A Voice in the Silence

It’s my honor to welcome D. L. Finn to Entertaining Stories today. She’s here to tell us about her newest publication, and it sounds pretty good to me. Denise is a friend, a Story Empire partner, and a great author. I hope all of you will make her feel welcome, and don’t forget to use those sharing buttons at the end.


Thank you for having me here today, Craig, to celebrate the release of A Voice in the Silence.

I’ve never had a pet who wanted a bath. Our dogs thought it was a punishment when I went from water to soap, while the cats would attempt to end all water contact with their front claws and propelling back legs. So, I had fun writing the bath scenes that included animals.

Imagine Drea’s surprise that they seemed to enjoy it, not only the dog Charlie, but the cat Jane, and rat Ben too. You’d either think they were the best-behaved and trained animals ever—or wonder. I know my mind would come up with an unusual scenario or two, but never consider these animal’s truths.

Still having a dog, cat and rat show up just when Drea needed it was an enormous boost for her in the depressed state she was in. She deserved that small moment of peace to bond in everyday chores like bathing these animals before her life, and theirs, unraveled.

Fun Finn Facts

1. Could there be labs trying to create talking animals? If they do and they escape they are welcome at my house.

2. Do our loved ones who have passed on try to communicate with us? I believe so.


Drea Burr has experienced more than her share of loss when a stray dog, cat, and rat enter her life. Although the animals start to mend her broken heart, there is something very unusual about them. During a snowstorm, Drea discovers a chilling set of footprints leading to her front window. Both the police and a ghostly messenger warn her about a killer stalking widows. Help comes from her late husband’s best friend, Adam Hale. As the two try to discover answers, more questions arise— about a killer, ghosts, and animals experimented on in a lab.

Can Drea and Adam survive the threats coming from so many directions and save themselves and the animals they’ve grown to love? Or will more tragedy destroy her second chance at happiness? Find out in this thrilling, cozy paranormal adventure.


Drea gasped and sat up on the couch. Her heart was racing like her nightmare of falling off a cliff had been real. Although it was still dark out, dawn was peeking through the veil. She had slept soundly through the night. The familiar crackling of the fire was absent. She shivered in the cold room, wrapped the blanket tightly around her, and took the simple route of turning on the central heat over rekindling the flames. This time of year, she preferred the warmth of a woodstove over forced hot air, but since becoming a widow, she chose where to put her energy.

The animals were curled up on the blue wool hearth rug and hadn’t stirred. A pleasant sensation passed through her— a sense of belonging, or being needed. That inspired her to pull on her snow boots, coat, and gloves and grab her new black fabric wood carrier. She shut the door quietly behind her without letting it latch. The garage door creaked open, exposing her to the winter chill.

The headlamp fit snuggly across her brow. A simple flick of a switch lit her path across the pristine snow to the woodshed. As the narrow beam of light guided her forward, her boots sank into the covered landscape. She quickly filled her carrier with oak and turned to go back into the house when her path crossed another set of footprints.

Her heart raced as she studied the tracks. They were bigger and deeper than the ones she’d made. The square heel left out any possibility of being a forest animal, and the tracks led away from the house into the trees. A quick scan of the area didn’t offer any answers.

She took a deep breath to push her fear away. Next time, she’d bring her gun. How stupid to go outside alone with a killer on the loose.

Charlie’s paw swept the door open, and he sprinted to her side.

She met the dog’s wide-eyed gaze. “Someone’s been here.”

Charlie sniffed the air, nodded, and fell in behind her. His head bumped against her legs, quickening her sluggish pace. Looking to her right, she spotted more footprints—right outside her front window. Time inched forward as goosebumps crawled over her skin.

Finally they were inside the garage. She dumped the load on the concrete floor and raced to the button that would shut the door and offer her protection from the outside world. Charlie stood statue-still next to the closing door, which moved at the speed of a turtle. She sighed in relief when the outer metal door thumped shut and quickly gathered up the wood.

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Author Bio

D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

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36 responses to “A Voice in the Silence

  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    Thank you for your hospitality, Craig. Happy to be here 🙂

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  2. I would love to be able to have a conversation with animals. Well, I have them all the time. But I do a lot of inferring based on tail wags and tongue lolling. Or, in the case of my daughter’s cat, disdained expressions. Sign me up for a conversation in which they answer back in English! (Pretty sure they would all balk at baths, too.)

    I really enjoyed your book, Denise. Wishing you all the best.

    Craig, thanks for hosting.

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    • D.L. Finn, Author

      I would live those conversations too, Staci. Like you It’s only one sided and would have to be in English 🙂 Thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed meeting my unusual animals.

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  4. I’m enjoying following you on tour, Denise, and wish you much success with your new book! Great post. Hugs 💕🙂

    Craig, thanks for sharing Denise’s new release. Hugs 💕🙂

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  5. I finished A Voice in the Silence late last night. I was in tears, perfect ending to a fun story!

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  6. Just yesterday I was talking to one of my cats. Of course, he didn’t respond, but I have every reason to believe he understood what I was saying. Not the words, per se, but the message I conveyed.

    Loved your book, Denise. (I was finally able to finish it yesterday.)

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    • D.L. Finn, Author

      I like to believe they understand everyword we are saying too, Joan 🙂 Especially when I explained to my cat last night why it wasn’t a good idea to get trapped between the screen and window as I saved him 😉 So happy you enjoyed the story!

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  7. I talk to our cat all the time, and I’d love if he could talk back. We had a cat early in our marriage that required flea baths a few times a year – not an experience I’d recommend to cat owners, lol. Congrats, Denise!

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    • D.L. Finn, Author

      I keep talking to my cats, its much better than talking to myself 😉 I keep waiting for that one moment one responds. Giving baths to most cats is a dangerous undertaking, I agree, Teri! Thank you 🙂

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  8. Gwen M. Plano

    Congratulations, Denise. I’m so so happy for you. Thank you, Craig, for sharing this wonderful news. ✨🎉✨

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  9. I laughed at the animal bath scenes in the story. 🙂 Cats hate water so it’s unusual to have one that enjoys a bath. And, well, I’d never try to bathe a rat. In answer to your question, YES, I 100% believe our loved ones who have passed on continue to communicate with us in any way they can. Great post! Thank you for hosting today, Craig!

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    • D.L. Finn, Author

      I would be suspicious of any of my cats liking a bath. So happy that scene brought some laughter! I don’t think bathing rats would be too common of a thing and I wouldn’t want to get bit by one either and have to explain that in ER. I know we have similar beliefs in the afterlife and I love how you have included that in your latest series. Thank you, Jan 🙂

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  10. Love those Fun Finn Facts:) AND loved this novel.
    Thanks for hosting Denise, Craig.

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  11. From the looks my cat gives me sometimes, it might be a good thing he can’t talk to me:) You have a great mix for your book–animals, ghosts, and a mystery. Best of luck with it!

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    • D.L. Finn, Author

      Cats do have some interesting expressions, and some of them borders on a bit of impatience with us…lol. Thank you, I had fun with this one, Judi 🙂

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  12. Tense excerpt, Denise. Thanks, Craig for hosting.

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  13. Talking animals would be welcome at my house too, Denise. But I probably wouldn’t get any writing done. 😀 We’d be visiting all the time. Congrats on the wonderful book and the fun tour. Thanks Craig for hosting!

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  14. Denise you’re having a great tour for a great book:)
    Craig, thanks for hosting.

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  15. Great excerpt. 😀 … I consider myself hooked. 🙂

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  16. Terrific excerpt and looking forward to reading.. thanks for hosting Craig.. x

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  17. Thanks for hosting, Craig! This is such a great story! I’m happy to see it getting attention here. 🙂

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