“I am quite impressed with O’Donnell’s storytelling…I was immersed in the story and invested in the characters. I cannot wait to see where this story is going to lead.”
- Amazon Review
“Her writing drew me in and it was hard to put it down. I enjoyed the characters and the premise of the stories of the Lost Souls.”
- The Book Maven
“Resurrection” is the first episode in the exciting new urban fantasy series: Lost Souls. And it’s a free eBook on many eBookStores like Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N and more!
Christian Thompson is killed in a car accident but refuses to pass into the afterlife because of his protective need to shelter his daughter Aurora from her cruel mother. He soon discovers there are others like him, other wandering spirits trapped between the world of the living and the dead. He joins this larger group of Lost Souls in their struggle to destroy the evil endangering their existence.
Unholy creatures threaten both Christian’s new world and his old. They are entities called the Changed, beings who were once Lost Souls but who are now dark, dangerous and disturbed monsters. Their ultimate goal is to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a human.
Little does Christian realize that his decision to refuse his own death will endanger the very life of the daughter he has vowed to protect.
Excerpt from Lost Souls – Resurrection – Episode 1
Then someone was screaming. Slowly, Christian opened his eyes. The streetlight was horizontal. Cars zoomed past vertically. The world was tilted on its side. The stoplight in the background turned red.
An ice cream cone lay on the sidewalk upside down, tiny chocolate rivers streaming out from beneath it in all directions.
“Daddy! Daddy!” Aurora ran up to him, her blue eyes wide and fearful.
He pushed himself upright. “I’m okay.”
Tears bloomed in her eyes and she began to cry. She wasn’t looking at him. Christian frowned. Had someone been hurt? “I’m right here, princess. It’s okay.” He followed her stare…
… to find his body laying on the hood of the black car. His eyes were open, staring with a glassy expression. Blood trickled from his parted lips.
Christian stared down at himself on the hood of the black car, shocked. Immobile.
Christian reacted immediately, stepping away from his body, away from the black car, moving toward her, his arms extended, instinctively wanting to shelter his daughter from the grisly sight.
Someone else rushed towards Aurora, heading straight for them. Christian startled, expecting the impact, but there was no collision of their bodies. The woman brushed straight through him. As if he wasn’t even there. His world spun for a long moment, and he had to close his eyes to fight off the incomprehension threatening his sanity. Slowly, he felt himself settle, and the disorientation faded. He opened his eyes and looked down. His body was whole. He skimmed his arms and the slick warmth of his flesh met his exploration. He touched his face and felt skin. A nauseous feeling in the pit of his stomach was the only remnant of what had just happened. What the hell? He turned to see the woman pulling Aurora away from the accident. His motionless body lay just beyond.
Only now could Christian see how bad it really was. The car had struck him at the waist, slamming him back into the brick wall of one of the buildings. His body was pinned between the black car and the red bricks.
No one could have survived something like that. No one.
Unnerved, he involuntarily backed away from the car, from the body… from his own body pinned and smashed by the car. Was he dead? Was this some sort of out of body experience?
Through a haze of disbelief, Christian heard the world responding. Someone asked if anyone else was hurt. A car door slammed. Someone said the ambulance was on its way. And through it all, Aurora cried for him.
He hurried to Aurora’s side. “I’m here!” he called.
She didn’t see him; she didn’t hear him. She didn’t respond to his call. No one did.
The traffic lights changed from red to green to yellow and back to red. And still, Aurora cried. She resisted the woman, trying to see over the dark haired woman’s shoulder.
This couldn’t be happening. It was the beginning of his new life. He just got custody of his daughter!
Suddenly, something pulled at his core. Something tugged at his soul. He gasped at the strange new sensation enveloping him and turned in a slow circle, searching for the source of what was beckoning him. There was nothing close to him, no one else nearby except for the crowd around the scene of the accident. Again, the pulling sensation swept over him. He closed his eyes and allowed the sensation to guide him. When he was facing the direction he felt the pull coming from, he opened his eyes.
Across the street, a woman stared at him with large patient eyes. She was looking right at him. She was beautiful, with golden blonde hair cascading over her shoulders in perfectly shaped waves. Her white summer dress was much too light for the spring day. A blinding white light seemed to shine from behind her. An inviting grin curved her lips and her warm smile beckoned to him. Instinctively, he knew what she wanted. He knew she was there to take him from this world.
Christian didn’t even hesitate. He would never leave his daughter. Not now. He turned his back on the angelic apparition. Aurora needed him and he had no intention of leaving her.
More Reviews for Lost Souls: Resurrection
“I don’t usually read too many novellas. I always fear that with a novella I don’t get everything a novel can give me. But, I am so glad I read this one. Laurel O’Donnell draws you in with the novellas first breath. I was so taken in by the character of Christian I was so mad when he dies. Don’t worry that is not a spoiler. Her writing drew me in and it was hard to put it down. I enjoyed the characters and the premise of the stories of the Lost Souls. I did find it sad that Souls only have one chance for Heaven but I am hoping maybe they will find a loop-hole in Episodes to come. Although just a short story in what will have the potential for many more stories to come, I have found myself drawn into this series and can not wait for the next episode.”
- The Book Maven
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