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First Strike (I-Team) by [Clare,Pamela]
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Length: 76 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Let me warn you right now--First Strike ends with a cliffhanger. It's the erotic prequel for Striking Distance (I-Team #6). Here's the story of how this came to be:

Striking Distance is one of the most challenging books I've ever written. By the time I was done, I had easily two pages of discarded text for every page I submitted to my editor. Sometimes that's how it goes. 

Among those discarded pages was the first prologue I'd written. It introduced readers to Laura Nilsson, a broadcast journalist, and Javier Corbray, an active-duty Navy SEAL, and told the story of how they met. When I was many pages into that prologue, I realized I had a big problem. For starters, it was much too long. Also, I would have to have two prologues for the story to start where I wanted it to start. Together, the two prologues would span a period of four years. No novel should start with thirty pages of prologue. So, I reluctantly cut the initial prologue, only referring to the events as backstory in Striking Distance. 

Sometimes writers have to make tough choices. 

After finishing Striking Distance in June 2013, I went back through the material I had cut from the story, looking for fun "extras" to post on my blog, and I rediscovered how very much I had liked the story's first, original prologue. I decided to take those pages and transform them into a prequel, telling not just the highlights of the weekend when Laura and Javier meet, but the whole story. I knew that diehard I-Team readers would want to know about the magical weekend that binds Laura and Javier together, and I thought it would give me a chance to do something I hadn't done before--ratchet up the sensuality and write an erotic short story. 

And that's what you're about to read--an erotic novella about the weekend Laura and Javier meet. I've taken the original prologue and expanded it, turning up the heat and allowing myself to play with language that doesn't usually make it into my books. I hope you'll enjoy the result. 

As I mentioned, this story ends with a cliffhanger. You won't find a "happily ever after" here. I know people sometimes find cliffhangers irritating. Yes, I have seen those "I hate cliffhanger" Facebook memes. But, given the fact that this is a prequel, there really isn't any way around that. 

Fortunately, First Strike is being released close to Striking Distance, so the wait won't be long. Also, given that the final prologue to Striking Distance is available on my website at this very moment, you will be able to alleviate the cliffhanger stress by simply going to my website and reading what happens next. 

I hope you enjoy the story of these two people who meet and enjoy a wild weekend of "no strings" sex that becomes the foundation for redemption and enduring love. 

Happy reading!

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as an investigative journalist and eventually became the first woman editor of two different newspapers. Along the way, she won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and Colorado Society of Professional Journalists' Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two grown sons, she writes contemporary romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and historical romance.
Visit Pamela's website at to sign up for her newsletter and to read excerpts and author's notes for each book. 
Her romantic suspense titles include:
I-Team Series (in order)
Extreme Exposure 
Heaven Can't Wait (novella)
Hard Evidence
Unlawful Contact
Naked Edge
Breaking Point
Skin Deep (long novella)
First Strike: The Prequel to Striking Distance (short novella)
Striking Distance
Soul Deep (long novella)
Seduction Game
Dead By Midnight (short novel)
Her contemporary romance titles include:
Colorado High Country Series
Barely Breathing
Her historical romances include:
MacKinnon's Rangers Series (in order)
Upon A Winter's Night: A MacKinnon's Rangers Christmas (novella)
Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga (in order)
Sweet Release
Carnal Gift 
Ride the Fire
She lives in her home state of Colorado in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.