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Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons

Welcome to my stop on the A Matter of Fate blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

 

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A Matter of Fate (Fate Series, #1)
By Heather Lyons
Release Date: 08/30/12

Summary from Goodreads:

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

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About the Author:

Heather Lyons has been putting stories to paper since she was a little girl. Her first “published” book was a humorous retelling of The Princess and the Pauper. After detours in archaeology and teaching, she is now writing and living in Southern California with her husband and three sons. She likes cupcakes, baseball, hockey, reading, and collecting far too many handbags.

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A Little More from Heather Lyons

Soundtrack:

Long after I’d finished the first draft of A Matter of Fate, my best friend emailed me, asking if I used any Lissie songs in my writing playlists. I’d heard of Lissie—ironically having even just gotten some stuff that week from one of her PR reps to review in my inbox (I was a music blogger at the time)—but as I didn’t really have any Lissie on my iPod, I could say for certain none of her songs were influential to my story. This amused my friend, who followed up with a video of Lissie’s In Sleep for me to watch. When I did, I was floored, because the words, the theme—it’s so Chloe Lilywhite, the main character in A Matter of Fate. So now, whenever somebody asks me if A Matter of Fate has a theme song, I point them to In Sleep, even though it never played while I wrote the story. If I am ever lucky enough to have my book made into a movie, I’d demand this to be on the soundtrack, that’s for sure!

In Sleep video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1WJ4dChRE

Lissie official website: http://www.lissie.com/

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***GIVEAWAY***

Enter below to win one of (10) e-book copies of A Matter of Fate, open Internationally!

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Cover Reveal: The Truth About Letting Go

The Truth About Letting Go (The Truth)
Release Date: 02/21/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Ashley
wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear–with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart… but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never
expected to make.

Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She’s always done the right
thing, played it safe, gone to church. And then her ideal life is shattered
when her dad dies suddenly.

Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived
before. She rejects safety, rules, faith,

and then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he’s had a crush on Ashley for years, and he’s a great
kisser. But he’s also safe.

Enter Colt. He is not safe,
and he’s more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.


A companion to The Truth About Faking (not a sequel; the books can be read out of order), The Truth About Letting Go takes readers back to Shadow Falls, or more specifically Shadow Creek, with Ashley Lockett as she learns about real friendship, love, and letting go.


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***Excerpt*** 



I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together.

“It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.”

“Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.”

I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse. 

Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said. 

He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”


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About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former journalist and editor, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

The Truth About Faking is her debut young adult romance (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo)
Rouge is her first New Adult romantic suspense novel (on Amazon).

Leigh loves hearing from readers; stop by and say hello!

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Guest Post: Resisting Fate by Heather L. Powell

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Eighteen Year old Emmy O’Connell is the epitome of a hot mess right now. The supposed love of her life up and left town to attend some ridiculous boarding school, leaving nothing but a vague email in his wake. Her step douche is constantly drunk and badgering her too, and her mother? Well, she’s a just a miserable shell of a woman, and Emmy, along with her four year old brother, are suffering because the lady just can’t seem to get her life straight. And then the elusive Jack Hartman saunters into town. That’s when things go from downright awful … to just plain disastrous.  The jerk cousin of her boyfriend becomes Emmy’s worst nightmare, times ten. He’s cruel and insensitive, but then there’s that strange ability he has over her; the one where he can make Emmy weak in the knees with the single touch of his hand. But no matter how miserable or amazing Jack makes her feel, Emmy can’t seem to deny him, especially when he takes on the role of her protector, otherwise known as her sudo knight in shining armor, riding in on his black Harley.  But then the impossible happens, rearing its head in the shape of a hairy wolf shifter. And the stubborn, unassuming Emmy is thrown head first into the center of it all. Will Emmy be able to handle the supernatural mess that is now considered her life? Or in the end, will she fight against the inevitable fate that her heart keeps insisting she grabs a hold of?

 

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About the Author:

Heather Powell currently resides in northern Illinois, with her three little ladies, and her fabulous hubby (and high school sweetheart) Chris. She’s a stay at home mom by day, and an avid and completely obsessive writer and reader by night.

Heather has always had a soft spot in her heart for books, and has been creating her own little stories since the age of seven. But she never really had the confidence or the time to actually sit down and make something of her stories until her youngest daughter Isabella was born just two years ago. Bella, as well as her older sisters Kelsey and Emma, are and always will be Heather’s greatest inspirations.

Resisting Fate, book one in the Pre-Determined trilogy, is her young adult, paranormal baby! It’s packed full of wolves…witches…and one sassy little red-headed teenage girl! She had an absolute blast writing it, and can’t wait to share it with the world!

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GUEST POST

My own YA love story by Heather Powell

 

I love YA books, there’s no question about that. I love the idea of first love, that possibility of finding your one true soul mate when you’re just sixteen or seventeen years old. It never fails to make me swoon; to make me want to relive it over and over again myself. Guess that’s why re-reading books has become a bit of a habit of mine. In fact, I think I guiltily read the Twilight Series at least ten times in a row. It got to be so bad that I made my husband hide the books from me just so I could move on with my life.

I remember when I first fell in love. It was that sucks you in kind of love, the kind that hurts your heart so badly, that you can hardly stand it. But yet you can’t let it go either because it still feels so darn good! I was sixteen years old, and it was the summer before my junior year of high school when it all went down.

His name was Chris and he quickly became the love of my life, and my whole world at that. He was just fifteen years old, *gasp*I know, a younger man, LOL.  But technically he was only ten months younger than me, so it was okay. He had this dimpled cheek that I wanted to kiss over and over again. His eyes were so dark, that I constantly lost myself in them when he looked at me. And that smile too… oh God, I loved it, needed it. Heck, I was obsessed with. And yes, as pathetic as it may sound, I’d do absolutely anything for it.

We dated for four months, a record for teenagers back in the late nineties, I’d say. We held hands in the hall, kissed by our lockers, and I attended all his football games and wrestling matches, even convinced my parents to let me travel out town to go see him in all his athletic glory. I was so head over heels for him, that I never saw the break-up coming. And then when he did … it was in a note, after school, after he had just held my hand under the table at lunch only two hours before. I was so broken, that I didn’t think I could put myself back together again.

Fifteen years later, I’m a whole woman … and Chris and I are happily married; three beautiful little girls and all our past indiscretions behind us to prove that.

I’m not saying it was easy. Heck, it’s still to this day a challenge at times, especially now with kiddos under our belt. But each time I look into his eyes, and stare at his dimple, and lose myself in his smile, I know that everything that’s ever happened to us has been worth it. And I can’t wait to see what the rest of our story entails.

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Don’t Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto

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Description: Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace.

But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation–revenge on her sister’s killer–she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true–that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

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I am s sucker for the story behind the story, so when given the chance to find out where Michelle got the idea for her story I jumped at it. As a writer I know that inspiration comes from the most unlikely places.

Tell Me About Heaven –

The Story Behind Don’t Fear the
Reaper

I first came up with the idea for Don’t Fear the Reaper after several
agents had rejected another novel I’d written and asked if I had
anything, darker – more edgy. Oddly, it’s been years, but I still recall
coming up with the concept so vividly.

I was cleaning house and mulling over new ideas when Blue Oyster
Cult’s iconic 1976 song, Don’t Fear the Reaper, came up on my iPod’s
playlist. There were several parts that truly inspired me: “Take my
hand,” “40,000 men and women everyday,” “Love of two is one. Here,
but now they’re gone,” and “the candles flew and the mist appeared,
the curtains blew and then he appeared.”

From there, it was a matter of ‘What If’s’ that made my idea unique
from the song. What if it wasn’t star-crossed lovers? What if it was
family? What if the main character met up with a bounty-hunting
reaper and a handsome, but sarcastic demon? And what if all the
odds were stacked against my main character and yet, she still found
hope and assistance in the most unlikely of fellow characters? What
if all it took to save a soul was sacrifice, one born of undying love and
devotion? And yet, what if the price of that salvation came at a high
price?

I couldn’t wait to write it. What I hadn’t expected was how it’d
rip open old wounds, how the pain of writing Keely’s grief meant
revisiting my own. I’d lost my grandparents, my parents, my uncles,
all my aunts except for one. I’d lost friends and beloved fur babies, all
of whom I’d loved with every fiber of my being. I’d witnessed four of
their deaths. I even held the head of two in my arms as they passed.
Two loved ones died in the house I currently live in.

Up to this point, I’d managed my grief. Now, by sitting down to write
about love that went beyond death, I was getting ready to stick a
hammer and chisel into the wall I’d built and bring the entire thing
down—and with it, all the painful memories I’d carefully placed
behind it.

Tell me about Heaven, Dad
I really want to know,
Because ten long
years have passed,
And I miss you so…

The above stanza is from a poem I wrote to my father ten years after
his death. I cannot begin to describe what it was like to lose my
father, whom I loved more than my very being. All these years later,
I’ll freely admit it: I’m a Daddy’s girl. We’re so much alike, he and I. I
was robbed of him far too soon by multiple myeloma, a brutal and
incurable cancer.

For those who have read Don’t Fear the Reaper, it’s easy to see the
real life example I used. It’s easy to spot the grief, the emotion I used
for my main character, Keely Morrison. All scenes I drew from real
life.

Oh, and about those agents? I had several tell me that the opening
was one of the best they’d read in a long time and that the concept
was truly original. But, in the end, they felt the subject matter was
too dark. That’s okay. I think the person best qualified to make that
choice is the reader.

That’s my heart on a sleeve, Dear Reader. The story behind the story.
Thanks for reading about the journey.

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I also looooovvvvvveeeee music! I create playlists as I write my stories and was super excited that Michelle wanted to share her playlist for Don’t Fear the Reaper with her readers. Enjoy! To view larger, just click on the playlist below.

Playlist

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Where to buy:

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