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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Grave Girl by Dan Padavona - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Dan Padavona and his new book, “Grave Girl,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Dan and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Grave Girl

A Thomas Shepherd Mystery

Book One

by Dan Padavona


GENRE:  Mystery / Thriller



Every mind holds a secret. Some are more deadly than others.

Nightshade County Sheriff Thomas Shepherd is a successful model for every law enforcement officer with autism. He leads an idyllic life in his uncle’s old home along Wolf Lake and is planning to marry private investigator Chelsey Byrd.

But when a star athlete’s girlfriend disappears while camping, everyone blames the boyfriend. He’s volatile and dangerous. Did he murder the girl and bury her in the woods?

The sheriff’s gut tells him there’s more to the story than the boyfriend is willing to admit. The more he digs into the case, the more he worries someone is hiding a dark secret.

Is the boy a killer? Or is he the next victim?



Only one road led to the scenic lookout above Lucifer Falls, and it was winding and treacherous even during the day. At night, Thomas kept both hands on the wheel and leaned forward, ignoring the crick in his neck. It seemed that he drove through a sea of black. Trees sprang out of nowhere and lurched toward his F-150.

Chelsey held the door handle, her gaze fixed on the road ahead, as though she were driving. She yelped, and Thomas slammed his brakes when a shadow darted in front of the truck. The deer bounded through the brush and disappeared.

“Slow down, Thomas.”

“If I go any slower, I might as well put the truck in neutral. It’s impossible to see.”

She tightened her seatbelt. The truck jounced over a rut. Thomas pulled the wheel when the sloping terrain swept him toward a hundred-foot drop off. The brights did little to drive back the night, and to make matters worse, a fine mist curled along the ground. He hoped it didn’t expand into a full-fledged fog. The road was challenging to traverse as it was.

Darren’s blue Silverado popped out of the darkness. Beside the ranger’s truck, the shoulder opened to a lookout. An iron rail prevented sightseers from plunging off the cliff. The falls roared beyond the rail, and water droplets formed on the sheriff’s windshield. Darren climbed out of the cab and waved a hand over his head. Raven was there too, and by the way she cupped her elbows with her hands, she’d already succumbed to the cold. The ranger flared a flashlight and illuminated a dirt path that followed the hill down to the stream.

“Tell me what happened,” Thomas said, hopping out of his truck with Chelsey beside him.

“I came out to do my nightly rounds and ensure nobody was on the trail. As I passed the falls and walked along the stream, I found the body in the weeds. I wouldn’t have seen him were it not for the bugs. Fresh body, no death scent.”

“That means the killer dumped the body recently. You didn’t spot anyone in the woods?”

“No, but I heard a motor pass the lookout just after sunset. Thought nothing of it. If I’d acted sooner . . .”



Good day to all you fabulous (and brunette) readers!

You might recognize me as the author of the Wolf Lake thriller and mystery series, which has remained red-hot on the Amazon charts since the first book released in 2020.

The Wolf Lake series tells the story of Thomas Shepherd, a man who overcame Asperger’s syndrome and rose to lead detective with the LAPD before a near-fatal shooting tore apart his life. He returned home to the Finger Lakes of New York and purchased his uncle’s A-frame on the shores of Wolf Lake, accepted a deputy position with the Nightshade County Sheriff’s Department, then ascended to sheriff.

Thomas believed he’d finally found peace and tranquility. Until a headless corpse washed ashore. A serial killer was hunting Wolf Lake.

Throughout the Wolf Lake series, Thomas grew as a complex character and forged lasting relationships with friends, neighbors, and his estranged parents, all the while tracking deadly criminals and murderers.

Beginning with Grave Girl, the new Thomas Shepherd Mystery series picks up where Wolf Lake left off. However, this series stands on its own. Reading Wolf Lake is not required to enjoy the Thomas Shepherd mysteries. As a reader and writer, I despise cliffhangers, so I promise each book is its own mystery, complete with a satisfying conclusion. You can even read the books out of order if you’re a nonconformist like me.

What can you look forward to?

In Grave Girl, a college girl vanishes while camping with her boyfriend, Marshall, a star athlete with a professional football career ahead of him.

But Marshall has a history of violence, and his volatile nature makes Thomas wonder if the boy is telling the truth.

The deeper Thomas digs into Marshall’s past, the more convinced he is that the boy is hiding a dark secret. But why would he murder his girlfriend?

While readers enjoy my chilling thrillers, they fall in love with the characters. On the surface, each story in the series is a gripping mystery that features a terrifying killer. Think Hannibal Lecter meets Michael Myers. But at its heart, the series is about redemption, understanding, friendship, and love. This combination made the Wolf Lake series a bestseller among thrillers and mysteries. The Thomas Shepherd Mystery series promised to be even better.

If you want to learn more about Grave Girl and the Thomas Shepherd Mystery series, I invite you visit my website and read about my thriller and mystery books. You can even download a free thriller for your e-reader!

To download Grave Girl, visit my Amazon page.

Thank you, and happy reading!



Dan Padavona is the author of The Wolf Lake series, The Logan and Scarlett series, Darkwater Cove, The Scarlett Bell thriller series, and The Thomas Shepherd Mysteries. Many of his novels rank in the top-10 in Amazon’s thriller and mystery categories. He is a husband, a parent, and proud member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

When he’s not writing, Dan enjoys photography, biking, weightlifting, and storm chasing. Dan has videotaped tornadoes from New York to Oklahoma and Texas and was nearly swept up by a strong twister outside Sweetwater, Texas. A self-proclaimed ice cream and gelato lover, Dan admits to spending too much time in the gym, compensating for his questionable nutritional decisions.











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  1. Sounds suspenseful and mysterious!

    1. I promise it is. But I feel I need a future character named Dana Banana . . .

    2. That would be excellent! My best friend used to call me that and ever since she passed away I keep calling myself that so I never ever forget her 💜

  2. Thank you, Bea. I can't wait to release Grave Girl this December

  3. In case anyone wants a free example of my writing, you can download my thriller "Dead and Buried" from my website. It's kind of a cross between Criminal Minds and Silence of the Lambs. https://www.danpadavona.com/free-thriller-books-kindle/

  4. What is your favorite dessert?

  5. Congratulations on your upcoming release of Grave Girl, Dan, I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, your book sounds like a thrilling mystery to read! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

  6. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds fantastic. Great cover.

  7. This sounds like a really great story.