Friday, August 28, 2009

End of the TORTURED Tour

...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?


EmilyBryan August 28, 2009 at 6:47 AM  

Ok, I'll start. This is a true story that moves me to my toes. It's about the real POWs in the camp depicted in the movie BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI. They were Scottish men who'd lost all hope. Forced into slave labor, beaten and starved, they began turning on each other, stealing food from each other, fighting for survival.

Then one day a guard was missing a shovel. He promised to kill the whole work detail unless the shovel was found. After several minutes, a man stepped forward and confessed to the theft. He was beaten to death before their eyes. Then the shovels were recounted and none were found to be missing.

Word of one man's sacrifice for his fellows spread through the prison camp. And it changed hearts. They remembered who they were and what they believed. They stopped stealing from each other. They started bearing each other's burdens.

And when they were liberated by their army, the soldiers who saved them were so incensed by the deplorable treatment the POW's endured, they wanted to kill the guards on the spot. But the prisoners stood in front of their tormentors and refused to take vengeance.

Now that is paying it forward.

Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 6:50 AM  

Good morning, Em and all you ladies here at Chatelaines!

Paying it forward is not an easy thing to do for some people. The y fear that by extending that hand, that they will be used or taken advantage of. It's kind of the way of the world, I think. We're taught such things-by observation, experience.

My grandmother had a favorite poem that she loved and I think it bears repeating , given this topic.
I do not know the author at this time...

"A bell isn't a bell, until you ring it
A song isn't a song, until you sing it
and the love in your heart, wasn't put there to stay-
Love isn't love, until you give it away."

I have often experienced the paying it forward kindness. From authors, a reminder of a promo opportunity, being invited to an event,the reciprocation of ideas or mansucript reads. From readers or reviewers, an unexpected email saying how your book touched them.

When I was starting out as a writer I interviewed Virginia Brown. Then she'd been writing only a few years-starting I think 1984. But something she said--its intent--I have never forgetten.(paraphrased a bit)

"Just remember that no matter how successful you become, if you cannot turn around and hold your hand out to the one coming up behind you, then you will never be a true success."


EmilyBryan August 28, 2009 at 7:34 AM  

Absolutely, Amanda. I was suprised at first at how giving romance authors are. Then I realized writing about love all the time has to rub off on a person.

Genella deGrey August 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

Just popping in to say what a pleasure it was to tag along with Amanda on her "Tortured" Tour.

It's crazy-busy here at the 9 to 6, as we are packing up to move back to the studio after being sequestered in Westwood for nearly three years.

I'll get back to it, and if I'm lucky, I'll be able to write a few lines on my current WIP.

Hugs to all -
Thanks again, Amanda!

etirv August 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
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etirv August 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

Hi Emily and Amanda! I really enjoyed meeting Amanda during her Tortured blog tour and can't believe this is the last day! This may not be the best example way of paying forward but what I do is donate blood every 8 weeks. I was an erratic donor in the past but committed to being a regular donor when my best friend and her husband both had cancer... and now I really enjoy giving blood and knowing how much it helps the community. Next appointment: Sept. 2nd!

EmilyBryan August 28, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Genella--Thanks for taking the time out of your move to stop by and say hi. Moving is not high on my fun list, so my heart goes out to you.

EmilyBryan August 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

Etirv--Giving blood is a wonderful example of a random act of kindness. You don't even know who will benefit from your generosity, and yet you do it anyway.

And as someone who had to receive 2 units of blood during my surgery last year, let me just say THANK YOU to everyone who rolls up their sleeve. You're giving life. God bless you.

Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

okay, I'll try this again;) Ive been having a bit 'o trouble not getting bumped off here today!
I know its nothing personal! LOL

Gen, thanks so much for stopping by! You get those guys to haul that heavy stuff and keep yourself looking gorgeous as you are!
Just a little glow;)


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

woohoo! finally!
I admire you delilah for giving blood! I hate needles-dumb I know. But its so needed.

I have so loved seeing your carrot cake on the tour!;))


Gerri Russell August 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM  


Wishing you the very best with your new release! The book sounds fabulous!

Jane August 28, 2009 at 2:32 PM  

Hi Amanda,
Congrats on the new release. Loved hanging out with you on the blog tour.

Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM  

Thanks, Gerri!


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

Thanks Jane! I so loved having you guys along!


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM  

At each stop along the way I would end my blogs with: May the wind be always at your back...this comes from an old Irish Blessing that I'm sure many of you have heard.

Blessings like "Peace be with you" or the Native American,"May you always walk in Beauty."

Blessings , greetings, departures are all part fo how we pay it forward-extending our wish to those we meet.

What ancient blessings do you know, or have meaning for you?


Genella deGrey August 28, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

I love "Namaste."
(I honor you or I bow to you.)
I've heard both and love both.

Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Ive heard that before Genella, can you elaborate its origin?


Genella deGrey August 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

All I know is, I heard it first at Yoga.


Patricia Barraclough August 28, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

I was taught and we tried to teach our children that we are fortunate to have all we do. It is our responsibility to share our good fortune and help others who need it. I joined the Peace Corps and have been a volunteer or worked for non-profits.
My husband is a great guy and is always helping others.

We have been volunteers with Red Cross, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts for many years. It is important that we share our time with others to teach them and help them when it is needed. We donate blood as frequently as we can have had the Red Cross Disaster training. Once we retire, we'll be able to be more active with the program.

There are so many ways to help out in the community. Volunteer at the nursing homes. Just visit with some of the residents a few times a month. It means so much to them. Help out at you local library, we always need help shelving or helping with programs. The local animal shelter can use help socializing the animals and they can always use donations. Food pantries need supplies and the people to sort and distribute them. Meals on wheels is always looking for help. I could go on and on. What ever talents you have, there is some place you can put them to good use to help others.
We have tried most of them and have enjoyed it. Who knows what the next project will be. Our church goes to Haiti to with building projects. We haven't done that yet. Need to get our passports!

Caffey August 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

Hi Amanda! Sorry I missed most of your tour since I haven't been on much this summer. But I'm so excited on your TORTURED new book! I so love Medieval romances! And have loved all yours I read so far! I love how I can connect so emotionally with your characters and probably will do that with this one too from all I read about this!

Amanda, I will do that! I love being able to give. I started a box of things I know others from the Night People (its a homeless shelter program) and its been too long since I brought some things there so I'm going to get the coats not used here and bring because they so need them for the winter. Thanks for reminding us of doing that again Amanda.

Elissa Wilds August 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

Hi all - I'm late to post, been a long day! I love the blog today and I'm totally in agreement on the importance of paying it forward. I'm a big believer in karma. People have helped me. I will help people in return. I put out what I would like to get back. As for namaste - it's a sanskrit word (Hindu in origin) that basically means the divinity in me sees and honors the divinity in you. It can be really, really tough to see divinity in some people. Especially when they're behaving badly or treating you unkind. But I've always loved the word namaste because it reminds me that there is that divine spark in all of us. It's just that sometimes we don't let it shine. Thanks for sharing it Genella. And Amanda - I can't wait to read your book! Night everyone!

Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

okay then, good story G! ;))

*shaking head ;))


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

Wow Patricia! I can feel the energy rolling off this post! What a wonderful legacy to leave your own family as well as the coumunity and the world.

Thank you for sharing..literally!


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

Hey Caffey!
I love to hear from you! I've no doubt you will donate generously from that heart of yours!

I'm sure it will be deeply appreciated.
Great to see you as always!


Amanda McIntyre August 28, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

Thanks for dropping in Elissa! I knew if Genella kliked it it had soem special significance. Thats just who she is.

I agree with what you say about karma. And it is true to to see the divine in everyone.Really hard, sometimes;) And even in ourselves , I think on occassion...
its important I think to allow Grace toward each other , but also to ourselves.

All great stuff you guys have shared today and a peaceful, contemplative end to this sometimes harried blog tour! Em knows what I'm talking about! Bless her heart!

I think before I travel off into the sunset to find that neon sign that says "vacancy" for a little shut eye, I will name the winner for todays blog tour.

So the winner is...Elissa!
Congrats Elissa, just email me at to claim your book!

Thanks for stopping by and trucking along on the tour with me!

May the wind always be at your back~

EmilyBryan August 29, 2009 at 5:58 AM  

Patricia--I used to do meals on wheels when my youngest daughter was still pre-school aged. The people we served loved seeing her each week. And once I learned several of them were dog lovers, we brought our sweet, docile chocolate lab so they could pet a good dog for a while. It was wonderful to bring them a smile as well as a hot meal.

I always felt my daughter and I got the best end of the deal.

Patricia Barraclough August 29, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Emily, when we were in the DC area, we took our guinea pig to a nursing home to visit. Most guinea pigs are very skittish. Sam would sit on the table and let the seniors pet her. She would chirp and talk to them. Our dogs have never been calm enough to bring. When our son was about 2, we would go to the nursing home to take residents to the meeting room for mass. They enjoyed having him help push their wheel chair down the hall. What they didn't see was him sitting under them trying to undo the bolts that held the chairs together. Luckily he couldn't do any damage. Our library has a delivery program for the nursing homes and shut-ins. We bring books to them every 2 weeks. It is a wonderful service. They get to continue reading and they get someone to visit with for a little while.

Elissa Wilds August 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

Yay! I love to win! Thanks again for the great blog!!!

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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