Have you heard about Souled by my wonderful friend, Diana Murdock? This is one of my favorite new releases in the Young Adult paranormal fiction.
The book was published a few weeks ago, but now there is a brand new HOT cover! Take a look and let me know what you think.
What would you do for power and control?
Power and Control…
What 17-year-old boy wouldn’t be tempted by the promise of power and control – no matter what form that promise came in?
Seth knew exactly what he would do with power and control. He’d be well on his way to a wrestling scholarship, his dad could stop working so hard to make ends meet, and he’d forever have the heart of his girlfriend, Sandpoint High’s most beautiful girl.
For Seth, the temptation was much too strong to resist. And why should he? The way he saw it, he had everything to gain.
But when he unknowingly invites another soul to share his body, Seth discovers that not all power is good – especially when it was never his to wield. And when the soul reveals its true intentions, will Seth have the strength to fight it or would death be less painful?
I asked Diana to share her reasons for changing the cover of Souled. This is what she told me:
“As much as I loved the original cover of Souled, I realized it didn’t quite convey what I had intended. The love that the main characters have for each other could only be told through a different picture. I was fortunate to have Scott and Elaina, both teens in the Sandpoint area, agree to model for this cover. Though not professional models, they certainly acted as if they were and gave me 100%. I think they captured the essence of what Seth and Dani, the main characters, felt for each other – the pure love that knows no boundaries. The kind of love that will see them through hell and back. I hope you enjoy this new cover as much as I do.”
Did you notice the circular tattoo on Seth’s arm? I have read Souled so I know that this image plays a crucial role in the story. It is the ancient Egyptian Sekhem. Lifeforces website explains what Sekhem was: “The healing art that was practiced by the priests of the high temples in ancient Egypt, and the word Sekhem means ‘power’ or ‘might’, though always in a spiritual or healing context. It is a channeled energy, not our own, drawn from the limitless sea of Living Light Energy, the same energy that permeates throughout the universe and which we all need to power out bodies, minds, and spirits, and to use for the sheer joy of living and loving.”
Diana explored the idea of Sekhem in Souled, where it symbolizes Silura’s – one of the characters – practice of elemental magick. Diana told me that in her story the Sekhem was the joining of the forces of night and day, of the underground and sky, joined together to create forces of good, but when misused, it could also create forces of evil.
“Like the serpent who twists its way into a labyrinth in an ancient tomb, Seth tattoos its symbol onto his arm, ensuring the connection between past and present. ”
Ah, doesn’t this give you chills? Since my childhood, I have been infatuated with mythology, regardless of its origins. There is so much we can learn from the ancient wisdom.
Souled can be purchased from Amazon – yes, with its brand new cover.
So what do you think about the new cover? Did the synopsis and the Sekhem story spark your interest?
Oh, and don’t forget about my contest. Yesterday I announced the details HERE. The contest is open through Monday. Check back then to see if you are one of the two lucky winners!