Christmas is gone for another year, and after a lovely time spent with my family and watching my little girl find lots of joy in the day, I’ve got a real Boxing Day treat for you all at My Written Romance.
Today, MWR is the next stop on the book tour for Sweetest Mistake, the second book in Candis Terry’s fantastic Sweet, Texas series. This series features the delicious Wilder brothers, and you can get the first book, Anything but Sweet (Reno’s story) at all good romance (and non-romance) booksellers.
I first discovered Candis via a recommendation on Twitter from one of my all-time favourites, Rachel Gibson. I loved her Sugar Shack books, and when I was given the chance to review Sweetest Mistake, I jumped at the chance.
Even better – I got the chance to interview Candis about Sweetest Mistake, so I hope you enjoy checking our conversation! There may even be a giveaway as well….but you’ve got to keep reading to find out!
So, what is Sweetest Mistake about?
Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.
It can lead to disaster or . . .
When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?
Here’s what I thought of Sweetest Mistake.
There is something so lovely about visiting in towns like Sweet, Texas. The communities stick together, family is strong and wow, are the men H.O.T.!!!
I do love a good second-chance-at-love romance, and I really loved how Candis has added her own special twist to the romance between Abby and Jackson. They had first been friends, then a few unscheduled trips to the land of sexytime muddied the waters between them. Both went on to marry other people (& then divorce), but neither forgot the other. Now that Abby is back in Sweet, what brought them together once as friends and then as lovers bubbles its way to the surface.
Jackson, what a sweetheart. There is not too much out there that is sexier than a man who is a good and attentive dad. My hubby and I have a little girl, and upon reading the makeup scene with Jackson and Izzy, I immediately imagined Hubby in the same place, being made over by the Beastie. That was just such a sweet part of the story.
Abby is a kind, generous soul who’s been thwarted by the mistakes of her past and a not-so-loving husband. I wanted to close Mark’s knackers in a vice for how he treated her. Her desire to move on from that chapter in her life was so admirable.
Each had their issues – worry and overthought plagued both Abby and Jackson. But right from the start, it was obvious to all and sundry (that being me) that these two share a really special bond and you just want them to get past the problems to get to their happy ending.
Oh, how I love the Wilders. They are boisterous, and they do interfere. However, they are kind of heart and nothing is more important than the happiness of their own. I loved that Jackson’s ex-wife, Fiona was not demonized or made out to be a nutcase. I really hope there is a story for her and the hunky Mike on the horizon. Izzy, their daughter, was a peach too.
I can’t wait for Jesse’s story, which is coming next year. However, for now, I will be more than content with the sweet characters, beautiful chemistry and the wonderful romance of Sweetest Mistake.
Definitely not a mistake to read this one! I give it 4.5 out of 5.
Now we know what the book is about and what my thoughts are, let’s find out about Candis Terry.
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.
Now for the interview with Candis:
Hi Candis! Welcome to My Written Romance!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
From start to sold it took me a whopping 22 years. Obviously I’m a slow learner. Since 2011 I’ve had 5 single title books and a novella published with Avon books. In the middle of that learning curve our family moved from So. California to a farm in Idaho. So I got to learn about horses, cows and sheep too. Sometimes my life is like a book, only no one would believe the stuff that really happens!
Can you give us the Cliff’s Notes version of what Sweetest Mistake is about?
Firefighter and former Marine, Jackson Wilder and Abby Morgan have been friends since childhood. But Abby made the mistake of falling in love with Jackson and when she realized he was never going to return that love she took off to find her happily ever after. When that failed she returned home to pick up the pieces and runs into Jackson who is still ticked off that she left without a goodbye. These two butt heads all the way through the book because Jackson is afraid to admit his feelings for Abby. She’d cut and run once, and he feared she’d do it again. But Abby has other ideas, like making the man she loves realize they belong together.
What is it that you love about this book, and in particular your hero and heroine?
It took me a while to love this book after I finished it. By far it was the most difficult I’ve ever written. In the end it’s probably my biggest personal accomplishment. I love that Jackson has very deep emotions that are so real and overpowering. But he’s a total alpha male with brothers who will give him crap if he shows his softer side. So he battles those emotions and they literally choke him. The scenes with his daughter show where he can let his guard down and just open up his heart. With Abby I found a woman who, like many of us, loved someone who didn’t return that love. To me she showed her strength by walking away and trying to find happiness. When that didn’t happen, she came back to face her demons. She has a huge heart that had been crushed and yet, somehow she manages to open it up and embrace anyone and anything that needs it.
What inspired this particular story? Is there anyone that springs to mind when you think about your hero and heroine?
When I originally came up with the idea for the Wilder brothers, Jackson was a hot-headed fireman with a soft heart. He inspired the story. He was just such a clear character in my head that he wrote his destiny himself. Not that he and I didn’t argue along the way. Because we did. Every freaking day. No one in particular comes to mind when I think about Jackson and Abby. They were both such a strong force no one else (in my mind) could compare.
What was it that drew you to writing romance?
When my daughter was born she was a total night owl and I would spend hours in the middle of the night trying to rock her back to sleep. A friend loaned me some romances to read while rocking and I was hooked. Before I knew it an idea popped into my head that I just had to write.
What is your favourite part of the writing process? Is it creating characters, world-building or is it typing The End?
My favorite part of the process is actually seeing where the story will go and the surprises that spring up unexpectedly. While I do know the GMC of each book, I never know the exact path it will follow. My characters continuously surprise me.
When you hit a blank patch for inspiration, how do you rediscover it?
I take a walk. As I said I live on a farm and I have a huge piece of property with many places I’ve developed that inspire me. Or I take a walk around the neighborhood and stop and pet all the horses and dogs along the way that come out to greet me. It clears my mind of the gunk thoughts and opens me up to allow inspired thoughts inside.
Who is your writing superhero? Why?
It’s impossible to name just one. Sorry. I actually have learned from so many. Top of my list would probably be Judith McNaught, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Rachel Gibson.
Outside of writing, what do you do? How do you relax?
I have an amazing backyard with a waterfall and a lot of trees that looks out over the mountains so I spend a lot of time out there when weather permits. Also our family is big on camping and fishing so we take our trailer and ATV out into the forest.
What’s next for you?
After Sweetest Mistake, I have a Confessions of a Secret Admirer-a Valentine’s Day anthology coming out with Jennifer Ryan and Jennifer Seasons. In June, book 3 (Something Sweeter) of the Sweet, Texas series will be released.
Thank you so much for stopping by My Written Romance today, Candis. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you!
Now I’ve spoken with Candis, I think you should get hold of Sweetest Mistake and find time to read it. It releases on December 31, 2013.
Tour Wide Giveaway
As part of this tour for Sweetest Mistake, the lovely people at Avon have a fantastic giveaway for you, the readers.
The Ultimate Sweetest Mistake Prize Pack is on offer. It includes copies of Candis Terry’s wonderful books, Somebody Like You, Second Chance at the Sugar Shack and Anything but Love, a Sweet TX Mug, Houston TX Firefighters 2014 Calendar, and My <3 Belongs to a Firefighter Pendant Necklace.
Sounds like something you want to win? Just complete the Rafflecopter form below to take part.
Good luck and happy reading!