Cover Reveal: Rise of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan 

Hi guys! 

My book bestie Jamie’s 3rd and final book in The Memory Collector Series has a cover, and it is gorgeous! If you haven’t yet read the first two books in the series, I definitely recommend them. They earned 4 and 5 stars from me 🙂 For more info, including pre-order link for this dark fantasy novel, click here

Congrats, Jamie! 

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Book Review: Magic With Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

Magic with Skin OnMagic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cover drew me in first. How could it not? Once I opened the book I was quickly drawn in to the words Morgan Nikola-Wren created. Not just the words, but the world. As a reader, I loved it. As a writer (and poet) I was humbled. The word choices throughout are strong, beautiful, gut-punching. There’s strong imagery and metaphors in some, but it’s really the way the words are put together that create such beauty.
The poems are told in in Acts (7, to be exact), and there’s prose in between, so that it reads like a story, which I loved. The poems center around a relationship (somewhat toxic or damaging) and move forward through heartbreak, pain, and then healing. Themes of love—passionate and unrequited—are strung throughout, and there are several poems that touch on words/voice/power. I related to so much to it, I had to take a step back and breathe.
Sadly—or shamefully—I do not use bookmarks, and so I have a habit of dog-earring (?) pages that speak to me. I have over 20 pages of this book bent at the corners, I loved the poems on them so much. In fact, I plan to get a tattoo of one of them. Which one remains to be seen. But still, wow. Two of my favorites:
IX.
it’s nights like this, when
your grief goes smashing
into the walls that i think of
those moments that curled your hand
so sea-shell perfectly into mine
my memory skips
at the velvet shock of your skin
and i wonder
how i ever managed to fit
so much rage into my fists

and
XIII.

the next time you come at me,
with charm in your eyes
and a throat full of
“would never hurt you,”
i’ll remember that i’m just
a mistake your memory
couldn’t carry, and you’re
just an apology i’ll never
hear the air explode into,
a double-joined voice
and a snake oil smile—
so, scrub your shadow
from my front door
don’t sell me
a knock-off
love i don’t need

My only wish is that the poems had named titles instead of Roman numerals. I don’t even KNOW what those numbers are, ha, and it would be nice to put a title to each poem so I could say my favorites instead of “on page whatever”.
Gorgeous book of poetry, and a talented poetess. 5 stars. I hope to be this good someday.
If you love poetry that is rich, sensual, and powerful, get yourself this book. I’m already gleefully awaiting her next.

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Cover Update: How to Get Unstuck 

Well, good morning!

I have another ebook cover makeover for you today. Please check out the before:

How to Get Unstuck - High Resolution - Version 2

And the after:

More about the story if you missed the first introduction:

A 3,000 word short story about a woman named Marty and how she copes with her break-up from her long-term partner. Will she finally learn to be alone? Or will she inevitably move on to a new relationship— as her ex Raina insists she will because Marty just “can’t be alone”? When Marty runs into a former student, the attractive, tattooed Shae, she has to cross the professional line she’s been so firm on holding, and fight her desire for companionship…right? Perhaps she’ll be better off on her own, or maybe she’ll stop caring so much about what Raina thinks, and give in to what she really wants. Which choice will make her happier? How to Get Unstuck is a story about one woman who loves relationships, hates to be alone, and must either accept or overcome those parts of herself.

Estimated reading time: 15-20 minutes.

I hope you’ll take a little time and spend the .99 to download it from Amazon or Smashwords. At some point it will be up on other sites, too.

Also, don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I’m working on some website updates today, continuing slow, but steady edits on Witch Lessons, and contemplating participating in Pitch Wars– a Twitter pitch party where you work with a mentor to get your manuscript into tiptop shape before pitching to agents. It starts August 2nd, so I don’t know if I can quit get ready in time, but we’ll see.

Thanks for checking out my reveal! 🙂 Until next time,

Amanda

Cover Update: The Peony and the Sun

Happy Saturday! I’m happy to share my new cover for The Peony and the Sun. First, the old cover, which was pretty but didn’t quite fit with the vision I have for my branding:

And now, the new!

PEONY NOT BOLD

All my short story ebooks are getting makeovers! I am geekily excited about the new designs.

More about this story, in case you missed the first introduction.

“There was once a flower who fell in love.”

So begins this short tale of a flower and those around her. The Peony and the Sun is a story, old-fashioned in its telling, about the ways love can grow in different relationships. It is a fable, simply told, about the power of actions over words, the beauty of nature, and the tenderness and strength of the heart. Yet, it is first and foremost a love story, between two flowers, between partners who have lost their way, and between a flower and the little boy who saves her—or tries to. The Peony and the Sun is a bittersweet story about friendship, expectation, and above all, love.

Duration: 19 pages

Estimated Reading Time: approximately 15-30 minutes

Buy it in e-book

Thanks! Enjoy the rest of your weekend ♡♡♡ I’ll be editing. Editing. And editing some more!

-Amanda

Cover Love #2 December 2016 

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At work today my boss asked me to relabel some books. I worked on four and a half carts in my three hours this morning and as I worked, I set aside six that caught my eye. I loved the whimsical, slightly romantic selection of these. I haven’t read any yet, but after admiring the cover art only to open the books and read the jacket blurbs, there are a few I’m adding to my TBR list!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller: That swoopy text! The colors! The Renaissance  (?) lookin’ lady! Pretty.

2. The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown: Half a mysterious face, and oh, those gold stars, which you probably can’t see from this shot. Very nice.

3. The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith: So, I’ve *heard* of these red hat gals, but haven’t ever seen the book. It’s just darn fun with a dash of sass

4. The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss: I love that this looks like a Jane Austen heroine mixed with some magic. Enchantment has to be one of my favorite words.

5. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto: This cover seems bittersweet with that old book, the locket and flowers. I wonder what’s inside…

6. How to be Both by Ali Smith: If you look closely you’ll see those aren’t petals on a normal flower. They’re eyes. Intrigued, party of one!

Thanks for checking out Cover Love #2!

Cover Love#1 November 2016

From now on, every month I’ll be doing a quick post on my favorite new/old covers. These may or may not be books I’ve read, or reviewed. They may not even be books I’m planning to read. The only criteria is that I simply love the cover art, that I think it’s cool, striking, interesting, or whatever. They may be my own books, or books I grabbed off the shelves at the library as I passed. Possibly, I’ll even feature books I don’t physically have in my possession. There are so many stunning book covers that I couldn’t possibly own, read, or even touch them all!

This month, five out of the six are my own books. Check them out below!

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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (TBR): This one is very simple, but I like the embossed (?) font, and that fabulous hue of green against the plain white. Plus, vines!

Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro (read, enjoyed): How can you not love chartreuse?! Combined with a dress and heels and shadowy smoke billowing from it, this is just cool.

Women with Big Eyes by Ángeles Mastretta (read, reviewed, loved): The gold detailing on the border, the colors, the intensity of that one, single eye.

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo (TBR): I love the dreamy quality of the front, the muted colors, the little stars.

Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove (read, enjoyed): The silhouette, the curving baroque aqua blue against the cream. Gorgeous.

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin (library book, TBR): I was processing this and stopped immediately to admire the cover. The old glass jars, the peacock blue color, the feathers, the shell, the dandelion puff—all create a magical, yet somehow serious effect.

Like this post? Be sure to come back next month for Cover Love #2!