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Happy Release Day for Amanda Bonilla’s Shaedes of Gray!

  • December 6, 2011

I met Amanda Bonilla last winter on The Twitter when we were both participating in an #askagent session. She took the time to answer one of my questions and when I checked out her profile and noticed she lived in Idaho (which people are always confusing with Iowa), I felt an instant kinship.

Over the course of the next six months, Amanda and I began to chat on Twitter and we started following each other’s blogs. We became friends on Goodreads and we corresponded on Facebook. Amanda’s friend Cassy was the very first person to like my Facebook fan page and I got to know Cassy a lot better when she started guest posting on Amanda’s blog Swords, Boots, and Shadows. I’m a major fan of both Amanda and Cassy and one of these days I’m going to have drinks with them.

Today is the day that Amanda’s debut novel Shaedes of Gray is being released. I bought it as soon as I fired up my laptop this morning and I’ll be reading it at lunchtime and after work. I really need to read about Tyler and Xander, and I will more than likely read this book straight through and be exhausted on Wednesday, but I don’t even care.

If you like urban fantasy and want to buy Shaedes of Gray, click here.

Happy release day, Amanda.



Hey All, Get Thee Over To Magic And Mayhem And Meet My Friend Amanda!

  • September 27, 2011

Good morning everyone,

Today my friend Amanda gave me the most awesome shout out on the Magic and Mayhem blog. I met Amanda on Twitter one night when we were both participating in an #askagent chat. She answered one of my questions and her answer was much nicer than the snarky one I received from someone else. I knew instantly she was the type of person I would get along great with and that first impression has proved to be spot-on. She is truly wonderful and supportive and I’m lucky to have found her.

She is also a kick-ass writer and her debut novel will be available in December (don’t call me that day because I will be holed up in front of my fireplace drinking wine and reading it). Click here to check it out!

Amanda also has a blog called Swords, Boots, and Shadows (how cool is that title?). You can check out her blog here.

If I’ve learned anything in my three years of blogging and two years on Twitter, it’s that writers are truly a positive group of people. If I need beta readers my blog followers are quick to volunteer. If I’m not sure of the correct spelling of whiskey (or is is whisky?), I can tweet a request for help and receive a helpful answer in no time (majority vote: whiskey).

I’ve met so many incredible and talented people on the Internet, and it’s like having a network of awesomeness I can tap whenever I need an answer to a writing-related question or just a pick-me-up that will be sure to put a smile on my face.

Amanda sure did that today. Because she’s awesome.


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