[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Candis. Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Candis Terry] First, thank you for having me here today. Lots of great questions. Let’s get started!
Busy. Goofy. Happy. Entertaining. Odd. That last one came from my daughter. Go figure.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Something Sweeter?
[Candis Terry] I’d be happy to! Something Sweeter is the third full-length book in my Sweet, Texas series. There are also two Sweet, Texas novellas. After writing Anything But Sweet and Sweetest Mistake where both books had heroes with lots of angst issues, Something Sweeter was a lot of fun to write. But it too has a lot of depth. The story is about former Marine/playboy veterinarian Jesse Wilder who meets Allison Lane, the daughter of the man his mother plans to marry. Allison is a wedding planner who doesn’t believe in happily ever afters. Fearing Allison might destroy his mother’s happiness, Jesse takes it upon himself to prove that she’s wrong about relationships and a forever kind of love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Candis Terry] The Wilder brothers are very real to me. Through the first couple of books I just couldn’t help thinking how much fun it would be to give one of them a heroine who actually thought like him and then for him to try and change her mind. I wanted to turn the tables on Jesse who loves and appreciates women but never plans to settle down. For him to have to convince Allison that true love and happily ever afters do exist was a really fun ride.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Candis Terry] The wicked fun banter between Jesse and Allison. Jesse is very smart and quick-witted. He definitely found his match in Allison.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Candis Terry] Without a doubt it has to be Allison’s background and the reason she’s afraid to believe that a man and a woman will stay together forever and love each other like crazy for all those years. In every story I write there’s a little bit of something I’m familiar with, whether it’s from my personal life or someone I know. That something always adds a dimension to the story that sometimes, honestly, just breaks my heart. Allison’s story did exactly that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Candis Terry] Me personally? I’d have to do a very twisted musical mash-up between Welcome to the Jungle by Guns and Roses and Happy by Pharrell Williams. Seriously. Maybe that’s why my daughter calls me odd.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Candis Terry] Chapstick. Seriously. I’m addicted. I’d totally freak out if I don’t have at least one tube on me at all times. Please don’t judge. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Candis Terry] Only three? Because there’s a lot of junk! Okay, a cute little piggy calendar, a Sweet Home Chicago candle I received from an awesome reader, and a brand new 32 GB Flash Drive.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Candis Terry] One of the Kardashians because I’d loved to be pampered to that luxurious extent for just one day. But then I’d want my own life back really fast because that family is kind of crazy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Candis Terry] Like everyone else I devour books like crazy. Writing my own books (on deadline) has kind of put a damper on that because I’m usually too pooped to read. But the last couple of books I’ve read and enjoyed are; Fury of Fate by Coreene Callahan (a Dragonfury novella), Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines, Just to Be With You by Bella Andre, and last night I started reading Gimme Some Sugar by Kimberly Kincaid.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Candis Terry] I have a big country garden that I like to challenge myself with to see if I can keep the plants alive all through the hot summer. Also my family and I are campers. We like to take our trailer out into the Idaho forests to ATV, relax and fish. I’m not going to apologize for having a big trailer with a shower and a microwave because I spent plenty of years sleeping on the ground in a tent with a couple of little kids who liked to complain. A lot.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Candis Terry] I’m most active on Facebook. I promise I do respond to my readers. And if I get a personal message from one of them I always answer. I truly appreciate them.
Sweet Texas Series #3
By: Candis Terry
Releasing June 24th, 2014
The men in Texas are hard to resist . . . Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell. And they always promise . . .
Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and 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. Only one thing has remained the same: her 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.
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