In Case You Missed the Battle: Highlights from the Battle of the Books

My debut Novel is coming soon! NEXUS GATE 4037: THE ANIMAL, Book 1 in THE MINISTRY OF TIME SAGA will debut late Fall 2017 or early Winter 2018.

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If you missed the Battle of the Books, which decided that NG would be my first publication, fear not! Below are the links to each interview and highlights that led to NEXUS GATE  4037: THE ANIMAL being declared the winner, beating out WARDEN for the number one publication spot.

IN THE WINNING CORNER OF DEBUT NOVEL, hailing from the summer session of NaNoWriMo

2013 is NEXUS GATE 4037: THE ANIMAL!

Genre: Speculative Science Fiction, Suspense Thriller

Audience:  NA (New Adult), Adult

Reader Review:  Had me on the edge of my seat… Once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down. Bravo, Candice. Fantastic tension, organic anger, and responses. ~Tess K

Book Flap: Most important rules of time surveillance; never disrupt your host timeline and never step into the future. Decorated Surveillance Specialist Vivian Leona of 6037 has broken both.

Losing her husband, John Joseph Spruce, in the Nexus of time past, Vivian mistakenly pulls the wrong man into the future, a man recorded by history as having died on that very day in 1837. The consequences for keeping him alive in the future could prove far worse than Vivian bargains for, especially in the American South’s New Golden Age, 4037, where any overt emotion or cause of such, like racism, is seen as a deadly contingent—‘conditions’ cured only by euthanasia.

Slave foreman and bounty hunter ‘Tucker’ John Josephus Spruce of 1837 is called ‘The Animal’ by those he hunts, and a ‘necessary evil’ by those who enlist his skills, but are his ‘talents’ enough to keep him alive when he steps into a deadly snare set twenty-two hundred years in the future where he is now pawn and prey?

Will Tucker John’s instincts lead him towards retribution for his abduction, or will they make Vivian his only ally while setting him on an unexpected hunt for the one not only out for his blood, but the very woman’s he’s purposed to destroy?


In this SOON-TO-BE-PUBLISHED-IN SPRING 2018 CORNER, hailing from the summer session of NaNoWriMo 2012 is WARDEN!

Genre: Science Fantasy, Comedic Action Adventure

Audience: YA, NA (New Adult), Adult

Reader Review: WOW!!!! What a RIDE! This was an amazing story, Candice.  Your characters are strong, interesting, they draw you in. You successfully created a heroine who is incredibly strong, yet vulnerable.  And you have a great sense of humor. Your supporters hold the story together.  You give them personality and they give your tale So much depth.  I want a posse like Eli, Tress, and Adrivah! ~ Charlene O

Book Flap: Ever since the bizarre death of her grandmother, Maeve Grandie has made it her sole purpose to be reliable, even if that means living a dreadfully predictable life. The only sense of adventure Maeve experiences is in her dreams. The only problem is her peculiar hereditary condition that gives her rashes on her hands and arms, turning the veins of her arms a screaming azurite blue, not only gives her weird dreams but causes her to sleepwalk as well.

But what would happen if those dreams that carry her into a bizarre land where people can cause their arms to ignite with blue flames and tear open the sky with their bare hands is not really a dream at all?

What if the dream world, Maeve finds herself suddenly trapped in, is actually a true world of wonder but one she is somehow destroying just by being there?

Senior Warden Vincent Jasper of Trident finds himself facing that very real and immeasurable danger when a young woman in the ugly pink nightgown interferes with an arrest right before disappearing through an Unzoned Door in the Universe causing the very threads of the Cluster and Realms to ripple and stretch, putting it and the lives of all who live within it in grave danger. Not only is the woman unknown but she keeps opening Doors and is somehow hiding right underneath his nose.

Can Jasper and his team along with the rest of Trident, apprehend this villainous threat clad in garish pink flannel and ruffles? Or will they find out that she is not the threat at all but the weapon of someone else, all before their side of the universe collapses?


Stay tuned for more updates, musings, and project ideas coming soon!

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