Author: Candace Sams

CANDACE SAMS (also writing as C. S. Chatterly) graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in agriculture. She worked as a police officer with the State of Texas, the San Diego Police Department, and in a teaching capacity for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Candace is the senior woman on the US Kung Fu Team (three black belts), and has been awarded the Medal of Putien and the Statue of Tao by the Chinese Martial Arts Confederation in Quanzhou, China. She holds international martial arts titles, and is an award-winning fiction author. Contact her through her web site at www.candacesams.com.

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The Peacekeeper's Soul

The Peacekeeper's Soul
  • Number: B01CRH9I1U
  • Release: 2016-03-08
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Three years ago Cort O’Leary was the pride of his precinct at NYPD. After he watched his partner and lover die one terrible night, he sought a quieter life in rural New England. He thought he could run from his past, but nightmares about his lover’s death have suddenly become more vivid. Worse, an evil entity – The Story Keeper – has used his sorrow as a conduit and intends to feed off Cort’s soul.

Dawna Nightshade comes from a long line of very powerful witches. She’s supposed to help summon Halloween with the help of an ancient, magical athame – or knife. Sadly, her drunken uncle got himself and the athame locked up in a small New England town. If she doesn’t get that sacred object back and perform the Halloween ritual with it, the season will be lost to mankind.

To recover the athame and get her uncle released from custody, Dawna agrees to help Cort fight off his demon. But can the pair thwart The Story Keeper’s plans, or will they both become victims?


Ever After - A Candy Hearts Romance

Ever After
  • Number: 9781509205004
  • Release: 2016-01-25
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romance: Sweet
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Dillon Greenleaf is a member of Mythreal royalty and head of his planet's security. Debutantes have been chasing him his entire adult life in order to wed a man of power, and he's totally off women in general. But when he meets Keira Foley, an Earth officer, who he suspects is a pirate spy, he finds he quite likes the Plain Jane female.

Keira has been pegged brilliant and unattractive by her fellow officers, something she doesn't mind until she meets the hot, royal stud-muffin who believes she is capable of treason against her own world. When they meet again at the Earth Embassy's Valentine's Day ball, Keira however blows Dillon's mind.

Yet, in the midst of trying to find the real traitor, Dillon's match-making grandmother, and a night made for love, Keira and Dillon must decide if they can put aside their differences in time to find a love that will be ever after.


Galactic Hearts - Men of Austoura Series

Galactic Hearts
  • Number: 9781509202584
  • Release: 2015-08-14
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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As a pragmatic cop, Kerry Blaine doesn't believe in aliens from outer space. When she's told they exist, and that she's to work with one to save the planet from total annihilation, her worst nightmares become reality.

Using an Earth moniker, Regin Adams wants nothing more than to make a home for his parents, siblings, and his entire race. If he can't block deadly gamma radiation in Earth’s atmosphere, there’ll be no life left at all; no home for anyone.

Despite Kerry’s fears, Regin means to do all he has promised. He vows to not only forge a home for his space-weary people, but win the heart of a very skeptical police officer—a woman he’s come to love more than anything in the universe. All it takes is an alignment of faith, hearts, and minds. Harder than saving humanity is the quest to win Kerry’s love.


The Gazing Globe - Book 2 in the Tales of the Order series.

The Gazing Globe
  • 3 Stars 5 Stars
  • Number: B003370J1C
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Book 2 in the Tales of the Order series.

Before his parents died, Blain McTavish lived a peaceful life as a farmer in a quiet Maine town. Now two mysterious women have arrived from England — and they seem to be trying to protect him from harm. But who would want to hurt Blain? And why does he feel compelled to run naked in the forest at night?

Afton O'Malley wishes she could be a better Druid. When her mentor, Shayla, the Sorceress of the Order, asks her to accompany her to the States, she is eager to take on the task. When she meets Blain, the feelings he stirs in her are proof positive that magic is more than spells and shapeshifting.

Blain does not know the extent of the danger around him, or of his latent fairy and Druid powers. With Afton's help, he must come to understand his destiny — and take his place within the Order.

Publisher Note: This title was previously published elsewhere under the same title.


Stone Heart - Tales of the Order, Book Three

Stone Heart
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B0032UDTK8
  • Release: 2007-08-09
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Three hundred years ago, Angus MacGregor was the most feared and hated man in his village. Appalled by his lack of compassion, the Sorceress of the Ancients turned him into a statue as ugly as his demeanor, condemning him to miserable solitude in a stone prison. Unbeknownst to them, however, one of his rare strokes of kindness would be the key to his freedom.Karen Matthews' strong spirit is no longer enough to sustain her weakening body. She knows she doesn't have long to live, but she's determined to fulfill her beloved aunt's unusual last wish. And while she's off on this bizarre quest, she might as well enjoy the adventure. What she doesn't count on is the existence of a magical Order, where Fairies, Elves and Druids exist and freely practice magic. Neither does she expect to meet Angus, or to uncover the endless depths of his heart.Publisher Note: This book was previously published under the same title.

Reader Advisory: Though this book is the third in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Blush: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content). Book 3 in the Tales of the Order series.


The Craftsman - Tales of the Order, Book Five

The Craftsman
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B003370JAS
  • Release: 2008-03-13
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Book 5 in the Tales of the Order series.

When Gawain O'Malley lost his right hand in the tragic fire that destroyed all his artwork and claimed lives, he also lost the will to live. He feels wholly responsible for the fire and can no longer generate an income for the Shire though his work. Concerned for Gawain's well-being — and the future of her people — the Sorceress of the Order enlists a group of Brownies to come to his aid.

When Wren arrives at the Shire, she immediately realizes Gawain is her true love — despite her betrothal to someone else. And when they're together, Gawain feels a deep sense of peace that helps ease his guilt.

But as the two are about to discover, the fire was not Gawain's fault at all…but the work of an evil outside force.

Publisher's Note: This title was previously published elsewhere under the same title.

This book is the fifth in a series. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, the previous book should be read first.

Blush: This is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic level).


Satyr - Tales of the Order, Book Six

Satyr
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B0032UDUP2
  • Release: 2008-05-22
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Book 6 in the Tales of the Order series.

Since his wife died, Soland Leigh's daughter Autumn has been his whole world. Now, though, the time has come for him to step up and behave like the leader of the Satyrs that he is. The Order has acquired additional acreage next to their forest and it's up to Soland to make the new land habitable.

The only person Kyndall Taylor trusts is Lady Anna, her elderly employer. But lately Anna's behavior has been strange — she has gifted all her land to a strange woman called Shayla and replaced her staff with a steady stream of odd people from deep in the forest. One such character is Soland. When Kyndall is assigned to care for Autumn while Soland works on the land, the two adults find common ground — and a growing mutual attraction. But Soland is very secretive, too…and the Sorceress seems to have plans of her own.

Blush: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).


Keeper of the Loch - Tales of the Order, Book Seven

Keeper of the Loch
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00311JTXO
  • Release: 2008-07-31
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Though this book is the seventh in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

When Rogan MacClean receives word that his estranged parents have died in Loch Ness, he wants nothing more than to retrieve their things and walk away. After all, his parents were chasing myths and fairy tales—things that don’t interest their marine biologist son.

When Rogan arrives at the Loch, he discovers that there’s far more to the story than he’d thought. It’s the find of a lifetime, one that he’s not sure he wants to share. But a persistent journalist wants to make him change his mind and isn’t above playing dirty to get her way.

Exposing the sea monsters would make his career, but could put the whole Order at risk—including Enora, the woman he’s come to love. And if the journalist discovers the monsters, it’s too late for everyone.

Blush: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content)


Gryphon's Quest - Tales of the Order, Book One

Gryphon's Quest
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B0030N6E1S
  • Release: 2007-02-08
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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From an ancient English forest where legends hide comes a man of myth. Gryphon O'Connor is a Druid warrior belonging to an Order of mythical creatures — creatures who hide in today's world, fearing discovery.Now someone has stolen artifacts that could expose the Order, and Gryphon must retrieve them before his world is destroyed. He knows accomplishing this mission will come at a price. What he doesn't anticipate is falling in love with Heather, a bighearted, beautiful, fiery woman from the outside. As the worlds of magic and science collide, Gryph and Heather must brave unthinkable dangers to save both.

And to keep the Order's existence a secret, someone must die.Publisher Note: This title was previously published elsewhere. Blush: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content) Book 1 in the Tales of the Order series.


Wild At Heart I - Benefiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Wild At Heart I
  • Stars
  • Number: B009KFHN4W
  • Release: Out of Distribution
  • Authors: Candace Sams, Charlene Roberts, Cynthia D'Alba, Vanessa North, Dustin Stevens, Lauren Smith, Lynda Kaye Frazier, Lindy Dierks, Elle James, Gina Wilkins, M. Marie
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: STORY INK LLC
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This is a volume of short stories about wild animals, big cat rescues, shapeshifters and anything that would showcase the plight of large wild creatures and their need to have safe homes and/or freedom.

This anthology was produced by the Diamond State Romance Authors as a project of love to benefit the rescued animals of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. All profits from this collection will go directly to the refuge to help with the care and feeding of these wonderful creatures.

Stories Included in this volume are: Spirit of the Tiger by Elle James, Archer Falls by Lauren Smith, A Boy, A Girl, A Tiger by Cynthia D'Alba, The Wedding Crasher by Lindy Dierks, Beached by Dustin Stevens, Sunlight and Solace by Gina Wilkins, Saving Angel by Lynda Frazier, Buck by M. Marie, True Instinct by Vanessa North, Storm Haven by Charlene Roberts, Saving Akira by Candace Sams


Haunted Shadows

Haunted Shadows
  • Number: B009NI6J0K
  • Release: Out of Distribution
  • Authors: Candace Sams, Dani-Lyn Alexander, Denise Moncrief
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Out of Distribution
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Pumpkin Walk

In a fantasy version of an old-fashioned cake walk, a beautiful young witch wins the big green man of her dreams. Kate Cauldron is a witch who attends a country fair and signs up for an event known as the Pumpkin Walk. This strange, ancient contest matches couples who’ve given up finding the right partner on their own. But little does Kate know what fate has in store for her. When a big green goblin is chosen as her mate, there’s no turning back. She’s his for life!

Ghost

A haunting past, an uncertain future. Jess is haunted by her past and by something else, as well. Something that is becoming more substantial. When she begins to see things she can’t explain, following a head injury she can’t remember, Jess has to wonder if she is going crazy, hallucinating, or seeing the figment of a damaged mind. Will she have to accept a reality that might be far worse?

Ghost in the Garden

Strange things start happening at the old Petrie place, so Gran hires Bo’s Paranormal Extermination Service, but her granddaughter Liza Petrie can smell a con artist when she gets a good whiff of her old high school crush, Bo Hendricks. To get rid of the dangers lurking in Gran’s house, Liza must overcome her distrust and help Bo exterminate the ghosts in the attic.


Dark Sins - Night Watchers

Dark Sins
  • Number: B0087OY7AA
  • Release: 2012-05-30
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Skord Shorner once lived his life according to chivalric codes. For him, honor is the only thing that matters--until the Night Watch Agency partners him with a beautiful Irish woman to retrieve a magic relic he's been after for almost two centuries.

Ruled by her love of family, Chalyce Duncan is certain Skord will never understand the reasons behind her duplicity. Her heart may yearn for the proud man who's now her partner, but if he learns why that magic object is so important to her, he'll destroy everything she treasures.

The mission must come first. But somewhere in the night--between deceit and duty--truth waits. And there's evil stalking them that may thwart their responsibilities, and destroy what small hope they have of ever being together. Rating: Sensual / Page Count: 322


Eternally Chained - Night Watchers Series

Eternally Chained
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781601549679
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Sean Reilly never asked to be a vampire. But when he's mortally wounded and turned during World War II, he uses his new abilities to fight evil as part of the Night Watch organization. He's also called in when someone needs to be turned. Sean's oath to never mix business with pleasure takes a hit after he changes a dying but extremely sexy Morgan Grady. Against his will he's drawn to her, but her penchant for disobeying orders makes him want to file his fangs. Morgan, a Los Angeles undercover police officer, never considered vampires might actually be real until she's shot and left for dead...and awakens an immortal. But just because the hot and sexy Sean changed her doesn't mean he gets to call the shots. She's her own woman and plans to do what she always does and on her own terms--fight evil. When confronted with an entity bent on destroying them, Sean and Morgan must fight together, facing not only their enemy but also the terrifying possibility that they were meant to be together forever.


My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper
  • Number: B006IXOQ8K
  • Release: 2011-11-21
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: BookBaby
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After watching his younger brother die, a heartbroken

firefighter is haunted into getting on with his life.

When firefighter, Ben Murphy, loses his younger brother, Chris, in a warehouse blaze, he's ordered to get out of his apartment and move into an old Victorian mansion. To recover from the shock, Ben is on vacation...whether he likes it or not. And he definitely doesn't like it!

Once he's moved in, Ben finds there's something creepy about his new home. There's an apparition present claiming to be his dead brother, Chris. To make matters worse, a demanding social worker named Kate Donahue just won't leave him the hell alone.

Ben thinks he's going crazy. Kate thinks Ben is already past that point, and Chris...well, Chris is just trying to haunt his brother into getting on with life.


The Sleigh Maker

The Sleigh Maker
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B004AHKBP8
  • Release: 2010-10-03
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Seasonal / Holiday, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Gavin Frost is Santa’s sleigh maker. He’s as happy as a man can be while living with regret. He wishes he could take back events of seven years ago; the ones that caused his fiancé to storm out of his life on Christmas Eve.

Prudence Berry was engaged to Gavin. Her obsession with climbing to the top of her union (Elves’ Local #101) wasn’t as much to blame for their breakup as Gavin's philandering.

When the two of them are forced to work together on Christmas Eve, they discover that the spirit of the holiday doesn’t just work on children. There’s magic afoot! Gavin and Pru are about to discover the real meaning of the season…in each other’s arms.


Darkstar Guardian

Darkstar Guardian
  • Number: 9781419923500
  • Release: 2010-01-21
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Ann Foster is alone in the world, looking for any way to augment her college bank account. Her dream is to study archeology. Taking an extra job as a dog walker, she's led to the old English manor known as Darkstar.

Cade Maguire and his sister Maggie have a dog in their household that needs tending. Ann comes to them highly recommended. She's so focused on accruing funds for her education that she won't ask questions concerning her employers' unusual nighttime schedule.

But Ann soon finds herself embroiled in a dangerous, mythic world. Her bosses are far from normal. They have secrets that are thousands of years old and one of those secrets has come back to haunt Cade. Ann soon finds herself in the middle in a vampire battleground that's fueled by revenge. Since she's now a member of the Darkstar household, there's a target on her back. For her, there's no place to run or hide. Death may be a sunset away.


Galaxy Man - Book 1

Galaxy Man
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B01DCDCUZE
  • Release: 2011-08-22
  • Author: Candace Sams
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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"With whom must one fornicate to get out of this?"

In the distant future, Captain Keir Trask hunts dangerous weapon smugglers and has tracked them all the way to Earth. In order to bring these felons back to planet Lucent, he has quite reluctantly agreed to go undercover as a male beauty pageant contestant. The only problem is that the Earth Protectorate agent assigned to work with him is driving him crazy.

Captain Sagan Carter has orders to make sure her high-and-mighty alien counterpart completes all the requirements for the male beauty pageant serving as his cover; otherwise he's to be escorted to the nearest deportation area, never to return to Earth's surface.

All Keir wants is to arrest smugglers and go home.

To make the arrest and grab kudos for herself, Sagan forces Keir to keep assorted appointments including bikini waxes, facials and filming promo spots for...

'Pluto Pillow Mints...the mints that melt in your mouth and provide an orgasmic experience for your taste buds...'

It's a campy farce of high adventure!