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With first book published, Eads has plans for series

KINGMAN - "Girls of Grace" is the first book written by Leah Eads, and the Kingman girl hopes it's also the first book to be published in the series.

Tate Publishing and Enterprises released the book nationwide on Aug. 12, and it nearly sold out at Hastings and online at amazon.com.

"It was really exciting," Leah, 16, said of finding out her book was going to be published.

With the book being in short supply, Leah said she had to delay a book signing at Hastings until more copies were ordered. The book is available online at barnesandnoble.com and from the publisher at tatepublishing.com/bookstore.

Leah said she is currently working on the second book, hoping Tate Publishing and Enterprises will publish it following the success of "Girls of Grace."

Leah said she also hoped to pursue writing books on other topics.

"I really want to write all different kinds of book for everyone and everything," Leah said.

Prior to the book's release, Leah held a release party on July 28 at River of Life Christian Book Shop, where more than 100 community members attended in support of her accomplishment.

"My husband and I have been blessed to have Leah as part of our youth group these last few years," said Shaundra Basking, the wife of the associate pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, in a news release. "I have seen her grow into such a beautiful young lady with an even more beautiful heart for God. Leah has the wonderful gift of storytelling."

With a 10-page story given to her friends as Christmas presents in 2005, Leah spent the next four months writing "Girls of Grace."

In the fiction story, Leah and members of her religious club travel from Kingman to an island in the Pacific Ocean to save a crisis/pregnancy center from closing.

"They were excited," Leah said of her friends' responses to being included in the published book. "They were jumping up and down when I told them."

While Leah told the girls of their appearance as characters in the book, she said she kept the release date secret from them. Utilizing a scavenger hunt at a sleepover, Leah hid a copy for each girl to find at a local church.

Eight years ago, Leah and her mother Carol Eads started Christian Girlz Club with six members.

"My mom and I have a really great relationship together," Leah said, "and we wanted others to experience that, too."

While not affiliated with a single church, the duo spread the word of the group through their parish at First Southern Baptist Church. The mother/daughter Bible study and fellowship now has 30 members.

Beyond gatherings, the group also engages in theatrical performances and community service projects.