My Book Signing is TONIGHT!

Hey y’all!

Tonight I’ll be at Beloved Books & Gallery for my book signing. I’m going to have tons of pictures to share with you because my dear friend Elizabeth, with Glam Photography, will be there to capture every moment! 

https://www.facebook.com/glamphotographyal 

To pick up a copy of the book, look under the purchase tab of my blog. 🙂 

Until tomorrow, 
Amanda

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Thank you Laura Hilburn!

Writing has always been a passion of mine. However, it was a secret passion. I had this fear that if I put my writing out there it would be rejected. I remember the first time I let someone, other than a family member, read my work. I was on pins and needles, waiting to see if they hated it. Yes, it was a lack of self-confidence on my part. Inwardly, I thought that I wasn’t good enough or talented enough. It was also because I know that not everyone would like it. To this day I know that. I also know that people can be mean and tear you down faster then you can blink. 

Still, there are moments when someone will like what you do, maybe even love it. When I get a compliment on my work, my heart just flutters with joy. I wish I could show that person how greatly I appreciate the nice things they say and how encouraging that is. I want to take them and give them my emotions so they know, without a doubt, that they have changed my life in a positive way. Forever, they have become this beacon of light and an inspiration. 

I know that is not possible, but what is possible is for me to thank them and to keep writing!

What brought this on was someone contacting me over Facebook. What they said to me was really, really amazing. Her name is Laura. We went to high school together, but I was a grade or two ahead of her. Our interactions were minimal but I always thought and still do, that she was such a good person and a sweet girl. Now she’s a sweet woman with a family of her own! Thanks for making me feel old, Laura! Just Kidding! 

Moving on, I wanted to share with you all, with her permission, what she sent to me. These words, especially for a “starving artist” and someone who is just beginning their writing journey, touched me so deeply on a positive level. Without further ado, here is what she said: 

“Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I bought your book over the weekend and I’m about 3/4 of the way through it! I would probably be done by now, but I have a 2 year old to run after lol I love it so far and can’t wait for the next one! It’s so refreshing to see someone incorporate their Faith so much into their writing! You see a lot of people thank God, but rarely do you ever see them really talk about it in the books so it was awesome to see that in yours!! I know it isn’t the “popular” thing to do today so it really makes you stand out and I know He is proud of you for not taking the easy way out! Again, I can’t wait for the next book!!!”

This made me realize that I am doing this for a reason. The fire that burns inside me, the one that needs to write to survive, burns for a reason. While I am not perfect, and never will be, I know that God has given me this talent and this desire. I want to always please Him. I will fail and I will fall, but I know that He is there helping me get back up. 

So, thank you Laura Hilburn! Thank you for always being that sweet, funny, amazingly beautiful girl I remember. 

Amanda

Congrats to the Kiddos!

Today most kids are graduating from their current grade. I am very proud of my stepson, who is moving up to 6th grade. He is so very smart and such a good kid. Honestly, I don’t think there is a subject in school or anything else he’s tackled that he hasn’t mastered. I hope that his hunger for knowledge never leaves him. 

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One thing that I am also thankful for is his passion for reading. That child can read a book faster than I ever could. Needless to say, we’ve spent quiet a bit of money of books! I’m OK with that though. 

Anyway, the point of this post was to brag a little bit, but also to point out that there are so many little children in Oklahoma that are not graduating because of the terrible tornado that touched down Monday. My thoughts and prayers are with those families. I can’t even imagine the pain that those parents are going through. 

So, please, do what you can for them. If you can give money or time then please do so. Please, if nothing else, pray for peace for them. 

Keep your little ones close to your heart today and thank God for another day with them. 

Love y’all, 
Amanda

What’s Playing? May 24, 2013

There may be something for everyone at the movies this Friday. Fast & Furious 6The Hangover Part IIIEpic and Before Midnight are all being released to audiences this Friday, May 24, 2013 at theaters nationwide. If you’re looking for action, you’ll find more than enough in the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. What if you’re looking for over-the-top humor? You don’t have to look further than The Hangover Part III. Still, what exactly are these films offering the moviegoer? Let’s dig in shall we?

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Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner and Vin Diesel as Dom Credit:http://www.thefastandthefurious.com/

Fast & Furious 6 (Rated PG-13) will be more like its predecessors. There will be high-speed chases, scantily clad girls, and intense fight scenes. When Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar) is found alive and working with a criminal mastermind, Dom (Vin Diesel, Pitch Black) and Brian (Paul Walker, Into the Blue) join forces to bring her back home. For a more in-depth look at Fast & Furious 6, read my article here:

http://www.examiner.com/article/fast-furious-6-saving-letty?cid=db_articles 

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The Wolfpack (Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) Credit:https://www.facebook.com/thehangover

The Hangover Part III (Rated R) is another raunchy, episodic adventure for Phil (Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook), Stu (Ed Helms, The Office) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis, Due Date) after Doug (Justin Bartha, National Treasure) gets kidnapped and they must hand over Chow (Ken Jeong, Vampires Suck) in order to get him back. If you’ve seen the other Hangover movies then you know this is not a family friendly film and should only be viewed by adults.

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Josh Hutcherson as Nod Credit: https://www.facebook.com/EpicTheMovie

Epic (Rated PG) follows young Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried, Les Miserables), who finds herself in a magical woodland world that she once believed a fairy tale her father told her about. She finds herself in the mist of a battle where Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles, Dream Girls) and her subjects are fighting for their lives. This film also stars Colin Farrell (Phone Booth), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), and Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses).

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Julie Delpy as Celine and Ethan Hawke as Jesse Credit:https://www.facebook.com/BeforeMidnightFilm

Before Midnight (Rated R) is the last chapter to Writer/Director Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise trilogy. We find Jesse (Ethan Hawke, Sinister) and Celine (Julie Delpy, The Air I Breathe) two decades later from the time they first met on the train. Jesse is still a carefree novelist and Celine is concerned that something is lacking in the relationship. Will true love seen them through? 

 

 

Fast & Furious 6: Family First

Who doesn’t like fast cars, tough guys and chicks that can kick butt? We all know that America does and that’s why the Fast & Furious franchise has been so successful. That success is the reason Fast & Furious 6 is hitting theaters this Friday, May 24, 2013.

http://www.examiner.com/article/fast-furious-6-saving-letty?cid=db_articles

 

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Credit: http://www.thefastandthefurious.com/

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel, The Chronicles of Riddick) thinks his fast, car-driving criminal days are over. That is until Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Rundown) tracks him down where he’s living a life of leisure with Elena (Elsa Pataky, Snakes on a Plane). Hobbs needs the help of “Dom” and his team to take down a group of highly dangerous criminals who use, get this, vehicles to commit their crimes. And why does he agree to help? Because his ex-thought to be dead-girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar) is actually alive and is helping those particular criminals. So naturally, Dom must find his former love and bring her home. 

Dom and his longtime friend, and once enemy, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, Into the Blue), with the rest of their team of drivers are joining forces to find Letty and take down the rouge solider, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans, The Raven), a former solider, in the process. Bringing back Letty is their main mission because, “You never turn your back on family.”

Returning cast members include: Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Gisele (Gal Gadot, Knight and Day), Han (Sung Kang, Live Free or Die Hard), Roman (Tyrese Gibson, Transformers), and Tej (Ludacris, Gamer). A new face to the team is former MMA fighter, Gina Carano (Haywire) who has an intense fight scene with tough-girl herself, Michelle Rodriguez.

To check out some really amazing clips of the movie, go here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1905041/videogallery?ref_=tt_pv_vi_sm

To view more pictures go here:

http://www.thefastandthefurious.com/

and here:

https://www.facebook.com/FastandFurious

This film is rated PG-13 and runs for 130 minutes.

Star Trek Gets Dark

Alright Star Trek fans, get your geek on and get ready to see the next installment of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek series, Star Trek: Into Darkness.

When we last saw our futuristic space explorers, Spock’s mother was dead, the bad guy was blow out of the…universe and Kirk didn’t get the girl. One of these things doesn’t belong, right? Not when Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are on the job. And to tell you the truth, people liked it!

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Credit: https://www.facebook.com/StarTrekMovie?fref=ts
 

So where are our heroes now? A new villain rears their ugly, from the inside. That villain is Kahn, a superhuman of sorts, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). If you’re wondering where else you’ve seen him then check out his IMDB profile here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1212722/?ref_=tt_cl_t7

Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, This Means War) sets out to find and destroy Khan after he orchestrates an attack on Kirk’s home planet. Joining him is the beautiful and strong, Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Avatar), Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban, Red), the witty and blunt, Scotty (Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead), and the Vulcan-Human hybrid, Spock (Zachary Quinto, Heroes).

This is bound to be one of the biggest summer blockbusters. It will more than likely have no issues blowing away Iron 3, which brought in $72.5M this past weekend or The Great Gatsby, which brought in $50.1M.

If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what to expect then you can see the trailer here:

http://youtu.be/RJ1qOs7jkIQ

And here is the link to their Facebook page, which is a great way to keep up with the film:

https://www.facebook.com/StarTrekMovie

This film is rated PG-13 and is 132 minutes. It also stars John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Geenwood and Alice Eve.

Who is Rayna Stone?

Hi fellow bloggers!

I hope that your Mother’s Day has been grand. I haven’t really done much but watch a movie with my family and finish up my homework. 🙂 

I wanted to take a minute and share my second YouTube video with you. In this video I discuss my protagonist, Rayna Stone. She is the main character of my YA novel, The Shadow. I would be pleased if you would take a few minutes and give it a view. Also, share it! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1fEULvvSI 

I would love any feedback! 

Amanda