When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high, and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's Blue's growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
Danger lurks in every corner, and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.
ABOUT THIS STORY
R: a few scenes contain explicit sex and graphic violence; recommended for 17+ years
mystery | crime fiction | suspense | thriller | alternative history fantasy | dark fantasy | paranormal romance
• vampire *wolf
• Smoky Mountains
The story is placed in our world with an alternate history in contemporary times where three different breeds of humans exist: regular humans as you and I know them, magically Gifted humans, and Vampires (Dark and Light). The culture is strife with tension as these three breeds deal with a bloody history and lingering hate.
The heroine is a paranormal inspector named Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) who was born with the gift of being a sensitive. Her physical abilities are limited, but she is an assertive woman with a will of steel. As the story moves forward, she learns there is more to her power then she originally thought.
The story starts out at the scene of the crime where a teenage boy was found horrifically tortured and murdered. The plot follows the investigation of that crime and unfolds from the alternating first person perspectives of the heroine (Bluebell Kildare) and hero (Blue's boss, Jack Tanner).
There are some deeper aspects to this story as the characters begin to explore the nature of good and evil. The main societal conflict present in this world is prejudice and hate, and it is in fact the primary underlying theme for the book. While the typical prejudices we see in our reality don't exist in this world, the author has flipped the lens of prejudice to focus on the three different breeds of humans. The characters are forced to deal with the prejudices that permeate their society on both a professional and a personal level, in an environment where hate seems on the knife's edge of destroying their dearly bought peace.
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About the Author
I live amidst the Smoky Mountains and can sometimes see the shadows of clouds lying on the mountains from my front porch. I am not yet snobbish enough to call it a veranda, but time will tell. I’m a great believer in the proof being in the pudding. Sometimes my young adult daughter joins me on the veranda… err, porch to admire the view. Often my Australian Shepherd runs around the veranda looking for things to shepherd in the yard. Because we are decidedly lacking in livestock, he frequently presents me with slobbery balls to throw. I, in turn, do my best to ignore them. I feel justified in this neglect because I am planning on adopting a girlfriend for him soon so they can wrestle over the slobbery ball together to wagging tails’ content.
I started working full time while in high school and haven’t stopped since. My illustrious career began with a smattering of service experiences at various fast food and restaurant chains, went on to fine jewelry, slipped into property management for housing projects, morphed into corporate real estate, then ended up in mergers and acquisitions. Please don’t ask me how that happened as I would have to kill you if I told you.
My home is a modestly sized ranch, recently purchased and still not completely unpacked. The walls are a boring light beige, but they make the perfect backdrop for my brightly colored Gustav Klimt canvas prints. Van Gogh hopes to join Klimt on my walls soon, but right now the brakes on my Cube need to be fixed, and the washer overflows if I place the water level on super-duper high. Priorities, priorities.
More importantly than all of the above, you absolutely must know that my favorite color is purple. Not Barney purple, no offense to Barney, but more of a medium eggplant purple. I like to think of it as a "mature" purple, but deep down I know it is really just purple.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once a year it seems I am fortunate enough to stumble upon a new author and new series that is really amazing. "The Light Who Shines" is that book for me. After reading one line in the book description, I knew I had to read this book and it is wonderful when you take a chance on a book and it more than meets your expectations. Blue Kildare has never had a simple or normal life. Orphaned at an early age, raised by the church in an orphanage, she now works for the Supernatural Investigation Bureau (SIB) as an agent. Blue is called on the scene of a hit and run accident that leave a naked and tortured teen dead. An an empath, she can feel the sadness the victim suffered and vows to find his killer and abuser. The clever Blue stumbles upon an ancient amulet that she realizes early on is key to this crime. It seems someone wants it bad enough to attack Blue and ransack not only her home but her office as well. But with the aid of her newly found protector wolf, Varg, her sexy vampire boss, Jack Tanner and two good female friends, Blue is about to impart on a journey of self discovery that will change her life forever. This book begins with a alternative myth of Vlad Dracula. It is very innovative and descriptive. It is also told from the perspective of Blue and Jack Tanner. The world building is masterful, the action is "believable," and the characters draw you in hook, line and sinker! Most books today give the main characters great kick butt abilities that few rely upon their intelligence and wit to get them out of bad situations. While Blue has some magical abilities, she uses her brain more than anything else. I loved Blue, Alexis and Maud all while relishing each and every moment Blue has with Jack, Varg and the others. This story is truly a journey that keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation for what will come next. There is plenty of police procedure, intrigue and gut wrenching excitement to keep male readers satisfied as well. I really enjoyed Ms. Abernathy's writing style and the fact that she did not rush the story line. It was written at the perfect cadence and the ending leaves us with great anticipation. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I am sure it will be a winner. If you have listed "The Light Who Shines" on your "to read" list, take it off immediately and begin reading the book. You are missing out on a wonderful read!!!!
Awesome Book!! Kept me very interested beginning to end. Love the characters Blue, Jack, & Varg!! Can't wait for the next book!
I LOVED this book! What I like most about Blue is her intelligence and strong personality. She will enter the fray even when her life is at stake, to help people. LOVE LOVE her wolf Varg. And Jack, well, I want a Jack of my own. The plot is very strong. The Action is great. There is a new twist on vampires and it isn't your typical Paranormal Romance that is all about "when will they have sex and love each other". There are a few good sex scenes and the romance is very important to the story, but it plays second to the overall plot.
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite I just finished The Light Who Shines: Bluebell Kildare Series Book One by author Lilo Abernathy. I am always thrilled to find a new series that promises to be fantastic, and this book has all the elements needed to make that the case! The story starts with a witch-burning 2000 years ago, one with serious consequences for the people in our story. Bluebell Kildare, more commonly called Blue, an agent with a paranormal investigative team in the year 2022, has many gifts. With the abilities of a Sensitive, she is able to sense magic, see souls, and feel emotions, and is able to assist in solving crimes in a very unique way. When we’re first introduced to Blue, she’s at the scene of a supposed hit and run car crash that has killed a teenaged boy. It quickly becomes apparent that his death is more than a simple hit and run and, before she knows it, Blue is wrapped up in a complex and dangerous situation that could lead to her solving the mystery or coming to harm. Combine that with her growing attraction to her boss, a daytime vampire, Jack Tanner, and you’ve got an extremely intriguing story on your hands. I loved this book! I really enjoy paranormal reads, and this book has everything the genre needs; vampires, wolves, witches and Sensitives, but so much more as well. Mystery, intrigue, action, adventure and romance also abound in The Light Who Shines, and I so appreciate author Lilo Abernathy’s ability to pull all that together in one book. This novel would appeal to any reader of paranormal fiction, mysteries, romances or action/adventure novels, or just those ready to try a creative read that is very well done. Ms. Abernathy does a great job of world-building in this novel, and sets the reader up for the next in the series. I, for one, can’t wait to read the next installment!
Ms. Abernathy has created something for everyone in her debut book, The Light Who Shines. The reader will find mystery, suspense, romance, and paranormal. The main character Blue is well developed and the story well written. The storyline will draw you in have you comparing aspects of it to the real world. The world building was well put together. A bit too much of the use of ‘I’ for me. I want to be completely enthralled with and right there next to the character. But overall a great book with enjoyable characters. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Abernathy.