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A stolen artifact. A treacherous mountain…

And a killer who won’t let them escape

Nicole Witten didn’t expect to inherit trouble along with her late uncle’s property. But after digging up an ancient sword in her garden, she becomes part of a decades-old heist—and the target of a dangerous thief. Now trapped in the Poconos with her dog, Waffles, Nicole must partner with Detective Troy Hollenbeck to survive the perils of the mountain…if the killer doesn’t catch them first.

Author P.A. DePaul took time out of her busy schedule to talk to The Big Thrill about her latest thriller, DEADLY MOUNTAIN TREASURES:

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

The setting came to me first. This story had to be set on a mountain with the hero and heroine in peril. I instantly thought of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania during the summer. I didn’t want to have the usual backdrop of snow or avalanches causing trouble.

P.A. DePaul

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love suspense. The more conflicts and perils the better.
I enjoy reading about two people overcoming personal conflicts to find love.
Put them together, and it’s a match made in heaven.

Was there anything new you discovered or that surprised you as you wrote this book?

I thoroughly enjoyed the research for this book. My husband and I took trips to different parts of the mountain so I could understand the terrain and figure out what I could use to prevent my hero and heroine from easily walking off the mountain.

I also became fascinated with ancient Viking artifacts. My research fell down the rabbit hole when I stumbled upon the Ulfberht sword. I was hooked and had to use it in my story.


P.A. DePaul has been published with Berkley, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Harlequin Books S.A. She’s lived in multiple states on the US East Coast but currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. She loves books and movies that are full of action, suspense, and romance. In her free time, you can find her reading, working on a puzzle, winning game nights against her husband (sometimes), or whipping up something tasty in the kitchen.

She has memberships in Romantic Novelists’ Association, Romance Writers of Australia, and International Thriller Writers.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.

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