Good morning my dearest stalkers! Monday is a wonderful day, is it not? The beginning of a new week and so on...
Anyway, I've prepared a little surprise for you today. It comes in the form of an author introduction, a character interview, and then.... A GIVEAWAY!! Yes! Of 2 copies of Pledged, book 1 of the Soul Wars Saga by Gwynneth White.
Who's Gwynneth White you may ask... well, she's a pretty nice woman with a love for books. Here's what she has to say about herself:
I have spent my entire life living in a parallel universe of make-believe characters, only coming back to reality for long enough to check that no one burnt the house down in my absence. A few years ago I decided to commit some of those ‘friends’ and their stories to paper. The Soul Wars Saga is the result of those efforts. Before that I co-authored two non-fiction travel books – The Complete Guide to 4x4 Trails and The Ultimate 4x4 Guide. Both books became instant best-sellers in South Africa where I live. And before that even, I studied a degree in African History and Politics at the University of Stellenbosch. When I’m not writing, I am a wife to Andrew and a mom to Stephanie, Erin, and Kate, our teenage daughters. My family and I live in a small town outside Cape Town with two dogs, a cat, a horse, and some neglected fish. Now that you know a little about me, I would love to get to know you. Please befriend me at:
Gwynneth's current book, Pledged, has been around the blogging world in the past couple of weeks, and will continue to circulate our internet worlds until it's official release date in September. Here's the summary, if you haven't been able to read it yet:
Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?
Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient promise is tearing him away. And Reuel, the demon to whom the promise was made, will stop at nothing to force Seth to forsake Erin and to worship him.
How can Erin win against a pledge so binding that it has damned countless others to the same fate she and Seth will face if Reuel wins – an eternity alone?
The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a promise.
Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya to break the pledge that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.
And, since I'm a sucker for good romance and the soul mate concept as a whole, I thought I'd ask the characters, Seth and Erin, some very very personal questions. Stick with me to learn the answers :)
Vanya: Hello Seth and Erin. I'm so glad to have you at my blog for a quick interview. I'd really like to know what it means to have a soul mate. What does it feel like? Because honestly, the idea of a soul mate is somewhat scary in my opinion. I mean, having one person to compliment you to the littlest detail... it must be sort of creepy.
*Seth and Erin exchange looks*
Erin: “Seth, you can go first.”
Seth: “Gee, thanks. And Erin, you’re not allowed to hit me if you don’t like what I say.”
Erin: *grins*: “As if I would . . . in public!”
Seth: “Trust me, you would.” *takes deep breath* “Vanya, having a soul mate is scary. Very. Sure, the idea sounds cool that you’re bonded to the one person designed to make you happy forever. But what about freedom to choose? Where does that come in? That’s what I struggled with at first. I don’t like being told what to do – or who to love.”
Erin: “Seth, I hate to point this out, but you’ve just answered question two. I think what Vanya wants to know is how we even know we're soul mates, and . . . and how we felt about each other. Like when we first met.”
Seth: “Then you tell her.”
Erin: “It was the Guardians – they’re angels by the way – who first showed us that we were soul mates. Let me tell you, that was pretty amazing, discovering we’d known and loved each other for . . . well, like forever before we were born. And that we even chose to be together again once we were born.”
Seth: Yeah . . . it sounds great in theory. The trouble is, unless you can travel back in time to before you were even born, you have no memory of it. So that makes life pretty interesting when some angel pops up and tells you the girl you’ve just met is your one and only.”
Erin: But, Seth, we did travel back in time. And the angels did explain to us that we might feel an echo of our past relationship when we met up again in mortality. And, on some level, when I first met you, I did instinctively know you’d be very special to me.”
Seth: “No, you didn’t! You were too busy checking me out in the present to be thinking of crazy echoes from the past.”
Erin: *giggles* “Well, I admit, I thought you were gorgeous. The classic tall, dark, sexy stranger. And those eyes! Vanya, you should see Seth’s eyes. Brown with gold flecks – I’m not kidding. And he has this crooked smile-thing going-”
Seth interrupts: *looking embarrassed* “Okay, so you had a hormone rush. Big deal. I thought you were pretty cute too. But it wasn’t love at first sight. Not for either of us. Although, if it hadn’t . . .”
Erin: *leans forward* “What? You can’t just break off in mid-sentence like that.”
Seth: “Let’s just say, if I hadn’t discovered you were my soul mate, and that I’d made promises to you before we were even born, I think I would have liked you a lot more. So to answer your second question, Vanya. Yes, I did find it creepy to be told that I have a soul mate and that I had to choose her, or else I would be miserable for eternity. That was very tough for me because I already had a loyalty to someone else.”
Erin: “In case you are worrying, this isn’t a love triangle. It was Seth’s brother who I was fighting against. Imagine how that made me feel? A brother! Now I could understand if it had been some really intelligent, beautiful girl, but a brother! And not a very trustworthy one either. After all, he kind of set the demons on us.”
Seth: “And Erin will never let me forget it.” *nudges Erin* “And if you say anything else about him, you’ll give the story away.”
Erin: “True. So to finally answer your question, Vanya. . . even though we’re soul mates, It’s not like we are two jigsaw puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. We are actually very different. I’m out-spoken – often too blunt – and a bit of a fighter, while Seth is more guarded. He’s actually very gentle. And he hates conflict. Not always such a useful trait when you’re fighting a war.”
Seth: *shakes head* “But we do like the same music. So that works. And movies. We have a connection there. Erin wants to act when she leaves school, and I want to do CGI for movies. So we do have some stuff going for us. Even if I am not some kinda maniac who just want to kill everyone.”
Erin: “Not that I am either. A killer maniac, I mean.”
Seth: *musses Erin’s hair* “Just move onto the next question.”
Vanya: You guys are so cute together! *smiles knowingly* So I'm curious - if there was a possibility to choose your soul mate, would you actually choose each other?
Erin: "I'd choose Seth every time. No doubt about it. And you, Seth?"
Seth: *cracks a wry smile* "Given a choice? In a heart beat. But I wasn't given a choice, was I? And that really complicated things."
Vanya: You would think so, wouldn't you? Would you mind sharing what it feels like to lose the person who's soul holds your other half?
Erin: I think I’ll handle this one. Terrifying. Honestly, it felt like a part of me had been sawn off when Seth rejected me. I wanted to believe that he would come back, but I was so filled with doubt, and anger, and fear . . . Oh! A thousand emotions. I could hardly think straight. Loosing a soul mate? I wouldn’t inflict it on my worst enemy. Except maybe Reuel, the demon who stole him from me. Focusing on destroying Reuel gave me the strength to fight to get Seth back.”
Vanya: Good thing Erin is the bad-ass fighter chick then! :) Seth, if things were reversed, would you really go to the ends of the world just so you could save Erin from the demons?
Seth: *long pause* “With what I know now, yes. Definitely. But then, when we were starting out our story in Pledged? No. Since then, I’ve learnt that there’s love and then there’s LOVE. Or maybe a crush versus love. A crush would not make me go to the ends of the earth for her. When you read the next book in our Soul Wars Saga trilogy, you’ll discover that it took a huge amount of sacrifice and heaps of pain to get me to the point where I would do anything for her. I guess even soul mates have to be earned.
Erin: “And that’s why I love him. Vanya, thank you for having us on your blog today!”
Seth: “And if you guys would like to get to know us better, you can visit us at our blog: http://todayinshenaya.blogspot.com”
Erin: “Or you can read our book. Pledged has its official release on the 1st of September 2012 on Amazon, Smashwords etc. We’d love you to read it.”
Vanya: Oh, it was my pleasure! I'll be spreading the word, you two! Like, with this giveaway right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway