New Short Story Published – Ghost Coach

by Amanda Linehan on January 21, 2015

in Announcements

This is just a quick announcement to let you know that I published a new short story last week called Ghost Coach. It’s a contemporary, paranormal story about a woman who coaches a ghost on how to scare people. It’s about 3500 words long (around 14 pages according to Amazon) and is available as an e-book on Amazon for 99 cents.

If you read it and like it, consider leaving a review, which would be really helpful (on Amazon and/or any other place you might leave a book review). Thanks a lot. :)

Ghost Coach

Sarah hasn’t been sleeping well. Turns out, she has a ghost in her house. But this ghost has a problem.

And only Sarah can solve it.

Ghost Coach is available on:

Amazon

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The Story of a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)

by Amanda Linehan on January 1, 2015

in Inspiration

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I came across this image recently and wanted to share it here. It’s called The Story of a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) and is by Eamon Reilly, and I just thought it was really cool.

I consider myself to be a Highly Sensitive Person (a term coined by psychologist Elaine Aron), and I loved the way this image listed out all of the qualities that HSPs possess – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Anyway, if you are an HSP or know some HSPs, I thought you might be interested.

Happy 2015. :)

 

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Quote – “If man could be crossed…”

by Amanda Linehan on October 3, 2014

in Quotes

“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”

Mark Twain

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Short Story Published on Every Day Fiction

by Amanda Linehan on August 30, 2014

in Announcements

This is just a quick post to let you know that I’m having a short story featured today on Every Day Fiction, which is an online magazine that “specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-sized doses.”

The story is called Wild Ride and is about a bored carnie. Check it out and let me know what you think.

And in other short fiction news, I’ve started a new blog on Tumblr specifically for my very short – or flash – fiction. The plan is to post most of my flash fiction pieces there (as long as I’m able).

It’s called Writing on the Walls (just like my already published flash fiction collections here and here).

So if you are also on Tumblr (or even if you’re not) and you’re a flash fiction writer and/or fan, come say hello. :)

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The Promise of a Pretty Picture

by Amanda Linehan on August 5, 2014

in Living

When I was a teenager and in the process of deciding what college I wanted to go to, I would regularly receive brochures in the mail from different colleges and universities.

Depending on the college, they would send out information about academic programs and campus life, etc, etc. I loved to look through these and imagine myself two or three years in the future living the life that was being described to me in these mailed materials.

One college in particular became my first choice early on. I remember looking through the beautiful – almost magazine-like – brochure that they sent and I could see myself in this place.

It was located in a smallish college town, about a day’s drive from my house, with tree-lined streets (the pictures showed beautiful Fall leaves too – my favorite) that indicated a quaint, but interesting, life, with lots to do, but not too much.

I thought it was perfect, and when I went out on my first round of college visits it was the first place I wanted to go.

The summer before my senior year of high school, my family set out for this town so I could tour the campus and meet with an admissions officer, and all that stuff you do when you’re picking a college.

The drive was long, but not tremendously so, but as we got farther and farther away from home, I began to wonder what it would actually be like living this far away for most of the year. Nonetheless, the image of myself at this college and in this town was still strong and I was convinced most of the way there that this is where I would be for my college years. Autumn-tree lined streets and all.

When we finally pulled into town and I saw the college for the first time, my immediate thought was:

“No, definitely not.”

The reality hit me very hard. The college had a very nondescript look to it, nothing grabbed me about it at all, and as we went on a tour and met with an admissions officer my intuition was giving me a very simple response.

“No.”

If I had been savvier at the time, I would have thought:

“Wow, they have a great marketing department.”

We stayed for a day or two, and everything I saw confirmed my initial gut feeling. The town was OK, at best, and, as I learned, the climate in this place was less than ideal for me. The college was blah, and I was a little farther away than I wanted to be from home, which I hadn’t realized until driving and arriving there.

The picture that I had concocted in my mind of this place (based on the brochure) was my own fantasy of living on my own and college life. Thank God I went and visited, so that I could see that this place was no fantasy. It was jarring to let the fantasy crumble, but when I did, I made room for reality.

This same scenario has happened to me again and again throughout life, just in different circumstances. It happened when I was buying a house. It’s happened (time and time again) while dating and in relationships.

The fantasy of something can be so powerful and so intense, but reality always comes crashing through. If not at the very beginning, then eventually.

But reality always has one thing that fantasy does not.

It’s real.

 

 

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This is just a quick post to say that through July 31, 2014 all of my books are available for free at Smashwords during their Summer/Winter sale.

You’ll have to enter coupon code SW100 (it’s listed on each individual book page also) when you checkout, but that’s all (no back flips through rings of fire necessary).

Smashwords has multiple formats available for download, including epub, mobi (Kindle), and PDF (and you can download more than one format, if you want), so you can read it on whatever device you most enjoy.

Here’s a link to my Smashwords Author Page, which lists all of my books down at the bottom.

Also, I recently completed an Author Interview on Smashwords. (It’s better than my About page at this point. I should probably fix that. ;) ) So, if you are interested in knowing a little bit more about me, give it a read, and if you have any other questions you’d like to me to answer, leave it in the comments below. I have nine questions in the interview currently, and I believe I can have a total of ten, so I’ve got room for one more.

If you do give one of my books a read (or multiple books, there’s no rule against that) and enjoy it, consider leaving a review, either at Smashwords, or Goodreads, or your blog or wherever else you might leave a book review. Thanks and Happy Reading. :)

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Two New Short Stories: Hail Mary & Ben Jackson

by Amanda Linehan on July 7, 2014

in Announcements

I have recently published two more new short stories: Hail Mary and Ben Jackson.

Hail Mary is contemporary fiction about a man who becomes obsessed with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The full description follows below.

Ben Jackson is a  psychological suspense story about a man who wakes up and realizes that he is missing a day of his life and has to piece together what has happened. Full description also follows below.

If you do check one or both of them out and like them, consider leaving a review wherever you bought it or wherever else you may leave book reviews (Goodreads, your blog, etc.). Thanks. :)

Hail Mary_coverBill just can’t stay away. Every day he opens the doors, walks down the aisle, and lights his candle. Then he talks to her. Does she hear him? Will she talk back? He’s not sure, but he knows one thing. He’ll wait until she does.

Hail Mary is a contemporary short story and is roughly 4,000 words or 13 pages in length.

Hail Mary is available at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Scribd

Smashwords

Ben Jackson_coverJim Connors wakes up on Friday to the news that Ben Jackson, a prominent business man who had recently partnered with Jim’s company, is dead. Only, it’s not Friday, it’s Saturday, and Jim can’t figure out where his lost day went. Kevin Anderson, Jim’s business partner, is nowhere to be found, and to make matters worse, it appears that Jim’s entire company has folded. Without his knowledge. 

Along with a disgruntled local cop, Jim sets off to investigate where his Friday went, why his business partner disappeared, and most important of all, who is Ben Jackson.

Ben Jackson is a short psychological suspense story and is roughly 10,000 words or 31 pages in length.

Ben Jackson is available at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Scribd

Smashwords

 

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A Cat’s To-Do List

by Amanda Linehan on June 16, 2014

in Fun

  1. Meow
  2. Stare out the window
  3. Chase an errant popcorn kernel on the kitchen floor
  4. Lick my paws
  5. Knock a pen off the kitchen table (one of my favorites!)
  6. Chase my feline friend up and down the stairs (for fun)
  7. Take a nap in the cat tower
  8. Run into the pantry when my human friend opens the door
  9. Stare out the window
  10. Cuddle with my human friend
  11. Purr loudly
  12. Lick my feet
  13. EAT BREAKFAST!
  14. Chase a string (with my human friend on the other end, of course)
  15. Stare out the window, and this time watch the birds that have appeared
  16. Chase a house fly
  17. Catch a house fly
  18. Eat a house fly (a snack!)
  19. Lay in the middle of the floor (not napping, just resting)
  20. Meow
  21. Become curious about the cardboard box my human friend is opening
  22. Jump up on table to get closer look at cardboard box
  23. Sniff box and try to see what the contents are
  24. Get back up on the table to continue exploring magnificent cardboard box and it’s contents, after my human friend has put me on the floor
  25. Find myself on the floor again, this time with an empty cardboard box
  26. Get into empty box, sit and stare, feel a little disappointed that the thrilling contents of said box are gone
  27. Sniff box one last time, jump out of box and promptly forget about it
  28. Scratch the corner of the living room chair (when my human isn’t looking)
  29. Take a nap in the cat bed on the floor
  30. Run out the front door when my human friend opens it
  31. Sit and stare
  32. Rub up against human friends leg
  33. EAT DINNER!
  34. Flop over onto floor
  35. Stare out window
  36. Sniff the air
  37. Walk around aimlessly
  38. Stop, sit and stare
  39. Start again tomorrow

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Some Good Reasons To Do Things

by Amanda Linehan on May 16, 2014

in Inspiration

  1. For Fun!
  2. Because You Are Inspired
  3. To Make a Contribution
  4. For a Creative Challenge
  5. To Learn and Grow
  6. To Develop New Relationships
  7. For Fun!!
  8. To Explore and Discover
  9. To Share Something
  10. Because You Are Curious
  11. To Practice Courage
  12. To Be More Mindful and Present
  13. Because You Enjoy It
  14. To Take a Risk
  15. To Let Go
  16. For Fun!!!

What else would you add to this list? Feel free to share in the comments.

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Short Story: Execution Day

by Amanda Linehan on May 5, 2014

in Announcements

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I just published a new short story called Execution Day and it’s currently available as an e-book at the retailers below. The description follows.

They want him dead. The most dangerous man in the city. Will it be by poison? Or maybe an “accident”? Or maybe by a good old-fashioned gunshot wound? That’s what they’re here to decide, but by any method, one thing is for certain. Execution day is coming.

Execution Day is a short crime story, and is roughly 2500 words in length.

 

Execution Day is available at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Scribd

Smashwords

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