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December 6, 2019 – Duet Cover Reveal
January 21, 2020 – Resilience Releases
February 11, 2020 – Resolution Releases

About the books:
Book One: Resilience
As an elite rescue pilot, Enzo is convinced his adventurous life is all he needs, until he walks into Samantha’s home. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor – but what he finds is a beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass, and the mouth-watering ability to keep him on his toes. He was a man on a mission, but Samantha soon forces his world off course, leaving him to question if he wants to recover.

As the dust settles from her divorce, Samantha doesn’t have time for new relationships or distractions. Her life consists of running her own company and checking numerous activities off her kids’ demanding schedules. But when a breathtaking, green-eyed stranger walks into her kitchen one afternoon with a mischievous grin, she knew he was up to something. She just never expected he would decimate her defenses, leaving the surprise to be on her.

Book Two: Resolution
With Enzo returning to Germany, distance has its hardships. Settling down or having a family had never been on his radar before Samantha. Now her quick wit and sexy smile has him contemplating his life choices. She and her kids have burrowed their way deep into his heart, and he knows he cannot let go.

Samantha never imagined she would fall so hard for the man who broke through her defenses and took her world by surprise. She’s looking forward to their carefree vacation. However, fate has other plans, which potentially will bring them closer together or rip them apart.

Will Enzo and Samantha get the resolution they desire?

Announcing the release of The Resilience Duet

I am proud to say that the wait is finally over. The Resilience Duet will release in 2020!

Here are some important dates to remember:

December 6, 2019 – Cover Reveal

Release dates:

January 21, 2020 – Resilience
February 11, 2020 – Resolution

About the books:

Book One: Resilience
As an elite rescue pilot, Enzo is convinced his adventurous life is all he needs, until he walks into Samantha’s home. He’s there to surprise his father – her contractor – but what he finds is a beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass, and the mouth-watering ability to keep him on his toes. He was a man on a mission, but Samantha soon forces his world off course, leaving him to question if he wants to recover.

As the dust settles from her divorce, Samantha doesn’t have time for new relationships or distractions. Her life consists of running her own company and checking numerous activities off her kids’ demanding schedules. But when a breathtaking, green-eyed stranger walks into her kitchen one afternoon with a mischievous grin, she knew he was up to something. She just never expected he would decimate her defenses, leaving the surprise to be on her.

Book Two: Resolution
With Enzo returning to Germany, distance has its hardships. Settling down or having a family had never been on his radar before Samantha. Now her quick wit and sexy smile has him contemplating his life choices. She and her kids have burrowed their way deep into his heart, and he knows he cannot let go.

Samantha never imagined she would fall so hard for the man who broke through her defenses and took her world by surprise. She’s looking forward to their carefree vacation. However, fate has other plans, which potentially will bring them closer together or rip them apart.

Will Enzo and Samantha get the resolution they desire?

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Smashing goals and Resolutions

Do you make resolutions?

I don’t make resolutions per say, but I have made some goals for 2019. The biggest one of all will be to get some of my books into your hands. Each day I’m one step closer to making that a reality. I’ve been planning and plotting and for some reason characters that have been dormant are now standing up and waiting to be heard. I can’t wait to share them with you. I’ve also gotten some feedback recently about Sam and Enzo and I think you’re going to love them.

Another goal I’ve made for myself is to attend some professional workshops with fellow authors. I  made my reservations to attend Inkers Con, in Dallas this May. I’m so excited to meet up with  my friends from the author world as well as learn so many amazing things.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I’m going to fan girl my heart out over some of the presenters, but I am sure I’ll have an incredible experience over all. Anyone else attending?

It’s already nearing mid January and after this week, I’m looking forward to the weekend. I had to go back to my other job this week and I can only hope for words to flow this weekend.

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Happy 2019!

Happy new year

Here’s to wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! What are you looking forward to?

My biggest goal is to publish my first books this year. Each day I am getting closer and can’t wait to share my some of my favorite characters with you. The first ones you will meet are Sam and Enzo. They are in my Resilience Duet.  Book one is called Resilience and book two is Resolution. I hope you fall in love with them the way I have.

Here is the blurb:

As an elite rescue pilot, Enzo is convinced his adventurous life is all he needs, until he walks into Samantha’s home. He is there to surprise his father—her contractor—but what he finds is a beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass, and the mouth-watering ability to keep him on his toes. He was a man on a mission, but Samantha soon forces his world off course, leaving him to question if he wants to recover.

As the dust settles from her divorce, Samantha doesn’t have time for new relationships or distractions. Her life consists of running her own company and checking numerous activities off her kids’ demanding schedules. But when a breath-taking, green eyed stranger walks into her kitchen one afternoon with a mischievous grin, she knew he was up to something. She just never expected he would decimate her defenses, leaving the surprise to be on her.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving readingHappy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe  the end of November is nearing. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, getting a much needed break and getting some time to read as well as write this weekend.

My third book is now at the editor and I am back to working on Making the Call. It will be a stand alone novel about an NFL coach and an author. I’m falling in love with these characters and can’t wait to share them with you. Here’s the blurb to give you an idea of what’s in store for Dani and Luke.

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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?


Jake
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?

Hope you get the chance to dive into a great book this week!

I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Amanda

One Step Closer

One Step CloserToday is just an ordinary Sunday for most. But for me, it marks the day I am one step closer to reaching my dream. Today is the day I sent Collide, a novel I started many years ago to the editor.

I started Collide many years ago. My children were infants (and at the time I had three instead of four). I had this idea that played through my mind over and over and wouldn’t go away, so I did what I had to do… I wrote it down. I spent many hours, weeks and months eagerly pouring myself into this novel. It ended up being over five hundred pages and 150K words long… and it still wasn’t finished.

Well, life happened and I eventually put this project aside. My time was spent being a taxi driver, caretaker and provider to my now four beautiful children, and reading books instead of writing them. Then I had inspiration strike once again. I started writing Resilience. I had so much to say in that book, I broke it into to two full length novels.

This past summer, I came back to Collide. I completely reworked it, revised it like crazy and finished it this past week. It’s amazing to see how much you grow as a person over the years. I kept the same story, but revamped it in a way I am really happy with. I’m so glad to see it is complete and sitting at  98K words.

The most exciting this is that I was able to have the cover done for it as well this week. I’d bought this cover a year ago and can’t wait to see the final product. I hope to have this book in your hands within the year. I am developing my release schedule and will let you know as soon as things are official. In the mean time, here is the blurb.

Collide: A Sweet Romance

Alex never saw Gavin coming, especially the day she plowed into him.

Being new on campus, she’s perfectly content with the life she’s created away from home.

She may have fallen head-over-heels, but after their mortifying encounter, all she wants to do is hide.

However, Gavin’s completely unavoidable and just maybe, she likes it a little more than she should.

Until Next Time,

Amanda

Reading or Audio

Books are a huge part of my life. If I’m not writing one, I usually have one I’m reading or listening to. Truth be told, I probably have both going on.  My Kindle and audio app have revolutionized my ability to experience books. I typically drive nearly three hundred miles a week and when I discovered I could listen to audio books (with earbuds) while driving my children to their various places, I was beyond thrilled. I already take my Kindle with me every place I go, so I’m NEVER without a book.

The reason I bring this up, is the other day I had a conversation with someone about how they never have time to read. I’ll admit I had a hard time trying to fathom the idea of not reading at all during the day. Yes, I’m probably one of the crazy small percentage who read each and every day, but it got me thinking.

I asked if they have ever listened to audio books and their response was like a deer in the headlights. Well, me being me, I went on to tell them how amazing audio books were and how they can easily access them as well as how it can completely change their driving experience, as they too spent a great deal of time in the car. Who knows if they will follow through with my suggestion, but it was worth the shot.

My question to you, is what do you prefer? Audio, ebook or traditional books?
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Road Trip to Anderson Island

Today I had the opportunity to go to Anderson Island to scope out the setting for my current WIP (work in progress), Making The Call. I’m more excited now than ever to write this book for you. I seriously can’t wait to dig into Jake and Dani’s story.

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This was my view today.  I fell in love with Anderson Island. I can’t wait to go back

The best part about today is now  these characters are calling out to me, demanding to be written. C.L. Collier and I spent the day talking plots and possibilities for Jake and Dani.

I am currently only about 16K into this book and am still working on my blurb, but let me give you a hint and introduce you to Jake, from Making The Call.

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For players, girls are a dime a dozen. For coaches, not so much. As the youngest NFL coach in the league, I live, eat, breathe and even sleep football. To gear up for the season, I return to my home on the 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 our next play. She has me dusting off another playbook entirely, making me wonder, did I make the right call?

 

 

Milestones in the Making

I’ve been hunkering down to finish Resolution: Book Two of my Resilience Duet. Guess What? It finally happened. This week I was able to type two words I have yet to put at the end of a manuscript until now. I’ll admit it feels pretty spectacular.

I got to celebrate for about a day, then it was time dive back in and self-edit. I have to say, I don’t think I have ever appreciated my beta readers more than I do this week. Due to my surgery earlier this month, I was behind and they have helped me stay on track and get my manuscript to editor on time. Cara and Jackie are so freaking amazing. I don’t think I could ask for a better tribe!

As I’m spending time with Samantha and Enzo to put the finishing touches on their story before it goes to the editor, I have to say, I can’t wait for you all to see them. Samantha’s quick wit and lack of filter continued to make me smile. And Enzo… well… let’s just say, I’ve really enjoyed being around him. He’s got a special place in my heart and as I typed “The End” I know I will have a hard time letting him go.

As I’ve been editing plot bunnies have continued for Samantha and Enzo, so there may or may not be a short story for them in the future. It will be up to Sam and Enzo to decide if they want to be vocal or not in the future.

SO WHAT’S NEXT????

I’m happy to say, I’m already working on my next book. In fact, I get to make a road trip to the setting for Making the Call this week. I’m so excited to dig in and explore a whole new world with you.  There will be brand new characters and and entirely new stand-alone story. I’ll be sure to update you with pictures when I return.

Until then,

Happy Reading

~Amanda

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Which do you Prefer?

Here’s the hidden truth to how I converted.

For years, I was strictly a hard cover book reader. I loved the feel of turning the pages, and having the heaviness of an actual book weighing me down. I loved browsing bookstores (still do) and couldn’t wait until the next release came from my favorite authors. I never thought I’d convert.

One day, I noticed a bump on my wrist and it hurt for me to hold my coveted books for long periods of time.  I went to the doctor and found out my heavy books had caused a cyst. Of course, I had it removed and all was good. (So no worries.) Who knew reading could cause injuries?

Before this happened, I was given an e-reader for Christmas. (It was an original Kindle) I’ll admit it sat for a long time before I even loaded it. I just wasn’t ready to give up the feel of a real book. But life happened and I hardly had time to read. Once I had my first child, it was hard to hold a book and my baby at the same time, so I’ll admit I took a break from reading.

Then I was given my Kindle Paper White and my reading was revolutionized. I’ll never forget the time I was at the beach. My baby had fallen asleep and I was sitting in the car after feeding her, not wanting to open the door in fear of waking her. My phone did not get reception and I had read my most current book on my Kindle. It was then I found the brilliance of its 3G feature. I downloaded a few books and was on my way to being entertained, while my grumpy baby rested happily against me.

(*Note* this is not an advertisement for Kindle. Simply an explanation for how I soon fell in love with my e-reader.)

It was on that day I found many authors like Marie Force, Melissa Foster, and Lisa Swallow and Heidi Joy Trethaway and Marquita Valentine. All of which I am still huge fans of today. I devoured book after book. I found I could take it everywhere with me and   never was without a book, as it always kept my place and fit easily inside my purse.

Shortly there after, I received my first ARC (Advance Read Copy). I was beyond excited to be the first to read a book by Marquita Valentine. I soon found there were more perks to going digital. Such as receiving long-awaited books instantly to my e-reader, on the day of their release. My e-reader also made it so I didn’t have to store the hundreds of books I was now making the time to read each year. My ultimate favorite part of having an e-reader is when I find an author with a huge back list, I can instantly go on to the next book, without having to wait longer than its download.

So to answer the question, I’m a converter. I still love real books, but I love my e-reader more. I have over one-thousand books and counting, which I read regularly. The only thing that tops it, is my discovery of Audio books. Now I can experience amazing books while in the car and still be the driver. Tell me, which do you prefer?

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What was your last read?

The other day, I was watching late night TV (which is rare) and the host had a segment about what was your last you read? Or can you name at least one book? He prefaced it with only one in five Americans read regularly. Not many could come up with an answer to either one. Or even name an author. My guess is some of their hesitation had to do with a camera being shoved in their face and being put on the spot. I know if one was pushed in my face, I’d likely run the other way.

But, God help the person who ever asks me those question, my response would be something like, “How much time do you have?” Yes, I have been known to spontaneously talk about books, their characters and the authors themselves. I have to say I appreciate my non-reading friends who let me go off on them and allow me to tell them all about the latest book I just read. You know who you are, and thank you for loving me anyway.

Something most of you probably don’t know about me is before I started writing, I was an avid reader. Over the last couple of years I averaged around two hundred reads a year. Last year I cut it down to 150 and my goal for this year is 125 (because I intend to write this year instead). Up until recent months, if I read a book, I reviewed it.

Cough… cough… (hangs head in shame) I have to admit I’m behind on my reviews and have about seven to catch up on, but I  will get them done; not only because I use my reviews as a way of keeping track with my reading, but to help the authors as well. I had no idea the importance of reviews, until recent years. It doesn’t take much. Just by mentioning the author’s name, the book you’re reviewing and what you thought of the book is simple enough. It doesn’t have to be a novel and you certainly don’t want to give the book away.

I am always looking for more books to read. I love hearing about people’s favorite reads or up and coming releases that blow you away. My question to you is, what was the last book you read?  

Bonus points if you can say yes to this

Did you leave a review?

Until next time,

Amanda

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Who’s Ready for Sam and Enzo?

This fall, my Resilience Duet will release. My plan is to release both books within three weeks of one another, so your wait won’t be long. I have to say, I love these characters. I love their interactions with one another and I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Today, I’m working on Resolution (book two) of the duet. There is a clear path with to the end in sight. I am beyond excited to see how this ends. If your wondering, “She doesn’t know how this will end?” let me explain.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a hybrid when it comes to plotting/pantsing. (A plotter meticulously plans out each scene as well as the entire story.  A pantser is someone who ‘flies by the seat of their pants’ to complete a story. ) I create a loose outline of what I want to happen in the book, but how I get there, comes to me as I write it.

I thought I’d drop a few lines from book one, to get you better acquainted with Sam and Enzo.

Enzo smiles at some unknown thought and I find myself blurting out, “What are you thinking about over there?”

He shakes his head to clear his thought but gives me a sideways glance with a lopsided smile. “I was just thinking about one of the last times I was out this way. My brother Zane bet me I couldn’t beat him to the top of the trail. So of course, we had to race. Even as adults, we’re still competitive. Zane thought I might be getting soft in my old age.” He chuckles aloud as he shakes his head once more. “I still managed to smoke him.” His voice now mischievous.

I look down at the sandals I’m wearing. “Uh, I might not be wearing the right shoes to race to the top.” I give him a questioning look and he immediately brings my mind to ease.

“Oh, I’m not planning on hiking to the top, or a race, Short-Stuff.” There is a wicked gleam in his eye as he continues, “Just maybe getting out and looking around a little.”

Short-Stuff? “I’m five-foot-seven. Since when is that considered short?” I’m never referred to as being vertically challenged. “Not all of us are six-foot-four gargantuan beasts,” I tease in return. “Besides, if I had my running shoes, you just might be on.”

He clears his throat, suddenly looking slightly humbled. “Um, actually I’m six-foot-six, not that it matters. But relax. I’m not here to race you, sweetheart. I just want to relax and enjoy the view.”

He grins once again, and his smile has me losing my thoughts completely. Wait! Six-foot-six?!?!? He’s almost a foot taller than I am. No wonder I feel like a bit of a dwarf around him. But still, I’m by no means considered tiny or short for that matter. I shake my head, trying to regain my thoughts.

“I thought we could kill some time there for a while before dinner at one of my favorite places. You couldn’t believe how much you miss the Pacific Northwest when you’re gone.

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Summer’s Eve

Tonight is the last night for a while I will have to set an alarm. Summer break starts tomorrow for my family and I am looking forward to getting some words written for you.

Currently, I’m working on writing the Resolution, the conclusion to my Resilience Duet. I absolutely love Samantha and Enzo and I’m dying to share them with you.  Here is a sneak peek from book one in my duet.

He keeps his hand linked with mine as we walk towards the tunnel. I can’t help but feel my heartbeat quicken as he rubs my thumb with his. It’s as if we’ve been holding hands naturally for years, rather than just knowing each other a couple of days. As we walk, I notice a tattoo peeking out from his dark-blue sleeve between us. I can’t quite make it out, but I’m now more than curious as to what it might be. Thankfully, I have some social grace and realize it might be awkward if I point it out, so I do my best to ignore it. But with each flex and movement of his arm, I’m more and more intrigued. At least when we get through the tunnel, I’m distracted from my ogling, by the beautiful view of the tree-filled hill ahead of us.

“Magnificent, isn’t it?” Enzo’s husky voice breaks the silence and my reverie.

© Amanda Shelley 2018 – Resilience

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Do you review?

This evening, I spent some time writing reviews. I have a strong philosophy when it comes to reading books. If I read the book, it’s reviewed. Unfortunately, I’ve been busy editing/proof reading Resilience to get it ready for you, but I do make a point to read every day. So I spent a bit of time tonight catching up.

I know many of you might not think reviewing is important, but your reviews and opinions make a huge difference to authors. Your words about the book influence other readers and might encourage them to pick up a book you enjoyed.  Your words will brighten an author’s day.  It makes their work visible to others and lets them know how much you’ve enjoy the world they have spend countless hours creating.

Reviews don’t need to be lengthy.  They just need to be honest.  A few lines is all it takes. State the author’s name, the title of the book and what you thought about it. Be sure to review the book that was read, not the book you wish the author had written.  You can be excited about a book, but try not to leave spoilers. Everyone deserves to experience that amazing book the way you did.

What was the last book you reviewed?

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Cover Designs

You know the phrase, the best things come to those who wait?  Well being the keeper of secrets is hard to maintain, when you want to scream from the rooftops just how amazing something turns out. I’m sure you know the feeling, when things are so far beyond your expectations, you want to share with every person you meet on the street.  They’re just that spectacular. This was my experience with making the covers and teaser designs for my Resilience Duet.

I told myself I will not release either Resilience or Resolution until both books are complete, so readers won’t have much wait time between release dates. As a reader myself, I know how hard it is to wait  to find out what happens next in a story you love. After seeing the amazing covers Amy Queau at QDesign has created, it is now even harder for me to not want to get these books in your hands as soon as possible.

The good news is that Resilience, book one in this duet is at my proof reader this week.  Book two, Resolution is currently sitting at 42K. After seeing what the end product will look like, I have more motivation now than ever to finish Resolution in the coming weeks.

So  I’m not leaving you hanging completely hanging, here is the blurb for book one in my Resilience Duet. I hope you soon fall in love with Sam and Enzo as much as I have.

As an elite rescue pilot, Enzo is convinced his adventurous life is all he needs, until he walks into Samantha’s home. He is there to surprise his father—her contractor—but what he finds is a beautiful woman with a sexy smile, wicked sass, and the mouth-watering ability to keep him on his toes. He was a man on a mission, but Samantha soon forces his world off course, leaving him to question if he wants to recover.

As the dust settles from her divorce, Samantha doesn’t have time for new relationships or distractions. Her life consists of running her own company and checking numerous activities off her kids’ demanding schedules. But when a breath-taking, green eyed stranger walks into her kitchen one afternoon with a mischievous grin, she knew he was up to something. She just never expected he would decimate her defenses, leaving the surprise to be on her.