Monday, 18 June 2012

Guest post: Surprise! I’m Not Who You Thought I Was by Candis Terry + Giveaway

Today I am very happy to welcome back to Ex Libris one of my favourite small town/contemporary romance authors: the wonderful Candis Terry, whose Sugar Shack series with its chuckle out loud humour and romantic smexiness will enchant you without a doubt! Candis (and all her fans) are celebrating the upcoming release of SOMEBODY LIKE YOU,  the 3rd book in her Sugar Shack series (which will release tomorrow on June 19th, woohoo! :-D), and in today's post she shares a secret with us. Curious? Then read on, and there are also two fantastic giveaways for you to tempt your chance!;-) 


Surprise! I’m Not Who You Thought I Was.
by Candis Terry

SURPRISE! I’M NOT WHO YOU THOUGHT I WAS.

Okay, this might have happened to me once or twice when I dated someone new years (and years) ago, but it’s not supposed to happen when writing a character, right? I mean, come on, I gave this character life. I plotted out his story and his characteristics down to what kind of ice cream he liked best. I knew he could charm his way out of any situation. I knew how he dressed, kissed, and made love. So how dare he take a total left turn on me mid-book!

As a writer I’ve never had this happen to me before. Okay, at least not to this extent. But this is exactly what happened while writing my newest release for Avon Impulse SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, the third book in the Sugar Shack series.

James Harley is a former bad boy turned deputy sheriff. I knew he had some dark secrets. I thought I knew what they were. I wasn’t struggling with writing him at all. In fact, I was totally in love with him. Or so I thought. Until the moment he revealed his true self and the reason behind his torment. Then it was like wham! I get it now. I understand. Thank you! If I thought I’d been in love with him before, I was now a total fan of the man. He’s hot. He’s sexy. And he has an amazing heart.

So thank you, James Harley. It was wonderful that you made me understand who you really were, because that let me know exactly what (or who) you wanted.

Here’s a moment from SOMEBODY LIKE YOU that led up to the scene that totally sold me on James’ heart and character.

“How are your ribs feeling?” James asked his little brother.

“Busted.”

“You’re young. They should heal pretty fast. Although next time you might want to choose to talk to an unattached female instead of one who has a boyfriend with a good right hook.”

A staggered breath lifted Alex’s shoulders. “You know that’s not what happened, right?”

“I figured. You want to tell me the truth?”

“Nothing really to tell. I went looking for a fight.”

“Why?”

Alex leaned back against the headboard. “Stupid, I guess.”

“Stupid—which you are not—doesn’t usually lead someone to pick a fight.”

“Guess I’m just a problem child then.”

James pulled air into his lungs. That’s what he’d thought about himself years ago. “Maybe you’re a child with a problem. How about we talk about that? And don’t worry. You probably aren’t going to shed light on anything I haven’t already seen, said, or done.”

With the exception of Poppy releasing a long sigh, silence hung heavy between them.

“Promise you won’t laugh,” Alex said, lowering his gaze to the blue plaid comforter.

James sat down on the edge of the bed. “Promise.”

A long pause stretched out between them before Alex opened up. “I’m afraid. And that makes me mad. Only pussies are supposed to be afraid.”

James’s heart jumped, and he respected the admission for what it was. Honesty. “Are you calling me a pussy?”

“You’re never afraid,” Alex said.

“Are you kidding? There have been times in my life when I was so scared I cried like a little girl.”

Alex gave a brief chuckle that died out on a long sigh.

“What are you afraid of?”

Brown eyes stared into his own, and James felt their desperation to his core.

“I’m afraid that no one wants me,” Alex confided. “My father never wanted me. Mom didn’t want me. And I know you didn’t want me when I moved in here after mom got sick.”

“That’s not true, Alex. I can’t answer for your father …” Who was a total scumbag. “But I can tell you that it wasn’t that mom didn’t want you. She loves you. But she can’t even care for herself.”

“I would have helped her.”

“You were eleven.”

“I still could have helped.”

James’s heart did a funny sidestep in his chest that stole his breath. Alex had never been given that option. Everyone who thought they knew what had been best for him had made the decisions for him. Alex had never been brought in on the conversation.

“You’re right. We should have talked to you before we made arrangements that would affect your life,” James admitted.

Alex shrugged. “Just would have been nice, you know?”

James understood. There were many situations in his past where he’d not been allowed to have a say. Not when his mother brought home a new daddy who’d hated James on sight. Not when she’d brought home a new baby brother who’d taken over his room and his life. Not when she’d put fifteen-year-old James in charge of an infant while she went looking for husband number three.

Seems he’d always been responsible for Alex. And he’d done a piss-poor job.

I’m celebrating the return to the Sugar Shack with a contest and giveaway of a Sugar Shack inspired gift basket. Please check my Facebook page for details. Contest is open to U.S. and International readers.


Candis Terry is the author of the Sugar Shack novels—a trio of small town romances rich with memorable love stories, quirky characters, and tons of fun. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers 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.

You can find Candis at her website / Twitter Facebook / Goodreads 


Welcome Back to the Sugar Shack!

Straitlaced . . .

Chicago prosecutor Kelly Silverthorne has a perfect record in the courtroom and a big fat zero in the bedroom. When she loses her first case ever, she returns home to Deer Lick, Montana, to regain her confidence and shake off the "Sister Serious" moniker she's been stuck with since childhood. Only a few hours into her repentance, karma thrusts her face-to-face with yet another of her major fiascos—a one-night stand with the hottest cop in the county.

Rebel with a Cause . . .

Deputy James Harley has always played with fire. When smart and sexy Kelly pops back into his life, he doesn't mind going for a full burn. And that might be exactly what happens when his past threatens to catch up with his future.

A Match Made in . . .

Heaven only knows what Kelly's dearly departed mom has planned from the other side—especially since she's already meddled in Kelly's siblings' love lives. But even heaven knows that when love comes.

Buy at Amazon - Kindle store - B&N

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Besides Candis' Grand Prize Giveaway (see above), Avon Books has generously offered an eARC of Somebody Like You by Candis Terry to a lucky commenter!


All you have to do is leave a comment for Candis or answer her question: what fictional characters or even someone in your own life have surprised you by being or doing something different than you expected?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 25 June 2012!

 

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