The Art of Falling Forever by Ivy Bateman



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A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.

Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as

more than her mother’s friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town’s Christmas Pageant, Eilam

reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they

could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.

While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being

in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her

estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.

The doorbell chimed, causing Amy to nearly jump out of her skin. She glanced at the

clock. It was almost five, which meant that it could only be Eilam and he was now the last

person she wanted to see. Tracy demanding she explain her new attitude, Troy begging her to

take him back—either scenario would have been preferable to what waited for her on the other

side of her front door.

The bell chimed again, followed by insistent knocking. “Amara, I know you’re in there.

If you don’t open the door I will be forced to break it down which, as I’m sure you’ve figured out,

would blow my cover.”

Amy smiled a little. He somehow knew that she’d discovered the truth. She remembered

his voice on the phone, his suspicious tone. He must have guessed or known she would soon be

on a path of discovery. But how? She touched her cheek. Of course, the kiss.

“Please let me in. There’s so much you need to know.”

Amy pushed herself to standing, taking the box of secrets with her. She placed it on the

table in the living room and then went to the front door. She opened it, slowly and cautiously,

blocking Eilam’s immediate entry with her body.

“Amara, please don’t be afraid.”

“Why not? You give me so much to be afraid of, being a shapeshifter, or whatever it is

you are, who haunts the women in my family. I think you should go.”

“No, I’m not going to go. Not until you’ve given me a chance to explain myself. I don’t

mean to be firm with you, but please let me in.”

Amy looked at his beaten fedora, his crinkled coat, his bright blue eyes, and his wispy

white eyebrows. There was nothing malicious in his demeanor and yet he was changed. He

seemed older in a seen a lot of time kind of way, and stronger too. She couldn’t help feeling he

was now a stranger, but Amy had to trust her mother would not let her be in the presence of a


When she was just nine, this girl began her journey for a life on the stage. Attempts

were made, classes were taken, lessons were well learned but, at the end of the day, a decision

to live life off the stage was made. But all was not lost. While at college she met the love of her

life and his support and strength has helped her to see that she has talent waiting around many


When the stage beckons, she answers its call, and her new passion for writing has

enhanced many of her theatre dreams and as well as the occasional book, she now occasionally

writes a play.

The love of her life generously reads everything she writes and although he may not

always be her muse, he is always her biggest fan.

The Art of Falling Forever is Ivy’s sixth release with Breathless press. Between the

Lines, Ivy’s first Breathless Press release was released in January, 2012. This was followed by

The Fifth Story in September, 2012, Baby, You’re Cold Inside in December, 2012, Christmas Eve

Surprise in December, 2013 and I’ll Call You Alice in August, 2014 that was released on its and

as part of the anthology Wonderland Tales.

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