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Vaunt. Yes, it’s a word! It means to boast, brag, talk big.
So today I’m talking big about a new legal thriller with a controversial topic: Big Oil. Black Oil, Red Blood by Diane Castle (Wishlist Publishing) is murder and mystery wrapped up in corporate greed. Cover reveal today! Cool, right? –>
What’s even cooler is that a portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit Gulf “People Helping People,” a fundraising initiative of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). LEAN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization created to support Gulf citizens impacted by the BP Gulf Oil Disaster.
Proceeds will go directly to those most in need, including fisherfolk, oil spill clean-up workers, and residents whose livelihoods and families are suffering from either poor health and/or dire economic hardships.
Diane will be here May 9th talking about her book as part of her Black Oil, Red Blood blog tour. PLUS Diane is hosting a Pre-Blog Tour Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and free Black Oil, Red Blood eBook! Giveaway is US and International and runs for a week! Go here to enter.
Black Oil, Red Blood Summary
by Diane Castle
The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.
Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.
What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.
I didn’t even know how to use a gun before yesterday, and I certainly hadn’t become a crack shot overnight. That didn’t bode well for my chances of survival at the moment —especially since I was currently staring down the wrong end of somebody else’s barrel. What was I supposed to do? Duck? Shoot first? Run?
Maybe the decision would have been easier if I hadn’t loved the guy pointing the gun at me. I watched his trigger finger tense as the smoky, toxic air around us seemed to grow even thicker. Walls shook and the floor rolled beneath me as an explosion thundered through the building. The PetroPlex flagship oil refinery was fast on its way to becoming nothing but a memory.
The doorframe buckled before my eyes—my only means of escape. Sharp orange tongues of flame lapped at me from above, sending down a rain of fiery particles as acoustic ceiling tiles disintegrated overhead.
That’s when I knew that gun or no gun, I was going to die.
Author Bio: Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. She lives in Dallas with her husband and three dogs: Gracie, Lucy, and Mouse.
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