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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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    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.

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    Author Interview + Giveaway: G.P. Ching

    I consider myself extremely lucky that author G.P. Ching stopped by to answer a few questions during the Weaving Destiny blog tour. The tour stopped here earlier in the week when I posted my review, but I’m so glad that the author agreed to stop by this weekend for an interview and a giveaway.

    As always, I may have asked a few too many questions, but she was kind enough to answer most of them. I love it when I can learn more about the author behind the book and get answers to as many bookish questions as I possibly can. And I’m happy to share those answers here with you today.

    About the Author

    Author of The Soulkeepers (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.

    About the Author Q’s

    Q. I can see from your bio that you took an interest in writing at a very early age. But your educational and career paths seem to have gone in a very different direction. What made you choose to obtain degrees in both accounting and nursing? And how did you manage to bring everything back to writing?

    My mother was a florist and my father was a sheet metal worker. I’m the youngest of five children and my parents sent every one of us to an expensive private school because they valued education. As you might expect with this scenario, there wasn’t a lot of disposable income, so I grew up with a healthy appreciation for money.

    When I went to college, I tested out of the writing requirement. I’d always excelled in the verbal subjects in school. But when I sat down with my counselor freshman year, the conversation went something like this: “What can I major in that only requires four years of school and will guarantee me a job making enough money to support myself?”  The answer that year was accounting.

    I always wrote stories. Writing is my first and deepest love. But because publishing can be fickle and income unsteady, most writers need something to fall back on.

    I finished The Soulkeepers while earning my second degree in nursing. I’m a registered nurse now but for various reasons, including my family and the books, I’ve never worked as a nurse.

    Q. The numerous jobs you held must provide a great set of experiences and stories to draw from for your writing. Have any of them made their way into your short stories or full-length novels? Anything that might make it into a future story or book?

    During high school and college I worked in a flower shop owned by a man. Laudners’ Flowers and Gifts is based on my experience there. I’ve always thought a flower shop was a perfect setting for human drama. People buy flowers for the extremes of life: births, deaths, weddings, etc. And I find it interesting that the floral industry survived the depression and is resilient during recession. People value the meaning behind flowers.

    Certainly nursing played a part in the hospital scenes incorporated into Weaving Destiny. And, believe it or not, my experience working for an insurance company inspired Malini’s background and character.

    Q. When is your favorite time of day to write? Do you have the luxury of having a set time each day to focus on your writing or is it more of a “whenever you can” situation?

    My favorite times to write are first thing in the morning when I wake up or just before I go to sleep. Unfortunately, those times are usually busy for my family. So, most of the time, I just write when I can, usually when the kids are in school and my husband is at work.

    Q. Your writing is absolutely beautiful and the first book in The Soulkeepers series feels very polished. I can easily see this series being a great fit for the traditional publishing route. What made you choose to go with an Indie publisher versus one of the Big Six?

    Thank you! I did query around twenty agents on an early version of The Soulkeepers and got several requests for fulls and partials but didn’t find a match. I decided to publish with DarkSide – an independent author cooperative – because the family history in The Soulkeepers was time sensitive and I thought if I waited too much longer that portion of the manuscript would become dated.

    About the Book Q’s

    Q. There are many books written for the YA market about fallen angels. But your The Soulkeepers series really stands out – the world you’ve created is very unique and doesn’t read like any of the stories that I’ve come across. What made you choose to write about these specific supernatural beings? And how did you manage to create characters that were different from those typically written about?

    The world of The Soulkeepers is based on actual Judeo-Christian mythos. I’ve had a few reviewers comment that the plot reminded them of The DaVinci Code for that reason. I think what makes the book unique is that the thread of realism allows people to connect with the book on a different level than if it was strictly fiction. I’ve had readers mention to me that after they read the book, they really thought for a second about whether it could be true. That’s a huge compliment.

    Q. Many readers find it difficult once they become attached to a character to see the series continue from another character’s point of view. What made you decide to write Weaving Destiny from Malini’s point of view? Did you find that switching perspectives helped keep the story fresh and exciting for you as the author? Do you think readers will feel the same way?

    The beauty of writing a book in the third person is that the reader can experience the story from different perspectives. The Soulkeepers was written in close-third in Jacob’s perspective but there were two chapters written in Malini’s perspective. Weaving Destiny is predominantly written from Malini’s perspective but has parts in both Jacob’s perspective and Mara’s perspective. The third book, Return to Eden, is written primarily from Dr. Silva’s perspective but other characters will help tell the story.

    In Return to Eden you will read the completion of several story arcs that began with The Soulkeepers and continued through Weaving Destiny. I don’t think it would be possible to write the type of multi-dimensional plot that I think keeps readers riveted if I could only write from one perspective.

    [Fiktshun – I’m so super excited about this. You just can’t know!]

    Q. How easy was it for you to get out of Jacob’s head into Malini’s once you made that decision? What, if any, were the challenges?

    It wasn’t as difficult as you might think. In order to write book one, I had to get inside the heads of all of my characters to understand how they would react to Jacob and the events of the story. It wasn’t difficult to make the jump to Malini’s perspective because I’d been exploring her character for so long.

    The major challenge with the first book was thinking like a fifteen year old boy. I spent some time doing research, placing myself where I could listen to my relatives or neighbors who were that age. Boys relate to things very differently than girls. They are less outward about feelings and more about actions. Girls are more about relationships and emotions. If you’ve read both books, you’ll see a difference not only in perspective but in the focus of the book moving from male to female perspective.

    Q. Of the three, which book did you enjoy writing more? Which was easier to write? And if you chose Weaving Destiny, was this because it was the second book in the series, because it was written from a female POV, or is there another reason altogether?

    I enjoyed writing Weaving Destiny more because I’d already created a world in The Soulkeepers that I could build upon. With setting and relationships already established, I could dive into the action. Also, I could develop the characters in a way that I couldn’t with The Soulkeepers. WD is the shorter book but more happens because I didn’t have to use as many words to paint the picture for the reader.

    Q. Weaving Destiny was going to be called The Medicine Woman. What made you decide to change this book’s title, as well as the title for book three?

    When I first mentioned the title Medicine Woman, another author suggested to me that it gave too much away. She hadn’t read the book and if she had I don’t think she would have thought so. But the comment made me afraid that readers would assume too much from the title and maybe not give the book a chance. Weaving Destiny captures the essence of the story and also holds a hint of the esoteric quality that makes the series unique.

    [Fiktshun: I absolutely love the new title. It ties in so well to very specific parts of this story. And it evokes a very different feeling than the book’s original title.]

    Q. In Weaving Destiny, you introduced a new character named Henry who gave Malini a gift. While you kept much of the sense of adventure from the first book with both Malini and Jacob’s journeys, this exciting new development took this series in a whole new direction. Is there anything you can say about this without revealing any spoilers?

    I don’t want to give too much away, but Henry was an important character because he was previously human and now is an immortal living in the in-between. In the battle between God and Lucifer, we now have human players like Dane, the Soulkeepers who are genetically gifted humans, and then those beings like Henry, Fate, and Dr. Silva who are more than human but have free will. If you’ve read Weaving Destiny you know that Lucifer doesn’t play by the rules, so having characters with different strengths, weaknesses, and responsibilities will play a role in the next installment.

    [Fiktshun: Return to Eden sounds epic. I can’t wait for it to be released! I have a feeling there is a tough road ahead for all my favorite characters.]

    Q. Mara Kane was another great new character introduced into this series. While she initially came across as rude and selfish, her fierceness, sarcasm and interest in Jacob added an entirely new dynamic to this story, creating quite a bit of tension between the two main characters. What made you decide to add this character in as a possible third point to a love triangle and an obstacle to Malini and Jacob’s destiny?

    I’ll be honest. Mara’s character began a little tongue in cheek. She was my way of poking fun at the classic young adult love triangle. But unlike most books, in Weaving Destiny the triangle never comes to fruition. My true intention for her character was to create space and doubt between Jacob and Malini. Those two things were necessary for them to grow as individuals. Malini needed to come into her power on her own. I didn’t want her to be simply an extension of Jacob. So Mara and Henry served to introduce doubt and change their relationship from one that was taken for granted as unbreakable and fated, to one that is chosen, fostered, and cherished. Malini’s character grows in self-esteem and self-reliance over the course of the story and is able to reconnect to Jacob as his equal because their love has been challenged.

    Q. Destiny played a huge part in this story. It was the idea that carried through the entire book. Do you believe in destiny? Do you believe destiny can be changed or that it’s set in stone?

    I used to love my corporate job. I used to think I would always work for an insurance company and I still think the company is awesome. But then I had my kids and I thought I would never love anything more than staying home with them all day. So, I quit and became a full time mom. And then they grew up and went to school and I had some time during the day and I filled that time with my hobby, writing,

    And now here I am, in love with writing the way I loved it as a child: for the pure fun of it. I don’t think any of us knows what the future will bring. I think we’re like the Redwoods, each of us individuals but somehow tied together by our roots that shoot out just below the surface. We don’t control the opportunities that present themselves to us. That part’s luck. But we do choose our destiny by what we prepare ourselves for and the opportunities we choose to take.

    [Fiktshun: Absolutely beautifully said. Just like everything you’ve written. You have such a way with words and I love what you’ve said about destiny.]

    Quickie Q’s

    Let’s Play Favorites…

    Favorite The Soulkeepers cover?

    Weaving Destiny. It might be the only young adult book with an East Indian girl on the cover.

    Favorite Guitar Hero song to play?

    Walk This Way by Aerosmith.

    Favorite writing distraction?

    Facebook. It’s a love/hate relationship.

    Favorite writing snack?

    Cocoa covered almonds.

    Favorite hero or heroine in a young adult novel (not your own)?

    Katniss Everdeen.

    Now it’s time for This, That or The Other…

    Write in silence or write with music or TV?

    Music.

    Paranormal/urban fantasy.

    Angels, faeries, or creatures of the night?

    You would think I would say angels but I really love to read about vampires. I think I have a vampire book in my future!

    Coffee or tea?

    Coffee and lots of it!

    Who gets more attention – husband, children or guinea pig?

    Depends on the day! I deeply love my family but when everyone is at school and work, Mr. Pig can be my best friend.

    One Last Q

    Is there anything that I haven’t asked that you’d love to share with existing fans or new readers? Something about the book? About you? About the industry? Or even about this blog tour?

    Don’t forget to enter to win an eReader on my blog! Thank you for the interview, Rachel.

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    It was a pleasure having you here on the blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and all those lovely insights into your life, your writing and Weaving Destiny. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series will end, though I will be said when it comes to a close.

    If you’d like to learn more about The Soulkeepers, visit the website, HERE.

    If you’d like to read an excerpt from chapter one of Weaving Destiny, CLICK HERE.

    To find out more about past and upcoming tour stops, click the image below and you will be taken to the author’s blog. And while you’re there be sure to enter the giveaway for an eReader.

    And you won’t want to miss Friday’s stop at The Top Shelf where you can read a guest post by Author G.P. Ching about Sex, Drugs, and God: Taboos in YA Literature

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    An eBook copy of The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny by author G.P. Ching. If the winner has a U.S. mailing address, they will also receive a couple bookmarks and pens.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be one winner for both eBooks.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is international for the eBooks only. If the winner has a U.S. mailing address they will also receive a couple bookmarks and pens (shown above).

    5. All prizes will be sent directly from the author.

    6. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 24th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on September 25th. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    *** If you’ve read this far, be sure to check below the form for another chance to win***

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering the giveaway for the Weaving Destiny blog tour. I will be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the winner here. Stay tuned….

    Congratulations Ashley! You’re the winner of the author’s Weaving Destiny eBook and swag pack giveaway. I will be contacting you by email for your details which I will then forward on to the author so she can send your prizes.

    What I’m giving away…

    As I am such a huge fan of the author, I would also like to offer up a paperback set of both books to one winner ordered directly from Amazon. And this will be international to anywhere Amazon delivers.

    You can enter both giveaways, but to enter mine, leave a comment letting me know you want to be entered and a way to get in touch with you.

    As above, you must be 13 or older to enter.

    UPDATE: My giveaway is also closed. Stay tuned and I will announce the winner shortly.

    Congratulations Kaitlyn! You are the winner for my giveaway of the print copies of The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny. I will be contacting you shortly for your details and you will have 48 hours in which to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered both giveaways. Be sure to check out author G.P. Ching’s books on Goodreads, as this is an amazing series.

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    Review: Weaving Destiny

    Weaving Destiny, the second book in The Soulkeepers Series by author G.P. Ching, was released in the U.S. on August 29, 2011 in paperback format and on September 6, 2011 in eBook format.

    It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format. The paperback edition is also available to purchase online at Amazon, HERE.

    Published by DarkSide Publishing and CreateSpace, the print edition is 220 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn’t help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love.

    When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.

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    The Watchers are now more determined than ever to succeed in their fight for dominance. And as more and more people go missing or turn up dead, the Soulkeepers appear to be losing the fight.

    With Malini still unsure about what she really is and just what she can do to help, Dr. Silva manages to track down another Soulkeeper willing to join them. But Mara Kane isn’t just any Soulkeeper. She’s gorgeous. And she seems to have set her sights on Jacob.

    With the growing tension between Malini and Jacob due to Mara’s presence, and the fact that Malini is still powerless to defend herself or anyone else, she’s no longer sure whether she and Jacob are destined for one another. And if they’re not meant to be, then who or what is her true destiny?

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    It’s rare that a sequel outshines a book that is as well-written, enchanting and unique as The Soulkeepers, but Weaving Destiny has managed to do just that. This second book in the series is a riveting, fast-paced and action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns as the characters continue their epic battle against evil.

    The addition of a new Soulkeeper, who is both fierce and beautiful with a very desirable ability, adds an exciting new dynamic to this story. And with a whole host of new paranormal beings, a love story that is put to the test, and an even deadlier enemy, this installment is nothing short of electrifying.

    Several months have passed since the events that took place at the end of the first book in the series, and Malini is no closer to figuring out just what she is. But as the danger from the Watchers grows closer and closer to Paris, Illinois, her friends and family, Malini is becoming more desperate, frustrated and frightened. If she can’t help protect those she loves, what good is she?

    But when she learns just what it is that she could be and the powers that she might someday possess, the cost may be too high. The last two people who attempted the journey that she would have to embark upon failed – one ended up in an insane asylum, the other ended up dead.

    She could just simply walk away. But walking away from this quest would mean never being an equal to Jacob and would forever leave her wondering “what if.”

    Once again, Author G.P. Ching has written an incredibly exciting story that will immediately grab readers with an introductory chapter that adds mystery and tension. And with writing that paints such a vivid picture, the story will continue to keep them engrossed until the very end.

    Everything flows just as beautifully as it did in the first book in this series. But several new additions to this sequel, including the Soulkeeper, Mara Kane, a handsome new character named Henry, and several new deadly enemies, give this story a very different feel.

    Weaving Destiny is absolutely a must-read for those who enjoy beautifully-written, captivating paranormal stories with unique characters and abilities, action, adventure, danger, heartbreak and an ending that will leave you wanting more, but not hanging off a cliff.

    It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in the series in order to read this one, but it is highly recommended to get a better understanding of the characters and their situation.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 “star” rating.

    On a personal note:

    I was surprised by The Soulkeepers, but I was blown away by Weaving Destiny. Completely and totally blown away. At one point toward the end I even got chills and that doesn’t happen to me very often.

    I tried to set my expectations low for this book so that I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if it didn’t live up to its predecessor. Believe it or not, but just because one book by an author is off-the-menu doesn’t mean they all will be.

    But I wasn’t really successful. I expected a lot from this sequel. I knew the author was a brilliant writer, so I did expect her to deliver that level of writing in this second book. I just hoped that the story would be just as engaging as the first.

    And with the book switching focus to a different character, I was worried. I am one of those readers that grow attached to one character and generally prefer them to remain the focal point throughout the entire series.

    Well, I had no reason to be worried. As this was told in third person, I wasn’t limited to only seeing the story from Malini’s perspective. And it’s not as if Jacob was left out. Not one bit. He did not get relegated to the background.

    While it was ultimately Malini’s story, Jacob was such a huge part of this book. And it wasn’t just about Malini’s quest. Jacob had his own journey.

    Well, none of my fears were realized. This book was fan-freaking-tastic. It had all that good stuff from book one – the great intro, an exciting adventure, some pretty cool abilities and a love story – but it had way, way, way more.

    I mentioned the first book had moments of humor. Well there were a lot more moments in this book. Along with a nice heap of sarcasm thrown in thanks to Mara Kane. There was also more action, more adventure, more bad guys, more “ick” moments, more twists, and some pretty interesting new characters. And while I can’t say too much, I will say there is definitely something that happens that is totally creeptacular.

    I did not expect Malini’s journey to take her where it did. I did not expect Henry. And I didn’t expect a certain ability that one of the characters had in the story.

    How this author managed to pack all that she did into this book, which is significantly shorter than the first according to Amazon’s page count, and not make it feel overcrowded or confusing, I’ll never know.

    What I do know is this – I absolutely loved this book. I plan on reading it again. Soon. I love the new direction this story took, while still managing to retain its original focus. I love the new characters. And I love the added “ick” factor that had me skeeved out on more than one occasion during the read.

    This was such an unbelievably entertaining one-sit-read. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the third book to be released this winter.

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    It was so difficult to choose a favorite passage. I had several, but my most favorite one, which was a conversation between Malini and her father about destiny, should be read within the framework of the story, so I won’t reveal it here.

    The one I chose, which made me grin, is a conversation between Mara and Jacob:

    Mara sighed. “Adam and Eve don’t look anything like I pictured. They’re short. And Adam is…lacking.”

    “Lacking?”

    “That’s an awfully small fig leaf, don’t you think?”

    The third book in the series, Return to Eden, will be released this winter.

    If you’d like to check out my six star review of the first book in the series, The Soulkeepers, click here.

    Book trailer for Weaving Destiny:

    This review is based on an eARC I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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    Cover Reveal: The Soulkeepers

    The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching gets a new look.

    From the author:

    “Book one of The Soulkeepers is Jacob’s story so it seemed only fitting that he have a central role on the cover. But we’ve also added in the red stone, a magical object that plays an important part in Weaving Destiny (Fall 2011) and Return to Eden (Winter 2011). You can still see the shadow of the forest, a remnant from the first cover, on Jacob’s hood.”

    My thoughts:

    I love this new cover. Jacob’s eyes are so totally intense that I can’t seem to look away. The artist did a remarkable job of capturing the light in his eyes and intensity in his gaze.

    I think including the homage to the first cover is brilliant. And I couldn’t agree more that the cover needed a redo to tie this in with the planned series. For books in a series they definitely need to be cohesive.

    And I can’t wait to see how the red stone comes into play in the remaining two books in the series.

    Credit to the artist:

    Adam Bedore of Anjin Design (http://www.anjindesign.com/profile.htm).
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    Where to buy:

    The Soulkeepers is available to order online in eBook formats with its amazing new cover at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The original:

    The original cover, while mysterious and beautiful, did not take into account that this book would be part of a trilogy and so we have a makeover.

     

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    The Extras: Teasers #4

    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 in this story that stuck with me, haunted me. I chose a completely different one for my review, and had several I had bookmarked that I loved just as much, if not more than the one I originally chose to include. The writing was just that good.

    This is another of my favorites and is a bit longer of a teaser, but it really says a lot about Chase.

    Chase’s thoughts:

    Being grown-up should feel like a big transition. It can’t be something that, despite my best efforts, I’ve been drifting closer and closer to every summer. It needs to be a shock. I need to know at what point to stop holding on. And that moment will suck, and probably every moment after that will suck, but at least I’ll know that everything that came before really was valid. I really was young and innocent. I wasn’t fooling myself.

    One of my favorite things about this story was the humor. Much of it isn’t quite as “G” rated as I’d feel comfortable with posting on the blog. But this is one of the lines, and it’s a quote, not a passage, that had me chuckling.

    It might not mean quite as much out of context, but it’s silly nonetheless and reveals a lot about society in this dystopian future.

    Melody to Freya in the delivery room:

    “Now, now. With an attitude like that, you’ll never win the FedEx ‘We Live to Deliver’ Scholarship….”

    There are so many passages from Aunt Peg’s letter that are my favorites. But I decided to choose a quote that really stood out to me, instead.

    It’s one that has quite a lot of meaning to the story but doesn’t give away anything.

    Aunt Peg to Ginny:

    “People always say they can’t do things, that they’re impossible. They just haven’t been creative enough. This pool is a triumph of imagination. That’s how you win at life, Gin. You have to imagine your way through. Never say something can’t be done. There’s always a solution, even if it’s weird.”

    This is another book with so many beautiful passages. As I don’t want to spoil anything for those who might not have read it yet, I’m including one which highlights the author’s beautiful style but doesn’t reveal too much.

    Anna’s thoughts:

    The sand had been swept clean; no wood or glass, seaweed or bits of shells. The ocean had washed away everything, leaving behind a calm that spread out in me as I breathed it in. Beyond it all lay the expanse of the ocean, just beginning to sparkle beneath the rising sun as a new day unfurled itself. She’d captured it all perfectly in her frame, and in the pale morning light, it felt like peace.

    I know I already included this passage with my review, but it is still my favorite from the book, so I’m including it here.

    It’s the very first passage in the book and is such a powerful way to introduce and begin the story.

    From the prologue:

    The war had been raging for centuries; a war that breathed beneath human reality, lost in the labyrinth of their legends and folklore. It was a silent war of soundless screaming and invisible bloodshed.

    I don’t yet have the final copy of this as the U.S. release isn’t until May 24th, so this passage and quote are from the eARC and may be changed in the final version.

    I chose a shorter passage for the review, but this one is much more steamy and a definite teaser and is one of my favorites from this book.

    Willow’s thoughts and conversation with Alex:

    There was no way that I wanted him to stop touching me, even for a few hours. My pulse thudded as I glanced across at the camp bed. I cleared my throat. “Well . . . is there a reason we can’t both take the bed? The sleeping bags zip together, don’t they?”

    Alex stared at me without moving. “Would that be OK?” I asked, feeling nervous suddenly.

    I’d already included my favorite passage with the review. But here’s another one about Jacob and Malini that caught my attention and is a definite tease.

    Jacob’s thoughts about Malini:

    Her breath came in huffs as she looked at him. There was a question in her eyes that he couldn’t read but he desperately wanted to be the answer. He wanted to be the thing that made this world better for her.

    There were a lot of very powerful passages in this book. I had only included a short one in my review, but here are two others, with very different messages, that really show just how well the author uses her words to paint a picture.

    Missy’s thoughts:

    Missy’s mouth twitched into a smile as she imagined Death running his long, cold fingers over her, making music on her body. Would his kisses be cold? Or would they be hot enough to burn away her fears, to turn her dead face to ash and reveal her soul to the world.

    (and)

    Yes, she thought, a smile blooming on her face. Trust. It was stronger than power, subtler than influence. She could simply let herself feel, acknowledge the bad and embrace the good – and between the two, come to an acceptance.

    I know I just posted my review and included a short passage that was one of my favorites. But now that I have the finished copy, I thought I’d include one that’s just a bit longer, but won’t be spoiler-y.

    Aura’s thoughts and a brief quote from Logan:

    The music seemed to fade with Logan’s smile as he stared at me with full understanding. I wondered if knowing the truth would change his mind. If knowing the truth would change everything.

    For a moment, his eyes grew inexplicably sad. Then his face relaxed back into a smile. “At least now you know.”

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    Review: The Soulkeepers

    The Soulkeepers is the debut young adult novel for author G.P. Ching. It was first released in the U.S. on March 10, 2011 in eBook format. It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both eBook and paperback formats.

    Published by CreateSpace, the print edition is 330 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body.

    Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a biologically gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls.

    He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva’s motives for helping him.

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    Ever since he recovered from the car accident in which his mother went missing, Jacob has been suffering from disturbing nightmares. The doctors say it’s just his brain trying to recover from the trauma, but something about them feels too real.

    Miles from his home in Hawaii, living with relatives that he never even knew existed, the dreams still come to him night after night. And now he’s having them about his neighbor across the street. A woman who appears to float more than walk and who doesn’t need shoes even in the dead of winter.

    Already an outcast at his new school, all he wants is to find out what happened to his mom and go home. But with no money and no leads there will be no quick escape for him from the small town of Paris, Illinois. And when he is pushed to the limits one too many times, Jacob learns a secret about himself that makes him question who he really is and if his dreams are more than just fantasy.

    With no one else to turn to, Jacob is tempted to accept the offer of help from his mysterious neighbor, Dr. Silva. But he has a feeling that she is keeping secrets from him and her help comes at a price. One that even for finding his mother just might not be worth paying.

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    The Soulkeepers is an utterly spellbinding, elaborate and spectacularly written young adult novel by author G.P. Ching. From its very first words – “Death lived up to Jacob’s expectations” – the story will pull readers in and take them on an adventure as Jacob discovers abilities he never knew he had and tries to uncover the truth about his mother’s whereabouts.

    The story is equal parts paranormal mystery and epic adventure as Jacob learns about the importance of what he is and what his role is in the battle of good versus evil. The Soulkeepers will twist and turn, taking readers on a ride that will end way too soon in a place completely unexpected.

    Author G.P. Ching delivers a book that is unequivocally unique, where both the story and characters are the stars. Her writing is simply magical and will enchant readers with its easy flow and moments of humor – especially in the chapter titles. The book talks of God and religion but in no way feels as if the reader is being preached to or as if being made to learn a lesson. Each point has relevance and is key to the story’s development.

    The Soulkeepers is a must, must, must read. It’s a story that will be enjoyed and devoured by readers who want to be completely swept away by an adventure, who love a battle of good versus evil, who need a puzzle to solve and who can find excitement outside of a love triangle.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6] Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    Holy wow! What a surprise! I was not expecting to get as caught up in the story as I did. When I finished reading this book I felt like I’d been on a huge adventure and it took me a long time to come back to reality. I was so completely absorbed.

    I am totally hooked on this book now, which just better be turned into a series with a sequel coming out really, really soon, as I’ve only just begun to learn about Jacob’s abilities and desperately want to know more about what is expected of him. And there are other characters, which I will not name, that I really want to see have a happy ending, even if it’s several books down the road.

    The Soulkeepers does not read anything like a typical self-published book. If I hadn’t been told it was when I read it I might never have guessed. It has that very polished, finished feel that traditionally published books have, where a content editor has gone through and eliminated the non-essentials.

    Everything in this book felt necessary to the story, which was detailed and elaborate and so well thought out. And I was so transfixed by the story that there was one piece of the puzzle that I completely forgot about that really came back to surprise me at the end.

    This story is a definite standout and a breath of fresh air and there is no way I will be forgetting all the different elements. Another thing I love is that it focuses so much more on building the story itself rather than by creating drama by adding in heartbreak or a love triangle.

    Even though Jacob is very well developed and definitely likable, he is not nearly as much the focus as the story itself, which is absolutely addictive. And much to my surprise he is not my favorite character. I actually have two, but again I cannot say who or I will be totally spoiler-y.

    I am so glad the author approached me to read her book. I will be buying this eBook for my nook so that I can read it again on whichever device I have with me at the time.

    No question, this book is not one to miss. I just wish the second book (if there is one planned) will be out soon, as I feel like after that long read everything’s just gotten started and I’m so ready for more.

    Favorite passage:

    Jacob didn’t believe it. He’d accepted that everything would end in black nothingness and for him it did. What he didn’t expect was that the end was just the beginning.

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    To read an excerpt of the first three chapters from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    UPDATE: The author confirmed that this is the first book in a series. (YAY!) The second book, currently titled Medicine Woman, is planned for release this fall and a third book entitled Double Helix is also planned.

    Bio excerpted from the author’s blog:

    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 write full time now and am a partner at DarkSide publishing.  My short fiction has appeared in various print and electronic publications.  The Soulkeepers, my debut YA novel, will be released spring of 2011.

    I live in Illinois with my husband, two kids and one very demanding guinea pig.  That last bit sounds like a joke but honestly, Mr. Pig will barrage me with high pitched squeaking until I dispense parsley.  It’s a love-hate relationship.

    To read the author’s complete bio, check out her bio at http://genevieveching.blogspot.com.

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