Monday, June 14, 2010

Interview with Candace Calvert and Signed Book!!


Today for the author interview we have Candace Calvert. She is the author of the new book, Disaster Status. These look like really interesting medical books:) And Candace is offering a personalized copy of Disaster Status to one of my blog readers!!

Thank you so much for being with us today, Candace!!

It’s a pleasure to be here. I love the opportunity to connect with you and your readers.

You seem to have been through quite a bit in your life. Has that helped you as an author?

Definitely. The “Triple Whammy” a few years back (unexpected divorce, flood, and then a life-threatening equestrian accident) actually inspired my first published work, an essay in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. I think an author’s life experiences, both joyful and tragic, can add authenticity to a story and help to breathe life into characters. I’m certain there’s a bit of my DNA (and history) in the Mercy Hospital team.
When did you decide you wanted to write novels?

I’ve always written: short stories, journaling and so forth. And dreamed about writing a novel one day. After the Chicken Soup story was published, my husband immediately signed me up for an online writing class—completely to my surprise (and anxiety). He follows the Nike theory: “Just Do It!”

What do you most want to get across to your readers?

My publicist likes to say that I write medical “Hope Opera.” Sounds funny, but actually it says a lot about what I’m trying to do with my stories: offer action-packed, warmly romantic stories--with a therapeutic (and contagious) dose of HOPE. I love it when readers relate to my characters, saying things like “I’ve often felt that way too,” or “I think if she could learn to forgive, maybe I could.” Entertainment with encouragement. We can all use that.

If there was one person you could have dinner with, who would it be?

In this contemporary world, maybe Beth Moore. I love her energy and passion—and her great sense of humor!

Is there one place you have always wanted to visit? Overseas, a vacation spot, historical monument?

I have been truly blessed to have the opportunity to travel, and still pinch myself over some of the wonders I’ve seen: The Sistine Chapel, statue of David, Michaelangelo’s Pieta, Venice at night from a gondola—the pyramids from the top of a camel! But there are many places I haven’t been to in the U.S.New York is high on my list.

What one event would you love to be at? Either historical or future?

Oh that’s too hard; there are so many. I’ll keep it personal and say that I’d like to be around for the birth of our great grandchildren.

Is there something about you most people don't know? (A secret hobby, etc:)

I’m a “birder”; with a bird watching Life List, huge sacks of bird seed, a nerdy vest, several pair of binoculars. And I’ve been known to jump up and down and squeal with wild abandonment after spotting a new feathered find.

Can you tell us a little bit about this series?

Best-selling author Harry Kraus graciously described it this way:

“Finally, a reason to turn off ER and Grey’s Anatomy. Here is realistic medical drama with heart . . . page-turning prose, a heart-warming love story, and hope.”

Any last thoughts for your readers?

I have exciting news for folks who enjoying reading via e-books: Tyndale House will offer Critical Care (first book in the series) as a limited-time FREE download on Amazon, beginning on June 21st. Just go to the Amazon Kindle bookstore and search for the title. If you sign up for my newsletter (via my website), I’ll be sending out a reminder and a link to the free download.

In addition, I want to say a big THANK YOU to my readers for your encouragement and support. I’m blessed to have you “scrub in” with the Mercy Hospital series.

And how can your readers connect with you?

Please come visit me:

Website: www.candacecalvert.com

Blog: http://candacecalvert.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CandaceCalvert

Facebook Fan Page: http://candacecalvert.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much!!

A pleasure, thank you.


READERS-Candace is giving away a copy of Disaster Status that will be personalized. The book blurb is below.

"Charge nurse Erin Quinn escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she's puts to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department's handsome incident commander who thinks her strategy is out of line. Fire Captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he's learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he's forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?"

MANDATORY ENTRY- Leave a comment letting me know if you have read any of Candace's books. She has two published right now. This is the mandatory entry. You must do this or you will not be entered at all.


EXTRA ENTRIES-

1.Become a follower of my blog through Google Connect.

2.Become a subscriber through RSS Feed.

3.Become a follower on Twitter.

4.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done twice a day.

5.Sign up for Candace's Newsletter.

6.Follow Candace on Twitter.

7.Follow Candace on Facebook.

8.Subscribe to Candace's Blog. She has lots of giveaways and stuff on her blog and through her newsletter:)

You must leave a different comment for each entry. Otherwise I can't add up the entries. Thanks for entering everybody!!


This giveaway will end 6/21. Winner will be chosen through Random.org.

44 comments:

Jo said...

I haven't read any of Candace's books yet but have been wanting to and have been looking for them.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

bluerose_shelnut said...

I haven't read any of Candace's books yet, but I really want to! :)
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bluerose_shelnut said...

I'm a follower.
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The Bookworm said...

I haven't had the opportunity to read any of her books, but I love medical dramas! :)

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The Bookworm said...

I'm a blog follower.

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bluerose_shelnut said...

i signed up for Candace's newsletter.
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The Bookworm said...

I'm following you on Twitter. (@hawaiismn)

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The Bookworm said...

I'm following Candace on Twitter. (@hawaiismn)

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bluerose_shelnut said...

I subscribed to Candace's blog.
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The Bookworm said...

I "liked" Candace on Facebook. (Thrifty Sarah)

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Edwina said...

I have not read any of Candace's books but I love medical stories.

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Edwina said...

For extra entries:

1. Following on Twitter
2. Signed up for Candace's newsletter
3. Signed up for her blog
4. Signed/Like her facebook page

debbie said...

I haven't read any of Candace's books, but they sound really good.
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holdenj said...

I have not read any of Candace's book, but this looks really good.
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Esther Y.M. said...

I have not read Candace's books yet.Hope this is my first.

Please enter me.

estherym[at]yhoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I am a GFC follower

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I also subscribe via RSS feed

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I already follow you on Twitter

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted about this giveaway

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I now follow Candace on twitter

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Esther Y.M. said...

I'm a fan on Candace's Facebook page.

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Esther Y.M. said...

I am on her mailing list now.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I also subscribe to her blog.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted about this giveaway.

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www.twitte.com/estherym

Hope said...

I haven't read one yet, but I'd really like to!
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Hope said...

I'm a follower!
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Hope said...

RSS subscriber!
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CandaceCalvert said...

Thank you all for your interest, comments and follows. I look forward to having you "scrub in" with the Mercy Hospital series and am eager to sign a book for Charity's winner. Good luck!

karenk said...

i have not read either of candace's books yet...they are both on my 'wish list.'

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a subscriber :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i receive candace's newsletters :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i subscribe to candace's blog :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jan Marie said...

I have not yet read any of Candace's books but already have both books on my wish list at Amazon.com - it would be wonderful to win one however!

janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Jan Marie said...

I am a follower of this blog via Google connect.

Jan Marie said...

I am a subscriber by email.

Jan Marie said...

I am a follower of Candace on Facebook.

Jan Marie said...

I am a subscriber of Candace's newsletter.

Jan Marie said...

I also am a follower of Candace's blog.

kykitty said...

I have read Candace's books and she is a wonderful author with a great heart. I would be thrilled to own disaster status.

Esther Y.M. said...

Hi,

I just tweeted this today at

http://twitter.com/estherym

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Ann Lee Miller said...

I haven't read Candace yet. Would love to take a peek.

Thanks,
Ann Lee Miller
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Lourdes said...

I already follow you on Twitter & Facebook. I did read the first book and loved it.

Charity said...

And the winner was KarenK!! Hope you enjoy the book:)

vickie said...

I LOVED Critical Care... It took me 8 hours to read it... ( I had to cook, shower, run errands or I would have had it read quicker!) I can't wait to read more. I hope to win the signed copy of Disaster Status..

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