...from Emily Bryan
Here comes my friend Amanda McIntyre, footsore and weary from visiting 25 blogs in 25 days! She's chosen to end the tour celebrating TORTURED, her new erotic medieval from Harlequin Spice, right here with us on THE CHATELAINES. Let me whet your appetite with a TORTURED trailer!
... from Amanda McIntyre
In a time of chaos, darkness, and violence, it is better to live only in the moment, lest your memories eat you alive.
A young woman blessed with “sight seeks vengeance against a tyrannical lord responsible for her mother's murder. Forced to become an executioner's apprentice, she encounters a Roman prisoner who offers her a way to escape her prison and find a future. Torn between desire, duty, and the chance for revenge, her choice to live or die leaves her TORTURED. (Available now, Harlequin Spice-Books Aug. '09)
Well, I saved the best for last! My thanks to Emily for inviting me here to blog at the Chatelaines. Today is the last day of my 25 day blog tour! I can see the lights in the night sky of home on the horizon and I have to tell you, I’m looking forward to settling down for a while and working on my next story! It has been a wonderful experience and I’ve met lots of new folks along the way!
In TORTURED, my heroine has a long journey she must make, both emotionally and physically. Both aspects are grueling, oftentimes painful and yet at the same time, help her to grow to become the woman she never thought she’d live long enough to become. In most romances, the HEA (happily ever after) comes in the form of the hero and the heroine winding up together, or at least giving the distinct impression that they are going to wind up together.
But in TORTURED, Sierra must embark on a journey that forces her to face her fears, face the depth of her emotions, face her humanness, her weaknesses. In the process, and while overcoming these personal obstacles (coupled with the real dangers of the physical ones) she must survive in order to achieve ANOTHER TYPE of happily ever after.
A journey that if she chose not to take, aware of the risks, would make it impossible for her to have a future and probably not with the hero! Does she follow through? Does she allow the horror of her past to hold her imprisoned, without hope of a future? It is a complex story, of that there is no doubt. I have never spoken of it as a traditional romance. If that is what you’re looking for, this book is not for you. But, if you want to read about courage, about what love can conquer, about the bonds between family, and a will to survive…I invite you to read TORTURED.
Each day, I’ve posed a question along the way and some days we’ve had some great discussions on them. Not always your garden variety blog questions, mind you, but we’ve raised some thought-provoking dialogue that is for sure! (Please note sharp dressed man vs. scruffy look on House of Muse LOL)
Instead of a question, I’d like to revisit a topic that came up along the tour—about paying kindness forward. Today, tomorrow, the next day—do one thing for a stranger-some act of random kindness. You may start a chain of events that will change lives. Thanks, Chatelaines for having me here!
You know the drill—leave a comment, you may win a book!!
“May the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
May the sun shine gently upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand”
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. Paying kindness forward is a great topic for discussion. How about it? Has someone done something for you lately? Did it make you want to spread the love around?
Friday, August 28, 2009
...from Emily Bryan