Formatting, formatting, formatting…and re-submitting!

April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….

……..I’ve spent the better part of this morning formatting and editing files for Smashwords and Kindle.

I’m going to be uploading new versions of Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil to Kindle (I kinda made a few MINOR changes to the tail-end of SoG:HNE — nothing too significant, just some expansion to the Witigo discovery).

AND AND AND — Her Man, The Deal, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil SHOULD be available on Smashwords in the next 72 hours or so!!!

Provided I meet their standards and all that!

Previously, these titles were only available on Kindle.

Anyway, I must return to said tasks…

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Editor

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Book Two in Shades of Grey Series: Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil FREE DOWNLOADS ANNOUNCED

December 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph by Jimmy Thomas http://www.romancenovelcovers.com

So….

……..Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil is available now at amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LEDILC) for $2.99.

I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to be frugal, though.

That’s why I will be providing BOTH Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil as FREE downloads on December 17, 2011 and also December 25, 2011 & December 26, 2011 – my gift to those readers who may have gotten Kindles as holiday gifts!  Anything FREE around the holidays is a good thing….and in the spirit of giving, the FREE downloads are my gift to you.  They have already been programmed into my Promotions Manager at Kindle Direct Publishing.

So mark it on your calendars!  Dec 17, 25 & 26! For the low low price of $0.00 you can get the first two Kindle ebooks in the Shades of Grey series absolutely FREE! And if you don’t have a Kindle eReader, you can download the Kindle Reading App for free for use on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, android, etc.

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Product Description

Book Two in the Shades of Grey Series
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.
Her sister, 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 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…
Look for Book Three ~ Shades of Grey: See No Evil in January/February 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 (January/February 2012)
Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil (February/March 2012)
Shades of Grey: Epilogue (March/April 2012)

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Also, for those of you who were following my previous blogs, readers downloaded 4, 175 copies of my eBook Her Man over the weekend during its FREE promo.  I will be offering the contemporary romance Her Man FREE again on Dec 25, as my gift to readers worldwide.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, Part time writer, Ambitious Dreamer with “Stick-to-it”-ive-ness

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Shades of Grey: Prologue released on Kindle and Smashwords.com…Charity Selected

December 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….this week I formatted and uploaded Shades of Grey: Prologue to Kindle Direct Publishing and smashwords.com.  It was accepted for publication at both places and is now retailing at $2.99 USD.

For every sale I make from Shades of Grey: Prologue I am donating $0.07 CAN to Child Find Manitoba, a charity that provides support, intervention, and education for families with missing child(ren).

Coming soon (in say…the week it will take me to finish editing it, if all goes well):

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (Book Two in the Series), which carries readers further into the story of the disappearance of Crystal (the teenaged member of the Grey family) and the effect that it seems to have on the mental health of her older sister (Eve). Eve’s humanity is also in question. The voices that she hears, are they the symptom of the psychiatric illness of her past, thought to have been succesfully treated by a team of medical professionals – or are the voices something far more sinister?  Something vengeful? Something…hungry?

This novel, intended to retail for $3.99 USD will result in a donation of $0.25 CAN to Children of the Street Society (British Columbia, Canada), a charity whose work I really admire.

(Taken pseudo quote from their website) the mission of Children of the Street Society is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth, while offering support to families.

Their vision is a world where children and youth are safe and free from all forms of sexual exploitation.

Children of the Street Society takes a collaborative and comprehensive approach to preventing the sexual exploitation of children and youth. They know that investing in preventative measures means a decrease in the need for intervention and enforcement services, and is cost-effective over the long-term. They offer a variety of preventative programs which engage a diverse range of individuals and groups. Their primary prevention tool is education and awareness workshops – they facilitate over 500 workshops, in approximately 30 B.C. communities, with more than 25,000 participants annually.

For more information on their services, you can visit their website at http://www.childrenofthestreet.com 

It is my intention to donate a portion of all of the proceeds of my novels sold through self-publishing to charities that strike a chord within me.

Since my Shades of Grey Series follows the devastating effects of child prostitution on a Canadian family, I felt that it is entirely appropriate to donate the proceeds of Book Two to Children of the Street.

I have yet to select a charity for Book Three (See No Evil) and Book Four (Speak No Evil), but I am kicking around some ideas.

As for my donation strategy, if you have any suggestions for non-profit charities that wouldn’t turn away a well-meant donation, that serve youth and women who are at risk, high-risk, street-involved or needing support through mental health issues, please let me know. I am open to reviewing the mandate/mission/vision of charities outside of my immediate scope/awareness.

Thank you for supporting my work and my ambitions!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Full Time Nurse, Part Time Philanthropist, Aspiring Household Horror Icon

You can preview the first book in the Shades of Grey Series at either:

Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/108194/1/shades-of-grey-prologue

or, Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Shades-of-Grey-Prologue-ebook/dp/B006ECW86W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1322922938&sr=1-1

Thank you for your interest!

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“In His Thrall” new Carnal Paranormal Vampire Erotica eBook released today at NCP!

March 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm (General News..., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover art for In His Thrall by Alex DeShanks

This is a very hectic time for me right now, school wise, as I race to the finish to complete my Bachelor of Nursing program — but not SO busy that I would forget to post about my new release at New Concepts Publishing http://www.newconceptspublishing.com

This week, they have posted my carnal paranormal vampire erotica, “In His Thrall”, featuring the masterless (or perhaps not so masterless) vampire Sherisse and the half-demon mind reader who possesses her with a single touch.

The book blurb reads: “At a party thrown by one of her ongoing romantic entanglements, a chance encounter with a half-demon has unexpected results for Sherisse. Fascinated by the beauty of the vampire before him, Carlos cannot entirely contain his interest in Sherrise – he accidentally possesses her when they touch and their minds become inexplicably linked. Sherisse hasn’t had a Master in nearly a century – and she refuses to be bound to anyone for any reason! Fate, however, has something else in store for her…

As the night goes on and her situation becomes more concrete, Sherisse can’t deny her attraction to Carlos and the promise of hot-blooded passion within him. Whatever are they going to do about the animal attraction between them? Especially now that they are privy to each others’ innermost thoughts and desires?

Furthermore, when will the possession wear off?”

If you enjoy your blood suckers drop dead sexy and your half-demons hot enough to melt your hard drive, then this may be a tale for you!

This story is a little graphic in places, so buyers beware!

I genuinely hope that you enjoy the naughty little erotica adventure that I’ve written for you!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

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Delay in release of “In His Thrall” Paranormal Romance

March 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm (General News..., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In His Thrall (Cover Art Still Unavailable)

In His Thrall (Cover Art Still Unavailable)

Hello, readers!

According to their website at http://www.newconceptspublishing.com , my eBook publisher New Concepts Publishing is experiencing a delay in their releases this week due to “a death in the family”.

Accordingly, the release of my paranormal romance/erotica “In His Thrall” has been postponed.

I will be sure to post when it is released.

In the meanwhile, my heartfelt condolences to the NCP family and their loved ones……

Sincere regards,

Amanda M. Holt

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Spicy New Erotica Release by NCP!!!

February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm (Grumble, Literary blunders..., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover art by Alex DeShanks

Hello again, people!

Today I advertise “An Unusual Encounter of the Rock Star Kind”, a contemporary paranormal romance novella, the blurb for which reads as follows:

“A chance encounter with the lead singer of a rock band leaves Cassandra rapt with anticipation. Les is everything that the young nurse has ever dreamed of – and the sexy drummer from Boston is even hotter up close in person! He is apologetic for accidentally knocking her to the frozen Winnipeg sidewalk, yet she barely feels the ice and snow with all the heat that is rushing through her core.

Cassandra wonders if his invitation to supper is as innocent as it seems. Is it his way of saying ‘sorry’, or the beginning of something more? She finds herself wondering: just how far is this encounter going to go?

More than that, she wonders: what will be for dessert?”

Rating: SPICY-Graphic language, one sex scene.

Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance.

This little novella has been a point of contention between myself and my editor at New Concepts Publishing. I felt that the tale should be told in present tense, first person. They felt that it was fine in its original version, of mixed present tense and past tense, as they felt that a story must be told in past tense, not moment by moment.

I wrote this piece entirely as a writing exercise, to flex my nubulous literary muscles (read: amateur finger flexes, ten thousand word repetitions). I wanted to test the waters, to try different tenses and see what the end result would be.

The end product? A product that my editors seemed thrilled with (thrilled enough to publish), but something that I feel is a touch awkward in its current state.

I guess the only way I’ll know for sure whether “An Unusual Encounter of the Rock Star Kind” is a hit or a miss is through book sales and love or hate mail as a direct result of that audience…

Either way, whether it sinks or swims, I welcome your critique, comments, and constructive criticism on the latter.

You can always email me at holt_writer@hotmail.com

My sincere thanks for your support and interest!

Amanda M. Holt

p.s. – cover artist is Alex DeShanks, who always does a lovely job!

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Reaper 3: Evil Among Us

January 28, 2010 at 2:23 am (eXtasy Books Releases, Introduction to the Imagination of Amanda M. Holt, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Reaper 3: Evil Among Us (Cover Art by Martine Jardin)

This third book in the Reaper Series, Reaper 3: Evil Among Us introduces a new villain to the Reaper’s world: her name is Lust, and she exudes a mind-controlling pheremone that places Samantha under her complete control for an evening of Sapphic pleasures. The morning brings with it the terrible truth and the burden of guilt. Samantha has always been bi curious, but she has just cheated on Neal with a stranger – a female stranger! Uncertain of whether or not she was forced into the encounter, or if she truly wanted Lust’s affections, Samantha struggles with feelings of guilt and unworthiness at Neal’s phone call: here’s yet another terrible secret that she must keep from him, if their relationship has any hope of lasting.

A new ally – or is it, enemy? – reveals herself in the form of a young girl – Natalie – who, though blind in one eye, has visions of the future. A dark future full of danger for the Reaper. The girl pleads with Samantha to welcome her as an ally. Does Samantha dare accept the girl’s help? Something about the young girl really rubs Samantha the wrong way…

After a massacre at a church brings Samantha perilously close to being apprehended by the authorities, she must use Neal as an alibi. Lying to her cop lover – yet again – is risky business. Off the hook, she evades suspicion once more, though just barely.

Fighting demons of the Hell dimension as surely as she fights the demons of her mind, Samantha goes toe to toe with opponents against whom she is helpless. They are the Shiro Tai, Japanese warriors whose holy fire burns through the black second-skin of her exoskeleton leaving her wounded and exposed.

Worse yet, Natalie has caught the entire thing on video!

Samantha runs to her healer for help, only to hear that Angela cannot heal these wounds. How is she going to explain these injuries to Neal and to her partner on the force? Furthermore, if Natalie goes to the media with her recording, her life – as she knows it – is over!

What does the future hold for a woman who’s on the verge of losing EVERYTHING?

Find out in this, the third of four books (currently) in the Reaper Series (available for download now from http://www.extasybooks.com ! Search for Amanda M. Holt under Authors)

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Reaper 2: Villains and Allies

January 28, 2010 at 1:25 am (eXtasy Books Releases, Introduction to the Imagination of Amanda M. Holt, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Reaper 2: Villains and Allies (Cover Art by Martine Jardin)

In the sequel to Reaper: The Beginning, Reaper 2: Villains and Allies further reveals the mystery behind the origin of Samantha Bennet’s supernatural abilities and the challenges that she faces in balancing her duties as a police officer with her actions as a vigilante. As the Reaper (as Heaven’s judge, jury and executioner) she leads a life of solitude with few allies and countless enemies.

Samantha discovers a new vulnerability after a militant sect of a zealous religious order attacks and wounds her. She must turn to her only source of help, Angela, a white witch and healer whose own mysterious history traces back to the birth of the Pyramids.

With a telltale scar marking where the Hunters’ weapon dealt its fateful blow, Sam fears that her boyfriend – and fellow officer of the law, Neal – will take note of it and become suspicious that things are not as they seem.

When villains of both the human and supernatural variety make it difficult for Samantha to lead her double life, she deals with them the only way she knows how: with gratuitous violence!

How far will she go the enact Heaven’s brand of justice?

Find out in this, the second of four books (currently) in the Reaper Series (available for download at http://www.extasybooks.com – search for Amanda M. Holt under Authors).

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Reaper: The Beginning

January 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm (eXtasy Books Releases, Introduction to the Imagination of Amanda M. Holt, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Reaper: The Beginning (Artwork by Martine Jardin)

Reaper: The Beginning is the first novel in my Reaper Series of books, following the initial manifestation of Samantha Bennet’s paranormal nature during an attack on her young self. As her black exoskeleton appears for the first time sporting razor sharp claws, one can see that it’s a terrible way for a teenager to find out that she’s different from everyone else. The vengeance she exacts on on her attackers is swift and ruthless and in the aftermath she is left wondering where this strange and lethal “second skin” has come from.

As an adult, Samantha burns the candle at both ends fighting crime: as a vigilante in the dark of night and as a rookie police officer paired up with Phil, an experienced cop who becomes a father figure as well as a dear friend. She finds lust – and possibly love – in the arms of a co-worker, Neal, who brings her to heights of ecstasy she has never before known. Yet as Neal tries to foster a closeness between them, Samantha pulls away and feels more alone than ever before. She knows that her dark secret must never be revealed, not to her lover (who as an officer of the law might be more inclined to attempt to arrest her than to applaud her actions), not to anyone she cares about!

An Eastern mystic is privy to the truth about the origin of Samantha’s power. His revelation is shocking and hard to believe. The biological father Sam never knew was a notorious Fallen Angel, making her a Nephalim, the offspring of her mother’s human womb and Azkaziel’s angelic seed.

With villains both human and supernatural coming out of the woodwork and her lover becoming suspicious of her late-night outings, does Samantha have a snowball’s hope in Hell of surviving what Fate has dealt her?

Find out in this, the first book of four (so far) in the Reaper Series, on sale now at http://www.extasybooks.com (see Amanda M. Holt under the Author Search).

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