Tuesday, January 27, 2015

*Blog Tour Giveaway, Author Interview & Excerpt* SWEET SURPRISE (Sweet, Texas #4) Candi Terr


Playing naughty or nice . . .

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That's another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Can lead to heartbreak . . .

Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He's put his demons behind him, and if there's one line he won't cross, it's getting involved with his best friend's ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go down in flames?

Or a sweet surprise!


Fiona swallowed. Something warm and forbidden swirled in the pit of her stomach, then wound its way into her heart and other vital parts of her body. In the old days she’d tug him closer and take what she wanted. But this was a new day. A new Fiona. A more responsible Fiona who, unfortunately, couldn’t seem to get this man off her mind. 
“Then maybe this won’t work out.” She eased her hand from his and instantly missed the fire in his touch. 
Those broad shoulders beneath that fresh cotton T-shirt lifted in a nonchalant shrug. 
“I’m willing to give it a shot if you are.”  
Give what a shot, she wanted to ask. The actual work? Or the sexual tension that ignited between them like gasoline and matches? A sigh expanded her chest. 
“If you’re going to work for me there can’t be any flirting. Or touching.” 
His smile widened to a grin. 
“It’ll be a pleasure working under you.” 
Oh boy.
-- Candis Terry, Sweet Surprise


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71Mtg2GDfIL._UX250_Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She's experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to scooping up road apples left by her daughter's rodeo queening horse to working as a graphic designer. Only one thing has remained constant: Candis' passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after. Though her stories are set in small towns, Candis' wish is to give each of her characters a great big memorable love story rich with quirky characters, tons of fun, and a happy ending. 


Do you write to a soundtrack or specific type of music?
I don’t actually write to a soundtrack but I hear songs in my head that relate to the scene I’m writing and those songs end up being my Playlist which I then put up on my website and Spotify. Music plays a huge part in my stories as it can really set the mood. For instance, in the opening scene of Something Sweeter (Book 3 in the Sweet, Texas series) Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene” is playing in the bar. It’s key because the opening scene between the H&H is pretty explosive. I listen to all kinds of music so in my books I’ve covered everything from Motley Crue to Tom Jones.

What’s the most memorable character that you have ever written?
Ever? Well, that would probably be Letty Silverthorne from my Sugar Shack series. Letty is pretty transparent in a ghostly sort of way. But that doesn’t stop her from meddling or being uber opinionated. I loved writing her and I must admit I miss the heck out of her!

What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
Coffee and Diet Pepsi. Without them I’d be sleeping on my keyboard.

Describe your perfect writing space and where do you actually write?
My perfect writing space would be in a cabin in the mountains on a loooong desk near a window where I could look out over a lake. Where I actually write is pretty cool too. I transformed our never used living room into my office. Although I’d like a bigger desk. I still look out a huge window and I can see the mountains, and I have pine trees so it almost looks like I’m in the mountains. But I have to say that squirrels are very distracting. It’s like they know you’re supposed to be working so they purposely get into mischief and force you to watch. Just sayin’.

What do you do with the stuff that gets “edited” out of your books? Do you keep it or do you consider it gone for good?
If it’s a long piece I clip it and put it into a separate file and keep it. If it’s less than a couple of paragraphs it goes bye-bye forever. I’ve never gone back and used anything I’ve clipped so this far I haven’t regretted using that format.

Who is your favorite Author?
Ah, come on! Not only could I not answer because I’d never want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but it would be impossible to pick just one. But I can tell you a few. Will that work? Okay, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, and Kristan Higgans. I devour Abbi Glines books. My heart pounds in anticipation for the next Coreene Callahan Dragonfury book. Cara Connelly writes some of the smartest,wittiest books in print. And J.R. Ward—yes please!

What was last thing you read?
I just finished Erin Nicholas’ What Matters Most (The Billionaire Bargains series) and I absolutely loved it!

When you are not writing, what are you doing (any hobbies or guilty pleasures)?
I have a huge country garden to keep me sane and give me delicious vegetables. And our family is very big on camping and fishing. I paid my dues camping in tents when I was younger so now we travel in style in a big trailer that has a separate bedroom, bathroom, microwave, and a big picture window with two comfy rocking chairs to melt into. During those camping excursions you will usually find me on an ATV tearing down a dusty dirt road.

What is your favorite way to interact with your fans? (social media, conventions, emails, letters...)
For me, nothing beats in-person. I love meeting my readers at conventions and book signings. But since that isn’t always possible I’m very active on Facebook. I try to post and chat every day except Sundays and holidays because I have to give my family at least some of my time. I’m not too good at Twitter because it seems too impersonal to me. But I post there once in a while too.

What are you working on now? 
I just completed the final book in the Sweet, Texas series. Truly Sweet is baby brother and former Marine, Jake Wilder’s story, and it will be released in July 2015. I’m very happy with the way his book turned out. Very. Happy. Now I’m starting a brand new series with even more stubborn and ornery brothers to keep me awake at night.


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