Welcome to Day 1 of #RRBC’s July “SPOTLIGHT” Author Tour for Karen Black! @KarensStories

Today is Day 1 of the “SPOTLIGHT” Author tour for RRBC Member, Karen Black, and I’m so excited to kick off her SA month by welcoming her to Watch Nonnie Write!  I hope you’ll support her along every stop of her tour!



“Aftermath” is the first story I wrote for publication. It centers on a house fire. My grandfather was a fireman, and so firefighting was always a subject for discussion as I grew up. “Aftermath,” originally published as part of an anthology in 2012, is included in “Long Stories Short.”  Here’s an excerpt…                                             

The ceiling beam was smoldering on the staircase, but the flames had not yet ignited the first floor. Michelle grabbed the cell phone from the table.

When they reached the front door, Paul took one last look at the staircase before he followed the two women out the door to safety.

Michelle dialed Alice’s number as she stepped out on the porch. Sirens in the distance let her know fire trucks were on the way. When Alice’s phone continued to ring, Michelle said a silent prayer that Alice and Donna were already out of the house.

Suddenly there was a loud cracking noise, and the west corner of the duplex collapsed. That was the corner where Alice’s and Donna’s bedrooms were located. Michelle froze.

Ronnie shouted, “Get off the porch, Michelle. Move into the yard.”
She turned back toward the house to help her sister.

At the same time Ronnie’s foot hit the first step, Paul hollered, “Ronnie, look out!”

She looked at Paul, who was reaching for her when the roof collapsed. Paul gabbed for her as the wood fell, but there was nothing he could do, but scream, “Veronica!”



Treacherous Love by Karen Black


Rochelle adores Ethan, but volatile confrontations threaten to destroy their marriage. When a tragic accident hospitalizes their son, the resulting events force Rochelle to recognize the damage that her rage has caused. Determined not to lose Ethan, Rochelle vows to change. Ethan agrees to give their relationship another chance. Despite it all, he loves his wife. But the road to recovery isn’t an easy one, and sometimes love isn’t enough.

About the author…

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Karen Black lives in the eastern United States, with her husband and a variety of critters, wild and domestic. Hobbies include herb gardening, wildlife watching and wine making, though all are put on hold when she’s caught up in a story. With a lifelong affection for animals, a fascination with the supernatural and a background in criminal justice, the author draws on experience, as well as imagination to create stories that are believable, unique and entertaining. Expect the unexpected.

Contact Karen via…

Twitter:  @KarensStories

Facebook:  Stories by Karen

Website:  Stories by Karen

To follow along with the rest of her tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” Author forum on the RRBC site!


If you’re an author and interested in receiving this kind of support for you and your work, please join us at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! We look forward to adding your name to our roster and your books to our catalog!


  1. peggyhattendorfcom

    Looks like you had a fabulous tour, Karen. Congrats! “Treacherous Love” sounds very interesting.

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    • Thank you. It has been amazing! I appreciate you following the tour and also your interest in “Treacherous Love.” Best wishes!


  2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Congratulations Karen. Hope you had a wonderful tour. Sorry I’m a little late.

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  3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Congratulations Karen. Your excerpt sounds like a good read.

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  4. Congratulations, Karen! Keep shining…

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  5. I’m pleased to meet you, Karen, and notice that you excel at description, based on this excerpt. Also, a fairly new author, I’m pleased you are in the SPOTLIGHT right now. All good wishes for sales and great reviews”

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    • Thank you, Maria. I appreciate the encouragement! The SPOTLIGHT is amazing,as is the continued support from RRBC. Best wishes for success with your books!


  6. D.L. Finn, Author

    Aftermath excerpt was terrifying, Karen. I picked a copy of Treacherous Love! Enjoy your month in the Spotlight. Thanks for hosting Nonnie.

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    • Thank you! I’m honored by being chosen for the Spotlight, and am enjoying every minute. I hope you enjoy Treacherous Love. It’s different from the other stories I’ve written.


  7. Hi Karen, I have the utmost respect for firefighters – a few years ago, I watched them save my son’s school.

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    • My grandfather was a Fire Captain, and used to say that firefighters are all a little bit crazy for running toward the flames that everyone should be running away from. They are truly a special breed.


  8. That was a great excerpt, Karen! I’ve bought this short story and look forward to reading it soon. 🙂

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  9. Thank you, Nonnie, for your incredible support. I am honored to have been nominated as the July Spotlight Author, and truly appreciate RRBC and the members who make the spotlight so special.


    • Hi, Karen! You’re welcome! Enjoy your time in the bright “SPOTLIGHT!”

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      • The support and encouragement has been beyond what I’d imagined. I’m enjoying every minute!


  10. Thank you, John. The SA nomination was a surprise and the RRBC support is amazing.


  11. Good luck on your tour, Karen. I did enjoy the excerpt and will have to get a copy to see what happens next. Sell a million!

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  12. Congrats on your Spotlight seat, Karen! Looks like I’ll be adding another short to my TBR list. I look forward to the remainder of your blog tour & hot seat month. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!

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  13. I remember that story, Karen, and I have already bought this short story too. I like shorts. Thank you, Nonnie, for hosting.

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    • Thank you for your support. It is appreciated more than you know. Best wishes!


  14. Congratulations on your SA hot seat this month, Karen! Well deserved! I enjoyed the excerpt from “Aftermath” – it looks like an exciting story! Have a super tour!

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  15. What a gripping excerpt, Karen! I could feel the tension and fear. Congratulations on the Spotlight Author seat for July!! I added “Treacherous Love” to my Kindle a few days ago and look forward to reading it soon! Enjoy your tour! Thank you for hosting, Nonnie!

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    • Thank you, Jan. “Treacherous Love” is different from anything else I’ve written. I hope you like it.


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