by Lynn Lipinski

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Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from a blackout to learn his mother was killed 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. Jeremiah Doom has a dangerous streak as long as the Arkansas River and a shady, secretive life. 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996467605
Publisher: Majestic Content Los Angeles
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 261 KB

About the Author

Lynn is a writer and editor who pens non-fiction for a living and mystery fiction for fun. Favorite writing projects in the past few years include a speech on the history of the Internet, a blog about wearing a monkey costume at work and a mystery novel set in her hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her nonfiction feature stories on topics ranging from a bad dental school experience to electricity deregulation have been published in the Los Angeles Times, UCLA Magazine, arcCA, USC News, Trojan Family Magazine, UCLA Today and Aqueduct Magazine. Decades of living in Los Angeles have worn away the Okie accent, but not the affection for all things Oklahoma. She blogs occasionally about writing, PR, Oklahoma and travel at Her passport is filled with stamps and visas from all the places her jobs have taken her in the past four years, including Argentina, China, Czech Republic, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and completed fiction and screenwriting classes through UCLA Extension, Writers Boot Camp and the 2010 Prague Summer Program of Western Michigan University. She's currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.

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Bloodlines 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the cover of the book, I thought it was another vampire book. Boy, was I glad I was wrong. This book has it all (except maybe vampires). Older brother, Zane Clearwater, woke from a cough syrup and alcohol binder to find out his mom died in a trailer park house fire. His younger sister and the cops joined him in questioning if he, himself, set the fire. He finds a text message from his mom that his long-dead father was actually alive. So sets a ton of family secrets and then some. I loved the relationship between Zane and his sister, Letti. I absolutely did not care for his father, Jeremiah Doom (what a bizarre last name). However, there has to be an antagonist in every book. The fact that I did not like the guy is a testament to how good an author Lynn Lipinski truly is. This is a book about family secrets; and it does not disappoint! Thank you Ms. Lipinski, Majestic Content Los Angeles and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book to read and give my honest review.
JKW24 More than 1 year ago
The main character in the story, Zane, a young man who had to work out a total and sudden life change with the responsibility of his sister. We were in his head throughout all the struggles and strange circumstances thrown at him. His responsibilities were tremendous. The choices and consequences were brilliantly written. His story is riveting. I received this book from Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked reading about Zane clearwater and his sister Lettie they was a team. Zane is 26 an alcoholic who just lost his job his mother and his. While drinking himself into a blackout his home burns down and his mother is killed but Zane can not remember what happened.Zane becomes a suspect but he doesn't know if he did anything or not. He had to tell his sister about his mother and he was the one one left to protect her as he grew up without a father. Zane get a text that hints that everything he thought he knew about his mother is a lie.Zane and Lettie begin a search for the truth. I thought this was a good mystery and interesting.I felt like the ending was a bit rushed though.
bella79954 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The book begins with Zane being fired from his job at the local zoo for an offense that he did not commit. He buys some liquor and breaks his 1.5 year sobriety and returns home. He shares his home with his mother and 14 year old sister. The next day he learns that their trailer has burnt down and his Mother is dead. He blacked out from drinking and has no memory of the night before. He is left to care for his 14 year old sister and quickly learns that he is a suspect in the fire that killed his Mother. He gets a text informing him that his Mother is not who she claims to be. This is the catalyst for family secrets being revealed. Who was his Mother? Who was his father? The reader and Zane learn that his Cherokee father is alive and well. Why did his Mother lie to him? This is the premise of the book I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast read and moves at a fast but believable pace. If I was not told that Zane was 26 year old in the beginning of the book, I would have thought he was 18 or 19. He had a young feel to him and the book felt more like a YA book to me. I would have loved if the Author explored more about his dreams and the coyotes in the book. I think that would have been a nice touch. This book is a mystery book but also reads like a YA book and also like a coming of age book of sorts. The book captured my attention from the get go. From page one, I was hooked. I wasn't too surprised by the "reveal" at the end. That didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.
Booklover225 More than 1 year ago
Good read. However be patient moves a little slow. More true life than most I can see this story as a Hallmark type story so it's very believable. Lots of twits and turns this story leads you on a journey of a secret so bad it should stay buried but comes out anyhow after the death of Zane and his little sister Lettie's mother. Learning to trust a father he didn't know and not sure if he should Zane is led into a den of evil that could get him and his sister killed. Strange happenings and painful lost love plague Zane as he struggles to learn his direction in life now. His whole life based on a lie should he trust the man he now calls father, can he alone support his little sister and should he break the law and follow his father and half brothers in their path ? Zane finds out the hard way that secrets should stay buried.
Robin_Lynn More than 1 year ago
Zane Clearwater wakes up the day after being fired from his job at the zoo, hungover from the night before, and learns that his mother perished in a house fire the night before. Zane blacked out, and can't remember anything from the night before, could he actually have killed his mother, like the police believe? Or is he innocent like he and his young sister believe? In trying to discover who really was behind the murder of his mother, Zane meets his father. A man Zane had been told had died before he was born. A man his mother left for reasons only she knew. Zane and Lettie, his young sister, start asking deeper questions about their mother's murder, and find themselves in danger. Not only from the murderer, but from Zane's father as well. Bloodlines is a fast-paced, enjoyable read from Lynn Lipinski. The characters are easy to relate to, and while they do seem to take some rather serious risks, the risks do seem natural for two young people trying to find their mother's murderer when the police have stopped looking any farther than Zane. The assorted "shady characters" who appear throughout the book are fun, and do have some actual menace written into them. I'd very much recommend the book to anyone who enjoys mystery, thrillers, and dramatic books. It's very appealing, there are several plot twists, and not all of them were the expected ones.
CayceCampaign7 More than 1 year ago
Got a Secret? Zane Clearwater's family has many secrets. Secrets that will make your stomach churn and your lip curl. Secrets that had me reeling as they began to unravel little by little. I enjoyed the pacing of this novel as well as the blend of several dynamics all into one. The realism of this book made me love it even more. There are so many fictional suspenseful thrillers that leave that important detail out of their story. The cultural aspect of it made me actually appreciate Cherokee culture even more as well. If you have been searching for a great book, this is it! Loved every moment!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This book backs so much action into its pages that you end up with a "wow" feeling. The story has elements of mysticism, native beliefs, Christianity and madness, all bearing on a young man's discovery of his father and his heritage. All the characters are vividly drawn and very true to life. They are real people with all the issues that real people have. It is a great story, told well.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Okay this was a pretty good read and pretty creepy towards the end as well. This was 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". Of course, just like in the movies, they didn't listen to me. HA!! The book certainly held my interest as I sped right through the whole thing. I had to know who set the fire and killed the mom. Oh, but the author had other things in mind. I had to go through a lot of secrets before I could learn who the culprit was. And man, were there a lot of secrets. I read this in one sitting and found it to be very, very entertaining and just could not get enough of the story. I really found that I liked the characters. One of the best things I enjoyed was seeing what happened to Emmaline. Huge thanks to Author Buzz and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book!