The Witch Brothers Saga

What are your top favorite books/authors?

  1. Romance – Nora Roberts, Mary Stewart (from back in the day,) Lily Morton, Lucy Lenox, Bryan T. Clark, Tal Bauer… well the list is never-ending I’m afraid.
  2. Fantasy/UF – Jeff Jackson, Terry Brooks, M.D. Neu, Seb Carter, again, I could go on and on…
  3. Historical Fiction: Glenn Quigley, Edward Rutherford…

What book do you think everyone should read?

Depends on the genre. Nora Robert’s Three Sisters is one of my all time favorite series in romance. Edward Rutherford’s Sarum is one of the best historical fiction ever written, Terry Brooks Shannara series is amazing… My take is just read a lot and hopefully, you’ll get most of the great ones in the process. 😊

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

It depends on the story. Most of the time, my characters show up as the book is progressing. Occasionally, like in Emerald Earth, most of the characters show up in the beginning.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

Lots, and lots, and lots… I have never minded the research, so I do it before, during and even sometimes after I finish a book’s draft. I try to look at all the angles to make sure I represented the characters the best way possible. I will say, the Witch Brothers was one of the most difficult books I’ve written because I had to do extensive amounts of research to represent the magical community appropriately. And yes, there is a magical community that exists in the real world!

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, this is what I do. Do I make enough money to live off of it? Well, let’s just say, I’m lucky my hubby has a good job! 😊

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

A good writer has to be a great reader. That’s always been my philosophy. My favorite genres are romance and fantasy. If they mix as with paranormal romance or romantic fantasy, then I’m a happy camper!

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I’m ADHD, so any distraction will completely halt the creative writing process. I write when the dogs are asleep, and the hubby is at work or asleep (if he works nights.) I can edit anytime though, so when they are all around me making noise, that’s what I’m doing. 😊

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I have found that when a book isn’t ready to be written, it doesn’t matter how hard I push it, the dang thing won’t move. So, I’ve learned that when one book is sticking its heels into the sand refusing to budge, I can simple move over to another project that is choosing to be a bit more… accommodating.

I have over twenty ideas, we call them plot bunnies, swimming around in my head. Some are close to being written (drafted,) while others might only have a few pages done. There is no shortage of project I can be working on at any given time.

Pen or type writer or computer?

I write on my laptop. The hubby has tried to get me to do dictation writing, and I hated it. I’ve got a strange brain condition called dysgraphia (just learned about that in the past 10 years) that keeps me from being able to write well by hand, but even in high school, I found I was a fast typist, so that’s my go to.

Thank you to whomever came up with the idea of creating the laptop!

A day in the life of the author?

Boring as all heck… I get up, I have coffee, I FB, I answer emails, I FB some more, I argue with my beloved PA before he goes to bed (he lives in India,) then sometime around one in the afternoon, I start to write… I may write up until time to go to bed but if not, I tend to either watch TV (if I’ve been writing all day,) or if I’ve been editing, I might curl up to a book, which always has to be the complete opposite than the one I’m editing…

See told you, boring.

Do you have any advice to offer for new authors?

Yeah, I have offered this more than a few times. When you sit down to pen (type) your first novel, remember the first draft is for you. Don’t worry about what your English teachers would’ve said, don’t worry about your spelling or grammar, in fact, move any and all things out of your head that might stop you from getting the words on paper.

This is important to remember because the moment your draft is done, the moment you begin to read it and clean up the grammar, plot holes, spelling mistakes, and all the other things that you’ll have to fix, the book belongs to others.

You write the first draft for yourself; you edit it for others.

Describe your writing style.

Eclectic… I write what I love, so it’s a mix of happy and sad, frustrating and endearing… I almost always have a moral (although I don’t like to admit that about my writing,) and ultimately, it’s about giving the reader a fun journey.

What makes a good story?

A good story takes you on a journey, and a great story causes you to lose track of time, get lost in the story, or have a hard time putting it down.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve got a long list. Today, I’m reading Never Stay Gone by Tal Bauer, because it’s set in the same part of the world as my (Blake Allwood’s) ghost story, The Big Bend Series.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

If it’s a stand alone book, I always pants it. However, for a series I have to continue to plan and outline the story since my characters are always pulling a fast one on me. I have to keep notes to keep them from completely leaving the ballpark.

Unfortunately, I’ve found I simply can’t pants (write by the seat of my pants) a fantasy or urban fantasy series. There are just too many moving parts.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Trying to do it right. You can’t do a creative project right. You just have to go with the flow. Get your story down in print then worry about all the “doing it right” stuff later.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

My bleeding family. LOL My husband, who is like an emotional stoneman most of the time, wants to chat when I’m writing, or the dogs love to take walks or need snacks, or… well you get my drift. Luckily, hubby has to work, and dogs get tired and sleep so I’ve found my way around them.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A bit of both. I let the stories go where they go, so sometimes that’s not exactly what the readers want. However, I do read a lot and do try to read popular books as much as I can, so I know what readers are reading.

Ultimately though, I’m a rebel at heart, so there’s only so much conformity I’m able to provide.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t wait to try. The water isn’t nearly as deep nor as full of sharks as you thought it would be.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from other genders?

I have zero problem writing characters from other genders. Why? Well, cause most of my friends are women and they have NEVER hesitated to fill me in on all the intricacies of their lives… even when I would’ve really preferred they not!

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I write roughly a thousand words per hour. A typical novel can be between 50k to 100k. So, you can do the math. It’s a lot more time consuming than people realize. I like to tell my friends who ask this question that I’m basically writing a thesis, but without a degree or student loans…

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I think it’s real for some writers. I don’t really relate to writers block personally. If a book is being a jerk, (yes I think of them as people, and yes some of them are jerks,) I just set it aside and go on to the next project.

There’ve been times when I’ve gotten up against a wall with my writing. Sometimes it’s been like if I have to write or edit another word, I might just start killing off every character in the book… in those instances, reading a few books or watching a nice movie seems to fix the problem.

For me, writing is something I love to do. Even when it’s hard, even when I’m fighting my characters, so, my attitude is if it’s not working, give it a break and see what happens. At least up until now, I can only resist the process for a week or so before I’m itching to get back into it.

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Adam J. Ridley is the pen name used by Blake Allwood for his urban fantasy and fantasy novels. I travel full time with my husband and two dogs in a forty-foot motor home, constantly looking for inspiration in the towns we find ourselves in.

I’ve loved fantasy all my life, and after several years of writing romance, finally took the time to try my hand at a romantic urban fantasy.

The Witch Brothers Saga is my debut series. Next year, I’ll release a Selkie series and possible my first science fiction, superhero novel as well.

Thanks for joining me on this journey and I look forward to reading your reviews on the Witch Brothers Saga.

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Soldier of Rome – Tour

Soldier of Rome: Empire of the North

The Artorian Dynasty Book 1

by James Mace

Genre: Historical Fiction

Battle for the Highlands

It’s been forty years since the Roman conquest of southern Britannia. The hostile western regions are at last subdued and twenty years have passed since the cataclysmic Iceni Rebellion in the east. With tribal kingdoms assimilating into Roman culture and the province at relative peace, Imperial Governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola turns his attention north. The once-allied, now hostile Kingdom of Brigantes is divided between factions loyal to Rome and those of the usurper king, Venutius. Following a series of raids, and compelled to flee from imperial retribution, Venutius seeks the aid of a Caledonian chieftain named Calgacus. Calgacus hopes to use a conflict with the Empire to seal his claim as high king of the northern highlands.

In the southern coastal city of Portus Adurni, Gaius Artorius Armiger’s term as governor-mayor is coming to an end. Ten years have passed since Gaius’ last campaign during the Siege of Jerusalem. Ever the soldier, a summons to Londinium leaves him with an intriguing proposition. Knowing his reputation as a military leader, Governor Agricola offers Gaius a return to active service with command of the legendary cavalry regiment Indus’ Horse. Despite trepidation about leaving his wife and children and the lingering effects of old battle injuries, Gaius Artorius dons his armour once more as a soldier of Rome.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

According to my parents, I’ve always been telling stories since I was about six. I was twelve when I first became interested in Roman history, thanks to the series, I, Claudius, based on the novels by Robert Graves. There is a very dramatic scene when a messenger informs Emperor Augustus of the disaster in Teutoburger Wald, Germania, where three legions were betrayed by their allies and annihilated. It only briefly touches on the campaigns of retribution under Germanicus Caesar (nephew of Emperor Tiberius) from 14 to 16 A.D. I kept thinking that would make for a great novel, but no one ever wrote it. A story grew in my head over the years. Fast-forward to 2004. I was in Iraq and borrowed a friend’s laptop to start writing the story that had been bouncing around for more than a decade. Writing and hitting the gym became my cathartic means of escapism. I completed a finished draft by the time we came home at the end of 2005, with even a couple chapters to a potential sequel.

My very first historical novel, Soldier of Rome: The Legionary, was released in February 2006. It’s far from perfect, and much of me wishes I could go back and rewrite the entire thing from scratch. But there it is. To be fair, it was my first work, and like any other skill, we develop with practice. Sixteen years and twenty-seven books later, I’d like to think I’ve improved a bit.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Author, Historian, Traveller, Athlete, Nerd

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably around the time my fourth book was released. Before then, it was little more than a side hobby. Then my fanbase started growing, with my royalty payments surpassing what I made at my day job. I even had close friends referring to me as an author, which was a nice feeling. In December 2011 I resigned my regular job to focus on writing and haven’t looked back. I cannot stress enough how fortunate I am to make a living doing what I love.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

Hmm, how about all of them? I was actually approached by a film producer back in 2008 about The Legionary, though sadly nothing ever came of it. What I’d really like to see is a miniseries based on my Anglo-Zulu War books. Though I’m mostly known for my Roman works, the South African conflict of 1879 between the Zulu Kingdom and the British Empire as a true labour of love that I poured my soul into. There exist two films about the opening days: 1964’s Zulu, starring Sir Michael Caine, and 1979’s Zulu Dawn, starring Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster, and Bob Hoskins. That’s about the extent anyone knows about the war. The films are getting up there in age, so fewer people have seen them, and they do feel a bit outdated. Zulu commits the typical 1960s war film error of casting actors who were way too old for their roles; men in their thirties or even forties depicting soldiers who were overwhelmingly in their late teens to early twenties. I’d like to see my Zulu War books filmed as an HBO or Amazon series, as it covers the entirety of the war, not just the opening two battles depicted in the old films. Television seems to be where the best creativity is these days. There’s less constraints due to time, and censorship is mostly a non-issue, at least when compared to the cinema.

I also would not want to see any in-your-face ‘messaging’ which just murders creativity and meaningful storytelling in so many modern films. My motto is: Tell your story and trust in your audience. It’s not up to writers and film makers to force viewers / readers to think a certain way. I, personally, view my books as very anti-war, in a similar vein to Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. However, many readers don’t come to the same conclusion, and that is perfectly fine. All forms of art, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, music, writing, etc., exist for everyone to find their own meaning.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

The giraffe, because they’re just awesome.

Who is your hero and why?

Historically I have several. Most notably: Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, the Duke of Wellington, and Emperor Vespasian. We tend to see them as larger than life, yet all were deeply flawed, in some cases more than most of their contemporaries. They achieved greatness despite their shortcomings and showed great resiliency.

I most admire those who rise above what life throws at them, strive to improve themselves, and selflessly use their talents for the betterment of others. That to me is heroic. My sister is one of my heroes. She’s a certified nursing assistant in a hospital and has dedicated her life to helping others. Like so many in healthcare, the pandemic was a living nightmare for her, yet she persevered. I could never do what she does. I have another dear friend who’s a mental health counsellor; another profession I would never be suited for. Mental health treatment is still stigmatised and neglected, despite some improvements in recent years. I’ve seen a therapist for the past sixteen years, which I am not ashamed to admit. It is impossible to put into words the profound respect I have for those who help others deal with the unseen, yet often most traumatic, burdens.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I don’t like wearing pants and don’t own a pair of jeans. Unless dressing up in a pair of slacks, one will usually see me in shorts from around February through November.

James Mace is a life-long historian and the author of twenty-seven books, including ten Ancient History best-sellers, and five South African History best-sellers. He penned the initial draft of his first novel, “Soldier of Rome: The Legionary”, as a cathartic means of escapism while serving in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. His works span numerous eras, from Ancient Rome to the British Empire.

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Woven – Tour

Woven

Charm City Threads Book 1

by Stephania Thompson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Bound by a devastating secret, childhood friends David, Josh, and Kate take on home renovation as a means of healing from a dark, shared past.
Their only promise? Friendship first—no hookups.
Only several months after moving into their Baltimore fixer, the aptly nicknamed Canton Catastrophe, walls are crumbling, sparks are flying, and promises are getting ignored.
Josh, a paramedic, is plagued with panic attacks, haunted by the past, and sharing a room with David, who he is definitely not attracted to. And then there’s Kate. She’s having a job crisis, popping pills, and pretending she doesn’t notice how distant the boys have grown. And David? The eternally calm, blue-eyed beauty’s health is deteriorating and he’s mysteriously blacking out.
But when they learn someone may have discovered their darkest secret and is now stalking them–and blackmailing Josh’s father, a conservative media personality with secrets of his own, renovation and relationship woes take a back seat. Suddenly, their past is unraveling, and the shocking truths unearthed will have them questioning everything from family ties and friendships to love, loss, and the lengths they’re willing to go for each other.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

A little of both. David, Josh, and Kate, the three main characters, came to me all at once. I wrote a blog about what inspired their story on my publisher’s website (https://www.orangeblossombooks.com/blog/the-write-timing). The supporting characters came in bits and pieces out of necessity, convenience, and, in some cases, inspiration for a subplot/spinoff.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I didn’t do much before writing, but once I began it seemed I was researching after every other word! As I wrote, ideas came and I chased them down until I found one that fit the direction the story was taking.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. But it’s so much more than a career. It’s a passion, a pastime, a fulfilling skill you can never quite master. Much like an artist, a writer’s work is never done. There’s always room for inspiration and improvement…what a gift to embrace for the rest of my life!

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I read all genres, but my preference is contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I prefer a little background noise if it’s not overwhelming. The quiet hum of a café is my favorite.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I generally have more than one going. Currently, I’m working on three. I pick and choose which depending on the characters I feel like hanging out with that day.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I think her story is fascinating. Imagine writing your debut novel while still in college, having it picked up by a major publisher, published less than a year after you graduate, and made into a blockbuster movie. I’d love to experience that, not to mention conceptualizing a wildly popular dystopian trilogy and getting to see it come to life on screen.

Pen or type writer or computer?

Computer. Or, iphone. Half of Woven was written in Notes and copied over!

A day in the life of the author?

I have four kids, a dragon, an aussiedoodle puppy, and a husband working from home. My day is the farthest thing from routine. As an author, this translates into me grabbing whatever screen time/thought time I can muster (usually in the hours between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am). Woven was written on stationary bikes at the gym, in line at the grocery store, in the bathroom, school parking lots, ball fields, airports. If you can name it, chances are I’ve written there!

Do you have any advice to offer for new authors?

Check back with me in another book or two…I still feel like I fall into the “needs advice” category!

Describe your writing style.

I think conversational best describes it. I write like I think.

What makes a good story?

Addictive dialogue, unpredictable twists and turns, cringy moments, and characters so real they could climb off the page and grab a coffee with you.

What are you currently reading?

At the very moment I’m typing this, Flowers in the Attic is on top of my Audible playlist. All this talk about reading and writing inspiration had me craving some of my all-time favorites. The entire Dollanganger series by VC Andrews had a profound effect on young adult me. As for more current reads? I’m working my way through Book Lover by Emily Henry.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I generally attempt an outline, then begin writing and scrap the outline in part or entirely. I do this for every chapter, as if hoping an outline will eventually take! I’m definitely more of a pantser than a plotter when it comes to writing. While I have a general idea where the story is going, details tend to unfold as I write them. When writing Woven, I found myself often saying (out loud) …wait, that wasn’t supposed to happen!

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

It’s a long process. People warn you, but I don’t think you realize until you start writing. It’s easy to grow weary and get discouraged. Especially when you discover a finished manuscript is only the beginning.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Distraction. It is amazing how much time I can waste on the most ridiculous things.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Maybe a little of both? I wanted to write a book readers enjoyed, but I also wanted to be true to the characters, their lives, and my vision for the story. For example, I love romance, but I’m not a huge fan of HEA. I believe readers will be satisfied with the end of Woven, but it’s more of a HFN (hopeful for now).

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start sooner and don’t stop!

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from other genders?

Oddly, I found it easier to write for Josh and David than I did Kate. I guess only time will tell if readers find their voices authentically male enough (is that even a thing?) I think part of the ease stems from being surrounded by men in my off the page life. Also, and this is a bit of a stereotype, I think men are less complicated when it comes to stream of conscious thought.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Woven took me a little less than three years, from conception to completion, but I started out slow. The entire book could’ve been done in less than a year.

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Stephania Thompson is the author of Woven (Orange Blossom Publishing 2022). As a poet and multi-genre author, her work has appeared in a variety of online publications as well as several print anthologies.

Formerly a CPA in the corporate world, Stephania now writes from the comfort of a modern day crumbling castle alongside her very own knight in shining armor. Together they have four valiant offspring, a brave aussiedoodle, and one not-so-fire-breathing dragon.

When not writing, working, or waiting in a carpool line, she can be found running local trails and escaping in a book at her favorite café, iced latte in hand. She is a sucker for quirky romance, is addicted to audiobooks, and finds herself hopelessly drawn to flawed characters, raw honesty, and life’s cringiest moments.

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Author Spotlight – R Sullins

Hunter’s Blood

The Hunter Book 1

by R Sullins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Secrets never stay buried…

Every secret I never knew about myself was revealed by someone who should not exist.
But they do,
monsters exist.

They are all around us…
and I am the one they want the most.
They crave my blood.

The biggest secret of all?
I’m one of those monsters, too.

Now someone has created an army that threatens to destroy the Vampire King that calls me his mate.
Either I accept the monster I am or I lose one I’ve come to love


Approximately 73k words

Important Note: This is the first book in a series, please be aware that it ends in an HFN but the second book picks right up where the first left off.

Warning: This book has blood and gore that may offend or disturb sensitive readers. Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for anyone below 18

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Jared

The Hunter Book 2.5

by R Sullins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

The reluctant vampire…

This wasn’t supposed to be my life
I never asked to become a vampire
Falling into this world of monsters turned out to be the best thing to happen to me.
The transition from human soldier to vampire sentinel was one of the easiest things I had ever done.
Now I was in for the fight of my life, convincing my mate to take a chance on me.

The mate in danger…

I couldn’t return home no matter how much I missed it.
My mother forced me to leave for a reason.
There was an evil man after me, willing to kill anyone who got in his way.
Then a man walked through the door and set my soul on fire.
He said I was his mate.
I wanted to say yes.
But, how, when I had to save my mom from a killer?

The fight for their future…

I swore I would defeat all of her demons.
I wasn’t going to let her go…ever.
I wanted to keep my mate safe, but what if I was the monster she needed saving from?


This is a 50k word novella in the Hunter series world.
It may be read as a standalone, but you would find most enjoyment by reading the series.

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Lovely Darkness

Demons Within Book 1

by R Sullins

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

The first time she knew real happiness was when she found out that the man who raised her wasn’t her real father.
She knew that there couldn’t be monsters in the world that were any worse than the monster she had called ‘daddy’ for most of her life.
Then she stumbled into the world of demons.

The Demon King knew the second his fated mate had been brought into the world.
After living years too numerous to count, it meant little to him other than keep him from living as he had.
He now belonged to only one female – and he would have to wait years for her to mature enough to matter.

How stupid and vain he had been to think that his fated wouldn’t matter.
The very moment she entered his club he knew he had been wrong to ignore fate.

She was
his.
And he was going to destroy everyone that hurt her, even if he had to burn the Earth realm to the ground.

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Cry For Me

by R Sullins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Paige

Loner

Outcast

Charity case

Orphan

I was all those things.

Years after my parents died, I was still being bullied, and it was all led by my cousins.

They hated me for years as children, and moving into their house didn’t make them change their minds about me.

I was counting down the days until I could finally get away from every single person in this town.

Until there was one person I wasn’t so sure I wanted to leave.

Reid

My life since age 7 revolved around football and what it would take for me to get into the NFL.

I didn’t have time for girls or parties.

I had never been tempted by anything that could take my mind away from the sport.

Until I walked into my new school on my first day of senior year.

One look was enough to change every plan I’d made for my future.

It wasn’t long before we both realized that someone didn’t like that we had found each other.

Approx 100k words

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While this high school romance does have elements of bullying, you will find that the hero never once says a negative thing to his girl.

For the safety conscious – this is guaranteed safe!

Just because it is set in high school doesn’t mean it doesn’t have adult situations in it. Only intended for those over the age of 18.

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Hi!

I guess you can say I have a passion for romance.

You will most often find me with a book in front of my face, whether I’m in the middle of writing one or taking a break by reading one of my favorite authors.

I love my family and my pets. I need quiet time to recharge and I’d rather be deep in the middle of woods than in the middle of a city. Yeah, I don’t people well.

I hope you enjoy my stories. I put all my heart into each of them and they are truly my book babies.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Spotlight on Amanda Blackwood!

The Miller Miles

Micro-Biographies Book 1

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Human Trafficking, Abuse Survival

A saint was once asked “What is anger?” He replied that anger is a punishment that we give ourselves for someone else’s mistake. Believe me, revenge is far worse.

We all do things we aren’t proud of. Some of us have done far worse than others. I was a rather troubled teen and grew into a troubled young adult. One of the chapters from my life that I didn’t know I’d ever have the courage to tell is the one about the Miller Miles.

From sex to drugs to love and lies, this adventure holds all that touches the lives of our nation’s youth no matter what decade it might be. I was a teenage runaway, and as bad as that might be, I dragged others down that road with me. Eventually my friends betrayed me and I was left stranded in a strange city. It wouldn’t be the last time that would happen in my life, but it was the last time in my life I actively sought (and achieved) revenge.

Miller was completely caught off guard. To some extent, so was I. It was an adventure to a degree, a nightmare to live and a story that I’ll never forget as long as I breathe.

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The Shack In the Woods

Micro-Biographies Book 2

How much trouble can two young kids get into when nobody is looking? A lot.

Don and I were unlikely friends, both damaged souls from secrets nobody knew. One of our many adventures took us to a shack in the woods where nobody had ventured in too many years to count. We knew we needed to explore the place and were driven by an unexplained force, but we never imagined what we might find.

While we both found lost history, and Don found adventure, what I found was much more precious. I found a piece of me, a passion for history, and a rediscovery of my soul. I learned through one adventure as a kid that no matter how bad things were, I still didn’t want to die. Discovery of self can be one of life’s greatest adventures.

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Detailed Pieces of A Shattered Dream

Micro-Biographies Book 3

“My name is Amanda Blackwood and I’m a survivor of human trafficking.”

Even now the words sound like fiction, especially as the horrors fade from recent memory. It’s been 20 years since I escaped that fate, beating the odds. Most don’t survive. I know that now, I didn’t know that then. I didn’t see any other option.

At the age of 19, my life took a drastic turn down a very dark path. I married a much older man in an attempt to escape my already dramatic life and was looking for a way out of trouble when the word “trouble” was completely redefined for me. Taken in you a young couple who then sold me like property to the highest bidder, my life changed completely. Suddenly I found myself locked away in a small room with no food, no water, no bathroom, and no company other that the screams of other trapped girls down the dark, deadly hallway. I had ample time to rethink my life. When I escaped, I didn’t go back for the other girls whose screams haunt my dreams even now.

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Custom Justice

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

It’s hard enough to escape human trafficking, but how does someone survive the aftermath of continually being hunted for years to come? I was young when the abuse started. It came from every angle. Struggling for many years, I wasn’t sure I’d ever have a chance at a normal life with real love and true happiness. At the age of 31 I figured I was too old for that sort of thing. I’d been abused in the past, but this time I was finally going to have a happy ending.

I was moving to a foreign country to get married to a police officer I’d known for seven years. I would finally be happy. I had no idea that my entire life would change once more, and I’d be forced to either subject myself to abuse beyond anything I could ever imagine, or end my life unceremoniously, death by train. The man I thought I loved exploited me beyond comprehension. The damage he left behind will haunt me for the rest of my life. There is no way to seek court justice across international borders against a police officer in a corrupt system. Instead, I seek my custom justice simply by sharing the truth with the world. It’s been 10 years since I escaped, beating all odds. Most don’t survive. I know that now, I didn’t know that then.

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Lost April

by Amanda Blackwood

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

When the media first started talking about the pandemic of 2020 it seemed as though most of the world was operating out of fear. Having already survived so much in my life, I was hesitant to buy into it all. Instead, I found myself facing new challenges with friends who were dying around me of cancer, and losing those who had taught me that I still had a heart worth loving. Challenges mounted as I found myself the soul supporter for the household after my roommate lost his job, and then totalled my car. The pandemic was ‘raging on’ according to the news, but the real fight was within.

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Amanda grew up moving all over the country and befriending people from all different cultural backgrounds. She came from a middle class family, and from the outside everything appeared to be quite normal. Nobody knew about the struggles behind closed doors – from an abusive family to school bullying, one struggle after another gave her a fighting spirit to never give up and to root for the underdog. While Amanda has mainly published memoirs and autobiographies, she has a heart for romance and an imagination for sci-fi. She has recently branched out into several different genre.

Amanda Blackwood is a survivor of human trafficking. A portion of every book sale goes to help fight human trafficking and to help other victims still trapped. Amanda lives in Denver, CO with her supportive husband and rescue cats who keep her sane.

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