A mysterious fire. A mother’s untimely death. A son with no memory of the night before. A young daughter struggling to understand.

Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from an alcohol-and cough syrup-induced blackout to learn his mother was killed the night before in a fire in their trailer-park home. 

Zane has no memory of that night—could he have set the blaze? The police have a lot of questions, but so do Zane and his 14-year-old sister Lettie.

When he gets a mysterious text that indicates everything his mother told him about her past was a lie, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that results in meeting his supposedly long-dead father. 

Zane may share his father’s Cherokee blood, but can he battle against the anger and violence that also lurks beneath the surface of his own skin? 

Is Zane destined to repeat the sins of his father?

Learn more about the Zane Clearwater Mystery Series.

[A] murder mystery energized by extraordinary impassioned characters…By the end, readers will be hooked on the brother-sister team and assorted shady characters.

Kirkus Reviews

A story like no other I have read. I was screaming at this book several times, just like in the horror movies, “No, don’t do that!” I read this in one sitting and found it to be very, very entertaining.

Debbie, Goodreads reviewer

This is a well-written mystery, with plenty of energy and good plot twists. I’m recommending this for teens and adults who enjoy YA mysteries. Share it across generations for extra pleasure. 

Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books

Lynn Lipinski on her book Bloodlines

I originally thought of Bloodlines as a stand-alone book, not a series. But so many of you have asked me what’s next for Zane Clearwater and his sister Lettie that I found myself returning to their world during the coronavirus pandemic. And book two, Serpent Loop, was born and published in 2021. Then book three, Stalked By Revenge in 2023. And I have a vision for more to come, as long as readers keep finding their way to these characters.

Writers won’t mind me sharing this simple truth: it takes some of us a long, long time to get that first novel written. It took me ten years to write Bloodlines. Later novels came easier. It’s almost like we learn what it takes so we can put the plot together faster. God of the Internet I wrote in a month; Serpent Loop and Stalked By Revenge took about six months. Not counting the editing portion of course! It takes more time to polish the stories, but I am sharing the time it takes to write the first drafts.