It’s here! BEYOND FATE by Heather Lyons is here and I am so happy to be a part of the blog tour! If you are familiar with The Fate Series, you are likely Team Kellan, Team Jonah, or Team I CAN’T Decide!! That’s where I am. In BEYOND FATE we finally get to hear from Jonah in this novella from The Fate Series. Today, you also get to hear from the author herself, as Heather Lyons has stopped by to chat. Scroll down to also read my review of Beyond Fate, to read the synopsis and to check out the excerpt, I think it’s perfect! Be sure to enter in a giveaway at the end of this post too! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out some of the other stops on this tour too!
Hi, Heather, it is so good to have you here on Reading the Alphabet. I absolutely love the Fate series and can’t wait to read A Matter of Truth! I’ve brought cupcakes for the occasion; I hear you are a bit obsessed with them.
Maria, I think I love you for this. I am, indeed, a cupcake aficionado!
Let’s get this interview started, shall we?
Sounds good. Go for it!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, maybe 3 random things that your readers might not know about you?
Hmm . . . Let’s see. In general, I’m a music obsessive, book reading mama who lives in Southern California. As for three things most readers might not know . . . 1) I am obsessed with collecting vintage Pyrex and Fire-King (seriously cute stuff); 2) I am desperate to learn how to ski sooner rather than later; and 3) I used to be a movie critic for a teeny tiny period in my life.
I know that you were an archaeologist. My love for archaeology is what led to my day job of working in museums . . .
Awesome! I didn’t know that!
It’s true! I spent two summers excavating urban backyards in Newport, RI uncovering both Revolutionary and 1870s Irish immigrant contexts, but enough about me. I have to ask, where was the coolest place you ever went for a dig?
Probably where I did my undergrad field training—at a Roman Villa in England. I lovelovelove Roman/Medieval British history.
What was the neatest thing you ever dug up?
It’s a tie—at the same dig mentioned above, I found a piece of deer bone carved into a hairpiece. I loved the idea that some woman used to wear it so very long ago. Over here in the states, I found an Acme beer that was hilarious. I want to say it dated to mid 20th century?
Now, shifting back to your books, what inspired you to start writing the Fate series?
It all ties back to my love of world mythologies. My grandmother and I used to dish about legends when I was a kid and stargaze—it seemed like such a fun idea to entertain: just what if there were people who influenced our lives like the early gods and goddesses did? That led me to conceptualize the Magicals.
I love the concept of different planes in your books. I like how there are recognizable elements in each but they don’t appear in ways you might expect, like trees in the desert. If you couldn’t live on the human plane, where would you live?
Probably the Elvin plane, since Humans blend in there easily. That said, the Goblin plane would be pretty interesting, too. In my mind, the Goblins have some pretty beautiful cities—they’re very architecturally minded. The city that Zthane comes from is very Arts and Crafts like, which just so happens to be one of my favorite design styles.
Since you are a music junkie, what 5 songs would you put on a soundtrack for the Fate series as a whole?
Ooh, five? Okay, this is a good challenge. I will do my best to not put in songs that spoil any parts that readers haven’t read yet! That said, I’ll discuss some songs that represent the main characters and their arcs.
- In Sleep by Lissie. While I discovered this song well after I wrote A Matter of Fate, it’s eerily perfect for Chloe and Jonah! So it’s basically the unofficial official theme song for AMOF.
Why am I so terrified of waking?
He’s gone and I feel I’ve been forsaken
In sleep is the only place I get to see him, get to love him
- My Backwards Walk by Frightened Rabbit. This heartbreaking song is spot on for the turmoil going on between Kellan and Chloe throughout the series.
I’m working on erasing you
I just don’t have the proper tools
I get hammered, forget that you exist
There’s no way I’m forgetting this
- Hem Me In by Amy Seeley. This song . . . wow. It gets me every time I listen to it. It really represents Chloe throughout part of the series.
my failed attempts
know me all too well
it’s not what you’ve made me for
- Byegone by Volcano Choir. This song has become synonymous with Jonah to me.
You know that we are northern now
Heard you promise me at the north end of monogamy
Cut there from filament lead
- Start a War by The National. This haunting song represents the breakdown between Jonah and Kellan throughout the series to me.
We were always weird but I never had to hold you
By the edges, like I do now
Walk away now and you’re gonna start a war
Now a lot of people who have read A Matter of Fate and A Matter of Heart are either Team Jonah or Team Kellan. Me? I’m on Team whoever Chloe is with at that moment. I can’t decide! What teams are you on?
Team Peeta or Team Gale? I’ve ALWAYS been Team Peeta. Gale, shmale.
Team Vanilla ice cream or Team Chocolate ice cream? Me = Chocoholic.
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Jacob? He genuinely seemed better for Bella.
Team Coffee or Team Tea? Me = Tea-aholic. Lady Gray tea . . . divine!
Team Hook or Team Neal/Baelfire? ARRGHH. Um, Neal = history. Hook = extreme hotness. So, um . . .? I’m torn between these two. But man, is Hook hot.
I would love to ask if you are Team Kellan or Team Jonah, but I wouldn’t expect you to tell me that, but who is your favorite character in your books?
Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to tell you, because I love them both for different reasons. That said, outside of the main three characters (Chloe, Jonah, Kellan), I’d say my favorites are: Karl, Callie, and somebody coming up in A Matter of Truth. That person? I love them to absolute pieces.
I know it’s still a ways off, but any ideas for new stories once the Fate series wraps up?
I actually have a bunch of stories that are partially completed, so I’m debating which ones to head back toward. Some are urban fantasies like the Fate series, some are contempts, all are romance. I love writing about love!
Well, Heather, that about does it. Feel free to grab some more cupcakes on your way out, and thanks again for stopping by!
Thanks for having me Maria! *grabs all the cupcakes and runs*
Reading the Alphabet Review
Beyond Fate is a companion novella for A Matter of Fate, Book One of the Fate Series. I adored that book, and was so excited to pick up Beyond Fate. Beyond Fate is told from Jonah’s Point of View. Jonah, for those of you who have not read A Matter of Fate, is one half of a set of twins, his brother being Kellan. He is a Magical, and more specifically is an Emotional, meaning he can feel what others feel and influence those feelings without being found out. He is also connected to Chloe Lilywhite and has been in love with her from a very young age, even though up until their senior year of high school, they had only interacted in dreams.
In fact, he did not know that she was real, and when he learns that she exists, there becomes very little that he won’t do to find her. For those of you who have read A Matter of Fate, we know how Chloe reacted to seeing Jonah for the first time and we know how she felt during her interactions with both Jonah and Kellan. Beyond Fate nearly completes the story as Jonah is a major character in A Matter of Fate. To learn how hurt he had been prior to learning that Chloe was real is practically heartbreaking. I felt myself wanting to give him a big hug numerous times, to tell him is would be okay. It really made me understand just how desperate he was to find Chloe and move across the country to be with her, NOW. His motivations for what everything he does are so much clearer, but that does not mean that I still did not want to yell at him for being so stupid sometimes. I wanted to yell at him in AMOF for not talking to Chloe sooner, and I wanted to again. He really caused so many of his problems by not communicating.
In addition to giving great insight into Jonah as a character, in Beyond Fate, you get to learn new facets of other characters from AMOF including those that Chloe did not interact with nearly as much, particularly Jonah and Kellan’s dad, Astrid, and Callie. I loved seeing them all in this new light, and they became much richer, fuller characters. I enjoy Callie so much more now, and dislike the dad even more while still comprehending what made him the way he is now. You also get to see how Jonah views his brother and his actions and that relationship reaches new depths as we witness it being put to the ultimate test. I really wanted to hug Kellan a lot too. So many feels.
If you haven’t read any of the Fate Series I definitely recommend it, starting with A Matter of Fate, and if you have read AMOF you really should pick up Beyond Fate. No matter whether you are Team Jonah or Team Kellan, you will want to read this book to get a fresh take on this series. This is the type of alternate POV story that I look for in companion novellas, and is something that I have wanted from many different series that I love. It was written wonderfully, and I’m glad to know Jonah that much more. I can’t say that I was swayed to be fully on Team Jonah with this novella, rather I now crave reading something from Kellan’s perspective. I’m looking forward to it. In the meantime, I can’t wait to start in on A Matter of Truth, Book 3 in the series.
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.
BEYOND FATE Synopsis
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.
Release Day Excerpt
She must sense my disinterest, because she rushes to say, “And your Connection is nice and strong. You’re very lucky to have been able to foster that relationship from such an early age.”
Whoa. What now? Connection? “Do you mean the one with my brother?”
I have a Connection with my brother, thanks to being Magical identical twins and all. But it’s not like a real Connection, not like the kind my parents had or Joey and Hannah’s. Not a romantic one, anyway.
“Oh, well, yes, there’s that Connection too.” The Seer nods, biting the end of her pen. Then she yanks it back out, irrational embarrassment taking over once more. “I guess I overlooked that one, since I’ve never seen one between siblings before. No—I meant your Connection.”
My brain sort of goes static-y. “I guess I’m confused here. If you’re not referring to Kellan, then what . . . uh . . . Connection are you talking about?”
She looks down at the yellow legal pad, as if it somehow has answers. “Surely you know about your Connection? I mean, you’ve already been on that road with her, and have been since you were very young.”
My heart starts racing, like it does when I run. But I’m not running. I’m sitting in a yellow chair in a Seer’s office and I’m dizzy and my heart is racing and I’m having a tough time catching my breath. “Elaborate,” I squeak. And it goes to show just how thrown off balance I really am, because I don’t even even care that I’m squeaking like a twelve-year-old going through puberty to some pretty girl.
The Seer’s eyes widen. “Has no one explained this to you?”
I clear my throat once, twice. “I know that my brother and I have a Connection, but I wasn’t aware I had another one. Nobody . . .” I’m forced to clear it a third time. “Nobody has two Connections.”
“Well, uh . . . it’s true that I’m not aware of anyone else having two, but . . .” She blinks at me, scratches her head. “You do. You’re in love with her already, right?”
How could she know that? Can Seers tell that? Can they actually sense emotions, like I can? Can they physically tell that someone is in love, simply by looking at their paths? Because, if that’s the case, this is—
“You’ve known her nearly your whole life,” Sera says, interrupting my internal high-octane rationalizations. “I’m positive of it. You’ve been in love with your Connection for a very long time.”
If somebody had smashed a brick down on my head during this moment, I wouldn’t have been more surprised. So I sound like a total idiot when I blurt out, “You mean she’s real?”
It’s the first time I’ve ever said anything about the girl I’ve called Chloe out loud, to anyone. EVER.
“Well, of course,” the Seer says. And then she has the audacity to laugh. At me. Because I’m too . . . I don’t know. Slow? Stupid? Naïve? To grasp what she thinks is basic Magical Info 101. Normally, this would piss me off royally, but right now, I temper that annoyance down because I’m pretty sure if she doesn’t answer my questions, I’m going to have a full-fledge meltdown right here in her office. It’s been weeks—scratch that, MONTHS—since I last saw or heard from the girl in my dreams. Even if this Seer can give me the smallest bit of info, I’m completely willing to let her think I’m the biggest idiot on the Human plane. “No one has a Connection to an imaginary Magical,” she finishes lamely.
THUD. Another brick smashes down on my apparently thick skull. My voice drops to a whisper. “She’s a Magical?”
Jesus. Now I’ve basically turned into a parrot.
The Seer cocks her head to the side. “I don’t understand . . .?”
And then everything in me, everything I’ve felt for this girl my whole life floods me, and it’s too much, way too much, so the dam bursts forth and finally, finally, the truth comes rushing out. I don’t think I can stop the words even if I wanted to, and right now, here—I don’t want to. “I’ve . . . I’ve dreamed about this girl my whole life. I never knew she was real, though. I mean—I hoped she was, but . . .”
Sera gets this dreamy look, and a flash of envy streaks through her. “OH! You’ve got a doorway! Lucky, lucky! So very rare.” Her smile is the rueful, conspiratorial one now. “What most Magicals wouldn’t do for one.”
She knows about . . . “The doorway?”
Kill me now, because there’s more of the parroting.
The Seer blushes violently now. If I wasn’t so, oh, I don’t know, BLOWN AWAY, I just might be annoyed or amused at the fact that she’d just wished she’d had a doorway with me. But I have no time for these shenanigans. “How do you know about the doorway?”
It’s her turn to clear her throat. “Um, it’s . . . one of the ways some people with Connections meet? Like I said, it’s rare, maybe two percent of all Connection cases are like this. So . . .” She scratches her upper arm. “You’re the first person I’ve met with a doorway, though. Have you met her in person yet?”
I go lightheaded right before the ground below me moves.
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