A mega-launch in the #LeiCrimeKW Kindle World

The day is finally here! My new #LeiCrimeKW Lei Crime Kindle World mystery is on Amazon’s e-shelves along with 11 other brand-new titles. We’re all very excited, and by all signs, so is the creator of Lei Texeira and the Lei Crime series, Toby Neal.


Don’t forget to join the whole #LeiCrimeKW gang on Facebook today, May 12, 2017 at 3:30 Eastern Time, where we’ll be happy to share facts and ideas about our books, answer any reader’s questions, and give away some prizes.

Speaking of prizes, I ran a contest until today, challenging anyone who read an excerpt of Echoes to deduce which two old rock’n’roll songs it was based on. Only one person was able to figure out one of the songs, so I’ll reveal it on Facebook today, between 7:30 and 8:00 ET. In the meantime, I’m putting out a bunch of clues on my Facebook Author page. Think you know your old songs? Try to figure it out by downloading the free sample chapters, or you can just try the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon.

My new #LeiCrimeKW book: Echoes

Echoes - 529x800 V3Echoes is my fourth #LeiCrimeKW title, and the fourth featuring FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm. What’s it about, you ask?

In 1999, the Kahuna was The Man on Oahu’s west coast. The coolest guy at the wildest parties, with the coolest posse, the best weed and the most beautiful girlfriend.

Then he disappeared.

Fifteen years later, that girlfriend is no longer a high school senior. She is FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm, and she sees through every lie the Kahuna spins when he shows up again to beg her help.

How can she say no when the Kahuna wants her help not for himself, but to protect his little brother. Young Cole ‘Aukai is ready to set fire to the whole Oahu illegal drug trade—for revenge.

“I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place.” — Michel Foucault 

What is the Lei Crime Kindle World?

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Lei Crime Kindle World is based on the Lei Crime series, created by bestselling author Toby Neal.

The books are great fun to read, so check out the new titles and come to the party—and invite your friends!



New #LeiCrimeKW titles for the season: Christmas Makes It Chaos

By Julie C. Gilbert

A new crop of Lei Crime Kindle World (#LeiCrimeKW) novellas and stories hit the Amazon e-shelves last week. Here’s a sample of one by bestselling author Julie C. Gilbert.

Christmas Makes it Chaos final 1A premonition made her pause. Something wasn’t right. Every light in the room had been turned on, and her clothes had been moved from the bed where she’d laid them out. A cloud of steam followed her out of the bathroom, cutting down on visibility, but movement from her left caught her attention.

She tensed and turned in time to catch the bundle of clothes hurled at her chest. She caught them instinctively, realizing her hands were now both occupied.

“Agent,” greeted a voice she recognized.

“Assassin,” Marcella returned, preparing to toss the clothes back and launch herself at the taller woman.

She noticed the woman’s hair was now a rich brown color instead of blond. Although tied back, the hair appeared shorter than it had upon their last meeting. The assassin’s youthful looks combined with jeans and a Drexel sweatshirt to give the impression of a harmless co-ed, but her piercing blue eyes countered the image.


“Get dressed,” the assassin ordered. “We need to talk, and I’d rather not have to shoot you. You’ll feel better with clothes on.”

Marcella considered her options. She could go with Plan A and throw the clothes before trying to tackle the woman, but the silenced handgun aimed her way discouraged such a move. She could follow the directive and get dressed, though that would put her at a further disadvantage. She could also try to keep the woman talking and hope she made a mistake that gave Marcella the upper hand. The only difference between the waiting plan and the following directions plan was whether Marcella had more than a towel on, so she opted for Plan B: comply for now.

Dropping the clothes, Marcella quickly donned each item then kicked the towel back into the bathroom. The assassin had been right. She felt better once fully clothed, but she still had the wrong end of a gun pointed at her. She knew that ought to make her nervous but for some reason she actually believed the assassin’s claim about wanting to talk. It was really the only thing that made sense. Like it or not, the assassin had caught her completely off guard. Talking could still be a precursor to a hail of bullets, but something about the other woman’s wary expression said there was more to the story.

“Good. Now please sit on the bed with your hands underneath your legs. I know you don’t trust me, but I’m not here to hurt you. I need your help with a job.”

Marcella’s eyes widened, but she followed the instruction, acutely aware of the gun tracking her movements.

“You have a heck of a way of asking for help.”

“We didn’t exactly part on good terms, but trust runs both ways. If you agree to hear me out, I’ll lower the gun. What do you say?”

“I’m all ears,” Marcella said.

About Christmas Makes It Chaos

A #LeiCrimeKW Lei Crime Kindle World novella

Christmas is a time for peace, love, and family. Right?

Wrong. Some people prefer chaos.

FBI Special Agent Marcella Scott travels to Philadelphia with her partner, Matthew Rogers, for a law enforcement conference on battling terrorism. She never makes it. Instead, she ends up investigating an actual threat with an unlikely ally.

Cassandra Mirren prefers working alone, but she’s been ordered to bring Agent Scott along for the ride. Their last encounter was adversarial, but this time they have a common foe.

Can the agent and the assassin save countless lives this Christmas? 

About the author

Julie Gilbert 2013 (5 of 25)Julie Gilbert writes, teaches chemistry, and collects Star Wars stuff, including Legos.

She writes in multiple genres. Her current project is a science fiction story, but the Lei Crime Series Kindle World stories are all mystery/thriller or mystery/suspense. “Christmas Makes it Chaos is as close to thriller as I’ve ever gotten,” she says.

Check out her books:

Defining Moments Stories:

Devya’s Children Series (YA Science Fiction):

Heartfelt Cases Series (Christian Mystery):

Short Stories:


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About the #LeiCrimeKW LeiCrime Kindle World

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Lei Crime Kindle World is based on the Lei Crime series, created by bestselling author Toby Neal. Seven new stories launched on December 21.LeiCrimeDecemberBadge