Friday, November 22, 2013

Lost Eden (Soul Keepers #5) by G.P.Ching: Book Blitz, Interview, and Giveaway


Lost Eden (The Soulkeepers #5)
by G.P. Ching
Publication date: November 18th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis: Rules. Balance. Consequences. War.

When Fate gave Dane the water from Eden to drink, she did more than save his life. She changed his destiny.

Since the beginning, a compact between God and Lucifer has maintained a tenuous peace, balancing Soulkeepers and Watchers and the natural order of things. Dane upset that balance the day he became a Soulkeeper. Fate broke the rules.

Now, Lucifer is demanding a consequence, requiring Fate to pay the ultimate price for her involvement. God intervenes on the immortal’s behalf but in order to save her soul must dissolve the compact and with it the rules, order, and balance that have kept the peace. A challenge is issued. A contest for human souls begins. And the stakes? Earth. Winner take all.

The Soulkeepers are at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell, and this time, nobody, anywhere, is safe from Lucifer’s reach.

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AUTHOR BIO:
G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, Grounded, 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, and one very demanding Brittany Spaniel. Visit her at www.gpching.com and www.thesoulkeepersseries.com.

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How did you come up with the idea for the Soulkeepers?
I was talking to a friend about creation stories one day, the one with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and I questioned how the serpent was able to get to the woman. It was supposed to be the safest, most perfect place created by God. When I started to research different interpretations of the creation story based on this questioning, another story started to play out in my brain, one of a boy who didn’t believe in God but would come to play a pivotal role in the battle between Heaven and Hell. That was the birth of the Soulkeepers series.

Tell us about Lost Eden.
In Lost Eden, the agreement between God and Lucifer is dissolved as a consequence of Fate making Dane a Soulkeeper. A challenge ensues for human souls. When Lucifer and his Watchers unleash Hell on Earth, the Soulkeepers use Eden as their safe house while attempting to recover Abigail, who is abducted by Lucifer, and help God win the challenge. Unfortunately, new rules mean that even Eden isn’t safe from Lucifer, and it’s just a matter of time before he destroys their last safe haven.

Some reviewers have accused you of trying to manipulate young readers’ belief systems with your books. Is the Soulkeepers an evangelical series?
Absolutely not, although you might call the series religious in the same way the DaVinci Code is religious. There’s nothing wrong with Christian books. I am Christian and proud to be. But when it comes to the Soulkeepers, while the books are based on Judeo -Christian history and mythology (Angels, Watchers, Garden of Eden) and have some Christian themes, they are not prescriptively Christian. The books are about faith in general, friendship, loyalty, redemption, and the power of doing the right thing even when it is difficult.

You took some knocks after the fourth book, Soul Catcher, because it featured a homosexual main character. Do you regret the route you took with that book?
No I don’t regret it. I did receive some hate mail and reviews after book 4. What’s important to me is that I remained true to my story and my characters, their individual triumphs and challenges, and true to myself. 

Lost Eden is book five in the series. How many books will there be?
Six. The Last Soulkeeper, will end the series and will be released first quarter 2014.

How does it feel to be wrapping up the series?
I have mixed emotions. When I self-published the Soulkeepers in 2011, I said I’d be happy if I sold one hundred copies. Two years later and I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of copies of the books in this series. The Last Soulkeeper ends the story arc as I imagined it. I believe it will be a complete and fulfilling ending for my readers. However, I’ve lived for two years with these characters in my head. I imagine the release of the sixth book will be like a death in some ways. This book, then, is like the beginning of the end.

All of your characters have imperfections. Jacob has anger issues, Malini struggles with disrespect for her parents, Mara is jealous, and Dane, dishonest with himself. Do you worry the characters won’t be likeable?
In real life, people make mistakes. Some make the same mistake again and again. Writing a character without flaws is, in my opinion, unrealistic. But it’s fiction, you say! Yes, it is. It doesn’t have to be realistic. Then again, I try to make my characters relatable and human. Each reader brings his or her own feelings, thoughts, and experiences to a story, and it is very possible that one reader’s “relatable” is another’s “detestable.”  But, in the end, my characters tell me who they are as they experience the story, and I relay that to the reader, warts and all.

What’s next for you after The Soulkeepers Series?
I have a completely original series in development loosely inspired by A Clockwork Orange and the artistry of Cirque du Soleil but with a Young Adult focus. It’s too early to share much more than that. 

Winner's choice any one (1) ebook by G.P Ching (winner can pick any book in this series or her Grounded series - all listed here.  Open internationally.


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4 comments:

  1. Interesting how the story came about! Great interview. :)

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    1. I thought so to. I've read the first two books, but I need to catch up on the rest of the story.

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  2. I love the synopsis of this book. I just added it to my tbr! Thanks Ellen!

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