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November 15, 2013

I have been a fan for Imogen Rose since her first book PORTAL and have reviewed for her and followed her amazing career. I'm proud to present an excerpt from her latest achievement. 
Watch out NOV 20th for the Interview with Imogen Rose!

He felt as dead as she looked. With each blow to her lifeless body, he felt his sanity ooze, drop after drop, into the pool of her blood. She was dead. Her only hope now was the guy who had stolen her from him.The knock on the door filled Quinn with loathsome fury. Had he not already been in his demon form, he’d have transformed because the person on the other side of the door deserved what he had unwillingly subjected Cordelia to.He flung the door open, growling at the winter faery who was keeping Cordelia’s heart beating. Jagger swept past Quinn to the corner of the room, kneeling down beside Cordelia’s torn-up body. His pale winter hue darkened. He shot to his feet, bringing up his leg and slammed his foot into Quinn’s stomach.Quinn fell back in surprise, his demon exterior not so much as reddening as a result, but he felt on the verge of losing it and tearing Jagger’s head right off of his fey neck. But he checked himself. If Jagger’s heart stopped, so would Cordelia’s, and Quinn couldn’t allow that to happen.“What the fuck, Quinn? What did you do to her?” Jagger’s voice was barely audible; his mood had turned from anger to desperation as he looked at the body on the floor again.Quinn transformed back into his human form, revealing a mess of injuries and broken bones. “I had no choice. It was this or death.”“Or death? She is dead, you moron!” “No, she isn’t. Her heart is still beating.”“Only because I’m beating it for her,” Jagger muttered.“Only because I’m letting you beat it for her,” Quinn said quietly. “She needs a healer.”“Wander her back to the Academy. But hurry. Potomal’s team is on their way and will be here soon to collect her.”“Potomal?”“A Wanderer working with Katerina.” Quinn winced at the stabs of pain his human body was unable to dampen.“What about you? What happened?”“Cordelia didn’t go down without a fight, but never mind that. I’ll heal. I need you to beat me to within an inch of my life. Here, use this.” He handed Jagger a tire iron.“Much as I would love to beat the hell out of you, why? If you’re afraid of what they’ll do to you when they find out you let Cordelia escape, why not just come back to the Academy?”“No time. Plus, the best way for me to protect Cordelia is from the inside. Hurry.”Jagger glanced down at Cordelia and then raised the iron bar.

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November 10, 2013

Why do I write? I can't help it. It's what I do. I love to see where the characters will take me. Not only do they have a say in what happens to them, but they can dictate at what point in the story it occurs. If they object, they dig in their heels until I finally get the message or yell "uncle."  
When did I start writing? I wish I'd started in middle school, like my daughter. But I was more like middle-aged. I began my first novel, Dance of Deception, around 2000 and started Death by Default a couple years later. After a bazillion rewrites, I published them in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Also, this year on the fiftieth anniversary of my mother's death, I published her novel, No Place to Hide. As an author, I know how fulfilling it is to see one's book in print. It's like a newborn baby. She never got to hold it, but maybe on some level she experienced it vicariously through me. 
Do I have a day job? No. I retired from Detroit Public Schools after thirty-one years. I taught special education then jumped to counselor, initially in elementary then high school. That's where I found my niche. Actually, the last eight years of my career, I worked at my alma mater. So, you could say I came full circle. Dance of Deception is set in that very school but under a fictitious name. For obvious reasons.   
What genres do I write? Mystery is my passion. I currently have two projects on the table. The first is a young adult novel, Black Ice, on which I'll be collaborating with my writing partner and idea man, Brian Webster. He writes the screen plays, I write the books. Our first venture was Death by Default. Now that it's completed, he will take on the script. My second project is the sequel to Dance of Deception, an Alex T & Co. mystery, which will most likely lead into a series. Recently, I wrote a piece for an anthology called The Extraordinary Woman Next Door, to be released in December. I also have written a children's book. But who knows what else I may try in the near future. . .?
My favorite movie? I love musicals, with Westside Story at the top of the list. Not only did I see it on the big screen when it first came out, it still can make me cry.  

Book Blurb:
Death by Default: Detective Conner Smyth, a chess addict, has yet to win a game. When Blackguard6 challenges him online, he figures what the heck? But after chess pieces turn up on dead bodies, he realizes too late he's really screwed. Out of his league, Conner searches for a master chess player. In a race against time and out of options, he settles for a ten year champ. In a tit for tat negotiation with the boy's mother, he gets his chess guru in exchange for coaching the kid in hockey. After Conner's wife left him, he has no interest in other women . . . until he meets his new tutor's mom. Which of course, invites disaster.         


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November 1, 2013

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Published on November 01, 2013 16:18 • 36 views
     I'm getting to the point where I'm pretty much fed up with most of Hollywood. Let's face it, 30% of what comes out of there is simply remakes of some successful movie, cartoon of the past or regurgitations of some high ranking 80's or 90's show or quite possibly a ridiculously superficial retelling of a classic -Spiderman (seriously, how many remakes can they get away with before we start noticing), G.I. Joe, Alice in Wonderland, Beowulf, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel, Carrie, Footloose, A Cinderella Story.

     All those movies mean a sure fan base and money rolling into studios. I can't blame them, who wouldn't want that deal. After all, no one wants to loose money, but how about reading some new material. Writers with original stories are out there by the thousands. Really.
     Then we move onto the next 10% of movies out of Hollywood which are just crap and make you scratch your head and ask incomplete questions like how-uh and why-uh? And you feel you've actually gotten dumber after watching them.

     Another 30% are based on scripts from best selling books or comics like Twilight, Ender's Game, Hunger Games,  The Time Travelers Wife, X-Men, the Book Thief, Confessions of a Shopaholic. While I can surely appreciate this percentage of the movies because at least the stories are usually based on some interesting or new concept in some way from the authors, actually utilizing new material instead of simply rehashing past stories again and again until you want to want to ban all theaters, the movies are similar to the first 30% out of Hollywood because they are stories we have already heard (from the book) and once again prove Hollywood is merely banking on sure money makers. All of this doesn't say much for Hollywood except that they don't seem to care much for artistic integrity or originality unless it suits them.

     All this brings me to the next 20% which are your typical gorgeous girl is having a crappy life and why can't she just find a great guy to make her life perfect and OMG he is actually living or working in her vicinity all this time, this perfect guy, but would he really like her, I mean OMG she is like so unworthy, but OMG he does like her and now she hooks up with him and her life is perfect, OMG!  
     These types of movies are at least based on new material, right? Movies like The Proposition, Beauty and the Briefcase, Never Been Kissed, She's All That, 27 Dresses, and the list goes on but you get the point. Don't you?
     I'm not saying these types of movies don't have merit. I mean they are a point. And the fact that these girls are never really ugly or relatable to most of us woman in the real world is just sweet icing on the cake.

     The last 10% out of Hollywood is something we haven't seen making a mass success yet and the story is also original and may even be worth watching. Stories like About Time, The Hang Over, Save the Last Dance, Easy A. Star Wars. Sadly, these types of movies are far and few in between the mass conglomeration of -sure blockbuster hits- or -mere crap- that come out of Hollywood. Also sadly is that we don't have much to choose from in this category.

     Ah, if Hollywood could only be more like the independent industry. Here's to dreaming.

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September 30, 2013

Halloween Popcorn Balls RecipeHalloween popcorn balls always bring back memories from my childhood. Back then we got homemade treats from our neighbors and the elderly lady down the street always made us popcorn balls. They are fast and easy to make although we can’t really hand them out anymore but we can make them for parties.Two of the things that kids and adults like about Halloween foods are the creepy crawlies and the ghoulish items. The problem is that ghoulish or icky, isn’t always appropriate. And to be honest, even I don’t want to attend a party where everything attacks my senses and imagination. Sometimes I just want to eat something that I can identify, if you know what I mean. We also attend Harvest parties every year with our home school groups and Halloween isn’t appropriate and we change this up a little with candy corns, etc…Popcorn balls are one of the most versatile snacks I’ve found.  You add all sorts of flavors and you can “dress” them up with gross creepy crawlies for older people or fun items appropriate for the younger children. You can even change them for different holidays.They are very popular around Christmas in my house too.These Halloween Popcorn Balls fit perfectly with any crowd and here is how you can make them for your celebration too.

Ingredients3 cups brown sugar
3 cups corn syrup
1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks)
3 tsp. salt
48 cups popcorn, popped (about 3 cups un-popped kernels)Makes roughly 36 small popcorn balls
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September 27, 2013

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June 24, 2013

June 18, 2013

Well, it has been a busy year Aug 2012-June 2013...interning at a school to earn credentials so I can teach took a lot of time and energy out of me.

Also, I was working on my film The shifters as well...more here

But I'm Back! I'm now working on FALLING ANGELS and it should be out this year. I will work on ANGEL CODES, the last book in the series next and so both should be out this year concluding the AngelFire Saga!

Hope that pleases you fans and readers!

I'll be getting a newsletter out soon, so keep your eyes out for it!

Ami Blackwelder
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Published on June 18, 2013 12:33 • 75 views

April 3, 2013

Be one of the people to win a digital signed copy of the the new release Sophia:Within!
We will be giving away two copies, just leave a comment and we will select a random winner. You have until the 7 of April 2013 to enter.

Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

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March 25, 2013

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