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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.

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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


Seductive Musings

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hard Evidence is a Daphne du Maurier finalist!

As I was sitting here writing what follows, I got a call from a committee member for the Daphne du Maurier contest telling me that Hard Evidence is a finalist in the Single Title category. I'm so thrilled!

Yep, it's definitely my year to be a finalist — the RITAs, the AAN journalism awards and now this.

The Daphne awards are given by the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA — a national chapter focused solely on suspense and mystery. If you want to know how to kill someone with poison, the Kiss of Death chapter is the one to join. Extreme Exposure garnered an honorable mention in last year's Daphnes, which was very exciting. The awards ceremony is preceded by the Death By Chocolate gala. We're talking a chocolate buffet that defies the imagination.

I'm so glad that Julian and Tessa are earning some honors! I love them dearly. Speaking of Julian, he figures quite prominently in what I wrote this weekend (and now we pick up where I was before the phone rang).

This is how I envisioned Julian. Is it any wonder I can't get over him?

I'm still on a writer's high, and I don't want the world to ruin it.

I spent this past weekend writing, and by "writing," I mean actually writing. I finished the action sequence I'd been stuck in for a whole bloody month. Less than 1,000 words, it had me in knots. And then it was like someone had pulled the cork from the bottle.

And this, of course, is Marc Hunter. Are y'all sick of this photo yet?

I wrote 25 pages, including the last chapter, and I'm fairly certain that most of it is stuff I'll keep. Which means that I'm so close to being done with Unlawful Contact that I can taste it. I need to edit the last chapter, which I'll do this coming weekend. Then I need to write the epilogue.

I edit heavily as I write, so once I'm done, I give the manuscript a few cover-to-cover reads, tweaking maniacally, and then I'm done. I mail it to my editor in New York — and usually I fall into a "post-partum" depression that lasts until someone gets me good and drunk, or until I'm pregnant with my next book. Because I'm very fertile, that usually happens within a couple of months.

That next book is going to be Untamed, the sequel to Surrender.

But I digress.

I wrote all weekend. In fact, I didn't want to stop. I wrote until almost 3 a.m. this morning, then went to bed and slept until 5:30. Then I had to get up, shower and drive 45 minutes to the office, where I worked a full 8.5 hours. I will admit that some portion of that 8.5 hours was spent watching SNL's "Dick in a Box" sketch on YouTube, however most of it was spent doing editor things.

On another note, I will be in Portland, Ore., for the AAN convention and awards from Thursday morning, June 14, through Saturday evening, June 16. I know I'm going to be seeing Aimee and Linda T. I hope to see Ronlyn, too, and perhaps Debbie O.

Sorry to have fallen behind in posting. But this time it's because I was actually writing the book!


Debbie H said...

Whoo, Hoo girl, I knew you could do it! So glad this is your year for awards, it's about time! And UC is so close to being finished, Yeah!! If I were there, lots of hugs and pats on the back for you. Maybe I will send you a vera naughty boy and girl pic a friend sent me.

Oh, yeah, Adrian as Julian, I can see it!

I will see you in Dallas!!

Ronlyn said...

Congratulations on being a finalist! That's so exciting!! And I can't wait to hear about the death by chocolate buffet. YUM! I love chocolate.
And I'm so happy for you that you were able to get some writting done. It must feel wonderful to be that much closer.
Unless my dr. tells me I can't drive to Portland due to bloodpressure issues again, I'll see you there!

Bo said...

HUGH congrats for HE,Pamela! I'm jealous of the chocolate buffet,I would eat to the point of sickness,LOL.

Hooray for UC being nearly done,can't wait to read it! I forbid you to get depressed when you send it off,do you understand me? *G* You don't write badly & that's all there is to it!

Never sick of that pic,nope,never!
Love me some Julian,too(from afar,of course,I respect Aimee's claim,LOL)and can't wait to see him again! *G* I wish I had a couple clips of Detective Mackey from "The Shield" interrogating slimeball suspects,b/c Julian does it like him,but is MUCH sexier.*G*

Gennita said...

You rock, girlfriend! So proud of you!

Thanks, y'all.

I think I'm going to get a big head. Three major finals this year -- plus I did a radio interview tonight and the interviewer referred to me (the journalist version of me) as a "legend." Completely surreal! He interviewed me mostly about my journalistic career. I felt flattered... and old. Legend? Hmmm. LOL!

Debbie, please send me that very naughty pic. I love naughty pictures. Dallas is getting closer! You can give me hugs and pats on the back then. :-)

Ronlyn, yes, it does feel wonderful to be getting to the end. I can't wait to get back to writing! The work week always takes me away from it. I hope your BP stays where it should be; get lots of rest!

Bo, believe me, that buffet is to DIE for. I ate until I regretted it last year. Mmmm! I wished I'd packed my Tupperware. 'Scuze me, I'm loading up to take this stuff home. Haha.

Thanks, Jenna. YOU rock! Can't wait to see you in Dallas!

Debbie H said...

Pamela the pic is on it's way. I forwarded the original email it is in.

Anonymous said...

Pamela, You ROCK!!! Congrats! BTW never sick of that picture...HOT!

Tammy2 said...

Way To Go!!!!
Congratulations !!!!!!

Sue Z said...

Yeah, PC! Congrats! I also LOVED Hard Evidence. Great story and very hot chemistry. (I really have been meaning to replace my shower head with one of those hand held ones!).

I volunteer to take you out and get you good & drunk but you will have to wait until August. Save me some chocolate (it goes GREAT with coffee!)

Sue Z

Sara said...

Hi Pamela,

Congrats on being a finalist. That is awesome. I haven't read Hard Eveidence yet but am anxious to do so.

Please take me as your date to the Death by Chocolate thingy. I can think of no better way to go to my demise than chocolate.

Thanks Sheila, Tammy, Sue and Sara!

Sheila, I'm glad you're not worn out on that photo yet. I trolled the internet for more today, but I found only one!

Tammy2, great to see you!

SueZ, maybe we can go on a showerhead shopping expedition BEFORE you get me drunk and we gorge on chocolate. Does that sound good? I know just the place...

Sara, wonderful to see you! I'd love to take you to Death by Chocolate. It certainly is the way to go, isn't it? Death by sex might be better. Not sure.

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