Your Next Favorite Author: D.V. Stone!

On the turbulent high seas, an archeologist must protect a historic shipwreck from treasure hunters—not fall for one.


D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, contemporary or mid-grade, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while often with humor. Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life. D. V. is also a bi-monthly contributor to Still Moments Magazine sharing beloved recipes.

Now retired, she is a full-time author and incorporates her life experiences into her books. After a varied career as a former Emergency Medical Technician, the proprietor of a coffee shop, and a small restaurant/ice cream stand. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, and her last position in a human medical office.

When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41-foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.

D.V. is a wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.

“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”

Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” (Loosely translated as support your local animal rescue).”

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Review by Avis M. Adams:

D.V. Stone’s “Sea Hunter” is part of The Mortar & Pestle Series. All the books are stand-alone and by different authors. In “Sea Hunter,” a historical, paranormal romance set in WWII, Stone gives us Zahra Corbin, Ph.D., and underwater archeologist as our hero in search of artifacts for Corbin University. Zahra is sailing home on a ship when she encounters Mr. Wrong, Hugh. In the war, she danced and sang in the USO, and Hugh thought that made her easy. When she differs with him, he tosses her overboard, and Zahra has her first glimpse of Davey Jones’ Locker, and a bright light that might be the long-lost Sea Wraith, rich in archeological artifacts.

An experienced diver, Sarah realizes hypothermia is setting in, but Jack Alexander sees something go overboard and motors over to check it out. He finds Zahra and pulls her from the clutches of the deep. Zahra regains consciousness and on his boat Freya, and the sparks are immediate. Zahra is thankful, but when she learns he really is a pirate, She doesn’t want anything to do with him.

            Fast forward a couple weeks to the halls of Corbin University of History and Archeology where Zahra teaches. Her College Dean, Malcomb Armitage, informs her that she has been chosen for an underwater archeology project to recover the Sea Wraith, but her little toss in the drink episode has left her with PTSD and a feeling of drowning that incapacitates her, but Malcomb persuades her to overcome her fears. She regrets her decision when she finds she is working with a rich entrepreneur and antique seeker, Gilbert Carter, a man she despises.

Then she learns she’s also working with her rescuer, Jack Alexander, because he owns the missing piece of the map, so she’s in the frying pan without a spatula. Little does Jack or Zahra know that Carter hired Nicklaus Roth to infiltrate the group as Jack’s first mate and inform him of Jack and Zahra’s movements. Carter also calls Hugh Turnbull, the tough who tossed Zahra in the drink when she rebuffed his amorous advances. Hugh is Carter’s strong arm and gopher and will be Carter’s second in command as he follows Jack and Zahra and the students from CUHA on their search of the Sea Wraith. When Jack hires Nick, little does he know, he has a rat in his wheelhouse, and thus Stone has set up her novel with multiple twists and lots of tension in the first two chapters!

            Zahra is a woman of her time, but she is singularly independent with a fair streak a mile wide, and she just wants to do what’s right, but as they closer to finding the treasures of the Sea Wraith, can she convert Jack, the man she can’t seem to keep her hands off of? To be fair, he can’t keep his hands off her either, and every time they meet, the tension is thick, and their encounters steamy. 

            Stone melds, mystery, mystique, history, romance, and adventure in the rollicking tale of love and treachery on the high seas, and in the middle of it all is the mystical pestle calling out to both Jack and Zahra. This is a wonderful tale of love and betrayal with villains you’ll love to hate, and couples who would love to love, but—well—it’s complicated! This is a five-star read, and a page turner to the very end.  

And furthermore:

The Pestle is used in each of the seven stories in this series, and the magical vessel comes complete with this folklore:

“A wisp of smoke, a swirl of promise, a breath of destiny…a message within the Mortar & Pestle for those who want to believe.

Throughout time people have sought their heart’s desire. But true love is often elusive.

Carved with ancient Norse runes, the Mortar & Pestle shows paths to happily-ever-afters.

Once you capture the Mortar & Pestle’s scent of magic, you’ll want to read all seven individual romances.”

Published by avismadams

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the foothills of the Cascades. I am a published author of fiction and poetry. My debut YA novel coming out soon. I also write picture books, and short stories. I teach English at a local college, and I love any activity in the great outdoors, especially if it includes my dog Zero!

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