HERE. WE. GO.

HERE. WE. GO.
Out from the shadows and deepest depths of my twisted psyche and obsession with sexy, alpha males comes CABIN 1, the first book in the Berry Springs spinoff series, STEELE SHADOW SECURITY. Let me just say... this series has been swirling inside me for over a year, and it wasn't until I felt like I was going to internally combust that I finally sat down—succumbing to its unrelenting voices in my head—and began writing. I am so freaking excited about this one! 🔥Fair Warning🔥: This series is a bit darker, grittier, and steamier than Berry Springs but has all the same page-turning romantic suspense that you expect from me. I can't wait for you to read it, and guess what? It's now available for pre-order!💕

Until Next Time…
AM

The Shadow is HERE! 👏

The 6th book in the award-winning Berry Springs Series—THE SHADOW—is HERE! 💃🏻🍾 I hope you enjoy, and as always, I'd love to hear your thoughts after!

Happy Reading! 💕

A gruesome murder linking to a famous painting sends FBI Criminal Profiler Eli Archer down a path of lies, deceit… and infatuation.

Eli Archer has been called many things at the Bureau, but carefree and light-hearted aren’t two of them. As one of the FBI’s top criminal profilers, Eli spends his days inside the minds of sadistic serial killers, and he’s got the brooding eyes and permanently packed suitcase to prove it. Days, murderers, and dead bodies blend together until he gets a call about a homicide that’s shockingly similar to a case that haunts him. He catches the next flight to the small, southern town of Berry Springs even though there’s no way the cases are connected because he already caught the killer… unless he didn’t.

Payton Chase grew up in a family rich in money, dysfunction, and secrets, leaving her with a mountain of cash and emotional brick wall to match. Determined to gain independence from her past, Payton buries herself in work, chasing her dream of becoming a network news anchor. When a young woman is found tortured to death, Payton is certain that this is the opportunity to catapult her into the spotlight… she just has to figure out how to work with the secretive—and incredibly sexy—federal agent who’s on the case.

As Payton's and Eli’s chemistry steams hotter than the heat wave blazing through the mountains, another victim is found that looks eerily like Payton, and Eli fears she may just get her lead story… with her name as the headline.

THE SHADOW is a standalone romantic suspense novel.

Until next time…

Amanda

THE SHADOW is coming...👏

Are you ready to curl up with another sexy murder mystery?? 😍 THE SHADOW, book 6 in the award-winning Berry Springs series is available for pre-order! This is Payton's story (from THE CREEK... but don't worry if you haven't read that one yet, each book is a standalone romantic suspense), and features criminal profiler Eli Archer... 

A gruesome murder linking to a famous painting sends FBI Criminal Profiler Eli Archer down a path of lies, deceit... and infatuation.

Sound good? Check it out! ⬇️

Eli Archer has been called many things at Bureau, but carefree and light-hearted aren’t two of them. As one of the FBI’s top criminal profilers, Eli spends his days inside the minds of sadistic serial killers, and he’s got the brooding eyes and permanently packed suitcase to prove it. Days, murderers, and dead bodies blend together until he gets a call about a homicide that’s shockingly similar to a case that haunts him. He catches the next flight to the small, southern town of Berry Springs even though there’s no way the cases are connected because he already caught the killer… unless he didn’t.

Payton Chase grew up in a family rich in money, dysfunction, and secrets, leaving her with a mountain of cash and emotional brick wall to match. Determined to gain independence from her past, Payton buries herself in work, chasing her dream of becoming a network news anchor. When a young woman is found tortured to death, Payton is certain that this is the opportunity to catapult her into the spotlight… she just has to figure out how to work with the secretive—and incredibly sexy—federal agent who’s on the case.

A heat wave is blazing through the mountains as the pressure mounts for Eli to piece together the psychological puzzle that leads to the suspect. Among the list is a crass, eccentric woman who happens to be the step-mother of a local journalist who has become his shadow since arriving in town. As Payton and Eli’s chemistry steams hotter than the humidity, another victim is found that looks eerily like Payton, and Eli fears she may just get her lead story… with her name as the headline.

HAPPY READING!
-AM

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💥THE CREEK is Here!🌊

Ready for another sexy murder mystery? ❤️ THE CREEK, book 5 in the award-winning Berry Springs Series is out today! Grab your copy today —> https://amzn.to/2U20PN1

When DNA evidence links Lieutenant Quinn Colson’s brother to the scene of a grisly murder, Quinn realizes he'll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.

Shooting range owner by day, yoga instructor by night, Bobbi Cross is as ironic as her two businesses—she’s an independent, tough-as-nails woman, except when she’s meditating away the discontentment she feels inside. But no amount of Zen can help her when she finds her business partner bludgeoned to death in a burning house. The scene is something straight out of a horror movie, excluding the smothering hot Police Lieutenant who saves her from the flames. 

Quinn Colson accepted a position at the police department in the small, southern town of Berry Springs for one reason—to keep an eye on his little brother, newly released from prison. He couldn’t care less that the locals eye him like the plague, until he meets a green-eyed stunner at the scene of his first big case. Bobbi Cross is nothing like anyone he’s ever met, and when they team up to solve her friend’s murder, it becomes evident that no woman in town is safe from the ruthless killer, including Bobbi.

With a mountain of evidence that doesn’t appear to link together, the case is as confusing as his growing feelings for the town’s sweetheart… until a DNA test connects his brother to the scene of the crime. In an instant, Quinn’s world is turned upside down, and he realizes he’ll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.

If you enjoy THE CREEK, please write a review!

Happy Reading!
-AM

🌊THE CREEK is coming...

Hi there!
 
Well, it's finally March and that means two things: We're a month closer to spring (hallelujah!), AND Berry Springs Book #5, THE CREEK, comes out! 💃🏻 This one features the badass stunner you'll remember from The Fog, Bobbi Cross, and Lieutenant Quinn Colson...

When DNA evidence links Lieutenant Quinn Colson’s brother to the scene of a grisly murder, Quinn realizes he'll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.

Shooting range owner by day, yoga instructor by night, Bobbi Cross is as ironic as her two businesses—she’s an independent, tough-as-nails woman, except when she’s meditating away the discontentment she feels inside. But no amount of Zen can help her when she finds her business partner bludgeoned to death in a burning house. The scene is something straight out of a horror movie, excluding the smothering hot Police Lieutenant who saves her from the flames. 

Quinn Colson accepted a position at the police department in the small, southern town of Berry Springs for one reason—to keep an eye on his little brother, newly released from prison. He couldn’t care less that the locals eye him like the plague, until he meets a green-eyed stunner at the scene of his first big case. Bobbi Cross is nothing like anyone he’s ever met, and when they team up to solve her friend’s murder, it becomes evident that no woman in town is safe from the ruthless killer, including Bobbi.

With a mountain of evidence that doesn’t appear to link together, the case is as confusing as his growing feelings for the town’s sweetheart… until a DNA test connects his brother to the scene of the crime. In an instant, Quinn’s world is turned upside down, and he realizes he’ll do anything to keep his brother from returning to prison, even if it costs him his job… and the woman who’s stolen his heart.

I'm getting excited and I hope you are too! You can pre-order your copy today!

Until next time,
Amanda

McKinney Motivational January 2019

I originally posted this on Facebook on New Years Day, but am going to start including my “McKinney Motivationals” on my blog, too. Enjoy! 😉💕 (Click HERE to follow me on FB!)

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I’m into stuff like this. I just think we’re so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for and sometimes motivational quotes help remind us of that. So, on that note, I’m going to send out a little motivation on the first of every month, and for January 1st, this is a damn good one. I am someone who truly believes you can do whatever you want to do, be whatever you want to be. My mom instilled this in me as a little girl and laid the groundwork for a decades-long quest of trying to figure out what the hell I was meant to do professionally. I finally found my true passion, my dream, dove in headfirst and with blind faith, fully dedicated myself to it. I spend every day working toward the hefty goals I’ve set for myself and it’s been an awesome journey. Even the sleepless nights, times of feeling like I wasn't good enough, and moments of utter embarrassment are one-million percent worth it. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. It's all part of taking a risk and challenging yourself, and the little hurdles along the way make the reward so much sweeter. This year, go chase your dream. Finally, just do it. Silence the paralyzing “what if’s” and the “it’s just not a good time.” Take that first step, and then the next, and the next. Yep, you’re going to fall on your face, be humbled beyond belief, but at the end of the day, you’ll know you did something—SOMETHING—to work toward a deeper happiness and to better your position in life, whatever that looks like for you. Through the journey, you’ll be reminded of how strong you are and also of that God-given GRIT that lives in all of us. And eventually, you’re going to sit back with a glass of wine, or beer, or whatever, smile, and say, “I f*cking did it.” Happy New Year, guys. Today is the beginning of anything you want. Make it count. I'm off to chase that dream of mine...

- Amanda

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Black Rose Mystery Book #5, Sinister Secrets is here!

Happy Release Day, Fiona!! Sinister Secrets, Black Rose Mystery Book #5 is available now!

After regaining consciousness from an unfortunate encounter with Krestel, the evil witch of the Great Shadow Mountains, Private Investigator Fiona Monreau finds herself dumped in the middle of the woods, awakening with a splitting headache, wiped memory, and only one Manolo Blahnik. And just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she stumbles onto Joel Davis, a former FBI trainee… with a bullet in his head. Unable to get him off her mind, Fiona spends her “recovery” chasing down clues and uncovering a super-secret society where money and greed run like water and secrets are enough to kill for.

Known around the FBI as “Scrapper” for his short temper and aggressive competitiveness, Noah Fox travels to the small, creepy town of Devil’s Den to investigate his comrade’s murder, only to find himself toe-to-toe with his former student and one-time makeout partner, the badass, fearless Fiona Monreau. Sparks instantly fly between them, and when Fiona begins to unravel the sinister group responsible for multiple dead bodies, Noah fears Joel’s murder might not be the only one he’ll have to investigate.

The countdown to the next full moon and Krestel’s demise is ticking, but Fiona has a murder to solve first… before she gets sucked into a dark web of secrets, and this time, never comes back.

I hope you get a chance to check it out! Happy Reading!

- AM
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THE FOG is here!

It's finally release day for the fourth book in the Berry Springs Series! Woohoo!!

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After getting trapped in a historic—and creepy—hotel deep in the mountains of Berry Springs, former Marine Wesley Cross becomes the target of a cold-blooded killer, turning a stormy evening into a deadly game of Clue where everyone becomes suspect, and a sexy entomologist is used as bait…

Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.

Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

I hope you get a chance to pick up THE FOG! As always, if you enjoy, please leave a review! Also, I recorded/posted my first-ever Facebook video yesterday (I know, I know.) If you don’t follow me on FB, you can here! More terrible videos to come, I promise. ;)

Until next time...

Happy Reading,
AM

A SPOOKTACULAR Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Are you looking for some Sexy Murder Mysteries to read during Halloween week? Well, I've got one heck of a SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY!🎃 **ALL 4** of my Black Rose Mystery novellas are FREE for a limited time! Grab your copies today! 🖤🌹

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Until next time...

Happy Reading,
AM

Pre-Release SALE!

Hi, there! Just a quick note to let you know I'm running a *limited time* $0.99 sale on THE STORM in advance of the release of the 4th book in the series, THE FOG! Click the link below to reserve your copy today!

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Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.

Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

Until next time...

Happy Reading,
AM

Release Day! Black Rose Mystery Book 4, Evil Eye, IS HERE!!

EVIL EYE IS HERE! Woohoo!

(Confession: I loved Saved by the Bell.)

(Confession: I loved Saved by the Bell.)

Known for her exotic tattoos, peace sign T-shirts, and master interrogation skills, Scarlett Knight rounds up the crew of Black Rose Investigations for an evening of drinks, but Fiona is nowhere to be found—and nothing keeps Fi away from an ice-cold beer. Something isn’t right, and following her gut, Scar goes to Fiona’s last known location, which leads her to a creepy librarian rumored to be part of a witches coven, a missing teenager, and a dead body—but no Fiona. Fearing the worst, Scar makes a secret deal in return for Fiona’s location... but can she trust the source?

After a split-second decision cost him his career in the Army Special Forces five years earlier, Luke West accepted a position at Devil’s Den Police Department, only to lose his first case to the interview queen herself, Scar Knight. Luke still catches crap from the guys about it, so when he hears about a missing girl, he’d be damned if he let Scar outshine him again, even if her striking beauty could outshine any woman in town, or the tristate area for that matter.

Scar has twenty-four hours to solve the case of the missing teen and find Fiona before it’s too late, and she’ll do whatever it takes, even if that means putting herself in harm’s way…

I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,
AM

***FREEBIE ALERT***

A quick note to let you know that DEVIL'S GOLD, Black Rose Mystery Book #1 is FREE for a limited time. Pick up your copy today! CLICK HERE

McKinney Spring Update and Book News...

Hi there!

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Spring is in full bloom here at the McKinney house. A few weeks ago, we completed the much-dreaded top-to-bottom spring cleaning, and although it's never "fun", it always feels good to get it done. Out with the winter, clutter, and stagnant air; in with organization and a fresh spring breeze blowing through the (clean) windows. I still have a bit to do in my office, but that always seems to take a backseat to my writing, which I've done a lot of lately. More on that in a bit.

Along with cleaning came the planting, filling all the sad, lonely pots with happy little flowers—always begonias and impatiens, my mom's favorites. These flowers have such a warm place in my heart, not to mention you don't need a green thumb to get them going. (Believe me, I *do not* have a green thumb... not even light green). They grow quickly and abundntly—very pretty. Last year, a sweet woman (I assume woman because most men aren't hardwired to give random compliments ;) ) put an anonymous note in our mailbox telling us how nice our front walkway looked. Yet another reason to stick with begonias and impatiens. I *almost* threw out this cute, bright owl pot I purchased for pennies years ago, that's cracked to hell, but no, I decided he had one more year left in him. And to commit even further, I named him Gerald. Pic below.

For Mother's Day this year, my husband took care of our kiddos while mommy went on an early morning hike, for some much needed alone time. If you haven’t already noticed from my books, I’m a huge fan of nature. There’s just something so peaceful and calming about being out in the middle of the woods, so still, and so powerful... perhaps because it reminds us to be totally in the moment. No TV, no computers, no damn phones. Just the truest form of beauty, all around you. Makes me so appreciative and just resets me. It was exactly what the doctor ordered... well, that and the massive brunch and peach bellini I came home to. Pics below, starting with me leaving the house at 6:30am!

Last weekend I attended a fantastic event called Books in Bloom in Eureka Springs, AR, which is one of my favorite places. I had a blast and met so many wonderful people and amazing authors. It's a celebration of all things books, so really, a book lovers paradise. If you're around next year, I highly recommend checking it out!

Now that the weather's warmer, the kids and I can spend more time outside, which means I get to spend a lot more time writing while they're occupied in the dirt. This brings me to the first bit of book news—Black Rose Mystery Book #4 releases June 26th and is now available for pre-order! Check out the cover and blurb below. This is Scar and Officer Luke West's story.

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Known for her exotic tattoos, peace sign T-shirts, and master interrogation skills, Scarlett Knight rounds up the crew of Black Rose Investigations for an evening of drinks, but Fiona is nowhere to be found—and nothing keeps Fiona away from an ice-cold beer. Something isn’t right, and following her gut, Scar goes to Fiona’s last known location, which leads her to a creepy librarian rumored to be part of a witches coven, a missing teenager, and a dead body—but no Fiona. Fearing the worst, Scar makes a secret deal in return for Fiona’s location, but can she trust the source?

After a split-second decision cost him his career in the Army Special Forces five years earlier, Luke West accepted a position at Devil’s Den Police Department, only to lose his first case to the interview queen herself, Scar Knight. Luke still catches crap from the guys about it, so when he hears about a missing girl, he’d be damned if he let Scar outshine him again, even if her striking beauty could outshine any woman in town, or the tristate area for that matter.

Scar has twenty-four hours to solve the case of the missing teen and find Fiona before it’s too late, and she’ll do whatever it takes, even if that means putting herself in harm’s way…

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I had a blast writing Evil Eye and am currently knee-deep in book #5, Sinister Secrets. Look for that one this summer.

The reviews for the Black Rose Mystery Series are starting to trickle in, and I'm thrilled! As always, if you've read and enjoyed them, please write a review! If you haven't had a chance to pick one up yet, here's the link to the first book in the series, Devil's Gold—CLICK HERE.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more news about sales, giveaways, and promos!

Until next time,
Amanda

Release day! And Black Rose Mystery Surprise #2!

It's release day and time for Black Rose Mystery Surprise #2... Books 2 **AND** 3 are being released today!

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Woohoo! I hope you're as excited this guy ;)
The blurb for Tomb's Tale (book 3) is below. It picks up where Hatchet Hollow leaves off and features the badass, unofficial CEO of Black Rose, Roxy Knight, and the fire chief, Weston Cage. I'm excited about this one. :)

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After an afternoon of mind-numbingly boring surveillance in the woods, Private Investigator Raven Cane goes for a twilight jog to clear her head, only to discover a gruesome murder in the town’s most notorious cave, Hatchet Hollow. Minutes later, the impossibly handsome Lieutenant Zander Stone arrives at the scene to take over, but Raven has a hard time letting the case go. Why did the killer cut off the victim’s fingers? More importantly, who would do such a thing?

After a failed attempt at tracking down the elusive Marden Balik, aka, the legendary witch of the Great Shadow Mountains, Zander dives headfirst into Devil’s Den’s most recent murder, only to uncover twists and turns at every step—including a secret book of curses that may, or may not, exist. As the list of suspects grows, Zander does his best to keep Raven at arm’s length. But Raven is persistent, nosing her way into his case, making it increasingly difficult to keep his concentration on the task at hand, and off of her sultry body.

And when another woman is found brutally murdered, Zander worries that Raven has gotten too close to the investigation… close enough to put her directly in the killer’s sights.


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Moments after an explosion rocks the sisters of Black Rose Investigations, Private Investigator Roxy Knight discovers two human skeletons buried in a secret tunnel under their stone mansion. Although rumor has it that the previous homeowners—a genius doctor and his wife—simply disappeared one day, the crack in his skull says otherwise. Is it possible they were murdered? More importantly, what were they hiding?

Fire Chief Weston Cage begins to believe he got more than he bargained for at his new job when he meets the emotionally icy but sizzling hot Roxy Knight, who seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders—and two corpses under her house. As the clues to the mysterious skeletons lead them to a grisly murder, Weston fears that Roxy has taken on more than she can handle, and is getting too close to the killer.

Although their chemistry is undeniable, Roxy has more important things to worry about, like solving the skeleton mystery and finding Krestel, the witch of the Great Shadow Mountains who tried to kill her sisters. And Roxy will stop at nothing to keep her family safe… even though her current case might put her six feet under.


I hope you get a chance to check them out. And as always, if you enjoy, please write a review!

Until next time...

Happy Reading,
Amanda

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