Kindle Unlimited subscribers can now read Ellipsis for free

cover image smallFor the next 90 days, Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read Ellipsis for free.

If you aren’t a subscriber you can buy the ebook for just $2.99 (or $0.99 with a paperback).

— Amanda


The Goodreads giveaway has ended!

cover image smallFive winners have been selected and will receive their free copies of Ellipsis in 4-6 weeks. Thank you to everyone who entered to win and to everyone who added my book to their TBR!

There will be more giveaways in the future and I will have another promotion to announce very soon.

— Amanda

Interesting facts omitted from my “About the Author” page


My squeezebox.

I love humorous “About the Author” pages. For example:

“Adams lived partly in Islington, London, partly in Provence, France, but mostly in airport bookshops.” — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1997 Ballantine Books edition

“Allie Brosh lives as a recluse in her bedroom in Bend, Oregon. In 2009, she thought, ‘I know what would be a good idea! Instead of becoming a scientist, I should write and draw things on the Internet!’ This was a horrible idea for too many reasons to count, but the decision wasn’t really based on logic. (. . .) Brosh has also given herself many awards, including ‘fanciest horse drawing’ and ‘most likely to succeed.'” — Hyperbole and a Half

I considered writing a funny description of myself for Ellipsis, but since the book is not overtly humorous (though there are one or two scenes that make me snigger) I opted for a very short and rather plain listing of my name, where I live, and that this is my first published book. For Camp NaNoWriMo in July I will be making my second attempt to finish a paranormal buddy comedy book. If that one makes it to publication maybe then I will have an excuse for a tongue-in-cheek “About the Author” page.

So here are some completely true, but also amusing, facts that I did not include on the last page of Ellipsis:

  • When I eat an apple I eat the core, too. All that is left is the stem.
  • I was born on a Friday the 13th.
  • When I wrote stories as a kid (longhand) I used a wavy underline under sentences intended to be read in a sarcastic tone of voice.
  • I have a speech impediment so mild it cannot be heard, only seen. And, apparently, only by trained professionals. (You cannot even hear it when I am drunk.) If I find out that you are a speech therapist I will not speak in front of you for love nor money.
  • My digital voice recorder is named Diane. So every time I make a note, I begin with “Diane . . .”*
  • I once had a (semi-legal) pet opossum. He was pretty awesome.
  • I play the toy accordion. Not a “real” accordion, but a little 7-button children’s model. I have tried a variety of stringed and wind instruments and this is the only one for which I have any talent.

And here’s some facts about the book

  • This book was my 2013 NaNoWriMo project.
  • This book is being published now because it is the first book I have finished writing. I currently have three unfinished manuscripts on my hard drive (and backed up in the cloud), some of which predate the creation of Ellipsis by three or four years.
  • The idea for this book was sparked by reading a magnificent piece of fan fiction.
  • The original title was Zen and the Art of Grifting.

— Amanda

*If you found this fact mundane you have not watched Twin Peaks.

This is not a drill. I repeat: this is not a drill.

The only problem with with lovely screenshot is that you cannot hear me screaming my fool head off in the background.

The only problem with with lovely screenshot is that you cannot hear me screaming my fool head off in the background. #1 life goal achieved. nbd.

My book is live and available for purchase on Amazon (here) and the CreateSpace direct store (here)!  I will get the ebook sorted shortly as well as other distribution channels.

Stay tuned for promos and giveaways!

— Amanda

(UPDATE: Friends and family please e-mail me for a discount code you can use in the CreateSpace store!)

Publishing update: Paperback is imminent

So, after a very full and bewildering weekend I finally clawed my way back to the computer to press the last few buttons required for my book to go live on Amazon. It should be available there in paperback form in 5-7 days. Now I will get cracking on the ebook version, which is more new territory to explore.

I’ll keep you posted!

— Amanda

Publishing update: Second proof

On the right, proof #2. On the left, proof #1.

On the right, proof #2. On the left, proof #1.

Yesterday my second proof arrived. I’m only on chapter 7 so far, but it looks good! There’s one or two little fiddle formatting problems to fix but nothing so major that I think I will need a third proof. That means that when I’m done with this revision the book will finally be available for sale!

— Amanda

Publishing update: Changes submitted

Proof 06-20-15The first proof has been reviewed and the necessary changes submitted. In 12-24 hours I should have approval to order a second proof. Proof arrives in about a week. If proof is OK then Thundercats are go. If not, I rinse and repeat.

I hope Proof #2 is good to go, because I’m going to need a few days to let my poor brain reinflate with some mindless TV before I start writing again – and I am stoked for Camp NaNoWriMo! For NaNoWriMo 2014 I had a great idea for a buddy story with paranormal elements and lots of humor, and though I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo that year I have been percolating the idea ever since. For Camp next month I am going to try to hammer out a first draft.

— Amanda