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by: Julie Miller, Dana Marton & Paula Graves
THIS CHRISTMAS, THE McCABE BROTHERS ARE COMING HOME TO TEXAS…
VIRGIL by USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Miller
Detective Virgil “Bull” McCabe hadn’t been back on the J-Bar-J Ranch in more than a decade. What he finds is his family in turmoil and his childhood friend, Tracy Cobb, all grown up…and more beautiful than ever.
MORGAN by Dana Marton
It took a lot to bring ex-soldier Morgan McCabe home. But when his brothers sent out a call for help, that was all the incentive he needed. Once there, though, it’s his former flame, Dakota Dayton, and her toddler son who might just convince him to stay.
WYATT by Paula Graves
Sheriff Wyatt McCabe has faced a lot of criminals, but none as ruthless as the one holding his sister hostage. Now, forced to work with Elena Vargas, Wyatt has to ensure his family’s safety without giving in to his burning attraction to the gorgeous agent.
The 3 McCabe brothers were recently interviewed. Want to get to know these hunky heroes better? Read on.
MEET THE McCABES
QUESTION: Public service seems to run in your blood. Who inspired you to serve in the military or law enforcement?
VIRGIL: God, good genes and years of hard work on the ranch made me a big, bad S.O.B. There’s got to be a reason for that—protecting people and taking down bad guys seems to work for me. Besides, I saw and endured enough trouble growing up that I’m motivated to keep any innocent from suffering the
way my brothers, my mom and I did.
MORGAN: The older brother of my best friend who was a Navy S.E.A.L. He was tough, didn’t take bull from anyone. He would defend the weak and stand for our country. He was the first real life hero I met. Before that, I thought heroes were people in history books.
WYATT: Both of my older brothers went off to be heroes. What was I going to do, sit at home on the ranch while they were off being cool and all? And as much as I love Serpentine, Texas, this wild and wonderful town where we grew up, I couldn’t think of a better town to protect.
QUESTION: What’s the first book you remember reading?
VIRGIL: Um… That I’ll admit to? I remember Mom reading SMOKEY, THE COWHORSE to me as a kid. I liked it. And Tracy Cobb, my neighbor and best bud, got me through American Lit our junior year. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one I actually own a copy of now.
MORGAN: The James Bond series. He had the gadgets, the cars, always got the girl. <shrugs> What’s not to like?
WYATT: Zane Grey’s KNIGHTS OF THE RANGE.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite “love” word?
VIRGIL: Blue Eyes
MORGAN: I rather show love then talk about it. And I definitely won’t talk about what happened in the upstairs hallway closet. A gentleman doesn’t… kiss and tell ;-)
WYATT: What kind of sissy question is that? Did one of my brothers put you up to it? Oh, all right. I guess I like the word “adore.” What’s not to like about “adore?”
QUESTION: What’s your idea of a unique date?
VIRGIL: My favorite date is to ride out to a remote corner of the ranch with a picnic basket and some cold beers. Long talks, fresh air, moonlight. Depending on the company, I’d pack a blanket or sleeping bag, too.
MORGAN: Tandem skydiving. Get a girl’s knees shaky and it’s easier to sweep her off her feet. ;-) I already have a date scheduled for you know who. Don’t tell her.
WYATT: I don’t know if it’s really unique, but a girl who finds the romance in going bass fishing on Lake Amistad is what I’d call a keeper.
QUESTION: Who’s your favorite action hero?
VIRGIL: Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four (btw, Morgan is Reed Richards—well, he thinks he’s Mr. Fantastic—and Wyatt’s gotta be Johnny Storm—Flame on, pipsqueak!) We do Adam, Hoss and Little Joe Cartwright, too. (Well, about 20 years ago we did.)
MORGAN: Lara Croft. I like strong, smart women.
WYATT: Detective John McClane. Yippy Ki Yay.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
VIRGIL: Elmer Fudd
MORGAN: I’m not admitting. My brothers would never let me live it down. Sorry, folks.
WYATT: Bugs Bunny, because he’s chock full of attitude.
(Special thanks to Intrigue Author Angi Morgan for conducting the interview!)
Now it’s time to meet the authors!
QUESTION: What was the most challenging part of writing Virgil’s story?
JULIE’S ANSWER: I had the brother angle on this story down pat. But I will confess, I’m a Marine Corps brat/city girl, so creating authentic ranch life with a hero who’s a former rodeo bull-riding champ required a little research. Fortunately, my CP (author Sherry James) raises horses and lives on a ranch, so she let me ask her all kinds of questions. Plus, she won a dinner with a group of rodeo champs when the
National Finals for bull riding were held in Grand Island, Nebraska—and she took me as her guest! I met a real “Bull”—a stock manager from South Dakota who provided bulls for the event.
DANA’S ANSWER: He’s soooo stubborn. He never did what I wanted him to do. Dakota had the same trouble with him. Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether to kiss a guy or strangle him. He was that guy. I’m pretty sure he gave me gray hairs. Thing is, he’s worth the trouble.
PAULA’S ANSWER: Trying to get the flavor of South Texas right. That part of the state is very different from where I live in Alabama — flat, dry and expansive rather than hilly and damp — and I really wanted people to get a taste of the terrain, since my characters spend a lot of time out in it. Fortunately, I minored in Spanish in college, so I was able to sprinkle the story with a little bit of Spanish, especially helpful since my heroine is Latina.
QUESTION: What movie or TV show is your favorite cowboy inspiration?
JULIE’S ANSWER: For me, it’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. The movie, the tv series—any incarnation. I’ve always loved the story idea of a group of individuals—each with unique skills, talents and personal baggage—coming together as one unit to defeat the bad guys. They find a useful purpose for themselves, regain honor and find loyalty among true friends. Plus, there’s something about having a hero to suit whatever mood I’m in. ;)
DANA’S ANSWER: Deadwood. Loooooved that series!
PAULA’S ANSWER: I always loved The Rifleman. I liked that Lucas McCain was a tough guy who could handle a fight, but he tried to avoid conflict when he could, and he was a decent and honorable man. He was a good father, and watching him raise Mark to be a decent, honorable man absolutely melted my heart. Plus, he was one of those lean, rangy cowboys who make my heart flutter.
QUESTION: And what’s next for our three talented authors?
Julie Miller, TACTICAL ADVANTAGE, March 2013
Paula Graves, CODE NAME: WILLOW, available NOW!
Dana Marton, DEATHSCAPE, available NOW!!!
Who are your favorite cowboy heroes? Real or from movies/TV/books? Or who are your favorite brothers from the world of fiction and entertainment or real life?
Petit Fours & Hot Tamales would like to thank these three ladies for giving us such a great interview! But that’s not all! Since the Christmas season is all about giving gifts, Julie, Dana and Paula each came with one for a lucky person who leaves a comment today.
THREE lucky commenters (one for each of our heroes!) will each win one of the following prizes:
1) A print or e-book from Julie Miller (winner’s choice).
2) An e-book from Dana Marton.
3) An Amazon or B&N gift certificate from Paula Graves for one book (winner’s choice).