The audiobook of Unleashed (a sydney rye novel, #1) is coming out next month! I’m really excited about the music at the beginning. I love a good atmospheric song that gets me in the mood for the story to come. So, I’ve got three awesome options and I want to know what you think fits best.

You don’t have to have read UNLEASHED to vote. Which one says to you I’m about to hear a dark murder mystery recommended for the adult listener who enjoy some violence, doesn’t mind dirty language, and is up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

By sharing your thoughts with me you’re automatically entered to win other great prizes like paperbacks of UNLEASHED and a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card. If you sign up for my newsletter I’ll send you a free copy of the audio book when it comes out.

So give a listen to the songs below and then use the rafflecopter to vote. Or just leave your top choice in the comments.

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Woodstock is proving to be quite full of nature. While there are no tarantulas, lizards, or toucans, we do have bears and robins. Oh, and spiders, I just saw a giant one run by my window, ew.

Anyway, Sean and I have a history with bears. It’s a long story where we almost gotten eaten by one in Canada due to some misplaced hot dog scented clothing. You’d think we would have learned something about how to dissuade bears from visiting us since then. The fact is we do know, hell, at the time we knew you shouldn’t sleep in the clothing you wore while cooking hot dogs (Sean!). So when our grill got taken out last week we were not so much surprised as bemused. Oh, and happy we had actual walls between us and the beast this time.

It was about 1:30 in the morning when we heard serious banging on the porch. Sean went down, turned on the light, and a black bear was sitting on the porch, our portable grill in his lap, cleaning out all the gunk. Sean yelled at him to “get outta here ya bear.” And it slowly got up, giving the grill one last thump, and lumbered off the porch back into the woods. Lesson learned: either put your grill away or clean it. Unless, secretly, you like when bears come to visit. In which case I suggest you watch Fatal Attractions.

Here is a shot of the grill the next morning. It still works!

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Bears are not the only creature moving in on our porch. There is a Robin’s nest in the rafters. We went away for the weekend and when we came back they’d built a sweet little spot to raise their eggs right in our eaves.

 

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They made kind of a mess and I think we should probably kick them out but I don’t have the heart for it. Weirdly enough, I blogged about this problem in June of 2012 but it was river swallows moving onto our boat. At the time I thought of it as a boathemian problem but I guess bird squatters is something land lubbers have to deal with as well. We just sprayed the swallows nest away with a hose in 2012. But I don’t think that’s going to work this time…

 

Hope you’re all doing well out there in Readerland.

 

Emily

Dear Readers,

We have something fun going on this month. I’ve been working with Sonja Field on the UNLEASHED audiobook and we were talking about how to get you all involved. I’ll let Sonja take it from here…

Hey there Sydney Rye fans,

About a month from now, I’m going to begin recording UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Audiobook, #1). I’ve already started prepping. One of my favorite parts of prepping a book involves creating distinct voices for the major characters.

Emily & I thought it would be fun to get you guys involved!

Below are three different options for the voice of Pammy Maxim. As you may remember from UNLEASHED, Pammy’s married to Robert Maxim. She’s in her mid-twenties, tall, and blonde. She’s the type of girl who wears shorts that show her butt. She’s bubbly, insincere, and she’s not as dumb as she initially seems.

The character voice I create for Pammy needs to encompass all of those traits. Let us know what you think of the options below!

-Sonja

Thanks Sonja! Okay, readers, let us know what you think in the comments. Each comment will enter you to win a letter from me. I’ll use my brand new (to me) typewriter. And don’t forget that if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get a copy of the UNLEASHED Audiobook for free when it’s finished. So sign up if you have not already :)

Thanks, Emily

I’m very excited about the upcoming release of the Sydney Rye audiobooks. Sonja Field is my partner in this and she is awesome. I’ve gotten to know her through email since she won the “Vote for the Voice of Sydney Rye” Contest and it turns out she grew up near me and has a great sense of humor. I invited her to write a guest blog post so that you all could start to get to know her. So I’m going to let Sonja take it from here…

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Hello Sydney Rye fans!

Very nice to virtually meet you all. I’ll be recording the first three Sydney Rye books over the summer, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Like Sydney herself, I live in Brooklyn, where I record from a very small (in NYC we say “cozy”) recording studio, which I constructed in my closet. So basically I sit inside my own closet for hours at a time, talking to myself.

I typically record in the mornings, when my roommates are at work and the blonde demons who live above us – pardon me, the Very Lovely Children – are at school, and aren’t seeing how loudly they can jump or throwing heavy things at the floor for fun or whatever it is they do all the time. Don’t you wish you lived in NYC?

It’s very interesting to spend so much time at home, desperately wishing for silence. You come away with very particular knowledge about the neighborhood. For instance, I’ve grown very familiar with LaGuardia’s air traffic patterns. I know that my upstairs neighbors’ cleaning person comes every other Thursday. One poor guy in the courtyard carefully recounted his relationship problems on the phone the other day. I can only hope he got the emotional support he needed, and finally dumped Sheryl.

Mostly though, it’s quiet. Time flows by, and before I know it, I’ve been sitting in my closet for seven hours, not having interacted with another human soul, until I finally emerge and remember what the rest of the world looks like. I’m sure others who work from home will be able to relate to the awkward re-adjustment period when you climb out of your work-tomb and attempt to interact with other people. “Greetings, co-human. I would like to hand you currency in exchange for several slices of turkey and leafy greens held together between two slices of yeasted baked dough. How much monies shall I place in your man-paw?”

Typically, for me, one hour of finished audio takes 4-5 hours to produce. After I’ve recorded a chapter, I do an in-depth edit, where I listen for misreads and remove any breaths or distracting “mouth noises” (as they say in the biz, which sounds vaguely disgusting). Once the author has approved what I’ve recorded, I go back and master the track so it meets Audible’s quality standards.

Recording audiobooks is genuinely a dream come true for me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. In many ways, it’s like putting on a one-woman show. It’s all-consuming and extremely rewarding. I’m always striving to improve my technique, to do justice to the author’s intentions, to make the storytelling more vivid, dynamic, and engaging. Most importantly, I want the listener to completely melt into the story without distracting them in any way. It’s the story that matters, more than anything else.

I’m incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to record the Sydney Rye series. It has all the elements of an ideal audiobook: it’s full of unique and vibrant characters, a plot that constantly drives forward, and a protagonist who is whip-smart, hilarious, and a total badass. Thanks to all who voted for me, and I hope I can do justice to the Sydney that lives in your minds.

-Sonja

My beach site was burgled while I was boogie boarding. They left a couple of towels, my jean shorts, the cooler full of drinks, and a few other little things. They got my iPhone and sean’s wallet. I bricked my phone when I got home and have it insured so no loss there except being able to attach my brain to it every 15 minutes for the remainder of our stay here. We canceled Sean’s cards and decided that his wallet was at an age where it was ready to move on from us anyway.

There are two cops in town, a man and woman who ride around on a motorcycle together looking like buddies but hardly intimidating the criminal elements lurking on the beach waiting for someone as foolish as myself to boogie board by. We saw them on our drive back to the house and informed them that we were burgled. They told us to go to Cobano (a town 45 minutes away) to report it. Which we did.

Mario, a friendly Tico detective with a strong accent and easy smile, took our report. When he asked me if I was married I answered “yes” and then shot a thumb towards Sean and said “to this guy,” in what I thought was a funny voice. Mario cracked up. He told us that “most people who sit in that chair are very sad. But you are joking. This is very good.” We totally made his day and he made ours.

Mario told us about his frustrations of being a detective in Cobano. It’s mostly crimes like ours where it’s reported at least a day later. Additionally, even if they caught the guy we would probably be back in the States by the time his trial came around and since the victim needs to identify their stuff in court the culprit would go free. Mario told us that people just show up to get the report for their insurance. He also said he is keeping my signature for when I’m famous which I thought was nice of him. I didn’t share with him what I thought Sydney would do in a situation like this…

Anyway, having our stuff stolen was a nice reminder that we are not living in la la land but rather the jungle. I’ve replaced my iPhone with a similar size notebook and a mini pencil which I think may prove good for me. It’s an interesting experiment anyway. All in all what seemed like a huge mistake turned out to be a really interesting learning experience and we made a new friend. So while I’m not going to thank the thief who took my stuff I can see that there is usually something positive on the heels of something negative. After all, every stumble brings us closer to success.

I hope you’re all safe and secure out there in Readerland.

Emily

THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5)

Posted: 11th April 2014 by emilywp in Uncategorized

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THE DEVIL’S BREATH is the 5th novel in Emily Kimelman’s Bestselling Sydney Rye Series of mysteries. 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!

One of Sydney Rye’s dearest friends, Hugh Defry, has been accused of brutally murdering his business partner. All the evidence points to Hugh and he has no memory of that night. But Sydney refuses to believe that Hugh is capable of such violence.

Called to investigate by Robert Maxim, a man she has, until now, considered her greatest enemy, Sydney flies to Miami searching for the real killer. Her investigation leads her from the mansions of Star Island to the depths of the Everglades. Rye’s suspicions are raised when she learns that Robert Maxim not only wants to work together, but also wants to build a friendship. She doesn’t begin to understand Maxim’s motives until her former lover, Dan, arrives in Miami to tell her a devastating secret.

As more people from her past turn up, and not knowing whom to trust, Sydney begins to recognize that her personal fight for justice has become much more than she’d ever imagined. Sydney is pushed towards making a decision that will change not just her life, but possibly the future of crime fighting.

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The votes are in and the winner of the Sydney Rye Voice Artist Contest will be announced in my April 11th newsletter. So sign up for the newsletter :) You see what I did there. Oh, fine, I’ll announce it on my blog, Facebook, Twitter etc but not for a couple of days after the awesome peeps who get the newsletter find out. So, if you want to be in the know you’ve got to be getting my fun and exciting newsletters… also, I feel validated every time a new person signs up so that’s nice for me.

Also, there are only 6 more days until THE DEVIL’S BREATH comes out! It’s available for pre-order now on iBooks and will be live everywhere in 6 days! My amazing Street Team is pouring over the final copy making sure there are no little mistakes. If you want to help then join the Street Team. You’ll get new releases, swag, eternal gratitude and the knowledge that you’ve helped out an Indie author. You can learn more here.

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Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and I need your help picking the narrator!

Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator.

Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining my email list, liking my Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.

Here are your choices:

Emily Strong is an actor, voiceover talent, and first time filmmaker.  As a native of Michigan, she is a nature-lover at heart but has the mind of a city girl and moved to Chicago nearly three years ago because she wasn’t smart enough to go somewhere warmer.  She takes full advantage of what the city has to offer by training at legendary places like The Second City and eating lots and lots of ethnic food (will travel all the way across the city to Pilsen for the best tacos!).  Her love of reading was the catalyst for her adventurous spirit and the reason why she is always stoked to tell stories in their many different forms. Erin has narrated over 500 audio books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy for The National Library Services/Library Of Congress,  “A State Of Wonder,” The Garden Of The Beasts,” “Anna Karenina,” “Ferdinand The Bull, and “Madeline.” Sonja has two loves: acting and reading. Narrating audiobooks is her absolute passion. She has logged over 600 hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, and is currently in the process of recording a kids’ action-fantasy-adventure novel, a steamy and mysterious paranormal romance, and a non-fiction about writing. She loves nothing more than bringing vivid worlds and unique characters to life. When she’s not recording, Sonja can be found onstage, traipsing around Brooklyn, or entertaining children with a variety of dubious accents.
Erica Newhouse is a film, television and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

 

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Last night, I’m sitting on the couch, reading. I hear a loud plop. Look over to my laptop, which is sitting next to me, and I see two lizards. Big fellows, almost as long as my forearm, kind of dazed looking, like maybe a second ago they were fucking on my ceiling and then fell onto my computer because they got a little too excited and lost their grip. We stared at each other for a moment. Then I screamed. They took off. One into the crack of the couch, the other under a pillow. I gave up and went to bed. But, I didn’t dream of lizards so I think that counts as an improvement. And, neither lizard got decapitated, so that’s moving things in the right direction.

The monkeys have decamped from our tree so the yard no longer resembles an insane clown posse concert, which is nice. Though, I’ll admit, I kinda miss them. During the day most the males would leave and the babies came out on the branches to look at us. Their expression of curiosity was incredibly human. Some were more bold, holding onto the branches with delicate little hands and feet, letting their faces hang down to get a better look. While others, stayed in the foliage, closer to their mother’s who sat with their back legs tucked up like haunches, arms lazily hung over branches.

Kinsey barked at a baby once and an adult came out to the edge of the tree, their feet and hands walking along one branch, their tail held high, holding onto the limb above. The branches bowed under the monkeys weight. It leaned down and hooted at Kinsey, it’s chest big and voice loud. Kinsey growled a little and then settled down.

But so the monkeys are gone, haven’t seen a tarantula in days, and Lizard poop ain’t no thing anymore. Oh, and I started learning to drive stick shift. Sean is a very patient teacher and I am a somewhat hysterical student but I’m learning. I’ve only stalled once. It’s an interesting place to learn due to the rough condition of the roads. I don’t know that I’ll ever make it past 2nd gear. But you should see me on a steep hill covered in rock going from a standstill, rolling down the hill in a somewhat terrifying manner, and then vrooming ahead like a regular Desert Rally Driver… except of course, I’m driving a Bego. Not tough sounding but a hell of a little car.

I hope you are all doing well out there in reader land.

Emily

Coming in April 2014!

I’m super excited to be publishing my 5th book in the Sydney Rye Series this Spring. I can’t wait to share it with all of you! In the mean time here’s the cover. Thanks to the amazing Autumn Whitehurst and David Kimelman for their help with it.

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I’ll put up the blurb and first chapter soon!

New to Sydney Rye, download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble.

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