It’s the Final Countdown…

Anabel 3, also known as ANABEL REDEFINED, releases next week. It's Anabel's last book, and I have some major feelings about it. But she's gorgeous. Take a look at the cover:   I promised my fans on my FB page a teaser today...and instead of sharing something from the book, I've decided to go with something else. I started writing Meghan a second novella along the way, and the timeline falls between ANABEL DIVIDED and ANABEL REDEFINED. So if you have some burning questions...this might ... Read more

You Can’t Handle the Truth

I've been thinking a lot about what constitutes the truth as of late. I know, deep, right?   One of my favorite things that I did this year was see The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center. Jon and I went for our ten year anniversary, and it was everything I could have hoped for, and more. But, I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't seen it, so if you want to see the show with virgin eyes, ... Read more

True Confessions: I am 32 years old, and I love Sofia the First

If you have a kid who watches Disney Junior on a regular basis, you have heard of the purple-clad girl in the village who was doing alright, and then she became a princess overnight. You may have watched (with your littles, of course) as she figures out how to do it right--as there is so much to learn and see, as she navigates life in the castle with her new family, in her school that's just for royalty-- You see where I'm ... Read more

Interview: Beth Hammond, Author of The Sound of the Stones

Today I got to do a super fun interview with the fantastic, hilarious, and adorable Beth Hammond. She is the author of The Sound of the Stones, which is available to purchase TODAY. While I am pretty socially awkward, Beth via email managed to put me at ease, which is not an easy feat, and I felt comfortable asking her a few unorthodox questions. Thank you for your willingness to put up with my cheekiness, Beth!:) Without further ado, let's get to ... Read more

Cover Reveal: Illusion by Lea Nolan

It’s cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in the Hoodoo Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are getting gorgeous new covers! Check it out!   Title: Illusion Author Name: Lea Nolan Release Day: October 5th Genre: Young Adult Paranormal   About Illusion: New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies—human and spectral—who may or ... Read more

Guest Post: Lewis Smith: My Testimony–and THE TESTIMONIUM

(Amanda's Note: I don't know about you, but seriously, my life is just messy right now. So I am super pleased to be hosting fellow eLectio author Lewis Smith on the blog today. Always nice to have a guest post that doesn't require a ton of editing!) My name is Lewis Smith, and I am a Greenville, Texas native.  My Dad was Reverend Ben Smith, who pastored numerous churches in Hunt Baptist Association; he was pastor of North Baptist Church for fourteen years ... Read more

Writing News: A Novel for Emma

So, I'm writing Emma Sorensen a novel. I was not intending to write Anabel and Jared's daughter a book. It just sort of happened. It's in the early drafting phases right now, but I have to explain what happened to make me actually start in on it. So, last week I received a package in the mail addressed to me. This was very exciting because I don't get a lot of packages in the mail, and when I opened it up, I was ... Read more

On Emma Woodhouse, Anabel, and Me

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” Emma is my favorite of Jane Austen's heroines, and her book was actually my first Austen. My mom is not a Jane Austen fan, and when I turned fourteen I had a predilection for attempting to make matches of friends and acquaintances. ... Read more

What I’m Reading, March 2015 edition

Another month, another book list! Let's do this thing! 1. Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. The reason I did not read more books this month? This one, right here. This book wrecked my soul. It broke my heart. I cried after I finished it. Real, raw, nasty, ugly tears. I really truly absolutely loved it. Don't let the cutesy cover fool you--this may be the story of two teenagers, but it's the story of a first love, a desperate, clawing love--one ... Read more

To My Two Year Old

Oh Peanut. I love that your nickname is Peanut, because you are so big. So. Big. Your head was so big when you were born that it was too big to come out of me, which was really impressive since I had already birthed your brothers. You were one big baby, kid. And now you're an even bigger two year old. You were--and are--so beautiful. And the thing is, seeing as how you are my last baby (I'm pretty sure, but don't quote ... Read more
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