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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.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Starred review in Publishers Weekly

Just a quick post to let you know that I just got some really fantastic news! Publishers Weekly, the big publishing trade magazine, gave Untamed a starred review!

Here's what they had to say:

Untamed Pamela Clare. Leisure, $7.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-8439-5489-0
The captivating sequel to 2006’s Surrender continues the tale of the MacKinnon clan, Scots forced to fight for the British in the 18th-century French and Indian Wars. The French score a major coup when they capture notorious ranger Morgan MacKinnon, best known for destroying an Abenaki village after learning that the tribe’s warriors were scalping women and children. Brigadier de Bourlamaque plans on handing MacKinnon over to the Abenaki, who promise to torture him mercilessly, unless he betrays his comrades. MacKinnon despairs, but Bourlamaque’s ward, Amalie Chauvenet, captures his heart and persuades him to spy for the French against the English. Clare’s detailed attention to the history of alliances forged and battles fought near Fort Ticonderoga adds authenticity, and the characters evolve and change with a realism that readers will love. (Dec.)

I'm so glad that they appreciated the history in the story. I work very hard to weave it into the romance, so this means a lot to me!

I hope everyone is having a great (safe) day.


Sin said...

You deserve a million starred reviews for your writing, Pam! I'm so glad they are recognizing you for the story weaver you are. I can't wait for Untamed!

haleigh said...

Congrats Pamela! What a great review - I know I say this each time Untamed is mentioned, but I cannot WAIT to read it!!

Hi, Christie! It's been ages, chick! How are you? And thanks so much for your sweet words. I was very surprised. I didn't know they were reviewing it; they don't review everything. When I got the email from Dorchester I was quite conflummixt! I can't wait for it to come out, either. Seems like a bloody age still, doesn't it?

Hi, Haleigh — I'm so glad you feel that way about the story. I can't wait hear what you think of it. It's been such a long time since I've had a historical novel out -- more than two years. Normally that's a kiss of death in the publishing world, but it doesn't seem to be hurting me. :-)

Thanks, you two!

~ames~ said...

Great news!!

And I just love that cover. *drool*

Christi said...

"...adds authenticity, and the characters evolve and change with a realism that readers will love. (Dec.)"

Like DUH! Awesome review, Pamela. {{{big squeeze, again}}}

Thanks, Ames! I love the cover, too. That's my favorite part of a man's body, really. Nice chests and bellies make me weak-kneed, I must admit.

Christi, dear, thank you so much! You're so sweet! I saw your Facebook comment, too. It made me smile -- and given that I'd just gotten up and didn't want to be awake, that's really saying something. Thank you!

Debbie_D said...

YAY!!! You deserve it!! You work so hard to make our history come to life, it's nice they recognize that.

Lori said...

Congrats! Fantastic review!

Thanks, Debbie! When I started writing historical romance, I resolved to put real history in it. So to have them acknowledge that and value it means a lot to me!

Thanks, Lori! I am thrilled. :-)

Debbie H said...

I'm late, but I'd love to chime in. I love accurate history in my historicals. I like the fact that I can go to a map and look up a place, even take a trip to the place and re-live the story.

Congrats on the stars!

Cheryle said...

Thats wonderful news! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome review Pamela and well deserved. Félicitations!
Sorry I'm late commenting but I'm at my parents..where I still feel the need to check your blog! LOL

Thanks so much, Debbie! I know you enjoy history a lot. And though I couldn't claim to be 100 percent accurate — really, no one can — I do try my best to not make stupid mistakes and to take not just the events and physical reality of the time period seriously, but also the state of mind that the characters would have in that period. I don't like reading novels where the characters act like they could be my neighbors here in the 21st century. People thought differently back then, and I try as much as I can to make that real, even though I'm a person of this time.

Thanks, Cheryle! I'm really thrilled, of course. My publisher is sending me a copy of the magazine in the mail so I can read it a thousand times and frame it and put it on my wall. :-)

Hi, Stef! I hope you're having a great time avec les parents. I'm so glad you were able to pop in and say hello while out of town. Merci!

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