Monday, December 31, 2012

Special moments in 2012!

Thought I would round out 2012 with some pics of some of my fav moments in the year!
Blessings to you for your support and may it be a year of limitless potential and possibility!

A visit to Missouri Wine country with good friends!

RAW 2012 PJ Party!! Too fun!!
Fabulous Book Obsessed Chicks arrive for RAW 2012!!
Rock on, ladies!!


Enjoying the ISU Marching Band! Go Cyclones!
Getting a beautiful daughter-in-law ! Bonus: Loves Parcheesi!!
Whimsical tea at RAW 2012 with pals, Sahara Kelly and C.H. Admirand!

Kickin' it up at RT with the Western Round-up ladies!!


The fabulous Kimberly Rocha and me at RAW 2012!

The final Faery court ! Magical Scottish Fling! RT 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF 2012!


UNTIL NEXT YEAR~
Amanda













Saturday, December 29, 2012

Blogging contest today at Fresh Fiction

What are you most grateful for?

Stop over at FRESH FICTION and leave me a comment!!

Be safe. Have a great weekend.

Go Cyclones!

Until next time~
Amanda

Friday, December 28, 2012

My Grown-up wish list for the New Year. What's on yours?

My Grown-up Wish List for the New Year:

For readers- more great stories
For writers-a moment of inspiration.
For leaders around the world-greater understanding
For our elected in Washington-greater listening skills
For those who are missing loved ones-a kindling of hope.
For the first-responders-greater respect for what you do.
For families-bridges mended.
For young people dismayed with the world-a spark of passion to make it right.
For teachers-the support of school boards and communities.
For struggling parents and students-knowledge that there is no shame in asking for help.

For us all-- a greater sense of gratitude, courage and kindness.

Whats your greatest wish for you in the New year?
 Whats your wish for others in the New Year? 

Leave a comment. There is power in the connection of ideas, hopes and dreams--I'd love to hear yours!

And above all, have a safe and blessed New Year!

Amanda


Monday, December 17, 2012

DECEMBER BLOG WINNERS!


Just 4 days away!

Grandmareads
The first to guess the correct author -Charles Dickens,

 who wrote the famous quote for his miserly character
 Ebeneezer Scrooge-- 
a man changed in one night by visiting angels,
 "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to 
keep it all the year."

Send me your snail mail addy via:

amandamcintyre.author at gmail dot com

WINNERS OF FALLEN ANGEL BLOG HOP:
Lisa Sasso Uranker
Denise Hall
Lori Wolfenbarger
* awaiting info on two other winners!!

Congrats and happy holidays (and reading) to all!!


Amanda




Thursday, December 6, 2012

12/7/12: Friday: My Secret Romance Blog



I am having such a blast visiting these new blogs this week on my blog hop celebrating the release of the second book, FALLEN ANGEL, in the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia series! The best part though is visiting with you readers, hearing your thoughts....

What?

Who's this guy?  Haven't a clue. But he sure looks ornery, doesn't he? Cute as a button, too, eh?

So getting back to my post...we ran into a bit of a snafu this morning with links and...

wait, focus...listen to what I'm saying , stop letting your gaze wander...

we finally got up and running at SKYLA11377! 
Please be sure to check out her amazing blog!!

Okay...hey *tap tap* you're eyes are wandering again...

12.7.12  FRIDAY: Moving on down the road , my next stop is a classy , if not a little sassy, looking:

 MY SECRET ROMANCE BOOK REVIEWS!!

Stop by and pay me a visit, and tell me if YOU could travel through time, where would you like to visit? Have you ever felt as though you were born in the wrong era?

Only one winner is chosen from comments left tomorrow only!!

Okay!! See you tomorrow at My Secret Romance Book Reviews!!

~Amanda


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WEDNESDAY; Book Obsessed Chicks Blog

Today the celebration blog hop takes me to Book Obsessed Chicks. I first met some of these ladies in 2011 at Lora Leigh's RAW (Reader Appreciation Weekend)  A fun and warm group of ladies with an ornery streak (most of them) that is a delight and a love for books!

Dedicated to their craft and Book club, when one has a review, you hold your breath, because you know they aren't going to hold back their thoughts. They will be kind, but when you read a lot, you learn to sift the chaff from the wheat. That's why I am so very humbled by the review of FALLEN ANGEL today on the BOOK OBSESSED BLOG

Check it out and some pics of RAW 2011 & 2012!!  Can't wait for RAW 2013!!

OH! Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what your favorite time-travel movie or book is!? Did anyone else see Somewhere in Time? Anyone a Quantum Leap fan? Or Dr Who??

Here are some great pics from 2 years of RAW!!

Jenn and I at RAW 2012

PJ Party RAW 2012


Rachelle (storyteller of Lake Habeeb monster) and I at RAW 2011


Thursdays Blog Hop visit: RAQUEL VEGA-GRIEDER BLOG

Until next time~
Amanda

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

TUESDAY at Under the Covers blog

Day 2 of the Holiday Blog Hop celebrating the release of Fallen Angel!!

The second book in my time-travel romance series, Tales of the Sweet  Magnolia!

Check out the interesting  interview I had with Francesca here at
Under the Cover Bookblog!!

Leave a comment on your favorite time-travel to win!!

Tomorrow: Kimberly Rocha's Book Obsessed Chicks Blog

(*left-inspiration for character of lone wolf detective, Shado Jackson in Fallen Angel!)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebration Blog Hop!

Check out theses fabulous blogs I'm visiting all week to celebrate the release of FALLEN ANGEL, the second book in my Time-travel romance series, Tales of the Sweet Magnolia!

12. 3.12  MONDAY: CHASTITY BUSH'S BLOG

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Reminder that FRESH FICTION is running a host of HOLIDAY CONTESTS now until December 12th!

You can find my "ONE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS" contest here:

ALSO NEW......


If you're interested in joining my street team,  "McIntyre's Mischievous Muses" please contact Kimberly Rocha (aka the Gatekeeper) at Kimberly_Rocha@msn.com

Until next time~
Amanda



Thursday, November 29, 2012

New website and new name!!

Just an update that I have a new look here at Blogger and so too, a new name.

Please make a note on the following changes:

Web address: www.amandamcintyresbooks.com

Email addy: amandamcintyre.author@gmail.com

I appreciate your continued support and wish each of you the peace and contentment of the holidays!

Until next time~
Amanda

Monday, November 26, 2012

Authors On Holiday at Readers Entertainment!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

 Check out the AUTHORS ON HOLIDAY blog at Readers Entertainment!!

Just for fun, I'm running a contest to see how well you've read today's blog!!

One winner from the correct answer will win a special holiday gift from me!!

Who said, " I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year!"

One winner (US continental) will be chosen at random on December 1!!!

Remember-- readers are winners!!

Please check out my new holiday set, time-travel romance release, FALLEN ANGEL!!
Available now at this fine retailers:

Amazon.com 

Smashwords

All Romance eBooks

Barnes & Noble

Coffeetime Romance

Be safe. Be Kind. Beautiful.
Amanda








Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Book signing in New Orleans!

If you happen to be in the New Orleans area in the next few days , check out this very special book signing by two very gifted authors!

Favorite season blog winner!!

Thank you to all of the comments shared about your favorite time of year!

As many of you indicated autumn with its wonderful colors--burnished reds and golds, coppery hues and pink and purple sunsets were a clear favorite! Mine, too!

Alas, only one winner for the two books in my Samhain package could be chosen and that winner is
Becky!!

So Becky if you'd email me at:
amandamcintyre.author @ gmail dot com...I'll send you your "Samhain" parize package!!

Thanks to everyone for playing! And watch for more as we approach November 23 (Black Friday!!!)

I have some special surprises coming up with my time-travel release of FALLEN ANGEL!!

Until next time~
Amanda


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Things That go Bump In the Night!

I admit to having a vivid imagination. It certainly helps as a writer. I also have a healthy respect and belief in the supernatural and agree that there are some things better left alone.

But what would a celebration about Samhain be without an unexplained experience or two?

However, I also love history and when I got the opportunity to attend Heather Grahams Writers Workshop last year in New Orleans, I didn't think twice. It was an amazing place steeped in history, abundant in diverse cultures and utterly fascinating (to me anyway!) There are so many more places there that I'd like to visit, but I want to focus on an experience I had last year while staying at the Monteleone that has changed forever my perspective on the subject of the historical haunted places.

I've been to many historical sites, granted. Most have heard of those places where the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end or when a chill sneaks up your spine for no reason.

Never had I truly experienced it for myself.

There were three separate incidents. But I'm going to highlight those that happened to me directly.

The first was when my roommates and I were in our room one evening and I noticed a voice mail on my phone. With all the talking in our room, I decided to step into the hall where it was quiet. A few feet from our door just past where the hall cuts left to the elevators, there was a small set of steps leading up to another level--presumably a suite. There was no one in the hall, so I sat down on the step and began to go through the process of retrieving my voice mail. I had a little trouble at first getting a signal and when I did, I held the phone up to my ear and heard the message. I then began to dial a family member to see how things were going at home when I heard a heavy sigh, as though someone were seated next to my left shoulder and leaning toward my ear. I felt nothing and thought perhaps it was someone waiting at the elevators that I'd missed seeing coming down the long hallway in front of me. I peeked around the wall to the elevators and found it empty.

Chiding myself for watching 'The Shining" one too many times I sat back down on the step and redialed the number. Again the same sound--a heavy sigh--emitted near my left ear. I stood quickly, my heart racing and decided clearly I must have been disturbing somebody. All those same things happened to me as I pounded on the door for one of my roommates to let me in. The hairs on the back of neck and arms rose and a cold chill washed over me. That has never happened to me before.

The second incident the morning of the last day of the trip. Our plan didn't depart until later and my friends had things to do to help Heather. So I took my leave and went to my room to do some preliminary packing. It was perhaps mid to late morning and I was sorting things on my bed, when there was a knock on the door. I called out "just a moment, please" thinking it was one of my roomies forgetting her key, because room service had already been by.

There was no response, no sound of walking in the hallway or doors opening to other rooms. I walked the short distance to the door and peeked through the keyhole and saw no one. I then opened the door and looked down the long hall to my left--seeing nothing, and looked to my right a mere few feet  to "those" steps and the elevator bay--again, nothing.

This came the day after the incident above.

Now, you may or may not believe in such things and perhaps it was only my imagination. But even as I write this from my memory, my shoulder twitches and I shrug just as I did that night when jarred unexpectedly, heard that breath so near to my ear.


It made me a believer.


The Monteleone has many a tale within its spectacular walls as do many  of the grand historical places located in New Orleans. And as a plug to my dear friend, Heather Graham, I will tell you that her Annual Writers workshop that continues its support of New Orleans  and its economy after the Katrina devastation is worth every penny. Do yourself a favor and check it out. As an author New Orleans is a treasure trove of historical and cultural research! And don't forget a trip by carriage to the Cafe Du Monde!

If you want to feel like you've stepped back in time, if you want to see the grandeur and down-home hospitality that is quintessential New Orleans--after what I've experienced  I'd say there are those on 'both sides' of life--before & after--waiting to share their great city with you!










Monday, October 8, 2012

Woo hoo Witchy Woman




One of my all-time favorite songs growing up was the mysterious song, "Witchy Woman"by the Eagles....here my talented poet friend who shares my passion for the Celtic and ethereal has allowed me to post her poem celebrating that little bit of "witchy" woman in us all;)


WITCHY WOMAN by Kimberly Marion (2012)



Have you ever met a witchy woman? If you have you would know.
Have you caught her sensual gaze, noticing her eyes just seem to glow. 

The fortunate breeze carries her delicious scent, fingering her wisps of raven hair.
You notice the odd little things that seem to accompany her, but manage not to care.

She can entice and tempt you into anything with just a caress or a whisper in your ear.
You wonder how she always knows what will come to be, yet you suppress your fear. 

She may attempt to explain away her many gifts as luck or coincidence. 
No matter how long you may know her, you find that you are always in suspense. 

You come to realize what happens around her is not luck at all, but a precious gift.
And  if someone were to horribly wrong her, how their fates might suddenly shift. 

Pure bliss you find in her passionate caress and kisses you imagine evermore.
And in the same breath you realize it is a truly an enchanting woman you have come to adore.


I met Kimberly originally a year ago at RAW 2011 and we had such fun again this year at RAW 2012 and when I found out she wrote poetry, I knew I wanted to have her as a guest on my Samhain celebration blog! You can learn more about this beautiful and gifted woman and on her Facebook page!

Do you write poetry about ghostly specters, and moonlit skies? Send them to me at amandamcintyre.author@gmail.com and they may get posted here during the month as we celebrate Samhain!

Amanda





Master of Desire launch celebration!

All month I'll be celebrating the launch of my Samhain inspired story, MASTER OF DESIRE, with the legends and lore of the season as well as with some gifted friends!!

If you'd like to see more of Kimberly's great photography, check out her interview with me today at BOOK CHICKS BOOK CLUB

Meantime, here is a small taste of my story about an aging opera singer, whose rise to fame has up to now sufficed in satisfying her every need, but deep inside, she longs for more--longs for the one man who would love her unconditionally, without the fear of breaking her heart--a man born of a young woman's wish on the Samhain moon years before....


Excerpt from Master of Desire~
She eyed the crowd, small, but with notable figures of the London ton still making an appearance. The show would survive its run. Careful to steer away from the temptation to search the crowd for a dark-eyed stranger, she found her fourth glass of champagne and carefully eased herself down on the bottom step of the grand staircase. No one seemed to notice, she thought with amusement, sipping her drink. They were far too engaged in trivial discussions about the latest in Paris fashions or the juiciest gossip. She grew bored, restless.
 Their driveling conversations grow wearisome, don’t you agree?
The voice mingled with the pleasant buzz in her head.  She chuckled, though, agreeing with this phantom in her head. Firm thumbs pressed against the back of her neck, kneading softly, delightfully easing away the tension.
“Where have you been?” she whispered, rolling her head side to side to accommodate his massage. The heavenly caress moved to the muscles between her shoulder blades.
I have been right here, waiting, watching.
Her eyes drifted shut and she leaned back supported between his muscular thighs. She inhaled the heady scent of wood smoke and an early-morning walk in the forest after a cold rain.
 You’ve been under a lot of pressure, haven’t you, my lovely?
She nodded, lost in the bliss of his perfect fingertips on her flesh.
If you were mine, I would see to your every need. I have seen your desires, my lovely. I exist in a constant state of need, willing to satisfy each one.
Francesca’s throat grew dry. She imagined him seated behind her, gently massaging her shoulders, taking care of her. “You truly care for me, then?” Her words slurred softly, a quiet plea issued from a weary soul.
I am here to give you whatever you desire.
She smiled. His cool fingertips smoothed down the slender curve of her throat, dipping down inside the bodice of her gown. “Who are you?” she asked, her thoughts in a lust-filled haze.

Have passion sent to your Kindle!  Order now!

More tomorrow~~be well,
Amanda





Sunday, October 7, 2012

Celebrating Samhain!

Join me all month long as I celebrate the Celtic Calendar festival of Samhain in pictures, poems and prose!! Come back often , you shan't know who'll be showing their wares!;)

There are so many reason I love this time of year! The colors are breathtaking as is the surprise of a chilly morning after a long, hot summer! But it is a magical time also, one that stirs my Gaelic roots (MacIntosh and McIntyre) reminding me of the rich, tapestry that Mother Earth gives us to care for and cherish.

This past weekend in Pittsburgh was a full moon, or "Harvest Moon" as its sometimes called. Though it had seemed the weather the day or two previously was more like Seattle with intermittent showers and sun, the clouds this night were quintessential for showing the many moods of an autumn night sky.


These pictures  were snapped by gifted friend and photographer, Kimberly Rocha around 10:30 PM or so September 29, looking up into the eerie cloud-covered skies an Allegheny mountain ridge, near Pittsburgh, PA. Barnabas  (vintage Dark Shadows) Collins quality, the moon and skies above blessed us with a ethereal display that was truly chilling!

With her permission I share them with you!

Be well~
Amanda

Available now! Master of Desire (In Dark Pleasures-erotic tales of the Samhain season!







Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Master of DESIRE Pre order available now!




Guard well your desires
what ere' they may be
for the Dark Lords scour the night
looking for thee…


Centuries-old legends tell of enchanted forests, said to house otherworldly beings who hold court in the deepest, darkest part of the woods. During the festival of Samhain, when the veil between the realms of reality and wonder grow thin, the Dark Lords are relentless in their carnal quest to dominate a maiden's soul.





Master of DESIRE -Amanda McIntyre

A childhood quest into the supernatural returns to haunt Francesca, now an aging star of the opera stage. Her phantom suitor offers her the twilight warmth of a dazzling career, or the embodiment of her youthful wish-a lifetime of unbridled passion, but she can choose only one...

Excerpt
She smiled and nodded, silently willing their applause to subside, so that she could show them why they’d come, the reason that they loved her. She wanted to prove to them that she still had the power of her voice—the true prize of their adoration and devotion. She caught the conductor’s glazed look, and conveyed with her eyes as subtly as could to begin. Flustered, as though forgetting why he was there, he faced the orchestra and frantically tapped his podium. Francesca took a deep breath, opened her mouth and for the next few moments the stage was her oyster. There was not a sound in the house, save the lulling blend of her voice to the music. She held them spellbound, coaxing, seducing softly building momentum, commanding the foreplay. Both exhilarating and frightening she wielded her instrument-her voice. With but a subtle change, she could summon a gasp, a sigh, even a tear.  
The music swelled to a dizzying crescendo, and she paused to gather all that was within her, as she prepared to unleash the single note that would leave them shuddering with delight. Her gaze drifted over the audience, ghostly faces, marred by the bright lights.  She took advantage of their hunger, holding nothing back, giving herself as though naked, to the throng.  She raised her arms, slightly, preparing her diaphragm, tempting her audience with the anticipation of what was to come. Her lids drifted shut, sliding into the high note with fluid ease and watched beneath hooded lids hoping to catch the look of a few faces as she carried them over the edge of surprise. Her gaze fell on the box seat nearest the stage, occupied by a devilishly handsome man. He appeared alone--much to her delight--and his dark, glittering eyes raked over her with obvious wickedness. The note in her lungs hung in her throat, making her chest ache. His eyes locked to hers and then somehow to took control of her voice. 
He lowered his chin, pulling the note low, barely discernible and then with the lifting of his chin, increased the note in both volume and pitch. It was as though she had no control of her body. He lorded his presence over her, commanding, demanding more. Francesca worked to fill her lungs with quick, shallow breaths to maintain the mystical hold he had on her voice. His piercing eyes glittered with passion, the intent to master her body and voice evident in his hardened gaze. Images appeared through the smoky haze in her mind. Seductive, sexy visions in vivid 
detail of their bodies entwined on tangled sheets...

Find out what happens to Francesca by clicking here....


Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Autumn Equinox!!

The bite of chill is in the morning air. The dry leaves, no longer able to cling to the branches, tumble down our empty street in the still of the night, the sound of them scraping across the pavement. The farmers are out in the fields with their harvest, and the crock pots are brought down from the shelf of their summer hiatus, ready for another round of soups and stews to warm the weary soul.

We approach the Autumnal Equinox.(September 22 in North America)

Practiced in a variety of ways in both Pagan and non-pagan communities, the first day of Autumn is shared by all as a time of harvest, of wrapping up old business and preparing for the dormancy of the winter months ahead. It is the one of just two times a year when the hours of night and day are in perfect balance.

It's traditionally also a time of celebrating all that is positive in our lives--developing an attitude of gratitude. Finding balance and rest amid the hustle of everyday life. Gathering to and celebrating family.

For some, it is a time to honor the Green Man--god of the forest with libations of wine, cider, and herbs and prepare for the Celtic New year which begins at Samhain (Nov. 1)

 On September 29-30 this year, we will celebrate the full moon, or Harvest Moon. Shine on! ;) If you'd like to follow the moon's phases, you can get a great graphic here...CalculatorCat


This particular fascination with Celtic festivals, solstice's and the equinoxes has lent itself as inspiration for many of my novels.

Winters Desire (celebrating Winters Solstice-Dec.)
The Pleasure Garden (celebrating Beltane-May 1)
Tortured, my medieval erotic romance, was also influenced by the ancient Celtic culture.
*NEW* Release Oct.1-Dark Pleasures (celebrating Samhain-Nov. 1-pronounced, Sow-wen)

Read more on each book by clicking the links in the sidebar of this page!

The Celtic year divides itself into 4 seasons; Imbolg (spring), Beltane (Midsummer), Lughnasadh (late summer) and Samhain (the Celtic New year)

Each of these festivals is said to be a time when the veil is thin between the living and the dead and many of our current customs have their roots in these ancient traditions. Most commonly the idea of carving and lighting pumpkins, setting them on walkways in in our homes and giving out treats--is a variation on the theme of the ancients setting out food and drink to pacify the spirits of the dead as they  traveled through the thin veil of the night.

Whatever your beliefs may be, the eternal cycle remains the same as it always has. But, now and again, it's worth looking back at the history and true purpose of these festivals to see what they meant, how they influenced a people, and how those roots eventually influenced us.

So whether you are celebrating Mabon, the autumnal equinox, or simply the first day of Autumn--do so with gratitude in your spirit and an appreciation an respect for Mother Earth and all she provides.

This year I'm celebrating Samhain early with the release of Dark Pleasures on October 1!  Click here to pre-order to your fav e-reader!

To all those attending RAW 2012! Can't wait to see you next week!!

Do you celebrate the festivals in some special way? What traditions do you have in your household that are Celtic inspired?

Happy Autumn!!
Amanda













Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Diggs!! New Season approaches!!

Because change can be good, I want to thank brilliant designer, Sahara Kelly at P and N Graphics.com for my lovely new header!! The talented duo of Scott Carpenter and Sahara Kelly head up this new site dedicated to authors finding the best way to get cover art for self- publishing ventures, special needs in marketing and more. I seriously encourage you to check out this wonderful new business where the motto is "Your Vision, Our Artists"-- WWW.PANDNGRAPICS.COM

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Changes in the weather have me nearly giddy for Fall. I love this time of year with the intermittent rains that bring chilly nights and brilliant, blue-sky football and marching band afternoons! Its also a great time for weekend getaways with family and friends!

Coming up in just a few days--September 28-30, I'll be winging my way to Pittsburgh for just such a weekend of fun with  author and reader friends (old and new) at Lora Leigh's Reader Appreciation Weekend (RAW 2012)

In addition, I will be signing at the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh, Sunday September 30. Check for more info about this fun event at www.llraw.com

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Just out!! My erotic Victorian story of an aging opera singer who must face the choice of growing old gracefully and alone, or reclaim her youth and forever have all that she desires. (And no, its not a Vampire tale...;))

Guard well your desires
what ere' they may be
for the Dark Lords scour the night
looking for thee...


Celebrating the festival of Samhain (All Hallows Eve)- Available October 1, 2012.
MASTER OF DESIRE in Dark Pleasures is available only in digital format!

 And what's great is that you can pre-order the passion to your Kindle now at Amazon!! Click here....

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Is autumn one of your favorite seasons?? 

Tell me why for a chance to win autographed print copies of the other two Celtic Festival  anthologies in this special "Celtic Spice" Mini-series! Winter's Desire  (celebrating Winter Solstice) and The Pleasure Garden (celebrating Beltane)  Winner will be chosen at random from comments left on this blog!

Until next time, May the sun shine warm on your face~

Amanda

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Tao of Rewrites

As a writer,( a good one) you often find yourself re-writing the pages of your book--tweaking, toning, tightening--until it is the best of your heart and soul. Then it's time to send it out there and see how it flies in the face of daunting obstacles. Hey, no one ever said this was an easy gig.;)

I admit it has been a year of change for me. (Getting older! me?never!) But in a sense I've been in process of  "rewriting" parts to the story of my life. For example; 

An aging parent brings my own mortality to greater clarity. 

Seeing my firstborn son marry a wonderful woman and realizing that they are beginning to create the traditions that will a part of their family memories one day.

Making new friends, losing treasured friends and learning once more-- the definition of friendship verses acquaintance. 

Making time for those who really matter in my life, and letting go of others. 


Reaffirming more than once, how much I love to write, to tell a good story, despite what is or isn't marketable just now.

Changes. New beginnings. Not always easy, oftentimes scary. Perhaps its the eternal optimist in me, but I see these changes as part of the journey. Part of the rewrites that we have to make from time to time in our lives. You have to take a deep breath, sit back, reassess the good and bad--and then make a choice.

Do you accept the way things are? Or do you take action to make things better?

Working this past year with one of the best editors (out of many in both large and small press publishers) I have learned, perhaps more than at any other time in my career,  the value of true objectivity, of "real" teamwork and of the great potential that can occur when respect, integrity love of the craft joins together.

It's important--if not crucial -- that you realize those key players in your life--those who have your back, come what may--and will be there during the "rewrite" moments--whether its a book or  in your life. And at this juncture, I have to extend a warm round of applause and thanks to every editor, every agent, and publisher--good and bad--that has played a part in this incredible journey.

And as I grow older (and of course, wiser) I find myself becoming a little more grateful for the rewrite moments, for with them comes the revelation of my self-worth.  They've shown me  a resilience I didn't know I had and a better understanding, if not stronger awareness of just how blessed I am.
 
So there's my moment of clarity as I move forward on this journey and I hope that if you happen to be in a 
"rewrite" moment in your life right now, that you'll be able to see its value.

And even though the clarity may not be immediate, eventually you will see the potential and possibility each rewrite provides.

Be well~
Amanda

















Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Lovin' , New email and more!

Important announcement:
I have a NEW email address!
amandamcintyre.author@gmail.com






Hope you're staying cool with a few good books!!

Check out a few great titles available now from some excellent authors!! 

Open House by Sahara Kelly
Obsession by Monica Burns
Jesse by C. H Admirand
The Viking by Bobbi Smith
The Unspoken by Heather Graham
Escape with a Rogue by Sharon Page
Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie
Mirage by Kristi Cook
The Lost by Caridad Pineiro
Tumbleweed by Chastity Bush
Fashion Faux Paw by the late Judi McCoy ( I am a proud owner of all of Judi's Dog walker Mystery series and  highly recommend them for a story that will make you smile and warm your heart!) 

And if you've not by chance,  read my work, I invite you to check out my books, located here at my website!! All are indeed still available and I would love to hear what you think!;)

Just in time for those chilly fall afternoons...
Coming soon FALLEN ANGEL (Book II in the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia Time-travel series) and just in time for the Samhain (Halloween) celebration--- a new erotic Harlequin Celtic Spice anthology--DARK PLEASURES featuring a seductive, sexy story about a woman and her deepest desires in ...MASTER OF DESIRE.

Until next time,
Amanda

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blog interview at Decadent Publishing's new Historical story line -Freewill

Passing through the fictional town of Freewill today and visiting with the town newspaper columnist --come on by and join us for a glimpse of the latest in my TALES OF THE SWEET MAGNOLIA  series!!


To find love. you've only to travel through time!

Book I; WILD & UNRULY  
    Featuring: Miss Lillian and Sheriff Jake Sloan               


Book II; FALLEN ANGEL (FALL 2012)
Featuring: Angel Marie and Shado Jackson


Click here to learn more!
     

Thursday, July 19, 2012

New cover! Dark Pleasures anthology

Very excited to have this gorgeous cover for Dark Pleasures Anthology coming October 2012 from Harlequin Spice!! 

This is Book 3 in a celebration of Celtic festivals, this honors Samhain. Beware the Dark Lords of the sacred woods--they feed on your desire!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So much is happening right now, but my prayer is that regardless of the oppressive heat and dangerous weather, you and yours are safe and sound, hopefully enjoying a good summertime read! I can remember the summer I stayed with my grandmother in southern missouri (very hot and no air conditioning) but with the fans in the windows, (and perhaps my youth) it never seemed to bother me much. We would walk to the library at least once a week and I would stock up on my favorite books--mostly Alfred Hitchcock mysteries. Reading on that comfy overstuffed couch remains one of the best summertime memories for me. Start today to make those memories of the kids in your household--visit your local libary, enroll your kids in summer reading programs, take time at the end of the day to read to or listen to your child read to you--so important.

Now on to the news...catching up....
When I stated once that my newsletters would be periodic, I truly meant it! Hence, you'll note there hasn't been on in a while. Catching up--I attended the 29th annual RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in April and as always it was great to see old friends, and meet new ones. RT Convention director, Jo Carol and her crew, once again, served up a fabulous convention with reader events, workshops , author chats, meet and greet events, evening galas and of course the ever growing e-Book expo and Saturday book fair!

Pal and gifted author, Sahara Kelly and I stepped down from our reign as the Faery Court queens in 2012, to pave the way for new events occuring on Thursday night. Sure to be a spectacular evening, 2013 will ressurect a elegant military themed ball , complete with gowns and full dress of some of the military personnel beinmg invited as well as cover model guests in their dress finest. We had a great two years as reigning (raving?) Faery court queens and wish to thank the impeccable court who hung in there with us for the 2012 magical Scottish Fling!

My thanks to the dangerous historical vamps that made up the hosts for the Foxy Dames Club and be sure to come see us again in Kansas City 2013, where we'll present the not-so-innocent gals of Rosie Gulch's Saloon & Parlor House!! Its bound to be great fun and you never know what might happen in the history of the old west!

Book news...

Speaking of the old west--
To find true love, you've only to travel through time!


WILD & UNRULY (Book I in the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia time-travel series) Available in print and several e-book formats!
FALLEN ANGEL, the long awaited second book in my time-travel historical romance series--Tales of the Sweet Magnolia is slated for a Fall 2012 release!

A hunger gnaws at Angel Marie Sutter in her quest to find the man behind the soulful music she heard played on piano at the Sweet Magnolia. Her passion leads her to take piano lessons, but fate takes her through time, and instead she winds up the center of a murder investigation. Under house arrest of a modern day detective,past meets present in timeless passion. But can she hold onto this precious discovery or will a killer change the hands of time?

'Shado' Jackson is a lone wolf undercover cop carrying a guilt that he is unable to turn back the hands of time to save his brother. When a mysterious, beautiful woman becomes eyewitness to a murder, his job is to protect her, not fall in love. When a killer threatens to take again from him, Shado embarks on a race against time to save this beautiful Angel who has unknowingly saved him, changing him forever.

Watch for more special events surrounding this release!!
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July 10 *Interview at the blog of talented author, Chasity Bush

July 18 *Join us at the Decadent Publishing Book Club on Facebook to chat about WILD & UNRULY and get a sneak peek at the next "Sweet Magnolia" book-FALLEN ANGEL.
Readers who attend will get an extra bonus 25% off that day of WILD & UNRULY through SMASHWORDS!
Join the Bookclub here

July 24 * Book Chicks Book Club on Skype. This should be a hoot and a half! Do I really need a web camera?? Ah sure, it will all be worth it to hang with these fabulaous readers who know what they like and aren't afraid to chat about it! We'll be talking about my Victorian London set erotic romance-- The MASTER AND THE MUSES, a great summertime read that was bestowed a 4.5 stars by RT Bookreviews! Based loosely on the rebel "rock stars" of the Victoriam art world--the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood--we get a glimpse up close & personal of what it was to be the muse of a passionate, headstrong artist, whose vibrant life was filled with mystery, sex and scandel!!
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What are you reading ??


Tell me what you're reading this summer!!! One lucky winner will receive their choice of a copy of my HOT time-travel historical romance Wild & Unruly or the sizzling erotic Victorian-set summertime read-The Master & The Muses!! Email me

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More later toward end of August (I'll be celebrating my son's wedding in early August!!) when I'll bring you up to speed about plans for Lora Leighs 2012 Reader Appreciation Weekend (RAW)! If you're near the Pittsburgh area, you don't want to miss this!!


Until next time
Enjoy your summer!!

Amanda





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SUMMER SEDUCTION SALE!

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and those who are perhaps for the first time experiencing the genre of erotic fantasy reads, check out Harlequin's erotic blog   on the topic and find your pick of amazing authors who have written great erotic and erotic romance stories, in YOUR pick of favorite genre!!


Summer Seduction Sale on now THE PLEASURE GARDEN!
See details for code!

A sizzling, free read-- THE BOYS CLUB exclusively at Harlequin!

Friday, June 8, 2012

KICK OFF OF THE SUMMER BLOG HOP!

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE! Its the Shameless Summer Blog Hop!!


I stopped counting how many blogs were involved in this super summer  blog tour event that runs from June 8-15th!!

Each day one of these blogs will be giving away loads of special prizes from gift cards to books and more! All donated by your fav authors!

My good friend, Ms. C, over at ALL I WANT AND MORE is where you'll have a chance to win a signed print copy of WILD & UNRULY, the first in my new time-travel series, Tales of the Sweet Magnolia!   

(*see more on my Sweet Magnolia page!)

So go ahead! Click on the summer hunk frolicking in the water in the side bar  and get ready to beef up your summer reading with the SHAMELESS SUMMER BLOG HOP!  Have fun and good luck! 

WATCH FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS AND FUN LATER THIS MONTH!

Until next time~
Amanda

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Treasure Our Freedoms!


A safe and happy Memorial Day to those past, present and future that serve in our military to preserve our freedoms, to the families who heroically keep life moving forward on the home front, and for those unsung heroes who work daily in cities and towns all across this country to save and improve lives in hospitals, on the highways, in home health care, nursing homes, fire stations, police stations and many other service professions--a heartfelt thank you.

Be kind to one another.


Amanda