I decided to make this list a post so I can attach it to my FAQ page for future reference in case anyone has questions about the books I wrote and published through iUniverse (a vanity press I went with from 2002 to very early 2008. Back then, I had no idea anyone would be interested in my books. I handed them out to a few family and friends, but I expected that to be the end of it and that no one would ever know I wrote them. Well, fast forward to today and now I know differently. Yes, lesson learned: write as if someone will actually read the book. 😛
Disclaimer: Because I didn’t expect anyone to ever read my books back then, I did not do as thorough a job of editing as I do today with my editor and three proofreaders. I can’t go back and edit those books because once I signed them on with iUnvierse, I lost control of them. So they are as they are. I also have no control over the price of these books or how they were formatted either. Any complaints you have in regards to these books can be sent to iUniverse.
All books are PG.
1. Death Planet – sci-fi/fantasy (adults) – published Nov. 2002
The soil is dying and the air is losing its oxygen. The devastation begins at the equator but is quickly spreading north and south. Soon the entire Earth will become uninhabitable to everyone and everything living on it. As the scientists hurry to find a solution that will be mankind’s salvation, Adam Riley works on a time machine.
Adam succeeds in building his machine, and he travels in the past to find a solution, but the answer is not in the past. By accident, he finds himself in the future where people have long since been extinct. The new species, the Erudites, decide to bring humans to their time so mankind may continue to live. But Adam’s sister leads a rebellion that will lead Adam to the discovery of what caused mankind’s extinction. Through this discovery, Adam will be forced to make a choice that will determine the fate of both mankind and the Erudites.
Warning: not exactly a happy ending.
2. Crestview Chronicles (YA paranormal) – March 2003
Welcome to Crestview…where your next step, may be your last.
I Will Love You Forever: a simple tale of a murderer being pursued by her dead victim.
Lost: a teenage boy who finds himself lost in a forest, and he is being hunted by a wild beast.
Nightmare at Grandma’s: a spoof on scary stories. It is about a teenager who visits his grandmother for Spring Break, and as soon as he invites his friends over, they start disappearing…one by one.
Running on Empty: Tiffany drives on a deserted road to pick up her friend, but when her car runs out of gas, she realizes that something wants her dead.
Don’t Open the Door: Deciding to take a dare from her friend, Natalie and Jeff uncover a knife from a grave, but they may have unknowingly disturbed the boy who was buried there.
3. Ann’s Quest to be Queen (aka Into Her Own by Amanda Winters) – YA/Adult Fantasy – October 2003
Ann Kerwin, a college student, has just found out she is destined to be a queen on a distant planet called Raz, which is located in the Enchanted Galaxy. Hathor, the current queen’s son, is going to bring her safely to Raz. Unfortunately, Raz’s neighbors, the Palers, are determined to foil their plans. Through a series of adventures, Ann finally arrives on Raz, but the Palers pull one more trick that sends her on her own journey where she must discover who she is and what she really wants.
Disclaimer: I later published this book under my pen name for fantasy Amanda Winters and titled it “Into Her Own” but since iUniverse has put this up in ebook form, I removed Amanda Winters so it’s in the process of being taken down from different booksites.
4. The Vampire’s Kiss – YA thriller – July 2004 – I do not recommend this due to stupid ending. Also, this is not a vampire romance. The guy playing vampire is the bad guy. But please take my word for it, this is a really dumb book I wish I could remove but can’t.
Cara Stivers hasn’t had a date in almost a year, so when her friend offers to fix her up with two different boys, she readily agrees to meet them. But one of the boys, Nate Summers, is the same boy who haunts her in her dreams. Except in her dreams, he’s a vampire and he’s dangerous. When the murders begin, she knows that Nate is behind them, and she finds out that he is going to kill her next. In a race against time, she has to find out who he really is, why he wants to kill her and how to stop him before it’s too late.
Disclaimer: I rewrote the ending to this book and republished it under Violet Tyler and titled it Deadly Intent.
5. Queen of Raz (aka A Matter of Time by Amanda Winters) – Adult Fantasy- April 2005
In this sequel to Ann’s Quest To Be Queen, Ann is called upon to save her home planet, Earth. Two years after becoming Queen of Raz, Ann discovers that her dead enemy Omin, from planet Pale, left a clone of himself. At the right moment, the clone, Omin-2, wakes up and goes to Earth to destroy Ann before she can become Queen of Raz. Along with Ann, Hathor and William are thrown back six years into the past. Although Hathor and William remember those six years, Ann has no memory of it. The Palers and Olympians struggle to find and rescue the Queen while Hathor and William fight for the right to claim her heart. Ultimately, the struggle will come against Omin-2 whose desire to rule the entire Earth convinces him to make a slave race of the entire world. Now it is up to Ann and her allies to save Earth before it’s too late.
Dislcaimer: I later published this book under my pen name for fantasy Amanda Winters and titled it “A Matter of Time” but since iUniverse has put this up in ebook form, I removed Amanda Winters so it’s in the process of being taken down from different booksites.
6. The Dimensions – YA Fantasy – April 2005
Imagine a doorway that can take you to an alternate dimension. Imagine a dimension where time travel is as common as watching TV. Imagine a dimension where animals do your bidding at the sound of the music you play. This is a contemporary fantasy story where a group of friends will discover that the world we live in, the 3rd dimension, isn’t the only one there is.Desperate to leave his past behind, Steve Montgomery runs away from Ohio to Raven, Montana where he meets the one girl who can erase the horrible memories that haunt his mind. She is Jessica Riley. The girl who knows he is hiding a dangerous secret but has yet to uncover it. The girl who is determined to stand by him to the end, even when his father threatens to kill her. The girl who follows him through other dimensions just to be with him. Caught between redemption and hell, Steve will have to make the final decision on whether to keep her safe or to follow his heart.
7. In Pursuit of a Queen (aka Retribution by Amanda Winters) – Adult Fantasy – April 2006
When Ann Kerwin left Earth to become Queen of Raz, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Now, five years later, she has developed the skills and knowledge that has given her the reputation for being a Queen worthy of ruling Raz.
From another galaxy, the Augurs request her alliance. She is ready to meet with them when an emergency comes to her attention. She must go to the Nicals and retrieve the Stone of Immortality which the Nicals stole from the Olympians in their quest to survive a severe plague that destroyed all but a handful of their people. The Augurs meet with Hathor instead and send him and Queen Ann to the lost city of Atlantis where they will meet old friends, confront an old nemesis and learn the genesis of the Olympian rulership.
Ultimately, Ann will be forced to protect her unborn child, the next Queen of Raz, from those who would destroy her.
Disclaimer: I later published this book under my pen name for fantasy Amanda Winters and titled it “Retribution” but since iUniverse has put this up in ebook form, I removed Amanda Winters so it’s in the process of being taken down from different booksites.
8. The Queen and Atlantis (aka Prophecy of Atlantis by Amanda Winters) – Adult Fantasy – April 2006
Shortly after Amanda learned that Raz chose her to be its Queen, she visits the gods and goddesses on Olympia. While she is there, she learns that she is needed on Earth to destroy Atlantis which has risen from the bottom of the ocean floor. Centuries ago, six Olympians ordered the future rise of Atlantis and mandated that their clones take over their rule. Realizing their grave mistake, they plead with Amanda to go to Atlantis and find the human man Pallid, who can stop their clones with a simple password.
Taking her sister with her, Amanda meets up with Pallid and his friend, Jake. To escape the military officials scouting out the city, Amanda’s magic sends them back in time before Atlantis’ fall. Atlantis is the city of perfection where beauty and youth are praised among all who live there. But with such perfection comes a heavy price, and Pallid must decide how far he is willing to go to keep Atlantis on the map.
Disclaimer: I later published this book under my pen name for fantasy Amanda Winters and titled it “Prophecy of Atlantis” but since iUniverse has put this up in ebook form, I removed Amanda Winters so it’s in the process of being taken down from different booksites.
9. Katnia: Xana’s Representative – YA Fantasy – April 2007
Karen Tyler is abducted by a group of friendly aliens from the planet Xana, which is in danger of being attacked by its neighbor, Parisia. She agrees to help them. The Parisian aliens have chosen Nathan to be their mediator, and she is shocked to learn that another Earthling will be her nemesis.Aboard the Parisian spaceship, five Parisians try to kill her, so she is forced to flee into the Xanian wilderness where it is a matter of time before her enemies catch up with her.
10. Witness to a Murder – YA thriller – June 2007
I witnessed a murder. It was horrible. Rick Thompson killed Brenda Garner after school in a vacant hallway. No one else saw it. I didn’t go to the police or tell my mom right away. I should have. I didn’t tell anyone what I saw until it was too late. And now no one believes me. No one but Rick Thompson. And I think he’s going to kill me too.
11. Todd’s Bride and Ann’s Groom (which I later combined and expanded to be Falling In Love With Her Husband) – originally Christian romances – Nov. and Dec. 2007
Todd’s Bride is told from Ann’s point of view and is preachy. My original intent was to be preachy in Christian romances but then I realized how boring that was and changed the way I wrote romances. This was also at a time when I was beginning the road to writing romances and hadn’t found my “groove” yet.
Ann’s Groom was from Todd’s point of view. It was after this one, I realized it made no sense to do two separate books with the same story so I combined them together to write:
Falling In Love With Her Husband is the full version of Todd’s Bride and Ann’s Groom. It is not preachy. It also contains sex.
12. Winning the Heart of Adrienne (aka Romancing Adrienne) – February 2008
I recommend reading Romancing Adrienne instead of this one. I did modify portions of this book when I published it as Romancing Adrienne. Here is the current version:
I hope everyone understands that I do take my writing seriously these days. When I published through iUnvierse, I considered writing to be a hobby. Like I said above, I never thought in a million years anyone would be reading any of my books. When I started on romances, I started to get more dedicated to improving my writing, and I continue to strive for improvement today. I wish I could go back and polish those books up, but I can’t.