Blood in the Red Rocks
Donna L. Bloomquist
A view out our front door early one morning
Welcome to the Blood in the Red Rocks web site.
My novel, a mystery suspense story, set in Sedona and the surrounding red rock country of Arizona, is soon to be published. I am currently planning to go the POD (print on demand) route with www.iuniverse.com. If an agent or publisher reads my data here and wants to negotiate--I have an open mind! Blood in the Red Rocks is my first novel, the first in three of a series. I have begun work on Blood in Oak Creek Canyon. Blood in the Desert will follow. Links will be provided here with information about purchase or any other pertinent data--when that time may come!
Blood in the Red Rocks is a novel about good and evil in a city where tourists, beautiful weather, and nonstop spectacular scenery are the usual topics of discussion. Things are relatively calm, until a postman ends his rounds in a broken bloody heap in a fall from a terrace during a monsoon storm. When a ten-year-old "wanna be spy" finds himself threatened by the thugs who sell illegal drugs and are looking for the missing money (their payoff), things get tense for Danny and his housesitter-chaperone, Marta.
When murders happen, a car chase in the desert occurs (involving Danny and Marta), a house blows up, and more people begin running for their lives. The evil reaches Flagstaff and the Second Mesa where Marta's friend, Olja, is personally touched by the terrors and threats that seem to mushroom.
The beauties and spiritual qualities of Sedona become important elements in strengthening Danny's emotional resolve (a motherless boy), and Marta, a recent widow of a former CIA agent. Marta plays Sedona tour guide and mentor to Danny. The Native American influence as it surrounds all of the red rock country also teaches and shows by example that the Creator has made an area of peace and beauty in Arizona, not to be denied. Those who use crime to further their goals also underestimate the resolve, perseverance, and help that Marta, Danny, and their friends can elicit from law enforcement agencies that involve three Arizona counties as well as the federal government.
PROLOGUE AND CHAPTER TITLES for Blood in the Red Rocks by Donna Bloomquist
PROLOGUE Ashes to Ashes
CHAPTER 1 Little Spy
CHAPTER 2 He Giveth and Taketh Away
CHAPTER 3 Rope and Rescue Recovery
CHAPTER 4 Midwife Cop
CHAPTER 5 Grief and Discovery
CHAPTER 6 Remorse
CHAPTER 7 DARE
CHAPTER 8 Unwelcome Visitor
CHAPTER 9 Murder and Monsoon Aftermath
CHAPTER 10 Fire and Brimstone
CHAPTER 11 The Damages
CHAPTER 12 Defense and Security
CHAPTER 13 Government Witness
CHAPTER 14 A Desert Chase
CHAPTER 15 The Chapel of the Holy Cross
CHAPTER 16 Wall Climbing
CHAPTER 17 Death on the Mesa
CHAPTER 18 Tlaquepaque Tour
CHAPTER 19 Special Gifts
CHAPTER 20 Flagstaff Watch
CHAPTER 21 Counting Coup
CHAPTER 22 Lightning in Red Rock Country
CHAPTER 23 The Kidnaping
CHAPTER 24 Merry Go Round
CHAPTER 25 Junk Yard Dogs
CHAPTER 26 A Twenty-Mule-Team or Moving Van?
CHAPTER 27 A Sore Pincushion
CHAPTER 28 Grandmotherís New Door
CHAPTER 29 Hansel and Gretel
CHAPTER 30 A Wait in the Woods
CHAPTER 31 A Journey Back
CHAPTER 32 A Story Believed
CHAPTER 33 Birthday Party
CHAPTER 34 Cathedral Rock and Miracles
All material on this website is the property of Donna L. Bloomquist.
All photos taken by Bruce or Donna Bloomquist unless other credit is given.
Donna L. Bloomquist 82002