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Pamela Clare to the Hussy Lair. And she brought her men with her! I am not sure if she knows what she has gotten herself into or not… but here goes! I found Ms. Clare’s work from JennJ @ Sapphaire Romance Relam. And lets just say her covers are enough to send this Hussy looking for more! Welcome Ms. Pamela, please make yourself at home.
Hi, Cecile! Thank you so much for having me here on your blog today. I really appreciate it. And I absolutely love your banner! Very hot!
Ms. Pamela, tell us a little about yourself. Hold on… something that is not listed in your bio at your website. (Yea, I am a little evil, lol)
I’m a Trekkie. I grew up watching the original Star Trek series with Captain Kirk and Spock and was very skeptical when Next Generation came out. But I fell in love with that, too, along with Deep Space 9 and Voyager. I did not like the new movie because it didn’t feel like Star Trek to me.
I’m left-handed and almost ambidextrous.
My hair is naturally curly despite people I meet on the street who tell me it can’t possibly be natural. Yes, dammit, it is!
I love chocolate — but NOT chocolate ice cream.
Coffee is my religion, my political party and the only reason I can work full time AND write novels.
I am a Colorado Rockies fan. Go Rox! I like to sit near the dugout so I can see the players’ fine butts. 🙂
Like some of my heroines (apparently), I cry at the drop of a hat. Yes, I am the editor-in-chief of a newspaper, an award-winning investigative reporter, and I cry a lot. I used to feel self-conscious about this, until a Navajo friend told me that women’s tears purify and are considered a kind of ceremony almost. I figured I’m purifying existence for a lot of people who can’t cry for themselves. 🙂
I see that as of right now, writing is not your full time job. How do you handle it all?
It is not easy. I have sacrificed doing pretty much everything else for writing books. So I work Monday through Thursday at the paper, then write fiction on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In between, I have to buy groceries, get gas in the car, clean the house, do laundry, go to post office, etc. I yearn — yes, yearn — for the day when I’ll be writing fiction full time. Then I’ll be able to do things like go on dates, go to movies, have dinner with friends, sleep more, go for walks, etc. But this is what it takes to write while working full time and being a mother. My older son is completely independent, but my younger son, though he’s away at college, lives here during the summer. And they both still need to have a mother in their lives.
I have noticed that you have two different of writing styles – historical and romantic suspense. How easy is it to go back and forth between the two?
It’s actually pretty easy. My work in graduate school was in archaeology, so the world of history is never far from my mind. At the same time, I live in the modern world, and my contemporary stories are based at least in part (it differs with each book) on work I’ve done as a journalist. Both historicals an contemporary romantic suspense feel very familiar to me. I just sort of switch my thinking from one mode to the other, and I use music as a device, too. I have a lot of traditional Celtic folk music that I listen to when I’m writing historicals, and I don’t listen to it when I’m writing contemporaries. Instead, I listen to hip hop and rock and other contemporary kinds of music.
This is Julian!
Which genre requires more research?
The historicals require a lot more research because I must have a functional understanding of every aspect of daily life for all the characters. How did they fasten their clothing? What did they eat in winter? How did they light a pipe? How fast could they travel from point A to point B? What kind of medical skill was available to them? What words were in existence in 1758? The list of things one need to research is endless. That’s why doing a series is so helpful. I do research at the beginning, keep all the materials on hand, and then write several books during a time period that I’ve at least attempted to master.
But that’s not to say that contemporaries don’t require research. I don’t have to research journalism obviously because I’m an expert on that subject. But my heroes’ occupations are unfamiliar to me. I recently had lunch with two U.S. Marshals (one was actually a retired deputy U.S. Marshal) so that I could pepper them with questions about being a marshal. The hero in my next I-Team book is a deputy U.S. Marshal. It was fun and inspiring to get inside information on the job from two people who’d worked it. Without that level of research, the stories would be filled with mistakes that someone familiar with the subject matter would notice immediately. I try to make my books as authentic as possible, so that means research. Fortunately I enjoy it.
Which one is more interesting to write?
Whichever one I’m not writing at the moment.
When you do have spare time – away from work,writing alike – what do you like to do?
I like to hike in the foothills. I like snowshoeing and hiking in snow. I love going for walks with my boys. I like baseball games. I like to read, of course. I like to wander through book stores looking at books that I might want to buy for my own research. I love my roses and have a big flower garden that I love to putter in. Benjy, my younger son, does all the hard work so that I can write. Then he says, “OK, Mom, you can go and putter now.” I love flowers.
We have a veggie garden, too, and we’re learning to grow our own food. Eventually, I’d love to transform our yard into an urban farm that is as self-sustaining as possible, complete with bee hives and chickens. We’re a few years away from that now, still shifting yard into garden. The idea of growing our own food, of knowing what went on it and into it, is very appealing to me. That way, no matter what the economy does and no matter what is happening in the world, we are taking care of ourselves. We’re going to be adding fruit trees soon, as well as a couple of additional garden beds this year for growing more veggies.
That means learning to can and preserve what we grow so that it’s available year round. Last year, we didn’t need to do that because we didn’t plant that much and I was able to eat all of it or most of it fresh from the garden every day until the first frost. That was wonderful!
What are your plans for the future as far as your books are concerned? For those of us who are new to you…
Right now, I’m working on the next I-Team story. It will feature Natalie Benoit (who now has her own Facebook page) as the heroine, and Zach MacBride, a deputy U.S. Marshal, as the hero. I’m excited about the story, which has really started to unfold in my mind, and can’t wait to actually sit down and write. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve been in true writing mode. This is the longest break I’ve taken between books since I started writing, but I really needed it. I was physically and creatively exhausted coming off NAKED EDGE.
After Natalie’s story — which has no title yet — I’m going to work on Connor’s book, which is sitting in my head waiting for a chance to be written. Hopefully, Connor will be my focus by July.
And then…. Who knows? I do have one paranormal idea in my brain that involves no vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, fae, Sidhe, fairies, elves, dwarves, talking cats, ghosts, demons, genetically altered space aliens or anything else like that. I hope I get the chance to write it! I don’t read paranormals. I just can’t get into the aforementioned creatures with very few exceptions. So it surprised me more than anyone else when this idea fell into my head.
Now I will turn the interview over to JennJ… from Saphharie Romance Realm… She will be interviewing the I-Team.. Take it away hon! Oh yea.. I said the whole team!!!!!
Today we are talking with a very special group of hunks… ah er men! Please help me welcome Reese, Julian, Marc and Gabe from Pamela’s I-Team series!
Marc: Dorkangelo — they let you in? [shakes head]
Julian: I guess they figured they needed someone to keep an eye on you.
Marc: Fuck you.
Julian: You’d love to.
Gabe *rolls eyes, looks over at Reece*: You can’t take the two of them anywhere.
Reece *grins*: Tell me about it.
Hello gentlemen how are you all doing today?
[The guys nod, looking a little awkward and a bit uncomfortable, except for Reece, who adjusts his tie.]
Reece: “Doing well. Thanks for having us here.”
Gabe, you are the newest addition to the I-Team men how are you getting along with the other guys here?
“Well, they’re housebroken for the most part, so… ” [He chuckles.] “No, seriously, they’re alright.”
Do you all hang out now together outside of work and the girls?
That would be Reese…………….——>>>>>>
Julian: We don’t get together as much as our wives
Gabe how did you feel the first time you laid eyes on Kat?
Gabe: You’re asking me that in front of them?
[Julian, Marc and Reece laugh.]
Marc: Go ahead, rock jock. Answer the question. Was it love at first sight?
Gabe: No, it wasn’t — not exactly. At the time I was more focused on saving her life and getting her to a hospital than anything else.
Julian: And that’s why you kept her earring in your pocket for three months. Yeah, Tess told me about that.
Marc: Oh, that’s so romantic!
Gabe: [Glares at Marc and Julian.] Okay, so I did notice that she was attractive. And I noticed her eyes.
Reece: Just her eyes?
Julian how are things going on the force? And do you ever see yourself taking a less dangerous position? Does Tessa want you too?
Julian: I’ve spent a lot of time training other law enforcement officers about human trafficking in the past couple of years, and Tessa likes that. She’d prefer that I be in a classroom instead of on the street. I don’t mind it because I know how much she worries when I’m out late. Now that she’s pregnant again—
Marc: Whoa! What? Tess is pregnant?
Julian: [grinning] Yeah, we felt it was time for little Miss Maire to have a brother or sister.
Marc: And you saved that news for now?
Julian: What did you want me to do? Send you a press release?
Gabe: Congratulations, man. That’s great. Babies are great.
Reece: Great news. Kara will be thrilled to hear it.
Reese how are things going in the Senate? And how are Kara and the kids?
Kara is wonderful. The kids are great. Connor especially is growing like a weed. He’s 10 now. Kaitlyn is five and about to start kindergarten. That will be tough for Kara. Brendan is almost four and a handful. Things in the Senate are wrapping up for me. I’m term-limited, so once this session comes to a close, I’ll be out. I hope to go back to teaching.
Marc how are things going for you and Sophie? How are things on the force?
We’re doing really well. Chase and Addison keep us busy. Chase is about to hit his terrible twos, but it’s a lot of fun. Addy is sleeping through the night. Sophie’s thinking about leaving the paper so she can be home with the kids full time, and I would love for her to have that chance.
Reese, Julian and Marc what do you guys think of Gabe and his love of Extreme sports? And do you two like to go mountain climbing or extreme skiing as well?
[Gabe grins and looks over at the guys, waiting for their answers.]
Julian: The man is a demigod when it comes to snow and rock and ice. I’ve done a lot more skiing since he came into the picture, but when it comes to shredding the gnar, I’m an amateur compared to him.
Marc: Compared to me you’re an amateur, Dorkangelo. And listen to you, talking like real powder hound. ‘Shredding the gnar.’ [laughs]
Julian: You should have seen me take face shots heading down Mary Jane last weekend. Tell him, Rossiter.
Gabe: Darcangelo was taking face shots heading down Mary Jane last weekend.
Marc: I bet he fell on his ass a lot.
Julian [laughs]: No pain, no Jane.
Reece [shaking his head]: I think all of us would like to believe we can do what Gabe does, but the truth is we’d have to be flown out in a helicopter if we tried. I love to ski and hike and climb peaks, but if takes ropes, forget it.
Marc: Speak for yourself, Mr. Senator, sir. I’ve been hitting the rock gym with Rossiter in my spare time. I finished a 5.10 route the other night.
Julian: Rossiter, what’s the toughest route you’ve ever climbed?
Gabe: Probably a 5.14d or so.
Julian: That sounds like a bra size.
[They all laugh.]
How is it having wives who are so close and who are reporters guys? I would love to hear each or your takes on this one!
[The men groan, shake their heads, laugh.]
Julian: Well, there are no secrets among them. None.
Reece: Isn’t that the truth?
Marc: Let me put it this way: ‘sucky-swirly thing.’ I mean, I don’t want to know about that, but I do.
Reece: Are you blushing, Darcangelo?
Julian: I don’t blush. If I please my woman and she wants to brag about it, that’s okay with me. And, hey, Reece, two words, buddy: jiggle stick.
Reece: Ahem. Yeah. What can I say? Women talk, and they talk more than most women.
Gabe: I have no idea what you guys are talking about, but I can guess. Kat is probably the only one of the bunch who doesn’t share those kinds of secrets, though I’m sure she’s in on them. I’m happy that she has close friends. Sophie, Tessa, Kara, Holly and Natalie are like sisters to her. She’s never had that before.
Marc: The downside of Sophie’s being a journalist is that I worry about her. [Heads nod.] There are risks that come with the job. I don’t like that.
Gabe: I don’t like it either. I don’t like how stressful the job can be. Kat is only working part time now because of the baby, but even so it seems to take a lot out of her. I’ve been trying to talk her into quitting. We don’t need the money. But she knows she’s able to help people, and I can’t blame her for not wanting to turn her back on that.
Ok, now on this one I want each of you to answer this ok…. Describe what you would plan for an extra special romantic night with your lady?
Reece: It depends. Maybe dinner for two at a classy restaurant. Maybe a surprise getaway to our cabin. Maybe I send the kids to their grandmother’s place and make dinner myself.
Julian: A five-star hotel. Room service. No interruptions.
Marc: Last month, I found a drive-in east of Denver. We left the kids with Tessa and Dorkangelo here, drove there in my ’55 Chevy, and steamed up the windows.
Julian: Do you even remember what film was playing?
Marc: [laughs] No clue.
Gabe: Any time I can have Kat to myself feels extra special. When we visit her family on the rez, we rarely get two minutes alone together. Now with the baby, our time away is limited to the few hours between feedings because Kat is breastfeeding. We’ve gotten very good at setting special time aside in the evening. A fire in the fireplace, good food, music. Kat is the center of my world, so no matter what we’re doing if we’re together it’s good times.
What is each of your favorite ways to unwind after a long day?
Reece: I like to take a walk with Kara and the kids, let them play in the park for a little while after supper. It gives a chance just to be a family together and helps me put things in perspective. The world of politics is pretty tense and cut throat at times. Spending time with my wife and children helps me remember what life is really about.
Julian: You said it, Sheridan. If I’ve had a tough day, just coming home and finding Tessa and Maire waiting for me makes all the difference. Maire always runs to the door and wants her daddy to pick her up. Tess and I make sure to have some time just the two of us every day. Maire is the center of our lives, but we set time aside to be a couple, too.
Marc: I love that moment in the evening where the kids are asleep and I have Sophie to myself. Even if all we do is talk for a few minutes before going to sleep, it makes all the difference.
Gabe: Well, I was going to say I like to hit the rock gym, but that will make me sound like a selfish ass. So… No, I do like putting in a few routes at the gym to burn off the tension, but of course coming home to Kat and Alissa is the best part of any day. Luckily, my schedule allows me to have weeks at a time with them, especially when we head down to the rez.
That would be Gabe right there….
What do you like to read?
Gabe: Rock and Ice, Outside magazine, Ski.
Julian: [straight face] I read romance novels.
Marc: [snorts] That explains a few things.
Julian: Hey, it takes a man who’s secure in his masculinity to admit something like that. Actually, Tessa reads the novels. I just reap the benefits.
Reece: I’ve been reading a lot of biographies lately.
Marc: I feel like all I read these days is Dr. Seuss.
Julian: You can read? Whoa. I had no idea.
What’s on your bedside table right now?
Julian: A box of ammo. And, of course, the unabridged works of William Shakespeare.
Marc: You are so full of shit! Let’s see… Right now on my bedside table… Probably Fox in Sox or Rainbow Fish.
Reece: Right now I’m reading John Adams by David McCullough.
Gabe: Way to make the rest of us look like idiots, Sheridan. I’ve got a book about Navajo legends that Kat and I are reading together.
And last one guys before I let you off the hook what kind of underwear are you wearing right now? 😉
Reece: Silk boxers — a gift from Kara.
Julian: Boxer briefs. Black. Hunter is wearing a pretty pink thong.
Marc: You stole my pink one, Darcangelo. I’m wearing the edible licorice one you got me.
Gabe: [Rolls eyes] Why don’t the two of you get a room?
[The guys laugh.]
Gabe: So what kind of underwear am I wearing? [grins] Nada. Nix. None at all.
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 2, 2010)
What do you do when desire drives you to the very brink?
The day Navajo journalist Katherine James met Gabriel Rossiter, the earth literally moved beneath her feet. Nearly killed in a rockslide while hiking, she found her life in the tall park ranger’s hands. Although she can’t forget him she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is crushed when she recognizes her rescuer among the law enforcement officers raiding a sweat lodge ceremony one night, throwing her and her friends off Mesa Butte, land they consider sacred.
Gabe long ago swore he would never again lose himself to a woman not even one with long dark hair and big eyes that seem to see right through him. But from the moment he first sees Kat, the attraction he feels is undeniable. Appalled by what he has been ordered to do, he’s determined to get to the bottom of recent events at Mesa Butte and to keep Kat safe.
But asking questions can be dangerous almost as dangerous as risking one’s heart. And soon Kat and Gabe’s passion for the truth and each other makes them targets for those who would do anything, even kill, to keep Native Americans off their sacred land.
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