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! ūüėÄ )

 

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Formatting and updating manuscripts/titles for Smashwords this weekend…

April 17, 2012 at 5:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….as soon as I got back from China, I was put back to work immediately (lol).

Literally: I arrived in Thompson with my bus delayed approximately three hours and thought that I would be able to catch up on some sleep.¬† When I woke up, I saw that I had a text message — my Manager, asking if I could work a Night shift THAT night.

I said “yes” (I rarely say “no”), and thus began a whirlwind week at work, where I got two revisions done during my one day off and some down time :).

Now here I am, on a brief break during a night shift, announcing that I am revising my manuscripts and doing the necessary formatting to make them suitable for Smashwords (Autovetter).

With any luck, on my two days off this weekend I will be able to have the following titles available at Smashwords:

Her Man (contemporary romance)

Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/psychological thriller)

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/psychological thriller)

Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)

The Deal (paranormal erotica)

I am going to revise the manuscripts whose contracts have terminated at both New Concepts Publishing and Extasy Books and make them available on BOTH Smashwords.com and Amazon.com.  These include:

Of Crimson Blood and Ivory Skin (M/F/F paranormal erotica)

Blood Song: The Captive (paranormal erotica)

My Experimental Years (M/F, F/F erotica novel-length)

Tales From the Owner-Operator of the Boulevard Motor Hotel (BDSM erotica)

The L-Word (M/F short erotica)

Tomorrow, Part One (sensual fantasy, novel-length)

As many of these manuscripts need some serious revision and possible redirection, it’s hard to say when ALL of them will be released.

Suffice to say, I will start with the Shades of Grey series, and work my way from there.

I also have a NUMBER of projects on the go that are beginning to call for my attention with voices raising in agitation, so it is possible that my creative energies will be spent breathing life into some entirely new stuff in the near future.

It would be nice, however, to get Shades of Grey Book 3, 4 and 5 out before Halloween, as well as Reaper 6.

Thank you for your time and interest in my twisted imagination!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Author, Full Time Nurse and Sometimes Philanthropist

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Headed to China in 24+ hours!!!

March 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….here I am at age 32 going on my first overseas trip!

…Winnipeg, Vancouver, Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thompson…

…going to be gone approximately two weeks, so I will not be putting out any titles¬†during that time.

After I return to Canada, likely over the weekend of April 6 – April 8, 2012, I am going to be releasing Her Man (contemporary romance), Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica), and Shades of Grey: Prologue & Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/thriller/horror/adventure) at Smashwords.

Currently, they are only available as Kindle titles. I am uploading them to Smashwords so that they can be distributed to Kobo, etc., on multiple formats/platforms. I also have some titles that were previously available only at eXtasy Books (and I believe some from New Concepts Publishing) that I will be releasing at Smashwords and Amazon/Kindle in the near future.

New works are in development, but between my full time nursing career and the editing & re-release of Second Editions, I am finding it difficult to make/find time to give those projects the full attention they deserve.

Up next? Shades of Grey III: See No Evil, Reaper VI: Lust, and the first *brand new* novel in a series I am working on about things that go bump in the night here in Northern Canada…..that’s all i’m saying about that project, it’s very near and dear to my heart, and I am developing it with the kind of slow, cautious consideration and cossetting that one rations for their most worthy of hobbies…

I’m actually very shy about speaking about it, and when I do, I seem to use very reverent language in a sort of breathless incantation resembling whispers of awestruck self-delusion about¬†genius approaching infamy…

Anyway — on to China!

Wish me luck!

Sincere regards & Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Neophyte Tourist and International Woman of Mystery (?)

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Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

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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Pulled Sahdes of Grey: Prologue from smashwords.com

December 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

So…

Sorry guys!

I am pulling my Shades of Grey series from smahwords for lack of promotional tools…

One sale in almost two weeks does not bode well for the series at that publisher.

Lowering the price didn’t help either.

As a consolation, it can be downloaded FREE from amazon.com on December 13.

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/ref=sa_menu_kbo3?ie=UTF8&node=1286228011#/ref=sr_st?keywords=amanda+m+holt&qid=1323718234&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133143011%2Cn%3A!251259011%2Cn%3A1286228011%2Ck%3Aamanda+m+holt&sort=price

Thank you for your ongoing support as I find my way with this self-publishing trial.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading,

 

Amanda M. Holt

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30% OFF COUPON for Shades of Grey: Prologue eBook at Smashwords.com

December 11, 2011 at 9:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I am test-driving the promotional coupon feature of Smashwords.com, where I will be self-publishing many of my eBook series.

Below, please find the coupon code for a 30% discount on the first book in my Shades of Grey series (Shades of Grey: Prologue).

Depending on the performance of this coupon, I will likely release more $$$-saving offers!

If you know any RCMP members/police officers or Canadian Armed Forces or US military service personnel who would appreciate a free copy of Shades of Grey: Prologue, have them email me at amandamholt@hotmail.ca and I will forward them a coupon for 100% off at the checkout at Smashwords.com.

30% Coupon code:

TD69N

Expires December 31, 2011

Use at the checkout for Shades of Grey: Prologue at www.smashwords.com

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, part time author, supporter of our troops and law enforcement!

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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 ‚Äď 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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Important notice regarding pricing and charitable donation!!!

November 26, 2011 at 4:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well…hopefully no one interested in buying the book will be too annoyed….

When Shades of Grey: Prologue comes out, it will retail for $2.99 USD at both Kindle (Amazon.com) and Smashwords.

Kindle apparently sets a minimum price for a book of that length ($2.99) that I couldn’t alter on the pricing page, and in all fairness to both Kindle and Smashwords, i can’t charge less at one place than the other…forgive me book lovers…I’m still learning how this all works.

distributes about 2000x the amount that Smashwords does, so yes – I am basically selling myself out to the better distributor, playing the publishing game by their rule sheet…

Thank you for your patience and understanding during my growing pains as a self-published author of adult fiction.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Completely Apologetic, Surfer of the Learning Curve and Aspiring Household Horror Icon

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