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Amanda Hocking

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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. Herzombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, includingthe Watersong quartetand My Blood Approves series. Frostfire,Ice Kissed, andCrystal Kingdom - all threebooks in her latesttrilogy, The Kanin Chronicles - are out now.

Her next book will be Freeks - a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sides

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Crystal Kingdom - both covers The wait is finally over, andCrystal Kingdomis released, and the Kanin Chronicles has come to an end.

My publisher sent out ARCs and hadCrystal Kingdom on Netgalley, so I've been able to see early reviews of the book. And I can tell you in all honesty that these are the some best reviews I've ever gotten for a book. I've had good reviews before, but these are ones have been consistently good... Read more of this blog post »
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“I don't want only one night. I want all the nights. I want all of you, forever.”
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“Wendy: Why are you staring at me?
Finn: Because you're standing in front of me.”
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“I don't care where I come from or who you are. I can make you happy, and you make me happy. We could have a happily ever after.”
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“since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
--the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis”
E.E. Cummings

“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
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“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
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“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
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Stacey Benefiel Amanda, just realized you sent an e-mail to me like 3 weeks ago. Ack. Sorry! I've written you back!


message 2: by Jamie

Jamie Hi Amanda. I just ordered the My Blood Approves series from Amazon last night. Just wondering when Wisdom & Switched will be available on there in pb?
Thanks, Jamie

message 3: by Jamie

Jamie Just got Wisdom & Switched in pb from Amazon. Thanks for letting me know when they would be available. :)

message 4: by Vicki

Vicki Keire Thanks for adding me! I've followed your ascent since "My Blood Approves" and can't wait for more.

Pamela Hey Amanda...Thanks for accepting my friend request...can't wait to read your books :)

Samantha Young Hey Amanda, thanks for the add. Big fan.

William O'Brien Hi Amanda - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William

Ashley I know i'm a little late but thanks for the add and also I'm in love with your blood approves series! I've read the 4 actual books and then the Peter novella in four days and couldn't put them down. I can't wait for more!! Also I'm halfway through torn now and the tryll series seems amazing too! Love it and cannot wait to see what you'll write next :)

Laura YA indie princess do you know when Honalee (Witches of Honalee, #1)
will be on amazon?

message 10: by Marisa

Marisa you're an amazing writer!! keep it up!!!

message 11: by Rai

Rai Thank-you for your friendship Amanda! I look forward to giving your books a read!

Wishing you continued outstanding success...


message 12: by Lauren

Lauren Blackwell Okay, so I've read the Trylle Trilogy and My Blood Approves series in 72 hours!!! Will there be a 5th book in My Blood Approves series, LOVE these characters! Your writing is amazing!!

Michelle Is Hollowmen available at b&n yet?

message 14: by Colby

Colby I'm so pumped to start Ascend tonight! I really want to see how this ends. I have to do my algebra first, though. Gay.

message 15: by Natalie

Natalie Unger Read the New York Times about selling the movie rights to Media Rights Captial. Can't wait to see how they turn out!~

message 16: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
Best wishes, William

message 17: by Särah

Särah Nour Hey Amanda, I'm from Minnesota too! Have you seen my blog? I would certainly appreciate feedback from a professional author. Thanks for adding me as a friend :)

message 18: by Erica

Erica Cool we share the same birthday, thanks for friending me!

message 19: by Shawn

Shawn Thanks for the add! I'm workin' on the whole self-published author thing myself, it's nice to see a success story! Congrats and happy writing! :)

Shadonna Thanks for the friendship add, Amanda! You are an amazing writer!!! Can't wait to read all your books. :-)

Michelle Can you recommend a good zombie book? Ive read yours of course.

message 22: by Heather

Heather im on book 4 of the My Blood Approves series.....just wanted to tell ya that all of the books are amazing!! love em!

message 23: by Carmel

Carmel Thanks Amanda, will be looking at your many books & I'm quite sure my daughter will be keen to read your books too!!

CocoChanel (UnCens*red) Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I am a huge fan of 'My Blood Approves', and can't wait to start reading your other books. I had a chance to learn about your story and it truly did inspire me. Thank you very much for that.

message 25: by Issa

Issa I LOVED was such a great story. I gave it a raving review :)

message 26: by Shannon

Shannon Thanks for accepting my request. I just started to read your work and being from Minneapolis I have found your writing to be fun. Keep up your impressive work:)

message 27: by Pickles

Pickles Thanks for accepting the friend request!

message 28: by Becca

Becca Thanks so much for adding me! Have really gotten addicted to your writing style!!!!

Brittany I just started reading My Blood Approves and I cannot stop laughing. I'm only 5 chapters in lol. I'm definitely excited for these characters. Thanks Amanda!

message 30: by Carolyn

Carolyn Thanks for accepting my friendship!

message 31: by Nichole

Nichole thanks for accepting my friend request! currently on the 3rd book of your 'my blood approves' series and i have the trylle trilogy sitting on my shelf for later. more than likely will get your other books soon. love the fact you're in austin, mn. i grew up in the winona, mn area and have driven through austin many, many times. we are also pretty much the same age and i love all that you have accomplished. you are awesome!!

Mirielys Perez When does Hollowland Pt2 Come out?...Anxiously waiting!

message 33: by Taylor

Taylor Longford Cute new pic. Course, I loved the old one too.

message 34: by Gary

Gary Revel Thank you AMANDA:

It's great to have you as a friend. My memoir, TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is now at Barnes and Noble.

It includes details of my birth in Alabama, youth, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record THEY SLEW THE DREAMER about the MLK assassination.

Paperback and Nook Book
Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.

message 35: by Emlyn

Emlyn Chand Hi Amanda. Thanks for becoming my friend :-)

I've gotta say, you really inspire me. I'm the same age as you and a paranormal writer to boot. My first novel is coming out next month, but I won't bother you with spammy links - that's totally not my intent.

I also run an author PR firm called Novel Publicity, and your name is constantly being thrown around by the indies I represent and network with. You inspire the lot of us.

Keep up the fabulousness,

message 36: by Elle

Elle Shearson Hullo <3

message 37: by Jillyn

Jillyn Hello Amanda, and thanks for the add :)

I just finished your book, Switched, and I positively loved it. I'm eager to read the second book now. Thank you for giving me a new series to enjoy!

<3 Jill

message 38: by Amyk

Amyk I love all your books!!! Just bought hollow men!!! Can't wait!!!

message 39: by Christi

Christi I just saw a commercial for your book on MTV! Woohoo!!

message 40: by Allison

Allison Just watched your interview on Anderson - you were amazing. I read the Trylle trilogy back in June and loved it, I am so happy for you!

message 41: by Wendy

Wendy Hi Amanda,

I just finished Switched. Absolutely loved it! Great work and thanks for writing it. Now I must leave to ravish the rest of the series : )

message 42: by Amanda

Amanda Any ideas when last book for My Blood Approves is coming out? Firing to read it!

Savannah Amanda, thank you so much for the friendship. I wanted to say huge congrats on all of your success...

message 44: by P.T.

P.T. Michelle Thank you so much for your friendship, Amanda! So happy to see your books in my local B&N. :)


Katherine Owen Thanks for the connection! I'm thrilled for your success and in awe of you as well!(As you seem to be keeping it together.) Writing helps; I see.

Katherine Owen
Seeing Julia Not To Us When I See You

message 46: by Leah

Leah Spiegel Thank you Amanda for the add! You give indie writers like me hope that if you work your butt off and continue to write, that you’ll prove to all those agents who rejected you, that haha, my book was marketable bioch!

message 47: by Lily

Lily Thank you for adding me to your friend list. Switched is awesome I can't wait for the next one Torn. Would love to talk about books with you. Or any thing else. Would read Swicthed again anytime. :)

Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Amanda! Looking forward to reading your books :)

Genesis (aka Zombie Mama) Thank you so much for the add. Love the Hollowland series. Please tell me their will be more:)

Shinalee3 I just started My Blood Approves this morning and I absolutely love it!!! I can't put it down... I wish all your books were in print!

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