Spotlight & Giveaway: Something Sweeter by Candis Terry

Posted July 16th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Candis Terry to HJ!


Thank you for having me here today on Harlequin Junkie Spotlight!


Candis Terry1. I was once a child stage and TV performer and in my twenties I sang in a rock band. At the age of seven I made a record and at the age of eight I sang and danced on The Jack Barry Show from Hollywood.
2. I completely stress out with every single book I write and drive my family nuts by claiming, “It sucks.” They always reply, “You say that every time.” I always respond “But I mean it this time.”
3. I love to create fairy gardens and realize that if I had the time (and money) I’d turn my huge country garden into a life-sized fairy garden extravaganza.
4. I am addicted to shows like CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, and The First 48, and usually have them on in the background while I’m writing romance.
5. I speak baby talk to my two dogs who are both huge German Shepherds. And yes, they do roll their eyes.


Cover1. Originally the Golden Girls/Cougars of Sweet, Texas, Gladys Lewis and Arlene Potter were going to be nice little old ladies who knitted blankets for hospital patients. If you read Something Sweeter you’ll discover that these two eighty-something-year-olds might be nice but they definitely have a lot of spice left in the cupboard.

2. There is a real gentleman I modeled old Chester (Cowboy Casanova) Banks after. He once gave me a tour of a very small museum in Montana. I’m not sure he’s a skirt-chaser like old Chester, but they do share the same nose.

3. Miss Giddy, the resident fashionista pet goat at Wilder Ranch, came to be after I visited the Texas Hill Country and saw so many goats in the area then discovered an antique shop called Miss Giddy’s.

4. The flurry of pick-up lines in the first chapter were inspired by an incident a friend of mine and I had in Vegas when we were about twenty-two years old. I still laugh when I think of it.

5. There is a “cat” incident with Jesse Wilder that I had to rewrite twice because my editor was worried about how my fans would feel about it in its original form.


Beyond the huge ranch-style home, the enormous barn, and the tall oak shade trees, Allison didn’t have far to look to find the source for her sudden racing heart. He stood about ten feet away—tall, blond, and stunning with his hair pulled back into an untidy ponytail and a hint of beard stubble dusting his masculine jaw. He wore a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows and a pair of jeans with specific and infinitely interesting areas worn to a faded blue. His muscular arms were folded across what she knew was a rock-solid, mind-blowing, want-to-lick-it-up-one-side-and-down-the-other chest. And the boots on his big feet were planted in the soil as if claiming his territory.
Though it seemed impossible, the man looked even tastier in the daylight.
Unfortunately, the steady scowl on his face was a clear sign that while all her girl parts might be buzzing at the mere sight of him, anything male inside of him—and she guessed there was a whole lot—was still a bit miffed that she’d pulled a fast one on him in that parking lot last night.
She’d had no choice.
She wasn’t usually a woman who had trouble saying no. But if she’d have leaned into his kiss a bit further, tasted him a little more, inhaled his warm, male scent just a smidge longer? She’d have been toast. There hadn’t been a possibility in hell that her lips would have formed the letters n and o.
“This is Jesse,” her father announced. “Our resident veterinarian. And like the other boys, a Marine.”
“Former Marine,” Jesse politely corrected her father.
The intensity of his blue eyes flipped her stomach as she extended her hand. “Nice to meet you.”
A smile brushed those chiseled lips as their palms met midair. The instant heat felt like she’d been zinged by a bolt of lightning. Electricity snapped between them, and her mind went right back to last night when she’d had to crawl inside her rental car so she didn’t crawl all over his big, muscular body.
“A handshake instead of a hug?” One sexy slash of brow lifted. “That’s not how we do it here in the Lone Star State, darlin’.”
With the ease of a man who knew exactly what he was doing, he gathered her in, and both of those strong, muscular arms went around her. Flashes of dancing within those arms and against that chest the night before zoomed back. And just like the night before, unwanted desire pinged through her system.
In that brief moment, with their bodies pressed together, she knew she’d have to put up every guard, every fence, every barrier she could find to keep her hands off the merchandise and her heart locked up nice and tight.
“Award-winning performance,” he whispered against her ear. “You always that good at faking it?”
The innuendo hit its mark.
Sometimes, when a girl met a new guy, she knew immediately whether she’d have to fake it or whether she’d get the real deal. Everything about Jesse Wilder shouted “satisfaction guaranteed.”
With as little fanfare as possible, she extracted herself from his hold. “In Seattle, we usually just say hello with a cup of coffee or a flying fish.”
“Proof that everything’s bigger and better in Texas,” he drawled.


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About the book

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?

Something sweeter





49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Something Sweeter by Candis Terry”

  1. mrsmac19

    I like that authors are more accessible than they were in the past. It’s nice to see that these seemingly average men & women are creating these entire worlds that readers love to escape to! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    I enjoy listening to inferview with authors but it is not essential to my reading enjoyment

  3. LJT

    I like the accessibility. I believe because I identify with a few authors on a more personal level, I understand what and why they write a little more, which makes the book more enjoyable.

  4. Sue C

    I like that they are more accessible. You can find out about many different books and stories.

  5. Terri

    I like that they’re more accessible. You get to learn a little about them and what they plan to work on in the future. Doesn’t make me enjoy their books more, but let’s me see them in a more personal light.

  6. Lori Meehan

    I like the fact that authors are more accessible now days. I’ve lived meeting and getting to know the authors that I have met.

  7. Pat Walker Pinkston

    I like that they`re more accessible. It`s more personal. I even feel like I know them sometimes.

  8. janinecatmom

    Of course I am happy having more access to the authors and books I love. I just wish Walmart carried a bigger selection, so I could sneak a couple in with my shopping list (without my husband knowing I’m buying more books).

  9. Joan V.

    I enjoy the accesibility to authors because I have “met” so many new-to-me authors that I probably would have never even known about and their books. My TBR pile grows continually because I have been blessed to be introduced to these new authors.

  10. Rachael

    I like that my favorite authors are more accessible. I love reading facebook posts and blogs from authors. I discover “new to me” authors from my favorite authors’ recommendations.

  11. Cari White

    I love it! I feel like I know them better and enjoy there books more. I often wonder if they do. Hundreds and thousands who have “easy” access to them.

  12. nicholskathy

    I love that authors especially indie authors are so accessible. I feel more contacted with them then I ever could with some of the bigger more well-known authors. It makes reading there work more meaningful for me. Thanks for this giveaway!

  13. Gretchen

    I like that they’re more accessible. I’ve really enjoyed meeting them at book signings.

  14. Glenda

    I do like the accessibility. It is interesting to hear where people get their ideas., and how much they love their pets (and that their pets roll their eyes at them… ) And most of the authors I follow don’t share to much besides, I can always stop reading a blog entry or interview if they share TMI. 😉

  15. Selenity Jade

    I absolutely love the accessibility. I get to be facebook friends or twitter buddies with quite a few of them, plus it’s not like many reveal too much. It’s nice, I love it!

  16. Cathy P

    I love the accessibility of authors today. It is so nice to read about and meet authors online.

  17. lisagk2014

    I like the here and now, the accessibility of our favorites is so nice because we feel like we can reach out and ask questions, visit, talk books. Thanks for asking.

  18. ndluebke

    I like that the authors are more assesable but I’m not real good with all the gadgets and the digital things. I’m an oldie but goodie.

  19. donnadurnell2013

    Yes, I am happy that my favorite authors are a bit more accessible. When I read interviews with the authors, or read their comments on the how and whys of a particular book, or even when I just learn a few interesting items about them, my enjoyment of their work increases. In fact, I’m actually paying more attention to the author(s) of the book(s) now; before, I’d read a book and maybe pay attention to who wrote it and maybe not. The same as I’m now paying more attention to the cover than I did before.
    Before, I’d just go to the library and pick a section, read titles, and if a title caught my interest and the blurb on the back (or inside cover) sounds good, I’d check it out. Now I actually have authors I’ve learned about on the internet (facebook usually), so I go to those shelves first — or I actually look for them at Wal-Mart or other book stores I’m in [don’t really have any close by though, except for WalMart].

  20. Taswgma

    I like that they’re more accessible. Now you can hear why things happened the way they did, what lead to certain things, and so on.

  21. Anita H.

    I love that we can connect more with authors over social media platforms! It’s nice to actually get replies and a chance to hear about the authors instead of just reading some blurbs in newsletters.

  22. Sony Killian

    Love that you can talk with the authors. It’s nice feeling like your part of their team. I love reading the books and the interviews. I have met so many new to me authors on line. In the stores you just mostly see books from authors who have been writing for years. I really like meeting the indie authors too. Sorry it’s late and I’m babbling. Thank you for the chance.

  23. Irma Jurejevčič

    I like that authors are more accessible than they were in the past. I like to talk to them too.

  24. BookLady

    I like that they are more accessible, especially when they discuss their book and writing inspiration. I also enjoy learning about their family life and interests.

  25. Candis Terry

    Hi Everyone! I’m so glad the majority of you like the accessibility to authors. For me, it’s awesome because I meet so many new friends. Some even feel like family members. Plus it gives me the opportunity to connect so I can give away lots of stuff to you guys! If you haven’t Liked my Facebook author page yet, please do. I’m always giving away books, super prizes, coffee mugs, etc. Hope to see you there!

  26. Jen B

    I think it’s great that authors are accessible, I love being able to find out about all the work that goes in to book, from research, to edits to promotions. I like getting extras too, like deleted scenes.

  27. Jami Birnbaum

    I love that more & more authors have opened themselves up on social media and with their fans. It gives us great insight into their process and what they are really like. I think the biggest plus is finding out that most of them are just like the rest of us and have their “I Love Lucy” moments…

  28. florryalyna

    I love that today’s days we have more information and access to our favourite authors; we keep in contact; we know the latest news about their books and lives. They inspire us.

  29. Amy Rickman

    I like that authors are more accessible as I have been able to discover more authors and great reviewer/blogs from following or interacting with them.

  30. Ada

    I love that we can actually talk to authors now and get replies back directly from them when before, they seemed way larger than life.

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