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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. 
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.

Preorder Resilience at all retailers. 
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Don’t miss the Blogger Sign up for Resilience

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.

To keep reading you can preorder Resilience at all retailers.
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It will be available January 21, 2020.

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!

You can purchase tickets or find out more information here:
http://readerswritersevents.com/product-category/seattle-20/

Enjoy the rest of your week,
~ Amanda


While you’re here, don’t forget about the blogger sign-up I have going on for the Resilience Duet

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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The Wait is Finally Over!

Cover Reveal for The Resilience Duet

Preorder links now available

I have been dying to share these for so long. Amy Queau at QDesign Covers and Premades did a fantastic job of bringing my vision to life. Sam and Enzo are so special to me and I hope you love them as much as I do! Here’s a little more about this book:

Here’s the blurb 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?

I am ready to Rock 2020

I am excited to announce my release schedule for the beginning of 2020. Let me tell you, it’s been so hard to keep this to myself.

I have been sitting on this information for some time, but the day has come when I can finally let you in on my plans. Here are my release dates for 2020:

January 21, 2020
Resilience: Book One of the Resilience Duet
February 11, 2020
Resolution: Book Two of the Resilience Duet
April 2020
Making the Call
June 2020
Collide: A Sweet Romance

There are more books to come, but this is what I have set for now. There will be at least one more release in the fall of 2020 to finish off the year.

Right now there is also a blogger sign up for my Resilience Duet. If you’re interesting in signing up, click here.

You can also add both books to your TBR list and follow me on Goodreads.

Be sure to check out my website to follow me everywhere, so you will not miss out on anything. Please feel free to join my reader’s group to share in the fun – as they will be the first place I stop for my big news.

There will be a lot of moving parts in the coming months and many more announcements to come. I’m beyond thrilled to travel on this journey. I’m dying to share my experience as well as books with you. I am counting down the days and can’t wait to get them into your hands.

Until next time,
~ Amanda

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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.

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?


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.