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  • Love to Win
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  • Surviving the Summit of Good and Evil
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  • Angel Comes to the Devil's Keep
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  • Superfall
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  • Make Me Stay
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  • Expiration Date
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  • Dance of the Devil's Trill
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  • Surrender at Sunrise
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  • Sunrise
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  • Love to Win
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  • Surviving the Summit of Good and Evil
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  • Angel Comes to the Devil's Keep
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  • Alien Betrayed
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  • Mama Tree (The)
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  • Resume Speed
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  • Lucky Girls Wear Pink
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  • Blood of Brothers
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  • Hanging Tree (The)
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  • Nisei
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  • Alien Mine
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  • Portal (The)
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  • Lifting the Veil
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  • Alien Under Cover
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  • Chancing Faith
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  • Black Ops Chronicles: Dead Run
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Featured Author: Douglas Durham

Douglas Durham

Douglas Durham was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. After serving in the US Army as a Military Policeman both in Southeast Asia and in the United States, he ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as a Police Officer. Re-married now, Durham moved to the Coast of California near San Luis Obispo, but the Central Valley was not yet ready to turn loose of him. In the late 1980’s he and his wife returned to Fresno, California, a city of over half a million people, where he worked in the Investigations Division of the Fresno Police Department as a Crime Scene Investigations Supervisor assigned to the night shift for 22 years, retiring in 2011. Always the aspiring writer, Durham kept notes over the years of his adventures and real life cases, and finally upon retirement, had the time to start his writing career. Durham resides the majority of the year in Yuma, Arizona. He and his wife travel during the summer months in his RV and on his motorcycle, both for new project research and just to see America. He is still married to his wife of 30 years and has two grown daughters both of whom still live in California.

Published Books
  • Death in the Desert
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  • River (The)
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From Our Editor

We are extremely proud of all our authors, many of whom have consistently won awards for their writing. At this time, I would like to acknowledge several whose books recently won awards in national competitions.

First is Alison McMahan. Her book, The Saffron Crocus, a young adult/new adult historical mystery/romance, won first place in the YA/NA category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. The Saffron Crocus also won 4th place in the Best Book of the Year category in the same contest, competing against over 350 other books.

The second is Jennifer Gibson. Her book, Destiny, a young adult/new adult story of a hearing-impaired young woman, won an award for excellence from the New Apple Book Awards. Gibson is also the recipient of the HearStrong Ambassador Award from the HearStrong Foundation in Syracuse, New York.

The third is Mark S. Bacon. His book, Death in Nostalgia City, a contemporary mystery/thriller, won an honorable mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.

Fourth is SJ Francis who won an honorable mention in the 2015 Authordb Book Cover Contest for the cover he designed for Shattered Lies. Shattered Lies was also chosen as the General Fiction Official Selection for the 2015 New Apple Book Awards. Shattered Lies also was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Congratulations, everyone. Well done.

Check out our selection of large print books. We are gradually putting our more popular books into large print paperback for easy reading. For our readers with vision problems or for those of you who just prefer 16 pt. print, please check our catalog for our large print paperback versions. We have some great new stories coming our this year by some fabulous new authors, so please keep checking back to see our new releases.

Before Black Opal Books, I was so lost..

After I wrote my first book, Rescued from the Dark, I was lost on what my next step should be. I thought I had an amazing story because my family and friends told me so. I took the advice of a friend and found some publishers, just knowing I had the next best seller. After submitting to Black Opal Books, the first time, I received an e-mail. It was a rejection, but a nice one. It explained that I had a good story line but I needed to take some workshops to improve my writing skills, which would improve my book. I soon realized that I wrote a story without knowing how to write so I took her advice. I took some workshops and my story is so much better because of a very informative, instructive rejection letter. Something that you don’t get from many publishers. Black Opal books took a chance on a newbie who had no idea what she was doing but because of some kind words, and encouragement my first book was released February 16, 2013. And I owe it all to an amazing editor named Lauri Wellington and Black Opal Books.

-Lynda Kaye Frazier

I fell very blessed

I feel very blessed and honored that Black Opal Books chose to publish my book! I had so many questions and was so naïve about everything. BOB's staff is extremely kind, helpful, and understanding. They never make me feel that my questions are stupid and they always take the time to work with me. The feedback I received from the editors was invaluable and very much appreciated! Jack had the patience of Job when he worked with me on my book cover. I couldn't be happier and I hope our relationship lasts a long time!

-Debbie Lee

Black Opal is a friendly company

Black Opal is writer-friendly. How many presses would allow you to withdraw your title after two years after they did everything they could to make it sell? I won't be withdrawing though. I plan to keep my book with Black Opal because they continue to work for me.

Lauri is one of the best editors I've ever had, and the editing process at BOB is identical to the process at much larger publishers who have published my thrillers. Lauri made my book better, and she explained the changes to me every step of the way.

-Bonnie Hearn Hill

Warm and Friendly to Work with

Whether you're a first time or seasoned author, Black Opal Books offers a warm, friendly (hey, how many publishers can say that?) safe and professional environment in which to produce and develop your work. Black Opal published my first book, RAVING VIOLET, and I have given them my second, MEMORIES, DREAMS & DEFLECTIONS.

Not only is it a heavenly experience to be published, but to know that you are "amongst friends" (both the staff, and fellow authors) is a unique bonus. Black Opal continues to grow, and so does its authors. We are a community, and a very supportive one at that. As the publishing world evolves in light speed fashion, it's nice to know that Black Opal offers a home for writers in this brave new world.

-Valerie Gilbert

You guys are Great!!

What I like about Black Opal Books is the natural way you communicate. Mostly your replies are quick when we have questions. To work with the editing department is so easy. My explanations about my writing (or questions about it) is taken without fuss (as I have sometimes experienced differently). My ideas about book covers are worked out beautifully. What can I say?
Two thumbs up!