So for 2015, I wanted to focus on authenticity. Authentic to ourselves, authentic to our characters. We are going to get down to the nitty, gritty, truth of it all and be better us’s, uses, us-s. And maybe learn some grammar.


Jan 2015: Be Excellent to yourself


Feb 2015: S’more truth about sex, please


March 2015: How do I do it: Equal parts passion, truth, love and coffee


April 2015: The Messy Art of Life


May 2015: Its hard to type on an emotional roller coaster


June 2015: Apology letter to my muse


July 2015: Alone is not Lonely


Sept 2015: Ode to my new idol


Oct 2015: A writer’s worst fear

Below is a series of blog posts I wrote over at Supernatural Underground that explore how to Be More Heroic. Getting over fears and making the choices, the ones that really matter, to me and to other people, in our stories and in our every day lives.The entire series taught me a lot about being heroic in your every day life as well as just helped me solidify my belief in Vogler’s The Hero’s Journey as a good map for any story.


January 2014: A time for everything and everything in its time


Feb 2014: Opening lines and promises they make

Call to Adventure


March 2014: “But I don’t wanna,” said Every Hero Ever.

Refusing the Call


April 2014: Inspire the heros a Mentor must

Meeting the mentor


May 2014: I’ll have what she’s having: The Art of YES

Crossing the Threshold


June 2014: Just a small town girl, learning in this lonely world

Tests, Allies and Enemies


July 2014: Approaching the Inmost Cave


Sept 2014: Holy Smoke- The Ordeal

The Ordeal in the Inmost Cave


Oct 2014: The M&M at the end of this sentence

The Reward


Nov 2014: The Difference between surviving and living

The Road Back


Dec 2014: Martyrs and Mistletoe

The Resurrection

Hello all,

Putting on another blog tour for the big VAMPIRES GONE WILD anthology with Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Kim Falconer, and little old me!

12th- United by Books
13th- Book City Chick
14th- Books and Kisses
15th- Paranormal Cravings
16th- Anna’s Book Blog

Leave a comment at each site to enter and win a digital copy of the new anthology!


Next Big Thing!!

Hello all,
First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, 2012 just slipped past me. But I’m looking forward to fresh pages and new characters to introduce you guys to this year.
Secondly, a few of us at Supernatural Underground have put together an anthology of stories about vampires. Yep, this shifter girl is writing vampires now.
 1) What is the title of your next project?
“First Dates are Hell” is appearing the The Supernatural Underground anthology, Vampires Gone Wild, out February 12, 2013 at all e-book retailers.  The book also features stories from: Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, and Kim Falconer

2) Where did the idea come from for the story?
We met the hero of “First Dates” Valiance in the third installment of the Diaries of an Urban Panther series. Valiance was a warrior prince for the vampire Clade inDallas and when our heroine and werepanther Violet Jordan needed a little more help, Valiance pledged his sword to her cause.

I wanted to know what Valiance was doing now. How did he adjust being the only Vampire left in Dallas? What would Valiance do when left to his own devices?
What Violet would expect of this warrior in a time of peace?

3) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
This is an easy one. I made a Pinterest board for each new project, so casting the characters was the first thing that I did.
Michael Fassbender as Valiance                         Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Esme
4) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s been a hundred years since Valiance dated; it isn’t any easier now than it was back then.

5) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me about a month to write the first draft. What was challenging about this project was that it was a short story, and even though there are fewer words, the characters still need to react and change during the story, so they needed to be the right words. Apparently, I think in epic story arcs, so I really needed to look at what I wanted to focus on, which was the one choice that Valiance would make.

6) What other projects would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hopefully it’s still in the same vein as Diaries, but I think this one is less snark and more emotions. I think that “First Dates” has elements of what has always influenced me as writer: the snappy snark of Shonda Rhimes, the emotional journeys of Alice Hoffman, and the paranormal world building of Charlaine Harris.

7) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See the pictures of Michael Fassbender and tell me that you wouldn’t want to think about him non-stop for a month. My life is awesome.
8) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Fun Story time: I’ve always preached that you should write about what you know. For, Diaries, the main character needed to shoot a gun, so I went to a gun range. In the second, I needed to know about biker bars, so I went to a few around town.
For this story, the Vampires in my universe can only be killed by having their heads cut off by an iron sword, so all my vampires carry an iron sword. So, not to drop spoilers, but there is a sword fight in the story. Being a normal person, I don’t usually wield a sword, but like a normal person, I do have foam swords and a really great husband. So my husband and I choreographed the fight scenes so I could write about it. After a few bruises, we finally worked it out and voila, fight scene.

Hey guys,

Check out the new website! I love it! It was made by the brilliant Forever Design Studios.

And here’s some cover art for you!

Vampires Gone Wild comes out Feb 12, 2013!

Available for pre-order

Hello one and all!
And here is the big blog tour dates! Leave a comment and be entered to win a Diaries of an Urban Panther gift set: All three Diaries signed, A coffee mug and your choice of a $25 Amazon/BN gifcard for more happy reading!


To enter into the giveaway
-Comment on a blog tour post
-Like on Facebook
-Follow on Twitter @pantherista
-Comment on this post.


20- Books and Kisses
22- LovLivLife
23- Paranormal Cravings
24- Bitten by Paranormal Romance
27- Booking It Reviews
28th– Reading Romances
28th– The Unread Reader
29- Ramblings from this Chick
31- Paranormal Haven
Sept 3- Supernatural Underground

My life so far

So first things first.

There will be a MASSIVE give-away for the big release  with thewinner announed on the Supernatrual Undergraound post on Sept 3rd. So Stay tuned.

Okay, now that’s out of the way, I can talk about the weirdest part of my trip to RWA. Yes, I managed to survive five days of romance writers packed into the Anaheim Marriott and we all had an amazing time.  There was much networking, crafting, and general good fun.

However, while perhaps at the bar with some authors who will not be named (but if you ask me, I will totally tell you), we met a group of young men who were fascinated by the fact that we were romance writers. Once they got over their star-struck shyness, one of them asked me, “What does your day as a writer look

I’m pretty sure he thought I’d say, “I wake up in my satin robe and eat chocolates and type until my fingers burn.”

We writers talk a lot about our image as writers. We know that people think of writers as crazy people  with pencils in their hair and drinking their fifth cup of coffee. To dissuade any thoughts of fluffy high-heeled slippers, I was honest with this young man. I  work a 40 work week at a desk job, and then come home and transform into the awesomeness that is Amanda Arista, the author.

Okay, its really not that awesome, but its not all typing away at the computer. And I don’t feel I eat nearly enough chocolate.

This is my life.

I go to work.

I come home and get attacked by my dogs.

On the weekends, I try to do something new, like get in touch with my Italian side
by making wine.

I do make stuff with lots of chocolate, so that might not just be a myth.

I sit  around and drink coffee. So the coffee part is completely true.

Life is how you interpret it. I interpret mine as pretty darn awesome and I wouldn’t
change it for the world.

All right peoples. I happily present to you the third and final installment

of the Diaries of an Urban Panther series.


Dear Diary,

With new supernatural creatures popping up at every turn (Ghouls?
Really?), the city divided, and my long-lost cousin blazing into town,
I’ve got a lot on my mind. Oh, not to mention I’m supposed to be planning a wedding. Chaz has got to be the best, most patient (and probably clinically
insane) fiance around.

But defeating my sworn enemy in a battle for the souls of Dallas is going to
require more than just my full attention. It means learning to depend on
everyone—especially Chaz—if any of us are going to make it out of this alive.
Because if Plan A doesn’t work, I’m going to need them for Plan B.

And Plan C . . .



Look for her at Avon Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many more e-book retailers on August 21st.

As always there will be a blog tour and one hell of a give away.


I’m excited to announce that Nine Lives of an Urban Panther, the third and final installment of the Diaries series will be out in ebook form on August 21st.

I’ll post cover art when I get it!

Virtual Blog Tour Locations

Thanks to the lovely ladies over at GoddessFish Promotions, we have another round of Blog Tours lined up for the launch of Claws and Effect!

December 26: Reading Romances

December 27: Ramblings From This Chick

December 28: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

December 28: Caridad Pinero

December 29: Riverina Romantics

December 29: REVIEW ONLY: Reviews by Molly

December 30: My Bookish Ways

January 2: Cocktails and Books

January 3: Immortality and Beyond

January 3: Supernatual Underground

January 4: We Fancy Books

January 5: AsianCocoa’s Secret Garden

January 6: Adventure Into Romance

There will also be a Giveaway of a $25 dollar gift certificate to a randomly selected commenter and maybe jsut maybe something more, much more.