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Thursday, May 17, 2012

SKIN DEEP is out — Plus BEER RUN excerpt & CONTEST


Skin Deep is out!

How amazing — to write a book and have it available for you in just a couple of weeks. It’s almost interactive because you’re reading it so soon after I’ve written it. This is my first truly self-published book. Although my first two historicals, Sweet Release and Carnal Gift, are currently self-published, they were first published by Dorchester in print. So this is the first time I’ve handled everything beginning to end on a book.

Skin Deep is the also first novella in my I-Team After Hours series. Here’s a quick description:

Broken on the inside



Megan Hunter has worked hard to get back on her feet, leaving the nightmare of her teenage years behind. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is a man. But when she is attacked by someone from her past, a scarred stranger intervenes, saving her life and that of her little girl. Looks can be deceiving, for despite the man's rough appearance, she feels safe with him. And for the first time in her life, she knows the stirrings of desire.



Broken on the outside



Nathaniel West paid a high price serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. He returned to his family's ranch in the Colorado mountains to heal — and be alone. Disfigured as he is, he has put all thoughts of sex and romance aside. But something about Megan brings him back to life, heats his blood, makes him feel like a man again. As danger pursues her, and the truth about her past is revealed, he vows to protect her — and to heal her wounded spirit. 

But confronting the past is never easy — especially when it’s carrying a gun. Megan will have to learn to trust Nate to survive and to claim a passion that is much more than ... Skin Deep

The story is more than 47,000 words long — that’s pretty long for a novella —and includes at the end a 5,000-word I-Team short, “Marc & Julian Make a Beer Run.” The story is a thank-you to my most hard-core I-Team fans. The title is somewhat deceptive because all the guys pile into Zach McBride’s SUV, though it’s Marc, Julian and Zach who enter the liquor store. The roles each hero play in the story and their significance were determined by the annual I-Team hero vote held in the I-Team group on Facebook. Marc has won two years in a row, followed by Julian, then Zach, then Gabe, then Reece. As a result, the story is told from Marc’s point of view, with lots of Julian, some Zach, some Nate, a bit of Gabe (an important bit, I might add) and smidgen of Reece.

For excerpts from Skin Deep, read these earlier blog posts or visit the Rock*It Reads website or my own website.

For a special treat, I thought I’d offer a tiny glimpse at the Beer Run, in part because so many hardcore I-Team addicts are reading it first. Yes, they’re going to the very back and reading about the Beer Run first!

Here’s a quick excerpt from the Beer Run — six alpha males on a mission:

How Marc’s volunteering to make a beer run with Darcangelo had turned into six men packed into McBride’s SUV—Ramirez had been called out on assignment—Marc couldn’t say. The moment the women had heard they were going into town, they’d been pelted with requests. Kat James, Rossiter’s wife, needed baby wipes. Kara McMillan, Reece’s wife, had forgotten to bring ice cream to put on top the pie. And Megan wanted something of a personal and private nature, which she had revealed only to her husband.

And their beer strike force had become an expedition.

“Here’s how we’ll do this.” Marc looked back over his shoulder. “Alpha Team—that’s me, Darcangelo, and McBride—will take the liquor store, dropping off Beta Team—that’s Sheridan, Rossiter, and you, West—”

“Whoa! Wait a minute!” Rossiter cut Marc off. “I’m not part of any beta team.”

“Yeah, me neither,” West added. “And don’t even suggest ‘Baby Wipe Patrol’ or ‘Tampon Squadron.’”

So that’s what Megan had wanted.

“Okay, fine.” Marc nodded. “Alpha Team will take the liquor store, dropping Team One off at the grocery store. We rendezvous at the vehicle in the liquor store parking lot at eighteen-hundred hours.”

They had their strategy. Each man knew what he had to do.

Marc would be back relaxing on the deck in no time.

Here are the links for downloading your own copy of the novella and short story, which are packaged together.


To celebrate the release of the books, I’m offering three free copies of it. To enter, all you have to do is share the news about the story on Facebook and/or Twitter — wherever you hang out online. Post a link to this blog or just announce the book’s release, and then tell me where you posted below. 

I’ll enter the names into a contest randomizer and pick a winner next Wednesday night!

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for this story! The reviews have been wonderful so far. I’m so glad you’re all enjoying it.

Coming soon: A glimpse into the beautiful and tragic world of Lady Sarah Woodville.

Only 47 days till Defiant is out!

22 comments:

Totally posted it on Twitter. Can't wait for the novella. Love this series!

Tonya said...

I've bought it & read it already but I'll be happy to share it with someone if I win. I posted it on my FB. And I have a Twitter account but I've never really used it. I will try to post it on Twitter. Thanks for such a great book & bonus.

I shared on my facebook micheleann oboyle angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com i shared from your link

Skin Deep sounds wonderful, I will share on FB, Tamara Hoffa

Patty C. said...

Hi Pamela! I was more than happy to share and like the nook link on my facebook page! Love the I Team series!

flchen1 said...

Very cool, Pamela! Posted on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/flchen1/status/203334317907251201

Ashley said...

I posted on Facebook about this awesome awesome book!!!! Ashley Lake

aidyanixx said...
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aidyanixx said...

Posted it on twitter. :)
https://twitter.com/#!/aidyanixx/status/203401414389665792

LM said...

Shared on FB.... Love the i-team stories!

Tanya said...

posted on FB...Can't wait to read your books:)

AllisonH said...

Hi Pamela, hope it's okay to ask here: will your novella(s) be available through Kobo (Canada)? Congrats! Thanks.

ClaudiaGC said...

I can't wait to read this book! I love the I-Team series.
I tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/#!/_ClaudiaGC/status/204292650440986627

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/JenLanebooks/status/204393771801128960 That is awesome how quickly the manuscript went from finish to publish--can't wait to read it.

P.S. Loved the excerpt and I'm thrilled to hear it's from Marc's perspective. It's not a surprise to me that Hunt is the big winner!

Ali Jane said...

Downloaded, read and finished!!! It was amazing, thanks for giving us such a great ending for Megan.

I'm fascinated by technology too... it used to take weeks for pre ordering, publishing and delivery on a book you wanted to read. Now it's so quick thanks to my kindle!

My only regret... how quickly I read it. Now have to wait until 2013 for more I-Team adventures!

Ali Jane said...

p.s. Think Marc is also my favourite... but Julian and Zack come in a close second.

Dawn said...

Just stopping by to say that I read Skin Deep this afternoon having never read any of the previous I-Team books. Rest assured, the others are going on my list. Wow.

Ren said...

Share it at Twitter :
https://twitter.com/r3n87/status/204770757358796800

Yay, can't wait to read this! And it will be a torture to wait for new I-Team book :(

I want this novella so much! I'm catching up with the series, I'll be reading Breaking point next weekend and I'm loving the series.



Shared at Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001747375797



And the portuguese forum I participate in: http://noraroberts.saidadeemergencia.com/index.php/topic,1817.msg329266.html#new



sonia.crist@iol.pt

Ren said...

I also posted at Facebook too, Pamela!
Sorry for different post, just can open FB right now :D

https://www.facebook.com/ReND26/posts/349970808403750

ClaudiaCG, Ashley, Ren, and Jennifer Lane — you won copies of SKIN DEEP! Please email me ASAP at pamelaclare at earthlink dot net and tell me what kind of ereader you have so I can send you your prizes!

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone for your tweets and Facebook posts! I really appreciate it!

Sorry I wasn't here to answer your posts one by one, but I was out of state at my younger son's college graduation and wasn't near my computer.

Thanks again!

More contests to come for SKIN DEEP and for DEFIANT!

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