It’s part of the reason I write.
While it brings me great joy to know others will read what I have to say, it’s also a source of great terror to me.
For me, the tricky thing about being a writer is being comfortable with the fact that part of me is exposed and vulnerable.
Being interviewed in an unfavorable light or having someone write a nasty review about my work is a scary, but real, possibility.
Even though I have a background in journalism, and have interviewed hundreds of people, the idea of being on the other side of the coin is a bit frightening. As strange as it may sound, I am a bit shy when it comes to receiving attention from the press.
However, I am trying to make myself more comfortable with this process and get my work out there.
I created this page to showcase any interviews and book reviews I receive. As I get more interviews and reviews, I will post links here.
Book blogger Hayley, a reviewer for The Kindle Book Review Blog, wrote up a wonderful four-star review of my first romance novel, Finding Justus. Read the review, posted on her blog, My Love of Reading.
Bec, a reviewer for The Masquerade Crew, also gave Finding Justus four out of five stars and encourages readers to “read this book if you are looking for a light romantic novel.” Click here to read the full review.
Nicole, over at Ariesgrl Reviews, had this to say about Finding Justus: “Excellent setting, and steamy chemistry make this book an easy choice for fans of romance.” To view the full review click here.
LOVE IN GREENER PASTURES:
I am grateful that Nicole of Ariesgrl Reviews wanted to review both of my novels. Each time I write a book, I try to grow as a writer. I want each book to be better than the last.
That’s why Nicole’s review of Love in Greener Pastures is my favorite review to date: “Love in Greener Pastures is a wonderful second story that shows a great improvement in writing styles. I for one, can not wait to see what Amanda Bretz writes next.” As if that complement isn’t gracious enough, Nicole said: “Bretz has a gift for writing characters that have undeniable chemistry.” Read the full review here, which is posted on her blog, Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
With the release of my third novel Love, Simplified, I tried a few new things with my writing. I was unsure how readers would respond to these changes, thankfully, the book has been very well received. Once again, Nicole of Ariesgrl Book Reviews has written a very nice review: “Steamy chemistry and the prospect for a sequel will leave readers fired up and craving more. The smooth writing style make this an easy and fun book to read. Readers will be cheering and crying along with their new friends at the lake, thanks to the relatable characteristics of the main characters. This is a must-have book for every fan of romance novels.” Read the full review here.
Interviews and Features:
Author Elodie Sparkes was gracious enough to host me on her blog not once, but twice. See the first feature here. The second feature can be viewed here (warning: this feature contains an excerpt of a love scene and contains adult content). You can learn more about Elodie here.
Author Tessa Stokes featured me on her blog, where I shared with her readers an excerpt from Finding Justus not found anywhere else on the Web. Check out the feature here. You can learn more about Tessa here.
I was fortunate to be able to write a guest post for author Darlene Quinn’s blog. Darlene blogs about writing, publishing and literature. I let my inner literature and philosophy nerd shine and wrote an article about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey theory for the guest spot. Read the full article here.
A big thank you to author Michelle Hughes for hosting me on her blog on the day that Love, Simplified was released. I shared an exclusive excerpt with her readers, which can be viewed by clicking here.
If you are interested in interviewing me or reviewing one of my books, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send me a direct message on Twitter.