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Mon
Jun 3 2013 12:30pm

Author Amanda Hocking on Shipping Downton Abbey’s Mary/Branson

Tidal by Amanda HockingToday we're pleased to welcome author Amanda Hocking here to talk about her wishes for the fourth season of Downton Abbey. The third book in Amanda's Watersong series, Tidal, releases this week, and also might include some unlikely pairings, similar the one she's suggesting below. Thanks for being here, Amanda!

I am a huge Downton Abbey fan. I’m British (by way of my grandparents on both sides of my family, not by birthplace), so I think that I finally understand the way some Italian Americans feel about The Sopranos.

Not only is the show brilliantly written, exquisitely designed and costumed, but it has Maggie Smith. Really, everything else could be terrible, and Dowager Countess of Grantham’s wit could still carry the whole thing. Fortunately, though, the show is amazing and insanely addictive. Who knew the goings on of the household staff in a turn-of-the-century manor could be so exciting?

But onto the heart of the matter—I am totally shipping Mary Crawley and Tom Branson for the next season of Downton Abbey.

Before Season 3 of Downton started, I was looking up a few things about the show, and I accidentally made a grisly discovery. Namely that two beloved characters weren’t going to survive onto the next season (though, no SPOILERS can actually prepare you for the abrupt devastation of either of their deaths, or the onslaught of tears).

[Oh yes, that season...SPOILERS inbound]

Fri
Nov 23 2012 11:00am
Excerpt

Lullaby: New Excerpt

Lullaby by Amanda HockingHarper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life.  Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new “sisters,” the harder it is to resist entering their magical world.  It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs.  Just as she's drifting far away from her old life,  Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed.  All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Get a sneak peek at Amanda Hocking’s Lullaby (available November 27, 2012), book 2 in the Watersong series, with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3.

Chapter 1
Aftermath

Harper woke up when the sun was just beginning to set, and squinted at the dim orange light streaming in through her curtains. For one moment—one brief, glorious moment— she’d forgotten about the night before, the night when her little sister had been attacked before turning into some kind of mer­maid and disappearing in the ocean.

Then it all came back to her. Her head throbbed at the mem­ory, and she squeezed her eyes shut.

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Tue
Jul 24 2012 9:30am

Author Amanda Hocking on Why Batman Makes the Best Superhero Boyfriend

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Back in May, we posed the question “Which Superhero Would Make the Best Boyfriend.” And author Amanda Hocking—whose Wake, first in the all-new Watersong series, comes out in August—tweeted at us that of course it had to be Batman. So we asked her to explain in detail. Thanks, Amanda!

(And if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out our reveal of the gorgeous bonus poster to be found in the hardcover edition of Wake. Plus, enter for a chance to win a copy of Wake on H&H’s Facebook page!)

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In the current era of superheroes—Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and about any other “Man” out there—it would be hard to say which one would make the best romantic partner, especially when most of them are so swoon-worthy.                                                                              

But, I think I’ve narrowed it down to the best possible choice—Batman. Okay, full disclosure; he was always at the top of my list. Ever since I saw Batman Returns in theaters, I knew that was the guy for me.

It’s not just that he’s incredibly strong, and brave, and will protect the people he cares about from anything. Or that he’s a fallible man constantly working to be an infallible hero to save innocent people and the city he loves. Or that his alter-ego is handsome, debonair, rich playboy Bruce Wayne. Or how he looks in tight black costumes.

[Though it certainly doesn’t hurt...]

Fri
Jul 13 2012 3:00pm
Excerpt

Wake: New Excerpt

Wake by Amanda HockingGorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs.  She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door.  He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back.  Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever.  She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove.  They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price.  And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Get a sneak peek of Amanda Hockings’s Wake (available August 7, 2012), book 1 in the Watersong series, with an excerpt of Chapter 1 and an EXCLUSIVE audio excerpt of Chapter 2.

Chapter 1
Midnight Swim

The engine made a bizarre chugging sound, like a dying robot llama, followed by an ominous click- click. Then silence. Gemma turned the key harder, hoping that would somehow breathe life into the old Chevy, but it wouldn’t even chug anymore. The llama had died.

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