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Opal banner snowy owl

Starting on Friday, August 1st, all net profit from the sales of my novella, Opal, will go to a very special cause: Raptor Rehabilitation!  Recently, I was very fortunate to meet Diane Myers, a woman with a passion for raptors, at a presentation put on by the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Ohio.  She and her volunteers presented birds of prey that had been injured and taken in by the center for rehabilitation and educational showings.  The birds present included a peregrine falcon, red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, short-eared owl, barn owl and a bald eagle.  Seeing the owls brought back wonderful memories of my time spent working at a nature center, where I got to hold a big, beautiful barred owl on my arm and show her off to groups of children; perhaps one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had!

That memory was also behind much of the inspiration for Opal.  Although Opal is a fantasy set in the realm of shape-shifting Fae, throughout the book I strove to portray wildlife as realistically as possible, relying on research as well as my own observations from time spent with various animals.  I hope that I’ve captured a touch of the magic of the natural world in Opal, and that we as humans will continue to connect with and appreciate the species that surround us.  So if you love raptors and you love reading, pick up a copy of Opal now through October 1st, 2014, and help provide the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center with funds for food and supplies so that Diane and her volunteers can continue to care for these amazing birds.  The birds and I thank you!

A short-eared owl rescued by the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center

A short-eared owl rescued by the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center

The Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center was originally established by Ron Bowerman in 1989.  It continues to provide care facilities and is devoted to the fist aid and release of injured or orphaned birds of prey. The Black Swamp Raptor Rehab is fully licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources to rehabilitate and release injured birds of prey. Educational programs are provided to the public, youth groups, local organizations and educational institutions. Through these programs raptor awareness is enhanced.

About Opal: White as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebony… In this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who’s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she’s never known. She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother — a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.

Opal is available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.comBarnesandnoble.comKobo.com, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram. You can also find Opal on Goodreads.