Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BERTRICE SMALL (1937-2015)

There are many tributes circulating about Bertrice Small since her passing on February 24, 2015 and there will be many more, for she touched thousands of lives throughout her long career as a provocative historical romance writer. Some bloggers will emphasize the professional aspects of her works, while those who were fortunate to know her will give a more personal slant. Knowing Bertrice as long as I have, I would be remiss if I didn’t have a tribute of my own.
          To say I will miss Bertrice Small is an understatement. She was a mentor and dear friend who was always there to help without question. There will never be another person like her, because her true uniqueness could never be duplicated. We both belonged to a writing group on Long Island, New York, called the Long Island Romance Writers or LIRW for short. Bertrice’s generosity was legend. Every October, Bertrice would arrange a special day for all the members. Whether it was a trip to a museum, a hayride at an orchard, a visit to a working farm, a winetasting or lighthouse tour, it was always instructive and fun. Afterward, she’d take the group to a restaurant for lunch. The entire day was her treat.
          One of my most amusing memories of Bertrice occurred during the first LIRW Christmas party my husband, Robert, and I attended. Everyone was schmoozing and a dozen conversations were going on all around the room in the restaurant where it was held. Robert decided to play Mr. Congeniality. He proceeded to walk around the room asking all the writers what they wrote. Of course, he approached Bertrice, who was dressed in her usual green. Looking like a typical sweet, suburban housewife, the only thing that hinted she was so much more was that twinkle in her eyes. So Robert asked Bertrice what she wrote. Her reply was, “Why erotica, of course.” Obviously, he wasn’t expecting her to say that. He quickly excused himself and rushed back to me. Our ensuing conversation went something like this:
          “Do you see that lady across the way— the one in green?”
          Of course I replied, “Do you mean Bertrice Small?”
          “Yeah, that lady.”
          “What about her?”
          “Did you know that she wrote erotica?”
          “Uh-huh. What about it?”
          “But… She doesn’t look like an erotic writer.”
          I began to chuckle. “So what does an erotic writer look like,” I asked. (Note: at that time I didn’t write erotica, but I do now, which might have altered our conversation.)
          He was speechless. Without a doubt, erotic writers come in all shapes and sizes, but Bertrice Small was a pioneer. She and the other Avon ladies blazed the way for today’s romance novels, making them more exciting and much more sexual. And Bertrice loved to push the sexual envelope.

          Bertrice Small was indeed a special lady. She was one-of-a-kind and the “Grande Dame” as we referred to her in the group. Though she was gracious, she held true to her beliefs and would fight to defend what she believed was right, especially when it pertained the publishing. I learned a great deal from Bertrice and will miss her dearly. I’m glad we met along the road of life which we traveled so well together and because of her I’ll always think of pearls differently.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Some Candor From Candyland


Sometimes while I'm knee deep in edits or racing to get a book done to beat a deadline, I wonder why I'm writing in the first place. Wouldn't it be better if I didn't have all the stress heaped down upon me?

Then I get a wonderful, stress-relieving email from a reader telling me how much she loves one of my stories and intends to read all my other work. 

That's when I know exactly why I write.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Coming January 16th~ MORE HEATED PLEASURES

Coming January16th

More Heated Pleasures from popular author, Candy Caine. This collection of red-hot interracial romances features brand new stories…
Forever on My Mind—Feeling betrayed by her best friend and the love of her life, Tim, Brianna strives to overcome her heartbreak with nothing but casual sexual relationships. But when Tim comes back into her life years later, can she deny the heat, the passion, the tenderness she experiences at the sinfully skillful hands of the only man she’s ever loved?
Staying Focused—Darla’s photography profession exposes her to some of the hunkiest male models in Manhattan. And when one hazel-eyed sex magnet begins to haunt her dreams, she can’t resist living out her fantasy when he boards the same deserted subway car she takes home late one evening…
Afternoon Delight—What the postman sees Mabel do every afternoon on his delivery route makes him decide to deliver more than letters to her…
Sleeping With the Boss—Fantasizing about her boss leads Bethany to a mind-blowing interlude with the tall, handsome man. Imagine her shock when her gorgeous, blue-eyed husband later whispers, “I know what you did today,” and begins to make passionate love to her… 
The Dinner Party—Trapped in an elevator for two hours with a sexy stranger, makes this Ann’s most unforgettable ride….


“…Candy Caine once again hits the right erotic sweet spots…” Cynthia White, author of Awakened Desire.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Have a safe New Years

A friend sent this to me:

With the holidays upon us I would like to share a personal experience with you all about drinking and driving after a "social event" with friends.

Last night, I was out on a pre-New Years Eve evening with several friends. I had a few cocktails, followed by several glasses of wine with dinner. Despite my jolliness, I still had the sense to know that I was over the limit.
That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home.
Sure enough, there was a police road block on the highway but, since it was a cab, they waved it past.
I arrived home safely without incident.
This was both a great relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before.
I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

Be safe out there... and have a Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

NOW OUT AT AMAZON AND ARe

JUSTIFY MY LOVE




When a tall, handsome, hunk in cutoff sweats gets in Marnie Davis’s face for hijacking his Laundromat dryer, sparks fly. She calls him a barbarian. He calls her a hooligan. Imagine her chagrin then, to find the barbarian, Scott Langley, dressed like a GQ model in her law offices the next day. It turns out Scott is the godson of one of the partners of her firm. 

When the partner forces Marnie to take Scott under her wing, they decide to bury the hatchet and behave like two professionals. Despite their growing attraction for each other, both are determined not to forge any kind of new relationship. They have been burned too badly by a past relationship. It takes a shocking tragedy to finally bring the two lovers into each others’ arms—only to have a sensational trial, where they are opposing counsels, tear them apart. 




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Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY




SORRY, TURKEY,

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!





Sunday, November 9, 2014

THANK YOU, BETTY WHITE! For your plug!
This clip comes from her show, Hot in Cleveland
Season 3, Episode: Storage Wars

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