Aya de Leon

UPTOWN THIEF (July 2016)uptown-thief-683x1024

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 Reviews, 4 Stars

 Rights: Kensington, WorldAya de Leon author photo 2015 crop


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.