THE SYDNEY RYE SERIES
Deep in the jungle, Sydney is recovering at the training camp of the vigilant organization she inspired, when an adversary makes Rye an offer she can’t refuse.
When Rye’s good friend goes missing in Shanghai, she follow his trail into the darkest corners of China’s corruption where Rye witnesses atrocities that make her already cold blood freeze.
THE KISS SERIES
In the first interview with Darling Price she explains how a plague causing violent attacks, incredible strength, and leaving it’s victims in a permanently altered state spread through her world.
A Keiki Mystery. One pack. One dog. One enemy. One mission: protect the family.
A Sydney Rye and Jet Adventure. Two women trained to kill, both will stop at nothing to get the job done.
I was born in Philadelphia but moved to Texas within weeks. My Dad was a correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer and after only two short years in Texas (a State still close to my heart and where my younger brother currently resides) we moved again, this time to Moscow.
My first memories are from that time. My older brother and I shared a fairytale like existence completely oblivious to the turmoil and danger around us. I’ve never felt so safe as when wondering the streets of Moscow.
I learned English and Russian at the same time but neither of them particularly well. I couldn’t say my R’s or my L’s in either language. Both alphabets remained a mystery. We returned to Philadelphia when I was 6 and it didn’t take long for my parents and teachers to realize I was severely dyslexic. Luckily for me we lived near the best school in the country for kids with problems like mine, Benchmark. The school was intense. It was learning to read bootcamp. We weren’t even allowed to talk during lunch, they read to us. And with my Dad reading to me every night at home it didn’t take much for me to fall in love with books. My young heart yearned for those jumbles of squiggles to make sense.
One day when I was 10 or 11 it just clicked for me and I could read. My f’s nolonger faced the wrong direction, I could tell the difference between a b and a d, and I was flying through Agatha Christie novels. Mystery novels quickly became my genre. My parents fueled my addiction with their large collection of P.D James, Dorothy L. Sayers, Raymond Chandler and other greats. I didn’t believe that I could write fiction until I was in college and I read this really terrible mystery where cats figured out the puzzle and it turns out to be aliens. I decided right then to write my own. I dedicated my collegiate studies at NYU to the history of forensic science, homicide, and detective novels. I wanted to understand what these books did for us, how they veered from reality, and what gave them such importance in our culture. I was walking dogs at the time which is a very strange profession. I would go into all these people’s houses and take care of their pets but we never met. I saw pictures in their house so would recognize them but they had no idea what I looked like. This strange anonymity seemed perfectly suited to a murder investigation.
My dog, Nova, became the inspiration for Sydney’s dog, Blue, and they both grew in my mind until the story was down on paper. It took 6 years to publish UNLEASHED from tip to tail. I love the cover by the amazing Autumn Whitehurst, my good friend and a super talented illustrator. Now I’ve published seven Sydney Rye novels, Six installments in my Kiss Serial, and two novellas for Kindle Worlds of fellow authors. Which kind of amazes me. Without the support of my family, my incredible husband and my readers, the amazing life I lead would be impossible. I’m very grateful for all the support that I have. To learn more about my adventures with my husband and dog (Kinsey Milhone, pup detective) you can read my blog. I’ve written from India, Costa Rica, floating aboard my trawler, OUR WAY, on the Hudson River, and now am in Woodstock, Ny, where bears and birds are out to get me.
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I am happy to have my good friend and fellow “A Crime Collection” author Simon Jenner on the blog today. He is celebrating the new release of the latest in his Ethan Justice series, Guilty. Simon and I have known each other for a couple of years but recently started working together more. What we do is report to each other most mornings what our writing goals are and then email through out the day as we progress.