Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon is a writer/performer whose work has been acclaimed in  The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and American Theatre Magazine. Her recent freelance work has been featured in Ebony, Guernica, xojane and Bitch MagazineShe currently teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Visit her online at ayadeleon.com, on twitter @AyadeLeon, or on Facebook.

 
 
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THE BOSS (A Justice Hustlers Heist Novel) (2017)

She won't back down. She'll never stop. And in this seductive, suspenseful novel, one gorgeous sister puts her future on the line for the exploited—even as her past and present collide, threatening to take her out . . .
 
Tyesha Couvillier will never forget the rip-offs and brutal treatment she endured as a sex worker. So as the new director of the groundbreaking Lower East Side Women's Health Clinic, she'll take on the Ukranian mob and corrupt strip club bosses to stop local exotic dancers from being pressured into selling sex. And if she and her crew can pull off an elaborate heist, the evidence they steal could upend this vicious game—and give exploited women a chance at justice…
 
But suddenly Tyesha's traumatic past and high-drama family are back on the scene—and turning up the heat to explosive. With a notorious celebrity ex-lover out to win back her heart, and a drug kingpin from her Chicago past in the mix, crucial scams go dead-wrong, and buried secrets bring wrenching betrayal. Now this fiercely compassionate beauty must gamble on tricks she never dared to protect those she loves—and survive to carry on the fight.
  
“This well-written and enjoyable installment in de León’s unique, feminist, urban crime-fiction series . . . infuses satisfying power in both plot and character.”Booklist, starred review

Rights: Kensington, World

 
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UPTOWN THIEF (A Justice Hustlers Heist novel) (2016)

In this sexy, heart-stopping tale, one smart, sizzling mami robs the rich and protects the exploited–until one heist too many puts everything at stake. . .

Marisol Rivera barely survived being abused with nowhere to turn. So there’s nothing she won’t do to keep her Lower East Side women’s health clinic open and give disadvantaged women new lives. Running an exclusive escort service for New York City’s rich and powerful 1 percent is the perfect way to bankroll her business–not to mention the perfect cover for robbing corrupt CEOs. And when times get even tougher, pulling a heist on a mega-billionaire will secure the clinic’s future–and her gorgeous crew’s–for good. . .

There’s just one problem: Marisol didn’t anticipate bad news even more dangerous than her curves. A seductive ex-cop who’s too close for comfort, and a powerful thug with a score to settle, are turning Marisol’s precise planning and seductive fail-safes into insidious traps. Now this beautiful modern-day Robin Hood will have to play some lethal wild cards without rules or limits to save those she loves–and live to steal another day. . .

“Aya de Leon is a feminist writer to watch.” —Sarai Walker, author of Dietland

“Staking out space for women of color in the heist-fiction genre, Aya de Leon’s smart, sly writing is a knockout.” —Andi Heisler, Editorial/Creative Director of Bitch Magazine

“Marisol and her band of Merry Women are robbing from the rich to help the downtrodden women in her health clinic. Though she is living a life of crime, she has a heart of Gold. You find yourself cheering her on while biting your nails hoping she’ll win out in the end.”– RT Book Reviews4 Stars

 Rights: Kensington, World