Fall is in the air! And so are the Giveaways!!

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Fall is in the air! I love, love, love this season - the colors, the crisp, cool air, the spicy scent of the fallen leaves... a prelude to the Holiday season. I'm holiday fanatic - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday (hey, that's a holiday right?), with Christmas leading the pack.
So, to kick off the spooky month of October... how about reading some FREE murder mysteries?! Hello, Berry Springs giveaway!! Starting today, you can enter to win a FREE digital copy of the first two books in the Berry Springs Series! All you have to do is sign up for my Newsletter. I'll randomly pick a name on October 31st - HAPPY HALLOWEEEN!

Also, a quick Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads giveaway for THE LAKE. I mailed off the signed copies today. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it... feel free to email me! amanda@amandamckinneyauthor.com

And, as always, if you enjoy my books, please post a review on Amazon on Goodreads. I'll be forever grateful! (Reviews are like GOLD for new authors... I could go on and on about this, but just trust me)  :)

Now onto some exciting BERRY SPRINGS NEWS!!! The 3rd book in the series, THE STORM, is now available for pre-order! I'm super excited about this book... I really think you'll like it. I'll have a lot more info and fun things coming up regarding this release - stay tuned for that.

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The snow is dropping in Berry Springs...and so are the bodies.

On a pitch-black wintry night, Detective Dean Walker finds a man in the middle of an icy road, with a bullet between his eyes—a murder that is eerily similar to his father’s, which was never solved. Coincidence? No, Dean doesn’t believe in coincidences. He also doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets the victim’s wife.

Psychologist Heidi Novak is hardly settling into her new mansion in the small, country town of Berry Springs, when she receives a late-night visit by the handsome Dean Walker. Seconds after learning that her husband has been murdered, gunshots explode around her and it becomes apparent that she is the next target.

With a massive winter storm looming, Dean races to find the killer and keep Heidi safe, while facing a long a list of suspects, including Heidi’s arrogant sister-in-law and a local, crusty cowboy. As the evidence mounts, Dean becomes more convinced than ever that his father’s murder is connected to the death of Heidi’s husband.

And he can’t help but think . . . will Heidi be the second love he loses to the ice-cold killer?

More to come on The Storm (can you tell I'm excited?) - but, I'll sign off for now... enjoy this beautiful weather!
HAPPY READING!! Cheers!

Nancy Drew? I'll take it!!

I wanted to take a quick second to share some news, and to thank everyone for the kind words regarding The Woods, and my latest book, The Lake! (Keep the great reviews coming!!) One of my favorite comments from a reader was that my books are like **adult** Nancy Drew books – love it! I sure do enjoy writing those steamy love scenes!

I had to...

I had to...

Berry Springs News: I just submitted the third book in the Berry Springs Series, The Storm, for formatting and cover design, and I’m so excited about it. This book features the swoon-worthy Detective Dean Walker and Psychologist Heidi Novak – it’s another fun, super sexy murder mystery. The Storm is scheduled to be released this Winter—will update you as we get closer.

The final read-through...

The final read-through...

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Big News: The Woods (Berry Springs Book #1) is now only $0.99!!! So, if you haven’t had a chance to pick it up, now’s the time! Get it at Amazon here, Barnes and Noble here, and iBooks, here.

Also, don’t forget to sign-up to receive a FREE signed copy of The Lake (Berry Springs Book #2) on Goodreads - it ends *THIS SUNDAY*! To enter click here.

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Lastly, I sent out my first newsletter a few weeks ago – the occasional emails include information on new releases, sales, giveaways, and personal updates (a little 'get to know me' section if you will).  Sign up here!

Have a great week! AND HAPPY FALL (MY FAVORITE SEASON!!)

GET THE LAKE, AVAILABLE NOW!

Get my sexy new murder mystery, THE LAKE - Berry Springs Book #2, HERE!

Labeled a workaholic by his FBI comrades, Ethan Veech agrees to take a break from work and travel to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs, with nothing on his agenda but relaxation and drinks at the local bar. But, before he can even say “Another round, please,” a mysterious pair of human bones, a vicious murder, and a sexy criminal crashes his perfect plans.

A product of her harsh upbringing, Jolene Reeves doesn’t exactly live by the law, and makes no apologies for it, until her life is thrown into the spotlight when she stumbles upon a dead body in the bathroom of the Berry Springs B&B. After Ethan discovers Jolene’s true identity, he threatens to expose her past unless she helps him bring down the focus of his current case; the reclusive millionaire Slade Packer.

As their shaky alliance becomes clouded by their sizzling chemistry, another victim is brutally murdered and it isn’t long until Ethan discovers that Jolene is next on the killer's list.

And the clock to save her life is ticking . . .

 

THE LAKE COVER!!

Hi Guys! Check out the cover and blurb for my new sexy, murder mystery, THE LAKE, the second book in The Berry Springs Series! What do you think?

Labeled a workaholic by his FBI comrades, Ethan Veech agrees to take a break from work and travel to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs, with nothing on his agenda but relaxation and drinks at the local bar. But, before he can even say “Another round, please,” a mysterious pair of human bones, a vicious murder, and a sexy criminal crashes his perfect plans.

A product of her harsh upbringing, Jolene Reeves doesn’t exactly live by the law, and makes no apologies for it, until her life is thrown into the spotlight when she stumbles upon a dead body in the bathroom of the Berry Springs B&B. After Ethan discovers Jolene’s true identity, he threatens to expose her past unless she helps him bring down the focus of his current case; the reclusive millionaire Slade Packer.

As their shaky alliance becomes clouded by their sizzling chemistry, another victim is brutally murdered and it isn’t long until Ethan discovers that Jolene is next on the killer's list.

And the clock to save her life is ticking . . .

THE WOODS

I'm getting very excited about my next book, THE WOODS - the first book in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES. Check out the blurb below and let me know what you think! Will post the cover as soon as I received it!

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A year after her sister’s death, Archeologist and part-time neurotic, Dr. Katie Somers returns to the sleepy, southern town of Berry Springs to sell her childhood home. She’d planned to be in and out in less than a week, but a chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns her perfectly crafted world upside down.

Army Ranger Jake Thomas only has one shot at a position with the FBI, even if that means concealing his true identity from those closest to him. As he tries to focus on the mission at hand, Berry Springs is rocked by two gruesome murders and it isn’t long before he and Katie become entangled in the killer’s web, while becoming suspects themselves by the prickly Chief of Police, David McCord.

As their attraction begins to sizzle, so does the danger when Katie stumbles onto new details about her sister’s death, leading her down a dangerous path.

A path she should’ve never stepped onto…

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day (and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER)! What better way to spend this day of love than reading a Romance novel! Below are some of my favorite Romantic Suspense novels. Enjoy!

My Journey So Far...

Hi, there. Well, this is my first blog post on my new website. Exciting? I’m not sure yet.

If you happened to read my Facebook post last week, you know that was my first social media post ever. Which, by the way, I didn’t find Facebook as user friendly as you’d expect it to be. Or, maybe it was just the user. Regardless, a big thank you to my sister-in-law who helped me through it.

In anticipation of my debut book, LETHAL LEGACY coming out on Friday, I thought I’d share a little bit with you about my publishing journey. And I want to emphasize journey.

I’ve always had a secret creative side, and also a passion for reading, but it wasn’t until I left my career to became a stay-at-home mom that I decided to take the leap and write my first book. And, I fell madly in love with it. With writing, with the challenge, with the process, with the characters, with every part of it. Even the days where I stared at the blank page on my computer screen for thirty minutes, literally, not knowing what my next word should be. Forget sentence, I just needed a damn word. I committed to writing every single day, 7 days a week and I still do that today, two years later.

Finally, after months of writing every chance I had (was tough with a one year old), I finally completed my Romantic Suspense novel, LETHAL LEGACY. I was kinda proud of myself, my mom was so proud of me, my dad was too. And even my husband was impressed that “hey honey, I think I’m going to write a book” turned into an actual book.

It was almost immediately after I finished, that I thought – now what? Get published? Okay, how the hell do I do that? So, I researched my ASS off. Hours and hours of reading websites, blogs, submission guidelines, you name it. If it had to do with advice on publishing, I read it. So then, I came to an interesting fork in the road. To self-publish or publish traditionally? Well, after more hours of research and lots of soul searching, I decided to try to publish traditionally. Many reasons went into this decision, but ultimately, I knew that although I had done my research, the publishing world was a completely new and complex industry to me. I knew that I would be in better hands with experts for my first book. I also wanted to learn the ropes first, if I ever did decide to set out on my own and self-publish.

So, then I had to send out queries to publishing houses and try to get an offer. Fingers crossed.

What happened next? Oh, that’s right. THE REJECTIONS. And not even just rejections, the no responses—which, by the way, feels way worse than a rejection. However, my mom taught me to never give up, and finally, finally, I received an offer for LETHAL LEGACY. And then, shockingly, another offer the same week. I was so happy! After days of anxiety comparing contracts and weighing the pro’s and con’s, I chose Torrid Books and the process began.

Like I said, this has been a hell of a journey, learning curve and fun adventure for me. If there are any new authors about to begin a publishing journey of their own, feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I might not be able to help, but I can share my experiences and what worked and what didn’t. A piece of advice I’d like to give is this: Begin your second book while you're waiting for your first to get published! It can take years to get published and you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. It will help keep you sane too, while you're waiting on bated breath to hear back from them. Oh, also, write every day! This will help to keep the same tone throughout the book and will also help keep your creative juices flowing! I have a word count goal every day, and that helps a lot.

Anyway, here we are. My first book comes out this Friday! Feels pretty damn good, I must say. My second book entitled THE WOODS will come out later this year, and I’m currently working on my third. This one might take a little longer because I just welcomed my second baby boy in September.

Click the link below to get LETHAL LEGACY. I hope you enjoy!

Simon&Schuster, LETHAL LEGACY