As a child, Paula Graves's favorite books were Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and Harlequin Romances. When she realized there were books that featured both romance and mystery, she knew she'd found her calling. Now Paula writes for Harlequin Intrigue, where she gets to play both matchmaker and murderer and has a blast doing it. She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her by clicking the contact button on her website.
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Alicia: Oh no, guys, Gabe's going for the cards.
Gabe: They asked for a Q & A. They didn't specify how they we were going to do it.
Alicia: Well, at least explain the game for the reading audience so they're not confused.
Gabe: The game is called Popsmack.
Alicia: Cooper family legend has it that the name was derived from the fights the game usually sparked.
Gabe: Not legend. That's the truth. I think it was Sam who named it that. Said that's all he could hear from our room whenever we played it.
Alicia: Popsmack can be played for good or for evil. You guys usually played it for evil.
Gabe: Have y'all noticed how she says "you guys"? Bless her little yankee heart.
Alicia: Yeah, bite me, Bo Duke. You going to get around to dealing or not?
Gabe: Okay--here's how the game works. Only two people can play at a time.
Alicia: Because three or more could cause a riot--
Gabe: Split the deck evenly between you and then you each lay out a card at the same time. Person holding the high card gets to ask the person holding the low card any question he wants, and she has to answer honestly.
Alicia: Note that he's already assuming it's the male who'll win. Maybe I should deal the deck.
Gabe: Have at it.
Alicia: Okay, ready. Deal the first card: Well, darn-- three of hearts.
Gabe: Hah, ten of spades. Let's see...what shall I ask?
Alicia: I'm not answering some questions in front of an audience.
Gabe: But the rules, baby--
Alicia: Don't push me.
Gabe: Okay, okay. Why did you pick Mill Valley University for your doctoral studies?
Alicia: I loved the town--small, very southern. So different from where I grew up in San Francisco, but not at all in a bad way. Plus, the criminal psychology program at Mill Valley is one of the hidden jewels of higher education. The head of the department is this brilliant, brilliant man who did pioneering studies on the criminal brain. Dr. Fanning was one of the primary draws for me.
Gabe: Is he hot or something?
Alicia: Oh, for Pete's sake. Deal the next card. Hah! Queen of Diamonds.
Gabe: Eight of clubs. Okay, I can take it. Hit me with it, baby.
Alicia: I know how much you love fishing. What's your best fishing memory ever?
Gabe: I bet you think it's the time Jake and I won that pairs tournament on Falcon Lake. Which was totally sweet and made us enough money to start our guiding service. But that's not it. There was this time when I was a teenager--
Alicia: If this involves a Chickasaw County High School cheerleader, I don't want to hear it.
Gabe: Chickasaw County Pee Wee Football League cheerleader, actually. I was the one who took my niece Cissy fishing the time she caught her first bluegill. I think she was maybe four years old. Never seen a kid more excited. She's still a heck of a fisherman.
Alicia: She keeps threatening to take me out crappie fishing at night. I guess if I'm going to call myself a Cooper, I need to get into the whole fishing experience.
Gabe: Don't worry, sugar, I'll bait your hook for you any time. Unless I have a bite or something.
Alicia: My hero.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COOPERS?
Find out more about Cooper Justice and this THREE book COLD CASE series in Angi's April 13th interview with RITA FINALIST Paula Graves.
The Man from Gossamer Ridge
Harlequin Intrigue - May 2011
Gabe Cooper missed the chance to stop his sister-in-law's brutal murder by thirty inexcusable minutes. And even though the man responsible for Brenda Cooper's murder is dead, Gabe can't forgive himself for his mistake. So when his motherless niece Cissy leaves him an urgent message to visit her at college, Gabe drops everything to go. But he's not prepared for what his niece tells him. Cissy believes her mother's murder isn't solved at all. Worse, she's basing her beliefs solely on the theories of a pretty psychology instructor who looks more like a co-ed herself than any one he should take seriously. Alicia Solano believes the dead man had been only one of a pair of serial killers responsible for not only Brenda's death but dozens of murders across three southern states. And now there have been two new murders that fit the profile. There's still a killer out there, and he's found a new partner.
Harlequin Intrigue - June 2011
So, Gabe and Alicia, folks! They may be feeling a little lighthearted today, but their story has plenty of chills and thrills, and their investigation breaks a decade old cold case wide open. Visit my website to find out more about The Man From Gossamer Ridge and where you can purchase a copy of your own.
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