New Release, Missing Melissa is now available

I am excited to announce a new release! Missing Melissa is now available and is part of the River’s End Ranch series that I write with Kirsten Osbourne, Cindy Caldwell, Amelia Adams and Caroline Lee. Readers so far seem to be loving Jack and Melissa’s story. Here’s a sampling of reviews so far,

“A sweet read about mysterious book owner Melissa and Bernie’s police officer brother Jack with an important message about domestic abuse.”

“I like the way Pamela had a way of weaving in an awful subject matter then turned it into a positive tender love story. Just a great story no matter how you read it! She has a way of bringing you into the characters emotions, Pamela is a very talented author I have enjoyed all her books. This one was such a delight.”

“I seriously want to move here and be come a member of this group of friends! Very sweet story. I have been waiting for Melissa’s story and wasn’t disappointed at all.”
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“My favorite Rivers End Ranch book so far! Obviously I loved this book. From the first page I was hooked.”
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Here’s the blurb,
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A fake marriage between friends

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An abusive ex-boyfriend
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Is one the solution to the other?
 
When Melissa Winchester learns that Cooper, her ex,  has tracked her down and may be on his way from Boston to Riston, she decides to add cameras to her home alarm system.
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Local cop, Jack Jennings, has a better proposal–marry him, ASAP. When Jack first met Melissa, it was love at first sight. But that’s nothing new for Jack, so when he confesses to his sister Bernie that he thinks Melissa may be ‘the one’, she doesn’t take him seriously.
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Romance is the last thing on Melissa’s mind. It’s been months since she moved cross country and she was just starting to relax and enjoy her new home. Running the book shop in the Old Town at the ranch has been a dream come true. Though she reluctantly agrees to marry Jack, as she gets to know him better, she worries that her heart won’t be safe when this arrangement ends.

Pamela Kelley’s suspense novel TRUST is FREE today!

Happy Monday everyone! Just a quick note to let you know that the very first book I wrote, my mystery/suspense novel, TRUST, is on a special FREE promo this week on Amazon.  

This story was inspired by a true event that I learned about in a forensic psychology class years ago–how three teenagers were coerced into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit. That led to guidelines that would help prevent these kinds of false confessions. I thought about this for a long time and came up with the idea for TRUST and a couple that is about to get married, when a murder of a student in their small town puts the spotlight on that student’s teacher, Lauren. Her fiance, David, wrestles with the question of how well does he know the woman he is about to marry in a few weeks? Click here to download TRUST.

Easy Gluten Free Pizza Crust, High Protein Flatbread!

Most gluten-free pizza crusts are not delicious. Many that I’ve tried are barely edible. So, that is why I’m ridiculously excited about this new recipe. It’s crazy simple to make and is delicious. Before I went to bed last night, I put a cup of red lentils in a bowl, covered with water and when I got up this morning, I made flatbread! In less than 20 minutes start to finish.

All I did was toss the lentils in the food processor with a few cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of baking powder and maybe a third cup of water. I was nervous because it was very loose, looked like hummus. But I poured it onto an oiled sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, smoothed it out and popped it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the edges were lightly browned. And then I tasted it. So good and just that little bit of baking powder and salt turned lentils into bread. Like magic! This will be pizza for dinner.

I just ate a quarter of the pan plain and it was yummy. That serving has about 180 calories and 11 grams of protein. It makes a great garlic bread too–I drizzled mine with a little olive oil and garlic salt and pepper. So good.

Here’s a link to Cooking With Joy, where I learned about the recipe and watched the video of her making it. Enjoy!

My favorite weight loss recipe!

So, in addition to occasionally posting book news, I may start posting a few recipes I’ve tried and loved, and that have helped me to lose weight. I’ve recently lost about 12 pounds over two months by eating more veggies, less meat (no meat actually, just some seafood). Overall, I feel better, and my blood pressure is down too. Not that it was that high, but it was around 135 and I’d always been under 120. A month after eating this way and I’m back in the 110-115 range.

mock tuna chickpea salad

 

I love to cook and have been exploring new recipes that are healthier and meat-free. This simple chickpea salad is one of my favorites. It has all the flavor of a tuna salad sandwich and is great in a wrap, or my favorite way to eat it is with tortilla chips. Here’s how I make it.

 

 

 

Chickpea “Tuna” salad

I can or box of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Juice of half a lemon

2 celery stalks, minced

2 dill pickle spears, minced

1 tsp dill pickle juice from the jar

2 tab mayo (I use egg-free Just Mayo brand)

1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (key to the flavors)

1/2 tsp Onion powder (you could use a quarter cup diced fresh but powder is easier on my stomach)

dash of salt and pepper

Mash until a little chunky and everything well combined. You can eat immediately, but the flavors improve after a few hours or overnight.

One other bit of news….if you enjoy the River’s End Ranch series that I write with 4 of my author buddies, you may want to click and bookmark this new site below that has all the books, in order and also has sneak peeks of the first chapters for the new release and upcoming book!

River’s End Ranch Series Page

 

Christmas in July! .99 sale and Free Kindle Fire giveaway!

 

It’s time for Christmas in July! Nine sweet romance authors have teamed up to offer this special .99 sale this week only. I’ll be giving away a new Kindle Fire to one commenter, drawn randomly on Sunday. To enter, comment below and let me know your favorite holiday dessert!

Click on the photos below to go to Amazon. Click here for links to all retailers.

 

 

New Release! Bernie’s Birthday is here.

Bernie’s Birthday is book #22 in the River’s End Ranch series that I write with four of my friends,

Cindy Caldwell, Kirsten Osbourne, Amelia Adams and Caroline Lee. We each take turns writing books set in this world and every two weeks, one is released. The setting is a family run ranch in Idaho and there are six siblings. Each book features a different couple, either friends or relatives of the siblings.

Bernie’s Birthday stars Wade Weston’s assistant Bernie, who is turning twenty-seven when the story begins. All is going well in her life, she loves her job at the ranch and recently had a promotion. She has a full life between work, friends, and family. She’s super close to her older brother, Jack, who is a bit of a ladies man, but a sweetheart too. He just hasn’t found ‘the one’. And neither has Bernie. She’s been too busy to look but as the rumor says, love has a way of finding you when you least expect it.

Though the only person she keeps running into is David, the ER doc who helped Wade when he had his panic attack. She’s known him since she was in elementary school and David always seemed like he couldn’t stand her. At least that’s how it seemed to Bernie…but then Wade surprises her by bidding on David at a bachelor auction to benefit the local hospital–and insists that Bernie go on the date. Click here to go to Amazon/KindleUnlimited

 

Some fun background inspiration for this story. My brother, also named David, lives in the North West, in a house built into the side of a mountain overlooking Lake Chelan. That house, which is partly on stilts and has a wrap around porch and lots of glass windows, is how I imagined Dr. David’s house as I wrote it.

 

 

 

 


My brother regularly sees Big Horned Sheep running in the fields by his house–so Dr. David does too! As well as deer and wild horses. It’s a beautiful spot and I am so overdue for a visit.

 

 

 

 

He also built this dock and installed a lift for his boat that keeps it a few feet above the water to protect it. My brother is a plumber and installs these lifts, so I thought that of course, Dr. David had to have one too.

 


Love this pic of deer on his property. They look so startled and curious.

So, that’s a bit about what inspired the setting and house for Dr. David. I hope you’ll take a look at Bernie’s Birthday and visit the rest of the stories at River’s End Ranch.

 

Nashville Dreams

 

Up next, is Nashville Dreams. This one is a standalone story. A sweet, fun saga that spans several years and is set in Montana, Charleston, and Nashville. I think of it as true love, torn apart by amnesia and a calculating billionaire with political ambitions. It’s a bit different than what you may be used to from me, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.   Coming soon!  ~Pam

 

Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Giveaway!

 

 

Happy Friday! Six of my friends are writing this fun, sweet series set in South Carolina. Check out the details below and be sure to enter the giveaway to win $100!
~Pam

Escape to Indigo Bay…

Six authors. Six Sweet Romances. One small South Carolina beach town.

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Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin
Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career.

Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself.

When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?

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Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram
Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy.

Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Stone is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancé could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter.

With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies.

But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie.

Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches.

Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust?

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Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll
Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not…

The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door.

The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan.

In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost.

Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.

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Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis
Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity.

After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home to Indigo Bay and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach.

Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.

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Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel
Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea.

Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve.

Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?

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Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart
On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery.

Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn’t always been that way. He’d left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he’d never repeat his mistakes.

When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?

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What’s coming up next…

Happy Tuesday! We finally have sunshine here in Plymouth, MA and I’m hoping it will stick around for a while. I’m ready for Summer. My last release, Merry Manager, was in the River’s End Ranch series, our Christmas round. I’ll have two more books coming within the next Nashville Dreamsmonth and am turning my attention over to mystery/suspense after those.

First up is Nashville Dreams. This is best described as a women’s saga. I think of it as true love, torn apart by amnesia and a billionaire with political ambitions. Very fun story to write.

After that is a new River’s End Ranch romance, Bernie’s Birthday. Bernie is Wade’s assistant. She’s turning 27 and is a bit restless, ready for the next chapter of her life to begin. Watch for Bernie’s story on July 3.

 

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading lately. I’m a binge reader, and my pile is always teetering dangerously. I just finished Danielle Steel’s newest book Against All Odds, which I really enjoyed. It’s probably my favorite of the ones I’ve read in the past few years. I’m currently reading John Grisham’s newest, Camino Island, which is very different from any of his other thrillers. For one thing, there are no lawyers. It involves a theft of rare books and the setting is a bookstore on a small Florida island. Next up after that is Joseph Finder’s The Switch. I love his books and this one sounds great. A woman senator discovers that she picked up the wrong laptop at the airport and someone else has hers, which has classified info on it that isn’t supposed to be there. But before I dive into that, I’ll be doing an early read of Kirsten Osbourne’s Flyboy’s Fancy, which is the next River’s End Ranch book, that releases on Monday.

Oh, and this weekend, am going to visit friends who live on Nantucket and we are going to a big book festival there. Am looking forward to it!

Hope you have a wonderful week,

~Pam

 

 

 

Sneak peek, first chapter of Merry Manager, River’s End Ranch

Happy Friday! I was late getting this to Kirsten to add to the back of Baker’s Bob, so am sharing the first chapter of Wade’s story, Merry Manager, here if you’d like to check it out. This will release on Monday, April 24. Hope you enjoy!  

Chapter 1

“You’re more tense than usual. Rough day?” Maddie Johnson asked as she worked to loosen up one of the many knots in Wade Weston’s neck, back, and shoulders.

Wade sighed. “No worse than usual. It has been crazy lately. Lots going on with all the Christmas events and holiday parties.”

“It’s so special here at Christmas, though. Seems like it gets bigger every year,” Maddie said.

“It does. We’re fully booked through New Year’s Day but the phones are still ringing off the hook with people wanting to make a reservation. And just before I came here, I got a call from our Old West town Santa that he’s not sure if he’ll make it in tomorrow. Says he feels like he’s coming down with something. Which means you might see me in a Santa suit.”

Maddie laughed as she rubbed more lotion onto her palms and then worked it into his shoulders. The warmth of her hands felt wonderful and he slowly felt some of his tension dissipate. He always walked out of a session with Maddie feeling refreshed and calm. Maddie managed the spa and was the best masseuse they had on staff at River’s End Ranch. She was also a very good friend. He’d known Maddie, and her eight-year-old daughter Vivian for years. 

“But enough of my whining. How are you doing? How’s Vivian?”

“She’s great.” Maddie’s voice softened when she spoke about her daughter and even though Wade couldn’t see it, he could tell by her tone that there was a smile on her face. “She announced this morning over breakfast that she and Sadie’s daughter, Violet, are officially best friends.”

“Everyone needs a best friend.”

“That’s true.”

Wade thought he detected a hint of sadness in her reply. “How’s your day going so far?” he asked gently.

Maddie sighed. “It’s fine. I’m still always a little sad on this date. It’s the five year anniversary of when Tim died. He was my best friend.”

“I’m sorry. I know it must be hard. I still miss him, too. Wade had been Tim’s best man when he and Maddie got married. 

“I’m actually doing much better. It’s just when these dates roll around—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays—there’s always a little emptiness.”

Maddie finished his back and shoulders and turned her attention to his feet. Something about the way she pushed and pulled and kneaded his feet seemed to relax him more than anything else. He always came close to drifting off to sleep by the time she finished massaging his feet.

“Okay, you’re all set, Wade. I hope that helped,” Maddie said softly as she draped the crisp cotton sheet over his feet, signaling that their time together had come to an end.

“That hour always goes by too fast,” Wade lamented.

“I think that’s a compliment,” Maddie said with a laugh. “Although you did cancel our last two sessions. I was starting to worry a bit.”

“I’m sorry. I hated to cancel. It’s just been so insane lately. It’s not always easy to get away.”

Maddie nodded. “I know. But that’s all the more reason why it’s so important. It’s a really good stress reliever. Seems like it does you good.”

Wade smiled. “Oh, it definitely does. I always look forward to coming in.” A little too much, if he was being honest with himself. Maddie gave a great massage, but he looked forward to seeing and talking to her as much as the massage itself. He’d been sorry to cancel the last few times and found himself missing their sessions.

He had to keep reminding himself that Maddie was off-limits, though, for multiple reasons. He wasn’t convinced that she was ready to be with anyone else. Even though Tim was gone, it still felt sort of wrong, since they’d been such close friends. And, of course, Wade was also her boss, which turned a tempting idea into a really bad one.

“Let’s book your next three appointments now, so you won’t have to think about it. It will just be on your calendar,” Maddie suggested.

“Sounds good, set me up.”

While Wade was at the spa on his lunch break, his right hand assistant, Bernie, who was extremely efficient and capable, had put half a dozen sticky notes on his computer—all needing his urgent attention. She smiled when he walked in. “It’s been wild. Check your computer and let me know if you have any questions.”

Lily, the resort’s event planner, shared the office with Bernie, and waved as he walked into his connecting office and sat down to get to work. He’d felt so relaxed when he left the spa, but now as he scrolled through his email and reviewed the sticky notes, he felt a tightness spread across his back and chest. There were so many urgent issues that he wasn’t sure what to tackle first.

As general manager of the ranch, he oversaw all areas of the business. His five siblings all helped in their different areas of interest, but he was involved in everything and though he loved it, the workload lately was often overwhelming. Today’s issues were all urgent.

The zoning commission had questions about a permit they needed to begin construction for the kids’ corral. There was a leak in the kitchen ceiling that was getting worse and needed immediate attention. The fish that was supposed to be delivered the next day for a holiday party wasn’t available due to some issues with the supplier.

It was one thing after another and then the last one had him shaking his head, wondering what else could possible go wrong. The sick Santa he’d talked to earlier had already called and left a message that he wasn’t going to make it in for the rest of the week as he was certain he had strep throat, even though he hadn’t yet seen a doctor.

Wade took a deep breath and pressed his hands against his temples to calm a sudden, pounding headache.  His phone rang and he saw it was his mother. He debated answering it as there was no such thing as a five-minute call with his mother. But what if something was wrong?

His parents were traveling the country in an RV and even though they were hundreds of miles away, they still managed to somehow know everything that was going on at the ranch and just about every time they called, it was with a new project. Wade didn’t have an ounce of energy left for anything new. But he didn’t want to put the conversation off either. Easier to deal with it and move on.

“Hi, Mom. How’s it going?”

“Hi honey! I’m so sorry that we won’t be with you all for Christmas this year, but the Blizzard couldn’t have picked a better place to need some repairs. The Florida sunshine is just lovely.”

The running family joke was that his parents couldn’t get home because they were stuck in a blizzard—which was the name of their RV. It had been almost a year since they’d started their cross-country adventure. They were having a ball traveling all over the country but they were also newly retired and having a little bit of a hard time letting go. His mother’s recent projects that had needed his immediate attention included the new barn building for big catering parties and special events and the kids’ corral, for onsite daycare.

“I have a new project I think you’re going to be really excited about….” His mother rambled on about her newest great idea while Wade stared at his stack of sticky notes and mentally prioritized what needed his attention first. When he hung up the phone, he worked his way through the list and once everything was taken care of, except finding a new replacement Santa, he stood up to get a cup of coffee and walked into the office that Bernie and Lily shared. Lily was on the phone and Bernie looked at him with concern as he leaned against the doorway and put one hand to his head. The headache was back and worse than before, and the tightness in his chest was so strong, it was hard to get a breath.

“Wade, are you all right?”

“I think so. I’ve just been having the strangest tightness across my chest. I’m sure it’s nothing.”

He felt himself try to smile as everything went black and he could faintly hear Bernie’s panicked voice as his legs buckled.

“Lily, call 911. Wade looks like he’s having a heart attack…” 

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Gluten-Free Sausage Stuffing recipe

gluten free stuffing

I hope you all gluten free stuffinghad a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I spent it with my sister and twin nieces and it was a relaxing, fattening day. One of the dishes I made was my grandmother’s sausage stuffing–but since both my sister and I are eating gluten and dairy-free these days, I had to modify it a bit. People seemed to like it and she asked me for the recipe, which years ago my grandmother wrote down–the regular version. I adapted it to make it gluten and dairy-free, and since my sister asked for the recipe, I thought I’d type it up and share it here as well because it really is good, and it’s hard to find good gluten-dairy free recipes. You can easily make it the regular way by substituting your favorite bread.

This pic is this year’s Christmas tree…I went smaller and easier, and am loving it. I actually put this up before Thanksgiving. 🙂

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Gluten and Dairy-Free Sausage Stuffing

I loaf Udi’s white bread, crusts mostly trimmed off. ( I left on about a third)

I loaf Three Bakers, Ancient Grains bread, also mostly trimmed. (You could do all Udi’s if you prefer white)

2 eggs, beaten

1 pound roll Jimmy Dean bulk sausage

1 large onion, minced

4 large stalks of celery, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 box Bell’s seasoning

Heat oven to 375

In large skillet, over medium heat, saute onion and celery in oil until soft. Add sausage and brown well. While that is cooking, toast half the bread, and chop it all into small pieces.  In large bowl, add bread and toss with the bell’s seasoning. Pour the browned sausage, onion and celery over the bread along with any oil/fat. Mix well. Add the two eggs and stir until thoroughly mixed. Press stuffing into a 9 x 12 or similar sized casserole dish, cover loosely with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and cook another 10-15 minutes until top of stuffing is lightly browned.  enjoy!