Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Interview With Candace Blevins and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Candace Blevins!

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
Just five? I’d have to say Faith Hunter, Seanan McGuire, Annabel Joseph, Ilona Andrews, and Anthony Francis. No, wait, how do I fit Nalini Singh in? Okay, so that’s six. I should be spanked.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?

For pure romance within a power exchange relationship, I think it has to be Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill. It’s M/m and probably not for mainstream readers, but the emotions and scenes are breathtaking.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?

JRR Tolkien and Johnny Gruelle, because they brought fantasy alive to me as a young child. Johnny Gruelle created Raggedy Ann and Andy, and if you have young kids or grandkids, find one of the original books and read it to them. The series is pure magic. I was an avid reader at a young age, and I found Tolkien as soon as I went to middle school and had access to the library. I knew some trees were jealous of people, and used their roots to trip us just because they could! It was like Tolkien and I shared this secret, and everyone else thought he’d just made it up — just as I’d known my dolls really came to life at night when I’d been younger. I was hooked on fantasy by these two authors, and now I enjoy creating paranormal worlds that make people wonder if the guy in the grocery store buying all that beef is really a werewolf, and no one else knows.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.

In my bed with my laptop at six in the morning, when the rest of my family is asleep. The combination of still being close to the dream world, and total silence in the house — it’s magic.

Tells us a little about your current book?

An Unhuman Journey is the second book in my urban fantasy series, but since there are three series in the same universe, it’s actually the fifteenth book I’ve written in this universe. You can see the reading order for the entire world in the graphic below.

Kirsten O’Shea is human, but she has a few talents to help her hold her own amongst the supernaturals. She’s made some powerful friends, but when she finds herself alone in another realm with the bad guys she has to rely on her own resources.

I’m currently writing the next book in the Chattanooga Supernaturals. We met Britches in Gonzo’s book — she’s one of the rare children of a wolf and human who didn’t change during puberty. She was raised as a werewolf, only to find out she was human when she hit her teen years. Now she’s a woman and still trying to figure out who she is. She asked Gonzo to bite her, but he had too much going on to take on the responsibility of a new wolf. I’m having a lot of fun writing her story.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.
As you probably figured out from the first question, I have a lot of trouble when people ask me about my favorites. My brain just doesn’t work that way. How about I show you a few of the teasers for Unhuman Journey, will that work?

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
Before you get to know him, it’s the way he walks, the way he looks out of his eyes, his self-confidence, and even the way he helps the little old lady with her groceries when he sees her struggling.

Once you get to know him, it becomes more about who he is. It’s the kiss on the forehead, or having dinner ready when you step in the door and he knows it’s been a rough day, or giving you slow and easy sex because of the same rough day, but then getting rough with you once slow-and-easy isn’t working anymore, and he knows what you need. In a relationship, it’s when both people can open up and be honest, when both people can take care of each other. We go for the bad-boys because they’re so good in bed, but if you can find a nice guy who happens to be bad in bed, isn’t that the ultimate sexy?

Here's her short bio.
Candace writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and a motorcycle club series.

Look for Candace at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest    Website

Today's giveaway is one copy from Candace's ebooks: Only Human, Duke, or The Dragon King - winner's choice. 

Question: If you could shift into another creature, what would it be?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Monday in the comment section.


Jillian said...

Sounds awesome. Looking forward to meeting you at the luncheon.

Donna said...

I would shift into a pampered house cat and rule the world

Donna said...

I would shift into a pampered house cat and rule the world

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Mary Preston said...

I have to go with a dragon too. Such a magical creature.


Carla Swafford said...

Donna, you won one of Candace's ebooks. Please email me at and I'll notify Candace for you.