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Toby Neal

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aka Toby Jane

Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5 and has been published in magazines and won several writing contests. After initially majoring in Journalism, she eventually settled on mental health as a career and loves her work, saying, "I'm endlessly fascinated with people's stories."

She enjoys many outdoor sports including bodyboarding, scuba diving, beach walking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Hawaii with her family and dogs.

Toby credits her counseling background in adding depth to her characters-from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous and vulnerable heroine in the Lei Crime Series.

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy

Lei Crime
   1. Blood Orchids (2011)
   2. Torch Ginger (2012)
   3. Black Jasmine (2012)
   4. Broken Ferns (2013)
   5. Twisted Vine (2013)
   6. Shattered Palms (2014)
   7. Dark Lava (2014)
   8. Fire Beach (2014)
   9. Rip Tides (2015)
   10. Bone Hook (2015)
   11. Red Rain (2015)
   12. Bitter Feast (2016)
   13. Razor Rocks (2019)
   14. Wrong Turn (2020)
   15. Shark Cove (2021)
   16. Hidden Falls (2022)
   Unsound (2013)
Paradise Crime
   1. Wired In (2016)
   2. Wired Rogue (2016)
   3. Wired Hard (2017)
   4. Wired Dark (2017)
   5. Wired Dawn (2017)
   6. Wired Justice (2018)
   7. Wired Secret (2018)
   8. Wired Fear (2018)
   9. Wired Courage (2018)
   10. Wired Truth (2019)
   11. Wired Ghost (2020)
   12. Wired Strong (2020)
   13. Wired Revenge (2022)
   14. Wired Target (2022)
   Paradise, Passion, Murder (2016) (with Terry Ambrose, JoAnn Bassett, Gail Baugniet, Frankie Bow, Kay Hadashi, Laurie Hanan, Jill Marie Landis, A J Llewellyn and CW Schutter)
Toby Neal recommends
Blood Honor (2016)
(Day After Never, book 1)
Russell Blake
"Highly enjoyable dystopian thriller with a Western twist set in the feral badlands of a post-apocalyptic Texas. Russell Blake's Lucas is a hard bitten hero I enjoyed rooting for as he reluctantly rescues a woman and child mysteriously important enough to kill whole villages over. Great beginning to a series that looks to be a first-rate gallop into a dark sunset."
The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"This is a tight, tense tale that sucks you in [and] won't let you go. There is a feel [of] "The Wire" about this book, along with writing that's reminiscent of Michael Connelly or Jo Nesbo's best work. Gritty, authentic action, spot-on dialogue, a sense of place and voice, and the plot just moves like a river. I felt like I stuck a toe in and got caught in that cold river where [Frank Marr] liked to dump people...I was swept away, and washed up in the end with a sense of relief and hope...which is just what I like in a crime story. Well told, David Swinson!"
Stolen Things (2019)
R H Herron
"Stolen Things is relentless, a vortex that sucks you in, yet sparkles with grace notes that keep the story from being too dark. This book stays with you long after you close the pages."

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