Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One of those Life passage moments

Age happens. I can remember looking at my parents when they weere in their forties and fifties and thinking ,"Wow, they are geezers."  Not so much anymore;)

I've been absent of late due to family matters-that of the signs that all of us will one day age and become vulnerable(noreso) to the ailments of an aging body. My mother suffered a mild stoke on Janurary 20, in the midst of a devastating ice storm we were having in the midwest. She is doing better--each day--but it has left her with a struggle to use words to communicate.  In all other things, thankfully, she is well.

But the experience has made me realize how precious these very attributes-speech, thought, reason , movement--can be gone in an instant.

With rehab, I am hopeful that she will regain much of her speaking abilities. She is an independent, dare I say--strong-willed woman, so she has that in her favor. She has her humor as well and is laughing again, which is heaven-scent.

So, if you have a mom or grandma close to you, be sure to hug them and tell them how much you love them. This has made me even more aware of how resilent that women are, inspiring me in ways I never thought in my writing.

My thanks for the emails, thoughts and prayers regarding mom-each one is precious to me.

If I'm not blogging as much right now, this is why. But I'm gearing up to make some visits to blogs in the weeks to come, dragging a very blue-eyed and willing Thomas Rodin along with me;))

What more could you ask? ;))

Til later then, be well and know that I am thinking of you all~

Amanda

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Writing what you know.

I imagine this is what precipitates those comments that I am sometimes asked.."So, how do you RESEARCH those books that you write?" Well, not EVERYTHING involves writing what you know or have experienced directly...obviously, when writing history, one can't expereince that time frame firsthand--however, for many of us, there is a seed of true life in what we write.

Thomas Rodin was no happenchance character for me. Even in Diary of Cozette, he personified real bits of a real person--and artist at heart...in truth, me.

It was very natural to understand Thomas's POV, his free-spirit, his eye for seeing things that most pass by-and though he is a man--with all the desires and needs of a man--he , I think understood the women in his life, perhaps even better than they did on occassion.

Let's take a look as he speaks to a very skeptical and scarred Cozette about to have her first art lesson with the artist Thomas Rodin...

from DIARY OF COZETTE:

I walked to him and he positioned me in front of the mirror.



“Remember when I asked if you’d ever looked upon your reflection?”


I nodded, my gaze fixed on the drab color of my black uniform. My complexion appeared pale in contrast, my dark hair loose and of no real vibrancy as my mistress. My eyes, a deep blue, appeared lifeless, large and sad in a way that gave me pity for the wretched creature standing before me. I seemed rather pitiful at that. Had my anger at Fran├žois and concern for my mistress taken its toll, making me look old and withered?


“What do you see?”


His enthusiastic face appeared over my shoulder, pulling me from the downward spiral of my assessment. I swore in silence that I would never look upon another mirror for the rest of my days. I faced him most aware of my deplorable state. “Must I, Mr. Rodin? I have far better an imagination.”


He turned my chin to face the mirror.


“No, this is of the utmost importance. Trust me, my dear. Look at your clothing, stare deep into your eyes, see the beauty of the soul inside.”


“It is futile, Mr. Rodin. I am as I am, and I cannot be the beauty you wish me to be.”


He smiled then.


“I do not wish you to see what you cannot, I wish you to see the beauty that I see. Beauty my dear, is not limited to what you see. It lies here…within.”


He placed his palm over my heart and though fully clothed, the heat from his warm hand, seared my flesh.


“You possess great courage. Look how you hold your chin, so proud.”


I forced myself from his gaze in the mirror and met mine. I’d often thought of myself as rebellious, even to a fault, but never once considered my self as a person of great courage.


“And yet there is gentleness as well, a soft, feminine side that is alluring to the astute male. You don’t parade it as some women, because of your courage. You have no need to.”


I studied my reflection with keener observation, listening carefully to each word he uttered. I do not pretend to understand his skill in seeing through to my very center, but he did.


“Even so, Mr. Rodin, it has been my most unfortunate experience that there are far fewer astute men in this world.”
~*~

I wanted Thomas to understand women in order to see the beauty that they didnt see in themselves. Like the artist he is, having a vivid imagination and a healthy male appetite, you can see how matters of the heart would be especially challenging to him. Women, to Thomas's way of thinking, in all the assortments of shapes, sizes and background-are equated to walking into a candy store. He'd sooner have his fillof several kinds than to just choose one...

The coupling of his imagination to the beauty and potential that he sees in a woman, far precedes that which comes after they agree to pose for him! Hence, while "They are his inspiration. He is their obsession."
 Let the scandal, passion, heartache and victory that is life--begin!

Like Thomas, I am an artist. Those who know me know how much fun I get out of creating something from a seedling of an idea. I tend to look at things from a multi-faceted POV-checking every angle (sometimes to  near insanity)

 So when the unexpected interest in Thomas rose from DOC, it didnt take any arm-twisting to fashion a world based on the eccentric Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and plop my boy, Thomas smack dab into  the thick of things, as the "ringleader' of this group of eclectic talented group of men. Getting to know Thomas better-his reckless lust for life, his definte opinions, his desire to stand out above the rest in his own unique style--could I say no to him?

No better than any of his muses did, no.
And so Thomas had his way with me-and allowed me to tell his story, I think so that other women might see bits of themselves in theses stories and leave you wondering...could you say no to Thomas Rodin?

*If you'd like a FREE Master & the Muses wallpaper for your viewing pleasure, just email me at
amanda @ amandamcintyre dot net

Meet Thomas and three of his beloved muses...




The Master and the Muses
Release date June 2010
Harlequin Spice

Watch for THE LOST MEMOIRS OF THOMAS RODIN coming soon to House of Muse!

Cheers~
Amanda

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Defying Gravity!

A scant two years ago, I made a decision to close my eyes and leap into a line of books that I knew would stretch the parameters of not only my writing, but my view of life as well. I became a writer for Spice.

With a rich and amazing experience writing in various genres of romance for small press and e-book under my real name, I embraced the wisdom of a woman I met early on in my writing journey who said,"A good author can write anything."   I approached this opportunity with an innovative new book line at Harlequin  and the result was my first book, DIARY OF COZETTE-the story of a young orphaned woman in Victorian England, her story of survival, finding her place in this world and ultimately, finding that her happiness wasn't entirely devoted to finding Mr. Right, but in finding herself worthy of Mr. Right.(and him of her!)

Pushing the evelope a bit further, my next book, TORTURED, was set in the Dark Ages (on purpose!) the challenge for me to see if love (albeit happiness) could actually survive such a tumultuous era. Another story with a heroine who must learn to survive her circumstances and the man who , by believing in her even when she didn't herself, inspired  her to break free of her internal prison.(As well as her external!)

Clearly, in my world, the path to love is never linear;) But life isn't linear--its complicated, messy, challenging--if we didn't have those aspects, we would truly never understand a Happily Ever After or even a Satisfied Ever After!

In my upcoming erotic historical fiction novel,(yes with elements of romance) to be released in June 2010, I again challenged myself to write a book that would stretch the parameters of my writing. Embracing the ego-centric artist, Thomas Rodin and his life-changing effect on three of his models--all from different places in life, with different goals--became an intricate tapestry of personalties and events that culmulnate to an ending that will surprise, delight, perhaps affect readers in ways they don't expect;)

This book, by publisher's request, was written in an unusual form using three novellas-all three from the heroine's POV as she retells her story, her experiences, and her growth in  becoming a model for the reckless and passionate artist, Thomas Rodin. Yet in the process (as pointed out to me by a good friend who read the book in various stages) we ALSO get to see, through the eyes of these women, the evolution of a man who is on his own journey -not only with his artistic work, but in his personal life.

Based loosely on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a rebellious group of young artists led by Daniel Gabrielle Rosetti, this book once more stretched the parameters of my comfort zone. Three women and one man? And it's not a menage? LOL

Passionate, yes. Tortured souls, defintely. Erotic, certainly, it's Spice.;) Outside the box, indeed.

I wanted to write a book worthy of its beautiful cover and my editor, thankfully, believes whole-heartedly, that I have--but more than that--I believe that I have. I hope you do, too!

Amanda

Watch your favorite online bookstore for pre-order info!
COMING JUNE 2010 from Spice


Friday, January 1, 2010

Day one 2010 Potential & Possibility


Don't know how you spent this day, but for me it was pretty late before I decided to shower and get my keester in gear.;) The temps outside presently here in the Midwest are bone-chilling to say the least, but I managed to stand outside for a moment or two last night and gaze up at that fantastic "blue moon" and thought in truth..you won't believe it..of the Druid priestess in the prologue of Winters Desire...yes, exactly the one with the perfect yawbos on the cover! Here is a reminder, if you are not familiar with said cover.

Yawbos aside (and I am nowhere or ever will be near that perfection) Yet I couldn't help but get a sense of what it might have been like, standing in the bone-chilling dawn of that winter morning, arms rasied to the moon-with a wish/prayer/hope so fervent in the woman's soul that her body aches for the want of it.

We never wrote an epilogue addressing what happened to that woman. Did the Universe grant her that deeply-felt desire? Did she ever see her true-love again? The vision is such a powerful one--the ending so uncertain and yet the wish so desperate.I like to think they somehow wound up together.

Haven't you ever wanted something so badly you could taste it? And oft times it isn't enough to just want it, but to take the steps to make that wish come true. It's a risk, alot could happen, you might get hurt--
but you might achieve that wish or in the waiting and sometimes you receive a gift far greater than the wish you made.

I thought of how far I've come in my writing, the incredible people I've met on so many levels of this industry and the experiences I would never have had, had I not risked taking that first step.

And with each new step, there is more to learn, more to achieve, more potential and possibility (my all time favorite words!)  but there is also more risk. One of the many sayings I have taped to my pc is "The Greatest Risk, is Not Taking One." and that is how I approach this New Year with its rare blue moon and the magic that is possible if you believe.

Blessings and a year of potential and possibility to us all~

Amanda