So… here’s the thing

August 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm (Uncategorized)

Once upon a time, a series was born.

In my brain. Then spewed out unto paper with ink and lead, then quickly into electrons via desktop and then laptop.

First offered to eXtasy Books circa 2003, I requested the rights to my series be returned to me as I was wanting to part ways with the publisher: I was going to self-publish Reaper, my way, raw and uncut.

Following that release, tens of thousands of people downloaded her free, from Amazon.

Royalties trickled in from paid sales…

Real-world issues (work, borderline workaholism, dishes, laundry, relationships, travel) resulted in consecutive titles of Reaper being greatly delayed.  At current, I promised a Reaper VIII this past summer and have not yet delivered —- shame on me.

There are a few essential flaws with Reaper, take for instance the (proud?) fact that she was self-published and therefore self-edited by myself :-) There is also the fact that she takes place in “The City” which we know is a city of several million people, which has a Pier, and colorful neighbourhoods, and oh yes, the park from the first manifestation of her Dark Thing — the City was faceless, nameless, and in many ways, lacked authenticity.  On one hand, I had complete creative license, no geographical facts or actualities to contend with — a fictitious Gotham in its own right, with elements of Vancouver, New York, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Chicago all rolled in to one.  Another flaw? Samantha Bennet lacks certain dimensions, more than that, I feel she needs a few more challenges — more bad guys to battle, more obstacles set between her and any semblance of a normal life.

And so, here’s the thing: I am going to re-write Reaper.

From scratch, keeping the tasty bits and sturdy bones that I can’t bear to part with.

Oh – and this time, she’ll be edited: I had a freelance editor/journalist go over her once, and once I make the changes I feel are necessary, I will have her (and another interested/interesting party) do the last round of edits with me, prior to the re-release of this whole series.

There’s a little thing called NaNoWrimo that some of you might have knowledge of: for the entire month of November, writers write in a sort of competition-with-oneself (and one’s peers) to pen a 50,000 word novel in 30 days — 1,667 words per day.

In a move something like a mini-sabbatical from work, I opted to use my vacation days in such a way that I could devote the entire month of November to my projects, one of which is Reaper, two of which are in early development.

Those two side-projects will probably end up taking a back seat, because I do feel that Reaper deserves my full attention: she’s nowhere near what I want her to be, at the moment, and she deserves the chance to become the apparition of my wildest dreams. While Reaper is in re-writes, I am going to be pulling the ebooks of the series from i.e. Amazon and Smashwords.

Once she is ready for re-release, she will be there in her new evolution in entirety (or at least, more than her current state).

And as for that City? That metropolis without identity?

It now has a face. And a name.

The City of Neighbourhoods: Toronto.

“Hmm,” some might say. “If your goal is to get Reaper into the hands of as many readers as possible, why set her in Toronto? Why not New York or San Francisco or Los Angeles or Chicago? London, even?”

My answer: because I am a proud Canadian author, that’s why.

I’m due to visit Toronto this week, and will be spying for landmarks & other places that fit the bill, merging with the existing landscape of the fictional City where Samantha Bennet lives and works, and real locations that will provide a fitting backdrop to the battleground upon which Reaper will wage her war against evil. I cannot understate the amplitude of my excitement. I’ve got sheafs of notes and Googlemaps images and photos, along with the electronic alterations, and while it would seem a daunting task to accomplish in just seven days, I’m hoping to gather enough photographs & voicenotes & interviews & other material & certainties to make for an authentic first volume — or two.

I acknowledge that an American metropolis would be the more contemporary setting.

Yet even though a US locale would probably garnish greater favor from the market, my guilt and acute stubbornness (read: pride) insist that I use a Canadian setting from an authentic Canadian point of view with Canadian values and political and social climate (read: soapboxes and social issues) lightly guiding some of the fictional commentary.

In my mid-thirties now, I have found firm appreciation for my Canadian heritage. I am passionate about our incredible nation, and I intend to revere it and extoll its virtues – and shortcomings – in every aspect of my writing, be that paranormal fiction about things that go “bump” in the night in Northern Manitoba or an adult fiction romp, episodic indeed, about a vigilante nephalim rookie cop who resides in a bachelor suit above the fictional Toronto watering hole Charlie Fridays?

So: there’s the thing.

I’m re-writing Reaper. Start to finish.

If you want to get your hands on a copy of her before she undergoes my edits, I’d advise you to get one now.

As soon as I sleep off my night shift, I’m logging on to the distributors and pulling her plug.

Keeping reviews of my series in mind, I’m taking Reaper back to the proverbial drawing board, in the hopes of making her so much better.

Her readers deserve the best story I can possibly give them.

Many installments of that story, at that.

Sincere regards & happy reading,

Amanda M Holt, Amateur Authoress and Sleepy Health Care Worker

p.s. fans of the previous incarnation, forgive me. All I can pledge as that if you instill a little faith in me, I will make certain that Reaper 2.0 will be one Hell of a good, long, bumpy ride.

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Reaper as an audiobook???

June 25, 2013 at 7:40 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have to ask…

…would it be a wise move to create audiobook versions of my Reaper Series and  Shades of Grey Series?

Hmmmm………

Very tempting.

Especially since my boyfriend is an audio whiz…..

Any feedback would be appreciated!

*Reaper VIII and Shades of Grey IV in progress, approx. 75% done!*

Sincere regards & happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Procrastinator

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Reaper VIII and SoG IV in progress, but…..

June 9, 2013 at 10:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

….what sloooooooooow progress it is, friends.

Sorry for the long delay between releases.

Tragedies, a full time job, one vacation, and a nurturing, loving relationship with bf seem to be the primary time-consumers.

Dear bf understands that I’m getting more and more antsy the longer I stay away from my keyboard, so you can expect his patient understanding will result in increased word count in the coming weeks.

You can expect Reaper VIII and Shades of Grey IV out, back to back come August of this year (2013).

Again, sorry for the waits, and thank you for your continued interest in my work!

Sincere regards & happy reading,

Amanda M Holt

Nightshifter

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Reaper VII: Soul Talker now “live” for download from Amazon (Kindle)!

February 19, 2013 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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So…

…….after a lengthy wait, I have, for your reading pleasure, edited and released Reaper VII: Soul Talker, the next installment in my Reaper Series following the adventures of nephalim vigilante Samantha Bennet!

At 61, 800 words, this is a bit longer than most volumes in my Reaper Series, which i think is what a lot of my readers were hoping for.

Currently, this novel is available only on Kindle from Amazon (amazon.co.uk, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.de, et al) — however, in 90 days’ time, i will be making it available via Smashwords, who distributes to Apple and other platforms.

I hope that you enjoy this one!

I had a lot of fun sorting out ways to ruin Samantha’s life… but also, to place a dim flickering light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of a new, powerful and resourceful ally!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Neophyte Self-Editor-Publisher

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Reaper VII: Soultalker edit is DONE!!!

February 18, 2013 at 11:07 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I just have to prep a cover & upload!

I’ll offer it free via Kindle Direct Publishing @ Amazon.com shortly!

Watch for that promotion!

Sincere regards & Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress

 

p.s. 61,800 words for this installment! A bit MORE than a novella… After Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, etc, I will offer it via Smashwords (who distributes to Apple, et al) and quite possibly in a paperback collection titled “Reaper V – VII: Lust Love Loss” via Lulu.com where I would do the max discount to consumers possible, just as i did with the paperback “Reaper I – V: Origin” (available through Lulu.com at the discounted rate, available through Amazon.com at approx $24, which I find kind of embarassing).  Trying to make paperback versions of the series as affordable as possible, but self-publishing so totally hinders this!!!!  Anyway, the above is my current plan…. but first off, gotta get Reaper VII uploaded to Amazon!!! Which I will do this morning!  If it goes the way it usually does, it should be available in 48 hours or so!!!

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*groan* Will not be finished Reaper VII this week as promised…

February 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm (Uncategorized)

So…

…….with the addition of nearly 100 pages of writing, ALL in need of editing, I do not think that I can produce a suitable edited version of Reaper VII: “Soultalker” this week…

Thinking it’s gonna be more like a 3 week project!

Thanking you in advance for your patience…

Sincere regards & happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Painfully Slow Neophyte Self-Editor

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Reaper VII: Soultalker in final revisions this week!

February 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….my sincere apologies for my long and recent silence.

I really have no good excuses.

If I can find the time to facebook images of Tardar Sauce AKA Grumpy Cat, surely i could have found time to both edit my damned revisions and update my WordPress Blog?!?!?!?!

I feel like I have abandoned my small but loyal following.

For that, I make this heartfelt apology and this pledge!

For the past few days, I have been working near-relentlessly on my edit for Reaper VII: Soultalker.

In this most recent installment of my Reaper Series, bad things happen to Samantha Bennet. Good things happen, too.

But then, terrible things happen. A brush with certain death. Injuries beyond repair. A high-stakes gamble, in which she loses her way of life.

Heartbreak… Helplessness… A lonely path…

Then, new hope in a new ally… yet, the dark days of prophecy loom ever present on the horizon.

And I leave you with the introduction of a duo of ruthless characters who’ve seen their share of nightmares and who seem best suited to aid Reaper in sorting out some of the wetworks in hers.

Cannot guarantee WHEN this installment will be done, as 77 pages is now 164 (Word doc, single space) and 38k words have kind of blossomed into 60K….

As soon as I am finished with her, I will upload to Amazon for your reading pleasure!

Same goes for Reaper VII (Title, as yet, undecided).

A lot of adventures in store for Miss Samantha Bennet yet.

A lot of ups & downs.

Some of them in bed… ;)

Happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateaur Authoress, Full-Time Nurse, Loyal & Loving Girlfriend, Part-Time Dreamer…

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Updated my website…but only a lil.

August 28, 2012 at 9:38 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I just spent about 3 hours fiddling around with register.com’s Do-It-Yourself website builder.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, it’s not.  Not by a long shot. The settings for the layout of the website design options are proving to be a real pain in the ass.  Either that, or i am simply not talented enough to excel at use of the software.

However, since this is a dollar project on a dime budget, I shall have to use this service until I’m on a triple digit budget and can hire a techy to do my damned website for me!

At least I have SOME sense of layout & design & programming/coding…

Yet…I can make no great promises as to what you can expect from a website designed & implemented by yours truly.

To see what I’ve done so far, visit www.amandamholt.com

I plan on posting some free stories (as file downloads, scroll-downs, etc) as well as contests for those uber-affordable Vistaprint mugs, mousepads, t-shirts, etc! So follow directions and enter my contests to get yourself some Amanda M. Holt swag when I announce the contest(s)!!!

Now that i’ve given up on website design for the evening, I intend to work on some manuscript revision — and maybe even some new stuff!!! *squee!!! New stuff is my favorite! Most frustrating but also most favorite!!!*

Sincere Regards & Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress & Nurse with another 24+ hours off before returning to work!

p.s. – Reaper I – V and I and VI will be available at Kobo soon for the Kobo eReader!

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Shades of Grey III: See No Evil available now at Smashwords.com!

August 4, 2012 at 8:16 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

Photography by Jimmy Thomas, RNC

So…..

………Yup!

As promised, Shades of Grey III: See No Evil is now available at Smashwords.com

The blurb:

When Crystal Grey, a teenager with dark secrets, disappears from her Vancouver home, her family is tormented by questions:

Where has Crystal gone?
Why hasn’t she returned?
Who is she with?
What is she doing?
Why did she leave?
When is she coming back?

Involved in the drug trade and running with a fast crowd, Crystal is now being exploited by some very sinister people – facts that the Vancouver Police Department are reluctant to reveal to her family.

When her sister, Eve is alerted that Crystal may have been spotted at a nightclub run by the Strikers biker gang, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Eve refuses to sit idly by and watch her sister become some kind of statistic. However, the strain of the situation is taking its toll…

You see, Eve has a few dark secrets of her own.

Secrets from the past, secrets born of madness and violence that whisper seductively to Eve in waking and in dream, calling her to action, calling her to punish the people who have hurt her baby sister, who are using her for their own criminal gain.

These nightmarish voices, thought to have been silenced by a team of mental health professionals years before, seem as though they are back and more vicious than ever before.

Will Eve once again give in to their siren song and take justice into her own hands? Even if it’s at the cost of her very sanity?

This anger inside of her is so wrathful, so unnatural, so all-consuming, so…hungry.

Sometimes, she just doesn’t feel like herself…

….sometimes, it’s as if she doesn’t feel human at all…

With her multiple personalities wrestling with Eve for control of Their conscious mind and shared body, Eve is finding the exhaustive tug-of-war situation to be more taxing than ever.

What’s to become of her?

Worse still — what’s to become of Crystal?

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Look for Book Four ~ Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil in September/October of 2012

The Shades of Grey Series:

Shades of Grey: Prologue (November 2011)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (December 2011)
Shades of Grey: See No Evil (August 2012)
Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil (September/October 2012)
Shades of Grey: Epilogue (December 2012)
Shades of Grey: Do No Evil (Spring 2013)

Links for download at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211439

It is in the following formats:

Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) RTF (readable on most word processors) LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)…..

ENJOY!!!

When it is released by Amazon.com in the next 36 hours, it will be available there as a Kindle format file for download.

Thank you so much for your support!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateaur Authoress & Neophyte Self-Editor (humble apologies if my releases aren’t perfect — I am getting better at it! :D )

 

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Putting the polish on Shades of Grey III: See No Evil

August 4, 2012 at 3:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I’m gonna keep this briefer than usual. (Is briefer a word? lol Perhaps “more brief than usual” is more fitting).

ATM (at the moment) I am putting the finishing touches on Shades of Grey III: See No Evil.

This is following a jam-packed day of actually finishing the book, paying bills, house work, supping with an old pal, having a nap (still a lil backwards from night shifts lol) and brewing some fresh java.

Gonna stay in night shift mode since I go back to them tomorrow night @ 2230.

Anyway: you will be able to find Shades of Grey III: See No Evil on Smashwords and Amazon within the next 24 – 36 hours!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Neophyte Editor (Sorry ‘Bout That) and (mostly) Night Shift Nurse

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