Hi Amanda! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book.
It’s great to be here, Cate! Thanks for having me. Growing up the daughter of a father who was a distributor for a New York Magazine Publishing firm, I usually had her nose stuck in the latest issue of Vampirella or a Hitchcock Mystery book. An artist first, my penchant for creating started at an early age with crayons and colored pencils and much of what I learned made me a ‘visual’ writer. My passion is to take ordinary people and place them in extraordinary situations, delving into the realm of potential and possibility, and watch as they become the heroes and heroines of their own stories. I count myself fortunate to be able to do what I love, I aspire to stay fresh and unique to my voice and listen to my readers. A member of RWA, and a multi-genre hybrid author, my work is published internationally, in audio, in e-book and in print. I currently write sizzling contemporary and erotic historical romance.
UNDERCOVER TEMPTATION is the story of two people caught in a web of secrets and misperceptions - some of their own making and others out of their hands. Despite their differences, and adding in a lust that is hard to ignore, they must work together to eradicate the danger lurking in this small town.
Sounds like a grabber! Have a cappuccino and let’s chat a little about you. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
I’ve just learned to make killer Gin and Tonics! LOL Great refreshment for summer!
Fur or feathers, petwise?
Fur-we have a 90 lb. black Lab. Norman, however, thinks he’s a lapdog;) I did admittedly just buy him his first ever doggie Jersey (3XL) but haven’t attempted to put it on him just yet! LOL
Love my furry babies too. :) Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
Yes, a few. Rudeness. Two-faced people. Bullying. An attitude of entitlement.
So true! What’s your guilty pleasure?
Have to say this summer, it’s Gin and Tonic’s with extra lime!;)
I have three on my computer that have been there for years:
1. The greatest risk is not taking one
2. Be glad today of what makes you truly good
3. “The soul should stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience”-Emily Dickinson
Love those. What’s your ideal day like?
A rainy day, writing, no interruptions, no deadlines.
Yes! The best kind of writing day. If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
Visit London, Ireland, and Paris and all the cemeteries I’ve always wanted to see. I admit to being a Taphopile!
Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)?
I’m very eclectic with food, movies and music. But country rock, classic rock and Broadway tunes hold a special place in my heart.
Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
Yes, I often play music to keep the creative juices flowing. But no, I don’t create a playlist. Often times it’s one song or even just one line in a song that provides the inspiration—EX: WILD & UNRULY was inspired by the song Cowboy Take Me Away…I played it over and over again. J
Which of your characters would you most/least want to hang out with, and why?
I think I’d like to have a beach party and invite them all ;))
A beach party! Sounds like such fun. While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
How visual I am when writing. Also how I write much faster than I type;) So my first draft is often in longhand.
Where can readers find out more about you?
You can learn more about my work, join my street team, or the Kinnison Legacy Fan Page and subscribe to my monthly newsletter at: www.amandamcintyresbook.com
Amanda McIntyre Fan Page @Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amanda.mcintyre.author
Please share a book blurb and/or excerpt?
Blurb: Cat Madsen left her hometown ten years ago, escaping to Vegas with dream of becoming a famous showgirl, but those dreams evaporate when she finds out that the owner of the club she pole-dances at also dabbles in drug trafficking. Now, using her ailing father as an excuse to return home to the town that rejected her, Cat is back with a renewed determination to prove her worth. But her tarnished reputation may prevent her from building a future among small-town attitudes.
When an undercover assignment lands Detective Reese Jameison in the tiny town of Sweetwater, he is skeptical it’s a hotspot for anything. Then he gets his first glimpse of the ex-Vegas showgirl who runs the new pole-dancing studio. Reported to be a hometown gal with a checkered past, she is considered the prime suspect to front a drug ring, but Reese begins to wonder. When someone threatens the beautiful woman’s life and business, Reese struggles to keep things professional. When it becomes personal, Reese must risk everything, including Cat’s trust, to protect her from the past.
Excerpt set-up: Going undercover as a land developer, Detective Reese Jamison is supposed to join Cat’s aerobics class and investigate the possibility she is trafficking for her former boss in Las Vegas. Here he arrives and gets his first glimpse at his potential suspect…
He arrived a few minutes early, noting the lone baby-blue F-150 in the gravel lot. The sun sat like a red fireball on the horizon, casting long shadows across the parking lot. He got out of his car and dropped his bag in the trunk, squeezing the automatic lock on his keys. He took his time walking to the front door, taking in the solitary light pole at the driveway entrance, the sagging overhang of the front porch, and the sputtering welcome sign missing its last vowel. As he got closer, he heard the thump-thump of sensual bass coming from an exceptional sound system. The wicked beat caused goose bumps to rise on his flesh and thoughts he shouldn’t be toying with to filter into his brain.
Yeah, she’s wild, our little Cat. The words of the man at the bar slithered with a slow hiss into his brain, and he swallowed hard to fight off the images it brought with it. The daily grind and pressure of his job left little time for dating. Besides, he was getting too old for the bar scene and though they’d tried, the younger guys on the force had only managed once or twice to drag him to a dance club. He paused at the front door, observing the weathered barn-board exterior. In its day, it was probably a busy place—maybe even a place he might have frequented. The door stuck, and he shoved his shoulder against it, forcing it open.
The main room was empty, dark except for the tables and chairs stacked to one side. Farther back beyond the bar was an area that appeared to be a dance floor. It didn’t take long as he moved toward the dim light to realize it was no ordinary dance floor. He stepped from the shadows and halted in his tracks at the sight before him. It resembled a silvery forest with at least nine—to his quick count—steel poles positioned at spaced intervals across the room. Above, bare light bulbs stuck out from sockets strung across the beams of the ceiling, providing light to each of the stations. He wasn’t sure what he should have expected, but this wasn’t it. The music grew a bit louder, drawing his astonished gaze to a tenth pole set up in the middle of the small stage at one side of the room. Above it, a single bulb housed in a metal, industrial shade spotlighted the pole.
From the heavy black drapes hiding the backstage area emerged a woman the likes of which Reese had never seen. Her long legs were encased in skintight black Spandex that rode miles, it seemed, before disappearing beneath a faded, cherry-red zipped hoodie. She gripped the pole with one hand, letting it slide effortlessly as she dropped her body to a squat position and let her body sway to the provocative beat. She dropped her head back, her dark brown hair done up in a ponytail swished back and forth. Her eyes were closed. Performing silently, she obviously thought she was alone.
Lord have mercy.
Find out what happens between Cat and Reese when they get caught in a web of small town secrets!!