Monday, October 26, 2020




No Place to Hide is a suspenseful page-turner that examines personal transformation amid violence & racial injustice.

Against hope, Smythe Windwalker Daniels anonymity is compromised and a threat has been made against her life. The danger impacts not only her life but the lives of those around her. She reluctantly accepts the FBI’s protection, hoping to testify and bring a promise of justice to a community.

Smythe is a woman with vision in her eyes and fire in her soul. From a young age, Smythe was discriminated against as a mixed-race girl in a predominantly white neighborhood. She travels to Hawaii to escape the corporate rat race, only to get entangled in a pesticide poisoning cover-up attempt by a mega corporation. While on the run, she seeks to find meaning in events that now threaten her life. Through a series of misadventures, she discovers how all events are all woven together in this tapestry called “life.”

As she uses her past experience to find meaning in her present, she begins to see beauty in the midst of chaos. But the harder she tries to hide, the more difficult it is to survive.

Book Details

Title: No Place to Hide

Author: Opa Hysea Wise

Genre: mystery, fiction, suspense, thriller,

Publisher: Made for Success Publishing (November 3, 2020)

Page count: 300 pages



A few of your favorite things: really good wine, canvas art and books-both works of fiction and nonfiction.

Things you need to throw out: old tax returns and bank statements.

Things you need in order to write: Earl Grey Lavender tea, Hawaiian music. Revisions to my writing are a given, so my iPad and the various apps I use to create a story or blog are necessary. Finally, household chores must be completed before I can even be in the space to write.

Things that hamper your writing: television noise absolutely hampers my ability to write a cogent sentence; my neighbors’ singing, hence the need for music.

Things you love about writing: I love how the story line unfolds as I write. Interviewing the characters in my head—listening to them tell me their stories and why it is important to include those stories in the larger narrative. I also love the process of rewriting—nuancing a sentence.
Things you hate about writing: (hate is such a strong word—annoyed better suits) is what I love about writing — nuancing a sentence. I can become impatient with myself as I work to feel into a scene of the story.

Easiest thing about being a writer: topics are always in abundance. I have a constant story in my head.

Hardest thing about being a writer: when the story ends there is a profound sense of grief that I must work through.

Things you love about where you live: my mom lives close.
Things that make you want to move: it’s much too hot where I live. I am not a fan of the desert and home for me is anywhere along the Pacific Ocean, so I am moving.

Things you never want to run out of: wine, tea, clean water (is it even possible to have clean water that does not harm in the United States) compassion for others, a roof over my head, friends and love.

Things you wish you’d never bought: some clothing items which still hang in my closet.  What was I thinking!!!???

Favorite foods: pizza, my mom’s pumpkin pie and malasadas, healthy foods include any dish that has a ton of veggies in it, including brussel sprouts.

Things that make you want to throw up: most meat dishes.

Favorite songs: “Take the Limits Off” by Israel and New Breed, “The Promise and Change” by Tracy Chapman, “Sometime,” and “Ella’s Song” by Sweet Honey and the Rock.

Music that make your ears bleed: heavy metal.

Favorite beverage: smooth whiskey, mineral water.

Something that gives you a pickle face: rotted food.

Favorite smell: the scent of pine and/or the scent of the ocean.

Something that makes you hold your nose: someone’s bad breath.

Something you’re really good at: teaching and staying relatively positive.

Something you’re really bad at: I’m really bad at playing team sports—basketball, softball . . .

Something you like to do: run, meditate.

Something you wish you’d never done: talked myself out of entering an Ironman race.

Things you’d walk a mile for: I would walk a mile to see the ocean and forests again.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: seeing violent films, gory films, listening to hate speech.

Favorite things to do: read, jog, visit my best friend in California and watch Marvel movies or movies that uplift my spirit such as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featuring Tom Hanks.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing  gasoline pants to get out of doing: going to a cocktail party to hobnob with people.

Things that make you happy: a walk along the ocean, all of the holidays between September through December.

Things that drive you crazy: rush hour traffic, the state of division in the United States today.

Best thing you’ve ever done: left the corporate life.

Biggest mistake: underestimating how difficult leaving a secure financial corporate position could be and the steps needed to compensate for the huge loss of income.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: standing on stage with my mentor and baring my soul to a group of seventy-five-plus people.

Something you chickened out from doing: asking someone out on a date.


Opa Hysea Wise is an American author, born to mixed race parents. Like so many people of color, she came to experience a sense of “otherness,” which fueled her desire to discuss diversity as the woven fabric within the American tapestry. She worked as a Training and Development specialist and manager in Government and Corporate organizations. Often tasked to develop and deliver diversity courses, Opa brought a sense of understanding, compassion and a call to action to her audience, with the firm knowledge that returning to the connection we all have would be but one step to returning to love. As both a Jack Canfield Success Coach and an author, Opa Hysea Wise looks to set a fire within the hearts of both her students and her readers.
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