February 25th, 2010 by Candace Havens

It’s odd for me this whole idea of only having a book out for a month. That’s what happens with many of the Harlequin lines. Every month a bucket of new books comes out and the others are taken from the shelves. I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but it kind of is.
I feel like screaming from the mountain tops, “Hurry, go buy my book. Only a few days left.” I come from the world of single title where a book sits on the shelves from between six months to a year. If you’re lucky, even longer. That gives people time to find you. If they can’t get to the store the first few weeks your books come out, it’s okay.
I worked so hard on “Take Me If You Dare.” It was a different kind of book for me, though it’s very much in my voice and style. I didn’t work any less on it than I have any other book I’ve written. So one month for it to sell, just doesn’t feel like enough. Though, I must say, the book will still be available through online retailers and in ebook form. I guess that is something.
And to be honest, I’ve been so grateful. This change has brought me tons of new readers, most of whom didn’t even know I existed. It was my first time to have a real mass market release (in Wal-Mart, Target, drug and grocery stores), and the new fans have been wonderful. The older fans have also been supportive. I’ve had a lot of, “I don’t usually read these kind of books, but I picked it up because its you,” comments. Most of them like the new stuff too, and that always makes my day.
The big question I’ve been getting is will I write more paranormal books. ABSOLUTELY. I love paranormal. In fact we are getting ready to shop a young adult paranormal (fingers crossed on that), and I have two other ideas for paranormals that I can’t wait to write.
Right now I’m hard at work on my next book for Harlequin about a sexy New York Detective and a scientist. It’s fun and sexy, and will be out next year. If you haven’t picked up Take Me If You Dare, I hope you will give it a chance.
You only have about three more days to buy it in stores. :)
I’m curious about something new you’ve tried that surprised you in a good way. Tell me, I really want to know.

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7 comments to “Surprises”

  1. David
     · February 25th, 2010 at 5:41 am · Link


    I got an iPhone and of course the first thing I did was install Stanza – the free ebook reader so good that Amazon had to buy it before they were wiped out of the iPhone market by a small upstart.

    Once armed with Stanza I searched looking for books to read on it and stumbled across the Baen Free Library. Loads of great SF/F books there. And because they’re free I took a (no) risk and loaded up “On Basilisk Station” by David Webber… and then the next in the series… until I ran out of the free books and had to raid the bookshop to get a hard copy. I ended up spending a ton more on books that I’d never tried before and perhaps never would’ve.

    And it’s happening again. I loaded up 1632 by Eric Flint and it is destroying my life as I try to read it full time even though I’m crazy busy with my business. So much so I plan my subway trips around a reading session.

    Evil stuff when a book can destroy your life like that… fortunately I’m almost done with it… unfortunately 1633 is also in the Baen Free Library. But soon I’ll have to give up on the free downloads and raid the bookshop for the next in the series.

    The trouble is that here in Hong Kong that Baen imprint is not available (ebook or paperback) – so I’ve got to the stage of planning an overseas trip so I can stock up.

    Like I said – evil.


    Hong Kong

  2. Candace Havens
     · February 25th, 2010 at 8:29 am · Link

    David, I think losing yourself in a book is the very best of surprises. As an author one of my favorite moments is when people grump about me keeping them up at night. :) That’s a shame about the availability of the books.

  3. Deborah Blake
     · February 25th, 2010 at 8:41 am · Link

    Well, your book is a good example–I was one of the “I never read these but I’ll get it because I love your writing” people. And I really was surprised by the quality of the work and the amount of story in the smaller book. I will probably even buy other Blaze books now, even if you haven’t written them.

    Other surprises? I forced myself to go to a couple of large (really large, actually) conventions in the past couple of years, in order to further my writing career, both NF and fiction. And I was surprised to discover that I really enjoyed them, despite my innate shyness, and my dislike of crowds and travelling. Of course, I got to hang out with you at one of them, so that might have helped!

  4. Candace Havens
     · February 25th, 2010 at 1:53 pm · Link

    That going to conferences is so important. Not just to network with editors and agents, but to make friends. :)

  5. Vicky
     · February 25th, 2010 at 5:07 pm · Link

    :smile: Candace, your puppy dog eyes got to me; I went over to Amazon and ordered Take Me If You Dare; it looks like a fun read. I have enjoyed your other books and am sure i will love this one as well.

  6. Candace Havens
     · February 25th, 2010 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Vicky, Finally they worked on someone! I’ve been trying for years. :)

  7. George Allwynn
     · February 26th, 2010 at 9:08 pm · Link

    I’m so old school – it’s not even funny.

    It took me years to give in and buy a computer. Or a MP3 player. Or even a DVD player!

    So imagine my surprise – as well as those who love and adore me – when I walked out the door one morning…

    and returned with an e-reader!

    (GASP! Me? An aspiring writer and owner of seven bookshelves filled to overflowing with paperbacks? Me, who has a collection of book marks that ranks in the 1000s?)

    Folks were afraid it was the beginning of the Armageddon.

    I picked up a Sony 505. 2 years and over 3000 e-books later, I have never been happier.

    I still occasionally buy a ‘real’ book (usually for writing reference.) But for all practical purposes, I am totally smitten with e-books.

    Anyone want a slightly used bookmark?

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