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Dead By Midnight: An I-Team Christmas is out! — The grand finale of the I-Team series finds all the couples you love brought together when terrorists attack holiday festivities at a historica hotel in downtown Denver. It’s bad news for the terrorists. They have no clue what they’ve done when they take Marc Hunter and his friends hostage. Featuring cameos by the men of New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross’s Hostage Rescue Team series. Available in ebook and paperback.
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You each won a signed copy of Naked Edge! E-mail me your mailing address, and I’ll pop your books and matching bookmarks in the mail.
Sorry to have vanished. No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth or get arrested. I simply was consumed by problems at the paper this week. We missed our press deadline by more than an hour due to serious, prolonged computer problems in the production department, and it wasn't pretty. But we did eventually get the paper out. And we're getting a new computer for production.
As a result of the chaos, however, I missed hanging with you on release day — the problems started Tuesday morning — and am just getting caught up now.
I’m starting to hear from those of you who’ve had time to read the book, and I’ve been relieved and thrilled by what you’ve shared with me. Several of you have told me you wanted to talk about the book with others who've read it.
So... I’m setting up a chat. It’s the “After the Epilogue Naked Edge Chat” for Saturday evening, March 13 at 7 p.m. MST (9 Easter/6 Pacific). If anyone has a chatroom, let me know. Otherwise I’ll set it up at Chatzy and post the link.
What will we do in this chat? Well, we'll chat about the book without worrying about giving spoilers away to those who haven’t read it. You can ask me anything you’d like, and you can compare your thoughts and favorite scenes to those of other readers. You don’t have to be a regular poster on this blog to participate. Whether I know you from my blog or Facebook or Goodreads or a past life, you are welcome!
Everyone who participates will be eligible to win a signed copy of the book with a bookmark. Think of it as a perc for those of you who zipped out, got the book and read it — people like Kara C, who seems to have inhaled it. I’ll share some things that you don't know about the story — not the boring stuff about my falling off mountains, but more the specific details in the story.
It's also my way of thanking you for not giving away the surprises at the ending of the story in your reviews. I’ve been amazed at everyone's restraint, and I'm very grateful that no one has spilled the beans! Since you've all been so circumspect, you deserve a place to hang out and talk all you want about you know what!
So here were some fun things from the first couple of days of the book’s release:
Chatting at Leontine's Book Realm, Sapphire Romance and Borders True Romance.
Leontine's question about the kind of personal ad Gabe would run had people laughing, including me. Jenn J at Sapphire Romance asked some insightful questions based on her deep knowledge about the story. At Borders, I met a lot of new people.
And then there was the review at Smart Bitches. I loved it! SB Sarah gave the book a B+ and offered my favorite description of Gabe so far:
"[Y]ou see him act so honorably one moment, like when he comes to the heroine’s rescue after another police officer way oversteps his boundaries, and then you see him act like a callous, heartless self-absorbed dickbag and wonder how it can be the same person.”I fell in love with the word dickbag and have tried to use it in as many situations as I can since then. I may have to put it in my next I-Team book.
I still have bookmarks. If you work at or own a bookstore and would like some, please let me know. Or if you’re a reader and would like one, also, let me know.
Other fun and games to come:
An interview with Gabe Rossiter
Naked Edge trivia
An interview with a true powder hound/extreme skier friend of mine (complete with video)
So has anyone seen the book on bookstore shelves out there anywhere? Does anyone have any release week stories to share?
Also, please RSVP if you'd like to come to the After the Epilogue Chat. I'll need your e-mail address to invite you in.
Ahhhhh Y_Y I have to miss the chat. *sniffles* That makes me crazy sad. It also gives me a great excuse - in my mind- to stay home... but I can't.
I loved Naked Edge - it's my favorite I Team book next to Extreme Exposure. (Which is one of my all time favorite books.)
<3 <3 <3
I was actually sad I pre-ordered it electronically, because I realized I had a better chance of getting it early in print :P (And since there's some of that floating around online... sorry if it hurt your numbers/if that annoys you.)
I totally can't wait for the next I Team book!
Still waiting to get my hands on Gabe. Hopefully he gets here tomorrow. Or my weekend plans are shot. LOL :)
Just about broke out in hives listening to you talk about your production problems. Happened to us once or twice at TVGuide (that press near Smith and Quebec), and there is NOTHING worse than missing your press run. Hope things are MUCH better for you from this point forward.
Looking forward to the chat!
You bet please count me in hon I would love to join in the chat and talk about some of the stunners in the book! I'm with Limecello Naked Edge has been my favorite of the I-Team books so far and I didn't think any could top HE and UC for me but it did! And I can't wait for Natalie's story!!!
Glad you made it through such a hectic and blah week at the paper hon bless your heart time to kick back and get some much deserved rest now! :)
Oh My God!!!! I won!!! This is so cool! I never win. I've entered at least 25 book giveaway contests. And I've onl win one. This is so awesome! Thank you so much Pamela. I'll email you my mailing address right now. Thanks again! I can't wait to read Kat and Gabe's story! ;D
And I am so in that chat once I finnish reading it. ;D
btw: I'm glad you had that problem resolved in your paper! Stay awesome! ;D
I'm sooo peeved, I'm going to Lake Charles that night and won't be able to bring a computer (well I will but I doubt the girls I'm hanging out with will let me on it for long enough to participate.
But as for release week stories: On Monday I tried to go to Borders and see if they had it on the shelves, but it was poring raining so I couldn't go.
Then Tuesday it officially came out, Tuesday is dinner night with the girls, and for some reason we didn't want to part so I was like, "hey, let's go to Books a million" so we went and looked and it wasn't there (I even asked someone behind the desk, and had the lady behind me give me a funny look) But alas, so we sat in the photography section and looked at playboy photos (they have a book each for blondes, brunettes, and redheads) Wow, they have weird tan lines...
Wednesday I called Barnes and Noble and was like PLEASE TEL ME YOU HAVE THIS BOOK. and he said he had to look for it (he had a sexy voice) and he put me on hold, the song was horrendous and I spent the time making fun of it. Finally he came back and said they ddi have it but it was still on the cart in its box, It had just come in that morning.So I cleaned my house and went to BN to get it as a present for me.I read it by that night.
I would love to chat with other I Team fans! I'll even be nice to those Julian fans. LOL Although I guess we can all be united in our fascination with Gabe.
I took a pic of the final NE copy at my friends' bookstore, but photography's not my thing. I didn't consider the mirrored backing of the shelf, etc. When I went back today to try again, it was gone! You're welcome to the shot I have - if I can figure out how to get it to you. (Technology's not my thing either.)LOL
Hope next week is much calmer for you. I hope next week is calmer for ME. Glad it's Friday.
PS - I didn't inhale it. I savored every word - quickly.
Murphy's Law. I don't know how you did all those chats with the work problems keeping you busy. You were everywhere. All my 5 fave Chapters stores (you can store 5 locations on your profile) are all sold out. I went tonight & there was a big space where your books would be. Good for you but not for me. Congrats to the winners. I'd love to join the chat.
LOL Kara C savor/inhale. Right on!!
Hi, Limecello — So sorry you can't make the chat. It's not going to be till next Saturday, March 13. So if your plans change...
The next I-Team book is already six pages long. I'm halfway through the first chapter. Woohoo! LoL!
Hi, Diane — I know you're reading it today. I hope it's holding you entranced! And I'm glad you'll make the chat!
Yeah, this past week completely stank. Right now, if someone offered me a job at a coffee shop, I would so totally take it. I'm so over it.
Hey, Jenn — I'm thrilled that you'll be there. I'm amazed that people are saying it's the best of the four. I totally don't get that, but okay. :-)
I want Monday to never come, then I won't have to go back and deal with this again.
Hi, Haleigh! So wonderful to "see" you again. And I'm so glad you'll be able to come to the chat. That's fantastic.
Also, thanks for doing a review. I really appreciate it. Word of mouth helps so much.
Hi, Ann/Alba — Glad you'll make it. Your prize is in the mail. :-)
Hi, Lori — Congrats! I hope your book makes it in time for you to read the story. Dickbag is a fantastic term, isn't it?
Hi, Ronna — I just got home from a hike and saw your address in my email. I'll drop your book in the mail on Monday morning early. Hopefully you'll have it read by Saturday night. Congrats!
Hi, Ronlyn — I'm so happy you can make it too! Will you be tending bar? ;-)
Hi, Christine - I'm so bummed you can't make it! But it sounds like you've got a good time in store for you, so that's great. Any place named "Lake Charles" sounds like a good place to go. (I like water.)
LOL about your experience in BAM. I bet those models DO have weird tan lines. They'll turn into weird wrinkle lines when they're in their 30s.
Your experience is pretty typical, however. Oftentimes readers go into a store and think the book is "sold out" because they don't see it, when in fact it's in the back and hasn't even been unpacked yet. By the time they get it in shelves, the author has already lost sales.
So THANK YOU for asking and having the guy look for them. I've done that when I've wanted books by my favorite authors. When they say, "Can you come back in a couple of days because we haven't unpacked them yet," I say, "I'll wait while you unpack them. The book's release date is today, and it should be on the shelves." (Yes, I have truly done this.)
Most of the time they're good about getting it when you ask, just as this guy with the sexy voice was.
So again, THANKS!
Hi, Kara — LOL @ being nice to Julian fans. Too funny! Perhaps focusing on Gabe would be the thing to do, and given what he goes through — no hints! — he deserves some attention, right?
How exciting that the book was gone! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it does well for two reasons 1) I can keep writing and 2) I get one step closer to leaving the day job!
I'm glad you were able to read it so quickly and still savor it. :-)
And, yes, let's have calmer weeks this next week.
Hi, Mary G — Well, I didn't sleep much, so that helped. LOL! In bed at midnight, up at 4 AM.
Are you sure those 5 Chapter stores were sold out? It's more likely that the books are in boxes in the back. You might ask at the counter and have them look it up in their system. I hope you can find it!
Keep me posted!
Actually Chapters on-line stock count is bang on. I have checked stock on a book, gone to buy it & checked the stock again when I got home. The count is one less so it's in real time. Of the five stores on my fave list 4 had it in stock. Now none of them do. I went Friday after tennis & the books were gone by then. I'm going to look for at the grocery stores etc.
I have also asked staff to get a book for me on release day if it showed that they had stock. I drag them to one of the various computers throughout the store & show them what the cover looks like LOL.
My fault - I waited too long.
I wanted to say THANK YOU to those of you who've reviewed the book or posted about it without giving away the ending.
What happens from the climax of the story through the end of the book is important to the book's punch.
So thank you for not giving it away! I've been amazed at how everyone talks their way around it.
You all ROCK!
LOL - it's called gas here too.
I'm going to check on-line & then go to the one that has the book.
But your books are worth it.
BTW I went to the used book store today. Out of curiosity I checked for yours. There was only one copy of Surrender. You know why? Because you write KEEPERS.
Trust me, Mary, once you find it, it won't take long to read. All other areas of your life will be put on hold while you inhale the book. Or, so I've been told. :)Pamela, does it really help an author to have readers review on Amazon and other places? I've heard some chats to that effect but didn't know for sure.
Hi Pamela, I'm in for the chat. Looking forward to a Gabe-licious time! I don't think I ever mentioned this, but I taught a boy named Rossiter, who had black hair and blue eyes. He was only fifteen, but I'd say he had the potential to be a looker, and he was already a smart-ass. And he skied. Silly goat!
Hi, Kara — Yes, it does help, particularly when readers say why they liked a book and are honest about what they didn't like — without giving too much away.
Readers are hit over the head with so many different books from which to choose. When they read what other readers thing, I think it helps to narrow down their choices.
What do the rest of you say? Do reviews from readers help you choose whether to buy a book or not? What do you all think should be included in reviews?
But, Kara, don't feel that you need to go do this. Some people (including lurkers) are putting up reviews, however, and I am thrilled that they're not giving away the crux of the story.
Hi, Linda — I'm so glad you'll be joining in. That student of yours sounds like he had some real potential. The combination of dark hair and blue eyes does me in. But not on 15-year-olds so much... a little older would be good. ;-)
I'm be watching the post person every day till I get my prize....
I have to agree that reviews from readers matter you should see the STACKS of books I have to read by NTM authors just because of reviews and recommends.
I dont think I would have found you Pamela if it were not for Debbie H She told me to read the Rangers I loved them.CONNER can't wait... no pressure.
Ah! I'm so excited! Thanks Pamela. I seriously cant wait. I've been seriously torturing myself by reading reviews from BN, goodreads, amazon, and all that other stuff. No spoilers though, but I still read. And I have to say I am so excited of what the readers have been saying. Especially this very heroic, selfless thing Gabe did in the end. And how they said the climax is super awesome!! I cant wait! ;D
*You should read the reviews they have in gooreads Pamela. They're really awesome reviews. I keep on rereading it till I get the real thing. :D
More than a year's worth of work, read in two hours... LOL!
Well, Mary, that's okay... as long as those are two amazingly good hours.
So guess what's in my e-mail today?
"When is Connor's story coming out?" "When is Connor's story coming out?" "When is Connor's story coming out?""When is Connor's story coming out?" "When is Connor's story coming out?"
I dinnae ken, lasses! I've no’ forgotten the Rangers. I cherish those lads, each and every one. All things in their sweet time, aye?
If only there were two of me!
Oh, Ronna, you're so sweet. I hope that book makes it quickly! I try not to pay too much attention to reviews. Then again... I'll try to pop over to Goodreads tonight. :-)
Unfortunately (or not) I read very fast. I try to savor books but I read a lot and it's just natural.
Now I noticed it's listed as having 400 pages so it might take 20 minutes more. I'll have to let you know. It would really help if some psrts weren't so good that I want to read them over before moving on & I'm not talking about the sex.
Hey, Ronna, what's your last name. You can e-mail it to me if you feel more comfortable doing that.
Ann/Alba — I am happy that readers want his story. And I know that you personally are simply excited about reading his story.
One of the emails was an angry email and basically said I was being mean to my readers by not writing it. I felt bad about that, but the long delay is not what I wanted either. I swear on my own father's cods!
Mary G, I understand. I read very fast, too. And you might want to reread some of the sex scenes in this story. Not sure, but maybe...
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