Amanda Ross

Amanda ross bio

After spending her childhood inventing elaborate stories for her Barbie dolls to act out, Amanda finally put pen to paper as a teen. From then on, she was hooked on the magic of storytelling in all its forms. By day, Amanda is a copywriter. By night, she writes urban fantasy tales featuring BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters.


When she’s not staring at a computer and increasing her likelihood of getting carpal tunnel by the age of 40, Amanda is an avid reader. In addition to devouring the works of other BIPOC fantasy authors, Amanda enjoys reading psychological horror and murder mysteries.


It is quite possible Amanda was a baker in another life, so when she’s not writing or reading, she bakes.

Book excerpt

Welcome to America, the land of the (not quite) free and the home of the (occasionally) brave. The country that gave us Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee. Who gave us Hollywood and the segregated South. Who gave us Brown vs. the Board of Education but who drained an entire swimming pool after Dorothy Dandridge dipped her toe into the water. Welcome to America, where you’re more likely to star in a reality TV show, wear a shirt that says “suns out guns out,” or be murdered by a vampire than any other country in the world.”

Book reviews

This story was very different and I seriously loved it. Witches, Vampires, and Political upheaval. Just my type of novel. Reading this story didn't take long once I started it. I was able to get into the characters and they were so believable. Even the political climate and the way their society resembles some of what is going on today in our society was well written and real. I can't wait to see where the story will head and hope there's a book two! If you're on the fence, just dive in and read it. You will not be disappointed!

I read this entire book in one sitting! Wow, what a ride. The plot was gripping and painfully relevant to today's current political climate. Spicy hot political commentary. Also, the author has actually integrated social media in an authentic way, which is often challenging to do. I love the magic system - elemental magic is a personal favourite - and tattoo magic just makes everything cooler. Also, vampires. Look. This book is an excellent read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Book Specifications


978-1-7349854-0-5 (Paperback)

978-1-7349854-1-2 (EBook)

book Genres

African American Urban Fantasy

Magical Realism

Contemporary Fantasy

Full Title of book and series

To Astera, With Love : Witchkind Series book 1

publication date

June 20, 2020

page count and Price


$8.99 (Paperback)

$2.99 (eBook)

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