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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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 · 0 comments

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 · 1 comment

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 · 0 comments

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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Leaping Before You Look

by Amanda Linehan on March 27, 2014 · 2 comments

in Personal Growth

I wrote a post a few years ago, How I Quit My Job When I Didn’t Have Another One Lined Up, that popped into my head recently. I went back and re-read it, and I had another thought about that process, one that I didn’t get into in that post. So, here’s the thought:

Sometimes You Need to Leap Before You Look.

I explained in that post that on my last day of work, I had applied and interviewed for precisely one job. It was my first choice moving forward, but I had always planned to keep applying and interviewing at other places too. I just hadn’t done that yet.

I gave about three weeks notice at my job, and at that point, I hadn’t even gotten the call saying I had an interview yet. I had only applied, and that had been a couple of months prior.

So, when I decided to give my notice, I had one job application out and nothing else. I had almost nothing in the way of actually moving toward a new job, but I gave that notice anyway.

I remember sitting with my supervisor (who, very fortunately, I had a good relationship with) having a one on one meeting and I must have looked completely dejected at my assignments coming up because he finally asked me if everything was OK.

Before I could answer the question, I started to cry.

I’m not a big cryer to begin with, and that’s the only time I’ve ever cried on the job, but in that moment, I broke. I had been trying to hold on for so long that when the tiniest thing cracked my facade, I completely crumbled.

Long story short, my supervisor finally said to me, “you need to decide what you want to do,” meaning make the decision as to whether I would stay or not, and in that instant, I knew exactly what the answer was.

I needed to leave.

Even though I didn’t have much lined up in the way of another job, I knew that was the answer for me.

I let my supervisor know the very next day that I would be leaving, and he encouraged me to quickly let our Regional Manager know so they could get moving on finding a replacement. I gave my official notice by the end of that week.

A little over a week later, I got a phone call from the one place I had applied to saying they wanted to bring me in for an interview, and we set it up for a day during my last week of work.

After I got off the phone, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had only gotten the interview because I had let go of my old job first.

There was no logical reason to think that, as, practically speaking, they were completely unrelated events, but still, that was my first thought.

This wasn’t cause and effect, as it wasn’t possible that quitting my old job had directly lead to me getting an interview, but I wondered if something else was at play here. That letting go of the old, and committing to a new path, had opened up enough space in my life for this new thing to enter it.

A Few More Tidbits

The story ends where I leave my job, accept the new one, and never look back. Until about two years later when I got curious and looked up my old company.

It no longer existed.

About a year after I quit my job, I happened to drive into a nearby shopping center where one of the locations (not my location) of my former company was located. The weird thing was that it didn’t seem to be there.

I was on the other side of the shopping center and didn’t bother driving closer. I drove home and forgot about it.

Fast forward another year, and I thought about that moment in the shopping center, so I searched for my former company.

Turns out that half of the locations closed down by the end of the year, 2007 ( I quit in April of that year), including the location where I had worked. And by the middle of  2009, the entire company went out of business.

I had been on a sinking ship, and hadn’t realized it. But I didn’t go down with the boat because I had already taken the leap.

 

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My 3 Favorite Quotes

by Amanda Linehan on March 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Quotes

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Wattpad

by Amanda Linehan on March 13, 2014 · 2 comments

in Announcements

I recently joined Wattpad, and have been posting some of my fiction there.

Currently, I’m posting my young adult novel, Dragon, by chapter. Chapter 11 went up this past Sunday, and I’m posting a chapter every Sunday until the book is complete. Dragon has 21 chapters, so that brings us to sometime in May when it will be completely posted.

I also have a romance short story posted, Their Love Could Follow Moonstones, which is from my flash fiction collection, Writing on the Walls Volume 1.

In the near future, I’m going to post some more short stories, and when Dragon is all complete, I’ll probably start posting Uncover (my other young adult novel) chapter by chapter.

Wattpad is free to use. You just have to sign up. And for anyone who doesn’t know, Wattpad is a site for reading and sharing stories.

If you would like to follow me there and/or read some of my fiction, my username is amandalinehan.

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Can’t Sleep? Try A Gratitude List.

by Amanda Linehan on March 10, 2014 · 0 comments

in Living

Gratitude lists are certainly not my original idea. I have used them to good effect, though.

In fact, I don’t use them enough. But when I have, not only have they made me more appreciative and serene, but they have even helped me fall asleep when I had been laying awake in the middle of the night. I tried it because it was the only thing I could think of to do.

The basic idea of a gratitude list is writing down or thinking of as many things as you can that you are grateful for. Sometimes this isn’t so hard, and at other times you have to dig deep. But, I’ve also found that once you get rolling, the easier it gets.

If you’ve ever tried doing this, especially at times when you think your life is falling apart, cultivating gratitude almost instantly makes you feel better.

Even if the first few items on your list are: 1. I’m alive 2. The sun is shining and 3. I made it through all those green lights on the way home from work, it’s something. And you can always go from there.

I’m generally a really good sleeper, so nights where I can’t get to sleep at all or I pop awake in the middle of the night and start ruminating are unusual (which I am grateful for, by the way).

But one night, I popped awake and couldn’t stop thinking about a stressful relationship issue. An hour passed by and I still wasn’t back to sleep yet. I was getting more and more physically uncomfortable (too hot, too cold, can’t find the right position to sleep in, etc.) and my mind was running at full speed.

I was getting up to go to work the next morning, and I hate having to wake up early and go into the office when I haven’t slept well, so I was getting worried that I might not be able to get back to sleep.

I tried taking off all my blankets and laying in the cold for a while, which is a trick I will use when I can’t sleep (because then I can put all my blankets back on and get toasty warm again. This will often put me right out.) and it wasn’t working.

Finally, I started to make a mental gratitude list because I figured that if my mind was active anyway, I might as well put it to good use.

I’m sure I started off with things like the fact that I was in a comfortable bed, that I was warm, that I have a secure house, and I went from there.

The list went on and I kept thinking of more and more things. I felt calm where I had been anxious, and comfortable where I had been restless, and soon I didn’t need to continue with my gratitude list.

Because I had fallen asleep. :)

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How To Take A Nap

by Amanda Linehan on March 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Living

  1. Recognize that you are sleepy. Or that you need a break. Maybe you’d like to feel refreshed for the second half of your day. Whatever your reasoning, acknowledge that you’d like to take a nap.
  2. Forget about feeling guilty. Let that go. If you want to rest, rest. If somewhere deep inside of you there lives a belief that says, ‘adults don’t sleep during the day, only four year olds do that,’ let that go (and you may want to examine where that comes from – later – not during naptime, of course. ;) ) Or, if you are worried that taking a break and resting for a little bit will throw off your productivity, try it and see what happens. My prediction is that the earth won’t fly off it’s axis and your life will be mostly the same as it was before you laid down to take a nap.
  3. Pick the perfect time. You know that time, somewhere in the middle of the afternoon, when you’re dying to get horizontal and close your eyes. That’s the time. For me, that sweet spot is somewhere between 2 – 4 pm (and it probably is for a lot of other people too). Going much later than 4pm for a nap, except in extenuating circumstances, leaves me feeling groggy for longer than I want. So I try to keep my napping to the mid-afternoon. You may be different. Just find your own sweet spot.
  4. Pick the perfect spot. My preferred place to nap is on the couch in my living room, with a blanket. This doesn’t always work if there are other people occupying the living room, however. Sometimes I’ll nap in my bed, but oddly  enough, I don’t prefer my bed for napping. Also, you may need to get creative if you’re not at your house and you want to nap. When I’m at work, and go out for lunch, I’ll sometimes see people sitting in their cars in the multi-level garage where I park with their eyes closed, presumably napping. Maybe not the most ideal spot, but it gets the job done. I do something similar except I drive to a nearby park first. It’s really peaceful there and I can see green things like trees and grass. ;) I don’t always fall asleep, but that’s OK. Closing my eyes in the middle of the day is luxury enough.
  5. Set a timer. I used to just free-form my naps. Meaning that I laid down, fell asleep and woke up when I woke up. I might have set an alarm if I had to get up and do something, but otherwise I just let my body fall asleep and wake up when it wanted to. Now, however, I find it better to actually set a timer for napping. I’ll usually set it for twenty minutes. It’s amazing how refreshed I feel after being asleep for only five or ten minutes. (I don’t usually fall asleep right away when I nap, and sometimes I don’t actually fall asleep at all.) It might seem like five or ten minutes of sleep isn’t worth anything, but I beg to differ. Sleeping too long in the afternoon will leave me groggier than I would like. I want to rest and feel refreshed, not feel like my nap is dragging behind me the rest of the day, so timing it is the way to go.
  6. Don’t fret if you don’t fall asleep. Even when I don’t fall asleep, I find my naps refreshing. Just getting to be quiet, still, and comfortable while closing my eyes is fantastic. And if I do sleep, that’s just icing on the cake. If you lay down and have a lot of thoughts, don’t worry, when you notice you’re having one, gently let it go and bring your awareness back to your body in some way. Don’t turn nap time into some kind of competition or goal. Don’t try to be efficient. Nap time is never wasted even if you’re not sleeping.
  7. Do it again. If you found your nap to be enjoyable and refreshing, do it again another day. Make it a part of your routine, even. Dare to sleep in the middle of the day. Even if only four year olds are supposed to do that. :)

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