Top Five Strange Things by L.S. O’Dea – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Top Five Strangest Things

Over the years, I’ve had many strange things happen but here are my top five.

Number 1: One morning, I walked off our porch into our backyard. I was standing under one of the palm trees when something fell – splat – onto my head. I immediately raised my hand to brush it away but I heard a coo-coo and then it was gone. It took me a minute to realize that a dove had fallen from the tree right onto my head. Talk about being in the right (or perhaps wrong) place at the right time.

Number 2: This also has to do with birds (maybe they’re out to get me). My sister and I were walking out of Winn-Dixie (it’s a grocery store in Florida). We both had cans of Coke open in our hands. Seagulls were flying overhead, waiting for a handout, when the Coke can vibrated in my hand at the same time something hit my arm. I looked down and there was a little bird poop on my arm and just a tiny, tiny bit on the can right next to the opening where I HAD been drinking. That darn bird had pooped right into the can. If it hadn’t splattered on my arm, I may have drunk bird poop. Yuck!!! Double, triple YUCK!!

Number 3: I bought my house in August of 2004. If you lived in Florida at that time, you know that was not a very good summer to purchase a house. The weekend I was supposed to move in, Hurricane Charlie ran through Central Florida. I waited another week and a half before moving in because the power was out.

I’d just moved in and Hurricane Frances came along. Being a stubborn fool, I decided to stay and wait out the storm. I remember standing in my house as the aluminum shingles were torn from my pole barn. They’d fly through the yard (they’re 8 feet long) making this weird sound – kind of twangy and hollow and I wish I could explain it better. Later, I watched my front porch collapse onto itself in somewhat slow motion as first one corner bent and then it slowly collapsed as if too tired to stand any longer.

Number 4: I live in the woods. The community where I live has a five acre minimum. Needless to say, there’s a lot of wildlife. I have a lot of dogs – big dogs. One day, my youngest dog at the time, Jack, was out back barking which wasn’t unusual for him but I went and called him in. As soon as he came in, two of my other dogs Sassy (a hound mix) and Buddy (a rottweiler) wanted out. I let them out back.

Usually, Jack would’ve gone right back outside with them, but that night he just stood in the living room staring at me. I asked if he wanted to go and although he didn’t shake his head “no” he might as well have because he made it clear that he WAS NOT going back outside. I closed the door and went to sit down on the couch when I heard Buddy and Sassy thunder up the stairs to the back door. They’d barely been out there a minute. I opened the door and they shoved past me, racing inside. Sassy’s tail was tucked tight between her legs. If Buddy had a tail, it would’ve been too. Something was outside. Something big enough or mean enough to scare a 70 and a 90 pound dog. I stepped onto the back porch, asking my dogs if anyone wanted to come with me. They all stared at me like I was nuts (I probably was). I shone the flashlight around the yard, but didn’t see anything. I wasn’t crazy enough to go off the porch though.

I’m still not sure what had been out there. I’d guess a panther or bear, maybe gator. Whatever it was, it’d been big, not hungry and mean enough to not back down from two large dogs.

Number 5: The strangest thing that has ever happened to me was when I was a junior in high school. I’d gone to K-mart with my father and my two year old niece. I worked at the St. John K-mart in Indiana. I was going to check my schedule. As we were walking into the store a gunman shot a guy across the street and then headed toward K-mart. We had to hide while he went through the store shooting the place up. He ended up killing three people before the police killed him. It was surreal and to this day, I get nervous remember the events.

A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.

After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.

To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.

Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.

That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Hugh

Trinity didn’t reply, but her back was straighter than before. He was getting on her nerves. Good because she sure got on his. She was nothing but trouble, an attractive know-it-all who refused to listen to anyone. His hand met the end of the rope. It was still a long way to the ground.

Jackson waited alongside the building with Tim. They were both flat against the wall, trying not to be seen.

“Drop. You’ll be fine.” Her voice was soft, no longer acidic and mocking.

He couldn’t deal with her being kind to him. They’d done so well bickering. The trip had been fast and he hadn’t thought much about the danger. “I’m an Almighty. My kind doesn’t always land on their feet.”

“Let go,” she said, a hint of anger in her voice.

“I will.” His hands tightened on the rope. A fall like this could break something.

“Now,” she snapped. “Or I’ll kick you in the face and say a prayer that you land on your head.”

Her foot waved above his head. He wouldn’t put it past her to do what she threatened. She’d probably enjoy it. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, pushed back with his feet and let go. He was free. It was glorious. No chains. No cell. Just the air and the sky and…the ground. He hit hard, his legs taking the brunt of the fall. He rolled onto his back as Jackson’s hand grabbed his and pulled him to his feet. He touched his face, the impact of his landing still rattled through his teeth. Trinity dropped gracefully next to him. He hated House Servants, every last one of them.

About the Author:L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.

Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue. She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother. She stood tall and recited the letters of her name: L-E-M-O-N H-E-A-D.

She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.

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