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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Top Ten 80's Songs, Excerpt and Giveaway: Finding My Way (The Beaumont Series #4) by Heidi McLaughlin


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.

My top 10 80’s songs

If you’ve seen my post, you know I love… LOVE 80’s music. It’s a shame really because no one in my house appreciates my taste in music so I can’t share my love with anyone, except for you.

When I’m writing, I have 80’s Love Songs, 80’s Power Ballads, 80’s Top 40 – you name it, I’m streaming it. For some reason, I think everything was better in the 80’s – go figure.

1. Purple Rain – Prince – this is without a doubt my favorite song. I feel sorry for anyone who’s in my car when this comes out and I’m so thankful that my satellite radio has a repeat function!

2. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler – love love love this song. Again, it’s one that gets blasted and repeated and my youngest daughter loves it too!

3. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes – Love Kim’s voice

4. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago – need I say more?

5. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield – The full package song for writing a love triangle from the guy’s POV!

6. Never Say Goodbye – Bon Jovi – heartbreaking and so sexy.

7. Reo Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling – the lyrics speak for themselves, but if you want to remember what the 80’s looked like, watch the video!

8. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again – this was actually very fitting for writing Liam.

9. Sheriff – When I’m with You – Maybe you remember this is the song that was playing when Katelyn walked in on Harrison stepping out of the shower!

10. Father Figure – George Michael – this song is HOT!

And I’m adding …

11. November Rain – Guns N Roses – this song is sexy with its lyrics, video and music

12. Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue – they reminded us that everyone comes home.



I turn at the sound of my grandmother calling my name. She beams at me when I step toward her with an out stretched hand.

“I want to you meet a friend of mine,” she says. “Liam this is Tess and her son Harrison James. Tess is the personal assistant to my casting agent.” We spent a day going over all the jobs in the industry. There are so many that I got lost and like a true grandma, she made a list for me so I wouldn’t forget. “Harrison plays the drums at a club called Metro. They have open mic nights if you’re interested in talking to him about it,” she whispers. I nod, acknowledging what she’s telling me.

I step forward and shake both their hands. “It’s nice to meet you both,” I say.

“You too, Liam, your grandmother has told me so much about you. She’s very happy you’ve decided to stay with her.” I look at my grandma who is smiling from ear to ear.

She pats my arm. “Why don’t you take Harrison out back and show him around?”

“Okay, grandma.” I kiss her on the cheek and signal toward the patio door. Harrison follows, stepping out into the early evening sun. I walk until I’m at the back, where there is a table set up.

“Sorry about my grandmother in there. I think she’s trying to make up for all the years we’ve missed.” I sit down and lean my chair up against the tree.

“It’s okay. I was pretty much forced to come here tonight.” I inspect Harrison. He’s a bit taller than I am and far skinnier. He has a few tattoos on his arms, making wonder if they’re a necessity in the music industry. I quickly look down at my arms, curious as to what they’d look like with inked etched on them. One thing is for certain, my parents would flip and that thought alone makes me want one.

“Because of me?” I ask already knowing the answer but needing the confirmation.

He nods. “Yeah,” he says without making eye contact. “My mom is close to your grandmother so they plotted and here I am.”

“I’m sorry. If you want to leave, I can make up some excuse.” I know what it feels like to be put in awkward situations. My dad has done it to me many times, which only spurred me to withdraw from him more and more.

Harrison shakes his head slightly. “I’m cool.” He looks down at the ground or his feet. It’s not like I want to stare, but I’m trying to figure him out. He runs his hand over his beanie, moving it back and forth before leaving it where it originally was.

About the author:
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & 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.


Unknown said...

Sounds like a story I can relate to; nice cover; thank you for the chance to win:)

Unknown said...

cover looks so awesome. :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway! :D

S a n d r a said...

Thanks for the giveaway! ♥
I didn't know the author, but the book looks interesting ^^

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great story :)

Unknown said...

Look forward to reading this wonderful book. Thanks for the chance.

Unknown said...

Look forward to reading this wonderful book. Thanks for the chance.

brandileigh2003 said...

Like the cover and the forks in the road that he's facing

louisamay29 said...

The cover looks great and thanks for the giveaway

Unknown said...

this looks like a great read! thank u

Karla S said...

AWESOME,thanks so much for the chance to win,,it looks great!!
(Karla Sceviour)

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thxb u for hosting ^^

Fayth97 said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your taste in music!!!! I had to listen to Whitesnake a couple times, which now has me heading to you tube for some jams....lol!!!

Jolene and Family said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this!!!!

MrsRaptor said...

sounds like a wonderful book

collenga said...

Great excerpt! Love the 80's song list too! Thanks for sharing

Lu San Segundo said...

Nice cover!