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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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Fuzzy Logic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,480. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Western
After divorcing her unfaithful husband, Meg Taylor buys an alpaca ranch to finally do something on her own. Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets not one, but two, handsome—and baffling—men. She thinks choosing between the shy veterinarian and her charming securities co-worker is her biggest problem, until life and death on the ranch make her re-evaluate more than her love life.
Chancing Faith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,040. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and to others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?
Captain's Captive
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,790. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Marilee Booth masquerades as an old woman and hires on as a cook aboard a ship headed to the colonies. She seeks to evade her stepmother, who has attempted to kill her. She is smitten by the handsome captain, who sees her merely as a part of the crew. On the last night at sea, when she doffs her disguise and decides to say goodbye to him while he sleeps, her life is forever altered...
Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,010. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
High school physics teacher, Pappy Butler, feels he has a handle on a telepathy-type force that transcends distance and time, which he calls “Zero Time Theory,” and has tried for years to get his paper on this theory published. But it isn’t until Pappy is given a “molecule machine” by another scientist that his troubles really start...
Plain God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,840. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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Nick Garrison had two goals in life. He longed to survive high school and then quickly flee the dead end town in western Pennsylvania to pursue his dreams across the country. Never looking back, he says farewell to friends, family—and his high school sweetheart, Brandi Conrad. Decades later, Nick returns home a failure. But with a secret to share.
Love Built to Last ~ Fireflies ~ Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,590. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Maddie Kinkaid believes her late husband Jack gives her advice on everything from ordering a pizza to hiring a carpenter, so when she finds Caleb Walker’s business card on Jack’s desk, she’s convinced that he’s the guy to remodel her kitchen. Caleb is a single father and protecting his young son means avoiding romantic entanglements. But there’s heat in every kitchen...
Gemini ~ The Sign Behind the Crime ~ Book 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,250. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Both psychic and clairvoyant, Dr. John Trenton is a forensic psychiatrist who has a wife he worships and a position as a department head at a hospital for the criminally insane in Manhattan. His patients—young adult men, who are the most psychotic and psychopathic criminals in NYC—enable him to live his life on the edge, just the way he likes it. Then he meets a woman who changes everything...
Twin Flames ~ Katoom ~ Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,780. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
After a long and bitter world-war for human supremacy, humans and two sub-species reside on Earth in an uneasy harmony. One morning on a jog, Bliss Jacobs finds a murdered fellow Eli. She scents the killer on the body, but other evidence is washed away by a savage storm, leaving Bliss as the sole witness and the target of an assassin—forcing her back into the world of the man who broke her heart.
Cromwell's Folly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,810. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Detective Sam Lagarde of the Charles Town, West Virginia State Police is called to the scene of a homicide, he instantly surmises the force he is facing is far beyond what he’s dealt with before. A head in dumpster and a pinky finger with an emerald/diamond ring attached is all he has to go by. Doggedly following lead after lead, Lagarde stumbles on five women who have one thing in common...
The Dead Don't Dream
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,730. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
You are a Toronto police detective, lying in the gutter, shot by the man you were pursuing, and your life is slipping slowly away. The Dead Don’t Dream takes you back to the year 1973 and the world of Ian McBriar, a homicide police detective, as he investigates the brutal assault on two young boys, one of whom is the son of a local underworld figure.
Food for Thought: First Course
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,500. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Emma Craven’s four single friends join her at the table in their quest to find love, self-respect, and, above all, great food. Emma and Murry’s Grill chef Gary Parker have much in common. He loves to cook, she loves to eat—a match made in heaven. Or so Emma thinks at the onset until trouble arrives. Gary’s former girlfriend comes back on the scene, reed thin and confident, and wanting him back...
Death Works at Night: An Ian McBriar Murder Mystery
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,260. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Detective Sergeant Ian McBriar is called to investigate a death that seems to have no motive and an obvious suspect that has no alibi. And the deeper he goes, the darker the trail of death becomes. Set against the backdrop of 1974 Toronto, Ian must also prove his love to the woman he has come to care about and to her son who has come to look on him as a father.
A Question of Honor ~ A Stormhaven Love Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,710. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Western
Sydney Castleton has worked hard to put her less than savory past behind her…until her sister asks for her help. Devin Starke has fought too many battles, seen too many deaths, to look forward to a peaceful future…until his best friend and partner asks him to help return the horse his wife, Sidney’s sister, took when she left.
Love to Believe ~ Fireflies ~ Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,330. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
CPA Rebecca Walker wields a hammer and saw with skill, but it’s like fighting tooth and nail to prove to her chauvinistic father that she’s capable of managing the family construction business. Romance is a luxury she can’t afford. Thanks to his past, romance isn’t in Sean Kinkaid’s future, so friends with benefits is the perfect scenario until love sneaks in—and Sean's secrets tear them apart.
Death by Deceit ~ An Ian McBriar Murder Mystery
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,940. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The phone rings at four in the morning. For Ian McBriar, now a Detective Inspector with the Toronto Police Department, early morning phone calls are never a good thing. And this is no exception. Starting with a grizzly death and a warehouse fire, Ian follows the trail of a cold-case unsolved murder and a baffling series of clues, hunting for an elusive serial killer...
Craigs' Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,000. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Frankie Matthews, a 21st-century financial wunderkind, is haunted by the ghost Confederate Colonel, Benjamin Craig. When she refuses his demand to go back in time to save him from being murdered, he uses his ghostly energy to force her back to 1864 Virginia. Frankie must now save Ben, and return to 2011 with him in tow, before she gets them both killed—-or changes history beyond recognition.
Just Another Termination
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,050. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Human resources manager Judy Kenagy hopes her days of running from bad bosses and guilt-ridden memories are over. But alas, she’s barely settled in when a young female employee is found shot to death, spinning her new workplace into turmoil. Can she solve all of the murders with this single find? If she does, will she finally be freed from the demons of her past? Or are things not as they seem?
On the Rocks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,510. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
At forty-two, Dana Cohen has retired from her twenty-two-year career as a detective in the NYPD and moved back home to the rocky cliffs above Long Island Sound to take stock of her life. When her estranged husband is wrongly accused of murder, Dana jumps to his defense. But all the evidence points directly at him and reasonable doubt is a scarce commodity...
Lifting the Veil of Secrets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,880. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Nonfiction » Social Science » Islamic studies
Saudi Arabia is an ancient culture as old as time itself, yet filled with all the modern conveniences that money provides. Restless and looking for something new and exciting, two nurses traveled to this ancient kingdom to ply their skills and practice close personal contact—along with modern medical care—with people for whom slavery, buying wives, and female subjugation is just a way of life.
Rogue Scion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,770. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Imagine dilettantes of Occupy Wall Street meeting and going head to head with the masters of the New World Order. One such rebel, Peter, turns on his rich banking family and takes up with a MIT computer-science drop out, Melissa. They plot to destroy the computer systems supporting the New York Stock Exchange. However, Peter’s family takes a dim view of their activities and moves to intervene.
Ranch Wife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,650. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Her harsh, forbidding husband makes Amanda Bradshaw feel more like a brood mare than a wife, and she never experiences the happiness or joy she expected. Though she’s nine-months pregnant with her second child, he orders her to have a boy this time and leaves to go on a cattle-buying trip. Her labor begins, her small daughter is in danger, and Amanda prays desperately for help...
Make Me a Match
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,940. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Tired of kissing frogs, Maddy Simpson finds her family’s spell book and casts the Make Me a Match Spell, trying to lure her Prince Charming. But something goes terribly wrong. Instead of capturing the interest of her one true love, she attracts all the men in town, both young and old, married or single. Now Maddy has to find a way to get rid of him and find out if the love she has found is real...
A Turbulent Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,490. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Crystal and Sylvia are best friends, each the only one the other one trusts. But they each have a dark secret, and neither one knows how to tell the other. Crystal’s secret is that she’s gay and strongly attracted to Sylvia. But Sylvia’s secret is more sinister. It could not only destroy their friendship, it could also hurt Crystal—in more ways than one.
Aries ~ The Sign Behind the Crime ~ Book 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,740. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Samantha Wright, a rookie NYPD detective, gets her first case, a big one, by stumbling over the body while jogging in the park. Together with a rough around the edges BJJ fighter, forensic psychiatrist, Frank Khaos, Sam chases down leads through the five boroughs of NYC. But their main suspect is hooked up to an IV in a hospital bed, so how has she pulled off five murders in seven days?
Act on the Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,450. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
On the brink of severe depression, Kathryn Tribble abandons her New York editing career and seeks sanctuary in rural Georgia where she grew up. But one of her major clients, celebrity author Joe Butler, pursues her, insisting she edit his first fiction novel. Kathryn reluctantly agrees, but is devastated when the manuscript seems to be mined from her very own misfortune.
Torn Hearts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,140. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
A tale as old as time—a girl, tall and wispy, hair the color of the sun, eyes as blue as the sky, caught in a love triangle with the noblest of men…Not in this book, honey! Okay so maybe I am caught up in a love triangle. I'm Elizabeth & I’ve managed to avoid men for most of my life. How I got myself involved in a love triangle with one sexy photographer and a millionaire bachelor, is beyond me...
A Brush with Fate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,770. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Brook Jacobson never imagined that fate would catapult her into the surreal world of Isaac Coles, mega film star. Isaac is captivated by Brook’s intellect, beauty, warmth, her strength of character, and an undeniable visceral sexual attraction, but if he can’t commit to their relationship, she knows their love is doomed. And Isaac does things his way, which doesn’t include being monogamous...
Sway
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,360. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Based on a true story, the novel “Sway” is about a hearing impaired teenager named Jessie who tries her best to blend in at school. Every day proves to be a test of her resolve when she is constantly plagued by the ruthless pranks of her classmates who are determined to make her life miserable. When a handsome stranger arrives in the nick of time, Jessie wonders if he is too good to be true.
Ruined Days
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,500. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Travis Meachem, a disillusioned middle-aged man, flies to Daytona to visit his dying father, Reno Pete. On his deathbed, Reno confesses his darkest secrets then commits suicide, leaving his son absolute proof of his part in the JFK assassination, along with instructions on how Travis can profit from it. Travis heads on on a dangerous quest, following his father’s cryptic advise...
They Called Me Queen B
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,440. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Tobacco
Stacy Butlter learned the hard way that you can’t give up if you want to survive. Her only option was to move forward. That is the ultimate message of THEY CALLED ME QUEEN B. The only way out is through, and broken dreams are no excuse for giving up. Sometimes humorous, sometimes brash, always inspirational, Stacy Butler is a courageous voice for survival.
A Snitch in Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,640. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When sheriff’s department office assistant Christy Bristol takes a long weekend to visit her friend, Lennie, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, it’s not the vacation she anticipated. A murder has just occurred and Christy is conscripted by the homicide team to handle the reports. As the body-count grow, Christy is afraid that time is running out.
Chasing Shadows
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,710. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When struggling barmaid Mia Ryan is scouted from behind the beer taps of Dublin’s Temple Bar and flown to Los Angeles, she can hardly believe her luck. Years of struggling to become a musician have seemingly paid off. Then she meets Joel Coben, the studio's biggest star. But can she trust her troubled past to someone who lives his life under the spotlight?
Sedna ~ North Star Raven Woman ~ Women of the Northland Book 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,550. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When Sedna, Raven Woman discovers a Viking ship wrecked on the shores of herArctic island in the spring of 975 AD, Sedna is warned by the Raven Mother not to let her people kill the lone Norseman aboard. But even if she can keep this strong, stubborn Norseman fed, clothed, and warm, despite the dangers of her icy home, what will she do with her heart when he leaves to return to his own world...
Shattered Lies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,740. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2015 by Black Opal Books. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds...

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A Touch of Winter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,170. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
A collection of short stories with a winter/holiday theme. Fifteen different stories by 15 different authors: Bobbye Terry, Pinkie Paranya, Nana Prah, Jennifer Moss, Dawn Chandler, Jennifer Gibson, Shannon Kennedy, Robert Boris Riskin, Cathrina Constantine, Aneta Cruz, Bev Irwin, E. A. Aymar, Carole Avila, Alyssa Lyons, and Lynda Kaye Frazier
Things That Go Bump for the Holidays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,210. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
A collection of paranormal short stories. Ten different stories by ten different authors: Eric Henson, Jami Gray, Julia Joseph, Liv Rancourt, Melissa Groeling, Marissa Bauder, John R. Beyer, KH LeMoyne, Debbie Christiana, Bonnie Vaughan.

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