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Desire of the Soul Chapter Two

I posted the first chapter to my original story a couple of months ago and I decided that for this post, I will post the second chapter just in case anyone wanted to read a little more of it. DISCLAIMER: This is a very early version of this story and I haven’t edited it in a while, so it might be a little rough. Enjoy!

I woke up the next morning when my alarm clock went off at 6:30. I rubbed my eyes as I walked out of room and down the hallway to the bathroom. Right as I turned the corner, I ran right into someone.

“Whoa, I’m sorry.” I mumbled. I looked up to see a really cute guy. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and had to be over six feet tall.

“No, it’s ok.” he said in a charming voice. He then smiled an amazing smile and I felt a little bit of myself melt inside. He moved out of the way and I stepped into the bathroom and took a shower.

After my shower, I blow-dried my hair and went into the kitchen for breakfast. Officer Bla-Ernie, was making pancakes and sausage for breakfast.

“Good morning.” Ernie smiled at me. He flipped another pancake and then put some on a plate and gave it to me.

“Good morning to you too.” I said as I took a bite of the pancake. “Yum! These things are amazing!”

Ernie laughed. “Thanks, they’re just pancakes.” he said and laughed again. I laughed with him.

“I know, it’s just that my mom and dad never made breakfast for me so I always had cereal for breakfast.” I explained to them. Ernie smiled and put a few sausages on my plate and I ate them too. Maybe living here wouldn’t be that bad.

“I have a question.” I said to Ernie. He looked up at me. “Do you have any kids?” I asked and took another bite of my pancake.

He smiled and nodded. “Yes, I have two kids. I have a boy and a girl. Emily is fourteen and Will is eight. They are my world.” he smiled again. I smiled back. It must be hard for him to leave his kids behind. I know it would be hard for me.

I finished my pancakes and sausage just as the cute guy from before walked downstairs and smiled at Ernie and me.

“Hello everyone. Ready for school today Angela?” the guy asked me.

“Uh, yeah. I, uh, guess so.” I shrugged. School was never a problem for me. I always got good grades and never got into trouble. But transferring to a new school during the middle of senior year might be a little tricky.

“Before I forget, I’m Officer Benjamin Barker. But you can call me Ben.” Ben said and smiled. He extended his hand and I shook it.


“It’s nice to meet you. I’m Angela, but you already obviously know that.” I smiled at Ben and he laughed a little bit. “I have to get going to school…but I have no idea where that is.” I admitted.

“No worries, I’ll drop you off.” Ben said and grabbed my backpack for me and walked out of the door.

“I’ll see you later, Ernie.” I said to Ernie as I followed Ben outside to his car. I got into the passenger seat and he drove away.

“So, Ben, what am I supposed to tell people when they ask why I moved here and who you and Ernie are, because you’re obviously not my parents.” I said with a small, short laugh at the end.

“Well, the story is that Ernie is your godfather and I’m his son. Your parents died in a car crash recently, and you don’t have any other family members around for you to go live with, so Ernie took you in. It just so happens that I’m going to be a new teacher at this school so I can keep an eye on you. When people ask you where you used to live, say you are from Milwaukee, okay?” Ben said to me while driving.

I nodded. “Okay, sounds like a plan. It’s not too much to remember.” I said as I looked out of the car window. This place is definitely different than Chicago. You can actually see the grass and trees here.

“Right. And remember, your last name is now Martin. You go by the name Angela Martin, not Angela Ward.” I nodded again. “And if you ever need me during the day at school, come find me. If you can’t do that, my number is in your phone.” He handed me a cell phone.

“This isn’t my phone.” I told me while looking down at the phone in my hand.

“I know. We are giving you a new one so no one can trace you down and so people from Chicago can’t contact you. We also took down your facebook page. We don’t need anyone looking at that anymore because as of today, Angela Ward no longer exists.”

Whoa. I no longer “exist.” Will I ever be able to go back to Chicago and see all of my friends? I miss them so much and I hate that I never even got to say goodbye…

Ben pulled into the high school parking lot. It was smaller than my old school, that’s for sure. I grabbed my backpack and got out of the car. A few students who were also in the parking lot stared at Ben and me and I had a feeling there would be a lot of staring today. But oh well, there’s really nothing I can do about it. Unless I convinced Ernie to home school me…

Ben and I walked into the school together. “We have to go to the office and check in. Only the principal knows about why we are really here, so just keep everything on the down low. Try to keep yourself on the down low, okay?” he looked at me.

“Keep myself on the down low. I got it.” We walked into the principal’s office and got everything settled in. After that, I went to my locker and put my bag in there and got out my schedule. First hour was a study hall. Ben was going to be teaching a home education class, which he signed me up for. That class was right after lunch. At this school the schedule is a block schedule, so I only have four classes a day. Thank heaven. I really was not in the mood for eight classes a day right now.

I walked to my study hall and sat down in the back. I looked around and saw that the teacher wasn’t even in the classroom yet. Then I noticed I was pretty much the only student in here. I looked at the clock on the wall and class starts in three minutes. Does anybody here know how to be on time or read a clock? I took out my notebook and started doodling on it. As the next three minutes took place, students started filing into the classroom and the teacher walked in right as the bell was ringing.

The teacher introduced himself to me as Mr. Galsworthy and told me that study hall was a time for me to work on my homework and talk quietly with others in the room. He sat down and then told me to go sit back down in my desk. I did what he told me to do and then doodled some more on my notebook.

A few minutes later, a girl approached me. The girl had blonde hair that curled at the bottom. Her eyes were an intense blue color. She looked around the same height as me and was probably my age considering she was in the same study hall as me and at this school, all seniors were in the same study hall.

“Hi! You’re Angela Martin, right? I’m Dot Smith. Some teachers asked me to be your student guide since you’re new here.” Dot said and gave a huge smile.

“Hey, it’s nice to meet you too.” I smiled a little.

Dot smiled again and sat down next to me. “So, where are you from?”

“Uh,” I thought back to what Ben had said to me earlier in the car. “I’m from Milwaukee.”

“That’s quite a ways away from here!” she exclaimed and the teacher told her to tone down her volume.

“Yep.” I nodded. I really wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone right now.

“So, I heard you live with your godfather and his son.” Dot said to me.

“Yeah, that’s true.” Wow, news got around really fast here.

“What happened to your parents?” She questioned.

“They died in a car crash…” I said, remembering my fake story.

“Oh my goodness! That’s so sad! I know I never met them or anything, but I’m sorry for your loss. If you ever need to talk to someone, I’m here. We’re friends now.” She smiled warmly.

“Thanks Dot.” I smiled a little at her. If only she knew my parents weren’t actually dead and were living down in Chicago. If word ever got out about me being in witness protection, it would spread like a wild fire around here.

“No problem! Now, I have to do some homework, so I’ll talk to you after class.” Dot said as she opened up a text book. She started doing her homework so I took out my iPod and put my ear buds in. It’s time to listen to some depressing music.

When class was over, Dot walked me to my locker. Turns out that our lockers are right next to each other. What a coincidence.

“Hey, do you know who is on the other side of my locker?” I asked Dot. I might as well befriend that person too while I’m at it.

“Yeah, that’s Chris Holiday’s locker. He’s a senior and suuuuppeeerrr cute!” Dot gushed. “Oh, here he comes right now!” She gestured towards a guy walking down the hallway. You had to admit he was pretty darn cute. He was tall, blonde, fair skin, and blue eyes. Pretty intense blue eyes, considering I could see them from twenty-five feet away.

“Hey, you must be the new girl.” Chris said as he walked up to his locker. “I’m Chris.”

“Hi, I’m Angela, but some people call me Ang.” I smiled at him. He opened his locker and shoved his books in.

“So, what class do you have now?” he asked me while grabbing a book out of his locker.

I looked at my schedule. “Um, I have Spanish class.”

“Me too!” he smiled wide. He grabbed my schedule from my hands and read over it. “We have cooking class together too after lunch.”

“Awesome! The new teacher of that class is my godfather’s son.” I informed him.

“Really? That’s cool!” Dot smiled. I had kind of forgotten that she was even here.

“Well, we should get to class. Senora Lopez gets mad when we’re late to class.” Chris took my books out of my hands. “Here, let me take those for you.” He smiled wide. I smiled back and we both walked to class after saying our goodbyes to Dot.

When we walked into Spanish class, I had to do the usual introductions of myself, where I came from, blah blah blah. It turns out that Chris doesn’t have a partner because there was an uneven number of students in the class, so that means I get to be his partner. Plus, he sits in the back and I love sitting in the back of classrooms. It’s fun to watch the whole class and how ridiculous everyone can look. It entertains me when I’m bored. I picked out my Spanish class name, Alicia, and learned that Chris’ Spanish name is Carlos.

During class, Chris and I talked and learned more about each other. I learned that he has a little sister who is twelve years old. I also learned that his family is divorced, and that he lives with his mom. I was so sad when the end-of-class-bell rang. But it turns out that Chris and I have the same lunch, Lunch A, so I felt better. So far I have made two friends here, if you don’t include Ben and Ernie. Maybe living here for a while won’t be so bad.

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How To Publish Your Own Book Online

In a previous post, I talked about how to start writing your own book or novel. For this post, I will post an article about a website that you can post your own books and/or stories online. The link to the article is

Here is the text:

“If you want to realise a dream by publishing your own book, there are lots of companies willing to extract upwards of $500 from you for the privilege. At the other end of the spectrum is Amazon’s digital text platform, which allows you to upload your pre-prepared files to its Kindle reader and then set your own price.

The catch? Amazon takes 65% of the income from sales. Ouch. Fortunately, there are lots of other options – of which more later – for budding authors. What you get out of them is subject only to the limits of your imagination.

It doesn’t have to be an embryonic bestseller because self-publishing is best suited to limited editions. Anything over 1,000 copies and you would be better off going to a traditional printer to take advantage of economies of scale. I know a lot people who are self-publishing a record of their own lives together with memories of their parents and grandparents as a bit of family history. That’s not vanity publishing, just a great way to preserve memories for future generations and add to the archive of local history. Self-publishing is ideal for that.

Others publish their blogs or photo albums. Every year I try to put the best photos of the past 12 months from a photo site ( in my case) so we have the equivalent of the traditional photo album which will last longer than my Flickr subscription and my hard disk. You could equally download an out-of-copyright book from the not-for-profit Gutenberg archive or from the millions of books Google has scanned (maybe for your book club) or extracts from the Wikipedia – and it’s all legal.

For years I have written poems as a relaxing pastime – rather like other people collect stamps. I couldn’t face the prospect of collecting rejection notes from agents and publishers so decided to self publish. The first book I did by paying for 1,000 copies to be printed in the traditional way (because it was only a little bit more expensive than printing 500). Expensive mistake.

By the time a second book was ready new technology came to the rescue. I used, which enables you to upload files and cover designs for nothing, and launched it in the virtual world Second Life (at no extra cost to a member). For marketing, I experimented with “product placement” by attaching poems to photos or paintings on Flickr and other sites thereby generating discussions that you wouldn’t get with traditional publishing where the author is remote from the reader.

Through a chance meeting on Facebook, the Glasgow indie group A Band Called Quinn is recording a number of the poems for a CD, including Truth which can be experienced here on YouTube. My new book I hope to publish on Lulu and an iPhone app, if I can find a decent one. The point about all this is that new technology offers new and cheap ways both to publish and promote your books and we are only at the start of the learning curve.

Which self-publishing site to choose? There has been a lot of change recently. This is partly because of Amazon entering the market (and now Apple as well) but also because the process is becoming simpler and the operation more vertically integrated. Amazon has bought Createspace and Lulu has purchased We Read, a social book club with a presence on Facebook and other social sites with a claimed 3 million readers. This could help it towards reaching the nirvana of self-publishing: to become the iTunes of books.

I’ve had mixed feelings about Lulu in recent years. In principle, it is a breath of fresh air being an open source site that claims to put the interests of authors above all else (unlike the increasingly proprietary Amazon). In practice, there have been problems – not least ludicrously high postage costs (sometimes more than the cost of the book) delays of weeks before delivery and issues about payments which readers have told me about.

They seem to be through these problems, however, and now print in the UK so delivery takes days rather than weeks and postage is down to more reasonable levels. The proof of my latest book arrived while writing this column, five days after pressing the final button.

If you use their template, publishing is remarkably easy – you upload your manuscript in PDF form, drag photos across for the front and back covers. It could all be over in 20 minutes (if you don’t make silly mistakes as I tend to). It doesn’t cost you anything until the first purchase and Lulu lets you keep 80% of the proceeds (after deduction of the printing cost of each book). Lulu expanded by 20% last year and publishes over 400,000 titles a year which it claims is “almost twice as many as by America’s entire traditional publishing industry”.


The digital revolution has turned the music industry upside down but it is moving at a more leisurely pace in books where self-publishing hasn’t yet taken off in a really big way.

The question this week is whether, once again, Apple will change the game by providing an easy way to publish and generate a conversation. There is still a vast market out there for the taking.”

Keegan, Victor. (January 28, 2010). How To Publish Your Own Book Online – and Make Money. The Guardian.  Retrieved from 

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The Catcher in the Rye


For this post, I will be discussing the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book is not a current book. It was published in 1951 and it has 214 pages.

I feel that I cannot give this book a decent enough summary with my own words, so here is a summary of The Catcher in the Rye that is done by “The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.”

I read this book about six months ago because my boyfriend recommended it to me and it was very good! I usually do not like reading classical literature, but this novel surprised me and I loved reading it. It was very hard for me to put the book down as soon as I started reading it.

Holden Caulfield is a fantastic main character and it is so interesting to read about his journey as a young adult. It was also interesting to read about his relationships with the people he met throughout the book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. My recommendation should really mean that the book is fantastic because I usually do not like classical literature, like I stated above. So please go buy or check out this book from your local library and if you do that, I hope you enjoy it!

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100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime

For this post, I will be posting a link to a page on A group of editors on Amazon got together and put together a list of one hundred books that young adults should read at some point in their life. I have definitely read a handful of these books on the list. Have you read any of these books? Comment below if you have! I hope you enjoy this list and you might even find a book you want to read!

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Why Read Young Adult Literature?

For this post, I have provided a link to a youtube video that I think you should watch. This video is about why people should read young adult literature. This video is under five minutes and I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to express your comments and/or opinions in the comment section below.


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Vampire Academy


For this post, I will be talking about one of my favorite books, which is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This book has 352 pages and is actually celebrating its ten year anniversary this month. Vampire Academy is the first book in the series. There is also a movie made from the first book back in 2014, but it was not as successful as the book series. The book is in first point of view and is in the point of view of Rose Hathaway.

I have not read the book in a couple of years, so here is the summary of the book via “St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.”

Like I said in the beginning of this post, Vampire Academy is one of my all time favorite books. I read it in seventh grade for the first time and I have read it probably twenty times since then. It never gets old to me. The characters are amazing and Rose, the main character, is a strong female role model. She is very fierce, brave, sarcastic, witty, smart, and passionate. Rose and Lissa’s friendship is also very nice because a lot of people can relate to their friendship. They are so close and are practically sisters.

Another amazing aspect of this book is the relationship between Rose and Dimitri. Dimitri is her mentor at the school and is technically a teacher at the school. They have a very interesting relationship throughout the entire series. First of all, any kind of romantic relationship between them is forbidden since she is a student and he is a teacher. But their relationship was not romantic at first. It was just a student-teacher relationship which then developed into a respectful friendship. But obviously after that, it blossomed into something more.

I know that vampire themed books and television shows can be pretty cheesy, but I think Richelle Mead did an excellent job of not making this series cheesy. The movie, on the other hand, was very cheesy and I would not recommend watching the movie. Please read the books first if you decide to watch the movie.

There are so many different aspects of this series that make it amazing, so please check it out! You will fall in love with all of the characters very easily and you will not want to put the book down once you start reading it!

For more information on this book, the whole series, or the spin off series that Richelle Mead wrote, please visit her website at


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The Hunger Games


This post is going to be about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book is 384 pages long and is intended for ages thirteen and up.

I feel like I cannot give an adequate summary of this book, so here is the summary of the book, courtesy of “In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.”

I felt that this book was very good and it is very empowering. I think the main character Katniss Everdreen is a very good role model for young women, especially girls who are reading this in middle school or high school. She shows girls and young women that they can be brave and that they can stand up for themselves. I would definitely recommend this book for everyone, not just young women. This book is very engaging and it is hard to stop reading as soon as you start reading it.

If you are interested in reading more about this book or other books from this author, please visit 


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Fifty Shades of Grey


For this post,  I will be discussing the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. This book is 514 pages long and is available in paperback. It is the first book of a trilogy and then there is a fourth book. The fourth book is titled Grey and it is Fifty Shades of Grey, but it is in Christian Grey’s point of view. This book and series is intended for mature readers.

This book is about Anastasia (Ana) Steele, who is a literature student. She interviews Christian Grey, who is a young and successful businessman. During the interview,  the two of them experience a chemistry that neither of them had ever felt before. Christian and Ana meet up later and Ana realizes there is much more to Christian and his tastes. Christian shows Ana his erotic ways and Ana ends up doing things she had never really heard of before. Throughout the book, the reader follows Christian and Ana’s relationship and all of Christian’s dark secrets from his past.

I thought this book was very descriptive during the sexual and erotic parts of it. It was not really my taste and I wish there had been more plot involved in the story. It was basically just all about sex. Christian and Ana would have sex for ten pages in the story and then there would be a couple of pages of dialogue, and then they would have sex again, but in a different way. It was just really graphic and I would not recommend this book for younger audiences. I was eighteen years old when I first read the book and I was uncomfortable reading it in public or when I was around people. But if you are int erotic literature, then this is the perfect book for you.

If you are interested in this book or other books by this author, please visit .

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Millennials and Reading

For this post, I will be discussing the information presented in the article “Millennials are Out-Reading Older Generations”, which can be found at .

I am a part of the millennial generation and I love to read, so I felt that this article would be interesting to read. The article mentions how younger generations are always receiving slack from the couple of generations above them because of the types of things they are into. But to many people’s surprise, millennials love to read. According to a poll they did in the article of six thousand people, eighty-eight percent of people under thirty  read a book within the last year. Seventy-nine percent of people above the age of thirty had read a book within the past year. So I think it is very interesting that younger people were reading more than the older generation.

Another interesting thing from the article is that it said that people are buying books more than borrowing them from the library. I personally have bought several books, but I tend to borrow them from libraries more often. Since I am in college, I do not really have a ton of extra money lying around to spend on books. Besides, free rental from the campus library is built into my tuition, so I might as well take advantage of that.

I would highly suggest that you read the article that this post is about. There are many interesting facts and points within this article! Have a great day!

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