THE SHEPHERD OF APATHY

I was lamenting time, and its cruelty, as I spoke with my husband about how much longer it takes now to get the kink of gray hair out of my mane. His response was a nonchalant shrug and a peppy, “Just think of how much time you’ll save once you stop caring!”

His words struck me like a bullet of carelessness and lodged deep between two ribs. To say they were uncomfortable would have been a gross understatement.
And I believe I’ve figured out why.

I think that I could handle everything else about growing old – the constant alarms for medication, the deterioration of my body parts and the terrible expense they accrue, the pain – if it weren’t for the loss of my looks.

What would society say to a man who had once been a genius, who loved solving the riddles of the universe, who took great pleasure in it, and whose existence was tied to the map of molecules beneath his skull – but who was now losing his mind and mourned the loss of his ability to think, the loss of that experienced pleasure in having defeated a mental problem with the workings of his beautiful brain?

They would mourn along with him, no doubt. They would lament the problems he could no longer solve. They would cluck their tongues and shake their heads at how unfair it was that time could take his love, this thing that he depended so much upon, away from him.
“Callously,” they would say. “Callously, time has done this. We hate time.”

Now imagine that time worked differently in our universe. Imagine it worked differently upon the body, causing the mind to go first, long before the skin sagged and hair turned gray. Imagine that tending to the molecules above the skull – the outer appearance of the physical form – was the attention that mattered more. Because it lasted longer. Because it was the “long run.” Imagine it was the thing that stuck with you through the better years of your life. Imagine that feeding the mind rather than the skin above it was a fleeting endeavor: Why bother? It won’t last. Pay attention to what does.

Imagine that genius now. The one we spoke of earlier – the man who cared so much about the inner working diagram of his brain, about the magnificent construction of his mind. Would society still lament his loss? Would empathy be shown? Or would they roll their eyes, and with a peppy shrug, say, “Everyone loses their minds. It happens to the best of us. Pay less attention to what’s inside and more to what really matters – your looks.”

For you see, it is time, and time alone, that determines what we as a whole judge to be important. But what is fleeting to some is crucial to others. What is meaningless to the masses is everything to the one.

The brightest candles burn out the quickest. The most beautiful stars in the night sky are the “stars” that are falling. And we, as time’s ignorant sheep, have no right to decide what is meaningful at all.

– Heather Killough-Walden
(aka, The Shallow)

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The Lost Angels: SAMAEL

In the fevered mind of Samuel Lambent, a storm brews. At its dark heart is a need unlike any other, the kind that ravishes the soul and lays waste to both kindness and sanity. And that storm is mirrored in the skies over Chicago.
The Culmination is approaching.
For Samuel Lambent is actually Samael – the Fallen One. He’s been dreaming of her, craving her, side-lined by an intense obsession that has all but consumed him. And now that he has actually seen Angel, the long lost fifth and final archess, he will stop short of absolutely nothing to obtain her, going so far as to break fundamental covenants… and make the ultimate sacrifice.

Angel watches the skies above with an anxious eye. She knows what the tempest means. The Fallen One has found her. His impossible influence and power stretch across vast miles, and his eyes call to her. Within their tumultuous gray is something her heart understands, no matter how it may not wish to.
There is a promise in Samael’s gaze. And it is that promise that keeps her running.
For if he claims her. If she gives in… the Culmination will ensue.
Life on Earth as she knows it will come to an end.
Angel will have surrendered everything.

All for the fierce and unforgivable love of the Fallen One.

Samael is the nail-biting, gut-clenching, heart-wrenching, long-awaited fifth and final installment in the highly acclaimed The Lost Angels series, by NYT and USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author, Heather Killough-Walden.
Coming August 29th, 2015.

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The Big Bad Wolf Series – IN PRINT!

Coming this July, beginning with book one, The Heat, is the New York Times bestselling, sizzling-hot paranormal romance series, The Big Bad Wolf – NOW IN PRINT!

The Heat:

Lily St. Claire is a southern girl, born and raised, and she has a soft spot in her heart for Baton Rouge. But when she returns after being out of town for a few years, she finds that things have changed. Katrina rearranged the city’s face, there are more people, the streets are meaner, and most importantly, the boy she had a crush on her entire childhood is all grown up. In a big, bad way.

Daniel Kane is the youngest police chief Baton Rouge has ever known. Standing well over two meters high, with a hard body, jet black hair that needs a cut, eyes like blue slate, and a quick mind, not much gets past him. But what could hold more sway than a handsome, young, competent chief of police? A handsome, young, competent chief of police who also happens to be a werewolf. And not just any werewolf, but an alpha.

Yet, all that power doesn’t seem to mean a damn thing when it comes to claiming the one thing he wants more than anything on Earth – the girl who, as far as he is concerned, was meant for him: Lily St. Claire. Not only is Lily head-strong, independent, and more than a little capable of slipping through his tightly gripped fingers, it turns out, Daniel’s not the only one who’s ready to claim her as his mate. And as bad luck would have it for Chief Kane, his competition is also an alpha werewolf.

And a notorious cold-blooded killer.

The Heat is the first book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Big Bad Wolf series by Heather Killough-Walden. Dig in and see why this series continues to receive world-wide acclaim, capturing the hearts and minds of thousands of paranormal romance fans around the globe. Also look for The Kings series, the bestselling paranormal romance spin-off series to the Big Bad Wolf.

NOW IN PRINT through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Heather-Killough-Walden/dp/1511813377/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437510974&sr=1-5&keywords=the+heat+heather+killough-walden

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Vampires, Devils, Blood – The Ultimate Love

Queen of Abaddon is the long awaited, third and final installment in the romantic fantasy Chosen Soul series by New York Times bestselling author, Heather Killough-Walden. Within its pages, the hunt is on, a war is waged, and the ultimate sacrifice is made – for a love that defies the gods, changes the rules, and turns back time.
At long last, it will be a cold day in Hell.

Amazon US site:
http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Abaddon-Chosen-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B00VCR5CYE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1427648362&sr=8-2&keywords=queen+of+abaddon

Amazon UK site:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-Abaddon-Chosen-Soul-Book-ebook/dp/B00VCR5CYE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427647040&sr=8-1&keywords=queen+of+Abaddon

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The Unseelie King is Here!

Darkness is the prettiest color….
The Unseelie King, book six in the acclaimed paranormal romance series, The Kings, is now available at eBook sellers everywhere!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unseelie-King-Kings-Book-ebook/dp/B00R5YJWBW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418969303&sr=1-2&keywords=the+unseelie+king

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unseelie-king-heather-killough-walden/1120818725?ean=2940150227187

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/495276

For thousands of years, two realms of unspeakable magic and mystery have existed in peace side by side. One is a land of light, of kindness, of dreams, and of color. The other is rendered in the gray lines of wickedness and seeped in the unbearable beauty of all that is forbidden. The first is ruled by the Seelie King. The other is ruled by Caliban… The Unholy.

Minerva Trystaine has always been the quiet twin, bullied by reality’s fierceness into a life of solitary sensitivity. What she witnesses, she feels. Living in a world that breeds one misfortune after another, she has had no choice but to sequester herself from outgoing life and any hope it might have otherwise offered her. She hides in her music, her hopes and dreams silent but for the harmony she gives them upon rare occasion, allowing them to be heard in perfect pitch by the rest of the world.

But when Minerva’s sister, Selene, is forced into a fantastical realm of supernatural magic and mystery and taken as queen of the seelie kingdom, the twins are reunited with a world they can scarcely remember – but could never forget. They are Wishers. Born of furious magic and fueled by the need for justice, Wishers are the most feared magic users in the fae realms. For this reason, they were all but annihilated thousands of years ago. Minerva and her sister are the last of a slaughtered breed.

Just as Selene accepts her place on the seelie throne, Minerva struggles to come to grips with her changed world. But as she faces off with her lost-and-found identity, and with the unbelievable power swimming through her veins, she realizes she must also contend with the fact that Wishers are no more safe in this day and age than they were millennia ago. Someone wants her dead.

And the one man she should probably fear most, the one fae lord more dangerous than any other, the notorious and cruel Leanan King – just happens to be the only man in all the realms who can protect her.

The Unseelie King is the sixth book in Heather Killough-Walden’s acclaimed paranormal romance series, The Kings. Within its pages, a dark lord finds long lost hope in a beautiful, powerful soul, a lost spirit finds faith in tempting and forbidden magic, and a fierce and willful love finds the unbelievable strength to do what must be done to survive against overwhelming odds.

Available now – the night of the Dark Moon, December 22, 2014.
(Releasing internationally in all eBook formats)

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The Unseelie King, (The Kings Book Six)

The Unseelie King, by Heather Killough-Walden

For thousands of years, two realms of unspeakable magic and mystery have existed in peace side by side. One is a land of light, of kindness, of dreams, and of color. The other is rendered in the gray lines of wickedness and seeped in the unbearable beauty of all that is forbidden. The first is ruled by the Seelie King. The other is ruled by Caliban… The Unholy.

Minerva Trystaine has always been the quiet twin, bullied by reality’s fierceness into a life of solitary sensitivity. What she witnesses, she feels. Living in a world that breeds one misfortune after another, she has had no choice but to sequester herself from outgoing life and any hope it might have otherwise offered her. She hides in her music, her hopes and dreams silent but for the harmony she gives them upon rare occasion, allowing them to be heard in perfect pitch by the rest of the world.

But when Minerva’s sister, Selene, is forced into a fantastical realm of supernatural magic and mystery and taken as queen of the seelie kingdom, the twins are reunited with a world they can scarcely remember – but could never forget. They are Wishers. Born of furious magic and fueled by the need for justice, Wishers are the most feared magic users in the fae realms. For this reason, they were all but annihilated thousands of years ago. Minerva and her sister are the last of a slaughtered breed.

Just as Selene accepts her place on the seelie throne, Minerva struggles to come to grips with her changed world. But as she faces off with her lost-and-found identity, and with the unbelievable power swimming through her veins, she realizes she must also contend with the fact that Wishers are no more safe in this day and age than they were millennia ago. Someone wants her dead.

And the one man she should probably fear most, the one fae lord more dangerous than any other, the notorious and cruel Leanan King – just happens to be the only man in all the realms who can protect her.

The Unseelie King is the sixth book in Heather Killough-Walden’s acclaimed paranormal romance series, The Kings. Within its pages, a dark lord finds long lost hope in a beautiful, powerful soul, a lost spirit finds faith in tempting and forbidden magic, and a fierce and willful love finds the unbelievable strength to do what must be done to survive against overwhelming odds.

Coming the night of the Dark Moon, December 22, 2014.
(Releasing internationally in all eBook formats)

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HKW MUSIC BOX LOCKETS!

Just in time for the holiday season, I give you the HKW Music Box Lockets! Four gorgeous music box lockets have been specially created by an amazing artist to represent four Heather Killough-Walden bestselling series. Each one possesses its own image and music, best suited for the series it represents.
(For instance, the HKW Neverland Series Music Box Locket features either a mermaid or pirate ship image and the song, “You Are My Sunshine.”)
For more information, or to purchase, visit Etsy’s shop Charsfavoritethings and click on the HKW Music Box Locket images. You can also visit Heather’s Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/killoughwalden or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Killough-Walden/204947809542189?ref=hl.
With each purchase, you will receive a handwritten thank you note from the author, bookmarks, and a coupon for a free eBook!
Now is your chance to obtain that beautiful, wearable, and utterly collectible piece of HKW literary history! Perfect for that HKW reader in your life! Happy Holidays!

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The Unseelie King – Coming December 22, 2014

The Unseelie King, by Heather Killough-Walden

…Lord Caliban, the Leanan King, the Unholy King – the Unseelie.

“The doors of his castle opened before him of their own accord. In the Unseelie Kingdom, every soul recognized his, as an animal sensing an oncoming earthquake or the rumble of a mighty storm. Ears perked and stone listened, and doors opened to make way. The sound of boots on stone echoed in the vast emptiness of the palace vast, sending shockwaves of preparation through the realm’s inhabitants. There was silence there, in those waiting eyes and those rapid beating hearts. But there was music as well. If it had been audible to a mortal, it would have sounded foreboding, beautiful but deadly. It was the haunting melody that welcomed a haunted sovereign to his solitary world and its dark and lonesome throne.”

For thousands of years, two realms of unspeakable magic and mystery have existed in peace side by side. One is a land of light and possibility. The other is drawn in the stark lines of wickedness and seeped in the unbearable beauty that comes with it. The first is ruled by the Seelie King. The other is ruled by Caliban.

The Unseelie King is the sixth book in Heather Killough-Walden’s acclaimed paranormal romance series, The Kings. Within its pages, a dark lord finds hope in a beautiful, powerful soul, its tempting and forbidden magic, and a fierce and willful love that he will have to fight as never before to claim as his own.

Releasing December 22, 2014
Preorder available through Smashwords November 28, 2014. Available in ALL eBook formats December 22, 2014.

 

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Update For My Readers

I thought I would write just a straight-forward blog for my readers who may be wondering about upcoming releases. In July of this year, I had a sporting accident, broke my back, and lost the use of my right leg. In August, I went through a series of neurological surgeons and exams. In September, I had major surgery. I developed a series of infections in two places on my body, and am now having complications that will require further tests and possibly more surgeries.
As you can imagine, this has caused release dates to be pushed back. However, I am hoping for two releases in the near future, believe it or not, one absolutely before the end of the year. You understand that I can make no promises about which books these will be, or what order they will be released in, especially since I am uncertain about possible upcoming surgeries.
The books I am currently working on are Queen of Abaddon (book three in the Chosen Soul series), the Unseelie King (book six in The Kings series), and Samael (book five in The Lost Angels series).
Samael, by the way, is slated for release in Fall of 2015. So, there’s one rock-solid release date. 🙂
At the moment, Warrior’s Angel is my latest release, which came out in August of this year, two months ago. It is only available as an eBook, but should be available in almost all eBook formats, and will soon be available as an audio book as well, through Tantor.
Thank you for reading and for following along with me on my literary journey. I post all significant literary updates on my FB pages and normally send out a newsletter announcement about them as well. Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Pinterest (where you can find exclusive information and images pertaining to my work.)
XOXO – Heather

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