Sunday, September 26, 2010

Good Company Giveaway!

As you may know, I've just returned from a long weekend in Indianapolis--well, actually it's been 6 days and I'm still playing "catch-up." And blaming jet lag for as much as I can. Yet despite the yawns, jam-packed e-mail inbox, and bottomless laundry basket, I'm still smiling. Big time. Because even though I didn't fly home with a Carol Award tucked into my suitcase, the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers' conference was such a winning experience. Beyond the valuable writing workshops, great hotel, good food, soul-filling group worship, the best part of the weekend was the opportunity to be in such good company. Like:

1) Meeting with my agent Natasha Kern, Tyndale House Acquiring Editor Jan Stob and Fiction Editor Sarah Mason. It's always wonderful to meet with Natasha, and this was my first face-to-face meeting with the talented editors, though we'd worked closely together and chatted on the phone several times. It was such a neat sense of "team" to be able to sit down with these three publishing professionals and talk not only about the Mercy Hospital series, but to also brainstorm ideas for new, upcoming projects. Good company indeed!
Natasha Kern, Candace, Jan Stob, Sarah Mason

2) Hanging out (laughing, staying up way too late!) with dear friend, critique partner and fellow writer (watch for her fabulous historical romance) Nan Herriman. She's in Ohio, I'm in California, and though we connect daily via keyboard and monitor, hadn't had any "face time" for 3 years. You can bet we did some talkin'! You know that kind of friendship: conversation picks up right where you left off. Such a blessing. Good, good, company.

Candace, historical romance writer Nan Herriman at awards banquet

3) Re-connecting at the book signing with Rosie, a reader and aspiring writer I'd first met in 2009 at bookstore signing in Texas. How great to see her now as a member of ACFW, following her dream toward publication! The opportunity to meet and encourage fellow writers is one of the biggest blessings of this conference, for sure.
Rosie and Candace

Speaking of reconnecting: Last year I met Dr. Richard Mabry at the conference--while down on our knees offering aid to another writer. We learned afterward that we were fellow authors as well as medical professionals--and that we were both writing inspirational medical fiction! (Smile) Had to be part of a bigger plan. Since then, we've each hosted the other on our blogs and kept in touch regarding our book releases. It was good to meet again this year, share a friendly hug, and then learn that: Our books were packaged together in the conference bookstore for a special sale. His debut medical suspense, Code Blue, and my first medical romance, Critical Care. Tied together with a yellow ribbon and offered as a "Bargain Bundle." We couldn't have been more pleased!

It's great to share a readership with this good doctor--folks "scrubbing in" for our medical dramas in "double shifts." Plus, I just plain like the look of our books together, like this photo snapped by reader/writer/blogger Carol Moncado. See what her UPS man delivered all in the same day:

To celebrate a great conference and such good company, we thought we'd "bundle up" again.

Offer two sets of books at the biggest bargain price there is: a Free Giveaway!

Bundle One: Code Blue and (your choice) Disaster Status or Critical Care.

Bundle Two: Medical Error and Code Triage.

I'll pick two winning names (via random selector) on Monday, October 4th at 9:00 AM Pacific time. *No need to choose a specific book bundle*

Simply leave a comment here saying why you'd like to win these books, and your name will be entered.

Good luck, my friends, and please know that you are always "good company" to me!


Unknown said...

I would really like to win bundle two as I enjoy reading your uplifting and face-paced medical stories! I have not read any of Richard Mabry's books, though the covers look intriguing! :)
God bless!

Stacy said...

I'd love to win any of your books because I love to share great books with my mother. It is like our own mini-book club.

Jan Marie said...

I can think of nothing at the moment that would make me happier than to be the winner of this outstanding giveaway! Medical Christian fiction is my very favorite thing to read with the exception of the Bible, of course. Thanks for this opportunity!

Jan Marie


Anonymous said...

Sure would love to win both of these as I already love your books Candace & always looking foe a new author & you have told me about some good ones before.

Richard Mabry said...

Candace, It's a pleasure and privilege to have our novels bundled together. And to everyone who's commented so far, thanks for your interest. Hope you enjoy both our novels of medical fiction.

Carol said...

So cool to see my pic there - even cooler to have all three books waiting to be read!!!

I'd love to win bundle 1 as I don't have the first two Mercy books yet. I'd share the second copy of Dr. Mabry's book with someone else. :)

Linda said...

I absolutely love medical mysteries! I learn about medicine, which I love, and get to figure out who dun it! I would choose bundle two: Medical Error and Code Triage. Thanks for the giveaway!
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Rel said...

Lovely post, Candy :) Don't include me in the draw - I am the proud owner of those terrific books already!

Blessings and hi to Richard, too :)

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful, Candace, and I am so glad you all had a great time. shalom at yahoo dot com No pictures of the Doctor?
I think this is wonderful and sweet offer. I was pursuing a medical career some years back.
Congratulations Rosie for following your dream!
Miriam (FB friend)

Casey said...

I was hoping you would share pics! I love seeing those of the conference, especially since I couldn't attend this year.

I would love to entered for bundle #2. :) I can't wait for Code Triage. :D


Varina Denman said...

Love seeing your pix from Indy. I can't wait to be there next year. And I'd love to win the books so I can read some more excellent Christian literature!

Holly said...

I would love to win these books because I thought Disaster Status was absolutely AMAZING! And I always like discovering new authors.


CandaceCalvert said...

Hi Richard--this is fun, isn't it? Thanks everyone, for stopping by. No need to choose a bundle, as the names will be randomly selected.

Anonymous said...

Hi Candace,
Sounds like your conference was wonderful...Thank you for the chance to read these fabulous novels...Please sign me up for 'bundle one.' I NEED to read your first book...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

JRR said...

Just picked up Code Triage yesterday and I'm almost finished! What a great series. First thing I've read from you but I love them. I haven't read anything from Richard Mabry's but I will be picking them up as well.

misskallie2000 said...

I would love to win either two bundle but I do love medical stories best. My daughter and I read alot and enjoy good books.

Thanks for this opportunity to enter the giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

I'm going through withdrawal symptoms and I need another fix of exciting medical dramas! I love your writing Candace, and I've heard terrific reviews for Richard's books. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

Project Journal said...

Thank you SO much for getting up a post about your experience at ACFW this year!! I love hearing about everyone's experiences, since I wasn't there : (

This giveaway is one of pure genius!! Lol! I'm sorry, but as you should know already, I am a HUGE medical drama fan. I loved your first book and Grey's is an absolute must every week!! How about that season premier this week??? Did you see it? PLEASE tell me you didn't miss it! I don't know if you watch Private Practice, but if you don' should! Too good to pass up....

Anywho, I'd love to read any and all of these books! Plus it would be so fun to actually get a package at college! Everyone else has, but I only live 40 minutes from home, pacjages for me : ( Freshman should get packages no matter how close they live to home! I think I will send my kids packages when the time comes in many, many years *grin*

Thanks SOOOOO much, Candace! Can't wait to get the results from Renee's blog on Tuesday *crossing my fingers*
Talk to you soon,

KJ said...

i am very excited that you are introducing another author. I am looking forward to checking out his books. Sounds like the IN conference was rich with memorable conversations and budding friendships. How exciting to meet the people that you've been working with via long distance. So glad that you have such a super team to help you continue to put out great books for all of us. Keeping my eyes open for the release of the kindle versions!! Kathy Trim

Unknown said...

Oooh I love books, especially yours Candice...very excited to discover more medical fiction.....

sherry3995 said...

I would enjoy reading the second book I loved Critical Care. I am new to the medical field and am loving it

Trinity Rose said...

I'm getting Code Triage to read and review this week, but I would LOVE to get any of the other books. I just love this kind of book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Trinity Rose
wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Julia M. Reffner said...

This looks like a fun bundle! I have Richard Mabry's books and have been wanting to read yours Candace for some time as I have heard only good things about them.


Richard Mabry said...

To "Anonymous" who asked, "No pictures of the doctor?" (And no, that wasn't my comment). Thanks. You can find a picture of me by doing a Google Image search for "Gregory Peck." : )
Or you can see an actual photo at my website:
r mabry dot com.

Emily said...

I would love to win bundle two. I own both of your other books, and I absolutely love them!
Candace, I can't wait to read Code Triage, I've been waiting for months for it to come out.
Please enter me!

deb said...

Bundle two looks great! I love medical dramas, I've always been drawn to them. I read a lot, and I can't wait to get my hands on both of your latest books!
God bless you two!

John said...

I own both Disaster Status and Code Blue. Haven't yet read Code Blue, although I'm looking forward to it. I've read both Critical Care and Disaster Status, and loved both of them. Can't wait to get my hands on both of these books!

Elyssa said...

I haven't read any of your books, but they look great. My friend is really into medical stories, and I'm entering for her. So please enter me for bundle 2!
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


Jennifer said...

These books look great! My daughter's friend loves medical novels, and I'd love to try and win them for her. Please enter me for bundle 2! Thanks!


CandaceCalvert said...

I'm so enjoying everyone's comments--thank you. And thanks, Richard, for pointing folks to your photo. Wish we'd taken one together in Indy. We crossed paths so many times, I was afraid you'd think I was stalking you. LOL.

Mathew said...

Hey Candace, I would really love these books because I'm planning on becoming a nurse in a few years, and I love medical Christian fiction... Its so exciting and keeps you reading long into the night! :) Thanks so much! God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I would really like to win the Bundle!! I love reading medical fiction, whether romance or suspense!!
Thanks for offering!

Glynna Poff

Anonymous said...

I would really like to win the Bundle!! I love reading medical fiction, whether romance or suspense!!
Thanks for offering!

Glynna Poff

Anonymous said...

I would love to win bundle #2. There are not enough medical stories out in books right now so I am very glad that you write them.


Mark said...

I'd like to win the books because I enjoy you two authors so much

yvonne said...

Looking forward to Code Triage. If it's as good as the first 2 of the series, it will be awesome.
Please, add me to your contest.

JennMaddie said...

I would love to win any of your books to pass on to my church library. Many would love to read your books. I enjoyed the first 2 in your series and am eagerly anticipating reading the third.

Debby said...

I would love to win either bundle. I enjoy reading mysteries nad medical ones are ht best. Also you could gain a new fan if I win them
debby236 at att dot net

Unknown said... you know, your Mercy series has made me a reader, again and I thank you for that! Being a medical transcriptionist and typing for 8-10 hours a day, wanting to pick up a book and read was pretty much out of the picture, but then I discovered your books and WOW, I fell in love! Thank you so much for these books and it looks like Dr. Mabry's books are just as amazing, so the opportunity to possibly win a bundle would be fantastic!! God's Peace to you and Dr. Mabry!

Stephanie said...

I would love to win these books because I love to read your books and I love to read. I also love to pass good books onto others!

Renee said...

I would cherish winning either of these bundles. Candace you and Richard are so good to your readers. You all will never know how much you bless us with your writing. We anxiously await each new release. God bless you both.

sharon54220 said...

I grew up around the First Aid Squad and was also an EMT in NJ for awhile. I'm a switchboard operator at a hospital. I love reading books like this.

Thanks for the chance.

Crystal said...

Congratulations on your finalist status for ACFW! I totally love your books. The first two got 5 Klover reviews from me for CK2S Kwips and Kritiques. I can't wait to read Code Triage!
I'd love to win your book bundle. Not only would it be exciting to get Code Triage, Richard Mabry has been on my wish list for a couple of months. His books sound so good and I'd love to finally get to try one!

Wendy said...

I would love to win one of these bundles because I loved your first book and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Wendy said...

I forgot to leave my email on my previous post - oops.

Lourdes said...

Would love to win anyone of these bundles.


Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

I'd like to win Bundle 1 (Code Blue and Critical Care) to be able to discover a new author, and to have a physical copy of Critical Care, since I read the first two books on Kindle.

Thanks for the offer!

Eva S.

CandaceCalvert said...

I'm SO enjoying your comments, and "seeing" both familiar faces and new ones--THANK YOU for coming to visit me here.
Hannah: I did see both the season finale and opening episode of Grey's Anatomy and was completely stunned at how close they were to the plot line of Code Triage. If you liked that action-packed (breath holding!)drama and all the emotion involved . . . I think Code Triage will be a page-turner for you as well. :-)

A Little Scrappin' and Stampin' said...

I would love to win any of your books because I love your books!! And I love to share them with friends. I also love to promote your books every way I can!

croc-a-doodle-doo said...

I would love to win a bundle of medical books to share with my best friend (and nurse extraordinaire), melissa!

Richard Mabry said...

Candace, As this giveaway draws to a close, I wanted to pop back in and say how much I've enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of your readers for medical fiction. I appreciate the opportunity to offer my books alongside yours. And thanks to everyone who left (or will leave) a comment.

Rhonda said...

Hi Candace,

From the time I personally met you
at the writer's luncheon in Sacramento, I have been a fan.
I would throughly enjoy winning the

Anonymous said...

I love your writing and I'm sure I'll enjoy his as well. Please enter me in the drawing.

beejay95621(at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I love your book. I have read both of them. I would like to win these books so I could read them over again and then I would donate them to my church so that other people could enjoy this great series.

Zach said...

My sister is really into these medical dramas. She had both of your other books, Candace, and one from you, Richard. I would like to win these books for her.

Pastor Floyd said...

Having just finished reading a review copy of Code Triage, I would be interested in reading additional books by Candace Calvert. Thank you for entering me in the drawing for the bundles being offered this month. Blessings.

CandaceCalvert said...

I'm delighted at the response to a giveaway of my books bundled with those of Richard Mabry MD--thank you!
We're getting closer to Monday's drawing date, and I look forward to choosing two of you by a "random selector." The best to all of you.

Melinda Lancaster said...

I really enjoyed the post and pictures from the ACW conference.

Please enter me into the contest as well!

Patti Lacy said...

It was great meeting you, Candace!
You and your books rock!

CandaceCalvert said...

Please stand by. A short delay on the drawing because (tah dah!) your enthusiastic response has prompted Dr. Mabry and I to add two additional "bundles" for giveaway! So I will be drawing four winning names by random selector . . . Good luck to you all!

CandaceCalvert said...

And we have WINNERS!
Congratulations to the winners of Bundle #1 One (Code Blue and Critical Care):


Congratulations to the winners of Bundle #2 (Medical Error, Disaster Status OR Code Triage):


Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments and your interest in our work--we appreciate you so much!

Project Journal said...


Thank you Candace and Richard : )

This was very generous of you two!

Candace, I just got your message on here. Oh good! That's wicked exciting, then! I have Critical Care on my Kindle and loved it. So, now I will be looking forward to trying to find Disaster Status and Code Triage...especially if they're like Grey's!!

Thanks again,

Unknown said...

I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

medical transcriptionist