Heartlines is not a standalone book. It is only meant to be read after first reading Thirty Seconds To Die and Terrible Lies.
Sometimes in battle surrender is the strongest move of all.
Brett Owen, the son of a Sentori leader, promised himself he’d never do the work of his brotherhood - killing reborn souls. He’d been naïve to make such a vow. He’d been naïve about a lot of things – such as the bond of family and love.
Taunted by a Sentori hunter, Brett does whatever he can to survive, even if it means embracing his dark Sentori side and earning the unwanted attention of the Sentori leaders. His life had never looked so frantic. And all the while, his true family is infecting his heart and mind.
When his heart is tied to an unexpected soul, he finds himself fighting for a future he desperately wants to live to see. It becomes clear that whatever freedoms Brett is hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Fragile lives that had been carefully woven together will be ripped apart swiftly and easily.
Faith is betrayed.
Remorse and innocence intertwine.
Fate and chance collide to mend the tattered strands of Brett’s heart in the shocking conclusion to the Thirty Seconds To Die series.
On writing Paranormal:
When I started writing Thirty Seconds To Die, there weren’t any paranormal aspects to the story. As I wrote, the story organically went in that direction. Writing fiction with paranormal elements was more complicated than a coming-of-age realistic fiction story, so I thrived off of the challenge. Creating an urban setting with a subtle paranormal / superhuman aspect was just more exciting to write. I wanted to write the story that I hoped to find on a bookstore shelf.
I love the possibility of finding something magical when I turn the page. Since TSTD didn’t start out as paranormal, I think the reader will find that the story is really ninety percent realistic and ten percent paranormal. I wanted the magical elements of TSTD to be believable and I think that I’ve done in a way that the reader believes that the fantastical is possible.
Getting too caught up in the fantastical elements when I’m writing can direct me in a way that I lose some of my story. I think that spurred me to keep the paranormal aspects understated.
When I sit down to write my next manuscript I can’t say whether or not it will have paranormal mixed in somewhere, but I do love the adventure of discovering the story as I go along and the excitement of something magical happening.
Thirty Seconds to Die:
Lexi Flynn thought she could hide from her dreams.
She thought her fears were all in her imagination.
She couldn't imagine that after everything she'd been through, she could fall in love.
She was wrong.
An ancient society, one extraordinary letter, and the secret Alexandra Flynn would die for - again - to protect.
For Lexi, life had always been - normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Her life quickly becomes the opposite of normal when Ren Miller moves to the small community where she lives. Mysterious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Lexi discovers Ren is no stranger. They've met before - in another life.
When Ren pulls her into his bizarre world of past lives and secret societies, all bets are off. They become the targets of the Sentori, an ancient, secret society who believes it must protect the sanctity humankind by killing those like Lexi and Ren, those who are reborn.
In an effort to protect Ren from the Sentori, Lexi is forced to enlist the aid of the most unlikely of all allies. Her decision ignites a series of events that lead to a heartbreaking decision and a devastating conclusion.
If your life was all you had to give, wouldn't you give it to save the only person you ever loved?
Thirty Seconds to Die draws the reader deeply into a story of danger and flight, of love and hate, and of the extraordinary power of the spirit - human or otherwise.
This is the second novel in the Thirty Seconds To Die series. Ren and Lexi's story continues...
"Love is whatever you can still betray.
Betrayal can only happen if you love."
- John le Carre
Against the odds, Lexi Flynn closed the passage for the souls. Fleeing to Alaska was a heartbreaking decision that has left her feeling devastated and alone. She wishes that her life could go back to normal. But as the protector for the passage and being pursued by superhuman assassins, it’s hard to tell what normal is. Just as she hits rock bottom, Ren sweeps in as her hero.
Refusing to let her go, he attempts to rebuild her trust. What no one knows is that Ren needs Lexi to save him from his own devastation when a dark family secret is uncovered. Transformed by their decisions, their choices become irrevocable as they learn that some secrets should remain hidden.
Lexi must fight to save those she loves while dealing with the conflicting emotions of grief, forgiveness, love, and while discovering the strength of her own identity.
Terrible Lies author S.G. Holster’s second book of the Thirty Seconds to Die series, is an exciting journey with twists, heartbreak, romance and sacrifice.
S. G. Holster Bio:
S.G. HOLSTER lives in California with her husband and their two daughters. She is the author of the THIRTY SECONDS TO DIE series. The third and final book in the series, Heartlines, will be published late in 2014.