Monday, November 16, 2015

CBB Promotions Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Making Angel (Amanda Washington)


Welcome to my tour stop for Making Angel by Amanda Washington! This is a new adult mafia fiction. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

Making Angel - eBook Cover RGB

Heir to a powerful Las Vegas crime family, D’Angelo Mariani’s survival depends on his ability to prove his value to his father. Forced out of the technology lab and into the underworld, Angel is on the brink of pulling off the impossible when he runs into a captivating humanitarian who changes everything.
Markie Davis is all about compassion, service, and the ultimate adrenaline rush. After a year-long stint volunteering in an African orphanage, she’s in Vegas to check up on her wayward little sister. Markie never anticipated meeting someone like Angel.While Angel always believed he’d be the one with explaining to do, as war sparks between the Vegas crime families, it’s Markie’s secrets that might just cost them both their lives…


Amanda Washington first put her dreams to paper in 1999. MAKING ANGEL is the first book in her new adult mafia fiction series, but she's also written dystopian (RESCUING LIBERTY and LIBERTY'S HOPE) and young adult (FALLEN, CUT, FORSAKEN). When she's not writing, she's busy living out her real adventure in southwest Washington with her husband and their five boys.

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What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 
The idea for Making Angel came from a traffic stop I witnessed that got a bit out of control. I don't know what was going on, but police officers swarmed the vehicle and my writer brain kicked in, developing the scene with Officer Hill in chapter one. 

 Who is your favorite character in the book?
 Myles. I have a weak spot for bratty little kids. 

Which came first, the title or the novel?
 The novel. I actually named the second book in the series before I settled on a name for this one. 

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? 
There's a scene outside of a little Cajun dive where Markie approaches a homeless man and Angel, son of a crime boss, has to decide how he will receive this man. It's a pivotal point in his life and his relationship with Markie and I wanted to show their experience and not just tell about it. Tricky scene to write. 

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now? 
To loosen up. I was writing what I wanted to say and think rather than what the characters would say and think. Somewhere around the fifth time editing, I threw out all my crap and let the characters do their thing.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?
 It has kind of a James Bond mafia feel. Love that. I also love that Markie's the one holding the gun.

What was your favorite book in 2015? 
Magic Shifts - the 8th book in the Kate Daniels series.

 What’s up next for you? 
I'm currently working on Breaking Bones - book 2 in the Mariani Crime Family Series as well as this crazy new series that is like nothing I've ever written. Nothing anyone has ever written. Pretty excited about that. 

Is there anything that you would like to add?
 Thank you so much for taking the time to promote Making Angel!

5 limited black edition signed paperbacks and custom keychains (US)
$25 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends November 26th
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


  1. I don't think I've ever read a mafia NA book! Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. I really enjoyed this book a lot. I'm looking forward to more in the series! And I'm excited about this other one she's working on that's suppose to be unique. Very curious about it!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  3. Amanda never disappoints!!! I was sad when I turned the last page of Making Angel. Meant I had to come back to the real world.

    1. I have never read one of her books, but I think that will be changing ASAP!!!