HERE WITH ME by Heidi McLaughlin
Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
Heidi 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 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.
How did you meet your characters and how did you name them?
Technically, I didn’t. My best friend & beta, Yvette, came to with an idea about a set of twin brothers and their battle over one woman. We tweaked it for a bit until the basis of the story was done. Yvette actually named the characters and found the muses and told me to write it. Along the way, the storyline adjusted from the original, but the premise stayed the same. I knew from the beginning how the story would end and knew how it would start. The characters, their looks, actions and personalities were pretty solid from the get-go it was just a matter of introducing themselves to me.