Are you on IG?

I’m hanging out on Kandi Steiner’s IG story today. (Tuesday 8/4/20) I’d love for you join me. I’ll be posting throughout the day and doing a live video around 11 AM (PST). I’d love for you to Join me for a Q & A session. We’ll play some games and I’ll have some giveaways. You won’t want to miss out!

@kandisteiner

https://www.instagram.com/kandisteiner/

A few lucky participants will win Drew before it even goes out to bloggers! You won’t want to miss this. Trust me. You can click on the link below to make sure you’re following her.

I can’t wait to hang out toady!

XOXO
Amanda

PS – You can follow me at https://www.instagram.com/authoramandashelley/

Who’s Ready to Meet Drew?

The wait is finally over! Today is the day we reveal the cover for Drew! It is the first book in the Perfectly Independent Series. Yes – you read that right. Drew is part of a SERIES!!! I think you are going to love! I’ve had these characters in my mind and I can’t wait to share their stores with you. They will be a series of stand-alone stories but all are interconnected through friendship and family. You may also see some side characters from other books I’ve written make their way into this series – just going to throw that out there. 

I have been dying to share this beautiful cover with you. It’s been worse than waiting to open presents at Christmas. But I’ve been good and held back. But man it has been so hard to do this. You will flip when you see the next covers. Amy Queau from Q Design Covers and Brand Premades did an amazing job and I can’t wait to share the rest. 

Here’s more about Drew: Book one of the Perfectly Independent Series 

My heart races, palms sweat, and knees go weak. 
I’ve never seen anyone like Drew in a science lab.
He’s made me a firm believer in chemistry existing outside a textbook. 
Then his ego and entourage show up. 
Nope – No, thank you. Moving on. I mean… who has an entourage in college? 
When our professor announces we’ll be stuck as lab partners, I nearly lose my mind—and not in a good way. 
I can’t afford the type of distractions Drew brings. 

Drew Releases September 29, 2020 at all retailers

CLICK HERE TO PREORDER NOW

I’d love to know what you think of Drew. Feel free to drop my my reader’s group and tell me your thoughts.

Until Next time – Happy Reading,
Amanda

Collide is finally here!

Photo Credit by Ebook Enthusiast
Thank you for sharing this with me – Amanda
I’m so excited to announce that Collide: A Sweet Romance is now available. I want to thank every blogger, reader and fan who has shared about it yesterday. I was a humbling experience to go onto social media (because yes I made myself take breaks from it) and be notified of your interactions!  

Here’s what reader’s are saying about Collide: 
Refreshing! Delightful! “I’ll wait forever, if that’s what it takes.” Sigh…this is a heartwarming story that could easily be a made-for-TV movie! When Alex collides with Gavin, neither of them realized this was the beginning of forever. They collided body, mind, and soul! This is authentic romance! Amanda Shelley writes believable storylines with down-to-earth characters and relatable lives. This is what die-hard Romantics crave…connection down deep to the marrow of their bones. As with any life, Gavin and Alex had obstacles to overcome but they learned that romance is the beginning of true love and true love means you are in it together to the end no matter what. There is beauty and hope in this story of a woman and a man colliding for all of eternity. ~ K. Lynn BookHavenBookBlog 

Gavin’s and Alexis’ story is a sweet young adult romance. It’s about two college students who meet in an unexpected way and their relationship begins there. Their paths continue to “collide” until an accident happens and they’re thrown together for an uncertain amount of time. I love how they’re relationship builds. The flow of the story just works. The secondary characters are an integral part of the story especially the relationship they both share with their families. I’m so glad I gave this book a chance ( as young adult romances aren’t normally my go to book). You will not be disappointed with this book. My hats off to you Amanda Shelley for writing a beautifully sweet romance. I highly recommend this book. ~ Book Bub Reviewer

Until next time. Happy Reading,
~ Amanda

P. S. If you respond to this post by telling me what device you will read Collide on, I will gift a few copies of Collide: A Sweet Romance to a few lucky readers.

Who’s ready for Collide

In just five short days, the wait will be over, Collide will be in your hands, and I will be rocking in a corner waiting for your responses… (Not really on that last part, but a small part of me will – as I feel that way with every release. It’s always a cross between being really excited an really nervous… I can’t really describe it other than the fact that I’m a big ball of emotions – with each release.)


You can preorder your copy of Collide: A Sweet Romance here.

Collide: A Sweet Romance
Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.
Literally.
Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.
When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.
He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.
If only I could be so lucky.
I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.
I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.

Here’s what early readers are saying about Collide:

“Normally I find my self on the fence about college romances. This definitely wasn’t the case with this book. It had me captivated by the end of page one. I loved Alex and her stubbornness. Then she ran down Gavin spilling coffee all over him. She was most certainly a goner, and so was Gavin. Just the description of him makes him swoon worthy. The story line was perfect.”
~ Book Obsessed 


“Slow burn, first love, sweet romance!” ~ Wendy @ Ilikebooksbest

The BOGO 50% off sale at Barnes and Nobel ENDS June 30
Until June 30, my e-books are buy one, get one 50% off. When you check out use this code: BNPASHELLEY50 for the discount.

Resilience: https://bit.ly/3dqT8WY

Resolution: https://bit.ly/2yRfstT
Making the Call: https://bit.ly/2XlUN

On a personal note… I want to thank you for supporting me on this journey. If you haven’t already done so, please pop into my reader’s group and say hi. Amanda’s Army of Readers is a group where I share everything about Amanda Shelley first. It’s also a place where I get to interact and get to know my fellow book lovers. I’m just as avid of reader as many of you and I love to talk all things books.


For those who have joined, next week there will be some contests for some e-book give aways as well as for a signed paperback of Collide: A Sweet Romance. I’d hate for anyone to miss out on the fun. If you haven’t joined…. click on the link above or the logo for my reader’s group and join now… what are you waiting for???

Stay tuned next week because there will be an opportunity for you to get a signed paperback through this newsletter as well.

Happy Reading,
~ Amanda

Are you ready to meet Alex and Gavin?

Don’t waste another second, let me introduce you to them.

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.

Literally.

Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.

When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.

He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.

If only I could be so lucky.

I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.

I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.


If you want more from this book,  I’ll give you a peek at the first two chapters of Collide: A Sweet Romance at the end of this post You can click here to preorder a copy for yourself, now. It is available everywhere June 30.

But I have just a few things I want to remind you of before you scroll past to get your hands on Alex and Gavin. I want to remind you there are two events occurring with my books right now the are a savings to you. 

The first is on B&N. All my e-books are buy one, get one 50% off for a limited time. All you have to do is use the code: BNPASHELLEY50 when you check out.

Do you shop at Barnes & Noble?

Resilience: https://bit.ly/3dqT8WY
Resolution: https://bit.ly/2yRfstT
Making the Call: https://bit.ly/2XlUN

The second opportunity I have for you involves my Just a Lick Anthology. 

For a limited time, Resilience: Book One of my Resilience Duet is a part of an anthology with twenty-five authors. It is called Just A Lick. This book allows you to get a taste of twenty-five stories. Then if you like a story, download the complete book for free and keep reading. Sound fabulous? You can! Just A Lick is Free and allows you to taste then fill your e-reader. It’s available for a limited time.

https://BookHip.com/MMFGVH

Participating Authors: A.K. MacBride, Amanda Shelley, Brooke O’Brien, Brooke Summers, Callie Vegas, Danielle Norman, Denise Wells, Erika Kelly, Harlow Layne, Hope Irving, Jasmin Miller, Jessica Ames, Julie Morgan, Krissy V, K.L. Humphreys, Lauren Runow, Leela Lou Dahlin, Lexi Noir, MJ Fields, Rachel Leigh, Ryleigh Sloan, S.L. Sterling, S.M. West, Sonnie Wolf , Wendy Vella.


Now for what you’ve been waiting for.. the FIRST TWO CHAPTERS of Collide: A Sweet Romance. 
Copyright © *2020, Amanda Shelley, Inc. All rights reserved.

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You don’t have to choose your favorite book boyfriend, when can have them all!

For a limited time, Resilience: Book One of my Resilience Duet is a part of an anthology with twenty-five authors. It is called Just A Lick. This book allows you to get a taste of twenty-five stories. Then if you like a story, download the complete book for free and keep reading. Sound fabulous? You can! Just A Lick is Free and allows you to taste then fill your e-reader. It’s available for a limited time.

https://BookHip.com/MMFGVH

Participating Authors: A.K. MacBride, Amanda Shelley, Brooke O’Brien, Brooke Summers, Callie Vegas, Danielle Norman, Denise Wells, Erika Kelly, Harlow Layne, Hope Irving, Jasmin Miller, Jessica Ames, Julie Morgan, Krissy V, K.L. Humphreys, Lauren Runow, Leela Lou Dahlin, Lexi Noir, MJ Fields, Rachel Leigh, Ryleigh Sloan, S.L. Sterling, S.M. West, Sonnie Wolf , Wendy Vella.

Personal Note and Events:
I’m a firm believer in being a life-long learner. I truly believe the moment I stop learning, will be the day I’m laid to rest. I was supposed to travel to Texas this week to partake in Inkers. Con; a conference for authors. Thankfully, the organizers of the event had enough time to pull together a digital conference, so I’ve spent hours watching seminars, participating in Zoom meetings and filling my head with all sorts of new information. Yes, I wish it could’ve been in person, but at least I’m still learning. One nice thing about videos, is I’m able to pause and put to use this new learning immediately.

We are just now entering phase 2 where I live, but school (distance learning) will be out in two weeks. As much as I love my kids being life-long learners, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to summer break. Can any of your parents relate? Do you have plans for summer vacation?

Even though we won’t be going anywhere, we have some projects we’d like to complete when the weather turns nice. My girls are begging me to repaint their rooms and do a few projects I’ve had on our “when I get around to it” list.

Please remember there are two events going on right now with my books, The first is listed above, the second is my BOGO on B&N. All my e-books are buy one, get one 50% off for a limited time. All you have to do is use the code: BNPASHELLEY50 when you check out.

One last thing before I go, I’m dying to  know what’s your favorite book in the Just a Lick Anthology. I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I’ll start with the books you recommend first. Reply to authoramandashelley@gmail.com to let me know your top choices. I’m looking forward to some summer reading. If you haven’t read the anthology yet, tell me tell me a book you think everyone should read. I’m an avid reader too, and love finding new to me authors.

Take Care,
~ Amanda

PS – Stay tuned for next week, when I take you inside Collide, my next release.

Have you Read Just a Lick? Yes- you read that right… Just a Lick is an anthology you won’t want to miss.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just A Lick ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Imagine a book that allows you to get a taste of twenty-five authors then if you like it download the book for free and keep reading. Sound fabulous? You can! Just A Lick is Free and allows you to taste then fill your ereader. It’s available for a limited time.

https://BookHip.com/MMFGVH

Participating Authors: A.K. MacBride, Amanda Shelley, Brooke O’Brien, Brooke Summers, Callie Vegas, Danielle Norman, Denise Wells, Erika Kelly, Harlow Layne, Hope Irving, Jasmin Miller, Jessica Ames, Julie Morgan, Krissy V, K.L. Humphreys, Lauren Runow, Leela Lou Dahlin, Lexi Noir, MJ Fields, Rachel Leigh, Ryleigh Sloan, S.L. Sterling, S.M. West, Sonnie Wolf , Wendy Vella

Resilience is featured in this anthology. It is the second story featured in Just a Lick. If you like the taste, you can get your own copy of Resilience at the end of the taste. It is only available through July, so be sure to download the entire book before it’s too late.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Do you shop at Barnes & Noble?

For a limited time, you can get all of my ebooks at B&N for Buy one get one 50% off. All you have to do is use this code at checkout : BNPASHELLEY50

Resilience: https://bit.ly/3dqT8WY
Resolution: https://bit.ly/2yRfstT
Making the Call: https://bit.ly/2XlUN

A Personal Note and Events

If you’ve read this far, thank you for all your support. I have just two more things to share with you. I typically don’t put this much in my letters, but I’m dying to share it all! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Or better yet – the parent who’s dying to have the gifts they’ve picked out opened. (Now that I’m a mom of four I’m way more excited to watch others open their gifts – and this newsletter is my version of gifts for you.)

In writing news, I got Drew back from my editor and off to the proof reader this week. Be on the look out for blogger/ARC signups. I will be post about them soon as the cover reveal is next month. Join my reader’s group Amanda’s Army of Readers to be the first to know all the juicy details.

Don’t forget, Collide Releases June 30th. It’s a sweet romance, filled with chemistry, but not explicitly steamy. It’s a bit different from my other books, but this story begged to be written – and the characters backstory were true to the genre. For those of you who don’t know, Pullman, WA is always a place I will consider home and I had to write a book that was set there.

Collide: A Sweet Romance

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Collide: A Sweet Romance Releases June 30, 2020

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.
Literally.
Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.
When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.
He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.
If only I could be so lucky.
I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.
I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.

Blogger Signup: bit.ly/3e0kEv8
Preorders Available Now: https://amandashelley.com/collide-a-sweet-romance/

Now that I’ve shared some of my exciting news (trust me, I still have more, but I will contain my thoughts until next time… but man is it hard) Tell me – if I were to go live in my reader’s group, what types of questions would you want answered? 

Feel free to drop me an email @ authoramandashelley@gmail.com or reply to this. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,
~ Amanda

What are your plans for June 30?

For me it will be a day of huge celebration! I can’t believe the day is almost here. Collide will finally be released into the wild. Want to know a fun little fact? This is actually the first book I ever started writing and what made me want to become an actual published author. 
Yep! That’s right. This book right here is what paved the way for this path I’ve chosen.

This is the book I couldn’t stop thinking about as I drove around for hours with my three young children on hot summer afternoons. I had just had my third child and I live in a state where AC is not a necessity 95% of the year. It’s usually only uncomfortable for a few short hours before I get  some evening wind at my house, but for some reason that summer was particularly hot. It was so hot, I would literally pack up my vehicle at nap time and happily drive my F250 crew cab (at the time) down to the beach just to get their nap in and get away from the house.

It was often just us girls. My oldest was nearly six, my middle had just turned 5 and I had a newborn who all needed naps at that point. I seriously didn’t care where we went as long as they got they naps in. Being in the car always put them to sleep and by that point, I was desperate. I was on a huge Twilight phase at that point. I listened to the audio book in the car because it was one of my few books I enjoyed that my kids could listen to as well. Maybe it spurred me back into being an avid reader, but it also made me think of stories on my own.

Well eventually, I found I couldn’t stop thinking about this girl going off to college on her own for the first time. If I were listening to the radio, I would literally zone out and this plot just kept coming back to me. It was like it wouldn’t turn off. In an attempt to try and focus on something other than this plot running on a loop in my brain, I finally opened up a Word document and started to write it all down… I’d always been an avid reader but never considered myself a writer. But I couldn’t believe when I got the first fifty pages written. Holy smokes when I got to the first hundred. Eventually, I had over 350 pages and it still wasn’t finished.  Well, obviously, I had written too much. I found myself some great beta readers, editors and paired it down to what it is today. 

Collide is set in Pullman, WA. A place near and dear to my heart. I don’t know what it is about that place, but it will always have a huge place in my heart. I am a die hard Coug fan and it brought me great joy to write about a place I love so much. Just look at this setting… wouldn’t you fall in love too? 

This is how I come up with the story for Collide: A Sweet Romance. It will be available Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at all retailers.  Click HERE to Preorder NOW!

Here’s a taste of Collide: A Sweet Romance

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.

Literally.

Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.

When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.

He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.

If only I could be so lucky.

I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.

I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.

Click on vendor of your choice to preorder now!

Release week and Cover Reveal

Available Everywhere

Thank you for an amazing release week. I am over the moon by the response from Making the Call this week. I’m both honored and incredibly humbled that of all the books you could’ve chosen from, you chose to read mine. This is by far my best release week yet, and I’m thrilled you are enjoying Dani and Luke!

Here’s what some reviewers are saying:

I absolutely LOVED this story! From start to finish I was hooked and I didn’t want to put it down because I was dying to know how things were going to work out between Luke and Dani. The two had such amazing chemistry and I couldn’t get enough of either one of them.
~ Sassy Southern Blogger

Luke and Dani are such an adorable, down to earth couple that had great chemistry right from their first meeting. I instantly fell in love with Luke and how humble and swoon-worthy he is and Dani is just hilarious when she gets flustered and starts on one of her rambling rants. The novel truly gives you a glimpse into behind the scenes of a coach and writer and will give you all the feels as you are reading.
~ Canadian Girl Book Blog

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can find it everywhere here:
https://amandashelley.com/making-the-call/

Who’s ready for the Cover Reveal for Collide: A Sweet Romance?

Tomorrow is the day, but since you’re a loyal follower, I want you to be among the first to see this beautiful cover by Krys Janae at Take Cover Designs.

Here is the blurb in plain text:

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.

Literally.

Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.

When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.

He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.

If only I could be so lucky.

I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.

I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.

Preorder Everywhere Here: https://amandashelley.com/collide-a-sweet-romance/

Who’s your favorite coach?

Available Everywhere TODAY!
https://amandashelley.com/making-the-call/

Wait until you meet Luke Leighton, the youngest coach in the league for the Rainier Renegades!

Fun Fact

I got the inspiration for Making the Call while watching my favorite team, the Seahawks play the LA Rams. Um… how did I not know what Sean McVay looked like? 

Obviously, it’s because they’re not my team. But I found myself the rest of the season watching the Rams (well let’s be honest – him) if the Seahawks weren’t on. 

Have you seen that Youtube video about the “get back” coach and him? Yeah… that concept might have made it into my book as well. 

Tell me who’s your favorite coach to watch – or favorite team if you’re into football like me? 

It can be NFL or College or which coach you think makes for great eye candy… because let’s be real, there are some fine coaches out of that field these days. I’m dying to know who’s caught your eye.

Let me take a moment to tell you about Making the Call and you can see what I came up with.

Dani
As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?

Luke
For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailor’s mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call? 

Available Everywhere TODAY!
https://amandashelley.com/making-the-call/

Who’s ready to forget the world by diving into a great book?

With everything that’s going on in the world, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

My family and I are doing well and adjusting to our new normal. It’s hard to believe only three weeks ago I was working full time at my day job and carting my four kids between basketball practices, while writing into the night. Now, I am working from home, doing distance learning and still writing into the night.

One bit of news is I wrote “The End” on Drew this week. It is the first book in my Perfectly Independent Series that will be released next fall. It is off to the editor and I can’t wait to share him with you. You will see him in the Fall of 2020.

Guess What? Making The Call Releases next week! Who wants a sneak peek of when Dani and Luke Meet?

“This can’t be happening to me,” I moan aloud. This isn’t real. What else could it be? Not only do I crash and burn of epic proportions, but I must do it in front of Ian Somerhalder’s doppelganger? Of course, ‘just Luke’ is likely taller than Ian and much better built, if that’s even possible. He freaking picked me up as if I were a toddler and carried me all the way up his driveway. He’s lucky I was too injured to think about his sculpted hot body or the way his scent was masculine and uniquely him. Damn, even covered in sweat, the man’s smell could be bottled and sold on the black market for billions.

Making The Call is available everywhere April 14, 2020.

One last thing I want to share. Collide: A Sweet Romance releases June 30, 2020.

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Cover Reveal: April 22, 2020

Blurb:

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.

Literally.

Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.

When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.

He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.

If only I could be so lucky.

I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.

I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should. 

Cover Reveal: April 22, 2020

If you’ve read so far, I’m curious, what books are you reading now?
I hope you have a fantastic rest of your week. Stay safe and healthy.
Take Care,
~Amanda

Count Down to the release of Making the Call

🔥🔥TEASER BLAST 🔥🔥

Making the Call is coming April 14th!

#PreOrderHere: https://amandashelley.com/making-the-call/

Dani

As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?

Luke

For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailors mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call?

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Have you heard what’s coming?

I’m excited to announce my releases for 2020. I can’t wait to share these books with you.

Making the Call releases April 14, 2020. It is a sports romance where the coach gets his turn at finding love. Here is the blurb for more information:

Dani
As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?

Luke
For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailors mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call? 

You can preorder from all retailers here.

Next in line is Collide: A Sweet Romance. It releases June 30, 2020. It is a bit different from my other books in that it is Sweet. My girls have been begging me to write books they could read as well. That is how Collide came about. The Cover Reveal for Collide is April 22, 2020. Be on the look out for blogger sign-ups. Here is the blurb for Collide: A Sweet Romance

Falling head over heels was the last thing I expected.
Literally.
Coffee is everywhere – and more than my ego is bruised.
When the handsome stranger I plowed into calls me by name, mortification sinks in.
He rushes off to class. I run home to change, hoping to forget the whole incident.
If only I could be so lucky.
I quickly find it’s a small world and Gavin Wallace is completely unavoidable. Everywhere I turn he’s there. In my classes. Hanging with my friends.
I’ve got his full attention and I have to admit, I like it a lot more than I should.

Preorders will be available at all retailers. You clan click here for more information.

Cover Reveal – April 22, 2020

Drew: Book One of the Perfectly Independent Series will release in the Fall of 2020.
The blurb is subject to change, but here’s a sneak peek.

My heart races, palms sweat and knees go weak. 

I’ve never seen anyone like Drew in a science lab. He’s made me a firm believer in chemistry existing outside a textbook.

Then his ego and entourage show up.

Nope – No thank you. Moving on. I mean… who has an entourage in college?

When our professor announces we’ll be stuck as lab partners, I nearly lose my mind – and not in a good way. 

I can’t afford the type of distractions Drew brings.

Stay tuned for more information about the Perfectly Independent Series.

What do you think of my schedule for 2020? Feel free to respond to this post or drop by my reader’s group to share your thoughts!

Have a great week,
Amanda

Are you ready for your first peek at Making the Call?

The wait is finally over! I’m proud to announce the cover reveal for Making the Call. Amy Queau did a fantastic job in making my dreams a reality and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait for you to meet Luke and Dani on April 14, 2020.

Here’s the blurb:

Dani
As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?

Luke
For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailors mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call? 

Preorders are now available:
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The wait is over! Resolution is now live!!!

Who is ready for the Conclusion of the Resilience Duet?

Resolution Releases TODAY!!! 

For those of you who haven’t read book one in the Resilience Duet, here’s what you’ve been missing.

Samantha never saw Enzo coming.

As the dust settles from her divorce, her life is full. She doesn’t have time for distractions. She’s too busy running her own company and checking off numerous items from her kids’ demanding schedule to have a life of her own.
Then he walks into her kitchen with his breathtaking green eyes and a mischievous grin. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor, but his presence makes everything off kilter.

Enzo’s perfectly content with his adventurous life as an elite rescue pilot, until a harmless prank turns on him. Instead of surprising his father, he finds his world thrown off course by the beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass and the mouthwatering ability to keep him on his toes.

With his limited time on leave, is she worth the risk to his heart?

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This has been a long time coming and I feel like a dream has some true! Thanks so much fore being a part of my journey! I’ve been dying to share Sam and Enzo with you for what feels like forever. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

~ Amanada

Just one more week until Resolution releases!


Happy Tuesday,
For those of you who haven’t read book one in the Resilience Duet, Here’s what you’ve been missing.

Samantha never saw Enzo coming.

As the dust settles from her divorce, her life is full. She doesn’t have time for distractions. She’s too busy running her own company and checking off numerous items from her kids’ demanding schedule to have a life of her own.
Then he walks into her kitchen with his breathtaking green eyes and a mischievous grin. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor, but his presence makes everything off kilter.

Enzo’s perfectly content with his adventurous life as an elite rescue pilot, until a harmless prank turns on him. Instead of surprising his father, he finds his world thrown off course by the beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass and the mouthwatering ability to keep him on his toes.

With his limited time on leave, is she worth the risk to his heart?

Available Everywhere: https://bit.ly/37Cj5ju

Resolution, Book 2 releasing February 11:
Pre-Order Resolution: http://bit.ly/2R6bYK6

Hope you’re having a fantastic week,
Amanda

P.S. – The paperback is already live on Amazon for those who are waiting!

Ever just need a break?

This weekend I got some well needed beach therapy. I feel recharged and ready to continue conquering the world. I went to the beach with friends. I’ve seen every weather imaginable. It was so stormy when I got here, but we did manage to see some sun!

While I have you here, can you believe there is only 9 more days until Resolution releases. For those if you waiting for the paperback version, be on the look out. It should go live any day, so you might have the book in your hands by release day!
You can order it here: https://bit.ly/2S8wAAQ

With today being Super Bowl Sunday, I have another big announcement!
The cover reveal for Making the Call is in just 17 more days!!!! I’m dying to show you this cover. Amy Queau did an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also think you will love Luke and Dani.

Here’s the Blurb:

Dani
As a bestselling romance author, most assume my life’s glamorous, filled with combustible chemistry, and most of all, romance. Ha! I can only wish. With a deadline looming, I’ve escaped to my family’s cabin on Anderson Island to free myself from distractions. My plan’s great, until a man, who could pass as a cover model on one of my books, comes to my rescue. Is there chemistry? Sure. Is he everything I’d look for in a guy? Absolutely. But will my career be at risk if I give into my desire?

Luke
For a player, women line up outside the locker room. For coaches, we’re lucky to get in the game. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe, and even sleep football. To gear up for this season, I return to my home on Anderson Island for a much-needed break. When Dani literally crashes into my life, my mind’s suddenly on the sexy brunette with a sailors mouth, rather than my team’s next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call? 

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Hope you all have a fantastic week. I’m going to spend a few more hours here at the beach, then head back to reality.
~ Amanda

So Humbled….

I can’t thank you enough. Your support has been tremendously humbling this week. I could not have asked for a better response to the release of Resilience. I’ve gotten so many messages telling me how much they have liked Sam and Enzo. It warms my heart to know people have devoured this book in one day or less. The best part is when I get a message telling me how they can’t wait for book two of this duet: Resolution.

For those of you dying to know the conclusion to this duet, there is a giveaway for Resolution in my reader’s group. You may even win a signed copy of Resilience.

Don’t worry, the wait won’t be long. Resolution releases February, 11, 2020.

Until next time,
Happy Reading.
~ Amanda

P.S. There’s still a few spaces on my review team if you’re interested. Just fill out this form.

A Dream Come True

The day has finally come! It feels like I’ve been waiting on this forever. I remember the day I started this book, like it was yesterday! The pull I had to Sam and Enzo was infectious. Before I knew it, there was no way I was going to be able to tell this story in one book – and the birth of Resolution came to life. I fell so hard for Sam and Enzo. I hope you will too.

You can order them from my books page.

https://amandashelley.com/books-by-amanda-shelley-2/

For those who are still reading, here’s a sneak peek of Chapter One to give you a taste.

Enjoy!
~ Amanda

Chapter 1 – Samantha

I wake by hearing the kids moving about. Glancing at my clock, I realize my alarm was never set. Shit! I frantically dash out of bed, grateful for the alarms in each of their bedrooms. Maddie is already dressed and eating cereal in the kitchen. I hear Declan in the shower, and Frankie is dressed and watching cartoons. The bus will arrive in thirty minutes, so I dash into the kitchen to finish putting their lunches together.

“Frankie, have you eaten breakfast?” I ask as I make my way past her.

“Yeah. I had Lucky Charms. Can I have PB&J for my lunch today?”

She always has PB&J. Does she think I’ll suddenly forget? “Sure thing, sugar. Do you want an apple or a banana today?” I say in my best morning voice.

“Apple. Can you slice it? Oh, and Ava wants me to come over today after school. Can her mom take me to ballet and you pick me up?”

Ava is Frankie’s best friend. Thankfully, I already planned this with Ava’s mother so I could be here if my contractors are able to start the kitchen remodel this afternoon. “That’s the plan, Stan. I’m going to pick you up from ballet first then we’ll grab Dec and go to Maddie’s match. We’ll grab dinner out tonight since I don’t know if we can cook at home with the contractor coming.”

“Okay, Mama. Sounds good.” Frankie takes her lunch and puts it into her backpack. Though she’s my youngest at eight years old, Frankie has been the most resilient of my three kids. She has somehow found a way to accept our new “normal” and has adjusted to the recent changes in our family with ease.

Declan, my ten-year-old shouts from the stairs, “Hey, Mom, did you wash my practice uniform for soccer? It’s not in my bag.”

Crap. I must have left it in the dryer. I’m so off my routine this morning. I holler, “Check the dryer,” up the stairs so he can get it himself.

“Thanks, Mom. Got it.” I hear drift through the house a few seconds later. 

Maddie removes her earbuds as she gets up from the table to put her dish in the sink from breakfast. “Hey, Mom, you’re going to make it to my match tonight, right?” Maddie is a freshman and managed to make the varsity volleyball team. She doesn’t get a lot of playing time, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

“There’s no way I’d miss it, Mads. I’m picking everyone up and we’ll be there on time. Promise.”

She comes over and gives me an unexpected hug. “I know, Mom. I’m just not sure if Dad will make it, so I want to make sure you’re there.”

“Don’t worry. Even if he can’t make it, I know he’d want to be there.” I glance to the clock and find they have five minutes to make it to the bus. I holler for everyone to hear, “Okay, guys, time to get going! The bus will be here any minute. Maddie, so will your ride.”  

I rush each of them out the door and realize I have less than an hour to get ready to meet with the contractor. One of the benefits of owning my own business is I can work from home today. I’ll have to fit reviewing a manuscript in at some point. Who needs sleep, right? At least I can do most of my work with my laptop or e-reader if I’m just reading for content. I can work from just about anywhere. Before I shower, I start the coffee pot. It feels like I will need an extra dose of caffeine today.

I’m just settled at the breakfast bar with my coffee and my computer, ready to check emails and review my calendar, when I hear a knock at the door. Lorenzo Harper, my contractor, greets me. He’s an older man but has kept himself in great shape over the years. His dark hair is thick and barely showing any gray, just a little around his temples. He has a warm smile on his face that lights up his green eyes. 

“Morning, Samantha!” he greets me warmly. “Are ya ready to show me what needs to be done around here?”

“Thanks for coming, Lorenzo,” I eagerly welcome him into my home. “I can’t wait to get things started!”

Lorenzo has done some work for us in the past. He’s the guy who comes out to write the bids and sets everything into motion for his crew, then manages it as the project continues, even though he may have multiple projects going on at once. He has been in business for years and is nearing retirement age, but he’s not ready for that to happen anytime soon. He claims he’s a people person and knows how to get the job done right. I walk Lorenzo around my kitchen, family room, and dining room, discussing the final plans for the changes being done. He verifies the timeline for how long everything will take. He’s already been to my home, and we’ve discussed the project on the phone, so the proper permits have been filed and the renovation should begin shortly. I know when it’s finished, I’ll be more than happy with it. 

When we’re done touring, Lorenzo opens his computer and taps out a few things. A few minutes later, he stops and looks at me with a huge grin. “Well, darlin’, you’re in luck. One of my crews just finished a job early and we can be over here as soon as tomorrow to begin demolition. We’ll start in the kitchen so we can get it back to functioning for you as soon as possible. You should only be without your appliances for about a week or so if your order comes in on time.”

Relieved he can get started right away, I nearly hug him. “Sounds great. While the crew is here, I’ll work from home and try not to get in your way.”

Lorenzo gets up to leave. “I’ll see you tomorrow morning then. You’ll have to empty out those cupboards since we’ll be starting there.” He grins ruefully as he knows it will take me some time today to clear those out. 

“It’s a good thing I’ve bought boxes then, isn’t it?” I smile back at him. 

After spending the day packing up my kitchen, I pick up Frankie from ballet and Declan from soccer practice, then rush to Maddie’s volleyball game. Realizing we only have about ten minutes until Maddie’s match starts, I speed into the parking lot at the high school and the tires screech as I come to an abrupt stop in the first open spot I see. I quickly unload everyone and briskly walk across the parking lot, stopping dead in my tracks when I see Devin, my ex, helping a pixie-like woman out of his car. He places his hand on the small of her back and escorts her to the gymnasium. He doesn’t see me at first, so I have a moment to school my features before I meet who I assume is Aubrey, his new girlfriend. 

Unfortunately, I don’t get much of a chance to pull myself together because Frankie notices her father immediately. She squeals, “Daddy!” as she rushes toward him. I see Devin startle, his body instantly frozen in place, but eagerly turns and scoops her up into his arms for a gigantic hug. 

Our divorce has had its challenges and not all of us are as eager as Frankie to greet one another. I straighten my back, lift my chin, and make sure to have a smile on my face as I do my best to greet him warmly. Devin still wants to have an active role as a parent, so I do all I can to keep things positive. I’ve never been one to hold onto grudges or play into bitterness; I simply don’t have time for that. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to have a real conversation with him again that doesn’t feel forced. 

“Hey, Devin. Maddie will be so happy you’re here for her match.” I somehow manage to make my voice sound smooth and unaffected by him.

An indescribable emotion flits through Devin’s eyes for a moment before he replies. “Yeah, I’m glad I could make it. Aubrey and I just got back into town from a business trip.” He politely smiles in my direction before gesturing to the blonde beside him and states, “Aubrey, this is Sam. Sam, this is Aubrey.”

For a split second, Aubrey looks a little nervous as she looks me over, but quickly recovers by sticking out her hand and saying, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard lovely things about you.” A slow smile spreads across her face, as I instinctively push my hand out to meet hers.

I can’t help but look at Devin to make sure my ears weren’t deceiving me. Not that he makes a habit of bad mouthing me, but I have to say, I’m surprised. Well, at least he hasn’t been a complete asshat, I’ll give him that. I guess things could have been much worse. I inwardly shrug. I briefly look to Devin with a flash of surprise before I remember my manners. “Nice to meet you, too.”

Aubrey then turns to Declan and asks encouragingly, “How was your soccer game last weekend? I heard you scored in the last game.”

Declan quickly tries to gauge my reaction. He’s very aware of my feelings and has become a bit protective of me. I give him my best supportive smile and he sighs. “Yeah… it was amazing. I scored from the backfield with only a few minutes to go. We’d been tied, so I got the winning goal.” He looks pointedly at his father before adding, “Sorry you missed it.” I inwardly cringe at his disappointment.

“I’m sorry, too, bud,” Devin states sincerely as he ruffles Declan’s wavy brown hair. “I’ll be there tomorrow night. You know how things go with the business. I had to fly to New York to pitch that new ad campaign. I’m pretty sure we nailed the pitch, so I won’t have to leave town again for a few more weeks.” Devin puts his arm around Declan and pulls him in for a side hug. 

Devin owns his own advertising firm. He’s worked hard over the years and has made a name for himself. He has quite a few employees who usually do the traveling, but occasionally, there’s a client for whom he needs to do the pitch. Travel was never a problem while we were married, until one day it was. He didn’t meet Aubrey until after we were divorced, so I shouldn’t have any animosity toward her, at least in that regard. 

Before anyone can say anything else, Frankie exclaims, “Let’s go watch Maddie! Dad, you can sit with us, right?” She suddenly looks at me to see if it’s okay.

Great. Just what I need after a long day. I quickly remind myself that once again, this isn’t about me. I refuse to be one of those parents who spars with her ex. You know, the ones who are bitter and vindictive and leave a wake of destruction in their path, caring nothing about the effects their rancor has on those they love, especially the children. My self-respect, not to mention my love for my children, won’t let me behave that way. 

Maddie doesn’t expect to start the match, being a freshman. We find her sitting on the bench after the National Anthem is sung. But the smile that crosses her face when she realizes we’ve all arrived is priceless. By the way she keeps rubbing her hands up and down her legs, I can tell she’s nervous since this is only their second match. She ends up getting to play during the second and the third sets, as setter, and does her best to help her team pull off a win. When she approaches us after the game, her smile is infectious.

“Hey, Mad-dog,” Declan announces as she heads toward where we’re seated in the bleachers. “Way to go out there!” He lifts his hand for a fist bump. He bursts with pride for his sister’s success. 

I can’t help the way my heart flutters when I see the two of them supporting each other. Sure, they can also shriek like banshees when they really get into it, but overall, they really do care about each other. I sneak a glance at Devin who meets my eye and winks. Yeah, we did something right. His pride shines, too.

“Thanks for being here,” Maddie says, gesturing to all of us. I can’t help but notice her quick glance in my direction before hugging her dad. She knows things can still be tense between us, and having Aubrey here is new to our family dynamics. 

“Amazing save out there.” Aubrey smiles as she pats Maddie on the arm to congratulate her.

“Thanks. I didn’t think I’d get that last dig, but somehow I managed.” Maddie beams with pride for her accomplishment during the game. “Can we stop and get something to eat on the way home? I’m starving.” She looks at me before glancing at her dad and Aubrey.

“Sure thing, Mads,” Devin exclaims. Then he turns to me. “Want to join us, or should I drop them at the house after we get a bite to eat? I’m thinking pizza sounds amazing just about now.” He rubs his stomach then beams at each of the kids before looking at Aubrey, then me for our reactions. 

As awkward as this might be, I’m thankful I have the excuse of the remodel to politely decline. There’s no way I want him back, but I’m just not ready to go out to dinner with Devin and his new girlfriend. 

On the drive home, my mind whirls with thoughts of this evening and how far things have changed between Devin and me over the last couple of years. There wasn’t just one thing that led to my decision to ask for a divorce. It was a multitude of things, compounding over time, which resulted in the demise of our marriage. The stresses of daily living, both at work and at home didn’t help matters, but such is life. Everyone experiences those things; Devin and I weren’t any different. The problem was when things became broken, it wasn’t me to whom Devin turned. We tried to work things out, but nothing seemed to change. Eventually, when I realized how little I felt toward one act of betrayal or another, I knew it was time to pull the plug. I could no longer let the fear of the unknown keep me from doing what I knew was best. Obviously, my “give a fuck” had been broken and I no longer had any fucks left to give. Here I am at thirty-eight, starting over.

Three More Sleeps

The wait is almost over. Resilience will be in your hands in just three more days!

As excited as I am to have this happen, I also find I’m at a cross roads. I never understood how terrifying it could be to have books out there in the wild for people to read, until people start saying – “Hey Amanda, I read your book…” and my heart begins to race. I’m so eager to know what they think, but scared at the same time. Maybe I’ll feel this way with every book I write, but since this is my first being released into the world, I’ll always remember this feeling. It’s exhilarating, electrifying and completely nerve racking.

I’ve always been told “If your dreams do not scare youthey are not big enough.” Publishing my first book is a dream come true, so I must be doing it right.

Here’s what reviewers are saying:

Samantha was a force to be reckoned with that Enzo didn’t see coming. These two forces coming together are combustible from their first meeting. This is a sweet, contemporary romance that will grab you in the best way possible. The chemistry between these two characters leap off the pages. It is scorching hot! Enzo and Samantha’s friends and family will also capture your heart.”
~ We Review Books

Who wouldn’t fall in love with Sam and Enzo. Their attraction for each other was mesmerizing and I couldn’t put the book down.”
~ Lisa Goodreads Reviewer

Enzo is slowing overtaking all other boyfriends in my Book Boyfriend List, and I really want to be mommy friends with Samantha so she can teach me the balance she has found.”
~ Ashton Goodreads Reviewer

You can get your own copy of Resilience at all Major retailers on January 21, 2020.

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JUST ONE MORE WEEK!

I’m a firm believer in setting goals and doing what I can to make those goals become a reality. In just one week, I will be crossing one of my biggest bucket list items off of my list: Publish a book.
On January 21, 2020 I will publish my first book, Resilience (with many more to come).

I started writing Resilience in 2017. I was going through a lot in my personal life and wanted to create my own happily ever after. Not only was this book a motivator for me personally, but it also was when I made being a published author a goal.

Soon after, I attended the Indie Tea and learned what was necessary to make those dreams a reality. I met many amazing people who have become part of my tribe to help me along the way. I would not be able to do this without them. The support I have been given along the way has helped me with each twist and turn in this journey. I do not know what I would do without all of you. Thank you!

To me, the word Resilience to me means taking what life gives you and persevering. This is true of my characters in this book as well. Sam and Enzo were dear to my heart. As I was nearing 90K words, I realized I could not do this story justice by confining it to one book. Therefore, Resolution made its appearance. It will release three weeks after Resilience on February 11, 2020.

This has been a long road to publishing this duet. There have been many ups and downs, twists and turns. But as the end of the road is finally here, I believe everything happens for a reason. 2020 will be my year.

I am so grateful for the support and the friends I have made along the way. I would not be able to do this without my tribe supporting me along the way.

I can’t wait for you to get to know Sam and Enzo.

Resilience is available January 21, 2020 at all retailers. Fee free to pick up a copy of your own.
💕Preorders are now available NOW! 💕
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Here’s another peek at Resilience – Book One of the Resilience Duet

On January 5th ARCs will go out to bloggers for Resilience. 
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Resilience releases January 21, 2020 and Resolution releases February 11, 2020.

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In just four short weeks, Resilience is releasing. If I’m being honest, I’m beyond excited to get Sam and Enzo into your hands. I have been sitting on this for over a year and FINALLY – the wait is over. Resilience is book one of the Resilience Duet.

Enzo’s an elite rescue pilot home on leave. He enjoys the life he has created for himself and never planned on settling down. Then he meets Samantha. She’s strong, sexy and has no filter when it comes to what she thinks about him.

In just two short weeks ARCs will go out to bloggers for Resilience. If you’re interested in helping me promote or want to read an advance copy please consider signing up now.
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Resilience releases January 21, 2020 and Resolution releases February 11, 2020.

I can’t tell you how much your support is appreciated!
~ Amanda

Who wants a sneak peek of Resilience?

Chapter 1 – Samantha

I wake by hearing the kids moving about. Glancing at my clock, I realize my alarm was never set. Shit! I frantically dash out of bed, grateful for the alarms in each of their bedrooms. Maddie is already dressed and eating cereal in the kitchen. I hear Declan in the shower, and Frankie is dressed and watching cartoons. The bus will arrive in thirty minutes, so I dash into the kitchen to finish putting their lunches together.

“Frankie, have you eaten breakfast?” I ask as I make my way past her.

“Yeah. I had Lucky Charms. Can I have PB&J for my lunch today?”

She always has PB&J. Does she think I’ll suddenly forget? “Sure thing, sugar. Do you want an apple or a banana today?” I say in my best morning voice.

“Apple. Can you slice it? Oh, and Ava wants me to come over today after school. Can her mom take me to ballet and you pick me up?”

Ava is Frankie’s best friend. Thankfully, I already planned this with Ava’s mother so I could be here if my contractors are able to start the kitchen remodel this afternoon. “That’s the plan, Stan. I’m going to pick you up from ballet first then we’ll grab Dec and go to Maddie’s match. We’ll grab dinner out tonight since I don’t know if we can cook at home with the contractor coming.”

“Okay, Mama. Sounds good.” Frankie takes her lunch and puts it into her backpack. Though she’s my youngest at eight years old, Frankie has been the most resilient of my three kids. She has somehow found a way to accept our new “normal” and has adjusted to the recent changes in our family with ease.

Declan, my ten-year-old shouts from the stairs, “Hey, Mom, did you wash my practice uniform for soccer? It’s not in my bag.”

Crap. I must have left it in the dryer. I’m so off my routine this morning. I holler, “Check the dryer,” up the stairs so he can get it himself.

“Thanks, Mom. Got it.” I hear drift through the house a few seconds later. 

Maddie removes her earbuds as she gets up from the table to put her dish in the sink from breakfast. “Hey, Mom, you’re going to make it to my match tonight, right?” Maddie is a freshman and managed to make the varsity volleyball team. She doesn’t get a lot of playing time, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

“There’s no way I’d miss it, Mads. I’m picking everyone up and we’ll be there on time. Promise.”

She comes over and gives me an unexpected hug. “I know, Mom. I’m just not sure if Dad will make it, so I want to make sure you’re there.”

“Don’t worry. Even if he can’t make it, I know he’d want to be there.” I glance to the clock and find they have five minutes to make it to the bus. I holler for everyone to hear, “Okay, guys, time to get going! The bus will be here any minute. Maddie, so will your ride.”  

I rush each of them out the door and realize I have less than an hour to get ready to meet with the contractor. One of the benefits of owning my own business is I can work from home today. I’ll have to fit reviewing a manuscript in at some point. Who needs sleep, right? At least I can do most of my work with my laptop or e-reader if I’m just reading for content. I can work from just about anywhere. Before I shower, I start the coffee pot. It feels like I will need an extra dose of caffeine today.

I’m just settled at the breakfast bar with my coffee and my computer, ready to check emails and review my calendar, when I hear a knock at the door. Lorenzo Harper, my contractor, greets me. He’s an older man but has kept himself in great shape over the years. His dark hair is thick and barely showing any gray, just a little around his temples. He has a warm smile on his face that lights up his green eyes. 

“Morning, Samantha!” he greets me warmly. “Are ya ready to show me what needs to be done around here?”

“Thanks for coming, Lorenzo,” I eagerly welcome him into my home. “I can’t wait to get things started!”

Lorenzo has done some work for us in the past. He’s the guy who comes out to write the bids and sets everything into motion for his crew, then manages it as the project continues, even though he may have multiple projects going on at once. He has been in business for years and is nearing retirement age, but he’s not ready for that to happen anytime soon. He claims he’s a people person and knows how to get the job done right. I walk Lorenzo around my kitchen, family room, and dining room, discussing the final plans for the changes being done. He verifies the timeline for how long everything will take. He’s already been to my home, and we’ve discussed the project on the phone, so the proper permits have been filed and the renovation should begin shortly. I know when it’s finished, I’ll be more than happy with it. 

When we’re done touring, Lorenzo opens his computer and taps out a few things. A few minutes later, he stops and looks at me with a huge grin. “Well, darlin’, you’re in luck. One of my crews just finished a job early and we can be over here as soon as tomorrow to begin demolition. We’ll start in the kitchen so we can get it back to functioning for you as soon as possible. You should only be without your appliances for about a week or so if your order comes in on time.”

Relieved he can get started right away, I nearly hug him. “Sounds great. While the crew is here, I’ll work from home and try not to get in your way.”

Lorenzo gets up to leave. “I’ll see you tomorrow morning then. You’ll have to empty out those cupboards since we’ll be starting there.” He grins ruefully as he knows it will take me some time today to clear those out. 

“It’s a good thing I’ve bought boxes then, isn’t it?” I smile back at him. 

After spending the day packing up my kitchen, I pick up Frankie from ballet and Declan from soccer practice, then rush to Maddie’s volleyball game. Realizing we only have about ten minutes until Maddie’s match starts, I speed into the parking lot at the high school and the tires screech as I come to an abrupt stop in the first open spot I see. I quickly unload everyone and briskly walk across the parking lot, stopping dead in my tracks when I see Devin, my ex, helping a pixie-like woman out of his car. He places his hand on the small of her back and escorts her to the gymnasium. He doesn’t see me at first, so I have a moment to school my features before I meet who I assume is Aubrey, his new girlfriend. 

Unfortunately, I don’t get much of a chance to pull myself together because Frankie notices her father immediately. She squeals, “Daddy!” as she rushes toward him. I see Devin startle, his body instantly frozen in place, but eagerly turns and scoops her up into his arms for a gigantic hug. 

Our divorce has had its challenges and not all of us are as eager as Frankie to greet one another. I straighten my back, lift my chin, and make sure to have a smile on my face as I do my best to greet him warmly. Devin still wants to have an active role as a parent, so I do all I can to keep things positive. I’ve never been one to hold onto grudges or play into bitterness; I simply don’t have time for that. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to have a real conversation with him again that doesn’t feel forced. 

“Hey, Devin. Maddie will be so happy you’re here for her match.” I somehow manage to make my voice sound smooth and unaffected by him.

An indescribable emotion flits through Devin’s eyes for a moment before he replies. “Yeah, I’m glad I could make it. Aubrey and I just got back into town from a business trip.” He politely smiles in my direction before gesturing to the blonde beside him and states, “Aubrey, this is Sam. Sam, this is Aubrey.”

For a split second, Aubrey looks a little nervous as she looks me over, but quickly recovers by sticking out her hand and saying, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard lovely things about you.” A slow smile spreads across her face, as I instinctively push my hand out to meet hers.

I can’t help but look at Devin to make sure my ears weren’t deceiving me. Not that he makes a habit of bad mouthing me, but I have to say, I’m surprised. Well, at least he hasn’t been a complete asshat, I’ll give him that. I guess things could have been much worse. I inwardly shrug. I briefly look to Devin with a flash of surprise before I remember my manners. “Nice to meet you, too.”

Aubrey then turns to Declan and asks encouragingly, “How was your soccer game last weekend? I heard you scored in the last game.”

Declan quickly tries to gauge my reaction. He’s very aware of my feelings and has become a bit protective of me. I give him my best supportive smile and he sighs. “Yeah… it was amazing. I scored from the backfield with only a few minutes to go. We’d been tied, so I got the winning goal.” He looks pointedly at his father before adding, “Sorry you missed it.” I inwardly cringe at his disappointment.

“I’m sorry, too, bud,” Devin states sincerely as he ruffles Declan’s wavy brown hair. “I’ll be there tomorrow night. You know how things go with the business. I had to fly to New York to pitch that new ad campaign. I’m pretty sure we nailed the pitch, so I won’t have to leave town again for a few more weeks.” Devin puts his arm around Declan and pulls him in for a side hug. 

Devin owns his own advertising firm. He’s worked hard over the years and has made a name for himself. He has quite a few employees who usually do the traveling, but occasionally, there’s a client for whom he needs to do the pitch. Travel was never a problem while we were married, until one day it was. He didn’t meet Aubrey until after we were divorced, so I shouldn’t have any animosity toward her, at least in that regard. 

Before anyone can say anything else, Frankie exclaims, “Let’s go watch Maddie! Dad, you can sit with us, right?” She suddenly looks at me to see if it’s okay.

Great. Just what I need after a long day. I quickly remind myself that once again, this isn’t about me. I refuse to be one of those parents who spars with her ex. You know, the ones who are bitter and vindictive and leave a wake of destruction in their path, caring nothing about the effects their rancor has on those they love, especially the children. My self-respect, not to mention my love for my children, won’t let me behave that way. 

Maddie doesn’t expect to start the match, being a freshman. We find her sitting on the bench after the National Anthem is sung. But the smile that crosses her face when she realizes we’ve all arrived is priceless. By the way she keeps rubbing her hands up and down her legs, I can tell she’s nervous since this is only their second match. She ends up getting to play during the second and the third sets, as setter, and does her best to help her team pull off a win. When she approaches us after the game, her smile is infectious.

“Hey, Mad-dog,” Declan announces as she heads toward where we’re seated in the bleachers. “Way to go out there!” He lifts his hand for a fist bump. He bursts with pride for his sister’s success. 

I can’t help the way my heart flutters when I see the two of them supporting each other. Sure, they can also shriek like banshees when they really get into it, but overall, they really do care about each other. I sneak a glance at Devin who meets my eye and winks. Yeah, we did something right. His pride shines, too.

“Thanks for being here,” Maddie says, gesturing to all of us. I can’t help but notice her quick glance in my direction before hugging her dad. She knows things can still be tense between us, and having Aubrey here is new to our family dynamics. 

“Amazing save out there.” Aubrey smiles as she pats Maddie on the arm to congratulate her.

“Thanks. I didn’t think I’d get that last dig, but somehow I managed.” Maddie beams with pride for her accomplishment during the game. “Can we stop and get something to eat on the way home? I’m starving.” She looks at me before glancing at her dad and Aubrey.

“Sure thing, Mads,” Devin exclaims. Then he turns to me. “Want to join us, or should I drop them at the house after we get a bite to eat? I’m thinking pizza sounds amazing just about now.” He rubs his stomach then beams at each of the kids before looking at Aubrey, then me for our reactions. 

As awkward as this might be, I’m thankful I have the excuse of the remodel to politely decline. There’s no way I want him back, but I’m just not ready to go out to dinner with Devin and his new girlfriend. 

On the drive home, my mind whirls with thoughts of this evening and how far things have changed between Devin and me over the last couple of years. There wasn’t just one thing that led to my decision to ask for a divorce. It was a multitude of things, compounding over time, which resulted in the demise of our marriage. The stresses of daily living, both at work and at home didn’t help matters, but such is life. Everyone experiences those things; Devin and I weren’t any different. The problem was when things became broken, it wasn’t me to whom Devin turned. We tried to work things out, but nothing seemed to change. Eventually, when I realized how little I felt toward one act of betrayal or another, I knew it was time to pull the plug. I could no longer let the fear of the unknown keep me from doing what I knew was best. Obviously, my “give a fuck” had been broken and I no longer had any fucks left to give. Here I am at thirty-eight, starting over.

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Readers and Writers in Seattle 2020


Anyone going to be in Seattle on July 18, 2020?

Readers and Writers 2020 will be the place to be. Right now if you reserve your tickets, they are on sale right now for only $7 through the end of December.

Look at that lineup of authors. You will not be disappointed!

I will be there signing and I’d love to see you there. Feel free to share this post, so others will know about this great event!

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Enjoy the rest of your week,
~ Amanda


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Here is the burb for Resilience:

Samantha never saw Enzo coming.

As the dust settles from her divorce, her life is full. She doesn’t have time for distractions. She’s too busy running her own company and checking off numerous items from her kids’ demanding schedule to have a life of her own.

Then he walks into her kitchen with his breathtaking green eyes and a mischievous grin. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor, but his presence makes everything off kilter.

Enzo’s perfectly content with his adventurous life as an elite rescue pilot, until a harmless prank turns on him. Instead of surprising his father, he finds his world thrown off course by the beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass and the mouthwatering ability to keep him on his toes.

With his limited time on leave, is she worth the risk to his heart?

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