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Amanda Stevens


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Amanda grew up in Bradford, Arkansas, a tiny hamlet nestled between the flat mosquito-infested bottomland of the delta and the rocky foothills of the Ozarks, an area steeped in folklore. Those old legends and an innate fascination for the strange and unusual helped cultivate a vivid imagination.

Amanda considers storytelling a part of her heritage. "Someone once said the South is home to people who love to talk. This is especially true of the rural South where I grew up." Her high school literature classes provided an early influence where she was drawn to the darker stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe, but it was the southern gothic that truly inspired her. The strong sense of place--dusty back roads and moonlit bayous, simmering secrets and fragrant, sweltering heat--provided a powerful backdrop to the despair and desperation of the wayward souls that peopled classic southern literature. Amanda uses those same elements in her thrillers, which can best be described as "creepy, southern suspense."

Before she became a full-time writer, Amanda worked for the United States government and was issued a security clearance at the age of twenty-two. She has also worked in the oil and energy field, has a passion for alternative eighties music and is a self-proclaimed conspiracy theory nut.

Genres: Romantic Suspense, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
 
Novels
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   Threats and Promises / Her Secret Past (1993) (with Barbara Delinsky)
   Where Memories Lie (2002) (with Gayle Wilson)
   Unveiled (2002) (with Stella Cameron and Tess Gerritsen)
   Witchcraft / Last Chance Cafe / Bayou Reunion (2003) (with Jayne Ann Krentz and Rebecca York)
   Yesterday's Memories (2003) (with Tara Taylor Quinn)
   Whispers in the Night (2003) (with Debra Webb)
   Secrets and Sons (2004) (with Jacqueline Diamond)
   Magnum Force Man / Powerhouse) (2011) (with Rebecca York)
   Dead of Night (2013) (with Charlaine Harris)
   Mystery Men Box Set (2014)
   Harlequin Intrigue October 2017: Box Set 2 of 2 (2017) (with Barb Han and Nicole Helm)
   Harlequin Intrigue January 2018 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2018) (with Delores Fossen and Cindi Myers)
   Criminal Behaviour / A Colton Target (2019) (with Beverly Long)
   Harlequin Intrigue May 2019: Box Set 1 of 2 (2019) (with Elle James and Cindi Myers)
   Incriminating Evidence / Desperate Measures (2019) (with Carla Cassidy)
   Harlequin Intrigue June 2019: Box Set 1 of 2 (2019) (with Nicole Helm and Tyler Anne Snell)
   Wyoming Cowboy Bodyguard / Killer Investigation (2019) (with Nicole Helm)
   Harlequin Intrigue July 2019 - Box Set 2 of 2 (2019) (with Janie Crouch and Tyler Anne Snell)
   Witches and Ghosts Box Set (2019) (with Heather Graham and Maggie Shayne)
   A Desperate Search / Colton 911: Family Defender (2020) (with Tara Taylor Quinn)
   Harlequin Intrigue June 2020 - Box Set 2 of 2 (2020) (with Barb Han and Nichole Severn)
   Harlequin Intrigue July 2020 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2020) (with B J Daniels and Carol Ericson)
   Harlequin Intrigue August 2020 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2020) (with Delores Fossen and Julie Miller)
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Amanda Stevens recommends
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Children of the Fog (2011)
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
"A nightmarish thriller with a ghastly twist, Children of the Fog will keep you awake... and turning pages."
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Tall, Dark & Reckless (2012)
Heather MacAllister
"Smart, witty and fun... no one does it better than Heather MacAllister."
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Cold Waters (2019)
(Normal, Alabama, book 1)
Debbie Herbert
"A southern gothic mystery dripping with atmosphere. Cold Waters will leave you breathless."

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