How Do You Play Around?


By Julie Rowe, author of DEADLY STRAIN

Board games, cards, chess—playing games isn’t just for kids, adults play a wide range of games, too. Chess has been played for approximately 1500 years, and checkers is even older, with versions of it played as much as 4000 years ago.

Steampunk chess set w/bullet casing pieces

When I was a teenager Dungeons and Dragons was all the rage and my friends and I would play for hours at a time. My grandfather taught me how to play Cribbage and Gin Rummy, we’d bet with pennies and I somehow always won more than I lost. My family likes to play Rummoli during holiday gatherings, along with Trivia Pursuit and Balderdash (my personal favorite!).

In Deadly Strain, the hero and heroine play both chess and poker together, both among the most popular games adults play, but hardly the only ones. Cards Against Humanity is very popular these days as is a multitude of role playing board and card games.

Check out this list of the top 50 card and board games from Dice Tower News (do you agree with the ranking?).

What is your favorite game to play with your partner?

Julie Rowe’s first career as a med lab tech in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details and a lot of adventure in her romance novels. Julie writes contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest (Canada), and Canadian Living. You can reach her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster.

Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak.

Sharp is Grace’s most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can’t watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain, the closer it gets to finding them.

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