It's here! BEYOND FATE by Heather Lyons is here and we are thrilled to get to be a part of the blog tour! We finally get to hear from Jonah in this novella from The Fate Series. Check out what we have going on today as we celebrate the release of this outstanding novella! Then look below for all the information regarding the book and Heather Lyons. You can also enter in a giveaway below! Check it all out and be sure to let us know what you are looking forward to when it comes to BEYOND FATE and The Fate Series!
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.
* Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella.
Heather was kind enough to answers some questions about the series and other exciting things, so without further adieu...
*Gaby* For those who haven't read the Fate series, can you tell us what it's about?
*Heather* Unbeknownst to people, a secret race of people called Magicals influence the courses and events of civilizations on seven planes of existence. One of the most powerful of these Magicals is a seventeen-year-old Creator named Chloe Lilywhite. Chloe struggles with the weight of expectations on her shoulders and how her future has been planned out for her. One day, a boy she’s dreamed about most of her life and fell in love with at a young age appears in her math class; with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn toward. So not only is Chloe dealing with who she is and what’s expected of her, but she’s got her hands full with these two guys.
**I do love me some Paranormal ;)**
**I do love me some Paranormal ;)**
*Gaby* How did you come up with the names of your characters?
*Heather* This is going to sound kind of funny, but a lot of the names are ones that I’ve always liked and considered as kid names. For example, had I ever had a daughter, I planned on naming her Chloe. As for surnames, I researched all of the Human Magicals names (which are color based), as well as the other races’ names (for example, Elves all have plant based surnames).
*Gaby* When did you finally decide to start writing?
*Heather* I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was in early elementary school and always fancied myself as wanting to be an author. But, when push came to shove, I went into first archaeology and then teaching before I came back to my first love. I figured life was too short to not go after what makes me happy!
**Now that's a great attitude to have!**
*Gaby* Can you tell us how you were feeling when you first book was finally published?
*Heather* A pretty good mix of terrified and excited—I was thrilled to finally achieve a lifelong dream, but terrified that nobody was ever going to read it but my close friends! haha!
**I'd be terrified as well, but it turn out great in the end :D**
*Gaby* I know I have problem sometimes saying what I want to say; how do you go about explaining what you want to say while writing?
*Heather* For dialogue, I “listen” to what the characters have to say when I’m doing mundane things such as driving or cleaning. I do the same with how I want scenes to play out. Once I feel like I have a good grip on what’s going on, I write it out. Inevitably, though, I’m pretty picky when it comes to writing out thoughts and sentences; I make sure word choices and placements are exactly as I like them. It’s not just a free-for-all (at least on the second go-through, anyway!).
**This is really great advice for those who have the same problem I have and aspiring writers!**
*Gaby* Who are some of your favorite YA authors?
*Heather* I’ve really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Rees Brennan, John Green, Kristin Cashore, and Cynthia Hand lately.
**I think we all love us some Stephanie Perkins! Oh and John Greene (Heck yeah!)**
It was such an honor interviewing you, Heather! This really means a lot to me because you are the very first author I got to interview! How did I do?
Blog Tour Schedule:
Vilma’s Book Blog-Excerpt
The Book Trollup-Review Only
TSK TSK What to Read-Guest Post
Just Julie Blogging Books-Excerpt
Simply Sarah’s Corner-Character Interview (Jonah)
Brianna Lee Book Reviews-Guest Post
Lovin Los Libros-Playlist
YA Book Addict-Dream Cast
The Phantom Paragrapher-Review Only
Reading the Alphabet-Author Interview
A Bookish Escape-Review Only
The Last Chapter-Author Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt-Excerpt
The Road is You-Review Only
Rumpled Sheets Book Blog-Guest Post
Andrea Heltsley Books-Review Only
Natasha is a Book Junkie-Excerpt
About Heather Lyons:
Heather 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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