Pam Crooks is Baaaack!!

And what better time for me to come back than during our special Cowboy Fever Week?

Some of you may already know that I was one of the founding fillies here at Petticoats & Pistols, back when we first launched in August, 2007.  I was busy writing historical western romances for Harlequin, and I blogged monthly for years.  I got to know many of you and enjoyed chatting with you during that time.

As sometimes happens with authors, I got the itch to try something different, and I delved into self-publishing my 1920s historical romantic suspense series, the Secret Six.  Then life happened, and I had to step back from all writing for a little while.  Both of my parents passed away within a few months of each other last year, and the responsibility fell to me to settle their estate.  By the time, I could breathe again, the urge to feel like a writer ran strong within me.

And I missed cowboys.  Guess the fever never died, eh?  So the beginning of this year, I pulled together a contemporary western proposal and submitted to Tule Publishing.  In a few weeks, I had a contract with them, and I was on my way to being a western romance writer again!

I had heard about Tule in a roundabout way through one of our past fillies, Jane Porter.  Tule is a company she helped found, and there have been a number of fillies who have releases with them, namely Jeannie Watt, Marin Thomas, Trish Milburn, Julie Benson, and Charlene Sands, to name a few.

Currently, we are tweaking my new manuscript, so I don’t yet have a release date, a cover, or even a title.  But I promise to tell you all about Ava and Beau’s story in the coming months.  I hope you’ll stay tuned.

In the meantime, Tule has a sweet spot for contemporary western romance.  I invite you to check them out.

Even better, subscribe here to their newsletter and get weekly updates of all of their latest releases!


Please hop on and say “Howdy!”.  I’d love to meet you!

Pam Crooks
Pam has written 24 romances, most of them historical westerns. She has just released her newest sweet historical romance, TRACE, the launch book for the Bachelors & Babies series starting in June, More of her books are coming! Stay up on the latest at
Updated: June 23, 2018 — 8:43 pm


  1. A cleaned up cowboy is swoon worthy, but a working cowboy with scuffed boots, jeans with stains from the work and a cowboy hat, that’s my man. Cowboy culture has my heart. HWR or contemporary cowboys on the ranch or in the rodeo will draw my interest.

    1. I know, right? Cowboys are hard workers. Sweat, mud, and scuffed up boots are sexy! Thanks for the note, Jerri!

  2. I like Tule and congrats on being back in the saddle. I am sorry for your loss. The same thing happened to me.

    1. Thanks, DebraG, for the kind words and welcome.

      It’s tough, isn’t it, to lose parents? Our lives are never the same. Ever, ever.

  3. I agree with Jerri, give me a working Cowboy anytime. Growing up in a Cowboy world as my dad rodeoed and passed that love dien to me and my brother, Trophy, my heart tends to gravitate toward both historical and contemporary Cowboys. Throw in a mystery in the books and I’m really hooked as I love trying to solve mysteries.
    Welcome Baaack, please join us more In The future. Happy Early 4th of July to you!

    1. I see you at P & P alot, Tonya. We love our loyal readers!! I’m looking forward to chatting with you here (and on FB!). Thanks for the welcome back, and God Bless America!

  4. Hi Pam, I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your parents. I look forward to reading your next book.

    1. Janine–another familiar name! I appreciate your kindness and time to tell me hello. Stay tuned, dear.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I understand what you mean about finally having time to breathe again. It does take a very long time to settle things. Welcome back to this lovely place!! We do love our cowboys!

    1. You’re very kind, Susan P. We appreciate you!

  6. Welcome back Pam, and you know how thrilled I am about your Tule release! Congrats!

    1. Here’s to many sales, Jeannie–for you, me and ALL the Tule authors. We know and love cowboys, don’t we?

  7. Hi Pam, it’s great to have you book. Congratulations on your new book and I look forward to reading it!

  8. I have read several of Tule’s book so glad you are back.

    1. You are one of our most voracious readers and fans, Quilt Lady! How long have you’ve been hanging around P & P? Doesn’t matter how long–we don’t ever want you to leave!

      Thanks–I’m glad to be back. The fillies are my dearest friends.

  9. Congrats on your new publishing home! Looking forward to those cowboys!

    1. Thanks so-o much, Anne! We’ve been a part of each other’s careers for a long time, haven’t we? I hope I have as much success as you do as I start this new chapter. Hugs!

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    Pam I’m relatively new to the wonderful world of reading so I did not know you were one of the founders of P & P. After decades of not reading I started reading again in November 2016 when I was sent a Linda Broday book and the rest is history! I’ve been on so many adventures, I’m on my 139th, now, that I would have missed. I have not read one of your books yet but I look forward to it.

    1. Stephanie, you’ll love Pam’s books. She used to write historicals and I know her contemporaries will show her love of cowboys equally well. I’m so happy that me and Tonya got you reading again. Just think what all you’d have missed and how full your life is now. Love you dearly!

    2. Whoa, Stephanie!! That’s amazing!! And let me tell you, girl. Linda is a true icon in the western romance genre. She knows her stuff, and she’s had alot of well-deserved success. I remember when her first book came out, and look how far she’s come since then.

  11. Pam, I’m so, so happy that you’re back to writing about cowboys. It’s what you’re good at and I think what makes you smile at the end of the day. Cowboy stories just feel right. I can’t wait to read your upcoming book! Tule Publishing seems like a great company to work for.

    Congratulations and high fives!

    1. Linda, you’re one of the best friends anyone can have. You’ve helped P & P become an icon, too. High fives back at ya, girlfriend!

  12. I’m sorry for your losses, Pam. Although time helps somewhat, we never get over missing our parents, do we? I was just listening to Alan Jackson myself, my Mom’s tippy-top favorite, and remembering Good Time(s). (one of his songs!)

    Congrats on your new book, and the best of luck with your new home Tule, Pam!

    1. Thank you so much. Talk soon, okay?

  13. So awesome you are back writing about cowboys and on the blog, Pam! So grateful for all you do for Petticoats and Pistols! You are awesome! (And so sorry about your losses. Hugs!)

    1. You’re pretty awesome yourself, girlie! As always, I appreciate you and your sweetness!

  14. Sorry about your loss and the crazy year you had. I already get tule publishing newsletter.

    1. Your condolences are very nice to hear, Kim. (Another familiar face!) Glad you get the Tule n/l. I just love their covers. I haven’t seen a bad one yet.

      1. Me neither.

  15. I’m so glad to have you back in the game, although you’ve certainly been the concrete that held P&P together backstage. Hugs, Phyliss

    1. Always such a sweetheart, Phyliss. Hugs for all your grace and kindness!

  16. Pam, I’m sorry for your losses. May the Lord continue to wrap His arms around you and your family.

    You are a new-to-me author. It’s a pleasure meeting you.

    1. Thank you so much, Caryl. A pleasure for me to meet you as well. I look forward to chatting with you more in the coming months.

  17. Welcome BACK!!!!! So glad to have you back “in the corral” Pam. I read many of your historical westerns and enjoyed them so much! I’m looking forward to your Tule release. I’d love to try contemporary myself — but I’m usually a day late and a dollar short and wearing last year’s fashions, so getting up to speed might be a bit of a leap for me (lol.)

    I’m so glad that you feel like writing again and are back with us!

    1. Aw, shucks, Kathy. You’re always such a doll.

  18. Welcome back, Pam. I am so sorry to hear about your parents. I hope all the good memories are helping you recover from the loss. Life often throws us a curve when we least expect it. I look forward to reading Ava and Beau’s story when it is ready.

    1. Another dear and familiar name! Thank you, Patricia B. Yes, lots of good memories. I hope my own children will say the same thing about their dad and me. Ha! But if nothing else, my parents’ passing has brought all of us kids closer together. We text together constantly.

      So nice of you to chat with me.

  19. Can’t wait to read it

    1. Keep checking back, Denise. I’ll be talking about the book quite a bit.

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