< class="art-postheader">Black Oil, Red Blood Now Available. Proceeds to Benefit Oil Spill Victims.

I’m thrilled to announce that the legal thriller BLACK OIL, RED BLOOD is now available in print and for Kindle. Other e-book formats will be available shortly.

I used to work for a law firm that sued Big Oil for exposing its employees to carcinogens like benzene and other hydrocarbons. Many of the firm’s clients were sick and dying. Others had already passed, leaving their spouses to bring wrongful death claims. My work for this firm inspired the story.

Conventional wisdom says nobody knows what causes cancer, but don’t you believe it. The fact is, our government knows for sure that certain substances do cause certain types of cancer. In fact, the EPA labels these substances as “carcinogens” and assigns them to a certain “class.” Benzene, one of the components of crude oil and gasoline, is a “Class A Carcinogen,” which means we know it causes cancer, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Benzene is so toxic that if you filled up one measuring cup and let it evaporate in a football stadium, ambient air levels would still be 3.3 times higher than the OSHA safe-air standard, and 6.6 times the NIOSH standard. Think about that for a minute. A single cup of benzene is enough to expose everyone in a football stadium to air that is six times more toxic than the legal limit.

But a cup of benzene is nothing. Benzene is everywhere. This stuff is a natural part of crude oil and gasoline, and it’s also found in all oil refinery waste products, which are rarely disposed of properly. Benzene makes up 1% of crude oil and accounts for up to 5% of gasoline vapors, which means you can also essentially poison everybody who is sitting in a football field with only six gallons of unsealed crude oil, or one and a half gallons of an uncorked bottle of gasoline. And yet, Corpus Christi, the U.S. City with more oil refineries than any other city except for Los Angeles, dumped seventy tons of benzene in 2007 alone.

Now, think about the BP oil spill clean-up workers. If one gallon of crude oil results in air concentration exposures three times higher than the OSHA safe limit, imagine what floating around in hundreds of millions of gallons of the stuff would do to you? It’s no wonder oil spill workers and Gulf Coast residents are sick.

Read for Fun and Help a Good Cause

A portion of the proceeds of this book to Gulf People Helping People, a fundraising initiative of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization to support people in financial hardship because of the BP 2010 Gulf Oil Disaster. Proceeds will go directly to those most in need including fishermen, oil spill clean-up workers and residents who’s livelihoods and families are suffering from either poor health and/or dire economic hardships. This important effort will assist Gulf oil spill workers, residents, organizations and communities in making Louisiana and the Gulf Coast a safer place to live and work for us all. Your tax deductible contribution will go directly to those in need.

What’s the Book About?

Here’s the summary:

The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.

Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.

What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.

Where to Buy

Get it on Amazon, right here!