Opal Fire

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Overview

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company.

But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze — almost killing Stacy in the process —...

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Overview

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company.

But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze — almost killing Stacy in the process — the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all. Then her investigation into the crime reveals two things: someone wants Stacy dead, and her so-called magic skills are rusty. If she doesn’t get her mojo back soon, she won’t live long enough to find out if Grandma was right.

A bewitching tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, Opal Fire ignites a dazzling new mystery series.

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Editorial Reviews

Jan Crow
"Barbra Annino presents us with the gift of a very entertaining story. Lots of humor, wonderful character descriptions, great one liners and a plot that will keep you guessing. You won’t want to miss this book, it’s a keeper. And, don’t miss the next installment of the Stacy Justice mysteries, Bloodstone. I’m sure it will be just as good as Opal Fire."

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Reviews/Jancr57-reviews-Opal-Fire-by-Barbra-Annino.aspx
Natasha Pixie
"I was a cackling mess reading this book, it’s full of the funny. I even stopped reading to write down parts that made me cackle, just to show you how much the funny is brought...If you want a fresh new series by a talented debut author, get your hands on a copy of Opal Fire. You’ll laugh, you will shake your head but most of all you’ll adore it!"

http://wickedlilpixie.com/2011/02/08/opal-fire-barbra-annino/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=opal-fire-barbr
EJ Knapp
"A truly enjoyable and engaging read requires several ingredients: an intriguing protagonist, interesting, well-rounded supporting characters, a brisk pace, a hint or more of danger, a slew of story questions, and a satisfying end in which the bad dude gets his just reward. Opal Fire by Barbra Annino has all this and more."
Melaine V
"This book had me laughing one minute and guessing the next one. I though I had figured out who the arsonist was but I was so wrong. The end was truly surprising and unexpected. Now I can't wait to read book #2 in this series!"
Jackie B
Debut novel from author Barbra Annino is a crazy mix of mystery, magic, thrills, romance and humor! It grabs you, pulls you in and let's you have a good time with all the main characters as well as the secondary ones... From Stacy herself, her no nonsense cousin Cinnamon, her cop boyfriend Leo all the way to her wonderful Great Dane Thor everyone is believable as well as well fleshed out... By the time you get to the end of the book they are all like friends and family..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612186122
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: A Stacy Justice Mystery Series , #1
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 970,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbra Annino is a native of Chicago, a book junkie, and a Springsteen addict. She’s worked as a bartender and humor columnist, and currently lives in picturesque Galena, Illinois, where she ran a bed-and-breakfast for five years. She now writes fiction full-time — when she’s not walking her three Great Danes.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Opal Fire

    "Opal Fire" is a mystery with a touch of paranormal. It also has the qualities of the best chick lit, without actually being chick lit. Before I run off any men who would rather read a cereal box than chick lit, give me a chance to explain that last sentence before you leave.

    My working definition of chick lit was provided to me by author Donna Fasano. She says it is, "a female protagonist and her personal (and usually foible-filled) journey toward self-understanding and self-acceptance." Stacy may gain some self-understanding or self-acceptance on her journey to solving the mystery, but, if so, it is a very small part of the story. It does seem foible-filled, which along with some funny descriptions and dialogue gives the story some humor, much more like chick lit than a typical mystery. For example, I liked this description of Stacy's cousin:

    "His voice was chipper. Cinnamon hated chipper. She wrapped Chipper up in duct tape, pounded nails into it and used it to beat the crap out of Perky."

    But let's not forget, this is a mystery. The mystery plot keeps you guessing. A few subplots tie in well to the main story , and are entertaining in their own right. And the humor and quirky characters will keep you laughing.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    A very enjoyable read

    A truly enjoyable read requires several ingredients: an intriguing protagonist, interesting, well-rounded supporting characters, a brisk pace, a hint or more of danger, a slew of story questions, and a satisfying end in which the bad dude gets his just reward. Humor, if the author can pull it off, is a nice, added touch. Opal Fire by Barbra Annino has all this and more ... like witches, magic, a lumbering Great Dane and a hell of a twist at the end that will have you panting for more. I know I am. On the humor front I offer this one caveat: do not consume liquid refreshment while reading Opal Fire. You could ruin an eReader or stain the pages of a perfectly good Tree Book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    What a Hoot, Loved it!

    If you're looking for quirky, a little bit of mystical - well ok, alot of mystical, but somehow almost believable, try this one! It's lighthearted, for all ages, funny, mystery, good fun characters, love interests, GREAT dog - it's all here for you. Exactly my cup of tea for some fun reading. Had to purchase next one immediately and love doing it on my NOOK Tablet from comfort of recliner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    A fun mystery

    I enjoyed the interaction with the witchy side of the family and her big dog's personality. Will read more of this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Great Read!

    Wonderful book. Looking forward to more books about Stacy Justice. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Stacy Justice is my Hero!

    A quirky reluctant witch living in a small picture-postcard Illinois town, a newspaper reporter by trade, and a seat-of-her-pants sleuth because she can't help it. That's Stacy Justice.

    Barbra Annino's characters come to life as she keeps her readers on the edge of their seats. You won't go wrong trying out this debut novel -- mystery and humor are a great mix for an enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Awesome story!!!!!

    This is one of the best books I have read. The mystery is cleverly written, and the characters are wonderful. The author has a great sense of humor, and the Thor, the great dane, is a hoot. Well worth reading!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    Another series beginner

    Stacy is a witch, but she doesn't want to be, she just wants to continue being a reporter and get the big stories, too bad fate has something else in store.The characters are well thought out and I found myself laughing at some of the antics, witty retorts and general craziness that happens throughout the story. The book had its charms. Speaking of charms, I really appreciate the author's use of spells, herb knowledge and stone knowledge. No facts of Witches in this book were fake, or made-up. The writing is also neat, told well and the pace was not too slow or too fast. Full of quirky characters, and an intriguing mystery. The minute you start reading this book, you already know you want to spend a lot more time with these characters! Here's hoping it's only the first of many!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    Good characters, a clever plot and a lot of comic situations make this book an absolutely enjoyable read. Can't wait until her next book comes out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    A Definite Favorite!!!

    I wish B&N had ebook gifting because I would buy copies of this for everybody in my family. Take quirky characters, crazy family, exploding chickens, murder, mayhem and a Great Dane (just for good measure) and toss them in the cauldron (or in this case your shopping cart.) It's the perfect spell to bring peace and laughter to your day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    Excellent Story and Pace, a throughly enjoyable read.

    You are a very talented writer and I can't wait for Bloodstone to come out. If you need a proof reader (hint hint) for Bloodstone, please let me know. BTW, just picked up your Short Stories called CIRCLES to help me pass the time. I love your Book covers as well, very much spot on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    A Quick and Fun Read Review brought to you by OBS staff member

    A Quick and Fun Read

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi

    In this debut novel of the Stacy Justice Gemstone Mystery series, we are introduced to Stacy who hails from a family of witches, but she has spent most of her life denying the magic her family insists she has inside her. She makes her living as a reporter for the small town paper and helps her cousin, Cinnamon, with her bar called The Black Opal. But when the Opal catches on fire and Cinnamon is the prime suspect Stacy starts investigating even using her magic when she can. She discovers a cover-up and a dead body that was buried in the basement wall of the Opal. Things start happening to Stacy making it clear she’s getting close to answers that somebody would like to keep quiet.

    I was really unsure of this book when I picked it up and kept putting off reading it. Well I finally decided to crack the spine and loved it from the beginning to the end. Stacy is a fun, independent, and stubborn main character that you can’t help, but enjoy. And her sexy chief of police boyfriend, Leo (Yum!!) seems to handle her and her quirky family with ease even though they don’t make it easy!! Her ex-boyfriend, Chase, is equally dreamy and makes you wonder who she’ll end up with by the end of this series?? There are several other quirky characters throughout the book that highlight what it’s like to live in a small town where everybody knows everything and most of them seem a little off at times which makes the book that much more fun!

    “I drank in the scene around me. Some people were directing traffic, some were throwing buckets full of water on the flames (the whole bucket too, not just the contents), some were snapping photos and one guy, I recognized as a regular of the Black Opal, Scully, was clutching a stool and crying.

    It was like the bleacher seats at a Cubs game when the beer gets cut off…”

    I found this novel to be a quick and fun read and I greatly enjoyed the humor that was sprinkled throughout this book.

    “Monique, I realize that it’s a short list of men in this town you haven’t tied up, held down or sent to the free clinic, but why don’t you just leave Leo alone. At least until he can update his vaccinations.”

    It reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series except Stacy isn’t nearly as ditzy as Steph and is a heck of a lot tougher!!

    If you’re looking for a fresh new series from a promising new author, look no further then the Stacy Justice Mysteries. I greatly enjoyed this book and am stoked that book two of the series, Bloodstone, is already out and that books three and four are slated for this year according to Annino’s website. I can’t wait to read them and see what other trouble Stacy can get into and of course to see if there are any more hunky guys coming her way!! So what are you waiting for? Go grab Opal Fire and dive right in, you won’t be sorry that you did!

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Opal Fire was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down!!! There

    Opal Fire was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down!!! There is just enough magic, mystery and romance in the story, its very refreshing not to have one over power the other. Stacy the main character is hilarious, some of the situations she gets into leave you wondering what she could possibly do to top it and she always does. Her cousin, Cinnamon, is the tough girl of the group. Their are 3 elder witches, Birdie, their grandma and head witch; Lolly the lovable half-wit and Fiona the Liz Taylor of her time. There are sooo many awesome characters that I can't tell you about all of them but rest assured you will love them all. I couldn't wait to get the next book so I bought it right away. I look forward to reading more of Barbra Annino's work and I hope you love it as much as I did.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Great Read :)

    Great read. I read the entire book in two seatings! I just could not put it down. The story held my attention until the very end. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. :)

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Highly Entertaining; a must for any Library!

    This quirky heroine is down-to-earth and just learning to accept her unusual heritage...she's a witch! Her problems with family, friends and love life leads to believable situations as her instincts as a reporter get her into trouble time and again. Turning the pages will be a delightful anticipation to see how she solves her predicaments and deals with the paranormal in her life.

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