Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway - Deceived (Soul Keeper Series #1) by L.A. Starkey

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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Sam finished putting on what little make-up she wore and walked to her first period class, calculus. Taking her seat, someone’s stare began burning a hole in the back of her head. She turned to her left about ninety degrees to meet eyes with Kenneth Bradley. Ken, as most of his friends called him, was basketball-tall and two hundred pounds of lean muscle. He had sandy brown hair, light brown eyes and a deep, strong voice. A voice that Sam had heard him use at both ends of the spectrum when watching him instruct the basketball team while in practice and on the courts for a game. He was a work of art on the courts. I’ve never seen anything more graceful and powerful than his layups, or his dunks, or his ... Sam faded out, still staring.
Ken waved a hand back and forth in front of her. 
"Good job out there this morning, Business." Ken smiled. "If for some ungodly reason we don't see your name posted, then Coach Miller’s an idiot. However, that would mean you could play for the guys’ team, which would allow you the opportunity to ride the bus with us for away games." His smile deepened and turned into something very promising.
She was used to boys and girls alike wanting to push her into the popular cliques, to get her to come and join the party or go out on a date, but she wasn't interested. It was kind of odd, in a depressing way. Sure, there was the hormonal side to her, but acting on that would inevitably lead to heartbreak.
Sorry, not today, Sam thought.
"Thanks for the offer, Ken, but I think I’m stuck hoping to make the girls’ team. Last time I checked my anatomy deemed it so." Sam smiled. 
Why not play the game? If you can't get hurt because you’re unwilling to stick around for overtime, then why not at least enjoy the popcorn and soda up until that point? Sam thought. Life should have some pleasure to it.
"Can't deny that. I'd love to take you out, if you'd only give me the chance." Ken lifted an eyebrow inquisitively. “You’ve put up a wall that I've been trying to tear down for a year. Maybe I need a bulldozer. Or have you not noticed, Samantha?" 
“It’s Sam, not Samantha.” She winked back at him. “No one denies you, right, Ken? I mean, you’re king of the school. I guess you must think of me as the ice princess your charms can’t seem to melt?”
“I wouldn’t say—” Ken started to respond, but was interrupted.
"Samantha, Kenneth, is there something you’d like to share with the class?" Mr. McGreer asked, bringing the class’s full attention to their private conversation. Sam whipped her head around, blood rushing to her cheeks for the second time that day.
"No, sir, Mr. McGreer, sorry for the interruption," Sam apologized. 
"Mr. Bradley, anything to add?" Mr. McGreer said, looking down at Ken. Everyone knew he didn't think too highly of Ken, but word on the street was that most of the teachers didn't. Ken had looks, status and lots of money. It didn't help that he didn’t appear to be intimidated by anyone, especially not the faculty.
"No, Mr. McGreer,” Ken retorted. “I was just trying to get my date on, but I’ll hit Sam up after your class. I apologize for the interruption." 
Sam ducked her head as a few people snickered at Ken’s bluntness. Even Mr. McGreer seemed taken aback by the comment.

"Well, I think that there is a place and time for you to, as you so eloquently put it, ‘get your date on’ and this isn’t it. Pay attention, both of you, or I’ll see you after school for detention."


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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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today!!

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