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Amanda M. Cetas is the author of the historical adventure series, A Country for Castoffs. The stories are taken from her family history, which she has spent over two decades researching. A Home in the Wilderness, is the second book in the series, continuing the story of Etienne Gayneau, which began in Thrown to the Wind. The third book, At the Mercy of the Sea, is due to release April 7, 2024.


She taught diverse grade-level and Advanced Placement courses in American, European and World history to high school and middle school students for fourteen years.

Amanda lives in Tucson, Arizona for most of the year with her husband and two little Yorkie mixes. She escapes when she can to the beach at Rocky Point, Mexico, to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, and anywhere her SUV and travel trailer can take her. She has three grown children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Amanda is currently working on the four book in the series, as well as, some other projects.

I learned early on that faith and family are the most important things in life. Faith provides the basis for our world view. Family defines who we are. Family should stand beside you when no one else will; family should care for you, protect, help, correct, and love you. No matter what you do, or don’t do, family is supposed to forgive. Family should be the safety net and the launching point. Family defines us; how we see the world is shaped by our family experiences and beliefs. Tragically, this is not always the case.

In researching my family genealogy, I have discovered that just as my living family does today, my ancestors, for hundreds of years into the past, had diverse thoughts, beliefs, cultures, and experiences. They argued and fought with one another over politics, religion, and loyalties. There were tragedies and disfunction too. They also loved, supported, helped, and forgave. They have defined who I am today.

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