Stranger in Cold Creek

#1624 The Gates: Most Wanted #3

by Paula Graves

Harlequin (Intrigue)

February 20, 2016

ISBN-10: 0373698917

ISBN-13: 9780373698912

Available in: Paperback

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Stranger in Cold Creek
by Paula Graves

A mystery man has come to a small Texas town to hide out…until his cover is blown.

It wasn’t an accident—it was an ambush. And the minute John Blake rescues Deputy Miranda Duncan from a murder attempt, the Gates undercover operative is committed to keeping her safe. But he’s here in Texas to lie low, not to seduce a tough, resourceful cop. If only he can discover who’s after her and whether or not he is the true target.

As Blake and Miranda investigate, their closeness deepens with each secret shared…until both fall into an unsuspected killer’s trap. Blake’s temporary stay in Cold Creek may become all too permanent. But if they survive, Blake knows he can’t walk away from the woman who upended his life.

Plus a bonus short story by USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen



Paula Graves' Bio

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.

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