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The wonderful Kat Clay has collated a series of writing tips from some of the authors in the And Then... anthology, due out by Clan Destine Press in a series of volumes.

Check the the writing tips from authors, to authors, here.

(There's even one or two from yours truly!).


Book release!

Well, it's a couple days after the fact, but I'm super happy to announce that Bitten (the Graced series #2) is now out in the wild. I've had a few reviews come in, and they're all really positive so far, which is a huge relief!

Also, my story 'It' is part of the fabulous And Then... anthology (volume 1 available now), and you can check out my inspiration for the tale over at the wonderful Sophie Masson's blog.


Well, it has been a surprisingly long time since I last blogged! I'm going to blame life, but everyone has that problem, so let's move on.

Things have been ticking away nicely in the Pillar household, we've been renovating again, and preparing books for launch! Bitten is due out on 8 January 2017, so I am super excited for that! It will be available on Netgalley soon, but if you'd like a copy to review, you can also get in contact with me directly :)

I haven't posted a pic of the kitties on the blog recently, which is a shame. So I will rectify that situation ASAP! Lily has been suffering anxiety issues (although it looks the other way around in the photos below), so we've now got her on medication after all other attempts have failed. Wish us (and her, poor little mite) luck!

And for good measure, and because I loved Jurassic Park, check out this amazing find of a dinosaur tail in amber!

Cover and blurb reveal!

I'm super excited to share with you all the cover and blurb for the second full length novel in the Graced series: Bitten!

The city of Pinton has never been safe…and now a serial killer is on the loose.

Doctor Alice Reive is the city’s coroner, and she’s determined to help find the murderer. Enlisting the assistance of the Honorable Dante Kipling and city guard Elle Brown, they race to track down the killer, before another victim dies.

Hannah Romanov – Dante’s missing twin sister – has spent hundreds of years living on an isolated mountain. But her quiet life is thrown into chaos after she discovers a baby left in the wilds to die. Hannah will do anything to ensure the infant’s survival, even if it means traveling to the worst place in the world for her – Pinton.

The book is due out January 2017!

New look!

The Graced series has a new look! I am super excited to share it with you all!!! Let me know what you think!



Well, I attended the Romance Writers of Australia conference last weekend in Adelaide, and it was great! I met so many lovely new people, and got to hang out with friends who I hadn't seen in too long! (Although the weather wasn't playing nice the first couple of days!)

Overall, I came away feeling super inspired and ready to get stuck into my new novel (and new series - but don't worry, the Graced books are still being worked on).

This Friday, I'm off to the Melbourne Feminist Writers Festival. If you're attending, come say hi!

Aussie SF Snapshot

Hi folks! I just wanted to point y'all in the direction of the Aussie SF Snapshot, if you haven't already seen it. The team this year have done an amazing job of interviewing a million (okay, so not that many, but lots!) amazing Australian authors - and it's well worth a read!

Stephanie Gunn also kindly interviewed me, and you can find my answers here :) I discuss writing about disability, editing, and my new favourite TV show.

Survivor is out now!

Well folks, July 1 came around awfully quickly. And Survivor, a sequel Graced novella, is now available on a variety of ebook platforms!

Want to secure your copy?

Amazon UK
iBooks store
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Amazon AU

Survivor release date!

Well folks, the sequel novella to Graced, Survivor, will be out 1 July 2016!

So soon!

Here's the blurb again:

Billie Young is a city guard from Pinton with a troubled past – she was kidnapped, tortured and almost murdered by vampires. Though she managed to survive her attack, it’s left her scarred and damaged. Now, she wants revenge.

Vere Radcliffe is a vampire spy who answers directly to the king. Recently returned to the city, he’s stuck living with his family – a fate almost worse than death. But trouble is brewing in the streets of Pinton, and Vere is asked to investigate the abduction of a city guard and the murder of several other humans.

Can Vere and Billie work together to find the killers, before it’s too late?

Dancing with Demons

My mini-collection, Dancing with Demons, is now available! It features the following four stories: 'The Deal', 'Broken Reflections', 'Philomena and the Blond God', and 'A Clockwork Heart'. 

It's available as an ebook only, at the following retailers: Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

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Billie Young is a city guard from Pinton with a troubled past – she was kidnapped, tortured and almost murdered by vampires...

You can get your copy here or here.

Vampires, werewolves, and the Graced are at war with their human creators, and humanity is losing. But one girl might hold the key to salvation...

You can get your copy here or here.


In a world where being different is dangerous, Elle Brown is just trying to keep her kid sister out of trouble. But can she manage to keep herself safe?

Graced is Amanda Pillar's first novel. Out now!


Amanda's first mini-collection featuring four short stories brought together for the first time!




Bloodlines will be out in 2015! Edited by Amanda Pillar, this collection features 16 urban fantasy tales by 16 fantastic authors, all featuring blood.


Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar, features 17 stunning tales of urban fantasy set in the contemporary world. BUY HERE


Damnation and Dames, edited by Liz Grzyb and Amanda Pillar, features 16 tales of paranormal noir. Put on your coat and step into a world of noir...with bite. BUY HERE


Ishtar. Powerful, sexy, and very, very deadly. This outstanding novella collection contains gems from Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren and Cat Sparks! Edited by Amanda Pillar and KV Taylor. BUY HERE


Each story in this collection has been inspired by a track from the album, Scenes from the Second Storey. Quirky, dark, insightful and sometimes downright disturbing, these tales are written by an all-Australian cast and are set to enchant. Edited by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall.


Are you looking for a dark chocolate anthology full of tales about the Morrigan goddess? Then go no further than the The Phantom Queen Awakes. Edited by Amanda Pillar and Mark S. Deniz. BUY HERE.


The award-winning Grants Pass is a post apocalyptic anthology, edited by Amanda Pillar and Jennifer Brozek. BUY HERE.

"Grants Pass is a remarkable, disturbing, and worthwhile read, and one that is likely to stay with the reader for some time to come."

- HorrorScope


Voices' is set in a hotel of horrors. Have you ever wondered what's happened in your hotel room before you arrived? Edited by Amanda Pillar and Mark S. Deniz. BUY HERE.

"Every story in Voices is of high quality, and the editors should be commended for their high standards. This is one of the best anthologies of dark fiction to have been released recently, and is highly recommended."

- HorrorScope

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