Introducing Book Bestie, Jamie McLachlan

Meet one of my co-authors, Jamie!

Book Besties

As some of you may know, I’m Jamie McLachlan—Canadian author of the Memory Collector Series: Mind of the Phoenix (an Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy), Pawn of the Phoenix, and Rise of the Phoenix. The Memory Collector Series follows Moira and Detective Keenan Edwards as they search for the Phoenix, a serial killer intent on eliminating the Elite and freeing the empaths. Moira, an empath and slave to the Elite, must decide how much her freedom is worth and what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to attain it.

I’m delighted to be a part of Book Besties, and I can still remember the first time we reached out to one another. It’s been quite the journey, and I’m glad I got to share it with these lovely authors. The theme and title of Déjà You: Stories of Second Chances came easily to us, while the cover took…

View original post 573 more words

Cover Love #3 

Look at these gorgeous new covers! They were even more striking in person, and I pulled them off random carts to see them up close. 

1. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock: I was drawn to the muted colors, and script-like font. Plus, Persimmon as a name? Cool. 

2. The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil: Legs, a crescent moon, and flashy gold font? Yes, please. 

3. Human Acts by Han Kang: This heart-wrenching book has such a stunning cover. That bird! Those ribs! 

4. Night of Fire by Colin Thubron: Up close this was like a painting. Love the saturated colors, and eerie feel. 

5. Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese: Almost like gold leaf over a lovely face. Plus, I peeked and the inside has a Gustav Klimt picture , so even more intriguing! 

Thanks for checking out Cover Love #3! 

Update

Hi everyone!

I haven’t posted in several days, and I just wanted to say hello, and I’m here, just very busy. A quick update to let you know what’s going on:

  1. Beach Glass & Other Broken Things is currently available for pre-order (for Kindle only SO FAR), and I’d be grateful if you’d go take a look! The paperback will be up soon, and the release is still slated for April 26th. This is such a different process as an indie author, than Ditch Flowers was for me (being published by a small, traditional press). I mean, duh, obviously I knew I’d have a ton more to do on my own as a self-publisher with this book, but wowza, I kind of underestimated the amount of stress I’d be under. Once I got my edits all done, then I sent my manuscript off for formatting, and I spent two weeks worth of grocery money on ISBNs (why are they so damn expensive, I’d like to know) and a barcode, set up accounts on Ingram and Createspace, got the ebook up on KDP, set it up on Goodreads, etc. There are so many steps, and I am not sure I’m doing them all in the right order; it’s a lot of learn as I go here. And as much as I’ve read online from others in the know, its not easy finding a STEP BY STEP guide to publishing on both CS & Ingram. So, phew. That’s the whole publishing stress bit. The good news is that, as I said above, the ebook is available for pre-sale, and everything is coming along pretty much on schedule.
  2. Deja You: Stories of Second Chances is the short story collaboration I’m doing with my Book Besties, and I’ve been busy, in between editing and working on my book, writing my short story for that, which is called Joy and Sorrow. It’s *almost* done and then I need to polish it up, have it edited, and then we will be moving along with that. The release of that book is May 30th, but I’m a little panicked because my story still needs work and we have a deadline here.
  3. Writing, Revising, and Submitting: Sadly, not much new writing is taking place as I figure out those two major priorites, but I’m hoping soon. I also haven’t revised Weightless any more. I ALSO haven’t been querying poetry, shorts, or Witch Lessons—though that is still with a few agents right now (the full manuscript!) so, that’s something.
  4. Personal: If all that wasn’t enough (and really, it’s only two big things, but those two things are giving me gray hair), I’m in the process of  refinancing mortgage/house redo thing here, so that’s a lot of bank docs, and signatures, and finding info, and taxes, and appraisers coming, and getting quotes for work, blah blah blah. Plus, you know, there’s still regular life stuff like chores, and children, and work, and errands SO TO SAY I’M EARNING MY NIGHTLY GLASS OF WINE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. And if that weren’t enough, I’m getting over an awful sickness that kept me feeling like I was either going to a. pass out or b. have a heart attack for a solid five days, which I know isn’t that long, but feeling shitty for any length of time is too long. It may have been a panic attack/flu combo because I had body aches, throbbing head, dizzyness and all kinds of physical things coupled with the familiar, awful feeling of anxiety. So, yeah. FUN.

But, thing seem to maybe be calming down here, and I at least feel better, physically. So, soon I will come back with a really great update, but in the meantime, let me know what’s new with you!

Amanda

Two Poems

Good afternoon everyone. I hope your days are all shaping up nicely. I’m feeling a little under the weather today, which is the not-so-good news, however I do have something to be happy about– my two poems “when my arms are full” and “from my body” are now up on Mothers Always Write! I’d be grateful if you’d go have a look-see (looksee?) and let me know what you think.

Read them here

Thanks guys! I’m off to go rest a little, and hopefully start feeling better!

-Amanda

Short Story Acceptance! 

Hi guys! I am just stopping in to share some good news. Today I received an email telling me my short story, Briar Rose, has been accepted in a fantasy anthology with 19 other stories! 

I wrote this story a few months ago for a different anthology, which ultimately rejected me (er, my story). Boo, but not really, because now I get to be a part of this instead! 

And as difficult as 2017 has been for me in ways, I have to be grateful and also, almost giddy, because this makes the 3rd acceptance so far this year! I am on a roll, or as my pal Kelly says, I’m on fire! 

I’ll share more about the anthology as it is announced officially, but in the meantime please check out my Pinterest board for the inspiration from Briar Rose! It’s got a female huntress, a mysterious visitor, and a bit of a dark twist! 

On that note, I hope you all have a fun-filled, creative weekend! Any neat plans? Check in below! 

Cheers!