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Return To Eden Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway

Ever since I first discovered author G.P. Ching’s The Soulkeepers, I was intrigued. I loved meeting Jacob and learning about the world of the Soulkeepers. And as the author is an amazing writer, it was just so easy to fall in love with her story and her characters.

So when she asked if I’d like to be a part of the tour, my answer was a resounding “yes.” And while I do plan on posting a review for Return to Eden soon, for today’s tour stop I got to ask one of the more interesting characters in the series, Mara Kane, just a few non-spoiler-y questions.

If that weren’t enough, the author is offering up just a few things for giveaway. The details and Rafflecopter form for entry follow below the interview.

And as I am such a huge fan of this series, I am offering up a set of all three books in the series for giveaway, too.

If you haven’t yet discovered this series, be sure to check out the Goodreads descriptions for the first book, The Soulkeepers, and the second book, Weaving Destiny.

And here is just a little bit about the third book in the series.

About the Book

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Dr. Abigail Silva has waited over 10,000 years for redemption and a chance at a real relationship with the angel she loves. But when you’re made from evil itself, it’s hard to remember if salvation is worth the wait.

With Lucifer’s plan coming to fruition, she must decide if God’s offer of humanity is all it’s cracked up to be, or if a deal with the devil is the more promising solution.

Find it: The SoulKeepers Website, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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And if you haven’t yet “met” the author, be sure to check out my interview with her which I conducted as part of the Weaving Destiny blog tour last September or this bio that I borrowed from her website.

About the Author

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I was born the youngest child of five to a florist and a sheet metal worker. Writing has always been important to me. My first story, The Dog Who Ate Pancakes was about a gastronomically snooty labrador. I was six when I wrote it. I think my mom still has that one somewhere.

I have degrees in Accounting and Nursing and have short stories published in a bunch of places. I’ve worked in an odd concoction of jobs, too. I’ve been a nurse, flower salesperson, a christmas tree decorator, a figure skating instructor, a bartender, an IT portfolio manager, a business process architect, and most recently a mom. But none of them define who I am better than to simply say I’m a writer.

I hang out with writerly types who have bad allergies and spend too much time in libraries and book stores. I read daily. I like a wide range of music from classics like Aerosmith, to newer classics like Muse, and indies like The Kills. I run, bike, ski, and figure skate. I’m bad at ball sports but still play because I like to make people laugh.

Cooking is a hobby of mine, especially asian dishes which my husband appreciates because it reminds him of his days growing up on Oahu. He moved to Illinois to marry me. We have two awesome kids.

Some people are dog people, some cat people, but I’m a guinea pig person. I think they are the perfect pet and spoil ours regularly. (We don’t have a cage, we have a habitat!)

I live in Illinois with my husband, two kids, and Mr.Pig. Here’s a little video of him.

Find her: Twitter, FacebookWebsite

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So, now that you’ve had the chance to learn a bit about the series and the author behind the series, I’d love to welcome Mara Kane to the blog. For those of you who hadn’t met her in Weaving Destiny, Mara is an incredibly beautiful Soulkeeper with a bit of a traumatic past and a seriously awesome ability. Which I’ll let Mara tell you about herself….

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Q. When we first met you, you had been the only Soulkeeper in Chicago. Your Helper had died and so it was just you battling the Watchers all by yourself. It sounds like it would have been pretty scary but yet you managed to survive. What would you say was the most interesting experience you had?

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The first Watcher I killed on my own was a man posing as a nurse in the retirement home where I worked. You always think your Helper will be there for you. It was difficult for me to trust my instincts once he was gone, especially when the person I suspected was a trusted adult. But I felt this pull towards this guy and not in a good way. Then I noticed his patients would be depressed for days after his care. There was a higher death rate. Some people disappeared. I probably waited longer than I should have to be sure he was what I thought he was, but I took him out over a smoke break during the night shift on a Tuesday. His body melted into an oily puddle and drained into the sewer. The administration assumed he went AWOL and that was that.

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Fiktshun: Wow…. These Watchers sound absolutely awful. Preying upon people in a retirement home is despicable. I’m so glad you were able to get the courage to take this one down on your own. And I hope you don’t feel guilty for waiting. It’s better to be absolutely sure. I’m just glad you got him. And ewwww. Oily puddle. Yuck.

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Q. When did you first learn that there were other Soulkeepers? Did you try to find them before Dr. Silva came and got you? Was Jacob the first Soulkeeper you’d met?

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When you become a Soulkeeper, your Helper tells you about the other Soulkeepers, but until recently we were not encouraged to find each other. The reason was that everyone believed you were born in a certain area for a purpose and you needed to stay and work in that area. Watchers historically are unorganized, and spread out so that their kills don’t draw too much human attention. I did move around with my Helper, but only because we were following Watcher activity. Dr. Silva was brilliant to recognize the Watchers were organizing and we needed to come together. The first Soulkeeper I met was my Helper but, Jacob was the first Horseman I’d met, the first one who was like me.

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Fiktshun: Ah…. That explains why you were on your own so long. And yes it was absolutely brilliant of Dr. Silva to see the signs. It was a good thing you showed up when you did. While Malini may not have been thrilled initially, I think in the end she realized just how much of a good thing it was. And I think Jacob being the first Horseman you’d met explains so much more…hmmmm…..

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Q. You first learned about being a Soulkeeper when you were twelve in a rather dramatic and shocking way. And while it wasn’t the easiest way to learn about who you were, you did mention it helped to keep you grounded. Would you have changed that experience at all or do you think it does keep you from getting into all sorts of trouble? And why the Sponge Bob pajamas? A stuffed doll could have been a good reminder, too.

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There have been times in my life when I would have done anything to change my past but I have a new perspective now. I wouldn’t change a thing. If I did, my life might not have turned out the way it did. I’m happy now.

I like Sponge Bob. Still have a set that fits me!

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Fiktshun: That’s so good to hear. In the end being happy is what matters. And ha! You still wear the Sponge Bob PJ’s. :)

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Q. You had to spend just over a year in a psychiatric facility when no one would believe you had any abilities. Did you ever just try to show them? And why didn’t you just stop time and try and escape?

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Would you find it easier to believe you could stop time or that you were crazy? I was there because I believed the lie and because I had no place else to go.

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Fiktshun: It’s always easier to believe you’re crazy. I’m so sorry you had no one to turn to.

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Q. Your Soulkeeper ability is probably the coolest one I’ve seen. Being able to stop and restart time allows you to do all sorts of things. Aside from using it to keep safe from the Watchers, what was the most fun you had with your ability? What pranks did you pull?

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Ha. There may have been a time or two, but I’ll never admit it.

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Fiktshun: Darn! I was so hoping you’d spill the beans!

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Q. You mentioned that the ringing of a bell stops and starts time for you. But have you tried it with anything else? Or does it have to be a bell?

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Yeah, in the beginning.  Sometimes it worked for a few seconds but it was like writing with your non-dominant hand or walking backwards. Not effective and definitely not something you’d want to rely on when battling Watchers.

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Fiktshun: That actually makes it scarier. If anything happened to that bell…. Actually, I don’t want to think about what could have happened. Scary. Very scary.

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Q. You also use lollipops to keep you focused. Are there any particular flavors that keep you more focused than others? What’s your favorite flavor? And do you prefer a standard lollipop, one with a Tootsie Roll center or one with gum in the middle?

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I’m a fan of Savannah Blueberry flavored Dum Dums.

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Fiktshun: Oh those are super blue and super tiny. But they are yummy. Great choice!

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Q. When you stop time your body temperature lowers. Has it ever gotten so cold that you were worried it might kill you?

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Fortunately, if I get too cold, my power shuts down and I warm up. It’s like how they say you can’t kill yourself by holding your breath. But yeah, it’s scary to get to the point where you lose your ability to choose and everything goes dark.

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Fiktshun: Well, that’s a relief. At least you can’t accidentally freeze yourself to death. Of course, having your power shut down in an emergency situation sounds dangerous, too.

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Q. Sorry for all the heavy questions, but there are just a few more that I’m sure people want to know. You knew Malini and Jacob were a couple. It was obvious to everyone that you were attracted to him. Even Malini could see that. What made you decide to kiss him even though you knew he was in love with someone else?

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To be fair, I knew they were together but they weren’t married or anything. I’m not proud to admit this, but I was lonely and Jacob was my first opportunity to be close to someone who understood exactly what I was. Plus, he’s a major hottie.

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Fiktshun: Yeah, Jacob is definitely a hottie. I could see why you were drawn to him. And being lonely really sucks.

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Q. Even when Jacob turned you down, you still held out hope for the two of you. Was it eternal optimism or just over-confidence that you were the better girl for him?

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Neither. I was bored, lonely, and we were compatible. I never felt like I was better than anyone else. Maybe I was just desperate for attention.

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Fiktshun: You definitely had a connection. And Jacob just has that way about him. Though I think it was more than just an attention grab….

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Q. You put on a tough front but Jacob has noticed a softer, more vulnerable side to you. Which is the real you?

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Fiktshun: Oh Mara! Well, since you won’t tell, I’ll just guess…. And I say the softer side. :)

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Q. In the end you did what was right and became a hero. And while I won’t say what exactly what you did, I think it’s the perfect segue into this next question. What was that first kiss with Henry like?

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Kissing Henry is like walking into a cool dark cave. You hear the flapping of wings and smell earth and black orchids. His lips sweep across yours, moonlight over dark water, and you drink him in, knowing he’s probably bad for you. But you can’t stop. You have to know what’s lurking in the darkness.

Well, that’s how it was for me anyway.

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Fiktshun: … … … You couldn’t have said it better. Though I think now every girl will want to kiss Henry.

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Q. If you could have any other Soulkeeper ability than the one you have, which would it be and why?

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I’m not sure. Every Soulkeeper’s abilities are so personal. It would be like using someone else’s toothbrush.  But I can tell you whose powers I would NEVER want to have. I would never want to be a Healer. Talk about pressure.

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Fiktshun: Ewww, sharing a toothbrush is one of my pet peeves. Yeah, if that’s the case, then if I had an ability I’d never want to try out someone else’s. But I agree with your choice about not wanting to be a Healer. There’s the pressure. And there’s also the pain. So not for me, either. Yours is way cooler.

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Well, enough of the heavy stuff. You’ve been extremely patient although you did take the easy road for a couple of those answers…. Let’s move on to something a bit more fun.

Quickie “This or That” and “Favorites” Questions

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Q. Stop time for fun or stop time for battle?

Battle

Q. Solo or with a group?

Solo

Q. Party shoes or combat boots?

Combat Boots

Q. Normal life or supernatural life?

What’s normal?

Q. Hunting or hiding?

Hunting!

Q. Salty or Sweet?

Sweet

Q. Books or Movies?

Books

Q. Feisty or fearful?

Feisty

Q. Naughty or nice?

Naughty

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Fiktshun: Why did only one of those answers surprise me? I thought you were awesome already, but now…. Well, I absolutely love that you are a fan of books over movies. So that makes you totally awesome!

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Seriously, though. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all those questions honestly. Your answers told me a bit more about who you are. I’m actually surprised you revealed as much as you did…. Or that you didn’t freeze time and take me down with your fierce fighting skills.

Just know, you are always welcome back! And if you ever want to answer those questions you said you’d never tell, my blog is always open.

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If you would like to enter MY international giveaway for a paperback set of all three books in the Soulkeepers series, CLICK HERE for details and to enter.

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Congratulations Beth! You’re the winner for my giveaway of a set of the Soulkeepers series that I’ll be ordering from Amazon. I’ll contact you by email and you’ll have 48 hours to respond with your details. I hope to hear from you!

Each week during the tour, author G.P. Ching is offering up a few $10 customized Visa Debit Cards. There are a total of ten cards being given away during the tour and three are up for grabs this week. So be sure to follow the tour each week for other chances to win.

Also up for grabs, to two winners, is a choice of an eBook from either G.P. Ching or any of the other Indelible authors, along with some of these absolutely gorgeous signed Soulkeepers bookmarks. They are so amazing that I may have to stop by another blog on the tour for a chance to win them for myself.

And for those of you who are in the US, you will be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE giveaway. The author will be giving away a personalized, signed paperback set of the three Soulkeepers books – The Soulkeepers, Weaving Destiny and Return To Eden –  to one winner at the end of the tour.

So definitely be sure to check out some…

Other Stops on the Tour

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April 1    http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/
April 5    All Things Books
April 9    Fiktshun (ME)
April 10  http://heathermccorkle.blogspot.com/
April 11  http://www.hedanicreations.net/topic/blog
April 12  http://thesouthernscrawl.blogspot.com/
April 13  YA Book Haven
April 15  http://jessie-harrell.blogspot.com/
April 17  http://ladysbookstuff.blogspot.com/
April 18  http://kreagslistofawsomebooks.blogspot.com/
April 19  http://mistygatlin.com/
April 21  http://www.thebookishbabes.blogspot.com/
April 22  http://merasyabooklist.blogspot.com/
April 23  http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/
April 26  http://www.lettersinsideout.net/
April 28  http://crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com/
April 29  http://www.the-top-shelf.com/
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To enter the author’s Weekly Giveaway and to be eligible for the Grand Prize Giveaway (if you are in the U.S.), just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget.

And if you are viewing this post via email, in order to enter the information on the Rafflecopter form you must click the link to visit the blog to enter.

I hope you enjoyed the interview and good luck in the giveaways!

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4 Responses to “Return To Eden Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway”

  1. laura thomas says:

    I remember the interview. Especially the Sponge Bob pajamas. Too cute:) I also would have chosen combat boots. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Holly says:

    I loved the first book in the series. Can’t wait to read the other two! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. why aren’t my comments showing T_T
    this is karma for making you sad…
    I own the first book, snatched it when it was free on amazon a long time ago…but I haven’t read it yet, I’m such a bad reader T_T
    Anyways…um………………………………..
    THis interview sparked my interest…specially…when I read something about her kissing someone who might be bad…~rubs imaginary beard~
    I’m won over…I’ll read the first one next month or before!!

  4. Mara says:

    Thanks for having me today!

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