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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, December 12, 2011

Meanwhile in France...

I'm in the home stretch on Defiant — good news for those of you who’ve been waiting since 2008 for Connor’s story.  I need to make myself a bit scarce online so that I can use that time and mental energy to write.

But I did want to share some fun news.

It seems my historicals are become very popular in France. What you see at the top is a bookstore shelf crammed with copies of the French translations of Sweet Release, Carnal Gift and Ride the Fire. Here's the cool news: Those three books have spent a combined 402 days in the top 100 on

Ride the Fire was No. 1 on for romantic fiction for a couple of weeks. It’s now No. 6 and has been in the top 100 for 114 days.

Carnal Gift is No. 26 and has been in the top 100 for 26 days.

Sweet Release is now No. 30 and has been in the top 100 for 163 days.

I asked a French friend why these books might have done so much better in France than in the U.S., and she pointed to the covers. She doesn’t think the original clinch covers would have sold well at all in France. But I wonder if it isn’t a greater interest in history. Or whether French woman, not having gone to grade school in the U.S., aren’t sick of U.S. history like some American readers.

If any of my French readers are reading this, feel free to post your thoughts, even if you have to do it in French.

What’s kind of funny is that the MacKinnon’s Rangers series was published there first. It did very well and so the publisher came back for this series. When Defiant comes out, I’m guessing the French publisher will be very interested. 

And that is very good news!

Have a lovely Monday!

Coming soon:
—Baking holiday pies with Natalie Benoit
—More Surrender giveaways
—A look at what’s new in Untamed


landin said...

French is such a beautiful language,even looks beautiful too! I wish I had the patience and attention span to learn it,I tried once and was doing well but then I got distracted (probably by something shiny,lol)

Can't wait to see what Natalie's been cooking up for us!

Lady Jayne said...

Oh, wow, lovely covers, Pamela. Thanks for sharing and so awesome how popular your historicals are in France. Go, you! ^_^ Happy and productive writing, Pamela! *sending positive writing vibes*

Dalila G. said...

WTG Laura T, EllieC and Annie!
Happy reading! :-)

I use to know French, I took it in high school. Only problem was that no one in my neighborhood spoke the language. As I didn't converse with anyone in French, I started forgetting how to speak it. :-(
I can pick up one to two words here and there, but sadly the majority of my French is gone.

The covers look so romantic and soft, I really like them. Besides those three books being wonderful reads, I can see why they would stay in the top 100 on I would buy them for the covers alone.

Looking forward to your coming soon posts, I do love me some pie!

Have a wonderful Monday and happy writing to you Pamela!!

I think those covers would sell almost any book. The model on the Carnal Gift cover is drop-dead gorgeous - love her freckles!

I agree that French is a lovely language. I grew up surrounded by it in Montreal, but sadly I've forgotten most of what I used to know. I'm taking a course to get it back. It's buried in my brain somewhere, I just have to drag it out.

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