Monday, May 25, 2015

Strippers to Post-Traumatic Stress - Speed Dating for Readers #5

Strippers, one night stands, spiritual discord, the Yucatan Peninsula and post-traumatic stress. What could be better? These authors have their act together. Maybe their lives parallel yours. Maybe you’re going to find your next summer read. Either way you will love these girls. People always say, “Where do you come up with this stuff?” Read about their lives and the fog will begin to clear.  Don’t forget to comment below. Authors love that!

Ronnie Allen
Ronnie AllenRonnie Allen is in New York City native transplanted to rural Central Florida seven years ago. Her debut novel, Gemini, which will be released by Black Opal Books on June 6, 2015 takes place in both locales. Her careers, as well, are featured in Gemini in both the antagonist and protagonist. The psychopathic killer is a stripper by night, school psychologist by day. (FYI Ronnie was not a stripper.) The forensic psychiatrist is both psychic and clairvoyant and practices alternative therapies. In Gemini, Barbara Montgomery is dumped into Dr. John Trenton's lap for a 72 hour observation. Through his profiling, medical analysis, and intuitive abilities, he determines she's a psychopathic predatory murderer. Can he capture her and prevent future killings after she escapes from custody? Aries, the second in the Sign Behind the Crime series will be released in the fall. Presently, she's writing the third in the series, Scorpio.
Megan Vizzini-Gordon  
Megan Vizzini-GordonThis is M.E. Gordon here! Making my first author debut with Black Opal Books! I'm a jack of all traits, mom to four beautiful children, wife to a handsome husband, scoffer, cook, merry maid and coolest of all and only second to being a mom I can say I'm a legit author. Even though I don't have a big fancy degree in literature or anything for that matter, I found a way to take the stories swirling around in my head and put them down on paper for everyone to enjoy. I love humorous, romance, and I love writing about 'real' women. My first novel Torn Hearts, set to be released in late summer. It's about a hardheaded, size 12, college student who was used to being over looked by the opposite sex. So when two unlikely, sexy men fight for her attention she's thrown for a loop! Black Opal Books has also picked up my second Novel, Make Me Stay, which follows the sexy men of the band fittingly named 'One Night Stand' Keep a look out because it's set to release soon after Torn Hearts

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Hello all. I’m Brandy Nacole, author of the Spiritual Discord series and Shadow World series. My novels center on Fantasy, with characters who are witty and bicker but who can also come together when the going gets tough. Writing about creatures with supernatural powers and who are feared by most, is something I have been drawn to since I was little. Never have I not wanted to be an author, it’s been my dream since I knew what an author was. My first published novel, Uniquely Unwelcome, was inspired by a dream of a girl who was an outcast and bullied by all the purebred Shadow beings, all because she was different and shouldn’t exist. Broken Faith was inspired by two road signs and the urge to write a series about fallen angels, hellhounds, and Lucifer’s blood children, aka vampires, wolves, witches, etc. I’m not sure were my writing muse will take me next, but I can guarantee it will involve a being with supernatural ability. 

Cora Ramos   

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Product DetailsCora RamosAuthor Cora Ramos who lives in the San Joaquin Valley of California loves mixing it up. As a member and past president of San Joaquin Sisters in Crime, she started out as a short story mystery/suspense writer, won awards and joined with two other writers to create the popular anthology of award winning stories, Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious (Valley Fever being a play on the disease in the dust of the Valley as well as the high murder rate on those searing hot days of summer there). She then wrote a women’s fiction story of romantic suspense with paranormal elements (a past life in Maya country of the Yucatan, Mexico), Dance the Dream Awake. While writing the follow-up novel, she had to pull out the past life because it became too big. It morphed into an erotic romance set in Heian, Japan 980 A.D., Haiku Dance (released later this year with her publisher, Black Opal Books). The novel, Dance the Edge, will be in male POV. She loves to write, invent stories, paint, garden, have tea with friends and travel, especially to visit the ocean as often as possible.

Pam Foster

I was the skinny kid with the blue binder under my arm, the one who sat in the corner and scribbled on lined paper. I grew up writing lies to reshape the truth. Not much has changed, except that I’ve discovered an entire family of writers and artists of every stripe doing the same thing, each of us in our own unique way. I’ve had seven books published, five fiction and two non-fiction. My two latest releases are Ridgeline and Noisy Creek. Ridgeline is an historical fiction novel about Adeline, a young woman caught in a bad situation, and Jeremiah, a civil war veteran struggling with what we label post-traumatic stress and which Jeremiah knew as soldier’s heart. Noisy Creek is a romp through a small southern town led by Ruth, the fifty-five year old matriarch of the Barr family. Ruth’s plans to age quietly are disrupted by the failing health of her aging parents and the hot pursuit of a younger man.

More from Tierney James

Product DetailsIt’s that time of year we head to a favorite destination. Do you take a book with you when you travel? I take several. It’s kind of like a security blanket in case I get bored and the rain keeps me inside. I look forward to being trapped with a book. I hope you enjoyed this new post on Speed Dating for Readers. Lots of people are stopping by to check out something new. Check out earlier posts if you want more.


  1. Good to get to know more Black Opal authors, as well as a few others. Some familiar, some not. Nice job, ladies.

  2. Good to get to know more Black Opal authors, as well as a few others. Some familiar, some not. Nice job, ladies.

  3. Thank you, Shirley! It's nice to have a cheerleader.