28 April 2022

Forever on the Bay | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Safe harbor and new beginnings await on the Chesapeake Bay…

Pleasant Shores cop Evan Stone has worked hard to become a man of his word, overcoming the alcoholism that sent him down the wrong path in his youth. So when his late best friend’s sister asks for his help, he doesn’t hesitate. He promised he’d watch out for Cassie, and the cottage next to his will be a perfect short-term refuge for her and her dog. The other half of that promise—to stay away from Cassie romantically—is harder to keep.

Sheltered for years because of a childhood illness, Cassie is ready to reach for what she wants. And despite her family’s warnings and her own fears, Cassie’s heart wants Evan. As the return of his estranged son puts his sobriety to the test, Cassie and Evan are drawn together, finding strength through what they’ve each weathered. She knows Evan would risk anything to protect her, but are they willing to risk the price of loving, now and forever?

Publisher: HQN
Release Date: April 26, 2022



Cassie stewed for a few minutes about his attitude. But stewing didn’t help. “I want to be friends, too, like you said. So I promise not to make any more moves on you.”

He looked sideways at her. “You do, huh?”

“I do. I don’t want to hurt our friendship.” She was telling the truth about that, too. Having Evan in her life mattered, even if there would be no more delicious kissing. “It’s important to me, Evan, and…and I think it would be important to Josh, too. In fact,” she added as the brainstorm hit her, “we should do something fun together. As friends.”

“What kind of something?” He sounded skeptical.

“I don’t know, like, a book discussion, or a festival, or a wine tasting.” She felt desperate not to lose him, not to close the door to spending time together. She’d explore the reasons for that desperation later. Maybe.

“Those activities sound pretty date-like.”

“It’s all in how you approach them, right?”

He glanced over. “I guess so.”

“So if I find something like that for us to do…as sort of practice for being just friends…will you do it?” She didn’t add “for Josh,” because that would be manipulative. But she really hoped he’d say yes.

She didn’t want to examine exactly why she hoped that with her whole heart.

He let out a sigh. “Sure, Cass. We can do something as friends. In fact… How about helping me talk to a bunch of preschoolers this week?”

“You’re talking to preschoolers?”

He grinned, the first genuine smile he’d had on his face all day. “We both are. Since we’re friends. Be ready, Tuesday at 9 a.m.”


Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble. Learn more about her books at www.leetobinmcclain.com.


(1) winner will receive a copy of the first five books in The Off Season series and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 25, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 2, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  2. thanks for being part of the tour, Hallie!

  3. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read book and series for me. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

  4. I laughed about Evan's comment that includes a book discussion among the actives that “sound pretty date-like.” I discuss books with friends and relatives all the time—definitely not date-like.