Friday, November 15, 2013

Blog Tour: A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

I don't think it is any secret how much I LOVE this series!!! I am so excited to not only bring you my review of A Matter of Truth, the third book in the Fate Series by Heather Lyons, BUT I also have an exclusive interview with Chloe!!! Check it out and make sure to check out my review below!! And there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post! 


Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+*

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Interview with Chloe

Hey Chloe, thank you so much for answering some questions today! I know things are pretty crazy for you right now, so I appreciate you talking to me today!

No problem, Caitlin. I’m glad to be here!

Well let’s get to it! Chloe, in your journey, we have seen you grow and in this book, A Matter of Truth, you continue your journey and try to find your truths. What has been the hardest part of finding your truth?

Well, I think a lot of it has to do with my struggles over what’s expected of me—and what Fate set in store for me—as opposed to becoming the person I wanted to be. It’s not so much that I relished the idea of shirking my duties, it’s just . . . it often felt like I was expected to be somebody I wasn’t comfortable being.

So, I needed to find who that person was. I needed the freedom to do so.

In AMOT, we get to meet Will, the wonderful sweet Will . . . Sorry, I got distracted thinking about him.

(practically chortles) Let’s not tell him, since his head is already too big.

Anyways . . . we get to see you meet Will for the first time at the end of A Matter of Heart and in AMOT we get to see how your relationship has developed and how much trust and love you have for him. Can you tell us about the exact moment you knew Will was more than a coworker and become more like family?

Hmm . . . I don’t know if I can pinpoint an exact moment, but I remember really early on, like not even a week after us meeting, accepting that I felt very comfortable with him. We just seemed to get each other on a level we hadn’t necessarily really felt with a lot of other people before. He and Cameron are truly my family—it just took me nearly twenty years to find them.

In AMOF you start out with having dreams of Jonah and by AMOT you have three very wonderful boys who all care a lot about you in their own special ways. If you could use one song to describe Jonah, Kellan, and Will, which would they be?

Oh, gosh. Let’s see . . .

Will’s the easiest. I would definitely pick Safe and Sound by Electric President, because that’s what we are to one another.

As for Jonah and Kellan . . . (stares off in the distance) This is hard, because I have several songs that make me think of them and what they mean to me. (is quiet) Maybe Gravity by Vienna Teng for Kellan and Today by Joshua Radin for Jonah.

Throughout your journey, you went from having distant parents and a handful of cousins to having a lot of people on your side who care for you, a family. Has that been overwhelming? Such a quick transition?

I don’t know if I’d call it a quick transition at all, since it took me several years to find my peeps. (chuckles) In all seriousness, it’s been wonderful. All my life I’ve been starved for a family. I think another truth I had to come to was realizing a family isn’t always defined by blood—and you can’t force a relationship when there isn’t one.

Every action has a reaction, or a consequence, and in AMOT there are many actions that have reactions and consequences. Are you ready to deal with these consequences?

I do. Good or bad, I’m ready to take responsibility for my actions.

Do you feel more ready to deal with them than before you went to Alaska?

Oh, absolutely.

I know things are pretty crazy right now, and you haven’t had a lot of time to thing about anything besides what’s going on in the worlds, but what are your hopes for the future?

I hope that I will always be the sort of person that deserves the level of power she’s been given.

What is one thing you wish for more than anything for your future?

(thinks about this for a long moment) One of my most fervent wishes has always been for the happiness of those I love. It still holds true today. It will always be my most cherished wish.

And a few fun quick questions.

If you weren’t a creator which craft would you choose?
Probably an Elemental.
Favorite Season?
Spring, because it’s all about new hope and growth.
If you could play any sport, what would it be?
I wish I were a better bowler. Gods, I hate losing all the time! *Caitlin's note* I as well suck at Bowling. Like really bad. I can feel ya on that one girl*

What is one typical teenage thing you wish you got to do more of when you were a teenager?

It’s going to make me sound like a dork, but applying for colleges.

Favorite pastime with Jonah?

Kissing. Because wow, is he . . . um . . . Is that TMI? (giggles) Okay. Trying out new restaurants.


I’ll keep it clean,  *Caitlin's note* You really don't have to keep in clean. I don't mind!* so I’m going to say . . . just hanging out together. Kellan Whitecomb is always a good time.
That came out wrong.

And Will?

Watching hockey together and fighting over the food he makes us. Did you know he plays? *Caitlin's note* Will plays hockey??? Oh well I will watch a hockey game with this guy ANY time. ;)*

Well thanks again, Chloe for stopping by and chatting with me! I wish you the best of luck in the future!!!!!

Aw, thanks, Caitlin! Thanks so much for having me.

My Review

I love these books something fierce. A Matter of Truth is no exception in another heart wrenching, emotional filled story of love, family and finding your truth. In this book, Chloe has ran off to Alaska to figure out things, figure out how to live her life how she wants but still be able to handle the responsibilities that are required of her. It is no small matter, the weight of the world Chloe deals with and while in most cases, I really hate when characters run away,  but in this- I got it. It made sense. She needed to do something in order for her to deal with everything that has essentially, been dumped on her.

"How do you know whether you made the right choice?"

My emotions were all over the place as I read this book. These are the types of books where you are so emotionally charged you have to physically take a break because you feel like Chloe, like you are going to break. In AMOT, though, there were so many sweet moments. Moments filled with love and comfort of finding your people. Life doesn't mean a whole lot without your people, the ones that love you regardless of circumstances and will be there to no matter what. I fell in love with how Chloe not only finds her family but also finds how meaningful a family can be, wether they are a blood relation or not.

"I haven't been fair to myself." 

I was also so proud of Chloe for finding her truth. Her truth. Not the truth that is expected of her. Not the truth she thinks she should have. Not the truth of the worlds, but the truth that lives deep inside her soul. Her truth that is not influenced by fate, but rather by her choice. To see Chloe find that truth, love, family, it just gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings inside. I was also proud of Chloe for not only realizing her trurth but knowing that her journey isn't over and it still won't be easy. It will be hard but I think Chloe has figured it out it will be worth it. There are also some really great things in this book. Will. Oh Will. I didn't think it was possible for Heather to write even more characters for me to fall in love with but I was so wrong! Will and Cameron and the whole gang she has in Alaska is amazing!!!

"It was because I wanted a chance to figure out who I am without Fate sticking its fingers in every one of my pies." 

You get to see more Chloe, Jonah, and Kellan in this book and there moments where my heart was ripped out. I was sad and happy and felt all the love in this book! I understood Chloe's actions. That was the most important, was understanding Chloe for me in this book. Did I swoon every time Kellan made an appearance....yes...yes I did. But this book, for me, was all about Chloe. Will, Jonah and Kellan- all great bonuses!!! :)

"I want to be able to come home and lean on you. Know that you've got my back. I want to be the same for you. I want us to be lovers. Best friends. Partners. Because, it's you I want."

Then of course the ending......with wide eyes I had to read it a few times and then throw out a few curse words and then calmly tell myself that I will burn the worlds down if this doens't end well!!

Overall, Heather Lyons takes every day words and weaves them into an enchanting heart filled story of a girl trying to find her truth, trusting in herself and having the courage to live the life she wants to live. You can't help but fall in love with these books, these characters, and this family Heather has created.

5  AMAZING stars and waiting on edge for the fourth book!!!

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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