Friday, November 26, 2010

Book Club: Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare with a Giveaway!

From today's co-hostess, Ronlyn Howe, who suggested Extreme Exposure for today's Book Club: When I first met Pamela Clare I admit, I hadn't heard of her. So, imagine my surprise one day when I was out shopping and I came across a historical romance with her listed as the author. Once I'd read that first book I quickly hopped on Amazon and ordered everything I could find that she'd written, including the very first Romantic Suspense book to grace my heavily historical shelves, Extreme Exposure.

I'd always avoided contemporary romances, feeling, "why read it when I could live it?" Cuz, yeah, everyone I ran into and dated was a gajillion-aire with the body of a Greek God and dodged bullets while saving the girl. Isn't that how it is for everyone? *rolling my eyes* Anyhow, I was hooked from the very first scene where journalist Kara McMillan gets a bit tipsy and asks some very interesting questions of hunky State Senator Reece Sheridan...right before her best friend waltzes out of the restaurant ditching Kara (and the bill), forcing her to lean a bit on Reece for some help. The attraction is instantaneous and practically sparks from the page, despite Kara's efforts to remain aloof. Before long they're into each other, as well as a dangerous investigation, up to their necks.

Part of what makes Extreme Exposure so wonderful is the great host of complex secondary characters that you can't help but either love or loathe. Or, in the case of Tom Trent, love to hate. The introduction of the I-Team, Denver's top investigative journalists, is so catching and gripping. I never would have thought that a bunch of journalists could capture my attention and imagination.

Add to that the laugh out loud funny moments (Mr. Jiggle Stick anyone?) and I couldn't put it down. Needless to say, Pamela is the reason I started reading Romantic Suspense.

From Marie: I really enjoyed this book and quickly devoured book 2, Hard Evidence, which was also SOOOO good (and scary and heart-pounding). I'm now pretending like I don't have a book of my own due Nov. 30 as I race through Unlawful Contact. I think it's safe to say I'm hooked on the I-Team. Thanks a lot, Ronlyn. LOL! We'll definitely have to delve into some more of the I-Team books when everyone gets caught up on their reading—meaning, get reading these books! You won't be sorry! Pamela has graciously agreed to provide a copy of Hard Evidence to one lucky commenter today, and trust me when I tell you that you WANT to win this book! So tell all your friends to come on by today!

Buy Extreme Exposure here.

Buy Hard Evidence here.'

Read a great interview with Pamela Clare for more info about her writing process and inspiration. She also offers some great tips on getting published and staying published.

Visit Pamela Clare's website.

Pamela is on deadline, but she's hoping to swing by today. I understand that parts of Extreme Exposure are based on some real-life events during her tenure in the newspaper business. As a former reporter myself, I'd love to hear more about that!

Okay, now back to Ronlyn's house for the yummy stuff! As far as a menu, it was pretty obvious what I needed to serve: margaritas. And to balance out the booze, fajitas with pico de gallo and guacamole.

Pico de Gallo

½ teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
3 large, ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1. On a cutting board, sprinkle the salt over the garlic. Mash to a paste with the flat side of a heavy knife.
2. In a small bowl, combine the mashed garlic, the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime juice. Refrigerate at least ½ hour before serving to allow all the flavors to blend.

Guacamole

2 avocados-peeled, pitted & diced
1 tomato, diced (roma works best)
½ onion, diced
1 serrano chile pepper, seeded and minced
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 drops hot sauce
6 cilantro leaves, minced
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Combine everything in a bowl and mix. Pour lime juice over the top, serve immediately.

Fajitas

I don’t really have a recipe for fajitas. I just chop some meat (either chicken or steak), and toss it in a pan to cook. I’ll season it with some chili powder and cumin. In another pan I’ll sauté some chopped onion, bell peppers, sometimes adding sliced jalapenos. Once the meat is cooked through I’ll add the veggies to that pan. Then it’s a dish however much you want onto warmed flour tortillas, topping with sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.

Margaritas-either on the rocks or blended. With salt of course. Enjoy!

105 comments:

Mary G said...

Hi Marie & Ronlyn.
I love Pamela's books - she is one of my fave authors. I read Unlawful Contact first (Kara, I swear I didn't know it was a series) and Marc's book has a special place in my heart. I bought the first 2 in the series & loved them as well. #4 Naked Edge is out of this world special & made me admire Pamela even more than I already did.

I was at a Canadian bloggers meet & Kristie J (Ramblings on Romances) was talking about one of her fave authors , PC. I said,
"Didn't she write Unlawful Contact?" & that was a fun bonding moment.

My other fave PC story - like most authors, she worries that her books "suck" while she's writing them. We all know she can't write badly. I told her that she 's not allowed to use the word "suck" unless it's for a love scene. LOL

I always think I'm team Marc/Gabe but in reality team Reece/Julian/Marc/Gabe/Zach is way more fun.

Pamela is an amazing person outside of her books & I'm so glad I've gotten to know her.

krisgils33 said...

Sadly, I haven't touched tequila since "The Great Tequila Incident of 1987", but I'm excited for the fajitas!!! Excellent choice, especially the day after Thanksgiving! Ronlyn, may I please have a glass of water??

I admit that Unlawful Contact is my favorite, but all the books in the I-Team series are awesome!!! I don't think Pamela has written anything I haven't loved to death! The insight into the journalistic world is amazing, almost as if I'm a part of it. Extreme Exposure has some of everything: action, mystery, drama, romance, and some smokin' hot love scenes. I especially liked how once Kara broke down all her walls, it was for good and she gave Reece everything she had. And he was sooooo worth it!!!

Have a great day everyone!

Marie Force said...

Hi Mary,
I'm reading UC now and really enjoying it! I took a break from it to stop by book club to say hello and welcome to our third meeting! I'm so glad you enjoy Pam's books. I am a new and enthusiastic fan of her work. Since I was once a reporter, I love reading about that aspect of her characters' lives. I want to thank Ronlyn for introducing me to Pam's books!

Kris,
I had a tequila incident of 92! LOL! Did yours involve the removal of clothing? I'm not saying mine did or anything.... I agree with everything you said about EE. It was awesome!

Marie Force said...

Commenting again so I can subscribe to the comments! :-)

Kara C said...

As the well documented captain of Team Marc (from Unlawful Contact fot those you of new to PC books), I have to say, Reece rocks. From the first line - "Kara McMillan was going to kill her best friend", to the very fact the heroine was named for me ;), to the suspense, romance, hot love scenes, and secondary characters just begging for their own story, EE is a winner!

Marie Force said...

LOL, Kara, you're not partial to Kara or anything, are you? I loved that opening scene when she had tequila courage and was asking him all sorts of inappropriate questions. Fabulous opening!

Aly said...

I have to go out shopping with the fam right now but I had to stop by and say...REECE REECE REECE!

There were so many different things I loved about this book. The first meeting between Reece & Kara had me laughing but also dying to see how hot these two would get!! :)

OK off to shop but I will be back later!

Marie Force said...

Aly,
Really, tell us the truth would you? Who is your favorite I-Team hero? None of us is really sure....

Hope said...

TEAM JULIAN here, I was introduced to Pamela by Ronlyn...she can be pretty insistent when she puts her mind to it lol. I really loved this whole series. There are some great LOL moments and some that had me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was coming next, which I love in a book.

The recipes look great Ronlyn, can't wait to try the fajitas, going to skip the margaritas this time, I also had a great tequila accident, for me it was 1998. With all the accidents here already, we could give Mr. Oreo a run for his money. LOL

Ronlyn said...

That first scene in the bar is hilarious! OMG. I'd never heard of a place that cuts it's customers off from drinks after a certain number, but ironically I heard of one yesterday from a friend. LOL The conversation between Reece and Kara...what an introduction! And it just kept going when Kara called his sister "Malibu Melanie". ~snicker~ I loved it.

So, everyone, what did you think of Reece? He's not the typical Romantic Suspense hero. Former teacher, State Senator, loves kids...pretty soft spoken guy for an Alpha.

Marie Force said...

Hope,
With you on Team Julian! Love that guy! Although there's certainly plenty to love about the other guys, too! When reading the I-Team books I often find myself wondering HOW Ms. Pam is going to get her plucky heroine out of THIS dilemma. She always does it somehow! :-)

Are tequila incidents ever "accidents"? Hmmm... There's a question for the book club!

Ronlyn said...

*bringing back big glasses of water*
Geeze...what is with you guys and your Great Tequila Incindents?? LOL

Marie Force said...

Soft spoken are the BEST alphas. But you are right, Ronlyn, not the typical kind of alpha like Julian or Marc.

Marie Force said...

BTW, when I should be making use of this day off from work to do the final run through of Fatal Consequences (due Tuesday), what am I doing? Reading Naked Edge. Grrrr! LOL

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Ronlyn said...

and, another discussion question:
We all know that this is a series (LOL). This book introduced us to the rest of the I-Team. What did you think? Did anyone capture your attention as a secondary character?
I really like how all the secondary characters were introduced and they seem to remain pretty consistant from that first introduction throughout the books.

krisgils33 said...

Marie- of course tequila incidents are accidents. it was never my intention to embarass myself THAT much!

Ronlyn- thanks for the water. EVERYONE needs at least one embarassing drunken story, tequila or other. if you get a really good one first time out, then you can spend the rest of your days drinking in moderation.

I like that Reece is different or atypical. Makes him all the more special!! He definitely stands out. Marc is still my favorite in all the I-team books.

Marie Force said...

Ronlyn,
I love the secondary characters, too. The one I'd most love to see get her own book is Holly. We'll have to ask PC if she has any plans for a book featuring Holly. What if she stumbled upon something in her entertainment beat that led to danger? And the chance for an expose? I would love to read that!

Kris,
My tequila incident was definitely an accident. How was I supposed to know the stuff would burn me up from the inside and I'd feel compelled to um disrobe? On a public street in Spain that was crawling with Navy guys? Thankfully my new-ish husband intervened before it got really ugly/naked. LOL

Kara C said...

Reece is so great. Not being the typical hero is one of his best qualities. The fact that PC hooked 'Kara' up with a former teacher? Just another nod to me, I'm sure. LOL
Rereading this one is always fun because I'm 'reintroduced' to characters whose stories I've already read (repeatedly). Never realized how many times Tess blessed someone's heart. Cracking me up, especially given the character from last week's book club, and the fact that I am in the South. Hear that everyday. Say it a time or two as well. :-)

Marie Force said...

Aw, Kara, bless your heart. Too cute and too funny!

Kara C said...

Marie,
I've begged for Holly's story too! Wouldn't that be great? Her man would have to be something special indeed. :)

Ronlyn said...

LOL Kara! You've been blessing people's hearts liberally this week. :-)

Since I'm not sure if/when Pam is going to be able to stop by due to her deadline, I can answer that she is planning a book for Horny Holly. ("I almost screwed the Orkin man!" LMAO!) She's planning for that to end the I-Team series, so [hopefully] it'll be awhile yet before we see that.

Ronlyn said...

LMAO Marie re: your tequila incident. That's hilarious! And yay for your new-ish husband on keeping your pants firmly on your butt.

Pamela Clare said...

Good morning!

Let me just say that life comes in a cup, and I haven't had mine yet...

Was up late killing bad guys. Lots of them. Not happy with the scene yet. My book is due on Monday so, sadly, I'll be a bit scarce here.

Marie and Ronlyn — thank you SO much for having this discussion today. I really appreciate it. It's so fun to hear people's thoughts on the I-Team. And, Marie, the fact that you worked as a reporter makes it double the fun.

Yes, let's talk about tequila for a moment. In Denmark, where I lived, they have saying: "Den er god til kondomer og handsker," i.e, it's only good for condoms and boxing gloves, i.e, it makes you have sex and fight. Because somehow in Denmark, super-drunk guys STILL remember the condom. Hats off to them.

Extreme Exposure is actually the massive exposure of my own most embarrassing moments:

The scene at the bar: 100 percent real. Yes, I said that stuff. And yes, I dissed the guy's sister in a catty moment.

Jiggle stick: 100 percent real. Grown son told me recently, "I figured out what that was eventually, mom." Oh, goody.

Wow, so maybe I need my coffee, because I suddenly ran out of things to say.

Have fun chatting. I'll be back as I can. If anyone has questions, could you make them obvious for my poor brain?

And, yes, the Rio only serves three. I talked them into six one time and was drunk at noon the next morning still. REGRETTED that. O.M.G!

Pamela Clare said...

Oh, yes...

Half the time Tessa says "Bless your heart," what she means is "F- you." But she's too much of a sweetie to say that. (I'm not.)

(Subscribing to comments..)

Marie Force said...

LOL, Pam, thanks for coming by! And I am DYING about your son mentioning the jiggle stick. Say it isn't so!

Glad to hear you're killing lots of bad guys. I'm sure you'll have the scene nailed in no time. Now, I've got to get back to Kat making out with Gabe...

Pamela Clare said...

Yeah, that happened. And for a moment, I wanted to DIE! But what can you do? You go with it.

I told all the guys about it at work, too, and they thought it was pretty funny that it ended up in my book.

Marie Force said...

Soooo funny! You can't make this stuff up, right?

Talk to us about your plans for the series. Who else can we expect to see books about? (PLEASE worry first about your book and second about book club--I don't want to be too much of a distraction!)

Judy F said...

Just wanted to stop in and say hi.
I have to admit I haven't read this series. Must fix that. Happy day after everyone

Pamela Clare said...

Hi, Marie — If I had my druthers, I'd give Holly her book, and possibly Joaquin.

Breaking Point, the book I'm sweating blood over today, tells Natalie's story and what happens when she's kidnapped by a cartel while on a trip to Mexico.

Ronlyn has read all of the chapters so far. :-)

BP is the first book on a new five-book contract that includes three historicals. So I currently have only one more I-Team book on contract.

That's a long way of saying at this point I have two more in mind, but I don't know if I'll get to write both. We'll see...

Marie Force said...

Wow, so cool. Looking forward to Natalie's story. I sense some major back story for her, dating back to her Katrina days.

Looking forward to reading your historicals, too. That's the genre I most prefer to read when I have time to read for fun. I don't normally read a lot in the RS genre, because that's what I'm writing these days with my Fatal books. But yours have SUCKED ME IN! I shouldn't have bought NE until I was done with the last read-through of my Nov. 30 book. Damn you. LOL

Ronlyn said...

Hi Judy! Do read the book and when you do come back and start up the discussion again. :-)

Yes, I have read all the chapters so far and Pam has left me at a very difficult point to be left hanging....~evil eye to PC~ LOL

Pamela Clare said...

LOL, Marie! I'm so glad you're snared. :-)

I love historicals most, too. That's what I started out writing. That's what I read most. I only read RS occasionally.

It was my agent's idea that I write romantic suspense. Here's the story:

I was investigating a cement plant, and had gotten a call from a state health department worker, who said he heard the plant manager whipping up the workers against me, telling them that unless this "lady journalist" backed off they'd probably lose their jobs. The state inspector said, "These guys aren't going to write you a letter to the editor. They're going to beat the sh*t out of you with baseball bats."

I told my agent about this. She knew I'd gotten many death threats over the years, not to mention dealt with two serious stalkers. She said, "Why don't you write romantic suspense, because you live it?" And I said, "Yeah, except for the 'romantic' part."

So I finished Ride the Fire and started Extreme Exposure. And the rest, as they say, is a minor footnote in history. LOL!

Pamela Clare said...

Bwahahah!

I got an e-mail from Kristi this morning that says: "You didn't! YOU DID NOT!" :-D

I'll take that as, er, a "thumbs up."

*wink*

Ronlyn said...

I believe we'll be going through the I-Team one by one until the release date of Breaking Point in May, then we'll [see how I'm inserting my plan right into Marie's blog?] do the MacKinnion Rangers starting next fall to lead to the realease of Connor's story in 2012. :-) There will be lots of time for PC-related discussions.

Ronlyn said...

LOL Pam. you're evil. You know it. And, I think you like it.

Pamela Clare said...

You know me too well, Ronlyn. Yes, I do like it.

But I'm stuck now! I need to gulp coffee and probably turn off the net for a while..

But this is fun. I hate to go.

Ronlyn said...

go! do your thing. I'll bug you to come back later. ;-)

Kara C said...

For the record, when *I* say 'Bless your heart", I simply mean, 'Bless your heart'. All of you who know me understand this. Right....right? PC, ssshhhhh....

Marie Force said...

Go write Pam! We'll still be here talking about you and your great book! Come back later when you need a break.

I love the story of how the I-Team series started. They say we should write what we know, and that sure is true in your case. Truth really is stranger than fiction!

Marie Force said...

Kara, I don't believe that BS for ONE second! LOL! Bless your heart...

Ronlyn said...

Ah, Kara, Bless you HEART! LOL. You don't *really* think that will work, do you?

Pamela Clare said...

You women are cracking me up! Bless your hearts! LMAO!

OK, I'm going to go do some serious murdering, and then I'll come back.

Go ZACH!

Haha. My word verification is "gunboott".

Boott your gun, Zach!

HockeyVampiress said...

Hi everyone. I am new to Pamela's series but snared, hooked, captivated or just plain addicted.... I want more, am hoping for more soon and can only expect that the next one might be even better.

Marie Force said...

HockeyVampiress--love that handle! Welcome to book club. Glad it's not just me who is hooked on the I-Team!

Marie Force said...

Just a reminder book clubbers: Christy Reese will be here with us next week for a discussion on Rescue Me (with a giveaway from Christy!) Our co-hostess will be Hope Frost.

Who'd like to suggest a book for Dec. 9? Let's take a step away from romantic suspense with the next choice, shall we?

Mary G said...

Hi Marie
I just emailed Louisa Edwards, author of Just One Taste, to see if she'd visit on Dec 9 if we choose her book.

Christy Reece said...

Hey Marie, Ronlyn, Pamela and all! Just wanted to stop in and say I love the I-Team series. I mean, LOVE them! Each one has something different that stands out for me. However, since Hard Evidence was my first I-Team book, I've always been on Team Julian. However, all of PC's men, and this includes her historicals, are so incredibly dreamy, drool worthy, gasp inducing, sigh...Oops, sorry, got carried away.

Extreme Exposure had several laugh out loud funny moments. Hard Evidence introduced me to Julian and oh my...Then I read Unlawful Contact and it turned into my favorite I-Team book, but I have to say that Naked Edge had me sobbing...I mean the type of crying where hubby comes running to see what's wrong. Can't wait to for Breaking Point!

And Marie, I'm so looking forward to Fatal Justice. Sam and Nick are fabulous characters and I can't wait to see what they're up to next!

Looking forward to visiting with everyone next week for the discussion of RESCUE ME. Thank you so much Marie, for hosting the book club and thank you Hope for co-hosting and wanting to discuss one of my favorite LCR books!

It's football time in Alabama, so I'm headed for the television and a bottle of my favorite beverage. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Aly said...

Really? I think you are all so misguided! There is ONLY 1 Team you should be on and that is Team Reece!!!!

The man built a bed out of trees, he remembers their first conversation from the bar well enough to let her find out -- "Now taste yourself" -- the mating habits scene in the snow, when he makes her dinner and lets her nap, when he crawls under the bed to get Connor after the attack, all of his interactions with Connor...sigh! How are you not on Team Reece?

Marie Force said...

Wow, you gals were busy while the Turnip and I took Brandy to the beach. She had a great time playing in the frigid surf and seeing other dogs. She is pretty well-behaved (for her) around the other dogs. One dog mommy even complimented her behavior. We just cracked up at that!

Christy, thanks so much for stopping by and we're really looking forward to next week! Glad to have you on Team Julian with the rest of us who aren't Aly. LOL! She does make a good case for Reece though, especially after the shooting at Kara's house when went after Connor under the bed. That was definitely heroism at its very best. Enjoy the game and the beverage. You've earned the R&R this month!

Marie Force said...

PS--Christy--I am so glad you are looking forward to Fatal Justice. Thank you again for the lovely cover quote!

Mary G said...

Don't want to start anything here but I forgot to mention that it's
unfair that Julian has an advantage with that sexy name.
Just saying...

Marie Force said...

LMAO Mary, so true. There's just something about the name Julian that spells P-U-R-E S-E-X. Love that name!

Mary G said...

And The Darcangelo too. Although
he gets called Dorkangelo by his buds LOL.

Aly said...

DUDE! The name Reece exudes such power and prowess. I think you people need your heads examined!

Mary G said...

Ha!! What about Gabeliscious and what about Marc with a "c' - so sexy!!

Pamela Clare said...

LOL!!!

Mary G, I think they all have sexy names.

I personally find Reece's love of children to be really cool because so many men just don't care about kids at all, especially kids that aren't their own. So, Aly, thanks for mentioning that.

Christy! So great to see you here. Congrats on finishing your book. I have to send mine to NY on Monday. ARGH! I'm two chapters plus an epilogue from the end, and I won't have time to edit the darn thing.

Thanks for your kind words about the I-Team series and about my historicals. I'm giving myself one weekend to regroup and clean my house, and then I start Connor's book.

Kara is Team Marc. Are there any Team Gabe folks here? I know there are some.

It will be interesting to see who falls for Zach.

I'm just getting to the Dark Moment. I hit a scene that just didn't feel tense enough. So I switched to one of the villain's POV and let the reader feel Zach's heroism through his fear. And now the words are flowing again.

Got a fire going. Lots of chocolate. Alcohol if I need it later. Life is good. Except for the deadline part of it...

Marie Force said...

I thought it would be interesting to note that I am SO caught up in Pam's books that not only am I NOT working on my book (hello, DUE TUESDAY!), I am also THREE issues behind on People magazine. That. Never. Happens. Ever.

Marie Force said...

Go, go, GO Pam! You can do it!!!!! I am falling for Gabe as I read NE. Really loving him!

Pamela Clare said...

Wow, Marie. I take that as a HUGE compliment, particularly that one of those issues of People must feature Kate Middleton, the new princess-to-be, and the other is the sexiest man alive (which they got wrong this year IMHO).

Too cool!

Pamela Clare said...

Wait till the end, Marie. And listen to Christy. Get your box of tissues hand, okay?

Aly said...

But to answer some of Ronlyn's questions...

Obviously, I have a thing for Reece. But he does the Alpha in such a way that makes him that much more fabulous! I said it before but his interactions with Conner and just his manner in general is what made me love him. The idea that there is a politician out there that is hot, honest and so freaking amazing...sigh!

And I am a series WHORE! So knowing that this was just #1 in a series with much more to come was very exciting for me! I don't know as though a certain secondary character stood out to me in particular but of course I was interested in finding out more about the entire I-Team.

Marie Force said...

Yes to both, Pam. I am holding of on the sexiest man alive issue because of your books, not to mention the next Queen of England! I agree about the sexiest man. I like Ryan, but not that much!

Ronlyn said...

Dang, I'm behind.

Hey HockeyVampiress! I'm so glad you chimed in! I agree that the I-Team will hook you right from the start. They just get better and better!

YAY Christy! We were going to be talking Surrender today, but decided to wait a bit for the historicals. I'll be sure to make the announcements when we do. :-)

Marie Force said...

I know of another politician out there in fiction land who is hot, honest and amazing... Just saying. LMAO!

Ronlyn said...

MArie! Blashphamy! Don't be dissin' Ryan. His mom lives in my girlfriend's building and he is ALL THAT and a bag of chi...er...oreos.

Aly said...

LMAO Marie! But you know how I feel about Nick...when we have Oreos with Nick and Sam, I will have just a few things to comment on then ;)

Marie Force said...

He is definitely HOT, but I don't give him sexiest man alive status. Sorry! His wife, on the other hand, might get sexiest woman alive. LOL

Marie Force said...

Haha, Aly! Just making sure you haven't forgotten your other favorite politician!

Ronlyn said...

I think Aly has a thing for Senators.

Aly said...

I fully admit to having a thing for really well written, TALL, HOT politicians!

Ronlyn said...

LOL! They have to be tall. I agree with that.

Marie Force said...

Oh thank goodness I made Nick 6'4"

Marie Force said...

Cracking up: Marc just called Julian Dorkangelo. LOVE it. Good going, PC!

Tissues are ready. I am really loving NE. Must finish it tonight to reclaim my life and finish my own damned book! LOL

Ronlyn said...

as the series grows the camraderie is great. A very enjoyable part of the stories

Kara C said...

Favorite quote of the day "Kara is Team Marc". PC, I need my t-shirt. :-)
Aly, you are so right about Reece and his interactions with Connor. And ANY man that cooks dinner and lets the woman sleep is indeed sigh worthy.
Marie, I SO want to chat with you after you've finished NE.

Pamela Clare said...

Me, too! Poor NE caught a lot of flack. RT gave it three stars. I think whether or not a person gets into the story depends entirely on how well they can relate to Kat.

My own theory.

I wanted to make her truly Navajo, and not an apple. (A Native term for someone who is red on the outside and white on the inside.)

Taking a dinner break. Almost done with Chapter 31 and all kinds of sh&t is hitting a variety of high-speed fans.

More book throwing, I think, Ronlyn.

Ronlyn said...

it's harder to throw the books when I'm reading via the computer. LOL. But, DAMN woman.

Pamela Clare said...

You know, Ronlyn, I'm not sure that last chapter was suspenseful or terrifying enough...

Kara C said...

THREE STARS??? I can't even imagine. I've now reread all the ITteam books in the past couple of weeks except NE. Will be getting to that this week. Three stars my hiney...
Ronlyn, word of warning - throwing computers would be a bit expensive...

Pamela Clare said...

I warned her, too, Kara. She threw UC when, you know, Marc was on his way out, so to speak.

So, I figured I had to warn her, knowing as I did that she was reading chapters on her laptop. I'd have felt terrible if she'd thrown it.

:-)

So glad you don't feel NE was a three-star book. My editor loved it. So many people felt it was my best book. Others thought it was s-to-the-H-I-T.

Marie Force said...

Pam,
NE is definitely NOT a three-star book. I really love it. What was the reasoning for the three stars?

No computer throwing allowed!!!!

Pamela Clare said...

They felt the Native culture was too distracting from the overall story. Funny because I thought it *was* the story — or a big part of it. I think they wanted an apple. :-)

Also, they felt it didn't have much of a plot. They wrote, "Although it will likely be enough to keep her diehard fans happy... blah blah." I can't remember the rest. I sort of wanted to throw up at that point.

I truly think one's ability to relate to the Native side of it is the key. I've seen readers post that they wish Natalie had simply hooked up with an Indian instead of with Gabe, because then he wouldn't have to "convert."

But I don't know that he converts. He simply builds room in his life for her life. That's what people do when they love people. I don't know why Native life is so negative that people should adopt it.

If you've read the author's note, then you know that my coverage of Navajo issues led to my "converting," so to speak. People can see that on my Facebook Info page, too. So I guess it would be hard for me to understand why people don't find that interesting. LOL!

Sara said...

I LOVE Pamela's historicals but I have yet to read one of her contemporaries...sounds like I'd better hop to it! :)

Please count me in for the giveaway! :)

Sabrina @ about happy books said...

I had "Extreme Exposure" in my TBR pile for months and looking back I wonder why I waited so long to read it.
I enjoyed the combination of strong characters, the thrilling investigation and the love story. The environmental crime was believable and I enjoy books that show that big firms are often no saints.

I loved that Kara takes her son and her job so seriously. And I definitely adored Reece, the world needs more men and especially politicians like him.
I will order the next two books in the series soon because I'm excited to read more of the I-team.

Marie Force said...

Pam,
Interesting (and baffling) reasoning behind the three stars. I personally thought the Navajo aspects were really interesting. I learned a lot about Native culture and customs. I also learned a lot about rock climbing!

I just finished NE and I loved it. I think it might be the best one of the four I've read for many reasons. Maybe it wasn't as heart-pounding as Unlawful Contact (during which I had MANY reasons to say HOW will she EVER get them out of this???). NE had more of a slow build to the heart-pounding stuff, but it was still extremely engaging.

One thing I love about your books (and Christy's) is that there is PLENTY of romance to go with the suspense. I have such a beef with so-called RS authors who throw in a token love scene and call it RS when it's actually a thriller with a token love scene. I had gotten away from reading a lot of RS (even though I write it now) because of that trend. Happy to have found authors who are keeping the romance in RS!!!!

Thanks again for participating in our book club! 86 comments! I think it's safe to say we had a full-on party!!!!! (And we were worried everyone would be shopping--LOL)

Marie Force said...

Sara,
Thanks for joining the book club party! Hope you enjoy the I-Team books!

Sabrina,
So glad you enjoyed EE. You will love the others, too! Be prepared to be sucked out of your life and into Pam's world, however. Someone should've warned me to save the I-Team books until AFTER my book was turned in. Thanks a lot, guys!
:-P

Ronlyn said...

Sara & Sabrina~ I'm so glad you both chimed in. Definately grab one of the contemps. Like I said in the opening, I'd always avoided them (was something of a historical snob) but Pamela converted me. They are wonderful!

And, I threw both HE & UC. But with UC I believe I called Pamela with a "You did NOT just do that!!" By NE she started giving me warnings. LOL. Such a good friend to protect me from my own throwing impulses.

Pamela Clare said...

What I love about the UC throwing incident was that you hurled the book, then Scott looked over at you and asked you whether you wanted him to go get the book. And you said, "Yes, please." That cracks me up.

Now I must go into Internet exile.

Marie Force said...

So cute. That is precisely why Scott is NOT a Turnip (long story, PC). Suffice to say my DH IS a Turnip of the first order. LOL

Hard to throw the books when you're reading on the I-Touch. The I-Team will always be memorable to me since they are the first books I've read electronically. Loving that! (My credit card is not, however...)

Ronlyn said...

and the fact that you'd met Scott so you could picture the entire thing...LOL.
"Nice throw Babe. You want me to get that for you?"
"Yes, please."
As though his wife yelling and throwing a book across the room is a completely normal occurance.
LOL
Yeah, Scott is sooo not a turnip. A fact he takes great pride in. :-)

Pamela Clare said...

Yes, Ronlyn! That was the dialogue that so cracked me up -- and still does. Scott knows you very well.

And, yes, having met you both helped me see it all quite vividly. :-)

Marie Force said...

WINNER of Pam's giveaway copy of Hard Evidence is.... Judy Flohr! Judy, contact Pam via Facebook to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who came out to play yesterday! Next up is Rescue Me by Christy Reece, moving back to our regular day on Thursday, December 2, with Hope Frost as our co-hostess. See you then!

Ronlyn said...

And remember to come back and start up the conversation at any time! :-)
Thank you all for joining us.

Ronlyn said...

And, I can't believe I forgot to say, CONGRATULATIONS JUDY!!!

Pamela Clare said...

Congratulations, Judy! :-)

Thanks to Marie for having me here and to Ronlyn for being such a fun co-host.

I had a great time chatting with everyone, and I know I'll see you around the blogosphere.

Marie, good luck with your deadline!

Marie Force said...

Thanks, Pam! Hope we can lure you back when your next book comes out! Good luck with your deadline, too!

Judy F said...

Thanks so much for picking me. I can't wait to read this book.

Marie Force said...

You're welcome, Judy! Once you read Hard Evidence, you'll see what all the Team Julian hoopla is about! :-)

Mary G said...

Yayy!! Got my PC back.

Pamela, you said, "They felt the Native culture was too distracting from the overall story."

That is precisely why NE was so special to me, almost magical.
I loved the Native symbolism & references. "Walk in beauty" made me melt. As I told you when I read it - You write in beauty.

Marie Force said...

I agree, Mary, and the references to the wind knowing Gabe. I loved that about NE!

Glad you got your computer back. We missed you!

Mary G said...

Missed you all too. I read all the terrific comments at work.

I have a feeling that Book 5 is going to be just as gut wrenching.

Looking forward to Thursday & Christy's book.

oklanannie said...

Sorry I missed this book club meeting. TEAM JULIAN for me -- but I love all the I-Team and historicals by Pamela Clare, who ranks up there with ice cream in my opinion! She's a fabulous writer and an auto-buy for me.

Natalie, as one of the I-Team reporters, drew my attention early on and I can't wait to see what Pamela has in store for her, along with this new hottie, Zach! "Breaking Point" is sure to excite and thrill us all!

Marie - I have an extra copy of "Riding the Fire" and I would love to send it to you (I owe you big time for some excellent hours of reading pleasure!).

And now, as our dear Kara would say, BLESS YOUR HEARTS!!! I'll save Kara/PC's version for those who truly deserve it!!!

oklanannie said...

P.S. The "tequila" discussion brought to mind the song lyrics:

"She can handle any champagne brunch
A bridal shower with Bacardi punch
Jello shooters full of Smirnoff
But Tequila makes her clothes fall off!"

Umm, worst hangover I ever had was after a girls night out drinking tequila == but thankfully, my clothes stayed on!!!

Cheers!

Marie Force said...

You were one of the lucky ones, Anne. I was the one the wrote the song about... LOL