Saturday, August 08, 2009

Day five of the blog tour~ (Guest blog by Amanda McIntyre)

"25 Blogs in 25 days...the TORTURED tour!"
(TORTURED, erotic medieval, Harlequin Spice, Aug.'09-Amanda McIntyre)

My thanks to Mechele for graciously having me come for a visit to her blog! Mechele , you see , aside from being a gifted author, happens to be a sister fae. So if you are making plans to attend the Romantic Times BookReviews convention next April 28-May 2,in Columbus, Ohio (not so thinly veiled plug;) be sure to come see us at the Faery Ball!

I note that unlike my blog, Mechele keeps hers rather tidy and organized. I’d hate to see her office. Okay, perhaps a touch of envy, because I’m forever and a day attempting that near impossible feat. I am a victim of post-it notes. There it is out. I do feel a little bit better. Is it so wrong to stand at an Office Depot ™ and drool over the array of post it not doo-dads? Their purpose? To help you organize your life, of course! Am I validated? So it takes me the greater part of an hour to decided between rectangle or heart shaped post it notes. So what if my manuscripts are colored coded, marking the scenes to revisit before I send it in. And never mind, how utterly HGTV my PC looks with an overlapping colored flags of quick daily reminders framing the screen? I’ve even started buying the recycled variety, doubling up addiction with being eco-friendly.

There are worse things I could do. And I probably will in a book eventually- to someone fraught of my imagination who just happens to look like the woman in the check out lane who gives me one of those looks like, “Woman are you running on all gears?” She need only take a second look at my cart overflowing with the tropical colored pads, notes, page markers, index tabs, highlighting pens and don’t forget the magnetic grocery list notepad (which unfortunately doesn’t stick to stainless steel, so I’ve since discovered) and see I’m just like her—trying to make some sense to the chaos of my life.

Ok, post it notes withstanding, lucky for me, I happen to like chaos, as long as it’s my families own special brand. Four children, (one set 16 yr old twins—yeah I saw that wince) but they are all great young people that I adored when they were babies, but surprisingly, really find fascinating and quite likeable as young adults. They and my husband keep me going here in the little Dream Factory/Post-it note heaven, with their encouragement and support. I’ve only to say those three little words, “I’m on deadline.” And they seem to settle into the mode of battle to get mom through, taking orders with ease as I shoot my hand into the air with another message from headquarters (yeah I like to dream, did I mention that?) “need more toilet paper in the bathroom, do your laundry, need to change light bulb in stove…please close the door, you guys are breathing way too loud this morning!” Delivered on my brand new “lined” 3.5x4 post-it notepad, suited I’m sure for the mother/writer.

How, you might ask is this blog is related to my new erotic medieval romance, TORTURED? I’ve no idea. But sometimes you go where the muse leads. As she did when I found an obscure bit of history that talked about how few female executioners there were in medieval times. Few, yes, but knowing the honor of executioner was a male dominated and generational role, one has to wonder what circumstances allowed a woman to even be considered. So, my Celtic heroine, Sierra was born and so too, her story of that’s been called, “a disturbingly touching tale of hope, love and survival.” I hope you’ll check it out at your local bookstore (let those business’s know that America still loves to read!) and let me know what you think.

To win a signed copy of TORTURED, I’ll choose one name from those who leave a comment here at Mechele's blog! Thanks Mechele, see you in April!

Next stop: -- August 10

Amanda McIntyre

PS big thanks to Amanda for doing this!

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Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

HI! I wanted to thank Mechele for graciously inviting me to her blog!

It has been so great to meet new people! I'll be checking in periodically to answer your questions and chat!


10:02 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

This story does have a lot of different ideas and situations in it. It really sounds interesting.

I can picture you standing in front of the post it note aisle trying to decide what to get. I often wondered what people were doing just standing and looking at them:)

10:20 AM  
Blogger chey said...

Hi Amanda,
Great blog! Post it notes!
I'm looking forward to reading your book!

10:53 AM  
Blogger chey said...

Hi Amanda,
Great blog! Post it notes!
I'm looking forward to reading your book!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Good to know Post-It-itis is not just a disease for those jobs around the home. coughYaMeToocough
Love your cover Amanda! Thanks for sharing.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Eva S said...

Great post again! And thanks for letting us find new authors!

12:47 PM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Amanda,

I'm a Post a Note Fan. I can't seem to get enough of them. Thanks for the unique blog. Have a great day.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Erotic. Medieval, Two of my favourite words int he same sentance. I'm so buying this book. *G*

1:14 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I've been following the blog tour with the hopes of winning a copy, sounds good!

1:24 PM  
Blogger kalynnick said...

Looking forward to your book.:)

1:24 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Ooh, I love Post-Its, too. Remember when they only came in yellow and one size. I was so excited when I started seeing them in assorted sizes and colors like blue and purple.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Judy: See theree, now you know;) LOL Thanks for stopping in! Doesnt Mechele keep things tidy?


1:46 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Chey! They have some new desktop pop up post it notes this year! I get giddy! Color matching every room in the house!

Hope your weekend is great Chey!


1:48 PM  
Anonymous Amy M said...

I am a clutter bug! Papers all over the place on my work desk.

Have a great weekend~
Amy M

1:58 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

Hi Amanda,

great post. And yes I saw the King Arthur version with Clive Owen. Was interesting.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Amy M for stopping in, yes I havent yet figured out how a post it note can aid in clutter...
surely they can come up with something! ;)

Hey Steph ;) yeah the addictionis a hard one to open up to , but my life's easier for doing so Have a good one!

Eva: Thanks! This is a great way to get to see a lot of wonderful blogs and meet new folks! Its very inspiring to know there are avid readers I can talk to out there!


2:22 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

HI House mouse! Thanks for stopping in on the tour! Chances are we'll have to make a side journey to an Office Max along the way;)

Does anyone else have a fascination with office supply stores? Or is that a writer addiction?


2:25 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Tetewa: I';ve got your name in! Good luck!

Corinne: love your avatar! LOL Glad to hear you like Medievals!

Kalynnick: Your name is in the hat!! :))

Jane: It is amazing what they have now, right? :))
Have a good one and I'll be stopping in later! Supposed to be hot, hot hot here today-over 100 heat index--
should be god for writing a particularly interesting scene I have in my current WIP ;))

Stay cool/read HOT!


2:29 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Thanks for guestblogging Amanda. I am intrigued by your unusual story plot.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

HI Danny
Im not sure that it was true to the legends per se--but the atmosphere and the rawness of it was what appealed to me. I used a lot of that "essence" in Tortured.


2:31 PM  
Blogger mrsshukra said...

Amanda McIntyre is a new author for me and I totally want to read Tortured!


3:34 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

Hi Amanda, I have read your Spice Briefs and I would love to read your full length novel Tortured.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Amanda, thanks so much for doing this! I appreciate you stopping by.

Just wanted to shout out to everyone posting and thank you for stopping by. Hi Judy, Chey, Stephanie, Eva, Housemouse, Corinne, Tetewa, kalynnick, Jane, Amy M, Danny, Cherie J, etirv, and Mari!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Armenia said...

Hi Amanda,

I had to laugh when I read your post about post-its.

I also have a thing about office supplies, the more colorful and gadget-like, the better. I even like color staples. My 9 yr old has her own set of stuff, so she'll leave my stash alone. I don't know, but I think its in the gene pool. The affliction for post-its, paper, and scotch tape rears its ugly head pretty early in life, I think, and gets worse with age.

10:27 PM  
Blogger JennJ said...

Hi Amanda I can't wait to read your new book it looks and sounds amazing! I enjoyed reading your post. :)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

HI Etirv! Thanks for stopping by! Is that a carrot cake in your avatar??? Yummy;)

Mari: Thank you for checking out my "briefs" LOL I tend to write hot contempprary for the Briefs. I have a older woman/younger man brief called PRIVATE PARTY coming out in April 2010! My first Spice Briefs Historical is coming though Sept. 2010! I have no title for it yet--
wait! where's Danny! Set in Bath-Romans are building the spas..
Hot Springs? LOL

anyhoo, thanks Mari!


11:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Mechele, (my 2010 RT sister fae;)
Thank you for having me! Its been such fun!

I wanted to share if I might the gorgeous booktrailer that Circle of Seven did for this book--I'll shoot folks to my website as I think its easier--but y'all come back here to find out who's going to win the book!


11:54 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

hey Armenia
that is a lovely sunset, of my fav pastimes--what are your most meorable sunsets--as long as we're talking about road trips?


11:55 PM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey JennJ
thanks for stopping by! and thanks for your kind words.:)


11:57 PM  
Blogger Maija said...

I love Harlequin Spice line so this is just my kind of book :)

4:11 AM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

sounds really good!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

4:50 AM  
Blogger buddyt said...

Only a few women Executioners !

I have never heard of even one, so I quite suprised.

Now there is a nice question for a poll ! Wonder how many readers would like to be one and what their reasons would be ?


6:59 AM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Maija: I am so glad you enjoy Spice! There is such a nice variety of stories in this line! Not to mention the brilliant cover art! Thanks for stopping by!

Throuthehaze: I had to laugh seeing your screen name this morning as the backyard was enscounced in a heavy fog this morning! Thanks so much for stopping by!


9:29 AM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

buddyT: I was as surprised to discover such a thing, Carol!
the actual story I found was about a village that had "run out" I guess you'd call it of executioners...a duty passed down father to son in the same family usually. She was a bit of a loon I guess, but gutsy-so they said, "sure, you can be it"
now the popular idea is that she was a masked, sword welding babe, right? truth was they put her in a tower, with a plank secured to one of the high windows-
the prisoner would then be tied, w a noose about the neck and would have to walk off the plank himself.

its said that when they went to her tower after she died that she's hundreds of sketches of the people she executed all over the walls

I asked myself -what type of woman would it take to carry out this job and took it a step further asking, "but what if she didnt have a choice?"

Thats when my heroine, Sierra was born;)

I love researching history and finding the obscure stuff deep down under all the popular events ;)

thanks for stopping by!

9:37 AM  
Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip said...

What a great interview. Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

10:09 AM  
Blogger Amanda McIntyre said...

Day Five Blog Tour wnner is....

JennJ!! Congrats Jenn! Just email me at to claim your book!
Next stop: Monday-Aug.10

Thanks Mechele and everyone! Its been a great roadside adventure!

May the wind be at your back~

11:29 AM  
Blogger Genella deGrey said...

I'm soooo behind! Had a crazy weekend, but I'm still tagging along on Amanda's awesome Tour!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Just popping in to say welcome to the blog and thank Amanda again. Nice trailer1 Thanks Amanda!

And hello to Armenia, Jenn J., Maija, throuthehaze, Carol, Iheartbookgossip, and Gennella deGray.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Arial Burnz said...

Enjoying the tour! I'm seeing so many more blogs than I've had the time to find and have fun with. Thanks for introducing me to so many wonderful people who love romance!

That's my two pence...
Arial ;)

6:15 PM  

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