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BLACK OPAL BOOKS--BECAUSE SOME STORIES JUST HAVE TO BE TOLD.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, BLACK OPAL BOOKS was founded by people who thought the publishing industry could do more for both readers and authors. So they formed BLACK OPAL BOOKS and gave it a mission: produce high-quality, well-edited books for readers, while helping authors achieve their dreams, as well as a higher percentage of royalties.
For Readers: Since we’re readers, too, we know how frustrating and disappointing badly-written and poorly edited books can be. We understand that when you pay good money for a book, you expect to get value for your dollar. So at BLACK OPAL BOOKS, all our books are carefully chosen for quality and thoroughly edited before a single copy goes out.
For Authors: Since we’re authors as well as businesspeople, we know how much hard work goes into writing a book—endless hours spent staring at a page while searching for words, struggling to finish the first draft, revising, editing, more revising, and still more revising. We also understand how disheartening it is, when you finally write the dreaded query letter and send it out to publishers, only to have your book rejected based solely on your query letter by someone who hasn’t read a single word of your book. Or even worse, to not get a response at all. And if you're lucky enough to get accepted and published, to receive royalties of such a small per cent. So at BLACK OPAL BOOKS, we let you send your completed manuscript along with your query letter. For all properly submitted queries, we read at least one chapter of the manuscript before deciding whether to accept or reject it. We also respond to all properly submitted queries. For those of you we do accept, our royalties start at 45%, for both ebook and print, and go as high as 70%.
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The Place Inside the Storm
by Bradley W. Wright
It's 2038. Tara Rivers is fourteen, a bit rebellious, and socially awkward. The corporation where Tara's parents work orders them put an implant in Tara's brain to "cure" her autism, or her father will be prosecuted for manufactured crimes. Will she ever find a place where she is safe?
by Geza Tatrallyay
Morgan Kenworthy—a Berkeley student studying abroad and a guest of the de Carduzacs, family friends who have a chateau in St. Émilion in France—uncovers a coup against the government of France. Soon after she arrives, a bombing at the Brassault Aviation plant kills several ministers. Morgan unearths clues that point to her friend's stepfather, and now her life is in danger...
An Unconventional Affair ~ Book 2 ~ A Risk Worth Sharing
by Mollie Blake
This second part of An Unconventional Affair finds Barrington Stone working in Australia for a year. Tranquility “Tee” Hammond, fifteen years his senior, has ended their affair, but for Barrington it was never over. He can’t wait for the year to pass to go back to her. However, after a drunken encounter, with a woman he later discovers is a sex worker, his life is changed forever...
Food for Thought: Just Desserts
by Nancy DeRosa
In Just Desserts we find Emma Craven’s life has become more complicated and difficult to navigate. She’s student teaching and working at her husband Gary Parker’s restaurant, The Green Spruce Grill. An unexpected pregnancy has Emma’s head whirling, and she can’t keep up with all the responsibilities she now has in her life...
The Case of the Missing Mobster
by Harol Marshall
A dead body, identified as Lenny Spinoli, washes up on Dockweiler Beach in Southern California. Spinoli was last seen on Santa Catalina Island, leaving on a fishing trip with his friend, Ricky Martin. When Ricky goes missing, his realtor wife hires Hollywood PI Polly Berger to find him. then the FBI horns in, demanding she help with their investigation, but are they using her as bait?
by Anoop Chandola
Mutilating Women is the story of an honor crime. It follows members of the Kotwal Clan during the chaotic months before and after Indian independence in 1947, a time of upheaval and of hope. The members of this Himalayan clan would be termed liberal/progressive in their stance toward the many issues they faced...
Beyond the Stone Arch
by Gisela Woldenga
During a visit to her grandmother’s house, Ellie notices a stone arch in the garden that she has never seen before. Curious, she steps through it and meets a boy, Orly, who has been waiting for her. He tells her that he was killed two hundred years ago, and he needs Ellie’s help to find his grave so he can go back to his village, and she's the only one who can help....
Murder in the Family
by Lisanne Harrington
A dead father’s heroism is difficult to live up to, but an embittered mother is even harder to live with. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Sinclair longs for just two things: more action on the job, so she can earn a promotion like her father before her, and a better relationship with her estranged mother. When her partner is killed, she wonders how she’ll get along without him...
by Leonardus G. Rougoor
A mirror of questionable origins appears out of nowhere in a shipment of furniture. It calls to those it finds compatible. The owners soon find out why, and wish they hadn’t. Can a mirror actually be possessed? What happens to the people it encounters? Pray you don’t find out…
Lonely Hearts Cry
by Anji Nolan
Raising teenagers is hard enough. But when a single dad has to deal with a bi-polar daughter, it can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, the cosmos has a way of evening things out, and introduces a lonely young widow into their lives. Set in rural Maine, Lonely Hearts Cry is the parallel love story of one such father and his headstrong daughter.
Lost in Time
by Ramona Forrest
Alaina Lowell trips over a rock, hits her head, and blacks out. When she comes to, she's been transported back in time to 1888. Without a penny to her name and not a soul she can turn to—as no one she knows has even been born yet—she fears she may have to do the one thing she always swore she would never do: get married and let a man support her. How can she possibly survive in this harsh world?
A Two Horse Town
by Kathleen Kaska
Kate Caraway hates giving lectures at the University of Illinois so much that she fears she’ll lose her mind. So, when a student, Nate Springfield, walks into her office with a story of wild horses in danger, Kate takes an immediate leave of absence. She goes to Two Horse, Montana, but before she can meet with a small coalition of citizens,, she finds a dead body...
Grave Expectations ~ A Mother-and-Me Mystery
by Sandra Gardner
When Marabella Vinegar’s favorite neighbor, Sam Lipschitz, dies, everyone, including the NYPD, thinks it was natural causes. But Marabella knows better. So does her sleuthing sidekick, her mother-the-ghost-detective, who has recently dropped back into Marabella’s life, happy to interfere again. Can she and her mother find the killer? Or is Marabella doomed to become the next victim?
Hell Cat ~ A VIC Shapeshifter Novel
by Yvonne Rediger
Some secrets are too dangerous to share…For shapeshifter Helly Cooper, blood is blood. She's returning to Vancouver Island to find her brother’s killer. She has unfinished personal business with her old boss, Will Conall. But right now, Will can either help or get the hell out of her way. Especially after she discovers an even deadlier plot involving pack politics, revenge, and twisted magic.
Pure Gold ~ Three Cases of Gold
by Theodore P. Druch
Cast loosely in the mold of such hard-boiled detectives as Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, Joe Gold is an old-fashioned kind of guy, adrift in a modern world he doesn’t fully understand, full of characters he understands all too well. Times may change, but people don’t. And being Jewish is just another hurdle.
The Gator Hunter
by Trisha O'Keefe
Grover Moss is bored. A former big-city detective, he misses the mind-numbing parade of bums, drug dealers, prostitutes, murderers, and violence only big cities can provide—until he discovers a reclusive wraith of a man who says he’s murdered his father and buried his body under the floor of the mill, that is. As the Julia Springs Police Chief, Moss is intrigued enough to follow up on the story...
Sins of the Sister
by Zari Reede
Lana Madison is a twenty-three-year-old, unconventional private investigator, who is searching for the men who abducted her identical twin. Lana and Dania are complete opposites, but their bond from birth allows them to share emotions. These brief moments of connection prove to Lana that her twin is still very much alive, but she's given up on the police ever finding her...
Race for the Sun ~ The Soul Watcher Series ~ Book 1
by Minette Lauren
Soledad confronts the failures of her last life, having committed suicide when things became too difficult. As she moves forward into the soul-watcher’s phase of the afterworld, she picks from a list of struggling souls to guide and guard. Journey with these very real characters to find what lessons are learned and the rewards their love brings. This book is a lesson on life and loving for all.
Hour of the Serpent
by Michael Infinito
Violet and Johnny Dotson pull up stakes and relocate to the beautiful countryside near Asheville, North Carolina, in an attempt at starting over after a series of miscarriages that Violet has attributed to the presence of an evil snake. Unbeknownst to them they have actually been summoned there by an evil entity.
When Angels Sleep
by Pinkie Paranya
Edwina Hartley is a recent widow after thirty-five years of marriage. When George died, he left behind a chaotic swamp, and Edwina is completely lost. He turned out to be a closet gambler, cashing in their insurance policies and mortgaging their palatial home. And now she also beings to suspect that George didn’t die of natural causes…
The House Wren
by Jack Sprouse
Texas dairy farmer, Alton Kemper, has a life changing experience following the death of his son Jim, a soldier in World War II, when he decides he has to live again for his grandson. Alton’s grandson, Jimmy, grows up in the shadow of his bigger-than-life grandfather, learning what is it means to be a man of honor. But life presents many challenges for the Kemper family...
Inquitos ~ The Past Will Kill
by John R. Beyer
Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders team up to solve a string of murders, starting with the intentional and fatal bombing of the Common Grounds, a local coffee shop in downtown Riverside—a usually calm city in Southern California. Dozens are dead after an explosion rips apart the Common Grounds, leaving dozens of others gravely wounded. In an instant, all their lives are thrust into a trail of death...
by Robert Downs
Lynette Sommer, Richard Lancaster III, and Carl Razer are all having a really bad day. And then it gets progressively worse, as three homegrown terrorists—Matthew, Mark, and John—destroy three vital Boston landmarks—The Hancock Tower, the Pru, and the Boston Public Library,—with the drop of a backpack and the flick of a switch…
by Richard Edde
The year is 1059, and Norse marauders raid and plunder Geffrey’s small Normandie village of Lochwald. Standing in the midst of burning rubble, he finds his father murdered, his mother and fiancé nowhere to be found. Geffrey is taken prisoner to slave away in the iron mines in distant Saxony. After he escapes, he returns to Normandie and gets caught up William of Normandie's quest for the crown...
Vanished ~ A Trust Mystery ~ Book 3
by Nancy A. Hughes
It was supposed to be the kidnappers’ last job, snatching the infant of a poor single mother for an unsuspecting wealthy client. But the kidnappers grab the wrong baby—Billy, the son of high-profile bankers, Kingsley and Todd Henning—from their employer’s secure daycare. Realizing their mistake, the kidnappers plant evidence to implicate the parents and dismantle their operation...
by John Andes
Tony Sattill has retired a captain from the NYPD Manhattan Crime Analysis Team (CAT). He lives well with his wife, Melissa, and their three children in the penthouse of his wife’s former husband. He lectures on the value of CAT to out-of-town police departments. With the killing of a former CAT member, Tony jumps back into his familiar aggressive police mode...
The Last Rapier
by Dave Bullock
Air Force pilot Captain Jesse Hardin is thrilled when she’s offered the opportunity to test fly the top-secret prototype X-66 Rapier, the most advanced jet the world has never seen. However, her enthusiasm is soon tempered when she learns that a previous Rapier prototype, along with its two test pilots, vanished somewhere over the Pacific only a week before...
by Tara Eldana
Gareth, a merman, will do anything to shark fight…Even if it means entering the dreams of Ainsley Peters and making love to her so he can convince her to return with him under the tides to the Crystal Caves. Gareth faces sanctions and won’t be able to shark fight unless he gets Ainsley, who thinks she is human, to see her grandfather...
Long Ago and Far Away
by Paul Sinor
The biggest secret of World War Two may be about to be revealed—totally by accident. If the truth gets out, history may have to be rewritten, counties may go to war, allies may become enemies, and lives will be lost. One of those affected is Max Maxwell, and he’s not happy about it...
Death in Trout Fork
by D. M. O'Byrne
She should have known when she fished that Pink Floyd T-shirt out of the creek that it belonged to that waitress, the one who disappeared…
A Question of Trust: A Stormhaven Love Story
by Mona Karel
Lana Greene doesn’t care that most of the world sees her as avaricious and amoral. All the better for her to stand as a shield against those who would exploit the weaker. Until the day she comes up against a situation too difficult for her to handle on her own, and she has to reach out to her ex-husband, Ty Randolph, owner of Stormhaven Ranch.
by Alan Brenham
Temple, Texas Police Detective, Barry Marshall hunts for a hardened serial killer with the ultimate endgame, one intended to strip Marshall of everything he holds dear—his career, his wife Erin, and his reputation. As the body count rises, Marshall is forced to face his worst nightmare.
by Tobias Garrett
The Bleamy family, three strong-willed Scots, are forced to leave their drought-besieged farm for London in 1802. Twelve-year-old Jeremy Bleamy soon loses both parents—his father to consumption and his mother, who jumps from London Bridge in her grief. Now an evicted orphan with less rights than a stray dog, he sets up shelter in a corner between two buildings with all he has left in the world...
A Checkered Past ~ An Emmeline Kirby/Gregory Longdon Mystery
by Daniella Bernett
A looted Nazi painting…A former IRA commander…The tie that binds is murder. Emmeline Kirby is back in London, determined to make a success of her new job as editorial director of investigative features at The Clarion. Three months have passed since her trip to Torquay and the devastating revelations that surfaced about her fiancé Gregory Longdon...
Making Mountains into Molehills
by Heidi Sprouse
Wyatt Henry has always been his brother’s keeper and learning how to be a horse farmer and a man above measure like his father. When Emmett jumps in to help a damsel in distress in a barroom fight, he suffers a severe head injury that leaves him blind. It nearly destroys him, taking Wyatt with him. While dealing with Emmett’s challenges, Wyatt will face a life-threatening illness of his own...
The Catch of Misee Sue
by Mary Jane Bryan
When Misee Sue makes a miracle baseball catch, no one sees it. Everyone thinks she’s lying. The title goes to the other team. Everyone totally ignores and shuns her. Then a farmer comes home from a week-long vacation, raving about the catch he saw Misee Sue make. Everyone runs to find Misee Sue, now convinced she was telling the truth. But the knowledge is bittersweet. It’s too late. She is gone.
by Howard Levine
Last Gasp—a novel that resonates with today’s politics—unfolds in a way that mingles personal and societal issues and intertwines the past and present while moving relentlessly forward.
Taylor on Loan
by Deirdre Feehan
Taylor on Loan is told alternately by three protagonists—a British police officer, a Dutch investigator, and a forger’s girlfriend. Each struggles to stay alive as police and criminals hunt them across Europe, finally colliding in a shoot-out on the docks of Dover. It’s murder on everyone.
Blue Rubber Pool
by Tim Bryant
JT Harrington, a shadowy, world-weary south-of-the-border deal maker, is having qualms about his work and life. Smitten by a dainty Southern belle, he ships his sailboat to rural South Carolina and parks it near her parents’ house. But his transition to the boonies does not go well. And somebody’s watching from the road…
For Good Reason
by James D. Robertson
Twenty years after he survived Vietnam, Daniel Mulvaney’s memoir about it is a best seller. But success brings unforeseen attention. An invitation from a mysterious Vietnamese, to return to the land that nearly took his life, takes Danny back to when an idealistic kid was unjustly expelled from college and drafted into the US Army. The old nightmares resume...
The Girls Whispered Murder
by Lynn McPherson
The second book in the Izzy Walsh Mystery Series! Springtime is beautiful in the cozy town of Twin Oaks, nestled along the New England coastline. It’s 1954, and Izzy Walsh is at The Mariner’s Whisper, Twin Oaks’ most popular dinner club, for a girls’ night out. But the fun is short lived and the highballs run dry when the chef is found murdered the next morning...
An Unconventional Affair ~ A Cheshire Love Story
by Mollie Blake
Tranquility “Tee” Hammond is head of a law firm. Having escaped a violent husband, with a son she was really too young to have had, her life revolved around her work. There was little time for anything else and she didn’t need anything else. But her life was about to be changed by a friend of Tee’s son at university, Barrington Stone, fifteen years her junior who is determined to woo her...
Who Is What?
by J. Robert Parkinson
Mark and Stacy Singleton rent a boat to cruise some the Caribbean islands, but while they are sleeping, a large tanker unknowingly overturns their craft. Holding on to wreckage, they float toward a nearby island where two men—one a scientist and the other his assistant—rescue them. Mark and Stacy don’t know it, but their life has just become more complicated than they could ever have imagined...
That's a Wrap
by JD Davis
Actor Daxton Knight is a rising star and appears to be have everything, including fame, fortune, and his pick of gorgeous women, but appearances can be deceiving as he begins to receive some distasteful hate mail. It seems someone holds a grudge against the superstar...
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday
by David Corbett
The most notorious love letters in American history—supposedly destroyed a century ago—mysteriously reappear, and become the coveted prize in a fierce battle for possession that brings back to life the lawless world evoked in the letters themselves...
First Love ~ Harbor of Love ~ Book 3
by Anne Lawson
Things are finally starting to fall into place for single mom Josie Kent. Then Josie’s life is turned upside down when her three-year-old daughter’s father shows up, claiming he was a fool to have walked out on her when she told him she was pregnant and now he wants her back. Although he makes no outright threats, Josie still feels threatened, until she is rescued by an unlikely hero...
No Reason to Kill
by John W. Daniel
Deeply saddened by the murder of Will Ramsdell, the retired police chief of Wisteria, Virginia, who helped her with her first investigative assignment, Abby Burlew, who suffers from bipolar disorder, heads to Wisteria to make sure Will’s killer is brought to justice.
by S. P. Brown
Twelve-year-old Peter Michaels is accustomed to weird things happening. But when an old man dressed in strange clothes falls from the sky and lands in Peter’s front yard, the weird quotient gets ratcheted way up. Peter does the only thing he can. He helps the man into his house. That mistake leads to a second, the one that puts an end to Peter’s dream of making the all-star baseball team...
by Sherry Fowler Chancellor
No one liked Drusilla Isaacs. She spent a lifetime alienating people. Now she’s dead. Shot, stabbed, and her neck broken…and that’s what the coroner can tell from a first look. It’s up to Maggie Blaine—former friend and one-time victim of the odious Drusilla—and Maggie’s partner, Jacob Brown, to figure out who, out of a seemingly endless list of suspects...
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