Five Series Featuring Powerful Women For Your Next Reading Addiction

Five Series Featuring Powerful Women For Your Next Reading Addiction


Nothing compares to beginning a new book series and finding yourself immersed in a world and enthralled with the characters. Knowing you have thousands of pages ahead of you is exciting and allows you to truly become part of the story. When the series features a powerful female character kicking ass…well then,I’ve found my nirvana. From humor to mystery, thriller to urban fantasy, I love sharing my favorite series and badass women with fellow readers, and I hope you enjoy them as well!


-Jana Deleon, Miss Fortune Series

This humorous, fun series featuring CIA Assassin Fortune Redding has a legion of fans and was recently optioned by Sony Pictures Television! Check out her series if you want to laugh while feeling empowered and solve crimes alongside her unique sidekicks.



-Russell Blake, Jet Series

Jet is a tough female character, trained in the art of espionage and hell-bent on revenge. Start this series if you’re into international spy thrillers, want to kick some bad guy asses, and need a heart-thumping escape.



-Toby Neal, Lei Crime Series

Lei Texiera is one of my favorite powerful female protagonists. This series, set in Hawaii, is immersive, beautifully written, and filled with complex, memorable characters. Start this series if you want to learn about Hawaii, see a woman overcome her past, and serve justice within the confines of the law.



-Shannon Mayer, Rylee Adamson Series

This urban fantasy series is filled with action, magic, and a badass lead character. Rylee Adamson is fighting for justice with her werewolf by her side. She defeats evil and shows the world what being a powerful woman is about. Start this series if you love a little paranormal with your empowerment.

Download Priceless today to begin this magical urban fantasy series.



Emily Kimelman, Sydney Rye Mysteries

After dumping her boyfriend and adopting a dog, Joy Humbolt is thrust into the dark underbelly of NYC, forcing her to reevaluate the line between right and wrong. If you like daring heroines, canine companions, and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, then you'll love my international mystery series.
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“The Girl With The Gun” is Live!

“The Girl With The Gun” is Live!


I'm so excited about this launch! My advanced readers LOVED it! Most said it was the best of the series so far. Even readers who had only read UNLEASHED enjoyed this latest installment. So if you're not caught up– don't worry, you can still have a blast reading this book… it's one of those can't-put-down, read-it-all-in-one-day kind of things 🙂 My personal favorite.

And to encourage you to pick up “The Girl With The Gun” this week I'm offering a fantastic launch bonus. Purchase “The Girl With The Gun (Sydney Rye, #8)” before 9/17 and I'll send you an ebook AND audiobook of “Death in the Dark (Sydney Rye, #2)”.

Just shoot me an email ( with proof of purchase and I'll send them right over.


Here is an excerpt from “The Girl With The Gun” to wet your appetite…

Suds slipped down my body and gathered at my ankles before traveling in a flotilla to the drain. The white, iridescent bubbles jiggled as droplets of water crashed around them. They popped one by one, the mass sinking into the pipe as each individual bubble lost tension and let go. 

Letting go is an art. 

And I am not an artist.

I'm a killer. 

It's not for pleasure, though there is some of that. Lady Justice is tantamount to my god. I serve her single-mindedly, but there is no blindfold. I am prejudice, humanso human.

Would the world be safer with me under lock and key? One less terrorist wreaking havoc. Or more dangerous? One less soldier fighting for justice.

Blue barked. I looked through the fogged glass seeing nothing but gray shapes in the mist. Blue barked again and I turned the water off and opened the shower door, a cloud of steam coming with me into the room. 

Another bark, a “hello,a “there is someone here,” a “someone we trust” bark. Grabbing a towel off the rack I left the bathroom; making wet prints on the carpeting as I padded through the bedroom into the living room. Blue sat by the door, his large tail swishing back and forth.

He barked again, turning to look at me, his mismatched eyes bright with excitement. He pushed his large head against my hip, urging me toward the door with a soft whine. 

Mulberry stood in the hallway, his broad shoulders taking up the width of the doorway. He wore a subdued yellow and green plaid shirt that brought out the same colors in his eyes. Silver and black stubble covered his jaw. 

Blue pushed past me and wriggled his body against Mulberry's legs. The former New York detective broke his gaze from mine and looked down at my dog. He ruffled Blue's head. “Hey, boy.”

“I wasn't expecting you.”

Mulberry looked up at me, his hand still on Blue. “That's the first thing you say?”


He smiled and gave off a little laugh. “I figured I'd stop by and see you. We left things a little

“I thought I was pretty clear.”

“I'm not sure it's entirely up to you to decide.”

“I'm not sure about having this conversation in a towel.”

Mulberry raised an eyebrow. “I don't think you need it.”

“Come on in; I'll get dressed.” 

He followed me into the living room, clicking the door into place. 

I dressed in a pair of dark, indigo jeans and a white T-shirt, one of the few I had without any stains. Blue's tail wagged and his tongue lolled out. “Don't look so excited,I told Blue before returning to the living room.

Mulberry waited on the couch. “You want a drink?”


I crossed to the small kitchenette and grabbed us each a bottle of sparkling water; cracking one open, it released that fizzing sound. 

Mulberry came up behind me and placed his hand on my hip. I turned to him and opened my mouth to protest, but he shook his head. 

He stepped closer so that our bodies brushed. His face was right above mine, his chin angled down, as I stared at his collarbones.

He fisted the short locks at the base of my skull and pulled gently so that my chin rose and our lips touched. His kiss was achingly familiar and electrifyingly new. The smell of him brought back memories I was afraid to face. 

The pain of my brother's murder lanced through me; the paleness of his skin, the vivid red of his blood as he diedthe gaping wound his loss left in me. 

Everybody I love ends up dead. And not some gentle kiss into the night. They leave this world in violence and suffering; they end in misery.

I couldn't watch Mulberry die. 

Was the pain of loving him and denying him worse than the ache I feared? 

Mulberry's hand squeezed my hip, pressing our bodies together. His heart thumped so hard that I felt it against my breasts. Light danced behind my closed lids. My hands ran over his strong shoulders, caressing the corded muscles, before curving around his neck, intertwining and pulling at him. 

Everything about it felt right, except for the consequences.

Mulberry's hands slipped under my shirt and he groaned against my mouth as the rough callouses of his fingers found my bare flesh. 

“Stop thinking so much.” His lips moved against my neck.

“I'm trying to be smart.”

He laughed, his breath hot against my shoulder. “You've never been good at that.”


“You're all instinct.” A shiver ran from his lips over my skin. “You're overthinking this thing.” I closed my eyes and relished the way we fit, the familiarity and the danger, the tugging of my heart toward him. This love wasn't a controllable force. “Stop trying to keep us all safe, Sydney.”

“I have to.”

He brought his head up, his steady gaze held mine. “You have to keep yourself safe.”


His eyes narrowed as my voice failed me. He shook his head and smiled a lazy, sexy grin. “You're not going to prison. Only a fool would waste an asset like you.”

“What?” Fear spiked through me. “How do you know?” Blue was whining. “Just a minute, Mulberry.” I shook him and he just kept up that grin, that all knowing, glinting-eyed smile. 

Blue's whine pitched up. 

“Stop!” I yelled, rolling over, my sheets tangled around me. 

I stared across the expanse of the king-sized bed at Blue, who stood next to it, a soft whine pulling me fully out of the dream. The height of a Great Dane, with the coat of a wolf and the long, regal snout of a Collie, Blue had one blue eye and one brown. His eyebrows were raised and pushed together, creating a crease at the top of his long snout. He was worried about me. 

I relaxed into the pillows, staring up at the ceiling. Just me and Blue were in the room. Mulberry was thousands of miles away. 

My dreams were getting more vivid. The soft rumble of thunder sent a shiver of panic through me.

I didn't look at the window, not wanting to see that the sky was blue and the Pacific Ocean placid. Not wanting confirmation that my mind was tricking me, again. That I was broken, delusional. Crazy. 


Sydney Rye Kindle World-Rough Road by Toby Neal


Today, you're in for a treat. Today's excerpt comes from USA Today Best-Selling Author Toby Neal.

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“A Thelma and Louise road trip gone wrong–only with samurai swords, tantra sex, and a big wolf dog.”

Rough Road is a prequel to Blood Orchids #1 in the Lei Crime Series, and falls right after Death In the Dark, Sydney Rye #2.

Chapter 1

Lei pressed down on the accelerator. The bright red Mustang convertible surged forward and hot wind tossed her hair. Desert streamed by, populated by saguaro cactus and tumbleweeds. Beside her, Amy shrieked with glee at the speed, leaping up in her seat to throw her arms in the air. “Yee-haw!”

Lei flicked a glance at her friend, smiling. “You gotta lose that Texas-speak.”

“Heck no! And y’all better know it!” Amy sat back down. “How far to the resort?”

“Another hour or so.”

“This has been the perfect road trip.” The girls had left the San Francisco area three days before, tooling down Highway One along the Big Sur coast, spending a night in Pismo Beach and another in Los Angeles. They’d crossed the border into Mexico some hours ago.

“I agree. And we’re just getting to the piñata and margarita part.” Lei throttled back, pulling in behind a jacked-up pickup filled with rooster cages. A couple of pit bulls lolled their tongues out the back, panting in the heat. Lei smiled at the sight. This Mexican scene could be straight out of her old neighborhood on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she’d grown up.

Amy pulled her slim tanned legs up onto the seat, propping open the glossy Cabo San Lucas brochure on her knees. “Five days and four nights of epic partying. The drive down here was fun, but I’m ready for the dancing and cabana boys.”

“Me too,” Lei said, but she felt an internal quiver of doubt. Amy had begged for them to go for a real vacation this spring break. They’d had a heavy semester at their local community college in San Rafael, California, where Lei was working on a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Amy was working on an RN. An unlikely pairing as friends, the girls had hit it off in one of their first general ed classes. Amy, from a wealthy family that had moved to California from Texas in her senior year of high school, had latched onto prickly, loner Lei—and somehow it worked.

“I just wish you didn’t have such an eyesore of a car,” Lei complained. “Why don’t we take out a billboard advertising what tourists we are? Seriously, we could always tell in Hawaii, whenever we saw one of these.” Lei and her family were originally from the Aloha State. She was proud to be a hapa local girl, half Japanese, one-quarter Hawaiian, and one-quarter Portuguese. This mix of races had given her unique looks: curly brown hair, big tilted eyes, olive skin, and a lean runner’s build.

“Who cares? I’m not ashamed of being who I am,” Amy said. “Yeah, I’ve got money and I’m from Texas. Got big hair and boobs, too.” She bounced, illustrating her words. “I’ve never understood your need to blend in.”

“No act,” Lei said. “A saying we have in Hawaii. Means don’t get above yourself. Standing out isn’t a good thing. It can be dangerous, too, in a place like this.” Lei gestured to the barren landscape. “Fortunately, this is a pretty major road.” Lei’s application to the Marin County Police Academy was already in. Through life experience and her college courses, Lei knew too much about the many ways people preyed on each other.

“You’re such a worrywart. How are we going to get any action except by getting attention?” Amy set the brochure for their resort back in the side pocket of the car’s door. “I’m telling you. I’m looking for some fun. That’s why we’re getting separate rooms—I plan on some chandelier-swinging and wall banging.”

“Thank God we have separate rooms, then.” Lei smiled at her friend, but felt that quiver again. She, too, hoped she’d meet someone nice and have fun—but she was way too messed up inside to just bring someone back to the room to have sex. On the other hand, she didn’t want to be tied up in knots about it anymore, either. Charlie Kwon, her mother’s drug-dealing boyfriend, had made her damaged goods—but that didn’t mean she had any intention of staying that way.

“You fall down, girl, you get back on the horse,” her Aunty Rosario, the guardian who’d raised her after her mother’s death, was fond of saying. Trouble was, the two times she’d had sex had been disastrous. She’d felt disconnected, her body stiff as a corpse, unable to even get into it, let alone have one of the orgasms Amy felt so loudly entitled to.

“You’re a shitty lay,” her last partner had declared. “Like doing it with a mannequin.” She hadn’t tried since. But, maybe third time was the charm and her libido would kick in on an exotic vacation in Cabo. She could hope, and maybe with enough tequila…

They reached a crossroads. Lei slowed down to a stop under a blinking red light that dangled between a couple of poles. “Can you check the map? I think we keep going straight here, but we should see the ocean by now.”

“Sure.” Amy set down the bottle of tanning lotion she’d been applying to her shoulders. “Pull over so I can take a look at it.”

Lei eased the Mustang over onto the soft, sandy shoulder as Amy unfolded the map. Lei stayed alert, watching the other cars and trucks approach and move on. Most treated the red light as a mere suggestion. A pickup full of young men wolf-whistled and called out compliments in Spanish, along with crude hand gestures.

“Hurry up, Amy!” Lei slid down out of sight in her seat, getting more nervous by the minute at their vulnerable position.

“It’s just another thirty miles, but we need to make a right here,” Amy folded the map at last. “Good thing we stopped.”

Lei pressed the gas pedal and hit the signal for a right turn—but when she accelerated, the rear-wheel drive of the sports car lost traction in the sand. She increased the gas, but the tires just spun, spraying sand behind the vehicle. Lei turned the wheel back and forth, seeking some purchase with the front tires, but instead they seemed to be working themselves deeper.

“Shinola!” Amy exclaimed, not one for swearing. A large, battered truck pulled up in front of them with a winch on the rear bumper. “Oh, this is handy.”

Two men got out. Lei stopped the useless spinning of the tires and sat, hands clenched on the wheel, teeth gritted, as Amy waved. The two approached. Both were young Hispanics with lots of tattoos. They smiled at Amy as Lei scowled.

“Hola!” Amy chirped. “Habla inglés?”

“Un poco,” The first man to reach them had greasy, shoulder-length hair and a silver chain the size of Lei’s finger dangling across a chest he was clearly proud of. His grin was missing a tooth. He leaned an arm on the frame of the windshield. “We help you.”

The other man approached Lei’s side. He was short, with a shaved, shiny head, thick neck, and the broad shoulders of a wrestler, reminding Lei of a Hispanic Vin Diesel. Probably someone’s nice dad or uncle, here to give aid. Lei wasn’t convinced of that, though, because the expression in his dark eyes was speculative as they ran over her, the car, and Amy. She glanced around for anyone else noticing what was going on. Cars continued to whiz by without slowing.

“We pull you out,” Missing Tooth told Amy. “Me Joao. This Fernando.” He gestured to the bald man.

“Gracias, Joao! Me llamo, Amy. And this is Lei.” Amy’s limited Spanish failed as she gestured.

Lei inclined her head stiffly, inhaling a strong waft of unwashed body and stale beer from Joao’s armpit. “Hola.”

The bald man returned to the truck and fiddled with the winch on the back, unspooling a length of cable connected to a heavy steel hook. Lei craned her neck to see what he was doing as he flattened out in the sand and reached under the front bumper with the hook. She heard a clunking sound as he got it secured. He backed out, standing up and dusting sand off his hands. His eyes gleamed, and he smiled for the first time. She felt his gaze on her like a touch.

Like what you read? Download ROUGH ROAD HERE

To find out more about Toby Neal, visit her at:

Twitter: @tobywneal

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Meet the Kindle World Authors-Jennifer Harlow

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Hello, all! Next week is the big week! The Sydney Rye Kindle World goes live! We're having a big Facebook party on March 18th where you can ask me and the authors anything. More importantly there will be prizes and other goodies. As if the 8 free books you can get through The Sydney Rye Kindle World Readers Group wasn't enough. And this week's author will be in attendance. Give a warm welcome for…

Jennifer Harlow


Welcome Jennifer!

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Atlanta home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, IPPY Award Winning Midnight Magic Mystery series, The Galilee Falls Trilogy, and the steampunk romance Verity Hart Vs The Vampyres.

Please introduce us to you and your body of work.

Where to begin? I've written over ten books, mostly in the urban fantasy genre, focusing on vampires, werewolves, then superheroes. I even won an award along the way. I have a straight psychological thriller coming out later this year with Random House Alibi. I also like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, but then again, who doesn't?

How did you come to be involved in the SRKW? How do you know Emily?

I met Emily at the American Library Association's annual convention years ago. We got to talking at the Sisters in Crime booth and walked out two hours later friends. We keep in touch, and when this opportunity came up, I was honored she asked me to be a part of the event. I'm just glad she liked my novella Nemesis or I could have lost a friend.

What genre do you write in? Why do you enjoy that genre?

I'm technically a paranormal mystery writer, but I consider myself an urban fantasy and supernatural romance writer. Really my books tend to have elements of fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, and action blended together. There's something in them for everyone.

 Which character or characters do you plan to focus on in your Sydney Rye Kindle World contribution? What drew you to that character?

I picked the big guns, Sydney and Blue with Joyful Justice in the periphery. Strong women with witty mouths on them are sort of my specialty so I knew I could do her justice. And where Sydney goes so does Blue.

Will your contribution to the world include one of your own characters? Please introduce us to them and your own world.

Sydney and Blue will find themselves in the land of superheroes and supervillains from my Galilee Falls trilogy but my heroine from that series, Joanna Fallon, gets to sit this one out. Instead Sydney teams up with Nemesis, a vigilante specializing in terrorizing and killing rapists and abusers. Like Sydney she doesn't have superpowers but they do get some help from White Knight, a character from the original trilogy. I'd say more about him but then I'd be giving away big spoilers from the trilogy.

Is there anything else you’d like Emily’s readers to know?

Here's a little taste from the novella coming out next week. Enjoy…

Sex traffickers, serial killers, and superheroes…welcome to the world of Galilee Falls, Sydney Rye!

Sydney Rye thought she'd wiped out the Cartel responsible for killing her friend Malina, but that was only the beginning. She finds herself in a new city, a city with one of the highest concentrations of superheroes in the world, with a new partner to finish the job and avenge her friend.

Nemesis knows a lot about vengeance. The self-proclaimed goddess of retribution has spent the past four years terrorizing the rapists and abusers of her city into submission. But the life of a vigilante is a lonely one. When the Joyful Justice Network asks her to aid Sydney Rye in breaking up a sex trafficking ring, she leaps at the chance to work with the legend. But Sydney isn't there to make friends. Can the women put aside their differences to wipe the villians off the map once and for all? Maybe with a little help from a White Knight…


“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –E. Burke

For Det. Joanna Fallon, it’s damn hard being a police officer in Galilee Falls, a city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the country, and working under the specter of the city’s champion, Justice. It’s even harder watching her best friend, the man she’s secretly in love, with planning to marry another woman while keeping the growing relationship with her boss a secret.

When the city’s vilest supervillain, acid spewing Alkaline, escapes from maximum security prison, and an attack close to home, Joanna must contend with her increasing fear and prejudices while struggling to choose between her soul-mate and her new-found love.

With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, Justice delivers humor and thrills in an action-packed and edgy blend of comic book cool, fantasy-noir, hard-boiled mystery, and bitter-sweet romance.

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Love in the time of superheroes…

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

The year since Galilee Falls lost its reigning superhero Justice has not been kind to Joanna Fallon. She's lost her best friend, her boyfriend, her badge, even her mind. The city of Galilee Falls hasn't fared much better with supervillain related crime skyrocketing to cataclysmic proportions. Deliverance for the city arrives in the guise of The Royal Triumvirate–King Tempest, Lady Liberty, and Lord Nightingale–who vow to be the heroes the city needs. Salvation for Joanna appears in the brilliant form of Dr. Jem Ambrose, another lost soul in need of saving. But salvation comes with a high price. When Emperor Cain, an old nemesis of The Triumvirate, decides he will stop at nothing to make sure there is no city left to defend, it is up to Joanna to rise not only for her city, for her new love, but for herself as well…


Show me a hero; and I'll write you a tragedy.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hero and Villain.
Good and Evil.
Love and Hate.

Would that the world were that simple. Nothing is ever simple in a world filled with superheroes and villains. She may not wear a cape or have superpowers, but no one would say Joanna Fallon isn't a hero. At great personal cost she's saved the city of Galilee Falls from two supervillains, but has finally found a measure of peace. But whatever rises often falls, and even the city's champion may not be able to fight the cataclysm about to befall not only her city but the whole of the world…or even want to.

You can find out more about Jennifer at the sites below:






Thanks for visiting the site, Jennifer! Can't wait to read what you've written! (Okay, I already have and it was so good it made me cry. Seriously.)

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Meet The Kindle World Authors-Julie Gilbert

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Hello, all! Before the launch of the Sydney Rye Kindle World I wanted to let you all get to know about the authors contributing to the launch. So every week I'll be publishing a post with an interview with one of these talented authors. And don't forget to sign up for The Sydney Rye Kindle World Readers' Group to Receive 8 free books from some of the most talented authors out there! Now onto the first of these wonders…

Julie Gilbert!


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Welcome Julie!

Julie is a writer, a chemistry teacher, a reviewer, a Star Wars fan, and a tea/coffee drinker. She also sells Legos for a friend. Over the past year, she's had the chance to build more sets than she's ever done in my entire life. (It’s awesome.) She lives in New Jersey.

Please introduce us to you and your body of work.

Hi. My name is Julie C. Gilbert. I’m a chemistry teacher by day and a fiction writer by night, weekend, and random time I can steal. I have books in several genres. Devya’s Children focuses on genetically altered children and their Gifts and general life struggles. Heartfelt Cases follows a pair of FBI agents and 3 of their tough, personal cases. Defining Moments is a series of novellas set in Toby Neal’s Lei Crime series. The first one features a young Michael Stevens and answers the question of why he’d want to become a cop. The next three feature FBI Special Agent Marcella Scott and 3 of her crazy cases. I also have unpublished fantasy and science fiction works.

How did you come to be involved in the SRKW? How do you know Emily?

Emily and I were both launch authors for the Lei Crime Kindle World. At the time, all the launch authors were trying to help each other as much as possible. I found I liked playing with the back cover copies, so I was helping to shape those for anybody who asked. Later, Emily asked if I’d look over one for her Sydney Rye series. Months later, she asked if I’d like to help launch the Sydney Rye Kindle World. Of course, I said “yes,” because I was super impressed with how awesome her Lei Crime KW story turned out.

What genre do you write in? Why do you enjoy that genre?

Devya’s Children is Young Adult Science Fiction. Heartfelt Cases is Christian Mystery. The Defining Moments series is either Mystery/Suspense or Mystery/ Thriller.

I love that with any sort of science fiction you can do just about anything as long as it’s plausible. This series allows me to explore the possibilities yet also focus on the characters. I enjoy being able to deal with real world issues in my own way. I guess I’m a wee bit of a control freak that way.

Mysteries are always fun to put together. A lot of my early mysteries concentrated on kidnapping. I’m not entirely sure where the obsession came from, but I find people’s motivations for doing desperate things fascinating.
I’m just starting to explore thriller as a genre. It’s still cool, but I tend to gravitate toward personal problems rather than high stakes mental games.

Fantasy’s fun too for escapism purposes. It’s nice to be able to occasionally decapitate a zombie here and there. Shapeshifters are also intriguing. So, of course, both make it into my version of fantasy.

Which character or characters do you plan to focus on in your Sydney Rye Kindle World contribution? What drew you to that character?

I think I’ll probably focus on Sydney Rye herself. Not sure when the story will be set, but I like the transformation profess of this normal woman into a bad-guy whooping vigilante we get later in the series.

Will your contribution to the world include one of your own characters? Please introduce us to them and your own world.

Yes. I’d like you to meet Nadia Ayers. See the cover for Nadia’s Tears for a picture reference. The earlier Kindle Worlds I’ve been involved with didn’t have the luxury of integrating characters from my own works, so this should be interesting.

Nadia is a minder, which means her brain grows and develops very quickly. Her Gift also includes telepathy. She’s surprisingly a pretty sweet and normal teenager given the lot she’s been dealt.

Devya’s Children the series focuses on a cast of about 8 genetically altered children who have different Gifts. Jillian can shape dreams, Malia can manipulate emotions, and Varick’s been trained and augmented to be the perfect soldier. Each book focuses on a different child and their Gifts.

Because of her personal situation, Nadia’s very conscious of human trafficking and modern day slavery. This is a passion she shares with Sydney Rye. I imagine they’d get along fabulously.

Is there anything else you’d like Emily’s readers to know?

Fun fact: Ashlynn’s Dreams will soon be available in Chinese, but I definitely won’t be able to read it. I look forward to co-mingling the Devya’s Children characters and the Sydney Rye universe. Here’s to adventure.


Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington is just an ordinary girl — bright, brave, and sometimes a bit too headstrong for her own good. She never thought she was particularly special or different than anybody else.

She was wrong.

Everything changes the day she and her babysitter, Danielle, are kidnapped and taken to a secret scientific facility. There Jillian learns she has a new name, Ashlynn, and a strange connection to the other children at the lab. They each have powerful abilities, Gifts that Jillian doesn’t quite understand. As if that wasn’t enough to absorb, Jillian discovers she has a Gift of her own — the power to enter other people’s dreams.

Jillian’s task seems simple enough: the scientists want her to use her ability to find another Gifted child who has disappeared. But the longer Jillian stays in the facility, the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems … and everybody has secrets. Besides, the boy's life is not the only one at stake. The scientists will stop at nothing to force Jillian's cooperation, even if that means threatening Danielle.

Jillian knows they have to get free. But after all they’ve seen, will they ever truly escape?


Jillian must enter Nadia's dreams to wake her from a mysterious coma. In Nadia's dreams, Jillian meets several versions of her sister, including the elegant Queen Elena, fierce Naidine, and heartbroken Nadie. Meanwhile, Danielle must save her friend Christy from making choices that could get them both killed.

To Find Out More about Julie visit:


Amazon Author page:

Twitter: @authorgilbert or @jilliananddeli

Facebook: Julie C. Gilbert
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Thanks for being a part of The Sydney Rye Kindle World Julie! Can't wait to read your contribution!

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New Sydney Rye Adventure: SHADOW HARVEST (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #7). Pre-Order Today.

I'm very excited to announce that SHADOW HARVEST, my 7th Sydney Rye mystery, is up for pre-order. It will be live August 8th, 2015. I'm having a blast working on this book and I hope you'll all have as much fun reading it.


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On a private island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Sydney Rye is studying hard, learning about the structure of the vigilante network Joyful Justice and their active missions. Finally comfortable being the inspiration of the organization, she is preparing to take her place as their leader.

However, when Sydney Rye’s good friend and fellow Joyful Justice council member, Merl, goes missing in Shanghai, she and her faithful dog, Blue, rush to the People’s Republic to track him down. Following Merl’s trail leads Sydney to probe deep, dark corners of corruption where she witnesses atrocities that make her already cold blood freeze.

With time running out and powerful forces closing in on her, Sydney is willing to risk everything to save her friend, but will everything be enough? Find out in SHADOW HARVEST.


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How far would you go for justice?

Unleashed is the story of one young woman's transformation from a regular person into a vigilante--fighting for the underdog. 

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