Black Bay Books

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Black Bay Books, located in the Florida Panhandle, specializes in poetry and other fine literature.

Despite only entering two titles, Black Bay Books was awarded 5 medals in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards contest. Sara Warner's Still Waters won the GRAND PRIZE in all fiction as well as winning the General Fiction category and was a top-5 finalist in Suspense/Thriller. The News in Small Towns, the first novel in Iza Moreau's Small Town Series, was awarded finalist medals in two categories: Mystery Fiction and Regional Fiction. Not bad for a couple of people who live on horse farms.

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The North Florida Trilogy: Boxed Set of 3 Complete Novels
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 276,070. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Three complete novels of mystery and suspense in North Florida in the 1980s. Hell and High Water features Carla Conway, a shrimp boat operator who finds a corpse in an old church. Museum Piece finds PI Vicky Rankin in search of Conquistador treasure. Time Piece is the story of Melanie Truslow's search for the man who caused her father to jump off a pier one stormy night. Three women, three cases.
Ghosts
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sue-Ann McKeown, small-town newspaper editor, visits the secret compound of Torrington to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Little does she know that the place has become full of ghosts. Yikes! This is the last story in the popular Small Town series of mysteries, which consists of three novels and a complete book of stories. The stories will be published in a single volume early in 2015.
The Small Town Series: Boxed Set of 3 Complete Novels
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 277,890. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The Small Town Series is now available in a boxed set. Follow the adventures of Sue-Ann McKeown--newspaper editor, dressage rider, and national champion archer--as she struggles to make ends meet in the little North Florida town of Pine Oak. One of the most important and enjoyable lesbian mystery series in the last 20 years. Includes all three complete novels about Sue-Ann, Gina, & their friends.
Archer's Paradox
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,200. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
When a local citizen is found lying in Pine Oak's new 3-D archery range with an arrow through his heart, Sue-Ann has to rethink her idea that murders do not happen in small towns. And when two of the suspects turn out to be good friends of hers, she has to bust her tail to find the real murderer before one of them goes to jail. A short story in the Small Town saga featuring Sue-Ann McKeown.
Ways to Reshape the Heart
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,400. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection represents the apex of LeForge's poetic work.
Grand Theft
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It would have to be a snowy day in July for something odd not to be going on in Pine Oak, Florida. A member of Sue-Ann's bowling team disappears without a trace and her roommate is worried sick about her. Although Sue-Ann would much rather be riding her horse, she promises to look into it. But when Sue-Ann is on a case, someone usually ends up unhappy. Sue-Ann just hopes it isn't her.
Secrets in Small Towns
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Series: Small Town, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,980. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It all starts when Sue-Ann finds a zonked-out teen near her farm. When it turns out that he has escaped from a juvenile detention center long rumored to abuse its charges, she decides to investigate. But the kid goes missing, and Sue-Ann has to find him--especially since Sgt. Joe Bickley of the local sheriff's office is threatening to "out" Sue-Ann and her girlfriend unless she produces the boy.
When in Tennessee
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
When a young rider's trainer disappears, Sue-Ann is asked to stand in for him at a rated dressage show. But it seems that horses have been attacking their owners and Sue-An decides to see if she can find out why before someone else gets hurt. This is a stand-alone short story in the Small-Town series featuring Sue-Ann, who is a dressage rider and former national recurve archery champion.
Wonderful Town
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Murders don’t happen in small towns; at least that’s what Sue-Ann always says. And usually she’s right. But when she and Gina visit New York City, that statement no longer has any meaning. It may be a wonderful town in song, but as the two visitors find out, it can be pretty dangerous, even in the company of hotties Michael and Chuck. This is a stand-alone short story in the Small Town Series.
Time Piece
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Series: North Florida, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,980. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
One rain-lashing night, Melanie Truslow's father--a former French officer in Vietnam--fell off the McClenny Pier near his North Florida home and was drowned. Now his large house, and its ghosts, are hers. As she begins to settle into her new surroundings, she tries to understand the accident of his death and to reconstruct the life of the man who had left her mother before Melanie was born.
Indian Summer
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,520. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sue-Ann receives a call from a Native-American Marine lieutenant she knew in Baghdad, asking her and Gina to come to the Crow Indian reservation in Montana. It is the weekend of the annual Crow Fair Celebration, but all is not copacetic on the rez. The Lieutenant's niece—Cherry Six Feathers, a star athlete--has disappeared and may be in serious danger. Sue-Ann has to find her—and quickly.
Trail Ride and Barn Dance After
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,630. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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There are some wackos in Pine Oak, Florida, but who would be crazy enough to break into The Best Little Bookstore in Pine Oak? Do people even read in Pine Oak? As a favor to the owner, Sue-Ann looks into the matter, but what she finds out might be dangerous to her health.
Museum Piece
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Series: North Florida, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,210. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Leaving Miami for the sunny shores of Panama City was supposed to be a good thing for the Rankin family. Vicky has her PI license and Rick finally has a real job. But things aren't going to be that simple. Instead, they are drawn into the nefarious doings of Snag, proprietor of a mysterious museum on the edge of town where boards creak, cadavers reek, and laughter echoes down from the rafters.
Madness in Small Towns
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Series: Small Town, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,490. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Things are always a little wonky in Pine Oak, Florida. But lately reporter Sue-Ann McKeown, feels like every crazy thing is landing on her desk. For one thing, a former mental patient demands that Sue-Ann write his story—or else. And what is the meaning of the coded messages she hears on the local pirate radio station? And why has her new best friend quit her job and left town for places Unknown?
My Wife Is A Horse
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Poems about farms and horses and dressage. This is a special edition featuring two extra poems, one of which is "My Husband's an Ass," written by Sara Warner.
Still Waters
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,030. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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When researcher Teena Shostekovich returns home to find her computer files stolen, she suspects it has something to do with the case she’s working. But a call from the thief complicates things and nothing gets any clearer when Detective Logan Deo arrives. Meanwhile, as the story of cowgirl Jessie Weston unfolds on the shores of Lake Ponder, Teena and Jessie’s paths veer ever closer to collision
A Question of Breeding
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00)
Sue-Ann McKeown is not a detective; she's a small-town newspaper editor. Yet mysteries keep cropping up and, well, somebody has to solve them, right? In this stand-alone story in the Small-Town series, Sue-Ann is approached by a fledgling horse breeder who suspects she may have been swindled when her new Trakehner's DNA test comes back squirrelly.
The News in Small Towns
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Series: Small Town, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,160. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Sue-Ann McKeown returns to her home town after a crushing six months of war reporting in Iraq. She has given up her high-profile job in Virginia and broken up with her boyfriend. Even her new job with a small-town newspaper seems almost too much to handle, especially since her old high school rival works there, too. But a dead goat is in her future, as well as voodoo, horses, and maybe even love.
The Collected Stories, Volume 1
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,790. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
These are all stories of race. Written between 1917 and 1947, they are the author's attempts to describe the racial situation in the South in the early part of the 20th Century. Like her award-winning novel, "The Other Room," the stories are sensitive, original, and important.
Off the Rack
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Price: Free! Words: 25,580. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The ten stories in this volume were all written by men and women who once worked at the Paperback Rack Bookstore in Tallahassee, Florida--one of the best independent new-and-used bookstores in the country. Authors include Helen K. Bailey, Teresa Jones, Jesse Murphree Kemper, Brigette Kinney, P. V. LeForge, Nancy H. Rainey, Len Schweitzer, Shannon Taylor, Stephanie Tillman, and Sara Warner.
The Cat That Thought He Was A Rat
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Billy's kitten was not really sure what kind of an animal he was. If he were a bat, he could fly. If he were a rat, he could get some cheese. All he knew was that he wanted to be the best rat or bat or whatever he could be. Appropriate for kids 1-6 with easy rhymes, a funny story, and cute illustrations by Mary E. Donahue of a boy and his kitten.
Hell and High Water
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Series: North Florida, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,970. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Shrimpboat captain Carla Conway thought her life was enough of a mess before she found her old nanny dumped like a rag doll in the belfry of a long-abandoned church. With the help of her crusty first mate Comer--and little from the sheriff--she investigates the old woman's death. What she finds takes her deep into the myths and legends of the Florida swamps--and into the mystery of her own origin.
Little Saigon (A Play in Three Acts)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
During the final exodus from Vietnam in 1975, a family from Saigon arrives in a refugee camp in Florida. Their old professions--physician, lawyer, technician--are useless to them now. Somehow, they must find a sponsor, a place to live, and some kind of menial job. They also must learn why their father--and their savings--disappeared just before they were scheduled to depart for their new country.
The Edge: A One-Act Play
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A woman in her thirties unexpectedly moves back into the family home after her marriage goes sour, then informs her father that she has been studying to be a clown. Her father's reaction to her return--and her reasons for marrying in the first place--are the cards from which this fragile playhouse is built. An excellent play for two actors using a minimal stage.
The Secret Life of Moles
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the book that launched the career of award-winning poet P. V. LeForge. Serious and quirky at the same time, these poems will transport you into realms that you were never sure--but always hoped--really existed. Includes the underground classic "Anting."
The Ballad of Sixteen
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A long story-poem about some very unusual denizens of the Florida Everglades who band together to stop a gang of poachers who have set up shop in their neighborhood. Trixie McQueen, Jumpy Jim Camp, Smelly, Senor Skin, Big Ned, Sick Sam and the rest are characters you won't soon forget. Written in a style between Longfellow and Robert W. Service, this book is a hoot from start to finish.
Getting a Good Read
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2011 by Black Bay Books. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Poems about golf, written by two guys serious about their game, but not too serious to stop and take a good look around the course and a good look inside themselves as well. Here are poems that will ring true inside everyone who has ever swung a club--poems that make you realize that, if you put forth your best effort, there are no bad days in golf.


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  • Hilda - Snow White Revisited on Nov. 30, 2011
    (no rating)
    Cute and entertaining, but rife with typos, misspellings, and misuse of language. If we are going to publish our own books, we need better self-editing. I do not approve of the star rating system, so I have ignored it.
  • The Ex-Pacifist on May 25, 2013

    This is one of those books that hook you first by the cover, then by the blurb, then by the first chapter--which is theway the it should work in buying an e-book. Wilson has created her own version of the universe peopled with characters that you would either like to be or would like to stay away from. The story is exciting, the writing is vibrant, and the anticipation remains through the last chapter. Looking forward to #2 in the series.
  • Machine on June 10, 2013

    An exquisite piece of futuristic writing. Much better than 99 percent of what you will find on the racks of most bookstores and better than 100 per cent of what you will find on the best seller lists.n
  • Keeping Secrets: A Mimi/Gianna Mystery on Sep. 05, 2013

    One of the very best in the hopefully increasing sub-genre of lesbian mystery. Written 20 years ago, it is still fresh (and scary) today.
  • Precipitation on Jan. 14, 2014

    For fans of flash fiction, this is as good as it gets. In just a page or two, the author, spare and clear, shows us a hard side of growing up that we sometimes, wrongly, ignore.
  • Joe's Honeymoon, 1947 on Jan. 15, 2014

    Short shorts are supposed to be sort of snapshots of life. This story takes us beyond that to become the snapshot of a snapshot. I'm looking forward to reading more of these, maybe in a collected volume