Blood Stones

The Haunting of Sunset Canyon

Romance - Suspense
420 Pages
Reviewed on 06/23/2016
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Author Biography

Krista Lynn is a late-comer to the author’s world with a long academic career in earth sciences in her wake instead of years of fiction writing. But, wind has filled all the sails this year, with the release of Blood Stones, the first book in the Haunted Canyon Series. The next book, Cast in Stone is due December, 2016. A short cozy mystery anthology titled, The Talking Board Mysteries, is in the works for early 2017.
It’s no mystery why Krista writes about the high desert of Arizona. She grew up on a gold mine about 60 miles north of Phoenix. The closest neighbor was 6 miles or so down the Agua Fria River, or another 20 miles by dirt road. To say it was a gold mine is technically correct, but very little gold was ever mined. It did, however, keep gas in the jeep and food on the table. The real treasure of this placer gold-mining venture was the lasting impressions of living wild on the desert with her brothers, and a menagerie of dogs, goats, and donkeys. And experiencing the magic and spirit of a rugged, isolated landscape where mysteries are carried on the wind, and whispered in your sleep. Years later, these experiences are the multi-colored threads woven into her series of romantic supernatural suspense set in the high desert of Arizona.
She taught physical geography and GIS courses at CSUF and Fresno City College before taking an Academic Coordinator for GIS Technologies at UC Davis Cooperative Extension where she built a GIS program to assist agricultural research.
She now enjoys the full-time writing life in California with her husband and a menagerie of dogs, goats and one spoiled horse – and reading, reading, reading! What a joy!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! That’s exactly what I thought when I finished reading the wonderful book by debut author Krista Lynn, Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, Volume One. This story line is one that will keep readers engrossed from the first page all the way through to the very last! Follow the story of Darcy Peel, a woman who thought she had left her home town of Dry Creek, Arizona forever when she left to attend graduate school, only to find herself returning there to launch a rescue mission for her sister, who is lost in one of the canyons. During her mission to save her sister, she meets the highly intriguing deputy assisting on the case, Alan Brandt. Darcy realizes that Alan is much more than meets the eye; he has a connection to the ghost warriors of his history and abilities unlike any Darcy has known before. That, coupled with the fact that the two are undeniably attracted to one another, makes this story absolutely un-put-downable! Will Darcy and Alan save her sister? Will they connect on more than just a professional level? You’ll need to read this excellent book to find out!

I so enjoyed Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon. Author Krista Lynn has done a simply fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about, thinking of them long after the story is finished. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is! The story line is very readable, and the author’s ability to set the scene in the Arizona desert is simply second to none. I highly recommend Blood Stones to any reader who enjoys a great work of fiction with a supernatural bent and a splash of romance thrown in, or just a good read in general. I look forward to reading more from the very promising author, Krista Lynn, as soon as possible!

Jack Magnus

Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, Volume 1 is a supernatural adventure thriller written by Krista Lynn. Darcy Peel is making major changes in her life. She’s leaving the world of academia and returning to Dry Creek, Arizona, to run the 76 Diner and Gas Station with her nephew, Sammy. She and Sammy were the only Peel family members left, now that Deanna, her elder sister, disappeared into Sunset Canyon some months ago, never to return. Deanna was a gifted archaeologist, and her interest in Sunset Canyon and the Lost Blood Stones Mine went far beyond seeking treasure. But the canyon seemed to have claimed her life, as indeed it had claimed every other Peel who ventured within that stretch of desert. Darcy was not entirely convinced, however, that Deanna really was dead. Somehow, she knew that she might be able to find her sister and bring her back. And so, her return to Dry Creek, something she had never dreamed of doing before, was set in motion. She packed her vehicle and got on the road. Going back would be poignant and bittersweet, but it was something she just had to do.

Krista Lynn’s supernatural adventure thriller, Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, Volume 1, is a fast-paced and enthralling novel set in the glories of the Arizona desert. The story begins with a bit of history of the area, and it just gets better as you read on. I’m always interested in archaeological/anthropological adventure tales and wasn’t disappointed with this one. Lynn’s Feather people are fascinating and mysterious, and their parallel existence adds a marvelous touch of mystery to the plot. Darcy and Alan are the perfect on-again, off-again couple who each find their instant attraction and literal electricity to be both puzzling and undeniable. Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, Volume 1 is well-written, finely plotted, and a joy to read. I’m looking forward to the next book in this supernatural series. Blood Stones is most highly recommended.

Lit Amri

The failed search for Darcy Peel’s missing sister brought her back to her hometown of Dry Creek, Arizona, a place that she never thought she would visit again. Something strange is going on as Darcy tries to find the truth. It becomes stranger as her sister’s disappearance seems to be connected to the old legends of the canyons. There’s also a connection to the story of two lovers, Emmaline and Wantahl, 104 years ago. A young deputy, Alan Brandt, aids Darcy in her search, while both of them try to understand the growing feelings between them.

Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon by Krista Lynn is the first book in The Canyon series, a mix of romance and paranormal mystery, with some elements of horror. I like how the Native American legends are coalesced with the contemporary mystery. The plot is well constructed, intricate, and well paced. The protagonists are well developed and have depth. Readers will easily relate to Darcy – she’s smart, witty and strong minded. So you can’t help but be on her side when she determines to find her sister, Deanna, and embarks on her own investigation when the search by the sheriff’s department failed. I feel that Blood Stones is a solid, cross genre read that has a bit of something for all readers. All in all, this first installment is a good start to the series.