Calling

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Karen Schulteis, Dec 1, 2010 - Fiction - 312 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Michael Westphal's life fell apart when his mother died. Moving to a new town seemed a good way to get away from it all, especially when pretty Claire Williams arrives. It's too bad she's so far out of his league he'd need a telescope to make out the speck. After an accident nearly takes his life -- deer are so stupid; that's why we shoot them -- Michael must face his feelings about his mother's death and Claire and learns life can and does go on . . . but there's always a catch. With Claire, his best friend, Alex, and the three strange newcomers living in a rundown farmhouse off Highway J in the small town of Friendship, Michael's world evolves into a new kind of normal with a touch of weird and getting weirder all the time. The bizarre vision glitch that seizes him every time he looks at Claire soon extends to everyone in an array of colors and sensations not his own, the worst being the unseen force bent on beating the crap out of him every time Claire gets upset. If that were all the excitement Friendship had to offer, Michael might be okay; but weird isn't satisfied when you're dealing with destiny and Michael is about to learn the truth. Angels walk among us. They look like you and me. They are here for a purpose. Calling is a young adult paranormal fantasy that leaves vampires, werewolves and zombies behind to follow one young man's return from the apathy of "I'm okay" to become whole again. However, for Michael, being whole means accepting a destiny he never asked for, involving a father he never knew and a choice he cannot escape. We don't choose our calling; we only choose how we answer.
 

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Contents

How My Life Fell Apart
1
Ill Be Seventeen in October
9
If I Had Any Pride
16
Exiles Unite
22
My Personal Hell
28
Angels Were Moms Thing
33
Whoa Did That Just Happen?
38
OhJustKillMe Now
46
Angels Have Wings Dont They?
124
The Truth is I Just Dont Get It
134
Me
146
Who Could Possibly Hear That?
154
A Tribute to Peter Hildebrandt
168
Thought You Wanted That
182
The Important Question
200
So Much for Free Will
215

Dying Can Muck Up a Really Good Plan
55
How Could She Argue With Me on This?
60
Waking Up
72
Leaving Me to the Wolves
79
Fired is Fired
85
The Third Goose
91
Good Music
98
Would it Help if I Told You I was Married?
103
You Just Rap That Poem?
112
A Little Forewarning Wouldve Been Nice
118
Ive Had Better Weekends
225
Black Lightning
231
A Spiritual Black Hole
242
Between Denial and Acceptance
249
The Worlds Worst Liar
254
Dont Want to Play
264
What Would You Sacrifice?
272
Rage is a Funny Thing
284
And Four Meant Something New
296
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K. R. Schulteis graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree that has nothing to do with writing but provided a lovely certificate that looks nice hanging on her wall. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two sons and a small, hyperactive, mixed breed dog called Lua. When she's not working, writing or volunteering with her church's teen youth ministry, she enjoys reading and escaping into a great movie.

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