Amanda M. Holt
Let's see... I was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Raised in Small Town, Manitoba and spent my adult life in different Manitoban locales: Dauphin, Ste. Rose du Lac, Ochre River, The Pas, and now - Thompson!
I'm the oldest daughter of an oldest daughter. I believe that guns don't kill people: people kill people.
I also believe that, contrary to the behavior of the main character in my Shades of Grey Series, people with mental illness are not typically violent (read the statistics, it's true...and besides, if you make it to Book 4 of Shades of Grey, you will be [spoiler alert] wondering if she is ill, or not ill, or...? What the-? I intend to keep you guessing! Until I leave you quivering and satisfied, that is!)
I've worked many JOBS over the years, but am now in a CAREER in Health Care that I find very gratifying. That being said, as you would likely hear from any aspiring author, if there comes a day that my first love (writing) enables me to write from day thru night without having to worry about making the rent or putting groceries on the table (anotherwords, a steady writing income), then of course I would consider retirement from my "real world" career.
My first and forever true love? Writing! And there is SO much that I want to write about!
Working on about seven projects in regular intervals at the moment, plus some novellas and the six completed projects that are in revision/editing...all of which will appear here on Smashwords, if they meet with their (Smashwords') standards for quality that is.
At the time of writing this, I am childless (thank Heavens), seeing someone who is very special to me, and I've no pets and no houseplants.
I enjoy chocolate, chai tea with a lot of milk, and coffee dolled up the same way. I eat too much ketchup (Heinz, there ain't no other kinds) and not enough sushi...
I have more journals than i know what to do with, but they seem to have a starring role in keeping me sane...if not for them, if not for reflecting on my goals and motives fairly regularly, I'm certain that I would have made some very poor choices in bedpartners, purchases, habits and careers.
My advice to anyone literate? Journal. Write down your thoughts, goals, aspirations and reflect on them at least once a month. If I am on a track, on a path, it seems to me as though journalling seems to keep me on it.
My advice to anyone who wants to write a book? If you can carry on a conversation during a coffee break and tell a well-spun tale or joke, you are entirely capable of writing a book...especially if you have some noteable life experiences to draw from. There's inspiration for that book (or books) all around you. Don't look: SEE!!! And don't procrastinate: DO!!! (Now if I can just follow my own advice :) ).
I've had 15+ stories (novellas and full length novels) published at publishers other than Smashwords, but I don't think that it's in good taste to print the names of those companies here, where i'm supposed to be promoting Smashwords novels. Suffice to say, they are small publishing houses, not New York publishing house giants!
All that being said, i'll update this if/when anything noteworthy happens in my life.
Sincere regards and happy reading!
Amanda M. Holt
All of my titles that were available as Kindle format at Amazon will soon (all) be available here at Smashwords. I just have to hurry up and do the formatting, and ideally they will pass the Smashwords standards review. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support of both my work and my chosen charities, which benefit from a portion of my royalties/sales. Future works will feature donations to other charities near and dear to my heart. Writing has taken a back-seat to other pursuits... will increase writing productivity soon.
Sincere regards & happy reading,
Amanda M. Holt July, 2013
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Shades of Grey III: See No Evil (Book Three in the Shades of Grey Series)
Crystal has been missing since the day of her sister's University graduation.
Known to be running with a sinister crowd, Crystal is in over her head. Eve isn't going to let her sister drown in the undertow of Vancouver's criminal realm.
Yet the very task of finding Crystal seems impossible!
And sometimes, Eve just doesn't feel like herself. Sometimes, it's as if she doesn't feel human at all...
Reaper VI: Lust
Paranormal/Action-Adventure: 37,000 words
This is the continuation of the story of Samantha Bennet as she is reborn by an act of violence, follows her dreams, discovers the origin of her uncanny power, overcomes obstacles in the fight against evil and ultimately embraces her destiny...
*** Warning: Adult language, situations and both F/F and M/F content best suited to an adult audience ***
Reaper I: The Beginning
Warning! Explicit language and situations that may offend some readers!
* Best suited to an adult audience.This first novella is the prologue of the series. *
When the teenaged Samantha Bennet crosses Lincoln Park on her way home from work, she doesn't expect that anything bad will happen to her.
Nothing terrible has ever happened there... until now.
Shades of Grey II: Hear No Evil (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...
Shades of Grey: Prologue (Book One in the Shades of Grey Series)
The world of a prominent Vancouver family is turned upside down when their teenaged daughter vanishes, leaving a cryptic note behind. A visit to the Missing Persons Division creates more questions about Crystal's disappearance than it answers. When Eve - older sister of the runaway - begins to experience a familiar rage coursing through her veins, her sanity - and humanity - are put to the test.
The Deal (Paranormal Erotica)
Alessandra had an unwelcome visitor last night.
The incubus, Daragon, was intent on forcing the author into a soul-binding contract that she has no intention of agreeing to.
Last night, she resisted his temptations and his torments, but only just…
When Daragon comes to Alessandra for the second night, he puts the same deal before her.
Can she resist him again?
When the health of Sara's beloved Aunt Caroline takes a turn for the worst, the CEO of a Silcon Valley graphics software firm finds herself on an airplane headed for Vancouver. A fellow passenger with a fear of flying and a quirky sense of humor manages to make the trip a little more enjoyable. At this very difficult time, Brian's charm and wit are a great comfort to Sara. Will they meet agaain?
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (Interracial Erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (Interracial Erotica)
When Katherine is nagged by her friend to buy a lottery ticket, she doesn’t expect that anything will come of it.
The curvy artist’s immediate thoughts are that her sensible ancestors would roll over in their graves at news of her folly and that she would have been better off using the five dollar bill to wipe her butt than to spend it lotto!
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