Carol here! When I first started writing seriously, like for publication, I started reading again. A. Lot. And one of the first authors I discovered was a lovely lady named Candace Calvert. She quickly became a dear friend who is a constant champion and – as a former ER nurse – occasional medical consultant for both fictional and very real maladies. So, when we started this blog, I knew I wanted to feature some of my favorite contemporary romance authors (who aren’t already here!) – at least until I have books of my own ;).
Since I knew Candy had a book due out about now, she was first on my list to call… er, email. ;) And since I‘m one of her influencers… lookee what I got in the mail Monday!!!
So now… without listening to me prattle on any longer, Candace Calvert and Lauren Barclay!
What happens when a character spotlight gets turned upside down, all caddywhompus and completely whopperjawed? A Texas story heroine interviews her California author!
Nurse Lauren Barclay puts life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding Physician Assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family–and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.
PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.
But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?
Lauren Barclay (eager, iPad in her lap): Can we start now?
Candace Calvert: Sure. But I’m thinking we need to limit this to four questions. Sort of fast and furious. Are you okay with that?
Lauren (smiling): I’m an ER nurse. Fast and Furious is my middle name. I’m prepared to cite references from the unedited galley of Life Support.
Candace (brows raised): You are? Okay then. First burning question?
Lauren: What’s with my hair?
“Another speck of humidity and I swear I’m going to shave my head.” Lauren peered across the hospital picnic table at ER tech Varina Viette—Vee for short—while trying to lift her heavy hair away from her neck. There wasn’t a merciful wisp of a breeze and more clouds were gathering.
Candace: It’s July in Houston and a tropical storm’s brewing. Your hair is going to frizz a little, Lauren. Is there perhaps . . . a meatier question?
Lauren: My parents’ dog. I have more than enough to deal with in this story. Did you have to give me a neurotic animal?
“Yes, Mom,” Lauren assured, trying to both grip the cell phone and prevent the growling shih tzu from twining her leash around the park bench enough to strangle herself. “I’m doing exactly what the therapist said. Giving Hannah Leigh the opportunity to socialize, but protecting her from aggressive encounters.” She grimaced as the dog made a sound like something from The Exorcist. “I think she’s really enjoying herself.”
Candace: Hmmm. I could say something in author-speak about theme and analogies. But maybe I should just admit that Hannah Leigh is my cousin’s dog.
Lauren (sighing): And then there’s Eli Landry. I start the relationship with my fists raised because of my sister. But I can’t help but admire his compassion in the ER. Plus, there are those romantic moments:
“I should have said less about all those other things,” Eli continued, “and a lot more about how special I think you are.”
“You said I was the music in your day.” Lauren’s eyes met his. “No one has ever told me anything as wonderful. In my whole life.”
Eli took her face in both of his hands. “Well then, be prepared. I have a plan to do that sort of thing a lot more. Starting right now. . . . ”
He bent low, watched her eyes flutter to a close, and kissed her lips very lightly. Then he kissed her forehead, her cheek, her eyelid, and the tip of her nose—before claiming her mouth a second time . . .
Candace: You’re complaining about that scene?
Lauren (blushing): No, ma’am.
Candace: Then what’s your third question?
Lauren: There are so many painful complications after that night. How does it end between us?
Candace: Um . . . LIFE SUPPORT releases March 1st. That’s not long to wait.
Lauren (fingers tapping on iPad): Easy for you to say.
Candace: We’re down to our last question, Lauren.
Lauren: What about that ugly hurricane you’re sending our way?
Candace (squirming): You need to remember that I’m called the author of medical “hope opera,” and I absolutely believe in happy endings, so—
Lauren: You’re hedging, Candace. I asked if the hurricane hits Houston.
Candace: Fill the sandbags.
Thank you again for your hospitality, Inspy Romance! And do come visit me online.
Carol again! So glad to have you with us today, Candy!!!! If you, dear reader, don’t follow Candace on Facebook, you should! She posts the best foodie pics of any writer I know!
Oh – and see how I have my own copy? You can win one here today! Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a copy from Candace!