"She fled to save him from the curse. Now she must flee to save herself."
Back from their adventures in Souls Entwined, Sam Daggett begins a new relationship with Gretta Dobbs, whose memories of their time traveling experience have been erased. Determined to never leave her again, Sam vows to help Gretta, despite the bad luck curse on her heirloom ring. Within hours of their return, tragedy strikes.
As Sam becomes the third victim of the bad luck curse, Gretta’s memories of her time spent in the past begin to return. Unable to remember more than snippets, she realizes that anyone close to her is in grave danger. In order to keep Sam and her family safe, she flees in the middle of the night.
Finding the perfect summer job in the back hills of Virginia, Gretta unknowingly crosses paths with a serial killer. With guidance from their ancestral spirits, Roxana and Katarina, Sam desperately attempts to find Gretta before the curse strikes again.
Souls Estranged is Book Two of The Souls Trilogy---BUT I wrote this book in a way readers could pick it up and read without needing to read the first book,
Souls Entwined. I hope new readers will go back and read the first book because it has time traveling and a touch of historical fiction--two things I love in a book.
Souls Estranged develops Sam and Gretta's characters as the curse of bad luck follows them into present time. Spiritual ancestors, Roxana and Katarina appear throughout the book and do a little entwining within humans destined to Tartarus. They also entwine within a cat and a squirrel to keep an eye on Sam and Gretta. Here's my cat, Monster, who has been the inspiration behind 'the little gray and white cat with big green eyes.' Roxana entwines herself in the cat in both books.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter Four of Souls Estranged...
"Lunch is almost ready. Here's a list of Sam's pre-surgery instructions." Ruby handed the paper to Gretta. "Tim and I both have to work tomorrow so you'll need to keep him in line."
Sam heard the two discussing the dos and don'ts prior to his operation, yet his mind registered one thing.
Alone time with Gretta.
Gretta scrutinized the list, What about this one?"
"Never mind," Ruby chortled.
Gretta walked over to the kitchen and opened a drawer. Finding it empty, she smiled at Ruby. “I could have cleaned the drawers.”
“What did you say?” Ruby lifted a square of gooey lasagna from the pan.
“You crossed ‘clean drawers’ off my list.” Gretta pointed to the paper.
“No, no dear. I meant—”
“Ruby?” Sam wasn’t sure how he knew what she was going to say, but he definitely didn’t want her to continue.
“I crossed it off, Sam. After I caught you two on the couch, I wrote a list for Tim. He will make certain you have on clean—”
“Oh, hush yourself and eat.” She handed them two heaping plates.
Gretta and Sam slid into chairs at the table. He dug into the steaming layers of pasta, cheese, and sausage. After a minute of silence, Gretta’s grin caught his eye.
“Batman or Spiderman?”
Sam laughed before answering, “Hanes. Plain, white Hanes.” He peered sideways to Ruby and lowered his voice. “Fifteen years ago, Spiderman.”
Gretta smirked, forking a hunk of pasta dripping with cheese. “Spiderman?”
“Spiderman. What about you? Cinderella or Snow White?” He watched her savor her food.
She wiped cheese and sauce off her lips with one finger and licked it clean. “Cinderella.”
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