Revenge can be bloody. Vampires are deadly. A number one best seller in Vampire suspense and mystery suspense! I’m Lassi Finn, and I just want to get back to Dublin - unfortunately, there’s a score of murders preventing me from ever returning to my normal life. I came to a small town in Ireland to bury a loved one, but now I’m caught up in a mystery of the supernatural kind. Three mutilated bodies show up on my doorstep before I even have time for tea, and the local detective knows more about me than he should. Not to mention the local priest is hotter than hell...oh, and did I mention he seems to glow, and not in the normal, “happy to see me” manner? The killer isn’t just cold-blooded. She’s cold-hearted, literally. And I’m about to be her next victim. Either that, or go down for murder. The beginning of a steamy, dark fantasy series, Grave Stones is the first book in the edgy and quirky Bloodstone Quadrilogy. Listeners will experience thrills, romance, and sexy nights while investigating the mystery of the monster who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Books I read last year
As you might imagine, I am a fan of audiobooks. My actual “reading list” would be quite short. But here are 10 books I read and enjoyed last year:
Currently listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This 10th Anniversary edition features a full cast of narrators. It’s a well-written story by a master story-teller and the narrators are superb!
Stuck by Chris Grabenstein. A YA book about a kid who gets stuck at age 11. His family grows, his circumstances change, but he’s continually left at 11 years old. It’s a cute story with a somewhat unpredictable ending. Very enjoyable.
64th Man: Starring John Cena and Anna Chlumsky by Bryan Tucker , Zack Phillips. I’m not a huge football fan so I didn’t think I’d enjoy this as much as I did. The description reads: “In sports, everybody loves redemption stories, the underdog who no one believes in but through sheer hard work wins it all. But no one tells the stories of the players who work hard and don’t make it. In pro football, fifty-three guys get on the roster. Ten make it to the practice squad. And then there’s the 64th Man—that’s Billy Logan (Cena), who seems to always be one spot from glory.”
I never thought about it, but it’s probably true. How many people catch the golden ring in their chosen professions? Not many, I’d guess. 64th Man is quite entertaining as Billy Logan seeks to find fulfillment in his passion – playing football. I found myself rooting for Billy and suffering his losses right along with him.
I've Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark. I found this murder mystery so predictable I basically knew what was going to happen before it happened, every step of the way. But, it’s well written so I kept on with it.
A bunch of DNFs: Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone. If Angels Fall, by Rick Mofina. Good Grief by: Ngozi Anyanwu. Cemetery Boys by: Aiden Thomas. The Story Keeper by: Lisa Wingate. Thinner by: Stephen King. All great books, I’m sure, but they just didn’t capture my attention.
Mission: Believe: Rise Again Warrior Series, Book 1 by Stacy Eaton. An interesting, believable book about a guy who suffered major injuries in the war and now is trying to piece his life back together again.
One in a Million: The Millionth Series, Book 1 by Tony Faggioli. I enjoyed this story. It’s about a guy, Kyle, who has the perfect life. He screws up said perfect life by having an affair and finds himself in a situation he could never have prepared for—the woman was not your ordinary woman. It’s a supernatural tale of redemption and sin.
Bella Bella by Harvey Fierstein. An interesting story about Bella Abzug narrated by the great Harvey Fierstein. I learned a lot of interesting things about Ms. Abzug.
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. This is a WOW piece of non-fiction about elephants and what they think and feel. A definite must read if you’re as into animals as I am. You’ll never look at an elephant the same way again.
Bluff by Michael Kardos. This book captured my attention. It was about a 27 y/o has-been magician who agrees to write an article on the art of cheating at cards. She finds her mark—the person she intends to write about, but then meets someone who offers her something far more intriguing: the chance to pull off a $1.5 million magic trick. It got a little “slasher-esque” at the end, but the ending was unpredictable and satisfying.
Book 1, Gravestones, features Lassi Finn and the town priest, Cillian Ward. Cillian is a cover-model worthy handsome man who spiritually guides his flock of churchgoers in the small seaside city of Ballynagaul.
- Facing a bomb threat
- Calinda, you know me, and you know my secrets. Without revealing too much I can safely say if the bomb threat affected me alone, I would face it with a clear mind and willing resolve. I’m not afraid of death.
- If it affected my parishioners, or the town of Ballynagaul, I’d have to somehow remove the threat without revealing my secrets. That would be a tricky task.
- Finding out they are going to be a parent
- As this is impossible, I have no need to ruminate on such matters. Becoming a father would put the child in too much harm to consider.
- Running into an ex
- Awkward. She’d be dead.
- Attending a high school reunion
- What’s a high school again?
- Negotiating with a car dealer
- I have absolutely no experience in such matters. I don’t even drive. I’d probably “lose my shirt” as you Americans are fond of saying. (smiles)
- Spending the holidays with family
- Since my family consists of my congregation, I’ve spent many a holiday with families in the community. It’s always a pleasant affair as long as they don’t ask too many questions about my past.
- Being ‘snowed in’ in a log cabin
- I can’t imagine. We seldom have snow in Ireland. I suppose if I were with the right person or persons it could be enjoyable.
- Being told they have x months to live
- I’m not sure how to answer this as it might give away one of my secrets. Let’s just say it might be welcome, depending on the circumstances.
- Getting pushed into the pool at a party
- Again, this would be awkward for reasons I can’t reveal. Everyone would get a shock, I assure you.
- Being stuck in a foreign land with no money, no knowledge of the language, and no shoes
- As long as I could find a body of water, I’d find my way back to Ballynagaul.
- Suddenly being invisible
- Now this would be quite interesting. I could do my work without fear of being found out. Bring it on!
- Inheriting a haunted mansion
- It would be no different than the way I live now as you’ll find if you listen to the Bloodstone Quadrilogy.
- Winning the lottery
- I’d give it away of course. I have no need for money.
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