Amanda DeWees


Amanda DeWees received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by announcing that her dissertation topic was vampire literature. Amanda's books include the widely praised historical gothic romance "Sea of Secrets," a finalist in the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence historical category, and the Ash Grove Chronicles, a captivating young adult "paranormal lite" romance series set in modern-day North Carolina. Besides writing, Amanda's passions include theater, classic film, Ioan Gruffudd, costume design, and the preservation of apostrophes in their natural habitat. Visit her at to explore book extras and more delightful diversions.

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Ash Grove Chronicles Boxed Set (The Shadow and the Rose, Casting Shadows, Among the Shadows)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 271,940. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Get swept away in the magic and romance of the Ash Grove Chronicles! Set in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this young adult paranormal-lite romance set includes the first three novels in the Ash Grove series: The Shadow and the Rose, Casting Shadows, and Among the Shadows.
On Shadowed Wings (An Ash Grove Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 13,540. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
In this short story set in North Carolina, high-school senior Gail and college student Jim are drawn together on Beltane night when they team up to seek a mysterious butterfly hatching--and save a little girl from danger.
Among the Shadows
Series: The Ash Grove Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,020. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In the third book of the Ash Grove Chronicles, just hours after Joy and Tanner’s daughter is born, Tanner finds himself in a world where Joy doesn’t know him and their baby doesn’t exist. As the fabric of reality begins to fray, an old enemy arises amid the chaos... and Joy and her Ash Grove friends must fight to save the world as they know it.
Casting Shadows
Series: The Ash Grove Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,000. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 1 review)
In book two of the Ash Grove Chronicles, Joy and Tanner must protect their unborn child from those who think the baby has been corrupted by the evil Melisande. At the same time, William and Maddie’s friendship founders, and she must find a way to warn him that his life is in danger.
The Shadow and the Rose
Series: The Ash Grove Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 70,970. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles, sixteen-year-old Joy, a plain but spunky junior at Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, must rescue chameleonic teen model Tanner Lindsey from his seductive, evil, and possibly supernatural mentor, supermodel Melisande.
Sea of Secrets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,440. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
(5.00 from 1 review)
In Victorian England, innocent young Oriel Pembroke stumbles into a web of dangerous secrets at the seaside estate of the aristocratic Ellsworth family. As she falls in love with the brooding young duke, Herron, she begins to fear for his sanity—and for both their lives—as sinister events unfold.

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  • Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy on April 18, 2012

    Midnight Hunter, the first book in Bonnie Bernard’s paranormal suspense series, introduces readers to a world full of danger, where vampires and other supernatural creatures exist alongside humans—but unbeknownst to most of them. Donna, the heroine, already suffering from frighteningly real nightmares and the memories of an old tragedy, falls into danger when a serial killer begins targeting women who resemble her. An unlikely protector appears, but can she trust him—even as she finds that they have an undeniable chemistry? Bernard has created a world that will remind readers favorably of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—but, intriguingly, with a more vulnerable heroine. In a genre increasingly filled with tough, super-empowered heroines, Donna is a protagonist we can really relate to and feel compassion for. She has good reason to be frightened, and she reacts like a normal person would when she suddenly finds herself in danger from forces she didn’t even believe existed. It will be fascinating to see how Donna develops and grows into her role as heroine as the series continues. All of the characters, in fact, are vividly drawn, and even relatively minor supporting characters are fleshed out and memorable. It’s my understanding that the Hunter books were originally intended to stop at three but that readers loved the characters so much that they demanded a continuation of the series. Now, that’s a testament to the power of strong characterization! I always enjoy stories that leaven suspense with humor, and Midnight Hunter does that ably, as well as bringing in a compelling thread of romance. With a gripping plot, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters, this looks like the start of a truly compelling series.
  • Nature Calls on April 21, 2013

    Bonnie Bernard’s Nature Calls is a collection of original stories linked by a common theme, but so diverse and inventive that they range from the contemplative, almost Bradburyan “Welcome Mat” to the darkly violent “Hell Mutt.” A recurring figure is Yeti, seen in interactions with a series of distinctive figures—from a space alien to Jesus! “The Ricki Shay Effect” is a look at the unexpected aftermath of literary success that’s both charming and chilling. Ms. Bernard brings her welcome brand of humor and an eye for social satire to these tales, and the result is both entertaining and thought provoking. Readers who are distressed by depictions of rape and implied animal violence may wish to skip “Hell Mutt,” but there is much else here to savor. Anyone who enjoyed Ms. Bernard’s Midnight Hunter series will definitely want to check out this rich collection.