Romancing the Valentine Giveaway Hop

Monday, February 6

Last year I found author Pamela Clare through her highly acclaimed romantic suspense I-Team series when she had a reading challenge to celebrate the upcoming release of Breaking Point, one of the best romance books of 2011 according to Amazon editors ( and many others including myself).  I became a devoted fan after just one book and she quickly became a must buy for me after just two, and then just last month I read the newly revised version of Surrender that was re-released December 2011 and I was completely blown away by it (a 5 star read).   I mean this hero gives Jamie Fraser a run for his money IMO! (and I don't say that lightly as Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is like my gold standard)

I love historical romances.  It's what I started reading romance with, and will always be what I gravitate towards.  Which is why I don't know how I had not discovered Pamela Clare with her historical romances because they are just.....AMAZING!  Which consequently sent me on my quest to finish buying all of the rest of her historical romances that I hadn't read yet just last month.   Yep, I totally blew my book buying budget in January by buying all five of her historical romances that I could get my booklover hands on.   

I would have missed out on some of my all time favorite romance reads if a few of my fellow blog readers wouldn't have recommended her to me, so I feel like I need to pay it forward and share my love of this author's work.  And since I am a firm believer in sharing the love, I'd like to giveaway a book I just bought for myself so that we can enjoy it together.

For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed, and as his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated--for he could steal her breath with a glance, or lay siege to her senses with a touch.

Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec Kenleigh went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. While he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love--and his freedom--was to prove his true identity. Only then could he turn the tables and obtain his ... Sweet Release.

In honor of the Romancing the Valentine Giveaway Hop hosted by Reading Romances I'd like to giveaway a digital copy of Pamela Clare's Sweet Release, the first book in the Kenleigh/Blakewell Trilogy to one very lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Tell me what your favorite line is from the excerpt, or what intrigued you the most about it. (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International addresses as long as you can receive an ebook gift from either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords.
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on Monday February 13th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Elf2060 February 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM  

Intriguing excerpt. I like the following description....He remembered a woman with hair the color of polished copper in sunlight, startlingly green eyes, and the voice of an angel. Her cool hands had given him comfort.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Elaine February 6, 2012 at 4:37 AM  

I'm not entering the giveaway. I just wanted you to know you had me at Jamie Fraser. I just ordered Surrender and put it at the top of my TBR list.

BTW, today's muse is mouthwatering!

Carol L. February 6, 2012 at 4:49 AM  

Me too. Jamie Fraser was the golden word. :) I have just put it on my TBL. Seeing Jimmy Thomas on the cover of Sweet Release drew me in first. And then these words " Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec Kenleigh went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies."
Sounds like a read with lots of emotion and suspense. Thanks for the chance to win. GFC name is Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Bethie February 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM  

THanks for the giveaway. This one looks hot...Here is the excerpt that got me...She crossed the room and opened the shutters to let in more light. She turned back toward him and felt her footsteps falter. The blanket had slipped below his waist, revealing a broad, muscled chest covered with soft, dark curls that tapered down a flat abdomen. It had been easy to ignore his body when he'd been ill. He'd been merely an assemblage of parts, each needing attention in its turn. Now those parts had healed into a disturbingly masculine whole.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Andrea February 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM  

This book looks great. I started out skimming over it and by the end I was wanting it to go on. I like this line: "Your papa won't be happy if you come home with a trouble slave and a half-dead convict. Don't."

Of course she is going to get do it. I want to know what's going to happen once she gets them home.

librarypat February 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

I have read her Ft. Ticonderoga series and loved it. I like her historicals and am certain this will be another series not to miss.
Favorite line: His eyes were all but closed, and had it not been for the kindness of the tall slave next to him, she was sure he would have collapsed. He was gravely ill.
This sets up the character of the slave, the condition of the prisoner, and in context establishes her personality and the culture she is living in.

I am a GFC Follower as librarypat.

I tweeted this event on 2/6.!/pbbearclaw/status/166571014480863232

I shared this on Facebook on 2/6. ( sorry I didn't think it had posted and ended up with three.)

Tore February 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM  

I love the mention of history in the book. About the slave plantation. It sounds like an awesome book. Please enter me in contest.

Sophia Rose February 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM  

I think the idea that this man went from the top (ship building empire) to the bottom (14 years servitude) got my attention.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
GFC: Sophia Rose

Anonymous,  February 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM  

Somewhere in the distance a wood thrush and its mate exchanged honeyed song, THIS is totally what hooked me from the excerpt. I feel this excerpt totally connected with the story in which the hero will meet the heroine, his mate:D,

Jean P February 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway. I liked this line "Normally, she had no use for the handiwork of a milliner, but right now she was pretending to be a proper young lady, and this silly bonnet was a necessary prop"
skpetal at hotmail dot com

desitheblonde February 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM  

t me do the talking.” She nervously smoothed her skirts and fluffed the muslin ruffles that edged the bodice of her gown. “We don't want trouble.”
this book is hot and will love to read and blog on it
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June M. February 8, 2012 at 12:32 AM  

"The blanket had slipped below his waist, revealing a broad, muscled chest covered with soft, dark curls that tapered down a flat abdomen. It had been easy to ignore his body when he'd been ill. He'd been merely an assemblage of parts, each needing attention in its turn. Now those parts had healed into a disturbingly masculine whole."

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. It does sound good and with a little mystery of who caused him to be in this situation.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Tamsyn February 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

Excellent excerpt. "“No man deserves to die like a dog." Cassie, the heroine has a truly compassionate heart.
Thanks for the giveaway.

shadow_kohler February 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Great excerpt! I cant wait to read more! My favorite lines: “This is my father's estate, Mr. Edwards. I speak for him. As long as you stand on our land, you will respect our wishes. No one hits a defenseless man here, even if he is a felon.” and “No man deserves to die like a dog.” Thanks for the great giveaway!
gfc- shadow_kohler
email subscriber

Sara Kovach February 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM  

I am a bigh lover of historical romance. Thank you for your recommendation. I will surely check this author out even if I don't win!!!

For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. - makes me wonder just what she is gonna do with him. :-)

Followed through GFC - Sara Kovach as well as email

Mary @SweepingMe February 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. These are the lines that had me. I want to know what happens now.
GFC-Mary @SweepingMe
I am so putting this on my TRL.

mary_reiss @

Pam S (pams00),  February 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM  

I really enjoyed the excerpt ty for sharing. I couldn't much pick a favorite line... only would have to say that it was a good set up and left me curious to find out more.

I like the slave plantation being a setting - it's far less done in what I've come across and I like this aspect. I also like that the heroine purchases the hero (to save him) and is the primary person of power. I like the hero will have to reclaim his rightful place and prove who he really is.

gfc - pams00

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