Goodreads Giveaway for Jingle-Bell Jam by Pamela Kelley

Happy Friday everyone!  I am giving away 3 signed paperbacks of my newest Christmas release, Jingle-Bell Jam. Enter today on Goodreads! Good luck!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Jingle-Bell Jam by Pamela M. Kelley

Jingle-Bell Jam

by Pamela M. Kelley

Giveaway ends December 15, 2017.

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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.

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

 

New Release! Veterinarian’s Vacation, River’s End Ranch Series

Back in May, I went to a writer’s conference in Chicago and met up with several good friends. One of them, Kirsten Osbourne, casually said one night at dinner, “Would you ladies be interestveterinariansvacation-1ed in writing a series together?  I was thinking a ranch somewhere out west, six siblings, meddling parents…..that kind of thing.”        It took Cindy Caldwell and I about two seconds to say “Of course!”

The three of us had organized a much larger project last year at this time, as we all write historicals. That was the American Mail-Order Brides series and had 45 authors and 50 books, one for each state. If you want to check those out, you can see them all in order here.

For this project, we wanted to go smaller and release multiple books each. We invited Caroline Lee and Amelia Adams to join us and the first book in the series, Kirsten’s Short-Order Sheriff released October 10. My book, Veterinarians Vacation, came next, followed by Amelia’s Accidental Agent, Caroline’s Whitewater Wooing and finally, on Monday, Cindy’s Honest Horseman. The books are standalone romances, but characters do make appearances from book to book and it’s a fun, family focused world at a gorgeous resort in Idaho. My next one will be out December 5, Charming Chef.

Veterinarian’s Vacation is a second chance romance, featuring two veterinarians–Jake and Jess, who is a cousin of the six Weston siblings and grew up on the ranch with them. This was a very fun book to write, and these are sweet romances.

Find out more here–Veterinarian’s Vacation

 

Diet Update and Coming Soon–Winter in Ireland

winterI haven’t posted much this past month on my diet progress. You can probably guess why. I’m a bit stalled, stuck at 143, though I did flirt with 142 for a day or two. I went on vacation in May, to Chicago for a writer’s conference and mini-vacation and had a wonderful time. But the calorie counting stopped and there was more wine than usual. The good news is that I didn’t gain. I’m getting ready to head out on my big vacation of the year next week, am off to London with my sister and twin nieces, who are about to graduate from high school. They’ve all been before, but it’s my first time and am really looking forward to it. There will be a high tea, or two. Gluten-free of course! Back on track after that. I’m half-way to my goal. 🙂

In Book News, I have several  new books coming soon. First up is Winter in Ireland, which is book 5 in my contemporary western series. You can read more about that here, and sign up for an email alert when it releases if you like. Click here.

Nashville Dreams

After that is Nashville Dreams. My soapy saga that I like to think of as “True love torn apart by amnesia and an evil billionaire with political ambitions.” Click here to read more.

After that, is another historical romance, a new contemporary western series with several of my favorite authors that should be really fun, and a new mystery/suspense novel that I am so excited to start on. This was inspired by a real life news story that happened about a year ago and when I first heard about it I thought, “what a cool idea for a book…” My favorite suspense authors include Harlan Coben, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. I don’t think mine will be too dark….but you never know. 🙂