Cast in Stone – The Secret of New Moon Mesa
Four times in a century, a Super New Moon, known as the Ghost Moon in Indian legend, traces the sky in darkness. It casts shadows, eclipses the sun, and brings a powerful magic to one who haunts the fabled and deadly Sunset Canyon.
Sammy Peel enters the mysterious red rock landscape on the night of the Ghost Moon. He is accompanied by his aunt, Darcy Peel, and Alan Brandt, a Deputy Sheriff with intriguing ties to the legends of Sunset Canyon. Together they brave "the curse" and enter the canyon to save a loved one.
Sam barely escapes with his life and finds that everything is forever changed by the experience - an experience he only partly remembers. His struggle to recall the terrifying night and to avenge what happened to him leads him to take part in an archaeological dig site on New Moon Mesa, a small plateau that abuts Prospector’s Mountain where Sunset Canyon is found. From there, he plans to find all his answers in the cursed canyon defying his family’s warnings of danger. All who enter the canyon seeking knowledge of its mystery never live to tell about it.
Sam’s plans are complicated by his growing interest in the beautiful archaeologist in charge of the dig site, Dr. Awatobi Racine. Is she only interested in him because of his Aunt Deanna’s research? That research shows that an ancient tribe, thought to be a myth by academia, did exist.
Will Sam unravel the mystery of the canyon and finally understand his connection to it? Will he be able to protect “Tobi” who wants to follow him into the canyon for reasons that could drive them apart?
About Krista Lynn (Fresno, California Author)
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.
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 Coorperative 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.