Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I've Been Nominated!

So there's this insanely cool project going on that maybe you have heard of, maybe you didn't. It's called the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project. The purpose of this project is to find a self-published, living-in-Illinois, fiction writer who librarians think is worthy of an award; they're looking for an under-the-radar talent to promote.

Well, that being said, I'VE BEEN NOMINATED!! My excitement for this project has brought me the needed energy to continue smiling after/during this damn Polar Vortex (yes, I'll give you the appropriate pronoun capitalization, Mr. Polar Vortex). Or maybe it's a Mrs. (her wrath and all)? But anyway, I have never felt so honored.

I was recently interviewed by Ms. Jane Michaels of The Doings newspaper and wanted to share a blurb:

"My urban fantasy novel, Renhala, began as a notepad scribbled over with things that were haunting me during a very dark period in my life. After suffering a horrific assault by a total stranger and watching helplessly as both my parents' health declined, I became an entirely different woman. As I traveled between hospitals, my sunshine was snuffed and I could not find joy in all the simple things I once adored. I lived day after day under a fa├žade of "normal," but was internally screaming for help. Nothing could make me truly happy again. Then one day, out of the blue, I gathered my courage, took that notepad of paper and began writing a short story of a young woman who was learning to "let her mother go." As the words began pouring from my open wounds, the story then morphed into a magical tale of epic proportion--a karmic story of humiliation, transformation, and empowerment. For you see, my broken heroine mastered a new weapon and magical abilities, bonded with a band of misfit travelers from a co-existing realm, and finally had enough strength to realize that despite her wounds, she had the strength to make a difference in the world.

I only hoped that by writing my novel and self-publishing I could share my story and help others see that scars don't have to be only ugly reminders, they can be the fodder for your creative beast--the one that changes your life by changing the words... The simple act of writing can be the most therapeutic jam session. Write it out!"
So, wish me luck!
Check out what it's all about:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Just a Few

So there was a time when I was really having a blast writing parodies, some of love and some of paranormal activity. I thought I'd share a few of them today--one of each, actually.

Follows the tune of "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe":
There was an old woman who lived with a ghost,
She had so many wants, she didn’t do most
So she gave it some love without any touch,
Then exorcised it quickly and didn’t cry much.

Follows the tune of "Twinkle, twinkle, little star":
Fickle, fickle, guarded heart,
How you think you’re oh so smart,
Hidden deeply on the sly,
Missing chances by and by.

You like?

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop-Style

Hi all!! So you've made it to my stop safely. Phew! I'd like to introduce myself: I am Amy Joy Lutchen, author of the Renhala series. Nice to meet you! Pull up a seat *hands you a macaron and steamy cup of tea*.

Now I have to admit, I pulled on the big girl panties for this post... Yes. It's my first EVER blog hop and can I just say I am shaking in my boots? There's even HTML *whispers very quietly*... Yeah, it's all technical and stuff and I feel I might get pulled up to the Enterprise or end up in a telephone booth or something...

Okay, let's get into the details of this hop. First, thank the lovely PJ Schnyder for pulling this all together and creating the magic! I can only imagine the hard work that goes into making a blog hop happen. Also, thank all the lovely and talented sponsors *claps hands*. Believe me, there are some very cool and talented women in that list!! Second, there's GIVEAWAYS *says with wide eyes* There is one here at my humble abode (see the Rafflecopter below) for a signed copy of Renhala and signed bookmark, even more goodies at the other hops, and ONE MAJOR PRIZE PACKAGE that you don't want to miss out on at PJ's place: .

Have fun and remember to kiss someone under the mistletoe!


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Hello, everyone! Today is a very special day for me. I get to release into the wild my second baby born of words: Golden Dunes of Renhala (Renhala, #2).

If you have not read the first book, Renhala, go catch it while it's still free:

If you have already read Renhala, be sure to grab the second book!

Just remember that we authors are very grateful for our readers and hope that they rate and review. It's especially important for us indie authors! Enjoy.