Praise for Devil's Gold, A Black Rose Mystery, Book #1
"...suspenseful and twisty! Can't wait for book #2!" -Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
“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
“I cannot wait to read the rest of the series….I think that pretty much says it all!” -The Pursuit of Bookiness
"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
"WELCOME, to Black Rose Investigations. Devil's Gold is the perfect introduction to this captivating novella series (Black Rose Mystery) that embraces suspense and mystery like no other. Smart, full of energetic thrills and chills, it is the perfect read for a winter's night. Amanda McKinney crafts a novella that is so much more than its size; something about it lulls you into a false comfort only to tug you, face first, into the central mysteries.
Where many novellas fail to capture your attention long term--in some cases, they're as forgettable as they are short--but McKinney is a true professional and keeps readers on the edge of their seat for as long as possible. There's this tense sort of anticipation throughout the novel that keeps you focused and presses against your heart like a gentle thud. Devil's Gold is one of the best novellas I've had the pleasure of reading in a very long time and is truly a blast from start to finish.
I'm sure that comparisons will be made towards a lot of previous works of fiction, however, Devil's Gold is entirely its own. This is, of course, entirely due to the delectable prose and quick pacing of McKinney's pen. There's something in it for everyone and the way everything unfolds is fast, smart and truly thrilling.
To make matters even more exciting, the characters are fantastic. These aren't run of the mill, blink and you'll miss it characters who we only are slightly acquainted with. There's connection, history and depth that ties straight into the mystery, dialogue and plotline. I was surprised by just how much emotion and development we can pack into a novella length mystery, and Amanda McKinney does not disappoint.
(I love Dixie and Liam, if you were wondering!)
Overall, I just enjoyed the entire atmosphere set within Devil's Gold and was pleasantly surprised in the fact that a novella packed as much of a punch as this one did. It was a fast read that left me with nothing but pure desire for the next installment. It's safe to say that Amanda McKinney is an author readers should be looking out for in the future." -Booked J, Books and Broadway
"DEVIL'S GOLD truly managed to surprise me! Going into it I expected to like it. I'm a sucker for a good mystery; however, I never expected to like it as much as I did. 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.
DEVIL'S GOLD introduces Dix, a private investigator at her family's Black Rose Investigations. Dix has always been the black sheep of her family. Constantly late, occasionally crass, preferring casual to fancy, she doesn't exactly fit in well with her sisters. However, given her her superior sleuthing skills, it doesn't seem to matter. I loved Dix from the get-go. Amanda did a fantastic job of capturing her voice, and honestly, it was just so much fun to see into Dix's head. I loved her observations, her sleuthing skills, etc. Plus, she's someone who constantly gets herself into trouble due to her head strong ways, which was funny to read about.
Given DEVIL'S GOLD novella length, I was slightly worried the mystery wouldn't be well developed. However, that wasn't the case at all. Amanda presented an exciting whodunit here, and I loved the surprising twists and turns it constantly took. In addition to the mystery, a little swoony romance is included as well! The dynamic between Dix and Liam was chemistry laden. I enjoyed the back-and-forth banter. I also liked that Liam was a man of mystery. At first, I couldn't tell if he was going to be a good guy or a bad guy.
The writing in DEVIL'S GOLD was on point. The story flowed well, and I liked how Amanda incorporated different POVs. It's fun to see someone else's perspective at times.
Overall, DEVIL'S GOLD is perfect for fans of mystery! My only complaint? I wish I had the second once ready as soon as I finished this! I need to know what trouble Dix and Liam get into next!" -Lauren
The Lake hit #1 on Amazon this weekend, in three different categories—romance mystery, romance suspense and romance military! Thank you, so much, to all who downloaded!
Mystery Short Story Contest
2nd Place Winner
I'm so excited that my mystery, Dirty Blonde, won 2nd place at the 2017 Ozark Creative Writers Conference! What an honor! Thank you OCW!
Amanda McKinney - Sexy Mysteries that evoke a mix of emtions - ManyBooks Featured Author Interview. Read it here.
I'm thrilled to have been chosen for a feature interview in the August 2017 edition of The Big Thrill Magazine!
Praise for The Woods
"The Woods is a sexy, small town murder mystery thats guaranteed to resonate with fans of Nora Roberts and Karin Slaughter." BEST THRILLERS
"The rustic charm of Berry Spring, Arkansas’s dense forests, mountains and small town living is a powerful draw. But like all tiny Ozark towns, it can also be suffocating and secretive, and that’s precisely what makes it a perfect setting for Amanda McKinney’s debut erotic thriller.
When local reporter Amy Duncan needs information, she turns to police officer Carl Winters for an illicit news briefing and a sweaty shag. But when Amy turns up dead with a mysterious symbol branded on her flesh, the sleepy town becomes awash in gossip and accusations.
Enter McKinney’s heroine, archeologist Dr. Katie Somers, who flies back home to sell her childhood home a year after her sister’s death. While there, the New Yorker has a chance encounter with local stud Jake Thomas, who just relocated from Montana. Katie’s attraction to the former Army Ranger who’s angling for an FBI career is immediate and intense. But when they stumble on a body during a hike in the woods, their lives change forever.
McKinney’s debut Berry Springs novel is an impressive one. Within the requisite small town tropes (the rugged, handsome stranger; the small town psycho; the single out-of-towner that’s just passing through), McKinney has accomplished something that is easier said than done – created an alluring sense of place in Berry Springs that crackles with energy. Adding to the intrigue are titillating sex scenes that may make some J.D. Robb fans blush, but ultimately serve to distinguish her on bookshelves." - BEST THRILLERS
Praise for The Woods
"Amanda McKinney wrote a dark, ominous thrilling tale spiked with a dash of romance and mystery that captivated me from start to finish . . ." The Coffeeholic Book Worm
"Despite of my love for New Adult genre nowadays, I still couldn’t let go of my fascination with murder/thriller mysteries. When I read the blurb for The Woods, I hoped to read it one day soon, and that one day happened last week. I can’t believe I wasn’t able to read this immediately. I should have met Army Ranger turned FBI Agent Jake Thomas earlier because now I’m swooning head over heels about him!
It’s been ten long years since Archaeologist Dr. Katie Somers left Berry Springs, and soon she came back to help her sister Jenny who was recently divorced to her cheating husband. But their reunion was cut short when she mysteriously fell down to her death on a cliff. A year later, Katie was back to sell their childhood home but was surprised when this sleepy town of Arkansas was awaken by two gruesome murders and terrorist suspicions.
And then there’s the inexplicable appearance of ruggedly good-looking Army ranger who not only held guns but also discovered two dead bodies within a week. He definitely wasn’t the kind of man Katie expected to meet when she returned to Berry Springs.
Not to go into any great detail, this book was quite easy to read and follow. The pacing is slow but rewarding in the end, the plot thickens by the minute and the characters were a motley crew of personalities. Amanda McKinney wrote a dark, ominous thrilling tale spiked with a dash of romance and mystery that captivated me from start to finish. A preview of the next book in the series (The Lake) is quite promising and exciting and just made my night! Definitely fascinating!" - The Coffeeholic Book Worm
Praise for The Lake
"McKinney does a good job of keeping the reader guessing throughout the novel, with some genuine surprises. The Lake is a solidly entertaining mystery, especially for those who like their mysteries with a dash of romance, and readers will want to pick up other books in the series." - SPR
Interview with Writers and Authors - Interview with Amanda McKinney
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