Birthday Giveaway #3 with Guest Author, Candace Calvert!

I didn't realize how much I loved Medical dramas (other than Grey's Anatomy) until I read Candace Calvert's Mercy Hospital series! If you're looking for fast paced stories with terrific romance her books are it.

When thinking up ideas for my birthday week I wanted to include different types of Christian fiction everyday Monday was suspense, Tuesday was Edgy Christian romance, so I thought to get you through hump day I'd go with more drama, which is never boring right? Terrific author and friend Candace has offered a giveaway of her latest release, Code Triage the final book in the Mercy Hospital series to one lucky reader! I read an early copy of this book and let me tell you it's the best yet, you won't be disappointed. If you'd like to "meet" Candace check out some of her favorite Q&A's from past interviews and feel free to leave a comment and tell her hi! Be sure to read the rules at the bottom of this post to see if you're eligible to enter the giveaway.

1. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

Amazing question! Let’s see . . .

Nurse Claire Avery would be Neopolitan—perfect, parallel stripes of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Cautious and highly planned out. Because that’s the only way she feels safe.

Dr. Logan Caldwell would be Ben & Jerry’s “Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler”—eaten from a Styrofoam cup, with tongue depressor. On the go, mission accomplished and no excuses, STAT—because that’s what he expects from himself and his ER team.

--from interview with Tiffany Amber Stockton

2. Did you have a special toy that went everywhere with you when you were young? Please describe.

I was enamored with a series of stick horses (Fury, Flicka, Black Beauty), and worked to perfect a great trot and lip-rattling whinny. Then sobbed, broken hearted, when my grammar school principal confiscated one of those beloved horses “for safety” on the playground. I stand firm: Flicka was not a weapon.

--Relz Reviewz

3. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

You’ll probably find a bit of my DNA there. I was an ER nurse for three decades, so writing CRITICAL CARE was like re-entering a world of sirens, stat pages, coffee and adrenalin highs, pressure-relieving humor, baggy scrubs . . . and heart-wrenching tragedy. Only this time I sent heroine Claire Avery in my place. But I also let her drink my favorite coffee, dance the country western Two Step, and fall in love with a great guy. So that’s fair, right?

--from interview with Lena Nelson Dooley

4. Is there something about you most people don't know? (A secret hobby, etc:)

I’m a “birder”; with a bird watching Life List, huge sacks of bird seed, a nerdy vest, several pair of binoculars. And I’ve been known to jump up and down and squeal with wild abandonment after spotting a new feathered find.

--from interview with The Giveaway Girl Blog

5. What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Read good books, network with other writers. Write and write and write, enjoying the journey without the immediate goal of publication in mind. “Stretch” your writing muscles much the same way an athlete stretches and tones his body. It takes time and discipline to become an Olympian . . . and a published author.

--from interview with Lena Nelson Dooley

Spend more time with Candace @ her website:!

Renee: It’s been fun remembering and sharing these favorite interview questions with you and your readers. I’m delighted to sign a copy of hot-off-the-press CODE TRIAGE for your giveaway winner.

And . . . happy, happy birthday, my friend!



Dr. Leigh Stathos likes her ER shifts fast, furious, and adrenaline-infused—“Treat ’em and street ’em”—with no emotional complications. Life’s taught her a soul-rending lesson: nothing lasts forever, including marriage. And the clock is ticking toward the end of hers. Then an unwelcome confrontation with “the other woman” begins a whole new set of lessons.

San Francisco police officer Nick Stathos never gives up, whether protecting his patrol neighborhood, holding fast to faith—or trying to save his marriage. Seven days is all he has to reach Leigh’s heart. But when a desperate act of violence slams Golden Gate Mercy Hospital into lockdown, it starts a chain of events that will change lives forever.


Giveaway Rules:
~ Void where prohibited.
~U.S. Residents only please.
~ Leave a comment. You MUST be a follower, if
you're not you can sign up now using Google Friend Connect on the right sidebar of this blog. Please leave a valid email address in your comment so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner! Disguise it something like this: steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com
~ For TWO EXTRA ENTRIES visit Candace's site HERE and let me know what you liked best!!
~ Contest is open until September 27, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Any comments made after that time will not count.
~The winner will be drawn using and their name will be announced on September 28, 2010, on this blog AND I will contact the winner via email. The winner has 48 hours from the time winner email is sent or another name will be drawn.

*I am not responsible for prizes that are lost or damaged in the mail.*


  1. I enjoyed the interview from past interviews! Please enter me in your birthday giveaway! :)

    I am a follower.
    I think Candace's blog looks very professional, yet is friendly as well.


  2. I really would love to win Candace's third book in the trilogy. Please enter me. Love her books. Please enter me.

    I'm now a GFC.

    I love the helping hands in the surgical room, with the RX: Hope. I look at them as God's helping hands.

  3. OOOPPPSSS! Forgot my email address:

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. Another giveaway for your birthday week? Fabulous! I've only read the first book in this series, but I really liked it and I can't wait for the library to get in the 2nd and 3rd.

    I'm a follwer and I like the newsletters that Candace sends out! They are always full of great info, plus usually a contest and recipe. :)


  5. I love those past interview questions and answers! So fun! :)

    I haven't read anything by this author, so I'd appreciate the chance to win one of her books!

    Thanks, Renee and Candace! Again: Happy birthday, Renee!!!



  6. I would love to be entered. I've read the first one, and I would love to read this one, too. :)

    I'm a follower.

    I love the picture at the top of Candace's website, and the ones at the bottom.

    I love these questions and answers! Very creative! :)

    And Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. O I like that she's a nurse and therefore knows her stuff :)
    (not an entry)

  8. What a great party, Renee! And thanks to you all for stopping by to comment and for visiting my website--an honor to have you "scrub in." I'm looking forward to signing a copy of Code Triage for the winner. Now, pass a slice of that cake please . . :-)

  9. I loved the first book and have the 2nd. I really enjoy the series.

  10. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series and am sad that this will be the last one in this series. I have no doubt we will have much more enjoyment from you in the future. May God richly bless you as you bless all of us.

  11. I have read the first two and would love to read the new one!

    I am now a follower.

    ryanx6 at msn dot com
    Entry #1

  12. I visited her website and love the sleek feel it has to it. I also visited her blog from there - how fun!

    ryanx6 at msn dot com
    Entry #2

  13. I visited her website and love the sleek feel it has to it. I also visited her blog from there - how fun!

    ryanx6 at msn dot com
    Entry #3

  14. This looks like a great book. I actually liked the excerpts since Disaster Status is the only one I've had the chance to read thus far. I'm also a follower.


  15. I've read all five of Candy's books as well as her story in Chicken Soup for the Soul and look forward to this one. Her experience and talent comes through in all of them. I follow her blog and through that her Twitter and like best her BIO.

    beejayel at hotmail dot com

  16. I would love to read this book, I am a Medical show TV fan probably because my father was a doctor! I am also a big fan of Candace Calvert.


  17. I am a GFC follower of this blog.

  18. I went to Candace's and signed up for her newsletter and liked her on FB.


  19. I love medical stories. Count me in.

    I'm a follower of your blog.

    Hope you're having a great birthday week, Renee. Its very kind of you to offer giveaways for us in conjunction with your b-day.

  20. Welcome new followers I hope you hang out here often!

    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I gotta say it's usually freezing cold on my birthday but for once it's warm! That's "present" enough for me plus I have great blog friends like you!;-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  21. I TOTALLY missed this book to review because I already had a book requested (which isn' that great, sigh, why didn't I wait for Candace's???) Well, I must say I hope I win it here! :D

    I am a follower.

    I think what I like the post about her site is the header and clipboard with links with the stethsocope hanging over the top of it (can't spell, sorry!) +2

    PLEASE ENTER ME!!!! I wanna read this book so bad!!!


  22. Hey Renee and Candace!
    Ooooooo...I've read the first book and really, really enjoyed it!! I have to try and get the second, especially if I win this! Lol....sadly our library doesn't have it and neither does Borders! Gah!

    On Candace's website (I don't know if this counts or not), I can't wait for the photos! Lol...I've been waiting because it's said this for quite a while now, lol! Hurry up Candace, please! Otherwise, I like others really like the headers and footers. Those pictures are really cool : )

    Thanks so much for all these opportunities, Renee!! However, I still feel like it's so totally backwards, haha! You know? If I had your address, I think I'd have to send you something, at least a card! But I don't have your addresss, so I guess that doesn't work : (

    Talk to you soon,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY {again!}!!!!!!!!!

  23. Wow, I've really been looking forward to reading this book!!! It looks amazing! My favorite part of Candace's website is her blog.. or I guess it would be the link to her blog! :)
    Thanks! ~Donna djkeoppel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. I'm so enjoying your comments, everyone! Especially Hannah, who is guilting me into getting those photos posted--hah! :-)

    Enjoying the party, Renee--thank you for hosting us!

  25. Please enter me:) I have had Candace as a guest before and she will be with me again but never gotten to read one of her books. I am also a GFC Follower. Thanks!


  26. Code Triage is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I know because I endorsed it, and I would endorse ANYTHING Candace writes because she is MY kind of author and a blast as a friend!! Go, Candace!!


  27. Hahaha put your DOB series and Candace's series side by side and a girl will get diabetes from all the eye candy! BTW I did see "Mitch" on your Journal Jots a few weeks back...hubba hubba! :-P Great covers and great pages in between what more can a girl ask for?

    XOXO~ Renee

  28. Julie--still thrilled every time I see your name on my book, but especially excited to have seen you in Indianapolis! What a great time we had at Natasha's banquet table.
    And how fun to be sharing birthday cake with our pal Renee and her fab readers. :-)

    Hugs back atcha,



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