What I’m working on now: A new book

After publishing 10 books in the past two years (wow—I just blew my own mind), I am not slowing down, but I am changing direction.

I had a writing and publishing plan.e72b9-bonescoverfinalforweb

Two years ago in July, I published two books in two different Kindle Worlds: Torn Roots in the Lei Crime Kindle World, based on Toby Neal’s Lei Crime series; and Jet: Stealth in the Jet Kindle World, based on the bestselling series by Russell Blake.

Up to that point, I had published only three book-length titles:

  • The Bones of the Earth, book one of a planned Dark Age trilogy, a historical fantasy
  • One Shade of Red, a spoof of Fifty Shades of Gray
  • Army of Worn Soles, the first book in my Eastern Front trilogy, based on the real experiences of my father-in-law in the Red Army during the Second World War.

My plans at that point were to complete the Eastern Front trilogy (done!), then move to the second and third books of the Dark Age series. I also thought I might intersperse those projects by writing and publishing
stories that would tie together into a paranormal-occult-romance novel, Dark Clouds. I had written four chapters, publishing them on various platforms. A lot of people liked the first chapter, which stands alone as a story called The Mandrake Ruse. You can download it for free.

At that point, I had never even heard of Kindle Worlds, and never considered writing fan fiction.

Then Toby Neal diverted me.

Near the end of 2014, Toby Neal, bestselling author of the Lei Crime series and other books, and a prominent member of the BestSelling Reads authors group, selected a few authors to write for her brand new Lei Crime Kindle World. The idea was to publish a novella, something between 10,000 and 40,000 words, based on the characters and situations of her mystery novels.

I was excited and, to be honest, flattered to be one of the first invited to this project. And it also solved another problem for me. I had an idea for a light-hearted thriller with characters based on my family, but I could not make the plot work. When I got Toby’s invitation to write a Hawaii mystery, the plot, setting and characters fell into place.

However, there was one big problem: my main character was a geologist, and I knew nothing about the geology of Hawaii. I wasn’t getting the details I wanted from books or the Web. So I booked my next vacation to Maui, and what I experienced added a lot of realism to the book. And while I missed the first launch in April 2015,
I did manage to write a book, re-write it, get a cover, get it edited and proofread—and share a beta draft with Toby Neal herself—in time for the “second surge” in July.

While I was working on my first Lei Crime book, Russell Blake invited me (and several others) to write for his new Jet Kindle World, too. Its first deadline was the same as the second one for Lei Crime: July 31, 2015.

So, while Torn Roots was with beta readers, editors and proofreaders, I wrote a short, fast-paced thriller called Stealth, introducing two more characters based on people I know: Van Freeman and Earl LeBrun. And I met the deadline without cutting any corners.

My writing went fast in a new direction.

Since then, I wrote and published two more Lei Crime novellas and one novel. I was invited to another Kindle World, based on Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye series about a kick-ass woman detective and her giant dog, Blue. I’ve written two books for this series, both featuring Van and LeBrun.

Now, it’s time to get back to the original plan.

Don’t get me wrong—writing the Kindle World books has been a blast. I really enjoyed the characters and situations I created, and to judge by the reviews, my readers have, too. And I think I will find it irresistible to return to them, putting them in more impossible situations.

But I want to get back to the next book in the Dark Age trilogy. Last year, when I was waiting for medical attention after breaking my knee, I worked out the plot outline for book 2, The Triumph of the Sky. (Guess which song inspired that and I’ll send you a personalized, signed e-copy of The Bones of the Earth.)

The Dark Age trilogy is what I call “historical magic realism.” It’s epic fantasy, but set in a real time and place: the sixth-century CE Eastern Roman Empire, often known now as the Byzantine Empire. But the people there at the time called themselves “Roman,” even though most of them spoke Greek.

The Bones of the Earth, book 1 in the trilogy, was about Javor, a poor Sklavenic boy from beyond the Empire’s borders, who travels to Constantinople, the capital of the Empire, searching for answers about his parents’ death and his great-grandfather’s magical dagger. The second volume will tell the story of Javor as a young man, living in Constantinople with a wife and family, going on several adventures and contending with deep, supernatural forces. It’s based on a number, just as the first volume was. I’ve made some progress: two chapters written. In a future post, I’ll post some advance samples when I’m happy with them.

But don’t get too excited. Triumph is going to be a big book, like Bones was. But I’ll keep you up to date on progress, and I’ll have lots of contests and giveaways along the way. One of the first will be a giveaway to anyone who can deduce or guess which number figures prominently in the plot of The Bones of the Earth, and later another one for the number that’s the basis of The Triumph of the Sky.

See you soon!

It Takes Two – A Jet Kindle World novella: independent review

By Emily Kimelman

ItTakesTwoI have read a number of the Jet Kindle World series, and Emily Kimelman’s It Takes Two, which combines her Sydney Rye series with Russell Blake’s Jet series, is one of the best.

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows writers to publish new stories within another author’s established, best-selling series, similar to fan fiction, except that there are some minimum standards when it comes to quality, and the original series author also gets royalties on the sales of all the related books in the Kindle World.

The program gives readers more books to read about the characters and situations they love, and it helps new authors get discovered, as well.

Not that Emily Kimelman is an undiscovered author. She’s a bestseller in her own right. Her Sydney Rye series now contains eight books, plus this entry in the Jet series.

It took two

With two protagonists, the plot of It Takes Two takes some surprising turns. Kimelman sets the two up in opposition: Sydney Rye and her dog, Blue are assigned to protect a rich man and his family on an adventure/wilderness vacation. Jet, meanwhile, has been assigned to kill him. Sydney manages to save the target, at least temporarily. In the encounter, both Jet and Sydney have each other in their gunsights, but for some reason they cannot define, decline to pull the trigger.

Back in civilization, they recognize each other as kindred spirits and team up to take down a particularly noxious villain, an American businessman and politician.

What’s good

EJ Kimelman, author of the Sydney Rye series and the Jet Kindle World novella, It Takes Two

I like Kimelman’s writing style. It’s clear, simple, straightforward and just descriptive enough to bring me right into the story. And she knows how to write a page-turner.

Fitting the genre, there’s lots of action. Of course, this being a Jet story, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief. Jet is a woman who never makes a mistake, and Sydney Rye, with the help of her gigantic dog, is unstoppable. It’s essentially an unbelievable concept — two unbeatable women assassins who take on groups of opponents without breaking a sweat. But we readers suspend our disbelief because Kimelman knows how to write a story that pulls you along.

Kimelman has created a fascinating and believable cast of characters in Sydney Rye and her boss, Mulberry. What’s more, she has not only captured and accurately portrayed Russel Blake’s Jet character, but added more depth to her in a way that is completely consistent with Blake’s series.

It’s well-named: It Takes Two features two strong, yet vulnerable women (plus an awesome dog) who know how to defeat anyone who makes the fatal mistake of threatening them.


Find it on Amazon (available in the US only)

Visit Emily Kimelman’s website and blog, and follow her on Twitter @EJKimelman.


Excerpt Week 2: JET – Outbreak

By Malcolm Aylward

Excerpt Week is now Excerpt Week 2. Today, the spotlight is on Malcolm Aylward’s JET – Outbreak, which introduces a new female super-spy to the JET Kindle World, based on the creations of Russell Blake.


Island of Menorca—in the Balearic Sea—off the coast of Spain

Maya burst through the thick canopy and onto the white sandy beach. She spied the shooter’s Zodiac watercraft pulled up on the surf and tore off across the sand and headed straight for the boat. Just as she reached it, the woman burst through the trees and immediately saw Maya had beaten her to it.

Josette Perot worked for the French counter-espionage agency DPSD (Directorate for Defense Protection & Security) and her superiors had assigned her to retrieve the stolen USB stick containing the safe house locations after it was stolen by the men she just killed in the villa. She had never failed a mission and she was bound and determined not to have this one be the first. She had easily procured the data stick from these amateur terrorists and was certainly not going to let this person take it from her—no matter what.

Josette raised her suppressed FN Five-seven pistol and fired at Maya. She barely missed as Maya rolled in the sand and came up behind the Zodiac. Maya then drew her pistol and shot Josette once square in the chest and the mysterious black-clad woman jerked backwards and landed flat on her back on the white sands. She wasn’t moving, so Maya ran over and nudged her with her boot. The hollow-point bullet had struck Josette’s body armor and temporarily knocked the wind out of her, not to mention leaving a hell of a bruise to follow.

But before Maya could react, the French assassin performed a leg sweep, causing Maya to drop her gun as she hit the ground. Josette was a highly trained practitioner of the French martial art of Savate and Maya was an expert in Israel’s own Krav Maga, so both women were extremely deadly with their hands and feet.

When Maya hit the sand on her back, she placed her hands flat behind her head and popped back up onto her feet like a cat and let loose a vicious onslaught of Muay-Thai elbows and knee strikes at the French agent’s face and legs. Josette deftly avoided the blows and spun to the left and threw a right side chop at Maya’s throat. The athletic French agent missed with the chop, but threw up a straight left at her face. Maya tried to lean back but got clipped on the chin.

Maya staggered back from the blow and dropped to one knee, seeing stars for a second. Josette threw a spinning leg strike straight at Maya’s head. She barely ducked under the kick but ended up face-down in the sand. Josette seized the opportunity and wrapped Maya up in a scissors lock and squeezed with her toned and powerful legs tighter and tighter. Maya twisted her body sideways and responded with a double open palm strike to each side of Josette’s head. The French woman moved at the last second to lessen the blow and swore in her native tongue.

Maya could speak seven languages fluently so she fully understood the French curse words she heard as she broke free of the hold and stood back up. But hearing Josette speak French caused her to pause for just a fraction of a second. That pause was just enough to allow the French spy to unleash another leg strike at Maya’s mid-section. Maya grabbed her leg in mid-air with both hands, twisted it and spun her around in the air and slammed her down face-first in the sand. Maya then leaped on her back, pulled out her second Glock and held it tightly to the side of the woman’s head and screamed in French, “Enough! Stop now, tell me who you are or I will blow your damn head off. I heard you speak French.”

Josette spat on the ground and said, “Yes, I am French. My government sent me here to retrieve a certain item that was stolen from us. Please know that I am holding a live grenade underneath me right now. If you shoot me then we both get blown to hell. Or maybe I’ll just blow us to shit anyway.”

About Jet – Outbreak

Maya, code-named Jet, finds herself in the midst of a terrifying epidemic just outside of Tel Aviv, battling a horde of infected humans and fighting time itself in a nail-biting race to stop this deadly plague before it spreads any further.

Maya teams up with Josette Perot, a beautiful but deadly French assassin and Chase Thompson, hacker extraordinaire from Texas. Both are future members of the tactical special ops team that will come to be known as The Specialists, and they assist her in battling and finding a way to contain the deadly and mysterious outbreak before it is too late.

Get it exclusively on Amazon.

About the author

Malcolm Aylward is a genre fiction author from the Great Midwest who loves to write action/adventure, thrillers, fantasy and sci-fi novels.

Before JET: Outbreak, he released the military thriller Dunn’s Revenge. a precursor novella featuring Major John Dunn and Chase Thompson (from JET: Outbreak.)

Malcolm has also previously released the non-fiction self-help book, “How I Kicked Type 2 Diabetes Butt! And You Can Too” in March of 2015, describing his personal battle to overcome and conquer Type 2 diabetes.

When he isn’t writing, Malcolm spends his time enjoying his two amazing sons, his lovely girlfriend, his goofy dogs, playing music, exercising, martial arts, fishing, collecting swords, whiskey, and the great outdoors, all the while saving the world from the zombie hordes.

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About Amazon Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Jet Kindle World is based on the character Jet, created by bestselling author Russell Blake.

Excerpt Week 2: Jet – Exposed

 By Lynda Filler

Written Words continues with excerpts from books by fellow author-members of the Jet. Today, sample Jet’s venture into territory that would be new even to her in Lynda Filler’s Exposed.

Coastal Mountain Range, Canada

Luke Raven, the elusive billionaire, laughed out loud.

“This is too easy. You want to control the world Sying? You’re going to have to take it from me. And that’s never going to happen!”

Luke strode from a portable computer terminal to the five-foot square LCD on the north wall. Dominating the room was a satellite view of North Korea.

“I am the gatekeeper and this powder keg is about to erupt.”

To his right, he could watch downtown Shanghai, the Jin Mao Tower to be exact. He turned to Russia. Grigenko was up to something again. Sharif was scheming; he could feel it. Disgusted, he turned away from another screen and the ranting of the ISIS leader.

The world’s tightest security protected everything that went on in his three war rooms. No one could breach them. He’d designed each room with elements that were literally out of this world; and he manipulated all of it. He called them his ‘playgrounds’.

“Maybe the government should have thought twice when they brought me inside. The technology I’ve let them have and what I’ve kept for myself makes me the most powerful man on this planet.

How can I trust this group in office to put the country’s interests first? They are money hungry warmongers, in for the fast buck from whatever special interest group will pay them the most. ”

Luke took control of his emotions. He was a man of honor. A true American patriot.

He opened the bar fridge next to his laptop. I need to chill out, he thought. Tully’s black coffee ice cubes.

He returned to an ongoing Chess game with the world’s top Chess Master in Australia. “Come on Max, don’t give up yet. You might beat me if you keep trying.” He sucked noisily, made his move and closed his personal laptop.

Back to world affairs.

Luke sat down on a Yoga mat on the floor. From this position he watched Sying Li Ma at work in her office in Shanghai.

The cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management of the United States government was a brilliant play on her part. Luke warned them three years ago. They didn’t listen. Those in power believed it was a Chinese Government hack. But Luke knew Sying’s work. He’d taught her.

And after the fact, the Government had contacted him.

Of course the President’s Security Council was certain it was a Chinese military intelligence play. Luke knew better.

And now he had to clean it up.

All he needed was a few more days.

“She has no idea who she is working against. I will destroy her.”

About Jet – Exposed

The US government is in the throes of cyberwarfare with China. Luke Raven, a high-tech billionaire, is the only man that can save America from the deadly fallout. Jet, a highly trained operative, returns from Kosovo to retrieve two hundred and fifty million dollars in diamonds safely stored in Uruguay. Spotted by a drug cartel, she is chased up the Pacific coast of Mexico where she is saved by ex-Navy Seal Zach, a member of “Raven’s Group.”

Luke and his team recruit Jet to help execute a dangerous, highly classified special operations mission that is crucial to national security. Jet completes the critical Team Profile. They take their high-paced adventure across the USA and over the ocean to Paris. The action culminates in Shanghai, China where an ultra-wealthy and ruthless business tycoon possesses highly sensitive information that would have catastrophic results in the wrong hands. But will they get there soon enough to secure the information from their enemies?

Get it exclusively on Amazon.

About Lynda Filler

Lynda Filler is a writer, painter and photographer. Her first published work was The Love Fix, a compilation of urban free-style poetry and stunning black and white photography. She followed that with Love Rehab, and I (Spy) Love.

About her poetry her readers have said:

  • “You have many layers to your soul; and each one I see uncovered in your words is breathtaking.” — Lena Wing
  • “You literally stole my breath from me with your latest. I don’t know that ANY piece has ever stunned me into such quiet, cathartic stillness as this.”—Mikki Williams
  • Find her on Amazon.


Excerpt week 2: Jet Black — A Jet Kindle World novella

Written Words continues to with daily publishing of excerpts from books by fellow author-members of the Jet and Lei Crime Kindle worlds. Today features a dollop of Steven Konkoly’s Kindle World crossover between Russell Blake’s Jet series and Konkoly’s Black Flagged series.

By Steven Konkoly

Jet-Black-Konkoly-coverJet pressed her lips together, spreading the burgundy shade of lipstick evenly. The dark red accentuated her tan skin, leaving just enough color to attract attention—or distract a bodyguard. She examined her appearance in the full-length mirror, searching for the smallest detail that might draw the wrong kind of attention. A missed button, frayed sleeve corner or errant wrinkle could spell disaster. The hotel staff dressed impeccably, one of the luxury resort’s signature touches.

Finding nothing out of place on her tight-fitting outfit, she affixed a brushed silver, oval name tag just above the left breast pocket of her royal blue suit jacket. Today she was Selena Amador, Senior Concierge, La Joya Azul Resort and Spa. Tomorrow she could be a visiting European banker in Buenos Aires. Whatever they wanted her to be. She was their chameleon, and more often than not—their viper.

Jet turned from the mirror and approached the white-marble-topped, dark mahogany vanity next to the spacious sink, noting the watchful eye of the team’s mission leader—and her stand-in husband for the operation. Without either of them saying a word, she removed a suppressed compact pistol from the top of the vanity and tucked it snugly into the custom holster sewn into her black leather Prada shoulder tote. A knockoff bag, she suspected. The Mossad’s budget didn’t include disposable thousand-dollar accessories—unless those accessories killed people. With the bag in place over her left shoulder, she smiled at Gilad.

“How do I look?” said Jet.

“Deadly as always,” he replied, without expression. “I just hope deadly enough.”

“I can handle two thugs at close distance,” she said. “The second guard will still have his eyes on my breasts when the first guy’s brains hit the wall.”

“Those aren’t your best assets,” he said, shifting casually in the bedroom’s door frame.

“I keep lobbying for implants,” said Jet, making a final adjustment to her jacket collar.

“We’d prefer to focus on investments that will get you out of trouble, not in,” he said, finally betraying a thin smile. “I’m thinking more along the lines of an advanced Krav Maga course.”

“I could teach those courses by now,” she said, stepping back.

Gilad raised an eyebrow, challenging the inherent smugness of her statement. She was right, to a degree. Unless the master Krav Maga instructors had invented a series of new moves, there was little point—she had mastered every technique offered. He imperceptibly shook his head.

“If the guards are more alert than intelligence suggests—you walk away. It only takes the blink of an eye to pull a trigger. We’ll find another way,” he said.

“I just need to get within thirty feet,” she said. “This ridiculous outfit will get me close enough.”

“You’re good, but not that good,” he said.

“Really?” said Jet. “I’m the best shot on the team.”

“You need to ensure two dead-center head shots. A skull ricochet might hit the door, alerting the guards inside. Fifteen feet minimum. Preferably five. The closer you get, the narrower their focus,” he said, shifting his eyes toward her chest.

“I thought they weren’t my best assets,” she said, pulling her jacket tight.

“They’ll have to do,” he said, winking at her.

Her concealed earpiece crackled. “Strike, this is overwatch. Shift change underway.”

Gilad’s eyes darted up and to the right momentarily, a subtle tell that he had received the same message.

“Five minutes,” he said, glancing at his watch. “Let them settle in.”

She nodded, slipping her hand into the shoulder tote and checking the holster action. Within a fraction of a second, Jet pointed the suppressed Glock 26 subcompact at her image in the mirror.

“Maybe twenty feet,” said Gilad, finally smiling.

About Jet – Black

At a luxury resort on the coast of Uruguay, Jet prepares her Mossad team for a daring attack against a Russian mafiya boss suspected of selling bioweapons to the Iranians. Simultaneously, Jessica Petrovich readies a small team of Black Flagged operatives with order to kill Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, the source of the mafiya bioweapons.

There’s only one problem: both targets are located in the same suite, and neither team knows the other is coming!

Two of the most lethal femme fatales in recent thriller history are about to come face to face in the explosive return of the Black Flagged saga.

About the author

Steven graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English Literature. He served the next eight years on active duty in various Navy and Marine Corps units.

From leading Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations as a boarding officer in the Arabian Gulf, to directing Close Air Support (CAS) as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to a specialized Marine Corps unit, Steven’s “in-house” experience with a wide variety of regular and elite military units brings a unique authenticity to his writing.

His first novel, The Jakarta Pandemic (2010), explored the world of “prepping,” well before television and books popularized the concept. Hailed as a “grippingly realistic” family survival story, The Jakarta Pandemic introduced thousands of readers to the unfamiliar concept of “survival in the suburbs,” motivating many of them to take the first steps to better prepare themselves for a major disaster. His recently launched series, The Perseid Collapse, continues Steven’s legacy of engaging (and informative) post-apocalyptic (SHTF) fiction.

Steven lives with his family in coastal, southern Maine, where he wakes up at “zero dark thirty” to write for most of the day. When “off duty,” he struggles to strike a balance between a woefully short sailing season and unreasonably long winter.

You can contact Steven directly by email (stevenkonkoly@gmail.com) or through his blog (www.stevenkonkoly.com).

About Amazon Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Jet Kindle World is based on the character Jet, created by bestselling author Russell Blake.

Excerpt week: It Takes Two — A JET Kindle World novella

By EJ Kimelman

All this week, Written Words is publishing excerpts from books by fellow author-members of the Jet and Lei Crime Kindle worlds. Today, you can get a feeling for how seamlessly Emily Kimelman has blended her Sydney Rye series with Russell Blake’s Jet in It Takes Two.


Condensation from the leaves left wet trails through the dog’s long fur. A mutt, the son of two mutts, born on the streets of Brooklyn, Blue was an exception to his lineage. His parents never had good homes. Their coats were matted and their deaths early. The height of a Great Dane with the long snout of a collie and warm fur of a wolf, Blue didn’t belong in this hot and humid environment. But he did not feel out of place. When following his master, Sydney Rye, Blue always felt right at home.

The woman who led Blue through the hot jungle was of average height with a body made hard by hours of exercise and hard-won discipline. Scars, one above and one below her left eye, were still bright pink after more than a year of healing. They followed a path worn through the thick vegetation by animals. Sydney hacked at the larger limbs of trees that encroached on the space. The scent of sap spilling into the air around them, hanging in the thick humidity. The buzz of bugs rose and fell, like the persistent waves of the ocean. The dirt under their feet was damp, sticking to Blue’s paws and filling the treads of Sydney’s hiking boots.

A low growl from Blue stopped Sydney, her arm raised above her head, the blade of the hatchet ready to descend onto a vine that crossed their path. A drop of sweat trickled from her hairline, curved around her ear, and slid down her neck, absorbing into the green T-shirt she wore. Sydney looked down at Blue. His ears were perked to the left as he stared up at her with his one blue eye and one brown. Sydney listened, closing her eyes to better hear. Footsteps, human.

Sydney lowered the hatchet, silently replacing it into the holster on her hip before removing her pistol, a SIG Sauer P226, standard issue for her agency. This was to be expected. Others out in this jungle. Different sides of the same coin. Sydney was here to protect, and the people out there were trying to kill. The man that Sydney was working to keep alive seemed nice enough.

Heavyset and tall he’d smiled at her, shaking her slim hand with his meaty one. “Glad to meet you,” he’d said, his Texas accent so thick that Sydney thought he might be faking it. But as the days passed and she’d never heard it slip, Sydney started to think that the man was for real. A genuine friendly fellow. But really, why would anyone want to kill a guy as nice as Mr. Jackson? It wasn’t Sydney’s job to question why he was in danger. It was her job to keep him alive while he vacationed, while he and his family enjoyed their cruise down the Amazon.

Sydney gave a small nod of her head and Blue ducked, pinning his ears to his skull and began to forge a new path through the jungle, running adjacent to the one they’d just been walking along. Sydney pushed through behind him, her eyes roaming over the diamonds of light that the thick foliage allowed through.

Blue stopped, raised his nose in the air and sniffed at a scent Sydney could not capture with own inferior human olfactory senses. Then Blue started forward again. Within a few minutes they reached another path. The soft imprint of hiking boots marked the ground. Blue sniffed at the spot, his tail wagging with anticipation. He wanted to go after them but Sydney shook her head. They needed to return to camp, report this to her superior. Removing her phone Sydney took pictures of the imprints, the disturbed vegetation, and then dropped a pin on her GPS so that it would be easy to return to this spot if necessary. Before leaving she placed one of the motion detectors she was carrying on a nearby tree. If the person, who wore very similar size shoes to Sydney Rye, returned they’d have warning.

About It Takes Two

Two women trained to kill, both will stop at nothing to get the job done.

Hoping to finally make a normal life for herself, Sydney Rye is trying her best to settle into her role as mission leader, but taking orders and playing by the rules has never been her strong suit.

Along with her partner, a wolf dog named Blue, Sydney has been assign to head a security team protecting an rich oil man from Texas while he and his family vacation in the Peruvian jungle. But she wasn’t expecting to come up against her most formidable opponent to date.

Jet, still reeling from a personal discovery that will change everything she ever believed about herself, is under orders to kill the man Sydney is trying to protect. If she is to have any hope of a life beyond the Mossad, she knows she has to find the strength and focus to complete her mission, to fake normalcy in her own life for those who are watching.

Pitted against one another Jet and Sydney face off in battle after battle, spreading blood and carnage as they travel the globe. Through it all they find an admiration and respect for each other’s skills.

But will it be enough? Could two such powerful women fighting on opposite sides, team up to save the innocent lives from a man so ruthless and powerful that he has evaded capture for years?

Get it on Amazon.

About the author

Emily Kimelman is the author of the Sydney Rye Series including Unleashed, Death in the Dark, Insatiable, Strings of Glass, The Devil’s Breath and Inviting Fire. This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

Emily splits her time between the Hudson Valley and traveling the world with her husband and dog, Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone), researching exciting locations for the Sydney Rye Series. You can follow along on their adventures through Instagram, Facebook, and on Emily’s blog.

If you’ve read Emily’s work, and enjoyed it, please let her know. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com, on Twitter @ejkimelman, on Facebook and on her website www.emilykimelman.com.

About Amazon Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Jet Kindle World is based on the character Jet, created by bestselling author Russell Blake.


Excerpt week: JET – Rescue — a Jet Kindle World novella

By Kim Cano

All this week, Written Words is publishing excerpts from books by fellow author-members of the Jet and Lei Crime Kindle worlds. Today, you can get a feeling for Kim Cano’s Jet novella, JET – Rescue.

JET-rescueCoverBangkok, Thailand

Lawan stared at her reflection in the dirty, cracked mirror. Instead of the eyes of a ten-year-old child, innocent and filled with light, hers were despondent, the embodiment of lost hope.

So much had changed in such a short time.

A bouncer came in. “Hurry up!” the heavyset Asian man shouted. “Customers waiting.”

Lawan rose and wordlessly walked to the front of the nightclub, trying not to fall in the high heeled shoes they made her wear. It was difficult to see in the dim, smoke-filled red light, but after a few minutes, her eyes grew accustomed to the gloom.

Rap music thumped loudly as a bevy of young waitresses clad in skimpy vinyl outfits served drinks to the farang white male tourists who came to Bangkok seeking pleasure. The mama-san stood like a sentry, scanning the crowd. She was old but missed nothing and monitored all the girls’ movements like a hawk.

The ping pong show had just started, and Top Cat, the most popular club in Bangkok’s Nana Plaza, was known for having the best ping pong show in town. Lawan watched as nude young ladies stood on stage, smiling suggestively while performing for the men seated in the audience.

The tourists held their paddles in the air and whistled appreciation, making Lawan uncomfortable. She wished she could disappear but paid close attention to the show, remembering what the mama-san had said when she arrived last week: “Watch and learn, because soon you’ll be up there with them.”

A drunk patron bumped into Lawan, and she lost her balance.

“Sorry,” the man mumbled as he walked past.

Not knowing what he said since she didn’t speak English, Lawan righted herself and resumed watching the show. As she studied the girls on stage, trying to figure out how they did what they did, the mama-san approached.

“Room number two,” she said.

With a heavy heart, Lawan headed to the back of the club and knocked on door number two. A moment later, a balding, obese white man opened the door, and she walked into the mirrored bedroom.

He stood opposite her, sweating profusely and eyeing her like she was a rare jewel. The man reeked of cheap cologne and body odor, and Lawan almost retched.

“You speak English?” he asked.

Lawan had only learned what the mama-san had taught her to say. She was trying to think of the words but was so nervous she couldn’t remember.

“Guess it doesn’t matter,” the man said, removing his pants.

Lawan took off her clothes. She felt nauseous as he pulled her close and groped her, but she pretended to like it, as instructed. They lay on the bed, the man crushing her tiny frame with his weight, and as he violated her, Lawan thought of the place she and her sister, Mayura, used to play together, a verdant valley of rice paddies as far as the eye could see.

About JET – Rescue

Set in Thailand’s seedy underbelly, in Russell Blake’s Jet – Betrayal, Jet rescues a ten-year-old girl named Lawan from Bangkok’s red light district. Jet Rescue explores more of that story from Lawan’s point of view, chronicling her time at the Top Cat Club and her escape with Jet and Matt.

“A heartbreaking tale of human trafficking.” Bestselling author Deborah Brown

“Jet – Rescue is a great companion book to Jet – Betrayal.” Reader and Jet fan, Janet Nelson

About the author

Kim Cano is the author of three women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On The Inside, and Eighty and Out. Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Kim lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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About Amazon Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Jet Kindle World is based on the character Jet, created by bestselling author Russell Blake.