18 March 2021

A Beautiful Fall | Excerpt + Giveaway


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***

Release Date: March 9, 2021



“We don’t have to end,” Colin said. “Sure, I travel, but in between patients, I’ll stay here. And you can join me wherever I’m working if your schedule allows. See how easy it is?”

“For how long? Long-distance relationships don’t lead anywhere unless they stop being long-distance.”

“Okay.” He blew out a breath. “Not easy. But worth the challenges.” Forgetting the hot air balloon operator’s instructions, he held on to her with both hands.

“Honestly, Colin, I have a lot of emotional baggage, some you already know and some I find too painful to share. I won’t risk opening my heart to a man who isn’t around most days of the year.”

He wanted to argue but couldn’t. Would he give up his career someday to build a life with Nina in Polaris? Maybe. “Then what can I say to convince you to give me a chance?”

Her gaze flickered down to his lips, and she licked her own. “I don’t know. I’m at an age where I should understand how this works but I don’t.”

“I’m right there with you. Let’s find out together.”


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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  1. I like reading romantic suspense because I like a little mystery.

  2. I loved the excerpt and romantic suspense always is exciting to read for me with the unseen twists and surprises.


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