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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Candace Havens book giveaway!

One thing that most writers have in common is that they are also AVID readers. That is certainly true for me. I read anywhere from two to four books a week, usually, and have lots of favorite authors I follow, reading anything and everything they have published.

This month my writer pal Candace Havens (www.candacehavens.com)has a new book out, called TAKE ME IF YOU DARE. Here's the thing: all of Candy's previous books have been paranormal romance, and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED them. But the new one is a Harlequin Blaze...a romance romance, if you know what I mean. And I don't usually read straight romance, so I wasn't sure what I'd think.

Ha! I think it is great, that's what I think! Hot, hot, hot, and full of great characters, action, and um... hot, hot, hot. Think BURN NOTICE with more heat. Smirk. This is not your mother's romance. (Although I have to wonder where she learned all that stuff about Bangkok massage parlors...)

And it occurred to me that there were other folks out there who THOUGHT they didn't like romance, just like me. So I'm having a contest to give away a copy of TAKE ME IF YOU DARE to one lucky winner. (Besides, it gives me a chance to spread the word on this funny, smart, very cool lady.)

Here is all you have to do: go say hi to Candy at any of the places she hangs out online. Then come tell me you did it.


Or check out her free writing loop at Write_WorkshopChat@yahoogroups.com

That's it--just say hi. If you don't already follow her, you might want to consider it...she's WAY cool. But you don't have to. Then come back here and tell me where you *waved* at her. At the end of the day on Tuesday the 9th, I'll pick one lucky winner [USA or Canada only, please] and contact him or her to arrange mailing of the book.

Here is a message from Candy, and a little bit about the book to pique your interest:

Hi Gang, I want to thank Deborah for letting me hang out with you today. I hope you'll all celebrate the release of Take Me If You Dare with us. I have lots of fun contests going on, and I know Deborah does too. So let's have some fun!

Take Me If You Dareby Candace Havens

For Mariska Stonegate, the gorgeous guy she's now met is everything she's looking for in a man—hot, hot and…oh, right. Hot. And just because every pore of his body screams danger and sex doesn't mean she's getting herself into too much trouble….

But Mr. Thomas isn't who he says he is. In fact, his real name is Jackson—no last names, please—and he's a burned CIA agent on the run. And he'll do just about anything to stay alive…including seducing Mariska one hot, steamy night at a time!

Let's all show Candy a little love for her new book!


  1. I posted hi to Candace on Facebook...

  2. Nice!!! I can't wait to read this book! With the wonderful way Candace writes I know this book it going to be Numero Uno!!! Only the best write like this. =)

  3. Great interview! I love Candace's paranormal romances, so I know this Blaze book is going to be awesome. I can't wait to pick it up. I'm wishing her much success on this release. :) Happy reading!!
    Tawania Etheridge

  4. Just ordered it online and looking forward to reading a different style of Candace's writing talent!
    She NEVER disappoints us!


  5. It's true! She never disappoints, does she? And I have to tell y'all, in person she is even better!
    So glad you're all here and commenting! Thanks :-)

  6. Thank you for your post, Deborah.

    Candace and I have been Facebook friends for several months. I've commented on quite a few of her FB posts and those on other websites and blogs.

    She has plenty of helpful advice and interesting observations. Often her insights are very thought-provoking, for me and many others.

    There's so much going on in Candace's life, and she shares it with the rest of us. I don't know where she gets all her energy, what with all those balls she's juggling. But I'm mighty glad she does!

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Thanks for hanging out with us!

  8. I said hi to her via a Facebook message. ^_^

  9. Hi Ms. Deborah! I just posted on your FB :) But really wanted to say thank you again for the wonderful rec :) I'm so excited to have another author to check out! I friend requested Ms. Candace to get the info on some of her other writings...B&N here I come...Whoo hoo! Best, Joanie M.

  10. Joanie--I promise you won't be disappointed. While you're at it, you might want to check out Mindy Kasky's books too. I'll probably do something like this again when her new book comes out in April.

  11. I haven't yet read any of Candace's titles but I would love to try one!


  12. I retweeted your post on Twitter -- Candy helped me get my butt in the chair and my hands on my keyboard back in 2006 with her FastDraft. I've seen sold 3 novels (ssssh on the third) and hosted her on my blog back in July. Her WW loop rocks with the information/prods she gives to writers.

  13. Leah--yes, Candy is great at motivating other writers, isn't she. That's one of the reasons I go out of my way to support her--she does so much for all the rest of us!!! congrats on your book sales :-)

  14. And the winner is....Tawania! Thanks to you all for taking part, and I hope you get yourselves a copy of the book!

    Tawania, congrats on winning, and I will contact you for your mailing address and send the book out as soon as I get back from my California trip.

  15. Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be down... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please reply to my post if you do!

    I would appreciate if a staff member here at deborahblake.blogspot.com could post it.


  16. James,
    The contest was over months ago, sorry. That's why the link doesn't work anymore.