Soul Deep out in audiobook! — Jack West, widower, rancher and former Army Ranger, gets his own love story in this special I-Team novella, which was picked by readers at Grave Tells as the Best Contemporary Romance of 2015. It will be out in audiobook any day now.
Seduction Game is out in paperback, (I-Team #7) — Holly and Nick’s story is out in all formats — ebook, audiobook, and paperback. Look for it in Wal-Mart, the Kroger chain of stores, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookseller.
Dead By Midnight: An I-Team Christmas is out! — The grand finale of the I-Team series finds all the couples you love brought together when terrorists attack holiday festivities at a historica hotel in downtown Denver. It’s bad news for the terrorists. They have no clue what they’ve done when they take Marc Hunter and his friends hostage. Featuring cameos by the men of New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross’s Hostage Rescue Team series. Available in ebook and paperback.
- Pamela Clare
- 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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When you’re a child, a single summer seems to last forever. Now, decades seem to fly past me in the same amount of time it took to live a year. What’s with that?
I just finished writing a 4,200-word retrospective on “the Aughts” — the name most of us media types are giving the past 10 years. We got into some fierce debates in the newsroom about the best CDs, TV shows and movies of the past 10 years. And it made me want to hear what you all have to say.
First, let me just say that any list of the best movies that doesn’t include the Lord of the Rings trilogy is both wrong and offensive. I mean, Viggo Mortensen, people. What else is there to say?
Now, moving on...
It would be hard to recount 10 years of entertainment on the blog, so I thought perhaps you could all tell me what your favorite books, TV shows, CDs, songs and movies have been for the past year. (You can’t include any of my books. So there.)
Here’s my list from the past year:
Anna Campbell — Captive of Sin (historical romance)
Best Books I read in 2009 from prior to 2009
Kathleen Givens — Rivals for the Crown (historical fiction)
Joan Wood — The Road to Avalon (Arthurian fiction)
Alex as Eric
I only went to one: New Moon. But I'm planning to see The Young Victoria, and I hope it will get my vote before midnight on Thursday.
”Love Me When I’m Gone," 3 Doors Down
”Here Without You,” 3 Doors Down
”Landing in London” 3 Doors Down
”It’s Been A While,” Staind
(Okay, so none of these were released in 2009. I can’t help that I discovered these songs in 2009.)
By now, it's apparent that I rarely get to read, never watch TV or listen to the radio and rarely go to movies. I really don’t have much to add to this discussion.
But you do! So share with me your ”Best of” lists for 2009. And, remember. I’m always looking for new music.
Now, go for it.
Best Book-Lover Avenged --JR Ward
Best Books I read in 2009 --Katie MacAlister's Dark One's series (see a trend here?)
Television Shows --none this season
Movies-- Ugly Truth, A Christmas Carol
Best Music--Nickelback's Dark Horse CD, BloodRush by Neil Dover, Halestorm-It's Not You and I Get Off, Way too many others to list. LOL
As you can see, I am more of a music person that has a few very favorite movies or books that I go back to on occasion.
Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
Best Books I read in 2009 from prior to 2009
Caught by Jami Alden
Big Bang Theory (my guilty pleasure)
Hmmm... I can't think of anything that I found particularly fantastic.
I'm more of a movie or book person and I get easily distracted when I read :)
Happy New Year to you all!
Best book: Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Best book I read in '09: The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzannd Collins
Best tv show: Monk (Wipe!Wipe!I need wipe!) Lol! I miss Monk
Best movie: Pirates of the Carribean Trilogy, AVATAR!
Best music: Paramore, We The Kings, All Time Low
Happy New Year Pamela!!!! ;D
My '09 bests:
Best books I read: Blue-Eyed Devil (yeah, I'm behind a year, but it was new to me!)and Destined for an Early Grave (ahhhh Cat and Bones, love em!)
TV Shows: True Blood (most of the time), The Office, Friday Night Lights
Best music: Everything by Kings of Leon and the new Pearl Jam CD because it reminded me of the old Pearl Jam back in the day ;-)
Hi, Debbie — Is Lover Avenged Wrath's story? I quit reading BDB as soon as I heard it was turning into more of an urban fantasy series than romance.
As for the movies, obviously I've heard of A Christmas Carol, so this must be the new one. I don't know what Ugly Truth is.
Mmmm, Nickelback! When I heard they had a new CD, I was thrilled, but then I only downloaded one track off iTunes. You'll have to tell me which ones you like most. Maybe I'll give it a second shot.
I'm more of a music person, too, but I'm in my own little world, so some stuff I know about before it even comes out and other stuff I'm waaaaay behind on. LOL!
Hi, Lucy — I've heard a lot of good things about Nalini Singh's books. She'll be at RomCon in Denver this summer, I believe, so I'll get to meet her there.
I've never heard of Big Bang Theory. I'm so out of touch with TV shows that I don't even know who the people are on the front of People magazine. Weird but true.
I totally forgot about the new Star Trek. Typically, that would have been my choice, too. I did see it, but as a hardcore Trekkie, I had some bones to pick with it...
Hi, Ronna — Good to see you.
Cassandra Clare — is she a relative of mine? ;-)
I haven't read The Host yet, but one of the women at work is reading it and says it's very different than Twilight but that she is enjoying it.
What or who is Monk?
I'll go sample those bands on iTunes. Thanks!
And Happy New Year to you, too!
Hi, Wildcat — I've got Blue-Eyed Devil in my TBR but I haven't read it yet. Should I move it up?
You know, when Godric let himself die on True Blood, I was bummed because he seemed like an interesting character. And I got a little weary of Maryanne. But I can't get enough of that show most of the time. Haven't seen the other two you mention. I got rid of cable about five years ago so that I would write instead of watch TV. What a mean thing to do to myself! LOL!
Yes, move that book up!! I fell so hard for the hero Hardy Cates. Love the man. After I finished the book, I ran to the store and got the other 2 books in Lisa's Travis series. Good good stuff.
I really loved the Godric storyline and thought the same thing. The scenes between him and Eric were fantastic and I wish they'd have kept him around longer and got rid of Maryanne sooner.
As much as I know the books are one thing, the show is only based off them, I still get annoyed when my favorite book parts are left off or changed on the show! I'll probably never be able to fully separate the two. But as long as Eric gets more screen time...so I can drool over Alex more, all will be forgiven ;-)
Oh, Jess, I'm so with you. Whatever they have to do to put Alexander Skarsgård on the screen — they need to do it. Seriously!
My sister lives in Sweden and had duel citizenship; she and I share our love of TRUE BLOOD and drool over him together. The actor who played Godric was Danish; I lived in Denmark for three years and speak Danish. It's kind of a Scandinavian thing for us. LOL!
She was here visiting for Christmas (she's at my parents' house now and will be back next week for a day or two before heading dome), and we had a True Blood-athon. I told her that the moment Alex shows up, I forget Bill. How evil of me!
Best Book- Karen Rose's "Kill For Me"
Best Books I Read in 2009 from prior to 2009- Jenna Petersen's "Lessons From a Courtesan" and Jessica Bird's "The Billionaire Next Door"
Television Shows- 30 Rock, NCIS, Smallville
Movies- The Hangover, The Proposal, Wolverine
Music- Muse's The Resistance
Have a Happy New Year, Pamela.
Pamela, the Ward series is still romance. Each Brother has to find his mate while fighting off the bad guys. It probably is urban fantasy (I don't know the exact terms of that. Just know what I like). On the Nickelback CD, I go for the fast songs. When I'm in a FU mood, I go for the fast and hard songs. I usually go for the head banging songs more than the soft, slower ones. Hmmmm, that sounds more like I'm talking sex. *BEG*
The Ugly Truth is a Gerard Butler romance/chick flick movie. Girl is consumed with her work, meets rough all male, etc.
A Christmas Carol is a animated remake of the classic in the form of Polar Express.
Best movies of all time, in my opinion: LOTR series. I share your crush on Viggo.
Best book I read, pubbed in 2009: Captive of Sin.
Best older book I discovered in 2009: Gift From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Best TV show: The recent PBS series on Charles Darwin. Yeah, I'm a real geek.
Best music: I haven't heard anything that really stood out this year, and I'm terrible at remembering titles and artists' names. I think if I had to choose an all-time favorite song, it would be Stan Rogers' Northwest Passage or Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy. Northwest Passage should be Canada's national anthem, and the Railroad Trilogy is just hauntingly beautiful.
Ahhhhhh, at least now I know what I'll be doing during my last work day of the year - staring at those 2 pics all day long! They've got to find a way to bring Godric back...more flashbacks maybe?
Forgot to add to my first post for music, I've been completely obsessed over the past few weeks with the Vitamin String Quartet. A string quartet that covers almost any and every song you can imagine. Love them!
Hi, Jane — I've heard a lot about Karen Rose, so I should give her books a try.
And I completely forgot about Wolverine — though how I could possibly forget Hugh Jackman I don't know. Thanks for the reminder!
I'll check out Muse on iTunes. Believe it or not, most of the new music that comes into my life does so via you all. Seriously!
Hi, Linda — You are so right about LOTR! Best movies EVUH! We watched LOTR:FOTR and LOTR:TTT over Thanksgiving. When Benjamin gets home from visiting his father, we're going to watch LOTR:ROTK, which always makes me cry.
Tell us about Gift from the Sea. Is it romance? I love the title.
I like Gordon Lightfoot, too. I listened to some of his songs while writing Surrender, believe it or not. Northwest Passage — is that related in some way to the novel? I'll check it out, especially the Railroad trilogy.
Jess, I thought you'd appreciate the art. An eyeful of Alex is kind of like a burst of Vitamin C. I don't have the science to back this up, but I'm sure it's true. ;-)
Hi again Pamela,
I guess you could say the song 'Northwest Passage' is connect to the movie, since they share a similar theme. "For just one time I would take the Northwest Passage, To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea, Tracing one warm lime through a land so wild and savage, To make a Northwest Passage to the sea." As for Gift From the Sea, it's a series of essays written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of Charles Lindbergh of aviation fame, while she was on a beach vacation in 1955. They're about solitude and creativity, life transitions, family relationships and knowing yourself. "Who is not afraid of empty space - that breathtaking empty space of an open door?" She ws a beautiful writer.
Hey Pamela! So Cassandra Clare? Nah, that's just her pen name. She's a YA author.
The Host is very different from Twilight. It'd suppose to be sci-fi, but I was very surprised that after I read it, it's about family, loss, family, life and humanity. It's amazing. I think you'd like it. Just bear with the first 6 or so chapters though. It's kinda slow and will be confusing at first, but you'll get if soon. Its definatley worth the read.
Monk is a TV show. Although it ended this year after 8yrs. Monk (Adrian Monk) is a formed police detective. He works as a police consultant for the San Fransisco police department. This show is kinda like CSI except not all scientific and stuff. More comical actually, cause Monk has excesive OCD and multiple phobias. When umrah mulitiples, i mean like hundreds. His funniest phobia I think is milk. Anyway all his phobias and excesive OCD helps him solve his crimes. it's hilarious!! ;D
Oh, I loved Star Trek, the movie. I too had a few issues with it but overall it was great fun and well done.
The Big Bang Theory is a comedy series starring a bunch of clueless geeks and it's very funny.
BTW, Pamela, I got my ARC on Thursday (thank you!) but, would you believe it, I'm scared to start it? I know I'll devour it and then what? I'll have to wait 'til who-knows-when for your next book! (not that I'd ever hurry you up and anything). And that'll be so painful. LOL!
Hi, Linda — Thanks for the info. I'll have to check them out.
Hi, Ronna — I've heard a lot of people are enjoying HOST. I read a bit about it and the idea of having another being in my head kind of freaks me out. But if you say it's good...
MONK sounds like a funny show. A detective with serious OCD. LOL! I don't have cable, so the only TV shows I see are ones I buy. In Colorado, if you don't have cable, you don't have TV reception.
Hi, Lucy — I'm so glad your ARC arrived. TOO FUNNY that you're afraid to read it. But you're right — it takes me an age to write a book, doesn't it? I'll try to be faster this year. I hope you enjoy it!
Hi, Mary G — I'll have to check the music out. I have some friends who loved AVATAR.
I DID go to see YOUNG VICTORIA, by the way, and I LOVED it. I'll probably buy it on DVD when it comes out.
Happy New Year, everyone.
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Favorite Writing Quotes
"I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day."
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
"Writers are those for whom writing is more difficult that it is for others."
"When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth."
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar is the test of their power."
"No tears in the author, no tears in the reader."
"I'm a writer. I give the truth scope."
—the character of Chaucer in A Knight's Tale