Year-end Teasers: The 2016 spotlight


Your favorite bestselling authors have been very busy over the past 12 months. Altogether, BestSelling Reads member authors have published 46 titles. Here’s a quick look back at all the great reading available for your enjoyment this year.

Claude Bouchard

Scott Bury

Barb Drozdowich

Julie C. Gilbert

DelSheree Gladden

Emily Kimelman

Emily’s Sydney Rye Kindle World also launched in May 2016.

Seb Kirby


Toby Neal

Renée Pawlish

Kathleen Valentine

Even though Kathleen passed away at the end of October, she published two books in 2016:


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Teaser Thursday: Fatal Interest


By Julie C. Gilbert

FatalInterestwBadge“It’s nice to meet you. Who’s the handsome fellow?”


“That’s a nice name. I see you’ve already met Dr. Ian Alton. He’s the biology teacher, but his true passion is his research into different genetic strains of grass. I don’t really get it, but he loves that grass.” Silvia shook her head like she couldn’t fathom why. “I fear watering the experimental grass has made an enemy out of Ian for Blue here, but he’ll get over it. I’ll have the kids steal his precious sign a time or two more. That’ll keep him busy.”

I raised an eyebrow at the woman.

“You had them steal the sign?”

“Not exactly, but it does make a regular appearance in my room throughout the year,” Silvia explained. “I’ve narrowed down the suspects to two young men and a young lady from my team, but I’ve not cracked the case yet. If that’s the worst of the pranks they pull, we should count our blessings.”

I looked back at the man she’d called Ian. He was kneeling next to a patch of grass, studying it carefully.

“Have you seen the pool yet?” Silvia asked, drawing my attention back her way.

“No. I decided to check out the grounds first.”

“Aside from teaching English, I’m also the assistant swim coach. We’ve got an Olympic size pool in the West Wing below the dorms. Do you fancy a tour?” Silvia slipped into a British accent as she asked the question.

Silvia’s cheer was starting to wear on me, but I gathered there was no quicker way to the heart of the school than questioning the most enthusiastic chatterbox. Consenting to the tour, I followed Silvia across the expansive back lawn back to the mansion. Keeping the pace casual, I carefully questioned my new source. She had a story and statement ready for just about everything.

Before reaching the pool, I learned that the history teacher, Dr. Bartholomew Rathbone, Jr., had taught here for thirty-five years.

“He’s a relic and a bit eccentric, but harmless enough. Don’t get him started on the Civil War unless you’ve got a three-hour chunk of time to kill.”   

After being properly impressed by the pool, I encouraged Silvia to continue playing tour guide. Happy to comply, she led me up a floor to the hallway full of creepy portraits.

“I call this the ‘Great Hall of Dead People,’” she announced dramatically, “but don’t tell Belinda. She’s like Ian and the grass to the nth power when it comes to respecting the school. Me? I’m more of a realist. Don’t get me wrong. I love working here. Most of the students are great, but a few need the silver spoon yanked out of their mouths once in a while.” Silvia winked at me. “I’m happy to do the yanking.”

What’s Fatal Interest about?

Sydney Rye doesn’t believe in ghosts … until she meets one.

Without warning, the Ghost Girl appears in her room and tells her to expect a phone call. Despite the strangest referral ever, Sydney accepts what appears to be a simple case of high class mischief at an exclusive boarding school.

The Head Mistress can’t tell her much, but she fears one of the students might be in danger. Rooms are being searched seemingly at random, and the list of potential targets stretches to nearly everybody. Still, compared to Sydney’s other cases, this one has all the markings of an open/shut one for her and Blue.

Looks can be deceiving.

Somebody has a keen interest in this small, posh school, and it’s up to Sydney and Blue to expose the bad guys before that interest turns fatal.

Fatal Interest is a Lei Crime Kindle World novella, based on characters created by BSR member Emily Kimelman. It’s also part of Julie Gilbert’s Ghost Girl Files series.

Find it exclusively on Amazon.

About the author

Teaching and writing make up about 90% of my life. The other smidgen would probably be split between Legos, Star Wars collecting, and drinking decaf coffee or a strong peppermint tea. I might also be a candy addict. I occasionally do puzzles, but crossword puzzles bore me. I’m more of a word search gal because there’s always a chance of winning those.

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Teaser Thursday: Ashlynn’s Dreams


By Julie Gilbert

AshLynnsDreamsCoverI had another one of those weird dreams where I can hear a conversation I know I shouldn’t be able to. Sometimes I fight these dreams by pushing ’em back and pretending I never heard ’em. It ain’t normal to hear things while you’re sleeping. Only Nana and Dr. S. know it ever happens, but I trust ’em both not to blab it across the world. If we told most doctors, they’d probably wanna study me or something. It’s our secret. I had to tell someone, so this ought to do the trick.

Oh, I suppose Danielle knows, too, but she wouldn’t say nothing to the wrong people. Daddy Three knows, too. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s kid cousin; a lot of people know my secret.

Don’t fret. Don’t fret. No threat means don’t worry yet. Nana said that so it must be true.


“Shut up; no names!” snapped another man, obviously Darren.

I recognized his voice as that of the first man who kidnapped me.

“You want the little freak to wake up and come hunting you down someday?” demanded Darren.

“You’ve been watching way too many movies, man. That stuff I gave her would take down an angry pit bull.”

“You don’t know these kids like I do,” Darren muttered. “Freaks, all of them.”

“I thought you said we only wanted the little kid. I don’t like this complication. The—”

“You saw how the kid reacted,” Darren replied. His voice sounded quiet but mean, like a coiled spring fixing to take someone’s eye out. “Besides, kidnapping and murder will draw just as much attention as a double kidnapping. This way, at least the boss can put his own spin on it. He can kill the other girl later if he wants, but it’s a lot harder to undo a murder.”

The two men fell quiet.

“Aw, stop it. You’re like an old, worrying woman,” Darren said, breaking the brief silence. “We’re getting paid well enough, aren’t we?”

“Money’s one thing, but I didn’t sign on to snatch kids.”

“Think of her as an overgrown lab rat,” Darren said soothingly. “The experiment failed, and we’re here to clean up the mess.”

“Clean up? As in kill?”

That’s all of the conversation I remember. Only hearing part of the conversation is probably the most frustrating part of the dreams. Overall, it’s a pretty useless skill to have, though I must say I’ve probably overhead more Christmas and birthday gifts than anyone else in the world. The downside is that anytime I say something I’m not supposed to know Momma just thinks I’ve been eavesdropping on her. I guess she’s right, but subconscious eavesdropping don’t count. Dr. S. says I ought to tell Momma about the dreams, but she don’t know Momma like I do. Momma would probably bust a button if she knew.

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About Ashlynn’s Dreams (Devya’s Children Book 1)

Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington is just an ordinary girl—bright, brave, and sometimes a bit too headstrong for her own good. She never thought she was particularly special or different than anybody else.

She was wrong.

Everything changes the day she and her babysitter, Danielle, are kidnapped and taken to a secret scientific facility. There Jillian learns she has a new name, Ashlynn, and a strange connection to the other children at the lab. They each have powerful abilities, Gifts that Jillian doesn’t quite understand. As if that wasn’t enough to absorb, Jillian discovers she has a Gift of her own—the power to enter other people’s dreams.

Jillian’s task seems simple enough: the scientists want her to use her ability to find another Gifted child who has disappeared. But the longer Jillian stays in the facility, the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems … and everybody has secrets. Besides, the boy’s life is not the only one at stake. The scientists will stop at nothing to force Jillian’s cooperation, even if that means threatening Danielle.

Jillian knows they have to get free. But after all they’ve seen, will they ever truly escape?

About the author

Julie Gilbert 2013Teaching and writing make up about 90% of my life. The other smidgen would probably be split between Legos, Star Wars collecting, and drinking decaf coffee or a strong peppermint tea. I might also be a candy addict. I occasionally do puzzles, but crossword puzzles bore me. I’m more of a word search gal because there’s always a chance of winning those.

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And follow her on Twitter: @authorgilbert or @jilliananddeli.