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ABOUT PAULA GRAVES


Paula Graves


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, McCullers, 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.


When I was younger, 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.  I've also recently self-published a couple of romantic suspense ebooks, available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Smashwords.

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 click the contact button and tell me what you think about my books.



AWARDS



2014 RT BOOK REVIEWS REVIEWER'S CHOICE NOMINEE
Dead Man's Curve
Harlequin Intrigue - September 2014


2014 GAYLE WILSON AWARD WINNER

Murder in the Smokies
Harlequin Intrigue - June 2013


2014 DAPHNE AWARD FINALISTS

Murder in the Smokies
Harlequin Intrigue - June 2013

Smoky Ridge Curse
Harlequin Intrigue - August 2013


2013 RT BOOK REVIEWS REVIEWER'S CHOICE NOMINEE
Smoky Ridge Curse
Harlequin Intrigue - August 2013


2013 CATAROMANCE REVIEWER'S CHOICE
The Smoky Mountain Mist
Harlequin Intrigue - July 2013


2012 CATAROMANCE REVIEWER'S CHOICE

Secret Agenda
Harlequin Intrigue - May 2012


2012 RITA AWARD FINALISTS
The Man from Gossamer Ridge
Harlequin Intrigue - May 2011

Cooper Vengeance

Harlequin Intrigue - June 2011


2011 DAPHNE AWARD WINNER
Chickasaw County Captive
Harlequin Intrigue - February 2010


2011 DAPHNE AWARD FINALIST
Case File: Canyon Creek Wyoming
Harlequin Intrigue - January 2010


2011 RITA AWARD FINALIST
Case File: Canyon Creek Wyoming
Harlequin Intrigue - January 2010


2011 GAYLE WILSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FINALIST
One Tough Marine
Harlequin Intrigue - August 2010


2010 CATAROMANCE REVIEWER'S CHOICE
Chickasaw County Captive
Harlequin Intrigue - February 2010


2006 CATAROMANCE REVIEWER'S CHOICE
Forbidden Territory
Harlequin Intrigue - June 2006