Release Day Launch(4): The Deep End of the Sea By Heather Lyons

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THE DEEP END OF THE SEA Synopsis:

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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Release Day Excerpt:

“Where are Hades and Persephone?” I ask, glancing around the empty living room. They are nowhere to be seen tonight; neither are any of the Automatons.

The corner of Hermes’ mouth quirks. “Out. Possibly in the Underworld. One never knows with those two.”

Relief unfurls in the muscles in my shoulders. Still, I can’t help but ask, “Without saying goodbye?”

He’s definitely amused. “Shall I fetch them for you?”

“No!” My answer is too quick, which I fear broadcasts just how ecstatic I am at the thought of being along with Hermes right now. And that realization causes me to blush for the millionth time around him in the last month, so I clarify, “Of course not. I was just curious.”

“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” To my delight, his hand finds mine and our fingers intertwine. It is a delicious sensation: his hand, warm and worn in mine in just such a way that feels like it’s an extension of my body.

It must be criminal to adore touching someone so much.

“Did it, though?” I ask, and he laughs a burst of exasperated air.

“Possibly, but then again, who am I to judge, when I am often struck by curiosity that I cannot help but sate?” He gives me that dazzling grin of his and pulls me through the house. “Case in point: you.”

“Me?” I squeak unattractively. There are lights ahead through the French doors leading to the patio, and I am curious myself enough to wonder what they are, but not nearly as much as I am for what he might mean.

“Yes, you.” He glances back at me. “I’ve never told you that I was overcome with curiosity when I heard Athena cursed some girl from one of her temples. It wasn’t like it was the first time she’d gone vindictively bonkers, but she was really put out over you. I mean . . . one of her followers? Even that was low for her.” His fingers squeeze mine gently and we stop about twenty feet from the doors. “When I first showed up on your island . . .”

I am helpless at looking anywhere but in his eyes. Tonight, they’re green. Vivid, beautiful, clear green. “Yes?”

“I’d been warned that you were a monster and that I best keep my distance. That you would slay me at the slightest provocation, and naturally, I believed it, as I could not blame anyone’s hatred toward my family after what my sister and uncle had done to you. But once Death handed me that first soul and departed, I heard you crying. My curiosity inflamed tenfold. What kind of so-called monster weeps like her heart had shattered and never would form whole again?”

Like clockwork, my cheeks burn. His fingers brush my reddened skin ever so gently before I turn my face to rest in his hand. The butterflies in my chest swarm frantically. “My sister misjudged you. I knew that the very second I heard your anguish. I’m afraid I was lost to you from that moment on. I had to discover all that made you you, even if I would suffer the same fate as the proverbial cat. And I never cared about the risks, as long as my curiosity about you was sated first.”

“Truly?” The word barely escapes my lips.

His eyes are so intense. “Truly.”

About Heather Lyons:

Author PhotoHeather 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.

Links:

Website//Author Goodreads//THE DEEP END OF THE SEA Goodreads//Twitter//Facebook//Pinterest

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Blog Tour Schedule:

February 12

Lovin Los Libros-Character Interview (Medusa)//Vilma’s Book Blog-Excerpt and Review
Bookaholics Anonymous-Review Only//Books She Reads-Review Only

 February 13

A Bookish Escape-Review Only//The Book Beacon-Review Only//The Road is You-Review Only

 February 14

TSK TSK What to Read-Playlist and Review//Romance Addict-Review Only
Imagine A World-Review Only//Movies Shows & Books-Guest Post
A Nook for Books-Review Only

February 15

Book Briefs-Character Interview (Hermes) & Review//Seeing Night Reviews-Review Only
Part of that World-Review Only

February 16

A Dream Within A Dream-Excerpt//Rumpled Sheets Blog-Review Only
The Phantom Paragrapher-Review Only

February 17

Cocktails and Books-Excerpt and Review//Reading the Alphabet-Review Only
Pandora’s Books-Review Only//The Book Trollop-Review Only

February 18

Starbucks N Books-Guest Post and Review//Riverina Romantics-Review Only
Sofia Loves Books-Review Only//Nomi’s Paranormal Palace-Review Only

February 19

The Book Hookup-Review Only//ReaderGirls-Excerpt
Total Book Geek-Review Only//Kat’s Book Buzz-Review Only

February 20

Library of a Bookwitch-Guest Post and Review//Kate’s Tales of Books & Bands-Review Only
Gabic Reads-Review Only//Dowie’s Place-Review Only

February 21

Book Nerds Across America-Review Only//Poisoned Rationality-Author Interview and Review
Bound by Books-Review Only//Alii’s book Jungle-Review Only

February 22

The Book Whisperer-Review Only//Behind Closed Covers-Guest Post and Review
The Bo0ki3-Review Only//Confessions from Romaholics-Review Only

February 23

Not Everyone’s Mama-Review Only//WTF Are You Reading?-Guest Post and Review
NWA Gossip Girl-Review Only//No BS Book Reviews-Review Only

February 24

What’s Beyond Forks-Dream Cast and Review//My Favorite Things-Review Only
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club-Review Only//Imaginary Reads-Author Interview

February 25

Pink Fluffy Hearts-Excerpt//Book Angel Booktopia-Fun & Different Idea and Review

happy reading

jess

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