October 18, 2013

Today we’re happy to participate
in the blog tour for

Beyond Fate (Fate #1.5)
by Heather Lyons

This is a companion novella
that allow us to experience all that
happened in the first book,
Matter of Fate, from Jonah’s POV!

Title:  Beyond Fate

Series:  Fate

Author:  Heather Lyons

Published:  October, 2013

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.

Ana will put Beyond Fate on her top shelf!

My Review:

So far, this series has taken my heart and squeezed it tight…spilling all the feelings that are possible to feel on the floor at my feet.  It’s broken my heart more than once.  It’s made me ecstatically happy and extremely angry.  And, yet, I still want more.  This novella, told in Jonah’s POV, is pure angst, totally heartbreaking and deliciously good!

For the sake of transparency, I must tell you that I’m “Team Kellan”.  Yes, I picked a side and have stuck to it strong and true.  Those of you who have done the same, in this series or others, know that once you’ve made your choice, you don’t look back!  As I read the first two books, A Matter of Fate and A Matter of Heart, I would gladly tell anyone who’d listen that I couldn’t care less about Jonah’s feelings and that he didn’t deserve Chloe anyway.  I had my reasons and I wasn’t budging.  But, darn if Heather Lyons didn’t go and make me feel something for Jonah with this novella.  She made me listen to his inner monologue…she made me experience his heartbreak and his regrets…she showed me his intentions and informed me that there was more to this story than I was originally privy to.  And, in the end, she might have (maybe, just maybe) taken a small part of my heart and written Jonah’s name on it. 

This novella lets the reader experience the first book in the series through a fresh perspective.  But let me put your mind at ease…it doesn’t feel like you are rereading the book at all.  It offers new encounters and interactions, explores family relationships more thoroughly, provides insight into what’s going on behind the scenes and shows us Jonah’s true feelings, fears and desires.  This is something we didn’t have before and it made the story that much richer for me.  It answered some of my more basic questions around Jonah’s decisions and actions.  It helped me understand where he was coming from and, in the end, it allowed me to let him into my heart.

The third book in the series, A Matter of Truth, will be released shortly and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this saga.  I’m still “Team Kellan” through and through but now I know that I also care about what happens to Jonah.  That probably means more stress for me while I read it but I’m definitely looking forward to it…someone pass me some tissues, please.

 About the Author:

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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