Amanda Brenner

Biography

Amanda Brenner is a native Midwesterner who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and who now lives quietly with her husband and an assortment of wildlife visitors to their urban home. Her interest in writing began at an early age when westerns were popular attractions at the local theater. It seemed only natural that her first novel, Trail of Vengeance, should be in that genre. After finishing a second western, Shadow of the Rope, she began to explore a new direction and completed three contemporary mysteries involving private investigator Sid Langdon, a self-doubting magnet for offbeat clients and hapless scenarios, the latest being The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue. Amanda enjoys learning from the books she reads, a characteristic reflected in the research she includes in her own works.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Midwestern city where Friday was movie night at the local theater. Westerns were popular fare and I enjoyed the clear cut formulas and clean stories with "goodness triumphs" messages. I was fascinated with the heroes who, despite any tribulations, would inevitably set things right in the end. Eventually I began to think about the idea of a lone avenger who would sweep out of the plains, wreak his particular brand of justice, and disappear with no one the wiser. It was this image that formed the basis for my first book, Trail of Vengeance, and it is an idea that runs through my subsequent works in one form or another.
When did you first start writing?
Not until quite late. For most of my life, I was content to read others' works, and I read extensively. It actually wasn't until I got a computer, with its ease of revision, that I began to seriously consider that perhaps I could put my ideas into print. When I look over my published works, I am amazed that they are actually my own creations, and I am pleased that they are suitable for general audiences; any of my books can be read by anyone.
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The Case of the Pilfered Painting (A Henrietta Huddleston Mystery)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
“Yes, yes,” Henrietta said impatiently, fingering the pince-nez that hung from her neck on a black braided cord, “but it’s really just too intriguing. It has all the ingredients of a first-rate crime novel, if you ask me. Think of it: a young heiress alone and grief stricken after the mysterious death of her aunt; a painting, a treasured legacy, missing; the police baffled.”
The Last Cookie
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Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
A brief narrative account of an urban raccoon relocation effort.
While My Love Sleeps
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,670. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Coma! That one word, with all its chilling connotations, now described Leda's beloved husband, Karl. Will he recover? Will the man she loves above all else ever come back to her? He must, she knew that much, for if her beautiful husband's life was over, then so was her own.
Covenant of Blood
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jordan just wanted to get along--or at least as much as any normal vampire could get along in today's world. Sometimes it was hard. This was one of those times.
Tainted Legacy
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Series: Sid Langdon Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,580. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A corpse and a million dollars in missing jewels—and Sid Langdon is tapped to find the answers by the very man who may be responsible for both! It’s Sid’s first case—it might well be his last! The first in the Sid Langdon Mysteries series.
The Cottage by the Lake
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Series: Sid Langdon Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Sid Langdon didn’t believe in the Greenwood ghost—until murder changed his mind!
Trail of Vengeance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,940. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
The boy was just fifteen. The posse hesitated, but not for long, before whipping the horse out from under him; then they watched him swing with the others. When Charlie Cross learns of his kid brother's lynching, he sets out to settle the score. This time his gun would not go to the highest bidder—this time it was personal.
Call to Duty
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
When Rick's girlfriend, Cassie, calls asking to meet at their favorite hangout near her home, he wonders what could be on her mind. Probably just another of her dramatic fantasies; he's used to them by now. Surely nothing more than that…right?
Shadow of the Rope
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,970. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Charlotte Beckford watched helplessly as the man she loved was gunned down, and swore his murderer would hang. But Bowie Rayburn laughed at her threat, her words echoing behind him as he rode away unconcerned. After all, he thought, what could she do? She was just a girl.
Temporarily Away
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a friend's mail is returned marked "temporarily away," Henrietta Harcourt asks the local sheriff to investigate; he finds the man's mummified remains in his remote cabin. With the death dismissed as natural causes, a suspicious Henrietta prods the sheriff to look at someone with motive, means, and opportunity. Suddenly "natural causes" begins to look as unlikely as "temporarily away."
The Mystery of the Nourdon Blue
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Series: Sid Langdon Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,040. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two men are obsessed with a legendary jewel that vanished during the Crimean War. Now one of them is missing, and Sid Langdon has been hired to find him. When the trail goes cold, Sid decides to trace the stone instead, and uncovers a murky world of murderous intrigue along the trail to the Nourdon Blue.

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