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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hoop Earrings & Bracelet - Pink & Purple

Earrings - Pink & Purple Hoops




















Earrings measure 2 1/2 inches in length.


I created these hoops using Silver Plated memory wire. I mixed Czech Pink 6mm rounds, Purple Lamp work 7mm, & Purple Glass round 8mm. I finished with a Silver Plated fishhook ear wire.


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Bracelet - Pink & Purple
















Bracelet measures 8 inches.

I used Czech Pink 6mm rounds, Purple Glass 8mm rounds, & Purple Lampwork 7mm rounds and finished with a Silver Plated Lobster Claw Clap.

This is a memory wire bracelet, however because of the beads used I choose to finish with a Silver Plated Lobster claw clasp. So it will be more form fitted then the regular memory w
ire bracelets.


Quilt - Coral Reef

"Coral Reef" quilt measures 93 x 93 inches. Cathedral Window design.

Vibrant colors inspired by the beauty of the ocean. Colors include an array of turquoises, corals, black, lime green with a wisp of gold accent. All hand-stitched & 100% cotton.

Memory Wire Bracelet - Wooden Red Swirls


Memory Wire Bracelet - Wooden Red Swirls

This is a memory wire bracelet. What is really nice about these types of bracelets is that they fit a range of wrist sizes (7-9+) comfortably. 

For this single wrap bracelet I used a combination of Wooden Red Swirl beads, Orange Jade Rounds, & Red Glass Swirl Lentils. To finish I curled the Silver Plated memory wire at the ends. 

It is easy to put on and remove, but will stay in place for normal activities. (Not intended for intense physical activity, such as sporting events.) All jewelry contains small parts. Parental discretion is advised.

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Memory Wire Bracelet - Czech Fire Polish Bauble Mix


This is a memory wire bracelet. What is really nice about these types of bracelets is that they fit a range of wrist sizes (7-9+) comfortably. 

For this 2 wrap bracelet I used a combination of Czech Fire Polished Beads 4mm, Silver Plated Smooth rounds, & Silver Plated Sliders. To finish I curled the Silver Plated memory wire at the ends. 

It is easy to put on and remove, but will stay in place for normal activities. (Not intended for intense physical activity, such as sporting events.) All jewelry contains small parts. Parental discretion is advised.


        

Memory Wire Bracelet - "Blue Ice" Czech Blue Frost Glass Cuff



This is a memory wire bracelet. What is really nice about these types of bracelets is that they fit a range of wrist sizes (7-9+) comfortably. 

For this 2 strand wrap bracelet I used a combination of Czech Blue Frost Glass Cubes & Sliders, Clear Glass Cylinder Rounds, Blue Triangles, & Blue Glass Bicones. To finish I curled the Silver Plated memory wire at the ends. 

It is easy to put on and remove, but will stay in place for normal activities. (Not intended for intense physical activity, such as sporting events.) All jewelry contains small parts. Parental discretion is advised.

Purchase here:  Bracelet - Etsy Link 






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Earrings measure 1 inch in lengh.

I used Czech Blue Frost Glass Cubes paired with Blue Glass Bicones & finished with a Silver Plated crimp bead on a Silver Plated Fishhook ear wire.


See matching earrings: Earrings - Etsy Link









Pendant/Key Chain - Glass Cabochons

These Cabochons are highly versatile, and are outstanding for use as pendants or key chains. (I put mine on a key ring and it looks great.) The pendant plate  in the photos below is a silver-plated frame and the digital photo used is printed on a heavy paper stock.

Cabochons are defined as "a gem or bead cut in convex form and highly polished but not faceted." These glass cabochons are great for magnifying the photograph and making the image "pop," even from a distance. For custom cabochons, I can use a high-resolution photograph, cropping in so that the subject matter is centered and accentuated for the best results, and any picture will do. This is a great gift idea, especially for new parents wanting to send out pictures of their newborn, guest gifts for weddings, or even promotional gifts for businesses wanting to get their name out in the market. This also means that you aren't limited to the products offered at your local bead store or online. If you have the picture, I can make the "cab!"

For custom cab orders you can place your order by clicking Custom Cab.  You can contact me by email info@quiltypleasuresplus.com for any questions concerning custom orders & for any orders over 50 there iswill be a discount pricing available.

It's that simple.  Choose your photo, click on the link to order, then email the photo & your done.

Glass Cab/Custom
Heart in the Sand



No Longer Available













I used this cab for a necklace that I made called "I Love the Beach". See above. 




Love
"Love is in the Air"










I was inspired by my Love pendant & made this unique necklace. 
I have mixed a lot of different beads together to create this necklace. 

Glitter in Black

I created this cab by using fingernail polish.  I had read about the technique and wanted to try it out.  It looks like a galaxy with millions of stars to me.  




             


Yellow Gerbera

I took a great photo of this beautiful flower and put it on a black background to make the yellow really "pop". 

This is another example of what you could do as a custom cab.  If you have a photo that you love of a flower, rainbow, or your happy place, you could have that memory encased in a glass cab & keep forever.



Black Hole
There are many more cabochons available at Quilty Pleasures Plus Etsy Shop



Bracelet - Black & Yellow Flowers


Bracelet is 8 inches and has a silver plated lobster clasp. All beads used are glass beads - black rounds with a yellow & white flower 4mm, jet black bicone 3mm, & sparkling yellow rondelles 6mm.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Introduction




Hello, my name is Kami, and I live in South Florida with my husband & lots of crazy pets. I love reading, music, movies & beading. I love books that involve the supernatural, but if the concept piques my interest, then no genre is completely off the grid. My reviews are always honest...sometimes brutally so...but I am always fair. It takes a lot for me to truly hate a book & even more to love it, so if I give you the “thumbs up”, you know its worth reading.
Millefiori - Memory Wire Bracelet

You can also find me on Facebook & Goodreads.

In my spare time I love making beaded jewelry. You can purchase my creations at Etsy or you can view my website QuiltyPleasuresPlus.comYou can also find us on  Facebook.  If you are looking for a one-of-kind piece, please check out my creations

I started making beaded jewelry when I was 14 years old. I have always been a big girl, and like most big girls, I became frustrated by all of the necklaces I liked only being 16 inches long, especially since I couldn't wear anything smaller than 19 inches! Watching TV & seeing all of the teen stars wearing such cool jewelry that I knew I would never be able to fit into made it even worse, so I decided to make my own. I was inspired by a brochure that I saw at my local craft store that showed me some of the basics. The best part about making your own jewelry pieces is that no one else will have the exact same thing: every piece is unique. As the years have passed, my skills in both crafting and design have improved. I started selling some of my jewelry after my friends would comment on what I was wearing & ask, "Where did you buy that." It was a great feeling to be able to smile and say, "I didn't buy it. I made it". It felt even better when they would ask if I would make something special just for them; something original and unique to their personality.

"I Love the Beach" Necklace

I also make custom pieces such as the glass cab you see here on the left as a pendant.  It could also be used as a key chain.


"Blue Ice" Memory Wire Bracelet
These glass cabs are great and can be customized with any photo you would like (Etsy Custom Cab).  Or you can email me at info@quiltypleasuresplus.com




I love the creative process of making jewelry.  I like a lot of things that are different from everyone else's stuff, so having a one-of-a-kind bracelet or pair of earrings is perfect for me.

Bracelet to to right is a 2 strand memory wire wrap bracelet.  What is nice about memory wire bracelets is one size fits sizes 6 - 9 comfortably.



"Peaches & Cream" Quilt
QuiltyPleasuresPlus.com also offers quilts, pillow covers and wall hangings custom-designed and hand-crafted by my mother, LuAnn. Each one is a a work of art, and like my jewelry, they are all one-of-a-kind! Best of all, because they aren't mass-produced in a factory somewhere, these are high-quality items that really last. There's nothing better on a cold night than snuggling up in bed under one of these masterpieces, and the wall hangings are always great conversation starters.


Apollo after a bath

I love animals & have lots of crazy pets:

  • Apollo (sun conure)
  • Dante & Monty (aquatic turtles)
  • Dru (Black cat & mama), Smudgy (Black cat), Casper (tabby cat), Bob (gray cat)
  • Jewel (Rat Terrier)


I love music & mainly listen to alternative, ska, rock, country, blues & some classical on occasion.  Some bands I really like are Nickleback, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Puddle of Mudd, Green Day, Jonny Lang, Saving Abel, Dead by Sunrise, Linkin Park, Fuel (when Toryn Green was the singer), Keaton Simons, Theory of a Deadman, Hinder, Death Cab For Cutie, Creed, Lustra, Buckcherry,The Veer Union, Sugar Ray, Finger Eleven, Seether, Kid Rock, Sick Puppies, The Black Crows, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert....  

TV Shows I like to watch include: Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, Mom, Survivor, Big Brother, True Blood, CSI, Vampire Diaries, Being Human, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf on MTV, Game of Thrones, Beauty & the Beast, Catfish, Face Off, Ink Master, Witches of East End, Naked Vegas...

I love movies that include action, sci-fi, comedy, or horror. Movies I love the most have to do with vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, & anything supernatural. I do not like dramas, chick flicks, or period films & nothing with subtitles. I hate subtitles.

My #1 favorite thing to do is READ. I love anything & everything dealing with the supernatural, fantasy, YA, NA, romance, erotica, mystery, romantic comedy & biographies. These are also some of the books that I will be reviewing.  I am a officially a KINDLE GIRL & I think I am a Kindle addict.

Some of my favorite Books include:
  • Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedes (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Birch
  • Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer
  • McCarthy's of Gansett Island series by Marie Force
  • Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper
  • Legacy series by N.J. Walters
  • The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting
I love reading because you can be any character you want. You pick up the book & open to that 1st page & you are transformed into a different person. You can go on an adventure or live in a different country. You can slay vampires & hang out with the local werewolves. You can have a leading man that sweeps you off your feet or a bad boy that you just can't get enough of.  You can live in another universe. It is an amazing journey, like a roller coaster ride in the comfort of your own home.

Happy reading everyone. I hope you enjoy my adventures. And I hope you love my jewelry.

Review: Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt

Prison Nation (Prison Nation #1)
by Jenni Merritt
Kindle edition, 304 pages
Published: December 1st 2011
ASIN: B006H4LPZW
Source: Ebook - Own




In the Nation, no one is innocent - not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.


But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice. And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.  

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

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I downloaded Prison Nation as a freebie not knowing what to expect. The description sounded interesting even though it is something I normally would not have read. I am glad I did, it was a great read.

Millie is what is known as a Jail Baby. Millie's parents are both in jail & she was born in jail. In this interesting world 50% of the population is in jail. The Nation is what the U.S. used to be before it broke free from the UN & put up a wall around itself to keep the bad out & the good in. On Millie's 18th Birthday she is scheduled to be released as is all the Jail Babies. She will miss her parents, Orrin & Jude but needs to start her life on the outside, where it is safe (she wishes). Carl the new guard is obsessed with Millie & does not want her to leave the prison. He wants her & scares her by ruffing her up before her release date. She knows she needs to get away from him fast.

She meets Reed, Maria, and various others that help her get settled in. Reed helps her learn the ropes at her new job & Maria helps her feel welcome in her new living quarters.

Throughout this story I fell madly in love with Millie. She is sweet, beautiful, loyal, timid, & strong. Reed is very sweet to her & tries to help her through the transition of being on the outside. Millie learns that The Nation is not what it appears to be from inside her jail cell looking out. Now it is up to her to truly feel what the word FREE means. In order to do this Reed & Millie must break a lot of rules, risk being put back in jail, leave people behind with whom she has found a friendship & figure out how to get outside the wall. 

This is a great adventure of a young woman struggling to find herself in a world with a lot of choices she has never had to make.  Fighting for FREEDOM she thought she had.

Jenni Merritt's web page states that there will be a sequel "Lady Justice" and I am looking forward to it.

Happy Reading.

Review: Bad For Me by Dara Bowman

Bad For Me (My Forbidden Rockstar #1)
by Dara Bowman
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published: June 5th 2013
ASIN: B00D8DKW0O
Source: Ebook - Borrowed

Goodreads | Amazon          

   



She's determined to make it on her own as an independent and capable young woman living in LA.
He's an international superstar rock sensation and known womanizer with looks that could kill.
They're a match made in heaven.
Dom is an irresistibly sexy bad boy and a talented musician, the type of guy she hates to love - she just can't help herself. But Annie has been there before, she knows his type, and she won't fall for the bullshit again.
Too bad it's not up to her.
Fate brings them together when Dom's band Diesel is in desperate need of a new backup singer and Annie is the perfect fit. This is her chance to launch her career, on a three month long tour with one of the biggest bands on the planet.
There's only one problem, when Annie finally meets her dad's new fiancé for the first time, she realizes her father is engaged to Dom's mother.
She can do this though, she just has to keep her relationship with Dom strictly professional and at a polite distance. There's no way she can let herself indulge in such a forbidden love affair.
But Dom has other plans...and he always gets his way.
*This New Adult Romance Novel contains mature themes, strong language, and steamy situations. It is intended for adult readers.*
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This story is about Annabelle & Dominic

Annie and Dominic meet because Annie's dad Cliff is engaged to Dominic's mother Roxie. When Annie finally meets Roxie after months of her father dating her and now engaged she is shocked to see that she is not some young gold digging bimbo. Roxie is what you would call funky chic and age appropriate. Annie finds out that Dominic Dresden (Rock God) is Roxie's son and that he is looking for a backup singer. She does not want handouts and Dom will not give her one.  Annie must earn it with her singing ability and Dom will not offer her the job until he hears her sing. Dominic is blown away and he can't believe it, Annie sings like an Angel. Dom wants her for the band and for himself.

Dominic wants Annie badly. But this girl is not playing fair. She has beaten him off with a stick twice now and he just wants her more. Annie can not deny her attraction to Dom but she can't get involved with another rock star. He will just break her heart.

Annie goes on tour as the replacement backup singer for Diesel and the fans love her. Her & Dominic become closer and they try to make it work on a few different occasions not really as a couple but as something more than friends. The last leg of the tour things are going pretty well between the two of them and they are seeing themselves as a couple more and more but something terrible happens at home in L.A. and they must go rushing back. Dominic can not stay with Annie even though he knows that he should. Annie needs him more than ever right now during this terrible time and can't believe he abandoned her. When Annie rejoins the tour she is distant and tells Dom to leave her alone. After several attempts to talk to Annie and make amends Dominic just does as she asks and leaves her alone. Dominic knows he was wrong to leave her back in L.A. and knows that Annie just needs more time to come out of her fog before they can try again. Annie can't take anymore disappointment.  She is hurt and upset and also feels abandoned by the people she loves.  But Dominic loves Annie and it has taken some time to figure that out for himself but now that he has Dominic must make this right.

Dominic pulls out one more trick from his bag and Annie is left with all the power to crush Dominic or make his dreams come true and give him one last chance to make her happy.

I liked this book and  I will look for more of Dara's stories.

Happy Reading.


Custom Items

Memory Wire Bracelet - Brown Chunky Chips
Custom Items

Bracelet - Mellifiori Chips











I like to work with these chips they are great for individuals who like a little chaos.  These chips are not uniformed or shaped in a particular way so there is no real pattern to the beads.


Earrings & Bracelet Combo - Purple Flowers
Here is a nice gift set I did for a friend.  She wanted a Christmas gift for her daughter.  She told me "She loves purple". So I put on my creativity hat and this was the result.  I really liked them. My friend did too she was thinking of keeping them for herself.  






Memory Wire Bracelet - Crackeling Sea Green
Memory Wire Bracelet - "Red Smoke"

Earrings - Obsidian & Swarovski Rondelles


Memory Wire Bracelet - Black & Clear

Today's Kindle Freebies

These are today's Kindle Freebies

Please make sure to double check that they are still free.  As I am not sure when the freebie will end.
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A Perfect Holiday Fling  by Farrah Rochon

(Moments in Maplesville)

It’s no mystery why veterinarian Callie Webber is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. When the residents of her small hometown aren’t pitying her because of her ex-husband’s very public departure, they’re attempting to hook her up with a man…any man. Fed up with being everyone’s favorite charity case, Callie considers closing her animal clinic and moving to the big city. But, before she goes, she decides to give herself a Christmas treat to remember: a romantic holiday fling. And who better to have a fling with than the gorgeous newcomer who is turning heads around Maplesville? 

When injured Navy pilot Stefan Sutherland reluctantly rescues a gutter cat for the sake of his five-year-old nephew, he never imagined it would lead to him discovering Maplesville’s most fascinating attraction…its smoking hot vet. Getting involved with a woman was the last thing Stefan anticipated when he agreed to care for his nephew during his Army nurse sister’s deployment, but if he’s going to spend the holidays in this sleepy Southern town, why not make the most of it with the perfect holiday fling. 

(Novella approx 99 pages)

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My Best Friend by Ancelli

What would you do if you realize that your best friend is the love of your life? Jason and Kay loved each other from the moment they met but obstacles kept getting in their way. An unexpected pregnancy brings them together.

This book contains explicit sexual content.

Novella approx 107 pages

Amazon

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Diamonds Are a Teen's Best Friend by Allison Rushby


Nessa is a big-time Marilyn Monroe fan who finally gets the star treatment on a transatlantic ocean liner. Things are looking up when she makes friends with glamorous superstar Holly — but once she falls for Holly’s cute nephew Marc, everything falls apart



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Beauty and the Wolf by Marina Myles

"Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read." --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight's Warrior

"Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again." --Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love

A Union Of Curses

Isabella Farrington's marriage was hasty. For all her new husband's riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven's dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble. . .


But when Isabella returns to Draven's remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother's scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own. . .


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Significance by Shelly Crane

Approx 319 pages

(I will be posting a review for this one once I finish reading)

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb.

She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing, but she's supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

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The Mind Readers (Mind Readers - Book #1) by Lori Brighton

Approx 238 pages

(I will be posting a review for this one once I finish reading)

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers. 

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life. 

Best for ages 14 and over.


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The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death's Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union by SM Reine

(Approx. 555 pages total)

This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell.

Books included:1. Death's Hand2. The Darkest Gate3. Dark Union

DEATH'S HAND
Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.


Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late--bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...



THE DARKEST GATE
When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural.



Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk.


A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals--and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back.
Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth...

DARK UNION
Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides--humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited.


An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in h
is place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member... and now they're demanding blood.
Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth...

Amazon
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The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers – Book #1) by G.P. Ching

Approx. 312 pages

(I have read and will post my review)

When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom.

But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.







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Happy Reading.