Friday, February 27, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Candace Calvert



Today we welcome author: 
Candace Calvert

To win a copy
of Candace's new release:
By Your Side


Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.


Mary Vee here. One of my absolute favorite classes at ACFW this last year was the medical fiction class. That wasn't the real title, I can't remember what snazzy name the instructors gave it--BUT three stellar medical professionals, who are also Christian Fiction writers, presented great information then opened the time for questions. We students asked them all kinds of questions like what kind of poison would kill a ..., and tons of other questions. It was sooooo much fun, and informative.   

I asked Candace, who was one of those fabulous teachers, to join us and share how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:


God Gave Me a Wake-up Fall


The story won’t surprise folks who have read my website bio, but I’ll start off with a brief recap of the 1997 incident that jumpstarted my writing journey. Though “jump” is hardly the right word. “Fall” is even a bit of a stretch. The painful truth is that I was catapulted from the back of a bucking thoroughbred and hit the ground like a pile driver, fracturing my back and seven ribs, bruising a lung, and breaking my neck in three places—causing partial paralysis of my dominant arm. The neurosurgeon said I was lucky; I’d come perilously close to the fate of Christopher Reeve.

I was an ER nurse strapped to a trauma gurney. It happened (I thought) with the worst possible timing. I’d only recently survived the painful and unexpected loss of a 24-year marriage, followed by a flood that threatened my home. I prided myself on resilience then injuries threatened my career. My life, I wailed, had become the lyrics to a bad country song.

But God had a plan.

He used the long weeks in physical rehab to heal my spirit as well as my body. He gently taught me the difference between a “strong” woman and a woman of “strength.” That difference is faith.

God wasn’t finished.

The inspirational account of my injury and recovery, “By Accident,” was selected for Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and became my first published work.

And God kept calling.

Since then, I have been immensely blessed to team with Tyndale House publishers to bring readers exciting and soul-stirring medical fiction: The Mercy Hospital series, Grace Medical series, and now By Your Side, the first story in my new Crisis Team series. My long career in emergency medicine has, of course, provided much story material. But so have my personal challenges. In Disaster Status, the nurse heroine must learn the true source of her strength; the breath-catching action of Code Triage unfolds as the clock ticks toward the hero and heroine’s divorce; and San Antonio-set Trauma Plan features a nurse whose career has been sidelined by spinal injuries. Write what you know. And, yes, the skydiving scene in Trauma Plan was from personal experience, too!


Nearly two decades after God gave me that dramatic “wake up fall,” I am still amazed at what He set in motion that day. And I’m so very, very grateful. I love that I’m often called the author of “medical hope opera”.  Hope, after all, is amazing medicine.

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Candace Calvert is a former ER nurse who believes love, laughter and faith are the best medicines. Her Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical, and Crisis Team series offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine—along with a soul-soothing prescription for hope. Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, she makes her home in northern California.








Contact Candace through: 

She loves to hear from her readers!

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ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.


When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

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Thank you, Candace, for Joining us This Weekend!


We love chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, hey, or ...

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71 comments:

  1. Hi ladies, thanks for sharing Candace!

    Have you practiced medicine since your accident or were your injuries to severe?

    I enjoy following Candace on FB but have not read any or her books.

    I follow the blog via e-mail.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Patty!
      Good to see you today.
      I was bursting with questions after reading this exciting post by Candace, too. Her books simply must be the perfect page turners. I can't wait to read one.
      Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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  2. Once again, Mary, thanks so much for hsoting me. It's very comfy here. :-)

    Hi Patty! Nice to see you. To answer your question, yes I was able to go back to emergency nursing. Thankfully, the damage to my arm wasn't permanent. I'm retired now and write full time. And, thanks to a God of second chances, have married a wonderful man and count my blessings daily. I love sharing stories that offer both an adrenaline rush of excitment AND a soothing measure of hope. I welcome you to "scrub in."

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  3. I've really enjoyed your books and would love to read By Your Side. Thanks for this interview. It was interesting hearing how God brought you to your new career in writing.
    cindy99@mac.com

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    1. Cindy,
      Welcome! I loved seeing you today. And of course, Candace was excited to talk with you, as well. I imagine Candace has a warehouse full of adventures to share. My husband works in an emergency room and comes home sharing tidbits of his day. Truly exciting stuff!
      Thanks for joining us, Cindy! Looking forward to seeing you again.

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  4. Hello Mary and Candace. Very, very interesting post. Candace you are blessed to make it through all of that. BUT, He wasn't ready for you yet for you had unfinished business. Was thinking how when you most times hear of a broken neck someone dies. Glad wasn't true many times, tho time like Reeves were sad and best friend of my son who was paralyzed up to his neck when he was in his 20s diving in where the water wasn't deep enough. He had practically grew up in and out of our home. Wondering if you ever got full use of your arm again. I sure hope so. I would love to win your book. You are new to me. Thanks Mary for having Candace as your guest, Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi Maxie,
      How are you this evening? I was hoping to chat with you today.
      My hubby who works in an emergency room tells of the times when patients live through amazing accidents and times when someone is seriously injured in a seemingly small incident. We just never know. I'm thankful God protected Candace and enabled her to become the fabulous writer she is.
      I'm also thankful for people like you who visit with us.
      Have a great day, Maxie. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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  5. Thanks for the interview. I always appreciate authors who write from their own experiences. It makes for much more believable stories. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I have subscribed to your email updates

    mo1202007@yahoo.com

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    1. Melissa,
      Thanks so much for joining us today!
      What is special to me about Candace's experience is the huge amount of excitement, drama, thrill, suspense..the emergency room has tons of fodder for her writing. Her books are awe-some!
      I am so glad I could meet you today and look forward to your next visit.

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  6. I would love to read this. 21 years of medical problems endured. Last three when put on high spend down found little mercy from antone medical. Now cursed by weather when finally get my Medicare. Please enter me. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Jane,
      Good early morning to you, girl. The sun wasn't even up when you helped me to start the virtual coffee.
      I've seen your updates on FB. You have had a difficult time. I'm praying for some virtual sunshine, and God's blessings in your life for this year.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today and let me give you a virtual hug. Take care, friend.

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  7. Really looking forward to By Your Side! I read all of the Mercy Hospital series and thoroughly enjoyed them. As painful as it sounds, I'm glad you had that wake up fall to bring about such great, inspirational stories. krimme13(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. I totally agree. How amazing that God can take tragedy and craft beauty.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today, Michelle.

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  8. I would love to read this book! So glad you were led to write Christian fiction b/c I always am excited when a new book of yours comes out - makes me lose some sleep however whenever it arrives. Yours is one that I don't put down until it is finished :)
    jking23(at)kent(dot)edu

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    1. Jen,
      What a wonderful compliment to share with Candace. It is encouraging words like yours that keeps great books on the shelves. Thanks so much for joining us today.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by Cindy, and for the kind words. Mary: I didn't realize your husband is "part of the team." I love it. :-)

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  10. So nice to meet you, Maxie. Ah, yes, spinal injuries are so frightening. I hope your son's friend did well with rehab; so many wonderful advances are being made now. Much of that because of Chris Reeves' dedication to the effort. Interestingly, my agent Natasha Kern also suffered a broken neck. And she, like I, was blessed with full recovery. Every year I gift her with a contribution in her honor to the Chris & Dana Reeve Fund. Best of luck with the giveaway and thank you for your interest in my work.

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  12. Jane, I'm adding my prayers for comfort and improved health as well. Thank you for your interest in my hopeful medical fiction.

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  13. Hi Michelle! Your encouragement is such a blessing. Thank you.

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  14. Hi Jen. (smile) I'm not sure if I should apologize for the lost sleep--but I know for sure I want to thank you for "scrubbing in" with my medical fiction.

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  15. Hi Melissa, thank you so much for stopping by the blog--I'd love to share this hopeful story with you.

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  16. Candace, great to read the story of how God took a tragedy and turned it into eventual triumph for you. He has a way of doing that, doesn't He?
    Mary, thanks for having my friend and colleague as your guest here.
    And just in case I should be fortunate, my email is Dr R L Mabry at yahoo dot com.

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    1. Dr. Mabry,
      Yippee! I'm so happy you stopped by and visited with us.
      Hey everyone, Dr. Mabry was one of the teachers for that fabulous class I spoke about in my introduction.
      This is truly a great get together!! And of course, you are entered, Dr. Mabry. :)

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  17. (Waving) Hi Doc! Yes, our God is awesome like that. :-)

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  18. Oh! This looks good! Is it a stand-alone or are there books before it in a series? I'm afraid I haven't been very good at following Mrs. Calvert recently (my bad, totally).
    May as well give my email addy..... kaymart_1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Kay,
      Thanks so much for joining our chat today. I believe this book is a stand-a-lone...but definitely another fabulous story by Candace. What a great gathering we've had today, eh? I'm so glad you came.

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  19. Really enjoyed your Mercy and Grace Hospital series books and looking forward to reading your new one! Thanks for the opportunity to win it. :) I signed up for the emails.
    dawn dot nicol at gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Dawn!
      I'm so glad to meet you and to have this opportunity to chat with you. I think you're really going to love Candace's new book, too. I sure hope you get a chance to join us again. We serve virtual coffee, tea, and pastry. I even order virtual sunshine for cloudy days :)

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  20. I have not read any of your books yet, They look like great reads.
    thank you for the interesting post and giveaway
    I subs. to newsletter and follow on Pintrest

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    1. Hi Jackie, Welcome!
      You'll find Candace's books very exciting reads. They have adventure, and are fast paced. I'm so glad you stopped by today and look forward to chatting with you again when you come back.

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  21. I love all of your books and can't wait to read this one! Tory
    Sallyphyllis@hotmail.com

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    1. Tory,
      Yeah, we meet! How exciting to chat with all these friends today....and you are one! Candace and I enjoyed setting up this gathering to celebrate her new book release and are so happy to have shared this weekend with you. I hope to see you again soon.

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  22. Thank you for this interview. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi Susan. It's a delight to welcome you here--thank you for your interest in my work.

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    2. Susan,
      So nice to see you again. Thanks for joining Candace, our friends, and me for our chat. Candace's book looks really exciting, right? I'm so glad you visited with us today!

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  23. Thanks for sharing with us your readers. I have read some of your books and enjoyed them. I would love to win your new book. steveandellengray@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello Ellen. Thank your for the kind words. All the best on the giveaway.

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    2. Ellen,
      Hi! So nice to meet you! We've had such a wonderful time visiting with Candace this weekend and are especially glad you could join us. I see you already know how wonderful Candace's books are. I can't wait to see what you think of her latest book. :)

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  24. Welcome, Kay. Thanks for stopping by. To answer your question: By Your Side is the first book in my Crisis TEam series. The third series with Tyndale House--such a blessing to team with them. Each of my books, however can be read as a standalone.

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  25. Hi Dawn! Great to see you here. And good luck with the drawing!

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  26. Hi Jackie--welcome. I'd love to have you "scrub in" with my hopeful medical fiction. :-)

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  27. Hi Tory! Great to see you here. Thank you for your encouragement--and all the best on the drawing!

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  28. Great interview! I hadn't heard that story... Wow! Have thoroughly enjoyed the earlier books and am looking forward to BYS! Thanks for the giveaway!
    cyndilou83(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Cyndi,
      Welcome! I'm so excited about all the new friends I am meeting here today. Good thing we prepared extra virtual pastries and coffee! Be sure to help yourself. They are, of course, calorie free :)

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    2. Thank you, Cyndi--I so appreciate the kind words.

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  29. Excited to read this latest book. Enjoy them all.

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    1. Welcome, Heather! I'm so glad to see you here. And your compliment about Candace's books that you've read is really exciting! I'm so glad you came. I hope to see you again, soon.

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    2. Hi Heather, great to see you here. :-)

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  30. Excited to read this latest book. Enjoy them all.

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  31. I would really like to read these books! I love to read medical fiction.This is a new author to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Donna!
      So nice to see you again. You are going to completely love Candace's book...and then you're going to read her other books. Great stuff!

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    2. Hi Donna, it would be an honor to share my hopeful medical fiction with you.

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  32. I had a similar experience, but not as bad as what you experienced. After that I looked at life differentky. I love books written by people in medical field.Your book By Your Side looks so good. I read and review books, so I would be glad to post a review for you after reading it. Thank you

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    1. Donna,
      Thanks so much for offering to review her book after reading it. Wow. I've recently read the huge benefits reviews provide for authors. And we want to keep good authors like Candace in the business!
      Thanks for joining our chat today!!

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    2. Hi Donna--yes, those are changing moments for sure.
      I echo Mary's comment: thank you for your support of authors; it helps enormously to have insightful reviews.

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  33. I would love to read this book,Thanks for a chance to win

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    1. Hi, Callie!
      If you stop back, be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. It sure was nice meeting you today!

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  34. I would love to read this book,Thanks for a chance to win

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    1. Hi Callie. Thank you for stopping by the blog. :-)

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  35. Looking forward to reading and owning 'By Your Side'. Candace Calvert is an awesome author. I would love to own an autographed copy

    kykitty@att.net

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    1. Welcome!
      I'm so glad we met today. Candace is an all around wonderful lady. She is a great author and has such a kind spirit. I hope you enjoy her book when you get a chance to read it. Thanks for joining the chat today.

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    2. It's so good to see you here--thank you for the kind words.

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  36. I've enjoyed the Candace Calvert books I have read. Look forward to reading the newest one and would like to win a copy. :-)

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    1. Good morning, Charlyn. Welcome! Aren't Candace's books exciting? I'm so glad you've had a chance to read her other books and could stop by today to chat with us. I hope to see you again!

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    2. Thank you, Charlyn. It's an honor to share stories with you.

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  37. Forgot to include email charlyn515@gmail.com

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  38. I have read and thoroughly enjoy the Mercy Hospital series. I would love to win Candace's new book (and share by giving it to the local library.
    66musicgirl@gmail.com.

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    1. Beth,
      Welcome. What a joy it is to meet others who have read Candace's books. I can't wait to hear what you think about this new one. Thanks so much for joining our chat today, I really enjoyed talking with you.

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    2. Hi Beth. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Mercy series. By Your Side (and the Crisis Team series) is also set in my native northern California.

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  39. Candace: Thanks for sharing your back story with us! Although I read all your books (except the latest), I did not realize the full extent of what you went through. By Your Side is downloaded and ready to read this weekend, where I can stay up late if need be!

    I have liked your FB page and signed up for your newsletter as well. I have a FB page for romantic suspense authors, and have plugged your books there. Will do a new book alert on By Your Side as well. Looking forward to the new books! Susan Dolan

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