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King’s Crusade by AD Starrling‏

AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Paediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.

Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the second novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea.

She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.


The perfect immortal warrior.

A set of stolen, priceless artifacts.
An ancient sect determined to bring about the downfall of human civilization.

The exciting, action-packed follow-up to Soul Meaning and the second installment in the supernatural thriller series, Seventeen.

When a team of scientists unearth scriptures older than the Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave in the Eastern Desert mountains in Egypt, a mystery lost to the tides of time is uncovered. Heading the expedition is Dimitri Reznak, the Head of the Crovir Immortal Culture & History Section. But the monumental discovery is spoiled by evidence of looting and half the priceless artifacts Reznak has been seeking for centuries have disappeared.

Alexa King is a covert agent for the Crovir First Council. When she is approached by her godfather for a mission that could help elucidate the enigma of her lost past, she finds herself delving into the dangerous and shadowy world of secret religious societies. Assigned by Reznak to assist her is Zachary Jackson, a gifted human and Harvard archaeology professor.

In their search for the missing artifacts, King and Jackson stumble upon the existence of a deadly sect whose origins are as mystifying as the relics they are searching for. From North Africa to the doors of Vatican City itself, they unveil a centuries-old plan that aims to shatter the very structure of civilized society.

With the help of Reznak and a group of unexpected allies, King and Jackson must stop the enemy and uncover the astonishing truth behind the missing artifacts and King’s own unearthly origins before all is lost.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?

King’s Crusade started life during the second half of Soul Meaning, Book #1 in the series Seventeen. When I was working out how to finish the plot for the first book, the seeds of the second one were sown. Three clues; a trip to the desert, genetics, and blood.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me one year to complete the first draft, four to five weeks to do the rewrite after feedback from six beta readers and two editors, another week for the final proofread rewrite.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Ending up somewhere you never planned to be at the start of the story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Rewrites! I need to learn to stop. I could rewrite FOREVER!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? In medicine, Gregor Mendel. Because he established the laws of inheritance that would form the basis of modern genetics. His work was one of the reasons I loved biology and became fascinated with biotechnology and genetic engineering.

In writing, Neil Gaiman. The man is a wonderful human being, a great storyteller, and a true inspiration for other writers.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
God, Pembroke, it’s still that unopened jar of strawberry jam from the March interview! LOL!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
The third book in the series Seventeen, scheduled for release summer 2014. Possibly a second edition of Soul Meaning, with a few small alterations (no major plot/scene alterations, honest!).

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