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Some days it pays to open my fan email. This was one of those days. I've had a tough couple of weeks and then I opened this email:

Ms. Havens….
I have come to the conclusion that you are a bad, bad person….

You write books that keep me up way past my bedtime and make me anxious
at work, because I want to be reading, not working.  Shame on you.

So far, I've just read your Harlequin titles, but I can tell that I'm
going to have to read all the rest.  I hope you're satisfied….

Missy K.

Lovely Missy K., thank you for making my day. Heck, my week. You guys have no idea how much your fan letters mean to us, well the nice ones. There are days when I just don't feel like I can write another word and I'll read one of your letters. Next thing I know, my fingers are flying across the keyboard again. So thank you.

I want to know what your plans are for Thanksgiving. Do you have any good and easy recipes to share? I'm also looking for good mediterranean, easy ones. So if you have some to share, please do.

And someone who posts is going to win a gift certificate today!


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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  1. My Thanksgiving plans are quite simple – working on my NANO project, maybe crochet some, possibly read a little, and eat with my family. No traveling – no working.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    PS – That’s a great fan letter!

  2. Thanksgiving

    We usually just have the traditional dishes.

    I love the green olives, stuffed with garlic though. /YUM

    No matter what we have, I’m always thankful for the roof over my head, the warm bed I sleep in and the food we celebrate our thanks with.
    I live in a country where I can read any book…heck I live in a country where I CAN READ…period!!!!

    Thanks for all you do for us!

  3. T day

    I am cooking and eating till I pop! My sister and her two boys are joining me, Dad, Mom and little sister Delana. Gonna make Cheesecake Factory pumpking cheesecake, my special carrot cake (the bomb!!!!), turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans cooked in bacon grease till they are perfect, mashed potatoes, asparagus casserole, yum, lots more! I can’t wait. My pants have an elastic waist band!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Great fan letter, Candy! We’re actually celebrating our Thanksgiving on Sunday when everyone can be here. I love spending time with my family. On Thursday, I’ll have chicken and dressing with my aunt and then the whole traditional meal on Sunday. I hope you and your family have a great holiday!

  5. What a great letter! I’ve had that happen too–a lousy day/week whatever, then out of the blue, a lovely email from a fan that lifts me right up. It’s a wonderful thing.

    I’m having a couple of friends come in from out of town for Tday, and one of my local circle members who doesn’t have anyplace to go. My friend from Connecticut will help me cook the traditional turkey, gravy, and stuffing. We’re also having my favorite (EASY!) homemade cranberry sauce, which came from the Moosewood Celebrates cookbook, some roasted potatoes from my garden, and a new dish I came up with that involved baking a spagetti squash, cutting it in half, then filling the halves with sauteed tomatoes, onions, garlic and herbs. YUM!

    Also, there will be desert :-)

    I hope you have a great one!

  6. I understand Missy exactly. I was there a year or so ago and have now read all of your books. Some twice. As for Thanksgiving we have 20-24 of my wife’s family coming to our house for a chaotic/crazy/wild time but also a very fun time. We’ll make all the traditional items but for an easy recipe I suggested beer bread. It’s the perfect thing to use to make a turkey sandwich the next day…or later the same day.
    Beer Bread
    3 cups self-rising flour
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 bottle of beer
    Combine all and mix well. Put into a prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour at 325. When it comes out of the oven brush the top with melted butter.

  7. Love that fan letter…congrats!

    As for Thanksgiving, I’m having my wonderful family over for dinner, laughs and memories. Can’t wait. We’re going a bit smaller this year guest-wise, but that’s okay. After 20 some odd years of having 30 or so people, I’m ready for no more than 15.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

  8. Being thankful!

    Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving day with your family. Take some time off and enjoy your day.

    We are leaving for my sister’s home in the AM. I have a new niece I have not met yet. But I will tomorrow! So excited to meet the little bundle of joy. My mom is the best cook in ALL the world, so I am going to eat way too much and love every minute of it!

    God bless you and yours,

  9. Going to work Thanksgiving Day…I don’t mind that much more $$ to spend on books as long as it’s quiet enough to watch the Arkansas vs LSU game!!
    GO HOGS GO win this one for Garrett #88! I’ll be getting off work with just enough time to drive 10 miles to Mom’s house for dinner…gee leaving NO time for me to cook anything(well planned on my part!!) Actually will be creating one of my famous brownie bottom cheese cakes the night before to take with me. Might have to make 2 to keep co-workers from breaking into my car to steal Moms. After dinner will be FOOTBALL more football and WRITING.

  10. Port is Mediterranean right??

    My Mother makes a Port Wine Trifle that is divine. It’s very simple:

    Port: as much or as little as you want to soak in the cake

    Raspberry Jelly: just use half the recommended water , you want it firm to cut into bite sized into squares

    Bananas: sliced up

    Vanilla Custard:

    Sponge Cake: cut the cake into bite sized squares.

    Fold all the ingredients gently through.

    You can buy the cake & custard – but it’s best when made from scratch.

    Just use amounts enough for however many people you want to feed.

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