Jun 23, 2017

Excerpt Reveal -- Tied Up In Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn


Tied Up in Heartstrings (Heartstrings, #1)


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I thought my life would forever be defined by tragedy.

The happily ever after I thought I had, ended prematurely and painfully. 

 My daughter and I were stuck in a fog of self-preservation, afraid to believe that there wasn’t more pain waiting for us in the ‘real world’. Just the thought of allowing myself to embrace happiness and take a risk in order to feel that all-consuming love again is terrifying. And I’m not sure I would be able to survive if it all went away again. 

 But… what choice do I have when I’m tied up in these heartstrings? 
 I could cut the ties and run. Or I could take a chance on someone that my heart once yearned for and hope that he knows how to untangle the fear that holds my heart hostage.


Alexis   (18 months ago)  

Jed designed this home especially for us—every detail. Until recently, Ive loved everything about living here for the past five years. Now Im drowning in the memories and details hiding in each crevice and having the memories crash into me at every corner is too much. Im just waiting for the massive undertow of these constant reminders to drag me under. This house might have once been my dream home, but its not anymore. Now Im suffocating in it.

Who builds their picture-perfect dream house as their very first home? Its not normal, but being the perfectionist Jed was, he couldnt have it any other way. He strived to give us everything one could ever want or wish for, but it was at the expense of sacrificing time with Sierra and me to provide it. He wasnt wired to reject us in any way, except with the most important thing either of us wanted—his presence. If only he couldve been satisfied with a simpler life. We wouldve been happier with less if it meant having him around more.

Hed proudly tell us he was working hard so he could lay the moon and stars at our feet, and we always had the best of everything, even if I didnt need that. For Jed, it didnt matter. He thought we deserved the best and never settled for less. I didnt understand, but in his eyes, the image of the materialistic wealth he worked so hard for somehow signified his love, commitment, and loyalty to his family. Plus, the approval from outsiders mattered to him, and accolades drove him even harder.

His career was an obsession, measuring his success with every step up the corporate ladder, but it was never enough. Maybe if he werent hyper focused on that ambition, hed be here now? We could still be an ‘us’—whole and complete.

I round the corner to the kitchen to find my brother and his wife sitting at the farm table talking softly to one another while the others mingle in the adjoining family room. Jasons posture changes as soon he notices me step into the room, and Kate whispers something to him as they both attempt to hide their exhaustion and worried expressions. Why fake it anymore, but whatever makes them feel better. My sister-in-law jumps up, extending her arm out to embrace me, and my brother is quickly beside her as I approach her open arms.

“Whats up, babe? Are you hungry?” Kate asks a little too hopeful as I step into her hold. I shake my head before resting it momentarily on her shoulder then pull away slowly.

“You should probably eat something. Do you want to take a nap or rest for a bit? You havent slept in days, and the house will be cleared out soon.” Jason prattles franticly, barely taking a breath between each question that is really more of a suggestion.

Im not sure what hes thinking, though; none of it makes sense realistically. Who could possibly casually eat and sleep while their entire world is crumbling around them? Im being buried alive with the guilt amongst the rubble of that plane crash, and Im somehow supposed to take care of my health while I dig for my life. The idea is insane!

The emotional roller coaster from the fluctuations of sadness, anger, and fear are overwhelming, and its taking a toll, making me an extra-bitchy crazy person. As long as Im getting plenty of rest and eating a proper diet, I suppose anything goes. Nonsense.

Frustrated, I take a deep breath, and although trembling, I find my voice. “Jason, I need to leave and get out of this town for a little while. Can you help me figure out a plan?” I plead.

Despite being a seriously overprotective older brother growing up, he has always been my white knight—saving the day whether I want him to not. Im habitually resistant to his overbearing tendencies and try to avoid directly asking for his help, but today, Im grateful for his presence in dealing with this nightmare. Ill gladly accept his control freak tendencies in exchange, especially since Id rather escape it.

For the past eleven days, Ive risen from the bed every morning, hoping after another sleepless night that this is just a nightmare that will fade with the light of day, but it hasnt. Each passing day, the nightmare becomes more and more real, leaving me a weak and incredibly vulnerable version of myself. Ive fought tooth and nail for a long time to prove to my brother I could be self-sufficient and make my own decisions. He finally accepted that I was filled with pride, but this changes everything. I need him more now than ever before.

Getting back to anything normal with this giant hole inside my chest feels impossible. Im empty, and I have no idea how to fix it.


Mending Heartstrings (Heartstrings, #2)

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Just when my life seemed manageable, I’m thrown radically off course by “the one”. 

“The one” I wasn’t expecting. 

“The one” I never knew I wanted. 

“The one” who single handedly holds the key to the tattered lock safeguarding my heart. 

Letting someone into my protected sanctuary will only serve one purpose - intentional infliction of pain and heartache… and I’m positive I’m not capable of handling that.

New Rules: 
1. Avoid LOVE at all costs. 
2. No complications. 
3. I will not become ‘dick’matized by the hotshot guitarist. It was only a no-strings attached weekend. 
4. The lyrics he writes may seem magical, but it’s a façade. Lyrics can’t mend broken heartstrings – no matter how strong my heart swells with his words.    

Phantom Heartstrings (Heartstrings, #3)

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Love comes easy to some. 

It came easy to me. 

Loving him was never an issue. 

Appreciating him was as easy as breathing. 

Years of living a life of what others viewed as perfection gave me the security I thought was most valuable.

My marriage to Drake is symbolic of what others fight for, yet living in the glass house of perfection is the biggest challenge of my life.

 Life isn’t always what it seems. 
People change. 
Everyone has demons they fight and fighting them in secret to avoid letting others down takes its toll.

 Love came easy, but maintaining it is a whole different game. I thought the happily ever after would be the end of the story. That wasn’t the case. There’s so much more. It’s only so long before the glass house of perfection is clouded with buried secrets. 

 Can we overcome this and get back to a place of true happiness, or will I always feel like I’m perfecting my acting skills to save face? 
Can I ever find the ending to this fairy tale life I wanted so desperately?  



Felicia Lynn, author of The Learning Curve series and Heartstrings series, is a transplanted Florida girl, born and raised, who lives just north of Atlanta, GA. She spends most of her days holed up in a cozy chair with her laptop, writing about the characters that live in her head. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and friends or interacting with her readers and fellow book lovers on social media! She loves traveling, reading, live music, baseball, good food and great company.

Felicia writes contemporary romance and co-wrote The List, a mystery/suspense book she collaborated on with professional poker player, Chris Bell.


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