Welcome to the website of Pamela Fagan Hutchins

^^ Pamela reading “For Better or For Worse” at Listen to Your Mother SET 2014.

For “Better or For Worse” adapted from Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans, with permission from SkipJack Publishing

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Pamela writes overly long e-mails, best-selling mysteries (USA Best Book Award Winner, Fiction: Cross Genre, Finalist) and hilarious nonfiction (USA Best book Award Winner, Parenting: Divorce). The Houston Press named her as one of Houston's Top 10 Authors (2014). She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas with her two household hunks—husband Eric and one-eyed Boston terrier Petey. All three are still reeling from raising a blended household of five, plus way too many other pets. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long walks, her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile, but most of all she loves her readers. Like you. Thanks for visiting, and do drop a note to her in the comments below or to pamela at pamelahutchins dot com.

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A pulse-pounding mystery—the second in the Emily series—from the best-selling and award-winning author of the Katie & Annalise novels: The wait is over! Get your copy of Earth to Emily (Emily #2) anywhere online in paperback and e-book. Audio coming soon!

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Don’t forget to catch up first with Heaven to Betsy (Emily #1), features Katie’s big-haired, butt-kicking, hilarious bestie Emily from the Katie & Annalise series

When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily—whose husband left her for a woman who’s really a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant. Emily feels a strange affinity with the girl and launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up in her wake across Texas and New Mexico as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble, and the authorities question whether the child is anything but a figment of her imagination.

Watch for Hell to Pay (Emily #3) coming 2016.

Heaven to Betsy final ebook cover

Get your e-book, here:  Amazon KindleBarnes & Noble NookApple iBooksGoogle PlayKobo, or Smashwords. Audiobook: Audible, Amazon, and iBooks.

Preview of the next book in the series, Earth to Emily (Emily #2): Fiction page under Publications.

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 The Going for Kona (Michele #1) reviews are out-of-this-world good (see Fiction page under Publications to read more), it recently hit bestseller on Amazon, and it won a USA Best Book Award (Fiction: Cross Genre: Finalist)!

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 Going for Kona has it all: unforgettable characters, an epic love story, and a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.

When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and she promised herself she’d do the Kona Ironman Triathlon in Adrian’s honor, and someone seems to be stalking her family, so she slogs through the pain to keep herself on track. Her dangerously delirious training sessions become a link between her and Adrian, and she discovers that if she keeps moving fast enough to fly, she can hold onto her husband—even as she loses her grip on herself and faces her biggest threat yet.

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Check out the PERMAFREE EBOOK of Pamela’s bestelling debut novel, Saving Grace (Katie & Annalise #1).

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For a complete list of Pamela’s novels and nonfiction, click the Books Pulldown, above, and choose Fiction or Nonfiction. You can buy her books everywhere, online and IRL. If a bookstore or library doesn’t carry them, they can order them for you. Pamela’s books are available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

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111 Responses to Home

  1. jrodgers says:

    Enjoyed saving grace. Please notify when sequel comes out.

    • Pamela says:

      will do! thank you!

      • Bob says:

        I sort of fell over Saving Grace. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I grew up on the island of St. Croix, and lived in the Virgin Islands for some 30 years. “St. Marcos” is based on St. Croix. It has been a long time since anyone called it “Centerline Road” — I think it has now been re-named Queen Mary Highway or some such thing. I now — unfortunately — live in Tucson, AZ on SSDI, but reading “Saving Grace” brought me home again, a home I truly miss. I know St. Croix like the back of my hand — even after being away from St. Croix for some 23 years, unless it has radically changed I could still find my way around the island blind folded — but can’t place where “Annalise” is based on, and I know most of the old Estate names.

        Thank you for a WONDERFUL book. I’m only half way finished with it, but you brought me home again.

        • Pamela says:

          Glad too enjoyed your trip down memory lane, Bob. My husband Eric grew up on St. Croix, too. Actually, most of us did still call Centerline by its old name, even when I lived there 10 years ago. But it does go by both that and Queen Mary. I never called it Queen Mary though, and it was the road I traversed twice a day to take my kids to Country Day School from Estate Annaly, where we lived in a big house in the rainforest, up Mahogany Road, then to Creque Dam Road, and finally taking a left before the Lawaetz Sugar Mill House. However, we don’t own it any more, and it’s now a bed and breakfast. Google 16 Annaly, St. Croix, and you should find it.

          My best,
          Pamela

  2. Meghan says:

    Love the website’s new look! So clean & shiny . . . ooooh. :)

  3. Rhonda Erb says:

    Love the new look!

  4. Victoria says:

    Pamela,
    I stumbled on Saving Grace on my Kindle and fell in love with the characters. When I finished it, I searched for the sequel yesterday and instead found “How to Screw Up Your Marriage”…Wow- I found a kindred spirit in you. I am not one for this type of book, but I can’t put it down- I will totally begin using your experiences to help guide me as my 7 yr old son and I embark on my second marriage in Feb. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself, good and bad, in the spirit of helping others!!! An avid reader, I can;t recall ever wanting to read all the books by a particular author, but you have a new fan in me.. :)

    • Pamela says:

      Victoria, wow, thank you — you’ve made my day. Best wishes on your upcoming marriage, and with your 7-year old! Our kids are now 15-29, so if anything we’ve been through can help, that makes me even happier. Nice to “meet” you :)

  5. Larry Simpson, Sr says:

    Shirley has shared SAVING GRACE with me and I really enjoyed it–It made me feel younger.

  6. Bonnie Burnatowski says:

    So enjoyed Saving Grace and can’t wait to read the next book. Any hints about when we may see ‘Leaving Annalize’? I hope it’s soon. Wonderful writing.

    • Pamela says:

      Bonnie, thanks!! Leaving Annalise, which is the next book in the Katie & Annalise series, will come out the 1st of October. It’s killing me to only release one a year, as they are already all written! But that’s the schedule. October ’12, October ’13, October ’14, October ’15, October ’16 :)

  7. Bonnie Burnatowski says:

    Thanks Pamela for answering my question. I was hoping you’d say January (ha ha) and now that I know you’ve already written it, the suspense will be just killing me, but I look forward to October and it’s release date. Best of luck on the promotion and sale of Saving Grace. I am also a writer of several books, but have not been able thus far to secure an agent. It’s wonderful to see someone succeed in the whole process. Enjoy the ride and I look forward to future books. :o)

    • Pamela says:

      LOL! Hey, I’m glad to provide a blue print (or a list of don’ts!) for other writers. :) Keep on writing, that’s the only thing I know how to do, and what I tell every writer I know.

  8. JennyBean says:

    Love the new design! Happy new year! xoxo, Jenny

  9. Grace says:

    Ordering Saving Grace now.

  10. Stasha says:

    Awesomeness!!!!! Happy touring xo

  11. carla bonesteel says:

    Hi Pamela! I’m pretty sure I won the Kindle Fire HD…my name is on the rafflecopter as the winner, but no one has contacted me yet. I’m super excited, and I hope it’s not an April Fool’s joke! If it’s for real, thank you so much!

  12. Jeannine says:

    I enjoyed Saving Grace. I live close to you in Friendswood. Let me know when the sequal is published.

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Neighbor! Thanks for letting me know :)
      I’ll put you on the distribution list for new releases. We will have a launch party at River Oaks Bookstore, probably Aug 3 from 2-4, but I’ll include that information when I announce the release.
      Thanks!

  13. Lori says:

    I really enjoyed Saving Grace and can’t wait for the next book in the series. I’m curious where you are since a comment only a few days ago refers to Friendswood. I’m in League City on the Friendswood border. Small world! I can’t wait to read more! Great work!

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Lori! I live in Houston, in an area called Meyerland, which is adjacent to Bellaire and near Reliant Stadium. Not so far away from you — maybe half an hour! Thanks so much about SG. Watch for Leaving Annalise this summer. If you enjoy these types of things, the launch party is going to be August 3rd, and I’ll send you the new release and launch announcement. Ciao!

  14. Jeneva Martinez says:

    I was driving behind your van today in Roswell and I decided to look you up,I will be starting your book today! I am in a book club and this may be the book that I recommend for next month

    • Pamela says:

      Jeneva! I hope my daughter was driving friendly :-) I am so thrilled you let me know you saw us and would be honored if your book club read Saving Grace! I have book club questions here on the website. Keep in touch!

  15. Claudia says:

    We are discussing your book, Saving Grace, at our Book Club this Thursday. I found it on Amazon and throughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one. Anything you would say to a bunch of women who have just read your book? We have been a book group for 32 years and have members from age 28 to 93. We are in Southern Tier NY, so don’t know that we will be able to make it to your tour in Syracuse, it is a couple of hours away. I will let the ladies know about it though.

    • Pamela says:

      Fantastic! If you need discussion questions I have some here on my website.

      • Pamela says:

        Claudia, I would first say thank you and yay :-) then I would say that this is a 3 book series, and, thematically, I call this book, “Time to grow up, Katie!” Next one comes out July 1st. Can’t wait to see what people think!

  16. JJ Jolliff says:

    Pamela, sorry to take so long to say how much we enjoyed meeting you and seeing Susie! Loved the books and can’t wait for the final episode. Loved the intrigue and the many twists and unexpected turns. Looking forward to your next series. HUGS!!!

  17. Fernanda Brady says:

    Read saving grace and loved it. Can’t wait to read the second novel. :)

  18. Marje says:

    Saving Grace is a great, fun read and the narrative books are my “go to” coffee table and other table books!
    I wish I could be on the road with you!
    Having enjoyed everything I have read of yours, though much of it fiction(you say), my guess is that being on a tour of any kind with you might be hornets nest of fun and adventure….good luck out there!

  19. sam says:

    I am also at tradewinds RV walking my pup i noticed your RV.Have you any extra books, I would like to show myonline followers I have met with you and festure you newest publication on my website.
    You seemed very busy and I didn’t want to interrupt. Please reply

  20. Martin Hugh-Jones says:

    Tried to email you on Monday but it bounced. Hope this doesn’t.

    Pamela,

    Nice meeting & visiting with you & your husband yesterday (Sunday) at B&N in Baton Rouge. I hope that your book selling safari was successful & profitable.

    Apropos the investigation that I & my colleagues did into the anthrax letters of 2001, a good place to start is:
    Barbara Rosenberg & Martin Hugh-Jones, 2013. Scientific data points to government-made anthrax.
    Frederick News & Post, Sept. 15, 2013
    http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/crime/article_ba94ae84-4b8f-589e-af97-f20743937956.html#.UjW5Om2agJY.email

    That is an holistic over-view. For the gritty details you should read these two reports:

    “The 2001 Attack Anthrax: Key observations”
    http://www.omicsonline.org/2157-2526/2157-2526-S3-001.pdf

    “Evidence for the source of the 2001 attack anthrax”
    http://www.omicsonline.org/2157-2526/2157-2526-S3-008.pdf

    The first cracks it open, the second essentially deals with the criticisms from the FBI researchers. There was a supportive report by Bill Broad in the NYP, and two leading editorials in the NYT and the Washington Post. The GAO is presently re-examining all the FBI data and presumably getting further evidence. Their report is expected in the Spring of 2014.

    Best wishes,

    Martin

    Martin Hugh-Jones
    Professor Emeritus

  21. I would like to thank you very much for your Books donated to The USO DFW… we are so happy you stop by The USO Center in the Dallas Texas Airport.

    We hope you had a wonderful time with your stay. :)

    COME BACK TO SEE US!!!!

  22. Dianne Sloop says:

    Hey Pamela!!

    Can’t wait to read the books!

    Your island friends .. Steve and Dianne

  23. Dianne Sloop says:

    Pamela,

    Steve and I (and Mango) have been living in Monterey, CA for about six years now. Some days I feel like I need to write down our crazy adventures. All is well! I hope you will bring your book tour here some day! I am so excited to start reading your books! Congrats!!

  24. Joyce says:

    I loved Saving Grace! Ordering the second right away! I don’t want to wait a year for the next one! Phewy on the publishers schedule! LOL!

  25. Christine Drommond says:

    I am interested in winning a copy of your book Finding Harmony. As newly retired I have more time for reading and like trying books by authors unfamiliar to me.

  26. Cindy Harrison says:

    Hello, We just passed your motor home in Lumberton, Tx and looked up your website. Your books look very interesting to me. Where are you from? We live in Port Neches, TX. Be safe and God bless your business!!!!

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Cindy! I was coming back from a book event to home, which is Houston (for another book event tomorrow — I want a nap ;-)). Hope I didn’t cut you off in traffic or anything horrible. Usually one of my kids or husband drives, but I was at the wheel today. Thanks about the books. I’m blessed. They’ve done very well. Hope you get a chance to check them out, and thanks for commenting!

  27. James says:

    My wife is a huge fan of yours, we hope to travel to one of your events soon!

  28. Dianne Sloop says:

    Pamela,

    At long last I get the opportunity to read your much anticipated St Marcos series on my long journey to South Africa! I have finished Saving Grace and am about half way through Leaving Annalise. As you might imagine, your stories are we’re near and dear to my heart. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. We’ll done!

    Dianne

  29. Hi Pamela, hope you are well.

    Just read a great article you wrote about your BookBub promotion. I am thinking about going down the same route for my book Drowning in the Shallow End, but am not sure how to ensure all the price reductions are in place. I am currently selling on Amazon and through Smashwords for other channels. My concern is that any temporary price reductions in Smashwords can sometimes take weeks to filter to distributors, so may not co-incide with the actual promotional activity.
    I therefore was curious to discover how you went about this and did you manage to get a uniform price for your BookBub promotion?

    Many thanks for any help you can offer, Best Wishes, Charlie

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Charlie: I went ahead and took the hit with the price reduction lasting for weeks on end, and I made my price change on Smashwords two weeks before the promotion, which gave it time to take effect on the other sites. I think it’s just missing MUCH too valuable an opportunity to pass B&N and Apple by. I highly recommend you include them and pre-reduce on Smashwords.

  30. Thanks for the reply Pamela – very helpful. Did you change the Amazon KDP price the day before or just let them know it was available at a cheaper price on Smashwords?

    Best Wishes, Charlie

    • Pamela says:

      I didn’t even have to change the Amazon price b/c they matched Smashwords. But I double-checked the day before and was prepared to lower it if it hadn’t responded to the discount via Smashwords.

  31. Jim Mccann says:

    I just purchased your latest book from Amazon for my wife and she loved it… Highly recommended to all! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  32. Mike says:

    Hi Pamela,

    A friend of mine gave me your book to read ‘ How to screw up your kids’ and have to tell you that I enjoyed reading every second of it. I cannot wait to read other books of yours. You are a brilliant writer.

    • Pamela says:

      Mike, I love that you enjoyed it, and your timing is great. I am in the 2nd-to-last (I hope) rewrite of my next novel, and that is a dark place. :-D Thank you!

  33. Bobby Smith '58 says:

    Finally got to buy all three of the books on Amazon. Took me long enough. Ready for a good read after reading a bunch on my Nook.
    Bobby

  34. Rebecca says:

    Love the Annalise series!! Please tell me #4 is on the way.

    • Pamela says:

      Thanks, Rebecca! Katie makes some appearances in my romantic mystery coming out this fall, called Going for Kona. Her friend Emily will take the lead in the next three romantic mysteries I am writing. Then I’ll decide which protagonist to go with next. But Katie and Annalise will still be around, for sure!

  35. Rebecca says:

    Great to hear that Katie and Annalise will be around! I have been captivated by the series. :) Can’t wait for “Going Kona” coming out this fall. I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in this next series!

  36. G. Ahrens says:

    I wanted to say, I just finished all three Kate & Annalise books and loved them! I got Saving Grace free through Bookbub. Partway through that, my teenage son had abdominal surgery and I found myself sitting at his hospital bedside for three days where he slept most the time, so I was left with nothing to do but read on my phone. So as soon as I finished the first book I bought/downloaded the next two on Amazon. What a great, enthralling distraction they were! I loved Kate’s personality, the touch of voodoo (without it being too overwhelming), the action, the friendships and the love story. And what a setting! I would give the series 4 stars, (out of 5…I reserve 5 stars for my favorite books of all time, like Jane Eyre, so a 4 is high praise from me). Thanks for such a fun, intriguing series! I can’t say enough what a bright spot the books were during a very trying time. I would definitely recommend!

  37. Barb Hayball says:

    Loved the series, didn’t want it to end. Really good writing. Loved Janet Evanovich, but now a fan of yours also.

  38. Beth Mary E Collins says:

    Loved book 1 and 2 , Saving Grace and Leaving Analise. Great stories ! Can’t wait to read the 3rd one. Great reads! Glad to have a new author, for me, to read.

  39. dawn says:

    Will there be anymore books to the Katie and annalise?

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Dawn! I am doing at least two spin-off series. The first one is a new friend-of-Katie character named Michele. Book 1 in that series is Going for Kona; it was released last week. Katie makes several appearances. The 2015 spin-off series features Emily, Katie’s best friend in the Katie & Annalise books. You’ll see a lot of Collin in those books, and there’s a big ending with Katie & Nick. We’re going to have some fun keeping this community of characters alive.

    • Pamela says:

      And never say never on Katie & Annalise in starring roles. I am waiting for the right ideas to come along :)

  40. Judy says:

    Hi Pamela……just finished Saving Grace…..thoroughly enjoyed the characters, your descriptive settings….can almost smell the sea air! Would recommend and look forward to the 2nd in the series! Wishing you continued success in your writing and joy in your busy life with your family….both two and four-legged sort! All the best for 2015!

  41. Peggy says:

    I just finished Saving Grace and loved it. I cannot wait to read the sequels. I really enjoy reading about strong women and solving mysteries. I will be reading more of your books in the future.

    Here’s to great writing! :)

  42. Nichole says:

    I loved the Katie and Annalise books!!! I bought them on my kindle and finished them all in a week. I even had dreams I had my own Jumbie house and Rashidi was there!!! Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your work. These were the first books I have read in a year, and they got me hooked to it again!!
    And after reading some of this site, I found out about the spin-offs!! I will be getting those tonight!!!

    -Nichole (a fan)

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  44. Brianne Arce says:

    I found Saving Grace less than a week ago. I downloaded it and was instantly sucked in. So naturally, as soon as I finished it I had to get Leaving Annalise right after and just finished it today. I love the characters, the intensity, the excitement, the mystery, and of course, the romance between Katie and Nick. I’m so glad I came across this series. I can’t wait to start Finding Harmony and even more excited to start the Emily series.

  45. Cynthia says:

    Thank you so much for being such a great writer. Your characters are beautifully delineated by their dialogue and come alive. Their insights resonate with me and, yes, I’ll admit it, help me grow. I read the St Croix books, just finished Heaven to Betsy and I am enjoying the puppy book (surrounded by various furry and feathered friends). I’m looking forward to the future Emily books. I love your energy! Once again, many thanks. Your books brighten the world for me.

    • Pamela says:

      Thanks Cynthia! Ah, you got the puppy book :) My little nonfiction books are accidents, but they are fun and real. The big yellow lab Cowboy has died since I wrote it and the boxer Layla has cancer and only a few months left to her. So Petey is getting new friends. We pick up a rescue Belgian Shepherd Malinois named Georgia tomorrow.

      Thanks again for your kind words. I just turned in Earth to Emily (2nd Emily book) and am about to get to work on Hell to Pay. Then on to my Ava books!

      Take care,
      Pamela

  46. Trisha says:

    Are you going to have a sequel to Finding Harmony (Katie & Annalise Book 3)?

    • Pamela says:

      Hi Trisha:

      I’m writing books that feature protagonists who are all friends. Three for Katie, three for Emily, three for Ava, three for Michele (you haven’t met her yet), and three for two other characters you haven’t met. There will be books on St. Marcos, especially with Ava’s books. Whether I write again from Katie’s perspective in the next couple of years will depend on whether I think up the perfect story in her own words. My husband is my story-partner, and we’ve batted around a few ideas. It is very likely that if those books occur, they will be multi-protagonist, with several of the women together in the islands. We’ll just have to see which ideas win out. There are going to be some relationships in the Ava and Michele books that dictate that Katie will be present, and that they will be set in the islands.

  47. Twanna Powell says:

    Good Afternoon Pam
    A voice from the past!! Just downloaded your book in OverDrive from our Library. Yes, after a 7 year stint in Washington DC we are back in Amarillo. Was pleased to see that you are such an accomplished aurthor. Look forward to reading more.
    Best to you and hi to your mom!
    Twanna

    • Pamela says:

      Oh WOW, that is a blast from the past, and such a great one. <3 <3 <3
      Thank you so much and please tell Don hello for me! Can’t believe you’re back in Amarillo. That’s great!

  48. Andrew says:

    Hello! Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed Saving Grace. I am came across it by chance and saw that it had great reviews. After downloading, I quickly read through the book and it was fantastic. I am about to download the next book. Thank you for the great story!

  49. sally thompson says:

    Loved Saving Grâce,hope to see you at Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord Michigan às you travel.

  50. Julia kilgo says:

    How glad I am to find a great new author. . Just finished saving Grace and am ordering 2 or 3 more of her books. Happy, Happy, Happy!!!

  51. Patricia Hanken says:

    I truly enjoyed looking at the pictures you took while in St. Croix! I loved the Annalise books and it was nice to see the pictures! Thank you for sharing them Pamela! Have a safe trip home! : )

  52. Aggie says:

    Love the series Katie and Annalise

  53. Bob says:

    I most sincerely hope the Katie and Annalise series is not done — please say it is not so. It was GREAT!!

    One question: I noticed your middle name is Fagan. It is not that common a name. Are you in any way related to Clifford Fagan?!? He was a professor of, I think, Business Administration at CVI (now UVI) on St. Croix, and who I studied under. I *almost* started an MBA under him before life got in the way, but the two courses I took under him were incorporated into the Doctoral Degree Program.

    • Pamela says:

      No relation :)

      Thank you re Katie & Annalise. It continues over the years through other series, including, I hope, an Ava series, and ultimately, an ensemble book or two back in the islands with the interrelated protagonists.

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