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Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the bestselling young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and the adult suspense thrillers, Breaking Measures and A Woven Silence. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

Born in Japan and raised in Honolulu, she attended Columbia University and the Juilliard School of Music. A former concert pianist and an avid traveler, she currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.


  • Genre: Adult Suspense / Mystery / Crime
  • Series: Leila Cates
  • Series Order: Book #0.5 (Prequel)
  • Length: Novella
  • Available formats: Digital, print, audio
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • ISBN: 9780990884712 (ebook) / 9780990884729 (paperback)

A life built on lies…

On the fast track to international success, acclaimed concert pianist Leila Cates is close to achieving her dreams. But her path to certain stardom comes to a crashing halt when the body of her boyfriend, a world-renowned conductor, is discovered on the eve of her New York debut. When rumors about their relationship surface, Leila quickly becomes the primary suspect.

A past with the power to shatter the future…

Desperate to clear her name, Leila sets out to uncover the truth. Enlisting the reluctant help of Orion Frazier, the lead detective on the case, their investigation soon entangles her in a world of betrayal and deception.

With everything on the line, can Leila find the strength to face what she finds?

A taut suspense thriller of dark secrets and even darker ambitions, Breaking Measures is a mesmerizing novella about the treachery love can hide.

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“The writing was hauntingly beautiful, every description cultivated with such care… a fabulous prequel!” – Bookworm Coalition

“A gritty whirlwind story that matches the tempo of the city it’s set in. Emma Raveling does it again! This prequel novella left me as all her works do — greedy for more.” – EJ Mellow, author of The Dreamland Series

“One of those rare writers who has an incredible talent with words.” – Reading Nook NZ

“Intriguing…an edge of your seat thriller.” – Book Passion for Life



Young Adult Urban / Contemporary Fantasy with Romantic Elements


Adult Suspense/Thriller






“Ondine is an excellent insight into a younger Kendra…as with each & every story we get in this series, it always leaves me wanting more!” – Book Passion for Life

“A brilliantly written novella that ties perfectly into the series,Ondine adds a whole new dimension to Kendra’s character.” – 21st Century Once Upon a Time

“This prequel novella showcases everything I love about Emma Raveling’s captivating and addicting storytelling… Exciting. Enthralling. Electric.” – Word Spelunking


5 stars – Top Pick: “I loved reading about the world in this book… and the heroine was one I found myself rooting and falling for. I recommend this book to all fans of young adult and mythology.” – Night Owl Reviews

“I love when I pick up a book and it totally blows me away – and this was definitely one of those books…this is one of the best Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels I’ve read. Emma’s writing is fabulous, her characters are engaging, the dialogue is witty and fun. Her books will easily have a permanent home on my shelf.” – Stitch, Read, Cook

Whirl is the first book and debut in the Ondine Quartet series by Emma Raveling and what a debut it is.” – Supernatural Bookworm

“A powerful fantasy story entwined with danger, romance and action…It kept me at the edge of my seat with its edginess, twists, turns and fantasy adventure.” – Readers Favorite

“Non-stop action, love and an amazing world that has never been seen before…I am totally addicted to this series and cannot wait for book 2.” – The Kindle Book Review

“In Whirl, Raveling has created a highly original and spellbinding fantasy world full of charismatic characters, a thrilling story, creative fantasy elements, and some sizzling romance…an enchanting, fun, beautifully written novel. A definite MUST read!” – Word Spelunking


“An action-packed, emotional rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave you begging for more. It is official – this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all-time. When I say it is unputdownable – I mean it and the bags under my eyes can prove it. This installment of the Ondine Quartet series took everything I loved from Whirl and amplified it.” – Paromantasy

“Exhilarating, suspenseful and thrilling…so many engaging scenes that leave you sitting on the edge of your seat and by the end of this book you’ll only be wanting more!” – Book Passion for Life

“Full of action and intrigue….Emma’s easy flow of the story and the way the characters come together are what makes this series a must read.” – Turner’s Antics


“There’s nothing that can equal the excitement of reading a series that just keeps getting better and better…This book is filled with adventure, heroes, evil, romance, sadness and, yes, even heartbreak. The storytelling is rich and the characters are vivid.” – The Book Hookup

“Deadly battles, heartbreaking losses, steamy romance, painful betrayals, Crest is filled to the brim with it all and so much more…Emma Raveling is a spectacular storyteller.” – Word Spelunking

“Another amazing read in the Ondine Quartet.” – Book Passion for Life


“As powerful and beautiful as the ocean itself, Breaker brings YA to another level.” – Booknut101

“10 out of 5 stars…it was word magic.” – Bookworm Coalition

“If you want a series that will take you away and paint you a world with such colors you’ll forget to stop and nourish yourself with food, this one is it!” – EJ’s Bookends

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