Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BLOG TOUR: A Matter of Heart by Heather Lyons

Thank you everyone for stopping by today and joining us on this fantastic tour with Heather Lyon's book A Matter of Heart; book 2 in the Fate series.
First, want to say many thanks to Heather Lyons, InkSlinger PR, and Kelly Simmon for everything you guys do from writing a fabulous book to promoting it!! You guys rock...
Now, what everyone has been waiting for...
A Matter of Heart....

No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals' city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she's joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she's happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she's finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what's she's capable of as a Creator. And then there's the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah's twin brother and Chloe's ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Chloe Lilywhite

1.     Even though Jonah teases her mercilessly for this, her favorite singer is Taylor Swift. Her current favorite Swifty song? Sad Beautiful Tragic. It changes frequently based on what she’s in the mood for, though.

2.     When she sees a dress she really likes while browsing online, she’ll sometimes cheat and make herself one, despite her mother telling her over the years that doing so is a waste of her craft.

3.     Her favorite color is blue, specifically cerulean. She loves to wear this color of nail polish on her toes.

4.     Her favorite movie is Run Lola Run—Kellan introduced her to it, and since then, she’s watched it probably a dozen times. She’s got a thing for foreign films.

5.     Chloe’s a horrible singer, but that doesn’t stop her from singing loudly and often, much to the amusement of her friends—in the shower, in the car, walking around Annar while wearing headphones . . .

6.     Despite the Council’s band on the creation of new living beings without assembly approval, Chloe often wishes she could create unicorns. Since she’s denied those, her favorite animal is a narwhal.

7.     She’s a hot chocolate snob—you won’t ever catch her drinking the kind made with water. Her favorite cup comes from Karl, who eventually taught Jonah how to make it for her. It’s made with three different kinds of chocolates that she ensures she has in her cupboards at all times, since it’s one of her comfort foods.

8.     Her car in California was a Mini Cooper. It’s currently in storage while she lives in Annar.

9.     One of her hidden talents is beat boxing. Chloe, Cora, and Lizzie formed a short-lived band when they were in middle school, and rather play the drums (which she sucked at), she taught herself to beat box instead. She’s actually pretty good at it.

10. Other than a single ring, Chloe rarely wears jewelry. She didn’t even get her ears pierced until she was a sophomore in high school, and only then to piss her mom off.

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.

WOW!! I just read A Matter of Fate, book 1, and A Matter of Heart back to back.  Boy, does it send you on a rollercoaster of turmoil.  It tore me up!! *sighs*
Ok..ok...let me get focused and tell you about A Matter of Heart.
The Fate series so far is fantastic.  Heather Lyons created a unique, intriguing world that you immediately feel drawn to.  Introducing the readers to Magicals, individuals that possess gifts/talents that will be their job after their ascension.  I mean, you have people that are Earth Movers, people who control the tides, the weather, plants...you name it...there is a Magical with that talent.  Then there are some more rare.  You have Emotionals...I think you can figure their ability out...and then Intellectuals, Shamans, and our special girl Chloe...a Creator.
Only one Creator at a time sits on the council and as Chloe turns 18 and ascends, she finds herself loaded with responsibility. 
The premise of world is amazing. I was glued to the pages soaking up how everything worked, the dynamics of it all.  Learning their history and seeing where things may be going.  Heather Lyons did a FANTASTIC job developing a story that brings you in to the events happening, twist you up, and then try and set you down with sort of dignity.
And I laugh, because, I was screaming and mad at a lot of things that happened in this book.  Book 1 got me started on this emotional tornado and UGH, book 2 did the exact same thing.  I wanted to slap Chloe so many times.  I thought the love triangle from book one was settled at the end....and I was very happy with how it ended.  But no...NOOOOO....things couldn't just die down. 
I am not going to lie. It is very hard for me to read about soul mates caught up in love triangles.  Even when two of the three are twin brothers AND they both share a connection to Chloe.  I do understand her dilemma...but doesn't it stand to reason that since she shares a STRONGER connection to Jonah that it would fizzle out Kellan's?  It's not that Kellan is a bad guy...quite the contrary...both guys are fabulous...I am really just ready to say...Have them both...Why choose??
But I made a choice....Chloe made a choice in book 1...and her decision had very valid and strong points...But...we shall see how it all turns out...
I also think that Chloe should just say...To hell with love...I am going to be me and do whatever the hell I WANT!!! She's young and only time will tell how she grows...
A Matter of Heart is exactly what its name says...it deals heavily in the emotions of Chloe.  Wrapped up in all she is dealing with...your heart struggles right along with hers...even when I get so pissed at her for the stupid decisions she makes. 
I can't wait for book 3.....GAH!!!! book 2 left me dying for sooooooo much more....

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  1. This series is new to me. It sounds interesting. Cool guest post and I enjoyed your review.

  2. This is the first I am hearing about this and now I can't wait to get my hands on it!