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Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2009)
When Brenna Cameron returns to Castle Stour on the coast of Scotland seeking answers about her past, she can’t imagine that she’ll be transported to a seventeenth-century pirate ship and a crew of dangerous scallywags who haven’t seen a woman in far too long. Nor could she have dreamed of her desires for the captain who comes to her rescue…
Rourke Douglas, captain of the Lady Marie, is immediately enthralled by the beautiful stranger brought onto his ship by a mysterious magic connected to that sapphire jewel around her exquisite neck. All he knows is that the fiery-haired siren he calls “Wildcat” stirs something deep in his wounded soul. But along with burning desire, the captain knows a bone-chilling dread, for if the prophesy of the sapphire is true, then the brazen Brenna will bring about only one thing: his ruin…
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Leontine’s Book Realm invites Pamela Montgomerie over to tell a bit about Sapphire Dream. This book has been selected in my feature of the monthly book-tip to check out.
Hi Pamela, I’m so glad you could take time away from your busy schedule to answer a few questions:
-What is your favorite time travel story other than your own?
Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER is my absolute favorite time travel. I’ve loved Jamie since I first met him on those pages.
-What is the most appealing about writing a time travel story?
I suppose I’ve always been fascinated by the past and what it would have been like to live then, and how different it would be from today. In historicals, the past is normal. It’s all the characters know. But seeing it through the eyes of a modern woman gives a whole different perspective on it. I love that.
-How would you describe Sapphire Dream, what can the reader expect?
Sapphire Dream is a fast-paced, action adventure romance, lighter in tone than my Pamela Palmer books (the Feral Warriors and Esri series), with touches of humor you won’t find in the others. Brenna Cameron, the heroine of Sapphire Dream, is one of my all-time favorites. She has a smart-alecky sense of humor that serves her well when her life gets turned on its ear. Rourke calls her ‘Wildcat’ and the name fits.
-What was one of the surprising things you learned during writing Sapphire Dream?
If by ‘things’ you mean facts, I did a tremendous amount of Scottish research as I wrote this book, including two trips to Scotland. What I learned was much of what we ‘know’ about Scotland in the 17th century is false. Though the Highlanders wore plaids, most Scots did not. And there was no such thing as a kilt or a clan plaid as there is today. Most of this lore came about in the 19th century, long after the clan system had been dismantled.
But if you’re referring to surprising things I learned about my characters and their situations, I’m going to have to smile and stay silent. I learned some very surprising things as the story progressed, but I want you to discover them for yourself.
-What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmm. I’m sure I’m not unique in this, but I have different music I listen to when I’m writing and plotting. When I plot, I listen to Jesse Cook. When I write, Keiko Matsui. Both are new age jazz musicians. I only listen to the instrumentals (thank goodness for ipods), and I find the music incredibly emotionally evocative. I’ve trained myself like one of Pavlov’s dogs. If the music is on, I’m working. Period. The moment, I quit, I turn it off.
-A quote that describes Rourke Douglas best:
“I assure you, Wildcat. I am not a good man. Dinna make the mistake of thinking I am.”
-A quote that describes Brenna Cameron best:
A quote was tough, so I’m opting for a short passage from near the beginning of the book after Brenna’s woken on Rourke’s pirate ship and tangled with his rough crew.
She looked up at him, her eyes at once terrified and bewildered. “How did he fix it?”
Rourke met her gaze, then looked away. "Hegarty’s a skilled healer.”
"Skilled or not,” she snapped. “Wounds don't heal in hours. And this one was a doozy."
His admiration for her rose another notch. He could sense her fear, yet she met him with anger.
- Do you have more releases coming up we need to pay attention to?
The sequel to Sapphire Dream, titled Amethyst Destiny, comes out next summer. But as Pamela Palmer, I have three releases this summer, the first three books in the dark paranormal Feral Warriors series for Avon, Desire Untamed, Obsession Untamed, and Passion Untamed. The first hit bookstores June 30th and the other two will be out the end of July and the end of August, respectively. The Feral Warriors are powerful, sexy, immortal shape-shifters, each man able to shift into a different animal, each the last of his unique line. These books are loaded with action, story, and romance as the Feral Warriors fight to keep Satanan and his Daemon horde from rising once more. Coffee Time Romance calls it “A sexy, suspenseful, and hot book...another must-read series for paranormal fans everywhere.”
I hope you are as intrigued as I am! Which leaves me with the question of the day and probably asked on numerous ocassions: What was your first time travel story and which one is your ultimate favorite?