Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest: Pamela Palmer

Bite Club is thrilled to feature Pamela Palmer today!  Pamela has the fabulous Feral Warriors series out right now and her latest is HUNGER UNTAMED.  She's got 3 copies of Hunger Untamed to give away to three lucky winners, so show her some love in the comments!

People often ask me how many books I plan to write in the Feral Warriors shape-shifter series, especially now that book 5, Hunger Untamed (Kougar’s book), is on shelves and book 6, Ecstasy Untamed (Hawke’s book), will be out Oct. 25th. Since there are only nine Feral Warriors (the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal), the question appears obvious. 

But it’s not. Not at all. For starters, there’s Foxx. I won’t say more in case you haven’t read the first few books, but suffice it to say, Foxx won’t be getting his own book. So eight books? Or will there be nine anyway?


Oh, and what about the Seventeen? (Centuries ago, seventeen Feral Warriors walked into an enchanted cave and died. Their animals never returned to mark another.) Readers are always asking me if any of the seventeen might come back. The answer? Yes, at least a few of the Seventeen will return. When? Sorry, I’m not saying. So, how many new Ferals might get their own books? To tell you the truth, I don’t know.

Every writer is different. While some plot and plan their series in advance, sometimes down to the chapter, others don’t. I don’t. I follow where the story leads. In a lot of ways, I’m discovering this story right along with my readers. A bit ahead of you, since writing takes so much longer than reading, plus there’s the whole editorial and publication phase that typically takes about a year. But I don’t know everything ahead of time. I’ve learned the hard way that trying to figure it out before I get there is a waste of time.

For example, I had no idea, when I wrote the first three books in the Feral Warriors series, that Kougar had once been mated to an Ilina. What’s an Ilina? One of a race of female warriors who can turn to mist at will. At first, I didn’t even know about the Ilinas. All I knew was that in one of the early books in the series, someone mentioned that there used to be other immortal races but they were all extinct. It wasn’t until I was writing the novella, Hearts Untamed, for the Bitten By Cupid anthology that it occurred to me that perhaps they weren’t all extinct, everyone just thought they were. And if that was the case, what would they do to keep that secret?

I realized that the Ilinas’ determination to keep their existence a secret was going to endanger the heroine of the novella. But I was totally surprised when Kougar walked into one of the scenes, saw the Ilina who threatened the heroine’s life, and not only knew what she was…he knew her by name. I’d always known Kougar had a mysterious past, but that was the first time I realized he had a connection with the Ilinas. And it wasn’t until I was in the middle of Jag’s book, Rapture Untamed, that I realized what that connection was, that Kougar had once been mated to their queen, Ariana, that he’d believed her dead for over a thousand years. And that he hated her bitterly for her betrayal. And I had my story! Or, rather, I had Kougar’s story. 

From the back cover:
For a thousand years she has haunted him—Ariana, queen of the Ilinas, a beauty of mist and light. His love, his life mate... Kougar believed her lost to him forever until the truth of her stunning betrayal left him bitter and hungry for revenge. Now she alone holds the power to save two trapped and desperate Feral Warriors.

Ariana, caught in a deadly battle of her own, is neither the soulless creature Kougar believes her to be, nor the savior he seeks. And when darkness threatens to annihilate both races, the greatest danger of all becomes the glorious love Kougar and Ariana once shared. A love that must never rise again. A love that has never died.

With each new book, as I delve deeper and deeper into the story, I discover new things, new truths that open up doors and lead in different directions, pouring light into shadowy areas I’d never explored.

So, no, I can’t tell you how many books there will be in the Feral Warriors series. I do know where the story ends, eventually, but I honestly can’t say how many books it will take to get there. I guess we’re going to have to find out together.

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Debra said...

Patience has never been a virtue of mine. I can read your books in one day ,then it seems for ever for your next.Believe me I will be one of the first to buy Hawke`s story!!

Amy Valentini said...

I've read the excerpts for both HUNGER UNTAMED and ECSTASY UNTAMED and am so excited about both. I've read the rest, love Jag, and am so looking forward to these. They closed our Borders this winter and it's a distance to the nearest one, so I haven't gotten any new books lately. They'll soon close the other one, too,[sigh] but I plan to hit it and hit it hard. Of course, if I win a copy of HUNGER UNTAMED then I'll be ahead by one. : )
I love your series and hope you right many, many more. : )

:Candice: said...

Love this series!

preciadofamily said...

I absolutely LOVE the Feral Warriors! You cannot write this series fast enough! :) I am so stoked for Hawke's book!

katsrus said...

Love your book covers. I have not read your series yet. Adding them to my reading pile.
Sue B

CrystalGB said...

What an awesome series. I love the covers to Hunger Untamed and Ecstasy Untamed.
Thanks for the giveaway.

hellokittiexoxo said...

Hi Pamela! These books are on my TBR list, and I would love to win them. I've heard nothing but great things!

- Monica

Joni G. said...

Oh - a new-to-me series to read! Looking forward to starting these! Thanks for letting me enter your giveaway!

Belinda said...

Ok...truth...i've never read your books...BUT after reading this...
I am RUNNING out to find them NOW!!! How have I missed this have me hooked and wanting more and I haven't even read a book yet. WOW you are good with
Ok, this is me showin some gotta run to my nearest book store to find your books. The plus side of being behind...I can buy a bunch and read read read! I also am not good with

Megan said...

I love your books. I've read Lyon's, Tighe's and Paenther's books. They are so good! Can't read to continue reading all about these amazing creatures.


Pamela Palmer said...

Love that you guys are enjoying the books! (Or planning to give them a try : )

Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter said...

Just keep the series going as long as you can! lol I'm not a writer, but if I was, my brainstorming would probably be similar to yours. I'm not one to plan and plot ahead of time...I like to make stuff up as I go along! I think it keeps it interesting! Probably one of the reasons your work is so awesome!

Thanks for the giveaway!


Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

Amy Valentini said...

Looks like you've gained a whole new group of fans, Pamela. I do have to agree that those covers have a lot to do with it. How can anyone resist picking up a book with such beautiful eye candy on it? What's inside is even better.

Barbara E. said...

I think it's wonderful to just keep writing books in the series as long as the ideas keep coming. You can make up anything you like in order to continue on, whether it started with only 9 warriors or not. Love the cover for Hunger Untamed, it's so hot.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Kylie Griffin said...

Pamela, I love that you discover your books and their secrets as you write them, that you don't have it all planned and plotted out like some authors do. It's nice to know I'm not alone - LOL!

I love the Feral Warriors series - actually won the first book and was hooked from there. My fav. is RAPTURE UNTAMED closely followed by PASSION UNTAMED.

Looking forward to Hawke's story - a hard, hard story? Sounds like my kind of book! :-)



mommy0306 said...

Those sound awesome, they just went on my WL.

Thank you for the giveaway.

nat_ethereal said...

Already on my TBR list!!! So wanting to read these books!!!

Great post and thanks for the opportunity!!!



marybelle said...

The Feral Warriors series looks amazing. Fabulous giveaway thank you.


Anonymous said...

I have this series and am dying to start them. So intriguing to me.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I've only read one of your books so far - my to be read pile gets larger every day - but I would love to read Hunger Untamed.

Thanks for letting your international enter the contest.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I've only read the first book in this series and I loved it!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Sariah said...

Loves this series!!!! I haven't read this one.....would love to though ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

sariahwalters at gmail dot com

ML said...

I was happy to meet Pamela at NYCC last year. These are definitely in my to read pile. Great giveaway!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Bella (Absolutely Obsessed) said...

HeHe ... the writing process is an interesting one, for sure!! :) I haven't read any of your books, but I'd love to try one ... and I'm curious as to what exactly an Ilina IS, too.

bella-on-toast [at] hotmail [dot] com

Natasha P said...

I have read the description of the books and they sound amazing!! I am always on the lookout for new series to start and I can't wait to jump right on these!

Jadenrilei at Hotmail Dot Com

Andra said...

Hot covers! And that blurb's just made me put the series on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!