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The 26 Women Of The Priya Club
India Reed To Quinlan Tyler

The women of the Priya Club continue to evolve with each new novel. Challenges, choices, events, relationships – any part of their lives can change at a moment’s notice. This is Washington, D.C., after all, a place where nothing is as it seems, anything is possible (when you hold the right cards), and “forever” is defined as the length of an election cycle.

Updates and new information will be added about each of the Priya Club members as their lives grow in hoped for and, sometimes, unexpected directions. As it is for the rest of us, change is the one constant for the Priya Club and for its devoted members.

INDIA REED

Alessandra Ambrosio Imagined as India Reed in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Alessandra Ambrosio imagined as character India Reed in the Priya Club novels.
India Reed Priya Club Member Number 21

From the time she was a little girl, it has been important to India that everyone around her gets along, and feels included. Joining the Priya Club was a hard decision for her because she worried that if others found out about this fun, smart club and realized they hadn’t been invited in, their feelings would be hurt. India has always gone out her way to not step on toes or intentionally hurt people’s feelings.

This commitment to inclusion has come at a strong personal cost to India’s professional and private lives. It doesn’t matter who calls, or when, or what they ask of her – she will stop what she’s doing and focus her energy and resources on making that person’s life better. How do you spell “team” the Priya Club way? I–n-d-i-a.

JILLA CLARKE

Elizabeth Olsen imagined as Jilla Clarke in the Priya Club novels.
Elizabeth Olsen imagined as character Jilla Clarke in the Priya Club novels.
Jilla Clarke Priya Club Member Number 22

Jilla married her sweetheart, Bubba Clarke, the Saturday before high school graduation. A year later, they welcomed their first child. Fourteen years later, they have six little humans, with plans for more. Jilla is that rare woman who manages to get it all done in a day. She is unparalleled at time management, and at managing people. Born and raised on a farm, she continues to live on that farm where, technically, she works from home. (Her job as master winemaker of the The Old Hundred vineyard requires her to commute to the Southeast corner of the property.)

For all the successes she has professionally – and there are many – her number one priority remains her husband and children. When asked how she gets it all done, Jilla shrugs, and says, “Get the heart right, and everything else will follow.”

KENNA HENLEY

Deepika Padukone Imagined as Kenna Henley in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Deepika Padukone imagined as character Kenna Henley in the Priya Club novels.
Kenna Henley Priya Club Member Number 17

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LYRIC PALMER

Jessie James imagined as Lyric Palmer in the Priya Club novels.
Jessie James imagined as character Lyric Palmer in the Priya Club novels.
Lyric Palmer Priya Club Member Number 3

Lyric has a secret. She spends much of her time worrying that people will find out about it. The Priyas know what it is, of course, and so does her dad. But everyone else? More and more, the idea of public exposure of her secret sends Lyric into retreat, and often has her hiding out within the unbroken circle of the Priya Club.  There, she is protected, yes, but increasing removed from the life she was born to live.

She dreams, Lyric does, of interacting with the world boldly, purposefully. Of never again meeting someone new – a handsome man, for example – and becoming paralyzed by negative thoughts about his possible reaction to her secret. Some people think she is standoffish, or a snob. Others say she’s shy. The Priyas know the truth: Lyric is a magical songbird, whose gift of music far outshines any shadows life – and enemies – may throw her way.

MARAH PRINCE

Margot Robbie Imagined as Marah Prince in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Margot Robbie imagined as characterMarah Prince in the Priya Club novels.
Marah Prince Priya Club Member Number 7

If Bonner is the “fact” checker, that makes Marah the “flaw” checker in the Priya Club. (And pretty much everywhere else in her life.) For the most part, Marah is only capable of expressing the negative point of view, in any situation. She holds her own opinion in the highest esteem and is always ready to share it, anywhere. The irony is that Marah demands that others live by a strict code of social protocols, which she allows herself to ignore propriety whenever it suits her purpose, or mood.

When the other members press Ava about why she would ever allow Marah to become a part of the Priya Club, Ava always offers the same answer: Success requires first examining a situation from all angles. No other Priya has the ability to see potential flaws and problems as clearly and swiftly as Marah is able to do, making Marah an indispensable part of building a sound future for the Priya Club.

NANETTE D'ANSIE

Laetitia Casta imagined as Nanaette D'Ansie in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Laetitia Casta imagined as character Nanette D'Ansie in the Priya Club novels.
Nanette D'Ansie Priya Club Member Number 16

Nanette spends most of her year traveling the world. She loves to sit down in a strange land, with a person unknown to her, and use every translation tools she’s collected over her decade as a travel writer to gain new understanding about the resilience of the human spirit, and the triumph of love over all who seek to destroy it. Though the stories are different, and the problems and places, too, the message is always the same: love conquers all. Readers flock to her because no matter their mood or circumstance, she brings the stories that renew their faith in love.

It is strange then, Nanette’s fear of inviting love into her personal life. She is always on a plane or train, never staying anywhere for longer than a few weeks, unless it’s Washington, D.C., making relationships near impossible. The Priyas know this is her goal – she can’t hide it from them. They also know that her unwillingness to open her heart is simply because the right man hasn’t knocked on it yet.

OLIVE McBRIDE

Jennifer Connelly imagined as Olive McBride in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Jennifer Connelly imagined as character Olive McBride in the Priya Club novels.
Olive McBride Priya Club Member Number 23

Olive has human emotions, true, but they are hidden deep beneath her mask of “just the science, please.” She works hard to look at every life situation from the perspective of the tangible: acts, events, results. As a research scientist, Olive gets to spend her days in a calm, fact-centered, low-contact environment. As the oldest child of a flamboyant mother, one prone to show up for the school run, back in the day, dressed in costume and singing some off-tune number, Olive has long used silence and stillness as her escape from her own reality.

Her family’s favorite joke is that she must have been switched at birth. Olive doesn’t like being the family joke. She does like being a Priya, where, yes, there are lots of big personalities, but there are also rules. Olive’s family has no rules, no boundaries, so she grew up hunting for them, reveling in them. She would add more of them to her world, today, if both her boss and Ava would let her. In contrast, Olive’s boyfriend lets her make all the rules she wants, agreeing to stay in a relationship that lacks any hint of spontaneity or passion. Or love. The Priyas know that all of it boils down to one thing: Olive is living a lie.

PAIGE SLOAN

Briga Heelan Imagined as Paige Sloan in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Briga Heelan imagined as character Paige Sloan in the Priya Club novels.
Paige Sloan Priya Club Member Number 18

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QUINLAN TYLER

Jullian Murray Imagined as Quinlan Tyler in the Priya Club novels.
Jullian Murray imagined as character Quinlan Tyler in the Priya Club novels.
Quinlan Tyler Priya Club Member Number 10

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