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    Cover Reveal: Soul Catcher

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    Soul Catcher (The Soulkeepers Series #4) by G.P. Ching

    Slated for release in March!

    Find it on GOODREADS

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    If you’ve gotten this far you’re doing way better than I did when I first set eyes on this cover. Unless, of course, you’ve checked out the clock and discovered that an hour or more has passed since you arrived here.

    If that’s the case, I’d say we’re pretty much even.

    I really had no intention of taking part in a cover reveal this week as I already had a few things scheduled for the blog. But when I saw this cover I just had to say YES! Because I had to have this cover on my blog… and not months from now when the book actually releases.

    Aside from the very swoon-worthy Dane with the icy blue eyes… yes there is an aside thank you very much… this cover tells an amazing story. There are many elements to this cover… I guess I could say it’s multi-faceted… and each one of them means something to the story. So as not to be redundant, check out the “About the Cover” section below to find out more.

    But I love all the covers in this series. Each one of them is meaningful to the story contained within. And I love each of the colors chosen for the individual series books, which look amazing on their own, but together they seem even more dazzling. I love the rich and vibrant greens in the cover with Malini. I love the warmth of the purples in Dr. Silva’s cover. And now I love the orange-y/amber tones in the cover with Dane.

    Of course Dane is quite captivating himself….

    The covers are all so vivid and make such a visual statement. They all look absolutely gorgeous together side-by-side and I love that each one features a different character.

    I think this cover for SOUL CATCHER and the cover for book two, WEAVING DESTINY, work together in perfect harmony with their just slightly more subdued colors, their darker shadows and the fact that they both feel very mysterious.

    I find I am absolutely transfixed by all the different details that catch my eye, keep me intrigued and make me want to get my hands on this latest addition to the series. I can only hope the wait for release date doesn’t feel too long.

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    About-the-Book

    Dane Michaels has been to Hell and back and isn’t interested in repeating the experience. But as a human caught up in the Soulkeeper’s world, his life isn’t exactly his own. No one can explain why Dane was allowed through the gates of Eden, but it’s changed everything. Now, the only one who can make him feel safe is Ethan, the telekinetic Soulkeeper with a dark past and a heart of gold.

    When Malini asks Dane to be part of a mission to find the last Soulkeeper, Cheveyo, more than one team member thinks she’s tempting Fate. But Malini suspects Fate has had a hand in Dane’s life for some time and that he could be the key to unraveling Lucifer’s latest plan of attack.

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    About-the-Cover

    Adam Bedore of Anjin Design creates all of the covers for The Soulkeepers Series.

    Book four revolves around Dane, pictured here, and introduces Cheveyo, a Hopi indian boy and the last Soulkeeper on the list Dr. Silva conjured in book 3. Cheveyo is represented by the dream catcher and adobe wall behind Dane.  Fate, also known as Fatima, plays a role in the story.  You can see her shadow hanging from the red stone in the dream catcher. (Yes, she is represented as a spider. She is a master weaver after all!)

    And if you think there is something up with that shadow behind Dane, you are not mistaken.  There’s more to him than meets the eye.

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    About-the-Author

    GP Ching

    G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, The Grounded Trilogy, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, a brittany spaniel named Riptide Jack and a very demanding guinea pig.

    Find her: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads | YouTube

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    If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the earlier books in the series…

    The first book in the series, THE SOULKEEPERS, is currently being offered as a free Kindle download at Amazon, HERE.

    And if you’d like to learn more about each of the first three books, just click the image below to be taken to the series on Goodreads.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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….

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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?

    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.

    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?

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

    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?

    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.

    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?

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

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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?

    I’ll never tell.

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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
    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/

    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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    My Reading Pile #55

    I went a little trade crazy lately. Some of those books showed up in my mailbox this week and I hope the rest will show up next week. I have a seriously difficult time saying no. Even if I know I won’t be able to read the book, I have high hopes.

    While many choose to go on book buying bans, I may have to try that out with trades. Anyway….

    As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    I received all the books in my mailbox this week from a trade with another blogger. Two are already spoken for – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar I offered up for giveaway and Timepiece I traded for specifically to pass along to Jaime of Two Chicks On Books since I haven’t yet read Hourglass.

    I am hoping to read The Immortal Rules before release, which is also on NetGalley and which I know I dupli-traded with another blogger for a copy, but I haven’t yet received it.

    And I am excited to read Arise to see where the story is headed, so I’m hoping things quiet down in May so that I get the chance.

    As I haven’t read the first book in the A Need So Beautiful series I am hoping I’ll have time to read it and this sequel before release. I’ve heard the first book was amazing. Ah, hope….

    And in addition to the first pile of awesome, I received – on loan – an ARC of Shine from Patricia and Jaime of Two Chicks On Books. I am hoping to get to read it next week or I will have to pass it along to the next person on the list. I am not looking forward to yet another series ending book, but I’m told this is a great ending to the series.

    And they also sent me some lovely swag. I especially like the validation sticker that says that it’s okay to read YA!

    And last, but definitely not least, I received this wonderful Sweet Evil swag from author Wendy Higgins. And yes, it’s all signed. One of the bookmarks is for me, along with the mini and the rest I will be giving away along with five copies of Sweet Evil that I will be pre-ordering in April. These bookmarks are absolutely gorgeous as is Kaidan Rowe who is a character that everyone just has to meet.

    While none of the books I received this week are going on my reading pile…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (April 1 – April 7, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Return to Eden by G.P. Ching. I received an eARC from the author in anticipation of the Return to Eden blog tour I’ll be participating in next week. I actually started reading it so I should finish it tomorrow and possibly have some time this week to catch up on a few missed reads from previous weeks.

    I am sad to see the trilogy end. I’ve loved getting to know the characters in the author’s The Soulkeepers series. With each book the action gets ratcheted up a level. Plus, each story is told from a different character’s point of view, making each peek into the world a completely new experience.

    In this final book in the series it’s Dr. Silva’s turn. And I can’t wait to find out if she’ll have a happy or tragic ending to her story. Plus, I am dying to find out just what has been going on with Jacob and Malini and exactly what happened after that new development at the end of Weaving Destiny.

    I am such a huge fan of the series and the author and I am seriously hoping that this series won’t end with me in tears….

    Next up on the pile is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. After creating my post yesterday it has absolutely been calling to me and I just had to put this book back on the pile this week. I had hoped to read it a few weeks ago but ran out of time, but I just can’t wait anymore.

    I won’t ramble on endlessly about how amazing this book sounds – as I just did that yesterday – but it does. And I can’t wait to enter this plague-ridden world and meet Araby, Elliott and Will. I can’t wait to experience just what life is like in the Debauchery Club. And I can’t wait to find out who the Red Death will claim.

    Yes, there are a lot of things I can’t do when it comes to this book. But I can – and will – read it this week no matter what.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would love to read Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. It was one of the books I was going to request, but then received a copy through a trade. I am curious to see how the werewolf aspect factors in, but it also sounds like a great murder mystery and I love trying to puzzle those out.

    I’m sure I won’t get a chance to read it this week, but I am definitely wishing I could.

    Those left behind:

    I’m falling even further behind. But only because I’ve been having some vision issues which kept me from reading or blogging as much as I’d have liked this past week. So, I still have to finish last week’s reads which I’ve started reading, but had to set aside.

    And I still have to catch up on The Hunger Games trilogy as I’ll be reading The Girl Who Was On Fire next week.

    I did finish reading Forgiven from the previous week, though I still have to write my review. And I am about halfway through The Hunger Games, though I did end up seeing the movie which has completely changed the reading experience.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not request any new books on NetGalley this week which is a really good thing because I’m so far behind. But I just know that if I were to take a peek there would be a ton of really amazing titles worth requesting….

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    I feel like a seriously terrible blogger as I have been somewhat absent from blogging and reading this past week because of the eye issues. And I’ve been staying off the computer – and my phone – as much as possible to see if that helps.

    But a week with hardly any reading or blogging has been utterly torturous so I plan on getting back to it this week. And possibly catching up on all those unread email waiting for me….

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Cover Reveal: Return to Eden

    Return to Eden by G.P. Ching

    Book Three in The Soulkeepers Series

    Coming Winter 2012

    I am so glad I didn’t miss the chance to reveal the cover for G.P. Ching’s next book in The Soulkeepers Series. I absolutely loved the first two books and was incredibly excited about the newly designed covers.

    So, when I saw the cover for Return to Eden I just had to post it on the blog.

    The first book in the series, The Soulkeepers was released in June and is currently a free eBook download from Amazon. The second book in the series, Weaving Destiny, was released in September and this third book, Return to Eden, will be releasing later this winter.

    MY THOUGHTS

    This is by far my favorite of the three covers. While I love how vivid the colors are in each of the covers, I am always most partial to purple. And the purple in this cover is rich and bright and incredibly eye-catching.

    I love the contrast between the purple and the model’s platinum blonde hair. And it seems to make the color of her ice blue eye stand out even more.

    The artist added such a great touch with the reflection of the feathers in her eye. It’s small details like this that really make a difference.

    I love the continuity with the red stone and I’m so curious to see how the feathers relate to the story.

    And I just have to add that the description for this book sounds absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read this installment of the series and find out whether Dr. Silva decides to make a deal with the Devil.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    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.

    ABOUT THE COVER

    Adam Bedore of Anjin Design creates all of the covers for The Soulkeepers Series. The first two books featured Jacob and Malini to reflect the point of view of the main characters.

    Return to Eden is told from multiple points of view. Jacob, Malini, Mara and Henry are back, but the main story line is about Dr. Abigail Silva. You only see half of her face on this cover, and isn’t that always how it is with Dr. Silva? She’s never shown us her true or entire self.

    This is also the first cover where the character isn’t wearing the red stone. Instead, the stone is looming like a blood moon behind her. You might not be able to tell at first glance, but the pattern in her eye and behind her is of falling feathers. Once again, Adam has created a cover that captures the beauty and dark mystery of the story.

    PLACES TO STALK

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s BLOG

    The book’s fanpage on FACEBOOK

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    The Extras: Teasers #8

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were quite a few passages to choose from, all of which tease, so it made things very difficult. I tend to love all things sarcastic, but decided to go for something a bit more on the steamy side without being too revealing.

    Because, I figure, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to read it yourself. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex and Aiden:

    Breathing became difficult as we continued to stare at one another. His dark waves had fallen forward into his eyes. He wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t even if I’d wanted to. I didn’t. Oh, gods, I didn’t want to move ever. I saw the moment he recognized the change in me. Something shifted in those eyes of his and his lips parted.

    This is one book that’s not all about the love story. It’s eerie so I knew I had to choose a passage that fit. And while I would have loved to tease something about the closet it would have been just too revealing.

    And so here’s just a little something to lure you into Frost House.

    Leena:

    Over the summer I kept thinking what good luck it was I’d stumbled upon Frost House that day. If I’d believed in anything more mystical than textbook facts back then, I might have wondered if it had been fate. I have no idea, now, if fate exists. But I do know one thing about the day I found Frost House:

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

    When I think of the word “teaser” when it comes to this book, the first – and only – thing that comes to mind is Mirko. He is such an unbelievable tease.

    While there are many, many scenes which showcase just what a tease he is, I thought this one about a completely innocent training session was totally tease-worthy.

    Brooke and Mirko:

    We intertwined and melded our bodies together in intimate ways. I tried not to think about that, but there were moments when his warm breath blew across my neck, or his leg stroked the inside of my thigh, which kept the thought fresh in my mind.

    In this epic book there were a lot of wonderful scenes to choose from. From heartbreak to longing to despair, the entire story feels like one long tease. So I tried to find a passage that has just a little bit of everything in it.

    And because it’s a teaser, I won’t say who the boy is.

    Elisa and…

    Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine….

    This book is romantic and charming and sweet with so many lovely moments that will just draw you into the story.

    But the biggest tease, and my favorite, has to be in the preface, which I’ve only included just a tiny glimpse at.

    Liz and…

    “Your boyfriend won’t mind if you dance with someone else?” a familiar voice whispered in my ear, barely audible over the loud, trancelike music….

    He pulled me closer before I could respond to the question. His arms wrapped around my waist, and I rested my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and inhaling the sweet scent of pine coming off his skin.

    I included my favorite line in my review, which came from a much longer scene that I loved.

    Well, just to tease a little more, here is a peek at the paragraph right before that one line.

    Elise and…

    And I liked the feeling of being almost crushed, of being so much smaller than him, of his body enveloping mine, and of his mouth hot against my lips.

    It was tricky to find a short enough passage to tease without giving anything away about where this story is headed or just how this story ends.

    So, here is just a small one that gives a little insight into how Anya thinks.

    Anya and Win:

    I knew I wasn’t supposed to care what Win thought of me anymore, but I did. Had I known he was coming, I might have had time to steel myself against him. I might have refused him altogether. But my feet kept walking me ineluctably toward the table where he sat…

    As with the first book in this series there are so many beautiful passages. But since I had to choose something that teases, I thought I’d choose one that pulls you into this story right from the start.

    It certainly left me dying to read more. And yes, I am not revealing who the characters are on purpose.

    He’d moved in closer. While her eyes were closed, he’d stepped forward until the back of his hand brushed the bare skin above her elbow. The contact made her ache to close what little space was left between them. It stirred something deep within her. Every inch of her became super sensitive, her flesh reaching out for him, knowing he was the source of some unknown thrill.

    The only way to tease this book is with just how frightful and disturbing Furnace Penitentiary is. And since most of the book is set in Furnace, it’s all pretty much the stuff of nightmares.

    So, here is just a little something that hints at what Furnace has to offer its residents. And it isn’t even one of the more gruesome ones or ones that top my list of favorites. But it’s still seriously awesome.

    Alex:

    The wail of the siren cut out, and at the same time a thousand red lights embedded in the prison walls burst into life. I was plunged into a thick, choking silence, like someone had thrown me into a pool of blood. I saw the world in shades of red and black, and quickly found myself praying for night again. At least you can hide in the dark.

    As I mentioned just days ago, this entire book is filled with gorgeous, amazing and enticing passages. I listed one of my favorites in my review, but here’s another peek at just one more.

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

    Everything is on fire. My cheeks my hands the pit of my stomach and I’m drowning in waves of emotion and a storm of fresh rain and all I feel is the strength of his silhouette against mine and I never ever ever ever want to forget this moment. I want to stamp him into my skin and save him forever.

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    Lie or Die Flash Fiction Showdown: Submit Your Idea


    Lie or Die Flash Fiction Showdown

    Step 1: Submit Your Idea Now!

    Here is your chance to come up with a story idea and have not 1 but 5 authors spin it into an 800 word flash fiction tale! That’s 5 different YA paranormal authors with their own style and their own creativity taking your idea in 5 directions!

    Where will they go? You’ll have to wait until Oct 19th to find out.

    But, for now, get your story idea in!

    You have from Sept 29, 2011 to Oct 8th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST to submit your ideas by choosing characters, conflict and abilities.

    Details are in the form at the bottom of the post. Only entries into the form will be considered.

    Anyone can enter their idea (open to international) and the winning idea will win a print book of their choice from one of the participating authors.

    What should you enter?

    Well, seeing as all of the authors are YA Paranormal writers,  chances are anything to do with a hot, young heroine/hero of the non-human type will spark their interest.

    But, so could a grotesque villain…. Should it be regular old Earth or a dystopian world? Should unicorns frolic and mermaids flap about? Should there be a love triangle? YOU DECIDE!

    Here’s an example

    Characters – “Bill” – a male vampire, tall, dark and boring, prefers computers to good times, over 150 years old. “Sookie” – a female human, blond, barmaid, perky, Southern, sweet and hospitable but will resort to extreme violence when provoked.

    Conflict – Someone wants Sookie dead. People she knows are being killed and it looks like Sookie is next. AND, there’s a new vampire in town. He’s tall, blond, sexy and powerful. While Bill may be old reliable, there’s just something about Eric that she can’t resist.

    Abilities – “Bill” – speed, strength, can heal with his blood. “Sookie” – telepathic, good with a shotgun.

    The Judges

    On Oct 9th, our 5 expert judges a.k.a fabulous bloggers Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads,  A Life Bound by Books and Taking it One Book at a Time, will choose THE IDEA, based purely on what sounds like the most fun to read about and announce it at Sunday, 6pm EST.

    From there, the authors will have 10 days to take the idea and run with it.

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    UPDATE: Starting Friday, 9/30, for a daily chance to win an eBook from Amazon of one of the participating author’s books of your choice, submit your idea and tweet the following:

    “I submitted my story idea for the #LieOrDie event! Go submit yours!”

    You only need to submit one idea, but you can have a chance to win an eBook each day through October 8th, by tweeting and spreading the word. The daily winners will be announced on Twitter.

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    For more details about the Lie or Die event, CLICK HERE to visit the official event page.

    Want to know a little bit more about the authors participating?

    SM Reine

    SM Reine is a writer and graphic designer obsessed with werewolves, the occult, and collecting swords. Her YA fantasy books, “Six Moon Summer” and “All Hallows’ Moon,” have been praised as “fresh and fast-paced” and “captivating.”

    Sara spins tales of dark fantasy to escape the drudgery of the desert, where she lives with her husband and the Helpful Baby.

    G.P.Ching

    Author of The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny (DarkSide Publishing, 2011) and rebel suburbanite who makes wicked cookies, kicks patootie at Guitar Hero, and thinks guinea pigs are the perfect pet.

    Visit her at www.gpching.com.

    Tiffany King

    Hi, my name is Tiffany King, the author of the Paranormal/Romance YA novels “Meant to Be” and “Forgotten Souls” and I’m practically a native Floridian. My family and I have been here for the last fourteen years and have gotten quite used to the mild winters and scorching summers.

    I went back to school when I turned 31 and will finish up this spring. I wrote my book “Meant to Be” two years into my degree program and put it on hold while I finished school. Of course my degree has nothing to do with writing *drat* but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to keep writing.

    During this process with “Meant to Be” I discovered just how much I love to write and I have many story ideas tucked away.

    Megan Duncan

    Megan Duncan, author of Released and the soon-to-be-released Savor, is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.

    K.A.Tucker

    Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

    Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. Asylum, the sequel to Anathema,  will be released January, 2012.

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    SUBMIT YOUR IDEA

    The winning idea has been chosen! See it all HERE. And thank you so much to everyone who submitted their ideas! They were so amazing! Seriously, think about writing your own stories with those characters, abilities and conflicts! Why not follow along with the authors, or try to start it out on November 1st and participate in NaNoWriMo!

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    The Crush List #4

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent is a brand new crush and my very first one on an adult read since I started blogging last year. It’s a pretty fierce one as I’m still crushing and It’s been over a month since I read it.

    This is the first adult paranormal/urban fantasy series I’ve actually gotten excited about since I discovered Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. And I have a feeling this has now blown the door wide open to a whole new world of books I’ll be stalking.

    Why I’m crushing: A dark and dangerous world. Seriously wicked powers. A totally kick-a** heroine. A love that won’t die. A sexy and powerful hero. A murder. A mystery. Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. Heart-pounding action. Hot, hot, hot. And a cliff that will leave you hanging.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a crush with a few miles on it, but is not one that’s ready to quit any time soon. The crush sparked to life before I even got a glimpse at the first page. I crushed on the idea of it before I even knew what to expect. The spark turned to flame when I read the novella and that flame turned into an inferno when I first read the ARC.

    Before the second read, the crush was still burning bright, and it continued right on through that last page turn and beyond. It’s gotten so bad that I just want to pick it back up and start all over again.

    Why I’m crushing: Forbidden love. Deadly enemies. A feisty and reckless heroine. The perfect smokin’ hot hero. All roads lead to heartbreak. Inescapable fate. Trouble on the horizon. A prophecy. I’m seeing broken triangles in the future. Secrets. Lots and lots of secrets.

    Between the Lines by Tammara Webber is a crush newbie and one I did not anticipate having. Aside from contemporary young adult books that would make my heartbreak row, I didn’t think I’d actually love one enough to be crushed. But I did. And I am.

    It hits that perfect balance between being light and fun and bittersweet and tension-filled. Just the right mix to give me an itty bitty crush and then some.

    Why I’m crushing: It’s flirty. It’s fun. It’s all sorts of yummy. Hot, but not too hot. Sad, but not the soul-sucking despair kind. A love story. Heartache but not heartbreak. Two very smexy boys. Not just surface fluff, this one digs way deeper.

    Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching is a new crush piled on top of an existing crush. I have been crushing on The Soulkeepers since I read it last spring. But that crush was nothing compared to just how I’m crushing now that there are two books in this series.

    I honestly didn’t believe my crush would change all that much from book one to book two. I’m not usually one who loves a character switch-up, so there was some fear my crush might fade during the read, but it actually grew and I found a whole new set of things to crush on.

    Why I’m crushing: Bendy and twisty. Snarks and LOL’s. Girl power. A dance with Death. Calling all corpses. A quest times two. A secret world. An undecided future. A title that says it all.

    City of Bones is a seriously ancient crush, bordering on obsession. This series might have ended up on heartbreak row, if things had gone the way I thought they were going. I know I felt totally heartbroken at various points during my read of City of Glass, but fortunately City of Bones was all about the crush.

    And crush, I did. This one slammed me to the ground, knocked my breath from my body and left me reeling for weeks. I crushed so hard that I had to re-read it (and the other two books in the series written at the time) over and over and over again before the spell was broken and I could move on to another book.

    Why I’m crushing: The world – what a wonderful world. The writing – unbelievably stunning, vivid, bewitching writing. The characters – Clary=adorable, Jace=*sigh* *drool* *swoon* *faint* *sigh*. Original. Shadowhunters. Magical. Jace. Amazing. Jace. Heart-pouding action. Jace. Demons.

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    No, I did not choose these books because purple- and green-toned covers look pretty on the same page. It was just happenstance.

    Of course there is another book with a green cover, releasing today, that I’m having a serious crush-attack on right now. (Hint, if you must have one: It’s by the author of the book on top of this crush list. Need I say more?) But as I already listed it amongst my past crushes, I can’t very well put it on the crush list again. At least this soon, anyway.

    No vampire books this time around, sadly. Although there may just be a vampire or two in one of them, they aren’t the focus so it just doesn’t count. But there are plenty of paranormals with super amazing abilities to keep me crushing for at least another month.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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