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Monday 1 June 2015

☀ The Lei Crime Fiction Series (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Various Authors

15 June - UPDATE: On 5 June 2015, author Craig Hansen (featured in this post) suffered a serious stroke with brain bleed and although he is improving, he is still in ICU. 
His family is raising money for expenses (Craig lives with his wife and 92 yrs old father) via GoFundMe/CraigHansen

If you would like to help, please consider sharing and sending good thoughts his way for a speedy recovery

Sending best wishes to Craig and his family from all of us at BooksChatter.

Thank you for joining us on the first day of the Virtual Book Tour for The Lei Crime Series: eight novellas, by eight different authors, based on Toby Neal's vivid and captivating Lei Crime Series.

This new series was published on  by Kindle Worlds,'s portal for fan fiction published on the Kindle platform (please note that Kindle Worlds is not available on any other regional Amazon site; it is esclusively available on

Each week in June this tour will explore two different books in the series.  This week we are kicking off with two Young Adult Suspense titles: "Fireweed Trail" by Craig Hansen, and "Never Again (Defining Moments, #1)" by Julie C. Gilbert.

Read on to discover more about The Lei Crime Series (Kindle Worlds Novellas), and its authors.

The authors will be awarding a $30 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The giveaway will run until 26 June 2015.

Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read about the other books in the series.  Don't forget: the more comments you leave the higher your chances of being a winner!

The Lei Crime Series | Fireweed Trail: Synopsis | About the Author: Craig Hansen |
Never Again: Synopsis | About the Author: Julie C. Gilbert | Giveaway & Tour Stops

The Lei Crime Series

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop, but often the cases she works activate wounds and complications from her tangled family history. Lei is affected deeply by her cases even as she solves them with persistence, obsession, and intuition.

She falls in love with Michael Stevens, the charismatic detective she works with, and they make a life solving crime in contemporary Hawaii with all its beauty and deadliness.

Fireweed Trail: Synopsis

Before she was a detective...

Troubled teen Leilani Texeira is on the edge of self-destruction. As a last-ditch effort to reach her, Auntie sends her to the Fireweed Trail program, a wilderness therapy hike down the Oregon Coast Trail. Things go well until a fellow hiker turns up dead.

Now she's a murder suspect.

Damaged and fragile, Lei is pushed from inaction to one of the most harrowing adventures in her young life. Miles from civilization and help, she only has her own strength and determination to save herself from of a killer's wrath.

And instead of hiking, she's running for her life.

Fireweed Trail available NOW!

US: purchase from find on Goodreads

About the Author: Craig Hansen

Craig Hansen wrote his first SF published short story, "The S.S. Nova", when he was fourteen.  It was published in the Minnesota Writers in the Schools COMPAS program's 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It.  That was when he decided to dedicate himself to writing.

Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis.  In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs, including five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing.

His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28.

His first novel, Most Likely, was released in May 2011. Shada, the first installment of the Ember Cole series of young adult paranormal suspense books, was published in September 2011.  Under Contract followed in the spring of 2012.  The Devohrah Initiative appeared in August 2013. Nice Girl Like You appeared in June 2014, and Spoiled is September 2014.  Rotten and The Woodsman were both released in October 2014. Ripe was released in February 2015, and the KindleWorld tale, Fireweed Trail, set in the Lei Crime KW created by Toby Neal, is his most recent release.

Hansen remains hard at work on several projects that will be announced when they are close to release, on his author website.

Hansen lives in Oregon with his wife, a dog, two cats, and his 92-year-old father, a World War II veteran.

Craig's interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology.

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Never Again: Synopsis

The breakup was just the beginning …

When college junior Alana Adams catches her boyfriend passionately kissing another woman, she promptly dumps Nathan and turns to her best friend, Michael, for advice and emotional support.

At first, Nathan apologizes and showers Alana with gifts in an effort to win her back. He tries to get her to see they belong together, but when his efforts fail, he concludes the real problem in their relationship must be her best friend.

As Alana’s rejection further sinks in, Nathan realizes there’s only one solution to their problem: kill Michael Stevens.

Never Again (Defining Moments, #1) 
available NOW!

US: purchase from find on Goodreads

About the Author: Julie C. Gilbert

Julie is a writer as well as a high school chemistry teacher.

She has a YA science fiction series called Devya’s Children, and a Christian mystery series called Heartfelt Cases.

She enjoys warm weather, hot tea and coffee, reading, writing, teaching, building Legos, reviewing products, and listening to books on CD or audible.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

Enter to win a $30 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway
Remember to comment to win!
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Follow The Lei Crime Fiction Series'tour:

"Never Again" by Julie C. Gilbert & "Fireweed Trail" by Craig Hansen
June 1: BooksChatter
June 2: A Book Addict's Delight
June 2: Books in the Hall
June 3: Shelf Full of Books
June 4: CBY Book Club
June 5: Romorror Fan Girl

"Hidden Poppies" by M.L. Doyle & "Saddle Road" by J.L. Oakley
June 8: Undercover Book Reviews
June 9: Room With Books
June 10: Independent Authors
June 11: Straight from the Library
June 11: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
June 12: Long and Short Reviews

"The Shell Keeper" by Christine Nolfi & "Warrior Dog" by Emily Kimelman
June 15: fuonlyknew
June 16: T's Stuff
June 17: Harps Romance Book Review
June 17: Andi's Book Reviews
June 18: Readsalot
June 19: The Reading Addict

"Half Moon Girls" by Corinne O'Flynn & "A Snake in Paradise" by Eden Baylee
June 22: FictionZeal
June 22: It's Raining Books
June 23: The Snarkology
June 24: Lilac Reviews
June 25: fundinmental
June 26: Unabridged Andra's


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Emily Kimelman said...

Thanks for sharing about our Lei Crime novellas! I hope you're readers enjoy them :)

Eden Baylee said...

What a terrific site! Thank you, BooksChatter for highlighting Julie's and Craig's books, and for hosting the authors of the Lei Crime Series. We really appreciate it,

Unknown said...

Thanks for the updates will be following thru June. Thanks for the good reading!!!

historywriter said...

Thanks for hosting us.We Lei Crime Series authors are very grateful. One of the nice things about this tour is discovering awesome sites like BooksChatter who bring readers to authors. Thanks.

cherio1 said...

This series sounds really interesting!

Toby Neal said...

So exciting to see this great lineup, and so far afield! Thanks so much for hosting these talented authors, aloha from Maui!
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance!

MomJane said...

Sounds like a fascinating story.

BooksChatter said...

Thank you - they all seem so good! Best wishes to all of you for the rest of the tour and for the future :-)

BooksChatter said...

That's very kind, thank you. It was my pleasure :-) Best wishes to all of the writers!

BooksChatter said...

:-) The books do sound awsome!

BooksChatter said...

Nice to see you here. It was my pleasure to discover these works and share them. Wishing you all the best :-)

BooksChatter said...

Hello Toby,

Thank you for stopping by. All of the stories do sound amazing. My TBR list keeps getting bigger :-)
Aloha to you from rainy London :-)

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I like the cover and excerpt. :)

Unknown said...

Wow! What a post~sounds great! Thank you so much for sharing!

Corinne O said...

Thank you for hosting us and sharing with your readers! Cheers from Colorado!!

Glenda H. said...

So far some great and interesting reads being introduced, all new to me...exciting for all.

Craig Hansen said...

Thank you, Books Chatter. It's appreciated!

Craig Hansen said...

Cherio1, thanks. I hope you enjoy both Julie's book and my own.

Craig Hansen said...

Glad you're intrigued by Julie's book and my own. Greetings from rainy (but not Texas-rainy) Portland!

Craig Hansen said...

Glad to hear you're finding us! We certainly welcome you to the books Julie, I, and the other KW authors have created in celebration of Toby Neal's fine Lei Crime world.

debarshi das said...

This is an awesome giveaway, and I would use this to buy thomas and friends and garth brooks. :)

Unknown said...

thank you for the giveaway

Ben said...

This sounds great - thank you for the giveaway

Midu Hadi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Eden Baylee said...

Flora, thanks so much for the update on Craig as well. He is still in the hospital but we remain hopeful that he will make a full recovery. Thank you for all your sharing, and your stellar help. You've gone above and beyond.

eden xox

Unknown said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.