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The Benandanti Book Series

Updated on April 4, 2013

Finders Weepers: The Benandanti Book One

Tazlynn Hunt, Benandanti werewolf, has always been able to fly beneath the dreaded Luparii radar. So far no assassins have been sent to deal with her. That's good. It's also about to change.

There's a killer stalking the people of Taz's town. And the victims look a lot like rogue werewolf victims. The Benandanti have been at odds with the Luparii (Vatican sanctioned werewolf hunters) for centuries, but if Taz can find the crazed wolf killing in her town, she'll gladly turn him over...with a big bright muzzle.

You see, Taz is a Benandanti. And the Benandanti are protectors. God's wolves. So between tracking a serial killer, dodging an assassin, and just trying to earn a living, she pretty much has her hands full.

And then the Trickster comes to town.,.

Belinda White, Author
Belinda White, Author

Belinda White, Author

Well, you've found me out. I'm not just an author of online articles and Squidoo lenses. I write fiction, too. And not just any fiction, either...WEREWOLF fiction. Finders Weepers is the first book in a planned series of at least three. The second book, Sister's Keepers, is in rough draft form now. Hopefully it will be released in the next few months. The third book is in the 'percolation' stage right now, in very rough outline form. It will be the project for this November's Nanowrimo. (By the way, if you are an aspiring novelist and have never heard of Nanowrimo--do yourself a huge favor and check it out. I'll be adding a lens on it when I get a chance.)

So how does my life compare to that of my main character, Taz? Well, for starters we both work at a Limestone Fabrication mill in Spencer, Indiana. We both absolutely love McCormick's Creek State Park. (The absolute best state park ever.) We both live with a German Shepard. We both have a little more gray hair than we should at our young (cough, cough) age. But there is an outstanding difference between us, too. I'm not a werewolf. No really, I'm not.

Finders Weepers on Amazon - Print Books Now Available!

This book is now available as both a softcover print version and an e-book. Hopefully book 2 will be coming very soon.

The price of the e-book is $2.99.

Finders Weepers (The Benandanti Book 1)
Finders Weepers (The Benandanti Book 1)

Finders Weepers is a sometimes exciting, oftentimes funny, look inside the life of an innocent werewolf. Werewolves are a lot like regular people, you know. They live in houses just like people, work at jobs just like people, wear flea collars just like...well, okay, so maybe their humor is just a little bit off.

 

Check out the Benandanti Blog

I know, I know. It doesn't have much on it. Two posts thus far. But it is a place to go when you need a little between the novels fix of Benandanti. I promise I'll try to update it more often. Unfortunately, I'm still limited to that whole 24 hours in a day thing.

A Brief History of the Benandanti

When I first decided to write a werewolf novel, I did a lot of research. What I found was nothing short of amazing and totally changed the shape of the book I had planned. Very much for the better. What did I find? The Benandanti.

The Benandanti are not a figment of my over-developed imagination. They truly existed. They were real. Remember the Salem witch trials? Well, in other countries they had a version of them, too. Only there, it wasn't witches being burned at the stake. It was werewolves. History shows the horror of the so-called trials these werewolves went through, only to end in a fiery death. But there was a glowing exception to that rule of death: the Benandanti.

The really cool thing about the Benandanti? They didn't deny being werewolves. You would think that would have been their first defense, right? But that wasn't who they were. The Benandanti were the hounds of heaven and the protectors of their village. To deny that would have been to deny the gift the Creator had given them. So they said, yes--we are werewolves, but we are God's wolves, not Satan's.

The result? In a time of rampant and unfounded stake centered bonfires, not one Benandanti burned. Not one. And the trials lasted for over a century. During that time, according to history, the Benandanti died out.

Interesting note here: Not all Benandanti are--I mean were--wolves. They could literally be any form of creature...even butterflies. But the crusaders lumped all were-creatures into one general term: Werewolf.

The Eternal Battle: Vampires VS Werewolves

(By now you should know where I stand.)

What characters do you most like to read about: Vampires or Werewolves?

When I can break free of my daily grind, I really do intend to post more on the Benandanti Blog. Do you have any suggestions on posts you would like to see?

(You can also just leave a comment if you'd like.)

In Search of Blog Post Ideas - Do You Have One?

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      @KarenHC: Thank you! And yes, Taz and Jed do work with each other in the next book, along with the rest of her somewhat unorthodox pack. The upcoming book's title is Sister's Keepers.

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      @naturegirl7s: Thank you! In the next book the trickster goes to war...when a leprechaun invades his turf. It was as much fun as Finders to write, too. Taz kind of just takes the keyboard over...

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      I REALLY enjoyed Finders Weepers and look forward to Book 2 of the series. Taz is quite a character. :)

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @belinda342: It was a fun read (I put my Game of Thrones book on hold). I like Taz and Jed, and am hoping they work with each other in the next book as well. I thought I had guessed the "bad guy" -- turns out that was a "red herring" :-) Although the real "bad guy" was my second choice. And I like the Trickster.

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      wirote 5 years ago

      Great

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: Ahh, different departments I'm afraid. I'm a lowly bookkeeper and Taz is a master Stone Carver. Plus, she usually works odd hours...I'm strictly a 9 to 5 kind of gal. But a blog about her stone carving...could be interesting. Thanks for the idea.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      You work in the same place? You know her?!! You could blog about a day in the office...

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Adding this to my list of 'must reads' - sounds entertaining.

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      i think it sounds like a very exciting book. Now on my list of books to read this year.

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      @KarenHC: Let me know what you think of it! I hope you like it. It was a lot of fun to write--the main character, Taz is really a handful, so I just basically let her tell her own story.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      I don't have a blog post idea, but I do think your book sounds very, very cool. I'll be downloading it from Amazon soon (but may wait to read it until after the Game of Thrones book I'm reading....).