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Amanda Mcintyre | 25 BLOGS In 25 Days THE TORTURED TOUR

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August 18, 2009

Day fifteen of the blog tour

TORTURED, erotic medieval, Harlequin Spice, Aug.'09-Amanda McIntyre)

Click to see the book trailer.

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, Aug. '09)

"How did you come up with this idea?" This is probably the question I have been asked most since this book was released. Itís a bit darker than normal for me, but it is also a love story, laced with hot scenes, drama, villains, mystery and more.

It began when while researching medieval history I found an obscure piece of information regarding a woman in a small village who stepped up to assume the position of the town executioner when the male heirs ran out. (The position of executioner was one held in high esteem and usually passed down from father to son in the same family) I was intrigued by what type of woman it would take to have such a job and nearly on the heels of that question, I asked myself, "but what if she didnít have a choice?" At that point, my heroine was born.

Tortured is as you might expect set in the Dark Ages, a difficult time to research certainly. I did need to take literary license in my writing solely to that period simply because if Iíd stayed true to the era, it would like have been all in Latin and Old English. RT Book reviews called it, "well-plotted with vivid characters and a strong sense of time and place." BookWyrm reviews calls it, "A disturbingly touching tale of hope, love and survival."

Raw, gritty, my characters embark on a dangerous journey, where their beliefs will be challenged, their plans will be changed, their futures reliant on each other. I hope youíll check it out!

Iíll be giving away a copy of TORTURED to one winner here today at Fresh Fiction

Next stop on the tour: www.caridad.com/blog

May the wind be at your back~

Amanda
www.amandamcintyre.net

 

 

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61 comments posted.

Re: Amanda Mcintyre | 25 BLOGS In 25 Days THE TORTURED TOUR

Congrats on your new release.
I am crossing my fingers & toes.. I really want to read this one. It's such a harsh time period that can be handled so many ways. Thank you for the chance to win a copy..
(Jo Ann Jansing 12:25pm August 17, 2009)

The new read sounds wonderful! It is always freeing to mentally set yourself back into a period then come back home...suddenly your prince seems more dashing :)
(Darci Paice 1:32am August 18, 2009)

The research that goes into writing
historical romances amazes me. I
can't wait to read Tortured!
(V Young 1:58am August 18, 2009)

sounds real deap and looks like a great story cograts on your new release.
sasluvbooks@yahoo.com
(Stacey Smith 2:58am August 18, 2009)

Hi Amanda,
can't wait to read this book, erotic medieval sounds really good! And so many great stops on your blog tour.
(Eva Silkka 3:19am August 18, 2009)

Hi Amanda,
Congrats on the new release. I'm definitely intrigued by the premise the story.
(Jane Cheung 3:54am August 18, 2009)

Hi Amanda, my favorite type of historical, a medieval. Congrats on the new release!
(Pamela Pellini 4:59am August 18, 2009)

This one sounds so awesome! Would love to win a copy! Thanks.
(Joanne Reynolds 6:25am August 18, 2009)

This looks like a very interesting story.
(Maureen Emmons 9:29am August 18, 2009)

Blogs are really something else!
Thanks!
Marjorie
(Marjorie Carmony 9:51am August 18, 2009)

I wonder if people would line up for that job! Thanks for writing about such an intriguing concept. I'd love to read Tortured.
(DeeAnn Szymanski 9:59am August 18, 2009)

Hi Amanda. Tortured sounds great. I love the cover.
(Crystal Broyles 10:07am August 18, 2009)

Sounds like a really cool story! Here's hoping you get some rest on that tour of yours!
(Anne Harris 10:13am August 18, 2009)

A very interesting book. Would love to win one. Love the concept.
(Linda Henderson 10:24am August 18, 2009)

Good luck with your new release
(Diane Sadler 10:48am August 18, 2009)

Tortured sounds like a great read. Good luck.
(Judy Cox 10:51am August 18, 2009)

Hi, Amanda! Just following/stalking ;) you around :)
(Fedora Chen 11:14am August 18, 2009)

Good luck withyour new release. New to posting comments on blogs never know what to say. Tortured sounds like a good read aiways looking for something different to read then my usual.
(Jeanette Bowman 11:42am August 18, 2009)

Hello Amanda,

I'm still trying to win a copy. Have a great day.
(Roberta Harwell 11:49am August 18, 2009)

After reading the synopsis,how could I NOT want a copy?Sounds like a great read
(Dawn Raymer 12:11pm August 18, 2009)

Interesting what can be discovered when doing historical research. I am intrigued by the plot.
(Cherie Japp 12:19pm August 18, 2009)

Sounds great count me in to be TORTURED. *G*
(Crystal Weems 12:22pm August 18, 2009)

ooh sounds a gripping read. Thanks for the chance to win one.
(Sarah Keery 12:29pm August 18, 2009)

I don't usaully read historical fiction, but I'm gonna HAVE to pick up this book - it's too intriguing not to!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 12:42pm August 18, 2009)

I agree - the dark ages are very hard to research. It takes skill to pull a story out of the dark - so to speak. ;) Amanda does it with such finesse - she tugs at your heartstrings, and you'll find yourself rooting for the H & H from beginning to end.
:)
G.
(Genella deGrey 12:46pm August 18, 2009)

Wow! I always say: "A woman has to do what a woman has to do". Could I be an executioner? A very interesting question, and a most unusal quandry for a romantic heroine. Thanks for providing a unique take on a historical romance tale!
(Virginia Campbell 1:35pm August 18, 2009)

Your new read sounds great, it's in my to read pile.
(Elizabeth Parzino 1:58pm August 18, 2009)

I'm looking forward to reading your book. I Would love to win.
(Theresa Buckholtz 2:07pm August 18, 2009)

I love the cover & the medieval story sound great cant wait to read it....
Enjoy the rest of your day.
(Ann w 3:23pm August 18, 2009)

Once the snow birds leave SWFL stores don't order as many books so I have to travel to find what I'm looking for. Your book sounds like Great reading. If I don't win I'll be out driving again.
(Evelyn Day 3:23pm August 18, 2009)

I am incredibly impressed with authors who take the time to research key historical facts for their books. I would love to read your book. Keep up the good work.
(Patricia Reed 4:17pm August 18, 2009)

Thanks for the opportunity to win your book - it looks so interesting.
(Cheryl Snyder 5:08pm August 18, 2009)

TORTURED sounds fabulous. I love historical with a twist. I have my fingers crossed for this.
(Mary Preston 7:38pm August 18, 2009)

TORTURED is a very different story. Congratulations on a very unique character and storyline. It is always nice to learn while enjoying a good book.
(Rosemary Krejsa 8:21pm August 18, 2009)

Congrats on your new release! This book sounds like a very interesting read and I would love to read it.
(Gail Hurt 8:43pm August 18, 2009)

Your books sounds great. I can't wait to read it.
(Robin McKay 9:01pm August 18, 2009)

Hi new member. I love reading romance novels. I actually like them for the history they tell. I am quite able to tell the fact from fiction in them.
(Kathleen Lenshyn 10:09pm August 18, 2009)

Another example of the ingenuity of women and ability to step up and fill big shoes.
(Alyson Widen 10:11pm August 18, 2009)

Have seen many posts and heard many
good things about this book. It is on
my to buy list and I hope to get to it
soon.
The Dark Ages were a time (like too
many others) when you did what you
had to do to survive and prayed it
would work.
Congratulations on what sounds like a
great read!
(Patricia Barraclough 10:42pm August 18, 2009)

HI Patricia and thank you for your kind words!
I quote one of my favorite reviews of this book when she said,that she was thankful that she lives in this day age! But she did like it calling it "a disturbingly touching tale of hope, love and survival."

It is outside the box, but believeably so, I think.
thank you for stopping in!
A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 10:51pm August 18, 2009)

Thanks you Jo! I have your name in!

and you're right Darci,between my hubby and twin sons, all three were "princes" while mom was playing in the dungeon --as it were;)

thanks for coming by!
A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 10:52pm August 18, 2009)

VDagDagan: this was one interesting because there isnt much recorded LOL--the History Channel for those of you needing good research on the Dar Ages-has a fabulous DVD out on the topic.
Thanks for stopping in!
A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 10:55pm August 18, 2009)

Evam Jane,Crysatl, Fedoram, Genella! Hi Guys! you guys are the best road trip buds!! ;))

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 10:57pm August 18, 2009)

Hey Pam! thanks for stopping in!!
Roberta! I have your in the hat!
Theresa,Cheryl, Mary, Sarah, thank you for stopping in with all the good vibes!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:00pm August 18, 2009)

Majorie says:Blogs are really something else!>>
Whew Marjorie! I have to agree! I've met so many nice people out here on the Internet highway!

Thanks Deeann! It wasn't a piece of cake to write, but I am pleased wiht how it turned out! Hope you like it!
Crystal-I bow to the Spice Cover art gods!
Ann: Whew* Thank you! Its been fun!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:05pm August 18, 2009)

Sounds like a great read! Awesome!
(Sue Ahn 11:12pm August 18, 2009)

Linda: Thanks you! I have your name in the Hat!
Dinae; thanks for stopping in!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:13pm August 18, 2009)

Jeanette: Thanks for stopping by!TORTURED defintely qualifies as your non traditional romance, but is powerful,emotional and sensual !

Dawn: thanks for stopping in! I wish I had enough copies to give everyone!;(

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:15pm August 18, 2009)

Cherie: I love to do research for those bits of history that are swept under the rug! LOL Thanks for coming by!

Kelli: I hope that you kie it! Thanks for stopppin in!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:16pm August 18, 2009)

Virginia:(a name I love, btw) thank you for stopping by! I asked myself that a number of times while writing this. There were some scenes that really challenged my parameters! But it turned out beautifully! Thank you for stopping in!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:18pm August 18, 2009)

Thank you Elizabeth! I hope you are inspired by it!

Thanks Ann and thank you Evelyn for stopping in!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:19pm August 18, 2009)

Thank you Patricia! I used to know a Patricia Reed a few years back! :) Thanks for stopping by!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:24pm August 18, 2009)

Rosemary says:unique character and storyline>>>
Thank you Rosemary!

Gail and Robin , thanks for stopping in ! Your names are in the hat!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:28pm August 18, 2009)

Sounds like a great read! Awesome!(Seung-Ju Ahn>>>
Thanks so much for stopping in, Seung-Ju Ahn!!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:29pm August 18, 2009)

thanks for stopping in Kathleen!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:30pm August 18, 2009)

Alyson, truer words were never spoken! Thanks for stopping by!

A.M.
(Amanda McIntyre 11:32pm August 18, 2009)

I would love to read this book
(Jeanette Jackson 11:55pm August 18, 2009)

I normally don't like stories written back in time but your book sounds so good that it could really get me to reading them.
(Sherry Strode 9:16am August 19, 2009)

What a great cover, I'd love to read this. Congrats on yourook.
(Breia Brickey 10:42am August 19, 2009)

I love historical fiction. Can't
wait to add this to my TBR pile
(Lisa Richards 12:04pm August 19, 2009)

I'd love to read "Tortured". Sounds like a great book!!!
(Vicki Hancock 1:37pm August 19, 2009)

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