New Book due out in August!

Code Name: Purple Fire
Who stole the bones of St. Peter? The Mafia is suspect, but the dictator of North Korea claims them. Supreme Leader Park Sung-ji, a man with questionable morals and delusions of grandeur, demands ransom of cash and missiles. The challenge to the world: retrieve the relics and avert a nuclear holocaust. With fourteen days and a clock that is ticking, CIA agent Abbie Scott and SEAL Team 9 Commander Cooper Sinclair lead a tension-packed mission into the heart of North Korea.

My new novella, Code Name: Purple Fire, is my fifth book. My novels [as opposed to my novellas] feature gutsy Catalina Syrah and deliciously handsome Nicholas Bonhomme. Purple Fire features a new, but similar couple — Abbie and Cooper.

Purple Fire will be available in late August on Amazon, Barnes & Novle, and Smashwords. You won’t want to miss it!

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Two new books published in 2013!

I’m quite awful at adding new information to my blog/website. Last May I published novel #2, She Rides with Genghis Khan. It is a triumph! Now my goal is to market it better. And, more and more, there are new social media sites on which to advertise. It’s never ending, actually. The constant struggle for e-published authors is to: write, market, and publish. This all takes time and html knowledge. I made my life easier by hiring a Write Brain Trust techie, Mike Lance, to upload both She Rides, and my new anthology, Father’s Fried Egg Sandwiches, on Createspace and Kindle. So now I have two novels and two “companion” anthologies published!

After Christmas I’ll finish researching my next writing project, “Nonna’s Story: French Resistance Spy.” This will be a novella, and I will write it in the spring, and publish in early summer. Fingers crossed.

Then I begin novel #3, “When the Eunuchs Ruled.” I traveled to China last March [2013] to research the novel, and I’ll finally begin writing it about 18 months after returning home. This is not a bad thing, as I wanted to write short stories and a novella first [to get my mind and fingers warmed up], before beginning my third novel. So don’t cry for me Argentina. It’s all part of the greater plan.

So, I say, this is all quite wonderful, and i’m enjoying every bit of it. I don’t work 24/7 … I PLAY 24/7. Now, if i could just figure out how to add the covers + html links to Amazon, for my last two published books, I’d be a very happy camper. Hmmmmm.

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Roberta Interviews Pam on Goodreads

How/when, did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
Wow, good question. I have been making up stories in my head since I was in kindergarten. I remember writing very short stories, as a class exercise, in second grade. My best friend corrected my spelling because I spelled phonetically … still do, much to my chagrin. About eighteen years ago, I realized I really wanted to write novels. But what genre? First, I thought Romance, then Suspense. Finally, I melded the two in my first novel, Return of the French Blue, which is Romantic Suspense.

Let’s speak about “She Rides with Genghis Khan”. Can you tell us a little about what the book is about?
I can talk forever about “She Rides ….” But long story short, my brother married a Mongolian Member of Parliament, Oyungerel Tsedevdamba. I knew nothing about Mongolia … except a little about Genghis Khan. Simultaneously, I had a second novel brewing in my head, so I decided to learn about my new sister’s country and research my novel at the same time. I must have read for nine months, at least. The more I read the more my story took shape. Like someone once said, “I can’t make this stuff up.” Indeed, I couldn’t. History is my guide – I just embellish it with fiction.

How did you come up with the idea and how did you create the characters?
Since “She Rides …” is the second novel in the series, let me start with Return of the French Blue. I wrote the first few pages in November 2001 … shortly after the 9/11 attack on America. I stopped writing the novel almost immediately and started doing research on al Qaeda, terrorists, conflict diamonds, spies, and real sinister villains. Again, I stumbled across the most amazing information, past and present. My story began to take shape around my research, but I still needed to create my characters. I wanted a female Indiana Jones, so Catalina Syrah was born. I wanted her to have a gorgeous hunk of a partner, a Frenchman with the talents of Jean Reno … hence, Nicholas Bonhomme. The setting I chose was the French Riviera. My second novel, She Rides with Genghis Khan, followed Return of the French Blue. I love my characters, and may never let them go! The genre has switched, though. It’s more Suspense and a little romance, rather than vice versa.

If you should describe your books in three words, what would you pick?
Cleo, my muse. [She is the muse of history, and she is my guide and my voice.]

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?
Oh my, yes. I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I always ‘clear the decks’ when one of her 1000 page tomes is released. I love her characters, the historical wrap, the suspense she creates between characters and events of the time. I also enjoy James Rollins suspense-packed novels, and until his last two novels, I enjoyed Dan Brown’s books. Oh, and let’s not forget Michael Crichton’s Timeline, Congo, and Jurassic Park. I recently read Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls, and have become a real fan of her writing. There are so many more, but I’ll stop there. To answer your question, they have all influenced my writing.

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I love traveling to Asia, Europe and the East and West coast of the US. I love reading, of course. I belong to a writers critique group, and we meet weekly. I’m also a member of Write Brain Trust, a group of writers determined to Indie publish … and we have! So when I’m not writing I’m marketing my books via social media. I also contribute volunteer hours to several boards and play an active role in Rotary International. I walk, ride my bike, garden, and entertain.

As a writer, do you get support from your family and friends?
Oh my goodness, yes. My husband is wonderfully tolerant and completely respects my time. He is a gourmet cook, so I don’t prepare meals very much anymore. I do garden, though, so it’s a trade-off. My adult children enjoy hearing about my research and travels.

Why did you decide to self-publish and how did you find the experience?
Like most Indie authors, we grew tired of banging our heads against the literary agent’s doors. Then, purely by chance, the e-pub craze kicked in. A group of writers in my Kansas City critique group decided to spin-off and create Write Brain Trust, which is committed to “writers helping writers with creativity, publishing, and marketing in a digital world.” [See Write Brain Trust on Facebook. Our blog was “taken down” recently. We can’t get an answer as to why, but it is absent for the time being.] As a unit, my WBT colleatues researched social media, digital publishing, and marketing. We worked on this intensely for about six months … then we began publishing our books. Our group of twelve writers has published at least thirty-five books in 24 months. What that says is that we had all written books, we just needed to move beyond the traditional methods of publication, and become our own publisher. It has been an amazing ride … and one that doesn’t stop because something new is always popping up!

Indie authors don’t get to have a dedicated marketing team and professionals to look after the marketing of their books. How did you spread the news about your books and did it work?
Well, marketing digital books is a work in progress. It’s like trying to grasp jello – just when you think you have the right platform “nailed down” everything changes. You have to be able to accept that and be energized by it, or you won’t be able to market on the internet. My key social media sites are: Facebook’s author page, Goodreads, my web site, Twitter, Linkedin, and soon … Mail Chimp. This amalgam captures my professional connections, my growing fans, like-minded writers, e-mail friends, and the world at large. Social media is magic, but managing it to your advantage is the critical issue. It can eat up all of your time if you’re not careful.

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?
I just returned from a three-week tour of China. My third novel, in the series, is a time travel to the Ming Dynasty China. I had to stand in the Forbidden City, see the Ming Tombs, and travel the same water routes as my characters – Catalina and Bonhomme. When the Eunuchs Ruled, is the working title of novel #3. I’ve already researched a great deal, but have to review it and add to it before I’m ready to outline the plot.

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?
Yes, I’d love to. If you have already read or plan to read my books … THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH. Feel free to review them on Goodreads and Amazon. That really helps newbies, like me, with a stamp of approval. Also, you are welcome to contact me, via any of the sources noted below. Let me also add that I have an anthology of six stories published [it was my first digital book], Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish. I’m currently writing a companion piece, Father’s Fried Egg Sandwiches, which should be published in September. Then, I’ll write Nonna’s Story, a novella about Catalina’s grandmother and her role in the French Resistance. I’m hoping to write and publish it by the end of the year. In early 2014, I will begin writing When the Eunuchs Ruled.

Finally: how can we get in touch with you?

Website: [I use this site as a resume, and don’t regularly blog.]
Facebook: [“Friend” me, and this will become your best contact site.]
Twitter: @pameglinski [Send a direct message, or you’ll get buried in the tweets]
Goodreads: Pam Eglinski [Very good site to contact.]
Linkedin: Pamela Boles Eglinski [I don’t look at it often. It’s a site that keeps me connected with my professional friends, who are still working an 8-5 job.]
Email: [Most immediate contact site.]
I look forward to meeting you!

Links to buy your books: They are all on

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She Rides with Genghis Khan is published on!

If you enjoyed Return of the French Blue then you’ll love She Rides with Genghis Khan. My second novel features favorite characters, Catalina Syrah [knife wielding Indy Jones wanna be] and her steady partner Nicholas Bonhomme [member of the French Directorate]. Together they travel the ancient Silk Road in search of the lost Buddha Jewel, only to find themselves at the tomb of Genghis Khan pursued by no other than the Assassin cult. The novel takes you to the sacred Mongolian steppe near the Siberian border where Genghis Khan was born, raised, and amassed his armies that ultimately conquered the known world.

Please read and review “She Rides….” Thanks very much, and remember… is waiting for you!

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Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish hits #3 on Kindle Freebie!

Last week I offered my little anthology, Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish, for free [over 2 days]. At the end of the second day the book was #3 in it’s genre. It was an amazing “ride” of marketing saturation and inventive thinking, but I’m really pleased with the result. One colleague purchased the book on Friday night, then immediately read it straight through, all in time to post a review on Amazon Saturday morning. What a great way to start day two of the MARATHON FREEBIE offer!

If you haven’t read Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish, now is the time! Thanks to any future buyers and reviewers! You are all so very much appreciated.

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Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish, my little book of essays is now free on Free dates to download from Kindle are March 1 and 2, 2013. Please download a copy and encourage friends and family to “buy” a copy too! And if you don’t own a Kindle, just download a free app from the Kindle Store, and read from your iPad, smart phone, PC or laptop. And when you’ve finished the little book please leave a review on The more [good] reviews I have, the more other readers will want to buy it and enjoy it too! Just click on the cover icon [on the lower right of this page] and you will be taken immediately to Couldn’t be easier! THANK YOU and ENJOY!

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Return of the French Blue

Return of the French Blue is getting rave reviews. I’m about to upload it to a variety of distributors. Right now you can find it on Amazon/Kindle and in paperback. Within the week it will be on Nook, Apple, Smashwords, etc. It’s a great adventure [and love story] set on the French Riviera. Give it a try! Fair warning: you won’t be able to put it down until finished. It’s been known to keep people up at night, and into the wee hours of the morning! Happy author! Happy reader! 🙂

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Getting to know you…..

As a published author, I really want to get to know my readers and fans. Return of the French Blue, my first novel, is enjoying wonderful praise from readers. [Please see for reviews.] I know some reviewers, but not all, and I’d really like to know all of you. So send me a note, sometime. I’m ready to chat! Visit me, also, on Facebook and Twitter. Talk soon ….

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E-publishing: more than self published

I’m in the process of e-publishing my two novels and a short anthology. Someone asked me if this was my method of finding an agent or a publisher. I said something like this: maybe. First i want to see how well i can do without giving up 85% of the gross income that agents and publishing houses take. I want to see that flip the other way. Amazon and Createspace can do that for me. Amazon [the distributor] takes 30%, leaving me with 70%. [It will adjust given the price you charge for your book[s]. My goal right now is to finalize the editing on my novels [the best editor in the world is doing that for me], then gain LOTS of good info re drawing readers and writers to my sites — web, twitter, facebook, blog, general chatter. That’s where e-marketing comes in. It’s a big challenge but we have a group in Kansas City that is working very hard to perfect our marketing platforms. We’ll get there! I’m certain. I intend to “go viral” with my books. 🙂 If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Never forget that.

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Romance Writers of America

Just returned from Romance Writers of America conference in NYC. What a wonderful organization. So nurturing! I return with ideas to revise my first mss into a Romantic Thriller, and prepare my second mss for e-publication. Met a friend of mine at the conference that I haven’t seen in 41 years and she has become my new writing coach and copy editor! Can’t ask for more!

Where have you been this summer and what are your writing projects? Feel free to share. — pam

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