Interview – Amanda Carlson + Giveaway/Concours

We’re happy today to welcome on the blod the amazing Amanda Carlson who is releasing today the second book in her Sin City Collectors series: Ante Up.

Nous sommes contentes d’accueillir l’auteure Amanda Carlson qui publie aujourd’hui son deuxième tome dans la série Sin City Collectors : Ante Up.


Welcome on Between Dreams and Reality. Can you present you in a few words?

I’m an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. I love the fantasy genre in general, and really love writing action and romance. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and three kids.

How would you describe the Sin City Collectors series?

The Sin City Collectors are group of supernaturals employed by an agency as bounty hunters to bring in errant supes. It’s gritty work to be a Collector, and our stories revolve around one job assignment along with a romance, so each story contains both action and romance. These are stand alone paranormal romances, and every one will have their own happily ever after (HEA).

Is it difficult to write a full series with a novella format?

I thought it might be at first, but I’m finding it fairly easy and lots of fun. You have to tighten everything up, but that’s the fun part to me. I think my novellas read longer, and readers should know that each of our stories are a minimum of 30K-40K in length–and some people out there calling that a full length book these days. So, really, the stories themselves aren’t that short.

How many books do you intend to write?

I will write at least three novellas, but likely six. In my first three installments, my characters interact. With the next three, I’ll likely introduce six new characters.

Do you intend to write them in longer format?

That’s a definite possibility! I’d love to do a novel with my first six characters. That would be so fun.

Are there any other projects you’re working on or thinking about starting in the near future?

I always have something going on the side. Stay tuned! The best place to get my news first is my newsletter. Sign-up is on the front page of my website.

Thanks for hosting me! It’s always fun to stop by and chat. ANTE UP releases is available today and I’m so excited to share it.



Pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots ?

Je suis une auteure d’urban fantasy/romance paranormale. J’adore le genre fantasy en général, et j’adore écrire de l’action et de la romance. Je vis à Minneapolis, Minnesota avec mon mari et mes trois enfants.

Comment décririez-vous la série Sin City Collectors ?

Les Sin City Collectors sont un groupe surnaturel employé par une agence de chasseurs de prime pour ramener les supes devenus rogues. C’est un travail courageux, et nos histories se tournent vers un assignement le tout avec une romance, et donc chaque histoire contient à la fois de l’action et de la romance. Ce sont des romances paranormales qui peuvent se lire séparément, et chacune d’elle a son propre happy end.

Est-ce difficile d’écrire une série complete sous la forme de nouvelles ?

Je pensais que ça le serait au début, mais je trouve que c’est finalement facile et très drôle. Je dois tout condenser, mais c’est une partie assez sympa pour moi. Je pense que mes nouvelles sont assez longues, et les lecteurs devraient savoir que chaque histoire ont au minimum 30K-40K mots en longueur – et certaines personnes disent qu’elles peuvent les considérer comme un véritable livre aujourd’hui. Donc vraiment, les histoires en elle-memes ne sont pas courtes.

Combien de livres comptez-vous écrire ?

Je vais écrire au moins trois nouvelles, mais surement six. Dans les trois premiers volumes, mes personnages interagissent. Dans les trois suivant, j’introduirais surement six autres personnages.

Pensez-vous les écrire sous un format plus long ?

C’est définitivement une possibilité ! J’aimerais beaucoup faire un roman avec mes six premiers personnages. Ce serait sympa.

Avez-vous d’autres projets sur lesquels vous travaillez ou pensez commencer dans un futur proche ?

J’ai toujours quelque chose sur le feu. Restez alerte ! Le meilleur endroit pour avoir des informations reste ma newsletter. Inscrivez-vous sur la page principale de mon site.

Merci de m’avoir reçu ! C’est toujours agréable de s’arrêter et de parler. ANTE UP sort aujourd’hui et je suis impatiente de le partager.


Sin City Collectors, 1

Synopsis: Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…


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32 thoughts on “Interview – Amanda Carlson + Giveaway/Concours

  1. Oh I have seen Sin City Collectors series around and it seems like a really interesting series. And six new characters seem really interesting. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. I’m glad to hear that there might be a compilation in the works for these novellas, because I don’t typically read shorts on their own, but a boxed set is definitely something I could get in to. I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. LOL Great Q&A ladies! 🙂

  3. I say a big yes to action and romance, so sign me up for this series! I used to shy away from novellas because I tend to want to spend more time with the characters and story, but I’ve been reading more and more lately and am loving them. Definitely going to give these a try!

  4. Wohoo! I love me a bounty hunter story. And the fact that they’e working for an organization makes it all the more awesome. Ah wait, these are shorts? I am not really into novellas although I pick one up from time to time if I want a quick read. But overall, I want something that is longer.

    Good luck to the author! This series looks really great.

  5. I never followed a novella series but they’re getting so popular I should get into one! I like how you don’t need to wait as long for the next book like a regular series, you know!

  6. Although I tend to stay away from novella series, the setting and paranormal elements sounds so fun and interesting as well. These sound like fast escapes, and sometimes I need those. Thanks for sharing the great interview and post 🙂

  7. I am super excited for this event. This is a new author for me but I like the sound of her stuff. I am a big fan of companion books with HEA that stand alone. Thanks for hosting this. And hooray for getting your commenting fixed 🙂

  8. Merci pour l’interview très sympa, tout ça me donne envie de me lancer dans cette série! Et bien sûr, merci beaucoup pour le concours!

  9. Great interview, and I for one am coming around to this “series of novellas” thing. Personally, 40K words isn’t a full length novel to me (but then I’m used to reading doorstopper fantasy epics!) but I do love tight storytelling, and sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy a whole complete story in one sitting without all the other stuff bogging it down.

  10. Toujours avec un temps de retard, je découvre l’article et le concours. Elle a l’air bien cette saga. L’idée des chasseurs de primes me plaît bien et couplé à Vegas ça peut vraiment être sympa.

  11. I seriously need to check out this series! And I kind of love that the books are all novellas (even if they are at the longer side), it’s a little less intimidating 🙂 Great interview (and I love that you translated it – I need to practice reading in French!)

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