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

Source: https://www.amandamckinneyauthor.com

SPRING and Hatchet Hollow!

Hi, there! First and foremost, HAPPY SPRING everyone! 

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The last time you heard from me I had just released Devil's Gold, A Black Rose Mystery. As you know, this is a brand new series for me, and with that always comes a bit of apprehension and nerves, but so far, I've been thrilled with the feedback I've received (highlights below). I've just begun outlining Book #4 and am loving this new journey! If you haven't had a chance to pick up Devil's Gold, you can here.

“I cannot wait to read the rest of the series….I think that pretty much says it all!” -The Pursuit of Bookiness

"...smart, full of energetic thrills and chills, it's one of the best novellas I've read in a very long time." -Booked J

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“With fast-paced action, steamy romance, a strong female lead, suspenseful twists, and a good dose of mystery, Devil’s Gold is a solid whodunit that will keep you surprised at every turn.” -Siobhan Novelties

“I want MORE! Whether it's Liam and Dix, or Dixie's sisters, or co-workers, or even just more from this author, I don't know, but that is what I want. MORE!” -I Dig Good Books

"...suspenseful and twisty! Can't wait for book #2!" -Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

"Suspenseful, steamy and a little spooky in the most awesome way!" - Amazon Customer

“Combining a page-turning mystery, a feisty, sarcastic main character, and even a touch of romance, DEVIL'S GOLD proves just how enchanting a novella can be.” -Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

"Devil's Gold is an enchanting and sexy murder mystery that I couldn't put down." -Goodreads Member


AND... Hatchet Hollow, Black Rose Mystery Book #2 is now available for pre-order! (Thanks to everyone who helped picked the colors! If you didnt get to particiapte, dont forget to follow me of Facebook.)

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.


Lastly, I've got a few little Black Rose surprises coming soon... stay tuned!

Until next time...
AM

Devil's Gold is HERE!

Woohoo! It's release day! Devil's Gold, A Black Rose Mystery is here!

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 Death and Darkness are the norm at Black Rose Investigations . . .
 
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until it takes a brutal turn.
 
While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When he becomes suspicious that Dixie’s current case is connected to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help investigate, and keep Dixie safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.
 
As the bodies start stacking up, Dixie turns the town upside down looking for the killer—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic? 
 
Time is running out, and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.


If you enjoyed the Berry Springs series, I really think you'll like the Black Rose Mystery series! It's got it all—mystery, suspense, romance, badass female sleuths, and sexy alpha males. :) I hope you pick it up today, and I'd love to hear your thoughts! You can reach me at amanda@amandamckinneyauthor.com. And as always, write a review on Amazon if you can!

Lastly, don't forget, my February contest is up and running. Just sign-up for my newsletter to enter to win a free copy of Devil's Gold!

Happy Reading!

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!

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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 . . .

Berry Springs Book #2 - THE LAKE, Coming Summer 2017!

I hope everyone had a great 4th!
I have some exciting news - The second book in The Berry Springs Series, THE LAKE, will be released this summer! It's another fast-paced, sexy murder mystery; this one stars Ethan Veech (Jake's FBI contact from THE WOODS - BS Book #1) and the sexy criminal, Jolene Reeves. Will update as soon as I finalize the back page blurb, and when I get the cover!