24 July 2009

Monthly Book Tip interview

I love time travel themed romance novels, how does a hero or heroine face the challenges of another era, another way of life and often a loss of chocolate, technology and convenient products. Can everyone still remember what Brodie from The Highlander’s Touch did with tampons? One of my very first time travel stories was the one of Lynn Kurland - The More I See You. The one I will remember instantly and re-read to pieces is Jude Deveraux's - A Knight In Shining Armor. Karen Moning with her first time travel story Beyond A Highland Mist will forever be treasured and the one that rocked my world was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. I'm kind of stuck at book four of her series for, my gawd, those are giants of stories and I need a week or so of undisturbed reading time to conquer it. From my first book by Lynn Kurland time travel is a theme I always will enjoy, the situations it can provide, the fear of wanting to go back and once romance commenced, the fear of being taken away again. So when I had to pick a new Book Of The Month is stumbled upon: Pamela Palmer a.k.a Pamela Montgomerie with her new time travel novel: Sapphire Dream. I contacted her if she wanted to answer a few questions and though under a tight deadline she did answer a few:

~click on cover to buy a copy~

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425229068
ISBN-13: 978-0425229064


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…

Read an excerpt ~HERE~

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?

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  1. Good Morning!!

    Awesome interview!! I love time-travel books, they probably are one of my very favorite genres! My first time-travel books were Here And Then and Then And Now by Linda Lael Miller, I love them both and they are on my keeper shelf. I think my favorite time-travel books have to be Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series......my all time favorite is Kiss Of The Highlander with Spell Of The Highlander a very close second!!

  2. Great interview!

    Time Travel isn't the genre that is on the top of my list. And I can't tell why, they are just not that appealling to me. That being said my first TT romance were the Karen Marie Monings Highlander Series! And I did love those books!

    I have one other TT series on the shelves, that of Brenda Joyce, MASTERS OF TIME, I've read all the books to date and they don't have the quality of Moning's stories but nonetheless they are very entertaining despite the sometimes erratic time leaping stuff.


  3. Wonderful Interview Ladies!!

    I really must crack open the tomb that is 'The Outlander'. Yes, I have it and yes, its size scares the crap out of me! lol!

    I haven't read much time travel romance other than 'Son Of The Morning' by Linda Howard, and 'Beyond The Highland Mist' by KMM. I loved the first and was okay with the latter. I think it's really hard to make time travel believable and there's always that risk that the reader will laugh at the explaination for the ability. I'm always too skeptical and generally steer clear of them.

    I do have Jude Deveraux's 'Knight In Shining Armor' waiting the wings. I might have to give it a try...

    Have a great weekend!

    ;) VFG

  4. Thanks for the interview and introducing me to a new author and book. I do love a good time travel.

    My first one was Karen Moning, Beyond the Highland Mist. My husband actually bought the first one of her books on a whim for me at Walmart a few years ago when I first delved into romances. He done so good :)!

    Pamela, your book sounds great! Scotland, Pirates and time travel!

  5. I love the time travel stories. Of course I love Outlander, and KMM's books, and I did love the scene in The Highlander's Touch where Lisa was mad because she didn't "rate" tampons! Also recently enjoyed What Would Jane Austen Do?

  6. Wonderful Interview!! Sorry I'm a bit late to this one. The story sounds great! I love time travel romances!! I've also read Moning's and I do have Outlander. But like, VFG, the size of the book kinda makes me twitchy, lol. I'll get to it eventually!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Great interview, the book sure sounds lovely!

    Hm *thinks hard* hm, why I am not thinking of any book?! Haven't I read one. Wait yes there was some girl who went back to the wild west. Some harlequin book long ago.

    I will just answer the Lost in Austen mini series since I obviously have read too little of these

  8. Hi Blodeuedd, There are some great time travel stories out there but the theme has to appeal to you. Reading about this book made me think of all the TT I read and they were actually quite a few :D

    I think I just discovered a lie, hhmmmm I think a Candlelight historical novel was my first timetravel romance. *slaps forehead* Oh, rummaging through bookshelves...got it: Barbara Benedict - A Taste Of Heaven, how could I forget? I read the paperback to pieces LOL

  9. Great interview!

    Sexy cover, hot pages! Does it get any better!

    I recently picked up a time traveling romance from Harlequin, maybe I need another!

    Dottie :)


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