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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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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rock*It Reads Heating Up the Holidays Blog Hop

Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rock*It Reads Heating Up the Holidays Blog Hop. There are 15 stops on the blog tour. The more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater your chances of winning the grand prize, a $75 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and a huge collection of books from the authors of Rock*It Reads. Smaller prizes will be available at each stop along the way.

Good luck, and have fun!

Welcome to my blog, blog hoppers! I’d like to introduce you to Nate West, the hero of my I-Team After Hours Novella, Skin Deep.

Nate fought with a Marine Special Operations Team in Afganistan, serving as backup for Navy SEALs on hazardous missions involving high-value targets. During the return trip from one of those missions, the transportation truck carrying him and some of his buddies was hit by an IED, and Nate was severely burned over the right side of his body. He has spent years recovering, and is now living on his family’s ranch high in the Colorado mountains.

What makes Nate special? There are so many things, but among them is the fact that he doesn’t feel sorry for himself, but focuses on getting strong again, being as supportive of the other survivors from his team as he can be. But at the same time, he doesn’t believe he stands much of a chance of finding a woman with him he can share his life.

It’s a good thing for Nate that fate has the perfect woman in mind, a woman who understands scars.  But her scars on are on the inside...

 Here’s an excerpt:

Though Nate tried hard to hide it, Megan knew it wasn’t easy for him to share himself in this way. He didn’t seem to understand that she found him attractive—even downright sexy. His scars were a part of the attraction because they were a part of him.

She ran her hand slowly over his right cheek, trailed her fingers down the scarred side of his neck to his chest. The muscles on the left side were firm, his skin soft and bronzed, coarse curls tickling her palm. His dark nipple was flat and smooth like satin, its center a hard little pebble. The hairless right side of his chest had no nipple, his skin pinched, puckered and creased, some of it almost white, some of it darkly pigmented, some of it with an underlying diamond pattern as if it had once been held in place by mesh. It was harder and stiffer than normal skin, too. But it was his skin.

She could see now that the burns went all the way around his right side to his back, dipping below the waistline of his briefs, stretching down his right leg to just above his knee. He’d been burned, front and back, from his cheek to his right thigh.

And beneath his boxer briefs? Was he scarred there, too?

His left thigh also bore a large scar, but it was different, not puckers and creases, but a large, pale rectangle that wrapped around his heavy quadriceps. Was that where they’d taken skin for his skin grafts?

So much pain.

And so much courage.

Other than that first night when he told her how he’d been burned, he hadn’t spoken of his service with the Marines, keeping all the horrors he’d seen, all the things he’d done, all he’d suffered quietly to himself. He didn’t complain. He didn’t show self-pity. He simply endured.

She traced a finger down the uneven line roughly in the center of his torso, where scars met normal skin. She couldn’t imagine how much he had suffered, couldn’t imagine how any woman could have turned her back on him and left him to face the agony of recovery alone. She felt a sharp surge of protectiveness, wishing she could take all of this away from him.

“There are no nerve endings. I can’t feel anything beyond pressure. You don’t have to touch—”

“Shhh.” She lowered her head, pressed her lips firmly to the place where his right nipple ought to have been, wanting to touch him everywhere, to know all of him, wanting to show him that every inch of him, scarred or not, was precious to her.

He sucked in a breath, tensed, his fingers sliding into her hair. “Megan, I…”

His voice faded as she kissed her way down the taut, scarred skin of his belly, her hands sliding down his sides to his hips, his muscles jerking every time her mouth touched him. But if he couldn’t feel her, then why… ?

She glanced up, saw him watching her, a look like pain on his face. And she understood. It wasn’t so much that he could feel her kisses, but rather just the fact that she was kissing this part of him that made him react.

Tears stung her eyes, but she blinked them away, swallowing the lump in her throat as she lowered her lips to him again, the sympathy she felt for him warming to desire as she indulged herself, kissing, licking and nibbling her way back up his belly, across his chest, to his neck. Then she did what he’d done to her so many times today, teasing the sensitive skin beneath his left ear, delighting in the way he shivered.

“Oh, Megan.” His hands sought out her breasts, his thumbs flicking their tips, making it terribly hard for her to concentrate. Then one big hand slid down her back and beneath her pajama bottoms to grasp and squeeze her bottom. “When are you going to take these damned things off?”

“Later.” She was too busy for that right now—and too nervous.

It was so much easier, so much less frightening, to concentrate on him.

She nipped his earlobe, sucked it into her mouth, bit down, the natural scent of his skin filling her head. It was a warm scent, unmistakably masculine, arousing her even more, an intoxicated feeling swelling inside her. She was drunk on him, his taste, the male feel of him. She wanted to kiss him and touch him—everywhere. She wanted to chase away his pain with pleasure. And—oh, yes!—she wanted him to keep doing whatever he was doing with his hands, his touch sending shivers of bliss straight from her aching nipples to her womb.

Had she ever felt anything like this?

No, never.

She stretched out on top him, seeking his mouth, her moan mingling with his groan of satisfaction as their lips were reunited in a deep, hard kiss, his head rising off the pillow to meet her, his right arm encircling her to draw her closer, his left hand still busy with her breast. They devoured each other, tongues tasting with slick strokes, teeth nipping, lips teasing. And still it wasn’t enough.

But Megan wasn’t sure she was ready for what came next.

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 I hope you enjoyed that! One lucky winner will get an ebook copy of Skin Deep and will be able read all of Nate and Megan’s story.

Thanks for participating, and have fun on the rest of the blog hop!

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Winnie Lim said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Love your books.

I've never read your work before so reading the excerpt today was a real treat. I believe I would enjoy reading the whole story.

Thanks for the giveaway.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Thanks for a wounded hero ~ who doesn't feel sorry for himself.
Can't wait!


Julie said...

Hi Pamela. I promised myself that I was not going to go all "fan girl" on your blog. I have to tell you that you are one of my favorite authors! Your MacKinnon's Rangers Trilogy is just a wonderful! Wonderful! I have also read and loved your Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy. But you also have the I-Team series which is...holy smokes...awesome reads. My favorite being Unlawful Contact.

You're a fantastic author! Obviously, I broke the promise I made to myself and went all "fan girl" on you. lol I'm sorry.

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Skin Deep. Oh my goodness, I hope I win it! lol

~Julie K

Id love to win one of your books! Thanks for the giveaway!

that sounds like a awesome book to read.

ericka102207 @ hotmail . com

Anonymous said...

I loved reading the Blakewell Family and The MacKinnons's Rangers novels. I loved reading Defiant. You are a great author. Thanks for the giveaways!

I love Nate and Megan!! I have already read Skin Deep, as I have all your books. Nate and Megan have a special place in my heart. The trust the two of them is what made this romance so great! Thank you for sharing this little snippet. It is time for a re-read =)

Awesome excerpt. Haven't read this book yet however your other books have been deliciously smexy and I'm sure this one is great too.

Love Nate! Please don't enter me to win since I've already been lucky enough to enjoy this little gem.

And a big holiday thank you Pamela for the gifts you given us with your books all year long! Happy holidays ;)

* Ducks her head in shame * I have not yet read anything by you. Now I have heard of you but have not had the chance to get one of your books. I know bad on me.

Raonaid at gmail dot com

Just Jinny said...

I would gush..but you already know what a huge fan I am!

Debby said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway and the excerpt. So many of our military are returning with pain to handle.
Debby 236 at gmail dot com

elizabeth said...

Loved this book. It goes to show that true love doesn't see anything different between two people, not scars or emotional damage. It brings two people together and completes them.

Thanks for the giveaway,

Elizabeth Gray

I'm adding your books to my cart. Can't wait to read them. Glad I found the site.


Lauren B said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I love the I-Team series and an eagerly awaiting Striking Distance.

ljberma01(at) gmail (dot) com

LM said...

I love the I-Team series!

Timitra said...

This series is on my wishlist, thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy!

Another series I need to add to my list. Thanks for the giveaway

forgot to add my email


love the cover! thanks for being part of the giveaways. sstogner1 at gmail dot com

Barbara E. said...

I loved the excerpt and I can't wait to read all of Nate and Megan’s story in Skin Deep.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

kris b said...

That was a hot excerpt I'm gonna look it up when I get home. Thank you

hmm, yummy :) thanks for the hop :)
gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

Jane said...

The I Team series is one of my favorites. Thanks for the giveaway.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Connie said...

Wow! Now, that was hot, hot, hot! This is a fun giveaway and very generous of you lovely ladies to do this for your readers. Many Thanks!

Connie Fischer

CMD said...

Nate & Megan are legend, and Skin Deep is an amazing read! As is the rest of the I-Team series... cannot wait for Striking Distance!

Steph99 said...

Hi Pamela! I enjoyed reading the snippet, sure makes me want to read the whole thing again! No need to enter me in the contest, as I already own Skin Deep. Love the I-Team! :)

I like the excerpt about Nate.Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win.

Reading said...

I'm loving this hop!!

Mary D said...

I love the sound of your book! Thanks for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

Great excerpt!

cgnemesis [at] yahoo [dot] com

Melody May said...

Military stories are always fun to read.
Thanks for the giveaway

hollie said...

Awesome giveaway!! thank You!

Modokker said...

Very sexy excerpt!!
Thanks Pamela!!

Lisa B

Kym said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, and agree, your an awesome writer :)


May said...

Enjoyed reading this! What a terrific book! :)

maybe31 at

Thanks for the giveaway.

Laura said...

Your book sounds great based on that excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway! BookcaseLaura *at*

Shy Amy said...

Yum! Loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the full.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great away! Gotta love a heroine with the name Megan!

Meg G.

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!
ehaney578 at aol dot com

Tin said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Am enjoying the hop and reading the feature articles and excerpts!

- khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I'm fan girling along with the rest of them. I love your I-Team series! They're a go-to on my bookshelf, and the paperbacks are starting to look quite worn already :)


flchen1 said...

Yum! Great excerpt, Pamela--thanks for the treat!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Mary Jo said...

Love Seals! Thanks for the great giveaway!

maryjooller at yahoo dot com

I would love to read SKIN DEEP thank you. It looks incredible.


Adria said...

What a great excerpt! Definitely got me interested!


Tanya said...

Have never read your books but the excerpt has me intrigued!

Tonya said...

I always enjoy your books and can't wait for what's next!

sheila said...

Whew, I have no words after that excerpt!

Melissa B said...

GREAT excerpt! LOVE, love your books! I'm so excited to read this!

Anne said...

I love this excerpt- cannot wait to read the entire story.
clarkac64 at yahoo dot com

Mariam said...

I've already read! It's a lovely story about wounded hero. I love it. Thanks for writing Megan's story, Pamela.

Piper said...

I adore the I-Team books! They're one of my favorite romance series. Tessa, Julian, Natalie, and Zach are my favorite characters.

Keep up the great work Pamela Clare! Your books make me want to move to Colorado. :)

katsrus said...

Love the book cover. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

mk said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I read tthis book, and really enjoyed it.

Linda said...

I've not had to chance to read your books yet; Thanks for the giveaway.

Eli Yanti said...

your book sounds great, Pamela :)

brbalways said...

More!! I want to read more!! *fingers crossed ftw*


MommyIves said...

I want more!! This sounds like an awesome read- I have just added it to my books to read list! :)

Sandy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have read the I-Team series and hope you continue writing! Love all the characters!


Nice excerpt! The cover is HOT! THanks so much!
hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

winnie said...

Great excerpt and thanks for the giveaway!


Lisa Wolff said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Your books are on top of my list for next year due to all the raving and I'm excited to dive into them for the first time!!

donnas said...

Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

SheriV said...

Great excerpt. I love your books!

smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

In honor of the season, I decided to pick 10 winners:

Beautiful Disaster
Mary Preston
Redheaded Bookworm

Congrats to the winners! And thanks for participating in the Rock*It Reads Blog Hop!


I'll try to reach you via email!

books4me said...

Sounds like a great read: love special op, hot men!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

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