Guest Author & Giveaway: Pamela Clare featuring Defiant

Friday, July 6

If you've followed this blog for any length of time, especially within the last year, you'll know how much I ardently love Pamela Clare's books.  It doesn't matter whether it is her contemporary romantic suspense, or her historical romances...I'm there!  

Defiant, her newest book that released earlier this week, is one of my most anticipated reads for this year.  To say that I'm excited...could be my biggest understatement of the year, LOL :)  If it were not for this blog, I might never have found her books...I like to think that I would have eventually stumbled across them, but I don't even like to go there :)  It was because of a recommendation from Musings readers that tempted me to try this author out for size and I fell madly in love with her heroes at first site.  If Wikipedia had the term "Alpha Hero" listed I would make sure to add under the definition see author Pamela Clare's entire backlist.  And though I've not read it yet, I have a feeling Defiant will be making many "Best" lists at the end of the year.

Pamela Clare is my special guest today to share a bit about her new book, Defiant, her hero Connor MacKinnon, and so much more...and if you haven't seen it yet a very yummy NEW book trailer that is a feast for your eyes.  Enjoy!


Welcome back to Seductive Musings Pamela! I think it is safe to say that you are one of my FAVORITE authors!  I sing the praises of your books to just about anyone who will listen (ask any of my blog readers...or family for that matter), and that was before I read Surrender, the first book in this series!   I heart Iain in a big, BIG way :)  Like Jamie Fraser big. (yes, I did just compare him to one of the most beloved romance heroes of all time...for good reason).

I’m so glad to hear that!

It seems like fans of your books often ask each other who their favorite hero is, or which of your books is their favorite, but what I find interesting is that more often than not you have almost an equal % of fans for each hero/book and they all have compelling arguments as to why their favorite should be THE favorite :)   What that tells me is that you consistently write amazing stories with equally amazing heroes.  No easy feat!  What qualities do you strive to impart in your romances, no matter the subgenre of romance, to make it a great love story with to die for heroes?

The men are strong, self-sacrificing, and they take responsibility. During the years when I was spending a lot of time on the Navajo and Lakota reservations, I encountered a different concept of masculinity. I used to believe that behavior had nothing to do with gender, that it was all programmed by society. I don’t believe that now. I believe there are some inherent drives that are part of most men’s psyches and most women’s — not all, perhaps, but most. And they’re different.

On the rez, I encountered an unapologetic concept of manhood that wasn’t sexist and domineering, but that was also unmistakably male. The term “warrior” means much more for them than “a man who fights in a war.” It’s a way of life that involves first and foremost sacrifice. A warrior does all he can to make certain that his community is safe and that the individuals who make up his community have what they need. If that means going to war, that’s what it means. But it might mean shoveling an elderly person’s sidewalk or playing ball with troubled teens or helping create a community garden so that elders, single moms and the poor will have access to good food. A warrior uses his strength and skill to benefit his community. He doesn’t wait for someone else to solve problems; he takes charge.

There’s something inherently appealing to me and to many women about such men. In a historical sense, it’s easier to see men doing these things. Manual labor was so much more difficult. Technology didn’t solve our problems. And so men and male strength had an obvious role in our lives. Nowadays, too many guys hang out in front of the TV and have no real sense of purpose, no real focus. I know this as a mother because I raised two boys, and I saw them struggle as teens for some sense of what it meant to be a man. They, like many boys, have a drive for adventure, a need to feel they’re in the thick of things, that they’re doing something. They want to feel powerful, strong. They have a warrior drive. It took some time to explain to them that they had lots of ways to be strong men in our world if they just took time to think about it. How can taking out the trash be a warrior act? Well, it can be. Now, when I see my younger son head over to shovel a pregnant woman’s sidewalk after a snowstorm without her asking or even knowing, I know he got that message.

Put simply, a man who serves through strength is sexy.

Your newest story in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series is DEFIANT. Can you tell us how many books are planned for this series?  How SURRENDER, UNTAMED & DEFIANT are related, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading them, can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? And do they need to be read in order?

Right now, I plan to write two more books in this series. After that, we’ll see…

SURRENDER introduces us to the Rangers and the French & Indian War through the eyes of the eldest MacKinnon brother, Iain, who sees a young woman about to be slain by a French war party and then violates his orders to save her life. He pays a heavy price for that, but in the end he gains the woman he’ll love for the rest of his life. Annie has been sold as an indentured servant, but she has some secrets. When the family that owns her is slain in a raid, and Iain saves her life, she is given a second chance. But Iain doesn’t know that he’ll survive to the end of this war, so he doesn’t want to bind Annie to him in any way, and that includes taking her virginity.

In UNTAMED, we pick up a few weeks after SURRENDER ends with Morgan being gravely wounded in battle and taken prisoner by the French, who nurse him back to health so that they can torture secrets from him about the Rangers — and then execute him. Amalie Chauvenet is given the task of caring for him, something she doesn’t want to do given that it was a Ranger’s bullet that ended her father’s life.  But she discovers that Morgan MacKinnon isn’t just the barbarian she imagined he would be and works to find a way to save his life. Morgan falls for Amalie and finds himself torn between loyalties as he slips into the role of double agent in order to save his own life and by time to plot his escape.

DEFIANT picks up again just a few weeks after UNTAMED ends.

Tell us more about your hero, Connor MacKinnon.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Lady Sarah, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in Defiant?

Connor is tasked by Lord William Wentworth, the man he hates most in the world, with rescuing Wenthworth’s niece from a Shawnee raiding party. Connor assumes Sarah will be as odious as her uncle. Instead, he finds a very brave and terrified young woman who is every bit as kind as Wentworth is selfish and scheming. He isn’t about to let the Shawnee man who took her captive force her into marriage, and so manipulates the man into a fight to the death. He doesn’t realize until later that, in the eyes of the Shawnee, he’s just won himself a wife — and the wedding WILL be consummated that night.

This news doesn’t make Lady Sarah happy, either. In fact, she’s terrified. Segregated by a mother who rarely let her daughters out of her sight, she doesn’t know much about the world, let alone the frontier. But she very quickly realizes that her survival depends on Connor, and she comes almost immediately to respect his strength and courage.

Expect sparks to fly in this one as Connor and Sarah slowly fall in love.

DEFIANT has been a long time in the making.  Most authors have a synopsis, outline or idea of what the story they are about to write will be.  However, sometimes during the writing process your “Muse” might speak to you and lead you in a different or unplanned direction.  What surprised or changed the most from your original intent of Defiant and the book we now have to enjoy?

I don’t write from an outline, so the entire story is a surprise to me. The biggest shift came right at the beginning in terms of Sarah’s character. I wrote a few different versions of Chapter 1 — one of them had her traveling dressed as a man to Albany and then meeting Connor in a pub — because it just wasn’t working. And then I quit trying to “think” about it and just wrote what I felt about Sarah, and then things moved ahead.

What's your favorite scene or moment from Defiant and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

Oh, there are so many!

Let me just say that we see Lord William — and Lt. Cooke, too — as we’ve never seen them before. Lord William has always been so cool and calm. You’re going to see him lose it. Lose. It. And Cooke has always been Lord William’s most faithful servant. He stood up to him in UNTAMED — just a hint of rebellion. Cooke comes into his own in this story.

What are five fun & sexy facts about this book that readers would love to know?
  1. I had originally written a chapter in which Nicholas Kenleigh, the hero from RIDE THE FIRE, came across Connor, Sarah and Joseph in the wilderness. An alpha male showdown nearly ensued. It was so fun bringing the two series together, BUT it ruined the pacing of the story so I cut it. That was hard!
  2. I wrote the first two books in this series without having visited upstate New York. In the time between the release of UNTAMED and when I sat down to write DEFIANT, I’d been to Fort Edward twice. So I’ve now seen all the real places in the story, and I love how easily I could see them as I wrote the book.
  3. I wanted the scandal that forced Sarah to come to the colonies to be a REAL scandal and not just a “I got caught in the library alone with a man and now I’m ruined” scandal in a teacup. The scandal she causes is about as scandalous as they come.
  4. Part of Sarah’s experience as a captive is taken from the real life experience of Mary Jemison, a young woman who was taken captive by the Shawnee and lived through having her entire family tomahawked behind her back. In fact, Sarah’s captivity is in honor of Mary Jemison, who eventually lived out her life among the Seneca. I took some words straight from Mary’s narration of her ordeal in honor of her.
  5. We’ve all heard of Brazilians, right? Native people often removed body hair by plucking it with clam shells used like tweezers. Think about that for a moment.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?   I do have to say though that I hope that someday you will write Lord William Wentworth’s story.  There’s nothing I love better than to have someone that I completely detest in previous books , turn around and be a hero later on in another book, and make me believe it!

I can’t say anything about Lord William at this point, but I DO intend to give Joseph a story. I know after this book, readers will really want that.  Right now, I’m working on Striking Distance, the next I-Team novel. I’m not sure what’s in store in terms of future historicals, but that ought to be clear in the next few months.

Finally, I just have to THANK YOU from the bottom and top of my Booklover, and Muse loving heart for the new book trailer that you made for Defiant!  I think it is.....sigh....everything that I hoped it would be and more :)  Those scenes where “Connor” is in the lake, and running...and shooting.  All I can say is O.M.G.!  It's better than Darcy in the lake from A&E's Pride and Prejudice, LOL.  If you haven't seen it, or even if you have, here it is for your viewing enjoyment....

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We had a ton of fun making it. Karl is incredibly sexy and was very professional. Jenn LeBlanc of Illustrated Romance was a huge help and inspiration. My son Benjamin amazed me with the things he did with our raw footage. Being up there in the mountains and watching Karl run through the trees — shirtless!!! — holding my 1757 model Brown Bess musket — was like watching Connor come to live. It gave me the shivers more than once. As Jenn said, “It was like spending a day in the mountains with your muse.” And it was!

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.

And since I know that that won't be enough, enjoy this additional exclusive excerpt just for Musings readers in the flipbook below:

or read it in a Google document here.

Congratulations Pamela, and thank you so much for being my guest today!  I could watch that video, over and over and over....oh, wait, I have, LOL.  And to learn that there will be two more books to this series, one of them being Joseph's story...swoon!!!

If you'd like to learn more about author Pamela Clare and the amazing books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Rock *it Reads.

To celebrate the release of Defiant, the third book in The MacKinnon's Rangers series, Pamela has offered to giveaway a signed copy of the print book to one extremely lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer this question from Pamela:  History is important to me when I research. I try to fold it seamlessly into the story so that readers don’t really know it’s there; they just accept the historical world because they’ve been transported into it. Do you enjoy history in your historicals? What are some of your favorite non-Regency titles?  (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.
  •  You can also earn extra entries by sharing the flipbook excerpt on Facebook, Twitter, your website or blog or other social media sites. You can earn 5 entries for each place that you share it and leave a link in the comments
  • 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
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on July 8th 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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Maureen July 6, 2012 at 5:57 AM  

Congratulations to Pameal on her new book! It is wonderful that a new story is out for the MacKinnon Rangers series. I do enjoy reading about historical events in fictional stories. It is much more interesting to see it in context with ordinary people. A great series is the Runaway Brides series by Kaki Warner. I am reading Bride of the High Country now and Denver voting on statehood is in the story.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

marybelle July 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM  

I have always love history & therefore historical reads.

One of my favorite books is LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry. It's very wild, wild west.

GFC: Mary Preston


Pamela Clare July 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM  

I love Kaki Warner! I'm so glad you mentioned that series, Maureen, because it's wonderful. And thanks for your good wishes! I'm so glad this story is finally out there!

Hi, Marybelle — I'll have to check that out!

winnie July 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM  

I do enjoy history in my historical romances. My favourites to read are highlander romances :)

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ClaudiaGC July 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM  

Congrats on the realease of Defiant, Pamela! It's great to finally have Connor's story.
Because of your historicals I got really interested in the French Indian War. I'd love to see more books set during this time period.

claudigc at msn dot com

Pamela Clare July 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM  

Winnie, there's just something irresistible and seductive about highlanders, isn't there?

Hi, Claudia — Thank you! I'm so glad the books have sparked your interest in that time period. I hear that a lot. I should have been a history teacher. ;-)

Betty Hamilton July 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

Congratulations on another wonderful book!! Connor's story is wonderful and was almost impossible to put down. It was very much worth the wait. I look forward to reading many more from you. I would LOVE to win a signed copy.

erin July 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the new release!!!

I like historical accuracy in my HR but I don't want a history lesson if that makes sense. There have been a few that I've read that the history was very chunky and threw me right out of the story. I appreciate an author who can seamless work that in and it still make sense to the story. I really enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's medieval trilogy that she did in the mid 90's.

Pamela Clare July 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM  

Hi, Betty! I'm so glad you enjoyed Connor's story. Good luck in the drawing.

Erin, that makes absolutely perfect sense. We want a love story, not a history lesson. The secret is in folding the history seamlessly into the story so that it's there, everywhere, in 3D all around you as it would have been for anyone living in that time. I try very hard to do that. My background is in archaeology, so trying to "imagine" the past in 3D is an obsession of mine.

Barbara E. July 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

I love history, and that's one of the main reasons I enjoy reading historical romance. I love it when there is something I learn as I'm enjoying the story, historical details are wonderful. Some of my favorite non-Regency titles are Allison Chase's Most Eagerly Yours (Victorian), Zoe Archer's Warrior (Victorian), Jo Beverley's A Lady's Secret (Georgian), and Lynn Kurland's This Is All I Ask (Medieval).

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC: Barbara E.

Kaetrin July 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM  

One of my favorite historical novels is Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman. It's based on the first Llewelyn of Wales and Joanna/Joan, a natural daughter of King John. It's based on fact but the author made up some things to fill in the gaps in the historical record, so it's the novel equivalent of a document-drama. She's written other great books also, about the next Llewelyn, Simon de Montfort and Richard III and others but that was my first and favorite.

hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

I'm a GFC follower :)

Kaetrin July 6, 2012 at 11:53 PM  

Stupid autocorrect! It was supposed to be " docu-drama"!

Di July 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM  

I do love history. I recently read the first five books in Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series which takes place at the time of Robert the Bruce. She interweaves historical facts with fictional characters & includes a few pages at the back of each book about the real people & happenings.

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Tamsyn July 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM  

I'm not so particular on accuracy as I'm really poor in history myself but I enjoy history in historical romances, especially if it provides that special rich flavor to the story. Thanks for making the giveaway international!
Tamsyn/GFC follower

Filia Oktarina July 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

Congratulations to Pamela for her new book! I love read about history and because of that i really love to read Historical romance and regent to.

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Pamela Clare July 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM  

Hi, Barbara — I've always felt the same way about historical romance. I love it when I enjoy a book so much that I have to go look up events from it to learn more.

Kaetrin, those sound like books I need to read. Thanks for recommending them. I'm so all over that time period. Woohoo!

Hi, Tamsyn — I think a lot of people would agree with you that it's the flavor of the story — a historical feeling — that they enjoy. Let's face it, there are few medieval novels out there that are accurate because no one spoke English as we know it at the time. ;-)

Filia, thanks so much! That's sweet of you!

Eli Yanti July 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

Always waiting for your book, Pamela :)

gfc : eli_y83

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