Award-winning author Toby Neal is the award-winning author of the Lei Texeira crime mysteries as well contemporary romance books, A Somewhere Series, and a young adult series, Island Fire.
Over a million copies of her Lei Crime Series are in circulation, and Amazon recently included her series into their Kindle Worlds offerings, where other authors write novellas set in the Lei Crime Series world or use Toby's characters.
Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii and loves life there with her family and dogs. After a few “stretches of exile” to pursue education, the islands have been home for the last fifteen years.
She wrote and illustrated her first story at age five. 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.” Her career as a mental health therapist has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her books.
Outside of work and writing, Toby volunteers in a nonprofit for children and enjoys life in Hawaii through beach walking, body boarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking.
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Lei Crime Series, Books 1-4
Blood Orchids, Torch Ginger, Black Jasmine, and Broken Ferns, the AWARD-WINNING first four books of the Lei Crime Series, are put together into a one-volume one immersive reading experience that will take you to Hawaii and the world of fast-paced mysteries solved by multicultural detective Lei Texeira. No one can read just one!
"Toby Neal's storytelling skills are evident in these books about a female law enforcement office in the Hawaiian Islands. The characters are always strong, interesting people with many layers to their personalities. Their actions often surprise, but not without clues laid by the author that help the reader understand. The plots are crafted with care, created so that they flow naturally and never feel forced. The stories pull in the reader and make it impossible to put down the books; I've often lost sleep when reading her latest because I end up reading late into the night.
Most importantly, these books are a sort of immersion course in Hawaiian culture, food, and geography. There are many layers of details in these novels, information about native Hawaiians and those new to the islands, how the various cultures sometimes clash, how outsiders may have to alter their behaviors to be accepted fully. The food descriptions alone are enough reason to read the books.I loved every book in this series, each one adding to the story of Lei, her life, her family, her complex history, and finally, her growth into an amazing law enforcement officer." F. Pepoon, Reviewer
It’s been five years since the events of Rip Tides, and Sergeant Lei Texeira gets into hot water much deeper than she’s used to at a crime scene ninety feet down off of the tiny atoll of Molokini, where the death of beautiful marine biologist Danielle “Lani” Phillips is anything but an accident.
More suspects than a school of sharks circle a case that takes Lei into territory that hits dangerously close to home, even as husband Michael Stevens heads into his own uncharted depths.
In the very near future, on the tiny island of Lanai, teens from very different worlds must find a way to survive when technology is destroyed.
Bea and Sam, Hawaiian kids isolated by a paranoid, alcoholic father, are thrown together with orphaned big-city pickpocket Nick when a disaster fries all technology.
Aided by a mysterious `aumakua dragon that may or may not be Bea’s imaginary friend, the kids face fire, plane crashes, gangs, pit bulls, thieves, sharks, hunger, thirst and abuse in a coming-of-age that explores a post-technology world where only the strong and connected survive.
"Danger, love, fear, absolution, bravery and strength in a fascinating world are shown through wonderful characters in this absolutely beautiful story." G. S., reviewer
“Deep, fast-paced, filled with action, suspense, and heart, this little book is huge!” B. Morrison, middle school teacher
Somewhere in the City: A Somewhere Series Romance
Moving away and moving on are two different things.
Upon her father’s unexpected death, Pearl Michaels leaves the tropical paradise of St. Thomas to live with her sister in Boston.
She finds fame, fortune, and even more trouble than she left behind. Harley-riding, enigmatic Magnus Thorne offers Pearl all the excitement she could ever want, but his past holds even more secrets than hers. Danger stalks Pearl and Magnus from Paris to Dubai, where love's not the only thing at stake.
"These books are a fun, guilty pleasure that will leave you wanting more from Toby Neal!" ~Author Noelle Pierce