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Hello! 😀

Welcome to my little corner here!

When I’m not calling myself Amos, as part of Amos Cassidy – the writing duo featuring yours truly and the fabulous Cassidy; aka Debbie Cassidy, I also go by the name Richard-James Amos. Cassidy and myself share a brain, but we also have some stories and things that linger in our heads that need to be told alone, not as the loopy twosome.

I’m a daydreamer, someone who likes to hop onto his dragon and take to the skies, off to see what I can find above and below and to the side. My head is always up there with the stars. One of them is a good friend of mine. His name is Bill and he’s a diamond! Oh, and he makes a mean cup of tea…knows how to get the balance of milk and tea just right…

I currently have a novel in progress, one that keeps me up at night – as do the coming Amos Cassidy projects! It looks like it might be a two-book story, but who knows where it will lead… Loving it! Oh, did I mention we’re currently working on Crimson Chaos, the 4th book in the Crimson Series? 😉 Also loving it! 

I will keep you posted on my solo novel’s progress as the months roll by 😀 And keep an eye out for some short fiction and things from me on here too 🙂

Cheers very much!




Announcement – Goodbye, Indie Author Land…

Hi, everyone 🙂

Okay, so we have an announcement to make. We have removed all our work from publication. It is time, we feel, to keep pestering literary agents with our manuscripts, go down the traditional path and all that jazz. We’re rebooting, so to speak. But we’ll still be around. This blog will still be active and we’ll continue to promote and discuss all things indie author – we know how much hard work it is.

We have loved the ride and enjoyed self-publishing so much, but we want to go down this path now. We are working on another novel – a fantasy – which we are very excited about! And we have work out there doing the rounds with literary agents.

Massive thanks for all the love and support. Keep watching the skies for our books to come in the future.

Big love and hugs to all of you xxx

Amos and Cassidy 

Crimson Series Box Set!





The Crimson Series Box Set is available now on Amazon Kindle until Monday, at a bargain price! Grab your copy today!

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The Future of the Crimson Series

Hello 🙂

After much soul-searching, we have decided that, as it stands, the proposed plot for Crimson Frost (#4) does not justify a novel right now. It just will not work. We’re sorry, please forgive us 😦 We love you all! It would just mean that we’d have to introduce a brand new arc, more novels in the series, which we cannot do right now. As a standalone, it would just fail as it would all be crammed in one, with no room to breathe.

There are lots of other stories queued up in our heads, waiting to be told, and with stuff happening in our personal lives – Amos with his uni degree and Cassidy with babies and her busy life – more Crimson just isn’t going to happen right now with other novels waiting not so patiently to be written, the characters yelling at us! We don’t want to just bang something out. It has to be EPIC! For now, we have come to a climax of sorts when it comes to Crimson. Yet the door is left wide open and it doesn’t mean we won’t continue the series in the future.

Thank you so much for reading the series! 🙂 We really appreciate it 🙂 And thank you for putting up with our procrastination.

Love and hugs,

Amos Cassidy



This is the last day that the Crimson Series Box Set will be available from Amazon. Make sure you grab your copy and feed your Kindle all three books for one bargain price! 🙂 


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The Crimson Series is now available in a box set for a limited time only! Get all 3 books so far for the fabulous price of $1.30 (U.S) or £0.77 (U.K)! 😀

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Available now on NOOK and KINDLE!!!!




Crimson Midnight Facebook Party!


We’re having a party over on Facebook, hosted by the awesome Bookworm Productions, to celebrate Crimson Midnight.

Come and join the fun! 🙂 We’ll be online between 10pm – 11pm UK time. Got any questions? Fancy a chat and some cake? Want to play some games and win some prizes? Then come along to a very Crimson party! Woo Hoo! 😀





We are the featured authors on Black Words-White Pages (Spotlight!) and Crimson Midnight is going on a book review tour (hosted by Bookworm Bridgette) 🙂 WOO HOO!

Here are the schedules…



Author Introduction and Welcome (April 1, 2014)

Book Spotlight (April 8, 2014)

Book Review (April 15, 2014)

Author Interview (April 22, 2014)

Farewell, Thank You, Winner Announcement (April 30, 2014)




April 24, 2014: Sweet and Spicy Books

April 25, 2014: Dirty Girls Anonymous

April 26, 2014: Meme’s Review

April 27, 2014: United Indie Book Blog

April 28, 2014: Cu’s Ebook Giveaways (Guest Review)

April 29, 2014: BookwormBridgette’s World (Double Review)

April 30, 2014: Creative Deeds Reads

May 1, 2014: Black Words-White Pages (Guest Review)



Black Words-White Pages:

Bookworm Bridgette:

Meet Laura Barnard

Hi all, today I’m really excited to have Laura Barnard – author of ‘The Debt and the Doormat’ – with us.  We are going to grill her a little and then squeeze some info about her latest book ‘The Baby & The Bride’ out of her.  So here is the interview: 

1. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?

I’ve always wanted to write a book, way back to when I was a teenager.  I think it came from my love of books and the fact that I’ve loved making up stories since I was little.  One year it was my new year’s resolution to start writing.  I didn’t plan a book.  I just forced myself to put something on paper and that quickly evolved. 


2. Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write every day? At the weekends? Or like me – whenever you get the chance?

I write every evening once my daughter is in bed.  She’s only nineteen months so makes it impossible to do anything around her.  It’s actually a good thing, as it means I can clearly separate the two.  I write until at least midnight every night.  If I ever try to have an early night I can’t sleep, with ideas running through my head.  It’s better to type until I pass out!


3. What inspires you?

Everything really.  I’m a highly emotional person who sympathises with everyone’s side of view.  So I can listen to a song and cry, feeling the pain of the person who wrote it and I can try to understand the bitch in the story.  No-one is born evil, they are moulded by their circumstances.  I like to take ideas from these feelings.


4. Where did you get the idea for The Baby & the Bride – did you already have it planned when you wrote Debt and the Doormat?

I never originally planned to write a sequel, but then I had no idea how popular it would be!  Within weeks I was getting messages from fans and bloggers begging me to write a sequel.  It was a tough decision as I’d closed those characters’ lives in my head, but soon the ideas started flowing.


5. If you could choose any book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?

I’ve spent about thirty minutes on this question!  Such a hard one.  I would say Raw by Belle Aurora.  I thought it was such an amazing book and I was left with a serious book hangover afterwards.


6. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?

I’d love to be Katniss from Hunger Games.  She’s so kick arse, brave and smart.


7. What advice would you give to other writers out there who are thinking of self publishing their work?

I would tell them to go for it, but to research it fully.  I’d tell them not to take themselves too seriously, as some people won’t enjoy your work and that’s ok.


8. Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?

I adore Sophie Kinsella and Lindsay Kelk.  They write quintessential chick lit that I know I can’t go wrong with.  Saying that I love so many others – Mia Sheridan, Tracy Bloom, Lisa Swallow, Belle Aurora – I could probably go on forever.


9. Do you write for a specific genre or do you like to dabble in several?

I write chick lit/romantic comedy and I feel that is the right genre for me at the moment.  As time goes by I might look into dabbling into other areas, but for now I’m happy with what I’m doing.


10. Okay some quick fire questions. Don’t think to hard just answer.


Super Villain or Super Hero? Super Hero


Ice-cream or chocolate? Chocolate


Beach or the Alps? Beach


Edward Cullen or Lestat? Edward Cullen – who is Lestat?


Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom? Keep the One Ring


Audio or Paperback? Paperback


Horror or Romance? Romance


Thanks so much for taking the time to let us interview you Laura…and why does no one really know who Lestat is? Anne Rice people! The Vampire Lestat!  Well Laura’s latest offering is available to buy on amazon now!


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Here is a blurb and a short excerpt:

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different. 

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew. 

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it? 

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?


‘She looks scrawny,’ she eyes her suspiciously. ‘She must be a drinker.’

‘Mum, you’re a drinker,’ I giggle, rolling my eyes.

‘Only on special occasion’s darling!’ she protests, not meeting my eyes.

‘Did you drink last night?’

‘Yes,’ she shrugs.

‘And what were you celebrating?’ I smirk.

‘It was a Friday, darling. The end of the week. If that’s not something to celebrate, then I don’t know what is,’ she guffaws.

Author bio:

My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK.  My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013.  It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.

 Laura Barnard

In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio…oh and my husband of course!  I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate.  I’m a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!