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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Off to Ithaca




Sorry again to have vanished! How rude of me!

I got eaten alive by our special election edition, VOTE 2008, which came out on Oct. 9, and then took some time to catch up on all the other areas of my life in which I had likewise fallen behind, neglecting my poor blog!

And now I'm popping in to say that I'm leaving tomorrow for a four-day trip to New York.

Tomorrow afternoon, my mother and I will land in Ithaca and spend the evening with Ben, who is going to college there.

On Thursday morning, we're heading north through Albany to Ford Edward/Rogers Island, known to you all as Fort Elizabeth/Ranger Island, the location where my MacKinnon's Rangers series is set. We're going to be getting a tour of Rogers Island (Fort Edward is now a town), where archaeologist David Starbuck has been excavating since the 1990s. And, yes, this will be very emotional for me. Eileen, who is the manager of the Rogers Island Visitors Center, is going to be giving us the tour. She has read Surrender and, I think, the ARC of Untamed that I sent her. I've warned her that I will probably cry. She says that's okay with her.

On Friday, we'll drive along Lake George north to Fort Carillon/Ticonderoga, where most of Untamed is set. We're getting a private tour there, as well, and I'm so looking forward to seeing it for myself. The drive will take about 45 minutes. That's amazing when you consider that it took Rangers about three days to make the journey, given the fact that there were no roads, only dense forest. After the tour, we'll travel slowly back down to Fort Edward, stopping at all the historical sites along the way. That night, we're having dinner with David Starbuck. I am so looking forward to it!

Then on Saturday, we're going to get a dream tour of Lake George not from the road, but on the water. We're going out for a four-hour private pontoon tour and will be taken to a lot of the sites that have significance to the Rangers (and are included in my books). Of special significance for me is the jaunt along the eastern shoreline that will take us to an area where there is still relatively untouched wilderness. It will give us an idea of what it looked like when Iain, Morgan and Connor roamed the woods.

Here's the fun part: Ben is going to be taping our tour and editing it down to a documentary of my four-day visit to Ranger territory. That means a few weeks from now, I'll be able to share the best parts of it with you! I'm very excited about that.

I hope to check in while I'm there, so I'll check back periodically.

Upcoming events:

On Oct. 28, my first four historicals — Sweet Release, Carnal Gift, Ride the Fire and Surrender — are being re-issued and will be available in bookstores again. Many of you were never able to read them because the weren't available. But now they will be. Ride the Fire and Surrender will have sexy, new covers (though I liked the original Ride the Fire cover). The books are available at a discount, so if you're one of those readers who likes my romantic suspense and isn't so sure about historicals, you can try one for $5. I'm sure the women here will be happy to share their opinions as to the ones you should try.



To celebrate the release of the books, I have asked readers to send me interview questions for those four heroes — Alec Kenleigh, Jamie Blakewell, Nicholas Kenleigh and Iain MacKinnon. I'll forward the questions to the men and post their answers. So if you have questions you'd like to ask these heroes, please email them to me at pamelaclare@earthlink.net and I'll add them to the list. The questions I have so far are very fun. I really can't wait to be doing this.

Also, I'll be giving away signed copies of those books in contests. So watch after I get back for a documentary brought to you by my son's film company, Reel Films, in conjunction with PCTV, the re-issue of my first four historicals and hero interviews.

10 comments:

haleigh said...

Wow Pamela! Looks like lots of fun stuff coming up! Have a wonderful and safe trip - I can't wait to see the films Ben does!

On an odd note, I've been reading a book this week about the American Revolution, and every time Fort Ticonderoga was mentioned, I thought of you and all the MacKinnon brothers *g*

Anonymous said...

Amazon tells me I won't get your books until December ... I'm so not good at waiting!

Sounds like you're all gonna have lots of fun. You'll have to tell us all about it.

Have a wonderful trip. Stay safe.

stef

Made it to Ithaca in one piece and was so happy to see my son! I hugged the heck out of him, and, yes, I got teary. I know he was happy to see me, too!

We had dinner with his wonderful roommate, Del, and then went out for ice cream. I really adore Del already. Then I drove them back to the dorm so they could watch the presidential debate (which I am avoiding).

My mom and I pick him up tomorrow and head up to Ranger Country! I will be "listening" for echoes of the Rangers, listening for echoes of Iain, Morgan and Connor.

I know I'm a cornball, but my characters feel so real to me. Being there now in 2008 means that this is where they were long ago... Get my drift? *sniff*

Anyway, I'm going to be shopping for PRIZES to share with you all when I get back in contests for Untamed.

Tena said...

I hope you have a fun visit I cant wait to here about your trip I have been reading Ride the Fire and I love it and yes they are real any character I read about come to alive and you hurt when they hurt laugh when they do you are even happy when they are. I love it reading is so fun thanks for the fun

shirley said...

I have been reading your book and it has been gret Im glad I started it and can't wait to find more did that really happen back then what the indians did to Nicklous hope I get a chance to win something

Tena said...

HI Pam I added Untamed to my myspace page so everyone of my friends would know your book would be out soon

Cheryle said...

Enjoy The fall foliage up there, it was one of my favorite seasons living in NY, Lake George is goregous that time of the year!

Be safe and have fun!!!!

Debbie H said...

Sorry I'm late chiming in, I can't wait to see and hear all about the trip!!!

Hi, Tena — I'm glad you're enjoying Ride the Fire. I replied to your email. I hope you got it. Thanks so much for adding Untamed to your MySpace page. I really appreciate it!

Hi, Shirley — I'm so glad you're enjoying the story. And, yes, what happened to Nicholas really happened during that day and age. Horrible to imagine, isn't it? I drew on a first-person account of a Catholic priest who actually witness this ritual himself before he was burned to death. Truly unspeakable!

Hi, Cheryle — Thanks! And, yes, it is absolutely beautiful! We drove from Ithaca up to Fort Edward today and are just settling in to our hotel for the night. Tomorrow, we're off to Fort Ticonderoga.

Hi, Debbie — I hope to have lots of interesting things to share with you! Thanks!

Lori said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear about the visit to Ford Edward/Rogers Island.

And I can't wait to read the other books thst I haven't read so far! Love, love, loved Surrender!

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