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Candace Havens Inside Books | Gift Ideas and December Books
Candace Havens / December 2, 2009

Candy’s Inside BooksA look at books, authors and movie events I’d hoped to put together a list of some of my favorite books from the past year for this last column of the year. I couldn’t do it. Whittling down more than a 100 books, most of which I loved, was absolutely impossible. I will, at the end of this column give you some authors to check out if you need help with your gift buying. But we have several December releases to talk about first: Michelle Styles says THE VIKING’ CAPTIVE PRINCESS is the story of an exiled Viking princess who takes her half- sister’s place in an enemy warrior’s bed to save her sister’s life. “One of my favorite bits is doing research and finding little factoids so I was really pleased when I learned about the gem stone iolite,” Styles says. “It is a natural polarizing filter (think sun glasses!) and the Vikings used it in navigation as a sun compass because of course if you are sailing in the land of the Midnight Sun, there are no stars to guide you. It really fascinated me and I made sure iolite was mentioned in the book.” Susan…

Get Fresh With VAMPIRES! A lively Discussion & Celebration of Pop Culture Literature with Candace Havens, Rosemary Clement-Moore & Gwen Reyes
Candace Havens / November 12, 2009

Fresh Fiction and Barnes & Noble presents… Getting Fresh with Vampires Saturday, November 14th @ 5:00 PM Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park Join Fresh Fiction’s Gwen Reyes for a lively discussion about vampires intoday’s literature & pop culture with Special Guests Candace Havens & Rosemary Clement-Moore They’ll be taking on the Twilight crowd and talking about vampires, Bella,Diaries, Edward and much much more! Special treats available!!! click here for Flyer Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick | DRAGONS PREFER BLONDES by Candace Havens
Candace Havens / September 24, 2009

Caruthers Sisters #2July 2009On Sale: July 7, 2009Featuring: Alex Caruthers; Ginjin; Jake304 pages ISBN: 0425227804EAN: 9780425227800Trade Size$14.00 Fantasy Urban, Romance Paranormal Buy at Amazon.com Dragons Prefer Blondesby Candace Havens Fighting evil in four-inch Pradas… Second in the paranormal series featuring the Caruthers sisters, party girls who save the world—between cocktails. Alex Caruthers is a sassy socialite who knows when it’s time to turn in her dancing shoes and kick some serious dragon booty. But when Ginjin—the dragon warrior who’s tried to kill her numerous times—chooses her as his mate, Alex finds herself in a situation that’s too hot to handle. For help she turns to Jake, head of Caruthers security—and a total hottie in a suit—and asks him to pose as her boyfriend. Their relationship might be fake, but Alex can’t deny that one touch from Jake makes her burn hotter than any dragon could. Previous Picks Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Sara Reyes | Author + Books + Video = Excitement?
Candace Havens , Saturdays with Sara / August 29, 2009

I always tell people — find something to do that connects with your passion in life and you’ll be successful! And the rule has proved itself over and over again. My passion is books and reading. My talent, if it can labeled, is remembering what I’ve read and making connections. I connect readers with books. If I know someone likes a certain type of book: say historical with lots of sexual tension but with emotion, I’ll say try Mary Balogh or Mary Jo Putney or Loretta Chase. Because those authors will make you weep, laugh and sigh. If someone likes gritty urban fantasy I point them to Kim Harrison or Kelley Armstrong because you’ll find a fast paced action packed adventure in a world that is familiar and yet, not. Well, you get my drift. I’m fortunate as I read fast and I’ve read steadily for a loooong time! Fun Books You Should Get! But I’ve also been able to meet authors, and authors are wonderful people, especially after you get them to open up about their work. Then you can see the passion in their eyes and the emotion in their voice as they tell me about the twists…

Candace Havens | Superhero, Anyone?
Candace Havens / July 8, 2009

I know, this a tough decision for any woman. I mean, it’s something I ponder at length. I’ve even dreamed about it on occasion. I feel like this is the time to really delve deep and figure out the answer to the question: If I had a choice would I sleep with Superman or Batman? In a perfect world, I’d get both. I mean, someone on. They are both super hot, even without their capes. My friends and I used to play this game Breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee. We’d pick celebrities and then say what meal we’d like to share with them. Breakfast usually meant a sleepover. I’m saying straight up, with no reservations, I’d have breakfast with Superman and Batman. No problemo. But like I said, this isn’t a perfect world, so I have to pick one. Let’s look at the con’s first. Superman, has so much strength, that one has to worry if he were to lose himself in the throes of passion, well, one might get squished. And there’s that whole faster than a speeding bullet. Fast isn’t always a good thing. Curious to know the answer? Read on… Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books…

Candace Havens | Secrets and Siblings
Candace Havens / November 4, 2008

I grew up an only child, and I really liked it. (Smile) Except for the fact that I love to play board games and cards, and I didn’t always have a playmate. But I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of siblings. That’s why there are four Caruthers sisters and one brother in my new book “The Demon King and I.” I wanted to write about that interaction between siblings. I have first hand experience after watching my own children, but I also did some research by hanging around and learning to understand how my friends interact with their brothers and sisters. Take my friend Shannon’s comment about how one of her brother’s dresses. We were Christmas shopping a few years ago and she talked about how she bought him some decent clothes so he would wear something besides a t-shirt and jeans. It was her subtle way of telling him to grow up. I didn’t realize it, until just this moment but that sort of ended up in The Demon King and I. (Please, don’t tell her.) I watched as another friend interacted with her two sisters. That dynamic was very interesting because the middle sister, my friend, has…

Sara Reyes | Readers ‘n ‘ritas…WHAT Did YOU Miss?
Candace Havens / October 18, 2008

The inaugural Readers ‘n ‘ ritas was a blast. Readers came from all over Texas and Oklahoma and it wasn’t just for the Texas / OU game although their fans were in abundance as well! Authors came from as far as NYC. It’s amazing what a gathering of like minds can do! Cover Creation Checking out cover theories.Originally uploaded by freshfiction From the first panels we knew it was a hit — I mean seriously, when women gather around the speakers table at 9am on a gorgeous Saturday morning and eagerly start discussing book covers along with examples of how a committee designed the cover for ECSTASY or enjoy a bit of show-and-tell with cat litter and dryer sheets you know it’s at least to first base, maybe even second! And by the time the third workshop was over, we were all friends…the kind that talk to each other and even feel comfortable enough to disagree! The best kind of friends. And learning about new authors and books is never a bad thing, even if you have to start early in the morning! Isn’t that why they have hot coffee ready? The Rowdy Table: Jodi Thomas and Dianna LoveOriginally uploaded…

Candace Havens | Charmed & Dangerous
Candace Havens / December 5, 2007

It may seem kind of silly but I love the character Bronwyn in the “Charmed & Dangerous” series. I’m beyond excited that the first book is coming out in mass-market paperback on Dec. 4. Hopefully that means more people will get to read about this amazing chick. When I first conceived the idea of her, I wanted someone who was strong and didn’t take crap off of anyone. Bronwyn is certainly that. She’s one of the most powerful witches in the world, but you wouldn’t know it to look at her. I like that she has a little bit of an attitude, but she has a soft heart. That one minute she can be caring for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s, and the next she’s blowing up bad guys. Bronwyn is also an adventurer who loves to travel. People ask me all the time if I’ve been to all the places she has – I wish. (Smile) I do a lot of research into places where I would like to travel, and then I send Bronwyn on her way. I like that side of her, where she can adapt to most any situation. She always manages to make friends, even…