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Holding On (Colorado High Country #6) —
The Colorado High Country series returns with Conrad and Kenzie's story.

A hero barely holding on…

Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey—until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He’s the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He’s barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can’t say no.

The woman who won’t let him fall…

Kenzie Morgan’s life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It’s not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she’s unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he’s hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more—and now she’s risking her heart to heal his.

In ebook and soon in print!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

HARD EDGE is out!



HARD EDGE (Cobra Elite #4) is out today in ebook and paperback!
I am thrilled to get the story out to you, given that I spent most of March fighting what my doctor believes was COVID-19. I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't end up in the hospital, and I managed to finish the story, bumping back the release date by just one week. Thanks for your understanding.
What's the story about?
Dylan Cruz, the former Seal Team Six member at Cobran International Security, finally gets his own story. It's a high-octane, sexy adventure with a heroine who turns out to be much more than Dylan expects.
Here’s the description:
Gabriela Marquez came to her parents’ homeland of Venezuela to help its people. Working undercover for the CIA as Sister María, a Franciscan nun, she spends long days at the mission, giving food to the poor, helping the sick—and keeping a close watch on local drug trafficking. When a violent raid makes her a hostage together with two American journalists, she finds herself the prisoner of the very cartel she’s been spying on. Fortunately for the journalists—but not so luckily for her captors—Sister María is not what she seems to be. Hiding behind her nun’s habit, Gabriela puts her training to use to ensure the hostages’ survival.
Dylan Cruz spent the better part of a decade with Seal Team Six, ridding the world of scum. Now an operative with Cobra International Security, he’s sent to Venezuela with a small team to gather intel for a hostage rescue. Against all expectations, he gets valuable information from one of the hostages—a beautiful young nun. Sister María of the Gorgeous Brown Eyes puts R-rated thoughts in his mind, thoughts he has no business thinking. Then again, he always figured he’d end up in hell.
When the rescue fails, Dylan finds himself trapped in hostile territory with lovely Sister María. Together, they go underground to reach the Colombian border, but Sister María is full of secrets—and enticing surprises. Beneath that shapeless, gray habit is a woman whose abilities—and passions—are a match for Dylan’s. As the desire between them ignites, what should have been a straightforward mission of evade-and-escape turns into a fight for survival against a murderous cartel boss who wants them both dead.
Those of you who loved Seduction Game (I-Team, #7) will love Gabriela.
Grab your copy today and escape into romantic suspense.
Saturday, March 07, 2020

HARD EDGE (Cobra Elite, #4) is available for preorder!



I’ll give you a few minutes to finish staring at the sexy abs on the cover of HARD EDGE (Cobra Elite, #4) before we move on here... I know. It takes some time.

Okay. Are you all with me now?

Hard Edge is Dylan Cruz's story and takes place in Venezuela amid the social unrest and humanitarian crisis that has forced so many Venezolanos to flee their own country, including a good friend of mine.

He’s got a long journey to his happily ever after. In fact, he doesn’t anticipate having a happily ever after. But life has other plans. Here’s a sneak peek at the story:

Gabriela Marquez came to her parents’ homeland of Venezuela to help its people. Working undercover for the CIA as Sister María, a Franciscan nun, she spends long days at the mission, giving food to the poor, helping the sick—and keeping a close watch on local drug trafficking. When a violent raid makes her a hostage together with two American journalists, she finds herself the prisoner of the very cartel she’s been spying on. Fortunately for the journalists—but not so luckily for her captors—Sister María is not what she seems to be. Hiding behind her nun’s habit, Gabriela puts her training to use to ensure the hostages’ survival.

Dylan Cruz spent the better part of a decade with Seal Team Six, ridding the world of scum. Now an operative with Cobra International Security, he’s sent to Venezuela with a small team to gather intel for a hostage rescue. Against all expectations, he gets valuable information from one of the hostages—a beautiful young nun. Sister María of the Gorgeous Brown Eyes puts R-rated thoughts in his mind, thoughts he has no business thinking. Then again, he always figured he’d end up in hell.

When the rescue fails, Dylan finds himself trapped in hostile territory with lovely Sister María. Together, they go underground to reach the Colombian border, but Sister María is full of secrets—and enticing surprises. Beneath that shapeless, gray habit is a woman whose abilities—and passions—are a match for Dylan’s. As the desire between them ignites, what should have been a straightforward mission of evade-and-escape turns into a fight for survival against a murderous cartel boss who wants them both dead.

So far, it’s been a fun story to write, and now that the action is heating up, I expect things to get steamy on my computer.

The story will be out this spring in both ebook and paperback. You can preorder your copy now and have it in your hands on April 21. Right now, you can preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

I can’t wait to share their crazy adventure with you all.

As for the rest of this year, I still have Thor Isaksen and Malik Jones' stories to share. I hope to get a historical written — possibly Lord William's story — as well as one other book. Not sure what yet. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, and, hey, WASH YOUR HANDS!
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hard Justice is out!




HARD JUSTICE is out in ebook and print!

Get ready to fall in love with sexy Scotsman Quinn McManus. Hard Justice (Cobra Elite #3) is out today, and this time the badass men and women of Cobra International Security head to Glasgow, Scotland.
I confess that I was selfish when I wrote this book. So far, the Cobra series has taken us to Afghanistan and Bangladesh. But I love Scotland and find Scottish accents irresistibly sexy. So when I needed to pick the next location for an adventure, I chose Scotland. Can you blame me?
Read below for a description of the story, followed by a fun little excerpt.
Elizabeth Shields has always craved adventure. That’s why she went to work for the CIA straight out of college. That’s probably also the reason she feels drawn to Quinn McManus, a veteran of the British Special Air Service. The big Scotsman gives off a dangerous vibe that she can’t resist. Yet, resist she must. She and Quinn both work for Cobra International Security, which has a strict policy against hook-ups between employees, and she’s too much of a professional to date a coworker. She and Quinn can never be more than friends. But when his best buddy from the SAS is found murdered on the streets of Glasgow, Elizabeth will do all she can to help Quinn cope with the loss … and find the culprit.
Quinn McManus escaped a life of poverty by joining the British Army. His fellow soldiers became his family, forging a bond stronger than blood. Now, with his best friend dead, he needs Elizabeth’s special skills to help track down the killer. He has no intention of getting physical with her. Rules are rules. But as their unofficial investigation heats up, so does the attraction between them. Still, he refuses to surrender. Because if they cross the line from friends to lovers, there will be no going back.
But some battles can’t be won, and soon the passion between Quinn and Elizabeth ignites, hot enough to melt the cold Glasgow winter. As they move closer to the truth and to each other, they find themselves in the sights of a stone-cold killer, who won’t hesitate to destroy them both to keep a terrible secret.

Excerpt from Hard Justice

Quinn walked in wearing a T-shirt and gym pants that rode low on his hips. He flashed Elizabeth a smile and walked over to the free weights, setting up the chest press.
Damn.
Elizabeth had seen him work out before—all that muscle in action. Cobra had a gym in the basement that most of the employees used to stay fit. The difference between Cobra’s gym and this place was that they were on vacation now—and they were alone.
It would be so easy to give in and let her hormones win. She’d danced with Quinn and knew he was good with his body. He’d probably be as lethal in bed as he was out of it. But she’d hooked up with a coworker once before and had paid a terrible price for it. She’d sworn to herself never to make that mistake again.
Still, she was on vacation. It didn’t hurt to ogle him—just a little.
Bench press. Bicep curls. Triceps. Incline press.
He got to his feet, raised the hem of his T-shirt to wipe the sweat from his face, exposing that delicious six-pack.
Elizabeth didn’t realize she’d stopped running until the machine tossed her onto the floor. She toppled with a shriek, landing flat on her butt.
“Are you hurt?” Quinn jogged over, held out a big hand to help her up.
Heat rushed into her cheeks. “I’m fine.”
She took his hand, stood, coming face to face with him—or face to sternum. He smelled like salt and sweat and soap, the warm scents filling her head, leaving her intoxicated.
Pheromone alert.
“Did you forget you were runnin’?” The gleam in his blue eyes told her he found all of this funny.
She couldn’t tell him the truth, so she lied. “I’m not sure what I did.”
She was such an idiot.
He leaned down, bringing his gaze level with hers. “Next time you’re wantin’ to watch me at the weights, turn off the machine first, and come pull up a chair.”
# # #
Quinn saw Elizabeth’s eyes go wide, her cheeks flaming scarlet.
“You!” She glared at him, gave him a wee shove.
“Me?” He fought not to laugh. Och, she was adorable when she was angry. “It was you gawpin’ at me and you who fell. What did I do?”
“Oh, like you’ve never stared at my ass before.” Furious now, she gave herself a slap on the bum and then cupped her breasts through her T-shirt. “Or ogled my tits.”
The sight of her cupping her own breasts sent blood rushing to his groin and brought his gaze to the exact place it should not be.
Sweet blazin’ hell!
“Aye, I’ll no’ deny it. We’re both adults. What’s the harm in lookin’?”
His words seemed to make her angrier. She opened her mouth as if to blister his ears—then leaped into his arms and kissed him.
Quinn caught her, drew her hard against him, his shock washed away by a rush of lust. He forgot about Jack’s murder. He forgot they were in the hotel gym. He forgot that they shouldn’t be doing this, because, sweet Jesus, they ought to have done it years ago. He forgot everything but Lilibet—her taste, the soft feel of her body against his, the sweet scent of her skin.
Och, the woman could kiss. She took everything he could give her and demanded more, her tongue teasing his, her teeth nipping his lips—
“Is this man harassin’ you, miss?”
Elizabeth went stiff in Quinn’s arms, the two of them opening their eyes to find a young security guard walking toward them.
Quinn set Elizabeth on her feet, trying not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation. “We’re just havin’ a wee snog, aye?”
“Miss?” The man didn’t seem to believe Quinn, but waited for Elizabeth to answer. “It didnae look like snoggin’.”
It took Quinn a moment to understand the accusation—a measure of how distracted he was just now. The guard must have seen Elizabeth shove him on the surveillance feed and had gotten the wrong idea.
Fuck.
Elizabeth gave the man that beautiful smile of hers. “I’m fine. Thank you. I fell off the machine. He helped me up and teased me about it, so I gave him a shove and, um, kissed him. I guess we forgot where we were. I’m so sorry we worried you, but I do appreciate your concern for my safety.”
“If you’re certain, miss…”
“Yes, thank you.”
Quinn couldn’t fault the guard for watching out for women, but the thought that anyone could believe him capable of abusing Elizabeth set his temper on edge. He wasn’t that sort of man. No matter what anyone said, he was nothing like his father. Some part of him wanted an apology, but that would make him a right prick.
The guard was just doin’ his job, aye?
Elizabeth turned to Quinn. “I’m done with my run. I’ll see you upstairs.”
“Aye, I’m comin’, too.”
The security guard walked out of the gym with them. “Enjoy your stay wi’ us.”
* * *
I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Grab your copy today, and snuggle up with Quinn and cup of hot cocoa.
Copyright (c) 2019 Pamela Clare
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

HARD JUSTICE (Cobra Elite #3) is up for preorder


What woman doesn’t love a sexy Scotsman? I joke with my fellow authors that a Scottish accent counts as foreplay. How could I resist telling Quinn McManus' story?

McManus is a veteran of the British Special Air Service, a badass who now works for Cobra International Security. In the first two books in this series, we've seen that he has an interest in Elizabeth Shields, a former CIA analyst. But the two of them have never hooked up—and for a reason.

Here’s the story description:

Elizabeth Shields has always craved adventure. That’s why she went to work for the CIA straight out of college. That’s probably also the reason she feels drawn to Quinn McManus, a veteran of the British Special Air Service. The big Scotsman gives off a dangerous vibe that she can’t resist. Yet, resist she must. She and Quinn both work for Cobra International Security, which has a strict policy against hook-ups between employees, and she’s too much of a professional to date a coworker. She and Quinn can never be more than friends. But when his best buddy from the SAS is found murdered on the streets of Glasgow, Elizabeth will do all she can to help Quinn cope with the loss … and find the culprit. 

Quinn McManus escaped a life of poverty by joining the British Army. His fellow soldiers became his family, forging a bond stronger than blood. Now, with his best friend dead, he needs Elizabeth’s special skills to help track down the killer. He has no intention of getting physical with her. Rules are rules. But as their unofficial investigation heats up, so does the attraction between them. Still, he refuses to surrender. Because if they cross the line from friends to lovers, there will be no going back. 

But some battles can’t be won, and soon the passion between Quinn and Elizabeth ignites, hot enough to melt the cold Glasgow winter. As they move closer to the truth and to each other, they find themselves in the sights of a stone-cold killer, who won’t hesitate to destroy them both to keep a terrible secret. 

Hard Justice is set in Glasgow, which sounds like a great excuse to travel to Scotland to me. Sadly, my travel budget was blown this year when I went on my older son’s wedding cruise.

Hard Justice is up for preorder now and will be out on December 17, just in time for holiday reading. It’s my 30th novel, which feels like something of a milestone. 

You can grab your copy now for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Watch for it on Kobo and Smashwords soon. Hard Justice will be out in paperback on December 17, as well.

In the meantime, Colorado has sunk into a deep freeze. Outside, we’ve got a good nine inches of snow and temps of 6 F/-14 C and a windchill of -14 F/-25 C. We’ve kept a warm fire going in the woodstove, and the cats are loving it. Here they are taking up the entire sofa. 









Friday, September 06, 2019

A wedding — and a book release: HARD ASSET


Since the last time I posted, I’ve been to my older son’s wedding, went on the honeymoon cruise with him and my new daughter-in-law, been up close and personal with bears in Alaska, seen so many humpback whales, seals, sea lions, otters, glaciers, and so on. And I topped that off with a visit to fellow author Kaylea Cross in Vancouver, where we talked about our books, went sea kayaking, ate some fantastic food, and looked at beautiful gardens.

Of course, I caught some nasty virus on the plane on the way home, so I've been in bed since getting home four days ago. Doesn’t it just figure?

I thought I'd share some of the photos. Ready?

At the top is a photo of the bride and groom with their two older kids from her first marriage. The bride wore purple embroidered with white, while the groom wore purple. It was an amazing day with a sweet ceremony that left me in tears. After a reception with cake and champagne, we set off on the cruise, and that was a week of non-stop adventure.

My brother and I signed up for a float plane trip into the Tongass, where we were led on a hike to a bear blind above a salmon stream. Salmon were fighting their way upstream to spawn, and the bears were making the most of it. We got close footage of bears fishing, eating, fighting. It was amazing—like being in the middle of a NatGeo program or something.




We also got amazing views of the Inner Passage — so many islands and channels, so many humpback whales, so much beauty. My brother and I spent some time just sitting on our balcony watching the scenery slip by until it was too dark to see anything.




Speaking of humpbacks, we went on a whale-watching tour and got to see several. None of them breached, but we did see a lot of flukes. In one case, we saw a mother with her calf swimming side by side. On this same trip, we encountered a colony of sea lions, some harbor seals, lots of jelly fish, eagles, and a sea otter floating along and washing its cute face.



On August 27, when I was still on the ship, Hard Asset was released — my biggest release day ever! Thank you for that. The book is garnering fantastic reviews overall. I packed it full of action and adventure — and a little hot jungle sex. I'm grateful to those of you who’ve read it and taken time to post reviews, with a 4.7 average on Amazon and a 4.54 as of this moment on Goodreads.




Here’s a description of the book:

A perilous mission…

Shanti Lahiri’s tragic family history inspired her to fight for justice. Now a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court, she doesn’t have time for dating or relationships. When an investigation takes her to the Rohingya refugee camps in her father’s homeland of Bangladesh, the last thing she wants is an armed security team following her everywhere and frightening her already traumatized witnesses. But others who’ve tried to investigate these crimes have gone missing, and Shanti doesn’t want to be the next one to disappear. Despite her misgivings, she has no choice but to accept their protection. And, no, the fact that the team’s leader is lethally sexy has nothing to do with her decision.

An undeniable attraction…

Connor O’Neal left the Unit—Delta Force—after a decade of war, scarred both inside and out. Now an operative with Cobra International Security, he’s been tasked with protecting Shanti in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. He can handle anything the bad guys throw at him, but nothing prepares him for the instant attraction he feels to Shanti. From the first moment he sees her, he wants her. Too bad, because clients are strictly off-limits, and he’s a man who follows the rules—most of the time. Besides, he can’t afford any distractions, because Shanti’s life is on the line.

A merciless enemy…

But something about Shanti breaks through Connor’s defenses, forcing him to confront his own demons. As their mutual desire transforms into reckless passion, Shanti discovers evidence crucial to putting the mastermind of genocide behind bars. Connor knows her life is in immediate danger, but his plan to get her out of the country comes crashing down when a traitor strikes, leaving the two of them stranded in the jungles of Myanmar. Now on the run from a ruthless killer and his army of minions, Connor and Shanti are fighting for survival—and a chance at the love of a lifetime.

The book is available in ebook and paperback formats.


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