ACES WILD, the new release from Amanda Carlson, is part of an exciting new PNR multi-author series. Authors Amanda Carlson and author Kristen Painter interview each other exclusively for UTC about how the series and the idea came about.

AC: This multi-author series was originally your brainchild, tell us how it came about.

KP: It really started because I was brainstorming with some other author friends of mine, who were talking about doing some similar, but couldn’t find the time. I started talking about it to you and Sin City Collectors was born.

KP: What’s it like writing in a world not entirely your own?

AC: As you know, I was a little nervous about it at first. Wrapping my brain around the entire “sharing and agreeing” that would need to come about when collaborating on world building had me a bit worried. Authors tend to covet their creative control, lol. But as we talked it over, and slowly began to come up with the parameters, everything fell beautifully in to place. Now I can’t imagine not doing it! I feel strongly that the world of the SIN CITY COLLECTORS would not have been as dynamic had we worked alone. You came up with things I would never have dreamed up, and vice versa. It was great to come up with it together. And as a result, this world was so much fun to write in. Honestly, it was an absolute blast. And I have you to thank for that!

AC: Why Vegas?

KP: Why not Vegas? It’s a crazy, colorful, anything-can-happen kind of town that lends itself to the paranormal without trying too hard. It was the perfect backdrop for this amazing new series.

KP: Why a dhampir?

AC: I love dhampirs. I always have. And it just occurred to me that not many—to my knowledge—were out there. I love the half human aspect as well, and the fact that she is still tough as nails. Nevada Hamilton is completely edgy and was a joy to write.

AC: How many novellas do you plan to write? Are they going to be in print?

KP: I hope to write at least three and then they will be going into print! Beyond that, we’ll just have to see what our readers want.

AC: I plan to write at least three as well.  Once I have all three, I’ll put them in to print as well.

KP: What’s your next installment about?

AC: My next book is called ANTE UP. It’ll be out late summer or early fall (depending on deadlines!). It features Diesel Jones, a shifter with moon issues, and the beautiful new witch in town, Sofia Cabrera. They both make an appearance in ACES WILD, and Neve and Jake make appearances in ANTE UP. It’s been so fun to write them all together in this book.

KP: What can readers expect moving forward?

AC: All the installments, by any of the authors, will be set in the same world. Each story will have its own happily ever after. They will be tied up at the end, no cliffhangers. We promise. But as we each write more installments, you’ll see more things shared between novellas—like places (in Kristen’s first installment, QUEEN OF HEARTS, out in early July, her hero/heroine visit Hellhounds–Jake’s bar), secondary characters, and with the same author you’ll likely get so see some of your favorite characters again in future installments.

KP: What other authors are joining the SIN CITY COLLECTORS?

AC: So far we have some awesome authors joining us: Sara Humphreys, Angie Fox, and Shawntelle Madison are slated for late ’14-’15, and we are in the works with other authors, so stay tuned! It would be so fun to have as many as we can. Who doesn’t want more fun?

We hope all of you enjoy the world of the SIN CITY COLLECTORS as much as we enjoyed writing in it!

Thanks for hosting us, UTC! Always fun to stop by.

aces wild


Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…


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Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

Coming July 1, 2014




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  1. Love the interview and can’t wait for the rest of the series! I loved Ace’s Wild and I’ll be looking out for Queen Of Hearts and Ante Up! I’m very happy to learn that Jake and Neve will be making an appearance in Diesels book! 🙂