Spotlight & Excerpt: A Beautiful Fall + Giveaway

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A Beautiful Fall
(The North Star Series, #2)
By Laurie Winter
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 243 Pages
March 9, 2021

He resists putting down roots. Fear keeps her planted in place. By opening their hearts, they could offer each other the world.

Nina Pettit left behind fame and trauma when she moved from Boston to Polaris, Utah. She changed her last name and went into hiding to enjoy a quiet life. Instead of performing on stage as a professional cellist, she now teaches music to children. When a handsome traveling private duty nurse arrives to care for Nina’s elderly neighbor, she finds herself drawn to the charming man.

Colin Moynahan’s rough boxing days are long behind him. His job as a private duty nurse allows him to travel the world. While working in Polaris, he’s introduced to Nina, and an attraction ignites. As he learns about her past, he promises to care and protect her for as long as his temporary stay in Polaris allows.

But when innocent flirtation turns to deeper feelings, the lines between them blur. Colin has resisted establishing roots while Nina’s fear keeps her firmly planted. As threats to Nina reappear in the form of the man she’d help send to jail, Colin returns to fighting mode, willing to sacrifice it all for the woman he loves.

***content warning for stalking, kidnapping, and brief remembered physical abuse***

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Excerpt:

Nina avoided talking about the time in her life when music was everything. With Colin, though, she’d offer a small peek. “I played the cello…and studied music education at Juilliard.” Inhaling deeply, she attempted to block out any memory of Erich, but it was no use. He was always hidden in the recesses of her mind. His demands she play only for him still echoed in her head. The memory made her sick.

She’d dated Erich after her graduation from Julliard. He’d seen her final solo performance at the school and sent her flowers the next morning. He was older and sophisticated, and Nina was totally taken in by his charms.

Six months of dating went by before she recognized the pattern of his abusive control. Especially regarding her music. By then, he’d become her sponsor and the center of her musical world. When she broke off their relationship, she soon discovered his confident demeanor disguised a brutal obsession.
The day Erich was convicted of assault, kidnapping, and involuntary manslaughter, she locked her cello case away for good. Her love of playing had been permanently corrupted.

Nina closed her eyes and pushed away the toxic feelings. She reopened them to the gorgeous sight of Colin.

The corners of his mouth lifted with a small grin. “I can picture you as a cellist.”

“I teach music at the Polaris elementary and high school, but haven’t played myself in years.”

Other Books in the Series


This Christmas
(The North Star Series, #1)
By Laurie Winter
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 240 Pages
October 20, 2020

‘A beautiful story of loss and new love, set in a snow-capped mountain ski resort town.’

Celia Batista waited a long time for all three of her sons to be together for Christmas. But after one of her identical twins disappears without a trace, Celia must rely on Police Captain Luke Veldkamp for help. Despite Luke’s accusations that her other twin son is involved with organized crime, she falls for the handsome, Stetson wearing cop.

Luke Veldkamp is facing his first Christmas after the loss of his wife, working nonstop to avoid the holidays and his grief. His daughter, who’d moved home to care for her mom before her passing, pushes him to face his pain. Luke pushes back, telling her to return to college and regain her own life. If his own strife isn’t enough, the mission to locate the missing son of his beautiful neighbor grows more personal than any other case.

While Luke and Celia fight to keep their families from falling apart, they find comfort and strength in one another. And when love blooms between their children, Luke and Celia’s own relationship takes root and grows. But Celia is used to living on her own terms, and loving a man who has isolated his heart is a risk too great. Now, Luke must either confront his emotions or face a life without the woman he’s come to love.

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About the Author

Laurie Winter’s head has always been full of stories. Then a dream gave her the inspiration to put her thought into written words, sharing a part of her heart and soul. Now, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog. Please connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Bookbub.

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