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The Truth About Night by Amanda Arista is on virtual book tour. The paranormal mystery stops at Readeropolis with an author inte...

The Truth About Night by Amanda Arista is on virtual book tour.

The paranormal mystery stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or a Merci Lanard Swag Pack (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

The Person

Favorite authors? Have any particularly influenced your writing or your choice of genre? If you could meet any author who would it be? (Living or dead)

Neil Gaiman- American Gods changed my life. That fine line of reality and fantasy with a grounded character and a wicked moral lesson. The world building blew my mind. So I’d like to sit down with him and just chat. He’s done so many worlds that I love (Good Omens, Sandman) that I want to know if he’s as mad brilliant as I think he it. 

What is your favorite food and what is your guilty pleasure food?

Favorite food is raviolli. My grandmother was from Tuscany and I loved her ravioli. They were the size of my head. Its my go-to dish when I try out new restaurants and I can tell who’s using the fake stuff. 

Guilty pleasure food- when I’m having a rough day my husband takes me to Whataburger. I grew up in Corpus Christi, the hometown of Whataburger and its like mother’s milk to me. 

What do you think is romantic? What does the word Romance mean to you?

Little things that remind you that he’s thinking about you is romantic. I love coming home to a box of junior mints or a CD that I mentioned. I’d be embarrassed by a bed full of roses and a room full of candles. 

To me, romance is the process of showing another person that you understand them and want their happiness and wholeness. But I also think there is a notion of self-knowledge needed to be romanced. Know your Love Languages people!

Do you have a secret talent?

I have this fishy voice that I do that sounds like the minions from Despicable Me. I was the best aunt ever when my nieces and nephews found out that I could talk like that. 

I’m also freakishly good at croquet. 

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to figure out a book?

My husband is in mixed martial arts and I’ve had him tackle me a few times and teach me moves, so I could know exactly what point my characters would get winded or how disoriented they would be if they were flipped over and body slammed to the floor (don’t worry, no Amandas were harmed in the writing of this book)

The Truth About Night 
by Amanda Arista 
Genre: Paranormal Mystery 

As an investigative journalist, Merci Lanard has an uncanny knack for getting the truth out of people, a talent she uses to expose the real story behind her city’s most gruesome crimes. 

Until one night, when her partner, Ethan, is killed. 

Reeling from shock and grief, Merci vows to track down his murderer. As she starts digging, she meets Ethan’s estranged brother, Rafe, who agrees to work with Merci to find his brother’s killer. She soon discovers Ethan had been hiding things from her, mainly that he was a Shifter and had a whole life in a supernatural world she knew nothing about. 

A Shifter himself, Rafe introduces Merci to magic she never knew existed. As they work together to uncover hidden connections between Ethan's murder and a series of strange dead bodies, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a turf war for the soul of the city. 

If Merci is to have any hope of saving her city, she will have to face the truth about this war, the truth about this new magical world, and the truth about who she truly is. 

Amanda was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. 

During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped. 

She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he’s a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. She recently added a tiny human to the mix who is following in her mother’s footsteps of storytelling. 

Along with her BA in English & Psychology and her MA in Education, Amanda is a graduate of the SMU Creative Writing Program and now teaches other aspiring authors. She has delivered lectures at several writer conferences and loves discussing craft, character, and structure. Her current favorite: Stirring up Trouble with Romantic Subplots. 

She is represented by Kimberly Brower, of Brower Literary & Management. 

Random Facts: 

Amanda is adopted and loves to share that story with others to promote adoption. 

Amanda has a collection of turtle figurines that collects on her travels. 

Amanda has a strange love of cheesy horror movies. She prefers demons and witchcraft to slasher films. 

Amanda is a really good bowler and completely rocks at croquet. 

Amazon gift card and Merci Lanard swag pack. 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!


  1. I love the cover of this book= makes me what to pick it up and start reading

  2. I like the cover and preview we got. It would be really nice to read.

  3. Sounds like my kind of book, thanks for sharing :)


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