Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Greetings! Lovely Gift of a Booktrailer Video

Sometimes the greatest gifts we are blessed with  do not come wrapped up with a bow. They are the emails and notes of good wishes for the season or telling you how much a reader loved your book. I may never attain the status of a New York Times Bestseller,(and if I do, I shall never forget the support of those who knew me"when;)) but I appreciate every one of my readers! My thanks to all the magazines, blogs, forums, yahoo loops, interview sites, promotion groups and writer's groups who support this author's dream of telling her stories.

I'd like to share this special gift from a talented friend in Italy, Christina Contilli who sent me this beautifully artistic rendition of a booktrailer for one of  her fav books, THE MASTER & THE MUSES, for that alone, I am deeply humbled. Her work and choice of art and music is breathtaking.

Happy Holidays to all and may each of you have ten times the joy you have brought to me!

Booktrailer of "The master and the muses" of Amanda McIntyre from Cristina Contilli on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Cowboy's Miracle -a Holiday story by Amanda McIntyre

Worn and weathered from age and years of being alone, the cowboy in this story contemplates his life and its worth in the big scheme of things.  He wonders if he should have made different choices—better choices, perhaps.  Still, while in the solitude of a cattle run on a freezing cold winter’s night, the old man is given the chance to see his purpose on this earth.  Taken from one of my early newspaper columns, I would like to share with you “The Cowboy’s Miracle,” and wish each of you peace in your days and a hope that shines eternal.

Christmas Night~
I pulled up the collar of my duster against the unexpected storm. I had endured holiday a holiday alone, but for some reason this year I felt more alone.. Maybe it was that I’m getting on in years. Maybe I’ve had enough of roping, delivering calves, and branding to last three lifetimes. Still, I know nothing else. My life revolves around being a cattle driver. Maybe I should just accept that fact and stop bellyaching about it.

I pulled open the door to the one room cabin that had stood the test of time and seasons of driving cattle to higher ground to feed. Stomping the snow from my boots I peered through the dark with only my single flashlight to search for the cabin’s kerosene lamps. I fumbled in my pocket, my old hands aching from the cold and found a small box of matches. With a couple of tries, I struck the match against the small wood table and the room illuminated with greater light.

For reasons I could not explain my hand shook and my senses came full alert that I was not alone. The flashlight dropped from my hands, rolling across the uneven floor. Squinting through my ancient eyes, a startled sound came from my throat as I saw a shadowy figure standing quietly in the dark. I held the flame higher and there was a fleeting moment when I wondered why the match hadn't burnt my calloused fingers.

"Who is it? This here's private property friend. How'd you get here?" The light within the room grew increasingly brighter until I was forced to cover my eyes. Maybe it was an angel come to take me to the Promised Land? God willing that's where I hoped that I would go.

"I was lost and cold,” a voice stated quietly.

Somewhere in the back of his mind, I remembered the passage my mother used to read on Christmas Day. "And you gave us clothes for our back,” I muttered in quiet response. Was I hallucinating from the cold?

"I was hungry,” the voice continued.

I frowned as I realized I was no longer afraid, only urged by something inside me to follow along with the words that flowed back to me for no reason that I could think of. "And you gave us food to eat."

"I was thirsty."

"And you gave us drink,” I nodded, though I didn’t understand what was happening.

My heart eased at the strange connection I felt to the intruder. "Are you an angel?" I asked cautiously as I bent to light the kerosene lamp. I turned up the wick and looked back to the dark corner where I’d spoken to the shadowy figure.

I grabbed the table to steady myself as fear and curiosity crept over my shoulders. Holding the lamp in front of me, I moved around the table inching my way to the corner. There was nothing but an old wool blanket lying on the floor.

At that moment, a knock sounded on the door above the fierce howling storm outside. On shaky legs I managed to get to the door and swung it open unsure of what I might find. On shaky legs I managed to get to the door and swung it open unsure of what I might find. Standing in the winter wind, stood a young man and a small woman, huddled together in an ice-covered blanket.

"Our car broke down. I have nothing to give you, but if you will let us rest here I would appreciate it. My wife, you see is about to have our child. We’re too far from the next town and with the storm, I’m afraid to risk trying." The woman's gaze met mine with fear mixed with the pleading look in her eye. My whole life all I’d done was deliver calves, surely I could do this.

I ushered the couple in and settled the woman on my single cot. Starting a warm fire, I melted some snow in a heavy cast iron kettle. I had only one cup, but the couple shared a bit of my soup and nibbled on a loaf of my bread.

When it was her time the young man was at her side, providing his encouragement as I did the only thing in my life that I knew well. The one thing I’d sworn lately was not worth much in the big picture of life.

As the boy child uttered his first cry, I wept along with the couple for the miracle we’d witnessed this night.

"What's' your name?" the young mother asked me.

"The name’s Aaron, ma'am."

"Then we’ll call him Aaron, won't we?" The woman smiled up at her husband, who leaned down to place a kiss on the babe’s head.

“Aaron it is,” he said with tears still fresh on his cheeks.

I gave the new family some time alone as I stood on the other side of the cabin and stared out the window at the frozen valley.

The storm had since subsided and the moon, full and bright, cast long shadows on the freshly fallen snow. Off in the distance I heard a young calf call to its mama. I smiled as I noticed a shadowy figure standing near my herd. As clear as if by my side, I heard his words spoken against the frigid night.

"What you do for the least of them, you do unto me."

A tear trickled down my cheek. Though it had taken many years, it was this night of all nights that I realized my humble, solitary life had true purpose.

Blessings and Peace to all~

Monday, December 13, 2010

Anniversary Bash for the Holidays! Last week!

It's the final week of UNUSUAL HISTORICALS 4th anniversary bash!!

When signed copies of my books (your choice!) and a slew of other books as well!! ;))

Exciting selections from Elizabeth Lane, Diane Whiteside, Hope Tarr,Lisa Marie Wilkinson,Lisa J Yarde, Kate Bridges,Monica Burns and me--Amanda McIntyre!

May all your days be merry and bright
and your books give you joy all through the night!!

Happy Holidays from your friends at Unusual Historicals!

Be well~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Giftees for the Holidays!

I have some free prezzies to share with my readers! Grab your cuppa steaming whatever-is your pleasure;) and curl up with one of my FREE READS to add some heat and romance to your holidays!

Hope they "awaken your passion and put a little jingle in your merry! Enjoy!

THE BOYS CLUB  (Reader Discretion Advised: This story contains scenes of explicit sexuality.)

London, 1850

Lucille Smith’s passions have ruined her life—divorced, disowned from her family and now fired from her job because of them.
But when the mysterious and darkly compelling Lord Grant Thurgood recognizes that fire within Lucille, he offers her a job, and she thinks she’s finally gotten lucky. Only the job has certain…stipulations. In exchange for luxury and a very handsome wage, Lucille would act as mistress to Lord Thurgood’s Boys’ Club and fulfill the members’ every desire.
All members but one—Lord Thurgood himself. The man who, with one touch, has burned himself onto Lucille’s body, into her every thought and fantasy, and lit a fuse within her that will ultimately explode.

GARDEN OF DREAMS (Crescent Moon Press)
Satisfied, Celeste rocked back on her heels and surveyed her first day's efforts in the garden. Having a purpose had become her salvation. She'd seen the picturesque ad of the remote seaside, Victorian bed and breakfast in a magazine three weeks ago. The day was vivid in her memory. She gave up on love the same day. Read More...

HER CAPTAIN RETURNS (Crescent Moon Press) The townspeople of the tiny upper New England town, now called Cape Elizabeth, never gave much thought to the beautiful woman who would appear at the onset of winter each year. In quiet wonder, she would smile at the renovations and new products on the shelves. And folks would just tip their heads in a friendly nod and keep to their business-as good New Englanders do. Most knew that Lizzie was preparing for her captain's return. Read More...

UNFORGETTABLE ( Just One Bite, Vol. II-All Romance Ebooks)
Vamps and Weres and Fae, oh my!  Throw in some Angels and Demons and Ghosts, add some spicy sex, and you've got the perfect recipe for one hot read. ARe's Just One Bite Anthology Volume 2 brings you the best of paranormal erotic romance from some of your favorite authors.

Congratulations to the winners of my 30 Days of Decadence contest! Each winner will receive a copy of my latest Victorian holiday release,  A CHRISTMAS PROMISE! Congrats to Kathy, Sarah and Robyn!

Holiday contests still running, check them out!
30 Days of Decadence! Celebrating the holidays with gifts daily!

Monday, December 6, 2010


(ok, maybe the second best thing;)


Head over all week long to take part in the holiday celebration of the


Happy holidays from your authors at Unusual Historicals!!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Holidays with FREE READS!!!!

All Romance E-Books has released three--count them, three-- luscious volumes of the finalists in the recent "Just One Bite" anthology contest!! My story, UNFORGETTABLE, is in Volume Two--

UNFORGETTABLE is a short slice of dark, sensual decadence with two lovers--one vampire, the other a slayer--meeting again on the eve of the tribunal gathering, where a new leader of the vampire clan for the next hundred years is to be named.  When his life is threatened, he must rely on the woman he scorned to protect him from the insider of the clan who is trying to kill him!

Volume TWO- Just one Bite

Sneak Peek:
Gunner waited, focused on retrieving her scent in the heavily misted midnight breeze. He waited another breath and then stepped from his hiding place. An elbow met his face and before he could react, there was a painful blow to his shin and a quick, decisive jab to his gut, causing him to double over and gasp for air.

“You think I didn’t know you were here? I sensed you the minute I stepped from the pub. Where’d you go, Gunner? You forgot to say goodbye.”

He wiped the blood trickling from his nose as he smiled at his assailant. “Good to see you, too. I see you haven’t changed, Tory. What’s up?” Damn the woman still could whip his ass, though he had to figure in that she had the advantage of his jumbled thoughts. He looked her over from head to toe and through an eye he knew would be swollen soon, she still looked good enough to eat—figuratively speaking. She was a bad boy’s dream in her form-fitting jeans and thin white T-shirt topped with a worn leather biker’s jacket. A fuchsia colored scarf was looped fashionably twice around that beautiful neck. Gunner felt a twinge stirring below his belt.

Tory shifted her oversized black bag on her shoulder and eyed him warily. “I suppose you want me to take care of that,” she nodded, referring to his eye.

“I wouldn’t want to trouble you,” Gunner remarked, rubbing his hand over his gut.

“Like hell, you wouldn’t, Gunner. Come on then. I’m just up the block. Don’t try anything though, I’m warning you.”

He grinned, raising his hands in defense. “Wouldn’t dream of it,” he replied. Only he had and every night for a year after he’d left her at the seedy motel where they’d gone to have some privacy. They’d met at a bistro in Tuscany and spent the next week touring the sights, sampling the wine and food, learning about each other-eventually revealing who he was, what he was and offering her the same. She declined and their last night together, he mustered every ounce of strength, making passionate love with her, but not taking her for his eternal mate.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Friday, November 26, 2010


It's predicted that this holiday season will be the biggest yet for the new handlheld reading devices, making it even easier for avid readers to get the books they want, faster without the long lines and crowded parking lots! Kindle, Nook, Sony, Koob---and iPad, itunes, Smashwords---all have heard the clamor from consumers and answered the call.  And now publishers--large and small, new and traditional--have embraced this new way to get books into the hands of readers!

E-Publishing has come a long way  in thie last decade, making it impossible to ignore that eletronic publishing has a valid place in the publishing industry. Many small press and larger press now offer theor books in print as well as various downloadable formats, and authors-new & seasoned-- are partaking in this ground-breaking wave of reading.


30 DAYS OF DECADENCE   Books, gifts, fun and more await readers starting today--Black Friday!!

I am happy to launch the start of the 30 DAYS OF DECADENCE with my victorian-set historical holiday romance, a CHRISTMAS PROMISE;

Widowed Irishman, Brady McCormick made a promise to his young wife the day she died--to bring their son to America and begin a new life in the land of opportunity.Living in charity with a distant uncle in New York, barely scraping by, Brady is unsure he will be able to uphold the promise, much less quell the loneliness, until an angel appears at the docks, Saran Reichardt.

Headstrong and tenacious, gentlewoman Saran knows she's unlike most women of society. Dedicated to teaching and helping the impoverished, she has no need of a man to take care of her, but an accidental encounter with a stormy-eyed Irish immigrant and his young son changes her perception of what need really is. Will this holiday give them both the hope and faith they desire or will their own stubbornness keep them apart

Check out the blog today --Black Friday--and leave a comment for your chance to win one of three copies of A Christmas Promise to be given away!


Amanda McIntyre's SUGAR & SPICE- NAUGHTY & NICE CONTEST! Nov.22-Dec. 15, 2010*

Win a copy of WINTER AWAKENING (Winters Desire print anthology) and the release in e-book format of my NEW traditional historical romance set in Victorian New York, A CHRISTMAS PROMISE!  Stop by and sign up to win!! Happy reading!

Signing up for my periodic newsletter gives you a chance monthly to win a gift card from Barnes & Noble! Sign up through Fresh Fiction or at my website!  Great for holiday shopping!

A warm wish for safe travel and the blessings of family, friends and plenty of good reading this holiday season!!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Faeries Run Amuck! Annual RT Faery Court Scavenger Hunt is launched!

They're back! The Faeries of the 2011 Romantic Times Booklovers Faery Ball invite you to their glade where you will find a bevy of surprises and a scavenger hunt sure to please the voracious reader!

A magical click  to The Faery Court  will take you to a land of star-dusted sites and give you the clues you need to join us on our annual Scavenger hunt! An armload of prizes await you in the faery realm! Come join in our frolic and fun!

~See you in L.A.!

2011 Fae Queens Amanda & Sahara

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Meet the Author Booksigning event: You're Invited!

Tuesday October 05, 2010 7:00 PM

Barnes and Noble
The Shoppes at Three Fountains,
4550 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA

I will be signing all of my Spice titles at this popular annual multi-author mass booksigning event !

Hope to see you there!!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Good news! Just One Bite Contest at All Romance E-Books

Good news!
My short paranormal UNFORGETTABLE , inspired by musings of "The Tribe" (descriptions of a busload of imaginary heroes  written by readers) has been named a finalist in the "JUST ONE BITE" contest going on now at All Romance E-books. Click here to vote!

If you love the story, I ask for your vote to help get it to the next round;)  Readers are allowed one vote per round!

I love this time of year with its chilly nights, listening to the dark wind in the trees, caught by surprise at the sudden rustle of leaves behind you as you walk a deserted street...

Please let me know if you would like to read more about "The Tribe" heroes!!!!  email me:

I invite you also to take a look at a brand new publisher on the block--Decadent Publishing--touting some amazing, strong new voices in the industry ! Exceptional quality and array of genres and heat levels, I am pleased that they picked up my sexy paranormal, BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON, a perfect little "taste" of the she-wolf lurking in every woman.;)

Update: Finals preparations are in the works for the next in the Celtic Spice anthology coming out in April 2011! This one covers the festival of Beltane. Co-writers, Kristi Astor, Charlotte Featherstone and I  invite you to keep an eye out for THE PLEASURE GARDEN coming soon!

Enjoy your Autumn!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday Musings: The Windmills of My Mind

My apologies for my intermittent(at best) posts;) Its' been one crazy late summer /early fall on so many levels of my life;) --Sort of like  windmills-continually moving--
Speaking of--isn't this pic lovely? Air energy windmills dot the landscape near where I live and I have found their artistic beauty(IMO) a serene view at sunset.

Moving right along--I want to thank everyone for the lovely emails regarding your thoughts in reading  THE MASTER & THE MUSES. I admit Thomas was rather one of those men extremely hard to peel away the layers of, but deep down, he is a darling. ;) As I've always stated--you either love him or hate him-but rarely can you forget him;) It's good to know that the majority of you really loved the book!;)

FORBIDDEN PLEASURES-the story of Torin and Alyson is now available at Harlequin Spice Briefs and all its many forms of ebook distributions, including at Amazon Kindle. It's received a thoughtful and provoking review--as always at ALL I WANT AND MORE  *scroll down to read Cecile's review! Cecile knows I love her reviews because they are real and make you think beyond the book!

New on the horizon-I'm excited to announce a new publisher-Decadent Publishing is now open and ready to introduce some smashing new authors to the reading world!  Additionally, I have found a home there for a couple of stories as I continue to branch out into the Contemporary romantic suspense realm!  For your steamier shape-shifter read I have  BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON--its a short read I like to call my "fang in cheek" tale on she-wolves;)

Coming this December (gorgeous cover art coming soon, I hope!) I am pleased to announce a beautiful holiday historical romance(in the true traditional sense)  set against the backdrop of New York City . It is heartwrenching story of a hardworking Irishman, Brady McCormick who makes a promise to his wife to bring their son to America and make a life-in spite of what may happen to her. When she dies, he struggles with ever being able to love anyone as much and is protective of her memory and their son, until he meets a tenacious, beautiful and kind American woman who cares for his son and eventually captures his heart as well. A CHRISTMAS PROMISE will be out in December 2010 from Decadent Publishing.

Please visit UNUSUAL HISTORICALS this Friday (9.24.10) when I will be featured as one of their new contributors. I have always admired and marveled at what these authors find and share in the realm of historical research-and so becoming a part of this group is both an honor and thrill for me. Watch for announcements of a fantastic celebration coming from UH in December when they celebrate their anniversary! LOTS of book giveaways and fun things going on!

Finally, thank you to you who have asked about my mom's health and continue to keep her in your thoughts. Its a comfort to know that my friends care;)

Hope to see you Friday over at Unusual Historicals! I may even be giving away a book of your choice that day!

Be well~


Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Medieval Morsel

I'm very excited to finally be able to share that my steamy medieval Spice Briefs, FORBIDDEN PLEASURES is finally here!

 Many of you who read TORTURED asked what happened to Sierra's younger brother who the Saxon orderd to be taken to the woods and killed....well, I listened and here you go. This is the story of Torin and the forbidden love of Alyson, a Celtic woman who would become his greatest strength.

  You can get this medieval morsel for a slew of your wonderful electronic gadgets including KINDLE and at the new and improved Harlequin website for SPICE BRIEFS

Here is one of my favorite excerpts:

“I was instructed to speak with you.” She saw his smile vanish, his expression bathed by the moon, turned serious.

“From whom do you receive your instruction?” he asked searching her face.

Alyson averted her eyes from his steady gaze and searched what to say to him. “Come, sit here beside me and let me see your hand.” She drew him to a stone bench just outside his room.

“You want to see my hands?” The Roman asked, his eyes alert to the garden around them. “You are becoming a more curious woman, with each passing moment.”

“You must believe me. Back there in the garden, when you grabbed my arm. There was great magic in your touch.” There was barely enough room for the two of them on the small bench. She took his hand, palm up and placed it on her lap.

“I think you would find greater pleasure were my hand turned over,” he stated leaning close, providing her with a charming grin.

“Assuming that you think you know what gives me pleasure, milord?” she asked, guarding herself to his bewitching advances. He bore a magnetism that was hard to ignore, no doubt part of his skillful leadership capabilities. That thought reminded her of why she’d been sent. He was far too easy to fantasize about and seated here at his side made the temptation even greater.

“Forgive me, milady. But do I detect a challenge in your response?”

“Did you not believe me when I tell you I’ve been sent to speak with you?”

“To be truthful, when a beautiful woman appears in the middle of the night in my bedroom, my thoughts do not turn speaking.” He squeezed her hand.

“Listen to me well. This is about you, your future. It has nothing at all to do with me, other than to be the messenger for the gods.”

To further satisfy your medieval hunger, I invite you to pick up TORTURED . Listed on eHarlequin's Top Ten Best Erotic Fiction Reads.

Complex and riveting, it is the story of  Dryston and Sierra--their  passion and courage and love for their families, friends and each other--that help them survive in this dark era.

What readers are saying about Tortured:

"Tortured is driven with the need for hope during such tumultuous times as was that part of history. I felt as if i were whisked away to that time and that land. The vivid descriptions and steady rhythm of the story made for one disturbingly touching tale of hope, love and survival."~Amy

" feel as though you are right there with the characters..." Barb
"I wish more readers would give erotic novels a chance. The stories, if well written, like this one is; you will understand the reason for the use of sex in the story. This was my first experience with this author, Amanda McIntyre. I'm glad I took the time to read this novel and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work in the future." a Reader

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last Day for Fresh Fiction Hot August Giveaways!

Chillax this summer with an eccentric Englishman

      You may know a man like Thomas is--bad boy, egotistical, hard to resist.  His passion is his painting and his women are his muses.

But what happens when your muse wants more?

'Unique...irrisistable..a very special reading experience,4.5 stars"~RT Bookreviews

                                                                    Click here!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Candy Store style inspiration

There are few times I find my self as giddy as a kid in a candy store, but I stumbled across another great little flick that has given me oodles (yes, you read that correct, oodles!) of inspiration whilst I write my current  dark Victorian erotic suspense.

The film--a remake of the classic Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

It stars the brilliant Colin Firth and a mesmeizing young actor by the name of Ben Barnes in the lead role of the forever young Dorin Gray. The supporting cast including Ben Chaplin just adds to an overall brilliant performance in this expose' of the dark decadence of the well-to-do in London.

The costuming and set design alone are absolutely wonderful! And the story, as retold in this particular version, illuminates this talents of its exceptional cast exceedingly well! A highlight of the movie is a scene shot at the famed Circle of Lebanon at Highgate cemetary. (*okay, I admit to haveing an unusual fascination with cemetaries and Highgate is one of my top ten that I dream of visiting one day)

If you haven't already (maybe back in high school?) read the original book by Oscar Wilde, I suggest you do;)

Then, if you'd like a brilliant visual and prefer your Victorian toasted dark, then I highly recommend this latest version of Dorian Gray !

As for me...its back to my writing...

Until next time~

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday Coffee Talk: What I learned from Thomas Rodin & other musings;)

Its not often that I share the letters from readers but I have marveled at the spectrum of thoughts about my dark hero, Thomas Rodin (The Master and the Muses) and find it fascinating what people are saying about him. Thomas of course, is used to both criticism and flattery, taking both with a mere shrug of his shoulder, simply as that is the way of this man. On a personal level, I find Thomas an intriguing and frustrating man--complex , yes and yet, not really. In his world of artists and creative-types, the ego-centric attitude is not uncommon. "One has to be I suppose out of survival of the fittest," Thomas would tell me.

And it dawned on me then, that "survival" seems to be a reoccuring theme in many of my stories. Perhaps it reaches far back into my personal life, perhaps it's simply that I enjoy seeing the ordinary person step up to the plate and become extraordinary in their own right.

Thomas, poor boy, never aspired to be anyone's champion, other than his own. But life, as it often does, interferred and crossing his path came three women who would over time, turn his neat little world upside down-causing him to look at the man in the mirror and make a change.

If you haven't yet read the book, I shan't tell you which of these everyday beauty's captured his heart in the end, you should find that out for yourself;)

Everyone deserves a little happiness. That may be temporal or forever, life is funny that way. We never know which it will be. Savor each moment. Thomas taught me this in the way he enjoyed his walks in nature, in the way he found beauty in the ordinary, in the sound of a poet's word, in the stroke of his brush. A dreamer, poet, rogue--Thomas lived in the moment. And that's something we could all take a lesson from...

Random reader thoughts about Masters & the Muses....

"From the first chapter you are hooked and you can't stop reading until you put the book down. There is mystery, happiness, profound sadness for some of the characters at times, in the end well........... lets say the author wraps up the book nicely and doesn't leave any strings hanging which I hate.." Reader
"Amanda has such a way with her writing that you feel as though you are behind the curtain, behind the door... As if you are watching the things unfold right in front of your eyes... " Reader
"Rodin is resolved to show them that entire he deserves his spot among the masters and the stories follow his pursuit of his dream along with three special women who play apart in his work and his life. Each woman is very different and brings something new into Thomas's life as he ushers them into a world of art and beauty and one of desire and abandon as well. "...Reader
"Thomas Rodin is a man of many talents and many pleasures. He finds it hard to refuse himself, after all he is the master of his domain, the master artisan. He's passionate to a fault with his muses, trying to be what they all want as they try to conform to his life. He is a true artist, able to see the beauty in the world around him, as well as the not so pretty world that in reality, he must live in..." Reader

Go out there today and savor every moment!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Little Poll...because I'm curious like that

For those of you who know me, you know that I have eclectic taste in music--everything from Vivaldi to Queen to Broadway musicals. I am the same way in my reading. I guess the technical term would be-- "mood" reader. There are times I want a little suspense, other days I love be transported back into time (yay Medieval,Celtic and Victorian!)
Other days, I'm quite content to pour over brochures and research books in preparation for my next book. Yeah and I have been known to actually leisurely read through a dictionary. Weird? oh well...

Are you a purebread reader--emersing yourself totally in one era or genre? Or do you enjoy sampling a variety of reads--aka Forrest Gump(a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get?)

As I continue to work on my current book THE DARK SEDUCTION OF MISS JANE, ( a dark victorian romantic suspense,btw) I have just finished reading Beth Ciottas Evie Ever After--totally falling in love with her Scottish bad boy hero, Arch;) heavy sigh...but I digress...
I tend to read opposite of what I'm writing , for some reason it frees my brain.
As if I need more help in that area;)

So what about you? Aside for the great covers, are you a :

*Purebred Genre reader:(read only traditional work in that genre)________

*Go by the blurb on the book, genre doesn't matter_________

*Never read the blurb, if the cover is HOT, I'm on it!:__________

*Prefer a certain era/genre__________and wish I could find more like it:

Share with me your thoughts and be entered to win an ebook copy of my sexy new contemporary paranomral release BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON!

Desirous for your thoughts!;)


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Coffee Talk/ Author Empress LaBlaque 8.12.10

THURSDAY COFFEE TALK : special Friday Edition;)

Today we've got another Lady Leo author at the House of Muse. Like the authors I've been highlighting in past weeks, Empress is also a part of Arrow Publications Apple Apps author program (*read more about that here)

Let's first get to know the author and then we'll find out more about her writing! Tell us a bit about yourself, Empress.

Empress: I consider myself a connoisseur of fine romance. I can find romance in any situation and I enjoy writing across genres. My love for writing dates back to high school where my studies took a back seat to my writing. As punishment for my lack of attention, I had one teacher who pulled me forward and demanded I read my paper. That teacher admitted my story was good, but sent me to the office anyway. Here’s to you, Mr. English and thanks ;)

I understand that you write interracial romance. How do you see your role as an author in writing IR Romance?

Empress: There is a strong alliance between the name Empress LaBlaque and interracial romance. Right now, interracial romance is fresh, new, and exciting. It’s also rewarding on many levels. I‘ll write whatever the public demands. Some women will never experience an interracial relationship. To some, it’s considered taboo or an off-limits fantasy. I’m the catalyst who provides a safe bite of forbidden fruit. When writing IR Romance, the hero loves his heroine without condition. I immerse my IR characters in various plots or situations. While I enjoy writing this genre, the majority of my readers are Caucasian.  My favorite genres include paranormal, time travel, historical, vampires, as well as contemporary IR romance.

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book-WHAT COLOR IS LOVE?

Tamela Johnson is an outstanding substance abuse counselor. She conducts seminars all over the United States. Of course she has everything under control, including her love life. Wrong! While attending a boring seminar, Tamela meets Lane Corbett, an English gentleman. She is horrified when he reveals he’s been following her and has an undeniable crush on her. Because Lane is smitten, Tamela wonders if he realizes she's black. Is Lane blind or simply crazy?

How about a sneek peek of the book?;))

“Tell me your problem? I’m a good counselor.”

Lane took my hand. “You.”

I quickly retrieved my hand and gazed around the dining room. “Stop that. You’re going to give people the wrong impression.”

“I don’t care, Love,” Lane declared.

“Lane. You hardly know me,” I admitted, gazing wildly around the room. “Sh- Someone might hear you.”

Lane sighed and leaned back in his chair. “I’m coming on a bit strong, eh?”

“No—You think so?”

“You conducted a seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, right?”

I tilted my head to the side. I had no idea where this question was going. “Yes. About a month ago,” I replied.

“I listened to every word that fell from your lips, Tamela. By the time you’d finished, I’d fallen madly in love with you.”

I was drinking my tea when Lane made his staggering confession. I almost sprayed his face with it. “In love--with me?” I blotted my lips. “The crowd was massive. I really don’t recall seeing you.”

Lane pointed to himself. “I was the guy who kept standing around after the seminar was over. I helped you take your things to your car.”

I snapped my fingers. “Yes, you did!”

Define for readers, your ideal heroine:

Empress: My heroine embraces the personality of all women. She can be brassy, demure, lonely, or just in love. Imperfections are a must, as perfect people tend to scare me. Most of all, she must possess a great compassion for humanity, putting her needs aside for the good of others. She selects a mate who compliments her. He will not overpower nor dominate her, yet she’ll always feel safe in his arms.

Question for one of Empress's books:
So many times heat ratings are at the mercy of the distribution site they appear on. I have had some of my books misjudged by the ratings placed on them and so encourage readers to always check my website for clarification of heat levels in my books. As I love happy, enthusiastic readers, I would like to know, if you choose a book by the heat level or by the story?

Leave your comment and be enetered to receive one of the Empress's book!
Thanks to Empress and Arrow Publications for this special blog tour featuring authors from Lady Leo Publishing!
You can obtain a copy of What Color Is Love at Apple Itunes  
Learn more about Empress and her books at  her website and blog
Check out her books at Lady Leo Publishing

Until next time~


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sneek Peek Tuesday: PLEASURE GARDEN

Just in--new cover art for the second anthology in the Harlequin Celtic Spice mini series. PLEASURE GARDEN~ watch for more in coming weeks!

*kinda makes you appreciate all those weeds a little bit more, doesn't it? ;))

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Musings; Free Read goodies!

Congrats to Jenn and Linda for playing my little wolfy game to celebrate my new shapeshifter debut at Decadent Publishing! Please email me for arrangements for your prizes!


I've had these out for a while, but they may be hard to find;) So I thought, you might enjoy a little sizzle, a little romance and magic and a little paranormal! Enjoy!


*Reader Discretion Advised: This story contains scenes of explicit sexuality.*

Lucille Smith’s passions have ruined her life—divorced, disowned from her family and now fired from her job because of them.
But when the mysterious and darkly compelling Lord Grant Thurgood recognizes that fire within Lucille, he offers her a job, and she thinks she’s finally gotten lucky. Only the job has certain…stipulations. In exchange for luxury and a very handsome wage, Lucille would act as mistress to Lord Thurgood’s Boys’ Club and fulfill the members’ every desire

On the run from a broken realtionship , Celeste discovers a rundown, but quiant seaside bed & breakfast, who like her, just needs a little tender loving care. Helping the elderly proprietor with her decaying garden, Celeste is transformed, even as the garden is transformed. Hope rekindled, as the magical garden thrives, so too her dreams come alive, sensual and passionate!

The townspeople of the tiny upper New England town, now called Cape Elizabeth, never gave much thought to the beautiful woman who would appear at the onset of winter each year. In quiet wonder, she would smile at the renovations and new products on the shelves. And folks would just tip their heads in a friendly nod and keep to their business-as good New Englanders do. A tale of the relentless sea and aof the woman who would not let love die.
Back to writing~~

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday Coffee Talk/ Author Dominique LeSane 8.5.2010

Good morning! Today we continue our feature here at TCT with another talented author from Lady Leo Publishing who is taking part in  Arrow Publications Apple Apps Program

Read more about this exciting partnering opportunity for both authors and publishers at Arrow Publications website!

Now to meet Dominique!

 Dominique LeSane pens mystery and erotic short stories. She is the author of The Housewife Diaries, Seven Year Itch, and May/December Romance. A native of Baltimore, MD, Dominique LeSane now calls the Dirty South her home.

Blurb from Arrow App of the Week:
Seven Year Itch

What do you do when you're absolutely head over heels in love with your husband, and he with you...but there's NO sex life? Isaiah and Dara Moore have all the creature comforts that life can afford, but as they reach year seven in their marriage, they realize their perfect life is missing an essential ingredient: sex. Isaiah whisks Dara away for their anniversary to a place he believes will reignite the spark, but when they arrive at the location, will Dara be game?

Tell TCT, what is your idea of the perfect hero/heroine?
You will find in my writing the characters go through struggles that we can all relate to. Of course we haven't all cheated on our significant others, but in reading my stories, you could understand why the character may have chosen to do so- even if you disagree with their choice. My idea hero/heroine possesses those characteristics that make readers love them because they can relate and the reader wants to travel with them on their journey.

Question for giveaway of a copy of this story: Leave your thoughts for a chance to win!
Isaiah took Dara away in an attempt to reignite the fire in their relationship? Is that something you would ever consider in your relationship?

You can get Seven Year Itch at Apple iTunes Apps
and read more about her at interview with Arrow Publications Newsletter!

Thanks Dominique for stopping by and continued success in your writing!

Dominique loves to share her gift of writing with her readers. Look for more to come from Dominique Fall 2010. Check out more from this gifted author at
You can contact her at

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Coffee Talk/ Author Linda Herman aka Sunshine Royal

Welcome and good morning to TCT! This week we're continuing our discussions with some of the authors from Lady Leo Publishing, who have partnered with Arrow Publications to enroll in their Apple Apps promotion program. If you want to know more about this  fantastic promo idea as well as the sizzling hot romance graphic novels that have garnered the likes of best-selling author, Lucy Monroe , check out more at Arrow Publications 

At Coffee Talk today , we welcome multi-genre author, Linda Herman aka Sunshine Royal. Two pen names generally denotes two different writing styles is that the case then, with you?

Linda: As an author I do not confine myself to writing in only one genre. Through my persona, Sunshine Royal I create stories of Erotica with true to life storylines. As Linda R. Herman, I write stories that range from Contemporary to Inspirational and an occasional Romance.

I see that Literary Lovers Book Club Reviews gave your book CHEMISTRY 101, its highest rating. Here is part of what they had to say--

"Chemistry 101 is an enticingly sensual confession by Sunshine Royal that is sure to engage readers in heated discussions about sexual taboos."

 From reading the synopsis, you've chosen a topic that is highly controversial , why?

Linda: My goal as an author is to deliver an entertaining piece that also educates and raises awareness on issues we deal with in our daily lives.

Can you give us a brief overview of CHEMISTRY 101?

When Olivia Collier is pursued by her eighteen-year-old student, Thaddeus Grant, will the Chemistry teacher give him a never-to-be forgotten lesson in body chemistry, or can a lonely woman restrain from a forbidden affair with her student?

The law says that eighteen is legal, but morally, is there anything wrong with a thirty-two-year-old woman teaching an eighteen-year-old student outside of the classroom?

What are some of your other works/awards?

Linda: I’ve appeared in several anthologies to date. Succulent: Chocolate Flava II; Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage; Mocha Chocolate: Taste a Piece of Ecstasy; Sugar & Spice; After Dark Delights; Sistahs Need Luv 2; and The Triumph of My Soul. I was also a 2009 AALAS Nominee (sponsored by African Americans on the Move Book Club) for my novel Consequences. In 2005, I won first place in the Black Expressions Annual Fiction Writing Contest for the original first chapter of my now published novel, Cost of Our Affairs.(*taken from interview at My Romance Story)

Thanks for stopping by House of Muse, Linda, there's always one question I like to ask guests: Can you describe for us your favorite hero/heroine?

Linda: My idea of a hero or heroine isn't a perfect being who is immortal. My idea of a hero or heroine is a flawed mortal who learns from his or her mistake(s) and sets out to make a difference

I understand that you and Arrow are partnering to give away a copy of your book today, what question would you like to pose to readers?

What is your opinion of women who date men who are a considerably younger?

That is a thought-provoking question for certain! If you'd like to order Sunshine's book, you can find it at: Lady Leo Publishing and Apple itunes

You can learn more about Linda and her books at her website  Linda
and Sunshine Royal