Get your leash ready to walk the big dog — on Facebook

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Sydney Rye and her big dog, Blue, are among the most popular characters in fiction today. They’re the stars of eight novels and one novella by their creator, Emily Kimelman, as well as six novellas by other authors in the Sydney Rye Kindle World — including me.

Sydney Rye has also shown up in the Jet Kindle World in Emily Kimelman’s It Takes Two. The popularity of these titles shows that readers love Sydney and Blue and can’t get enough of them.

And now’s your chance to get more. The authors in the Sydney Rye Kindle World have teamed up with Book Rhythm to bring you the Walking the Giant Dog Book Party.

Come to the Facebook book party next Monday, November 21 between 7 and 9 p.m. Eastern Time, where you can win books, gift cards and other prizes. Chat with Emily Kimelman and the other authors in the Sydney Rye Kindle World. Get to know more about Sydney, Blue, Mulberry, Dan, Merle and all your favourite characters.

Who’s going to be there?

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And of course, you!

Be ready to answer some tricky Sydney Rye questions:

  • Other than Sydney, who’s your favourite character in the Sydney Rye Kindle World?
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • What breed do you think most shares Blue’s personality?

You can post a picture of your “Blue” and win e-books and Amazon gift cards.

Come to the Facebook page now and click “Going” just under the top graphic.

See you then!

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Who are Sydney Rye and Blue?

Sydney Rye is a woman who remade herself — with a lot of help from Merle and Mulberry — as a strong woman, dynamic and determined person after a series of traumatic events told in the first book, Unleashed. Sydney is fit, blond with gray eyes and two distinctive scars on her face.

Blue has the body of a wolf but the size of a Great Dane, the markings of a Siberian Hustky, the long, elegant muzzle of a Collie and the instincts of a German Shepherd. Also, he has one blue eye and one brown. He’s taken a bullet for Sydney and saved her life countless other times over the course of eight books.

They appear in eight Sydney Rye novels by their creator, Emily Kimelman. Sydney and Blue also appear in Emily’s JET Kindle World novella, It Takes Two.


What book reviewers want: An interview with Janie Felix


Once again this week, Written Words turns the tables on the book reviewers by asking them questions. In this instalment, Janie Felix agreed to let us in on the secrets of book reviewing.

What genres do you review?

I review most all genres — whatever I read, because I find it helpful when I read others reviews.

I like mystery/police/ action genres.  They challenge my mind, hold my interest and allow for escape from normal life.  I like some romance, but not ” bodice ripper” types.  I like reality in romances, not necessarily happily ever after … realism.  I enjoy some sci-fi if it is relatable.

What do you look for in a book that you review?

What I look for in books is believable character development by the author.  I like surprise twists.  I also look for good beta reading (I really hate misspelled words, poor grammar and bad syntax.)  When I find an author whose style I enjoy, I veraciously read their books.

What is the worst mistake that an author can make in a book?

The worst mistake and author can make: boring, long convoluted explanations by a character.  And shabby proofreaders.

What is the worst mistake in your opinion that an author can make when trying to promote a book?

Promoting a book can be tricky. I’m not sure I dislike most book promotions. I really LIKE when an author of e-books offer their first one free. Very often if I like their style or characters, I will continue to follow them and buy more just by the “credit ” of their name alone.

Which is more important to you: the plot/story, characters, or the writer’s style?

Characterization is probably the most important part of a book for me.  If the characters become real, you can put them in most any plot and they survive.  ‘Course that all goes back to the author. So it is circular.

Name a classic book in the genre you favour most that you think today’s writers should aspire to equal.

The Stand is a book with great characters the writers can aspire to.

Desert island question: name three record albums you would take with you if you were stranded on the island from Lost (where they had vinyl records and diamond-stylus record players).

Albums: David Brubeck’s Take Five,  the 1812 Overture or any Tchaikovsky work and anything by James Taylor.

All about Janie

 IMG_1051Janie has been married for 52 years to her best friend, Gary. She is a mom of four a grandmom of seven, a Wiccan High Priestess, a clinical herbalist and an avid reader.  She is 72 years young and loves to quilt, preserve what her husband grows and teach others about her knowledge of Wicca and herbs. 

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Army of Worn Soles is Book 1 in the Walking Out of War series, and the predecessor to Under the Nazi Heel. It tells the true story of how my father-in-law, Maurice Bury, a Canadian citizen, found himself conscripted into the Soviet Red Army in 1941 — just in time to be thrown against the Nazi juggernaut in the greatest land invasion in history: Operation Barbarossa.

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Sydney Rye Kindle World Week: Nemesis, by Jennifer Harlow

NemesisCoverThe new Sydney Rye Kindle World launches on Thursday, March 17. As an extended St. Paddy’s Day present from me to you, valued readers, Written Words presents excerpts from each of the seven novellas in the project. Today’s installment is from Nemesis, which brings Sydney and Blue into a very dark setting.

Origin Story

What’s in a name? An identity? Most of us don’t get to choose ours. Names are given at birth. Identity is thrust upon us around the same time. Before even. Male/Female, Caucasian/Person of Color. Rich/poor. There’s so much in this life we don’t get to choose for ourselves. Our pool of possible life experiences is already pre-determined for us through fate. Chance. Through the people we encounter’s own prejudices. The shitty hand they’re dealt at birth impacts us, whether we like it or not.

Take the fuckers who raped me when I was sixteen. Mind you there wasn’t much talking going on while they took their turns on me and my cousin Penny for three days, but from their limited vocabulary, obvious affiliation with the meth world, and lack of care for their fellow human beings—which had to be learned somewhere—I could tell they hadn’t been given the best start in life. Unfortunately for our sakes, they continued that streak into their forties when they entered our worlds. Foster care, druggie mother, no father, poverty stricken, in and out of prison, they never stood a chance.

Neither did we.

Two sheltered teenage girls from the suburbs of Independence where the worst thing that can happen in our little bubble is a divorce or illness in our loving family. Even Uncle Charlie, a Vice detective in Independence, the nation’s capital, never brought his work or stories of depravity home to our peaceful oasis. It wasn’t like we lived in the Big Bad City of Independence where supervillains destroyed whole buildings, set off bombs, or shot up the streets during bank robberies. Evil was there. Them. The freaks in the costumes with super-strength and acid for blood we watched on the news. It didn’t come up behind you after soccer practice with your head full of Casey Peters, hold a gun to your back as his friend held one to your cousin’s head, and force you both into its BO and meth smelling Cadillac. Evil didn’t happen to upper middle class, Caucasian, pretty Stephanie Dawson. Until it did.

Then it killed her.

It was day three. Day three of being tied to a bed, raped, pissed on, beaten, burnt with cigarettes, and carved with knives. I was weak from blood loss, from dehydration, from fear and agony. But the worst, the very worst, was hearing my fourteen-year-old cousin sobbing in the next room as one of them assaulted her. Those were the moments I closed my eyes and prayed for death. Truly prayed to God for death. He didn’t answer. When does he? But something did. Something infused me with white hot rage, filling my every cell. Replacing my very essence, my very soul with righteous purpose. They would not get away with this. They would not get to break me. Every pain, every fear, every horror they bestowed upon us would come back to them threefold.

They did not get to win.

I broke my own thumbs to escape the handcuffs. I barely noticed the pain. I didn’t even put clothes on. The other two would be back from the drug run at any minute. I walked naked, bleeding, through that filthy house, grabbed the first blunt object I could find, a piece of the broken coffee table, and as one of the pigs pumped away on my baby cousin, oblivious to all but his own selfish satisfaction, I clubbed him from behind. Once. Twice. Three times until he lay beside what remained of Penny, unconscious. Four. Five. I would have kept going forever, until he was obliterated, but Penny began screaming around hit five. She looked up at me as if she didn’t recognize me. As if I were the monster. I didn’t care. I just kept whacking until I saw brain.

Every one of those new cells of mine wanted me to stay. Wait for the other two and gut them like fish. But Stephanie Dawson’s last act was to cut through my bloodlust and tell me to get us the hell out of there. So I untied my cousin and all but carried her out of that house.  I should have stayed. By the time the police arrived, the men were gone. Worse, the rescue was in vain. Penny wasn’t home two hours from the hospital when my Uncle Charlie found her hanging in the garage.

I truly buried Stephanie Dawson the day we buried Penny. We buried my Uncle Charlie too. The detective who couldn’t even protect his own daughter. Our eyes met across her grave, finding their match. Cruel. Hard. Dead all but physically. The same eyes the three pigs had when they carved “Whore” into my chest. Sometimes the only way to fight the monsters is to become one. And that was the moment. The moment the last vestiges of Stephanie Dawson burnt to ashes and the goddess of righteous retribution, Nemesis, was reborn.

“Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

I am that water.

I am the flood that follows.

Even as I drown myself.

What’s Nemesis all about?

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 villains off the map once and for all? Maybe with a little help from a White Knight…

About the author

Jennifer Harlow earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She has been a bookseller, radio DJ, lab assistant, and government investigator. She lives in Atlanta and is hard at work on her next book.

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What are Kindle Worlds?

SRKWlaunchimageKindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Sydney Rye Kindle World is based on the characters and situations created by bestselling author Emily Kimelman.

The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, a dash of sex and don’t mind a little salty language. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!




Sneak peek: The Wife Line

You can read this free sample of my first Sydney Rye Kindle World novella, The Wife Line, right here, or you can download it as a PDF to read at your own leisure. Your choice!

The Sydney Rye Kindle World, based on the bestselling novels by Emily Kimelman, launched on March 17, 2016. Nine authors added our own takes to the stories of the fearless Sydney Rye and her gigantic dog, Blue. 

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Just as Sydney thought she would go out of her mind with boredom, Nigel Willem finally did something different. One day, he left his office in mid-afternoon. Sydney and Blue ran from the Majors-Taurus office to Chelsea, arriving across the street from Willem’s house a few minutes before his limousine. She ran around a corner to take Blue out of sight, then bent down to retie her laces while she watched Willem step out of the Rolls-Royce. But today, he did not go into his house. He waited on the curb until the limo turned a corner.

Sydney idly scratched Blue’s head while watching around the corner. Before her neck got sore, one of London’s black cabs rolled to a stop in front of Willem. He got in and the cab was off again in seconds.

Sydney and Blue took off after them, easily keeping up in London’s traffic as the cab went toward the Thames.

As the black cab turned onto the Chelsea Embankment, she raised a hand and waved at another passing black cab. Fortunately, its yellow roof light was on and it skidded to a stop almost on top of her toes.

“Will that dog fit in me cab?” said the cabbie, his eyes wide as he leaned out the driver’s window.

“He’s my support dog. For my anxieties,” Sydney answered, opening the back door. Blue jumped in without hesitating, settling on the far side of the bench seat. For no reason Sydney could ever determine, Blue loved riding in London’s black cabs. She tossed her backpack onto the floor and slid in beside her dog. “Victoria Station, please. I’m late.”

“Takin’ a trip with just a knapsack for luggage?” the cabbie asked as he dodged a lorry.

“I’m supposed to pick up a mate,” she said, looking in vain for Willem’s cab ahead of them. Damn. How far could he have gotten?

The cabbie, a balding, middle-aged man in a t-shirt, wove through the traffic along the embankment before turning onto the Royal Hospital Road. They passed another cab, but Sydney could not see Willem in it.

It took them less than 15 minutes to reach the permanent traffic jam around the mishmash of architectural eras that was Victoria Station. There was no way they could get closer before Sydney lost any chance of catching up with Willem.

“This will be fine,” she said, tossing a twenty-pound note at the cabbie as she flung the door open with the other hand. She jumped out, Blue right behind her, oblivious to the cabbie’s response.

Blue at her heels, Sydney dodged between the vehicles inching their way around the station, pulling her pack onto her back as she crossed the road. Getting through the crowds streaming in and out of the station was hard, but most people were eager to get out of Blue’s way.

Where is Willem? She scanned the square, and then spotted a balding, pale head on top of an expensive blue suit, stepping through the entrance to the train station. Pushing aside the question of how many balding, pale men in blue suits might be stepping into Victoria Station at any time, Sydney slowed to a walk and followed from a distance. Blue stayed by her hip.

Inside the station, she quickened her pace, staying some distance behind the balding man in the blue suit. Eventually, she could see part of his profile and sighed. It’s Willem, all right. I got lucky there. She promised herself not to trust to luck anymore.

Staying as far back from Willem as she could without losing him in the constantly moving crowd, she followed him across the station. He kept a relaxed but steady pace, moving confidently to the platform. Sydney followed him onto the Eurostar bound through the Chunnel for Paris. She watched him get into a car, then she boarded the one behind it.

A rail official in a blue uniform was at her seat within seconds. “Do you have a permit for that dog?” she asked.

“Yes. He’s my medically prescribed support dog for my anxieties,” Sydney said smoothly. She took a slip of paper from her backpack. The official looked at it, lips pursed tight. Finally, she gave the slip back to Sydney. “Ticket?” she asked.

“Umm, I guess I’ll have to buy it now.” She took out her wallet. “How much is it to Paris?”

“Gare du nord?” the official asked in a flawless Parisian accent. She took a large electronic device from a leather holder hanging on a shoulder strap. 

“Yes, please.” I hope that’s where Willem is getting off.

“You realize you’re in a first-class seat,” the official said, her expression doubtful.

“It’s the only way I travel,” Sydney replied, holding out her company credit card. She could almost hear the official thinking Americans. They’re all the same.

What’s The Wife Line about?

Human traffickers are selling young women from eastern Europe as sex slaves and killing them when they become inconvenient. Sydney Rye’s job is only to protect her client, until a mysterious, aggravating and irresistible young crusader pulls her and Blue on a far more dangerous path: taking down the whole slaving ring.

If you like Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye series featuring a strong female character, her canine best friend, Blue, tons of action and a dash of sex, you won’t be able to put The Wife Line down.

Start following Sydney, Blue and Van across the seamiest part of Europe right now.

Download this free sample as a PDF.

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 – 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.