Guest Author: Pamela Clare & Giveaway!

Today’s featured author is the fantastic Pamela Clare. Pamela, as most of you know, writes both romantic suspense and historical romance, and she’s adept at both.  Her I-Team series, about a group of crack investigative reporters, is enormously popular.  Breaking Point, the fifth book in the series, was named one of the Top 10 romance novels of 2011 by the editors of and readers voted it the Best Romantic Suspense book of 2011 in All About Romance’s annual reader poll, making this the second year in a row she’s won that category.

But today I want to highlight Pamela’s historical romances, which are every bit as exciting as her romantic suspense novels.  Her new release, Defiant, is book three in The MacKinnon Rangers Trilogy, and is set during the conflict known in the United States as the French and Indian War — the war made famous by the film Last of the Mohicans, which starred Daniel Day Lewis.

The trilogy tells the stories of three brothers — Iain, Morgan and Connor MacKinnon — transplanted Highlanders who came to North America as boys when their father was exiled from Scotland. Raised on the frontier, they know several Indian tongues and count themselves kin to the Mahican Indians of Stockbridge. Having learned how to track, fight, and hunt from their Mahican friends, they’re at home in the wilderness.

Defiant is already getting great reviews, including 4 stars from RT Book Reviews and a Blue Ribbon Review from Romance Junkies.  Here’s the blurb from Defiant:

Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth’s niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her—and claim her himself.

Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier-or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him.

But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.

This is just the kind of meaty historical I love to read.  If you liked Last of the Mohicans, you will love this book!  As far as I’m concerned there aren’t enough historical romances set in this period of American history, and I’m really glad Pamela helps fill the gap with her wonderful books.

Speaking of movies, Pamela has made the most incredible book trailer for Defiant.  Trust me when I tell you that you’re going to want to watch it.  It’s live action, with the hunkiest guy I’ve seen in a LONG time playing Connor MacKinnon.  You can watch it here on YouTube

Be sure to visit Pamela’s website to learn about all her books, to read excerpts and to catch up on her latest news.  You’ll also want to pop by her blog, which has tons of smart, fun content.

For my readers today, I’m giving away a copy of Defiant and a copy of my first historical romance, Mastering The Marquess.  One person who leaves a comment will win both books.  Let’s talk about historical settings.  Some settings, such as Colonial America, are under-represented in historical romance.  What settings and periods do you wish got more coverage?  Tell us about it for a chance to win!


77 thoughts on “Guest Author: Pamela Clare & Giveaway!”

  1. I know this period always gets books is the Civil War period in America- I would like to see more of the time period around the Roaring 20’s.

    • Audra, there used to be more romances set during the Civil War, but that hasn’t been the case lately. It would be great if there were more of them. And the Roaring Twenties – great idea!

    • Civil war romance vanished a while ago. I think the slavery issue made the period difficult to write about. But American-set historicals are rare outside of westerns.

  2. I love the last of the mohicians… That’s one of my favorite movies because of Daniel Day-Lewis. The story is compelling too.

    I think colonial american is interesting….

  3. I agree, would love to read more Colonial America to set a different mood. I think people will love it. I remember reading a book with that era and it was just as good as the others. :>

  4. i definitely want more historicals set in colonial or civil war america. i remember reading quite a few back when i was still in high school but there’s hardly any published these days. i also like historicals set in exotic places like india or the middle east.

    • chelleyreads, I remember reading them too when I was growing up. In fact, I probably could did a few out from the bottom of my bookcase. And I’d love a historical set in the India of the Raj.

    • There was a time in the early to mid-80s when there were lots of book set Colonial America, especially during the Revolutionary War. Almost no one is writing that period now.

  5. Wow..I would love to win and read these wonderful books….I love reading romantic suspense and historical romance…love to win….Defiant and Mastering The Marquess…..they both sound soo wonderful…I have shared on facebook and twitter

  6. Honestly, I love them all. Historicals have always been my favorite types of reads. I want to learn history but not from the history books – it’s so much better in a romance 🙂

  7. regency romances. There are times that a short love story is perfect for when you have to work or when you’re on the go. I love historical romances but I read those when I have time to b/c I usually have to read the whole thing b/c I can’t seem to put the book down.

  8. I would love more books written during the Tudor Dynasty. I’ve always been fascinated by both Henry VIII and Elizabeth and would love to read about their contemporaries. I also love the Russian aristocracy (before the revolution).

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    • Those would both be fascinating eras for historical romance. I recently watched a documentary about the Romanov jewels. AMAZING! I’ve never been a jewelry hungry person, but some of that stuff was just art. Beautiful!

  9. This a hard question. I guess the medieval times. I haven’t found to many books that written during that time. Most of the ones I have found have been really good.

  10. I agree with everyone about the medieval times. I can’t wait to read Defiant! It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this book 🙂

  11. So love Pamela’s books, but have not read this series. All the hype I’ve read about Defiant though makes me want to get to this series sooner rather than later! And so loved Last of the Mohicans, so if the book is a reflection of that, I’m in. Loved the trailer. What a hunk! So love regency and contemporary titles. Love Egypt, so would love more archeaology based books and also early American History and th West.

    • Sue, I have one word: Egypt!! Isn’t that a great setting? I don’t know if you’ve ever read Loretta Chase, but she has a fab book called Mr. Impossible, set almost entirely in Egypt.

    • Hi, Sue —

      I hope you do get a chance to give them a try.

      Bonnie Vanak has a series that is set in Egypt during the Victorian era. I really loved it. Great stuff!

  12. enjoyed that trailer, peaks my interest in the book 😉 I admit I haven’t read many american based historicals over the past few years & many of the few out there seem to be western/frontier based rather than colonial/early america. While it’s nice to see stories outside of england/scotland, I tend to stick the tried and true, but some more in early Ireland would be nice.

  13. I enjoy Colonial America and I like the 1920’s America and Victorian era America as well, but I don’t see many stories set in those times.

  14. Hi Pamela and Vanessa! *waving*

    Thanks for visiting with us today. Big congrats on your new release!

    I have read SURRENDER and UNTAMED, LOVED them!
    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on DEFIANT, now it’s finally here….YAY me! I can’t wait to start reading the story of Connor and Sarah.

    I first started reading your books with the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family trilogy, another set of wonderful books, thank you!

    Wishing you all the best!
    I just wanted to drop in and say a quick ‘HI’.
    Please do not enter me in great give-away, I already have both awesome books! 🙂

    Have a nice evening ladies!

  15. I would like to see the WWII time period written about. Young girls weeped as their hoped to be husbands were taken from them and sent to war. Husbands were taken and mothers were left to run the homes. And women became more independent wether they wanted to or not. And there were empty beds all over the country.

    • Shari, I think there’s a fair amount of women’s fiction set during WWII. It might still be a little too close in time for readers to be comfortable with it as a romantic setting. But I think stories set during wartime are SO dramatic!

  16. I would love to read more on the time frame that you use in your MacKinnon Rangers series. They rank in with my favorite books of all times. I just love thema dn would LOVE to read more from you about the rangers and their friends. Thank you!!

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