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Amanda Fleet

Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.

She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.

During her time at St Andrews, she worked with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to inspire the Malawian aspects in her novel “The Wrong Kind of Clouds” though, of course, the book is entirely fictional.

Her urban fantasy trilogy – “The Guardians of The Realm” – will be published in February and March 2020. She is also the author of “Lies That Poison” – a psychological thriller.

Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running.

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The Wrong Kind of Clouds (Crime, Psychological Thriller)

Patrick Forrester is in trouble. Deep trouble. Someone wants him dead. In fact, lots of people want him dead, but one of them has taken him hostage. As he’s being bundled away, he manages to call his ex-lover, Summer Morris, and begs her for help.

Summer Morris, an award-winning photographer with synaesthesia, hasn’t spoken to Patrick for months. With good reason. But, he begged her for help, so she’s trying to help. Along with an off-duty police officer, Detective Sergeant LB Stewart, she gets swept into Patrick’s world of lies and deceit, in a desperate race against time to find him alive. Trying to unpick the knot of Patrick’s life takes them from an affair that could help bring down a government, to the dust and heat of Malawi, and a whole heap of trouble in between. If only they knew who wanted him dead, they might find him alive.

The trouble is, almost everyone wants Patrick dead.

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Lies That Poison (Crime, Psychological Thriller)

Whose side are you on? Alys’s or Hannah’s? Choose the wrong woman and you might end up dead.

When Tom Bowman moves to Yorkshire to start a new life, he meets two women who will change his life.

Alys is a young woman with a troubled past. Her ‘rules’ have kept her safe for the last few years, but as a relationship develops between her and Tom, is she prepared to break them?

Hannah is an elderly woman who is frequently confused, muddling the past and the present. She hates Alys and warns Tom that he’s in grave danger from the woman he’s falling in love with.

Tom has to choose who’s lying to him.

Believing the wrong person might make the difference between life and death.

A gripping contemporary psychological thriller that will keep you guessing

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Aegyir Rises: Guardians of The Realm book 1 (Urban Fantasy, Paranormal)

“Sitting on the kitchen table was a roundish leather bag, the size of a head, held closed by a drawstring. Balanced across the top of it was a sword.”

Reagan Bennett is just an ordinary woman, living with her long-term boyfriend, Finn. Isn’t she? So why is she haunted by dreams of another world? And who is leaving strange objects on her kitchen table for her?

And who – or what – is it that’s out to kill her?

Reagan needs to figure out exactly who her enemy is, before they slaughter everyone she loves. And to do that, she needs to figure out who she really is.

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Aeron Returns: Guardians of The Realm book 2 (Urban Fantasy, Paranormal)

Thrown through a portal into a world she thought only existed in her dreams, Reagan Bennett finds herself in The Realm: a place where everyone thinks she is the warrior Aeron. Unfortunately, Aeron was banished as a traitor, and forbidden from ever returning to The Realm. On pain of death.

No one is pleased to see her. Not even her husband, Faran, a man Reagan has dreamed about, but never met.
With no choice but to stay, Reagan has to fight not only the demon Aegyir, but all those in The Realm who are determined to be rid of her forever. Can she survive long enough to protect not only The Realm, but the world she once knew – Earth – from Aegyir’s murderous intentions?

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