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Holy Water: Rule of Capture
~ Book IV in the Sacred Journey Series ~
by Karen Hulene Bartell
Water and love are the sources of life, but what happens when the wells run dry?
Embroiled in a local water-rights conspiracy, college student Tulah finds herself enthralled
by a charismatic corporate lawyer on the other side. But the water source for her family’s
Texas winery is in serious jeopardy.
In a choice between love and water, who will she abandon?
Tulah is torn between her childhood sweetheart and the gorgeous go-getter on the fast track.
Her choice of men will determine whether she will block the corporation’s underhanded scheme
and protect the community’s groundwater during a drought. Should she thwart the plot and
protect the aquifer to save her family’s business? Or should she grab her chance at “the good
The corporation plans to buy their land, but because of a loophole, legally pump it dry, leaving
her family, the community, and wildlife to suffer the consequences. How long can Tulah alienate
her family, turn her back on the love of her life, and ignore her conscience? On the other hand,
this could be her one chance . . .
A story of drought, water wars, corporate conspiracy, and record-breaking floods, Holy Water: Rule
of Capture is based on true events surrounding the 2015 Memorial Day Flood of the Blanco River in Texas.
Praise for Holy Water: Rule of Capture
If the future could see and hear you, what advice would you give? In Holy Water: Rule of Capture,
Karen Hulene Bartell sets a story in the Texas Hill Country that explores this question. With the help of
a spirit from 170 years ago, Tulah, Angela, and Clay protect the area's groundwater from corporate theft,
discover an archaeological treasure and underground river, and survive the flood of the century. With her
characteristic concern for accuracy and detail, Bartell writes of nature's ebb and flow of droughts and
floods and their impact on the environment and community.
~ Dianne Mueller, MSLIS
Karen Hulene Bartell has written a story that is both entertaining and informative. Her characters run the
gamut from smart young women who come together to work for a purpose, to a man who charms one of them into
believing he knows what is best for all. This is a spiritual story, in a way, about a man named Billy,
about the history of nature, and about our most precious natural resource; WATER. Set in the Texas Hill
Country, Karen made me feel the wildness, and at times, the gentleness of the land. I wanted to go there
and fight the good fight to preserve its integrity!
~ Janice Gilbertson, author of Summer of ’58 and The Canyon House
The Sacred Journey Series
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Other Books by Karen Hulene Bartell
Dr. Karen Hulene Bartell, author of Christmas in Cahokia: Song of the Owl, Holy Water: Rule of Capture,
Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf, Christmas in Catalonia,
Sacred Gift, Belize Navidad, Sacred Choices, and others, is a best-selling author, motivational
keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural,
offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit.
Dr. Bartell lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband Peter and her 'mews'—five rescued cats.
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