Under the trio of handsome cover guys is a snapshot in my new kitchen--a photo I tend to call "Cooking with Nick." Appropriate, I think, since the hero of Code Triage is chef-turned-San Francisco police officer, Nick Stathos. His wife liked to tease that he was a "tough cop with a whisk in his holster." And I . . . well I just like the way he looks in my kitchen. I also like the look of the top photo posted above: all three Mercy Hospital novels side-by-side. The photo represents eighteen months' of writing and--with the recent release of Code Triage-- the completion of my first inspirational fiction series. Such a great feeling!
I've been delighted to hear from so many readers. From those who have just finished Code Triage to folks who have only recently "discovered" Critical Care, and are eagerly "scrubbing in" for the adventure. Like this new Canadian reader:
"I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read this . . . CRITICAL CARE is one of the best books I have ever read! The only good thing about me waiting so long to pick up one of Candace Calvert's novels is that I can now rush out and read both the second and third in the Mercy Hospital series."
I'm pleased, too, to see that online book sites are offering my books at discounted prices, perfect for "catching up" or for gift-giving. ChristianBook.com has the entire 3-book series priced at 33% off the shelf price, a huge savings! And, though I personally love to hang out in real-live "brick and mortar" bookstores, in this tough economy books are stocked in smaller and smaller quantities. I've heard your frustration at being unable to find favorite authors' books at retail stores. Having your local bookstore special-order the books is an option, of course. But if you'd rather avoid driving, crowds, disappointment--and have the luxury of shopping in your pajamas-- then online bookstores may be just what the doctor ordered.
If you have readers on your holiday gift list and are considering giving a Mercy Hospital book, I'm very happy to send personalized bookplates, pretty gold "signed by author" stickers, bookmarks and a hand-written note to accompany your package. Just contact me through my website and let me know what you need by December 15th.
And speaking of gifts: don't miss my Black Friday blog post! I'll be offering a chance at a special pre-holiday book giveway: one lucky blog visitor will win copies of Critical Care, Disaster Status, AND Code Triage . . . each personalize and signed. The entire Mercy Hospital series just for you, or to surprise a friend or family member. Look for details right here on Friday, November 26th.
Meanwhile, be sure you've signed up for my November newsletter (going out today!). I'm sharing three (easy but impressive) recipes, perfect for the holidays. And taste-tasted right here in my new kitchen . . . with Nick standing by.
We're loving the change of colors here in northern California, and the nip in the air as temperatures drop. What's cookin' out your way? Drop me a note, I'd love to hear from you.