Title: The Donor
Author: Candice Osmond
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy
Publisher: Guardian Publishing
Cover Artist: Majeau Designs
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What's the first thought that would run through your mind if you woke up, completely naked, strapped to an operating table, sans a kidney?
What ran through Nora Daniels mind was that, sadly, nobody would even notice she was missing. No family, no friends, not even a boyfriend.
No, there would be no Prince Charming busting down the door to save the day or loved ones to mourn her death. Unless she could find a way to uncover the secrets hidden in her past and discover the one thing tying her to this world.
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Published author and freelance writer/editor Candace Osmond was born in North York, ON. From there she began her journey of discovering Canada, moving every few years and experiencing what every province had to offer. She was surrounded and influenced by many cultures which broadened her mind and personality. Coming from a family of writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was inevitable that Candace follow in her family's footsteps. By the early age of ten years old, Candace had won numerous writing and art competitions including a nation wide art contest for the Louie the Lightening Bug Play it Safe Around Electricity program where the company used her winning ad design. A few years later Candace found herself writing for the local news flyer and then branching off into fiction writing.
The strong stench of chemicals and bleach burned my nose and lungs, waking me from a deep and dreamlike haze, my eyes struggling open to find almost complete darkness. At least, I assumed it was; my mind and vision were both cloudy. Beneath the overwhelming odor of some kind of cleanser and noxious fumes, I caught a whiff of something dank, much like mold or mildew. In the distance, I heard a voice - no, two voices, muffled and just close enough for me to make out a bit of what they were saying. The sounds only compromised by the echoes which bounced off of the walls around me.
Was I in a tunnel?
Deep tones meant that both voices were male and I forced my mind to focus. Instantly, a searing pain erupted in my side, forcing the last bit of drowsiness away and bringing me to the surface of my consciousness. I’d never experienced anything so wretched before in my life! The growing pain was far worse than any headache or migraine that I’d ever had. It cut through me, like a hot knife, and every other thought fled from my mind. All I could concentrate on was this horrific sensation, not like a broken bone or a bad cut. No, it created an image of someone slicing into me and placing a burning hot coal, straight from the fire, deep into the right side of my body.
Instinctively, I reached to pull out the offending rock and instantly began to panic when my arms wouldn’t move. I thought, perhaps, the excruciating pain had caused my brain to not connect to my limbs. But as my natural reflexes had me trying to move, I felt the restraints at my wrists and ankles, holding me down. They were tight, and I realized they cut the circulation to my feet and hands. Trying to assess my situation, I noticed the cold, flat surface beneath me and, as I turned my head, the smallest bit of light crept into my line of vision.
I was blindfolded.
True panic had my blood pumping hot and fast through my body, and I attempted to control my breathing, trying to negate the effects of the agony in my side as well as my fear. I would never find a release if I didn’t calm down.
With clearer perception now, I noticed that the blindfold was thin, perhaps the black nylon of a pair of pantyhose, and it had slipped ever so slightly, allowing that small amount of light to shine just beneath it. Squinting and focusing until my eyes ached, I made out fuzzy shapes through the blindfold. From my limited perspective, I could tell that the room was larger than I’d first imagined, with tall ceilings, and I heard the familiar humming of bright fluorescent lights. The sound echoed the sensation in my body as I forced myself to ignore the debilitating pain.
Turning my head to each side, I took note of what appeared to be several small, cot-like, beds.
No, they were more like operating tables...and I was on one of them. I couldn’t make out occupants on top of any other beds, nor could I see anyone standing in the room I was in. But there was a darker spot in a far corner, and the voices seemed to be coming from that direction.
It must be another room.
Flexing my face and working my eyebrows, I managed to continue moving the blindfold so that I had a little more visibility. I tried one more time and got the entire thing shifted so it only rested on my eyelids, barely affecting my ability to see. I could pick out the two men standing in the frame of two open double doors, and I saw a tattoo on one of them.
With the material still weighing on my eyelids, it compromised my ability to see their upper bodies, but I stared at the tattoo on the man’s calf, just below a pair of loose beige shorts. It was shaped like a diamond, but the corner was too dim for me to catch the details. I stared hard, making sure to burn the image into my memory. I would use it to aid the police in finding my captor.
If I ever made it out of here alive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Candace published her first book by the age of 25, the first installment in a YA Urban Fantasy to which two others were published with it; The Iron World Series.
Candace is one of the creative writers to www.sssh.com, an acclaimed Erotic Romance website for women which has been featured on NBC Nightline and a number of other large platforms. Her most recent project is a screen play that is pending a nomination for an AVN Award.
Aside from writing, Candace did manage to get her certification for Interior Design and Decor. After years of working with fellow designers, architects, and home owners, Candace won a Peak Award for Best Kitchen Design under $10,000.
Now residing in a small town in Alberta, CA with her husband and two kids, Candace writes full time, developing articles for just about every niche, two more novels, and a hoard of short stories.
Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
Nope. I'm lucky enough to do this full time. I get to stay home with my kids while I work on my own projects and also maintain a freelance writing career.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The Donor, a SciFi Fantasy set just a few years in the future of Toronto, ON. Organ harvesters and light romance. How many words is that? lol
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Once I come up with an idea and plot it out, I would say about a year.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Well, I'm working on a cool eBook mini series called Killer Me. Readers are saying that if you liked the TV show Dexter then you'll love this series. It follows a punk girl named Alice Teller as she's stalked by a serial killer. The cool thing about it is the Alice in Wonderland theme! There's a new short story in the series released each month, number three just came out and there's going to be nine in total. I'm already considering a follow up series for it, so stay tuned! Other than that, I have a few novels in the works from the Fantasy and Romance genres.
What genre would you place your books into?
Well, The Iron World Series is definitely a YA Urban Fantasy. The Donor is a SciFi Fantasy, and then Killer Me is a Psychological Thriller series.
Where do you get your book plot ideas from? What/Who is your inspiration?
I'm very lucky to have an extremely creative husband. We have brainstorm sessions where we just sit down for hours and come up with book ideas. Also, my son. He's only four years old but, man, his imagination is off the wall! I sit in bed with him and, instead of reading books some nights, we just make up stories about magical creatures and scary "bad guys" lol
Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them? ie. Your partner, children, friends, and reviewers you know?
Yes, I have a few beta readers who I trust to give me honest feedback. I think it's very important for every author to have that; people they know and trust to actually read the material and give helpful advice.
Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
I gift digital copies of all my books to any book bloggers or reviewers. They usually contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
How do you come up with the title and cover designs for your book/books? Who designed the cover of your books?
The titles usually just create themselves once I'm heavy into the first draft. The wonderful, and extremely talented, Majeau Designs handles all of my book covers, print ads, marketing material, etc. I love them. If you want professional quality for a super awesome price then go there. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Well, my signature (I guess you could call it) is that all of my books have Canadian settings, so that's easy enough to create; I'm Canadian lol Characters are usually inspired from real people I know or they way I view certain people I've met in my life.
Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
Kind of a bit of both. I come up with an idea, plot it out with a basic outline and then just write. If a character takes a different turn or I discover a better way to end the story then, yes, things will definitely change as I go. I've even been known to write the ending first and then base the entire story or series around that.
How do you market/promote your books?
Mostly social media. But I do book tours for each new release, I register for as many trade shows and conventions as I can, and I try to do fun things like giveaways and stuff to keep readers entertained between book releases. I also keep in touch with a lot of book bloggers/reviewers to help me get my new books out there. The local libraries, bookstores, schools, etc are also something that I utilize by taking part in fundraisers and such. In 2015 I'll be at RTCon in Dallas, TX so I'm VERY excited about that, to say the least!
Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Ohhhh yes! I think every writer suffers from it from time to time. The best thing to do (for me, anyway) is to change my surroundings. Often, writer's block just comes from the lack of inspiration and stimulation. Go for a walk in a park you've never been to, read a book outside of the genre you normally like, go see a weird movie, etc.
Which format of book do you prefer, ebook, hardback, or paperback?
Paperback, hands down. EBooks are very convenient and save a lot of space in my house, but I'll always love a good ol' paperback that I can toss in my purse and hold to my chest when I'm done.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have a ton of favorite books, and read them all at least once a year. But I have to say, the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr really resonated with me. I've read it about a thousand times. Her world building skills are something to be admired and her characters have such depth. You fall in love with the supporting characters which is a trait that I love in books.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think books can transfer to movies very well, as long as they have the right director behind the project and the perfect actors to portray already beloved characters. We all know a terrible book-to-movie adaptation, so I won't both to mention it, but one example of a perfect book to movie is The Hunger Games or the Fault in Our Stars.
Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
Yes. But in the far, far, far, future. And only because of the fact that we are inevitably moving into a totally digital age; everything is digital nowadays. But I hope that there will always be the option to have a printed copy if you wanted to order it.
Did you have a favourite author as a child?
LOL yes, I think it was everyone else's favorite; R.L. Stine, the author of Goosebumps.
If you could invite three favourite writers to dinner, who would you invite and enjoy chatting with?
Oh, I love this question! Definitely Melissa Marr, Anne Rice, and Samantha Young! I think the diversity of the three would produce some very interesting dinner conversation!
Where can readers follow you?
Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, Pinterest, Linkdin, Goodreads, etc. All the usually hang outs =)