The Complete Check Your Luck Agency
by K.S. Augustin
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.
After the tragic death of her parents, and with nothing left tying her to the United Kingdom,
Ursula Formosa returns to her homeland and a job with the eccentrically-named Singapore firm,
“The Check Your Luck Agency”.
What begins as an attempt to stave off boredom turns into a new way of life as the scales
drop from Ursula’s eyes and she tentatively enters a realm that contains vengeful ghosts,
toyol, demons, pontianak and curses, not to mention old-fashioned fraud and larceny. As she
befriends bomohs, mediums and a young woman already centuries old, Ursula’s ideas of
friendship expand into a fresh view of the world that surrounds her.
But she isn’t going to be left to ease into things. A criminal mastermind, who is also a powerful
sorcerer, is gathering mythical creatures to help him possess every living soul in Singapore, and
he isn’t about to let the members of The Check Your Luck Agency stand in his way!
“So you can’t feel anything?” Shariff’s voice sounded very faint even though I knew he wasn’t
more than one wall away.
My second thought was that the ghost wasn’t bad looking. He was slim but looked fit, with broad
shoulders that filled out the thin v-necked t-shirt he wore. His hair was short and sandy coloured.
His fingers were long and a little knobbly-looking. He had a pair of casual khaki trousers on.
Pale bare feet. He wore glasses.
“No,” I croaked, then tried again in a louder voice. “No, I can’t feel anything.”
The spectre didn’t like that. I could tell by the way his face tightened. Deny me, would you? he
seemed to be saying.
He made the slightest movement with his right index finger, just a flick where it rested against
his leg, and a cupboard door beside me swung open then slammed shut.
Footsteps approached and the ghost of the previous occupant faded as Shariff entered the room.
There was a frown of concern on his face.
“Is everything okay?”
“I, er, I was just checking the cupboards,” I told him, my voice trembling. I coughed a few times.
“The shelves are a bit dusty and some of the locks are sticking.”
He eyed me intently. “Should I tell Gerry that someone’s been pulling his leg?”
There was a frozen moment between us. If I told Shariff even a little of what I’d seen and felt
so far, I knew it would start the process of opening me up to a world I had denied for decades.
For my own sanity, I couldn’t do that to myself, not even for the sake of furthering a relationship
with a handsome young man.
“Sorry,” I told him, clearing my throat. “I couldn’t feel a thing.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
KS “Kaz” Augustin loves writing human stories, whether set on Earth or out among the stars.
Malaysian-born, she has travelled a goodly portion of the world and lived to tell the tale!
Her urban fantasy release, The Complete Check Your Luck Agency, consists of five books,
exploring the myths and legends of the melting-pot that is south-east Asia. Come for the food,
stay for the monsters! (Ghosts included at no extra charge.)
As if all that’s not enough, she’s also Chief Editor of the free online quarterly magazine, Sci-Fi
Romance Quarterly. http://www.scifiromancequarterly.org/
Kaz’s website is at http://www.KSAugustin.com and a list of her books can also be found at
http://www.SandalPressOnline.com She occasionally tweets as @SandalPress
The Complete Check Your Luck Agency is available from:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IJZQ106
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-complete-check-your-luck-agency-ks-
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