Welcome Pam Hillman!

I’m so excited to have Pam Hillman as my guest today! Pam is a fellow Seeker whose talent for writing historical cowboy romance is amazing! We met as unpublished writers entering the same contests (along with all the other Seekers–please visit Seekerville to find out more) and taking turns at earning the top spots. Tyndale House Publishers recognized her incredible talent and scooped her up to be among the first authors of their Digital First program. The launching of Digital First was very successful and Im proud to say Pam’s debut novel, Stealing Jake, was one of the first 5 titles published, earning amazing reviews and awards.

Now it’s Claiming Mariah’s turn. . .



Molten Chocolate Lava Cake: An Author’s Best Friend!

 

I stopped by Audra’s blog ahead of time and read in the sidebar that she had the coffee pot on and the cookies cooling. And I noticed that she said, “Life is at its best when its slow and simple.”

 

I’m SO all over that!

 

I dream of slow and simple. I dream of homemade white chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies and a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks…


So why is it that I have a schedule a mile long and enough lists to paper the dining room wall? Why is it that my tax returns are due, and every time I dump 50 emails out of my inbox, 100 more pour in to replace the ones I just filed? What happened to my carefully laid plans to be organized and ahead of the game months ago, but I’m still scrambling to play catch up?


What happened is me…combine my habit of over commitment and overachiever with a bad case of procrastination and you have a blood pressure cooker waiting to happen.

I figure since I’m blogging with Audra, I can just relax a bit and see where this goes. After all, she’s the one who gave me leave to take life slow and easy!

So, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think about cookies, and cakes, and chocolate. Ahhhh….I have a new revelation…

 

Baking is good for the heart, and baking anything chocolateis good for the soul!

 

Don’t believe me? Just hop over to Pinterest, search for chocolate and let your eyes feast on the amazing array of chocolate cakes, pies, brownies, and lava cake. Come to think of it, just skip searching for chocolate and go straight to the chocolate lava cakeinstead. I had chocolate lava cake a few weeks ago and obviously I have not forgotten it.

 

I do believe that Audra’s sage advice to bake cookies and slow down, and my little jaunt over to Pinterest solved all my problems, or at the very least made me completely forget them.

I’m headed to the kitchen to bake!

PS. Seriously, I just cooked two Molten Lava Cakes in the microwave. Goofed the first one up, but the second one looked perfect. I wouldn’t know. I had to eat the goofed up one, but my son vouched for the pretty one. Sorry I didn’t get pictures. We were too busy eating lava cake!

 

A multi-published author in short fiction and non-fiction, Pam Hillman continues to stretch her wings as a writer of inspirational fiction set in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Code of the West has always resonated with the internal fabric on which Pam was raised: that of hard work, honesty, and being a good neighbor to someone in need.

Born east of the Mississippi and a hundred years too late, Pam still boasts of wrangling calves, milking cows and putting up hay, first as a child growing up in Mississippi, and later with her own personal hero, Iran, on their family farm.

A voracious reader as a child, Pam especially enjoyed stories involving the great Westward expansion, and television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. The western writer, Louis L’Amour, kept Pam mesmerized with his tales of cowboys and Indians, outlaws, prim schoolteachers, hot dry deserts and boom towns.

Pam’s love of the old west and her personal knowledge of country life bring authenticity to her work and depth to her characters, something that has been recognized many times in the industry through writer’s awards.

Her work has placed in dozens of writer’s contests, including being a four-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest for unpublished novelists with Claiming Mariah, her second novel, winning the coveted Golden Heart. Her debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a 2013 Epic eBook Awards finalist. www.pamhillman.com

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Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Mariah

 

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

 
 
Claiming Mariah Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/apnzl5n

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Claiming Mariah Goodreads link: http://tinyurl.com/d9u2k6j

Claiming Mariah 1st Chapter: http://tinyurl.com/ageh54r

 

To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ Display, or Nook Simple Touch)

Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

 

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’


Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.

 

And….that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

 

(3 Pewter Bookmarks from Deirdre’s Handmade Jewelry PLUS 40% off coupon at Deirdre’s online store. Click link to register and for coupon code)

 

PREVIOUS STOPS ON TOUR:

February 28th: Tina Pinson and Johnny Donley

 

NEXT STOP ON TOUR:

March 4th: Ashley Clark

 

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9 Responses to Welcome Pam Hillman!

  1. What an exciting occasion to host Pam as she covers the blog-waves with her wit, wisdom and down home Mississippi charm.

    Have you ever heard Pam speak? She is the epitome of what a southen lady should sound like. Oh, I could so sit and listen to her talk all day long.

    Grab a cup of coffee and snack on healthy almond date bars and spend the day chit chatting with Pam : )

  2. Pam Hillman says:

    Y’all are just too funny, Audra. I don’t have a Southern accent. Whatevah gave you that ideah, sugah?

    Oh, while we play a bit over here, we’re also gearing up for Speedbo in Seekerville with the Seekers and friends, so hop over there and join the party.

    But don’t party TOO much! If you’re a writing, March is Speedbo month and we’re speeding to the finish line writing!

    I wonder if it’s too early for chocolate lava cake???

  3. Pam, congratulations on your successes with your books. Historical Westerns are a fav of mine, but seem to read few, so can’t wait to read yours.

    Slowing down? Great idea, I’m really trying hard to embrace it, it should be easy, right? But it’s not.

    I woke up this morning and said to myself, I don’t have to live anybody’s life but my own, b/c I was thinking I should hustle up and get going….

    Never too early for Chocolate Lava Cake. I need recipes for my blog, have any, ummmm?

    Audra, you rock in a slow and gentle way 🙂

    ~LA

  4. Hmmm, I rock in a slow and steady way, huh?

    Does that imply I’m — like — petrified wood???

    Only kidding : ) Hey, what do you think of that lava cake?? Definitely something I need to try this weekend : )

  5. Pam Hillman says:

    Leslie Ann aka LA…today while out running an errand, I thought I would try this for the

    Fastest Lava Cake East of the Mississippi!

    3 tablespoons of prepare chocolate brownie mix
    2 teaspoons oil
    1-3 tablespoons milk
    Chocolate chunk in the middle.
    Microwave 45-90 seconds depending on your wattage

    Seriously, what could go WRONG????

    Okay, you guys do NOT want to know what my word veri is for this comment.

    Blogger should be ashamed!!!

  6. Audra, slow and steady should be my new mantra, with a bit of a rush once in awhile.

    Pam, can’t wait to try the recipe, I simply love chocolate. And this looks SOOO easy.

    Pam, back to books, why did you decide to write Western Historicals?

  7. Pam Hillman says:

    Leslie, I’ve always loved westerns. Goes back to my John Wayne and Louis L’Amour days!

    Last night I watched Hidalgo while exercising. 🙂

    Okay, exercising might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I did stay on the elliptical for about an hour.

    This was after I had the lava cake! Yikes!

  8. Western historical romance is a great thing. I love the whole pioneer spirit. And rugged! Nothing better than a rugged man.

    Especially when we can all celebrate with Chocolate Lava Cake!
    I’ve gathered all the ingredients and ready to microwave.

    Ummmmmm…….

  9. Pam Hillman says:

    We went to our favorite Friday night steak house. My cowboy had a huge all-you-can-eat salad and I had baked fish. They have melt-in-your-mouth steaks, but we weren’t in the mood for steaks tonight….

    Then, as we were finishing up….

    one of the waitresses walked by with Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with two huge scoops of vanilla ice cream!

    Aarrrrghhhh!!!

    I didn’t order one because I was stuffed, but oh, I sure wanted to!

    And…did I tell y’all that I rescued a baby calf from thick, gooey mud today? He had just been born and was in mud about a foot or more deep. Why his mama had him there is a mystery only known to a cow!

    Mud Puddle’s pic is on facebook and he’s doing fine now.