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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.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Striking Distance — a first glimpse

Thanks to everyone who made the release of Defiant so special. There’s been an incredible buzz around the book, and your excitement, your reviews, and your word-of-mouth recommendations for the book are responsible for that. Thank you!

Some quick Defiant news:

All About Romance gave Defiant a fantastic review with Desert Island Keeper honors. Click here to read that review.

For those of you who’ve read the book and want to be part of an ongoing chapter-by-chapter discussion, come join the closed Defiant discussion group on Facebook.

And, yes, Joseph will get his own story. That’s the question I’m being asked most frequently in emails these days.

Some quick travel news:

I will be attending the Romance Writers of America conference in Anaheim, Calif., July 25-28. I signed up too late to participate in the big public literacy signing on July 25, but I will be there with romance trading cards from Defiant to sign and share. If you’re in the area, please stop in, find me, and say hello. I am looking forward to face-to-face meetings with my agent, my editor and good friends: Jill Shalvis, Julie James, Marie Force, Joyce Lamb, Jenn LeBlanc and others.

Bar tenders, prepare yourselves.

But back to books...

I’ve gotten a start on the next I-Team #6, which is titled Striking Distance. I’m under an extreme deadline crunch, which means I won’t be online nearly as much as I have been until the book is finished. I’m behind on reader emails, and I doubt I’m going to catch up. So sorry about that! Please know, however, that I do read everything you send me.

So what’s Striking Distance about?

It tells the story of SWO Chief Petty Officer Javier “Cobra” Corbray, an active-duty SEAL, and Laura Nilsson, a popular broadcast journalist nicknamed The Baghdad Babe by troops. Laura was taken hostage by terrorists while reporting in Pakistan and is dead. Or so the State Department thinks. When Corbray discovers during an op that she is very much alive and has been held prisoner for the past year and a half, he puts his life on the line to rescue her.

That’s how Javier and Laura meet.

From there, the story takes place back in Denver and revolves around Laura putting her life back together after 18 months of being a prisoner. I won’t tell you how Javier and Laura are reunited, but it was fun for me to write. The suspense thread of the story explores the circumstances of Laura’s abduction. Was it her own fault? Was it a random act of violence against a journalist? Or was she betrayed? Most importantly, who is trying to kill her?

It’s my first time writing an active-duty military hero, and so far doing the research for that has been a lot of fun and very interesting. For the prologue where we actually see Javier on a mission in full combat mode, I had to use a vocabulary that is completely new to me. As someone who sees words as toys, I found it refreshing and exciting.

Yes, some of us get our kicks in weird ways. Don’t judge.

As I’m writing, I see actor Jon Huertas as Javier — a man of mixed descent, including Puerto Rican (Taino Indian and Spanish), Scottish, African American and Cherokee. Laura is a dual citizen of Sweden and the United States — my first heroine with European ties. I’m really enjoying that because, of course, my sister has dual citizenship (Swedish and U.S.), and I have a deep love of Scandinavia.

I see Swedish model Petra Silander when I think of Laura. It’s hard to find photos of Ms. Silander wearing clothes, but I did manage to find this.

I’m having a lot of fun learning bits and pieces of Puerto Rican Spanish, which is apparently different than the Mexican Spanish with which I am nominally familiar. Thanks to Arlene and Beatrice Rios and their friend Wilson Cruz for their help. So far, we’ve focused mostly on swear words and how Javier would talk to his beloved Puerto Rican grandmother.

The I-Team crew are back, including Nate, Megan, Emily and Jack West from Skin Deep.

So there’s a quick glimpse of the next I-Team novel.

In addition to writing, I’m very busy with the garden, getting up at about 5:30 a.m. each day to do work outside while it’s cool, then coming inside, washing off the mud, and getting to work. Growing our own food — or as much of it as we can — is important to me for so many reasons, not the least of which is health. I will admit that by the end of the season, I am usually looking forward to that first hard frost so I can STOP working outdoors and free up more time for things like sleep.

I won’t be blogging as much over the next several weeks, but I do hope to bring you weekly random sexcerpts from my books — clips of sexy, funny or romantic scenes — as well as some fun in the form of a MacKinnon’s Rangers trivia contest. So stay tuned!


Diana said...

I love Esposito from CASTLE so I'm really excited to read all about him in your newest book!!

Cindy said...

Thanks for keeping us updated as you write the book. Love getting glimpses of the process from beginning to end.

tresa said...

can't wait for this book , love the iteam

Laurie D. said...

Trying to be patient while waiting on the next ITeam book - thanks for sharing the deets!!

oklanannie said...

As always, I'm looking forward to the next I-Team release. Sounds like this one is going to keep us captivated and enthralled! Thanks for sharing some early peeks into the story!

I love how you stretch yourself with new geographical areas and other plot devices. Can't wait to read this new novel...can you say PTSD for the heroine?

landin said...

Ooh, this is going to be a very interesting one! I shudder at what may have happened to Laura!

I love the name Javier btw, it's just fun to say lol.

Kaetrin said...

Oh it sounds wonderful. Looking forward to it! Happy writing Pamela! :)

Ella said...

The new book sounds amazing! How are we going to wait until 2013 before reading it? Perhaps going back over all the previous I-Team novels...!

Good luck with the writing!

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