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Unforgiven (The Soulkeepers Book # 3) By: Lori Adams
Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed—and immortal love is tested.
After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.
But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.
Praise for The Soulkeepers Series:
“In a clash between heaven and hell, no one raises the heat like Spirit Walker Sophia and her Guardian Angel, Michael.”—Cecy Robson, award-winning author of the Weird Girls series
“As romantic as it is addictive, with witty writing, an action-packed plot, and a face-fanning romance all in one, The Soulkeepers is quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal series.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing
“If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love triangle, fabulous characters, and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series.”—The Avid Book Collector
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Lori Adams is the author of the Soulkeepers series: Forbidden, Awaken, and Unforgiven. She wrote her first book—about scary sharks—at the age of eight. Now she writes New Adult, young adult, and middle-grade fiction. Originally from Oklahoma, Adams lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.
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Interview with Lori Adams
1.) What made you want to become a writer?
I had a very active imagination as a child so I guess it began there. I loved to read! I was the kid with the flashlight under the covers, reading until I fell asleep because I had to know if things ended the way I thought they should. With the help of National Geographic Magazines and a pair of scissors, I ‘put together’ my first book when I was eight-years-old. It was about sharks, something I was fearfully obsessed with at the time.
In my early twenties I began writing down stories for fun, and continued off and on as I moved around (a lot) and went to college. I was a stay-at-home mom (feeling restless and a little bored) when I woke up one night with a startling voice in my head. “You’re supposed to be writing” it said. I sat straight up in bed, my heart hammering. Somehow, I had forgotten. After that, everything made sense. The library became my second home and I taught myself how to write.
2.) Have you based any characters off real people?
I have not based any one character off a real person, but I know there are bits and pieces of people (real or fictional) in my characters. In my teens, I was adventurous like Sophia—loved to explore, and determined to understand things, etc. Looking back, I realize that I subconsciously put a lot of my husband in Michael: his strength and protectiveness. His pride in my success. Not to mention that my husband was very tan with white-blonde hair when we first met—a child of summer.
As for Dante, our tortured Italian lover, I can honestly say I don’t know anyone so devastated by love as he is. It makes my heart ache just thinking about him.
3.) How do you come up with the character’s names?
I have always loved the name, Sophia. It is soft but strong and it was my first and only choice for her. Michael was named after the Archangel so that was a no-brainer. Dante, I chose for two reasons. I’ve always liked the name and knew I’d use it one day. Also, I liked the idea of my main demon knight sharing the name of Italy’s il somma poeta, supreme poet, Dante Alighieri. Demon Knight Dante’s last name (Dannoso) I selected for its’ meaning: evil and mischievous, among other things.
4.) What book made the strongest impression on you as a child?
Gosh, there were so many . . . how to choose? I was a tomboy who loved animal stories like “Black Beauty”, “The Black Stallion”, and “Call of the Wild”. Later,I was obsessed with the “Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew”, which sparked my love for mysteries. But I guess the book that made the strongest impression was “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by the amazing Judy Bloom. It was the first book that was about a ‘real life’ character that I identified with. It was strangely wonderful to read about someone just like me. Especially at that age. Margaret and her life seemed so real, so different than other characters I’d experienced in books. It is still a favorite of mine, which is a great testament to the power of Ms. Bloom’s storytelling.
5.) What is one thing about you that would surprise your readers?
Oddly enough, I can’t snack on anything crunchy when I’m writing. The loud noise is so distracting! Thank God chocolate is soft 🙂
6.) What was your favorite genre to read as a teenager?
I actually started reading romance novels very early as a teen, thanks to my mom. She is a voracious reader and reads faster than anyone I know! We always had stacks of books around the house, and I had my choice. It was like living in a library. *sighs dreamily* My first love was the historicals, which bloomed into my passion for history.
7.) What’s your favorite snack food when you’re writing?
I love tea and toast!
8.) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I love to write in my office/bedroom. It’s plenty big and holds the writing desk that I designed and my husband made. I have a lovely view of the backyard and can hear water trickling in the pond.
9.) Do you have favorite music to listen to when you write?
Music is really important to me as a writer. For background music, I listen to Zen or New Age. When I’m in a zone, I don’t hear it anymore. For inspiration, I have a playlist of songs that coincides with the book or scene I’m working on. When I need a break, I’ll take a walk and listen to the playlist and get my juices going again.
10.) What is one piece of advice you would like to give aspiring authors?
If you don’t take your writing seriously, no one else will either. Write like it’s a career, not a hobby.
Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for my review of Unforgiven!