Loreena's Gift (Paperback)

By Colleen M. Story

Dzanc Books, 9781938103476, 350pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2016



"Where do we go when we die? Loreena knows. She's been there, and it's not at all like her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, thinks it is."
Loreena Picket is a blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church. Loreena has a strange gift, which she's not really sure is a gift at all. Her uncle has made good use of it, involving her in end-of-life ceremonies, during which she helps terminally ill people die in the most humane of ways. Taking their hands, she kills them with an invisible, painless power, but not before traveling with them to the other side. The payoff? On her journey to the afterlife with her companion, she can see.
Loreena's uncle believes her power is a gift from God, but when Loreena's troubled brother returns to town, she saves his life by killing a drug dealer who isn't ill at all. Thrown deeper into her brother's dark world and forced to survive being kidnapped and used for her power, she begins to wonder: Is she angel of mercy, or evil assassin?

About the Author

Colleen M. Story is a longtime freelance writer, editor, and ghostwriter, and author of "Rise of the Sidenah," a 2015 North American Book Awards winner. Her short stories and poems have been published in "Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother s Soul," "Country Extra," "Nostalgia," and more. Her health articles have appeared in online and print magazines like "Women s Health," "Healthline," "Renegade Health," and "4Health," and she maintains a robust inspirational blog for creatives at Writing and Wellness. She lives in Idaho.