Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlin

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HOME RUN (The Boys of Summer) by Heidi McLaughlin

Trade Paperback Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

McLaughlin_HomeRun_TRLOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

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Excerpt

“Where are we going?” I ask. I turn my ball cap around to prevent it from flying away since her convertible top is down and it looks like we’re heading toward the parkway.
“I thought we’d go to the beach.”
“Isn’t that like thirty minutes away?”
Ainsley glances at me quickly before turning back and focusing on the road. “Do you have a curfew or something?”
I shake my head. “Nope, drive on.” I may not have a curfew, but six a.m. comes very early, and it’s our last practice before we start pre-season play. I suppose, since I went without much sleep in college, one night now isn’t going to hurt me. Besides, it’s for a good cause. I’m into Ainsley, and if she wants to take me to the beach, I’m going to let her.
She turns up the radio and starts singing along to the song. I know it as well so I join in, and before I know it, we’re having our own karaoke party while we’re cruising down the road. When we hit a stoplight, I expect her to stop singing, but she doesn’t, and the people pulled up along the side of us start singing too.
Before I know it, we’re at the beach. The car is shut off, the music has stopped, and the only thing you can hear are the waves crashing onto the shore.
“Coming here at night affords me the ability to sit and think without too many people around.”
“Is it safe?” I ask.
“I don’t know. I never thought about that. I suppose in some aspects it’s not, but there are always a few other people around so…” She gets out of her car before finishing her sentence. She shouldn’t walk the beach alone at night, but who am I to tell her otherwise? I quickly follow her, catching up with her in the sand.
We walk side by side until the dry sand turns wet, and then we both sit down.
“When I was little, my mom used to bring me here all the time. I’d swim and play while she read her book or she’d come in the water with me. It’s funny, when you’re a kid, you have no worries in life, but the minute you become an adult, everything changes.”
I wish I could relate. “My life was the opposite. I’ve always had the pressure to succeed in baseball on my shoulders. My dad, he was strict about everything. In fact, if he knew I was out here now and not sleeping, he’d have something to say about that.”
“That’s sad.”
Shrugging, I slip off my socks and sneakers, burying my toes into the cold sand. “It is, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without that kind of structure.”
“Do you like playing baseball?” Ainsley slips off her shoes and pulls her legs to her chest, wrapping her arms around them tightly.
“I love it. I love everything about the game.”
“Do you ever wish you had done something else?”
I think about her question and wonder what else I could’ve done. If my dad and I hadn’t turned to tossing the ball in the backyard, where would we be? For us, it was therapeutic and a way for me to express how angry and hurt I was that my mom had died. The harder I threw, the better I felt. The more my dad cringed when he caught the ball, the more satisfying it was that he was hurting as much as I was.
“I don’t know what else I would’ve done, honestly. Baseball is what I know. My dad used it as a tool to help me cope with my mom’s passing, and before I knew it, I was trying out for these elite baseball clubs and making all-star teams. College and major league scouts would come watch my games in high school, and I thought ‘Wow, this could be a career for me.’ I was drafted out of high school but chose to go to college first. I wanted something to fall back on in case baseball didn’t work out.”
“What’s your degree in?” She turns and looks at me. The moon is casting enough of a glow that I can make out her facial features. Now would be the perfect time to lean over and kiss her, but I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not what she wants from me.
“Well, the only thing that made sense.”
Ainsley holds her hand up. “Don’t tell me, it’s something to do with sports.”
I nod, holding back laughter. “Yeah, broadcasting. I figure I can become a commentator or something when I retire.”
“Interesting,” she says, turning back toward the ocean.
I lean into her, bumping her with my shoulder. “Don’t be like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like I took the easy way out with my degree or my career isn’t the same as a doctor or whatever.”
“Is it though?”
“Baseball is America’s game. It doesn’t know social class, race, or any other classification. It’s a game every one can play and afford to participate in. You don’t have to have straight A’s to go to college to play ball. Hell, most players come to the majors right out of high school. It’s a game for everyone.”
“A game that you make millions of dollars at.”
“It’s no different than being an actor. We bring entertainment to people.” I counter her claim.
“I don’t like this argument,” she says.
“Me neither. I think we should talk about something else.”
“Like what?” she asks.
Taking her hand in mind, I kiss the top of it before meeting her gaze. “Like you going out with me.”
She shakes her head.
“I know, you don’t date athletes, so think of me as a sports broadcaster.” I waggle my eyebrows at her, and she laughs.
“You’re hard to resist, Cooper Bailey.”
With those words, I pull her closer. “Then stop resisting me, Ainsley.” This is my chance, and I take it. My lips brush against hers lightly, testing her resolve. She’s either going to punch me, push me away, or let me continue to kiss her.

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Giveaway

TEN (10) FREE Trade Paperback copies of HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlin

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About the Author

Heidi McLaughlin CREDIT Sara EirewHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in 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, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, Jill and her brother, Racicot.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.

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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: GRAND SLAM by Heidi McLaughlin

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GRAND SLAM (The Boys of Summer, #3) by Heidi McLaughlin

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

McLaughlin_GrandSlam_TRWin the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “perk” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.

I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.

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Whenever I wake up with a hangover, I often ask myself why I drank so much and promise that I’ll never do it again. That promise is something I’ve been breaking for the past few days, and up until now, I didn’t care.
I had hoped the booze would muddy my memory of last night, but it hasn’t. Every word she said, every expression she had, every punch to my chest to get me out of her apartment is crystal clear. I fucked up, and I don’t even know how. All I know is that the sobs I heard on the other side of Saylor’s door last night were enough to sober my stupid ass up.
For hours, I sat against her door, until a resident suggested I leave or they were going to call the police. If I hadn’t been arrested ear- lier, I probably would have encouraged them to dial Boston’s Finest. Another man might understand my plight. The woman that I want to be with kicked me out of her house, and while I probably deserved it, I didn’t want to leave until she stopped crying. I didn’t want to be the one to walk away in her time of need.
But as egos go—and believe me, mine is huge—I couldn’t let it get in the way any longer, so I walked my drunk ass back home with my tail between my legs, only to stay up all night while the booze wore off, knowing that I had to live with whatever I’d done to Saylor.
She’s the last person in the world who I want to hurt, and she’s the one person who can save me. Not only from a life behind bars, but from myself. When I’m with her, I’m a different person. The cocky son of a bitch whom everyone is used to doesn’t exist when she’s near me, and frankly, that is the man I like, or at least I used to. It’s easier being a fucking douche. It’s second nature to me and comes with the territory of being named one of the city’s most eligible bachelors.
Except when I’m with Saylor, I can be the man who hides in the shadow of that Travis Kidd. I can be the kind of man who doesn’t have to have a one-liner available or wink in order to get a phone number. When I’m with her, life outside of baseball starts to have a meaning, a fucking purpose.

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Giveaway

Ten (10) free eBook downloads of GRAND SLAM

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About the Author

Heidi McLaughlin CREDIT Sara EirewHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in 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, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, Jill and her brother, Racicot.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.

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Release Blitz: Third Base (The Boys of Summer, #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

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Third Base (The Boys of Summer, #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Synopsis
imageEthan Davenport is already Boston’s most eligible bachelor. In his second season with the Boston Renegades he has set his eyes on the girl behind the visitors’ dugout.

That girl is Daisy Robinson, a journalism student at the University of Boston and a die-hard Renegades fan.

But with new found love comes challenges and Ethan and Daisy have to deal with his crazy schedule, school finals and his presence on her campus for some much needed media training.

For Ethan nothing can come between him and Daisy, until a secret that she’s been keeping threatens to destroy them both.

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Excerpt

I look at the scoreboard from the on-deck circle. It’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Unless we go on some miraculous run, the game is over and we’ve lost, giving us our second loss in a row.
The Orioles coach calls for a time-out and approaches the mound. This gives Meyers, our right fielder, the opportunity for us to talk. Actually, it gives me the ability to stare at the girl that has held my attention all night. After my home run, I thought I could focus on the game, but each time I came up to bat or went out to the field, I was looking to see if she was staring… and she was, which really stroked my ego.
I meet Meyers halfway between the on-deck circle and home plate. Usually, we’d stand back or talk to the third base coach, but there’s no coming back from this defeat. When I reach him, I can tell he’s frustrated; we all are. We’re a far better team than what our record shows. Even though it’s still very early, our expectations are much higher, and with the road trip coming up, we have got to get out of this funk, fast… before it’s too late.
“This ump is calling shit.” Meyers kicks the dirt around his feet.
“Has been all night.” On any given night it’s either in your favor or not. Some umpires come into a game with a chip on their shoulder. They remember everything, and they don’t let you forget it. They say once the game is over, it’s over. Umpires don’t feel that way.
“Play ball!” the umpire yells.
Meyers goes back to home plate and settles in for what could be his last pitch. If he gets on base, I’m up. If he strikes out, my night is over. I rest my bat on my shoulder and watch – not Meyers, but the girl in the hat. She’s leaning forward, resting her elbows on the dugout. I had every intention of finding an usher during the seventh inning but lost my nerve. I don’t know how that’d be received if our manager was to find out, and short of going into the stands the second the game is over, I’m running out of options.
It’s a swing and foul ball for Meyers, still giving me hope. The girl hasn’t moved, and something tells me that she’s focused on me. I should be focused on the game, but I’m not.
I lean over to the usher who stands by the field and whisper, “There’s a girl in section sixty-five, row c, seat one. I’d like to talk to her after the game.”
He nods and says something into his really cool CIA walkie-talkie-type thing. When I first arrived, I asked if I could play with it. I was told no. It was a total buzz kill. I asked my agent to get me one, and he told me to grow up… not one of my finer moments.
Meyers goes down swinging and just like that, the game’s over. We lost three to eight. I wait for him to walk by before returning to the dugout, but not without one last look at the girl in row c. Another usher is walking down the aisle toward her. I climb down the stairs and pause where she can’t see me. The usher approaches her and talks wildly with his hands. She looks around, reaches for her bag, and follows him up the steps. I can only hope she’ll be in the lounge when I get there.
Right now I’m thankful I’m not allowed to give interviews yet because it means I can shower and get upstairs quicker. The reporters call my name, asking about my home-run. They know I’m not allowed to speak with them, but they try anyway. I keep my head down, my classic move after we’ve lost, and rush into the clubhouse. There will be no after-game meeting; our manager will save that for tomorrow.
I shower quickly and slip into jeans and a t-shirt. My hair is still wet and dripping down onto my shirt, but I don’t want my third base girl waiting too long. I take the back stairs two at a time and enter the lounge. This is where the wives and girlfriends hang out, and now that I think about it, it’s probably not the best place to have sent her. It’s like vulture prey in here for new girlfriends… not that she’s my girlfriend. I just want to know her name.
As soon as I enter the hallway, I find her sitting outside the door. She stands up when she hears me coming and keeps her hands behind her back, watching me closely. I come to a halt in front of her, and all I can see is the top of her hat. She’s about a foot shorter than me, and I like that.
“I wanted to apologize for giving you the ball.” I keep my hands clasped to avoid the nervous twitch I have. The last thing I want to do is scare her away.
“Oh… do you want it back?” Her voice is soft, sweet, and completely Boston. Hearing her speak makes me feel like I have something to look forward to, like I’m home.
“What? No, I thought I embarrassed you… It’s just…”
My knees go weak when she looks at me. Her light green eyes are the color of sea glass, and she has a dimple that compliments her smile. I find myself wanting to rub my thumb over it so I can feel it.
“You didn’t embarrass me. It was nice.”
“What’s your name?” I ask, needing to know because calling her ‘third base girl’ or ‘girl in row c’ isn’t going to cut it.
“Daisy.”
Daisy, I repeat in my head so I don’t forget. Daisy… like the flowers that my mother loves.
“I’m Ethan,” I stupidly tell her but feel like I should introduce myself. “Wanna get out of here and grab some dinner?”
She eyes me and then the ground, making me wait what feels like an eternity for her answer.

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About the Author
imageHeidi McLaughlin 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, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

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WEEKLY RELEASE LIST 12/29-1/04 ✦Romance✦Paranormal Romance✦Romantic Suspense✦Erotica✦New Adult✦

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*This list will be pinned to the top of our FB page and updates will be made throughout the week. Buy links for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Paperbacks. Goodreads Link is provided if the buy links are not available yet. Genre codes included with titles. Key to codes listed at the bottom of the list.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013
✦Ruined (The Eternal Balance, Book One) by Jus Accardo #PNR #NA ➢ $2.99 Kindle http://amzn.to/JlsEaV | B&N http://bit.ly/1bv7wVW | Kobo http://bit.ly/19TbOdx
✦Break Out (Blood Hunter #1) by Nina Croft #PNR ➢ (Re-Release Special $0.99 Limited Time) Kindle http://amzn.to/18DkiXB | B&N http://bit.ly/19TduE0 | Kobo http://bit.ly/1in4rjf
✦Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum) by Rosalie Lario #PNR ➢ $1.99 Kindle http://amzn.to/1l1DBtQ | B&N http://bit.ly/19TdUtO | Kobo http://bit.ly/1eizXJO
✦Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler #PNR ➢ $2.99 Kindle http://amzn.to/1etwKf3 | B&N http://bit.ly/1dgDSsc | Kobo http://bit.ly/1eMrDGT
✦Ashes by Sarah Gilman #PNR ➢ $2.99 Kindle http://amzn.to/1drCi4p | B&N http://bit.ly/1dgE8qY | http://bit.ly/1hMGIGe
✦Finding My Forever (The Beaumont Series) by Heidi McLaughlin #CR #NA ➢ Kindle $3.99 http://amzn.to/1cdXnge | Amazon Paperback $13.49 http://amzn.to/1cdxfFY

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2013
✦Born In Blood: The Sentinels by Alexandra Ivy #PNR (Cori 5 Stars) ➢ Kindle $5.34 http://amzn.to/17i6k89 | Amazon Paperback $4.83 http://amzn.to/17i6jRz | B&N (Paperback $7.99/ Nook $6.49) http://bit.ly/19P0IBJ | Kobo $5.79 http://bit.ly/1eSWuxz
✦The Valentine’s Arrangement: A Hard Feelings Novel by Kelsie Leverich (Dawn 4.5 Stars) #CR (Re-Release/Paperback Release) ➢ Kindle $3.79 http://amzn.to/18iUdwM | Amazon Paperback $10.50 http://amzn.to/18xmhr0 | B&N (Paperback $10.50/ Nook $3.99) http://bit.ly/1bsOm6f
✦Somebody to Love: A Cupid, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde (Dawn 4 Stars) #CR ➢ Kindle $6.64 http://amzn.to/1cy46pX | Amazon Paperback $7.19 http://amzn.to/1fR6SGB | B&N (Paperback $7.99/ Nook $6.99) http://bit.ly/1eiFoZn | Kobo $6.99 http://bit.ly/1in8JXR
✦Sweetest Mistake by Candis Terry #CR (Dawn 4 Stars) ➢ Kindle $4.74 http://amzn.to/1hHbsvH | Amazon Paperback $5.39 http://amzn.to/HS0ALE | B&N (Paperback $5.99/ Nook $4.99) http://bit.ly/1bpJlIF | iTunes $4.99 http://bit.ly/1bpJD2a
✦Shatter: Phoenix Rising by Joan Swan #RS #CR ➢ Kindle $7.39 http://amzn.to/19uOepw | Amazon Paperback $8.96 http://amzn.to/KcHssu | B&N (Paperback $9.95/ Nook $8.49) http://bit.ly/1afEeLi | Kobo $7.39 http://bit.ly/1lpx1xx
✦Heart of Stone by Christine Warren #PNR ➢ Kindle $7.59 http://amzn.to/1aJO7pd | Amazon Paperback $5.03 http://amzn.to/1cy4HIg | B&N $7.99 http://bit.ly/JAH1aH | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/KcKhKL
✦How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper #PNR ➢ Kindle $7.59 http://amzn.to/1cy3wZc | Amazon Paperback $5.03 http://amzn.to/1cdE22m | B&N $7.99 http://bit.ly/1kRckNB | Kobo $7.99 http://bit.ly/1in8pIq
✦The Commander (Red, Hot, & Blue) by Cat Johnson #CR ➢ Kindle $2.66 http://amzn.to/1dLJF6Y | B&N $3.49 http://bit.ly/1cK3IpS | Kobo $3.09 http://bit.ly/JACmpb
✦Fighting Love (Love to the Extreme) by Abby Niles #CR ➢ Kindle $5.69 http://amzn.to/JlyyZr | Amazon Paperback $11.43 http://amzn.to/1cy0N21 | B&N (Paperback $11.62/ Nook $5.99) http://bit.ly/1eMuJe6 | Kobo $5.99 http://bit.ly/JlyTeK
✦Desperately Seeking Fireman: A Bachelor Firemen Novella by Jennifer Bernard #CR ➢ Kindle $1.99 http://amzn.to/1hMK38h | Amazon Paperback (1/7 Release) $3.90 http://amzn.to/19sWCAh | B&N (Paperback 1/7 Release $3.99/ Nook $1.99) http://bit.ly/1jV8EMB | Kobo $1.99 http://bit.ly/1h52nMd
✦Prey & Prejudice (Cougar Falls) by Marie Harte #PNR #ER ➢ Kindle $3.44 http://amzn.to/1cy2UTr | B&N $4.49 http://bit.ly/19TjhJN | Kobo $3.99 http://bit.ly/1dgJiTZ
✦The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement by Maya Rodale #CR ➢ Kindle $0.99 http://amzn.to/1cy5BEz | B&N $0.99 http://bit.ly/1bvceTE | Kobo $0.99 http://bit.ly/1cKbKiF

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014
✦King Cave by Scarlett Dawn #PNR #NA (Cori 5 Stars) ➢ Kindle $4.99 http://amzn.to/1hmDxEU | B&N $5.49 http://bit.ly/18AlKoc | Kobo $4.99 http://bit.ly/18HWfRO
✦Secret Agent Secretary (ICE: Black Ops Defenders) by Melissa Cutler #RS #CR ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/ISQz19 | Amazon Paperback $4.95 http://amzn.to/19vShzR | B&N (Paperback $5.50/ Nook $4.99) http://bit.ly/19QnMko | Kobo $4.39 http://bit.ly/1kdLnTV
✦Deadly Engagement by Elle James #CR #RS ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/19t24mN | Amazon Paperback $4.95 http://amzn.to/1cy6b5g | B&N (Paperback $5.50/ Nook $4.99) http://bit.ly/1cy6k8S | Kobo $4.39 http://bit.ly/1kRfOzx

✦GENRE ABBREVIATIONS✦
#CS – Contemporary Romance
#PNR – Paranormal Romance
#RS – Romantic Suspense
#NA – New Adult Romance
#ER – Erotica Romance
#YA – Young Adult Romance
#UF – Urban Fantasy Romance
#FR – Fantasy Romance
#HR – Historical Romance
#SF – Science Fiction Romance