COVER REVEAL: A Matter of Forever by Heather Lyons

One of my favourite series ever is coming to a bittersweet conclusion and I cannot wait to see what Ms Lyons has in store for us!! This is one of the best written and most imaginative stories you’ll even encounter and if you haven’t had a taste of it yet, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you the gorgeous new cover of A Matter of Forever… ♥

Expected release date: 15 May 2014

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It all comes down to this . . .

Chloe Lilywhite has struggled for years to find her footing in a series of dangerous and demanding worlds. Creator, first tier Council member, and one of the most powerful Magicals in existence, she was little more than one of Fate’s pawns. But now, Chloe is back home and ready to call the shots. She knows what she wants and who she wants to be.

Except the Elders never got the memo.

Annar and Magical-kind are under attack. The lives of Chloe’s loved ones, and life as they know it, are at stake. Chloe’s the key to taking the Elders down, but they won’t go quietly into the night.

This time, neither will Chloe.

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A Matter of Heart: Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
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The Author

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words.

In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

If you had asked me a year ago whether the idea of a love story embedded in the tragedy of a Greek myth would have been my cup of tea, I would have laughed in your face. I have always loved ancient myths, but I never saw them as romantic in the slightest… until Heather Lyons put her own twist on one and made it into one of the most beautiful love tales I have had the pleasure of reading. Imaginative, original, deeply moving, this is the story of Medusa, a young woman who was turned into a monster by the Gods, forced to suffer an eternity of loneliness and fear, but who finally gets her fairytale ending in Heather Lyons’s newest book, The Deep End of the Sea, a truly stunning Contemporary Romance standalone, to be be released on 13 February 2014!! I have had the honour of reading this book and I am telling you right now – this is a 5-star must read!!! ♥

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What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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I let it happen again.

The temple settles into that stagnant silence I’ve long learned to loathe, and these are the most cohesive series of words I can string together for many long, desolate minutes. I let it happen again. Resolutions apparently mean nothing, even if crafted under the best of intentions. Had I not, just this very morning, recited a daily pledge held dear to my heart: I shall not let myself be used for death?

And yet, a man is dead, and I was the weapon that slayed him.

I move closer to where he now stands, forever frozen in terror, and press my shaking hand against his outstretched stone one. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, though he cannot and never will be able to hear my words. “So, so sorry.”

His eyes, wide and mercifully detail free, offer me nothing in return. Once I commit his features to memory, I construct a life history with a name worthy of his sacrifice. Walt was single (I can’t bear the thought of spouses and children, thus my collection of singletons) and a bit of a daredevil when he wasn’t volunteering to teach literacy to adults in poverty stricken urban areas. He’d gone spelunking at least a half-dozen times, sky diving twice, and bungee cord diving off some crazy bridge in Colorado just once, on his thirtieth birthday. Walt liked to write poetry; how could he not, when his now-deceased parents had named him after one of the greats?

Walt liked to talk about poetry, too, which means he needs to be with others like him. I strip off my flannel work shirt, down to a tank top, and get to work. Shoving stones around when half of one’s body is reptilian isn’t the easiest of tasks, requiring a great deal of precision and care.

As I always tend to do when placing a new statue, I can’t help but flash back to the one and only time I’d broken one of my victims. I’d been tired—he’d snuck upon me when I’d been sleeping—and an overestimated shove sent poor Nikolaos face first against the temple floor. I’d spent most of that night collecting the pieces which once made a whole man, blubbering in misery. As penance, his head, missing an ear and part of his nose, still sits on a shelf in my bedroom. Treat us gently, I like to imagine him telling me nightly before I sleep. We deserve your care.

I have not failed Nikolaos since. Over the ages, I’ve developed a routine to transfer the statues around the island that includes wrapping the bodies in a thick quilt before putting them up on casters. It takes a painstaking amount of time to shift them short or long distances, but each person deserves nothing less from me.

Walt’s group sits just outside the temple. They are the philosophers of our island; it only seems natural they would find much to appreciate in both the sun and the stars. I struggle with his body over the stairs—they are tricky to maneuver for me even without hauling a two hundred pound statue—but eventually, I get him exactly where he’ll fit in best.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Walt,” I tell the still faces forming a cluster near a non-functioning fountain. “His poetry is as beautiful as his namesake’s.”

I angle Walt so his eyes face theirs. It’s late afternoon, and there is soft orange light filtering down upon their features. It’s a beautiful sight, which only saddens me, because all of that talk about death and beauty being intertwined is one of the biggest loads of crap I’ve ever heard. Death isn’t beautiful. Too often than not, it’s messy and brutal; even when done in sleep, there’s still that theft of breath, that failure of a heart. Death is an act of violence.

I should know. I am one of the most prolific murderers in history. And I think about death constantly.

I often wonder what my own death will be like, if I am ever blessed to embrace it. I’m not too picky in my imaginings; I’ll take any sort by this point. Logically, I’d prefer a less painful exit, but, knowing my luck, it’ll be as ruthless as once reported and still widely believed.

It ought to be noted I have some of the most wretched luck to ever be doled out, so there is that.

The sound of waves crashing against the shore sends my eyes to the horizon. I’ve tried to drown myself in those waters more times than I ought to admit over the years, but the sea always spits me back out. I’ve also tried overdosing on pharmaceuticals, stabbing myself in the chest and eyes (which was just as painful as you’d imagine), and throwing myself off a cliff. Melodramatic, yes, and all ineffective for an immortal cursed with impenetrable skin and a digestive system apparently filled with acid.

Death is not my friend. At least, not yet.

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Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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To win one of three eBook copies of the beautiful The Deep End of the Sea, to be sent to the lucky winners from Amazon US on release day, please enter below. By entering, you are accepting the following Giveaway Conditions. This contest is open internationally.

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COVER REVEAL: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

I have such a treat for you today, book junkies!!! A New Adult Fantasy standalone novel based on the Greek myth of Medusa, I give you the stunning new cover of The Deep End of the Sea… The image on the cover is the artwork of a very talented young lady, Miss Kelsey Patton. ♥

Expected release date: 13 February 2014

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What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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“Can I tell you something?”

He surprises me by joining me on the bed; only while I am snug under the covers, Hermes lies on top of them, his hands folding across his chest. “Always.”

Why am I so nervous and delighted all at the same time that he’s lying here beside me? I force my gaze to the ceiling above us. There are lovely frescos there, depicting everyday life in ancient Greece, little things that I missed out on and only got to learn about thanks to books and stories. “It’s different than I thought it would be.”

He waits patiently.

“And harder,” I admit.

His answer is quiet. “Change always is.”

“Whether it’s wanted or not, how do you find best to face it?”

His head tilts toward mine; the pillow under us shifts. We’re so close right now that I feel a bit delirious. “The only way I can. I keep moving forward.”

I nod, folding my own hands across my chest so they mimic his. “Although, as a god, surely change must only come about when you want it.”

An exhaled ghost of a laugh proceeds, “You know me better than that. Change happens to us whether we like it not. Sometimes it’s for the good, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes, you have no control over it, despite just how desperate you may be to do so. Yet, it is in all our natures to try to bring about the change we wish for.”

I roll my head so we’re now facing one another. I do know him, which is what confuses me all the more about the surges of lightheadedness that rock me to my core lately simply by looking at him. This is my friend. My best friend. He is a god, and I am an ex-monster. It is not like we are anything else, or ever can be.

Where are these thoughts and feelings coming from? Are they something that was always there, but muted by my monstrous physiology? Or is this something entirely new? Because part of me wonders right now what it would be like to touch his dear face. To purposefully kiss his cheek like he did mine, back on the island.

To press my mouth against his, to discover if kisses can be as sweet as I hope and have dreamed about, especially since the only ones I’ve ever experienced were markers of pain.

I blink at the onslaught of heat that rushes my cheeks. He and I . . . for years we have known each other. Talked to each other. It must be the exhaustion that’s confusing me. Because otherwise, I am the most foolish girl to ever live.

I shove an unwieldy mass of hair back off my face. “Are there things in your life you have no control over?”

“Of course,” he tells me softly. His green eyes are so intense as they meet mine.

The little butterflies that emerged from their cocoons for the first time in my chest yesterday now swarm frantically, forcing me to avert my attention once more to the scenes above us. I am reminded of a picture I once saw, of the annual Monarch butterfly migration to Mexico, and of how there would be so many of those little creatures brimming the air that magical orange-gold was the new color of sky. I always yearned to someday lie beneath those wings, and now they are here, beating in my chest so strongly I wonder if a hurricane could brew.

I pray that he cannot hear my heartbeat matching their wings.

“Second chances are just that, Dusa. They’re chances. There are no guarantees in outcomes, even for the gods. My uncle . . .” He clears his throat. “Or my sister—I am sure that they could never have guessed that you would, one day, be laying in a bed in Hades’ house as a treasured guest, nor could they have ever seen that you and I would become . . . friends. And yet here you are—here we are—and you are now in possession of that second chance you never thought would come. Of course it is different than you thought it’d be; imagine how omnipotent you’d be if you could have successfully predicted the true outcome of all of this.”

Friends. Yes . . . we’re friends. Exactly. And that reminder is enough to quell the uprising in my chest, even if done in an irrational sense of disappointment.

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Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

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Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

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“Sometimes family is more than blood. Sometimes a family is built on love.”

For someone whose comfort zone definitely does not lie in the Urban Fantasy genre, I seem to be unusually giddy every time I dive again into the enthralling world of the Fate series. And then just when you think a series could not possibly get any better, you find yourself inhaling page after page, delighting in every word, every uniquely weaved sentence, every unexpected storyline development from an author who not only consistently delivers exceptionally high quality prose, but whose writing skills are only matched by the sheer genius of her imagination. This third instalment of the series did not only live up to every expectation I had, it simply blew them away.

Chloe Lilywhite has left her entire world behind and escaped to a remote town in Alaska, a new identity concealing her past and giving her the chance to start afresh. She has abandoned the two men she loves the most in the worlds without even saying goodbye, hoping that her disappearance from their lives would help them mend their strained relationship and give them a chance to find happiness. But while her newly assumed name offers her the anonymity she needs in order to distance herself from her old life, her memories and dreams are not as kind, tormenting her and constantly making her question her decisions.

“Sometimes it’s hard to move on, when memories refuse to let you go.”

Loneliness would make her aching heart even heavier had she not found an unlikely new family who’ve quickly accepted her as their own and whose love has soothed some of the longing she constantly feels for her two Connections. Will and his father have become the family Chloe has never had at home, showing her the power of something her own parents have never given her – unconditional love. They sense Chloe’s emotional baggage but they give her the space to face her own demons, their unyielding support being the very thing Chloe needs the most right now.

The dangers of Chloe’s reality are never too far away, however, the Elders eventually tracking her down and renewing their attacks on the young Creator. With Will’s unexpected help, she succeeds in making progress in her fight against the vicious beings, but the Elders are not the only ones to find her. As her location is revealed, Chloe decides to return to Annar, not only with new knowledge of the Elders’ weaknesses, but also with less confusion in her mind and her heart.

“Connections don’t define you. Having a partner doesn’t define you. Love doesn’t define you. You have to do that yourself. You have to decide who you are, what you want, and where you want to go. But when you do find somebody you want to share your life with, it needs to be for the right reasons.”

But coming home also means facing the one she hurt the most with her sudden departure. Her time away might have helped her accept and make some sense of her conflicting feelings towards her two Connections, making her also realise the difference between them, but that knowledge came with a hefty price to pay – the pain of the one man she loves the most in the worlds.

“… forever is a really long time when your heart wholly belongs to a person who doesn’t reciprocate in kind.”

This is in so many ways Chloe’s journey of self-discovery on her path to becoming master of her own feelings. At the end of this book, Chloe is no longer a pawn of Fate – she has taken her future into her own hands and owned up to all her actions and mistakes. The romantic angle in this instalment is breathtakingly moving, we watch her choose the love of her life and fight for his affections, doing all that is in her power to become worthy of his love again. We watch their relationship gain new foundations, grow, take flight and become unshakeable. It is a sight to behold.

With the introduction of lovable new characters, new developments in their battle against the Elders and strengthened bonds between our key players, we are set on another rollercoaster ride and this time it definitely feels like we’ll need to fasten those seatbelt real tight.

I said it a million times before and I’ll say it again – this series is exceptional. Unique. Addictive. Compelling. You will become part of this world, you will grow to love these characters, you will wait for the next instalment with bated breath and you might even find yourself telling the author how the story should end. Not that I would “ever” do something like that.

 “You’re the person I’d want to be with even if there were no Connection.”

5stars

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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

You must be tired of me by now raving about this series, but it’s truly not my fault – it is THAT good!!! As we brace ourselves for the third instalment on 5 November, I thought you’d enjoy a little teaser and it just happens to be one of my favourite scenes in the book. As you may know, Chloe has left the Magical world behind and escaped to Alaska where she is doing her best to move on and forget those she misses the most, but… it’s her birthday and… Enjoy the excerpt! ♥

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Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

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Minutes later, functioning on autopilot, I’m on a bus across town, until, nearly an hour later, I find myself on the outskirts of Anchorage. It takes another hour before I locate a payphone. Thanks to cell phones, they’re hard to find in the wild. I’m an idiot, because this is the stupidest, riskiest thing I could possibly do, but I keep telling myself it’ll be just this one call. I just need to hear him say one thing. Just hello. It’ll be enough to help me get through the coming months. Maybe it’ll recharge me and my resolves rather than weaken me—because I’ll know I did the right thing if he sounds happy, that everything I’ve done and gone through will be worth it.

My hands tremble when I pick up the receiver. I force myself to take a breath before I clean the black plastic with an alcohol wipe. I drop my coins twice before I get them into the phone. My heart jackhammers in my chest, but, as nervous as I am, I’m bursting with excitement, too.

One word. I’ll take just one word. He’ll say hello, maybe once, at the most twice, and then he’ll hang up. I won’t say anything in return. Better yet, if I’m lucky, I’ll get his voice mail. I’ll get a whole bunch of words then.

Each button is pressed slowly. The call will go fast; it needs to tide me over for months. The ringing in my ear competes with the thundering in my chest. His phone is ringing. Gods, I’m going to pass out. My breathing, my heart—everything is fast and hard right now. I’ve got to get myself under control. Can’t have him think I’m some deep breathing stalker or anything. Can’t raise any of his flags.

Two rings.

Three.

“Hello?”

The butterflies in my chest break free. My ribs open up, my skin parts, and that muscle in my chest flies right on out. Jonah! Jonah’s answered and he’s said hello! He sounds . . . well, not happy, but tired. Which could be work or—

Elation morphs into searing pain. I miss him. I ache for him so much right now that it takes me physically biting my tongue until it bleeds so I don’t answer him back.

If I could, I’d say: I love you I’m sorry I miss you I want you I made a mistake I wish you nothing but happiness are you happy please tell me you’re happy that everything I’ve put us through is worth it you deserve so much more than a broken girl like me are you happy Jonah do you miss me have you moved on is your life good please tell me that this has all been worth it please please please—

“Hello?”

Everything around me hazes. I can’t see my surroundings. Why is it I always break down in payphone booths?

A dial tone fills my ear.

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Buy Beyond Fate (Fate #1.5): Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
Buy A Matter of Heart (Fate #2): Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
Buy A Matter of Truth (Fate #3): coming 5 November 2013…
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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Fate by Heather Lyons

There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

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“When you fall in love with somebody, you shouldn’t have to share them and that feeling they inspire in you, not even with your twin brother.”

In another stunning instalment of the Fate series, we get one more reason to fall helplessly in love with this unique world that Ms Lyons has so skilfully woven for us, and this time he get to hear Jonah’s voice. This is not a continuation of the story, this novella only covers the events from the first book in the series, but it gives us a deeper insight into all the characters as we watch Jonah and Chloe meet in real life all over again.

Jonah has been dreaming of Chloe since he was a young boy, the two of them having grown up in each other’s dreams, fallen in love for the first time, while neither of them ever suspected that the other could be real. Once Jonah learns of her existence, he is determined to find her and willing to use anything in his power to do so. As his search progresses and the closer he gets to her, the more he realises that he has been in love with her for a very long time. That love drives him forward, everything in his life slowly changing once he embraces the strength and irrevocability of those feelings.

“My girl. The girl I’ve been in love with my whole life. CHLOE IS REAL, CHLOE IS REAL, OH MY GOOD GODS, CHLOE IS REAL.”

But as we already know, things don’t go as planned once they lay eyes on each other, Chloe’s shock from realising that the boy she had dreamt all her life was real and not knowing he had those dreams too keeping them apart long enough for the other Whitecomb twin to take notice of her. And fall for her.

We watch the rift between the twins slowly take shape and intensify as Kellan and Chloe’s relationship moves along. We feel all the emotions that run through Jonah while he watches the love of his life fall for his brother, we can taste his anguish, confusion, jealousy, anger, and eventually his downward spiral towards bottomless depression.

This insight into Jonah’s mind gives us a much deeper understanding of this complex young man who maintains a calm and collected façade for the whole world to see, but who silently struggles every day with feelings on inadequacy, the burden of imposed responsibilities and the desire to have at least the most important person in his life as just his own. So many gaps are filled this way, one of the crucial ones being the source of the dysfunctional relationship between the twins and their father. It makes us understand them better and love them even more for the persons they have become, despite their loveless upbringing.

This is a story of love, heartbreak, sacrifice and, ultimately, choices. Once more, Ms Lyons’ superb prose is hard not to take note of, every word expertly placed, every puzzle piece further completing a truly magnificent product of this author’s endless imagination. I love this series, I love returning to it instalment after instalment, and I am forever hungry for more.

Beyond Fate is not to be read without first reading A Matter of Fate as many events that drive the overall storyline are skipped in this companion novella or just referred to in passing.

“I wanted one thing, one person, who wanted—loved—me… Jonah. Not one of the Whitecomb twins.”

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A Matter of Heart: Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
A Matter of Truth: coming 5 Nov 2013…
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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
The Giveaway

To win a signed copy of A Matter of Fate and A Matter of Heart, please enter below. This contest is administered by InkSlinger PR and it is open internationally.

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COVER REVEAL: Beyond Fate by Heather Lyons

Team Jonah or Team Kellan? While we wait for the third book in the Fate series, A Matter of Truth, to be released on 5 November, we are getting a very special treat beforehand!!! We are getting a companion novella to A Matter of Fate from Jonah’s point of view!!! Book junkies, if you haven’t started the Fate series by Heather Lyons yet, I cannot urge you enough to do so as soon as possible. It’s one of the best New Adult / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal series out there, no doubt about it! Designed by Carly Stevens, I give you the gorgeous new cover of Jonah’s book, Beyond Fate

Expected release date: 10 October 2013

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There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

By now you probably know that the Fate series by Heather Lyons is one of my favourite New Adult / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal series out there. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I cannot recommend it enough because it is truly one of those gems you will want to share with the entire world! Today, I am so excited to be showing you the beautiful cover of the third book in the series, A Matter of Truth, designed by Carly Stevens, and a very emotional never-seen-before excerpt. But, there is more, so don’t forget to scroll down because there is another little surprise for you. Enjoy, book junkies! ♥

Expected release date: 5 November 2013

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Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

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Cameron is upstairs in the boarding house, taping up the last two boxes of my meager possessions, while Will and I slide the pair we’ve brought with us into the back of his truck.

“Earlier, in the kitchen, we were joking around about that ridiculous bet of Frieda’s. You were happy, and then . . .” His head tilts toward me. “It was like someone punched you in the gut. What happened?”

He knows me, knows how easily I can go from being okay to being decimated within seconds, because he’s the same. But even still, I shake my head, hating the pain that spreads at the thought of what could have been. I ask, whisper soft and white in the frigid January air, “How do you know if you made the right choice?”

He knows what I mean. He knows I’m asking about Becca.

“I don’t.” Another cloud forms between us from his deep sigh. “I fucking kick myself nightly, wondering if I have.”

I wipe a dirty slush off the tailgate and think how I reevaluate my decision on an hourly basis.

“My parents were this grand love story. I grew up knowing nothing differently.” He kicks his boot against one of the large tires. I know this story, and yet, I love to repeatedly hear it. It gives me hope that there are true love stories out there filled with people who make it work. “I thought I had it and . . .” He stares into the distance.

Part of me wishes I could fall in love with Will, how this could solve so many problems for all of us. But even considering such a betrayal leaves me rotting in guilt, an emotion I try desperately to outrace on a daily basis. Because, the fact is, my heart belongs elsewhere. It always will, which makes accepting harsh truths a bitter pill.

“Sometimes I drown in the What Ifs,” he tells me quietly.

“Love isn’t always enough,” I whisper into air. My words lift up and dissipate before my eyes. I wish it were. I wish love were easy. Gods, I wish that so very much.

“No matter what you do, love never fails to kick you in the arse,” he agrees, but there’s no vehemence behind his words. “Look at Dad. Happy as can be until his wife dies, leaving him to be a single parent to a teenage boy. It eats him up every day, wondering if there was something he could have done to change the outcome.” He slips off his beanie, runs a hand through his sandy hair. I can practically hear the words running through his head, the ones he won’t say out loud, even to me: Just like I do.

Words I consider every single day myself.

I lean into him, tugging my own beanie down around my ears. The silence that surrounds us at nearly four o’clock in the morning is dense and sleepy. “For what it’s worth,” I murmur, “I think you’re doing the best you can for yourself.”

Like me, though, he’s not able to talk about his choices easily. His arms circle me for a brief moment in a hug that leaves my heart hurting for him. “We should help Dad get those last two boxes down before he kicks both our arses.”

Because I love him, I do not push any further. Not this morning, at least.

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And here is another surprise!!! The cover of the first book, A Matter of Fate, has also been re-vamped to match the rest of the series and it is just perfect.

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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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BLOG TOUR: A Matter of Heart by Heather Lyons

I am so excited to be the first stop on the A Matter of Heart Blog Tour, a series that I am truly in love with and happen to believe it to be one of the most imaginative, original, emotional and well-written Urban Fantasy stories I have come across in a long long time. Whoever has read it has absolutely LOVED IT and both books for me are 5-star reads! I cannot recommend them enough!!! Today, I also have the great pleasure of interviewing Heather Lyons, the awesome author of the Fate series, and picking her brain on where the series is heading…

amatterofheart1_322x500No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

The Interview
Natasha | Hi Heather! Thank you so much for this interview, you have no idea what an honour it is to have you on my blog!

Heather | As this is one of my very favorite book blogs (shakes fist at you, though—you’ve cost me a lot of money in book buying splurges over the last year!), I’m thrilled to be here.

Natasha | Let me start by saying that I am totally obsessed with the Fate series – I had neglected the paranormal genre for a while but you have reminded me why I used to read those books so avidly and how I used to spend months reading nothing else. I do feel that this series, regardless of the Urban Fantasy themes in it, is also a perfect example of the New Adult genre.

Heather | I’m so glad! While I do view my books as Urban Fantasy, I see them as definitely having a Contemporary Romance flavor, too. I feel like I’m always hyphenating them: YA-NA-Urban Fantasy-Paranormal-Contemporary Romance. Ha!

Natasha | While the first book, A Matter of Fate, could have easily been slotted into the Young Adult genre, the second book, A Matter of Heart, is definitely a New Adult title, being a lot steamier and more suitable for an older audience. Was this an intentional shift or did the story simply move naturally into New Adult territory?

Heather | I knew from the moment I sat down to write these stories that Chloe would grow from seventeen in A Matter of Fate to her early to mid-twenties in the third and fourth books, which made me labeling them a bit tricky. I knew that A Matter of Fate would be pegged as Young Adult, but was uneasy at labeling the rest of the series the same since the characters would grow and evolve as adults do. When I learned about New Adult as a genre, I was so relieved, because the rest of the books are most definitely not YA.

Natasha | I totally agree, it is DEFINITELY not YA anymore!! *fans herself* This is ultimately a story of first loves, a story about not allowing fate to rule your life and making choices instead. That is my take of it.

Heather | I love this description!

Natasha | If you had to describe this series in a paragraph, what would you say?

Heather | To me, Chloe’s story has always been about a journey toward self-discovery and taking control of your own fate, as well as what true love is, especially in terms of what it can do to and mean to a person.

Natasha | Since you mention true love, at the core of this story lays a love triangle, but with a fantastic twist. The two male characters are not only brothers, they have an innate supernatural connection to our heroine, making this a very complicated situation for all three of them.

Heather | I gave them a pretty impossible situation, that’s for sure!

Natasha | I have never seen anything like it! How have your readers responded to this love triangle? Have their preferences swayed you either way to change the story or have you always known who would get the girl in the end? Are you accepting bribes because I am willing to tell you which Team I’m on!! I wish I were kidding…

Heather | It’s been very interesting, seeing whom readers prefer—Team Kellan is much more vocal than Team Jonah, but Jonah has his loyal fans, too. Interestingly enough, I hear from a lot of readers that they flip-flop throughout the series on whom they prefer. I also hear (or rather, am warned—ha!) about how I better not break the twins’ hearts along the way. I make no promises! That said, as I wrote the first drafts of the entire Fate series all at one go, I knew from Day One who Chloe would end up with and why.

Natasha | You’ve created two perfect heroes, two equally deserving love interests – have you considered introducing polygamy into the equation and solving the love triangle that way? Again, I wish I were kidding… O_o

Heather | Oh my gosh, wouldn’t that be great? No—in all honestly, neither Jonah nor Kellan would ever accept such a situation. Not even with their own twin brother!

Natasha | Chloe is a very strong female character. More than any other character in these books, you have put her on a path of emancipation and finding herself in the process. Can you tell us what is in store for her, without giving too much away, of course? Are we going to be happy with her decisions?

Heather | Fate is a pretty controlling entity, for lack of a better word, within the Fate series. Magicals have always had the bulk of their lives preordained for them—they know what they’ll be, where they’ll be, what’s expected, and sometimes even whom they’re to love. This has never set well with Chloe—so the series is her journey to finding her own way while being true to herself. She’ll be taking a long, hard look at her life and the people in it, as well as the massive expectations others lay upon her shoulders, because sometimes, a person—even the strongest kind—might break before they can rebuild, if that makes sense. I won’t lie, I think some readers will be frustrated by her choices, but they’ll ultimately understand why she does what she does. It’s always easier to say what you’d do in a situation when you’re not walking in a person’s shoes.

Natasha | How many books will there be in this series? Can you tell us at all what we can expect going forward?

Heather | While the Fate series will be five books long, Chloe’s arc is within the first four. The fifth story is a companion novel that will feature a lot of familiar characters, but the leads won’t be Chloe or the twins. I’ll give you a hint, though—you’ve already met one of the main characters.

As for the rest of Chloe’s story, there are several game changers coming up, along with one of my very favorite characters of the entire series. Chloe’s on a path to personal redemption and control, so you’ll see her a lot more proactive. She’s not ready to bow down to Fate. Plus, she’s got those Elders to contend with.

Natasha | Apart from the Fate series, what other projects should we be looking forward to seeing from you in the future?

Heather | I currently have a few other books that I’ve been working on in between the Fate series stories that I’m excited to finish and share with readers. My favorite of these is a twist on Greek Mythology (which, believe it or not, the Fate series is based on, too!)—and I am absolutely in love with the characters in it. The goal is to get it out this fall!

Natasha | What are some of your favourite authors and books?

Heather | Ahhh . . . this is like picking a favorite child! Hmm. I am a diehard Jane Austen fan. I re-read her books pretty much every year—Persuasion is my very favorite; It’s sheer perfection. Some other books/authors that I’ve loved lately: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (je l’adore!), The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy (delightful), Fire by Kristin Cashore (gorgeous prose), Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (hysterical & dreamy), The Fault in Our Stars (bawled like a baby during it), Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (beautifully heartbreaking), and the Emily Chambers trilogy by C. J. Archer (good Victorian fun!). I could probably list a hundred more—I love to read! My Nook and iPad are overflowing with great books.

Natasha | Thank you for the chat, Heather, as always! 

Heather | Thank you so much for having me!

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Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: A Matter of Heart by Heather Lyons

This book deserves a proper introduction. I am not a die-hard fan of the Paranormal/Fantasy genre and have always been very selective in my picks, but at the same time I have spent more than one sleepless night devouring series like The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, … so I’d like to think of myself as “hard to please” rather than a non-fan. That is the way I approach this genre because I know that once in a while a series does comes along and it knocks my socks off, it leaves me breathless for the next instalment and makes me stalk the author relentlessly, desperate for teasers, clues, anything. Well, the Fate series by Heather Lyons is THAT series. Apart from being spectacularly written, it is so imaginative and original, so emotional and honest, it engaged every one of my book junkie brain cells. It made me dream with my eyes open of another world where Fate determines one’s destiny, where hearts are tied together by invisible binds, helpless in whom they love or in their heartbreak. This series might technically fall into the Mature Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy category, but it is so much more than that and it should be read by EVERYONE!

Read my review of A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) …

Today, I am honoured to be sharing with you the stunningly beautiful cover of the second book in the series, designed by Carly Stevens, and a delicious never-seen-before excerpt. I give you A Matter of Heart

Expected release date: June 2013

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Why does he have to be so fricking good at being an Emotional? Not only can he and Jonah pinpoint an exact feeling in a plethora of jumbled, messy ones, but they can also sense out the whys, wheres, whos and hows beyond such emotions. Jonah tells me that he chooses to tune most people out when he isn’t on a mission because it can wear him down to be privy to numerous emotions over an extended amount of time, but I’m the one person he never, ever blocks out. It’s a Connection thing, he says, less because he’s physically incapable of doing it and more because he sees that link to me as comforting. How anyone, even Jonah, can find my crazy feelings comforting is truly astounding.

I wonder if Kellan is the same.

But no—he’s chosen to block me out for eight months. Longer even, if I were to count the time in high school he avoided me. He chose to stay away.

He chose to let me go.

Anger transitions to sorrow. My emotions are all over the place, and I don’t know if I ought to just hold onto the roller coaster or simply let go.

“You know this is how it has to be,” Kellan tells me from his spot on the wall. He’s twisting the studded leather cuff on his wrist over and over, looking as miserable as I feel. But then, when he realizes my eyes are on him, the misery is replaced with indifference.

The fact that he can look so calm, so indifferent at will when I am angsting thankfully turns the sorrow back to anger. “Must be nice, having all the answers.”

His head leans back against the wall. “I wouldn’t know what that’s like.”

I laugh. It’s completely unattractive sounding, all brittle and false. “Could’ve fooled me.”

He lets go of the cuff and rubs at his hair. “What do you want me to say here? I’m trying my best.”

Maybe it’s the situation we’re in, trapped inside some random cave on the Elvin plane. Maybe it’s the fact that we haven’t spoken more than a sentence to each other in nearly eight months. Maybe it’s because I’m incredibly messed up, someone who selfishly clings to things she shouldn’t. Maybe it’s in reaction to hearing that Jonah’s struggling right now, too and it’s making me needy because there’s nothing I can do. Maybe it’s because there’s a very real possibility that we might never get out of this cave alive. But I can no longer help myself. I blurt out, laughing that ugly laugh, “What’s that? Trying your best to pretend I don’t even exist anymore?”

Caleb does the mental equivalent of throwing his hands in the air in defeat. I ignore him. Clearing the air, seeing where we stand, laying the cards on the table—whatever it is I’m trying to do, and the truth is, even I’m not so sure at the moment what that might be, feels just as critically important as breathing.

The cuff spins on his wrist. “Don’t do this, C.”

Where does he get off, acting the victim? I plow forward, incensed. “You—”

Don’t,” he stresses, and his eyes are so sad, so … so vulnerable, I guess. Only for the quickest of seconds, not long enough for me to assure myself they were really there or not. But I pause long enough for Caleb to barrage me with a hundred and six reasons why Kellan is right with his request.

Not to mention remind me how Kellan is technically receiving the short end of the stick when it comes to the Connection we share. Because I chose Jonah. And how that must truly suck for Kellan, knowing he can never be with his Connection.

The large cave closes in around me. My skin is too hot, my clothes too tight. The air is hard to pull into my lungs. All of my thoughts scatter, and I’m seeing Kellan for the first time in my history class in high school, and the letter he wrote telling me he no longer thought we could be friends in perfect, excruciating clarity, and a zillion other moments, small and large. And my heart hurts, physically aches while bites are taken out of it.

But when I look back at Kellan, boredom practically radiates from every pore. And that just slays me, because here I am, feeling so many, many things, and he’s acting like he doesn’t have a singular care in the worlds, now I’ve gone quiet and he’s gotten his way.

Had I imagined it? Was the vulnerability yet another act he’s perfected that I’ve always been too blind to notice before? Or, worse yet—did he force me to back down by manipulating my feelings without my permission?

I want to wipe that expression off his face.

I want to hurt him like he’s hurting me. Hit him where it counts.

My fists clench. “You’re an asshat.”

And he proves it, because he doesn’t even bother looking at me. Instead, he yawns before offering a leisurely, “That’s probably true.”

Nothing Caleb can say will stem this tide now. “Do you want to know what I hear about you?”

Now he’s picking at his nails. “Not particularly.”

I stomp closer. “Why are you acting like this?”

His eyes finally find mine. And if he’s truly acting, he’s worthy of golden awards, because damn if I don’t see anything other than boredom and disdain in those orbs of blue. “Acting like what?”

“Like you … I don’t know. Don’t care or something!”

He looks me up and down, and had anyone else done that with the same look of carefully cultivated derision, I just might’ve slapped them. “Whatever.”

I struggle to find anything that will sting. “Jonah would’ve gotten us out of here by now. He wouldn’t be sitting on his ass, picking at his nails. He would have done something by now.”

Kellan looks up at me, eyebrows raised. Daring me to continue.

I throw out my coup de grace. “I wish it was him here.”

He surges to his feet. “That makes two of us.” When he’s not two feet away, he snaps, “Jonah puts up with your shit way too often. Grow up, Chloe.”

I bristle. “Yeah, well, to put up with my shit, he actually has to be around me. Which isn’t something you are mature enough to do.”

Now he laughs. “Is that the problem? I’m not being mature enough for you?”

“Let’s see.” I pretend to consider this. “No.”

I’m scrutinized before he lets out another laugh. “Wow. You actually believe that.”

I cross my arms and lift an eyebrow of my own. Despite Caleb’s very vocal censure, I let my body and soul fill with all of the toxic sensations of just how much Kellan’s let me down this last year.

It hits home, just like I knew it would. Kellan’s eyes narrow; his lean frame tightens with barely controlled anger. “You think I’m an asshat? How about this: you’re a bitch.”

This might’ve once made me cry, but I’m reveling in the fact he’s losing his perfect control. “That’s probably true.”

A step brings him so close his hot breath hits my cheek. “It’s always all about you, isn’t it? What Chloe wants. What Chloe needs. You never stop to think about what other people want or need, do you?”

I lob another of his words at him. “Whatever.”

He surprises me by immediately cutting to the heart of the matter. “Have you ever stopped to think why I keep my distance?”

All the time, I think, before my self-righteous anger slaps back the rising guilt.

My neck cranes to look up at him. He’s trembling, he’s so angry. “Or stop to consider that Jonah might be listening to all of this insane bullshit you’re spewing right now?”

Okay. That gives me pause, not to mention alarm.

“That he can see right through your tantrum and know, just as easily as I, why you’re actually doing all of this?”

My heart does a funny stutter. “Is he?”

“Oh, so it’s alright to put the brakes on if Jonah’s listening, but otherwise, it’s okay to torture me, huh?”

I don’t need Caleb to tell me to retreat. I’ve crossed too many lines here, and I’m well aware of it. I physically take a step back. “Kellan, I—”

“You, what?” He closes the gap I just created. “You’re sorry? I already know you are. You’re upset over me keeping my distance? I already know that, too.”

“You chose to stay away,” I manage to whisper over the screaming outside.

And then he says, “You’re engaged to my brother.”

And my heart breaks.

“I am trying.” There’s no more indifference, no remnants of boredom. He is all wild anger now. “Do you know how hard it’s been for me, what it’s been like to actually act upon what’s best for you and my brother, rather than myself?” I open my mouth, but he cuts me off immediately. “No, of course you don’t. You’re only thinking about yourself, about your hurt feelings. Gods forbid you actually take a moment to consider mine.”

The cave spins around me. I want to reach out and grab something, to steady myself against his attack, but there’s nothing, no one nearby but him.

“I am trying to do the mature thing here.” His words crack just as surely as his carefully constructed façade. “And yet, it’s still not good enough for you. So maybe you ought to just tell me how I ought to act, since I’m clearly doing it wrong.”

I merely stare up at him in delicate wonder. No words surface. Because he’s absolutely right on every account.

An unbearable tension surrounds us, so thick I just know I could touch it if I let my fingers trail through the air in the sliver of space between our bodies. It’s hard to get a proper breath, especially since my heart is hammering so loud that he must hear it over the screaming.

Don’t do it, Caleb whispers.

Kellan’s chest rises and falls rapidly. He’s angry, and hurt, and his heart must be slamming around, too, because I can see it, actually see it thumping beneath his shirt. My hand moves on its own and hovers over that spot, so close I can imagine exactly how the thrum would feel under the pads of my fingers.

Don’t do it, my Conscience reiterates.

I don’t know if it’s because I do it or he presses forward, but now my hand rests on his chest, and the feel of his heart is so strong, so familiar, I’m overwhelmed by the emotions flooding over me. He has to grab my arm to steady me.

Jonah, Caleb says, but his voice is faint in the clamor of our heartbeats.

“I can’t do this.” I look up once more to find his eyes dark and sad. There is no need to ask for clarification.

“Me either,” I tell him. And I mean it. I genuinely do.

So why am I so disappointed when he pulls away?

The Story

No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

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The Author

Heather_pic_croppedHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words. She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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To win one of THREE e-copies of A Matter of Fate, please enter below. By entering, you accept the following Giveaway Conditions

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