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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Not sure whether to laugh or cry lol

January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I’ve recieved some good reviews for my Reaper series, some bad reviews, some great reviews, and some REALLY negative reviews.

Almost makes a girl wish she’d never encouraged readers to “post reviews, even if negative”.

One reader made comments regarding my lifestyle, somehow trying to draw a parallel between effectiveness as an author and effectiveness as a human being.  Suffice, to say, I replied to the review with as polite a comment as i could manage.

They were entitled to THEIR opinion – I nevertheless am also entitled to mine.

Had some really great reviews too…made me feel much better about this whole learning process.

After taking notes from the reviews, I am making a point of making the installments of the Reaper Series longer…as that seems to be the biggeest reader concern/annoyance so far.

That, and as much as I hate to do it, I think I am going to censor the adult/vulgar language a little – as that appears to be another (valid) concern/complaint.

So long as it doesn’t take away from the storyline, and doesn’t take away from the theme and voice of Reaper, I am willing to take critique and criticism into careful consideration.

With that being said, thank-you for your reviews —- keep em coming!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Author and Fairly Reasonable Human Being

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Interview with Rose of Romance at Heart Reviews, “In His Thrall”

March 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm (General News..., Interviews...., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Possible directions..., Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So………….
………………the kindly Rose of Romance at Heart has interviewed me for her romantic reviews website!

She asked some really intriguing questions, some of which I answered as tactfully and honestly as possible…others, well, you decide!

To view the interview, visit http://romanceatheart.com/interview/amandamholt.html

Thanks for dropping by!

Amanda M. Holt

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“Tomorrow” sensual fantasy romance novel reviewed yesterday by Long and Short Reviews

March 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm (General News..., Possible directions..., Reviews, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover Art by Angela Waters

Fern at Long and Short reviews reviewed my romacne novel and gave it “Four Books”. To see her review, visit, http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/tomorrow-by-amanda-m-holt.html or simply read below!

Tomorrow by Amanda M. Holt
Publisher: Devine Destinies (www.devinedestinies.com)
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (188 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

To the wizard, Sebastian Cole, it was a simple plan: steal his true love away to a world where they could be alone, together, to realize that love. There was one underlying condition: the enchantment would end only when she professed love for him.

To Alanna, proud daughter of Lord Fowler, it was a fool’s plan. No matter what her attraction to the mysterious and gifted Sebastian Cole, she would never love him—never! Certainly not under duress…or would she?

With patience, and persistence, Sebastian shows Alanna many of the wonders of his magical world—from the fantasy creatures living among them, to the delight of his touch, the passion of his kiss… Alanna’s interest in the wizard grows, but to what end? Will her true love set them free?

What would you do to secure the love of the woman you cannot live without? For Sebastian Cole, the answer is as simple as listening to the wish of his beloved. Alanna Fowler declares the only way she could possibly love Sebastian is if they were the last man and woman on earth, which is something he obliges with a spell that can only sever when she professes her love and marries him.

What happens next is a game of seduction and denial, during which Alanna vows not to cave into Sebastian’s magical charms. But is she wrong? Are the feelings she’s experiencing the result of a spell? Or is she really and truly falling for the handsome wizard who makes her heart melt and ignites a fire in her soul?

Tomorrow is a story that is written in a lyrical voice, situated in a world where fairies and magic exist. The tone is light and whimsical until the conclusion, which is fantastic for a story in this genre. My complaint isn’t in the world building, but rather, resides in Alanna’s unwavering determination to keep Sebastian at an arm’s length through the first half of the story. Unmarried until she finds love, she confesses at the beginning to longing for only one man – Sebastian – who she made a fool of herself in front of after she drunkenly threw herself at him during a party. I found it odd that she would fight against what she’s always wanted (how can you love if you refuse to consider it?) when he offers it to her on an enchanted platter. Aside from this, however, I was captivated and couldn’t stop reading from beginning to end. When Sebastian wears down Alanna’s defenses, the chemistry sizzles.

The writing style is unique, as is the voice. Amanda M. Holt creates characters that you can’t forget and places them in surroundings that are both vivid and lush. There is so much here, both fantastical and extraordinary, that a reader is bound to enjoy.

Fans of fantasy romances should be sure to put Tomorrow on their TBR list. As the story is left with a cliffhanger, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next story in the series.

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“In His Thrall”, paranormal/vampire erotica reviewed by Romance at Heart reviews!

March 26, 2010 at 4:01 am (General News..., Possible directions..., Reviews, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover art for In His Thrall by Alex DeShanks

Rose of Romance at Heart Reviews wrote a lovely review for “In His Thrall” my vampire/paranormal romance yesterday! To read her review, visit http://romanceatheart.com/shortbooks/inhisthrall.html or read below!

Title: In His Thrall
Author: Amanda M. Holt

Published in March 2010 by New Concepts Publishing
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire
ISBN: N/A

Other Books by Amanda: An Unusual Encounter of the Rock Star Kind,
Of Crimson Blood and Ivory Skin, Guarding Miranda, The Captive

Sherisse Fairchild was anxious to get to the dinner party being held at the Manhattan penthouse of Sergei Ivanovich, the Russian Vampire Prince. She had plans for him, and she hoped he would fall into them. She remembered the last time they were together, and longed to be the object of his affections again. She was not prepared for what the future would bring her this night, so she blythely went forward with her plans, dressing to catch Sergei’s attention, and hoping she would be spending some quality time with him as she planned. Getting there, she does catch his eye, but she also catches the eye of a mind demon named Carlos Garcia Ramirez. The innocent contact of a handshake knocks Sherisse on her back, and had all attention on her, including the ancient mystic named Marcus. The outcome is definitely not something she has planned for, and although it truly ticks Sergei off, she can’t help but wonder if it is not the Fates at work

The woman in the blood-red dress has Carlos Garcia Ramires’ full attention, and his body is suddenly hammering at him like never before. A half-blood demon, he has never really explored all his talents and powers, but he is truly psychic and drawn to the woman. Having a nasty ghost haunting him doesn’t help, and yet the spite of the apparition can’t dampen his attraction to her. He is not expecting the shock of her hand meeting his, and is totally shocked at the actual sparks of current that fly between them. He is also surprised to learn he has bonded with her, and as the drama unfolds, he realizes this could be a permant condition, and if so, it is not one he would mind a whole lot. He also knows he doesn’t want her as a slave, but he does want her badly, in his life, in his heart, and definitely in his bed. If that will work out, he will be more than a happy man, he will truly have achieved a state of bliss. Maybe dreams do come true for some, but he is not quite certain where it will lead him tonight.

A posh party of the Old Cabal is the setting of In His Thrall. The characters are not really expecting anything but the excitement usually availabel at one of Prince Sergei’s parties, but for two of the guests, it will turn out to be something more. It is usually the vampire who enthralls his or her prey, but this time, in an unpresidented accident, Sherisse finds herself bonded to a half-breed human/mind demon, and that throws all her carefully laid plans out the window. Carlos is totally floored that he has this power, and where they go from here is something only the reader will know. This story is strange, delightful, well written, and a real twist on the standard vampire tale. Amanda M. Holt takes the reader on a wild ride, and where it stops, no one really knows. For readers who enjoy a good “fang tale,” this short is a quick, easy, and most satisfying read, and one I heartily recommend. In His Thrall is available now at New Concepts Publishing, and well worth the price in my opinion. Check it out for yourself and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Yours in good reading,
Rose!

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