Face Off with Emile

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Great read! I loved the French Kiss, Emile, and his innocent good guy appeal, stirred in with his super-fit hockey form. #Aliciahunterpace did a great job of making these characters heartfelt and real. You don’t have to be a sports buff to get this game, because in the end it’s sexy and romantic. Just what I needed post hurricane Harvey. Great ’till the very end, leaving images of Emile’s tight end ever after 😉

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Leader of the Pack?

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Are you the leader of your pack? I’ve always considered myself an independent when it comes to being a leader or a follower. I hate to lead or follow, so I usually just do what I want. Recently I have noticed that my pack is doing exactly what they want and using guilt to control me. I rescued a chocolate lab some months ago, and he is a wonderful, loving teddy bear. He weighs 120 lbs! He weighed 98 when I brought him home, and he is already six years old. I walk him every day for his health and mine, but now he has a routine that he is used to, and if I am not up and in tennis shoes by eight a.m., he is very vocal–like I’ll wake up the whole neighborhood loud. I rush about, hair  and teeth not brushed, praying not to see anyone I know. I then race back to walk the other four dogs, who now give me guilty looks if I don’t take them as well. I used to enjoy letting everyone fetch balls from the pool in between writing segments, but I have the one Lab in the world who would rather walk for all his exercise.

After walking, he likes to be fed directly, followed by a short dip in the pool, where he then expects to be towel dried off. He is not keen on dripping dry. He tells me this through insistent barking. It has been many months now and I have learned what he likes and doesn’t like. He tells me by barking until I respond. Sometimes I can not accommodate his desire. If the pool guy cleans the pool or the lawn guy mows, he has to be put inside. He doesn’t like to be separated from me, so the minute I shut the door to go answer a question, he goes on a tirade of barking. I have dissolved into a barking mess in response, begging him to please be quiet. I absolutely love this dog, but realize that this time I might need help. The time has come to follow someone who knows best. It’s time to call a trainer!

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August 19th, 2017-Join Us!

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Hope to see you at
Murder by the Book
Saturday, August 19
4:30 p.m.

Five authors from Black Opal Books, the Black Opal Babes, will share their writing and publishing adventures and answer questions about the writing life.

Stop by to meet:
Laura Elvebak
Kathleen Kaska
Minette Lauren
Saralyn Richard
Zoe Tasia

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Review for Book I of the Magnolia Beach series, by Kimberly Lang

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Something to Prove, had me from the first line of the book, which set the tone for its entirety. Kimberly Lang has spun a charming story that makes you want to pack your bags and move to Magnolia Beach. Helena Wheeler, a sassy, smart, independent former resident of this small, quaint beach town finds herself fighting the past when she returns home to help her grandmother. All her previous teen desires are served up on a silver platter in the form of Ryan Tanner. The former bad girl, now a success story, owns her own business, but can she find success in a small town that can’t forget the past? You won’t be disappointed in this funny, well told, heartwarming  tale. I give it 5 stars.

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Demon Rising to be released August 12th!

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We are so happy to announce the upcoming release of Demon Rising, by Deanna Browne, a sister author at Black Opal Books. We wish her much success with her new release!
Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on top of the food chain.
Twenty-two-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits, her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead, she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.
 
On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up. Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially with her heart. Becca’s forced to navigate a sticky web of deceit and must decide what’s she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister. 
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The White Door, By J. Lahoud

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This is one of the first books I ever reviewed on Amazon or anywhere else. For all the years I have read books as a reader, I had no idea how important my opinion was, and now that I have become a writer, it pains me that this review was zapped by Amazon. Somehow they think that I know the writer of this book, and I absolutely do not! I found the book because I saw it on a post from Twitter. After seeing it repeatedly, I read the blurb and downloaded it. I loved the book so much, that I told the writer so on her Twitter account, and I even told my hubby to read it. He did and posted a review. That is the moment they zapped my review. It is unfair, since we both read the book and placed a fair opinion of the story, but my friend suggested it may be because we placed it from the same internet IP address. I’m not sure about how it all works, but they have also ditched my review of Tonya Royston’s first trilogy and a review of our very own, Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots, from a reader that we do actually know, but would have reviewed it honestly. That being said, I wanted to post my review here.

Posted to Goodreads: This book appealed to me in so many ways. But the heroine is so down to earth and the plot so mysterious, that it keeps you wondering where the tale was forged. Wicca edged and steeped in mystery, this is a great read to fuel your thoughts on the what if. I look forward to more stories by J. Lahoud.

I will also add that I loved the setting that beckons to Julia. My sister, who passed away two years ago last month, said she visited Stonehenge and had a moment of ethereal movement. She burst into tears and said she could describe it in no other way, than that she had come home. She wanted her ashes spread there, and I am in the process of working with the park to see if this could still be done.

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Review: Gypsy Magic, by Tonya Royston

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I did not plan on finishing the book on my flight, but on the way home from Greece, it was so easy to breeze through. Tonya Royston has done it again! I’m not usually a YA reader but after reading her Sunset Trilogy, I was very interested to see what she would write next. I dove in and bought all three books of the second Trilogy without even reading the blurb. I like surprises and in this east coast town of Sedgwick, there are a lot of twists and turns. Without revealing the details and spoiling any of the fun, I give it 5 stars. It reads like a movie for all ages. The story is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Keep your eye on this author. Everything she writes is like book candy.

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Review: Inescapable, The Beginning

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Inescapable is a fast paced romance that doesn’t play by the rules. I like this! Growing up reading romance, I am familiar with the usual formula expected by most publishers. Man meets woman, falls helplessly in love, though some conflict happens, all is roses at the end. This intriguing story throws the reader for a curve ball just when you think you know what will happen next…and I will tell you there is not a rose at the end. As the title says, this book is just the beginning of this tale of human trafficking based in Lima, Peru. I read this almost 300pg novel on my flight to Greece, and didn’t want to put it down. A pleasure to read!

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Review: New York Minute

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New York Minute is a story about an accountant who wants to be something more than ordinary. She turns on the sex appeal at a wedding and ramps up the excitement in her life when she encounters too hot and sexy, Diego. When she bends her own structured persona to fulfill her heart’s desire, she gets more than she plans and spends many pages delving into blissful sex and exploring her inner tigress. Melinda Dozier goes all out sexy in this steamy romance about a girl next door meets super hot musician.

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Review: Gemini; The Sign Behind The Crime Book1

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Gemini is a great suspense thriller engaging the talents of a clairvoyant forensic psychiatrist, Dr. John Trenton, who has quite an ego. I love books where the characters feel real, and this book offers a lot of personalities to wonder about. The doctor walks the reader through several gripping therapy sessions to peel back the layers of this psychological suspense. This isn’t my typical read, but I was fascinated by the idea of a psychiatrist who spoke of auras, astrology, and prophetic dreams. He also looks to his spirit guide for direction in his search to heal. There is a lot going on in this story, so be prepared to sit down and read it when you have time. Keeping track of the details is a must. I can’t believe this is Ronnie Allen’s first novel! What a great first and I look forward to more.

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