Author Emily Kimelman was scheduled to guest blog this month but due to unforeseen circumstances and my crazy blogging schedule of late, I was unable to participate in her blog tour.
Still I wanted to let you know about Emily and her latest murder mystery/suspense book - UNLEASHED: A SYDNEY RYE NOVEL, BOOK 1.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the book: Joy Humbolt is not a huge fan of people and after getting fired from her latest stint as a barista she is becoming dangerously close to unemployable. So when Charlene Miller offers Joy her dog-walking business on the exclusive upper east side of Manhattan, Joy is happy to accept, despite a suspiciously quick transaction. But Joy’s world is turned upside down when she discovers one of her clients murdered and Charlene gone. Joy cannot help but become caught up in the drama and danger of her new employer’s lives.
With the help of a rogue Police Detective Joy enters her clients sphere of power and influence searching for the killer. Usually a loner, Joy is disturbed by how much she likes it in their world. These people make the rules but are not bound by them. Joy realizes too late that only one kind of justice makes it this far uptown: vigilante. When Joy let’s go of what little respect she had for the human race she become unstoppable, unleashed, and is reborn Sydney Rye.
Here’s an excerpt to entice you a bit more:
"The rest of the day went by without me. I was in my head wondering how a toupee joins a dead body after the fact. I wanted to talk to Jacquelyn. I wondered if she could remember if Joseph wore his toupee jogging. Maybe he went back to the house, and Michael didn't notice. Or maybe, like this morning, Michael left his post before his replacement arrived. And what about the blond woman in the emergency exit? Was it Jacquelyn? I needed to ask Julen what time they left his house. These questions continued to roam through my head all the way home, through my take-out Chinese and the laugh-tracked sitcoms, right into Blue's walk.
I found us wandering not to the park but toward the Brooklyn Bridge. The night, sticky from the day's heat, made me sweat as I walked through Caroll Gardens. The windows of brownstones flickered with the reassuring light of the television. Walking down Brooklyn Bridge Avenue we passed Family Court, a hideous building with a flat facade and barred windows. Across the street an ancient-looking armory sat dark and deserted.
We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge on the wooden pedestrian path that hangs above the roaring traffic. We followed the thick steel cables under the massive granite towers. To my left, glass skyscrapers mixed with turn-of-the-century stone houses perched on the tiniest tip of Manhattan. A gaping hole in the sky where the towers used to be made the island look off-balance. The Statue of Liberty glowed small but still impressively in the distance."
Now let me give you a little background on Emily. She was born in Philadelphia in 1980. Her family quickly moved to Texas and from there onto Moscow. It was in Russia that Emily had her first memories, her first dreams, and learned language. Emily’s father, Donald, read to her every night and so she learned story telling too.
But Emily could not learn how to read or write. She had to repeat Kindergarten and it took many years, and a specialized education before she finally read. Emily was 12, and back in Philadelphia when she read for the first time. It was a sign on the side of the road that said “dozen roses, $5.99”. It was an epiphany.
From then on Emily read everything. What she loved most was mysteries. But she never thought that she could write. Then Emily read a terrible book about cat detectives where the culprit turned out to be aliens! And she thought, Jesus, I think I can do better than that. So she wrote UNLEASHED and then she wrote it’s sequel.
At the urging of her amazing husband, her brother, and her best friend, Emily published UNLEASHED in April of 2011, after her agent valiantly had tried to sell it to NY publishers for 3 years. Now Emily works with her husband, Sean Gilvey, in their glassblowing business, writes novels, and plays with her awesome dog, Kinsey.
For more on Emily and her writing, drop by her website, find her on Tumblr, or check out her Facebook profile. UNLEASED can be purchased at Amazon.com – Kindle, Amazon.co.uk – Kindle, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble – NOOKBook.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this highlight of UNLEASED and the introduction to Emily. Thanks so much for stopping by.