I am so excited to welcome best selling author and kindred spirit, Candace Havens to the Microcosm. Kindred spirit, you ask? Just wait until you read her lovely essay and then you’ll completely understand. And that’s not even to mention the fact that she not only knows who Joss Whedon is, she’s written a book about him.
Candace has a new release (July 8, 2019) from Entangled’s One Handed Reads line, Bet Me, that sounds like a sexy read.
Guest Post by Candace Havens
A Day in the Office
My office mates are rude and unruly. They are also often dirty, smelly and fart so much I sometimes have to wear a scarf around my face, even in summer, because of the smell. They bicker constantly, and I have to get up a 30-times a day to deal with them, which isn’t all bad––at least, I get my steps in. The upside is that they are goofy as heck and make me laugh at least five times a day, often more. They are often privy to conversations no one their age should hear as I’m trying to figure out certain parts of scenes.
They, honestly, sleep about 18 hours a day, and they don’t complain when I talk about characters in my head. The truth is I talk to them constantly, and they do pretend to understand––so there’s that. When I was trying out my Irish accent while Liam, the hero in “Bet Me to Stay,” talked in my head, they didn’t laugh.
My husband did. It’s not his fault. I possibly have the worst Irish accent ever.
My office mates are Elvis, Gizmo, and Maisie. The Shih-tzu, Elvis, is the alpha, even though her Great Dane sister, Maisie, outweighs her by a 142 pounds. Gizmo, his origins are questionable at best, is the friendliest dog you’ll ever meet. He’ll beg you to pet him, and then growl as you do. Then he’ll grab your hand and make you pet him while he growls. We call it his language of love.
Elvis is little, but she’s loud. She’s like a Tasmania Devil when she gets riled up, and there’s nothing Maisie likes to do more than test her boundaries. It makes for a house that feels like toddlers are at war a few hours a day. Maisie is the newest employee. Her job is to stop me from taking myself to seriously by bringing me a toy to throw. She’s totally wild and crazy. Two trainers have told us untrainable, but she loves me. Unconditionally. When I’m upset, she comes and puts her head on my arm until I stop whatever I’m doing and hug her.
And Great Danes are great huggers.
But there’s no way humans would ever put up with my behavior. Also, it’s all about unconditional love with these three. They don’t care if I haven’t washed my hair, or if I’m wearing the same yoga pants from two days ago. There’s no judgment in my office. I’m not sure I could say that about anywhere else I’ve worked. Sure, I have to listen to growling and deal with a whole lot of smelly, but I wouldn’t exchange my officemates for anything. They are some of the best writing partners ever.
Candace’s New Release:
One Handed Reads
July 8, 2019
After a bet with his brother, Liam O’Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he’s all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn’t expect was Cassie Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats––but her wit and smile make him wonder what’s underneath her bulky armor.
Cassie Meadows aka sweet romance author Cassie O’Brian is about to lose everything. As in, her writing career is going down the drain because she can’t write the sexy stuff that’s selling these days. She needs inspiration in the worst way. That’s when she walks into the wrong pub at the right time. Sexy owner Liam is just what the writing doctor ordered. Her whole body is feeling inspired–-and when he makes a proposal she can’t refuse––she’s all in. Oh, hell yes. Best. Sex. Of. Her. Life. Thanks to Liam, she’s about to write a best-seller.
But having an erotic romance alter ego is nothing compared to the real secret Cassie is hiding—and that one could destroy everything.
About Candace Havens:
Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 30 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Reader’s Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.
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