For the love of dogs and Texas, read Run Dog Run, by Kathleen Kaska. Its a great mystery that begins with subtle hints about an incident in Africa that bleeds into a story of greyhound racing in West Texas. Kate is an independent woman who will not stand for anything less than justice when it comes to the fair treatment of animals or her goddaughter. She aims to discover the truth about a local ranch owner that runs greyhounds at the track.The main characters in this story are warm like the Texas sun, and the reader can feel the workings of the ranch and the people who live there. I love books about Texas and I am an avid dog lover. The best part about enjoying this story is knowing that some of the proceeds go to the greyhound rescue centers. I have bought several copies myself to gift to family and friends. I look forward to more mysteries from this author.
Are you ready for an adventure? Blinked is our new zany urban fantasy, being released 11-18-17 by Black Opal Books. Don’t forget to shop Amazon, B&N.com, Kobo, Smashwords and other fine online book retailers this November. Christmas is coming and this is a great story for nearly everyone.
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 😉
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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Murder by the Book
Saturday, August 19
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!