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Surprise! New Book!

May 29th, 2021 by
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The New York Times Bestselling author of the Trylle Saga and Freeks returns with her first novel written for adults. A slow burn romance collides with gothic horror in 1890s Michigan.

Emiliath lives in a cloistered religious sect with her sisters and brothers, as she has for over twenty-one years. Her life is stable and quiet, but she has begun to feel a longing for something more. When tragedy hits close to home, she starts to connect with a handsome stranger from the city, Trent.

But her quiet life is far more sinister than it seems, and Trent has his own secrets. On top of that, a hungry beast is lurking in the forest, and it might be the end of everything Emiliath has ever known.


Get BESTOW THE DARKNESS in paperback

So… I wrote a book during the pandemic. This book, to be exact. It was my way of coping with anger, frustration, isolation, and a lot of other things. What I was drawn to were moody, intense gothic romances, so that’s what I wrote. It is a stand alone novel, but if you all really enjoy it, I have ideas for a tie-in novella that I will happily write if you are interested. But there will be no more books beyond the one novel and a possible novella.

This is a super disjointed rollout, I know, but I just needed to get this book out into the world. Right now, it is available as an ebook and paperback, with audio coming in the future.

I plan to have a more traditional rollout for my next book – with cover reveals, preorders, and review copies sent out – but this book was different.

I want to a compile a list of people to review books, so if you are interested in getting advanced review copies of this or future books, please email me at hocking_books at, and include the following info: your name, any blogs/bookstagram/booktube/booktok info you have, what your favorite genres to read are, if you prefer ebooks or paperbacks, and your mailing address (if you prefer paperbacks).

Also, please tell me if you are specifically interested in BESTOW THE DARKNESS. I will be sending out a few copies for review, but they will be ebooks ONLY for this book.

I made a video where I explain more in depth about the writing process and why I’m releasing it this way. You can watch below:

And as usual, I made a playlist a go along with the book that I listened to when I was writing. This one really inspired me and helps enhance the overall feel of the book, so I highly recommend listening along when you read BESTOW THE DARKNESS .

Beyond the Ever After

January 13th, 2021 by
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Hello, 2021! Boy, do I have big plans for you.

The Ever After – the final book in the Omte Orgins and the final book set in the world of the Trylle and Kanin – came out at the beginning of January. Despite many tears being shed, most readers seem to really enjoy how it all ends.

This means that the entire nine-book Trylle Saga is complete, and all of the books – Switched, Torn, Ascend, Frostfire, Ice Kissed, Crystal Kingdom, The Lost City, The Morning Flower, The Ever After – are available now in paperback, ebook, and audio.

I will be doing an in depth post taking a look back at the callbacks, references, Easter Eggs, and other trivia about the saga, but since it will be so spoiler filled, I think it’s best to wait until the finale has been out for a little while to give people a chance to read it.

But I wanted to give you all a quick heads up about what’s coming up for me. I spent the past year dealing with some dark days and writing like mad to cope, but I got a lot of good work done and I am hitting the ground running for 2021.

It’s too early for me to give specific details, but I am returning to self-publishing. I will do a longer post (and probably a video) where I talk more about it all, but I have at least two books that I think will be ready this year – a very dark, very sexy gothic romance and a beautiful, heartbreaking Greek myth retelling. I promise to have more details when things get more concrete.

But I don’t want any readers to miss out on new releases or exciting book news or sales or giveaways, so I finally set up a newsletter. I promise not to spam you – I will only send out an email when I have something exciting to share with you.

I had planned to do more giveaways and things like that in 2020 to celebrate my tenth anniversary as a published author, but COVID really had other plans. I am hopeful that this year I will be able to really get out and do giveaways and a lot of the fun stuff that I had set up for last year that had to be sidelined.

But please, sign up below. I have SO MUCH really great stuff planned for this year, and I’d really hate for anyone to miss out on it.


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Ever Fairy Tale Ends

September 14th, 2020 by
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The Omte Orgins – the final trilogy set in the world of the Trylle – comes to the end in THE EVER AFTER.

Buried memories…

Ulla Tulin has lost a month of her life. Her journey to learn who her parents are has brought her to the attention of the Älvolk sect—and a man claiming to be her father. But instead of a long lost family reunion, Ulla has forgotten her time there, and fears something terrible happened.

Sacred flower…

The Älvolk released Ulla alive for one reason only, to exchange her for a rare flower with mystical properties. Determined to break her amnesia, Ulla risks her life against a dark enchantment capable of killing her to remember the Älvolk’s secrets—to use the flower as part of an incantation that will open the bridge to Alfheim, the First City.

Blood prophecy…

But opening the bridge will unleash a menagerie of monstrous creatures upon Earth that will consume everything in their path. Knowing she may lose Pan Soriano, the love of her life, Ulla nevertheless gathers an army of Trylle to stand with her and defend humanity as well as her own kind. And it is Ulla’s very heritage that holds the key to victory.

Coming January 2021

US PreOrder Here: The Ever After

Australia PreOrder Here: The Ever After

UK PreOrder Here: The Ever After

Listen: Spotify

Inspiration: Board

Watch: IGTV

Return to the World of the Trylle

June 17th, 2020 by
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On July 7, 2020, I’m returning to the world of the Trylle Trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles with the first book in the Omte Origins THE LOST CITY, followed by the second book THE MORNING FLOWER on August 4, 2020.

The Omte Origins – like the two previous series – is a trilogy, and it’s set five years after the events of the Kanin Chronicles and nine years after the events of the Trylle Trilogy. Characters from the Trylle and Kanin have roles to play – both large and small – so I recommend reading the other series first, if you have the chance.

I did write the Omte Origins so it could be accessible to people who had never read either the Kanin or the Trylle, but there will be spoilers for the previous books, as well as some fun references and Easter eggs that add another layer to the world.

Here’s the official description for THE LOST CITY:

Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Lost City, the first novel in The Omte Origins―and the final story arc in her beloved series.

The storm and the orphan

Twenty years ago, a woman sought safety from the spinning ice and darkness that descended upon a small village. She was given shelter for the night by the local innkeepers but in the morning, she disappeared―leaving behind an infant. Now nineteen, Ulla Tulin is ready to find who abandoned her as a baby or why.

The institution and the quest

Ulla knows the answers to her identity and heritage may be found at the Mimirin where scholars dedicate themselves to chronicling troll history. Granted an internship translating old documents, Ulla starts researching her own family lineage with help from her handsome and charming colleague Pan Soriano.

The runaway and the mystery

But then Ulla meets Eliana, a young girl who no memory of who she is but who possesses otherworldly abilities. When Eliana is pursued and captured by bounty hunters, Ulla and Pan find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where folklore and myth become very real and very deadly―but one that could lead Ulla to the answers she’s been looking for.

Coming July 7, 2020

Here’s the official description for THE MORNING FLOWER:

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with THE MORNING FLOWER, the second book in the Omte Origins arc.

Welcome back to the kingdom of the Omte―a forest realm where secrets and danger, human nature and ancient mythology collide.

Where truth is stranger than fiction.

Searching for answers to her own shrouded origins, Ulla Tulin’s journey of exploration takes a sudden turn when Eliana is kidnapped. Turning toward the Omte capital instead of the institute where she hoped to learn the truth about her identity, Ulla must put Eliana’s welfare before her own―a sacrifice that will present all new dangers to them both.

When history is still unwritten.

Ulla never expected that once she arrived she’d discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother―a man who could very well be her father. Given the man’s connections to the Älvolk, a secret society tasked with protecting the location of the First City, Ulla is soon dispatched to Sweden to find him.

One woman will dare to go wherever fate will take her…

Now Ulla, along with her maybe boyfriend Pan, finds herself on a desperate race against time to locate her kin―who could very well pose a danger to her kingdom. Nobody and nothing is as it seems as she penetrates the dark heart of the Älvolk…all the way to the secret Lost Bridge to the First City, where an unknown future awaits for Ulla and her kind.

Coming August 4, 2020

Everything You Should Know About the Valkyrie Duology

June 12th, 2017 by
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You may have heard that I have a new series about Valkyries coming out, but other than that, I haven’t said much about it, even though I have been hard at work on the books for a year (I’m currently just finishing up the second book now). It turned out to be an intense, ambitious duology, and I am certain that this is far and away my best work. I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and took risks that I think really paid off.

It’s dark and gritty, but also beautiful and filled with all types of monsters and mythologies. Malin is nineteen-year-old Valkyrie, and she’s the deeply flawed heroine who leads a cast of diverse characters in a world that is running out space and time.

Anyway, you probably just want to get to the juicy bits, so I’ll just get on with it, and show you the covers, the release dates, and brief description (PLUS an excerpt!)

Between the Blade and the Heart from the earth to the shadows
Aren’t they beautiful? I love them so much! Here’s the description for the first book:

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this new futuristic YA fantasy inspired by Norse mythology that will be out January 2, 2018

As one of the Valkyries, Malin’s duty is to slay immortals and return them to the afterlife. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel everything she knows, Malin must decide where her loyalties lie. At the same time, she wonders if helping blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk, all while her ex tries to get back into her heart.

Check out Entertainment Weekly’s cover reveal for more info and an excerpt from Between the Blade and the Heart!

Right now, both Between the Blade and the Heart and From the Earth to the Shadows are available for preorder in paperback, but they will be out in ebook also (and up for preorder closer to the release dates). Both books will also be out worldwide in English, and I will post more once I have the official release dates and covers for the UK, Australia, and elsewhere.

Preorder Between the Blade and the Heart (out January 2, 2018)
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Preorder From the Earth to the Shadows (out March 27, 2018)
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