Amanda Borenstadt


I write mainly fantasy. I've been published in "Litsnack, "Moon Drenched Fables," "Lightning Flash Magazine," "Shadowcast Audio Anthology," "Joyful!" "50 to 1 Blogspot" and "Postcard"


Syzygy trailer
This is a machinima trailer of my novel, SYZYGY. It contains some spoilers and some images may be disturbing to young children, but it captures the story, I think. Anyway, enjoy!


Rainy Day with Sam and Bea
Price: Free! Words: 470. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
A flash fiction piece I did for a rainy day blog fest featuring two characters from my fantasy novel, Syzygy. A silly little read even if you haven't read Syzygy. A fun companion piece if you have.
Deacon Sam
Price: Free! Words: 600. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Short story (or character sketch) about Sam, from my novel, Syzygy. Nice little story even if you didn't read Syzygy, especially if you're Catholic. :) Takes place after Syzygy. Sam is a deacon on his way to becoming a priest. With Sam's too casual manner and messy appearance, Father O'Malley worries the young man doesn't have what it takes to make a holy priest. But Sam is more than he seems.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,090. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
When the leader of Finn's clan orders him to kidnap Bea Jones, Finn falls crazy in love. He risks his life by betraying his clan to protect her. Finn Wilde is a computer-nerd trapped in a super strong body. He's one of the Fir Na Gealaí, whose strength and speed surpass those of ordinary men. The story is told by an alternately pensive then manic patient in a mental hospital.
As He Sat Brooding
Price: Free! Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Lubos falls for the cute and clever motorcycle-riding girl and she for him, he figures it won't last. The curse of the vindictive River Woman, whom he pissed off centuries ago, prevents him from finding true and lasting love. How can this be any different? "As He Sat Brooding" is a short urban fantasy story. note: This story contains curse words.

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Smashwords book reviews by Amanda Borenstadt

  • The Ghost in the Top Hat on Oct. 04, 2010

    That was a good little ghost story. I was on the edge of my seat. :)
  • Dear Communion of Saints: amusingly apt advice for foolish Christians on Oct. 04, 2010

    This is super clever! It's a fun and informative read. The author is knowledgeable about Catholic teachings and the individual styles of the saints. I hope there will be a sequel! :)
  • PsychoHead Fiction Book One on Oct. 09, 2010

    You like dark fiction and horror? Check out this collection. These are some well written stories that'll wedge themselves in your brain like steel spikes. :D
  • Children's Fun And Fantasy Verses on March 05, 2011

    This is a super collection of poems. While relaxing on a cloudy afternoon, I enjoyed reading them with my 9 year old daughters. :)
  • The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) on Jan. 13, 2013

    Told in first person, the story has an intimate, conversational feel. Cathcart gives the reader a vivid sense of Joe's "voice" as we watch Joe transform from Mister Shy to Mister Popularity. We watch in nervous anticipation, wondering if he'll get the girl, completely blow it because of his new rock star persona, or perhaps slip into insanity. I won't spoil the ending for you. You must to read it for yourself. It's a super read for anybody, but for Bowie fans, the mention of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (the 1976 science fiction film starring David Bowie) and the references to Bowie songs are loads of fun. I swear, Bowie started singing in my head!