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  • Introducing The Ugly Sweater Chronicles: DV Survivors Unraveling for Empowerment
    December 10, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Let Me Spin A Yarn For You The dreaded ugly sweater. Most of us have had at least one. Some of us, several. Someone forced us to wear these sweaters to appease someone else’s feelings or desires. It was an expectation. An itchy obligation. It made us uncomfortable and unhappy, but they told us it

    November 29, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog

    When the clock strikes midnight on November 30th, NaNoWriMo will be over and there will be quite a lot of hoopla among the writing community. People will be up late congratulating each other, claiming their badges of honor, swapping out social media cover pics and all that jazz. And wine. All of the wine. But,

  • Author Interview: JD Estrada
    November 24, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog

    To celebrate the release of his newest book, Given to Fly, we are talking with JD Estrada today! He’s going to share with us the inspiration behind this book, some of his favorite authors, and the important messages he wants his readers to walk away with. Besides being a wonderful author, JD is a phenomenal

  • It Turns Out Younique Is Not For Me
    November 16, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Once upon a time, long long ago last June I made a series of decisions that would change the course of my life. The least of which was to sign up with Younique. If you have ever spent five minutes on Facebook, odds are you have seen a sales rep peddling their goods while giving

  • A Poem to Celebrate Sweet Release by Amanda Hester
    October 14, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    On November 15, 2017, I  released my newest short story here, Sweet Release. In Sweet Release Holly walks us through her last day alive, a short life that felt entirely too long.  Scarred Arms of Time Amanda Hester Time is not always kind Bitterness prances in its wake We oft’n feel left behind   Each

  • Becoming a Patron of Amanda Hester
    July 3, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog,News

    Last night I made a live announcement on Facebook letting everyone know about my newest venture, joining Younique. I promised that I would follow that video up with a post offering more direction and information for those wanting to follow and support me on the next leg of this journey. First, just to make sure

  • Poem: Rain Through Me
    July 3, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog
  • Meet the Character: Gillian Gilchrist from Moss and Clay by Rebekah Jonesy
    May 20, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Gillian Gilchrist is the main character of my new book, Moss and Clay. As the title suggests, she is a doll made of moss and clay from the Underhill. Mab’s blood, as Fae queen of shadows and midwife of the Fae, and her magic give Gillian life. But she isn’t a soulless automation. Instead, she

  • Book Blog Tour: Thrice Nine Legends
    April 23, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog

    After nearly twenty years since its conception, the first volume of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga is finally complete. Delve into NINE epic tales, spanning over 1000 years of history and 2000 pages, with death-defying characters and grimdark schemes, which frequently explore the darker side of humanity. Based on Slavic folklore and legend, Thrice Nine

  • New Release: Monster Huntress by David Wiley
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog

    Track down Monster Huntress Today OWS Ink, LLC is proud to announce that the tour for David Wiley’s Monster Huntress, book one in the Young Huntress series, is underway!   Consecrated with her mother’s blood and blessing The world tells Ava she’s just a little girl who should know her place, but Ava wants a

  • New Release: Darker Daze By A.L. Mabry (ME)
    March 26, 2018 / No Comments » / News

    I am so excited to announce the release of my new book Darker Daze: The Storms Within! While I have a few things published, and I have had my hands in a lot of other author’s books, this is the first book that’s just me! Darker Daze: The Storms within is a collection of short

  • I Usually Like Pickles. Financial Pickles? Not So Much.
    February 28, 2018 / 1 Comment / Uncategorized

    Hey, everyone. Can we talk for a minute? I’m in a bit of a financial pickle and I need your help so I can get back to writing and arting and entertaining y’all with my wit and wisdom. This was originally a Facebook post but Facebook kept rejecting it. I’m sure it was either too

  • Book Review: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
    February 18, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Title: The Girl Next Door Genre: Horror Published: 1989 Format: Audiobook Blurb: Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns, and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are

  • Paint Brushes, Keyboards, and Game Controllers…Oh My!
    January 5, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    I almost called it a day and hopped in the tub (because YAY new bath bombs!) but I realized I am on a roll here and I should maintain it. This will be brief. Today’s Accomplishments: I made progress on two wands I received a new dragon egg order I added 1,000 words to Cinder

  • Stories, Cramps, and, Motivation
    January 4, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Since I’m on a bit of a roll here I figured I would pop in and give a daily update. I hope these will improve as the year goes by but for now these quick entries will have to suffice. Here’s the quick break down: Work for OWS: I had an hour-long phone conference with

  • Two Word Tuesday: Precisely and Cinder Baby Excerpt
    January 2, 2018 / No Comments » / Blog

    Today I am sharing a small peek into my Short Story, “Cinder Baby.” Which includes this week’s Two Word Tuesday word prompt precisely. You can read all the rules below my excerpt and you can join in here. This week’s word choices are: Sharp and/or Precisely   Cindy sighed. Mother had only forced her to

  • Off to a Productive Start!
    January 2, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

      It is my goal to write here every day this year and use it for both tracking and accountability. There will be a large variety of posts covering everything from updates to product reviews. Today was pretty productive. And I knocked a few things (but not all) off my never-ending to-do list. I started

  • 2017: A Year in Review with Amanda
    January 1, 2018 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    Hello, darlin’ butterflies! Who is ready to tell 2017 to kick rocks? I know I am. It’s been a difficult year full of lessons and painful growth. But, it hasn’t been all bad. Not even mostly bad. I think when you reflect back on a year (or any time period) the highs and lows stand

  • Trendy Pro Socks: Toasty Toes Help Words Flow!
    December 12, 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    When I am writing, I am working long hours. Working long hours mean I need be comfortable. Have you ever been elbow deep in a scene but then you get sidetracked because your feet are cold without socks or your pants are too tight? First of all, why are you wearing pants? I prefer to

  • Belladonna a Short Story by A.L. Mabry
    June 28, 2017 / 1 Comment / News

    Belladonna is a dark fiction short story from the collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within. In Belladonna we follow along as Peter accepts an invite to an exclusive child auction. The slow spiral of chaos is subtle and intriguing with a twist ending you won’t see coming! You can read Belladonna today by signing up

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Amanda Hester is a multi-genre author specializing in fantasy, dark fiction, and poetry. Her style ranges from close your closet door to spitting your coffee on the page. She's everyone's favorite Sassy Scorpio!

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Our Write Side has now grown to include lessons, blogs, and prompts, OWS University, our online school, and now, we are a fully registered and licensed small publishing house, operating as OWS Ink, LLC.

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Readers Rave

Rooftops & Teardrops / Jason Greenside

‘Rooftops & Teardrops’ – a sweet love story set against a horrific backdrop of abuse. That was a truly excellent story with a fantastic ending.

Darker Daze / Julia

Darker Daze is a collection of dark short stories. Each story was well contained and the endings, though not happy, were very satisfying! So satisfying! I really enjoyed reading these twisted tales. My favorite was The Next Best Seller. It features a headstrong protagonist willing to do anything to achieve her goals, including black magic. At a close second, and tied, were Beneath Salem and Belladonna. The emotional arc in Beneath Salem was so good and Belladonna did not disappoint in giving the characters what they deserved. If you like short stories, check these out.

Beneath Salem / Jason Greenside

‘Beneath Salem’ – totally mad with descriptions of pain that leapt off the page.

Darker Daze: The Storms Within / Becca Jonesy

A feel-good read for those with their own demons. None of these are happy stories. Even the “happy endings” are morbidly sweet. And I loved every word of it. I love seeing the bad guys get a taste of karma.

Darker Daze: The Storms Within / Tom Atwood

A.L Mabry proves to be the master of suspense in this series of tales. Her style is similar to Lovecraft but it focuses on people being the real monsters. The stories run the gamut from an abused wife to a deal with a devil, to an evil auction that consumes the souls of those involved (the latter being my personal favorite). The stories give a subtle, claustrophobic feel, leaving the reader with the feeling that something is wrong, but the exact thing is left to the very end. A must-have for thriller and horror fans

Belladonna / Jason Greenside

‘Belladonna,’ was gripping and had me desperate to know the outcome (which was totally satisfying).

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