orange juice and a day without sunshine. I’m the wind in your sails, the sun on your burn and the moon over Miami. I am the native.”
    ― Serge Storms, Hammerhead Ranch Motel by Tim Dorsey
    I love this series. It’s a bit crazy tough.

  14. karins28

    my favorite quote is from Going Under
    by S. Walden:
    ‘ I realized I needed to look at evil in an entirely different light. Most bad guys weren’t walking around with eyes bugged out. Most bad guys didn’t come across freaky and frightening, hiding in shadowed corners with insane grins plastered across their faces. Most bad guys were your normal, everyday guys moving through life like anyone else. Going to school. Going to work. Going to church, even. They were hard to spot, and that’s what made them so good at being bad. They were sneaky. They could get away with it, and they knew it.’

  15. Pennie

    I don’t really remember quotes but books or scenes stick with me. I read one this summer that would not leave me.

  16. mrsmac19

    I’m not one to remember quotes very well. I find lines to be meaningful, funny, etc. but there’s way too much going on in my brain to hold onto them!

    • Laura Drewry

      LOL The hard drive can only hold so much, right? I like to call that ‘filtering.’ My brain will hold what it thinks it needs to and then shoves everything else off to the side. 🙂

  17. sylve t.

    There is one from a new author Kelley Harvey, one of her new novels Breathe, has a quote that i absolutely love, which talks about fear “it happens to all of us. There’s no shame in admitting it. What’s important is how you handle the fear. Rule it or let it rule you.”

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