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Awakened Within, A Lost Souls Novel: A Lost Souls Novel [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Ann Hollstein
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Book Description

In order to make the nightmare stop, Vienna Rossi, realizes she must take matters into her own hands. She’s compelled by an unseen force to hop on a last minute flight to track down a murderer.

Awakened within her is a psychic gift she never knew she had, a handsome spirit guide who drives her nuts, and the ability to help lost souls crossover to the other side.

Vienna and her spirit guide, Jack, team up with Vienna’s best friend, Kim, for a dangerous, murder solving, ghost hunting adventure.


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About the Author

Michelle Matkins currently resides in Southern California with her husband, a United States Marine, two wonderful children and her two dogs, Dougal and Sasha. Written under the name, Michelle Ann Hollstein, she's also the author of the fantasy trilogy, The Niberia Chronicles, and the comical and quirky mystery series, Ms. Aggie Underhill Mysteries. Michelle is currently writing the next book in the Lost Souls series. You can visit her website at www.MichelleAnnHollstein.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051BBHF0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michelle Ann Hollstein currently resides near Palm Springs in Southern California with her husband, a United States Marine, and two wonderful children.

She has a Bachelors Degree in Art Studio with a concentration in painting that she obtained from the California State University of Sacramento.

She's a member of the Palm Spring's Writer's Guild and is hard at work writing her next novel.

You can visit her website at MichelleAnnHollstein.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost souls, murder and Intrigue - Fabulous! 28 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this fabulous book recently and I was so glad I did as it is a real gem of a novel. Vienna hops on a flight to visit her father following a rather disturbing dream. Not quite sure what she is doing and questioning her own thoughts she follows through with them to seek the truth. Jack suddenly appears in her life a rather handsome spirit guide, at first Vienna will not accept him, it seems so un believable to her. Eventually Jack manages to convince her that he is her spirit guide and that she has a gift. They embark on a mission together to unravel the truth about a local unsolved murder. Vienna puts herself on the line and finds her own life is at risk.

This is a real page turner and so beautifully written, the characters were so well developed you can get inside their heads and feel their emotions. This is a book I would recommend highly. I will certainly be seeking out more of this authors work in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Supernatural tale 24 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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"With a jolt, Vienna Rossi sat straight up in bed. She ran her fingers into her thick tangled mass of hair. The room was dark and she could hear a chorus of crickets chirping outside her bedroom window. Taking a deep breath, she held it for a moment then exhaled, trying to calm the rapid beating of her heart. This was the third night in a row this week that she awoke because of a nightmare. And not a series of nightly scares, but the same disturbing dream that had been haunting her for the last few weeks. It was becoming more frequent and it wasn't getting any easier to deal with."

"Vienna searched her purse for something to take for motion sickness. If she didn't take it now, she knew she'd pay for it later. Popping a little yellow pill into her mouth, and slipping on her trusty pressure point wrist bracelet for travelling, she settled in for the flight."

Vienna is a young college student who is having strange nightmares and hears a voice talking to her. She decides to follow her instincts and go to Palm Springs, California where her dad has a vacation home and solve the nagging vision that was haunting her. Seeking clues to a bloody murdered girl in the past leads her into supernatural events. She discovers secrets about her self and meets some very interesting characters along the way, a handsome man who is there one moment and gone the next. He appears out of thin air and poof he is gone again.

While she is in California she finds out her uptight dad is engaged to a woman named Bunny, Bunny a little older then Vienna, and she is not happy about her new future step-mother, and who will tell the ex -wife the bad news.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Souls 14 Jan. 2013
By Ronny Bradt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I usually have a hard time getting into books, but this one has captivated me and was easy to read. I purchased the next book and am equally captivated with it although I have just started it. I will definitley look for more series.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2 Mar. 2013
By Sapphire Kande - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the book! This was a wonderful story! It was told beautifully! I really felt as though I knew the characters they were so developed! Fantastic Job!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect read 28 Sept. 2012
By jennc - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great read. It's my favorite series by this author, and I can't wait until book three is out.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Supernatural Tale 24 Aug. 2012
By Susan Mahoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Author's Words:

"With a jolt, Vienna Rossi sat straight up in bed. She ran her fingers into her thick tangled mass of hair. The room was dark and she could hear a chorus of crickets chirping outside her bedroom window. Taking a deep breath, she held it for a moment then exhaled, trying to calm the rapid beating of her heart. This was the third night in a row this week that she awoke because of a nightmare. And not a series of nightly scares, but the same disturbing dream that had been haunting her for the last few weeks. It was becoming more frequent and it wasn't getting any easier to deal with."

"Vienna searched her purse for something to take for motion sickness. If she didn't take it now, she knew she'd pay for it later. Popping a little yellow pill into her mouth, and slipping on her trusty pressure point wrist bracelet for travelling, she settled in for the flight."

Vienna is a young college student who is having strange nightmares and hears a voice talking to her. She decides to follow her instincts and go to Palm Springs, California where her dad has a vacation home and solve the nagging vision that was haunting her. Seeking clues to a bloody murdered girl in the past leads her into supernatural events. She discovers secrets about her self and meets some very interesting characters along the way, a handsome man who is there one moment and gone the next. He appears out of thin air and poof he is gone again.

While she is in California she finds out her uptight dad is engaged to a woman named Bunny, Bunny a little older then Vienna, and she is not happy about her new future step-mother, and who will tell the ex -wife the bad news.
Meanwhile the nightmares are leading Vienna to dark places and isolated back alleys and possibly meeting the murderer of the haunting vision of the girl that keeps invading her dreams.

She needs help but is too embarrassed to explain about the strange events occurring in her life. She is at a crossroads in her life, she enjoys being an artist and part-time teacher, not ready to dive into an unknown supernatural realm where the unexpected occurs. Her best friend Kim and even the new step-mom surprised Vienna for they believe in ghosts and other unseen phenomenon. She discovers Kim is a paranormal investigator, news to Vienna. She herself is still sceptical but not for long. She keeps getting hit in the head with warnings and signs, and a baritone voice.

Is she about to lose it or give up, and ignore all the signs? Will Jack, her spirit guide, be able to save her in time? She is closed to his presence and he is fading fast. Without her belief in him, something wicked is about to happen and he will not be able to protect her.

He tries to get her attention, with mirror writing, static in the music, and vapours in and out of her eyesight. He is scaring the daylights out of her.
Kim arrives in town with her paranormal equipment. Of course the girls go shopping first, and then chase after the possible friend of the suspect they think may have killed the young girl. Vienna dares herself to go on a date with the murderer's co-worker to find out more information about Nathan who was the alleged suspect, he disappeared from his computer job and not been heard from since.

Meanwhile Kim is contacting the computer company to have a technician come to the house and does her own investigation. The girls are in separate locations and Vienna is in trouble and Jack can't reach her.

The story is action packed, and modern writing with an edge of haunting quality to it. It is a page turner because the characters are unique in their own personalities.

This is the author's word's

"Jack," she said. "Jack, are you here with me? Give me some sort of sign."
The lamp on the nightstand flickered.
"Okay. You're here. I wish I could see you."
Jack summoned up energy from the lamp causing it to flicker again. He conjured up just enough to make himself visible, yet transparent.

"Oh, my God." Kim placed her hand to her racing heart. "I can see you."
The bedside light flashed in response.
"Where's Vienna? What can I do?"
"She's in trouble," Jack answered, his voice barely a whisper. Kim had to concentrate to understand him. "She's with Ryan. She's been drugged. I can't wake her."

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"Where the hell was she? She couldn't see out. Should she start screaming for help and bang on the walls? Would someone besides Ryan hear her? Or would he be the only one. That would make him angry. His bright green eyes flashed in her mind. He was going to hurt her.

What was she going to do? An even worse thought occurred to her; what was he going to do?

This was a haunting chilling supernatural tale with all the elements of the unseen from ghosts to spirit guides and everything in between. I highly recommend this book by Michelle Matkins a/k/a Michelle Ann Hollstein. She is becoming one of my favourite authors, and writes in different genres too. Psst, I heard this book will be free this weekend, go see her works and decide if she is an author you like to store in your reading library.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun paranormal read! 4 Mar. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I completely enjoyed reading Awakened Within. Vienna is young, vibrant and has a gift, though she doesn't know it right away and once she realizes she has that gift, isn't completely convinced she wants it. Her partner, so to speak, Jack, is protective and patient. The relationship between the two is intriguing and engaging. I had a very difficult time putting this story down so I found myself reading whenever I had a spare minute. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in Michelle Matkins Lost Souls books.
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