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    • Quick Six with Paula Graves

      cfccw_ccc_200x300Please join me in giving a very warm welcome to the award-winning romantic suspense author, Paula Graves! Paula is here to talk about her new Harlequin Intrigue novel, Dead Man’s Curve. So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below. And don’t forget to check out Paula’s Quick Six interview and answer her question in the comments section below for a chance to win her two-in-one Intrigue Classics, CASE FILE: CANYON CREEK, WYOMING and CHICKASAW COUNTY CAPTIVE!

       

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      A spy is forced to come in from the cold in the first book in The Gates miniseries by award-winning author Paula Graves.

      Coming in from the cold is the only choice for Sinclair Solano, once a fiery young radical turned CIA double agent turned fugitive. Not only must he free his kidnapped sister from the rebels he betrayed, but he also must clear his name. And neither will be easy with beautiful FBI agent Ava Trent dogging his trail. Seeing no other option, Sin uneasily joins forces with Ava to plan an ultradaring guerilla attack and rescue op. But the mission requires trusting Ava, and putting her irresistible body in the line of fire. Being alive has never been so dangerous….

      Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Books-a-Million / Harlequin / iTunes

      Plotter or Pantzer?

      Both. I’m definitely a plotter when it comes to the suspense/mystery elements in my books, but I tend to be a pantzer when it comes to the romance. I generally know who my characters are, what their primary internal conflicts are and how they conflict with each other, but I don’t plot out every detail of how the romance comes together. I just let it develop naturally in the context of the suspense plot.

      Romantic suspense or Romantic comedy?

      I love to read both, but I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t write romantic comedy. I do love to put humor and sassy banter in my books, but I like the grittier, darker tones of romantic suspense. I love the drama, the danger and the heroism of romantic suspense.

      Print or eBook?

      I used to say I’d never switch to eBooks. Until I tried it. Now I’m hooked. I read so much more now that I can read on my phone or my tablet.

      Light or Dark?

      I need a combination of both in the books I read and write. Too much unrelenting darkness is depressing and unsatisfying. I need hope and happiness and a satisfying ending. At the same time, too much lightness tends to bore me. I need a little meat.

      Save or Be Saved?

      Save! I love writing heroines who can take care of themselves (and sometimes take care of the hero, too!) A lot of my heroines are cops or federal agents, and sometimes they outrank the heroes. And even those who aren’t usually have some skill useful to solving the case, such as an accountant who stumbles across proof of a traitor in the security company where she works.

      Ghosts or Zombies?

      Ghosts! They don’t constantly shed body parts or eat brains.

       

      My question for you, in honor of the upcoming football season: College Football or Pro Football?

       

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      Raised in the American South, Paula Graves knows Southerners don’t hide their crazy people—they showcase them. Eccentric people make for the best stories, and Southerners love their stories. The need to tell stories has been a driving force in Paula’s life from a young age.

      As a girl, her favorite books were mysteries and romances. When she realized there were books that featured both romance and mystery, she knew she’d found her calling. Now she gets to play both matchmaker and murderer—and get paid for it.

      She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to click the “contact” button on her website and let her know what they think of her books.

      She would love to have you drop by her website: www.paulagraves.com
      and to see you on Facebook: facebook.com/PaulaGravesBooks
      and Twitter: twitter.com/Paula_Graves

       

       

       

       

       

       

     

     

    Hunk of the Month Contest

    • August’s Hunk of the Month

      For August’s Hunk of Month contest, it’s all about those provocative country crooners! Our choices are Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, or Brantley Gilbert.

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      Tim McGraw Brantley Gilbert Luke Bryan

       

      Vote below and be sure to leave a comment to enter to win a prize.

      Which of these sexy crooners do think is the most provocative?
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    Inspiration

    \"The best antidote to writer\'s block is ... to write.\" ~Henriette Anne Klauser
    “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  ~Ray Bradbury
    “Positive anything is better than negative thinking.”  ~Elbert Hubbard
    “Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”  ~Gene Fowler
    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  ~Winston Churchill
    “Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.”  ~Ralph Marston
    “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”  ~Woody Allen
    “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”  ~William Feather
    “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”  ~Kahlil Gibran
    “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” 
    “The truth is, progress is usually small and sneaky.” ~Anne Lamott
    “Reach for your dreams and they will reach for you.”
    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Creativity means believing that you have greatness.” ~ Wayne Dyer
    “You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen, as long as you’re centered.”
    ~Wayne Dyer
    “Believe it and you’ll see it. Know it and you’ll be it!” ~Wayne Dyer
    “Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.” ~ Nora Roberts
    “You don\'t find time to write. You make time. It\'s your job.” ~ Nora Roberts
    \"You can fix anything but a blank page.” ~ Nora Roberts
    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~ Dumbledore
    Life is full of obstacle illusions.
    Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.
    We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.
    It\'s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
    We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.