Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How many lives do we live?

From time to time, people ask what my favorite author/book might be. Christy Elkins and her novel Parallel are definitely high on the list. I had the honour of reading an early version of the book, and even though I don't usually stay up reading at night, Parallel kept me on the edge of my seat until three in the morning.

The book was released by Silver Knight Publishing yesterday, and I'm expecting to get my copy in the mail today. I can't wait to see what the final version is like.

What is it about? The blurb kind of tells it, but doesn't show the whole truth. The story is beautiful and thought-provoking, and handles the questions of life after death and the very fabric of our existence in an appealing way. I wouldn't call it religious - most books with a strong theme of any religion become too evangelical for my taste and bore me to tears - but it is spiritual. Parallel is also inspirational in the sense that it's positive and optimistic even though it handles some big questions.


Luha Quibodeaux never had much support from her mother. When a tragic event occurs, Luha's mom makes a stand, reaching out in an attempt to protect her daughter. For the first time, Luha feels the love of her mother. Moments later, as Luha's life slips away, she comes face-to-face with a woman who appears all too familiar. She soon realizes that this woman is -- herself.

Everything in Luha's world suddenly changes as she discovers that nothing is what she thought. In order to truly understand, Luha must let go of all prejudice, and come to terms with the deepest secrets in her own heart.

What does the future really hold? Is there life after death? Luha asked herself these very same questions; but the answers she found exceeded any comprehendible reality.

Parallel for Kindle is only $2.99. Take a chance on it - odds are you will love it, and if you don't, you lost less money than a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Parallel in paperback is currently $9.95. In my opinion, this book is a keeper, and I look forward to placing it in the bookshelf.

If you want to read more about Christy Elkins, I interviewed her not long ago. Check it out!

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