Writing in lockdown. April News.

Hi there,

I hope you are well and safe during these strange times. I know how hard it is for everyone out there at the moment. For me, I miss my sons and their wives and partners, and I worry about my mother who is especially vulnerable at this time. But I’m also aware how lucky I am to be able to write from home, and can continue to do so during lockdown.

I have always found writing a brilliant form of escapism, and I’m so grateful for that. It has got me through some very difficult times, and continues to do so. Losing myself in the scary world of my psychological thrillers is my form of mindfulness, I suppose – while I’m ‘there’, ‘here’ stops playing on my mind for a while. OK, maybe if ‘there’ was a love story or a comedy, it would be an even better ‘there’ to go to – but I seem drawn to the darker side – and I can’t see that changing for a long time.

At the moment, I’m excited to say my fourth psychological thriller is presently going through final edits, and, all being well, will be published in August! I’ve seen the amazing cover, and hope to share it with you very soon. Karen Clarke and I are also writing our second psychological suspense, and I’m working on the outline for my fifth novel. So lots to do.

My debut HER LAST LIE comes out in paperback on 14th May. This book means so much to me, as many of you already know. It is dedicated to my sister, and all my eBook royalties are being donated to Cancer Research, and has so far raised almost £8000. When I receive copies of this book I know I will cry, as it represents a bittersweet time in my life. The moment I lost my amazing sister, and the beginning of writing novels.

This month, THE SECRET SISTER appeared in an article by Fran Quinn in ‘Waitrose Weekend’ And Karen Clarke and I wrote a short story ‘That Special Ingredient’ for ‘My Weekly’ that appeared in the April 21-28th issue.

And that’s about it for April. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Amanda X

It’s March! New paperbacks! New books!

Is anyone else delighted it’s March? For me, being in the UK, January and February are the worst months of the year. March makes me feel as though I’ve turned a corner and I’m now heading for Spring and Summer – which is a really cheery prospect.

However, I mustn’t complain about January, as it was so exciting to see the release of THE SECRET SISTER, which I co-wrote with my long time friend Karen Clarke.

We loved writing the book – Karen took the character of Ella, and I wrote the Colleen chapters. The two characters are very different. And as we are talking about weather (we are aren’t we?) I like to think of Ella as summer, and Colleen as winter. If you would like to download a copy or pre-order the paperback which is out in April please follow this link to Amazon https://tinyurl.com/sd7f9pt Or you can find it over on Kobo, Googleplay and Applebook.

For the last month I’ve been buried under the structural edits for my 4th solo psychological thriller, and today I finally pressed send and waved my book off as it went on its way to my editor. I’m really pleased with the book, which comes out in July, and can’t wait to share it with you!

I’m hoping to do a couple events at local libraries in the spring/summer – so will share those details with you as soon as I have confirmed dates.

In other news, the paperback of TRACES OF HER is available from The Works at the bargain price of £2 – cor blimey – so please do head over to their website and grab yourself a copy – or take a trip to their stores. It’s not in all the stores, but I have heard it’s in the Bedford branch.

Finally, I’m SO excited that HER LAST LIE will soon be out in paperback – and even more exciting than that – it’s being made into a film! I will be sharing more news about that over the coming months here, and on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts!

Take care and best wishes.

Amanda X

Happy Christmas & A Happy 2020.

Me and my sister

I can’t believe it’s Christmas in a few days time. Is it me, or has this year flown by?

Christmas, for me, is different than it once was. As many of you know, I lost my sister in 2017 and my dad in 2018, and my mum is unwell. So as the festive season kicks in, I’m remembering the fun Christmases we all shared, and having a little cry. There’s a huge gap in my life where my sister and dad once were, and I know it will never go away – but most of the time I’ve learned to live my life around it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to Christmas – my sister would be cross with me if I wasn’t – and I’ll be raising a glass to her and Dad. I hope, wherever they are, they’ll be having a bit of bop to ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ like we used to.

I know I’m so lucky to have my writing. And it has really helped get me through these last two years. To lose myself in another world – albeit a bit of a scary one at times – is great therapy. And, of course, it’s down to the wonderful support of family, friends, readers, writers, bloggers, reviewers, my editors and my agent that this exciting road I’m on is possible.

This year has seen the release of TELL THE TRUTH in paperback, and TRACES OF HER as an eBook. I’ve also written the first draft of my fifth novel. And THE SECRET SISTER – co-written with my lovely author friend Karen Clarke – is available to pre-order!

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In January 2020 TRACES OF HER comes out in paperback, and THE SECRET SISTER is out as an eBook on January 10th. In April, HER LAST LIE & THE SECRET SISTER come out in paperback. And if that’s not enough, in July my fifth novel will be released!

So, I’ve got a busy writerly time throughout 2020, as I’ll be editing book 5, writing book 6 with Karen Clarke, and writing book 7, so if I disappear from social media, it’s because I’ve worn my fingers out typing!

So until I see you all again in 2020 – thank you again for your support, and do have the very best Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2020.

Amanda X

Traces of Her & The Secret Sister October & November 2019

Hello All

I hope this little update finds you all well.

It’s been an exciting writerly two months in this neck of the woods, kicking off on October 25th with the eBook publication of TRACES OF HER. Thank you so much to everyone who has bought a copy. If you enjoyed it, I’m always SO grateful for reviews on Amazon, Kobo and Goodreads – they make such a difference as to how much notice retailers pay to the book

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HERE is the link to my Amazon page if you wanted to leave one. Thanks so much if you do.

At the moment TRACES OF HER is only 99p on eBook – so a great time to download if you haven’t already. Or maybe you could gift the eBook as a Christmas present – I think it’s quite clever that you can gift eBooks now.

The Audiobook and Paperback editions of TRACES OF HER are out in January, and I had a brilliant time in London with my editor listening to the amazing Rose Robinson narrate the audiobook – I can promise you she does an outstanding performance.

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In other news THE SECRET SISTER, the psychological suspense that I’ve co-written with the lovely author Karen Clarke, is out on eBook on January 10th and available to pre-order now at 99p.

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve now raised over £7800 for Cancer Research UK in my sister’s memory from HER LAST LIE eBook sales.  In other exciting news HER LAST LIE is coming out in paperback in April 2020.   I also did a talk for the Hitchin Rotary Club, who made a lovely donation to Cancer Research UK to boost the fundraising.

I’ve now completed the first draft of my fourth psychological thriller, which is now with my lovely editor. I’m hoping she enjoys it. It will be published in July 2020.

And that’s about it for now. I hope you are all have great weekends.

Amanda XX

Amanda Brittany August & Sept News

Can you believe it’s the middle of September already? I love the autumn, though – well apart from raking up all the leaves in the garden.

So now autumn is here, I’m getting excited about the publication of TRACES OF HER. It’s just over a month until the Kindle version will be out in the world. And, despite this being my third book, it is as thrilling as ever. I’m delighted by the amazing reviews on NetGalley so far. Here are a few that have seen me dancing around the room. (Not a pretty sight!)

5 STAR This book was incredible! It had guessing all over the place and the wow moments kept coming! Even the ending was impressive! Melissa NetGalley Reviewer

5 STAR Traces of Her is a clever psychological thriller that held my attention from start to finish! The characters felt real and there were plenty of twists and turns. Recommended! Malia NetGalley Reviewer 

5 STAR One of the best books I’ve read for mystery, drama, intrigue and dysfunctional families. Lori NetGalley Reviewer

TRACES OF HER is out on Oct 25th on Kindle. It will also be out in paperback in January and as an audiobook. If you would like to pre-order (please, please pre-order) it’s available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books & Googleplay.  Click HERE for the Amazon link.

Those who’ve read TELL THE TRUTH  will know that it’s set partly in beautiful Sligo, around the area my grandfather was born, so I was delighted to be interviewed by the Sligo Weekender about my book and why I set it there. 

I had a delicious afternoon tea in London a few weeks ago with my editors Cara Chimirri and Belinda Toor. It was so sad to say goodbye to the brilliant and lovely Cara, but I was delighted to have a lovely chat with Belinda who is equally amazing. I know without doubt my books are in safe hands.

I’m also thrilled to share news that I have signed a two-book deal with HQ Digital/HarperCollins for two psychological thrillers that my lovely friend Karen Clarke and I co-wrote. THE SECRET SISTER will be out on Kindle in January 2020, and an audiobook and paperback will follow.

I’m presently writing novel 4, and I’ve just reached the halfway mark- YAY! Real life has been quite hard and hampered production a wee bit – but I’m getting there, and I now know my characters really well, and feel I’m well on my way towards another twisty psychological thriller.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Amanda X

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