Sunday, December 06, 2009


Here we are at Day 7 with an author I've known for a LONG time.  Since before we sold, certainly.  I'm thrilled she's hangin' out with us during the 12 Days of Christmas!

Please welcome Paula Graves to the party!

Down here in the American South, we don't hide our crazy people. We showcase them. I've always thought it was because eccentric people make for the best stories, and we Southerners love our stories. Faulkner, McCullars, O'Connor, Porter--these are our chroniclers, writers steeped in the slow, steady pulse of the South's pride, suffering, honor, madness, venality and redemption. I grew up in Alabama, the heart of the South, and live here still. The need to tell stories has been a driving force in my life from a very young age.

As a child, my favorite books were Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and Harlequin Romances. When I realized there were books that featured both romance and mystery, I knew I'd found my calling. Now I write for Harlequin Intrigue, where I get to play both matchmaker and murderer and get paid for it.

In addition, I work a full-time day job at a Birmingham ad agency, where I'm a copywriter and graphic designer, a background that comes in handy when it's time to redesign my website and create promotional materials for my books. I'm also known among certain circles as the Cat Whisperer, but that's a whole other story. I love to hear from readers, so please visit my website at, click the contact button and tell me what you think about my books.

In my handy dandy tote bag is a copy of Paula's Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming.
What was supposed to be a quiet vacation in scenic Wyoming turned deadly when Hannah Cooper became the target of a serial killer. Although she survived the attack, the ordeal was far from over. But she wasn’t alone. Not when Riley Patterson appointed himself her protector.

Beneath Riley’s strapping, solemn exterior hid a hard-driving sheriff who would stop at nothing to catch a killer. He promised Hannah safety, but it was the danger he posed that drew her in. Riley was as much a mystery as the man who sought to take her life. Trapped on his ranch, with no one but each other to trust, only justice could set them free…and possibly separate them forever.

Cooper Justice: One family determined to do what’s right.

Today's code word - er - clue,  is SNOWMAN.

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  1. I really enjoy Paula's books.

  2. I love your comment about not hiding our crazy people. I was born in Mississippi and now have lived in Louisiana for about 30 years. That is a true statement, though I have never heard that before :)

    Judy (

  3. It would almost be worth being the target of a serial killer to have Riley appoint himself as your protector don't you think? :D

  4. Thanks, y'all. Judy, I think down here in the South, we don't always see craziness the same way others do. Just because a person is a little, well, different doesn't mean he can't have a little potato salad and barbecue at the family reunion with the rest of us, does it? :)

    Lacey, I actually just finished reading Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming. My author's copies came from Harlequin last week, so I pulled out a copy and gave it another read. It's the first time I've read one of my books cover to cover once it was in print--usually I can't bring myself to do it. (And after catching at least one redundancy and a POV shift in the middle of a scene, I may never do it again!).

    But Riley was definitely yummy. I hope y'all enjoy him as much as I did.