Friday, June 25, 2010

My Hero Newsletter and Invitation


Come visit me all month at THE ROMANCE CLUB where we're chatting about my latest release, the controversial The Master and the Muses, passion, heroes, heroines and more!!

From Thomas...a note from the hero of The Master & the Muses...

Dear Reader,


So many romance books are based on heroes and heroines. I ask, you this—are they born or are they made? I do not profess to be the quintessential hero, indeed I see myself as an artist-poet. I admit to tendencies of self-absorption, a workaholic, as I you might call it today, rarely satisfied, my own worst critic and so too, my greatest fan. Just to be clear, I have been called many things. A man of my reputation is not going to go unnoticed. I don’t deny that some of those names have a measure of validity, while others I attribute to small thoughts from small minds. Do I let such opinions prevent me from sharing my talent with the world? What a tragedy that would be! No I have often considered that those who can find something to love in my…eccentric ways, will forever be welcome in my heart.

I have a weakness for women. I find the variety of beauty in the fairer sex a veritable garden of delights. Some may find that roguish, womanizing, I think they call it today, but I ask you can such devotion, such undying appreciation be something to disdain. I admit, I have loved more than one woman in my life—and for the record, beyond simply the carnal sense. But each one has taught me something about myself. Each has set her womanly mallet and chisels to this male persona, chipping away and leaving a work in progress—an offering that love and beauty has created. You may laugh and yet I cannot convey more deeply the profound influence that women have had in my life.

For example, Helen—sweet, innocent, but beneath carrying a fierce loyalty and hope, an unrequited love she carried so bravely inside of her. She taught me the truth of unconditional love, of never giving up hope and of staying true to your heart. Then, there was Sara—her determined spirit in a time when it was not fashionable for women to express them was both a thrill and a challenge to me. When I looked in her eyes, I saw glimpses of my reckless, adventuresome side. A fiery flash like a comet burning bright for a short time in my life, she knew what she wanted and would do what she needed to obtain it. Until the day she met the man who could give her everything without reserve. And there was Grace—my best friend in many ways, with benefits that we both abused. Straightforward, blunt, she never kept anything hidden, except her heart and the secret rules of life that she lived by. An intriguing, complicated combination would eventually be the pivotal point in our friendship.

As shadows and light are used to create depth on canvas, so too the dark and lighter aspects of my life have served to create who I am. Am I a villain or hero? I offer you a toast of my port and humbly defer with utter gratitude and admiration to the accounts of my three muses to answer that question. They looked at me for who I was--a poet-painter--and found something to love and for that, they will always be in my heart as I hope to be in yours.

Yours in beauty & art~

Thomas

Learn more about Thomas Helen , Sara and Grace at THE ROMANCE  CLUB Blog and prizes each week! All the month of June!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Creating the Would-Be Hero

What in the heck is a "would-be" hero?"
Perhaps, just as you might think...a work in progress!

Check out my recent article at the Seattle Writing Career Examiner





Picture courtesy of Desperate Romantics,BBC

Monday, June 14, 2010

What Austen character are you?

Just for fun on a Monday morning. ;))
I am Elinor Dashwood --who knew!?
Have a wonderful day all!

Amanda





Take the Quiz here!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Heads Up! Thursday Coffee Talk is returning!


Thursday Coffee Talk is coming back! Woohoo! Yep! After a long hiatus, I have on the schedule in the next few weeks, a bevy of steamy new erotic fiction romance authors visiting about their new books and their involvement with Arrow Publications!

Excerpts. Giveaways. Ask your burning questions. :)

Pretty exciting stuff! So watch in the next couple of weeks as we work out the details and remember to grab your favorite morning brew and join us at Thursday Coffee Talk!!

Until then~
Amanda

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Master and the Muses

It's on the shelves!

Spottings of THE MASTER AND THE MUSES are being reported here and about at the brick and mortars! New release days never get old;)  I hope you find some time to check out M & M this summer
and that you'll have splendid dreams about that cover as much as I have;) 

(*my thanks to Cheeky Reads for the Borders pic;)

This month, I"ll be visiting varipus sites to chat about Thomas and "his muses" with a few giveaways as well!

June 5 Romantic Crush Junkies Interview/Giveaway
June 8   Canned Laughter-Blogtalk Radio.com w/ Renee Bernard
Second week in June-The Beefcake Club Leontines Book Realm  
June 21-25 Character development forum for writers  eharlequin.com
June 25 True Romance Blog (Four giveaways!)
June 28-Fresh Fiction Blog (check out my summer contest!)

In between writing, I've been enjoying some great reads! Barbara Freethy's On Shadow Beach, Robyn Carr's Forbidden Falls, Carr's Temptation Ridge, Anne Rive Siddons, Islands, Victoria Alexander's Desires of a Perfect Lady and I've got Alexander Sokoloff's latest waiting in the wings!

Here's to a summer of reading pleasure and I hope you find some of your pleasure in reading about Thomas and his muses!

Be well~
Amanda