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Upon A Winter's Night is out!
By the end of the epilogue of Defiant, it was a week before Christmas and Lord William Wentworth had left a surprise for the MacKinnon brothers and their wives on the front step of Iain and Annie's cabin.
Upon A Winter's Night, a MacKinnon's Rangers Christmas novella, picks up where the epilogue of Defiant left us. The story reunites us with the MacKinnons and carries us through that week to Christmas and on to Hogmanay (New Year's). Here's the blurb:
Reunite with the MacKinnon brothers and their wives for Christmas—and a tale of love, new life, and redemption.
The war between Britain and the French is finally at an end, and the MacKinnons are looking forward to celebrating their first peacetime Christmas in five long years. While Iain and Annie have discovered that the pleasures of marriage grow deeper with time, Morgan and Amalie find themselves at bitter odds. Meanwhile, Connor and Sarah have a newborn son to cherish.
The family's preparations for the holidays are interrupted when Iain learns that Britain has not paid the Rangers for the summer's victorious campaigns. Unwilling to let men who fought under the MacKinnon name suffer deprivation at Christmastime, Iain, Morgan, and Connor leave the warmth of their frontier farm for Albany. There, they find their happy Christmas, and even their freedom, at risk at the hands of a ruthless British officer who holds a grudge against them.
With the men gone, Annie, Amalie, and Sarah do their best to prepare for the festivities despite differing traditions, a raging bull—and the gnawing fear that their husbands won't make it home for Yule.
Events begin the day after the epilogue of Defiant ends. The story includes Joseph, Killy—and revelations about the fate of Lord William Wentworth.
If you didn't know I was working on this little historical holiday treat, don't worry that you're out of touch. I didn't say much about it, mainly because I didn't want to disappoint anyone if I didn't manage to finish it on time.
The 26,000-word novella is available in ebook on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes, and Kobo, and will soon be out in print as well. Watch Facebook and Twitter (@Pamela_Clare) for updates!
Striking Distance hits the USA Today best-seller list
Hitting the big best-seller lists is every author's dream, and that dream finally came true for me when Striking Distance debuted on the USA Today best-seller list. I got the news via Twitter from author Thea Harrison, whose book Kinked, also made the list that week. I would be lying if I said I didn't scream. After devoting my life to writing fiction for a decade, it was sweet to finally see my name there among so many fabulous authors. Yes, I download it — and send it to everyone in my family.
Thanks to all of you who bought the book, devoured it, and helped spread the word about it during that first week. I am so grateful to you! You are the best!
Striking Distance (I-Team 6) earns Top Pick and Best of honors
Already in its first two weeks, Striking Distance has picked up a number of terrific reviews from critics and been featured in articles in national publications, including a piece about military heroes in Publishers Weekly. (I'd share the link, but it only works if you have a subscription.)
Striking Distance was named by RT Book Reviews as its Top Pick for romantic suspense in November. That was terrific. It got even better when RT's reviewers named the novel as one of its nominees for Best Romantic Suspense for 2013. The publication also interviewed all of its romantic suspense nominees. I had fun answering their questions — perhaps a little too much fun. Then again, given my bizarre life, I might have been the wrong person to ask about dangerous experiences.
In addition BookPages, a national publication for librarians and booksellers, featured Striking Distance (I-Team 6) as Christie Ridgeway's top romance pick for November. The publication recently did an interview with me that should be out very soon. Watch my Facebook page for the link.
The review site GraveTells.com described Striking Distance as "an absolute 'must-read,' easily one of the best romantic suspense stories of the year!"
It's been an exciting couple of weeks. Thanks to all of you for making it even more special!
Striking Distance is out!
It took more than 15 months of some of the most intense writing of my career, but Striking Distance (I-Team 6) is out.
Here's the blurb from the back of the book:
TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.
No rescue mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did. No woman has stirred his protective instincts the way she has. And he wants her more than he's ever wanted anyone.
As Laura and Javier's passion ignites, so does Laura's need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that she's still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down before she dares uncover the truth.
Although the story introduces two new characters, most of your I-Team favorites make appearances in the story, especially former SEAL Zach MacBride from Breaking Point and Nate West from Skin Deep, who is Javier's best bud. We catch up on their lives and get to spend more time up at the Cimarron Ranch. Click here to read the book's prologue.
The story is available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats.
First Strike, the erotic prequel to Striking Distance, is only 99 cents
By the time I finished Striking Distance, I had perhaps two discarded pages of text for every manuscript page I sent to my editor. While some of the material is going to find its way onto my blog as little extras, others will never see the light of day. The story's original prologue, however, has been transformed into an erotic novella.
First Strike tells the story of how Laura Nilsson and Javier Corbray meet in Dubai City—and lose themselves in a weekend of no-strings-attached sex. Since unmarried sex is illegal in Dubai, their time together comes at a risk. But the bigger risk may come in the form of feelings they didn't expect.
I had a lot of fun writing it because I was able to make the story hotter and the language more erotic. But here's a warning-the story ends with a cliffhanger. As Striking Distance is already out, hopefully that won't be a problem.
First Strike is available for only 99 cents on Amazon, B&N for Nook, and Smashwords, which carries all ebook formats. We hope to be making the story available in trade paperback very soon. Stay tuned!
MacKinnon's Rangers series now in audiobook!
The MacKinnon's Rangers series is out in audiobook format thanks to Tantor Audio. Surrender was released on June 15, with Untamed to follow on Aug. 12 and Defiant on Aug. 26. Fans of the I-Team audiobooks will be elated to learn that Kaleo Griffith, whose acting and vocal talents made the I-Team audiobooks so successful, is voicing this series as well. Those who are unfamiliar with Kaleo's voice are in for a treat!
The audiobooks are available through Tantor's website, as well as Audible and iTunes.
Check out the sound samples! But be warned — some listeners find Kaleo's voice addictive. One coined the term "Obsessive Kaleo Disorder," or "OKD" to describe her experience. There's no cure, only the desire for another fix.
Free I-Team ringtones on SoundCloud
For those of you who love the I-Team—or Kaleo Griffith's voice—there are now free I-Team ringtones available on SoundCloud. Download them to your phone, or keep them handy when you just want a fix of Kaleo and the I-Team. And feel free to share! Follow me on SoundCloud to stay up to date. And watch for MacKinnon's Rangers ringtones sometime later this year!
First I-Team party held in Atlanta at RWA
In August 2011, the I-Team Facebook group got its official launch. It had only about 200 members at the time, but quickly grew to more than 600 members who talk about the ups and downs of daily life, share recipes, and chat about the books they love to read, including the I-Team series.
It was high time that we began to meet one another face to face. Knowing I would be in Atlanta for RWA 2013, I reserved a room in a hotel restaurant for a little party. Thirty people, including authors Julie James, Christy Reece, Norah Wilson, Bonnie Vanak and Jenn LeBlanc, attended the party, which included a buffet and lots of book signing.
Kaleo Griffith, who narrates the I-Team audiobooks, was the special guest, giving I-Team members a chance to meet him in person — and to hear that silky, sexy voice of his. He even did a Scottish accent for Jenn LeBlanc, sending her into paroxysms of joy by saying her favorite line from Defiant in Connor's voice.
For me, it was just a joy to meet readers and friends I've only spoken with online, to put a face with a name and a voice, and to repay in some small way all the hours of fun and all of the support I-Team members give me each and every day online.
We're already planning I-Team '14 to be held somewhere in San Antonio in July next year. I'm hoping to improve the experience by holding the event outside the conference hotel and focusing on having a sit-down meal together.
To join the I-Team, click here.
Perfume designed exclusively for Unlawful Contact!
I am so excited to announce that internationally known perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has created two new scents in honor of Unlawful Contact. Dawn designs scents for Hollywood stars, New York jet-setters and Parisian socialites. Using natural oils and essences, not chemicals, she makes her perfumes by hand, one drop at a time, just as perfumers did three hundred years ago.
I met Dawn this past summer and was so impressed by her work that I asked if she’d be interested in turning the characters in Unlawful Contact into scents. She read the manuscript, took lots of notes about Marc’s and Sophie’s personalities, and then began to turn those into scents.
I went in to sniff the final results last week, and I love them! I’ve been wearing “Sophie” ever since and dabbing “Marc” on all the men in my life. “Marc” captures the scents of Colorado’s mountains together with Marc Hunter’s deep masculine sexuality, while “Sophie” captures Sophie’s sexy, sleek sophistication with a touch of innocent “fairy sprite” sensuality. The two work well together, both featuring certain musk notes that make them a “couple.”
Working with an artist like Dawn was so much fun. She and I are talking about doing it again, perhaps going backward with the I-Team series. “Julian” anyone?
The scents are now done and can be ordered from her Web site at www.dshperfumes.com. The perfumes are part of the Essence Studio collection. She has a variety of sizes available, including samples for under $4.