June & July 2019

Yesterday was cover reveal day for my third psychological thriller Traces of Her which comes out on Kindle on October 25th, and in audiobook and paperback in January.

I still find it hard to believe I’m lucky enough to write and be published in my favourite genre, and that part of my life feels a little surreal at times – as though it’s not really happening to me.

Here’s the blurb of Traces of Her to tempt you:

An unsolved murder.
 
No one believed Gail Millar killed her sister and then herself eighteen years ago. But if anyone knows the truth about what happened that night, they’re keeping it to themselves.
 
A missing girl. 
 
Rose’s step sister, Willow, is always disappearing off somewhere without notice. But something feels different this time. When she receives a mysterious package from Willow containing photographs of four men, one of whom she is sure is a murderer, Rose realises she needs to find her sister and uncover the truth about her past.
 
Time is running out. 
 
Someone knows where Willow is and what happened to the sisters all those years ago. And they will do anything to stop the truth from coming out.
 
Can Rose find Willow and the answers she needs, before it’s too late? blurb to tempt you:

If you would like to pre-order Traces of Her – that would be amazing – here are the links:

Amazon UK HERE

Googleplay HERE

Kobo HERE

I’m thrilled to say it’s also available in the US, Australia and Canada.

June and July have been exciting months, kicking off with my first ever author talk for the Good Afternoon Club at Stotfold Library.

I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous! But it was such a lovely group of people, and I soon relaxed, and actually really enjoyed it. In fact, I’m trotting along to The Rotary Club, Hitchin, in September to do another.

July saw me attend two wonderful parties in London. The HarperCollins Summer Party at The V & A, and The Kate Nash Literary Agency’s 10th Anniversary Garden Party.

Both were fantastic events, where I met up with friends old and new – and I was even lucky enough to have a sneaky photo with Radio 1 DJ, Greg James.  

Again, it all felt a little surreal.

Now, after all that fun, I’m tucked away with my laptop working flat out on writing novel 4. I’ve just reached 13,000 words and counting!

I do have some exciting news to follow, once I’m allowed to share it – so please do check in again soon.

Thank you for visiting.

Amanda X

May News. Amanda Brittany.

Traces of Her is presently with my editor, after the structural edits that I finished at the beginning of the month. I will hear from her this week with the next step – but it was lovely to hear from her last week to say ‘all my hard work has paid off’ PHEW! It doesn’t seem possible that I’ll have another book out in October!  Traces of Her is mainly set in Cornwall, with chapters set in Old Stevenage and Old Welwyn too.

I’m now working on my fourth novel – and relieved to be 3,000 words in, and that everything is taking shape in my head. At the moment it will be set in The Isle of Wight which if I feel is the perfect setting for the story.

I’m also planning my first ever author talk at the moment. It will be at Stotfold Library on 5th June – which is NEXT WEEK. I confess I’m nervous, but it’s a nice cozy library, so fingers crossed all will go well. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Finally, I’ve just noticed on Amazon UK that TELL THE TRUTH in paperback is on offer at  £7.84 – a huge drop. If you fancy a copy.  Just click HERE

Thanks, as always, for all your support.

Amanda X

 

 

 

 

 

April & May 2019 News from Amanda Brittany

April and May have been very exciting months in my writing world! And I’m thrilled to say I’m now signed with The Kate Nash Literary Agency, and represented by Kate Nash, who is amazing!

https://katenashlit.co.uk/

I was lucky enough to meet Kate last Friday, when my lovely editor Cara Chimirri took us both out to lunch at The Ivy near Tower Bridge, which has the most amazing views of The Thames.

 

 

 

 

 

The next piece of exciting news is HQ Digital, HarperCollins has signed me in a further book deal to write two more psychological thrillers for them. I’ve just finished my structural edits for book 3 ‘Traces of Her’ which comes out in October, so can’t wait to dive into book 4!

And finally, I was thrilled to see a fantastic review from The Bookish Mummy on Tell The Truth in ‘Inside Hitchin’ a gorgeous local magazine.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Amanda X

 

Traces of Her by Amanda Brittany

Just a little post today to say I’m thrilled to announce the title of my third novel, which will be out digitally later this year, and in paperback in January 2020.

 

I’m delighted with the title which was chosen by my editor and the team at HQ Digital. TRACES OF HER fits my third novel perfectly…

More news about what it’s about coming soon – but I can promise you it’s a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns you hopefully won’t see coming. :o)

Thank you for all your support.

Amanda X

 

 

 

 

Novel 3 by Amanda Brittany (March 2019)

I’ve been busy during February and the beginning of March working on novel 3. And I’m thrilled, and relieved, to say the first draft is now with my lovely editor. Fingers crossed she likes it.

I love getting to the end of the first draft, as I feel I know my characters well, and I know what they would and wouldn’t do, and would and wouldn’t say. I can visualise them in the main setting of the novel, which is a village in Cornwall. In fact, I’ve grown so fond of one of my characters, that I feel a bit guilty about what I’ve put her through!

Book three has a chilling new title, chosen by my editor and the team at HQ Digital. I’m delighted with it, and will be sharing it with you next week, when it should appear on Amazon.

I’m thrilled how well Tell the Truth has been received by lovely readers. It’s the best thing ever for a writer to get good feedback on their writing. So thank you if you’ve reviewed it – it’s so appreciated.

The paperback of Tell the Truth is out now – and has appeared on the shelf of my local Waterstones which was a very exciting moment I couldn’t resist photographing. :o)

In June I’ll be doing my first ever talk as a writer. It takes place at Stotfold Library, and I’m nervous and excited in equal measures. I hope I don’t come over tongue-tied!

I think that’s about it for now,

Best wishes,

Amanda X

TELL THE TRUTH, HER LAST LIE & NOVEL 3 Amanda Brittany

One of the most exciting things that happened in January had to be when the early paperback versions of TELL THE TRUTH arrived from HQ. I’m not going to lie, my stomach did a flip when I opened the box.

The paperback actually comes out on 21st February – but I’m giving away an early, signed copy over on my Facebook Page (UK residents only, sadly). All you have to do is comment on, and share my FB post: So if you are on Facebook, please do hop over:

 

www.facebook.com/amandabrittany

 

 

Or if you fancy downloading a copy, the ebook is just 99p/99c at the moment. Cheap as chips!

 

amzn.to/2UENiax

 

I’ve been thrilled to bits by the lovely reviews and messages I’ve received about TELL THE TRUTH. It’s so lovely to hear from readers who enjoyed the book, or see lovely reviews pop up on Amazon or Goodreads. It really does make everything worthwhile.

 

I’m thrilled to have finally raised over £7000 for Cancer Research UK from my ebook royalties for HER LAST LIE. And since then, it received another lovely orange BEST SELLER flag, so I’m hoping that figure will go even higher.

Book 3 is coming along well, and I just clicked over to 39,000 words, and I’m hoping to type THE END by the end of February! At the moment it is set in Cornwall and Hertfordshire, but of course things can change with edits. But things are moving on, and it’s amazing to think I’ll have a third thriller out before the end of 2019.

And if you enjoy humorous short stories, I have a little one in the YOURS FICTION SPECIAL this month.

That’s about it for my news. I hope you are all well.

Best wishes, Amanda x

TELL THE TRUTH & A very merry Christmas.

Well, it’s been an exciting December as TELL THE TRUTH is launched into the big wide world. It’s amazing to think I have had two books published in 2018. It’s been an incredible writerly year. The downside of 2018, as some of you know, was the loss of my lovely dad in May, and the ongoing grief of losing my sister the year before. I love Christmas, always have, but it does highlight the loss of our loved ones, as we wish they were still with us, and my heart goes out to those who feel as I do.

Once again, with my novels, I’m so thankful for all the support of my friends, family, bloggers, Facebook and Twitter friends, and my brilliant editors. TELL THE TRUTH wouldn’t be out there, without you.

If you would like to download TELL THE TRUTH while it’s still only 99p, please do click the link HERE

I’m thrilled HER LAST LIE is still selling, and another £80 was put over to the ever-growing figure raised for Cancer Research UK. And thank you to Hitchin Comet for including a piece about my fundraising this week.  If you haven’t yet read it, why not read it over Christmas?  Do click the link HERE

 

 

 

 

I’ve had some wonderful early reviews for TELL THE TRUTH and I have recorded a few HERE, if you’d like to have a wee look.

In other news, I had a fabulous time at the HQ Christmas Party earlier this month in London, and met some of the fantastic writers and editors I’ve been chatting to online, and I had a little chat with Charlie Redmayne too, which is my latest claim to fame.

Also, I visited  the lovely Katie Ginger, author of THE LITTLE THEATRE ON THE SEA FRONT, over on her fab blog, HERE.

January will see me writing my socks off with my 3rd psychological thriller, which will be out in October 2019!

So as we say goodbye to 2018, I’d like to wish all my readers and lovely friends and family a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, healthy and successful 2019.

Amanda X

TELL THE TRUTH by Amanda Brittany OUT DECEMBER

For anyone who has popped over here before, you may have noticed the lack of snow. This is because, although there is snow in TELL THE TRUTH (I like snow), the snowflakes really suited HER LAST LIE. It was a tough decision to stop it snowing on my website, and I’m still missing it, truth be told.

Anyway, onto more serious stuff! Sadly, real life has been getting in the way of my writing over the last few weeks, and I’ve been struggling a bit with brain overload. But I feel today I may be getting there, and novel 3 is beginning to take shape. I’m getting to know the characters, and working out their fates – some are in for a very rocky ride – and the settings are all worked out. Only another 60,000 words to write before the end of February!

Aside from not writing as much as I would have liked, some exciting things have been happening. One of those is to do with HER LAST LIE, but I’ve got to keep that under my hat for a wee bit longer, but I hope to share it very soon.

Also, TELL THE TRUTH is out in just under two weeks on 13th December. It seems amazing that I will have two books out there! TELL THE TRUTH is also going to be available in paperback in February, which is a dream come true.

 

If you would like to pre-order here are the links to Amazon.

US amzn.to/2DcVfON

UK amzn.to/2Df3Ss3

Aust amzn.to/2z42nKs

Canada amzn.to/2AYyHjk

HER LAST LIE is still selling well, which is amazing! And I’ve almost raised £7000 for Cancer Research UK, in my sister’s memory. My dream is to raise £10,000 – but there’s a fair way to go yet, and I don’t want to appear greedy.

I was thrilled that HarperCollins took TELL THE TRUTH to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Unfortunately nothing came of it, but TELL THE TRUTH was very pleased to be invited.

For anyone who may be interested in the settings of TELL THE TRUTH, I updated my BLOG a little while ago, where I talk about settings, and particularly those in my novels. HERE is the link if you would like to pop over.

I was also thrilled to see one of my stories pop up on the My Weekly website HERE.

I’ve had a couple of lovely outings to London this month. The first was to HarperCollins in The News Building in London, followed by lunch with my lovely editors. I was also lucky to be given a pile of lovely books to read, which I can’t wait to dive into.

The second trip up to London was yesterday, to meet my lovely writer friend, Karen Clarke for lunch. Later we met up with lots of lovely writers, including Belinda Missen who had just travelled from Australia, at Waterstones, Piccadilly.

Karen Clarke and Belinda Missen.

I think that’s about it from me. If you read TELL THE TRUTH and enjoy it, please do leave a review if you have the time. You can do so on Amazon, IBooks, Kobo, Waterstones or Goodreads. It really does make such a difference.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Amanda X

 

 

TELL THE TRUTH Or they’ll tell it for you.

On Friday, I was SO excited that HQ Digital revealed the cover of my second novel TELL THE TRUTH Or they’ll tell it for you… I think it’s amazing,  and admire the  talent of the cover designer!

This means it’s just two months until my second novel will be out there! The release date is 6th December, and it will be in paperback too in February – which I still can’t quite believe. To be able to hold a copy of my novel will be a dream come true. Well, it’s all a dream come true!

The location of TELL THE TRUTH is very different from HER LAST LIE, which was set locally to me, in Hitchin, Letchworth & Baldock in Hertfordshire UK, as well as in Australia, Canada and Kiruna, Sweden. In TELL THE TRUTH, the main character, Rachel, lives in Finsbury Park, London – home of The Emirates Stadium. Rachel does travel though, just as Isla did in HER LAST LIE, but this time she travels to Sligo in Ireland. Ireland has always meant a lot to me, as my grandfather was Irish, and he was born and lived in Cliffony in Sligo, until he was in his late teens. I’ve visited Sligo and always felt it would be an amazing setting for my novel.

However, I haven’t completely resisted including something local, and I’ve loosely based the spa building in TELL THE TRUTH on a local spa, that was once an asylum.

TELL THE TRUTH is available to pre-order on Kindle at 99p HERE for the UK. It is also available in the US & Australia.

HER LAST LIE is still selling well thanks to all you lovely readers, and as some of you know, has already raised over £6000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of my amazing sister! You can order a copy HERE for the UK. And it’s available in the US, Australia & Canada too.

Thank you for all your support.

Amanda X

 

Writing Life July & August 2018

Since I was last here, I’ve been working my socks off on my second psychological thriller, and was relieved, several weeks back, to type THE END. I whizzed the manuscript over to my lovely editor at HQ Digital/HarperCollins and, guess what? She was jolly happy with it. PHEW!

 

Once she’d sent through the excellent edits,  I spent August working on them.  When I first read through what needed to be done, I felt ‘almost’ confident. But it’s never quite that easy – changes to plot or characters can have a real knock-on effect to the rest of the novel. Something that seems quite doable, can end up keeping you awake at night, worrying you’ve tied up all the threads. But I got there, and on Monday it went back to my editor! PHEW again!

 

The title of novel 2 is TELL THE TRUTH, and the official cover reveal day will be on 5th October, so if you are about on social media that day, any shares and retweets will be so, so welcome. Hugs in advance!

 

TELL THE TRUTH is already available for pre-order in eBook at 99p, and it will be out on 6th December. It is out in paperback too in February! I’m SO excited that I’ll be able to hold a paperback in my hands, and sign one for my mum!

 

Since publishing my debut HER LAST LIE in January 2018, I’m amazed and delighted to have raised almost £6000 for Cancer Research UK, in memory of my sister. I couldn’t have raised so much without ALL your support, and the support and faith of my publisher HQ Digital, and my editors Hannah Smith and Nia Beynon

 

I think the biggest thing that’s hit me as a fledgling writer, is I’ve had such brilliant support on Twitter and Facebook by amazing friends and family, fabulous readers, reviewers and bloggers, and I’m thrilled to have made some fantastic new friends too. It’s been an incredible journey so far. And it kind of juxtaposes (big word!) with my ‘real life’…which has been a bit of a bumpy ride with the loss of my sister and father so soon after each other. Thankfully my writing has really helped so much with the grieving process, by giving me something to focus on.

 

A couple of exciting things happened in July & August. HER LAST LIE appeared in ‘Inside Hitchin Town Magazine’ in August. A super local monthly magazine, which I was chuffed to feature in..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely fellow psychological thriller writer Barbara Copperthwaite welcomed me on her blog to talk about ‘the books that changed my life’ in July, for which I was grateful. You can have a wee look HERE

 

July also saw me attend an exciting evening at The Harper Collins Summer Party  – which was amazing! See if you can spot writers: T.M.E. WALSH,  DARREN O’SULLIVAN, B.A. PARIS, LISA HALL, DIANE JEFFREY, MELANIE GOLDING & VICKY NEWHAM – Oh and me looking petrified. :o)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the moment, I’m trying to wrestle a plot into shape for Novel 3. I started it in July and got up to 6,000 words,  but I’ve now decided it doesn’t quite work. So I’m starting again, and will need to work flat out  as the deadline is the end of January. I can see me typing between mouthfuls of Christmas pudding if I’m not careful.

And finally, I hope to have some VERY exciting news to share VERY soon, so please do watch this space!