Please Welcome Guest Blogger...

Amanda McIntyre!

Amanda writes for Harlequin Spice. She's a star on the rise and I'm not just saying that because I know her and really, really like her. She's a fantastic storyteller and I'm thrilled to be sharing in the excitement of her latest release--TORTURED. Take it away, Amanda!

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August 25, 2009
Day twenty-two of the blog tour

TORTURED -- erotic medieval, Harlequin Spice, Aug.'09-Amanda McIntyre
See the book trailer at:

In a time of chaos, darkness, and violence, it is better to live only in the moment, lest your memories eat you alive.

A young woman blessed with sight seeks vengeance against a tyrannical lord responsible for her mother's murder. Forced to become an executioner's apprentice, she encounters a Roman prisoner who offers her a way to escape her prison and find a future. Torn between desire, duty, and the chance for revenge, her choice to live or die leaves her TORTURED. (Available now, Harlequin Spice-Books Aug. '09)
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Here I am on the last leg of my Internet road trip that started on August 4th. I have seen so many new places, met some new friends, and given away many books!

I want to thank Beth for having me here at her cyber-diggs! They are very Beth and will you look at those kudos from Booklist and Publishers Weekly!! Hoity toity, girlfriend!! But, all kidding aside--I could not wish more for you, nor think you more deserving of all your successes! You see, Beth here is a gem, a rare find of a genuinely fabulous human being. Continued success, my friend!

So after twenty-five blogs, you sort of wonder if folks really want to hear your story of how you came up with the idea for this book... or how did you do the research for the love scenes? If you want to read those answers, you have to go back to the beginning of the tour! NOT! Really, here is a quick recap…

Whilst surfing the Internet, trifling through medieval history (a pastime I’m sure is enjoyed by many) I ran across an obscure bit of information about a medieval female executioner…da doo.(If you’ve seen Little Shop of Horrors, you’ll understand the back-up singers in my story!)
Let’s see…where was I? Oh, yeah, so I thought to myself, what a strange bit of information. I wonder what type of woman it takes to be a medieval executioner? (Doot Da Doo) So I asked myself, but what if the woman didn’t have a choice? What if for some reason, she was forced to this life…maybe a total eclipse of the sun? No, it wasn’t that. It was really much worse.

First rule of writing fiction: Make it worse.

It was the “Adventus Saxonum”- “the coming of the Saxons”…and thus my heroine, Sierra, the daughter of a Celtic Seer, used as guide by the kings before her—came to be.

Reviewers have described TORTURED as “a disturbingly touching tale of hope, love and survival.” (Romance BookWyrm) and most recently likened in tone to Braveheart (which is both humbling and scary)

But it is definitely outside of the box, of that there is no question. Why the Dark Ages? I think it was the challenge of seeing whether an erotic romance could be written in such darkness, could it survive? Though the journey is not an easy one, love finds a way. You can read a never before excerpt at my blog McIntyre’s House of Muse (

I hope you’ll check out TORTURED if you like the adventure, danger and romance of dark, uncertain medieval times!

I’d like to give away a copy of TORTURED today to those who leave a comment to the following question: If you had to choose another era you could live in, what era would that be and why?
Leave your comments here and I’ll be checking in periodically throughout the day!

Next on tour stop: Emily Bryan’s blog
May the wind be at your back~


Beth Ciotta said…
Good morning, Amanda! Thanks so much for being here. TORTURED sounds 'out of the box' for sure. My kind of read! And congrats on the awesome quotes. Very impressive.

As for the blog tour... so are you exhausted yet? Would you do it again? Do anything different. Curious minds want to know. :)

Amanda McIntyre said…
Hi Beth!
Thans Beth! And yes, it defintely is outside the box, but also has adventure, secrets, steamy love scenes, and characters that leave their mark on you I think.(or so Ive been told;)

Like any long trip, the light of the home fires buring is always a welcome sight! Would I do anything different, oh most defintely--like be better prepared for one thing LOL
Factor in that life will intervene as it almost always does!;)
But if you ask if I'd do this again, I would say in a heartbeat, because of the people you meet along the way- readers and authors alike!

As I'm sure you can attest,the very nature of writing often keeps us sequestered in our solitude, so I think its good to get out once in awhile and see what's going on;)

the other thing I wish colleges would do , perhaps through libraries or bookstores is set up book clubs where students could tap into those blogs and authors could be guest appearences.

Maybe some do, but with all the technology in todays world, I feel the college student is one that gets overlooked by marketing a lot.

ok, off my soapbox, LOL
have you ever done a blog tour, Beth? It is a commitment and a bit of a juggling act--I will admit to that. but worth it as least on a personal level ;)

whether or not it translates to sales directly, who knows?

Good question so early of a morning!

Genella deGrey said…
She's tireless, I tell ya!
More power to ya, girl!
:) ;) :)
Amanda McIntyre said…
LOL not true! But I have had some great buds on this road trip who have kept me good company and helpe me keep the wheel between the lines!

Sure are alot Star Bucks expresso shots cans in the back seat though! LOL

flchen1 said…
Hi, Beth!! Hi, Amanda! Great to see you here! You've definitely been on a whirlwind of a tour! It does seem like a big commitment for an author, but it also does seem to get her name and books out in front of readers' noses! I know I've followed other tours eagerly and have gotten those books in part because of the glimpses I've gotten of the book and the interactions with the author.

Anyway, to try to answer the question, I would have a hard time choosing another historical era. I've always admired the old West (or those pioneer days, with the Ingalls family, for instance). And I've been curious about ancient China, because it's such a rich culture. On the other hand, I'd have such a hard time missing modern conveniences (running water, washing machines, pads with wings... ;)) Maybe I could choose to live in the future?

housemouse88 said…
Hello Amanda,

Loved the question. It I could chose one era it would have to be during the American Civil War and the expansion of the West. It has always fascinated me. Have a great day.
Amanda McIntyre said…
Hey Fedore! thanks for stopping in!
Thats soem wide range of eras you have going there! LOL

I too, have a fascination with the old west. Beth too, I think;)

I used to love watch Litte House! Though I have to say my fav character was Nellie--she was the epitome of angst, wasn't she? ;)

Amanda McIntyre said…
Hi Housemouse!

Such a contrast of life in those days. eh? I wrote a book set in Georgia 1837? just prior to the Trail of Tears episode, in history

lots of stories in that era. I'm curioous what in particular about the era appeals to you?

One of my fav series is the North and the South with Patrick Swayze..anyone remember that?

kalynnick said…
The era I would like to live in Regency era because I just LOVE everything about that time period.
chey said…
The 1950's.
I like the music and the cars!
Genella deGrey said…
North and South has killer costumes made with yummy fabrics.

If you haven't seen it, you really should. They did parts II and III, but they're not as good as the first one.

Beth Ciotta said…
Love reading everyone era picks. I can't pick just one. I need a time machine so I can hop around. :) Amanda's right. I have a thing for the Wild West, so that would be one. I'd also like to sample the 1920s and 40s. The Renniasance peiod fascinates me and now that I think of it, I'm enamored with Regency, England--although I wouldn't have been fond of some of the social restrictions. Okay... now where' that time machine? :)
Beth Ciotta said…
I forgot to answer Amanda's question about a blog tour. No, I've never done one. I'm not sure I possess the time and energy just now. Major hats off to you! However, I hope to do one some day. It's on the be TO DO list. *g*
etirv said…
Inspite of everything, I'm happy in this era! My favorite things to read however are historical romances because it makes my imagination work harder and it's a nice escape!

Amanda McIntyre said…
Hi Kalynnick! Great to see you here! I need to do more study into that I think--did that era have its "dark corners?" LOL

Amanda McIntyre said…
Hi Chey! I alomots picked up American Grafetti the other night! LOL dad had one of those

nuf said..slinking away...

Amanda McIntyre said…
Genella, I juts bought the original DVD of North & South, its on the "tbw" stack which is alarmingly as high as my TBR stack!

Beth, that can be your next book a western steampunk that goes back to the Renaissance period!

It could happen!

Amanda McIntyre said…
Beth, you are most humbly welcome at House of Muse whenever your schedule permits!!

Amanda McIntyre said…
Delilah! I knew there was soemthing wonderful I liked about you (in additon to that carrot cake avatar you sport) I get hungry every time I look at that thing! Did you bake it?

thank you for stopping in!

Hi Amanda! I just finished reading "The Diary of Cozette," which I picked up at RWA National, and I really enjoyed it. I have to tell you, I didn't see the twist at the end coming :)

As for the time period I'd most like to experience, I'd have to say the Regency, but late Victorian era would be pretty interesting too. At least in the 1880's they had trains, more widespread indoor plumbing, and those really cool looking dresses with the bustles (although, I'm sure they're more fun to look at than they were to wear).

etirv said…
Aloha Amanda! Nah, I didn't bake that cake! I just love carrot cake and... just like historical romances, carrot cake comforts me! I cant believe you're almost at the end of your blog tour for Tortured!
Amanda McIntyre said…
HI Jennieke! thank yoou for stopping in and for checking out Cozette! Oh Im glad you didnt see the end coming!;)

Bustles...I'm still trying to figure out how they sat very comfortably in those things...LOL

Amanda McIntyre said…
The winner at Beths blog on the TORTURED tour is HOusemouse88!!!

Congratulations and please email me at to claim your book!!

thanks again Beth! Come over to my diggs anytime!

May the wind be at your back~

Beth Ciotta said…
Woo-hoo!! Congratulations, HouseMouse! I know you'll love TORTURED. And thank you Amanda! It was a thrill having you and your readers here. Come back soon!

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