Thursday, November 20, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Deceived (Soul Keeper Series #1) by L.A. Starkey - Excerpt + Author Interview + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Thursday! We're really excited today to be a part of the blog tour for L.A. Starkey's YA Paranormal book, Deceived. We have an excerpt, a short interview, and a giveaway for you! You have the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card, so make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Also, don't forget to visit all of the other fantastic stops on this tour. You can find the entire tour schedule by clicking on the banner above.

About the Book

Title: Deceived (Soul Keeper Series #1)
Author: L.A. Starkey
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

Synopsis:  They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principal, 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 principal 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.


There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and even though the breeze had picked up, embracing Sam like a good friend, the warmth of the sun was putting up a mighty fight. Being someone who thrived outdoors, she loved that New Hampshire had four seasons and took profound joy in having the ability to experience all the weather gods could throw her way. After the first few warm up miles, Sam stood back up on her peddles and pumped out the next few miles with a good bit of effort.

Man, it feels good to get my blood pumping.

Sam looked to her left as a quick movement of yellow jotted between the trees.

“No!” A loud masculine voice rang out.

She jerked forward in time to swerve, barely missing the yellow lump lying in the road and instead hitting the curb. She plummeted off the bike, flying through the air and landing in a crouch. Her chest heaved in effort to gain much needed oxygen as all of the blood in her body rushed to its aid.

Her eyes quickly surveyed her surroundings as she cautiously rose. No one was close enough to create the loud protest that was still reverbing in her head. Trying to regain her composure, she worked to make sense of what had happened. I could’ve sworn there was something yellow in the trees. And then it was in the road, right?

She searched the ground finding nothing to support her internal claim.

About the Author

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 that 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.

The Interview!

Do you write about what turns you on?
Absolutely. I love supernatural or paranormal content. I really believe that all of my future books will be within that subject. I have about twenty new ideas that I’ve start to scope out for future projects and no matter what I do, they always somehow resort back to the paranormal thing, that which lies just below the surface that our minds refuse to consider.

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
My family is from the south for the most part, so you’d most like get a southern fried meal. Something like chicken fried steak, white gravy, butter creamed corn, whipped potatoes, and homemade biscuits. No dessert… there’s no room for it, I promise.

Are you a romantic?
Yes and No. If I have the choice I’d rather put on jeans and a t-shirt and do something casual, but to read romance in a book makes me swoon. My husband does a few romantic things here and there, but honestly I’m good without it.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Sometimes. Music moves me and so if I know where the scene is going and need to get it out, I’ll turn the music off. The last thing I need is for the music to change the direction of my writing. If I’m just writing a short scene or something for fun outside of the context of a story – the music is what I let drive the entire piece.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I read out loud to myself sometimes, but I actually downloaded a reader onto my computer so that I can have it read my work back to me. Crazy what you catch (editing-wise) when something is being spoken out loud. “…and she loved his wong.” Wong?? NO… song, song, not wong. :P

The Giveaway!

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card

Thanks for stopping by!

--Ashley & Paul


  1. I like the concept of having two soulmates.

    1. Me too, but ohhhhhhhhh how painful to choose? :)

      Thanks for stopping by. Isn't this blog theme AWESOME?


  2. Thanks for hosting today, Ashley!!

    I have Deceived for $0.99 and Destroyed for $2.99 in honor of the book tour!

    I appreciate the support and LOVE the theme of your blog. Great job on the post!


  3. I really love the sound of this story. So glad there is another one too.

    1. Thanks Jane.

      There are three total, so one focused on setting the stage and our characters, two hit up the plot big time and lots of lovely drama and the last one... we'll I'm starting on it next week. It's due out January 2015.

      Thanks for stopping by A P Book Club!