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Now I have something special for you. The adorably, sexy Nalini Singh, whose “Slave to Sensation” is out next week. If you haven’t seen the cover, well be prepared to drool. If I could figure out how to upload photos to this crazy thing I’d show you. It’s on her website, which she lists, so check it out. She’s stopping by the blog to visit now and then, so feel free to ask her any questions. :-)

1. Tell us about your book?

Slave to Sensation is set in the near future. The world is ruled by the Psy, a psychic race which conditions its young to feel nothing (through a program called Silence). The reason for the conditioning? Before Silence, the Psy had incredibly high rates of insanity and serial killing. Now they’re ice, cold and without heart.

But the Psy aren’t the only ones in this world. Humans exist and so do Changelings. Changelings are shapeshifters who can take on animal forms and who allow their animal natures to rule them. They’re the polar opposites of the Psy and adore sensation, hunger for touch.

The heroine, Sascha, is one of the Psy. The hero, Lucas, an alpha Changeling. They’re thrown together in the hunt for a serial killer and the heat generated between them is explosive. Lucas is determined to teach Sascha about pleasure, about desire, and he’s not a Changeling any woman could ever ignore. But if Sascha breaks Silence, the Psy Council will punish her by a brainwipe that’ll destroy both her memories and her personality.

(You can read an excerpt here –

2. How did you come up with the idea?

Honestly, I’m not sure. I’ve always been fascinated by psychic powers like telepathy and telekinesis, so that probably fed into the genesis of this book. But all I know is that I sat down one day and boom, there it was. I wrote the first draft in a manic three weeks (while working full-time).

I don’t recommend this. Really. It’s crazy-making.

But boy did I love writing Slave to Sensation. The sexy men, the strong women, the psychic abilities, they all grabbed me from day 1. I didn’t want to leave that world, which is why I began writing a second book on the heels of the first. And then I discovered even more things that fascinated me. Now I’ve got ideas for several more books set in the same universe.

3. Were you blown away when you saw your cover for the
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I probably shouldn’t admit this in public but I spent several hours staring at it going oh-my-gawd. Again and again. Talk about heat wave! I absolutely adore what they did with the cover and I’m really hoping they’ll carry it on with the second book.

Oh and I’m currently trying to find out the identity of the cover model so I can stalk him pass on all the fan mail I’m getting about him. ;)

4. Tell us about your writing process, how do you

I like to handwrite the first draft. What I’ll usually do is write my pages for the day in a notebook, then enter them all into the computer. I try to do it the same day to stop from having a whole book’s worth of typing to do all at once. Once that first draft is done, I begin the second almost immediately. That’s done on the computer because my first drafts tend to be quite rough. The third draft I print out and work on. After that I usually go over it at least twice more.

5. What are some of your favorite recent reads?

Jayne Castle’s Ghost Hunter. (She can’t write these books fast enough for me!)

Karina Bliss’s debut Mr Imperfect was also a very good read.

And Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon was just stunning.

6. Tell us about your other books?

I also write short sexy contemporaries for Silhouette Desire. I really love writing strong alpha men, and I get to do that with the Desire books. And because of the shorter size, they tend to be very intense hero-heroine focused books. My most recent release was in March – Secrets In The Marriage Bed is about two people who are meant for each other, but met too early, before they were ready. The story is about them trying to find their way back to each other after their marriage almost falls apart. I think of this book as a fairy-tale made real ie. what if Sleeping Beauty wasn’t ready for her Prince? How would they find their happy ever after?

7. Is there anything you’d like your readers to know?

My website’s ( recently been revamped with lots of behind-the-scenes info being added in, so come on over and visit! (fyi – If you have a fascination with Sawyer from LOST, you might find something interesting on the site. ;)) And around October, we’re planning to update the Slave to Sensation page with some interesting things.

I love hearing from readers, so if there’s anything you guys would like to know, please email me!


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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