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Mind Waves by @AuAuthor is a Book Series Starter pick #paranormal #pnr #giveaway



Title: Mind Waves


Author: Amanda Uhl


Genre: Paranormal


Book Blurb:


If he can control her mind…


Government operative David Jenkins is skilled at controlling his emotions. Feelings are lethal when your job is to infiltrate minds, erase and implant thoughts, and guard the nation’s intellectual capital. But even he can’t fight his strange attraction to Grace Woznisky. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from a madman intent on possessing both their minds. Neither suspect their dangerous enemy has a larger motive, and David may be Grace’s only chance for survival.


Can he control her heart?


All freelance artist Grace wants is steady-paying work and to see her flighty sister to the altar. But after David offers her a job, she finds herself in the middle of a mental tug of war—one that has her reeling from nightmares and fighting for her life. She must decide: Are her growing feelings for her new boss authentic, or is she a victim of his mind-altering abilities?


Excerpt:


Grace Woznisky was about to con the CEO of a billion dollar corporation—or at least omit one tiny, but crucial, detail. She took a minute to wipe her clammy hands on her skirt, while staring at the shiny, glass office building of Cleveland’s Gallant Enterprises. The giant structure appeared cold and sleek, like the high-tech, robotic parts manufactured there. Grace could not screw up this opportunity. Her bank account could not afford it.


With a deep breath, she gathered her courage, and for at least the twentieth time since she got out of bed this morning, rehearsed exactly what she would say to convince Brice Gallant she was the woman for the design job. Grace was fortunate to have been granted an in-person interview, a favor orchestrated by her ex-husband Greg, who had been high school pals with the CEO.


Making her way through the double doors, she caught a glimpse of her reflection. The girl in the glass had short, dark blond hair and filled out the skirt and jacket with curves in all the right places. She appeared confident and professional. At least she looked the part. Now, if only Brice Gallant thought so, too.


"Hello." She smiled at the receptionist, who did not smile back. "My name is Grace Woznisky. I have a meeting with Mr. Gallant?" She hated how her words came out, like she wasn't certain she had an appointment.


"Certainly. Let me notify his assistant that you’re here. Have a seat." The receptionist indicated the black, leather chairs in the waiting area.


Grace did not remain seated for long. As promised, the assistant arrived to escort her to the elevator, which took her to a large conference room with windows overlooking a sleek landscape design in the shape of a robot, next to a cascading waterfall. "Make yourself comfortable. It will be a moment," the woman said.


Grace had just sat in one of the modern, black chairs when the door opened widely and in strolled a heavy-set and short Gallant, followed by a small army. Grace had not expected such a large audience. She had only brought materials for five.


“A pleasure to meet you, Grace. I hope you don’t mind I’ve invited a few others along.” Gallant indicated his companions, three women and two men, but did not make any further introductions, leaving Grace guessing at their roles at the company.


“Not at all,” she said. “Thank you for giving me the chance to bid on the project.”


"Of course. We're excited to see what you have to offer." The rotund Gallant waved one manicured hand towards her portfolio. "I’ve heard great things about you from Gregory Tilko. He reminded me you’re a talented artist. We’re looking for someone who can design the right artwork for our new building. The art we display is important to me, since that’s the first thing our employees and customers will see. Which is why I’ve made it a point to personally meet with all those who are bidding on the project.”


"Great. Well, I'm eager to show you my ideas."


"Let's see what you've got for us.” He pulled out the largest chair at the head of the table and sat. The rest of the pack followed suit, until every chair around the table was filled.


That's when Grace noticed a third gentleman in the room. He must have been at the rear when the group entered, and so she had missed seeing him. His ebony hair gleamed under the fluorescent lights, and he took a seat slightly apart from the others, staring at his notebook with a stillness that stood out. Although he was not looking at her, Grace sensed he watched her carefully and, in fact, was already making notations in his notebook.


He turned his head toward her slightly to catch her staring, his eyes stabbing into her like a mouse singled out by a dangerous predator. Maybe it was her imagination, but they seemed to glow from within, like a cat in the night. His thick, glossy black hair contrasted dramatically with the chiseled lines of his face, which could have been carved from marble.


She peeled her gaze away from his with some effort and pulled out her samples.


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What makes your featured book a must-read?


Mind Waves is an award-winning novel:

· Received a bronze medal in the Paranormal Category of the 2015 Rudy Contest.

· Took second place in the 2015 Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Contest in the category of Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel/Futuristic.

· Was runner up in the 2015 Music City Romance Writer’s Pitch Contest.

· Named a finalist in the Paranormal Category of the 2017 I Heart Indie Awards

· Named a finalist in the paranormal category of the 2017 Kathryn Hayes When Sparks Fly contest

Critics say:

· “It was a mixture of genres and it was woven together in such a way that you did not see the distinction between genres. It just works!” -- www.thegenreminx.com

· “I look forward to reading more books by this author! The concept is intriguing, and I loved how she incorporated it into the modern world. Great book!” -- www.ladywithaquill.com

· “What a spectacular story for a debut book and definitely a book I would love to see converted into a movie or a mini series on TV! Yes, it was that good and didn’t fall into the cookie cutter PNR mold.” -- www.starangelsreviews.com


Giveaway –


Enter to win a $40 Amazon gift card:



Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.


Runs January 10 – January 18, 2023.


Winner will be drawn on January 19, 2023.



Author Biography:


Amanda Uhl has always had a fascination with the mystical. Having drawn her first breath in a century home rumoured to be haunted, you might say she was "born" into it. After a brief stint in college as a paid psychic, Amanda graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a master's degree in marketing. Over the past twenty years, she has worked as an admissions representative and graphic designer, owned her own freelance writing company, and managed communications for several Fortune 500 companies, most recently specializing in data. Amanda is an avid reader and writes fast-paced, romantic suspense with a paranormal twist and big city contemporary romance with small town heart from her home in Cleveland, Ohio. When she's not reading or writing, you can find Amanda with her husband and three children, gathering beach glass on the Lake Erie shoreline or biking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For the latest updates, sign up for her newsletter at: https://amandauhl.com/newsletter/ .


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2 Comments


Amanda Uhl
Amanda Uhl
Jan 21, 2023

Thanks for having me!

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N. N. Light
Jan 17, 2023

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your book in our Book Series Starter Bookish Event!

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