Friday 15 July 2016

In the Shadow of Satellites - Cover Reveal

There are times when you stumble across something so perfect that you just can't let it go. Such is the case with the cover for novel five, In the Shadow of Satellites.

I spotted this cover online and the moment I did, I knew I had to have it.  At the time, I was still working my way through the first draft, but it just screamed at me and I bought it immediately.  Love the colours, the broody, haunting theme and everything about it!

Thanks to Sean at HighImpactCovers for creating it.

You can check out the synopsis and add it to your TBR list on Goodreads by clicking here.

Release date is 22nd August - woot!

If you're a reader or blogger want to sign up for an advance copy (and go into the draw for a signed paperback upon release), please click here!  If you're a blogger and you're interested in participating in the blog tour or release blitz, please also click here!

So excited to share this with you :-)


Wednesday 13 April 2016

Sliding Down the Sky is now live!

Yessiree, Sliding Down the Sky is ready and waiting for you to dive right in!

Callum and Sass's story is garnering amazing reviews from advance readers and those quick off the mark (it was released a couple of days ago) and I couldn't be happier!  I loved revisiting old characters and creating new ones, so I hope you read and enjoy them too :)

It's enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, along with the rest of my books (did I mention that Absolution is currently on sale for 99c too?  A great time to grab that if you haven't read it already!).  Of course, if you're a KU member, you get to read them all for free, including Sliding Down the Sky - yayness!

Here are the links you'll want:

Amazon US: 
Amazon AUS: 
Amazon UK:
Amazon CA:

Can't wait to hear your feedback and hope you enjoy the story!


Saturday 19 March 2016

Sliding Down the Sky - Cover Reveal

It's finally here - the cover for Sliding Down the Sky!  I absolutely love it - especially how it ties in with Absolution (given that Sliding Down the Sky is basically a follow-on of that novel, although still a standalone), and how it ties in with the new story.  It has a foot in both camps - and beautiful shoes :)


Callum Ferguson has grown up in the shadow of the sins of his father. The worst moment of his life came not at the age of sixteen, when he threw his father out of the house, but later in life, when he realised he was just like him. With a predilection for alcohol and violence, he sees his destiny every time he looks in the mirror.

Sass Hathaway, hell-raiser and successful musician, thrived in the limelight – until one night she lost it all. Drowning in an ocean of uncertainty, nursing a crippling case of self-loathing, her brother offers her a chance to find herself again.

His idea of salvation is a dilapidated bar. His proposal; she help him and his wife renovate and run it. However, when she and Callum cross paths, they both discover that salvation comes in many forms.

You can’t escape your past, you can only come to terms with it so that you can move on – but accepting your past is only the beginning. Then you must decide whether you’re strong enough to follow your heart.

This can be read as a stand-alone, but reading ‘Absolution’ is recommended in order to get the most out of this story.

Huge thanks to Race-Point - Anita B. Carroll for the amazing design! 

Release date: 11 April
Pre-Orders are available from iBooks, Kobo and B&N, with Amazon going live on release day. You can add it to your Goodreads account now, though!

Here's the ebook cover:

And here's the paperback cover:

Not long to go now, and you'll get to read all about Callum's story, and meet Sass.  Can't wait to share
them with you!


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Sale time and Release News!

Absolution is currently on sale this week, for 99c across all platforms, so make sure you grab a copy before Sliding Down the Sky comes out in April! Here are your sales links - Amazon, B&N, Kobo and iBooks.

Sliding Down the Sky is currently being edited - woot!  So excited to share Callum's story with you all!  I should have a cover soon, so I'll post that here when I do.  If you haven't checked it out yet, do have a look at the synopsis over at Goodreads (and add it to your TBR list while you're there).

While it's technically a standalone, I do feel you'll better understand the story if you've already read Absolution.

As to what's next... well, I'm already working on novel five, which has the working title of Life 2.0.  It's another story set right here in New Zealand and I can't wait to flesh it out and share it with you, hopefully at the end of the year.

Once I have a firm release date in April, Sliding Down the Sky will be available for pre-order.  In the meantime, here's another teaser to tide you over :-)

I'm having a lot of fun over in my Facebook readers group, sharing snippets and teasers and behind-the-scenes info on all my books, including the new one. Come over and join us!

~ Amanda

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Sliding Down The Sky

So, here I am, almost at the end of writing my first draft for novel four (89% of the way through as I type this), and what do I do? I stop. I not only stop, but I have this insane desire to edit what I already have.

All the "rules of writing" say don't do this. They say never edit as you go as it screws with your creativity. I say screw that. Rules are made to be broken! I've figured out that stopping at this point to review what I have is perfectly normal for me. It helps me to cement what I have in my head before I write the Grand Finale. So, I'm flipping the bird to the Rules and I'm editing.

It's weird how your (my) brain works. I've been through several title ideas while I've been writing this novel. I thought, about four weeks ago, that A Sea of Stars was what this story was begging to be called. But the more into the story I got, and the more things changed, the more I realised that the title also needed to change.

So, now, the title is set. It's a line from one of my favourite Counting Crows songs, "Einstein on the Beach".  

"Sliding Down The Sky" will be with you all in April 2016. In case you missed it, it's Callum's story, from "Absolution". I love Callum - he's so complex! He's all angsty and plagued with self-doubt and self-loathing, but he has this huge capacity to love, and he's extremely loyal. He needed to have his own book, a way of working out some of his issues. It's been a joy to revisit him, and the rest of the "Absolution" gang.

And yes, I know I've neglected this blog for awhile, so in case you missed it, "The Trouble with Paper Planes" was released in July. It's a little different to my previous books, but it's found an audience nonetheless - hurray! If you haven't read it yet, the three most common words used to describe it (from reviewers) are "unconventional", "unexpected" and "unusual". Dive in and let me know what you think!

If you want to add "Sliding Down the Sky" to your Goodreads TBR, or follow progress on my website, or join us over on Facebook in my readers group, I'd love that! I'm sharing teasers and suchlike there. Speaking of which...


Saturday 23 May 2015

Happy One Year Publiversary, Between Before and After!

It's been one hell of a year, and to celebrate the one year publiversary of Between Before and After, I've put it on sale at Amazon for 99c for the next week.

Thanks for your support during the past year, and if you haven't had a chance to grab the book yet, make sure you do while it's on sale (and tell your friends, too).

Click here to go straight to the Amazon listing :)


Thursday 19 March 2015

Novel Three Waits Patiently In The Wings

It's safe to say I've been absolutely gobsmacked by the fantastic reception the re-release of "Absolution" has received since I pushed it back out on the public stage on 6 January. Incredible! Apparently, many of you loved it, which makes me incredibly grateful and happy. Thank you to all who have taken the time to review it online, or messaged me to let me know!

No rest for the wicked, though. As soon as all the release hoop-la was over, I did what any writer does. I went back to work. I've been working on my third novel since November 2014, and it's coming together beautifully. This is a big departure for me - genre, plot, even the way the story is told. It's undergone plot changes galore (which is why I removed the synopsis off my website and the Goodreads listing), but now the first draft is 70% complete, and I'm settled in both the plot and the characters. So, onward to the finish line!

My plan is to finish this first draft by mid-April, then to begin the revision process, getting it polished and ready for my editor and cover designer. I'm aiming for a July release, so I'll be keeping you posted both on my Facebook page, via my newsletter and here!

In the meantime, here's an unedited snippet from the beginning of the book, which is somewhat tentatively titled Into The Void.

I'd love some feedback, either on this post, back over on my Facebook page or via Twitter! Always love feedback, especially constructive feedback :-)

by Amanda Dick
Unedited Teaser - All Rights Reserved
Release date: July 2015

  The girl in the mirror stared back at me, taunting me. Am I really her? Is she really me? I was staring at the face of a stranger and I was scared to death. She looked like something out of a horror movie.
  Pallid skin, lips almost blue, hollow eyes. Extensive bruising on her cheekbone, extending up one side of her forehead. Her hair was gone, shaved clean off, with a ragged scar cutting a raised, red path across her scalp.
  The bright, white light above the bathroom mirror illuminated the head, but not the memory inside it.
  Who am I?
 Somewhere in the distance, there was crying. Someone rushed past my room, calling out instructions in a calm, measured voice. A meal would arrive soon, brought in on a spotless, white tray. Today, I would try my best to eat all of it, no matter how tasteless it was. At least that was something I could control.
  I have no idea how long I’ve been here. The days and nights seemed to have blended into each other until time was immaterial. I was here. Whoever I was.
  People came and went. I had learnt to be grateful for the simple things. A clean bed with crisp, white sheets. A kind word. A view over the car park from the window of my room. Three meals a day.
  The one thing I wanted more than anything was to remember.
  Instead, I was a question mark. A Jane Doe. A puzzle without all the pieces. A mystery no one had solved.  
  And the worst part was, I felt it.
  I could feel the missing pieces, buzzing around just outside of my grasp. I reached for them but grabbed nothing but empty air. I floated on a sea of what’s and why’s, how’s and who’s. The questions were like post-it notes, pinned to a large, black pin-board that separated my past from my present. The frustration was beginning to get to me.
  What’s my name? How old am I? Where do I live? How did I get that scar on my scalp?
  The void was impenetrable. Insurmountable. Absolute.
  The harder I tried to remember, the more it hurt. The pain was more than physical, it reached down deep into my soul, hollowing me out. They told me to relax, that the anxiety caused by trying to force myself to remember was counter-productive. But they didn’t know how it felt to have no sense of self.
  I had to try, had to reach, had to pick away at the scab that had formed over my memory. How else would I get any answers? How could I not try to break down that wall in my mind that separated the self of before from the self of right now?
  I stared harder at the face in the mirror, willing some ray of light to shine out of the darkness. Give me something, anything. A name. A place. A memory. Just a memory, even a small one.
  But there was nothing.
  Who the hell am I?
  I was a case of suspended animation, caught between the past and the present, with no idea how I got here and no clue how to move forward. The fog in my brain had shut off the door to my past so completely, I thought I was going mad.
  Why can’t I remember where I was born, yet I can remember how to use a knife and fork? How can I not remember my name, yet I can remember how to read? How can I not remember how old I am, yet I can remember I didn’t like cucumber? How was any of this possible?
  I could feel myself tipping over the edge again. My head throbbed as I drew in a slow breath, exhaling through my teeth. What do I know about myself?
  I studied my hands, front and back (short nails, long fingers). I was of average height, if comparisons were anything to go by. My eyes were hazel, but more green than brown. I had no tattoos. My ears had been pierced at some stage but the holes were closing up. I could roll my tongue to make an ‘o’ shape.
  The list was pitifully short.
  I turned off the light above the mirror and climbed back into bed, exhausted. Too much thinking. Too much effort for my fragile brain.
  I sat upright in bed, pulling the sheet up taut under my breasts and folding my arms across it, as if barricading myself in. Rain battered against the window, soothing yet unsettling at the same time.
  Why wasn’t anyone looking for me?
  Who am I?

~ Amanda