Mar 112014

Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Series #1)

unleashedBy: Emily Kimelman
Published: September 26th 2011
By: Createspace (first published April 19th 2011)
ISBN13: 9781463581978
Series: A Sydney Rye Series #1

Goodreads Summary


The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series 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!

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series of dark murder mysteries. DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) and INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3) are both available in the Kindle Store.

My Review

When you read Unleashed it is easy to see why it is a bestseller. It had the right amount of mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering what the heck!

Though it does contain swearing, violence and sex it is a good story so long as you are okay with reading a book with those things. I do appreciate the fact that these things were listed and I didn’t have to take note or begin reading only to find out that the books weren’t to my taste.

While I do enjoy mysteries like this and will deal with the less wholesome things I definitely wouldn’t want my child to pick this book up and the cover having a dog on it likely would get one of my children to start reading it, thinking it must be about a dog.

Overall I still give this book a very high recommendation rate so long as the buyer is aware that the book is not “clean”.

The author, Emily Kimelman, does a wonderful job of building up suspense in her mystery and its easy to see why this book is part of a series. Though, I would personally be unlikely to purchase further books because of the cussing, violence and sex. Call me a prude!

About the Author

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming DEVIL’S WEED. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.

If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email or on  twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.

Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye

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

Emily Kimelman’s “Sydney Rye” series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, 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!

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 Emily’s email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.

Here are your choices:


Audition HTML and Bios can all be found here:

Here are the Artists Bio’s!

Emily Strong: Bio: 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. You can visit her at Erin Jones: Bio: 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 Field: 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: Bio: Erica Newhouse is a film, televesion and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Prize Details                    

Every vote, like, share, or sign up is an entry for the “grand prizes” One person will win Signed copies of all 5 books One person will win a $30 Amazon or B&N gift card Four other winners will win paperback copies of UNLEASHED Anyone who votes +  signs up for Emily’s email list + likes Emily’s FaceBook page gets a copy of the audio book when it’s completed!  

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Mar 052014

Time Management for the Blogger

Blogging can easily become a time eater, consuming a large majority of your day, week, and life. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be. Here are my tips to blog maintenance so  I can blog and still have a family life.

5 Time Tips

  1. Take the time to unsubscribe from all the emails you DO NOT NEED. These include emails from people you seldom open, spend time just hitting the delete button or read and don’t gain anything from. Streamlining your email to only receive what you need has been one of the best things I could do. Every email I get (almost) is one I open and read. If I find I have gone a week or so “saving” opening an email for a rainy day I unsubscribe from that list because I obviously don’t need it cluttering up my screen space or taking up my time.
  2. If you are self-hosted using you can easily go into your share settings so that each post you make is automatically shared to your favorite social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter.
  3. If you are like me and generally do reviews pick a single place or two like Goodreads and Library Thing to be an active member. Signing up to more than a handful of these places will quickly eat up your time as you go from one site to the next to advertise your thoughts and posts. Places that offer widgets for your blog like Goodreads tend to be most familiar to readers.
  4. Create folders and use them in your email. I personally have one for my hobby’s like photography, one for invoices sent, one for bills paid, and one for invoices that have been paid in full. I choose to keep it simple. Stick with one main email account and separate my receipts and other documents as soon as I open them.
  5. Use one source of payments sent and received. I use PayPal. It documents all invoices I sent all invoices paid, and I am able to pay my blogging bills to GoDaddy directly from them as well, keeping all of my expense reports in one location, making it easier to find what I need when I need it. This also offers m y clients the ability to keep their own receipts and invoices in a single place if they so choose.

Blogging started out as a hobby for me, but when I started to bring in the odd dollar here and there I realized I had to keep records, especially if things were going to take off. I am so glad that I have this “paper” trail all accessible and in one area.

How do you make the most of your time online?




Bonus Tip

Keep family and friend emails to a separate account so when you open up your email to work you are actually working and not getting caught up in baby pictures or family announcements. When you are done with your blogging business for the day you can hop over to your other email and social networks and know you got everything you needed to get done finished for the day. Always treat blogging as you would any other job, especially if you plan to make money!


Feb 152014

I have made some changes over the last little while and I wanted to do a quick update to whats new.

You will notice in my sidebar that there is a “coming soon” list that I have begun as well as access to my Pinterest and Facebook page. I have updated all of my social media links so if something isn’t working just leave me a comment and I will fix that quickly.

I have updated the review policy in the last few weeks which can be found under the home tab.

I have also been hanging out over on Google documents and have added a Review Request submission form directly to the page. Simply fill it in and hit submit. I have also placed one for advertisements under the Advertise with Me! tab.

Finally, I am looking for people who would like to sign up to do book reviews. They can include any of the books in my list and/or books you read just because. You can find the form to sign up and review with me under the review tab.


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Feb 102014

Happify for Valentines Day

As a long term member of Happify I couldn’t say no when they emailed me asking me if I could do a quick post about their infographic which, when you look at it, shows simple steps to happiness within a relationship, just in time for Valentines Day!

Happify offers many suggestions to better your own state of mind so that you can spread happiness and I think this infographic does an amazing job of actually showing  the proof of how contagious a mood, good or bad, can be. So without further adieu take a look at this awesome infographic and hopefully it will help you improve your mood and the moods of those in your life.

Feb 032014

Pinterest -The New Social Media

You have all seen it. That Pinterest box in the sidebar on your favorite blogs and you wonder how the web designer placed that there.

The Pinterest Widget

While on Pinterest click on profile and boards in the

top right corner. This will pull up your personal Pinterest page. Next to where your website is there is a <> Click on that and your embed code will pop up for you to copy and paste onto your website. Once you have copied this code into your sidebar or wherever you would like your widget to be seen hit save and then visit your site. If you did this last step correctly the Pinterest Widget will be on your page.

Verify Your Pinterest Page

This is the little grey check next to the web address of the person who you are following on Pinterest. Having a site verified tells the audience that you really do run this website and it also helps you to show up in search engines and even raise your rank. Though not necessary I highly recommend you do this. I have gained most of my followers since I verified a week or so ago. This may seem like a lot of steps but it really isn’t and is super easy.

  • Download FileZilla Client it works like magic and makes adding files a breeze. Install it and then open it up.

FileZilla client open

  • Next, type in your host which is normally just your website. Mine is I am with GoDaddy and they host my site so the username and password are actually both to my GoDaddy account, not my WordPress account.
  • Then click “Quickconnect” and your files and everything should load no problem.
  • Now on the right-hand side you will see “remote site” and then below that another box that says “Filename”.  In the Filename section scroll to see if your index file is in this area, or whatever you have named your pages.


  • Next, login to Pinterest and go to your settings.
  • Go into “Edit Profile”, here you will see a spot to put your web address. Fill that in with your website and click the “verify” button next to your address


  • The option to verify with a download or with meta will come up. Download the file and ignore the meta. DO NOT CHANGE THE FILE NAME AT ALL and just save it to your desktop. Leave this open as you are heading right back.

    verify your website

  • Now, jump back over to FileZilla {you may need to hit quick connect if you timed out}
  • Pick up the file you have saved from Pinterest from your desktop and drag it over to the file name section. Drop it in with the pages, not the folders. If you drop it in with the folders it will go in the folders and we do NOT want to mess around with those unless we know exactly what we are doing, or enjoy headaches!
  • Now that your file is over there the top will be whirling away for a few seconds as it updates, once this is finished return to Pinterest where you should still have the window open and click the “complete verification” button.

For me it says it can’t be verified, but when I click the verification button a second time it says the site is already verified. Then when I go look at my Pinterest page I can now see the verification check next to my website.


Finally, once verification is complete you can go back over to FileZilla and either close it or you can actually delete the Pinterest file you had placed in there. I choose to delete mine because the less stuff on your site the faster it seems to run.

I am excited to see all of the Pinterest widgets on everyone’s website. I hope this quick post helps you so that more people can see what you find Pinteresting!

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