Blog Tour ~ Spotlight ~ Rugged Hearts

Mcintyre (1)Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Amanda. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Amanda: Thanks for having me here at SSLY!! I’m a Pisces/Aquarius cusp, I love the Great Lakes, lighthouses, ghost stories, cemeteries, road trips, cowboys, horses, cabins, sitting around a fire pit with friends, season changes, researching history, visiting new places, trying new foods. I have an eclectic taste in movies, and music and hence, is the reason I am a multi-genre writer.;)

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Amanda: Marginal quiet;) Possibly music, if it fits the mood.

Beverly: When did you start to write, who influenced you?

Amanda: I stepped from newspaper columnist to fiction writing almost 12 years ago. I’d been doing reviews for several places and decided (as many do) to enter a contest of a special anthology being published by Voices of Michigan. My story didn’t get accepted, but I began to seek online writers classes and groups that could help to hone the craft of romance writing. Eventually, I hopped off the fence of trying to write and review at the same time—just too many conflicts, but reviewing a variety of genres back then influenced the type of books I wanted to write and what I didn’t.;) The online chapter, From the Heart, then headed up by Lori Soard had an enormous influence on my career. Not only the support, but also networking with other authors, both aspiring and seasoned. I met and was able to chat with and receive advice from editors, publishers and noted authors that I have kept with me on this journey.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

Amanda: Integrity, compassion, loyalty, doing the right thing.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

Amanda: I make it a rule to fall in love with every one of my heroes. (I’m fickle that way;) But I figure if I don’t fall in love with them, how can I expect my readers to fall in love? That said, there are qualities about each that endear them to me, likely because of what I learned while writing their stories. For example; Sherriff Jake in my time-travel, Wild and Unruly, there’s an alpha with a wall around his heart that you just can’t help but want to tear down. Gabe Russell, in Unfinished Dreams, is a hard-working, honest man. Thomas Rodin in Master & the Muses is a lost boy who needs direction for his passionate soul. And of course, they are all amazingly rugged and handsome.
On a clinical level, I do a portfolio of my main characters in the beginning stages of writing. The basic physical characteristics, but also emotional baggage, experience, education, family history, past loves, etc, down to food, clothing , drink and relaxation preferences. It’s a writers tool , really getting into the mind of your character, so that you will know instinctively how he/she will react in particular circumstances. Of course, the fun part is when circumstances force a change or growth to happen…

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Amanda: It used to be sex scenes. Not any more;) Thank you, Harlequin Spice. Writing outside of the box for Harlequins erotic line really helped me break out in terms of my discomfiture with writing explicit scenes. I’ve reached the point in my writing where the seduction, the breathless explicit moments are more emotional than physical. It’s adult and I’m still surprised how many people confuse erotica and erotic romance—they are entirely different.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

Amanda: In one of my own books, one is in Wild and Unruly’s bathtub scene. Wyatt, in Rugged Hearts, reading to the stranded kids on Christmas Eve. In a book not yet published, Dark Seduction of Miss Jane, it’s a Victorian men’s club scene between the hero and heroine, but they think neither of them knows it’s the other. On my keeper shelf is Christmas Knight by Christina Skye—Best. Ever. Shower scene. Gosh, I start thinking and there’s so many scenes that stick in my head! 😉

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend/girlfriend”? From what book? Author?

Amanda: Too hard to choose. Sorry. I like them all for different reasons, you know? It’d wind up being a fictional orgy of favorite men;) Hum…is that a seedling for a book? 😉

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Amanda: Kink—such a broad definition 😉 What was kink ten years ago would now be mundane to some. However, I suppose in reading my books, one might find hidden desires here and there! That’s where I’m going to leave that. You’ll have to read my books and then wonder.;)

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

Amanda: I have always enjoyed taking ordinary people and placing them in extraordinary circumstances to see how they handle it. Sometimes, my heroine’s need to be rescued, but can also kick ass. Quite often, actually. My heroine’s tend to have survivor-type personalities—almost every one of them, despite outer appearances, are survivors. I think that part of my heroine’s is the closest to me personally, as any other attribute.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Amanda: That guy is still alive and I won’t rehash the gory details;) Some things should be left in the past, agreed? 😉

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (You have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Amanda: Good lord. While I should say my husband, we’re talking fantasy, right? So clearly—Henry Cavill, of course…and not even as Superman, just him. Is anything else necessary? LOL

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Amanda: After years of working outside the home, raising kids to be productive members of society, volunteering for every charitable organization on the planet—just being able to stay home and write. Oh, and most recently, learning to enjoy gin and tonics;)

Tamara: What dream or goals have you yet to realize?

Amanda: Aside from my need to spoil grandchildren someday, seeing one of my books become a TV movie or hit a string of annual cinema hits like Nick Sparks.;)

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

Amanda: Only one? Hum…crazy–taking off on a road trip to a lake the summer of my senior year with my best friend in her little convertible. We didn’t have cell phones then, and on the two lane road there wasn’t much around except cornfields. We experienced car trouble and basically hobbled our way with watering the engine down every few miles to “almost’ reach our destination. Then she road into town with a stranger to get a tow truck, while I stayed with the car in the middle of nowhere. With kids of my own now, I think how nuts that was!

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Amanda: You’re talking to a gal who has a box of Crayola 64’s on her desk, so again, you’re asking me to choose only one…sigh* Cerulean blue is one of my favs, probably because it reminds me of the sky. One of the best views, the most inspiring and uplifting to me– is the sky on a brilliant summer or winter’s day with giant white clouds.

Beverly: How do you know you’re in love?

Amanda: Your heart trusts and is at peace.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?

Amanda: God, family and true friends.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs…;)
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!!!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? T.D.H. Hands down.
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth, at least less hairy.
Chocolate or Vanilla? What exactly are we talking about;) Twist?
Kinky or Sweet? Swinky;)
Fast or slow? Depends…Public or private? Private.
Top or bottom? Depends.

RuggedHearts_Mcintyre_revised_small (1)Rugged Heart

Rugged, quiet, hardworking, Wyatt takes his position as head of the Kinnison family seriously. But the scars of betrayal by the women to whom he once trusted his heart now prompt his stark, simple game plan, and no one in hell is going to convince him any differently. What matters most, besides the welfare of his brothers, is to manage the ranch left to him and never risk his heart again to something as foolish as love—but after meeting Aimee, Wyatt begins to realize that a man should never say never to a determined second grade teacher.

When vivacious, resilient Aimee Worth loses her twin sister in a tragic accident, she makes the choice to live out her sister’s dream of teaching in the small mountain community called End of the Line, Montana, never suspecting she’d meet her Mr. Right in the middle of nowhere—he just doesn’t know it yet. Used to challenges, her spirit shatters the perceptions that have kept him isolated from living life beyond the ranch, proving to him that when it comes to love, the greatest risk is not taking one.

“You don’t know me.”
“Which was the point of asking you to coffee. And for the record. That kiss, wasn’t my fault.” She pointed her mittened finger at him.
“Okay, the kiss was a mistake. And fine, we’ll say it was mine. But you have to admit you were flirting. I’m not so old I don’t recognize that.”
She smiled then. “Okay, maybe a little. I admit, it’s been a while since I’ve been on a real date with a guy. This place isn’t exactly crawling with possibilities.”
“Don’t say those kinds of things to me, Aimee.”
“A little too long out on the range there, cowboy?” she asked with a teasing smile.
Dammit. If he wasn’t careful, he’d end up backpedaling to make her like him, and he wasn’t ready yet, or certain all together he’d ever be. “Listen, I won’t lie. I’m attracted to you and yeah, it’s been a while for me, too. And there’s no doubt in my mind we’d be good—very good, together.”
Her eyes widened. “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” she whispered.
“But here’s the thing, I’m not looking for anything permanent. I’m happy with my life the way it is. I want no entanglements, no complications. Are you with me here?”
She blinked. “Oh, I hear you, yes. I’m just not sure where you’re going with it.”
He blew out an exasperated sigh. “I guess what I’m saying is if the attraction is the same for you and at some point you feel you’d like to get together—”
“Are you offering me a cowboy booty call?” Her brows rose under her hat.
“I prefer to think of it as consensual. We’re both adults, Aimee. We know what we want, what we need.”
Her blue eyes studied him as though scrutinizing whether his performance was real or not. He prayed he was doing a good enough job convincing her because he wasn’t sure how much more of this pushing-her-away-for-her-own-good business he could take.
“Wow, as romantic as that sounds, cowboy, I’ll have to get back to you on that.”
He tipped his hat. “Take all the time you need.”

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About The Author:
Growing up the daughter of a father who was a distributor for a New York Magazine Publishing firm, Amanda usually had her nose stuck in the latest issue of Vampirella or a Hitchcock Mystery book. An artist first, her penchant for creating started at an early age with crayons and colored pencils and much of what she learned makes her a ‘visual’ writer. Calling herself a renaissance woman, she has worked in the corporate world, written a weekly newspaper column supporting Fine Arts in our schools, loves to travel, do research and perhaps her greatest achievement–raised four kids.

Amanda has been referred to as a “true artist in the writing realm’ and her zest for life inspires her “character-driven” stories. Her passion is to take ordinary people and place them in extraordinary situations, delving into the realm of potential and possibility as she watches them become the heroes and heroines of their own stories. She counts herself fortunate to be able to do what she loves, aspires to stay fresh and unique to her voice and listen to her readers. A member of RWA, and a multi-genre hybrid author, her work is published internationally, in audio, in e-book and in print. She currently writes sizzling contemporary and erotic historical romance

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