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My name is A.J. Lape and I'm the author of the Darcy Walker Series, Detective Ruby Rivera Vice Series, and the soon to come 15 Saddles MC series. I'm thrilled you dropped by my site, and I hope you check out all of the cool things we've included.

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"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter - and bleed."

Ernest Hemingway

Writing is like riding a razor-thin line between creativity and insanity. First off, throw out what you want for a character or what you’re trying to force on their lives. After you’ve done that, pop a nerve pill when they confess their deepest, darkest secrets that could land them in jail or a straitjacket. Then put them in jail or a straitjacket.

Let them misbehave, talk back, curse, cry, and make your life a living nightmare—doing all those things that would drive you mad as a friend or parent. Then number three…pray these people don’t kill you in the process. When characters have the freedom to peel back the layers in their own self-discovery, they will say things that are raw, crazy, and sometimes hard to stomach, but that’s critical to the nuance of the story. At least one that is steeped in real life.

I'd never envisioned being a novelist, but through a series of Lemony Snicket events, life had me doing a 180. As a result, writing is so much more than a paycheck or dream fulfilled. It's about YOU and providing an escape when you need a laugh or when life gets too real and dragon-fire isn't around. I hope you fall in love with my characters as much as I have and enjoy reading about their ups, downs, celebrations, and colossal mess-ups. We try to keep it real here...and funny.


15 Saddles Motorcycle Club

Motorcycle clubs followed their own written rules and were only accountable to those in the community. And the number one rule? Loyalty.

Book or eBook: TBA

Author: A. J. Lape

Series: 15 Saddles Motorcycle Club

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime Action Thriller, Suspense Action Thriller, Organized Crime, Organized Crime Thriller

Claire Crane is at a crossroads. Skipped over for a promotion at work, she doesn't know whether to plow ahead or take it as a sign from the universe to make a change. And that change doesn't just include escaping a dead-end job or mother who doesn't have time for her, but the pull of Tate Sutton who will never see her as anything other than the boss's daughter.

Tate Sutton's life in 15 Saddles Motorcycle Club is full of secrets and betrayals hard to wrap your head around. He wants out, but getting out will have to be on the down-low because the wrath of his boss, Geneva Crane, can mean death. With a getaway plan in place, a problem with her daughter, Claire - the woman he's cared for and watched over since she was a teenager - draws him back into a world of danger he's been trying to escape.

Thing is, Claire and Tate have a secret that's bigger than their current problems. When Claire and Tate's worlds collide, will old sparks rekindle or will secrets and death drive them apart once again?


Detective Ruby Rivera Vice Series

She's got two things going for her - great legs and she's a great liar.

Book or eBook: TBA

Author: A. J. Lape

Series: Ruby Rivera

Genres: Women Sleuths, Detective Fiction, Police Procedural, Thriller, Crime Action Thriller, Suspense Action Thriller, Organized Crime, Organized Crime Thriller

Ruby Rivera has come a long way from running guns for a motorcycle club in Las Vegas. She's now a vice detective in the LAPD, spearheading an op to dismantle a sex trafficking ring led by Chauncy Ford. With her cover as Crush, Rivera's mission is to capture Ford's attention and snag a job as a prostitute in his organization. Beside a stubborn will to never fail, she's go two things going for her - great legs and she's a great liar.

Alejandro Gutierrez is haunted by demons - one tattooed on his back and the memory of the young woman he couldn't save. As a leader to an organized crime syndicate, he's supposed to be all-machine. But he can't convince his heart to stop feeling. When a chance encounter with vice operative, Ruby Rivera, draws him into the middle of a sting, he finds himself attracted and offering his expertise. 

Problem is, their day-jobs put them on opposing sides of the law.

When stakes are high and bullets start flying, will they work together as a team? Or will that opposites-attract thing blow up in their faces?

Writing Is Fun, But All Consuming!

Time spent writing between 2008 and the completion of my last book.

What The Readers Say



Based on Darcy’s rec, I tried GM's Dark Magic coffee. It's indeed everything Darcy said about it. Give Green Mountain’s Double Diamond a try!



I love love love your Darcy Walker series!!! I’ve read them all the way thru twice and can’t wait for book 6. Please tell me there’s another book coming?



Are there going to be anymore audio books? I love listening to the books when I’m at work and I’ve already listened to one and two multiple times.



I can’t wait until the next book in the Darcy Walker Series comes out. How many books do you think there are going to be in total in the series?

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