The whole Playing to Win series is now in Wide Release!

Order PLAYING TO WIN in ebook or in Paperback, and mark it to-read on Goodreads!
Order PLAYING IT SAFE in ebook or in paperback, or add it on Goodreads!
Grab Playing House, available in paperback and in ebook!

Look for WINTER GAMES: A Playing to Win Holiday Special, coming fall 2022!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Introducing Amalia Theresa

It turns out, I started writing books so sexy I needed a third pen name, and let me tell you, it wasn't in my game plan, but here we are!

In addition to writing as both Amalia Dillin and Amalia Carosella, I'm now also writing (and publishing) as Amalia Theresa.

Right now there are THREE FOUR books and one novella planned for the PLAYING TO WIN series--after which this blog is named!--and while I do absolutely have some ideas floating in the back of my mind for books beyond that, I haven't really started writing any of them yet (and with two other pen names, you can imagine, my focus is split.) If PLAYING TO WIN does well though, I wouldn't mind re-prioritizing!

So this website is to say hi, meet my sexy romance writing self! I hope you enjoy Playing to Win, which is available now in wide release in addition to Kindle and Paperback, both! Playing it Safe also available, from Amazon, in wide release, and addable on Goodreads, and book three, Playing House (Goodreads, wide release, and Amazon), ready for you to enjoy as well, before book four, Winter Games: A Playing to Win Holiday Special releases fall 2022!

Keep an eye out for book #2.5, Settling Up summer 2022 as well--this novella will take place just before the epilogue of book two for anyone curious about how Nic and Kate became friends!

This will NOT be a blog I keep updated with news on the regular, necessarily, but just a landing page for the inevitable googling of people looking for these books. Amalia Theresa's home base will be Twitter, and Good to Begin Well is still the primary place to stay up to date on everything Amalia--for all THREE pen names.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Inspired By My Greatest Aunt

If you're not following @AmaliaTheresa on twitter, I thought I'd just drop this here for reference--it's the first tweet of a thread, so click on through and learn how my great aunt inspired me to publish these books!

Thread reads, in full: 

Once upon a time at a family picnic, my great aunt sat me down and made it clear in no uncertain terms that she did not want me writing "dirty" books. She was the matriarch of my family, and I am her namesake. Her favorite of the great-nieces/nephews/niblings.

When I finished writing HELEN OF SPARTA (as Amalia Carosella) I took all the sex out of the book, turning every scene into a fade to black instead. Then I printed it out and sent it to my aunt as a gift--my grandfather got one, too, though I'm not sure he ever read his.

My great aunt, however, DEFINITELY read hers, because she called my mother up when she finished and told her something that I will NEVER forget: 

"If she wants to be successful she's going to have to learn to write the sex."

THIS, after I had gone to so much trouble to STRIP the sex from my book!!

It was totally a classic Aunt Lottie move, to be completely honest. To hand down a directive and then be vaguely (or pointedly) critical of the result, as if she had no hand in the outcome.

Well, in PLAYING TO WIN, I *definitely* learned to write the sex, and now I can only hope and pray that my great aunt--whose names of mine I have given pride of place--will be right about the rest. That in throwing myself into this with abandon, I will find success.

If you want to inspire my great aunt to BOTH roll over in her grave at the public scandal AND be privately DELIGHTED by the same, order PLAYING TO WIN, the first in my SCORCHINGLY HOT ultra sexy romance series:

And who knows, maybe Aunt Lottie's opinion will turn out to hold the weight of prophecy.

Honest to god, it wouldn't even be the first time.

(Seriously, she had a gift. Another thing she passed onto me--albeit, different in form. Instead of visions, I got Thor.)