Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Beyond Fate (#1.5, Fate) by Heather Lyons

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I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of BEYOND FATE, the companion novella in one of my favorite series – THE FATE SERIES!!! This novella is Jonah’s POV on A MATTER OF FATE, book 1 in the series and I can’t wait for you to read it! It’s not just a re-hash and if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll love getting into Jonah’s head and heart.

My 6-Star Reviews: A Matter of Fate | A Matter of Heart

ABOUT BEYOND FATE:

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.

EXCERPT:

“It’s because they’re Connected,” Kellan says, picking the alfalfa sprouts out of his sandwich. He hates them, and yet, Astrid doggedly tries to get him to eat them anyways. “Normal people would never even consider getting married at such a freakishly young age, especially when they’re most likely going to live a couple of centuries. I mean, hell—only a masochist would want to get married before forty.” He grimaces. “If even then.”

“Thank the gods we don’t have a Connection,” Kai jokes, and Maggie takes what appears to be a playful swipe at him, but in reality is a reprimand over his flippancy toward their relationship.

I remain silent, but apparently do not lock down my emotions fast enough for my brother. He looks up at me, confused. Suspicious. I refuse to acknowledge him, because, truthfully? I’m almost thinking marriage at a young age isn’t as much of a death sentence as I once believed.

Almost.

“I think sometimes, when you know it’s right,” Callie’s saying, “it doesn’t matter if you’re nineteen or a hundred and nineteen. Love is love.”

And she thinks Kai acts like a sledgehammer.

“Astrid,” Kellan says, smiling one of his typical sly smiles, “would rather eat glass than let you get married at nineteen.”

“My mother,” Callie counters, “doesn’t have a say, does she?” She then gives me a nudge, like I’m supposed to defend this. As if I’ve proposed and we’re all set to get married at nineteen, which is not ever going to happen. Not now.

And, if I’m being honest, wasn’t ever going to anyway. Because Cal deserves somebody who puts her first. Somebody way better than me.

“Nineteen is young,” I finally admit after a long beat. Kai chortles, vindicated; moments later, they thankfully begin talking about something else. Callie, however, doesn’t bother to hide her hurt from me.

READING ORDER:

This is *my* suggested reading order. Note that there are only 4 books for the main characters, the rest are either companion novellas or a related spin-off.

  1. A Matter of Fate (#1)
  2. A Matter of Heart (#2)
  3. Beyond Fate (#1.5 – Jonah’s novella) – October 10th
  4. A Matter of Truth (#3) – November 5th
  5. Unnamed (#2.5 – Kellan’s novella) – January 2014
  6. Unnamed (#4) – March 2014
  7. Unnamed (#5) – TBD 2014

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ABOUT HEATHER LYONS:

HEATHERHeather 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: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Synopsis

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Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Excerpt

He didn’t know how to make her understand that she was so much more than just pretty.  So he leaned forward and pressed his mouth to hers.  Very carefully.  Not like the other night when he’d been scared and impulsive, and smacked her head against the wall in his attempt to kiss her.  He kissed her now to tell her how he felt.  He pulled away almost immediately, not giving himself a chance to linger and lose his head. He wanted to show her he valued her, not that he wanted to rip her clothes off.  And he wasn’t sure when it came right down to it that she wanted to be kissed by an ugly SOB.  She was the kind of girl that would kiss him because she didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  The thought filled him with despair.

She let out a frustrated sigh and sat up, running her hands through her hair.  It flowed through her fingers and down her back, and he wished he could bury his own hands in it, bury his face in the heavy locks and breathe her in.  But he’d obviously upset her.

“I’m sorry, Fern. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Why?” she snapped, startling him enough that he winced. “Why are you sorry?”

“Because you’re upset.”
“I’m upset because you pulled away!  You’re so careful.  And it’s frustrating!”

Ambrose was taken back by her honesty, and he smiled, instantly flattered.  But the smile faded as he tried to explain himself.

“You’re so small, Fern. Delicate. And all of this is new to you.  I’m afraid I’m going to come on too strong. And if I break you or hurt you, I won’t survive that, Fern.  I won’t survive it.”  That thought was worse than walking away from her and he shuddered inwardly.  He wouldn’t survive it.  He had already hurt too many. Lost too many.

Fern knelt in front of him, and her chin wobbled and her eyes were wide with emotion. Her voice was adamant as she held his face between her hands, and when he tried to pull away so she wouldn’t feel his scars, she hung on, forcing his gaze.

“Ambrose Young! I have waited my whole life for you to want me.  If you don’t hold me tight I won’t believe you mean it, and that’s worse than never being held at all.  You better make me believe you mean it, Ambrose, or you will most definitely break me.”

“I don’t want to hurt you, Fern,” he whispered hoarsely.

“Then don’t,” she whispered back, trusting him. But there were lots of ways to cause pain. And Ambrose knew he was capable of hurting her in a thousand ways.

Ambrose stopped trying to pull his face away, surrendering to the way it felt to be touched. He hadn’t allowed anyone to touch him for a long time.  Her hands were small, like the rest of her, but the emotions they stirred in him were enormous, gigantic, all-consuming. She made him shake, made him quake inside, vibrate like the tracks under an on-coming train.

Her hands left his face and traveled down the sides of his neck. One side smooth, the other riddled with divots and scars and rippled where the skin had been damaged.  She didn’t pull away, but felt each mark, memorized each wound.  And then she leaned forward and pressed her lips to his neck, just below his jaw.  And then again on the other side, on the side that bore no scars, letting him know that the kiss wasn’t about sympathy but desire. It was a caress.  And his control broke.

 

 

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Absolutely stunning. Stunning! I love this cover so much and wait until you read this book! I’m so very excited for this release!

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Synopsis

How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska’s notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother’s life.

When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can’t help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.

Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father’s crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He’s her perfect match, and even she can’t deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow?

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Excerpt

“What do you want?” he asked, cocking his head slightly to the side. For whatever reason that tiny movement set something off in me and I knew why my heart had won. I wanted him. I wanted him for all that he was and all that he promised to be.

“You,” I said with slightly more power behind the words that time. He smiled at me in a devilish way, like he had won the game I hadn’t known we were playing. “That wasn’t so hard to say, now was it?” His voice was playful, covering an almost palpable passion that hid just below the surface. He was holding on by a thin thread himself, his immense self-control dissipating rapidly. “Say it again…”

“I want you,” I replied with a purr, joining in with his little game. Judging by the response my words garnered, I had won.

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About The Author

ALN author picIf you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word ‘portfolio’. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being.

At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.  I’m obsessed with urban fantasy… When I discovered that genre, I knew I had found my tribe. Now I write in that world because that’s what the voices in my head tell me to do. And they are very, very loud.

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Cover Reveal: Convicted (#3, Consequences) by Aleatha Romig

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  • Convicted (#3, Consequences) by Aleatha Romig
  • Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller/Contemporary Dark Romance
  • My Reviews: Consequences | Truth

So excited to reveal the cover of probably the most anticipated book of the year for me! This is book 3 of one of my all-time favorite series and both Consequences (#1) and Truth (#2) are 6-star reads for me! Absolutely am dying to get my hands on this book!

SYNOPSIS:

There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!

When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future.Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.

Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed thetruth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled…

At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?

Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?

As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?

With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?

When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

aleatha -author picAleatha Romig is a bestselling author, who has been voted #1 “New Author to Read” on Goodreads July 2012 – Present! She was also #9 most followed author on Goodreads – July / August 3013.

Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty six years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. In October 2012 Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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