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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Julian, Marc and Holly tell us about Gabe

First, I want to say how much fun it was to have Christy Reece here on Monday. Thanks to all of you who posted, and congrats to the contest winners! I know you’ll enjoy your books when they arrive.

As release day for Naked Edge draws closer, I’m getting more and more excited. I thought it might be fun to share that excitement, or at least to torture you a bit while I still can. And what better what to do that than to give you a glimpse of the man you’ll be meeting between the covers… (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Those of you who’ve read the second and third I-Team books (Hard Evidence and Unlawful Contact) are familiar with Katherine James. I’ve been getting reader e-mails about her since her debut in Tessa and Julian’s story. Readers seemed to connect with her in some way, or at least found her interesting due to her Navajo heritage, and wanted to know when she would get her own book.

But very few of you have met Gabe Rossiter, the hero in Naked Edge. I thought it might be fun to share a little bit about him. And who better to tell you about him than his fellow characters? I’m thinking particularly of Julian Darcangelo, aka Dark Angel, and Marc Hunter, who get to know Gabe quite well during the course of the story. So I’ve asked them to join us today.

(Julian and Marc walk in, look around and wonder how they got here and where here is…)

PC: Hi, guys. How’s it going?

Julian nods, sits, leaning back in his chair, one long leg stretched out in front of him. “Going great. How are you?”

Same as always, I tell him. Not enough sleep, long days at the paper, longer nights writing.

Marc turns his chair backward and straddles it. “You know, you really ought to get out from behind that computer and meet a man. There’s more to life than writing.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Is there someone you’d like to hook me up with, Marc — a fellow SWAT officer, maybe? If not, then we’d better just stick with the blog topic. If we talk about my sex life, this is going to be a very short and boring blog post.”

He laughs. Julian grins.

Julian: “So what do you want to know about Rossiter?”

PC: “Why don’t you each tell me how you met him and describe your first impression of him.”

Julian: “I met Rossiter a few years back when Hunter here broke out of prison with poor Sophie as his hostage and tried to evade law enforcement—

Marc: “You mean ‘succeeded in evading law enforcement,’ don’t you? Because — let’s be honest — you didn’t have a clue where I was.”

Julian glares at him, but goes on: “—and disappeared into the high country. We needed help from officers who could handle the deep snow, the sub-zero temps and the terrain. The last thing we needed on a manhunt was injured, hypothermic or missing men. Don’t forget that we knew Hunter was armed and dangerous. We knew that anyone we sent into the mountains might find themselves in a firefight with him. We had to send men who could handle that, and Rossiter was one of the few who could.”

PC: “What skills did he have that set him apart.”

Julian: “Have you watched him ski? There’s no terrain he can’t handle. He has all the outdoor survival skills, plus he’s good with firearms.”

Marc grins: “But you all froze your nuts off for nothing. You had no idea where to find me.”

Julian: “Ah, but I did find you, didn’t I?”

Marc frowns: “Yeah, because you cheated.”

Julian gives a snort. “Right. Cheated. You were armed, had an innocent hostage, had broken out of prison, but I cheated.”

PC: “So, Marc, how did you meet Gabe?”

Marc: “Sophie got a call from Kat one night. Kat was very upset and needed a ride home. I picked her up at Rossiter’s house.”

PC: “What was your first impression of him?”

Marc: “I took one look at him and figured him for a horn dog. It seemed to me that he just wanted to get between Kat’s legs. She had absolutely no experience with men, and I wanted to make sure Rossiter didn’t take advantage of her, even if I had to kick his ass.”

Julian laughs, shakes his head: “This from the man who put a gun to his future wife’s head and took her hostage.”

Marc: “That was different. Besides, I’m not proud of that. [silence] But, yeah, Rossiter can ski like no one I’ve ever seen. And in the end he turned out to be a good guy. What he did for Kat… I respect the hell out of him.”

Julian nods: “The man’s got balls of granite.”

PC: “Can you tell us what he looks like?”

Julian and Marc look at each other, obviously confused.

Marc: “He’s a guy. What do you want us to say?”

PC: “Is he, you know, ripped, hot?”

Julian laughs: “You’re asking the wrong people.”

Marc: “He’s a good guy and all, but he’s not what I’d want in bed next to me, if that's what you're asking.”

PC rolls eyes: “Okay, guys, thanks for your time. Can you send Holly in? I think she can tell us what we want to hear.”

Julian nods, grins: Sure thing.

Julian and Marc stand and head off. A few minutes later, Holly hurries in, a big smile on her face, her heels clicking on the floor.

Holly: “They said you wanted to talk about Gabe.”

PC: “Give us the inside scoop, Holly. Woman to woman, is Gabe hot?”

Holly moans: “He’s so incredibly sexy! Six-foot-four, dark hair, blue eyes and the body of a god — not that I’ve seen all of it, mind you. And the way he moves… He could have been a dancer if, you know, he didn’t ski and climb and stuff. Kat is soooo lucky! And when I think what he went through for her… I wish he had a brother!”

PC: “Thanks, Holly.”

Holly’s eyes narrow: “While I have you here alone, when am I going to get my book? Everyone else has one. How much longer do I have to wait?”

PC: “You know I adore you, Holly, and I know I'm not the only one who does. I hope to give you a story soon, but I can’t say for sure when it will happen. Don’t worry. I won’t forget you."

Okay, so there you go. I’m not sure that Julian, Marc and Holly were as informative as I wanted them to be, but I guess the best way to learn about Gabe is to get inside his head, which you’ll be able to do in five short days.


Crystal said...

Oh, Pamela!
You so release the inner shrieking madwoman on crack in me! And its at the breakfast table with that same teenage son!

I swear - you are the luckiest woman alive, that you can control these guys. I think I would spend my entire day with them.

Julian, Marc, and now Gabe? How much hotness are we expected to take? Yeah, ok, I still want more.

Julian and Marc . . . they are hysterical together.

You have made my day! I hope yours is fabulous as well! :)

Steph70 said...


I have never wanted a Tuesday to get here as bad as I want next Tuesday to get here. I cannot wait for Kat's story, and this little tidbit seals the deal! LOL
I am reading someone else to pass the time, but she's just not the same!

Okay, it worked. You have me drooling for this book like nobody's business. Good thing I'm getting it on my Kindle and in paperback very soon. LOL.

Sending good thoughts for fabulous sales on this book. It's going to rock. I know when it comes in I'm putting down whatever I'm reading at the time to read your book RIGHT THEN.

All the best,

Denise A. Agnew

Linda A. said...

Pamela, this is hilarious. My copy of NE arrived in the mail yesterday - I didn't know pre-orders were shipped before the release date! I have to confess I read the ending...I have a pernicious habit of doing that sometimes. I cried! Now I'll start at the beginning and enjoy Gabe's hotness from cover to cover.

J. said...

lol I love this! I can't believe NE is coming out in less than a week! I swear if felt like it was just yesterday with me groaning about how long it'll take. Super super excited :)

JennJ said...

Hi Pamela ok I lovedddddddddddd this!!!!! Julian and Marc were hiliarious they do love to bicker don't they ROFL! That was such a great interview.

And Holly I can't wait to read your book either girl! ;)

Only 4 more days woohoooooooo

Kara C said...

*Stiff* competition indeed. :)

Loved the post. Cannot wait until Tuesday!! Wonder if I could take a day off from, better not. Guess I'd better plan to be up late on Tuesday!

lucy said...

Woohoo!! NE has just arrived over here in OZ! I'm so excited (even though I've read it ). Can't wait to get them on the shelves!

Debbie H said...

Ooooo, ladies, just wait! Gabe is so....*swoon* You will love him instantly. ;)

I love reading these interviews with the people in the books (they are not characters, we all know that).

Diane W. said...

*Wipes drool from chin* What a fabulous mental picture I had of those two super studs. And, when you had Marc spin the chair around and straddle it....I got a little dizzy. :)

Can't wait for my Amazon shipment to get here! Love your that they're set in CO. My hubby is from Arvada and we lived in Westminster for 12 years. Initially, I was a journalist (broadcasting, sorry), but switched career paths when I moved to the Denver area and became an editor for TVGuide magazine in Tech Center (yeah, that was fun commute).

In your first I-Team book, I laughed out loud when you had Kara meet her informant at an abandoned warehouse near Smith Rd. and Quebec. That's exactly where the presses for TVGuide were, and I spent every other Wednesday and Thursday there for three years. Thanks for the amazing stories AND the bonus walk down memory lane!


Hi, Crystal — I'm so glad I was able to make you laugh again. And in front of your son to boot! Perfect. LOL!

As for these guys — Reece, Julian, Marc, Gabe (not to mention Iain, Morgan, Connor, Nicholas & etc.) — I DO spend my entire day (and night) with them. In fact, sometimes I have to tell them to SHUT UP! :-)

Yes, Marc and Julian have developed their own unique way of interacting. And there's a fair amount of it in the story. As I mentioned in one post, Marc has some special nicknames for Julian. I restrained myself and did not reveal them here.

Thanks for the good wishes. I had a rotten day at work, but a very lovely evening. Hope your day was a good one.

Hi, Steph — I'm so glad to know you're excited. I haven't gotten my author copies yet, and I'm going nuts waiting for them. Now only five days to go!

Hi, Ronlyn — I got your e-mail. Thanks! We SO need to catch up. Was talking about the Jag Shag at work today. Yep. ;-)

Hi, Denise — Oh, you're so sweet! And thank you for the good wishes. I've got everything but my legs crossed! I hope you enjoy the book.

Hi, Linda — Woohoo! A copy of NE has been sighted! And you read the ending?!?!?! Won't the book bore you to tears now? E-mail me and tell me which part made you cry. I have a pressing need to know! LOL! I hope you enjoy the story!

Hey, J — Miss you! I guess the day finally decided to hurry up and get here. There's a copy of the book with your name on it somewhere. ;-)

Hi, Jenn — Four more days? What day is it? I though there were five more days. But I guess it depends on what you consider a day. My mother told me (when we were debating how many days till Christmas when I was a kid) that after 6 p.m. you no longer have to count the day you're in as a day. So I guess you're right... :-)

I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Yes, they love to bicker. That's because they love each other so dearly. LOL!!

Hi, Lucy — Brilliant! I'm so glad you've got the books. Sorry that the bookmarks/bookplates aren't there yet. They're on their way, though. Hopefully they'll be there before Tuesday. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. That was very reassuring to me. I hope your customers enjoy it too!

Hi, Debbie — Thanks for saying that. These guys certainly feel like real people to me. Not sure what happened to your bookmark! I'll get another in the mail ASAP.

Hi, Diane — Welcome to a fellow Coloradan! (And a former journalist also). You know what’s out at Smith and Quebec now? Denver County Jail and the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Plus some sketchy looking warehouses. Too funny that you used to work out there.

I had to laugh at your apology. Most people don't realize there’s any rivalry between print and broadcast journalism. But here's the basic overview: Broadcast journalists are attractive and dress nicely. Print journalists look like they've spent the past week on a bender and have been sleeping under their desks. Would you say that's accurate? Sadly, I'm one of the best dressed print journalists I know. Wow. Major bad news.

I'm glad the interview with Julian and Marc was, er, stimulating. They rock my world, I will admit. I have such a detailed... and complete... image of them in my mind.

I hope your book arrives quickly. And thanks so much for saying hello. If you're ever in town, let me know.

Here's a late bit of news...

Crystal got her copy this afternoon — and has already read the entire book! Wow, I guess I need to write a lot faster.

Thanks for the e-mail, Crystal. :-)

And you're so very welcome.

KCP said...

YAY! 4 more days! 4 more days! Thank you SO much for this post! Perfect way to tide us over until Tuesday. I can't wait to read more banter between Marc and Julian. And Holly! I always hoped Holly would get a book!

KCP said...

Oh...and I read your post above. *raises hand* Yeah, I wear jeans and zip up hoodies almost every day. My office is as casual as it gets. It's not like I have a camera on me. Print journalists are "behind" the scenes, right? LOL. Of course, I am capable of dressing fab if I have to...IF I have to. ;-)


Hey, Kristin — I'm glad my chat with Julian and Marc is tiding you over. Not long now! And thank you!

I laughed out loud about the jeans/hoodies thing. Yep. Print journalist.

I almost always wear skirts and some kind of shirt/blouse. But I wear mostly denim skirts. I pay tribute to the print journalist tendency to be a slob through the character of Matt. (Most male print journalists would rather be shot in the head than wear a tie.) In fact, the only comment my reporter friend Matt (after whom Matt is named) had to make about the fictional Matt was, "Why did you make him wear a tie." LOL!

KCP said...

I have dressy clothes, I just use them at my discretion. When I have to go cover something political or an event where I know everyone will be dressed nice, I dress up. But I'm an ag writer, so half my stories take place on dirty farms! The cows and orchards could give a lick about what I'm wearing, I assure you.

LOL about Matt's tie comment! That is too funny, but I totally beleive it. :)

Ronlyn said...

mmmm...Jag Shag. That was fun.
The Marc & Julian banter makes me LOL. Toss Gabe into the mix and it's a hot, smart ass, testosterone-fest!

Diane W. said...

LOL, Pamela! I think broadcast journalists have a bit of a complex, because we think print journalists look down on us and don't consider us "real" reporters. And, unfortunately, there's always a prima donna or two lurking around proving that theory to be true....much to the aggravation of the rest of us who did work hard.

As far as the way print journalists dress, I have quite a few friends in the print media, and what's always made me laugh is their "by-line" photos in the paper. I always think, "Who is that person? They look nothing like that in real life." :)

Wow, there's a prison at Smith and Quebec now? I worked there in the late eighties, and TVGuide was printed at the A.B. Hirshfeld press. Don't know if they're even there anymore. We used to eat at a great little restaurant in an old Victorian house not far from there. They only served two selections at lunch, but they were fabulous. Or else we went to Tosh's Hacienda in Five Points and gorged on Mexican food.

My in-laws are still in Arvada, so we do make it back every once in awhile. It's not summer if my kids don't go to Elitch's and Water World at least once. Personally, my favorite haunt is the Tattered Cover. :)


Mary G said...

i love when authors do t his. Just alittle more of a hint of the characters. I already love Gabe & I haven't even read the book yet.

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