Keeper of the Lost Souls
By Kristy Centeno
The Keeper of Witches Series Book One
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts. Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn is part of a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls, whose main purpose is to guard those spirits which are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living.
Because Bryn is a witch, she’s fairly comfortable dealing with all sorts of threats, which she does with ease and confidence. Handling supernatural creatures is as easy to her as baking a pie. Dealing with people however, is something she is yet to learn how to handle.
Unfortunately, as her 18th birthday approaches, and the time for her to take on her first assignment finally arrives, Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.
Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches. A vendetta he has carried on even after death. However, as much as he might hate them, in order to stop a century old threat, he must join forces with one. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge.
Contrary to my mother’s words, out of the corner of my eye I happened to catch a glimpse of Marianne’s ethereal form fading into the restaurant right at that precise moment. I should have known she wouldn’t stay away for long. In fact, it kind of surprised me that she’d stayed hidden this long, especially since she had a nasty habit of making me miserable. Thank God for bathrooms, otherwise she would never leave me alone for more than five minutes at a time.
How unlucky to be permanently stuck with my worst nightmare. I tried my best to ignore her and continue eating. It was my birthday, after all, and I had high hopes for this day. Even after Marianne’s best friends walked into the restaurant with their boyfriends, I refused to allow their sour presence to ruin my day.
Unfortunately, pretending not to see her didn’t come off as well as I’d hoped. Marianne wasn’t one to be ignored, and as soon as she saw me she started jumping up and down and swinging her arms from side to side in order to get my attention, which I couldn’t ignore no matter how much I wanted to. There’s something incredibly distracting about a see-through form only you can see, making all kinds of idiotic gestures in order to gain your attention that makes it hard to ignore.
“Oh, geez,” I muttered.
Unfortunately, Mom and Grams had their backs to the restroom— where Marianne chose to appear— so they couldn’t see her.
“Did you say something?”
“Um, uh, I’ll be right back. A trip to the ladies’room is in order.” Without waiting for a reply, I hurried out of my seat and started for the restroom. By the time I opened the door, Marianne was already inside and sitting on one of the white sinks.
About the Author
As a child, I used to lose myself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that I’m all grown up, I get to create my own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect. I’ve always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options I realized that writing was what I loved the most so when I found myself with some free time on my hands, I decided to give it a shot. As it turned out, my very active imagination helped me achieve my goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another. As I keep moving along in achieving my dreams of becoming a published author, I divide my time in between my four children and my very understanding husband.
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