From her earliest days, Amanda Jean Surowitz has been a gypsy in spirit. A jack of all trades...a renaissance woman. Her first career choice was not to be a writer, but a scientist. She was first inspired after reading some of her brother's stories to write one of her own, even though she was just in middle school. Two years later she had her first finished book and had the desire to make writing her life. Now a full-time student with the Savannah College of Art and Design, Amanda divides her time between Georgia and Virginia. She lives with her family, a little Celtic gnome that inhabits her work space, some fairies and a few dragons.*
*All fantasy creatures are of miniature size, and are deemed harmless by local librarians.
Bio written by and posted with permission from Ruby Kingsley.
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by Amanda Surowitz
Published: May 26, 2013.
Solomon and Grant track a fleeing murderer to a small village governed by a fierce chief. When Grant’s reckless actions earn himself and the fugitive a noose around their necks, Solomon must choose who will hang and who will walk away.
An Act of Charity
by Amanda Surowitz
Published: May 25, 2013.
Maeve is a proud thief hired to cause trouble in the affairs of a nobleman. Things go badly when her employer learns this thief plays by her own rules. Maeve then has to run for her life or pay the consequences for living outside of the law.
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- The Little Clockwork Mermaid
on May 24, 2013
This was a really fascinating and wonderfully different mermaid story. The war with the humans and the underwater machinery led me to believe the story would end on a much darker note, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I absolutely loved Lorelei's character; her thoughts and actions were easier to relate to than the original story by Hans Christian Anderson. My only complaint is I wish there were more about Lorelei's mother and how Lorelei's final form was received by the humans.
on May 26, 2013
As a whole, I felt the story lacked tension. Neither the situation nor the characters drew me in; I had a hard time caring what the outcome might be. Despite the main character claiming to be a professional thief, I got the impression he was a very poor one. Toward the ending, the action and the perspective jumped around to the point of inconsistent obscurity. That being said, it was still an interesting story concept.
on July 18, 2013
I found the story enjoyable and compelling enough to get me from the first page to the last. The tense atmosphere from the beginning was my favorite aspect, as well as how the situation got resolved.
That being said, I found the language to be a bit awkward at some points. It pulled me out of the story a little, but not enough to make me give up on reading.