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Hijacked or In Control: Who Has the Reins?

Amanda Leigh

I start out in control of the story. At least I think so. Stories come to me a bunch of different ways. Sometimes it’s a concept, sometimes it’s the plot, sometimes it’s the characters. Often it’s a combination of characters and plot that comes to me. The characters (at least for my Beauty of the Dark series) were far stronger than where I thought the plot was going. I got to know these characters very well. The plot for the first book went pretty much as I expected it to in the beginning. The second book had some major changes and rewrites. But it was really the third book where the characters mostly took the reigns. I do a rough outline of my books before I write them (usually). I had one for Angel (the last book of my Beauty of the Dark trilogy) and as I was writing a scene in probably the last quarter of the book, things took a much different turn. I actually ended up scrapping the entire last quarter of my outline and just writing where the characters took me.

Veering away from plot though, my characters most certainly have a life of their own. I make an outline, like I said and for this trilogy I wrote out detailed character sketches and backgrounds of my three main characters (Kiara, Trent and Kaleib.) So I had a very good idea of their histories and motivations and all of that. I also thought I knew…well, that I knew everything about them but boy, did they teach me stuff that I was not expecting to hear. And this is how it goes during my writing. I wrote another book in this world just about Kaleib and I found out about him AS I wrote it. When I would speak to my mom about it (about the book I’m writing now, as well) I would say things like “You won’t believe what I found out about Kaleib today!” Which does sound sort of funny, doesn’t it, because I’m the one who made Kaleib up? But that’s how it works. I have questions about these characters, too and I discover the answers as I’m writing the story.

Beauty of the Dark: The Complete Trilogy

Amanda Leigh

Genre: Mature YA Paranormal Romance

Delicious. Tantalizing. Mysterious.”

For the first time, the Beauty of the Dark trilogy is bundled together, including an exclusive short story. Experience the intrigue, magic, romance, and heartbreak with Kiara, Trent, and Kaleib.

From a sinister demon to unthinkable betrayal to forbidden feelings…can they overcome their differences? Will Trent and Kiara give in to their connection? Find out who prevails in this epic battle.

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SCARRED – Book 1

A sassy witch, a vampire sworn to protect her, and a vampire that’s falling for her…? All bets are off.

Kiara was born with power. At eighteen, her powers are peaked, and she’s destined to destroy the demon threatening her home town. But even with her power and the help of Kaleib, a vampire who’s like an older brother to her, they’re not strong enough to stand against the evil. Enter Trent, a vampire with a secret past, and the tables turn, giving them a fighting chance.

Kiara shouldn’t feel anything toward Trent, especially since Kaleib hates him, but a strong attraction builds between them during their mission. Trent has successfully avoided caring about anyone for over one hundred years, and he plans to keep it that way. When Kiara asks for help, he can’t seem to deny her. Never would he imagine that he’d run into Kaleib, someone from his past–a vampire who knows his secret. Trent convinces himself he’s aiding Kiara for his own selfish amusement, but the little witch seems immune to his charms and she’s chipping away at his walls. To his dismay, he finds himself beginning to care for Kiara.

Between the demon that wants to kill her and two fighting vampires, how will things play out for Kiara and Trent? Will this demon let them live to find out?

BURNED – Book 2

Just when it seems things can’t get worse…they do.

When Kiara wakes up as a vampire, she knows things will never be the same. Her best friend is dead and the demon that killed her is still out there somewhere. They’re back to square one and Kiara’s newfound thirst hovers over everything they do. The hostility between Trent and Kaleib still brews just below the surface. Will Kiara hold it together or will she lose control? Will her new thirst be too much?

Kiara blames Trent for Sarah’s death and hates herself every time she feels something for him. Their budding trust is tested. Despite everything, he tries to be there for her. By her bedside when she wakes, helping her figure out how to tell her godparents what she is now, even staying in her house when she can’t sleep.

When Kiara’s dreams are plagued with visions of Sarah threatening her, Kaleib and Trent say that it’s coincidence. Her mind dealing with the loss. But as the visions come while she’s awake, it looks less like coincidence and more like something sinister.

Is it her anger over Sarah’s untimely death or is it something more? Something dangerous?

ANGEL – Book 3

The epic conclusion of Amanda Leigh’s Upper YA Paranormal Romance trilogy.

With a battle close at hand, Kiara must face the darkness inside her.

The only way for Kiara to save her loved ones from a sinister demon is to turn herself over. But doing so would ensure the destruction of not just those she loves, but the whole world. When she refuses, someone close is taken from her in warning, sending her into hiding with Trent and Kaleib. While a battle looms, Trent and Kaleib must put aside their hostilities toward each other to protect Kiara. They help her navigate the impending fight, not to mention the hunger fighting within her.

As the final fight draws near, Kiara and Trent grow closer, the limited space ramping up tension and making their passion hard to deny. Will their feelings strengthen them or be their undoing?

When the time comes, will Kiara yield to the darkness within her to destroy the monster haunting her?

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Amanda Leigh_400x400About the Author: Amanda Leigh has had a love of words since before she could write them herself. Once she learned to read and write herself she just couldn’t stop. She reads any genre as long as the book sounds interesting. Which may explain why she can’t and never will be able to stick to one genre in her writing. From Contemporary Romance to Women’s Fiction to Paranormal Romance to Poetry and more to come. When she’s not writing or reading she enjoys getting swept away in a great TV show, going to the theater, listening to music, cooking and many different forms of art. She has a cat she adores and also loves Psychology, tea, coffee, chocolate and Elvis Presley. Not necessarily in that order. Feel free to get in touch with her.

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