New Release – Free to Breathe by K.L. Shandwick

New Release Free to Breathe by K.L.

February 12th 2018

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The price of fame – One life –

The price of love –

The price of one regrettable mistake +
fame = Hopelessness

Be careful what you wish

Noah Haxby learned that lesson a little
too late.

Young and impressionable, he followed
the orders from the kingmakers of rock, gathered a massive following, and
gained notoriety for his hellraising behavior.

Years later he was buried in hurt and
regret; living a shell of a life that was almost in ruins – that is until tragedy
struck and his life took an upward turn, bringing second chances in more
ways than one.

However, Noah is still unable to shake
his past, and the rock star’s life wasn’t truly his own until in a moment of clarity
he risked it all.

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Excerpt:-Free to Breathe ©K.L.
Shandwick 2018

When I overheard Noah reply at the door as they left I could have
punched the air with joy at the answer he gave Clara. It was honest and
straight from his soul. My heart squeezed because I knew how hurt he was at
having to face such a degrading process to prove himself.

He wandered into the kitchen with his hands stuffed deep in his
pockets; the serious expression he wore said we weren’t out of the woods yet.
He silently nodded in Molly’s direction but said nothing in front of her. Taking a
seat beside her he suddenly scooped her out of the chair and swiftly tilted her
upside down. The quiet kitchen was instantly filled with the sound of her
infectious giggle.

“You’re crazy, Noah,” she shouted then screamed in a high-pitched
shrill of delight.

“I am, baby girl. Haven’t you heard? I’m a freaky rock star, we’re
supposed to be crazy,” he replied as he set her back down on the chair next
to him again and began setting the table for dinner.

“Noah, will you sing to me after we’ve eaten?” she asked,

Noah stopped what he was doing straight away and sat opposite

“Why wait until then? We can do that now if you want,” he said with a
shrug and a wink.

Leaning over toward the utensil pot he plucked out two small wooden
spoons, gave them to Molly, and began to tap out a beat on the table with his
hands. Nodding his head, he encouraged Molly to join in and she began to hit
the table with them, trying to copy the beat. Noah began to sing “Don’t Worry
Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

I had begun plating up the food and stopped when I became
enthralled watching him engage Molly by singing the song. He chuckled when
she mumbled incoherently at the parts she had no clue about and at others

when she suddenly became loud and sang with incredible clarity, which was
mainly during the chorus.

Noah’s face broke into a grin often but he kept on nodding to keep
her attention and my heart swelled with love for the man that most on the
outside would never know the way I did. I turned away with a lump in my
throat and swallowed with determination because the last thing I wanted to do
when they were having such fun, was become emotional. Molly had seen me
do that too many times in the previous months.

Once I had composed myself enough, and they had finished the
song I placed the food in front of them. Sliding into my seat, I turned to look at
Noah who hurriedly placed his hand on the back of my head and pulled me

“I love your Aunt Maggie to infinity, Molly… is that okay with

Molly stuffed a green bean into her mouth then threw her hands in
the air.

“Hmm. I’m not sure because I don’t know where infinity is,” she
replied in all innocence.

“What he means Molly is Noah will love me until the end of time… I
mean forever,” I said quickly correcting myself when I anticipated the ‘when is
the end of time’ question that would have been inevitable if I’d left it

“That’s fine by me… but you know I’m part of that package, right?”
she added and scooped some mashed potato into her mouth.

Noah and I chuckled because she’d obviously heard me say that to
him and it had stuck in her mind.

“Of course. I’d never dream of loving Maggie without loving you as
well. Except I love you in a different way from the way I love your


“My love for her is like when my heart bleeds because she’s not in
the room beside me.”

“Yuck,” Molly replied and screwed up her face. My eyes met Noah’s,
and I knew he spoke the truth because I knew exactly what he meant. I hated
being apart from him.

“How do you love me?”

“Ah, that’s a special kind of love. It’s the kind of love that makes me
want to wrap you up in a big comforter and keep you safe on the sofa for the
rest of your life.”

“Well I don’t mind you loving me, but I think that would get a bit
boring after a while.”

Noah and I laughed again, then he leaned over and took her little
hand in his.

“What I’m trying to say is if you and your Aunt Maggie are happy then
my heart is happy too. If you hurt, I hurt because I know I’d be crazy not to
love you.”

“Are you saying you don’t have a choice to love me?” Noah looked at
her like she’d solved a Rubik’s Cube puzzle all by herself and

“Got it in one,” he replied and high-fived her.

She dropped her fork and stared directly at him. “You’re like a dad
then. They don’t get a choice to love, they just get whatever comes out of the
mommy’s tummy,” she replied oversimplifying the love a father should have
for his child.

I watched the sharp intake of breath he took and saw the way he
swallowed like what she’d said hit a raw nerve. He was too choked to speak
and nodded slowly.

“All right, now we’ve established that Noah loves us, let’s eat up
before our food gets cold.”

Molly picked up her fork again and tucked in without another word,
but it took Noah a minute to collect himself before he attempted his.


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Also by K L Shandwick

The Everything Trilogy:

Enough Isn’t Everything; Everything She Needs;
Everything I Want.

Love With Every Beat – Alfie Black’s POV on
music, fame and love. To accompany the everything series.

Just Jack (Jack from The Everything

Exhale and Move On – Rick Fars appears in all
the Everything series books

Everything Is Yours – a novella with characters
from The Everything series.

Last Score series:

Gibson’s Legacy; Trusting
Gibson; Gibson’s Melody novella

Ready for Flynn series.

Ready for Flynn, parts 1; Ready For Flynn Part,
2; Ready For Flynn, Part 3; Flying Under the Radar (A novella to accompany
the Ready For Flynn Series)


Missing Beats

Notes on Love

Free to Breathe


K.L. Shandwick Bio

Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a
friend led to The Everything Trilogy and now she loves creating new

Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between
them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the
creation process and each character has his or her own voice. She also
doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take
their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the
Yorkshire countryside and writes full-time.

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