Today, I’m welcoming Karen Black, July’s RRBC Spotlight Author. She wrote Race Into Murder, which I absolutely loved.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by ghosts, spirits, and anything unknown, and a lot of my plots lean toward the paranormal, sometimes obvious and other times subtle.

The first eBook I published, as an Indie Author, was “A Candle in the Darkness.” It is a story of life after death. I wrote it to ask two questions. Do the dead still live? Can those mourning a death go on with their life?

I wrote “Candle” after I lost a close friend and would like to believe that some who read it will find hope, or maybe a sense of comfort. It’s one of my favorites.

A Candle in the Darkness

Treacherous Love by Karen BlackFlashing and dancing, the lightning would have been beautiful, illuminating the sky like fireworks on the fourth of July, but the rain and the wind made it frightening. Its beauty was lost in the violence of the storm.

Valerie was driving to Maryland. Her husband’s funeral had been that morning. Randy’s parents wanted her to stay with them, for at least another night, but once the funeral was over, Valerie couldn’t stay in that house another hour. She didn’t want to hear his mother tell her one more time how she could feel Randy’s presence, or that she knew he was watching over them. She told Valerie to listen for Randy’s voice, a soft whisper, almost a dream. Valerie didn’t hear a thing.

Randy is gone, she thought. Randy died and the dead don’t come back. They don’t watch over you and they don’t protect you. They get buried in the ground and that’s the end.


Karen BlackKaren 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.



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!

7 responses to “Karen Black #RRBC July Spotlight Author”

  1. I very much believe in life after-death, Karen and enjoyed “Candle in the Darkness!” I lost my husband eleven years ago and I still get “visits” from him and he leaves me other signs to let me know he is still around me. It’s comforting. I hope you enjoy the rest of your tour! I’ve enjoyed each stop so far!

  2. Hi, Karen, I want to know which of your books I have not read! Because most of them are shorts, I simply jump on them and read them. I read “Candle In The Dark in 2017 and loved it. Thank you, Charles for promoting her today.

  3. Jinlobify, I’m so glad you liked “Candle,” and delighted you’re interested in some other shorts! “Long Stories Short” is a collection of ten short stories, “A Candle in the Darkness” is one of them. Two others from “Long Stories” are also individual eBooks, “Mountain Justice” and “The Hunted.” “Treacherous Love” is my latest short story, and is not included in that collection. I’ve published one novel, “Race into Murder.” Thank you for your your support! Best wishes.

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