Author: Calinda B
Narrator: Alex Black
Length: 8 hours
Series: The Bloodstone Quadrilogy, Books 1-4
Publisher: Calinda B
Released: Oct. 17, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy
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.
A New York Times, USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling, award-winning author, Calinda B writes kick-ass heroines who don’t know their own strength. When she’s not writing, she’s been known to fall off ice cliffs; fire walk with Eastern Europe fire officials; or wake up from a six weeks coma, wondering how she got there in the first place. She’s been stuck in currents at Deception Pass in her kayak, and loves to swim with sharks. She greets every day with gratitude and an openness to what might be around the next corner.
She’s also an EMT serving her local community as a volunteer. Her tagline is, “Let’s go save some lives!”
With umpteen books roaming the universe and more in her head, you can find her at www.calindab.com. Or, if you want to stay connected, join the exclusive mailing list! http://www.calindab.com/newslettersignup.html
Alex Black is an articulate, engaging, and versatile narrator based in Cambridge, Vermont. He’s worked in theatre, film, audio production, and appeared on radio. As an accomplished audiobook producer with over 90 titles, he’s worked closely with independent authors and publishers.
He’s received more than 500 5 star reviews and specializes in Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Mystery & Thriller, LGBTQ+, and Memoirs.
Interview with Lassi Finn from the Bloodstone Quadrilogy
What is your occupation?
Labor and Delivery Nurse in Dublin. I love to deliver babies.
What does your voice sound like?
. Oh, when I’m in a twist my friends might say I sound like a banshee. But my lover will testify how sweet and dulcet I can sound when I want something.
On what occasions do you lie?
. When the situation warrants it, I’ve been known to fudge the truth. Especially when it comes to hiding supernatural secrets. You have to protect the innocent from things they don’t understand as well as the people you love from hysterical overreactions by those who don’t understand.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
. Probably feck. Fecking. Feckity feck. Fina-fuckingly. All good words in my book. 😊
What did you want to be when you grew up?
. A Labor and Delivery Nurse. I used to pretend to deliver babies with my dollies when I was a child. I was a bit precocious, I guess and knew which place the babies emerged from.
When did you have your first kiss, and who with?
. Let’s see…that would probably be Dylan O’Malley, out behind his Da’s sheep barn. I was ten and he was twelve. I let him kiss me and then, when he tried to grope my chest, I kneed him in the nuts. After that, he got caught in a sheep stampede. He had it coming. I was so mad when I ran across the field to get away from him, I might have frightened the sheep. Poor guy is frightened of sheep to this day.
What are your views on sex?
. That you should do it as much as possible if it’s consensual and fun for all. Why not? It feels good.
How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings in the company of others?
. (laughs) Ask anyone. I’ll tell you the truth, I will, and I won’t spare your feelings if its something that needs to be said. I’m not cruel. Simply practical.
Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?
. If a conflict needs to be had, I won’t back away. It’s not like I go sporting for a fight, though. I just won’t back away from one if it’s inevitable.
What shocks or offends you?
. There’s not much on this planet that can shock or offend me. I can’t think of anything. Except maybe the prejudice and racism that some people carry around, like they’re so perfect they can afford to judge another by skin tone or income or some such. I find that offensive. We’re all little snowflakes, after all.
Books Calinda B 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.
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