Edger by David Beem

Edger

by David Beem

IT’S BEEN SAID EVERY STORY MUST START SOMEWHERE. Ours begins with a professional dork. The kind who fixes computers and lives in his gran’s basement. The kind tapped by destiny (that saucy minx) to become the world’s first superhero!

AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON

A NANO-SIZED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS ON THE LOOSE! It got itself dart-gunned into a cow butt by a frog man in a porn store! Two stoners are corrupting it on Twitter! AND THAT’S JUST THE FIRST THREE PAGES!!

JOIN OUR DORK OF DESTINY as he channels the Collective Unconscious—his psychic superpower—in a harrowing tale of high drama, romance, betrayal, revenge, Jesus chickens, cocaine, weirdos, magicians, ninjas, NFL spies, and disco ball water torture administered to the tune of Rapture, by Blondie. My god, man, what does it all mean!?

IT MEANS UNCORKING THAT NEXT BOTTLE OF WINE ISN’T ONLY A GOOD IDEA—IT’S ADVISABLE.

 

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Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color

Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color

Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.

In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.

Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.

Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.
Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.

Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.
Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.
Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.

Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.
Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

 

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M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. Catalina has lived in various countries and is fluent in four languages; Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Her first book The Bridge of Deaths revolves around her maternal grandfather’s death in 1939. A true-life pre-WWII event. It has over 200 footnotes with the resources of her extensive search through Archival materials as well as the use of psychometry and past life regressions. It is more fact than fiction.
The revised edition of The Bridge of Deaths; A love Story and a Mystery focuses on the storyline as opposed to fact, but all footnotes and facts are available through the website for any curious minds. www.thebridgeofdeaths.com
Defined by Others taps into the dark quirky side found even in the best of people. With the 2012 American elections as a backdrop and the fearless reassurance that the world might end on December 12, 2012, as predicted by the Mayan Calendar.
Death of a Sculptor; in Hue, Shape, and Color is a novella written in sixteen different voices. It is a murder mystery. She is currently working on a sequel; Bruce (title subject to change).
M.C.V. Egan lives and works in South Florida. She is married and has a teenage son.
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MURDER ON VALENTINE’S DAY by P. Creeden

MURDER ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you’re waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don’t miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It’s Valentine’s Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?

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Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

 

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Back to you by P. Creeden

Back to You

With first love, everyone makes mistakes… but a few get a second chance.
Rachel Sawyer gave up her first love to chase after her career in New York. Since moving to the city, finding success has been easy, but finding love? Not so much. But she doesn’t have time for what-could-have been, until her Grandmother calls, and she decides to make a quick trip back home to her small town in Ohio.
Brandon was dumped by the love of his life, on Valentine’s Day. When Rachel broke up with him, the plans he had for his future fell to pieces. Nothing has ever been right since. A failed marriage, a business in shambles, his family mad at him… he can’t seem to get back the success he once had. Then she waltzes into his life once more.
Is it a second chance, or will she set him up for heartbreak again?

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

 

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Mirror Image by CJ Warrant

Las Vegas stripper, Jazz Connolly is wrongly accused of murder and finds out the killer may be her identical twin. With help from a Denver cop Mike Mitchell—the latest victim’s best friend and her accuser, Jazz uncovers facts about her past, a dark secret twisted with lies, and clues to the killer’s true identity.

When Mike finds Jazz on his doorstep, he can’t resist the temptation and helps her track down details of her past. As they uncover clues, he can’t ignore the potent chemistry between them. In this tangled web of chaos, their passion ignites, but can they learn to trust each other? While the body count grows, they will have to fight back, love hard, and survive in order to learn the truth and expose the real killer.

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CJ Warrant Bio:

CJ Warrant is a lover, a hater and sometimes a fighter for all she’s passionate about. She can’t exist without coffee, chocolate and a damn story brewing in her head. She was born an overseas Army brat, in a Korean Italian household but settled in the states at the ripe old age of five.

With a long career in the beauty industry, a wonderful marriage to a great man and three kids nearly all grown, her view of life is as such. Life is a journey; both good and bad, light and dark, but she takes it all in and learns from every experience life has to offer. She takes those crazy moments, stirs in the dark and brings her passion for words to life.

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Interview with author CJ Warrant

If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say?
Las Vegas stripper, Jazz is the Mirror Image of a murderer, and finds out they might be twins. With help from a Denver cop, they discover the dark secret and truth about her past and the true identity of the killer

Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m half Korean and half Italian, born an army brat in Korea but family came to the US when I was five. I’m married and have three nearly grown children. I love writing romantic thrillers and I’m audiobook junkie as well as reading.

Who are your cheerleaders?
My family! They all support me, which I’m truly grateful especially on those day when I’m in my writing cave and dinner is still in the freezer.

What are your guilty pleasures?
Erotic Romance. I can’t help it! So sexy.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
The editing. It can be daunting, but in the end it’s worth delivering a good book.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I started as a pantzer, but as I write more—especially with series, I seem to lean toward the plotter side.

Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?
Most definitely. I need to get a good feel for my characters, their jobs, where they live—community and their families—if they have families. And since I write romantic suspense and thrillers, I need to make sure my villains’ issues have a bit of reality to their psychotic personalities.

Which genres do you prefer to read?
I love romantic suspense but lately I love reading paranormal romance and m/m romance.

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? I find it very important to keep in touch with my readers, especially through social media, my newsletters and emails I receive. Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews? I do reply to some messages but not all. And I read all reviews, good and bad.

The last book you’ve read? True by Ella Frank( The Temptation series book 6) I so love the characters in this series. I love the way Ms. Frank turned them alive.

What is in the works for you next? I’m finished with my second novella, which is tied to duet series I have out. And I’m currently editing on two different book series, one is a romantic suspense and the other is a paranormal romance trilogy.

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The Rewind Conspiracy Series

 

Fifteen minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you to relive a memory in the past, but for street smart Lara Crane it’s enough time for her to race through the city, find her mother and stop her murder from happening over ten years ago.

When Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. A new house, new friends, and a new boyfriend turns Lara’s life upside down. But with memories slowly leaking in from her new life, Lara realizes not everything is as it seems.

With the mob after her and a US senator that wants her captured for her time travel ability, Lara is going to have to fight for her life and unravel a government conspiracy to reunite her family. Or die trying.

Time Trap is an edgy high octane techno-thriller where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

**Previously published under the title 15 Minutes. Now freshly edited, with three new opening chapters.**

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A vindictive assassin. A time traveling teen stuck in an endless loop. The virtual reality world that keeps her trapped.

Can Lara break free from her own mind?

Lara Crane is stuck in her mind, in an indefinite stream of timelines where her life is perfect, just the way she wants it to be.

But it’s not real. It’s all made up to give those who want to use time travel for their own personal ambitions. She’s forced into a VR world so they can study her natural abilities and train her to be a deadly time travel assassin.

To stop them, Lara needs to risk her own mind and soul to get out of a prison so perfect it completes the one dream Lara has always had.

Family.

**Previously published under the title Plugged. Freshly edited with 10,000 words of new content.**

A blend of thriller, suspense, and virtual reality, this techno-thriller will leave you on the edge of your seats! Purchase today and see if you can separate fact from fiction.

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A time cop from the future. A time traveling teen desperate to be free. The conspiracy that must be unraveled to stop a dystopian future.

Lara may never be free. Life was easier in the cage. 

She thought she was out, ready for a normal life, but with the Feds’ endless questions and tests, Lara realizes she might never be free.

Lara is fitted with a time travel restraint, designed to not only stop her, but to save her life as her mind spirals out of control. No more second chances. No more time travel to revert everything back the way it was once before.

As the danger increases, so does Lara’s headaches and nightmares. Her brain is desperate to be free, loose, and as the future begins to flash all around her, Lara is terrified the end might be near.

And maybe she doesn’t have a future at all.

*Previously published under the title Detached, this version is freshly edited and with new content and a new ending.*

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A reluctant time traveler. The eloquent business man who wants to control time travel. Time and danger clash. 

Lara Crane thought she left time travel behind her, but when a remnant from her past arrives to settle a score long thought settled, Lara must find a way to reset the timeline before it unravels the fabric of her life.

With just a week until her fairytale wedding to successful businessman Donovan James, one of Lara’s oldest friends is murdered and thrusts her into a cat and mouse game with a dangerous time travel assassin. With her own powers long dormant, Lara struggles to cope with a danger she can no longer fight.

But the timeline begins to reset. People die who were intended to live and everything Lara knows changes and morphs all around her, she grapples with a life-altering decision that won’t just affect her. It’ll change everything.

Lara’s race against the clock is on, and it puts her against enemies and family alike. Find out if Lara can save the future without destroying herself in the process.

A techno-thriller that awaits you in the slip stream. Join the most turbulent ride through time today!

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The retired time traveler. The vindictive villian. Warning: Danger is closer than it appears.

Lara Montgomery changed the past eight years ago and forever changed the fabric of time. Now as she’s ready to focus on the future, the past comes knocking.

What was once meant to be the wedding of the year turned into a small private affair but Lara Montgomery is ready to put the past behind her. And embrace happily ever after once and for all.

But hidden in the shadows, an old friend and a dangerous enemy watches. He lurks and dares Lara to change the past to protect those she loves one more time. Lara can’t fight her base instinct to protect those she loves. She springs a trap designed just for her and finds herself in a timeline she knows nothing about.

Trapped in a strange time where everything is backward and with no way to escape, Lara must face that this time, she might not find her way home without help. Meanwhile, evil fights to regain control of the splintering multiverse and Lara may have to face that family isn’t always what you think. Sometimes your enemies are closer than they appear.

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Samantha’s life is good, mostly. She loves her father deeply, but even daddy’s little girl finds the life of a military brat trying. Despite being the “new girl” too often, she soldiers on. Her mom could not. She lives for his life, but now wants one of her own. Helpless but to stand witness, Samantha’s life is once again packed up and shipped off, this time without her dad.

She now resides in the remote town of Columbus Cove. Saving her from the debilitating isolation was the cove’s latest resident, Channing Ashford. It’s as if he has stepped off the cover of a romance novel and into the sleepy little town. He is charming and handsome and Samantha’s sole focus. The reformed drifter reenergizes her and they find sanctuary within each other.

When a shocking murder claims more than one victim, the couple is blindsided. They find themselves embroiled in an investigation that threatens their newly found happiness. All their reserves of sanctuary are spent as the secrets that lay buried beneath the unpaved roads of Columbus Cove come to light.

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Sheriff Martin Shuller was good at his job. He had a reputation of being a very thorough and very honest investigator. It had not surprised anyone when he was tapped to help with an investigation in a small neighboring town with shocking high profile murder. Shuller, willing to help the quaint cove, readily accepted the challenge. Leaving his town in the safe hands of his deputy, Shuller traveled to Columbus Cove and worked the Steven Harrigan murder investigation. With the dramatic end to that case now behind him, Shuller returned to his seemingly normal and quiet town of Huntersville. He was glad to be back, despite only being gone for the brief time. A weight had felt lifted once he could return to his town, his routines, his life. He felt as if all the previous mounting stress left him as soon as he crossed into his town’s outer limits. Quiet and normal was what he was seeking. It certainly was not what he found.

Not long after returning home to his life and routine, a murder occurs, and it is too close for comfort for Shuller. Shuller, who always kept his personal life personal, now is faced with a dilemma as his personal life is now entangled in the spotlight of a murder investigation. Not wanting to taint the investigation, he is powerless to help and is sidelined, watching his officers work the case. His only solace he finds now is with Jeanie. Jeanie Jacobs is the dispatcher of the local fire house. His long suffering secretary, Susan, finally worked her magic and had gotten the two together. Shuller now regrets the times he pushed aside Susan’s match making attempts in the past as he now realizes Jeanie is all he can hold onto during the course of the investigation.

Shuller tries to come to grips with these revelations as those close to him worry for the embattled sheriff. As with most murders, there is more than just a single victim. Shuller had never thought that what had occurred in that house on Cedar Mill Lane would have uprooted what the reality he thought he knew.

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It surprised no one when Sarah and Jack married right out of high school; not because Sarah was pregnant at 19, but because they had been inseparable since sophomore year. Sarah gave birth to twins, Mark and Julie, and a year later, Jacob. They settled in upstate New York, Jack a business manager and Sarah a Real Estate agent. They had the ‘mom and apple pie’ life.

Their picturesque dream life turned into a nightmare when on a warm summer’s day at the local park, the penny dropped. What would forever be referred to as The Incident changed their family forever.

Four years later, they welcomed Christian into their home. The foster child turned adopted son never understood why Sarah was overprotective, but dutifully obeyed all her restrictive rules. When he started acting out, the couple were desperate to find out the cause of their son’s bizarre behavior. However, when Christian tells them about his friend they realize just why they are suffering at the hands of their son.

When it comes to family, it’s the ties that bind…

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First Street Church Romances: Love’s New Hope (Kindle Worlds Novella)

Melody Tanner has a secret no one in Sweet Grove knows.

Most people know Melody quit college in the first semester of her sophomore year because her father died. A few even know that when she came back to Sweet Grove she was pregnant. But the secret no one knows eats at Melody each and every day and keeps her from allowing anyone to get too close in case she’s hurt again.
When Jake Hayes decides to stay at the Orchard Blossom Inn while covering for his friend as the town’s large animal veterinarian, he’s hoping for a quiet Rockwell-type Christmas. Everyone’s friendly, and Sweet Grove certainly fits the bill. Everyone, that is, except Melody. Now the two are forced to work together and one of them is going to have to give in… or give up.

 

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Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author of inventive and inspirational stories. She puts 15,000 to 20,000 steps each day on her Fitbit, simply doing chores around the horse farm, but still finds time to sit at her laptop and let her imagination free through her fingertips.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel. Chronicles of Steele Raven won the 2015 Grace Award and IndieBrag Medallion.

 

A Painting to Die For Book 3 Jenna Scali Mystery Series by Joan C. Curtis

A Painting to Die For

Book 3 Jenna Scali Mystery Series

Jenna’s quiet weekend turns upside down when her house is ransacked and a body is found with her name and number in its possession. Meanwhile her long-lost cousins show up with stories about international art theft dating back to World War II.

While Jenna questions the motives of her dead father in his connection to stolen art, the police find a second body with Jenna’s name in its possession and she becomes the primary link in two murder inquiries. Sidestepping the police and dodging the mob, she and her best friend, Quentin, embark on their own investigation to save themselves and Jenna’s cousins from untimely deaths.

 

Offset by the quiet university town where faculty and students mill about, minding their own business, Jenna is kidnapped and held at gunpoint while her double-crossing, lying cousins chase after the missing painting worth millions.

 

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian heritage.

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Dr. Joan Curtis is an award winning writer who has published 8 books and numerous stories.

The e-Murderer: Book 1 Jenna Scali mystery series won the GOLD in the Global eBook Awards for 2016 for Mystery.

The Clock Strikes Midnight has won three major awards. FINALIST in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2016, FIRST PLACE Royal Palm Literary Award for mainstream/literary 2015 and the Silver in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 for Fiction/Suspense

Murder on Moonshine Hill won the SILVER in the Global eBook Awards for 2017 Mystery and the BRONZE 2017 for Southern fiction Reader’s Favorite.

Interview –

Try to describe your book in one sentence.

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian heritage

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

I would live in Italy. It’s one of my favorite places to visit. Over the last few years I’ve learned the language. I had hoped that Jenna and Quentin would make a trip to Italy in A Painting to Die For, but alas, they didn’t. That will have to happen in another book!

State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

I’m a very open person. Most of my readers know a lot about me after reading my books. One random, possibly unknown fact about me relates to my crazy Italian, father (who drives Jenna nuts in my latest release). He married my mom secretly—divorcing his first wife by putting an ad in the NY Times. He proceeded to pretend to still be married by going to special events and birthdays. He kept up the pretense for most of his life. No wonder he died of a heart attack in his fifties!

If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?

If I wasn’t a writer, I’d love to be an actor. The thrill of creating different personalities is something I enjoy in writing and my guess is I’d enjoy on the stage. But, I’ll save that dream for another life.

Who is your favorite character in your new release?

My favorite character continues to be Quentin. He has such pizazz. He comes up with the coolest things to say. At some point I’m going to write a story from his point-of-view. That’s next on my agenda.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

I’m clearly a pantser writer. I tried to outline but characters appeared, story lines emerged, and the outline became superfluous. Writing as a pantser makes editing a nightmare, but I’d rather experience that nightmare than restrict myself to an outline. BTW, I did use outlines while writing the 4 nonfiction, business books I published. But, that’s a very different kind of writing. Fiction writing for me has to be free.

Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?

I researched the life of Caravaggio before writing this book. I also researched the looting that happened during World War II in Italy and the current state of the Mafia in Italy.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I’m reading Ann Patchett’s The Patron Saint of Liars. And, I’m loving it. I enjoyed Patchett’s Bel Canto. She writes character driven books with a lot of emotion. That’s the kind of book I like to read.

Where can your fans find you ?

Readers can find me at my website http://www.joancurtis.com There they can order all my books and even download the first chapter from each of my books. They can also find me on most of the social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) and I have an Amazon Author page. I would love to interact with my readers. When they tweet me or post on Facebook, I always respond.

If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?

I love the 19 Century period pieces on Masterpiece Theatre. So, perhaps going back to that period with all the neat clothes and servants would be fun, but I’d have to be wealthy. I don’t want to live in the slums of England in the 1800’s. That would be too dismal.

Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?

I’m working on a stand-alone suspense mystery now. It is full of different characters and is totally different from what I’ve already written. At first it was a detective mystery, but one of my Beta readers suggested I remove the detective’s point of view and write the book from the points of view of the main protagonists. That was a challenge I’m still struggling with.

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Wager’s Price Soulkeepers Reborn by G. P. Ching

From the bestselling author of the THE SOULKEEPERS comes a new series about dark magic, redemption and an unusual theater with life or death stakes…

Finn Wager’s luck has run out. Arrested for the one crime he didn’t actually commit, he’s forced to finish his education at an alternative school. The Revelations Institute is an upscale, private reform school with a 100% success rate. Delinquents go in and model citizens come out.

But students who don’t perform to expectations disappear. And although their bodies return model citizens, their minds are hardly their own. Something evil lurks inside Revelations, and if Finn and his new friend Hope can’t find a way to stop it, they’ll risk more than their lives. The repercussions could cost them their souls.

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G.P. Ching is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults and not-so-young adults. She bakes wicked cookies, is commonly believed to be raised by wolves, and thinks both the ocean and the North Woods hold magical healing powers. G.P.’s idea of the perfect day involves several cups of coffee and a heavy dose of nature. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head Island with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Jack, who is always ready for the next adventure. Learn more about G.P. Ching and her work at gpching.com.

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Interview with author G.P. Ching

Try to describe your book in one sentence.

When Finn is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he’s sentenced to a reform school with an unorthodox and deadly curriculum.

State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

I’m not sure if this would surprise my readers or not, but I was a horribly difficult child to raise. When I was about six years old, my parents thought it would be fun to give me a gift from Santa for Christmas. Only, it wasn’t from the real Santa. My imposter gift was from the store, wrapped and labeled “From: Santa” by my parents.

The problem was, even at six, I had a vivid imagination. I knew that a gift from Santa would be magical and I had a pretty good idea what it would be like. I pictured peeling the wrapping paper back to reveal a can of enchanted popcorn, sparkling silver white, with instructions of how I could fly if I ate it. Or a bag of stardust that could change anything I sprinkled it on into anything else. I desperately wanted a pet unicorn that year and spent hours imagining how I would use my stardust to transform a squirrel from my back yard into a single horned beast. I planned to keep it in the garage. There would be plenty of room because we could sell the cars and ride the unicorn.

I was prepared, in the event I hadn’t been quite as good all year as I should have been, to be the recipient of a stuffed reindeer that would come alive at midnight and grant me wishes. The reindeer wasn’t what I wanted, but I’d take it in a pinch. Truth be told, I was hoping for the stardust.

Anyway, Christmas morning came and I opened the gift… It was a Barbie, and I was devastated. There was no way the real Santa would get me, the girl who dreamt of magic and unicorns and sparkle dust, a plastic-person statue. Voice cracking, I sobbed, “It’s just a dumb old doll.” And then I chucked that thing across the room.

My parents have never let me live that down. I guess I was supposed to like Barbie. I did not.

 

What’s your current guilty pleasure?

Stranger Things. I watched the entire last season in two days. My eyes were sore.

 

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you be?

I’m going to interpret this question as, “If you couldn’t make a living as a writer, what would you do for a living?” because the truth is you are a writer long before you can support yourself with it. I love writing, and I’d write books even if I didn’t make a dime.

So what would I do for a living? I think I’d open a restaurant called Pi Cafe. Inside a circular building, I’d build a round kitchen surrounded by round tables. The menu would consist exclusively of pie—pizza pie, potpie, dessert pie, etc. All of the drinks would cost $3.14.

I’d call it Pi Cafe: Well-rounded Cuisine.

Who is your favorite character in your new release?

Although I love all of my characters, there is a special place in my heart for Hope. She’s spent her entire life knowing she’s the last Soulkeeper and that someday she’d have to live up to the name. Although she trains with an angel named Gabriel, she tries her hardest to be a normal human girl, performing with the dance team at her high school, going to parties, and generally avoiding the parts of her role that are more than she’s ready for. So when she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit and sent to Revelations, knowing that she must solve the mystery of the lost souls, she does so reluctantly.

There’s a part of the book where Hope is undergoing a painful and terrifying trial, and she vocalizes her anger toward God. As a Soulkeeper, she knows first hand that there is a God because He is responsible for her role and the angel who trains her. But for her, that makes her suffering far, far worse. Because knowing there is a God allowing her to suffer seems cruel compared to believing her pain is completely due to chance. So, she’s rather bitter and sullen about her lot in life.

I find her character utterly relatable. I wrote this book right after losing a young family member to a demon of a disease and while my sister endured treatment for AML. Faith is hard in times of trial, no matter what religion you are. Even as an atheist, I think it can be hard to have faith in yourself or others when it seems everything is going wrong. Hope represents that universal struggle in this book.

 

Why did you choose the genre you write in?

Honestly, my genre chose me. From my earliest memories, I’ve been drawn to paranormal fantasy. I read books like The Lion, The Witch, and the wardrobe as a kid, obsessed over Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the Lost Boys as a teen, spent my college years reading books like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and watching Charmed and Buffy the Vampire slayer, and raised my children on the Harry Potter books and later, the Vampire Diaries.

For me, paranormal fantasy represents the ultimate in escapism. The reader isn’t confined by the rules of our world. Death can truly be a doorway, magic can change everything, and love can save the world.

What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

The idea behind Revelations Institute started with an interest in Cirque du Soleil. As an author of fantasy, I peddle wonder in the form of the written word. Cirque du Soleil does it in the form of a theatrical production. The first Cirque I ever saw was O at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, followed by Mystere, Ka, La Nouba, and others. If you’ve seen one of these shows, you know the performers convince you that humans can truly have supernatural abilities. You can’t watch a man fly around a stage, suspended only by one contorted arm gripping a red silk curtain, without wondering how it came to be. What training, what upbringing, what genetic abilities led one to a life of flight.

My research also brought me to the work of Elizabeth Streb whose dancing and performance art absolutely moved me. Elizabeth seemed to me to be a person on the edge of every boundary, pushing norms in herself and others in a way that challenged everything I took for granted about the world. If you’ve never heard of her, Google her right now or watch the PBS special Born to Fly, and if you are lucky enough to be where she has a show, do not miss it. (By the way, I met Streb briefly on the River Walk in San Antonio of all places and was completely tongue-tied. A major talent.)

Anyway, after a full year of researching this type of entertainment, I plotted Wager’s Price with the idea that a reform school built on top of a fallen star could provide an environment where more could be demanded of students than humanly possible. This idea morphed into Wager’s Price.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I am currently reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Origin by Dan Brown.

How can readers stay in touch?

If what you want to know most as a reader is when the next book will come out, the best thing to do is to join my newsletter list at http://smarturl.it/GPChingVIPlist. I am not the type of author who spams their readers with frequent emails. Usually, I send out about 4-6 per year, mostly to inform readers about new releases  or sales.

If you want to get to know me on a more personal level, ask me a specific question about a book, or perhaps message me about my books, you should join my Facebook group, G.P. Ching’s Fearless Readers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/450457555307350/.

One way you will not reach me is through reviews. I don’t read them. So if you post a question inside a review on Amazon or Goodreads or another venue, I will not see it. There is an “ask the author” section on Goodreads that I do respond to, but not the reviews. Reviews are for readers, not authors.

If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you visit?

Hogwarts. I’m A Harry Potter freak. And yes, I’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and it was amazing.

How many more books can we expect in this series?

There will be two more books in this series. Book 2, Hope’s Promise is about 90% complete and will release in February of 2018. Book 3, Lucifer’s Pride, is about 25% complete, and is tentatively slated for March of 2018.

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