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Deceived by L.A. Starkey (Soul Keeper Series #1) Publication date: August 28th 2014 Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.
But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?
The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.
But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?
What if your choices had eternal ramification?
Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.
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She exhaled softly as their skin connected and instinctively let her fingers wrap around his as a sign of friendship. The warmth of his touch sent tingles racing along the corridors of her body, and yet still the cold loneliness remained because she demanded it so. No one would ever penetrate her defenses again. Self-preservation had become her lifelong companion simply because life required such company. The momentary experience of loneness brought back her first memories of whitewashed walls at the orphanage and the feelings of abandonment, leaving her empty, a wasteland of hopes and dreams.
“Still not ready to let me reach your heart are you, Samantha? I’ve yet to find you, my love.” His voice was airy but deep, like resounding thunder after a storm.
“What do you mean, ‘your love’?” Sam retorted, pulling her hand from his and placing them both firmly on her hips, her eyebrow lifting sharply. “And it's Sam, by the way. No one gave you permission to use my full name.”
Her full name held too many memories of a life that she’d rather forget ever existed. When Sam was only a few days old, her mother had left her in a shopping cart wrapped in a dirty yellow blanket. She hadn’t even given her a name.
The people in the front office at the orphanage had needed to name her, and they’d just happened to be watching Bewitched at the time. On top of being abandoned, her identity was aligned to a worn-out witch on a sitcom. The nickname “Sam” would have to do until she was old enough to have it changed.
“Of course, Sam. I’m sorry. You look beautiful. That shade of lavender against your soft skin and beautiful blue eyes reminds me of the essence of color that lingers in the sky just before twilight. You’re such a rare beauty and you’re all … all ...” He stopped suddenly.
Wow, a stutter. Go figure. At least he’s not perfect. Besides, when you look that good, who cares what’s coming out of your mouth? Sam caught herself before she chuckled out loud.
“You’re all what?” Sam asked, like a chicken with its feathers ruffled.
“And you are allllll-ways beautiful.”
“Thanks, I guess.” She started to relax a little, or at least let it appear as such. “Where are we and who are you?”
Not having focused much on herself, she glanced down to inspect what the boy before her was staring so intently at. Her breath caught in her chest at the sight of the revealing purple ball gown that hugged the curves of her athletic body and created a seductive cleavage. The dress's hem skimmed the ground as shiny black shoes peeked out from underneath.
Sam reached up to touch her hair and noticed that it wasn’t hanging down long and straight over her shoulders in her usual style. Instead, to her surprise, it was wound tightly in a bun, stray pieces caressing her neck.
What the ... I’ve lost it and now I’m standing in a grass field in prom attire with People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
“I’m Marcus. Marcus Greco, and you know me, Sam. You’ve visited my dreams quite often, but never enough. I have seen you here in many other lifetimes, but this is the first visit in this one that you’re living now, my love. ” He shrugged and turned away from her, continuing to speak over his shoulder. “You and I have spent many nights tucked away here, and when you go, I search for you endlessly.”
Sam inhaled, flooding her senses with the musky tones of his cologne.
“So, you’re the reason I’m in this itchy dress?”
“Guilty as charged.” He stopped briefly to glance over his shoulder, a smile touching his mouth. Sam was certain she’d heard Heaven and Hell applauding at the beauty that was Marcus.
AUTHOR BIO:Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.
She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
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