Thursday, May 13, 2010

Upcoming New Release - DAMAGED by Pam Callow

My own writing has hit the skids a bit of late. I floundered around for the first four months of the year working on my YA and hitting a brick wall. Apparently that’s what happens when all the other elements are working with the one fatal exception of your protagonist’s motivation. After a somewhat disastrous week of trying to figure it out I finally threw in the towel and called a cease fire. Time to shelve the book for now before I blow torch it and dance on its ashes.

In the meantime, I decided I should finish Invitation to Scandal since I’m thisclose to having it completed anyway. I’ve revised the beginning, dropping the horrendous clichĂ© of my heroine twisting her ankle and requiring the hero’s assistance. I opted to throw her into the Serpentine instead. I’m looking at a few contests as well for both ITS and Salvation Falls, which Harlequin have had in their slush pile since last October.

But none of the above has to do with the title of this blog post. The title refers to my oh-so awesome critique partner,
Pam Callow’s new release, Damaged, due out the first week in June. This is Pam’s first book, and the first book in the series and already the buzz is hot. Being her CP, I know why. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book from its early stages to the end and let me tell you, it is amazing. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Here’s the blurbage on it:

Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancĂ©’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.

When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

Put on notice by Randall Barrett, the firm’s charismatic managing partner, Kate must fight for her career, for her reputation-and for redemption.

Unwilling to live with the damage she may have caused, Kate pursues the case on her own and unearths some chilling facts.

Facts that lead straight to the heart of a legal conspiracy.

Facts that lead Kate directly into the surgically skilled hands of the Body Butcher.

Now here’s the visual (love the music on it!):


Anne MacFarlane said...

Pam's book looks so good. Can't wait to read it.

And good luck with Invitation to Scandal. Hope the next four months make up for the floundering early in the year.

Anonymous said...

Thrown into the Serpentine. Sounds intriguing ;)

And congrats to your critique partner on the release of her first book!

Julianne MacLean said...

Pam's book is going to shake up the Thriller world!!

And good luck with your revisions. The Serpentine beats a sprained ankle any day :)

Janet said...

Good luck with revisions, Kelly! And good for you for recognizing the need to 'throw in the towel', but not destroy the thing. You might get an epiphany now that it's not front and center in your thought process or be refreshed and enthusiastic when you decide to go back to it.

Looking forward to reading Pam's book.

Pamela Callow said...


Thank you so much for your post today, but even more so, thank you for the amazing critique you did of my book! You have been the most awesome critque partner and I know how lucky I am to get to work to do.

I think a dunk in the Serpentine is brilliant and I can't wait to read the revised ITS!!


Julia Smith said...

Throwing her in the Serpentine - very funny and definitely original!

*applauding like a fan girl* for Pam's book! Cannot WAIT to see it over at Chapters.

Bev Pettersen said...

Really looking foward to reading the rest of Damaged after her chapter sample and this blog, Kelly.
Congratulations to author and CP!

Michelle Helliwell said...

Good luck on your historical - I know you can pull it off. And a good dunk in the Serpentine never hurt a heroine yet!!!

I really can't wait for Pam's book - I read the first three chapters and I'm hungry for the rest.

Toni Anderson said...

Congrats, Pamela. Will look out for this one!

And I know all about being stuck on a story. Good luck with that!