Ami Blackwelder writes PARANORMALS in urban worlds, apocalyptic worlds, and usually with a dash of romance.
If you are interested in elves, angels, mermaids, vampires, and shifters...Ami Blackwelder's THE PARANORMALS are for you!
Blurb: Fans across the globe jumped on board when the ‘best action/adventure tale since Indiana Jones’ arrived. In 13, the puzzle that no one could solve was revealed, and led everyone to race to their computers in order to discover how on earth this incredible author figured it all out…
In The Sapphire Storm, Leah Tallent & Gareth Lowery took on a new case – a spider web of evil and deceit that would have them piecing together a mystery that began in an old London college; an institution that harbored secrets of a fraudulent author the world still celebrates today, and connected that man to a strange shop in Cairo…exposing the real story of a legend that all knew but no one could ever solve…
In The Hero’s Companion, Tallent & Lowery were given seven days to figure out a puzzle of mammoth proportions in order to save the father Leah dearly loved. But as the web unfolded from Athens to Cleopatra’s Mines, more secrets erupted of a personal life Leah knew nothing about, and unveiled an evil man who wants nothing more than to destroy the Tallent & Lowery team in order to bring back an army that was the worst the world ever saw…
NOW, Tallent & Lowery are headed into a castle that serves tourists every day in order to make their way through a maze to find the parent Leah never even knew existed. She and Gareth will reveal secrets that were embedded in the Third Reich’s reign – secrets that date back to a time far before the evil Hitler had attempted to reign.
Reviewers and Fans Agree: Tallent & Lowery is Action/Adventure/Romance/Suspense – GOLD!
“Snappy dialogue, fast pacing and attention to detail complete the formula for this successful novel!!” 4 ½ Stars (RT Rating) — Romantic Times
“Amy Lignor is a truly amazing and gifted author. Tallent & Lowery "13" immediately grabs the attention of the reader. Infused with emotion and "edge of your seat" adventures, the spider web of this plot is entirely believable!” – Mad Hatter Reads
Fact: Amy Lignor ROCKS! I absolutely adored 13! I loved the smart plot and how cleverly it unfolds. The originality of it all is breathtaking – I could NOT stop reading! — Literary Circle
"Indiana Jones meets DaVinci Code!!! Amy produces a book with locations, plots, webs of deceit interwoven perfectly! Escape the drab, dull books with THIS series!!! Massive THUMBS UP. — ROMCOM
“Get ready for a thrill ride with Amy Lignor’s “13” – the Tallent & Lowery adventure series! Sharp writing, witty dialogue, and a quest that rivals everything you have EVER read!” — Susan Fleet, author of “Natalie’s Revenge”
“Amy Lignor’s storylines are AMAZING!” – Tiffany’s Bookshelf
“A flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve your time! This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It’s so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.” — International Bestseller, M.J. Rose
“Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, “The Sapphire Storm” is a definite winner!” — Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill
“This masterfully told page turner is fresh, innovative, descriptive, and intense but I must warn you, prepare to stay up late because it’s not a story you can easily put down. I was blown away by Ms. Lignor’s knowledge and imagination and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I want more!!!!”— Cat Kalen, author of the RT’s ‘Top Pick’ Pride Series
“After the brilliance of “13,” book one in the series, it would take a jewel to outshine it. Amy Lignor finds that jewel with “The Sapphire Storm.” It is a storm of brilliant writing and amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Encore!” — J.M. LeDuc, author of “Cursed Days”
The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.
Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!
Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.
Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.
I actually started writing when I was very young. I began writing in journals when I was around eight. I loved observing people and locations and life going on around me, and I would make up stories in my head using what I saw. I got a taste for humour when I was around 12 or 13, when my family went away for a vacation that literally was the worst imaginable. On that trip I wrote: My Life: A Comedy & A Tragedy, and it was my very first book. (LOL)
- Major influences?
My mother was the most influential when it came to writing. She is a career librarian, and surrounded me and my sister with books. No cell phones (of course, they were just arriving on the scene); but books were the end-all and be-all of life. I remember going to that library almost every day and researching everything I could. I love the past and stories about other worlds that actually existed, and I spent a great deal of my time just soaking up my surroundings. I am very much like a hockey player who loves the smell of the ice; although, with me, I love the smell of the books. Everything from the old leather spines to the well-read paper... I get a true thrill when I walk into a library.
-How are you're stories different?
I always want to go outside the box. I don’t have a calling for fiction that is ‘set and planned out.’ With the Tallent & Lowery series I’ve been able to create a hero and heroine that are able to banter and come closer as the stories progress. Their admiration and respect is evident, and the loyalty they show to readers, I believe, is one of the key reasons why they’ve been so successful.
The puzzles they have to solve are not like anything else. I work very hard to find locations, historical data and figures, etc., that I can somehow link together. And these places and people need to be as different and ‘unlinkable’ as humanly possible. Such as in the first book, 13, the puzzle includes a link between the New York Public Library, the haunted Winchester House in California, Jack the Ripper, Loch Ness, and Glastonbury. These ‘places and historical moments’ are so different, that I truly love being able to weave a tale that makes readers run to Google to check them out and see what’s truth and what’s fiction.
-Favorite genre to read and write?
I love writing anything that has to do with history. Action/adventure – those ultimate thrill rides – are extremely exciting for me. And I also get to delve into my characters’ backgrounds and lives in order to create that spark of humour, romance, etcetera. That way, I get to touch upon all genres at the same time.
Reading is much the same. I love the family saga and fast-paced adventures, and I’m also partial to the horror of Koontz and King. Erotica is not for me, but I love a true romance along the lines of Austen. (Chivalry and elegance is a must)
-Time of day you favor writing?
Actually, I write mostly in the evening hours. During the day the real-world takes a great deal of time (LOL), so I seem to connect with my characters at night, when the house is quiet and I have an open number of hours to just go on their adventures with them. However, I have been known (and don’t tell the people I work for), to step away from real-life during the day when I get a true craving to get back with Tallent & Lowery and see what their next step will be.