A Date with an Author ~ Amanda McIntyre

Please welcome tonight’s ‘Date with an Author’ Amanda McIntyre! Amanda’s passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant for placing ordinary people into extraordinary situations. A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in print, E-book, and audio. She writes sizzling contemporary and erotic historical romance and believes no matter what, love will always find a way.

 AMANDA[1]GdG: Amanda!! It’s so lovely to have you as our next ‘Date!’ How’s the weather where you live right now?

AM: I live in the Heartland, USA, and it’s been pretty much a roller coaster this winter with balmy temps one day and sub-zero the next. Yes, we had a white Christmas which none of the weather people in our area knew was coming 😉 Whether around here used to be quite predictable. Chilly, oftentimes a rainy Fall, along about Thanksgiving the first signs of snow, and from then until around April—cold and snow. Now its rolling dice to see whats happening next week 😉 Thank you El Nino and climate changes 😉

GdG: What is your favorite piece of winter/seasonal clothing?

AM: This season has been an array of leggings that I wear with a funky knit dress or over-sized tunic for writing days. I don’t have any pics of me in them, but I shop a lot at Pyramid Collection, J. Jill, and TJMaxx.

GdG: Ooooooh, I LOVE the Pyramid Collection!! Now for Pet Pix! What sort of four-leged companion do you have in your family?

AM: We have a purebred, 90lb. Black Lab, Norman, who turned 8 years old this past December. 

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GdG: Aw! What a cutie!! Tell us how you get into the writing zone if you happen to be unmotivated that day?

AM: Sort of depends on the day. Meditation has become something I’ll do if I have too much swirling around up there and can’t focus. I always create a visual board of my characters, houses, towns, settings in general of my story to help keep it fresh in my head. Sometimes I’ll surf the internet for visual inspiration. Taking a walk, watch a movie, and coloring–actually focusing on something else some days is a good way to let your creative well recharge. If it’s just not coming—I walk away and do something entirely different. But I love being in the “zone” when I feel like I’m right there in the center of the story 😉

GdG: I love that as well :) What is your preferred media when writing? Pen & paper, audio notes, laptop, cocktail napkin?

AM: I used to think I was weird, but have since discovered a number of folks who pen their first draft and revise as they type the ms. I prefer loose leaf college rule paper, and always, always use a Black Bic Classic for the first draft. (I should have stock in Bic!) I’ve been known to jot down ideas on napkins, my phone, a notepad that I keep in my purse…

GdG: Cool. It’d different for every writer, and it’s great to get a glimpse of how they do it. What is the weirdest thing you’ve written an idea down on?

AM: When I recently redid my office space, I painted one entire wall with chalkboard paint and write quotes on it quite often! (* note: this doesn’t wipe off with an old fashioned eraser as well, but it’s quite fun to play on with chalk!)

GdG: How fun! Do you have a favorite work space?

AM: My office. I prefer using my PC over a laptop—tried them, never used them. Always came back to my desk and my PC.

GdG: It seems that everyone prefers their office… I want one, too! :) Tell us about a time when you weren’t writing and a fantastic idea hit you like a truck.

AM: I get lots of “fantastic” ideas! LOL I’m not sure they all necessarily turn out that way! Sometimes, you have to separate the “hit-by-a truck” moments with ones that start out as a seed and build into something that cannot be ignored!!

GdG: Kindly provide how you came up with your latest WIP + a blurb and a few sentences from it.

AM: The latest came unexpectedly and actually started out completely different from what I’d originally thought…it is the first book in a new spin-off series of my contemporary western Kinnison Legacy series. (RUGGED HEARTS, BK I, RUSTLER’S HEART, BK II, RENEGADE HEARTS, BK III) featuring the little town of End of the Line, Montana and its wonderfully quirky characters! The legacy of Jed Kinnison’s dream to make the ranch a place where people get a second chance, find themselves, and heal with the help of hard work and beautiful surroundings. Readers of the Kinnison brothers, wanted to read more about this little town and its people, so I created a spin-off series called the Last Hope Ranch. The first book in this series is called NO STRINGS ATTACHED and is due out in eBook and print in Spring 2016. (* preorder coming soon!)

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GdG: Ooooh, great cover!

AM: Here is the blurb from NO STRINGS ATTACHED By Amanda McIntyre-

More is happening in End of the Line, Montana!

The Last Hope Ranch was Jed Kinnison’s dream and his boys made certain his legacy would continue.

Sally Andersen has spent her life teaching school kids and being caretaker for her ailing father. Alone after five years, she sees her friends marry and start families and decides she, too, wants a family…just not in the conventional way.

Serving overseas left Clay Saunders with no leg, PTSD, survivor guilt, more pity than he wants, and no idea about his future. Asked to be a part of a charity bachelor auction by End of the Line’s fiery redheaded music teacher, Clay doesn’t expect the spark the hope of a normal life inside of him at her unusual request…

She wants a baby.

NO RULES. NO COMMITMENT. NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

GdG: Awesome!! So what is your latest work that is available now?

AM: I’m excited to announce I will be included in a special anthology project with a number of authors written solely for RT VEGAS

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This anthology will debut at the RT conference book signing and I’m thrilled to say my offering is called THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT—and is a vampire time-travel-contemporary!! I’m very honored to be part of this unique project with some amazing authors and part of the proceeds going to charity. (*Charity unnamed at time of this interview **Watch my blog or sign up for newsletter regarding preorder date coming soon!)

I’ve also recently re-released the first two books in my SWEET MAGNOLIA time-travel series (more to come!!)

CLOSER TO YOU, BK I  

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CHRISTMAS ANGEL,BK II

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There are a number of other books I’ve recently released and re-released—both contemporary and historical—available for your reading pleasure. The best and easiest way to find my books is to go to

www.amazon.com/author/amandamcintyre

GdG: Do you have any plans to attend book conferences in 2016?

AM: The only conference that I have plans to attend at this time is the RT Booklovers Conference in Las Vegas, NV. In April 2016. I was unable to attend RT last year due to my mom’s passing, so I’m looking forward to seeing people I haven’t seen in a while. There is also the possibility of the Midwestern Booklovers Unite Convention in October.

GdG: Yay! I’m going to RT, too! Can’t wait to see you there! Where is the best place for people to follow you where you consistently post? Twitter, FB, etc.?

AM: I try to carve out time for all of them and recently started a Pinterest page (*addictive!) But readers interested in following me can check out these links:

WEBSITE: http://www.amandamcintyresbooks.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMcIntyreAuthorFanPage

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/amandamcintyre1

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/519786.Amanda_McIntyre

AMAZON AUTHOR: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandamcintyre

NEWSLETTER: http://madmimi.com/signups/110714/join

GdG: Awesome!! Any final words of wisdom or well wishes for the new year you’d like to share?

AM: I’d like to thank all those who love to read, love trying new authors and inspire me daily with fair and heartfelt reviews, emails and messages. Besides, more books than your heart (or fav eReader) can hold, I wish you kindness, realized blessings, & cowboy dreams!

GdG: Thanks again, Amanda!

Readers, if you would like to be alerted when we have ‘Dates’ here on my website, please feel free to sign up for Blog post alerts at the top right-hand side of this site. :)

 

PS – Amanda would like to give one lucky participant a $5 Amazon gift card! Please see comments for details!!

25 Blogs in 25 days…the TORTURED tour!”

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August 22, 2009

Day eighteen of the blog tour

 

TORTURED, erotic medieval, Harlequin Spice, Aug.’09-Amanda McIntyre

See the book trailer at:  http://www.amandamcintyre.net/tortured.html#trailer

 

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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, Aug. ’09)

I want to thank my friend Genella for having me here today at her lovely internet abode!  It’s always kind of fun to poke around and see what’s going on!  If you haven’t read about all of Genella’s exciting news yet, be sure to check out her various books above and see what’s happening!  Congrats my friend, you are on a roll!

 

Well, here I am already the 18th day into my blog and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ve shared some of my “summer vacation” memories and had some fantastic discussions with folks along the way.  I kind of feel like I’m doing an Internet documentary, of sorts!  I think of how long it used to take to get a communication to another soul—lets see;

 

*776 BC, they used the first homing pigeons to send messages about the winners of the Olympics

*200BC first humans used as foot messengers/horseback

*100 BC the first bound books were made

*1450 newspapers show up in Europe

1835 Samuel Morse invents the Morse code

1861 the US begins the pony express for mail

1914 the first cross continental phone call was made (can you bring home some bread?)

1949 Network television begins

1966 Xerox invents the first telecopier

1976 Apple invents the first home computer (it would be 20 years later before this house had one!)

1994 The us govt. release control of internet, giving us “WWW” effectively creating the ability to have communication at lightspeed

 

*more stats found at http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_communication.htm

 

It doesn’t seem all that long ago, does it?  And who knows where technology will be twenty years from now!

 

And where is all this leading, you might ask?  Well, given that my heroine lived in an age traditionally known as the “dark ages,” she had to rely pretty much on what was in front of her at the time.  I have to wonder what it might have been like had she had an ITOUCH or a Blackberry?  I suspect that she and Dryston would not have had near the adventure they did!  Perhaps they wouldn’t have met except on Match dot com?  It is food for thought and a hilarious medieval comedy to be sure to think about though!  So I would like to pose the question to each of you…if you could live without (permanently) one electronic or technological device in your home or car—what would it be?

 

Oh, the answers I can only imagine are rolling around in heads, right now!;)  Leave your comments here for a chance to win a copy of TORTURED!

 

Next blog stop: McIntyre’s House of Muse!  Yep! I’m tossing some shrimp on the barby, turning on my little Chinese lanterns on the deck roof and getting out the patio chimney for s’amores later on! Come on by, we’re going to get a sneak peek at another NEVER BEFORE PUBLICIZED excerpt of TORTURED, a brief story featuring Thomas Rodin, never before published until now, some more Gods of Football pics and a few fun giveaways through the weekend! Including a few copies of Diary of Cozette, one of Tortured, and who knows what other mischief I can get into!

 

May the wind be at your back~

Amanda

www.amandamcintyre.net

 

RT BookLovers Convention 2009

Consider this a late entry.   :)

I’ve been to a few conventions in my time – but the best of the best is RT.

This year I roomied with my friend Arial Burnz.
(Sorry – Arial made me remove the beautiful pic of her and her HAND MADE butterfly mask.)
We are crazy together. She and I can talk for HOURS! I was afraid we’d never get any sleep.

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 This is Arial at the Faery Ball – she’d just had a crash-landing. Hear her saying, “AAAAAAW.”

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 Night owl that I am, I hung out with Cathy and Courtney at the bar, “Gatorville,” where we giggled well into to wee hours.

Here they are at the Faery Ball – Cathy’s wings were so huge!:

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During RT, I signed mock-up covers of my first ebook release. Here are my girls Cathy and Courtney at my signing:

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Here is my friend Trish Albright (roomie from RT ’08) and her awesome (and very lucky, I might add) boyfriend (her roomie for RT ’09 – LOL) Andrew:

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Here are my friends, Christine London (romance author) and her hubby Larry, who sat across from us at the Faery Ball:

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I shall finish up with two of the three “Lust in Time” gals, Kristi Astor/Kristina Cook and Amanda McIntyre and me. For some reason, I can’t remember which dinner we were at. Must be the WAY too many Rum Punches and the Butterscotch Martini (courtesy of Jimmy Gaskin. Thanks for the candy, J-man!)

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We had a BLAST! I hope you all can join us next year (April 28 – May 2, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.) Just FYI – April 30 is my birthday – I’m not expecting presents, but I’d love to see you there! Your presence would be the best present ever.

(((GREAT BIG HUGS)))

G.