What Do You Covet?

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I'm on my third week out here in L.A., the second week of the television critics press tour. And I'm ready to go home. My husband and oldest son left on Sunday, and it already feels like a million years ago. So I'm going to distract myself by creating a little fun for us. 

As most of you know, my new book Take It Like A Vamp helped launch the new Covet line for Entangled Publishing. I thought it would be fun if we talked about things that we covet. In the book, Nick covets Casey in a big way. He knows that she would be great for him, but he's worried that he won't be good for her.

In this regard, we are talking about something we eagerly wish for, or that we want more than anything. I don't know about you, but I have big things I covet, but there are much smaller pleasures that make me just as happy. 

1. Sparkly finger and toe nails. I don't know when it happened as I've always been about pale pink on the nails. But now, I love glittery, bright colored nails. I can have a really bad day, look down at my nails and my mood will change. 

2. I covet music. It's another thing that can change my mood in an instant. I use music and songs as incentives to write. I finish a chapter, or 30 pages, and I get to buy music. 

3. I covet books. Losing myself in a good book is my favorite escape. My day job as a television and film critic makes those mediums a job. And while I write books, I don't have to deconstruct and write about them. So having a few hours to lose myself in a book is heaven for me. 

4. I covet sleep. You guys know how hard I work. Even when I have time to sleep, my body won't let me. But I live for the day when I can sleep for eight hours straight. :) 

5. I covet time with my kids. My boys are older, and it's tough to get us all in the same room at the same time. We had thought we'd make this L.A. trip a family vacation, but the youngest went off to Italy. Then we bought a puppy and someone had to stay home with her. But I'm determined when I get home that we have some awesome hang out time before the youngest goes back to college. 

6. I covet all things shiny. I love jewelry. For almost 20 years I had a habit of wearing very nice jewelry, but it was the same stuff every day. My wedding rings and diamond studs. But I have renewed interest in accessories. I can't get enough.

7. I covet shoes. I've never been shy about my love for shoes, but now I'm a bit more adventuresome in that regard. For years, I was all about comfort. But these days I'll suffer some pain to wear an awesome pair of shoes. :) I went a little nuts earlier in the summer buying designer shoes. I discovered that Manolos and Christian Louboutins run small, so many of those will be on sale on Ebay soon. But I brought more shoes on this trip than I ever have before. I'm five foot one, so give me a platform or a good wedge and I'm a happy girl. :) 

8. I covet the beach. I never get there, but I covet it. I would love to have a little cottage on the beach where I could write and listen to the water. I love the ocean, which makes me wonder why I choose to live 400 miles away from it. I hope to fix that some day. My ideal home would be on a cliff overlooking the ocean, something like out of Practical Magic

9. I covet time. There are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. It's one of the reasons I push myself so hard. 

10. I covet friends. I have the most incredible group of friends. I adore spending time with them, and like a little kid, I'm always kind of sad when we have to part. 

So tell me what you covet and you might win a copy of TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP today. I'm giving away 10 copies this week. And remember to sign up for the VAMP SQUAD where you could win an iPad 3, jewelry, t-shirts and lots of other fun stuff. :) (http://www.candacehavens.com/index.php/secret/

Tell me what you covet, I really want to know.  

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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. what I covet

    I covet a cute girl car- I have been driving mom cars for way to long and can’t wait until I can get a cute little car just for me.

    I covet being able to go to the mall- I have a chronic illness and because I do the shopping trips I loved have been all but cut out, if I do go I know that it will be short and I will end up in bed for at least two days after. SIGH

    those are my top two :O)

  2. No need to enter me in the contest :-)

    I covet the beach too–this summer especially, I just CRAVE the sound of the water. I wish I could sit on the beach and read…but probably not this year, alas.

    And I covet a book contract. LOL

    Not that into shoes, but I know where you can get some nice shiny jewelry to reward yourself with :-)

  3. I covet

    1. Movies. I own around 500 and buy more all the time. Some people love music I love movies. Whenever I clean I love to put on a movie I’ve seen 1,000 times so I don’t have to see the TV to know what’s happening. The movie I usually have on is “What’s Up Doc?” with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal

    2. Time with my nephew. My sister and her partner adopted a baby boy born on Easter Sunday by Dr. Easter. He is such a sweet, cute, and good-natured baby that I love babysitting.

    3. Crested Butte, CO. My sister has a vacation home there and the family goes every Christmas. It’s a beautiful small town, the people are friendly, and it’s very relaxing.

    4. Books. Like movies I own many, more than I want to count. I read fiction in nearly every genre so I’ve got quite a number of books in my TBR pile in addition to the ones on the shelves.

  4. Covet

    I’m with you on time with my kids. They grow so fast. Also, with you on books. I love escaping for a little while into a different world.

    I covet coffee. I can’t seem to get enough. My day doesn’t seem right unless it begins with a hot cup of coffee which turns into a whole pot. It has to be strong Community Coffee!!!

  5. Books, sleep, time – to read and sleep more, clothes, shoes. And more time to spend with family, friends, and pets.

  6. I covet books (I even have a Candace Havens shelf!!)

    Pencils…I LOVE a good mechanical pencil oh and must have a red spiral notebook to write in..they’re like VISA I don’t leave home without them.

    Friends and family…I have an awesome crew!!

    Music…got to have great tunes at all times

    Time…I wish I had more of it to spend with loved ones and to write

  7. I know I answered this, but don’t see the response… So here it goes…

    I covet so much, but the main things are…
    My Kids & Hubby… They will always be #1 and I love every moment I have with them…

    My Kindle Fire… I don’t leave home without it and it saves me from all things boring! I could lose myself in a book at the drop of a dime…

    My Blackberry… My lifeline.

    My friends. As much as I know they need me, I need them more! They help me keep my sanity!

    My laptop… What would we do without them. It keeps me busy even though my free time is limited…

    My days off… When I can get a full day off from work, it is so worth it!

    Air Conditioning! Living in Vegas, you never want to be without!

    So these are a few… I treasure all that I have, so I guess the list would go on forever!!!

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