Book Spotlight: Blood Orchids by Toby Neal & Giveaway (US Only)

Today’s spotlight is on Toby Neal and her debut novel called Blood Orchids.  Blood Orchids is a crime novel and it sounds like a good one.  I don’t read a whole lot of crime fiction but this one appeals to me so it’s on my to read list.  Anyone ever see that movie Multiplicity – well I need quite a few multiples of myself to do more reading!  So let’s learn a bit about the book and it’s author and be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post as well!



About Blood Orchids by Toby Neal (from Toby’s website)

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water— but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. The girl’s harsh life and tragic death touches a chord with Lei, and she becomes obsessed with the case. The killer is drawn to her intensity and stalks her, feeding on her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei’s quest for answers. She finds herself falling in love for the first time—but the stalker is closer than she can imagine, and threads of the past are tangled in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer—but he already knows where she lives.

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About Toby Neal (from Toby’s website)


Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5 and has been published in magazines and won several writing contests. After initially majoring in Journalism, she eventually settled on mental health as a career and loves her work, saying, “I’m endlessly fascinated with people’s stories.”

She enjoys many outdoor sports including bodyboarding, scuba diving, beach walking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Hawaii with her family and dogs.

Toby credits her counseling background in adding depth to her characters–from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous and vulnerable heroine in the Lei Crime Series.

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I have one copy of Blood Orchids by Toby Neal to share with my US readers only.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry simply leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do, let me know and I’ll pass on the extra entry to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word.
  • For 4 entries, follow me on Networked Blogs.  You can find this at the bottom of the right hand column of my blog or you can click here and it’ll take you right there.  Just log in with your Facebook ID and follow.  Thanks!

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for a winner on Saturday, March 24/12.  Good luck everyone!


  1. Lisa Garrett says

    I love the cover. I don’t think I have read any books set in Hawaii. I have this one on my TBR list.

  2. Linda B says

    Like you, I don’t read a lot of crime fiction, but every so often it really hits the spot, and I have a good friend for whom it is the genre of choice. Fun to share a book with a friend. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a GFC follower.

  3. says

    Uh! I LOVE Hawaii. It’s my future home state! I have to read this book. Thanks for the contest. Sounds like a delicious read, and will definitely take me back there. Been to Hilo and had Breakfast at Ken’s :)


    +2 old skool follower

  4. says

    I hadn’t heard much about this book before, but it sounds like it’s a really intense and intriguing thriller that I need to check out. Please do enter me in your giveaway, Dar, and thanks for hosting it. It seems like it would make a great read for me!


  5. Carol Wong says

    I have been to Hawaii via two book and since I can’t afford to fly there I would love to go there via this exciting story.


  6. says

    Sounds like a good thriller and I love the idea of it being set in Hawaii. Thanks for entering me.

    I’m a follower.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  7. Mary Ann Woods says

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love the fact that it is based in Hawaii. I probably will never get to visit our 50th state so I appreciate being able to enjoy it this way! I follow you via email, GFC and NetworkedBlogs. Thanks again.

  8. says

    Im hoping I win on this one, I follow, tweeted and follw your newtworked blogs. Hoping I don’t have to post a seperate comment for each one.

  9. Georgette Coan says

    Looks like another great pick! I love, love, love that cover. So vibrant.
    I follow on email.
    Also on twitter and FB.

  10. Anita Yancey says

    I have heard a lot about this book, it sounds amazing and I’d love to read it. The cover is so pretty. Please enter me. Thanks!

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