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

March 6th, 2012

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!

54 Comments to “Book Spotlight: Blood Orchids by Toby Neal & Giveaway (US Only)”

  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. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow via GFC and email.

  3. Harvee says:

    I would love to win this mystery novel set in Hawaii! +1

    I am a follower. +2

    I have followed you on Networked Blogs. +4


  4. I just picked this up last night! Free download for my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Ellie says:

    This book would be wonderful. Many thanks. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  6. Anne says:

    What a great review and giveaway. I subscribe via e-mail.

  7. 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.

  8. jennygirl 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

  9. zibilee 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!


  10. rhonda says:

    i am email subscriber.

  11. rhonda says:

    i follow ontwitter at rhondareads and will tweet.

  12. rhonda says:

    i am gfc follower.Have a good day!!

  13. Muzette says:

    I subscribe to your blog, and would love to be entered to win a copy!


  14. Karen B says:

    I love a good crime novel and this looks like it will fit the bill!

  15. Karen B says:

    Email subscriber.

  16. Karen B says:

    Networked Blogs follower.

  17. Margie says:

    This book sounds very intriguing…a good mystery with a very luscious background.

  18. Margie says:

    email subscriber

  19. Margie says:

    follower by Networked Blogs

  20. Nise' says:

    I’ve seen this book around. I like crime fiction.

    I am a follower.

  21. bn100 says:

    This sounds like a suspenseful book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. bn100 says:

    I follow the blog.

  23. 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.


  24. Carol Wong says:

    + 2 I am a long time follower of your blog.


  25. Carol Wong says:

    I tweeted this giveaway:


  26. Carol Wong says:

    I follow your blog on Networked Blogs.


  27. Linda Kish says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. Linda Kish says:

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. Patricia N says:

    I like mysteries and I love Hawaii! Sounds like a good read –
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  30. Patricia N says:

    I follow your blog via GFC as Patricia N
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  31. Patricia N says:

    I’m following via Networked Blogs as Patti Mercier Nicklas
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  32. Staci says:

    This one sounds promising!!!

  33. sagustocox says:

    This sounds like a thrilling book. I’d like to be entered for my mom…she loves these.

  34. carol 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

  35. Leslie says:

    This sounds good. I like a little crime fiction now and then.

    I’m a follower and I posted the giveaway in the sidebar of my blog.

  36. Beth says:

    This looks great! Please enter me!

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  37. Beth says:

    I’m a follower.

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  38. Beth says:

    I’m a Networked Blogs follower (Beth Book Review).

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  39. 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.

  40. Carol M says:

    I enjoy crime novels. This one sounds good! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  41. Carol M says:

    I follow on GFC.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  42. Carol M says:

    I follow on Networked Blogs.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  43. Krista 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.

  44. anne joyce says:

    book looks great!

  45. Maureen says:

    It looks like a great book.
    I follow on GFC
    I follow on networked blogs

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. Anita Yancey says:

    Follow on GFC as Anita Yancey.
    Email Subscriber

  49. Helen says:

    1- I would love a chance to win this
    2- follow on gfc as Helen
    3- tweeted!/helldog3/status/183356957908926465

  50. GJ says:

    Just finished reading the book. AWESOME! Can’t wait for future books by this author.

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