Sunday, April 10, 2011

Author Richard Mabry M.D. ~ Cover My Shift #3

Weds. April 27th: Congratulations to our book winners Vanessa, Carol Moncado, and Marjorie!!

I'm delighted to have Dr. Richard Mabry "cover my shift" today! A bit later, he's going to explain the circumstances under which we met, but let me tell you that it's been wonderful to have my Mercy Hospital series released along the same timeline as Dr. Mabry's Prescription for Trouble series. And, from our mail and reviews, it seems that our readers heartily agree! Though we both write medical fiction, sometimes I smile to myself about our differences--it's kind of like when Marie Osmond would tease her brother, "I'm a little bit country . . . he's a little bit rock and roll." Only with us, Richard's emphasis is on suspense and mine tends toward romance. Yet we each include both elements in our books, along with plenty of exciting medical detail . . . just for you.

Before we meet Richard, here's a brief bio:

Richard L. Mabry, M.D., is a retired physician and medical school professor who achieved worldwide recognition as a writer, speaker, and teacher before turning his talents to non-medical writing after his retirement. He is the author of one non-fiction book, and his inspirational pieces have appeared in numerous periodicals. He and his wife, Kay, live in North Texas.

The first two books in the Prescription for Trouble series are Code Blue and Medical Error. The third book in this series, Diagnosis Death, has just released:

From the back Cover:

The threatening midnight calls followed Dr. Elena Gardner from one city to another, prolonging her grief. Even worse, they are echoed by the whispers of her own colleagues. Whispers that started after her comatose husband died in the ICU . . . then another mysterious death during her training. When a third happens at her new hospital, the whispers turn into a shout: “Mercy killer!”

Why doesn’t she defend herself? What is the dark secret that keeps Elena’s lips sealed?
Two physicians, widowers themselves, offer support, telling Elena they know what she is going through after the death of her husband. But do they? And is it safe to trust either of them with her secret? Soon Elena will find that even when the world seems to be against her, God is for her, if she'll only trust him.

For more information, and to connect with Dr. Richard Mabry, check out these links:

And now here's his message just for you:

Nurse Candace Calvert and Doctor Richard Mabry first met as they kneeled across from each other, ministering to a member of ACFW who’d crumpled from her chair at lunch during the annual meeting. Thankfully, her problem wasn’t serious, but it brought together two people who were members of the medical profession and enjoyed writing about it.Since then, Candace and I have been cyber-friends, even though shortly after that time she traitorously left Texas for the California territories. For a while, Amazon was packaging books from Candace’s Code Triage series with those my Prescription For Trouble books. And now she’s asked me to “take her shift.” This may be the first time in history that a doctor has stepped in to cover the shift of a nurse, and I hope I can handle it. After all, doctors and nurses, although both are important members of the health care team, are trained differently. We’re used to doing different jobs. And that’s a good thing.
You can draw a parallel with the professions Candace and I have moved into from our medical careers: the publishing industry. When an editor accepted my first novel, I figured I’d done all the work necessary for its publication. Oh, someone would have to see to the mechanics, but the writing was obviously so good that it could go right to the printed page. Wrong! There was the macro-edit, the line edit, editing the galley proofs, designing the cover art… You get the picture. I was no more the most important member of the publishing team than a doctor is the most important part of the health care team. The novel needed more than I could give it, and the work was best done by people skilled in that area.
Two of Candace’s readers will win ARC’s (advance reading copies) of my novels. ARC’s are generally printed from the author’s first revisions, the version of the book that incorporates changes suggested by the macro-edit. But there are still more edits to come, so what appears in an ARC may not be what the consumer eventually purchases. That comes after others add their magic touch. It’s a team effort. And I’m glad it’s that way…in medicine and in publishing.
Candace, thanks for letting me cover your shift. Now I think I’ll put my feet up and have some coffee. This is tough duty.

Richard, wise words on all counts! I SO appreciate your "covering my shift,"--even though (giggle) you turned down my offer of matching red scrubs. Seriously, it's been a complete pleasure to have you here, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing you again at the ACFW conference in St. Louis this fall.

Meanwhile, I can hardly wait to share your exciting medical mysteries with my readers!

To be entered for the book giveaway drawing, please leave a comment and e-mail address below. I'll draw three names randomly on Wednesday April 27th. I'll post the names here as well as contact winners by e-mail.

Good luck to you all. And have a wonderful Easter celebration!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win! Have a Happy Easter! God Bless! :)
Beth Gillihan

Melinda Lancaster said...

I would really like to read this book.
Easter blessings to you both!
Melinda revlanc(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol Moncado said...

I have enjoyed the first two books immensely! Read them a couple weeks ago :). Have the third sitting here but it's near the back of the queue at the moment :/.

Thanks to both of you for writing such great stuff!

carol at carolmoncado dot com

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your first two books (Thanks to Candace)so very much & would love to win the third. Keep on writing.

Richard Mabry said...

I appreciate Candace's giving me the opportunity to "scrub in" on her blog. And thanks to those of you who are already leaving comments.

Mathew said...

I would like to read this book! Thanks for the oppurtunity! And happy Easter to you both!


kykitty said...

I am fairly certain that Candace would be very proud of the way you "covered her shift". I became acquainted with and fell in love with your writing through Candace. You both are on the top of my list of authors. Thanks for giving us the chance to feel like we know you and have gained a special friendship in our lives. Thanks also for the giveaway. I am hoping that I end up the winner but I know God will send it where it is needed the most. God Bless you both.

karenk said...

Dr covered Candace's shift like a pro :) Thank you for the opportunity to read you latest novel.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Amy K. Sorrells said...

Candace and Doc--I adore you and your writing. I'm a hospital supervisor and night shift RN, and think your books are so on-the-nose accurate (scientifically) and precious (spiritually). Keep it up--and send me a copy if I win! I collect Cherry Ames books, and would love to start collecting ya'll's books, too! :) Blessings and writing (and healing!) mercies,

Keli Gwyn said...

What a great team you make, both when working together to help a writer in need and when filling the needs of a reader eager for a fast-paced romance-laced story.

A Sender said...

Have read his books and love them! Would love to win one. Thanks Dr. Mabry for the great writing you do. Although I can feel kinda tired when I go to my "shift" at work the next day. :)

James Folsom said...

Actually would like to get a copy of the first book. Can't find it on or Crossings. Guell I'll have to check Amazon. Can't wait to discover a new author. Happy Easter! HE IS RISEN!!!!!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, everyone. Glad you think this doctor was able to cover Nurse Candace's shift. I appreciate the opportunity.
James, both the sites you mention are book clubs, and they don't always make every book available. But the last time I checked, Code Blue was on sale for $4 at Cokesbury Books or

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I really enjoy Dr. Mabrys' books and would love to win this amazing collection. My daughter hijacked
my books.
Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance to enter.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

CandaceCalvert said...

Oh, I am So enjoying your comments. Richard, you are a star guest--thank you.
Just to clarify: I will draw THREE names, each person will receive ONE of Dr. Mabry's books. Which, of course, means three times the chances of winning! :-)

Carol M said...

I'm a big fan of medical suspense stories. These sound like books I would really enjoy!

mittens0831 at aol dot com

Emily said...

Nice giveaway! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!


Debbie said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I own one of his books, haven't gotten to reading it yet, but soon i will.
Sign me up!


John said...

Please enter me for this giveaway! Looks like a good read!


Anonymous said...

Don't enter me in the drawing Candace, I already have the books, and have read them. They are awesome! I think it too me like a day each on the books. I couldn't put them down!
Thanks for having Dr Mabry. It was interesting to hear how the 2 of you met!

Lueyes said...

How interesting to hear about your writing. i would love to read one of your books.

Richard Mabry said...

And the hits--I mean, comments--keep coming. Thanks so much, everyone, for all the nice things you're saying. I don't think it will help your chances of winning the drawing, but it certainly makes me feel good.
Appreciate it.

KathyT said...

love both of your series! always looking forward to the next book. thanks for allow the Spirit of God to speak through you to today's generation. Blessings. Kathy

KathyT said...

by both of your series, i meant both Dr. Mabry's books and Candace's books! dreamed of going into the medical profession but God led me to missions in Japan instead, but my fascination with the medical world continues. i also love romance and suspense so your books and Candace's books are a great fit for my taste! hope you keep writing for a long time!! KathyT

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds amazing. As a nursing student I enjoy reading medical fiction and I can sometimes justify it as "studying."

Joanne Redekop

Carol N Wong said...

Guess what? I moved from California to Texas! I love medical
suspense or mysteries. Please enter me in this contest. I would to read an ARC of your book. I was looking for one today and outside if you and Candace, there is not much out there. So keep on writing!

Ann Street said...

Sounds good!

Unknown said...

Hi Candace,

So far I have loved every book and would love to be entered in the drawing!



Unknown said...

Would love to read this book! Have loved every other one so far! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Candace-- I loved Dr. Mabry's other books so I can't wait to read this one... I'll have to order it if I don't win it! My email addy is erin (at)

John Brewer said...

Both of you seem like you are having a great deal of fun and genuinely enjoy the relationship as friends and professionals. If the books are nearly as good as the blog comments then they should be great entertainment. Put me in for the drawing. Thanks
John Brewer

Anonymous said...

I just recently learned of Richard Mabry's books at our local bookstore. I have requested 2 of his books from our local library and cannot wait to read them. I love reading medical fiction, and would be thrilled to have this book in my library.
Valerie Redekop

CandaceCalvert said...

Congratulations to our winners, Vanessa, Marjorie, Carol Moncado!

Please be sure I have your e-mail in order to connect for a mailing address. Enjoy Dr. Mabry's books!

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