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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.

In ebook and soon in print!

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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, February 28, 2012

Leap Day Giveway!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!

Yes, it is February 29 — my real birthday. As you can tell, I am not shy about celebrating my birthday when I actually have one. Today, I turn 12. And to help me celebrate, I brought along some author friends. Together, we’ll be giving away seven books to seven winners.

Joining us today for a Leap Day Giveaway are Julie James, Joan Swan, Marie Force, Bella Andre, and Joyce Lamb. In a moment, I’ll introduce them and tell you what each of them is giving away. But first, here’s how the Leap Day Giveaway works:

Comment below before 11:59 PM on February 29. Share your memories of your favorite childhood birthday. Be sure to leave your e-mail contact information so that I can reach the winners right away. (Feel free to use words to replace symbols to prevent bots from stealing your info — for example, myaddress at gmail dot com. Your email will only be used to notify you IF you win. No one will save it or use it to spam you.)

Limit one prize per winner.

It’s so simple, a 12-year-old could do it. Which is lucky for me!

Winners will be drawn at random on March 1.

Okay, let’s get the party started. After all, I have waited four long years for this!

In honor of the day, I will be giving away one copy of Surrender and one copy of Untamed. If you haven’t read my MacKinnon’s Rangers series, this is your chance to catch up before Defiant is released on July 3.

I met Julie James when she kicked my butt in last year’s DABWAHA, which she eventually went on to win. Rather than taking a victory lap, she announced to her readers that she was going to read Naked Edge, which she did, also giving away a copy to one of her readers. I knew immediately that Julie was a class act. I devoured her books, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, they were among my favorite reads of 2010. I had the good fortune of meeting her in person at last summer’s RomCon in Denver. I think we had maybe an hour to talk amid interruptions. But it was a good hour.

To help me celebrate Leap Day, Julie is giving away a signed copy of A Lot Like Love, which recently won Best Contemporary Romance in AAR’s annual readers poll — the second year in a row Julie has won that category — and is the second book in her FBI/US Attorney series.


As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.


As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

For an excerpt from A Lot Like Love, click here.

Marie Force and I met through our readers. We seem to share a lot of readers, and they were very insistent that we should get to know one another, which we did. We’re both journalists who write romance, so, yes, we did need to meet. I found Marie to be funny, caring, smart — and a very talented writer. I downloaded several of her books in one big gulp onto my Kindle and started reading with Love at First Flight. I was impressed with the emotional realism she brought to the story and the freshness of her voice. Marie was so incredibly helpful when I decided to start self-publishing some of my work as ebooks. I can’t thank her enough for getting me started down that path.

In honor of Leap Day, Marie is giving away a copy of Maid for Love, Book 1 in her McCarthy series.

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.

Reading Book 1 in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series will get you ready for the next four books in the series! Hoping for Love, Book 5, will be out in March!

 Joyce Lamb is another journalist who also writes romance. We met through usual author channels, and that acquaintance turned into a life raft for me after I was fired from my job as editor. I don’t think 24 hours had gone by before Joyce e-mailed me to ask whether I’d like to do author Q & A interviews for USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. I was deeply touched that she thought of me and accepted the offer. Since then, Joyce has shown herself to be a warm, caring and hilariously funny person. I’m very grateful to her and feel our work together on the HEA blog has been good for romance authors and good for both of us. Most of all, it has been a lot of fun.

Joyce is giving away a copy of her latest romantic suspense, True Shot.

Samantha Trudeau has spent the past ten years using her intense psychic abilities to put bad guys behind bars. She’s always believed she’s one of the good guys, until fellow spy and best friend Zoe reveals a shocking secret about who they've really been working for. When Zoe's gunned down, Sam goes on the run, because now her employer is coming after her. With no one to turn to for help, she flees to the only place she thinks she’ll be safe.

Journalist Mac Hunter has had a rough year. At the insistence of his good friends, sisters Charlie and Alex Trudeau, he’s going to crash at their family cabin for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But when he arrives he’s stunned to find the third Trudeau sister, Sam, wounded and unconscious on the cabin floor. Things go from bizarre to dangerous when men with guns show up.

Now, Sam and Mac are on the run together, trying to outsmart a demented government agent who has sadistic plans for Sam. As the heat builds between them, her past threatens their very survival. This unlikely duo — a man who uses words to fight his battles and a woman who'd rather use a Glock — are in for the fight of their lives. And in their growing partnership, perhaps they'll have a true shot at love.

For an excerpt from True Shot, click here. This book is on my TBR, and I can’t wait to get to it.

Bella Andre was an inspiration for me before she and I traded so much as an e-mail. I’d heard about how she’d set sail on the uncertain waters of self-publishing only to reap wonderful rewards and was impressed both with her courage and her faith in her writing. She and I crossed paths after I decided it was time to self-publish my first two novels, Sweet Release and Carnal Gift. She is the kind of person who is always willing to help other writers. 

She is giving away an ebook copy of I Have Eyes Only For You (The Sullivans, #4).

Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she’s convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the “nice” Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it’s long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is ... the woman who will love him forever.

Jake has always been a magnet for women, especially since his Irish pubs made him extremely wealthy. But the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend's off-limits younger sister... he can't risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret.

Only, when Sophie appears on his doorstep as Jake’s every fantasy come to life — smart, beautiful, and shockingly sexy — he doesn’t have a prayer of taking his eyes, or his hands, off her. And he can’t stop craving more of her sweet smiles and sinful kisses. Because even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn't the right thing to do ... how can he possibly resist?

 For more about Bella Andre and her books, click here.

Joan Swan is as lovely as her name. I met Joan only recently and was thrilled to discover that she and I have a lot of things in common, including some pretty macabre life experiences that influence our romantic suspense novels. Joan’s debut novel, Fever, just hit bookstore shelves. The moment I read the excerpt, I knew we were going to end up having a lot of crossover readers. Allow me to explain.

Her hero is a convicted murderer, and he’s about to break away from prison by taking the heroine hostage. My I-Team fans are now chanting, “Marc! Marc! Marc!” Yes, I think Fever is going to draw readers who like bad boys. If that’s not enough, the cover is scorching. (My son Benjamin, esq. pointed out that the V in Fever is pointing toward the hero’s junk.)

From San Quentin straight to your heart, Teague is going to be making a lot of us run to the bookstore.

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get-out-of-jail-free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever. 

Click here for an excerpt from Fever.

 So there you go! It’s a party!

Now, remember to include your e-mail address with your comments.

Leap Day comes only once every four year, so let’s have some fun!

Let the party begin!


Kristin said...

All the chatting you and I have done in the last week or so and I had no clue you were a leap day baby! Happy 12th birthday! Wow, you're a pre-teen now! I should have held out and had Jacob on the 29th...

*Huge birthday hugs*


Happy Birthday!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate!

The birthday that stands out in my mind is my 18th...poised on the cusp of becoming an adult. My most imortant gift was an engagement ring from my boyfriend of 4 years. We married about a year and a half later.

Sidhana Mohamed said...

Hi Pamela,

First of all, a very happy birthday!

I don't think I have ever had a birthday that particularly stands out because for me, all of them have been great one way or the other. All those who matter to me always go out of their way to make my day special and I believe that is how a birthday should be celebrated.

I would love to get my hands on I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre.

E-mail: fathsidhanamohd(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

Thank you for this superb giveaway!

Holy crappers! What a way to celebrate your twelfth birthday! ((hugs)) to you and what a wonderful pile of books and authors!


Tonya said...

The birthday I remember most is when I was 17. My mama & stepdaddy took me & a few of my friends to eat at a local mexican restaurant. They somehow arranged for the whole restaurant to sing to me. Not just the staff but the customers too. And even though they arranged it while we were all there eating I didn't have a clue what was gonna happen. Also, I remember getting a Baby Alive for one of my early birthdays. Must have been my 4th or 5th one & I loved that baby doll.

LindaC said...

My favorite birthday memory is my mums home made spaghetti bolognese and garlic toast. I was allowed to request what ever I wanted for dinner on my birthday and that would always be my pick.

Tonya said...

Oh no! I forgot to leave my email address. It is tgentry90 at gmail dot com.

AngelaCarr said...

Happy birthday Pamela!!!
What great stories of how you met these wonderful ladies!! You are blessed with slot of friends and fans!!!

I remember my 14 birthday where my mom allowed me to treat my friends to a pizza party at Round Table after school. It was cool. I felt very independent. :)


macrn1 at g mail dot c om

Tonya said...

And I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAMELA!!

Sue P. said...

Happy Leap Birthday!! Haven't read all of these authors, but the books all sound intriguing and so great! Will be adding a few titles to my TBR pile. Hope you have a marvelous day worth four years of birthdays!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!!
My fav birthday was my 30th. My husbands entire family including aunts,uncles,cousins,etc.. all went on the Disney cruise and then to Disney World. It was so much fun and it was my first cruise.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Jane said...

Happy Birthday, Pamela. I do remember when I turned 21 and I had my first drink in a bar. All the birthdays are special because I get to celebrate with my family and friends.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Tricia29 said...

Happy Birthday Pamela!!! Here's wishing you have one heck of a special day and may you have great health (no more pneumonia, k?) and happiness onward!

Most memorable birthday for me was when I was 9. That's when I experienced my first kiss from a boy. He was furry, had floppy ears and his tail wagged. His name was Scamp.

p hyphen mitchell hyphen davis at rogers dot com

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ehannay said...

It's now officially your birthday according to EST, hope it's a fabulous one! My favorite birthday comes not from a memory, but from a photo of me as a one year old, curly haired, pale blonde sitting on the floor with my hands and feet in my birthday cake. Must have been heavenl!

Red said...

Oh fun way to celebrate your birthday! Hope it's a great day :)

I love celebrating other people's birthday but never have been a fan of mine so none really stand out all that much. My 21st though my mom, grandmom and granddad all came to town to visit which was great. I had moved 500 some miles away from home and missed them something terrible so that was a pretty fantastic birthday gift! Was kinda weird to have my first legal drink with them but we had a good time :)

Unknown said...

My favorite Birthday would have to be my 10th birthday. My father gave me my first camera, which I still have 37 years later, and started me on my journey of photography. It was also the last birthday present I ever received from him as a child. The parents divorced and mom moved us 2000 miles away.


Laura said...

Happy birthday! When I turned 12, my mother threw me a hawaiian themed party, which was awesome because my bday is in early january. My family had won a trip to hawaii the summer before, so it was a trip down memory lane.... Cheesy fake pineapples and all!

Laurasheehan5678 at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

Happy 12th Birthday it must be cool to be a leap year baby! My favourite birthday memory is that for years on mine and my sister's birthday my nan would bake a cherry cake for us even when we got much older she would still do it, i never had the heart to tell her that i don't actually like cherries!

Ren said...

Happy birthday and leap day, Pamela!! :D
Today is mega special, so you're right about not too shy yo celebrate it. I still remember the DABWAHA event, when your book Naked Edge againts Julie's. So happy a friendship forged between you two!

As for my childhood favorite birthday, mine is when I'm 7 years. Because that the only time my parents celebrated it and do a party to me. After that, the celebration is simple. Just for family only :)

Thanks for the giveaway!
sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com
(note : don't enter me for Julie James's A Lot Like Love. Already have that book! :) )

Anonymous said...

Happy happy birthday to you Pamela. The most memorable birthday I ever got is when I was 6 years old. My dad bought me the first books I read and thus I start my love affair with books:). My family come and that was the last time I ever got a cake especially designed for me On my birthday:). Wish you all the best Pamela:), arethazhen(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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Eli Yanti said...

Hi Pamela,

Happy Birthday!!..

My most memorable birthday was last year, when i celebrated with my co-worker, they bought the cake and then suprised me, we sang a birthday song and then we go lunch and then they give me special birthday gift - miniloudspeaker, they knew that i really love listening music ;)

j3nny said...

Happy birthday!!!! :D

You've just given a few more authors to read! I love Julie James books but I haven't read anything from the other authors but they definitely look interesting.

My most memorable birthday has to be my 17th one. After dinner and movies with a my friends, they surprised me with a giant blue cake in the parking lot. I got attacked with it and my cream white sweater never survived but I had a hell of a time!

Zeek said...

Awww so many books by authors I love! Good gathering- I can see why you're friends! :)

Most Memorable Birthday? I'm thinking it was the summer I was 11 or 12 actually?

My parents didnt have alot of money but I was fortunate enough to be born in August when Mom was able to pick up more waitressing hrs in the touristy area we grew up in. Now that didnt usually mean I got more than my brother and sister who were not as fortunate to be born in that month- they did their best to keep us even- but that summer it did for some reason... I got a brand new Barbie with extra fashion accessories and a Trixie Belden book! (I think I even have a picture of it somewhere, smiling big!) A boon to be sure, and I got to pick them out!

Funny how that hasnt changed much- I still smile when I get fashion accessories (SHOES) and a book for my birthday! :D

Zeek said...


my email addy is zeek319 at hotmail

Zeek said...


Happy 12th!!


JoAnna said...

Happy birthday!!!
I would say one of my best birthday memories would actually be just last year. It was my 40th and my DH planned a surprise party for me. Now my husband doesn't like to make phone calls so this was an ordeal for him. But with the help of his and my friends he was able to pull it off. It was such a fun time.
beckerjo at Verizon dot net

CMD said...

Happy birthday! You're now officially a pre-teen and will undoubtedly develop an unhealthy obsession with a certain sparkly vampire :P

I've gotten out of the habit of celebrating my birthday as I've gotten older, but the one that most stands out in my mind is my 16th. I love videogames & arcades (Time Crisis!), but in Hong Kong you had to be 16 to (legally) enter [there had been many a fake "Sorry, I don't speak Chinese" moments in years prior]. So on my 16th birthday, a group of us who had birthdays around the same time went to one of the biggest arcades in Mong Kok and vigourously waved our IDs in the security guard's face, proudly displaying our age and allowing our under-16 friends to sneak by :)

Excellent giveaway to celebrate your birthday!
stalkers00ATyahoodotcom [yes, that's a Starcraft reference ^^]

Happy birthday and leap day, Pamela!!

I've gotten out of the habit of celebrating my birthday as I've gotten older. All my memory about my birthday was when my mother make party. What a wonderful pile of books and authors!
*Huge birthday hugs*

filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Happy Birthday!

My favorite childhood birthday memory is my 8th. I had a skate party, complete with disco music and everything since it was in 1979 ;) I had my hair fixed in my "Mork and Mindy" style (meaning I had the sides braided in pigtails with the rest down...don't ask how I equated that with Mork and Mindy, but I did). After skating and eating tons of roller rink food, I ended up sick :) But it was a great day!

I hope your day is great, and don't eat too much cake :)

susanskoopman at gmail dot com

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kristiana said...

Happy Leap Birthday, Pamela! You are 12th now :) What a wonderful way to celebrate you birthday.

I enjoy the way you introduce all those ladies who participated on your Leap Day Giveaway. The memories you share with us, so touching.

My childhood memorable birthday was when i'm 5yo. It was my first birthday party my parents held for me. And also i was got a fever in the D-Day, so the pictures they had taken was full with me looks not very happy.

Thank you for the giveaway, Pamela! ^^


ahz1 said...

Happy Birthday, Pamela

I think my favorite birthday was probably when I was a kid because those birthdays are just so special. We'd get all dressed up, have a party with party games, eat junk food, and get a homemade cake. Much different from the kids' catered affairs today.

Suz said...

Happy Birthday Pamela! Wishing you good health and happiness.
My 12th Birthday was memorable. my parents made me wait til then to get my ears pierced. I also had my first party with boys at the local skating rink. My crush even showed up! great memory!
sortoleva at comcast dot net

Happy birthday, Pamela! Thrilled to be part of your birthday celebration! You're rocking 12, girlfriend! :-)

Happy 12th birthday Pamela!! I hope you have a great day!! I remember when I was eight my sister smashed my face into the cake right after I blew out the candles. Now I admire my cakes from afar. :)

email - amanda_smith_84at yahoodotcom

Amanda S

Happy Birthday Pamela!

My most memorable birthday was my 29th. I was at the RT in Daytona Beach and was able to celebrate with many of my online friends. It was such a great day and I have wonderful memories from this day. Some really funny things happened that day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

I think the birthdays that stand out the most for me were my 21st(my family had a surprise party for me) and my 23rd (I got engaged,also a surprise)I have great memories of my childhood birthdays. They were always spent with family, and I got very special cakes.

Thanks for the great giveaway. You are one of my fav authors!!! Have a great day!!! :)

Patti F

ALBordner said...

Happy happy Birthday!!!

My favorite birthday memory has to be my 21st. My whole family went to Chicago for the weekend to celebrate, and my brother even flew in from NYC for me. It meant the world to me to have everyone there!

And my email is bordnera at gmail dot com

Rana Sprencel said...

Happy 12th Birthday Pamela! Have a spectacular day and enjoy every moment of it-especially since you only get your "real" birthday every 4 years!

My favorite birthday memory was my 13th birthday-My mom took me to New York. We stayed at the Plaza Hotel-rode in a horse drawn carriage through Central Park and had lunch at Tavern on the Green. I have a daughter (she is 9) and plan to take her to New York for her 13th birthday to continue the tradition!

rsprencel at

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday!

My best kid birthday was when I was 6. My Grandparents surprised me by driving over (they lived a few hours away and in another state) and I got my first big girl bike.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Pamela!

The birthday that stands out for me was my birthday this past week. My husband, daughter and son made it a special day. What made it so special? My son(16) wrote me the most amazing card. Words from his heart that made me cry and made me proud to know how well I've done so far as a mom. No gift could ever compare to those words.

gibbsgirl20 @ maineDOTrrDOTcom

Happy Birthday Pamela!!!!! Thank you for affording us the opportunity to get the 'presents' even though it's your birthday :)

Growing up I hated my birthday. It falls 5 days after Christmas & 1 day before New Year's Eve so it was always hard to be recognized between all the other events going on. I always got the presents wrapped in Christmas paper that said "Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday" and as a child I hated it. Now, not so much, lol. As long as I'm surrounded by family, friends & good books - I'm a happy girl ♥

Enjoy your day Pamela because you, above all, deserve it!

Mary G said...

Happy 12th Pamela!
So great to see a lot of my top fave authors here. I haven't read Fever yet but I know Joan will be another fave. Don't enter me but I'll tell you I got married on my birthday so that's my fave one. 28 years later you can say hubby is the present that has latest the longest.

Judy L. from Raleigh NC said...

OK, let me try this again.

Happy Birthday, Pamela!

My most memorable childhood birthday was definitely my 6th which was celebrated a few weeks early in July of 1953. My parents threw a huge party for family and church and neighborhood kids of all ages. We wore funny crepe paper hats, played outdoor games and Mom baked my favorite chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. The reason it was early is because I was going to have surgery to remove a large, ugly birthmark on my right knee. Little girls wore only dresses to school back then and my parents wanted it gone before I started school so the kids wouldn't tease me. In that era, before laser, it involved skin grafting and I needed a full leg cast for weeks afterward. My parents bought me a pretty pink "angel dress" to wear to the hospital a few days after the party.

Email me at: JCLathamNC at AOL dot com.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday to you!!
Happy Birthday Dear Pammy!!!
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Have a fun-filled B-day!!!

My happiest birthday memory is when I was about 5 years old and my parents decided to have my party at McDonalds. All of my friends from school showed up and I had a BLAST!!

I hope you have a very fun-filled and memorable B-Day today!!

--Andrew Grigaliunas
agrigaliunas at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

♫ Happy 12th Birthday Pamela ♫
with my premature alzheimers at age 33 :) i can't really remember any special bday as a kid.. but once I know...we went bowling and my friends were sooo impressed with the trophy that my parents had carved with their names :) have a great day!!!! enjoy your cake!
bimshy AT web DOT de
bianca from germany :)

Happy Birthday Pamela!!

My favorite birthday memory was my 6th. My friends and I had a Dress Up/Beauty Show. My Mother spent hours dressing us us, doing our hair and makeup and then we paraded in front of the camera. Each were convinced we would win. I knew since I was the Birthday girl, I would win. We were all gorgeous. When my parents finally announced a was hysterical. Too heartbroken to pick one girl they made my brother dress up and announced him the winner. Best birthday!!!

Karen L said...

Hi Pamela!
Great giveaway! I had many wonderful birthdays as a little girl, but the first one I remember was probably my 4th. I had the most beautiful birthday cake ever - a doll that was dressed in the cake! This was WAY before Barbie, but the doll was about that size and I (almost!) couldn't cut into her gorgeous dress....

Happy Birthday - you don't look a day over 13!!

Karen Lawson

tigeri1 said...

Happy Birthday Pamela! May it be the best 12th birthday ever!

My favorite birthday memory was spending my 16th birthday with my long lost best friend, and my sweet Grandma. I miss them both so much :-)

Have a great one - and let's hope we don't get too much snow this weekend!


Anonymous said...

My nephew is 3 today He is our leap year baby too!
My favorite birthday was my 35th birthday because I got my present a little early. My son was due around my birthday he came early- missed my birthday but he is STILL the best present I could have ever gotten.
What a great give away to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday!
My email is clarkac64 at yahoo dot com.

Whoa....this is awesome!! But first, I want to say Happy birthday to you. Wish u all the best :)

My most memorable birthday is my 10th birthday, when I still have my parents. They took me to our favorite restaurant, we ordered my favorite food and then suddenly the electricity was off and we ate with candle as the light. It was a beautiful coincidence. After the light turn back on, I blew the candle as if it's my own birthday candle. That's my precious birthday moment with my parents that I won't forget.

Thank u for this awesome giveaway

Once again, happy birthday :)


Pam said...


I giggle a bit every time you or someone else mentions that you're 12!

Happy 12th Birthday!!! :D

This is gonna sound a bit weird, but the birthday I remember most was probably my 7th. My family and I still lived in Beirut at the time. My mom had planned this get together with the entire family to celebrate but the day of, our neighborhood was subject to a handful of car bombs and sniper fire. So, obviously, no one could (nor wanted to) leave their house. The entire building ended up going down to the bomb shelter in our basement when it got too dangerous to stay upstairs. Mom, being Mom, refused to let my birthday pass with only violence as a memory, LOL. She had my Dad run back upstairs with her and grab the food, the cake and decorations and bring them back down. I remember being scared but excited too. We had lanterns running on propane tanks set up, along with candles, blankets and board games all over the place. I remember the glow of the cake candles illuminating my face and my mom looking at me, trying hard to keep smiling. I had all the kids in the building help me blow out the candles. And I remember hugging her afterwards, hoping she knew how much I loved her and how much I appreciated everything she'd always done for us. Perhaps it's not the "best" memory to have for a birthday but it's definitely a special one because of all that it meant. I think I actually may have only had one more party to celebrate my birthday. Since then, it's been a quiet affair between myself, the hubby and kids, LOL.

First off! Happy birthday, Pamela!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My favorite birthday memory was when my family and friends decided to throw a surprise bday party for me when I turned 16. My best friends CANNOT keep secrets from me, so I knew EVERYTHING that was going on as they were sneaking behind my back. Funny this was, my friend actually spilled the secret when I insisted we go home NOW. He said, "but they're not ready!!!!"

*head desk* My acting skills came in handy when they all "surprised" me.

alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

Diane W. said...

Wow, what a wonderfully fun way to add to your birthday celebration!! And how amazing that you've picked some of my very favorite authors to celebrate with you!! They are all fabulous!

I think my favorite birthday had to be my third. I remember it so vividly. I spent it at my grandparent's house and we had a little party with all the kids in the neighborhood, some of whom were considerably older than three, but they were all sweet kids and happy to join in celebrating. I also remember my grandpa bringing in a little girl sized maplewood table and chairs. I was so excited about that gift, and he had a lovely tea party with me at that table every afternoon for the week we stayed there. My grandpa passed away when I was five, so I don't have very many memories of him, but that is one I truly treasure.

Hope this birthday is a very special one for you, filled with love, happiness, friends and family. Oh...and cake. You can't have too much cake!

dianew88 (AT) msn (dot) com

Maisie said...

Happy birthday and may you have many more!
My fav childhood birthday is when I had my first b-day sleepover AND received Michael Jackon's "Thriller" album as a gift! Thank you for reminding me of such simple yet joyous times!


My email is maisiedoodle(at)verizon(dot)net.

May said...

Happy 12 yrs old! :) Leap day bdays are special. :)

My favorite bday: I had my first bday party when I was 8 yrs old. I don't think I truly appreciate it until now when I have my own kid and realize how much work there is to plan a bday for a 8 yrs old!

Alcott said...

Don't enter me in the contest (I have them all!!) - but I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday!

I hope it's just fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday
My favorite birthday was when i turned eight it was my first and only party and all my friends were there.

kerrilyn_paskett at yahoo dot com

Happy Birthday, Pamela!! Glad I could be a part of the celebration!


Cindy W said...

Loved a sleepover with 10 of my friends for my tenth birthday. To this day my sister and I still can't believe she let me do it! We had a blast!

Kevin.cindy.w (at)

Cindy T. said...

Happy 12th Birthday Pamela! What a great way to celebrate with all your author friends. As for a birthday memory....well one of my favorites was when my parents surprised me with a sleep over with my two best friends who also happened to be twins. They had moved away about six months prior and we hadn't seen each other in that time. Seeing them and having the time to hang out and catch up until all hours of the night made for a great birthday.

My email: cindyford75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

I was about 8 or 9 and since my birthday is Halloween we had a Halloween birthday party. My grandmother surprised us by coming over in a very scary witch costume. I think the party ended with us all going trick or treating in the neighborhood. I always got extra candy as a birthday girl.

And for you I decided that the perfect dream 12th BD would be a slumber party with your friends. No parents there. Boys come over and you all play spin the bottle. There is a lot of kissing going on. You are secretly thrilled that the boy you like touched your boobies.

Emily L. said...

My 13th birthday was an exciting one for me. I was out shopping with friends, and they asked if I wanted to have a sleepover. I called my mom, and at first she said no! Turns out she was in on the surprise sleepover to birthday party and wanted to make sure I wouldn't get suspicious!

Happy Birthday!!

Emily L.

Michele S. said...

Happy birthday Pamela. Would love to win one of these books, especially Fever or True Shot. They sound really great! None of my birthdays really stand out but all of them have been pretty nice because I've been surrounded by family and friends :). Email is mickicakes73 at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My favorite birthday was my 13th. It was 1971. I had a pool party with my friends from 8th grade. I got 45's (records) and money. We had a cook out and a couple girls slept over. We had the sleep over outside on my back porch. I remember my parents yelling for us to keep it down! It was great fun and we were all excited about entering high school in the fall. I loved being 13. I thought I was all that and a bag of chips!

Happy birthday, Pamela!

Judy Shafer

Kristi said...

Happy 12th Birthday!!

I remember my 14th birthday when my parents took me and a few friends in an RV for a trip and we had tons of fun :)

kristidavis at gmail dot com

CrystalGB said...

Happy Birthday Pamela! My favorite childhood birthday was when I was 6. My mom made a pretty pink strawberry cake and I got a Barbie dream boat. :)

Megan G. said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday memory was when my parents threw me a surprise birthday party. I was in junior high and couldn't find any of my friends after school, bummed I went to my ride home and she asked if it was ok to run a quick errand. Bam! Surprise party! I won't ever forget that one.

Megan G.
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Anonymous said...


Happy 12th Birthday! Happy Leap Year!

What birthdays stand out in my mind? All my childhood birthdays because I got to celebrate with my belated grandmother and grandfather. They stand out because my two rocks in my life, people who believed and loved me unconditionally are no longer there.

There is one memory: We had an outside birthday party near the creek outside my grandma's house, and then later went to the fair (labor day)

raonaid at gmail dot com

Cindy said...

Happy 12th birthday Pamela! My childhood birthdays were great and I can't really say any one sticks out as being the best. They were all wonderful!

s.kanavy(at)att dot net

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday!

My favorite birthday memory is one at an after-school program. My mother always brought cupcakes or a cake to share with my friends. The program was in the basement of a church with an old upright piano and lots of space for us to get into trouble. I remember the gift I got was the soundtrack to the first Back to the Future movie on cassette tape - yes cassette tape, and I still own it - and she even brought my boombox so we could listen to it. I remember playing musical chairs to Huey Lewis's The Power of Love. I have the best mom!

Amanda Gehman said...

Happy Happy Birthday!
My favorite birthday memory is when I turned 6. My friend Laramie got me a tape with a son siging "Hey Amanda, its your birthday" every year since then on my birthday my mom calls me at 12:01 am singing that song to me. 22 years later that 12:01 call is starting to work on my last nerve, but its always something that takes me back to remember my childhood!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

mertime at q dot com

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you and all the Leap Year babies!

My most memorable and best Birthday was when I turned 30. My hubby acted like it was just a normal day told me that he didnt have anything planned. TOld me to pick the place we were going to go eat but that we had to take the girls to friends house they offered to watch them.... turns out that was where the surprise party was... I tried to turn and run but was blocked.. it was a fun night for sure!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!
My fav biirthday was a few years ago when my 3 kids & husband surprised me with dinner & decorated the house!!!

monica said...

happy Birthday Pamela.
My favorite birthday was my 11th. My mom's friend gave me a rabbit for my birthday. My first bunny rabbit.
Monicalpg at sbcglobal dot net

Joan Swan said...

Wow, quite the turnout!! Thanks for inviting me to join in Pamela! And thanks everyone for coming to celebrate one special lady's birthday!!

Good luck in the drawings!!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Pamela!

I'll admit, I don't have one birthday that stands out from any other. I think in my mind I always built my birthday up to magic proportions, but when they actually happened they were a bit of a let down. Here's hoping I can come up with a good memory in the coming years!

Michelle G.
Michelle(underscore)Gorman at yahoo dot come

_yay_ said...

Hey there and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :-)
Have a good one!

Is the giveaway international? Hope so :-)!
My favorite b-day memory:
Funny enough....I can't remember which one it was...7 maybe?
My best friend's b-day is only 2 days after mine and my dad took us to see a movie (movie, popcorn, fun...)
There was this guy walking around giving cups, shirts & other stuff (pink, princess-style) to children.
He came over to us (needed info: my bestie is waaaaaay taller than I), gave her this pink glitter shirt and said "For the older one..." - obviously intending to give me mine next/second ("For the little one...".) However, before he could finish my bestie put her arms around me and informed the guy "It's HER birthday and she is older than me!!!!!" I somehow never forgot this moment. The guy apologized and she handed me "her" shirt. By the way: I'm 25 now and she still is my bestie.

Email: sk_86(at)gmx(dot)de

_yay_ said...

EDIT: LOL rereading my comment I had to laugh. It sounds weird. The "guy" was of course an employee at the movie theatre and not randomly hanging around giving out things to kids.

This is a fantastic way to celebrate, Pamela. By the way, I loved your MacKinnon short story. Can't wait for Defiant! Don't enter me for Surrender or Defiant -I have both- but should I be lucky enough to win one of the others, my email is lindaeverett at eastlink dot ca.

Joyce said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pamela!!!!! I'm honored to take part in the celebration! And I'm even happier to have you on board at Happy Ever After. You've been MY life raft, missy. We can cling together when we go over the falls. : )

Leanna said...

Happy Birthday! These books look so good, several of them are already on my TBR list.

nerissa said...

By the way Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Well, my most memorable birthday would have to be my 16th birthday. The week before my bday my parents were complaining how tight money was and how I would probably not even get a present. Needless to say I was so bummed. On my bday I came home from soccer practice to a surprise birthday party. All my friends and family were there. Best birthday EVER. :)


Mel said...

Happy birthday Pamela! Hope you have a great day! Awesome giveway. Some of my favorite authors and some that I've been dying to read. :)

My most memorable birthday is my 16th. About 5 months before my birthday, I was a sophomore in high school and had just moved back to FL after two years in TX. Very important time in a girl's young life. I had to leave all my friends and was just devastated. My birthday came and I just didn't care a whole lot except that I was getting my license. My whole family surprised me with an airline ticket to Texas! I got to go to school with them and on a school trip with the band that I was once a part of. It was truly one of the best memories in all of my life. To this day,I'm still friends with many of my Texas people and I go back at least once a year to visit my many friends there. :)

melbecker9 (AT) verizon (DOT) com

Kris A said...

Happy Birthday! My best birthday memory is from when I turned 4. I had a Big Bird birthday cake and my entire preschool class came over. It was a pretty cool cake!

Kris A said...

Happy Birthday! My best birthday memory is from when I turned 4. I had a Big Bird birthday cake and my entire preschool class came over. It was a pretty cool cake!

Anonymous said...

Happy B-day!

I guess my best birthday was the year that my Dad handed me some cash and told me to get whatever I needed and could invite as many friends to the party for a sleepover. We had a blast stuffing ourselves with junk food and watching scarey movies and just doing all the things 13 year olds do. :)

Jackie P

jkitchen at bellsouth dot com

Happy Birthday Pamela!!!
Feliz Cupleanos Pamela!!!

Hope you have a wonderful 12 Year Birthday. It's wonderful that you are given us (the fans) the opportunity to win a gift (book):)!!! I already have the pleasure of having both Surrender and Untamed. I would like to enter to win FEVER by JOAN SWAN!!!

e-mail: mangorock21(AT)aol(DOT)com

Thanks and Happy Birthday,

rougebolo said...

happy birthday to you. Today is my 5th anniversary. We had planed to go to a German restaurant but can not go as snow all around us. I hope your day turns out better then ours. My birthday that stands out is at about 10 I got purple panties my brother dragged them out of the packaging in front of everyone. My mom got me purple panties for the next 10 years. I think she has now forgotten about them. (thankfully).

I didn't know you were a leap day baby, I was just explaining to my kids about leap day last night :) Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

One of my Fav. childhood birthdays was when my mom took my sister and I to Disneyland for my 10th birthday


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

My favorite birthday memory was having a surprise pool party thrown for me one summer. It was great, I was completely surprised to see my school friends, since I am a summer baby.


Happy 12th Birthday to you! My most memorable childhood birthday is the year my parents planned a scavenger/treasure hunt inspired party at my house. All of my friends came and we were broken into teams and had to search for clues to a puzzle map to find the hidden treasure. My dad created all the clues and the maps - it was very special & a lot of fun. Honorable mention goes to the following year that was Olympic inspired with a javelin contest(toothpicks as the javelin) and other various fun games. Thanks for the awesome birthday contest.

jend451 at gmail dot com

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Tina B said...

Happy actual Birthday, Pamela!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

I don't really have any memorable birthdays from my childhood because my birthday is 2 days before Christmas, so we usually didn't really do anything for my birthday. I'll tell you about my most memorable birthday instead. :) It was my 29th. My then boyfriend (now husband) threw a party for me and invited all of our friends and family. Unbeknownst to me, he invited everyone so that he could propose in front of them! I have a son from a previous relationship who he asked for my hand! It was so sweet and romantic! It wasn't just that he proposed, the speech he gave while doing brought tears to everyone's eyes (we were both crying) including all of his male friends. I haven't had too many birthday parties, but that one was the BEST by far.

trb0917 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thank you for the fabulous giveaways.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember how old I was, I remember that I had my birthday party in McDonald's. That's probably a lame thing to do nowadays, but back then, I thought it was the coolest party ever!

Happy Birthday Leap Year Baby!!!

theangrypollo{ AT }yahoo{ DOT }com

Kara C said...

It's your birthday and your giving out the gifts? What a thoughtful twelve year old you are. My students are amazed that you are twelve. We had quite a lively discussion in class today about the good and bad things about being a leap year baby.
Although my last birthday, when I got to spend a girls weekend with some great friends is a definite highlight, most of the memorable birthdays for me are my sons'. I have been going through pictures this week, and have relived many of them.

Na said...

Happy Birthday, Pamela. Wow, 12 years young and look at you already writing books ;) You have some amazing friends and I'm sure they in turn can say the same of you. Thank YOU for celebrating your Leap Year Day with us!

I hope you do tons of celebrating. Hip Hip Hooray!


Katariina O. said...

Happy Birthday!

Mý 5th birthday is the earliest I can remember. I got redhaired doll and a purse from my aunt. I guess I got other presents too, but these I have in photo with me so I remember them better.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Pamela! Those Preteen years really get ya. XD

None of my birthdays have ever really stood out to me. I'll just say last year. Went to Medieval Times with my amazing boyfriend and awesome best friend. We had the evil knight and a great time was had by all! :)

Have an awesome day!

stickiekittie [at] gmail [dot] com

Duh, I forgot to include my most memorable birthday...that would be my first birthday with my husband, for reasons that would make the MacKinnons smile...

Anonymous said...

My 5th birthday when I got my Strawberry Shortcake lamp! Happy Birthday!

felixmom at hotmail dot com

StacieD said...

Happy Birthday! How cool to be a Leap Day baby.

My most memorable childhood birthday was a Holly Hobby party. I know I'm dating myself. It was the late 1970s. My mom even made bonnets for everyone. It wasn't fancy but it was fun.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Happy 12th birthday!! I hope your day is filled with sparkling rainbows and magical unicorns and don’t forget about the sexy men riding those unicorns ;)
My birthday is 2 days after Christmas and my parents have always tried to separate the 2 days to make my day just for me. So my most memorable would probably be my 16th. I had been asking for a 69 Mustang convertible, black with a hood scoop. Such an amazing car for a 16 year old girl. Well, I was opening up my gifts and got to a very small box. I got really excited because it was key size and I thought maybe... just maybe this was my big sweet 16 gift. I opened it up to find a 69 Mustang convertible, “white” with a hood scoop Hot Wheels replica. Oh I was devastated. I cried and everyone laughed. My parents felt bad and took me and a friend of mine to the theater to see Edward Scissorhands. I really did want to see that movie and I was pretty sure I was never really going to get a car like that any way. So over all, it was an ok birthday :)
I think its my fav because even though I didn't get the car I wanted, I did get to go to the movies and see Johnny Depp.
naughtybooksnitch at gmail dot com

aidyanixx said...

Happy birthday!! :)

I don't remember much of my childhood birthdays but the most memorable one for me would be when my brother and I celebrated our birthdays together (his is one day after mine) and we will still fight about who gets to blow the candle even when there are 2 cakes. :))

Aidyan aidyanixx(at)gmail(dot)com

Ellie C said...

Happy Birthday Pamela! My most memorable birthday was my 5th. We had just moved to California and we (my twin brother and I) got a cake FROM A BAKERY! To this day, I remember it as being wonderful. Later as a teenager, I worked in that same bakery.

I can be reached at alexnpax at gmail dot com

newan said...

happy birthday Pamela ^^

when i was a child, my parents celebrate my birthday, with my friend and family and so many gift

email :

Xinmin said...

Happy 12th Birthday Pamela!! lol. I hope you had a great day.
I've only read two of your books (both I-team novels) and I love the suspense. Especially Breaking point. That book had me at the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end! I usually turn to paranormal romance for that kind of excitement but your romantic suspense are better than watching action movies!!


Anonymous said...

21 drinklol, happy birthday Pam whoo, great authors and prizes thankmyou ladies

Happy 12th Birthday! Wow i always wondered bout people with leap year as a birthday and when or how they celebrated it. i have 2 birthdays that stand out in my mind....the first when i was 12 and we didnt have much money so my mom took me to the salvation army and against the wall there was stacks of harlequins i wound up sitting there getting over 75 books for 3 bucks carrying a large garbage bag home. The second one was when i was 16 my dad surprised me with a 2 week hawaii trip i fell in love with the island. Thanks so much for the celebration .


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WOW! Happy Birthday! Birthdays are super important to me so I always make sure my kids have a memorable birthday every year. In fact, my daughter turns 7 on March 1st! Now, let's see.....a favorite childhood birthday memory......well, birthdays were hard for me since I have a summer birthday and friends were hard to get ahold of, so I would say my 9th birthday was the best! It was the mid 80's so the hair and clothes were amazing and the music was bumpin'. My parents too my sister and me to Monterey for a weekend and it was an "all about me" weekend. We met up with my aunt and uncle who lived there at the time and we played games, ate cake, opened presents, went to the warf and the museum! It was a great weekend! :)

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my birthday book drawing and participated in our Leap Day party!

I had a wonderful birthday. I went to lunch with an old friend. Then tonight my two sons made dinner and shared a cake with me while watching a few movies. I love spending time with them. A perfect day!

Although I can't possibly respond to all 115 posts, I will say that I enjoyed reading about your birthday memories — and I did read every single post.

There's something so precious about childhood and birthdays — what we remember, what meant something to us and why it held meaning for us.

THANK YOU so much for sharing your memories!

And thanks to Julie James, Joyce Lamb, Marie Force, Bella Andre and Joan Swan for sharing in my special day!

I'll be drawing names soon and notifying both the winners and the authors.

Thanks again for making today such a great birthday!


And the winners are:

Surrender: Krista

Untamed: Maria A Cornelio

Joyce Lamb's TRUE SHOT: StickieKittie

Julie James' A LOT LIKE LOVE: Mel

Marie Force's MAID FOR LOVE: CMD

Bella Swan's I HAVE EYES ONLY FOR YOU: Newan

Joan Swan's FEVER: Donna Bonetti


And thank you to all of you for helping to make this Leap Day birthday special!

Very special thanks to Julie, Joyce, Bella, Marie and Joan. You rock!

Eli Yanti said...

congrats all winners ;)

newan said...

Thanks you very much .. Pamela

I'm so happy ... Yippie...

Attention Mel!!!

The email address you provided isn't working. Can you please get in touch with me directly at pamelaclare at earthlink dot net?


Julie wants to send you your prize!

congrats to all the winners! and thanks to you and all the authors

donnas said...

Congrats to the winners! Lots of great books there.

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