Archive for the ‘Berkley Sensation’ Category



RAZED, a sexy romance by award-winning author, Shiloh Walker, is the much awaited sequel to WRECKED in the Barnes Brothers series and it releases this December from Berkley!


Take a look at the cover and let us know what you think!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of WRECKED, along with some fabulous swag! (Yes, it’s international :))



Rafflecopter Giveaway


About RAZED:


Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.


Indiebound | BN | BAMM | iBooks | Amazon


Also in the Barnes Brothers series: WRECKED by Shiloh Walker!


About Shiloh Walker:


Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid… she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah… serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J. C. Daniels.


Website | Facebook | Twitter| Goodreads (more…)

Read Full Post »

inthearmsoftheheiress-270x405It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love…

Independent heiress Louisa Stratton is going home to Rosemont for the holidays, and at the family’s request, she’s bringing her new husband—Maximillian Norwich, art connoisseur and artful lover, the man she’s written of so glowingly. There’s one hitch—he doesn’t exist. Louisa needs a fake husband, and fast, to make the proper impression.

Charles Cooper, captain of the Boer War and far from silver spoons or gilded cages, is so hard up that even this crazy scheme appeals to him. It’s only thirty days, not till death do them part. What’s so difficult about impersonating a husband, even if he doesn’t know a Rembrandt from a Rousseau?

The true difficulty is keeping his hands off Louisa once there’s nobody around to see their ruse. And then there’s the small problem of someone at Rosemont trying to kill him. Keeping his wits about him and protecting Louisa brings out the honor he thought he’d left on the battlefield. But when Louisa tries to protect him, Charles knows he’s found a way to face his future—in the arms of his heiress.



Thanks so much to Fatin and company for having me back! Today’s release day for In the Arms of the Heiress. It’s the first book in the Ladies Unlaced series, which is set in Edwardian England at the turn of the twentieth century. I’ve gone from carriages to cars, letters to marconigrams!

There’s still plenty of romance tinged with a bit of ragtime.  NYT best-selling author Tessa Dare says: “Downton Abbey fans will fall in love with Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series. Sexy intrigue, sharp wit, tender romance…In the Arms of the Heiress delivers them all, and in grand style. A must-read!”

True confession: I own the first season of Downton Abbey (which I loved, if only for the clothes and Maggie Smith), but have not watched all of the shows from Seasons 2 and 3. I was in London last fall when they broadcast the Sybil episode, and that was it for me—could not watch Season 3 when it was aired here. (No spoilers, I promise.) I’m eagerly looking forward to the Gilded Age program that’s to be set in the United States, though.

I’ve visited some of those “cottages” in Newport, and worked in a historical society museum which had a treasure trove of items from the rich and famous in Islesboro’s summer colony. The famed artist Charles Dana Gibson lived there, and his Gibson Girl was firmly in my mind when I created independent heiress Louisa Stratton.

Louisa has run away from her past, and invented an imaginary husband to keep her company. But when she’s forced to come home, she hires ex-soldier Charles Cooper through the Evensong Agency to trick her interfering family.

Louisa likes to drive, not that she’s especially good at it. Driving was darned hard for anyone, and early automobiles were extremely unreliable…like Louisa’s, which blows up!

Here’s a snippet when Charles first encounters Louisa:

Suddenly the old building shook from an explosion below on the street. Without thinking, Charles tackled his landlady and rolled onto the floor with her, shielding her scrawny body with his.

“Get your paws off me, you looby,” Mrs. Jarvis shrieked, struggling under him. His response had been instinctive. Mortars. Grenades. But there could not be shells falling in the middle of the old neighborhood, could there?

“It may not be safe. What was that noise?”

“Who knows or cares? Get off me now!”

Charles could not remember the last time a woman lay beneath him. Mrs. Jarvis was certainly not a candidate of choice, and her screams rang in his ears until he thought they might bleed. Charles put his hand over Mrs. Jarvis’s open mouth, only to be rewarded with a vicious nip.

“Shh. I hear someone coming.” The stairs creaked ominously and Charles tucked the woman between his body and the wall. He’d keep the damn harpy safe even if she didn’t appreciate it.

“Hullo? Captain Cooper, are you in there?”

A woman.

“I don’t like the looks of this place, miss. It smells dreadful.”

Another one.

“Hush, Kathleen. You’re such a snob. I’m sure those who are less fortunate are delighted to have a sound roof over their heads. Sir? Are you decent? May I come in?”

Holy mother of God. Charles unclamped Mrs. Jarvis’s mouth and braced himself for her bloodcurdling yelp. He did not have long to wait.

“Help me! He’s gone mad!”

Charles leaped to his feet just as his door pushed open. Mrs. Jarvis remained on the floor, frantically pulling her skirts down. The women’s eyes widened in shock as they took in Charles’s little blunder.

He brushed the dust from his new coat and tried to fix a smile on his face that would not frighten the young ladies. If they’d join Mrs. Jarvis by screaming along with her, he’d be deaf as well as blind for sure.

“C-Captain Cooper?” The blonde was extraordinarily pretty, although she was as white as her ermine coat and matching muff that covered her hands. Charles wished there was a little pistol hidden inside it with which she could shoot him to put him out of his misery.

“Miss Stratton, I presume.”

“Oh, Miss Louisa. He can’t be the one. How can Mrs. Evensong have made such a mistake? She’s supposed to be infallible,” the little redhead said.

“Hush again, Kathleen. I’m sure there’s an explanation. Isn’t there?” Her eyes were bright and golden brown and focused on his lips, waiting for him to explain. As if he could. She was a golden girl from tip to toe. Miss Louisa Stratton looked like money, honey, and double cream. Charles had never seen anyone like her.

Charles doesn’t make a good first impression, but eventually opposites attract.  🙂

Have you ever been mistaken about someone when you first met them? One commenter will get a copy of In the Arms of the Heiress!


Summer 2013 Tour


Read Full Post »

Lauren Dane shared the cover today for Wild Darkness, her final book in the Bound by Magick series. All I can say is damn. The tats, the muscles, the lips, that pop of red. Just…damn.


The bombing that almost killed Owen witch Molly Ryan has worsened the tensions between the humans and the Others. While the Others desperately campaign to prevent the passage of a law that would strip their people of all rights, the human separatists develop an agenda far worse than anyone imagined. With her position more precarious than ever, security head Helena Jaansen finds herself relying more and more heavily on her personal guard, Faine Leviathan, and, despite her better instincts, falling more deeply into the intimate connection that they share.

As Helena and Faine’s explosive passion grows, a deadly separatist plot is discovered, one which could bring ultimate destruction for the Others, and war breaks out between the two opposing factions. With the Others forced into hiding, Helena must overcome her fear of repeating past failures to save her people—and her heart—before it’s too late…

November 5, 2013


Read Full Post »

wild invitation with shadow

Beat of Temptation

Tamsyn knew at age 15 that Nathan was her mate but she was much too young. At 17, when the the DarkRiver pack was nearly destroyed, Tamsyn stepped into the roll as pack healer. Now at 19 she is more mature than her years and the ache for her mate has become unbearable but Nathan is determined to give her more time. His own past has shown him how devastating a young union can be and he can’t allow that to happen to his Tamsyn. But his good intentions backfire as he unintentionally pushes Tamsyn away and makes her think she’s not worthy of him. With his leopard raging at him, he must make Tamsyn see how he really feels or lose the person most precious to him.

I read this story when it was first published in the An Enchanted Season Anthology and I loved it just as much this go around. While seeing his point, I still spent most of the story wanting to shake Nathan and smack him in the head but when he finally got it, he really got it. He opens up, becomes vulnerable, and gives Tamsyn exactly what she needs. I adore their HEA.

“And neither of you tried to stop her from leaving?”

“Why would we?” Lucas’s tone was hard. “You made her cry, Nathan. You made your mate cry and then you didn’t hold her.”

Stroke of Enticement

Annie Kildarire has watched for years as her mother loved a man that no longer loved her back and she vowed that would never be her life. When DarkRiver sentinel Zach Quinn starts flirting with her, she decides to go with it. He’s gorgeous and accepts her in a way no one else has. She’ll give in to the attraction but she won’t risk her heart.

Zach understands her fears so he doesn’t tell her right away that she is his mate. He knows it will make her bolt. His plan is to show her his loyalty and wait until she warms up to the subject of a lifetime commitment. As time moves on, they grow closer but they mate bond doesn’t connect the way Zach hoped. Now he has to trust in their new love enough to tell her the truth.

This was a sweet, romantic short story. Every scene with Zach made me want to hug him, which isn’t my normal reaction to a Singh hero but there it is. I’ve used the word already but Zach and Annie were just so sweet together! I’m not sure the two of them would be able to hold my interest for a longer story but this was good and I hope to see glimpses of their life in future books.

For him, she’d break every rule, allow him into her home, into her very soul. For him, she’d jump into the abyss and worry about the bruises later. Because sometimes, there were no choices.

Declaration of Courtship

SnowDancer lieutenant Cooper has waited patiently for the shy, submissive wolf Grace to settle into the den but now it is time to make his intentions clear. Grace has wanted to crawl all over Cooper since their first meeting but her wolf is terrified of him. Dominants and submissives mate all the time but not couples that are this far apart in the hierarchy. Cooper will have to woo not only Grace but her wolf as well because only the ultimate trust will give them both what they desire.

This one was great. Seeing badass Cooper be gentle, patient, and romantic was heart warming but he’s also a dirty boy. The things he says! Shew. *fans self* He’s swoon-worthy. I also loved seeing Grace’s strength and how her submissive nature allowed her to return Cooper’s care. This was my favorite of the four stories.

“Play with me and I’ll teach you all sorts of bad, bad things…but you’re only ever allowed to do them to me.”

Texture of Intimacy

This was a nice catch-up with the SnowDancer pack. Walker and Lara are newly mated and Walker is adjusting to these emotions. Except for one small hiccup, every thing is going great between them and is very romantic. I enjoyed seeing glimpses of what’s going on with Tai, Sienna, Hawk, Judd, etc but with such a short story, I would have liked it to be more focused on Lara and Walker’s relationship. Though there were some possible hints about the future of the series that has me on edge for the next full length novel.

Wide shoulders, ridged abdomen, taut muscle, and a will akin to steel, this was a man who would stand unflinching against any wind. And he was hers, touched her with a devotion that was breathtaking in its passion, piercing in its honesty.


Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Format: Print and digital

Barnes & Noble

Read Full Post »

Disclaimer: I’m a big fan of the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley but I haven’t previously read the others in this anthology. If you have been following these series, your reading experience will likely be very different from mine.


Enforcer by Angela Knight

This is the climax of Angela Knight’s Time Hunters trilogy. Dona and Alerio have fought their attraction for 2 years. After a battle that almost took Dona’s life, Alerio decides to stop wasting time. They both want each other but they will have to fight both the ghosts of Dona’s past and their current enemy, the Victor, to have any shot at happiness.

I was a little lost with some of the futuristic phrases in this one but Dona and Alerio’s romance was easy to follow. Dona’s past was compelling and made the conflict believable and it was nice to see a heroine that kicked ass. Alerio was a little too perfect to me, and without any flaws, I wasn’t that interested in him. This was an okay read for me but I don’t think I’ll be picking of the other books in this series. Enforcer is the longest story in this anthology and takes up almost half of the book.

“First you kick Ivar’s cyborg ass, then you tell the girl how you feel. Viola: your basic happily ever after. All you need now is a fairy godmother and a magic glass dildo.”

Alerio’s swallow of ale slid down his windpipe. Once he stopped coughing, he wheezed, “Glass slipper, not glass dildo.”

“You’ve got your version, I’ve got mine.”

Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley

Cormac has arrived in the Nevada Shifertown looking for a mate, specifically Nell. Nell has spent more than half her life alone, has raised her two sons into adulthood, and has no intention of taking a new mate. But when a past shifter enemy shows up and endangers her oldest child, Cormac shows her that she doesn’t always have to go it alone.

Nell was a fierce heroine and I liked her strength and Cormac was everything I like in a bear shifter. However, this story was less than 24 hours long from the time Nell and Cormac meet until the I love yous and permanent mate bound. The romance itself seemed very rushed and I didn’t quite buy their HEA.

“No, he’ll have a snarling mama bear ready to kill for her cub,” Nell said. “I hope I rip this stupid dress when I shift to beat his ass.”

The Hunter’s Cabin by Jean Johnson

This is a steampunk story from the Vulland Chronicles. I was confused from the beginning and gave up less than halfway through. I can only assume that the earlier books in the series are necessary to understand this world.

No Surprise More Magical by Hanna Martine

During the old political regime, Kelsey and David were forced to become engaged. When the regime fell, David gave Kelsey what he thought she wanted and released her from the vow. Now they have to work together and both start to realize what they really want.

This story seemed to stand alone without having read Liquid Lies, the previous book in the series. Unfortunately, nothing about it held my attention and I found myself skimming often. I did enjoy the end and found it believable.

Genre: Sci-fi/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Format: Print and digital

Barnes & Noble

Read Full Post »

Timber_Creek_CVFor Laura Bailey, weathering her teen years at her quaint family lodge in a boondock town at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas wasn’t easy. Fleeing for San Francisco the minute she graduated high school seemed like a good idea—until she lost her job and her fiancé. The blow to her pride sent her back to Sierra Falls to figure out her life. But her hometown is undergoing a bit of renovation.

A new Sierra Falls resort is posing a threat to the Bailey family business. Even worse, the construction company developing the property is run by Eddie Jessup, Laura’s cocky high school nemesis who delighted in locking horns with the little spitfire. Some things never change. But their battle isn’t the only thing heating up between Laura and Eddie, and before long they realize that getting to know each other all over again has its rewards. But fate isn’t through with them. Nor are the games men and women play in the name of love.




Thanks for having me in to discuss TIMBER CREEK, book two in my Sierra Falls series!

I was a beach girl growing up and had never spent much time in the mountains, so the first time I saw the Sierra Nevada range, it was a revelation. I hadn’t known the sky could be so blue or the air so crisp. And don’t get me started on the residents—maybe it’s because they all have such amazing views from their kitchen windows, but so many of the people I’ve met there are friendly, easy-smiling, dog-walking sorts of folks. In fact, I’ve come to feel such peace and serenity whenever I’m in the Sierras, I figured if I can’t spend all my time there, well, at least I can set a town in their midst.

Plus, do you know what else is great about the mountains? All those mountain men.

Which brings me to TIMBER CREEK…I have to confess: I have a big crush on the hero, one Eddie Jessup. Eddie’s the best kind of bad boy–the sort who’s turned over a new leaf, while still being naughty at heart. He’s a man’s man who knows what he likes, and what he likes is having Laura Bailey back in town.

Too bad Laura Bailey disagrees. Eddie’s easy swagger, that wicked…thing he gets in his eyes, and that annoying red pickup truck…she’s not having any of it. Especially as his construction company is renovating a ranch hotel that’ll pose a threat to her family business.

But all isn’t as it appears in Sierra Falls. Eddie has a tender heart hidden beneath that bad-boy exterior, and Laura…well, you know what they say about ladies who protest too much.

So head over to the Thirsty Bear Tavern, have a seat by the fire, and watch the sparks fly. Meantime, I hope to see you at http://veronicawolff.com, or please pop by my Twitter or Facebook pages to say hello!

Happy holidays, everyone!





Veronica is giving away 3 print copies of TIMBER CREEK! Leave a comment below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Read Full Post »

Six years ago, Elizabeth Harewood and Lord Roland Penhallow were London’s golden couple, young and beautiful and wildly in love. Forced apart by her scheming relatives and his clandestine career, Lilibet and Roland buried their passion beneath years of duty and self-denial, until a chance encounter at a remote Tuscan inn changes everything they ever knew about themselves… and each other.

But Miss Elizabeth Harewood is now the Countess of Somerton, estranged wife of one of England’s most powerful and brutal aristocrats, and she can’t afford the slightest hint of scandal to her name. When Roland turns up mysteriously at the castle where she’s hidden herself away, she struggles to act as a lady should, but temptation is only a single kiss away…



Divorce: The word was so ugly, so final, so immense with consequences. Who would stand by her against the might of the Earl of Somerton? She’d face ostracism, reduced circumstances, the loss of her son. The sordid details would be dragged through the popular press, ruining her good name, even though the crimes themselves had all been committed by Somerton.”

A Gentleman Never Tells, page 161



“Ah, but you no longer consider me your husband, do you? You wish to divorce me.” He said the word divorce with a keen sharpness, like the crack of a whip, leaning forward as he did so.

A Gentleman Never Tells, page 242



The Big D appears rarely in historical romance. For one thing, you could probably count the number of pre-20th century aristocratic divorces in the British Isles on one scandalized hand, and assign half of them (plus a couple of heads) to Henry VIII. For another thing — as I was told far too late in the process of writing A Gentleman Never Tells — romance readers like divorce about as much as they like adultery, which is to say…not much.


So I had a glaring problem when I created the late Victorian romance between dashing Lord Roland Penhallow, the adorable younger brother of the Duke of Wallingford, and Lilibet, the elegant Countess of Somerton. The problem’s name was Lord Somerton, Lilibet’s husband, and he made the Big D (and the Big A, for that matter) essential to the plot.


Not that Lord Somerton wasn’t worth divorcing. Our first image of the man has him ploughing the fertile territory between his tenant’s wife’s legs; he also happens to be vindictive, ruthless, and a terrible father to their six-year-old son, Philip. But spousal adultery alone couldn’t get you a divorce if you were a woman living in 1890 Great Britain: according to the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857, a wife had to prove not only adultery, but some other additional factor, such as rape, desertion, or cruelty. (A man, of course, only had to prove adultery.)


Of course, the 1857 Act represented a great leap forward for women (and, indeed, men) trapped in abusive or simply miserable marriages, by making it possible to obtain a divorce at all without an Act of Parliament. We can legitimately cry sexism in its unequal treatment of male and female adultery, but Victorians were simply trying to balance several competing interests: a strong sense of the sanctity of the marriage bond, a genuine desire to provide abused spouses with legal relief, and — surprise, surprise — the primacy of property rights. After all, a child born out of wedlock to a married man would be raised outside the family home and not necessarily at his own expense; not so, the dubious offspring of a straying wife.


Still, divorce retained a sordid odor in the rarefied air of London society. Aristocratic marriages weren’t supposed to be happy; you produced the necessary heirs and went merrily (if discreetly) on your way. Divorce set a Very Bad Example to the middle classes, after all, besides setting up a potential backlash that could upset the entire apple cart of convenient spousal “arrangements” among the upper classes. Lilibet Somerton, for all her serene outward conformity to social convention, is committing  perhaps the most daring and courageous act a woman of her time could do: saying Enough is Enough. I don’t have to live like this.


I deserve better.


Better is Lord Roland Penhallow, the man Lilibet has loved since she first met him during her London debut seven years ago. If Lord Somerton is a man worth divorcing, Roland is a man worth having an affair with. He’s handsome, charming, sensual, and — unbeknownst to Lilibet — a clandestine agent in the service of Her Majesty’s Government. Moreover, he’s the devoted father figure that young Philip never had. In defense of Lilibet and her son, Roland will go to any length. He will match his wits and his strength against Lord Somerton himself. He’ll do anything.


The one thing he can’t do, however, is sleep with her.


After all, if Lilibet commits adultery, she has no legal complaint against Somerton. Her divorce petition is thrown out, and Somerton holds all the cards: he can keep her trapped in marriage and take her son away. The stakes, as they say, are pretty high. (And so is the sexual tension.)


What do you think? Are divorce and adultery no-go zones for historical romance? Or can a scandalous love triangle expose the fault lines in British society while keeping the pages turning…and scorching hot?



For more information, visit www.julianagray.com. And for a chance to win A Gentleman Never Tells, just leave a comment below.



Read Full Post »

NT: Hi Pamela! Thank you for being my guest today.

Pamela: Thanks for having me! I really appreciate it!

NT: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? How long did it take for you to make your first sale?

Pamela: I knew I wanted to be a writer at about age nine or 10 when I read MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE and the world vanished around me. I realized books were magic. The could make the world around you vanish and replace it with a time and place you’d never been. The story lingered with me long after I read it, and I felt that was a kind of magic, too. I knew I wanted to write stories that crept into people’s hearts and became a part of their lives whether they realized that or not. I told my parents that I wanted to write novels when I grew up, and I don’t think they took me seriously at all. They do now.

As for my first book, I had an atypically easy path to publication. I wrote my first book over seven years. I was newly divorced with two small kids and a full-time job, so sometimes I was able to write only for a few hours on a weekend. But after seven years, I finished it. I sent out five query letters, signed tentatively with an agent who wanted some revisions. I put off the revisions for most of a year, then sat down and did them in three weeks. My agent loved them, and nine months later I had a two-book contract.

NT: You have a new release this month, DEFIANT. Can you tell us about it?

Pamela: DEFIANT is the third book in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series, which is set on the Colonial frontier in upstate New York during the French & Indian War (Seven Years War to Brits). DEFIANT tells the story of the youngest MacKinnon brother, Connor, and Lady Sarah Woodville, the niece of the MacKinnon brothers’ most hated enemy, Lord William Wentworth. Lady Sarah has been sent away in disgrace by parents who don’t know what to do with her and seeks the help of her beloved uncle. Before she can reach him, however, the party she is traveling with is attacked by a war party of Shawnee out to avenge the death of a Shawnee mother. Lord William sends Connor and Captain Joseph, the Mahican war chief who is blood brother to the MacKinnons, to rescue her and bring her back alive, knowng that if anyone can do it, they can.

But when they reach the village, Connor realizes the only way he’s going to be able to save Sarah is to fight the warrior who abducted her — and then claim her himself.

This will not make Lord William happy.

Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth’s niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her—and claim her himself.

Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier—or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him.

But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.

For the visually inclined, here’s a link to the live-action trailer my son and I made together. He put his film degree into it, while I mostly stood around watching the sexy male model and giggling. But, as I was the money, I got to stay on set. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYQA2WhPz58

NT: Do you have a writing routine? What is your average writing day like?

Pamela: As soon as I can get other baloney out of the way — breakfast, shower, important chores — I sit down with my computer and write all day and into the evening. In the summer, I grow a lot of veggies, and that means that I’m outside very early watering the garden before it gets hot, harvesting the veggies, and washing/slicing/preparing salads and so on for later in the day. It’s a huge amount of work, but I really prefer organic vegetables, and the only way to know for sure what goes into them is to grow them yourself.

I’m always eagerly awaiting the first hard frost so I can quit doing that and focus more on writing. I love building a nice fire, then sitting beside it with my laptop and lapdesk sipping coffee and writing. That’s my idea of heaven.

FREEZE, zucchini plants! FREEZE!

NT: Is there anyone you use as a sounding board when you’re stuck on a scene?

Pamela: My sister, Michelle, is my rock. I can’t tell you how many hours we’ve logged on Skype talking about my books. She lives in Stockholm, so she’s eight hours ahead of me. But we manage to connect every week. She was here when I was finishing DEFIANT, which for some reason was very hard for me. And my sweet baby sister sat there on my couch till 4 AM night after night as I was writing to help me stay focused. My younger son Benjamin has been a part of discussing scenes and such since he was in high school. He just graduated summa cum laude with a film degree and is an exceptional writer, so maybe it’s been a good exercise for him. I have friends, too, whose feedback is always helpful. Author Norah Wilson, Marie Force… It takes a village.

NT: What was the most interesting thing you had to research and what was the hardest thing to research?

Pamela: Research is something I love to do. My college degree and work in graduate school was in archaeology, and I spent 20 years working as an investigative reporter. Compared to trying to prove that Person X is a depraved criminal, there is no difficult research in fiction. It’s just a matter of being persistent. I have my own techniques, and they work wonderfully well. And since I love it — LOVE it! — it never feels like work.

For the MacKinnon’s Rangers series, I research the French & Indian War extensively focusing on Fort Edward, Robert Rogers and Rogers’ Rangers, a band of colonial frontiersmen who helpd the ill-prepared British face a new kind of warfare here in North America. Don’t get me started or I’ll still be going at midnight.

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time? (If there is such a thing 😀 )

Pamela: Well, there’s that ominously enormous veggie garden. I also have a very large rose garden, and I love it! In early summer, you can stand anywhere in my yard and just float away on the scent of roses. Deadheading the whole thing probably takes about three or four hours. In theory, I like to hike. I just haven’t done much of it lately. I live right next to the mountains, so hitting the trails involves maybe 10 minutes of driving to the parking lot. I love spending time with my kids. They’re both grown — the older one was born when I was a freshman in college, the second when I was a senior — and I adore them.

NT: What are the latest additions to your TBR? What are you most eager to read?

Pamela: Oh, goodness! I’ve got TRUE SHOT by Joyce Lamb that I’m reading. I have several Norah Wilson titles on my Kindle (GUARDING SUSANNAH, SAVING GRACE) along with Marie Force’s Gansett Island series. I want to read Sylvia Day’s BARED TO YOU. I have a shelf of Monica McCarty I desperately want to read. I think my most recent acquisition is BRIDE OF THE HIGH COUNTRY by Kaki Warner, which I also desperately want to read. Where does this reading time come from? Not sure.

NT: Any advice to aspiring authors? What craft books helped you that you would recommend to aspiring writers?

Pamela: People might throw rotten tomatoes at the screen when I say this, but I didn’t read any craft books. I didn’t workshop my books. I wasn’t a member of RWA. I didn’t belong to any writers groups or critique groups. I just sat down and wrote what I saw in my head. Granted, I’d been a working journalist for a while. I had my college degree and some grad school under my belt. But writing/language has always been my gift. I accidentally wrote an extra paper in a graduate level archaeology course, and the professor offered to auction it off. “She writes like a pro,” he said. “Bid high.”

I did take a creative writing course in college and one class about writing autobiography, and the feedback I got in both classes was overwhelmingly positive — at least where the professors were concerned. The students in the creative writing class were the black-clad clove-smoking sort who didn’t know what to think of a chick who was already a mom. Everything I wrote was savaged during critiques. In the middle of my last critique, the professor interrupted the students in the midst of shredding me and said, “Isn’t this interesting that you all feel this way because I think Pamela has written the only publishable work we’ve seen this entire semester.” Eat that, clove-smoking haters! That was awesome!

Poet and essayist Reg Saner was my professor for the autobiography class shortly before he retired. My writing just exploded in his class. I couldn’t get the words on the page fast enough. I would sit my baby on the floor with tupperware and spoons and just pound out as much as I could while he was diverted. At the end of the semester, Prof. Saner invited me into his office for my final critique and grade. I sat down and he said, “I’m afraid I have to apologize.” Naturally, this concerned me. He said that all he could give me was an A when it was clear that I was writing on a different plane than the other students. “Students come to me all the time and say, ‘I want to be a writer.’ I look at what they’ve written and tell them to do something else because they just don’t have it. You’re one of two students I’ve had during my entire career to whom I can say, ‘Go for it. You can do anything you want to do.’”

I cannot tell you what his words meant to me. It was an affirmation that THIS was the path I needed to be on, not graduate school.

I saw him a few years ago, and he knew I was published and was very happy for me. He said, “If anyone gives you a hard time about writing romance, ask them what they’ve published lately. The difference between what I write and what you write is that people read what you write.” (His Reaching Keet Seel: Ruin’s Echo and the Anasazi is phenomenal, and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading nature essays.)

So my advice to aspiring writers… Read a lot. Follow your heart. If this is what you want to do, commit to it with the devotion of an Olympic athlete and make it your life. Don’t give up. When you do, you lose.

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

Pamela: Right now, I’m working on STRIKING DISTANCE, the next book in the I-Team series. I hope to finish it soon. Theoretically, it will be out next spring. After that, I’ll be writing another historical, perhaps Joseph’s story in a follow-up to the MacKinnon’s Rangers series.

NT: If someone has not read any of your books, which would be the one you’d recommend they try first?

Pamela: For historical fans, I would say Surrender, the first book in the MacKinnon’s Ranger series. For romantic suspense fans, I would suggest Breaking Point or Unlawful Contact, Books 5 and 3, respectively, in the I-Team series. People who are adamant about reading things in order can start with Extreme Exposure.

NT: How can readers contact you?

Pamela: There are so many ways!

I have a contact form through my website, where readers can send me an email and also sign up for my newsletter. http://www.pamelaclare.com/guestbook.php

I’m @Pamela_Clare on Twitter.

I’m on Goodreads and have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Clare/167939496589645

NT: Thanks for being our guest today!

Pamela: You’re so welcome! Thanks so very much for having me!


For a chance to win DEFIANT, just leave a comment below. Good luck!



Read Full Post »

The Book

The Tease

Meriel waited until they’d gotten on the freeway before she spoke. “He looks at you differently. Than he did before I mean. What’s going on?”

“I don’t know. I don’t!” she added when Meriel snorted. “We were friends. We played cards and watched movies and he consistently kicked my ass in every athletic activity we engaged in. And then last night . . . something happened and then it was just different. He’s all bossy now. And he kissed me!”

“How’s he kiss?”

The heat of her blush flamed over her face. “Really, really well. You know how back in high school you’d kiss and kiss your boyfriend? You didn’t have anything else to do yet so you kissed for hours and it was so . . .” Lark sighed. “Wonderful and sexy and totally thrilling. He’s that kind of kisser.”

“I knew he would be. Okay so what happened last night to change things? Was it the fight with the mages?”

“It started when I got back from my date. I brought him back a huge slice of cheesecake. You know what a whore he is for sweets.”

“Um, no I don’t. But you did. I’ll continue with that in a moment. Finish.”

“Anyway, so I hung out and he ate and we talked. I didn’t even have a drink. He was pissy about the date. Didn’t like that I went out with a shifter. Probably because he’s a Lycian and all alpha and there’s some sort of beef between them or some such. He didn’t want me going out for a walk on my own. We bickered, went outside after he convinced me to run at his house and stay over and then, bam, we were attacked.”

She heaved a sigh.

Meriel laughed. “There’s no beef between Cascadia and Simon. The local wolves respect him and they give each other a lot of space. He can be . . . well . . . I mean, he’s not just Lycian, but a prince so he thinks like one sometimes but he’s big enough and powerful enough that he gets away with it.”

Lark nodded. “God yes.”

“Anyway, so he’s just fine with the local wolves. It’s not the who, it’s the date itself. He’s totally acting to mark his territory.”


“You! He can’t stop looking at you. He wants you at his house. Driving his car. He’s taking care of you.”

“But why? Before I went to Toronto he never looked at my boobs. Well,” she amended, “not more than the way all straight guys look at boobs. I know he thinks I’m a fashion disaster. He’s all GQMF and I’m totally not.”


“GQ mother fucker. You know all suave and gorgeous, wearing handmade Italian loafers and suits he has made in London. I’m not that girl. And then this morning he kissed my knuckles. He sniffed me and then he laid a kiss on me. Well more than one. He said he wanted to take a bite but then he backtracked and said he wanted more time. I’m just confused.”

“Whatever set him off, he’s clearly liking what you’ve got now.”

“Maybe. Could be he’s just horny. Boys are like that.”

The Blurb

The life of Lark Jaansen, hunter in Clan Gennessee, has been shaped by violence and unrest and it defines her future. Well-trained and resilient, she’s met her militaristic match in Simon Leviathan, a warrior not of this world. Locked in mutual admiration, and a desire so hot it burns, Lark and Simon have something else in common: they love the dark, and as a shadow is cast over their world, they’re each coming into their own.

A mysterious war has been waged among the Others. As witches and humans turn against each other, as fae retreat in fear, and as vampires rise, Lark and Simon discover that an unseen force is behind it. A single, hungry entity older than recorded history has returned to gorge on the magick of his victims. He is the Magister, nothing less than the end of time. Finding him is Lark and Simon’s first hope. Surviving him is their last.

Available June 5, 2012




Barnes & Noble


Read Full Post »

Just saw this posted at Jill Shalvis‘ blog. Had to share as I adore this series. Have you all read it? This is book 3, comes out November 6, 2012.

After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.

Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.

For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »