Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Author Invasion Author Spotlight: Amanda Strong

Hey readers! We're nearing the end of October (my favorite month of the year), and you know what that means!? It's almost Halloween! As most of you already know, this year Christina from Lulo Fangirl and myself are co-hosting the Halloween Author Invasion event on Facebook from October 26-30! For those of you who don't know about the event, you can find out more by clicking here.

Who all is participating? Here's our amazing guest list:

Now that you guys are all FOR SURE familiar with the Halloween Author invasion, I have a fun post for you guys. To get everyone pumped about our amazing guest list, Christina and I will be featuring Author Spotlight posts for our authors to get you excited to party alongside them next week! Each post will feature the authors bio, links, and a fun exclusive Halloween-ish interview they have granted us for the event! We are so honored to have all of these amazing authors participating in our event! Are you ready to learn a little more about our line up? Here we go!


Amanda Strong

Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. When Amanda isn't writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream.                                                          
 Find Amanda Strong

Any of you who follow this blog regularly know that I absolutely love debut authors. I love hearing stories of author rising from the ashes and finding their place in the literary world! Amanda Strong is one of those stories I just love to read! She self-published her first novel on Wattspot where it TOOK off and put her on the map. She's only grown from there and has now released not one, but two awesome reads now! I haven't had a chance, yet, to devour Amanda's works, but I have heard amazing things! Check out the info for both of Amanda's novels and click the covers to be taken to the Goodreads page!

Amanda is one of the amazing authors to be joining us from the team at Clean Teen Publishing!
Seeing Micah for the first time in years, Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide. Tall and handsome, Micah is no longer the scrawny kid she remembers. Eden tries to slip by him unnoticed but unfortunately, her body acts on its own accord. In a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck, unaware she's just changed her childhood friend forever.

With his eyes opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah soon discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from the flames that will cleanse the earth to start it anew. Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless, her guardian angel shadowing her every move, and keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts. Micah will not only need those Eden has touched to complete his mission, he will need Eden in ways neither one of them thought possible.

With angels and demons fighting around them in a battle that began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage in order to triumph.

For if they fail, they could lose everyone they love.

For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won't know who he is... until it's too late.

Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all... or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.

Halloween Spotlight Interview

What is your favorite supernatural genre (Witches, zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc) and why? 

Definitely angels/demons!  I find them fascinating albeit too freaky to write about when home alone, at night, in a creaky-settling house ;)

What is your favorite horror film and/or read?

Oh, where to begin?  One of my favorites when younger was John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in its Walls.  As for movies, Sixth Sense, still gives me the creeps!

What is your favorite Halloween costume (or your favorite that you have worn/have seen)? 

The year I was Alice (and attempted to make my own costume!)

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Candy Corn! Even though one handful makes me sick, I still can’t help buying them every year!  

What is your favorite part about Halloween? 

Costumes!!!  For sure!  I love any excuse to dress up and all the spooky decorations!

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Trick or treating as a kid, not stopping until you couldn’t feel your fingers or toes, the plastic mask sticking to your face, coming home to divvy your loot by type and size (had to make sure you got the most Butter Fingers) and eating until you wanted to puke!   Ahhh…those were the times!  Now I get to do it all over again with my kids :)


Well, what do you think? Excited to hang out with Amanda Strong during the Halloween Author Invasion? I know we sure are!

Amanda will be taking over the event on Tuesday, October 28th! 

We can't wait to see you there! Go show Amanda some love and tell her you can't wait to party! Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Reading!




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