Soul Deep out in audiobook! — Jack West, widower, rancher and former Army Ranger, gets his own love story in this special I-Team novella, which was picked by readers at Grave Tells as the Best Contemporary Romance of 2015. It will be out in audiobook any day now.
Seduction Game is out in paperback, (I-Team #7) — Holly and Nick’s story is out in all formats — ebook, audiobook, and paperback. Look for it in Wal-Mart, the Kroger chain of stores, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookseller.
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.
- Pamela Clare
- I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.
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Today is the day! It’s here at last. Yes, it’s Release Day for Breaking Point, my 10th novel and the fifth novel in the I-Team series. Uncork the champagne!
There’s a lot going on today with lots of chances to win books. Here are some of the highlights.
First, you might want to follow me on Twitter. I’ll be announcing any special giveaways or other fun events there.
Also, be sure to stop by my Facebook fan page. We’ll be having some fun there. A few other authors will be stopping by to talk about their books and hold giveaways. Plus, I’ll be holding a drawing for Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Breaking Point. To be entered, you’ll need to comment, and to comment, you’ll need to “Like” me. But you already like me, right?
I’m the guest author today at Seductive Musings, where Booklover has outdone herself in a post that includes a little guest piece by me, as well as the MP3 playlist from Breaking Point, a collection of links to Breaking Point excerpts scattered across the web, links to all kinds of I-Team extras — and some super-sexy photos of the I-Team heroes. It really is quite the I-Team extravaganza, almost an I-Team wiki, so even if you already have a copy of Breaking Point, you’re going to have a lot of fun.
There’s a fun chat between me and Marie Force on her blog today. Yes, two author/journalists dishing about dishy heroes and some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the I-Team series — including the scarier parts of my life that have gone into the books. It took us about a week to have this conversation via email because we’re both so busy. She would ask a question... And 12 hours later I would answer. But stop by, tell us which I-Team hero you wouldn’t kick out of bed, and be entered to win a signed copy of Breaking Point.
Reviews are popping up all over the Internet. I shared a few links to reviews in my last post, including this one by Kristin and Jess that was lots of fun. I also shared the first two chapters of the book. So if you want to peruse that, it’s still waiting for you, together with images that come out of the story.
If you want to help me spread the word, here’s what you can do:
- Post about Breaking Point in your Facebook status, linking to my Facebook page or to an excerpt — whatever you believe your friends would love to know about the book.
- Tweet and retweet, sharing links and updates about where you are in the story, what you enjoyed, where you saw the book on display. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #BreakingPoint.
- Update your status in Goodreads to let people know where you are in the book.
- Take photos with your cellphone of displays of the book or of you reading the book and email them to me (my email is listed in my info on Facebook).I might just post your photo on my blog.
- Post honest reviews after you read the book, sharing your feelings about the stories strengths and weakness (as if!). Don’t try to sell people. Just tell them, reader to reader, what you liked (or didn’t like — ha!) about the book.
- Mention what you’re reading in your readers groups, in chats, in threads on discussion boards.
- Fricking get a megaphone and stand inside your local book store shouting, “You haven’t read the I-Team? What the bleep is wrong with you?”
On May 12, I’ll be participating in the Berkley/Jove Author Chat on Writerspace.com. The fun starts at 9 PM EST. I will be giving away a signed copy of the book to one participant in that chat. To be a part of it, click here and sign yourself in. It’s easy. Other Berkley/Jove authors will be there, as well. These chats sometimes get a bit bawdy. A bunch of romance authors and readers chatting semi-anonymously? You bet they get bawdy. I once taught a group of women how to say “big, wonderful cock” in Danish during one of these chats, and you know what? They still know how to say it. They say it every time I run into them online, in fact. And my Danish friends wonder what the hell...
Ahem. Anyway, there will be other events coming up through the month, so stay tuned! I still hope to get a former U.S. Marshal in here to talk with you, as well as the I-Team heroes, which now number five strong. And by strong I mean ripped.
Wow. Ten novels. I know some authors have written more than 100. But to write those 10 novels while working full-time and raising kids... It truly feels like a day worth celebrating.
But the most wonderful part of being an author and writing these books has been sharing them with all of you. I really do read all of your e-mails. I read your Facebook posts and tweets. And on days when I’m struggling, you really keep me going. When a book is done and it reaches your hands — that’s the best moment for me. Characters I love and have lived with for months become characters we share. Their stories become shared adventures.
So thank you to all of my readers and posters, my friends and family, for your support and for sharing this great adventure with me.
And then come back to chat with me about it!
Contest #1: Really want to help me spread the word? Join my Fan Page on Facebook, and get your romance-reading friends to join, too. The person who brings the most new people to my Facebook Fan Page wins a signed copy of Breaking Point for herself — and one for one of her friends chosen through a random drawing. So that I can keep track, be sure to have your friends tell me you sent them.
Contest #2: Tweet your heart out. How creative are your tweets? How many times can you get yourself retweeted? The person who generates the most tweets and retweets with the hashtag #BreakingPoint will win a signed copy of the book. All I have to do to determine the winner is click on the hashtag and count.
And because these two contests might not work for people in other time zones or those who have to work all day — some bosses are total asshats when it comes to letting their employees goof off online during working hours — here’s Contest #3: Post a comment here about your favorite I-Team moment and be entered into a random drawing for a signed copy of the book.
(I can tell you right now, Breaking Point has an I-Team moment you won’t soon forget. Almost everyone who’s read the story has mentioned it.)
That’s three contests and four winners.
As for my part, I took the day off so that I could hang with you all day!
Now go get him. Zach in all of his Navy SEAL/Deputy U.S. Marshal glory is yours!
Best moment? Singular? You're kidding, right, author lady? I will have to give this some thought.
Congrats on your release day! I will be selling many copies by word of mouth tomorrow. I'm not called the book lady for nothing!
Hope your release day is one big party!
This may be bad of me but my favorite moment involves Reece,Kara,and....Mr.JiggleStick lol.I'm sorry but I love this scene and I'm not afriad to admit that I've read it over and over again!
I hope everyone has a wonderful BP release day!!! Especially you Pamela,you've made it all happen and then some!
Congratulations Pamela! Best moment? I haven't read all the books yet, but Kat and Gabe's first time was a great read, so sighworthy. As for Zach, I can't wait to unchain him, lol! I've only read the snippets you've been teasing us with, and I'm dying for more!
Happy release day, Pamela!
My favorite moment was at the end of Naked Edge, when Gabe wakes after the surgery in the hospital. All the things he said to Kat, and how grateful he is... well, let just say this scene had me crying my eyes out, and even when I loved the whole book, that moment stayed with me for a long while.
PS: I'm not sure how to make my E-mail show on my blogger profile, so I'll leave it here, hoping to win.
I soo can not wait for AMAZON!!! its like they keep teasing me...then shipped it thru the mail UGH!! i want my ZAC
best moment for me was when Sohie got Marc his grandfathers car back...I cried happy tears and laughed at Julian...could just picture his face like Marc one upped him...loved them all!!
Hey Pamela! Congrats on release day.
My favorite moment is in Breaking Point so I won't share since it's a possible spoiler. However, I wanted to share this with you. While I was watching the coverage of Osama Bin Laden's death on CNN Sunday night, I heard that Navy SEALs were the ones who carried out the misson. All is could think about was Zach & imagining him leading the team! So proud to own this series, even if they are only electronic copies (other than my faulous ARC of course).
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!
Favorite I-Team moment...there are too many! Here are some of the ones off the top of my head...
I cracked up when Connor brought out Kara's jigglestick.
When the girls got caught spying on Julian from their car.
The prologue of Unlawful Contact
When Kat told Gabe she didn't mess around with men who were only after sex.
OK...I'm stopping now. I'm supposed to be working :) LOL!
Hope you have an amazing release day!
PAMELA! Don't you dare compare yourself to authors who write 100 books. I've read those and they s***. I've read everything you have written including newspaper articles and you are fabulous. Your books are longer and intense. Those others are cookie cutters. Big, big differences between quality vs. quantity. Now I'm off to help promote your book. Very proud of you!!!!!
Hard to pick just one. But since I cried like a baby with Naked Edge I guess I will tell you my favorite part.
Kat - "No, Gabe, please! Don't do this! I need you! Let me save you!"
Gabe - He looked up, wishing to God he could touch her. "You already have"
(Let the tears flow)
Happy Release Day!!! You did take the day off, right? You SO deserve a day to bask in the glory!
I have many favorite I-Team moment's, but right off the bat, I'm thinking of the first scene in Unlawful Contact with Sophie and Hunt. That was a REALLY great "first-time" scene, and it just started their history together at such a young age, that after everything they ended up going through years later, it was awesome that they had had that moment early on.
Loved #7 on your list of ways to promote BP!
Hi, DeeCee — I'm so glad you were touched by that. Not everyone likes babies in epilogues, but I do (and I'm unrepentant about it). For me, writing that epilogue was special because I got to focus on the Navajo and their tie to the land — the fact that their afterbirth is actually buried in the earth near their homes and becomes their "deep root" with the earth. *sniff*
Hi, Kara — Yes, one moment. Just one. LOL! I appreciate your support SO very much. Word of mouth is everything. Thanks for the good wishes. So far, it's been a blast!
Hi, Jane — It took me a moment to remember that. That was the first time she's in the hospital. (She does have a rough time of it, doesn't she?) And then Gabe walks in and overhears... And finally we get the truth. I'm so glad you enjoyed that!
Hi, Kaetrin — A fellow spider-hater. I don't even like the word "spider." I really hate them. A man who can slay eight-legged demons is truly a hero. LOL! And thank you!!!
Hi, Landin — I think that's a great scene to like. It's probably the closest I'll ever get to writing a menage. :-)
Hi, Jennie — Don't leave Zach chained up too long. LOL! On the other hand, he isn't going anywhere, so take your time. I'm so glad you enjoyed Kat and Gabe's first love scene. That was tough to write — a modern-day virgin.
Hi, Leanne — There are lots of chances out there today to win the book. Keep trying! There's Marie Force's blog, Seductive Musings, the three options on this blog, plus the discussion about heroes in the discussions section of my Facebook Fan Page.
Those are pretty special personal moments you mentioned!
Hi, Artemis — Thanks so much. I really can't wait till you dig in. I predict I will be getting e-mail or FB messages from you... :-)
Hi, Elizabeth — When Reece adopts Connor. I got very teary when I wrote that. To me there's something beautiful about a man who is truly able to love children, even when they're not biologically his own. Thanks for mentioning that!
Hi, Tonya — I know you're a big Unlawful Contact fan. I hope you're deep into Breaking Point now and enjoying it! A lot of people mention the prologue to UC. There was an Amazon thread in which some readers called it the best prologue ever. I liked that!
Hi, Lori — Thanks! It's been a great day so far! I was pretty sure someone would mention that scene. I think it was pretty unexpected. Only someone who is a climber could have guessed what was going to happen. And you all have been fantastic about not giving it away.
Hi, CGCook — Good to see you again today! I'm so glad you enjoyed Kat and Gabe's story so much. It's a very special book to me.
Hi, SueZAY! Thank you! So good to see you! <3
Hi, Caty — You know, I loved writing that — the intimacy of it. I knew it would upset some readers, but that's how life is. And I felt Gabe's true heroism really showed from that moment on the cliff through to the end of the epilogue. So I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Hi, Chele — The car! LOL! Yes, it was nice to see Julian topped there for a moment, wasn't it? Incidentally, the car was inspired by my son Benjamin's love for classic automobiles. That's his dream car.
Hi, Alyssa — I know exactly what moment you're talking about in Breaking Point. That made me cry when I wrote it.
You know, I knew it was a SEAL team the moment I heard the news. I spent so much time last spring watching SEAL training videos and documentaries, I could almost see it happening in my mind. Those men are the strongest of the strong and bravest of the brave.
Hi, Alison — Oooh! A collection of moments. Oh, I love it that you mentioned the girls spying on Julian from the car. That was so fun to write! I laughed out loud when it came to me. Haha!
Hi, King — OMG! I read this and kinda got choked up. Thank you so much! You're so kind to say that. I try. If more readers felt the way you do, I'd be able to leave journalism and devote myself to fiction, which would, I hope, mean more books but also better books.
As for the moment you've picked out here... Yes, tears. *sniff*
And thank you for everything you're doing to get the word about about BP!
Hi, Kris — Thanks so much! Yes, I am fond of Jed. So are my ovaries and eyeballs.
Hi, Kristin — Thanks for the wonderful review together with Jess. That was a lot of fun to read, especially after Skyping with the two of you. I'm so glad you both enjoyed the story.
That prologue is just so popular! And yes it helps sustain the reader through everything else Hunt and Sophie endure.
And thanks for employ method #7 today. LOL! Too funny!
There are so many great moments in the I-Team series, that I really, really can't choose just one. Some of my favorites, the ones I remember off the top of my heart are:
-Sophie and Marc's first time
-Kat and Gabe's wedding
-Kat and Gabe's first time
-when the I-Team girls were checking out guys when they worked on Sophie and Marc's house
Happy "release day" there are only 2 books left here so glad I got mine! Haven't followed any of your after chats going on ,(never win anyway;) ) too busy reading every chance I get ...between all the hey do rhis and can you do that.!! And now hockey trying to get in-between periods!!! Love the I-Team !!!
Well it is a GREAT day to be a Pamela Clare fan
Congrats on another wonderful I-Team story.
Best moment...All of N.E. esp. the cliff part.
Marc & Sophie...when she comforts him after he draws the gun on her in the shower.
B.P. (so far) ...when Natalie gets a private jet ride with southern sweet tea.
Thank you for all the Great reads Pamela. All 10 of them.
Dear Pamela, happy release day! I picked up Breaking Point today and devoured it in just a couple hours. I think it's my second favourite of the series! (My favourite is Naked Edge.) It had me on the edge of my seat. I LOVE adventure/survival romances where the hero and heroine are thrown together and put through the ringer. Zach was such a great hero and I just love that he was a US Marshal! Have you watched the show Justified? It stars a very sexy marshal.
I also wanted to say that I absolutely cannot wait for your next historical. Thank you and keep writing!
Well, I'm feeling rather testy. I went to 3, yes 3 stores today within a 15 mile radius and could not find 'Breaking Point'. I will go further afield tomorrow if my sherpa is available. *grumble*
Hi, Amy — Thanks for saying that! That rooftop scene where the guys show off for the women had me laughing out loud when I wrote it. I'm glad you mentioned it. And I love the way you put that "off the top of my heart." Was that intentional or a Freudian slip? Either way, I love it.
Aw, KatH, now I'm a little choked up. I hope it IS a great day to be one of my readers. I hope you're all enjoying the book.
I hope you come to the Spoiler Chat so we can talk about that jet ride and the southern sweet tea. You know a man cares about you when....
Hi, Cee — Thank you so much!
How do you read so fast?!? I'm amazed. It's been out a day and already so many people are done with it. Wow.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. That's okay if it doesn't unseat NAKED EDGE. As long as the story didn't disappoint you or leave you wanting, then I'm happy.
No I haven't seen Justified. I don't have television, so I mostly watch things I get through Netflix. Now I'll have to see if its on Hulu. I love me a sexy marshal. :-)
Rita, I'm so sorry about that! Major bummer! Did you ask them to see if they had it in back? (Sometimes you have to really push to get them to check.) Sometimes they just don't get the boxes unpacked for a while.
I hope you find it tomorrow!
Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful day! Feel free to keep posting. I can't wait to chat about the book with all of you.
Congrats on the release of Breaking Point! It's so exciting to see it on the shelf (or, in our case, the counter ).
Favourite moment? Oh, I think you know what mine is...at the end of Hard Evidence when Julian wants to paint his white picket fence and why he wants to do it himself. Sigh. Such an awesome scene.
I live in a small town with no real bookstores so grocery type stores are normally my go to place for books. Since the books are delivered by vendors who just leave when they are done putting them out I had nobody to ask but today I went to a Barnes and Noble (about 25 miles from here) since Borders has gone out of business) and when I asked one of the employees there she checked their computer and found out that they had not received them yet! >:o( Not only that but I couldn't find ANY of your books on the shelves. Period. I am not a happy camper. If I'd have known how hard it was to get a copy of it I'd have pre-ordered from Amazon. I am now going to console myself by going out and planting some flowers in the rare sunshine we are having and work on patience until next weeks delivery. Sorry I wasn't able to help your initial sales numbers. :o(
Thanks to everyone for your fantastic support on Tuesday. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to share the excitement of my new release with all of you. Just feeling how excited you were made my entire month!
But now let's get down to giving away some prizes!!!
Elizabeth and Louise Owen are the winners of the Facebook Fan Page referral contest. CONGRATS!
Next time I come up with a contest for Twitter, I'll create a hashtag that isn't being used by people in a state of breakdown. Somehow #BreakingPoint is what people use when they're about to go insane. So all those tweets with that hashtag are lost amid people's nervous breakdowns.
SO, I decided to name the winner of the contest based on an unscientific searching method, and Ren is the winner of that contest. CONGRATULATIONS!
And Kaetrin is the winner of the contest here on this blog!
Winners, please message me your mailing address on Facebook, or e-mail it to me at pamelaclare at earthlink dot net.
There are still open contests on Julie James' blog page. Just comment to win. Also, Seductive Musings is still open. AND, the discussion under the discussion section on my Facebook Fan Page is open for comments (entries) through 11:59 PM tomorrow. So there are still lots of chances.
Thanks so much for making the day so special! And I'm so thrilled to know that so many of you have already read the book and have really enjoyed it.
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Favorite Writing Quotes
"I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day."
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
"Writers are those for whom writing is more difficult that it is for others."
"When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth."
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar is the test of their power."
"No tears in the author, no tears in the reader."
"I'm a writer. I give the truth scope."
—the character of Chaucer in A Knight's Tale